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, will deliver a Fall semester lecture that will be 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 entering 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.

 Fall 2014 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)

FYS 101 L103 & L111  Did "It" Happen Again? Comparisons of the
Recession of 2008 & the Great Depression of the

FYS 101 L104  Critical Perspectives on Advertising

FYS101 L105 & L106  JFK: Famine to New Frontier

FYS 101 L107 & L108  Conspiracy Theories in American History

FYS 101 L109 & L110  Not That Seventies Show

FYS101 L113  Reading Moby Dick: The Great White Whale and the Search for Meaning

FYS 101 L115 & L116  Utopia and the American Dream

FYS 101 L117  The Human Body, in Sickness and in Health

FYS101 L123 & L 124  Gender in Crisis: The American Civil War

FYS101 L125 & L126  Greening America

FYS101 L127 & L128  SMART: Social Media as a Revolutionary Technology

FYS101 L129 Flesh & Desire: The Philosophy of Sex & Love

FYS101 L130  Moral and Scientific Revolutions

FYS101 L132 & L133  Theorizing Comics and Graphic Novels

FYS101 L139  Eco-Warriors, Tree-Huggers, and Sellouts:
Representing Modern Environmentalism

FYS101 L140  Communication, Relationships, and the Art of Happiness

FYS101 L141 & L142  Where Did My Money Go? How Do I Get It Back?

FYS101 L143  Innovation and Creation: Bernini's Style and Art

FYS101 L144  Travel in a Globalized World

FYS101 L145 & L146  Cannibals & Zombies of the Caribbean

FYS101 L147   Childhood Around the World

FYS101 L148  Intelligence: What Is It & What's It Good For?

FYS101 L149  Food Fights: Industrial Agriculture, Local Food, and Food Justice


Honors FYS Course Titles and Section Numbers

FYSH 101 L111  Innovation and Creation: Bernini's Style and Art
FYSH 101 L112  Reading Moby Dick: The Great White Whale and the Search for Meaning
FYSH 101 L113  Moral and Scientific Revolutions
FYSH 101 L114  Eco-Warriors, Tree-Huggers, and Sellouts: Representing Modern Environmentalism

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.