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Pacific Seminar I

PACS 1 Cover 2016 Pacific Seminar 1 takes place in the first semester.

It is a shared intellectual experience with a uniform  syllabus and a common course reader.

It introduces students to the question: "What is a Good Society?"

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Course Description:

PACS 1 develops skills students will need to succeed in any field of study at the University and beyond. The course represents an introduction to general education in the best sense of the term: education for self-examination and engaged citizenship. Such grounding will help students develop the agency and flexibility necessary to navigate a rapidly changing political, social, and economic environment.


Student Learning Outcomes

In PACS 1, students will work to become stronger:

  • Writers-able to write concisely and cogently for a given audience.
  • Critical thinkers-sharp, nimble, inclined to search for evidence, and skilled at appraising it.
  • Readers-able to reflect upon and apply an author's main and supporting ideas and perspective.

Students will engage the following university learning objectives in PACS 1: Critical and creative thinking, communication, and sustainability.