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
of classes.

 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

Childhood Around the World

Moral and Scientific Revolutions

SMART: Social Media as a Revolutionary Technology

Innovation and Creation: Bernini's Style and Art

Not That Seventies Show

Where Did My Money Go? How Do I Get It Back?

The Human Body, in Sickness and in Health

Gender in Crisis: The American Civil War

Theorizing Comics and Graphic Novels

Reading Moby Dick: The Great White Whale and the Search for Meaning

Greening America

Communication, Relationships, and the Art of

Food Fights: Industrial Agriculture, Local Food, and Food Justice

Conspiracy Theories in American History

Eco-Warriors, Tree-Huggers, and Sellouts:
Representing Modern Environmentalism

Travel in a Globalized World

Utopia and the American Dream

Critical Perspectives on Advertising

Intelligence: What Is It and What's It Good For?

Cannibals & Zombies of the Caribbean

Did "It" Happen Again? Comparisons of the Great
Recession of 2008 & the Great Depression of the

JFK: Famine to New Frontier

Flesh & Desire: The Philosophy of Sex & Love

 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.

FYS Director Kevin Gaugler   

 A Message from Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Director of the First Year Seminar
 The First Year Seminar provides you with an opportunity to expand
 your academic horizons. Since the FYS is a stand-alone course that does not 
 fulfill other curricular requirements, it gives you the chance to explore a subject
 or question purely because it interests you. So take a risk. Test a theory.
 Lead the academic conversation in an unexpected new direction. We look
 forward to learning alongside you.