Welcome to Freshman Seminar!

This course will introduce students to academic life at the university and help them become a part of our community at St. Edward’s. Although the seminars are focused on very different topics, they all share a common goal: students join a community of learners and actively engage in academic and co-curricular exploration. As they do so, they will develop critical thinking skills necessary to become successful students and lifelong learners by meaningfully confronting questions of social justice through the course materials and co-curricular experiences.

What is Freshman Seminar? 

Freshman Seminars are not lecture courses; they are classes where students and faculty actively engage with one another as they discuss course materials. In addition, students and faculty will participate in a variety of co-curricular experiences over the course of the semester where they leave the classroom virtually. For example, a seminar might “go to” an art opening or a book festival or work on a service project with a local non-profit organization.

What is the Common Theme?

Every year, St. Edward’s chooses a Common Theme that guides programming and discussions across campus. You will discuss the theme in your Freshman Seminars and some of the events you and your classmates attend will be related to the theme. We're excited to announce that our theme for 2020 is Data & Justice and that our incoming students will read a book related to the theme, Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry.

Director of Freshman Seminar: Alex Barron
alexb [at] stedwards.edu

Hello World