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
Fall 2014 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)
FYS101 L125 & L126 Greening America
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
A Message from Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Director of the First Year Seminar