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First Year Seminars

One of the most important and engaging courses you will take at Stetson University will be your First Year Seminar. You will find descriptions of these classes and of the professors who teach them on the Spring 2015 First Year Seminars page.

During your First Year Seminar, you will work closely with Stetson faculty to explore a single topic. You and your classmates will learn how to join an intellectual conversation at a significantly higher level than you have been accustomed to in high school. As a First Year Seminar student, you will join an academic community of thinkers, learners and researchers who are committed to maintaining the rigors and rewards of a liberal arts education. Through active participation in the First Year Seminar Program, you will acquire the skills necessary for success in college and, therefore, life. The purpose of the First Year Seminar is to help you understand the human condition and, as a result, to make it better.

First Year Seminars have the following goals:

  • to provide courses exclusively for first-year students
  • to improve writing skills by focusing on writing in a range of genres within a particular field of study and in ways that emphasize clarity, coherence, intellectual force and stylistic control
  • to introduce students to the excitement of studying and interpreting primary sources
  • to enhance students' abilities to read and think critically
  • to instill, through practice, the ability to express themselves cogently
  • to enhance students' ability to communicate their ideas in professional oral presentations

With the following learning objectives:

  • ability to read in a scholarly and critical fashion and to distinguish between styles of writing
  • ability to analyze, integrate and synthesize ideas
  • ability to develop, support and critique arguments
  • ability to write clear and persuasive text
  • ability to distinguish between and produce work within different academic contexts and traditions
  • ability to express arguments in both group and individual oral presentations

Most first-year students, with the exception of those in Music Education, will take a First Year Seminar. Other students in the School of Music and all students in the College of Arts and Sciences (except Honors Program students) will select from any of the FSEM 100 courses listed. Business FSEMs are designed to help new majors become acclimated to the business school environment, including developing the skills needed for successful academic performance in their major.

Follow the link below to the First Year Seminar checklist, read about the courses and professors and select your top choices.

Continue to Spring 2015 First Year Seminars

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