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.
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).
A campus-wide Common Reading provides a touchstone for FYS courses and for
events and conversation throughout the Marist community as a whole. The 2016-17
Common Reading is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore
(Spiegel & Grau, 2011). Mr. Moore 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 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 2016 and Spring 2017 FYS
students need to have purchased and read the book BEFORE classes begin.
Students will complete an essay assignment based on The Other Wes Moore during
the first few weeks of classes.
Fall 2016 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)
Incoming students will be able to submit their FYS course preference list from 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3,
until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.
Fall 2016 Honors FYS Course Titles
- FYSH101 L111
Caravaggio & His Followers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- FYSH101 L112
Did "It" Happen Again? Comparing the Great Recession of 2008 with the Great Depression
- FYSH101 L113
Europe & the "Barbarians"
- FYSH 101 L114
Eco-Warriors, Tree Huggers and Sell Outs: Representing Modern Environmentalism
- FYSH 101 L115
John Milton, Genius
A Message from Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Director of the First Year Seminar