Enduring Questions (FRC) Course
FRC-101 Enduring Questions
In the spring, every freshman is enrolled in a
section of Freshman Colloquium - Enduring
Questions ("EQ"), a course that builds upon skills
practiced in Freshman Tutorial.
From the beginning of civilization, deep questions
have marked our cultures across the globe. A
liberal arts education enshrines the question.
Questions are the catalyst for and the evidence of
a liberal arts mind. Therefore, this class engages
students in the exploration of fundamental
questions of humanity from multiple perspectives.
The daily activity of the class most often
involves discussion, wherein students and faculty
consider together classic and contemporary works
from multiple disciplines, including a variety of
genres in literature and art, essays, drama,
music, film, and new media. Although individual
sections will vary in terms of specific
instructional activities and assignments, the
goals of EQ are: (1) to facilitate the development
of fundamental intellectual skills of careful
reading, considerate thought, and effective
written and oral communication, (2) to encourage
students to consider and communicate with one
another about ideas that matter and (3) to build
relationships among students, staff, and faculty.
In addition to regular class sessions, students
are expected to attend affiliated speakers and
programs both on and off-campus.
Since 2016-17, fall Freshman Tutorial sections
(comprised of 15-16 students) continue together in
the spring for EQ; however, instructors typically
change. Students may not use a Conversion to
Credit/No Credit (CC/NC) grading option for