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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   April 9, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 22   prev   next   current

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Freshman Seminars

Students find excitement and challenges in wide-ranging subjects

Princeton NJ — In its Nov. 20, 2006, issue, the Princeton Weekly Bulletin featured stories on two freshman seminars, both focusing on the intersection between art and science. This edition of the Bulletin includes stories on four more seminars — these a little more wide-ranging in their subject matter.

Freshmen this semester are discovering the excitement and challenge of working in a small-group setting with faculty and fellow students on topics such as great books, the chemistry of chocolate, black music and the DNA/iPod connection.

These are just a sampling of the 70 courses offered during the fall and spring semesters through Princeton’s freshman seminar program. This year, some 950 freshmen — nearly 80 percent of the class — have enrolled.

Almost universally, students say that their freshman seminar was one of their best academic experiences at Princeton and that they form their most enduring intellectual friendships with fellow students in the seminar.

  • Wrestling with great books and ideas (Full story in this issue)
  • Thinking critically about computing, biology and society (Full story in this issue)
  • Freshmen get a taste of chemistry — through chocolate (Full story in this issue)
  • ‘Troubling’ students’ beliefs about black music (Full story in this issue)

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