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