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The Next Chapter: First Year Program

The First-Year Program at Westminster College is an innovative educational experience required of all new students. It is designed to introduce you to the philosophy and practice of a liberal arts education and equip you with skills essential to your success at college and in life beyond Westminster College. This program seeks to develop the whole student, and thus involves both academics and the social and co-curricular opportunities which support them.

 

Academics


The formal academic portion of the program is composed of three classes you will take over the course of your first two semesters. These classes are Inquiry 111, Writing 111, and Speech 111. The Inquiry 111 course has been structured so that, following completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate and practice the values and methods of a liberal arts education.
  • Engage, experience and explain different ways of knowing.
  • Pursue interdisciplinary study and discussion of important issues.

Writing 111 and Speech 111 are purposely designed to complement Inquiry 111. For more information regarding these courses, please refer to the Westminster College Undergraduate Catalog.

 

Social


A sense of community is important to the people of Westminster College, so much so that we often refer to Westminster as a "family." Therefore, the development of community is an essential component of your Westminster experience and the First-Year Program. Fresh Start Orientation is your introduction to this community and a vital part of your social life here.

 

Co-curriculum


The co-curriculum at Westminster College is a rich one. Student organizations that support your academic studies, service opportunities offered in and out of class, leadership opportunities, and internship experiences are only a few examples of all that is available to enhance and deepen your education at Westminster. Your introduction to the co-curriculum is "The Next Chapter", our summer reading program for all incoming first year students. The summer reading is a collaborative effort of the Division of Student Affairs and the Inquiry Program, and it provides an enjoyable way for our students to continue to hone their critical thinking skills during the summer through the exploration of a selected literary work.

 

Instructions for Uploading Your Summer Reading Essay


You will need to upload your paper to the Dropbox for your Inquiry 111 class. Follow this link to the course page: https://learn.westminster.edu/d2l/home/11276. Click on Dropbox at the top of the page. Look for the “People of the Book" folder that includes the day/time your section of Inquiry meets and your instructor's name (For example, People of the Book - 12:50 MWF with S. Smithey).

Note: Your folder might be on the second page of results. Click on the folder and upload your essay there.