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.
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We'll read memoirs, histories, and children's literature while also learning about the contexts in which they were written. We'll consider stories of being the first to cross into a new world and stories of being the last to inhabit an old world. We'll discuss modern-day political situations that have left some people in two worlds at once, such as DACA, the Rwandan diaspora, and the Palestinian- Israeli conflict. Some of these "worlds" will be very literal, as with Gudrid, a Viking explorer who sailed across actual seas. Others will be more figurative, as with firstgeneration college students or scientists whose inventions shift paradigms and propel them into new realities.
Our Bodies, Ourselves examines the field of sex education from pedagogical, historical and sociological perspectives. The course provides students with a history of how and why sex is discussed in schools and society, offering a look at the competing views of appropriate sexual education. By examining K-12 sex education curriculum, young adult literature about sex and sexuality, and internet sources, we will reflect on how policy decisions about sex education reinforce social inequalities.
The focus of this course will be on becoming a critical consumer and sifting through the interpretations, spin, and, sometimes, mendacities to find fact upon which to base an informed opinion.