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First-Year Seminars

What is a First-Year Seminar?

A first-year seminar is a class with twenty first-year students. It is conducted in a discussion format and focuses on a particular discipline.

Why should I take a First-Year Seminar?

Students enrolled in the first-year seminars will have mentoring and guidance from classroom and library faculty members working in collaboration to foster student learning. They will have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to socialize with their peers and make friends that can last their entire college career.

How does it work?

Students in a first-year fall seminar will also enroll in the same section of College 101 and ENG 1. The seminar will fulfill the same requirements as other sections of the course. In addition to the additional support from the College 101 instructor, library faculty with expertise in the discipline will be available to assist students with their research.

The Fall 2014 first-year seminars are:

Introduction to Philosophy: The Nature of Friendship

PHI 8 FYS1 (1652)
COLL 101 FYS1 (2781)
ENG 1 FYS1 (2638)
Monsters

MW 3:30 PM-4:50 PM
Tu 12:30 PM-1:25 PM
TuTh 9:30 AM-10:50 AM
PROFESSOR WELNAK
PROFESSOR WELNAK
PROFESSOR COSENTINO

General Psychology I

PSY 1 FYS2 (1422)
COLL 101 FYS2 (2826)
ENG 1 FYS2 (1281)
Gender, Sexuality & the Media
MW 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
Tu 12:30 PM-1:25 PM
TuTh 2:00 PM-3:20 PM
PROFESSOR FRYE
PROFESSOR FRYE
PROFESSOR ANGYAL

Introduction to Sociology: Transitions to Adulthood

SOC 1 FYS3 (2854)
COLL 101 FYS3 (3200)
ENG 1 FYS3 (1552)
The Stories We Tell
TuTh 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
Tu 12:30 PM-1:25 PM
MW 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
PROFESSOR SWEENEY
PROFESSOR SWEENEY
PROFESSOR PIGLIACELLI

Earth Science II

ERS 2 FYS4 (6645)
ERS 2 FY4L (6644)
COLL 101 FYS4 (6522)
ENG 1 FYS4 (1551)
MW 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
W 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Tu 3:30 PM-4:25 PM
MW 9:30 AM-10:50 AM
PROFESSOR DIVENERE
PROFESSOR DIVENERE
TBA
PROFESSOR ABBOTT

World Literature I: Utopias and Dystopias

ENG 7 FYS5 (6325)
COLL 101 FYS5 (3227)
ENG 1 FYS5 (2639)
The Dichotomy of America

MW 9:30 AM-10:50 AM
M 3:30 PM-4:25 PM
TuTh 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
PROFESSOR LUTZ
PROFESSOR LUTZ
PROFESSOR SASSENOFF

Foundations of Biology I

BIO 1 FYS6 (6646)* OR
BIO 1 FYS7 (6647)*
BIO 1 FY6L (2438)
COLL 101 FYS6 (6523)
ENG 1 FYS6 (1554)

Invisible Writing
MW 9:30 AM-10:50 AM
TuTh 9:30 AM-10:50 AM
Th 2:00 PM-4:50 PM
M 2:00 PM-2:55 PM
TuTh 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
TBA
TBA
PROFESSOR PEREYRA
PROFESSOR PEREYRA
PROFESSOR AHERN

* To be part of this first-year seminar, freshmen must enroll in either lecture section of BIO 1 (FYS6 or FYS7) and the specific first-year laboratory section BIO 1 FY6L along with COLL 101 FYS6 and ENG 1 FYS6.

For more information about these learning communities, see your LIU Promise Coach or click here.

Will the First-Year Seminar fulfill my degree requirements?

Yes! Most of the first-year seminars are core liberal arts classes that will help students get started on meeting their core requirements in their first semester. Students enrolling in these seminars will also have the opportunity to enroll in a research-oriented first-year seminar in their second semester taught by the same instructor that will also fulfill core requirements.