COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

Resources for Faculty Teaching First Year Seminars

In teaching a First Year Seminar, you are expected to provide your students with the opportunity to fulfill the four general learning goals of the course, which you can find on the menu on the left side of this page.  Otherwise you have complete freedom to teach the seminar as you see fit.

It can be a challenge (hopefully a rewarding one) to accommodate all four FYS learning goals.  How does one combine the "content" one wishes to teach with the teaching of writing and speaking?  How can the advising component of the FYS be made compatible with the teaching of content and presentation?  

There is no single way to do it; many have had success, using diverse methods.  In these pages, we have provided some materials that may help with the challenge.  If you have suggestions or queries about teaching and advising in First Year Seminars, we would be interested in hearing about them, and possibly including them on this site.  In that regard, please feel free to contact the Director of the Program, James Berg.

On Advising and Course Selection          On Planning and Teaching a First Year Seminar

First Year Seminar Proposal Form

First Year Seminar Proposal Form for Academic Year 2020-2021

Above  is the course proposal form for the First Year Seminar. Please consider the questions  on it carefully,  remembering that the topic must be one conducive to the teaching of analytical writing and speaking.   Feel free to peruse  this website as you think about what FYS course you would like to propose. 

It is a good idea to aim high in a first-year seminar, but the course should not  be beyond the reach of first-semester students.  The course description should appeal to them, and the course itself should assume no prior knowledge or experience beyond high school. Our task is in part to introduce first-semester students to the joys, rigors, and possibilities of higher education.  

Upon completion, the form should be turned in to the FYS director and the FYS coordinator.