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. In your first year, you will not take more than two courses in one area of study in the same semester.
First Year students have three advisors, all of whom help the students plan their first year and beyond at Lang:
- A Student Success academic advisor
- A First Year Fellow
- A faculty member who teaches their First Year Seminar
Throughout your academic journey, you will continue to 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.
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. We see these topics not as arenas for mastery but as a way into writing and community, offering shared texts and interests, and nurturing engagement. These courses create the conditions for transformative learning and offer tools and support for students that enable them to discover who they are as writers and thinkers. We encourage wild play with language, intellectual risk taking, generative messiness, and revision as exploration and pleasure. We see First Year writing students at Lang as writers discovering the source of their own creativity and knowledge as they hone skills essential to them through the year and beyond. Explore WTEI and II offerings for spring and fall 2023.
Writing the Essay III: This writing-intensive class is designed for students transferring to Lang who have already taken some writing courses at the college level. Students pursue paths of creative inquiry, taking as subject matter the process of research itself as they embark on individual semester-long writing projects. Explore fall 2023 WTEIII courses.
Craft-Lesson Lunch Series: Each semester, First Year writing students engage in a series of weekly lunches where faculty and guests present dynamic, interactive readings and lessons in the craft of writing. These lunches bring writing students and faculty together for both in-depth discussions of writing fundamentals and advanced lessons in what it takes to make convincing and arresting writing.
First Year Seminar: In their first semester, Lang students take a seminar that draws on professors' expertise in particular areas and topics while addressing pressing questions designed to engage students with a wide range of interests and academic goals. Every fourth class session is led by students' First Year fellow and is designed to help them develop critical thinking skills around social justice and liberal arts and
other skills. Explore First Year Seminar offerings by searching LNGC 1400 and selecting the term you are interested in in the university course catalog.
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 (before 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.
In your junior year, you will take upper-level courses in which you will engage in more in-depth study of your areas of academic interest. 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.
All students at Lang complete a senior capstone requirement in their major or interdisciplinary program. This requirement 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 résumé and cover letter, finding an
internship or job, and preparing for graduate school and life after Lang.