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Academic Planning Guide


Submitting Your FYS Choices

The first step in building your fall course schedule will be to enroll in a First-Year Seminar (FYS). This section describes the First-Year Seminar program and includes instructions for completing your FYS preference form through iInsideWheaton by June 1st

What is the First-Year Seminar?

The First-Year Seminar (FYS) at Wheaton College is a small discussion-centered class designed for students at the beginning of their college careers. It is a semester-long course intended to help you develop some of the fundamental skills required in college: strong reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills; debate and oral presentation skills; writing and research skills. Each First-Year Seminar section is dedicated to a topic that reflects the professor’s choice of a theme or an issue related to her/his area of expertise.

Your FYS professor is also your faculty advisor. S/he will help you with general transition issues and provide you with academic advising throughout your first year or until you declare you major, which you will do by the end of your sophomore year.

Your Preceptors will serve as crucial student advisors and peer mentors throughout your first year. Your Preceptors will provide you with insights about college life, advise you about balancing academics and extracurricular activities, and help you make the most of your Wheaton College experience.

The Fall 2017 FYS Offerings

FYS titles and course descriptions for the fall 2017 semester are available on Wheaton’s First-Year Seminar webpage.

Click on course numbers for course descriptions and, if available, a link to the faculty member’s webpage. NB: changes and updates to FYS offerings are made directly on the First-Year Seminar webpage and the course schedule.

As you browse through FYS titles and course descriptions, be sure to note the section number, title, and class time. You can check the course time by clicking on “View Course schedule” from the course description page. As you consider the FYS sections in which you are interested, be sure your (8) choices will not conflict with athletic, extracurricular, or other commitments.

Once you have read and learned more about the available FYS sections, login to insideWheaton and complete the FYS Preference Form, which is due JUNE 1st. You will be asked to list 8 FYS sections that you would be interested in taking. Your (8) choices are not in order of preference; you will be placed in one of your (8) choices. Therefore, be thoughtful about your (8) choices. Once you are placed in your First-Year Seminar your placement cannot be changed.

Some tips for choosing FYS sections:

1.) Choose (8) FYS sections that allow you to explore your interests and passions. Although it doesn’t need to do so, your FYS can help you explore a potential area of intellectual interest. You can also simply choose (8) FYS sections that intrigue you.

2.) Don’t be afraid of topics that seem different from what you’ve studied in high school. College is different from high school, and your FYS provides an opportunity to explore new ideas, new topics, and new disciplines.

3.) Don’t be afraid that other students will know more about a particular topic. Each FYS is designed as an introductory course open to every student.

4.) Consider the other kinds of courses you will be taking alongside your FYS. How will the FYS complement those other courses?

5.) Choose (8) FYS options that do not conflict with athletic or any other commitments. Remember, you will not be able to change your FYS section.

FYS placements will be available June 9th.  To find your assigned FYS placement, login to InsideWheaton and click on “WINDOW.” From WINDOW, open “Student and Financial Records,” then “Registration,” then “Concise Student Schedule.”


Learn More! 

Published on Nov 8, 2015

Lyons Lunch: First Year Seminar; video shortlink: https://youtu.be/GP5fLwtVu7s

Desc: President Dennis M. Hanno discusses the impact of First-Year Seminar with professors Laura Muller, Michael Berg and Dolita Cathcart during the Lyons Lunch and Learn webcast. 30:08 mins.

Published on Oct 14, 2015
1968: The Year the World Exploded (Alex Bloom)  
video shortlink: https://youtu.be/4nUE5T0XRZI

Desc: A conversation with Wheaton College Professor of History Alex Bloom on his course about what happened in 1968, what it meant at the time and how it shapes the world today. Read more and view other episodes in the series at http://wheatoncollege.edu/news/2015/1.... [Credits: Photography: Keith Nordstrom; Interview: Sandra Coleman. Editing: Michael Graca]  1:56 mins.

Published on Oct. 8, 2015

How Sweet It Is (Laura Muller); video link: http://wheatoncollege.edu/news/2015/10/08/sweet-subject/

Desc: Sweet subject: A conversation with chemistry professor Laura Muller about the science behind America’s appetite for sugar  /1:57 mins.

Published on Oct 28, 2015
The Rituals of Dinner (JBK)
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8h5L7qqPb0

Desc: A Conversation with Professor Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus about his teaching and scholarship on the rituals of dinner and the meaning of meals. [Credits: Photography: Keith Nordstrom; Interview: Becca Manning. Editing: Michael Graca]  ( https://wheatoncollege.edu/news/2015/10/28/rituals-of-dinner/) 1.58 mins.

Published on Nov 18, 2015

Art of the selfie (Evie Staudinger);video shortlink: https://youtu.be/kg8VeDFkxgI

Desc: Evelyn Staudinger, Professor of Art History and Jane E. Ruby Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences, discusses her First-Year Seminar on selfies, self-portraiture and identity - part of a video series highlighting Wheaton faculty. [Credits: Photography: Keith Nordstrom; Interview: Becca Manning. Editing: Keith Nordstrom] 2:18


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