First-Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars offer every first-year student an opportunity to participate in a course structured around intensive writing, independent research, and small group discussion.

The First-year Seminar Program serves four purposes. First, by means of a uniform writing requirement, the seminar stresses the importance of written expression in all disciplines. Second, it provides an attractive and exciting supplement to the usual introductory survey. Third, it guarantees each first-year student at least one small course. Fourth, the program engages each first-year student in the research process, offering an early experience of the scholarship that fuels Dartmouth's upper-level courses.

  • View ORC course description for Writing 7, one of many First-year Seminars offered in different departments under the course number "7".
  • View page of individual course descriptions for First-year Seminars offered in the present or upcoming term (note that none are offered in Fall term).
  • For placement and enrollment policies for First-year Seminars, or advice on switching among First-year Seminar courses during drop-add, please visit our Policies page.