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).

moore  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)

FYS101 L111
Greek Myth and the Other
S. Shivers

FYS 101 L1112
Greek Myth and the Other
S. Shivers
W2, F330

FYS 101 L113
S. Dwyer-McNulty
TF 930, W2

FYS 101 L 114
S. Dwyer-McNulty
TF 1230, W2

FYS 101 L115
Race in Dictatorships & Democracies
M. O'Sullivan
TF 930, F11

FYS 101 L116
Race in Dictatorships & Democracies                     
M. O'Sullivan
TR11, F11

FYS 101 L118
Muslims in the US & Europe
J. Pupcenoks
MW330, W2

FYS 101 L119
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem  
L. Neilson
MR 1230, W2

FYS 101 L120
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem
L. Neilson
MR2, W2

FYS 101 L121
Castaways, Outcasts, and Survivors                           
P. Tarantello
M11, W 930, F11

FYS 101 L122
Castaways, Outcasts, and Survivors 
P. Tarantello
MR2, F11

FYS 101 L 123
J. Bainbridge
M11, W930, W2

FYS101 L124
Trailblazers, Innovators, and Dreamers 
M. Gaeke
MR 1230, W2

FYS101 L125
How It Came About
R. Robinson

FYS101 L127
Vital Signs: Ethics and the Emergency Room
J. Snyder
W2, F11, F330

FYS101 L128
Love and Sex in the Medieval World   
J. Peterson
TF1230, F11

FYS101 L130
Music and the Drama of History
S. Garabedian
MR 1230, W2


Spring 2017 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.