First-Term Seminar (FTS)

As part of their first semester course schedule, students entering Gustavus Adolphus College as first-year students, who are not enrolled in the 3 Crowns Curriculum, enroll in one course designated FTS-100: First-Term Seminar (FTS). The FTS is a small, discussion-based course, that introduces students to skills and habits of mind central to the liberal arts: critical thinking, writing, and speaking. While practicing these skills and habits, students explore and develop values as they consider enduring and contemporary questions or challenges. Thus, FTS promotes empathetically examining the values of others and reflecting upon, developing, and articulating one’s own values. This focus on values permeates the FTS Program, shaping all of its goals.

新大发体育官网in addition, the fts professor serves as the academic advisor until students declare a major or are admitted into a certification program (e.g., athletic training, education, exercise physiology, nursing). each fts carries a writ designation; fts courses do not carry a general education core area designation. a full list and description of fts offerings is published for entering students before registration.


Critical Thinking

critical thinking involves applying reason to ideas, a willingness to consider the perspectives and values of others, and an awareness of the limits of any given epistemology.


Writing and Speaking

Greg Kaster leads a class discussion in his FTS class (Photo by Nick Theisen ’15).

writing and speaking are creative and critical processes that students use to engage with others. good writers and speakers accommodate different purposes, contexts, and audiences. these rhetorical choices help communicators make their cases in the most effective ways possible.

 

Advising

advising emphasizes an introduction to college resources and the college curriculum, encourages students to explore their values, and fosters a mentoring community on campus. fts professors work alongside students to plan their liberal arts education, refer them to campus resources, and help them think about possibilities for their college career and beyond.