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, delivered a Fall semester lecture 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 Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 FYS 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 of classes in September or in January.
Spring 2015 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)
FYS 101 L111 Travel in a Globalized World
FYS 101 L112 & L113 Baseball in American Society
FYS101 L114 & L115 Greening America
FYS 101 L116 Disruptive Bodies: Gender, Disability, &
FYS101 L118 True Crime in Film
FYS101 L119 & L120 Muslims & Arabs in America and Europe
FYS101 L122 Homelessness
FYS101 L124 Genocide and Human Rights
FYS101 L126 The Mathematics of Sports
FYS101 L127 Communication, Relationships, & the Art of Happiness
FYS101 L129 The Global Drug Trade
FYS101 L130 Intelligence: What Is It & What's It Good For?
FYS 101 L136 Critical Perspectives on Advertising
Spring 2015 Honors FYS Course Titles and Section Numbers
A Message from Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Director of the First Year Seminar