This course is no longer offered; it has been replaced with FYUR 10201 FIRST-YEAR URGENT QUESTIONS.


FOUNDATIONS OF THE LIBERAL ARTS~A seminar-based course designed to be a comprehensive introduction to the skills needed to thrive in Hiram’s liberal arts program. The content of the course will vary per section, but the academic purposes will remain essentially the same: to pay close attention to academic writing, to analyze and discuss a relevant literature, to clearly articulate ideas in a public forum, to promote thinking and inquiry, and to equip students with research skills that permit them to investigate important questions and hypotheses. Foundations of the Liberal Arts does not merely tell students about ideas. Rather, students are challenged to be actively engaged in thinking their way into ideas and traditions, students are guided in developing their abilities at reasoned critical reflection about those ideas and traditions, and students are guided through systematic systems of research and writing about those ideas and traditions.