The First Year Seminar

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  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).

 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 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)

FYS101 L103
Eco-Warriors, Tree Huggers and Sellouts: Representing Modern Environmentalism
J. Boscarino
TF 930, W2

FYS 101 L106
Where Did My Money Go?
C. Hill
TF8, W8

FYS 101 L107
Where Did My Money Go?
C. Hill
MR8, W8

FYS 101 L108
Bodies, Minds, and Social Norms
M. Fitzgibbons
MR930, W8

FYS 101 L109
Challenges to Free Will from Neuroscience & Psychology  
A. Buckareff
MR930, W2

FYS 101 L110
Challenges to Free Will from Neuroscience & Psychology  
A. Buckareff
MR2, W2

FYS 101 L111
Greek Myth and the Other
S. Shivers
TF930, F11

FYS 101 L112
Greek Myth and the Other
S. Shivers
TF2, F11

FYS101 L113
Meaning in Life
J. Snyder
TF2, F11

FYS101 L114
Not That Seventies Show
R. Rosen
MR930, W2

FYS101 L115
Not That Seventies Show
R. Rosen
MR1230, W2

FYS101 L116
Empire, Race, & Sexuality in Colonial Latin America  
P. Ferrer
TF930, F11

FYS101 L117
Empire, Race, & Sexuality in Colonial Latin America  
P. Ferrer
TF1230, F11

FYS101 L118
Reading the Apocalypse
R. Grinnell
TF930, F11

FYS101 L119
Reading the Apocalypse
R. Grinnell
M11, W930, F11

FYS101 L120
Nostalgia: A Literary History
J. Kotzin
TF1230, W8

FYS101 L121
Nostalgia: A Literary History
J. Kotzin
TF2, W8

FYS101 L123
John Milton, Genius
G. Machacek
TR11, F330

FYS101 L124
Greening America
S. Mercier
MR930, W2

FYS101 L125
Greening America
S. Mercier
MR1230, W2

FYS101 L126
Race, Gender, Slavery & the Making of America
M. Morreale
TR11, W2

FYS101 L127
Race, Gender, Slavery & the Making of America
M. Morreale
TR330, W2

FYS101 L128
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem
L. Neilson
MR1230, W2

FYS101 L129
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem
L. Neilson
MR2, W2

FYS101 L130
Castaways, Outcasts, & Survivors
P. Tarantello
M11, W930, F11

FYS101 L131
Castaways, Outcasts, & Survivors
P. Tarantello
MR2, F11

FYS101 L132
Food Fights: What is the Future of Food?
J. Myers
MR1230, W2

FYS 101 L133
Europe & the "Barbarians"
J. Peterson
TF1230, F11

FYS101 L135
The Human Body, in Sickness & in Health
T. Paskell
MR930, W8

FYS101 L136
Revolution!
K., Bayer
TF930, W2

FYS101 L137
Revolution!
K., Bayer
TF1230, W2

FYS101 L138
Music & the Drama of History
S. Garabedian
TF930, W2

FYS101 L139
Music & the Drama of History
S. Garabedian
TF1230, W2

FYS 101 L140
Critical Perspectives on Advertising
K. Boyle
TF2, W2

FYS 101 L141
Words in the Wild: Expeditions in Language & Society
K. Gaugler
MR1230, W2

FYS 101 L142
Words in the Wild: Expeditions in Language & Society
K. Gaugler
M11, W930, W2

FYS 101 L143
Childhood Around the World
L. Dunlap
M11, W8 & 930

FYS 101 L144
Caravaggio & His Followers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art   
A. Bertrand
MR930, W8

FYS 101 L147
How It Came About
R. Balogh-Robinson
MR8, W8

 

 

Fall 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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