First-Year Seminar

Explore New Ways of Thinking, and Living


FYS 1010: First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar is the foundational course in the liberal arts and sciences for entering freshmen.  Offered in the fall term, it serves as a gateway to the College’s General Education program and introduces students to the wider world of learning beyond the professional training of their declared majors.  One of the main goals of the program is to develop intellectual skills that will be helpful to students throughout their college career and beyond.  In particular, the seminar focuses on sharpening students' skills in critical thinking and reading.  Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of exciting seminar-topics, ranging from the natural sciences and the humanities, to the fine arts and the social sciences.  In each case, the professor draws on her or his special expertise and interests to provide a unique learning experience.