The Liberal Arts Seminar is a course designed to introduce first year students to the intellectual practices that must be cultivated and routinely exercised to make the most of a liberal education. Through a topic of intrinsic interest, students will practice and develop their capacity for critical and analytical thought, their ability to conduct and report research on a given topic, and their ability to collaborate in solving problems. In addition, students will exercise their ability to express themselves orally and in writing. The instructor/advisor will help students become independent learners who understand the intent of Nebraska Wesleyan's general education program.
Students who fail IDS 001 (Liberal Arts Seminar) the first time they take it must, in the following semester, re-take IDS 001 and take IDS 010 Academic Success Seminar as a co-requisite. Students who have already taken and passed the Academic Success Seminar may schedule regular meetings with the Academic Achievement Specialist instead of re-taking the course. Any students who fail the Liberal Arts Seminar twice will retain the F on their transcripts, and the IDS 001 requirement will then be waived.
This course assists students in developing skills for greater success in college and in life. The course makes students more aware of their learning preferences and ways to build upon them for college success. Students are offered proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional, and personal success.
(Normally offered each semester.)