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FYS 101 and 102 Pilot Program

The First-Year Seminars is offering a two-semester sequence of learning, FYS 101 and FYS 102. Rather than selecting individual FYS 100 seminars to register for in the fall and spring semesters, students have the opportunity to choose a pair of seminars that follow a learning sequence designed to help them develop college-level argumentative writing and critical reading skills in the first semester and library research and oral communication skills in the second semester.

Questions about the program can be directed to Mary Tate, FYS coordinator.

What does registering for FYS 101 mean?

When you choose to participate in the pilot program, you commit to taking FYS 101 in the fall and FYS 102 in the spring. The sequence is not based on content and the courses have no connection to each other; the teachers will be different and the topics are totally different. FYS 101 is a prerequisite for FYS 102, and the second semester course builds on skills that are taught in the first semester. This is not a year-long course, but two courses that are being piloted with the intention of developing and refining a new model for FYS, one based on the development of specific competencies through the entire year.  

What is the advantage of participating?

Students will be part of an important pilot study, helping the faculty leaders in FYS to advance the teaching and learning goals of the program with greater effectiveness for all students. Students who participate in the pilot will be working with tiered objectives to develop college-level argumentative writing and critical reading skills in the first semester and library research and oral communication skills in the second semester. 

Does FYS 101-102 meet the two-semester requirement for FYS 100?

Yes! These courses are counted toward the Gen Ed requirement in the same way that FYS 100 in fall and spring are counted.

How do I register for FYS 101?

Registration for FYS 101 will happen in the same way first-year students register for all their courses, on BannerWeb. Students will register at the same time as FYS 100. The FYS 101 and 102 pilot program is open to all students. 

FYS 101 and 102 Course Listings

For planning purposes, you can view the full list of courses available for FYS 101 and 102 here.

Course Listings

The following courses will be part of the FYS 101 and 102 pilot program:

FYS 101
Ethics in International Relations
Beisbol: A Cultural Analysis of the Latin American Game
Communism: The Human Experience
What is a Scholar?
The Space Race

FYS 102
Capitalism and its Discontents
Blaming it on Rio: Brazil, Samba, and Carnaval
Why Do We Build?
Friendship, Collaboration, and Conviviality
Students, Scholars, Scientiae
From Witches to Wrath: Economic Topics in American Literature

For descriptions, visit the seminar topics page.