First-Year Seminar

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The First-year Seminars are an integral part of your first-semester experience at Stockton. Each course has a different content area, which makes our program unique. Students can take classes on sustainability issues, diversity, history of Paris, American stories or detectives in literature while working on the essential elements of writing, critical reading, speaking and listening, and information literacy. The credits will count toward graduation requirements for every major and program, and all of the seminars are designed to help you practice the skills needed to be a better college student and achieve your life-long learning goals.

First-year seminars also include a common reading that is taught in all of the first-year seminars. This book is your first shared intellectual experience with the entire incoming class. Stockton provides the book for each new student and we create opportunities to think about the text both inside and outside of the classroom.

First-year seminars are an essential part of the First Year Experience (FYE) at Stockton, and the coordinators of both programs work closely to ensure that our new students have a welcoming and challenging first year.

The Common Reading

Book Cover for Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage has written one of her most exquisitely devastating tragedies to date. In one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down-and-out factory workers struggle to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near future. Based on Nottage’s extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America’s economic decline.

Lynn Nottage is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prize Awards for Drama for Sweat and Ruined. She is the first woman playwright to be honored twice. Her other plays include Intimate ApparelBy the  Way, Meet Vera Stark; Fabulation, or the Re-Education of UndineCrumbs from the Table of Joy; and Las Meninas.

First-Year Seminar Program Convenor:

Geoffrey Gust, Ph.D. 

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