Teaching FYE 1220: First-Year Seminar
What follows are links to materials designed to help faculty better understand the course and the resources available to those teaching it. Any questions should be directed to Chris Caplinger, director of First-Year Experience (478-1456 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or, especially for content related to the extended orientation portion of the course, to Alicia Howe, assistant director, at 478-2327 or email@example.com.
First-Year Seminar Overview
In Fall 2008, First-Year Experience debuted a new two-hour course, FYE 1220: First-Year Seminar. Three-quarters of FYE 1220 is comprised of an academic seminar designed to pair a faculty member passionate about a specific academic theme with students who share an interest in that topic. Students select the specific seminar based on the title and a 50-125-word description that faculty provide. The remaining quarter of the course consists of an "extended orientation" curriculum, which may or may not be taught by the seminar faculty member.
The change to FYE 1220 is the result of a faculty task force recommendation that is described in the "Background to the First-Year Seminar" link above. By having students select a theme of their own choosing, the course seeks to engage them intellectually and provide an introduction to college-level inquiry that will serve them well in their subsequent coursework. An additional benefit is that students can more readily develop a meaningful connection with faculty in their majors or potential majors during their first semester.