First-Year Seminar 2019 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar introduces students to many of the core values of a Westmont education. It provides opportunities to explore ideas and perspectives within a small community of learners. The seminar strives to help students gain confidence in their own inquiries, to develop their own voices, to hone their thinking and writing skills, and to reflect on the purposes of a Christian liberal arts program. Each seminar has its own thematic focus.
Joining the First-Year Seminar is a perfect opportunity to participate in a small, discussion-oriented course where you can develop a relationship with a faculty member and a small group of peers on a topic of interest. A First-Year Seminar is a great addition to a three or four-course load.
These seminars are only offered in the fall semester. They are open to any new student (first-year or transfer).
2019 First-Year Seminar Courses
IS-015-1, Discovering the Bible
This two-unit, first-year seminar teaches students the larger biblical narrative and characters in the Bible. The course is designed for students who would like additional exposure to the Old and New Testaments before they take the required GE Introduction to the Old Testament or Introduction to the New Testament.
Instructor: Telford Work
Class Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15-4:05 PM
IS-015-2, Espalier: Frech Garden Art
As the twig is bent, the tree's inclined...
The espalier technique is attributed to the ancient Romans but was developed in northern France during the middle ages. Farmers planted fruit trees against south-facing, heat-retaining walls and pruned them severely to two-dimensional forms. The produce thus cultivated was larger, more succulent fruit which ripened sooner than that from naturally shaped trees. In time the pruners became sculptors creating ornaments for the landscape as well as prize crops.
In the course, the class will study the history and the method of espalier and visit local gardens. The class will also have the opportunity to shape two trees against the south wall of the Westmont Book Store.
Instructor: Mary Collier
Class Time: Tuesday, 10:00-11:50 AM