First Year Seminar

First Year Seminar (FYS), required of all first year students during the Fall Term, is both an intensive study of a focused topic and an introduction to the intellectual life of the College. We offer dozens of exciting topics taught in a discussion-based environment to promote student engagement and intellectual curiosity. The course helps students make the transition to college-level work by emphasizing academic skills such as critical reading, thinking, and analysis. FYS instructors also serve as their students' academic advisors for the duration of the first year.

  • Classes are kept small and are structured to encourage discussion
  • Thought-provoking topics reflect the instructors' passions
  • Living/learning communities: students in some seminars will be housed together in the residence halls, extending the academic conversation beyond the classroom
2013 FYS Course Descriptions