By pursuing your studies at Lang, you will benefit from the closeness of a liberal arts college, the resources of a larger university, and the endless possibilities of New York City. To help you navigate these opportunities and the challenges that come along with them, academic advisors, faculty advisors, and first-year fellows are available to assist you with your transition to college life and studies. Though your first year holds excitement and promise, you might also experience challenges such as homesickness, finding new friends, and figuring out the city. Feel free to speak with your academic advisor, your faculty advisor, or your first-year fellow for support and also read these tips on transitioning to college and city life (PDF). The office of Student Success offers assistance to students as they translate their personal interests and passions into a path of study and eventually enter the world of work. To find out about news and events hosted by Student Success as well as other offices and programs across the university, visit the Student Success blog.
Almost everyone finds the first semester of college exciting but also challenging. So much will be new and unfamiliar: new living
arrangements, a new community of students, increased responsibilities,
greater academic expectations. Lang’s first-year seminars/workshops and
writing courses provide incoming students with support and guidance
vital to their overall academic success. We encourage you to explore new
intellectual realms by taking a broad range of liberal arts courses
during your first year at Lang. Try leaving your comfort zone and choose
topics you wouldn't ordinarily decide to study. You’ll have enough time
to focus on a specific major or minor, so allow yourself this time for
exploration. For questions about the First Year curriculum, contact First Year Chair Natalia Mehlman Petrzela at email@example.com.
As a first-year student, you should
complete 30 credits during your first two semesters, including the three
required courses listed below. First-year students starting in the
spring semester should consult with an academic advisor about fulfilling
first-year seminar is taught by a professor who serves as your faculty
advisor during your freshman year at Lang. These seminars draw upon
professors’ expertise in particular areas and topics, but they are all
designed to be useful and accessible for students with a wide range of
interests and academic goals. The seminars also offer you the
opportunity to engage in intense discussions with your classmates,
developing the skills to grapple with challenging material and diverse
perspectives in your other courses as well.
Every fourth class session of the
first-year seminar is a workshop led by your first-year fellow. These
workshops are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills around social justice and liberal arts as well as good study habits,
academic planning and time management skills, seminar discussion techniques, and personal health and
All first-year students are required to
complete two topic-based courses in expository writing, Writing the
Essay I and II. Writing the Essay I helps students formulate,
develop, and express ideas through a process of writing, workshopping, and revisions.
Students begin with familiar formats (like the personal essay), then move
on to more analytical writing (the critical essay). In Writing the
Essay II, students develop a clear and forceful prose style through
close reading and consistent work in writing, workshopping, and revision. Students
explore research methods and produce at least one in-depth essay that
requires library research. Contact: First Year Writing Chair Scott Korb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students interested in a perspective on Scott's teaching, his writing, and what he's reading can visit his New School portfolio. For regular updates about the program and its faculty, visit the First Year Writing Portfolio.
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