Our first-year curriculum gives you the tools to navigate your transition to college. Our program helps you to develop critical reasoning, research and writing skills while exploring the rich variety of the liberal arts curriculum.
In your first semester, you’ll be enrolled in a First Year Seminar that lets you immerse yourself in a topic that intrigues or interests you while learning the foundations of critical thought. First year seminars are topical or thematic, reflecting faculty interest and expertise. As such, they are participatory, and their small size allows you to form a close relationship with your professor from the moment you arrive on campus.
You will also enroll in a two-semester First Year Writing course sequence that does more than prepare you for the rigors of college assignments. You will learn to develop strong arguments, do primary-source research and employ the vocabulary, concepts, and compositional techniques appropriate to an academic discipline. You’ll find that clear writing is clear thinking - skills that will pay dividends long after you graduate.
Manhattanville also offers first-year students an optional course, ATLAS: Passport. Its purpose is to guide new students in making a successful transition to the College, academically and socially. The course is designed to foster a sense of belonging to the community by working in small groups; exploring the College's rich history and mission; incorporating valuable skill building, and helping students continue to clarify the purpose, meaning, and direction of their college careers.