Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar LogoThe Freshman Seminars are an integral part of your first-semester experience at Stockton. Each course has a different content area. That makes our program unique. Students can take classes on sustainability issues, diversity, history of Paris, or detectives in literature besides working on the essential elements of critical reading, writing, speaking and listening, and information literacy. These skills will make you a better college student and help you achieve your life-long goals.

Freshman Seminars also include a common reading. Every summer, incoming first-year students are given a book at Orientation. Most Freshman Seminar instructors will use this book early in the course, so you should have read it before school begins. This book is your first common intellectual experience with your class. There is a Freshman Convocation on the last Thursday of September; often, the speaker is the author of the common reading. Students are encouraged to ask the speaker questions. When the speaker is the author of the common reading, bring your book to the Convocation, and the author will autograph it for you! The Convocation is yet another shared academic experience. These common experiences will show you the importance of exchanging ideas with your peers and experts in various areas, and help you form (or reinforce) your academic goals and intellectual aspirations.

Freshman Seminars are an essential part of the First Year Experience (FYE) at Stockton, and the coordinators of both programs work closely to ensure that our freshmen have a welcoming and challenging first year.

The Common Reading

Factfulness by Hand Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund reveals ten instincts that distort our perspective of the world - from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).

Our problem is that we don't know what we don't know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn't mean there aren't real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most (

Freshman Convocation


Patricia Deirdre Mullan, RSM

Thursday, September 26, 4:30 PM

Performing Arts Center, Galloway Campus


Dr. Sister Dierdre Mullan will be keynote speaker for our Freshman Convocation. Sister Deirdre served as Director of the Mercy Global Concern (MGC) at the United Nations for over ten years. From September 2012 to April 2014 she served as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Global Justice at the UN, responsible for providing access to UN events for over 125 small congregations who did not have the resources for a full-time representative at the UN. Since May 2014 she has worked with UNICEF, the body at the UN focusing on children's and girls' education. She is one of the founding members of the NGO The Mercy Girl Effect. Her presentation will use the lessons in Factfulness to inspire students to approach the world's problems with compassionate and effective solutions.

Link to Sister Deirdre's bio is here.

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