First-Year Symposium

At Colby-Sawyer, students develop the ability to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines. Liberally educated individuals are those who demonstrate strong thinking skills, empowered learning, and intellectual curiosity. Our liberal education curriculum provides students with the model for successful college-level work and supports the foundation for learning in the major area of study.

First-Year Symposium

Students choose a First-Year Symposium in their first semester based on interest in the theme. The First-Year Symposium:

  • introduces students to the demands and pleasures of rigorous intellectual endeavors and helps them develop good habits of the mind necessary for college-level work; and

  • develops students' abilities to work collaboratively in a community of learners, and helps them appreciate the interconnectedness of knowledge from disciplines across the breadth of human experience.