The Department of English offers every semester freshman seminars that explore literature from a variety of perspectives. Current offerings include Literature and Science, American Traditions, Literature and Justice, Literature and the Invention of Love.
These seminars are small group experiences designed and led by senior professors in the department. They introduce incoming students to literature as a unique source for analyzing the complexity of the human situation. The moral, philosophical, psychological, historical, and theological contexts in which literature comes to life are central to these seminars. They appeal to students who are still uncertain about the direction of their studies and to those who already lean toward majoring in English. We believe that these seminars provide an ideal introduction to the interdisciplinary concerns that occupy literary studies today.
To see a list of current Freshman Seminars, see our Courses page.