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)

      Incoming students: Click here to submit your FYS course preferences. The system will be open from 8:00 a.m. on Friday,
     June 3, until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.

FYS101 L103
Eco-Warriors, Tree Huggers and Sellouts: Representing Modern Environmentalism 

FYS 101 L106 & 107
Where Did My Money Go?

FYS 101 L108
Bodies, Minds, and Social Norms

FYS 101 L109 & 110
Challenges to Free Will from Neuroscience & Psychology  

FYS 101 L111 & 112
Greek Myth and the Other

FYS101 L113
Meaning in Life

FYS101 L114 & 115
Not That Seventies Show

FYS101 L116 & 117
Empire, Race, & Sexuality in Colonial Latin America  

FYS101 L118 & 119
Reading the Apocalypse

FYS101 L120 & 121
Nostalgia: A Literary History

FYS101 L123
John Milton, Genius

FYS101 L124 & 125
Greening America

FYS101 L126 & 127
Race, Gender, Slavery & the Making of America

FYS101 L128 & 129
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem

FYS101 L130 & 131
Castaways, Outcasts, & Survivors

FYS101 L132
Food Fights: What is the Future of Food?

FYS 101 L133
Europe & the "Barbarians"

FYS101 L135
The Human Body, in Sickness & in Health

FYS101 L136 & 137

FYS101 L138 & 139
Music & the Drama of History

FYS 101 L140
Critical Perspectives on Advertising

FYS 101 L141 &142
Words in the Wild: Expeditions in Language & Society

FYS 101 L143
Childhood Around the World

FYS 101 L144
Caravaggio & His Followers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art  

FYS 101 L147
How It Came About



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.