The EMS First-Year Seminar is a required course for all entering EMS first-year students at the University Park campus. The seminar is taught in small sections (a maximum of 24 students per section) by senior members of the faculty. Sufficient sections are offered to accommodate all first year students during their first Fall semester.
The EMS First-Year Seminar is a three credit course designed to encourage students to begin the important process of "thinking for a living." It aims to:
All sections emphasize reading and discussion, with a strong focus on writing and communication skills. Group discussion and group projects are a fundamental aspect of the course--there is little faculty lecturing. In some sections, each student maintains a common theme throughout the semester in which each writing assignment builds on the previous one to produce a comprehensive body of work on a single topic. Other sections allow topics to vary with each assignment. All of the sections require students to make several class presentations based on their written assignments. Students may enroll in any available section, with places allocated on a first-come first-served basis.