Inaugurated in 1990, First-Year Seminars involve faculty from many different departments, who develop special topics courses that introduce students to the critical thinking and writing skills required in college. Seminars help new students find and develop a voice through writing, speaking, analytical reading, discussion, and critical thinking. Seminars are small and operate through an exploratory discussion format. They begin during orientation and are the only class taken by all "K" students. Students write frequent, short papers, with many opportunities for revisions. Seminars include projects that foster intercultural understanding and hone information literacy.