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Courses for First-Year Students

The scholars program offers two kinds of courses designed for highly motivated and talented first-year students:

Intersections 130: Scholars Colloquium

This is a one-credit course (typical Luther courses are 4 credits) that provides small-group discussions of readings, local or national current events, or the amazing cultural and intellectual events available on campus. Sections are offered in both fall and spring semesters, and students may enroll either or both semesters for credit.

Some sections of the colloquium focus on a particular theme for the semester; others range more broadly to include attendance at such events as lectures (by Luther faculty members and visiting scholars and dignitaries), concerts (ranging from classical to jazz to contemporary), theatre and dance performances, poetry readings, and art shows. Your class will meet once a week, and you will be asked to write reflections and reactions to readings or events. 

Whatever the focus, Scholars Colloquium is an opportunity to connect with your intellectual peers at the beginning of your Luther education. The various sections of Scholars Colloquium will be taught by faculty members from across the curriculum.

Intersections 185: Great Debates

What have been some of the most momentous debates in human history, and how did they influence the lives of people both then and now? Why were these issues so controversial, and why did they matter so much to those involved? How have these debates changed the world—or have they? 

These first-year seminars will explore in depth one or more of these “great debates” (think evolution, geocentrism, empire, civil rights, and more) and their role in shaping how we see ourselves and the world. This course is open to all first-year students, but intended for those wanting to explore the Scholars Intersections Program. Offered in January term only.