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


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 on 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-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