What can I expect from my first-year writing seminar at Furman?

  • First-year writing seminars develop your skills in critical thinking and logical argument through a process of writing, rethinking, and rewriting.
  • Writing seminars are not just discussion classes; you will work on your writing in class, confer with your professor about your work, and learn to edit your peers’ (and your own) writing.
  • College-level research skills and experiences are emphasized in the writing seminar. Youwork with library faculty assigned to your specific seminar to develop your facility with research.
  • Higher modes of thinking, reading, and writing are introduced that will enable you tosucceed through all of your college courses and beyond in your professional career.
  • Key competencies of academic writing such as citation formatting, grammar andpunctuation, and academic integrity are reviewed and practiced.
  • The topic of your seminar is designed by your professor to spark your intellectualcuriosity and build your analytical and communication skills. Seminar topics are not limited to a particular discipline or major, and many are interdisciplinary.

Whether you are an incoming first year and or a transfer student (when applicable), you will be assigned to a seminar during your first year at Furman based on topic preferences you select during Summer Orientation.
View the seminar topic​s​.​​​​