First Year Program: Geographies of Experience
“Geographies of Experience: Culture, Art, Science, Self” (GEO) interdisciplinary, general education, first-year experience required of all incoming First Year students. The course will be taken either in the first or second semester of a student's first year at the College. The course is a one-course unit (4 credit hours), and 14-weeks long, integrating field trips with classroom learning. There are no pre-requisites, but the course emphasizes skill development especially reading and writing at the College level. Each section has a maximum of 20 students.
GEO requires five field trips over the course of the semester - four college - organized and guide field trips and one independent field trip (students select a destination from several choices and make the necessary travel arrangements to go on their own) - taking advantage of the resources, both cultural and natural, in the NY_NJ area. The course designation is GEO 103: Geographies of Experience
GEO exposes students to the richness of the physical and cultural landscapes of the region, providing an immersion experience in culture, art, nature, ecology and sustainable and healthy living. GEO will broaden students' knowledge, stimulate their curiosity and spark their imaginations. Students will learn not only about peoples and their histories, religions, cultures and art, but also about the natural environment, other life forms (both plant and animal) and elements of the planet and the universe. Philosophical inquiries into the nature of knowledge, the nature of the universe and the nature of the self will be woven into class discussions and student journals.
In addition to the GEO course, the GEO First Year Experience includes special events - speakers, performers and workshops - for all First Year students held throughout the year, but especially during the spring semester.