First Year and Sophomore Seminars
First Year Seminar
First Year Seminar (CLA 199) is a 3 credit-hour course required for all freshmen at Lees-McRae College. First Year Seminar is an introduction to academic life for students and is designed to facilitate successful academic and social transitions from high school to college. Each section of First Year Seminar consists of a small cohort of students. This format allows each student the opportunity to build meaningful, supportive relationships with a group of classmates and the instructor. First Year Seminar is also designed to allow students the opportunity to explore academic, cultural and social issues. Each instructor centers his/her course on a topic of their choosing, keeping with the overarching theme of First Year Seminar, "self and the environment." Topics have included: Global Citizenship, Character Building: From Here to Integrity, Exploring Your Personal Identity Development, Take the Lead: Leadership and many more. This course helps students to strengthen the skills necessary to be a successful college student both inside and outside of the classroom. Class activities, discussions and assignments are designed to strengthen research, writing, critical thinking, career selection and study skills.
Career and Life Planning (CLA 299) is a course designed to introduce students to the principles and strategies used to engage in thoughtful and purposeful planning for a fulfilling life and career.Topics and activities will include a self-interest inventory and assessment, decision-making skills, resume writing, internships and employment opportunities, goal setting, interview skills, personal and professional wellness, graduate school, and life beyond college.