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.
Spring 2017 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)
**Thursday, Nov. 17: Please note these three NEW First Year Seminar sections that still have open seats**
FYS 101 Smorgasbord: Thinking Critically about the American Diet
Section L131: M11, W 930 & 2
Section L132: TR 11, W 2
Section L133: MR2, F11
FYS 101 L1112
FYS 101 L113
FYS 101 L 114
FYS 101 L115
FYS 101 L116
FYS 101 L118
FYS 101 L119
FYS 101 L120
FYS 101 L121
FYS 101 L122
FYS 101 L 123
Spring 2017 Honors FYS Course Titles
- FYSH101 L111
Gender in Crisis: The American Civil War
TR 330, W2
- FYSH101 L112
Love and Sex in the Medieval World
- FYSH101 L113
Muslims in the U.S. and Europe
A Message from Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Director of the First Year Seminar