The First Year Seminar
You graduated from high school, came to Orientation,
bought your books…now what?
The cornerstone of the Marist Core, the First Year Seminar
(FYS) introduces you to the College as a learning
community. Faculty develop their FYS courses based on
their areas of scholarly expertise. We offer a wide range of
topics designed to expand your academic horizons and fuel
your curiosity. The small size of each FYS provides you with
an opportunity for close work with faculty and classmates.
Workshops and information sessions provide a strong
understanding of the College’s campus life and services.
A campus-wide Common Reading provides a touchstone for FYS courses and for events
and conversation throughout the Marist community as a whole. The 2014-15 Common
Reading is The Ghost Map--The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic, and How It
Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World (Riverhead, 2007). Ghost Map's author,
Steven Johnson, will deliver a Fall semester lecture that will be attended by all FYS students.
Other events throughout the academic year will highlight the questions of public health,
urban policy, and scientific inquiry raised by the book.
All entering students need to have purchased and read the book before classes begin.
Students will complete an essay assignment based on Ghost Map during the first few weeks
Choosing your FYS: Information for Fall 2014 Incoming Freshmen
If you are coming to the College as a first-year student in Fall 2014, you will need to select your top five preferences. The
preference-submission page will be open from Friday, May 30, at 8:00 a.m. to Friday, June 20, at 5:00 p.m.
**If you are ready to submit your preferences, please click here.**
The course assignment process is NOT first-come, first-served, so do not be anxious if you are submitting your preferences
toward the end of this time frame. But the College will not be able to honor preferences received after 5:00 p.m. on June 20.
Please see below for the list of Fall 2014 courses and linked descriptions for each one.
Fall 2014 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions
Here are a few things to remember as you make your selection:
- Since the FYS does not count for any other course requirement, you should choose your preferences based solely on your interest in the course topic.
- Not every student will be placed into a Fall FYS. Because of particular degree requirements and/or scheduling needs, some students will take it in the Spring instead. But since these determinations haven't yet been made, every student should submit his or her list of preferences.
- If you are coming to the College as a student in the Honors Program, you will take an Honors-specific FYS. See the Honors Program website for additional information.
A Message from Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Director of the First Year Seminar
- Learning outcomes for the First Year Seminar
- Spring 2014 First Year Seminar course titles and section designations
- Fall 2013 First Year Seminar course titles and section designations