First-year students are required to complete an Earlham Seminar I and II. In addition, all students must complete a designated Writing Intensive course prior to the completion of their second year.
Earlham Seminar (ES) courses teach first-year students general methods of interpretation in reading, writing and classroom discussion that provide a basis for skills they will continue to develop throughout their college career at Earlham and throughout their lives. The Earlham Seminar will also engage first-year students in exploring a topic of interest in an intimate, challenging and collaborative learning environment. These seminars introduce students to successful participation in a learning community and encourage new ways to engage and understand the world. Earlham Seminars share many of these distinctive characteristics:
- Investigation of a topic and a set of related questions, using multiple ways of knowing, in order to exam intentionally how knowledge is constructed.
- Grounding in an academic discipline while examining issues with an interdisciplinary scope.
- Readings that engage a range of perspectives, discourses and values.
- Emphasis on reading, reflection, writing and oral communication skills, and providing opportunities for students to critique and analyze information, construct arguments, listen interpretively and demonstrate and understand of various perspectives.
- Encouragement of personal creativity and confidence in ideas and the development of cooperative learning and research skills.
- Sharpen interpretive reading skills for analyzing and interpreting different kinds of texts.
- Strengthen general skills required for coherence and clarity in written expression.
- Communicate intelligently and effectively both in writing and through participation in group discussion.
- Become better, more constructive and more open-minded listeners.
- Develop skills that support and enhance life-long learning and engaged, committed citizenship.
Writing Intensive (WI) courses may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary. They examine a diverse range of texts arranged around a particular question, theme or historical period. Texts may include films, musical scores or works of art. The purpose is to foreground texts for the study of a subject and to compare texts while approaching them from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and in several contexts. These courses:
- Provide a writing- and reading-intensive experience that develops further the skills acquired in Earlham Seminar courses.
- Study an array of challenging texts arranged around a particular question, theme or historical period.
- Investigate primary and secondary texts in studying an issue or era.
- Compare texts in several contexts — historical, social, political — and put them in dialog with one another.
Earlham Scholars is an enhanced academic program for first-year students ready to dive deep into a field of study. This unique experience can give you a head start on your college career. Confirmed students may sign-up for Earlham Scholars through June 30. Choose among these extraordinary experiences:
- Super Languages (Spanish)
- East Asia and the Pacific Northwest: Managing the Risk of Earthquakes and Tsunami