Consider what it means to live a life of significance
while answering critical questions such as "What gives
my life meaning and direction?" and "What am I called
to do and be?" Examine diverse perspectives of the
ways individuals and communities have interpreted
these ideas over time while determining how you can
make a difference at Furman and in the world.
Spend your first year of college engaging in meaningful
vocational exploration and reflective activities such as a
student retreat in the nearby mountains, a pilgrimage
hike in Table Rock State Park, meals and mentoring
with faculty guests, and other unique opportunities.
These events are sponsored by Furman's Cothran
Center for Vocational Reflection and connect you with
class discussions, readings, and films.
Fall: FYS 1103: Finding Your Life Purpose
fulfills the first-year seminar graduation requirement)
guides you to explore your vocation and critically reflect
on the diverse nature of your calling in life. Learn more
about yourself, your beliefs, and your own sense of
calling while studying the vocational stories of others.
Spring: FYW 1238: The Way of Wisdom
fulfills the first-year writing intensive seminar graduation requirement) explores the world's "wisdom" traditions
through an examination of various religious texts while
trying to make sense of suffering and injustice. You
will work to define what a successful and happy life
looks like and how you might pursue that goal in
your own life.