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First-Year Seminars and Experiences

Common Intellectual Experiences

Learning Communities

Emphasis on critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, and collaborative learning

Core curriculum/common courses; an integrative, vertically-aligned general education program; or themed learning communities

Two or more linked courses, many with a common theme or readings

Writing-Intensive Courses

Collaborative Assignments and Projects

Undergraduate Research

As a repeated practice across the curriculum to include final-year writing projects

Team-based learning assignments and collaborative research projects

Connects key concepts and questions with early and active involvement in systematic investigation and research

Diversity/Global Learning

Service Learning/ Community-Based Learning


Courses and programs (including study/education abroad) that explore “difficult differences” such as racial, ethnic, and gender inequalities or global struggles for human rights, freedom, and power

Utilizing experiential learning with community partners as instructional strategies, with required application and reflection

Providing direct experience in a work setting with structured supervision and coaching from professionals in the field

Capstone Courses and Projects


At the end of a general education program and/or major that require completion of an integrated and applied project

Capture and demonstrate student learning through multiple modes and mediums