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Academic Planning Guide

Academics

Submitting Your FYS Choices

The first step in building your course schedule will be to enroll in a First-Year Seminar (FYS). This section describes the First-Year Seminar program and includes instructions for sending us your FYS preferences.

What is the First-Year Seminar?

The First-Year Seminar at Wheaton 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 intellectual skills that underlie college-level learning: reading and writing, discussion, debate and oral presentation, research and critical thinking.

Each section is dedicated to a topic that reflects the instructor’s choice of a theme or an issue related to his/her area of expertise. However, none of the different sections require previous experience or advanced knowledge on your part.

Your FYS instructor will also be your faculty advisor and will help you finalize your course selection before classes begin in September, and help guide you throughout the term. You’ll also have help from your preceptors, who serve as peer advisors.

The Fall 2014 FYS Offerings

FYS titles and course descriptions for the fall 2014 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.

As you browse through FYS titles and course descriptions, be sure to note the class time each FYS is offered. You can check the course time by clicking on “View Course schedule” from the course description page. Most FYS sections are scheduled for late morning or early afternoon, but some take place later in the day. As you consider the FYS sections in which you are interested, be sure that those sections do not conflict with extracurricular or other commitments.

Once you are able to log onto InsideWheaton, you will have an option to complete the FYS preference form. You will be asked to list 8 FYS sections that you would be interested in taking, and you will be placed in one of your 8 choices. Be thoughtful about your choices; once enrolled, you cannot change your FYS. Be sure to submit your FYS choices no later than May 26th.

Some tips for choosing FYS sections:

1) Choose FYS sections based on your interests and passions. Your FYS can help you explore a potential major, but it doesn’t have to. It can simply be a topic that intrigues you.

2) Don’t be afraid that other students will know more about a particular topic than you. Each FYS is designed to be introductory and open to every student.

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

4) Consider the other kinds of courses you will be taking alongside your FYS. How will the FYS complement those other courses, not only in terms of topic, but in terms of kinds of assignments?

To find your FYS placement, log onto insideWheaton and click on "WINDOW." From WINDOW, open "Student and Financial Records," then "Registration," then "Concise Student Schedule."

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