Argument & Inquiry Seminar Resources
In the spring of 2009, Carleton College's faculty voted in a new set of graduation requirements. An exciting element of these new requirements is that all first-year students are required to take an Argument and Inquiry ("A&I") seminar during their fall term. These seminars are intended to provide students with an understanding of the meaning and value of a liberal arts education during their first months at Carleton. A&I courses explicitly introduce the ways that scholars ask questions, and find, use, and evaluate information effectively and ethically in constructing arguments. They give students opportunities for critical reading, thinking, discussion and college-level writing on a variety of topics and are designed to enhance students' abilities to collaborate effectively with their peers and professors.
This website is intended as a resource for the Carleton community during the first years of this new program. Here you will find explanations of the essential elements of the seminars, links to teaching tips and successful assignments, and connections to colleagues and departments throughout the college who are available to help.
- This is the most concise guide to required components for an Argument and Inquiry Seminar.
- Educators at Carleton and beyond reflect on the purpose and meaning of liberal arts education.
- This link leads you to materials presented by the Community Equity and Diversity Initiative (CEDI) group on classroom climate.
- The A & I Convocation will be held Friday, October 26, 2012, at 10:50 AM in Skinner Memorial Chapel, with an address by Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Turkle is an expert on the subjective side of human relationships with technology; the title of her address will be "Necessary Conversations: Technology as the Architect of our Intimacies."
- Group work, peer review.
- Resources for teaching writing-rich courses.
- Guidelines, rubrics for grading, and resources for oral presentations, posters, videos, and web site development.
- Resources on ethical use of information, research ideas and methods
- Faculty are invited to post their questions & comments about Argument & Inquiry Seminars here.
- Expertise, facilities, and resources available for you or your students. Sample Syllabi in various fields (requires Carleton faculty credentials for log-on).