The Seminar for Freshmen program provides incoming first-year students with signature courses taught by expert faculty members. Each course is limited to 19 students in order to encourage a high level of student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction.
Seminar instructors also serve as academic mentors to their students. Through mentoring activities and class instruction, faculty familiarize students with Suffolk University and the network of resources available to promote intellectual and personal success. The mission of the Seminar for Freshmen program is to introduce first-year students to the intellectual rigors of college-level work; to assist students as they transition from high school to the university; and to prepare students for continued academic success.
Students are given the opportunity to expand their interests, establish interdisciplinary connections, and work on their academic and practical skills in a variety of contexts, both in and outside of the classroom. Seminars are reading- and writing-intensive and designed to foster critical thinking skills. They reflect a liberal arts approach to education featuring a multitude of cultural and intellectual activities — trips to theaters, museums, and historical sites; guest speakers; service learning and volunteering; collaborative projects; and many other enrichment activities.