A required course for all Clarkson School and first- year students, the First-Year Seminar (PE100) focuses on group work and team dynamics. The first-year seminar earning outcomes include:
- Students should develop appropriate social interaction and communication skills, such as listening, writing and eliciting the views of others.
- Students should appreciate the value of diversity in living, academic and working environments.
- Students should demonstrate teamwork skills such as building effective relationships with peers, being a collaborative team member, and identifying and managing team conflict.
- Students should develop a set of personal, societal, and professional values that they will use to resolve the moral and ethical dilemmas and problems that will confront them at Clarkson and in their future professional, civic and personal lives.
Discussion, team activities, leadership opportunities, and interaction with Clarkson School alumni and current Clarkson University students form the foundation of the First-Year Seminar. The foundation for this course is built around Franklin-Covey's "Introduction to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students" and is taught by a certified facilitator. In addition, other administrators on campus serve as guest speakers on various topics.