The objective of the First Year Seminar is to teach college-level skills in communication, research, critical and creative thinking and collaboration, and to foster effective interactions between students and advisors.  The First Year Seminar may be disciplined-based and, at the discretion of the relevant department, may be counted toward the major.

The First Year Seminar may not normally be used to fulfill the Connections requirement.  (Faculty Legislation, Part Two, X.E.6a, April 2, 2010 Faculty Minutes)

  • Educational Policy Committee recommended for purposes of continuity in advising and experience, adjuncts should not teach FYS classes. (January 19, 2009, Ed Pol Minutes)
  • Educational Policy Committee approved implementing a review of FYS goals. (November 14, 2008, Ed Pol Minutes)
  • A First Year Seminar course may be given a QA designation. (March 6, 2003 Ed Pol Minutes)