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Topics and Texts
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Topics and Texts

Students in the First-Year Seminar practice the Learning Goals of the course by studying several topics with a variety of texts, then generating their own Topic Studies and accompanying Rationales.

Students explore a series of topics over the course of the semester. Currently, instructors select from the following topics for their classes:
  • Self and Identity
  • Ethics in Community
  • Manifesting Vision


Students explore each topic using a variety of texts in different media. In additional to supplemental texts that instructors bring to their classes, the First-Year Seminar has a set of core texts that help to frame our discussions. These include:
  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1959)
  • Elizabeth Barret, Stranger With a Camera (2000)
  • Niki Caro, Whale Rider (2003)
  • Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street (1984)
  • Paul Haggis, Crash (2004)
  • LeAlan Jones, Lloyd Newman, and David Isay, Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago (1999)
  • Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (2004)
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
  • Sophocles, Antigone (ed. Grene, 1991)
  • Agnès Varda, The Gleaners and I (2000)