Seminar Faculty Resource Page

This page is a resource for faculty and staff who teach first-year seminars for the Undergraduate Colleges.

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In the fall, each freshman is enrolled in a College-specific seminar. It's a semester-long opportunity to get acquainted with Stony Brook, taught by staff who know and understand the campus community. The course is designed to give new students the skills they need for success — both academic and social — while exploring aspects of the Colleges' respective themes. Some of the topics covered in the course include: study skills, test taking and test anxiety, health/well-being and success in college, academic citizenship, time management, academic and career planning, introduction to campus resources, and how to get involved on campus. The Undergraduate College Spring Seminars are small, interactive courses designed to introduce first-year students to thought-provoking and interesting subjects. The seminars offer a unique opportunity to explore ideas, learn from peers and get to know faculty in small, intimate classroom settings. Faculty from departments across campus will instruct seminars that focus on a current intellectual interest. These topics are quite diverse and include a broad range of academic disciplines. By taking these seminars, students will learn in a small community with faculty and other students who share their interests.

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