The required First-Year Seminar enables students to participate in an active learning environment during their first semester at Lafayette College.

  • Designed to introduce students to intellectual inquiry through engaging them as thinkers, speakers, and writers, each seminar focuses intensively on a special topic, which is articulated with related co-curricular activities.
  • Limited to around 16 students per section, the First-Year Seminar includes significant reading, writing, discussion, and presentation and is affiliated with the College Writing Program. Students in First-Year Seminars are introduced to the use of the library for research.
  • First-Year Seminars include a scheduled fourth hour, to be used at the discretion of the faculty member. A critical part of the Common Course of Study, these seminars are a co-requisite for other courses taken by students in their first semester and a prerequisite for subsequent courses.