All incoming freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree enroll in First-Year Seminar (EDG 1030, 1 credit) or Discovering the Arts (AOA 1000, 3 credits) in their first term. Both courses are designed to help students transition to college and immerse themselves in the campus culture.
First-Year Seminar instructors also serve as the academic advisor for the students in their course, so students have a built-in opportunity to see their advisor on a weekly basis.
In this introduction to the merits and expectations of a liberal arts education, incoming freshmen in the liberal arts and sciences, in arts management, and in theatre and performance are encouraged to become members of the Purchase College intellectual community. Through readings, discussions, and supervised activities, students learn about the college’s academic expectations and its educational and co-curricular opportunities. Graded on a pass/fail basis; cannot be repeated.
- To discuss the value and meaning of a liberal arts education
- To recognize, examine, and discuss topics surrounding diversity in order to better understand the cultural background of oneself and others
- To explain academic requirements, accurately interpret the Degree Progress Report, construct a course schedule for the following semester, and develop an academic roadmap to graduation
- To identify and locate campus resources and clubs that support student involvement and success
- To use the LAS Handbook to demonstrate knowledge of campus policies and procedures
- To identify personal strengths in order to align academic goals with career goals
- Required for incoming freshmen and selected transfer students in the BA and BS programs.
- In their freshman year, biology majors take BIO 1880/Biology Freshman Seminar and all incoming freshmen in the School of Art+Design take VIS 1050/ComX, as part of their major requirements, instead of EGD 1030.