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INTR101-A (Sienkewicz)

Fall Semester, 1998

MWF 11:00-11:50 A.M.

Capron Classics Room

The Freshman Seminar is an intensive introduction to the College and to liberal education. It involves the reading of several texts, active discussion, and frequent writing intended to develop intellectual abilities and to introduce some questions central to being a well educated person. The objective of the Seminar is to introduce you to different ways in which people explore and create knowledge, make claims about what should be taken seriously as "truth," and deal with the problem of "meaning."

The course begins with a discussion of Chaim Potok's The Chosen which raises general questions relating to JOURNEY AND QUEST, the overlying theme of the seminar. It concludes with an examination of this theme in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. On the journey from The Chosen to Frankenstein, several other texts will be read and discussed.

Professor: Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz

Office: Jamieson Greek Room (Wallace 101)

Office Phone: 457-2371

Office Hours: MWF 8:00-8:50 or by appointment

Home Phone: 734-3543


Associate: Mr. Jay Dickerson

Campus P.O. Box: 225

Dorm: 729 East Euclid

Dorm Phone: 734-3805

Professor Sienkewicz is generally in his office every day and is eager to meet with students whenever he is not teaching. Please feel free to stop by to chat at your convenience. If you cannot find him in his office, please do not hesitate to call him (even at home in the evening if necessary) or send him an e-mail message. Mr. Dickerson is also ready and willing to chat with you and answer any questions you may have.

There are certain minimum requirements which students in all sections of Freshmen Seminar are expected to fulfill. These are outlined in the Freshman Seminar Blue Book and on the Monmouth College Freshman Seminar Website. Additional information about Professor Sienkewicz' section of Freshman Seminar is accessible on the Classics Dept website at http:\\\academic\classics\SienkewiczFreshSem\.

A word on plagiarism:

Plagiarism is copying someone else's work without giving credit. Such copying--from a book, another classmate's paper, or any other source--is dishonest. Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or nearly-identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will receive a failing grade.


This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor, provided that written or verbal notice is given in class.

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