The Connected First Year Experience (FYE) is designed for and required of new students at the beginning of their college studies. The experience is designed to put connections/interdisciplinarity at the core of the first-year experience, encourage exploration and excitement, develop strong student cohorts, and introduce students to the rigor of college-level work. Teams of two to four faculty representing at least two disciplines will work together to determine a shared topic, question, or problem that will guide their FYE class. These faculty will teach collaboratively, but will have the autonomy to design the structure of the student experience.
Section topics vary from year to year and are available within the Course Schedule. Recent sections have covered topics in the arts, ecology, international relations, social and public policy, personal development, the sciences and history. Students typically are placed in an FYE section by late June before registering for other first-semester courses.
- Engage with multiple disciplinary perspectives and the tools, habits of mind, and problem-solving approaches inherent in those perspectives
- Create a product applying at least two disciplinary perspectives to address a big question, issue, or problem
- Create a collaborative, communicative, and cooperative cohort through classwork in teams, team projects, or shared work across sections of the Connected FYE
- Practice and demonstrate professional decorum through time-management, preparation, communication, and relationship-development skills to be assessed by the instructor