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
FYS-103 Natives on Film
FYS-103-3 Bringing the Past into the Present
FYS-105-2 Bubonic Plague, Avian flu, and Zombies: Pandemics Past, Present, Future
FYS-107 The Bush Administration: Approach to the War on Terror, Torture, and Prisoners of War.
FYS-113-5 Women in the Law
FYS-114 Propaganda, Persuasion and the Public Sphere: Democracy in an Age of Mass Media
FYS-115-3 Electoral Politics: Parties, Procedures, Strategies and Reform
FYS-124-3 Rhythms in the Natural World
FYS-130-1 Women's Health and Sexuality
FYS-130-4 The Fault In Our Genomes
FYS-132-3 Bobs, Beehives, Wigs, and Weaves: The Cultural Politics of Hair
FYS-133 Einstein in Wonderland: Physics, Philosophy, and Other Nonsense
FYS-133-2 Gender and Politics in Latin America
FYS-136-3 I Think, Therefore I Write: Philosophy in French Fiction
FYS-138 Infernal Voyages
FYS-138-2 Plato, Personhood, and Popcorn: Big Ideas on the Big Screen
FYS-139-3 Reading the Brain
FYS-141-3 But Is It Crazy Enough?
FYS-142-3 American Sport in Literature & Film
FYS-143-2 Protest Music & Social Change in the American Experience
FYS-143-3 Flipping the Switch
FYS-144-2 Why Do People Dance?
FYS-146-2 Cryptography: The Science of Secrecy
FYS-150 Death and the Meaning of Life
FYS-153-2 Faster, Higher, Stronger
FYS-154-2 Italian American Immigrants: Faith, Food, Family and the Moon
FYS-157-2 Food, Water, Shelter, Song: Staying Human on a Planet in Transition
FYS-159-4 A Day in the Life: 24 Hours in Literature and Film
FYS-161-2 Graphic Novels: Sex, War, and Literary Revolution
FYS-165 Anarchism and the Anarchist
FYS-170-3 You Say You Want a Revolution? The Sixties Revisited
FYS-172-3 Better Living Through Chemistry?
FYS-176-2 Lasers: Light and Easy!
FYS-177 Complementary Medicine: A Cultural and Scientific Inquiry
FYS-178-2 Voice of the Rebel in America
FYS-179 Language in a Multicultural America
FYS-179-2 How Much of Science Fiction is Science Fact
FYS-179-3 Alien Worlds: American Science Fictions
FYS-183 Investigate the Battlefield of Gettysburg
FYS-183-4 Blood on the Moon: Literature and the American Civil War
FYS-187-4 Games and Computation
FYS-191-4 Through the War-drobe: the words and worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
FYS-193-2 Cultural Perspectives on the Body
FYS-196-2 The Twenty-First Century
FYS-198-2 Tryin' to find a Way Back Home: Introduction to Literature of Homelessness in America