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  • First Year Seminar

    All new students take a course designated as a First Year Seminar. The Seminar Goal Statement explains the aims of the course.

    “First Year Seminars at Saint Vincent College are courses designed to make new students feel welcomed and integrated into the SVC learning community on academic, social, and cultural levels. First year students have the opportunity to establish a sense of camaraderie with their teachers as well as with one another, and to focus on areas essential for success in the Saint Vincent curriculum: academic responsibility, critical thinking, and presentation of ideas. First Year Seminars enable students to be effective learners and thinkers both in their major fields of study and in other areas of the curriculum. To complement this experience, students participate in extracurricular events and learn to apply their academic skills both in the classroom and in the world beyond campus.”