The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry introduces students to the concepts of general education and the academic community and to the skills educated people use to generate and address important questions. Using critical thinking skills and basic tools of gathering and evaluating information, students and the instructor will together explore a specific question which challenges contemporary thinkers. The question will vary across sections of the course.
The First Year Seminar is a cornerstone course, through which students begin to build the repertoire of intellectual skills needed for university-level work. The skills are not taught in isolation but rather in the context of the topic or problem of the course. Assignments and activities will introduce all of the skills necessary for academic success, but special emphasis will be given to critical thinking, conducting research, working with information technology, writing, speaking and listening, and collaborating with others. All first year students, including students transferring in less than 24 credits, are required to complete The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry their first semester at Plymouth.