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Discovery Seminar

Oxford College offers a signature academic experience exclusively for every first-year student. As a first-year student, you'll enroll in a Discovery Seminar (DSC 101Q) in the fall semester as the first step in Oxford’s signature general education curriculum focused on Discovery, Exploration, and Reflection. These 3-credit courses allow you to work closely with one another in a seminar class led by a faculty mentor who will also serve as your academic adviser for your two years at Oxford. Our Discovery Seminars will:

  • introduce you to ways of knowing and producing knowledge within a discipline or field of study
  • lead you to discover how to find and use evidence to question, analyze, interpret, and create knowledge
  • provide a close-knit learning community (each seminar is capped at 16 students, and your instructor is your academic adviser)
  • fulfill a general education distribution requirement, or "tag," and count as one of your required Ways of Inquiry (Q) courses

Through a process of ranking your preferences, you'll be registered for a Discovery Seminar prior to your arrival on campus in August. Every effort will be made to place you in one of your top choices. 

Below are the 30 Discovery Seminars offered in fall 2019. Click on the title for more information about the course and a link to the biography of the faculty member teaching it.

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