Students in Whitman College's First Year Seminars can expect to achieve the following learning outcomes:

GENS 175: Exploring Complex Questions 

  • Students will demonstrate improved ability to ask increasingly focused and complex questions.
  • Students will demonstrate improved ability to read with attention to detail and nuance.
  • Students will demonstrate improved ability to use discussion as a means to discover and reconsider ideas.
  • Students will demonstrate improved ability to understand how a writer’s overt purposes and readers’ expectations influence the structure and style of writing.

GENS 176: Making Powerful Arguments 

  • Students will demonstrate improved ability to develop arguable and defensible thesis statements.
  • Students will demonstrate improved ability to read with attention to detail and nuance.
  • Students will demonstrate improved ability to debate respectfully and rigorously.
  • Students will demonstrate improved ability to integrate appropriate evidence to support argumentative claims.