Expanding the Freshman Seminar Program

They were Harvard's solution to the problem of student faculty-interaction.

In 1963, the University offered freshman seminars--" experiments designed to intensify the intellectual experience of the Freshman year"--for the first time.

In 2000-2001, thirty-one such courses are being offered. It's expected that 450 students will enroll.


More may come. Because the Faculty, and its dean, Jeremy R. Knowles, have publicly praised the value of students closely interacting with faculty, the Faculty Council has begun discussing ways to expand the program. So far, in preliminary discussions, members have posed questions about how to convince more Faculty members to teach seminars and whether to count them for departmental or core credit.

Other universities have been much quicker to expand their programs.


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