First-Year Seminar Program

 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 special 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

Hall assignments are linked to your First-Year Seminar or College Writing course. This experience helps extend class discussions into the less-formal arena of your living environment and promotes the open exchange of ideas. Class sections are small and interactive, and because your housing assignment is linked to your seminar choice, class discussions typically carry over into the informal environment of the residence hall. The seminar topics and the setting in which you explore them are thought-and conversation-provoking.

FYS 2013 CoverThe program has academic and social benefits. It eases your transition to the College, introduces you to the kind of thoughtful conversation that's characteristic of a liberal arts education, enriches your learning, and serves as a kind of academic ice-breaker, helping you build relationships with your hall-mates.

The Residential College also offers opportunities for peer tutoring, faculty counseling, and mentoring with upperclass students. Field trips, guest speakers, theme dinners, film series, and community service projects are among other common components.

Fall 2014 First-Year Seminar courses will be determined in March 2014. You can view First-Year Seminar offerings from Fall 2013.