The First Year Seminar

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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. 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 in the course help you learn about the College's campus life and services. Many courses also involve field trips to such destinations as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan (above, left); the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library in Boston (above, right), or, for students in our Freshman Florence Experience, the city of Florence and beyond (above, center). The classroom experience is further enriched by guest lecturers, such a recent talk by Survivor contestant Terry Deitz, and even by students taking a leading role in coordinating on-campus events, such as a Spring 2017 student-run conference on JFK and his legacy.

common readingA campus-wide Common Reading provides a touchstone for FYS courses and for events and conversation throughout the Marist community as a whole. The 2017-18 Common Reading is The Distance Between Us, a memoir by award-winning novelist Reyna Grande (Washington Square Press, 2013). Ms. Grande came to campus in September to deliver a lecture attended by all Fall 2017 FYS students. Other events throughout the academic year will invite you to reflect on the questions raised by the book.

The Common Reading is chosen by a committee that includes faculty from across the College and a student representative. Past Common Reading selections include Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, 2010), Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map (Riverhead, 2005), and Wes Moore's The Other Wes Moore (Spiegel and Grau, 2011). All Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 FYS students need to have purchased and read the book BEFORE classes begin. You will complete an essay assignment based on the book during the first few weeks of classes.

 
Spring 2018 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)

**Note to Spring 2018 FYS students: Be sure to read this year's Common Reading, Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us (Washington Square Press, 2012), before classes start.**

FYS 101 L111
Social Justice: From the Sidelines to the Frontlines              

D. Hanssen      

FYS 101 L112
The Spirit of Revenge
J. Reeder

FYS 101 L113
The Spirit of Revenge

J. Reeder

FYS 101 L114
Race, Gender, Slavery, and the Making of America

M. Morreale

FYS 101 L115
Race, Gender, Slavery, and the Making of America

M. Morreale

FYS 101 L116
JFK: Famine to New Frontier
S. Dwyer-McNulty

FYS 101 L117
Race in Dictatorships and Democracies

M. O'Sullivan

FYS 101 L118
Race in Dictatorships and Democracies
M. O'Sullivan

FYS 101 L119
Love and Sex in the Medieval World

J. Peterson

FYS 101 L120
Love and Sex in the Medieval World
J. Peterson

FYS 101 L121
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem 
L. Neilson

FYS 101 L122
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem 
L. Neilson

 FYS 101 L123                                                                                
Greening America                 
S. Mercier

FYS 101 L124
Greening America
S. Mercier

FYS 101 L125
True Crime in Film

J. Raines

FYS 101 L126
Science Fiction
A. Labouseur

FYS 101 L127
AIDS, Biotechnology, and Society
A. Ryder

FYS 101 L128
The Haunted Nineteenth Century
P. Tarantello

FYS 101 L129
The Haunted Nineteenth Century
P. Tarantello

FYS 101 L130
Gendered Bodies, Alien Relationships
J. Canino

FYS 101 L131
Gendered Bodies, Alien Relationships
J. Canino

FYS 101 L132
What Are People For?
R. Balogh-Robinson

FYS 101 L133
The Haunted Nineteenth Century
P. Tarantello

FYS 101 L134
Gendered Bodies, Alien Relationships
J. Canino

FYS 101 L135
Divine Bodies: The Spirituality of Physicality
B. Loh

FYS 101 L136
Divine Bodies: The Spirituality of Physicality
B. Loh

FYS 101 L137
The Spirit of Revenge
J. Reeder

 

 




Spring 2018 Honors FYS Course Titles

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.                                                                                      

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