Freshman Seminars in Service and Civic Engagement

How has Princeton University historically been connected to the institution of slavery? Does your zip code determine your health outcomes? Can we map the historical and current cultural and political life of Princeton and Trenton? These are questions being addressed this year through the Freshman Seminars in Service and Civic Engagement. This pilot program, a collaboration between the Freshman Seminars Program, the Community-Based Learning Initiative, Whitman College, and partners in the community, brings courses with a substantial service or civic engagement component to the Freshman Seminar program. These courses provide students with exciting opportunities to connect their in-class learning with service in the external community.

Due to the success of these courses, we plan to offer the Freshman Seminars in Service and Civic Engagement again next academic year. Interested faculty should refer to the Freshman Seminar Call for Proposals, and may contact Jaclyn Schwalm (, Director of Studies at Whitman College, for additional information.

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