The Freshman Seminar Program at UNCG began in 1989 and is comprised of a series of courses only offered for freshman students. The seminars are small discussion classes taught by faculty selected for their commitment and interest in undergraduate teaching. The seminars have no prerequisites and do not presume any special knowledge about the topics to be covered. The seminars emphasize class discussion, critical reading or original literature (rather than textbooks), and practice in writing and argument. The classes also fulfill a student’s general education requirements. Classes range from writing about technology to the history and art of animation to environmental issues and politics.