"Drake University is a community of learners."
Drake 2010: A Strategic Vision
A First Year Seminar:
First Year Seminar Writing:
The First Year Seminar should offer a writing-intensive experience for students. Typically, this will involve a series of short writing assignments beginning early in the term and totaling at least 20 pages in length. The instructor should provide substantive feedback and students should be allowed an opportunity for correction and revision on at least some assignments.
First Year Seminar Critical Thinking:
The First Year Seminar should engage critical thinking. The Drake Curriculum revisions adopted last spring by the Faculty Senate expanded and clarified the goal of developing critical thinking skills. Quoting portions of the revisions:
The Drake Curriculum makes a particular intentional effort to guide students to acquire the skills for rational analysis and argumentation that is purposeful, rigorous, self-reflective, and based on a careful consideration of evidence. Students will learn to:
A Note about Learning Communities and Debating Democracy:
Our FYS classes are structured as learning communities, where students enrolled in the class, to the extent possible, live together on a single floor in an on-campus residence hall. These Learning Communities help to connect students both socially and intellectually. One particular FYS adds a second distinctive element. In FYS025 - Perspectives on American Character - students are enrolled in a second linked course, a special section of POLS001, that is designed to complement their FYS section.
In addition the FYS 010 section - The Power of Tradition, The Forces of Change: China (1587) and England (1529) - will feature a unique format. These classes will center on role-playing simulations in which students recreate historical episodes of democratic deliberation at crucial moments in history.