First-Year Seminars

Classroom First-Year Seminars are an array of specially designed courses offered only to first-year students. Students choose from dozens of intriguing seminars creatively designed to hone writing, speaking, critical thinking, and other learning skills. Each seminar is built around a provocative personal interest of the instructor.

  • Enrollment is limited to 16
  • FYS classes encourage participation and discussion
  • To keep conversation going outside the classroom, members of each seminar are assigned to the same residence hall

Four First-Year Seminars are profiled here. Read the course descriptions below.

FYS-103-3: Bringing the Past into the Present

FYS-105: Bubonic Plague, Avian flu, and Zombies: Pandemics Past, Present, Future

FYS-143: Protest Music and Social Change in the American Experience

FYS-159-4: A Day in the Life: 24 Hours in Literature and Film


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