First-Year Seminar Program

College of Arts and Sciences faculty encourages all Oberlin first-year students to enroll in a First-Year Seminar, which introduces students to liberal arts learning. Seminars will not only hone your skills in critical and creative thinking, discussion, and writing but also acquaint you with resources available for your learning at Oberlin. 

First-year seminars help you think about the connections among the courses you've chosen and the personal significance and social relevance of your studies. Faculty in departments and programs throughout the college offer first-year seminars on subjects that will stir your intellectual curiosity and inspire you to question and understand the workings of science, society, and the community at large.

Take a seminar to share new ideas, learn from others, and get to know a professor well in a small classroom setting, as class size is limited to 14-16 students. These seminars provide a singular learning opportunity. Some recent first-year seminars have explored the nature of human language, black women and liberation, science and ethics of genetic manipulation, the meanings of jazz across times and place, the genesis of controversy, and social justice in the United States.

All first-year seminars are at the same level, regardless of the course number. We offer more than 100 seminars on a rotating basis.

Browse our seminars and course descriptions.

Direct questions about the FSYP to firstyearseminar@oberlin.edu.