First Year Seminar

All students who enter the University with fewer than 24 credits of college work earned after graduating from high school are classified as “first time in college” and must take a First Year Seminar or a suitable substitute.

First-Year Seminars are designed to improve your ability to think critically, analyze ideas, and express your thoughts persuasively in oral presentations and in writing. These are important skills that need to be developed as early as possible, so they can be harnessed and further developed in later courses.

New Students Starting in the Fall

First time in college students who enter in the fall must take a First Year Seminar (FSEM 100) during their first semester. Students in the School of Music who are majoring in Music Education take EDUC 265 in place of a First Year Seminar. You are not allowed to Drop the First-Year Seminar and not allowed to use the Pass/Fail option for this course.

The First Year Seminars that are offered change each year. Course titles and descriptions may be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of: First Year Seminar Home Page.

New Students Starting in the Spring

First time in college students who enter in the spring must take a course to substitute for a First Year Seminar during the first semester and will also have to successfully work through an individualized plan developed with the Academic Recourse Center to help them learn about the student support services that are available around the campus.


Revised: 05/08/13