Teaching Opportunities

Tufts Undergraduates:

Teach a First-Year Seminar in Explorations or Perspectives

** Applications are due March 15, 2017 for the Fall 2017 semester. **

The ExCollege offers upper-level undergraduates the opportunity to design and teach a seminar in the fall semester through its signature programs, Explorations and Perspectives. Selected students will receive 1.5 credits for co-teaching a weekly seminar, advising a group of 12-14 first-year students, and taking a teaching methods practicum during the open block on Mondays.

Eligibility for teaching a First-Year Seminar:

  • Student leaders must be a junior or senior next fall and have a strong academic record, as indicated by a G.P.A. above 3.20 (exceptions will be considered only under very special circumstances).
  • Applicants must find a partner to teach with and submit the application collaboratively.
  • All leaders must be available for training and orientation responsibilities beginning Sunday evening,
    August 27, 2017 and continuing through Saturday, September 2, 2017.

About the programs:

The Explorations program was initiated to meet the overwhelming demand from entering students for advising through an ongoing, small-group experience. Explorations has successfully met this need since 1972. Any topic can be the basis for an Explorations seminar.

Examples of recent Explorations seminars include Reflections on Your Schooling, Art and Conflict of the World Wars, The Office: Professional Development from Dunder Mifflin to Tufts University, Immigrant Food and the Integration Process, Sport and Social Justice, The Economics and Politics of Bad Habits in America; Exploring Science Fiction and Fantasy in Literature, Human Rights in the Digital Age, and Surrounded by Social Media.

The Perspectives program grew out of Explorations in 1988 to focus on the study of film and related visual media. Seminar topics challenges students to apply critical thinking, viewing, and reading skills to an exploration of visual media as a cultural phenomenon and as an industry.

Examples of recent Perspectives seminars include The West Wing and the 2016 Presidential Election, Environmental Issues through a Documentary Lens, The Evolution of Advertising in America, The "Procedural": Television and Crime, Race and Media in American Culture, A Psychological Analysis of War Through Film, and Sports Crises and Public Perception.

Both Explorations and Perspectives offer new students at Tufts a special kind of participatory learning, a team approach to advising, and a sense of support and community within the context of the academic seminars.

Apply to be an Explorations or Perspectives leader >

Frequently Asked Questions about Explorations and Perspectives

  • Why does the ExCollege have these programs?
  • What are the similarities between the two programs?
  • What are the differences between them?
  • What if I'm not sure if my topic fits under Explorations or Perspectives?
  • Who can apply to teach a first-year seminar?
  • Can I apply from overseas?
  • What does the application process involve?
  • How much credit do I get for teaching, and what are my teaching commitments?
  • How many other courses can I take next fall?
  • Do I need to find a partner to work with?
  • Do I need to find a faculty member with whom to work?
  • What will I need to do over the summer?
  • When will applications be due?
  • How can I get more information?