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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminars

The Scribner Seminars are the centerpiece of the First-Year Experience, taught by faculty from virtually every discipline, who design seminars to highlight their own intellectual curiosities and passions. Scribner Seminars will help you begin to explore ideas, challenge assumptions, and gain first-hand experience of faculty expectations of academic rigor and excellence. 

The Scribner Seminars are interdisciplinary courses with the following goals:

  • distinguish among, and formulate, types of questions asked by different disciplines  
  • read critically, and gather and interpret evidence    
  • distinguish among the evidence and methodologies appropriate to different disciplines
  • consider and address complexities and ambiguities    
  • make connections among ideas
  • recognize choices, examine assumptions and ask questions of themselves and of their own work
  • formulate conclusions based upon evidence    
  • communicate ideas both orally and in writing    
  • relate the results of the course to their educational goals