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First-Year Seminars introduce students to academic inquiry and the modes of expression that lie at the heart of a liberal arts education.

New Programs for 2016-2017

Incoming students in the Class of 2020 are invited to register one of two unique programs.

The First-Year Seminar Program is a two-semester sequence of learning, FYS 101 and FYS 102; students 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. Fall course topics include: Beisbol: the Latin-American Game; Ethics and International Relations; The Space Race; Communism: The Human Experience; and What is a Scholar? Learn more.

The First-Year Seminar in the Humanities is an initiative that aims to create a community of first year students and faculty who think creatively and analytically about fundamental human experiences like friendship, love, loss, play, space, time, cultural difference, and artistic expression. Learn more and see course topics.

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If you have questions about enrollment in first-year seminars, contact your academic advisor.

More specific questions about the program may be addressed to Mary Tate, FYS coordinator.