First-Year Seminar

Mary Kelly Tate (Law), Coordinator

First-Year Seminars (FYS) provide entering students the excitement of engaged learning through a diverse array of seminar topics. With small classes, a variety of topics, and close contact with faculty, First-Year Seminars offer a hands-on introduction to academic inquiry.

A wide variety of seminars will be offered each year, drawn from every school of the University. Each entering student will take a FYS in the fall and spring of the first year.

First-Year Seminars serve as an introduction to academic inquiry and the modes of expression that lie at the heart of a liberal arts education. They foster habits of mind fundamental to students' intellectual and academic development, including critical reading and thinking, sharing ideas and research through discussion, and the ability to write and think clearly and effectively. Integrating explorations of specific questions and topics with the development of skills, seminars aim to foster intellectual curiosity and students' ability to act on it.

All First-Year Seminars have the same five common goals:

  1. expand and deepen students' understanding of the world and of themselves
  2. enhance their ability to read and think critically
  3. enhance their ability to communicate effectively, in writing, speech, and other appropriate forms
  4. develop the fundamentals of information literacy and library research
  5. provide the opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty mentor
Courses
FYS 100 First Year Seminar
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement First Year Seminar
Description
Allows students to choose from a list of special topics courses while they pursue a shared set of educational goals. All seminars are designed to expand the students' understanding of the world, enhance their ability to read and think critically, enhance their ability to communicate effectively in writing, speech, and other appropriate forms, develop fundamentals of information literacy and library research, and provide the opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty mentor. Topics descriptions for each term can be found on the FYS website. Students must take two different FYS 100 courses to meet the First Year Seminar degree requirement.
Prerequisites
First-year standing.

FYS 101 First Year Seminar
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement First Year Seminar
Description
Allows students to choose from a list of special topics courses while they pursue a shared set of educational goals. All seminars are designed to expand the students' understanding of the world, enhance their ability to read and think critically, enhance their ability to communicate effectively in writing, speech, and other appropriate forms, develop fundamentals of information literacy and library research, and provide the opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty mentor. Topics descriptions for each term can be found on the FYS website. Students must take two different FYS courses to meet the First Year Seminar degree requirement.

FYS 102 First Year Seminar
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement First Year Seminar
Description
Allows students to choose from a list of special topics courses while they pursue a shared set of educational goals. All seminars are designed to expand the students' understanding of the world, enhance their ability to read and think critically, enhance their ability to communicate effectively in writing, speech, and other appropriate forms, develop fundamentals of information literacy and library research, and provide the opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty mentor. Topics descriptions for each term can be found on the FYS website. Students must take two different FYS courses to meet the First Year Seminar degree requirement.
Prerequisites
FYS 101