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  • First Year and Beyond

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  • A liberal arts education provides students with the skills that will enable them to think critically and creatively. We encourage you to explore new intellectual realms by taking a broad range of liberal arts courses during your first year at Lang. We encourage you to explore new intellectual realms by taking a broad range of liberal arts courses during your first year at Lang. To that end, students in their first year do not take more than two courses in one area of study in the same semester.

    Throughout your academic journey, you will meet with Student Success advisors and faculty advisors as you design your curricular path, search for engaged learning opportunities, and prepare for life after Lang.

    First Year

    Lang’s first-year seminars and writing courses provide incoming students with support and guidance vital to their overall academic success.

    • Writing the Essay I and Writing the Essay II: All first-year students enroll in these topic-based courses, designed to help them formulate, develop, and express ideas and practice argumentation through a process of writing, workshopping, and revision. A wide variety of topics are available. Although these courses are required, we encourage you to explore new intellectual realms and try leaving your comfort zone by choosing topics you wouldn't ordinarily decide to study. You'll have enough time to focus on a specific major or minor, so allow yourself this time for exploration. Explore spring 2021 Writing the Essay courses.

    • First Year Seminar: In their first semester, Lang students take a seminar that draws on professors' expertise in particular areas and topics but addresses pressing questions designed to engage students with a wide range of interests and academic goals. Every fourth class session is led by your first-year fellow and is designed to help you develop critical thinking skills around social justice and liberal arts in addition to other skills. Explore First Year Seminar offerings by searching LNGC 1400 and selecting the term you are interested in in the university course catalog.

    For regular updates about the First Year Experience and its faculty, visit the First-Year Writing Portfolio

    Sophomore Year

    Sophomores are encouraged to look into study abroad, internship, and civic engagement opportunities as well as learning a new language. (We recommend beginning in the Fall semester.) The internship advisors at Student Success will assist you through one-on-one counseling, group workshops, and internship events, and we encourage you to take advantage of the Career Center's workshops and events. Sophomores also begin to focus their academic interests. In the second semester (prior to completing 60 credits), students are expected to declare a major. Transfer students admitted with junior standing have a grace period of one semester in which to declare a major. As a sophomore, you will meet with the departmental faculty advisor for your declared major and continue consulting your Student Success advisor as you consider educational and career choices.

    Junior Year

    In your junior year, you will take upper-level courses in which you will engage in more in-depth study of your academic interests. During this year, you will determine which requirements remain to be satisfied in your major, including prerequisites for courses you wish to take in your senior year. You will also explore how your academic path fits into your post-graduation plans and continue participating in experiential programs such as internships, study abroad, and civic engagement. Students in their junior year often conduct preliminary research for their senior capstone project. Starting in their junior year, students admitted to the BA/MA program can begin earning credits that apply to both their Lang degree and their graduate degree from one of the university's graduate schools, allowing them to save time and money.

    Senior Year

    All students at Lang complete a senior capstone requirement in their major or interdisciplinary program. This can be satisfied with an individual project, a collaborative project, or (in some programs) a special seminar. You will continue to meet with your Student Success advisor and departmental faculty advisor as you explore job opportunities and graduate programs. Take advantage of career planning workshops, panels, and resources, including help writing a resume and cover letter, finding an internship or job, and assistance in preparing for graduate school and life after Lang.

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