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). The classroom experience is further enriched by guest lecturers, such a recent talk by Survivor contestant Terry Deitz, and even by students taking a leading role in coordinating on-campus events, such as a Spring 2017 student-run conference on JFK and his legacy.

common readingA campus-wide Common Reading provides a touchstone for FYS courses and for events and conversation throughout the Marist community as a whole. The 2017-18 Common Reading is The Distance Between Us, a memoir by award-winning novelist Reyna Grande (Washington Square Press, 2013). Ms. Grande will come to campus in September to deliver a lecture attended by all FYS students. Other events throughout the academic year will invite you to reflect on 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), Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map (Riverhead, 2005), and Wes Moore's The Other Wes Moore (Spiegel and Grau, 2011). All Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 FYS students need to have purchased and read the book BEFORE classes begin. You will complete an essay assignment based on the book during the first few weeks of classes.

 
Fall 2017 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)

**Incoming students: Be sure to read this year's Common Reading, Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us (Washington Square Press, 2012), before classes start. If you have not been assigned a Fall 2017 FYS, you will take one in Spring 2018.**

FYS 101 L103
A Place for Nature: Americans & Their Love of Green Space      
J. Zeppetello

FYS 101 L104
A Place for Nature: Americans & Their Love of Green Space
J. Zeppetello

FYS 101 L105
The Haunted Nineteenth Century
P. Tarantello

FYS 101 L106
The Haunted Nineteenth Century
P. Tarantello

FYS 101 L111
Life Skills 101
C. Hill

FYS 101 L112
Life Skills 101
C. Hill

FYS 101 L113
Empire, Race, and Sexuality in Latin America
P. Ferrer

FYS 101 L114
Empire, Race, and Sexuality in Latin America
P. Ferrer

FYS 101 L115
Plagues, Pathogens, and Pandemics
C. Fojas

FYS 101 L116
The Human Body, in Sickness and in Health

T. Paskell

FYS 101 L117
Science Fiction
A. Labouseur

FYS 101 L118
Reading the Apocalypse
R. Grinnell

FYS 101 L119
Reading the Apocalypse
R. Grinnell

FYS 101 L120
Greek Myth and the Other
S. Biro

FYS 101 L121
Greek Myth and the Other
S. Biro

FYS 101 L122
Revolution!
K. Bayer

FYS 101 L123
Gendered Bodies, Alien Relationships
J. Canino

FYS 101 L124
Race, Gender, Slavery, and the Making of America

M. Morreale

FYS 101 L125
Race, Gender, Slavery, and the Making of America

M. Morreale

FYS 101 L126
SMART: Social Media as a Revolutionary Technology
C. Matheus

FYS 101 L127
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem 
L. Neilson

FYS 101 L128
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem 
L. Neilson

FYS 101 L129
Free Will and Contemporary Neuroscience and Psychology   
A. Buckareff   

FYS 101 L130
Gendered Bodies, Alien Relationships
J. Canino

FYS 101 L131
Science Fiction
J. Bass

FYS 101 L132
The Politics of Food
J. Myers

FYS 101 L133
Birth of the Cool: Investigating Jazz
L. Graham

FYS 101 L134
Birth of the Cool: Investigating Jazz
L. Graham

FYS 101 L135
Social Justice: From the Sidelines to the Frontlines
D. Hanssen

FYS 101 L136
Gendered Bodies, Alien Relationships
J. Canino

FYS 101 L137
Gendered Bodies, Alien Relationships
J. Canino

FYS 101 L138
Not That Seventies Show
R. Rosen

FYS 101 L139
Music and the Drama of History
S. Garabedian

FYS 101 L140
Music and the Drama of History
S. Garabedian

FYS 101 L141
Cyberethics: Are We Using Technology for Good or Evil?
K. Vigil

FYS 101 L142
Science Fiction
J. Bass

FYS 101 L143
"The Painter of Modern Life"
A. Bertrand-Dewsnap

FYS 101 L144
Greening America
S. Mercier

FYS 101 L145
Greening America
S. Mercier

FYS 101 L146
Outside @ Marist: The River, the Region, and Us
M. Fitzgibbons

FYS 101 L147
John Milton, Genius
G. Machacek

FYS 101 L149
Did "It" Happen Again?
A. Davis


Fall 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.                                                                                      

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