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 in the course help you learn
  about 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 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.

 Fall 2015 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)

*Incoming Fall 2015 first-year students: Please click HERE to make your Fall 2015 First Year Seminar selection.*

Art, Sex and Murder: Caravaggio and His Myths

John Milton, Genius

Murder, Madness and Mental Mayhem

Where Did My Money Go? How Do I Get It Back?

Disruptive Bodies: Gender, Disability, & Social Norms              

True Crime in Film

Greek Myth and the Other

Nostalgia: A Literary History

Public Memory on the American Landscape

Greening America

"Did 'It' Happen Again?"

Is Voting Enough? Worldwide Elections and Democracy       


Gender Wars: The American Civil War

Not That Seventies Show

Cannibals and Zombies of the Caribbean

Reading the Apocalypse

Europe and the "Barbarians"

Childhood: Then, Now and Around the World

Science Fiction: Speculations and Destinations

The Human Body in Sickness and Health

Adbusters: Critical Perspectives in Advertising

JFK: Famine to New Frontier

From Call of Duty Violence to Candy Crush Addiction:                  
Video Games Impact Us

Fall 2015 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.