Interested in exploring dance? Energy and environment? Theatre? Psychology? Illness and medicine? Politics? Or study abroad, design thinking and creative expression as they relate to immersive experiences?
Commons Seminars are optional, one-credit, spring-semester seminars for first-year undergraduates only. They have no pre-requisites, and all are open to first-year students from any of the four undergraduate schools and colleges.
Whether or not these themes are related to your general area of study—and whether they are offered through your or any other school—these courses bring you together with a small group of students and a professor or team of instructors, all equally passionate to discuss these issues and questions.
Commons Seminars meet for the equivalent of fifteen contact hours but the course schedule is flexible (they may meet weekly, bi-monthly, over several weekends, etc.). They are intended to be small learning communities and are capped at fifteen.
Commons Seminars do not count toward any major.
NEW THIS YEAR!
In addition to our 15 traditional Commons Seminars, we offer 10 so-called iSeminars or “I”mmersion Seminars.
What is an iSeminar?
iSeminars (“I”mmersion Seminars) are modeled on our regular Commons Seminars (see above), but differ in a significant way. iSeminars are intended to prepare you to pursue your passions through rigorous, compelling, and unique projects.
These projects will help you imagine ways to make a difference in the world by introducing them to ideas related to immersion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. This is descriptive of the proposed and upcoming Immersion Vanderbilt experience itself, thus these seminars will be pre-emptive, preparatory, and exploratory, led by faculty from all four undergraduate schools who are dedicated to the University’s proposed immersion experience program.
First-year students are only allowed to enroll in ONE Commons Seminar or Commons iSeminar. Please review the course descriptions carefully before signing up to be aware of course expectations and schedule.
Check out the products of Commons Seminar EUS 1001.01: Berlin in the Twentieth Century: A Mapbox Project here.
The Medical Center Reporter coverage of Commons Seminars: Series lets undergrads explore new ideas.
Commons Seminars for the Class of 2020
iSeminars for the Class of 2020