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 InsideWheaton by May 29th.

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 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, help you choose your Spring 2019 courses, and support you as you make the most of your Wheaton College experience.

The Fall 2019 FYS Offerings

FYS titles and course descriptions for the fall 2019 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) possible FYS choices will not conflict with athletic, extracurricular, or other commitments.

Once you have read and learned more about the available FYS sections and re-established your Wheaton ID#, login to insideWheaton and complete the FYS Preference Form, which is due May 29th. You will be asked to list 8 FYS sections that you would be interested in taking. Please list your FYS choices in order of preference.

Once you are placed in your First-Year Seminar your placement cannot be changed. If you do not submit the preference form by the May 29th deadline, you are not guaranteed one of your choices, and we may enroll you in one of the available sections of FYS.

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 major. You can also simply choose (8) FYS sections that intrigue you.
  2. Feel free to engage with 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. Each FYS is an introductory course open to every student, so no previous knowledge is necessary; try something new.
  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.

Accessing the FYS Preference Survey:

  1. Login to InsideWheaton
  2. Click on “WINDOW”
  3. From WINDOW, open “Student and Financial Records
  4. Then “New Student Menu”
  5. Then “Class of 2023: Preferences for First Year Seminar”

FYS placements will be available Friday, June 7th.

To find your assigned FYS placement:

  1. Login to InsideWheaton
  2. Click on “WINDOW”
  3. From WINDOW, open “Student and Financial Records
  4. Then “Registration
  5. Then “Concise Student Schedule