This freshman course emphasizes three aspects of intellectual skill that lead toward success in the high school and college course of study: thinking, writing, and research. The Intellectual Life course has three strands of study. The first strand, from which it derives its name, is an examination of the inner life of a student. It teaches him how to ask questions, how to read and think well, and how to manage the busy life of a high school student. The second strand is a composition program. Writing is the best indication that a student has learned a given subject well.