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 classmates. Workshops in the course help you learn
about the College's campus life 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 2015-16
Common Reading is Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (Random House,
2003). Reading Lolita's author, Azar Nafisi, 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 of education, cultural difference, and gender equality 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 2015 and Spring 2016 FYS
students need to have purchased and read the book BEFORE classes begin.
Students will complete an essay assignment based on Reading Lolita during the
first few weeks of classes in September or in January.
Fall 2015 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)
FYS101 L118 & L119
FYS101 L129 & L130
FYS101 L137 & L138
Fall 2015 Honors FYS Course Titles
- FYSH101 L111
Art, Sex and Murder: Caravaggio and His Myths
- FYSH101 L112
"Did 'It' Happen Again?"
- FYSH101 L113
- FYSH101 L114
John Milton, Genius
A Message from Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Director of the First Year Seminar