Faculty Teaching

"The first year seminar should incorporate key features of both EN 110 and EN 111, in particular the intensive writing, research and public speaking requirements. In some respects, the freshman seminar would therefore be a synthetic blend of a faculty member’s professional interests, along with the fundamental requirements of EN 110 and EN 111." ~Gary Rose, Chair, First Year Seminar Committee

In the News: Sacred Heart Offers Unique First Year Seminars!

The seminar method of instruction facilitates learning in a small collaborative classroom setting where emphasis is placed on discussion, analysis and debate of a text rather than a lecture. That is, critical inquiry is employed with both student and teacher asking probing questions during the reading of an author's work. Therefore, the seminar method requires active participation by students to illuminate and dissect the theme and perspectives of an assigned reading. Although First Year Seminars vary from one discipline to another, at their core the seminars are designed to provide students with the opportunity to cultivate their writing, speaking and research skills. 

The First Year Seminar also encourages students to experience interdisciplinary dialogue with students in a variety of seminars, thus fostering an appreciation for subject matter within the larger context of the Arts and Sciences. Electronic forms of intellectual discourse are employed for the purpose of fostering an on-line community of active and engaged learners.         

With this perspective, information literacy competence is also a key element of the freshman seminar. Information literacy is also a key component of the First Year Seminar so that students can learn to retrieve, analyze, manage, and apply information effectively and ethically. Competence in the area of information literacy will enable students to become self- directed learners, and will inevitably result in substantive research projects grounded in reputable scholarship.   

A final key element of the first year seminar is civic engagement. The FSC believes that the integrative learning model should also prepare students for the social, cultural, political, and environmental responsibilities of civic life.                

Take a look at the videos above that outline the exciting themed-based and intellectually rigorous courses we are offering for the 2013-2014 academic year (Use down arrow to access Fall 2012 videos)  from a group of our talented, innovative, and creative faculty at SHU.