Academic Experience

Students participating in the online program will be enrolled in one credit-bearing course titled Ways of Knowing. Ways of Knowing, is a humanities course that provides an intro to scholarly reading and writing. Learn more details about the structure of the course below.


As a Freshman Scholar, you’ll be enrolled in a for-credit humanities course titled Ways of Knowing. This seminar emphasizes critical thinking, reading, and writing, and allows you to engage with texts, fellow scholars, and your course instructor to dig deeply and creatively into questions about power, institutions, and identity. Having this course under your belt will help prepare you for text- and writing-intensive classes in the fall, and give you additional curricular flexibility to pursue other meaningful experiences, like scholarly research, service work, or mentorship opportunities. Freshman Scholars also attend weekly colloquia with Princeton Professors, students, and alumni to further their engagement with course materials. At the end of the summer term, students present their final projects in person at the end of summer academic symposium.

Finally, Ways of Knowing meets your general education requirements. If you are an AB student, Ways of Knowing satisfies your Epistemology and Cognition AND Culture and Difference general education requirements. If you are a BSE student, Ways of Knowing satisfies EITHER your Epistemology and Cognition OR your Culture and Difference general education requirements; please reach out to Dean Peter Bogucki regarding general education requirements for BSE students. 

FSI Online 2023 students at the end of summer academic symposium