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). 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.
A 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 came to campus in September to deliver a lecture attended by all Fall 2017 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.
Spring 2018 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)
Spring 2018 Honors FYS Course Titles
- FYSH 101 L111
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem
- FYSH 101 L112
JFK: From Famine to New Frontier
- FYSH 101 L113
A Message from Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Director of the First Year Seminar