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Argument & Inquiry Seminar Resources

Argument and Inquiry (A&I) seminars are designed 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, as well as 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. The requirement that all incoming students take an A&I course during the fall term was part of the new graduation requirements instituted in 2009.

This website provides a rich array of resource for Carleton faculty members teaching, or thinking about teaching, an A&I seminar.  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. 

  • Required A&I Elements

    This is the most concise guide to required components for an Argument and Inquiry Seminar.
  • What is a "liberal arts approach to learning"?

    Educators at Carleton and beyond reflect on the purpose and meaning of liberal arts education.
  • Ensuring Positive Classroom Climate

    This link leads you to materials presented by the Community Equity and Diversity Initiative (CEDI) group on classroom climate.
  • The A&I Convocation 2013

    The A & I Convocation will be held Friday, October 4, 2013, at 10:50 AM in Skinner Memorial Chapel, with an address by Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, and among the most prolific, widely followed, and celebrated public intellectuals of the present era.
  • Effectively instilling habits of collaboration

    Group work, peer review.
  • Writing & Teaching Writing

    Resources for teaching writing-rich courses.
  • Presentations

    Guidelines, rubrics for grading, and resources for oral presentations, posters, videos, and web site development.
  • Teaching research

    Resources on ethical use of information, research ideas and methods
  • Curricular Support

    Expertise, facilities, and resources available for you or your students. Sample Syllabi in various fields (requires Carleton faculty credentials for log-on).
  • Teaching Tips

    Links that you might find useful.
  • Archives

    Archived information that you might find useful.

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