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Academic Core

A Message From Professor Robyn Rosen, Director of First Year Seminar

The First Year Seminars (FYS) we offer at Marist combine academic skill development with an expansive approach to learning.  They are designed with you—a brand new college student—in mind. These classes not only broach topics, ideas, theories, systems, ideologies, cultures, time periods, and literary genres that you may never have had the opportunity to explore in high school, but they also provide support to you as you adjust to a new set of academic standards and expectations. 

With your active participation, the FYS faculty create a dynamic classroom environment to stimulate curiosity and enhance your knowledge, skills, and level of comfort in your new community. 

This class may take you in unexpected directions, and it will surely be a sturdy foundation upon which to build your academic career at Marist. Make the most of it!

Incoming Freshmen: Click here to view the First Year Seminar Section Numbers for Fall 2020 pdf icon

Fall 2020 First Year Seminar Courses

FYS 101: Course Titles and Descriptions

Your Mind on Metaphors
Autobiographical Americans: Studying History through the Writings of Those Who Were There
Imagined Worlds: Social Justice & Science Fiction
Dictatorships & Democracies
“I’m not racist, but…”: Racial Cognition and Responsibility for Bias
Family Matters
Murder, Madness, & Mental Mayhem
Celebrity in the 19th Century
Reading the Apocalypse
Adulting 101
Greek Myth & the Other
Greening America
The Mindful Learner
Happiness Embodied
“You Learn By Living”: Showing Up for Your Life
How To Make the World a Better Place
Music and the Drama of History
Gaycation: LGBTQ+ Issues Around the Globe
Relevant Science: Developing your Environmental Intelligence & Stewardship
Myths of Africa: Past & Present
Social Justice from the Sidelines to the Frontlines
Art, Sex and Murder: Caravaggio and His Myths
So You Think You Know What it Means to be Italian?
The Body in Sickness & Health
Rockin’ the Look: The Synergies Between Fashion and Rock ‘n’ Roll
True Crime in Film
May It Please the Court
College—What We Forgot to Mention: Introduction to Higher Education and Student Affairs