First-year seminar

This is where it all starts.

There are many seminars to choose from, and they all look fascinating. You might like the one about genetic engineering. Or art crimes. Or stress. Tell us which three topics call your name the loudest, and we’ll place you in a class. Now, your journey begins.

Your seminar will be small—at most 16 students. Your instructor will serve as your adviser from now until you declare your major in your sophomore year. Of course, you’ll have a whole team of advisers.

This is a jam-packed class that we predict you’re going to love. You’ll learn all about Conn College—its mission, core values and commitments. You’ll get the nitty gritty on the Connections curriculum. You’ll find out how to conduct top-notch research, how to give a persuasive presentation and how to enhance your writing skills. And you’re going to explore your seminar topic from every angle imaginable.

Connections Resources for First-Year Students

Team Advising

Being a first-year student in college can feel a little overwhelming. You’re living in a new place, among new people, learning new things in new ways. Navigating all this novelty can be a real challenge. We have an excellent solution at Conn College: your own advising team. Why a whole team? You get more support, more perspectives and more guidance. Your team will help you throughout your first year and into your second—when your select your major.

Your faculty adviser is the instructor of your first-year seminar. This person will get to know you well and help you in countless ways, especially with your academic vision.

Your staff adviser partners with your first-year seminar instructor. Your adviser will assist you with orientation and your schedule, and be your eyes and ears not only to Conn, but also to the larger New London community.

Student advisers, too. You’ll have at least two of these—maybe three. Because they were first-years themselves not so long ago, they have great insight. They’ll escort your class to various events, help you register for classes, and show you the way around the academic landscape. They’ll be there for you all year long and beyond. Grab a lunch or a coffee; go for a walk with them. They’re ready to help.

Also, a career adviser will help focus your interests into professional possibilities; connect you to career workshops and networking events with our alumni; and prep you for internships, job interviews, grad school applications or whatever else lies ahead.

Advising & Mentoring

Pathways & Centers

Connections means cohesion. Our interdisciplinary centers help achieve this, as do their counterpart, our integrative pathways. Whichever route you take, you’ll be deliberately pulling together your intellectual pursuits: your classes, your major, your internship, your projects.

There are currently nine intriguing pathways to choose from: (1) Bodies/Embodiment, (2) Cities and Schools, (3) Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, Value and Change, (4) Eye of the Mind: Interrogating the Liberal Arts, (5) Global Capitalism, (6) Peace and Conflict, (7) Power/Knowledge, (8) Public Health and (9) Social Justice and Sustainability. Potential pathways on the way include City Life and Learning; Creativity; and Food.

Your pathway or interdisciplinary center will enrich your studies by connecting you with a group of scholars. You'll work alongside students and faculty who share the same broad interest as you, but who study it from different—sometimes even radically different—perspectives.

Integrative Pathways

What's Your Question?

At the core of your Connections curriculum will be what we call your "animating question." This is the crux of your curiosity. The thing you wonder most. And the idea that will inspire—and yes, animate—your intellectual journey.