Chair, Associate Professor STEVEN B. GERRARD

Advisory Committee: Professors: DARROW, SWANN, TAYLOR, WHITE. Associate Professors: GERRARD, CHRISTENSEN.

This Program is designed to facilitate and promote innovations in curricular offerings in relation both to interdisciplinary conceptual focus and experimental pedagogical form. It provides support for faculty and student efforts to develop a curriculum that creatively responds to intellectual needs and modes of teaching/learning that currently fall outside the conventional pattern.


The First-Year Residential Seminars are part of a program designed to help students explore new ways of integrating their social and intellectual lives. Students who elect these seminars live together in the same residential unit. They take one seminar together during the fall semester, and enrollment in the seminar is restricted to students in the program. The seminar explores topics and issues that can be expected to promote lively discussions both in and out of class. It may be team-taught and may contain interdisciplinary subject matter.

All entering first-year students have the opportunity to express interest in participating in this program; if more students are interested than there are spaces available (approximately 23), selection is done randomly. Participants must commit themselves to taking FRS 101.