First Year Seminar

A great education takes you beyond lectures and tests and into the territory of discussion, debate, and active exploration. At Drake, this experience starts as soon as you arrive with the First Year Seminar.

Small Classes, Fascinating Topics

The First Year Seminar is a small class with no more than 19 students that focuses on a special topic. It’s all about dialog, discovery, and making connections—connections between ideas and connections with your fellow travelers on this intellectual journey. In fact, you won’t just see your classmates in class; you’ll live in the same building with them, often on the same floor.

Each First Year Seminar addresses a specific theme—topics that may strike you as surprising. Consider a few recent examples:

  • Banned Books: Ideology, Suppression, and Censorship
  • Liar, Liar: Dishonesty in a Post-Truth Society
  • Batman and Cultural History
  • The Real Hunger Games—Food in America
  • Zombies! The Zombie Apocalypse in Film, Culture, and Literature
  • Got Ethics?
  • Energy for Future Presidents

You can choose from nearly 50 seminar options, either a topic related to your major or something completely different you’d like to explore. The 2013 Fall Course Listing provides the most recent list of all FirstYear Seminars, complete with descriptions.

Friendships and Connections Beyond Class

At Drake, we believe the friendships you make with students and faculty are just as important as the information you learn and the skills you gain in your classes. The First Year Seminar is a first step in developing connections that will last a lifetime.

So that you can get to know your professor and the other students in your seminar group right from the start, you’ll go through Welcome Weekend with them after arriving on campus. Later, you’ll have the chance to take part in other activities together. Some classes hold capture the flag tournaments. Others visit the Drake Diner or plan movie nights. All of them develop a special sense of community.

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Admission Calendar

Apply Now - Fall 2015 Application for Admission

August 25 - First Day of Fall Semester

October 16 - Campus Preview Half-Day

October 17 - Campus Preview Half-Day

October 27 - Campus Preview Day

November 10 - Campus Preview Day

December 1 - Pre-Pharmacy Application Deadline

December 1 - National Alumni Scholarship Application Deadline

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