What is a learning community?
A learning community is simply a group of peers who come together to collectively pursue a common academic goal - such as your seminar classmates. New York City can be daunting, and many of your introductory classes are large lecture groups, where it can be hard to get to know people. Your seminar group will provide you with a supportive, collaborative community of peers, as you together launch your academic journeys.
The importance of dialogue
Unlike a lecture, a seminar is a type of class in which you are expected to contribute to discussion. It's not about answering questions correctly, but about asking them. Seminars are not passive learnign spaces, but active ones - by offering opinions and debating ideas, you help steer the conversation. Seminars are also places you can really engage with and get to know your professor - so don't be shy, and speak up!
How does this fit into the College Core Curriculum?
The First-Year Seminar is one of the five parts of the Core, along with the Foundations of Contemporary Culture, Foundations of Scientific Inquiry, the expository writing requirement, and the foreign language requirement. Each part provides unique but complementary skills that will allow you to flourish in you major, and in life. The First-Year Seminar is taken in your first year, as the general academic skills it provides are foundational to your success here at CAS.