The primary goal of the freshman seminar program is to help the student develop his or her ability to engage in critical thinking and independent learning. To accomplish this, the seminars provide the student with an active small-class experience that includes opportunities for discussion, writing, and other modes of expression appropriate to the subject matter of the course.
At William & Mary, the undergraduate general education curriculum includes seven General Education Requirements (GERs). The aim of general education at William and Mary is to help students develop critical judgment, imagination, and moral autonomy. However, general education requires structure that clearly reflects the program's purposes and goals. The General Education Requirements (GERs) provide that structure. (from the William & Mary 2003-2004 Course Catalog)