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 your classmates. Lectures, workshops, and information
sessions with support staff provide you with a strong understanding of the College’s
campus culture 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 2013-14 Common Reading is The
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown, 2010). Lectures and events throughout
2013-14 have been highlighting important ethical, medical, and social questions raised by the book and by
the Lacks family's experiences.
**Registering for Spring 2014? Click here for Spring 2014 FYS course titles
and section designations.**
- Spring 2014 First Year Seminar course titles and section designations
- Fall 2013 First Year Seminar course titles and section designations
- Learning outcomes for the First Year Seminar
A Message from Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Director of the First Year Seminar