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
L111  11104  MW 3:30 & F 11

FYS 101 L112 & L113   Baseball in American Society
L112  11105  MR 12:30 & W2                    
L113  11106  MR 2 & W2

FYS101 L114 & L115   Greening America
L114  11107  TF 12:30 & F3:30                              
L115  11108  TF 2 & F 3:30

FYS 101 L116   Disruptive Bodies: Gender, Disability, &
Social Norms

L116   11109  TF 2 & W 2

FYS 101 L117 & L121 Science Fiction: Speculations &
L117  11110  TF 9:30 & F 11
L121  11124  TF 9:30 & F 11

FYS101 L118   True Crime in Film
L118   11114   TF 12:30 & F 11

FYS101 L119 & L120  Muslims & Arabs in America and Europe
L119   11122   TF 9:30 & W 2
L120   11123   TF 12:30 & W 2


FYS101 L122   Homelessness
L122    12008  MW 3:30 & W 2

FYS101 L123   Crime, Cash, & Credit: What's Debt Got to
Do With It?
L123   11140  TR 3:30 & W 2

FYS101 L124   Genocide and Human Rights
L124 11200  TF 9:30 & F 11

FYS101 L126   The Mathematics of Sports
L126  11219  TF 9:30 & F 11

FYS101 L127   Communication, Relationships, & the Art of Happiness
L127  12009  TR 3:30 & W 2

FYS101 L129   The Global Drug Trade
L129 11249  TF 12:30 & F 11

FYS101 L130  Intelligence: What Is It & What's It Good For?
L130  11250   TF 12:30 & W 2

FYS101 L133   Words in the Wild: Expeditions in Language,
Culture, & Contemporary Life
L133   11858  M 11, W 8 & 9:30

FYS 101 L136  Critical Perspectives on Advertising
L136  12082  MR 2 & W 2


Spring 2015 Honors FYS Course Titles and Section Numbers

FYSH 101 L111 Genocide and Human Rights
L111  11197  TR 11 & F 11

FYSH 101 L112 The Global Drug Trade
L112 11316  TF 9:30 & F 11

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.