The First Year Seminar

fys

  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 in the course help you learn
  about the College's campus life and services.
 

FYS

  A campus-wide Common Reading provides a touchstone for FYS courses and for
  events and conversation throughout the Marist community as a whole. The 2015-16
  Common Reading is Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (Random House,
  2003). Reading Lolita's author, Azar Nafisi, will come to campus in the Fall to deliver
  a lecture attended by all FYS students. Other events throughout the academic year will
  highlight the questions of education, cultural difference, and gender equality 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) and Steven
  Johnson's The Ghost Map (Riverhead, 2005). All Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 FYS 
  students need to have purchased and read the book BEFORE
classes begin.
  Students will complete an essay assignment based on Reading Lolita during the
  first few weeks of classes in September or in January.

 Spring 2016 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)

 **Newly opened Spring 2016 FYS sections (as of November 20)**

FYS 101 L131
Meaning in Life
J. Snyder
TF 2, W2
FYS 101 L129
Gender & Sexuality in the Age of Queen Victoria  
M. Morreale
MR 2, W2

FYS 101 L132
Cannibals & Zombies of the Caribbean                 
P. Ferrer
TF 9:30, F11
FYS 101 L130
Gender & Sexuality in the Age of Queen Victoria
M. Morreale
TR 3;30, W2

FYS 101
Greek Myth and the Other                                
S. Shivers
W2; F 11 & 3:30

 

Previously listed Spring 2016 FYS sections

FYS101 L111
Art, Sex and Murder: Caravaggio and His Myths    
A. Bertrand-Dewsnap
MR 12:30, W8

FYS101 L112
Art, Sex and Murder: Caravaggio and His Myths
A. Bertrand-Dewsnap
MR2, W8

FYS101 L113
How It Came About
R. Balogh-Robinson
TF 9:30, F11

FYS101 L114
Greek Myth and the Other
S. Shivers
MW 3:30, F11

FYS101 L115
Greek Myth and the Other
S. Shivers
MW 5, F11

FYS101 L116
Food for Thought: Philosophy & the Meal
J.Campisi
TF 9:30, F11

FYS101 L117
Words in the Wild: Expeditions in Language,
Culture, & Contemporary Life
K.Gaugler
M11, W 8 & 9:30

FYS101 L118
Dictatorships & Democracies
M. O'Sullivan
TF 9:30, F11

FYS101 L119
Music & the Drama of History
S. Garabedian
TF 9:30, F11

FYS101 L120
Music & the Drama of History
S. Garabedian
TF 2, F11

FYS101 L121
Murder, Madness and Mental Mayhem
L. Neilson
MR 12:30, W2

FYS101 L122
Murder, Madness and Mental Mayhem
L. Neilson
MR 2, W2

FYS101 L123
JFK: Famine to New Frontier
S. Dwyer-McNulty
MR2, W2

FYS 101 L125
The Global Drug Trade
K. Bayer
TF 12:30, F11

FYS101 L126
Meaning in Life
J. Snyder
W2; F11 & 3:30

FYS101 L127
Adbusters: Critical Perspectives in Advertising   

K. Boyle
MR 2, W2

FYS101 L128
Greening America
S. Mercier
TF2, F3:30

 

Spring 2016 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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