Colloquium is a 1 credit transition course for all new Linfield students. Through Colloquium, you will learn the value of Linfield’s liberal arts curriculum, how to successfully navigate the transition from your previous institution/educational background to Linfield, and to strategize ways to engage at Linfield to maximize your goals. Topics covered include: learning from a liberal arts perspective, locating and accessing campus resources, cultivating skills for academic success, long-term academic planning and goal-setting, and engagement in the Linfield community.
In Colloquium, you have the opportunity to develop relationships with a faculty and peer advisor team and become an enthusiastic and engaged member of the Linfield community. Your faculty and peer advisor duo will serve as your primary academic advising resource and co-teach your Colloquium class. Your Colloquium instructor will also serve as your faculty advisor until you decide to declare your major (and your Colloquium advisor may remain your advisor if you choose to major in his/her department). Your other Colloquium instructor is a peer advisor, an upper-class student who will guide you in discovering what it means to be a Linfield student.
The class materials and discussions in Colloquium are designed to provide you with tools for success in college. Much of what you learn in Colloquium is based upon the feedback of Linfield students and faculty who have taught Colloquium for many years. Like other classes, you should plan to ask questions, participate in discussions, and connect with your faculty and peer advisors individually outside of class.
Linfield's Common Read program is introduced through Colloquium. The 2016-16 selection The Circle by Dave Eggers. A copy will be included in your Orientation packet. Plan to arrive on campus for Orientation Weekend with the book completed and ready to discuss your ideas with your Colloquium classmates.
You are pre-enrolled in a Colloquium section and charged a small course fee. Colloquium sections are often composed of students with similar academic interests, but not always. Colloquium faculty and peer advisors are trained to advise students of any academic interest.