The First Year Seminar

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The First Year Seminar combines academic skill development with an expansive approach to learning. Many First Year Seminars involve field trips to such destinations as the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield in nearby Hyde Park (above, left) and the Morgan Museum & Library in New York City (above, right). Students' classroom experience is further enriched by guest lecturers, such a talk by Survivor contestant Terry Deitz, and even by students taking a leading role in coordinating on-campus events, such as a student-run conference on JFK and his legacy. Coursework in the FYS can even lead to scholarly conference presentations, as it did for Christopher Ravosa '21 in March 2018.

**Incoming Class of 2022 students**

Click here to submit your top choices for Fall 2018 First Year Seminars. Course titles and descriptions can be found below. 

The system will be open for your use between 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15. We will not be able to accept your course preferences after 5:00 p.m. on June 15.

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

FYS 101
How to Make the World a Better Place        

FYS 101
Beyond Game of Thrones

FYS 101
Not That Seventies Show

FYS 101
Nostalgia

FYS 101
Happiness Embodied

FYS 101
Myths of Africa: Past & Present

FYS 101
True Crime in Film

FYS 101
Life Skills

FYS 101
Unlearning the Separate & Unequal: Disparities in Education    

FYS 101
The Haunted Nineteenth Century

FYS 101
Reading the Apocalypse

FYS 101
The Human Body in Sickness & in Health

FYS 101 
Greek Myth & the Other

FYS 101
Revolution!

FYS 101
Your Mind on Metaphors

FYS 101
Slavery & the Making of America

FYS 101
Cannibals and Amazons & the Making of Race

FYS 101
Murder, Madness, & Mental Mayhem

FYS 101
Challenges to Free Will from Neuroscience & Psychology

FYS 101
Greening America

FYS 101
Vampires, Werewolves, Goblins: Diversity & the Rule of Law

FYS 101
Comedy, Tragedy, & Madness: Overcoming Everyday Nihilism

FYS 101
Science Fiction: Speculations & Destinations

FYS 101
Eco-warriors, Tree-huggers, & Sellouts: Representing Modern
Environmentalism

FYS 101
The Painter of Modern Life

FYS 101
Bodies, Minds, & Social Norms

FYS 101
Theorizing Comics and Superheroes

FYS 101
Music & the Drama of History


Fall 2018 Honors FYS Course Titles

The Common Reading

common readingThe campus-wide Common Reading provides a touchstone for FYS courses and for events and conversation throughout the Marist community as a whole. The 2018-19 Common Reading is It Takes a School: The Extraordinary Story of an American School in the World's #1 Failed State by Jonathan Starr (Henry Holt & Co., 2017). This account truly hits close to home for our community, since some of the students described in the book are current Marist students. In September, Mr. Starr will deliver a lecture attended by all Fall 2018 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 campus-wide committee. Past Common Reading selections include Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, 2010), Wes Moore's The Other Wes Moore (Spiegel and Grau, 2011), and Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us (Washington Square Press, 2013). Students complete an essay assignment based on the book during the first few weeks of classes.

 
A Message to Students from Dr. Robyn Rosen, Director of the First Year Seminar

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The First Year Seminars we offer at Marist are designed with you in mind--a brand new college student. These classes not only broach topics, ideas, theories, systems, ideologies, cultures, time periods, and literary genres that you may never have had the opportunity to explore in high school, but they also provide support to you as you adjust to a new set of academic standards and expectations.

With your help, we create a dynamic classroom environment to stimulate curiosity and enhance your knowledge, skills, and level of comfort in your new community.  This class may take you in unexpected directions and it will surely be a sturdy foundation upon which to build your academic career at Marist. Make the most of it!

In 2016, Dr. Rosen participated in the annual Winter Celebration at Lindenwald (historic home of President Martin Van Buren) celebrating the centennial of the creation of the National Park Service. Dressed as a suffragist, she answered visitors’ questions about the women’s struggle to vote and related political history of the Progressive Era.

 

Learning outcomes for the First Year Seminar

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