First Year Seminar List

First Year Seminar is part of our general education program, Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF).  Many seminars are also designated for additional LAF requirements.  When you click on the seminar title, you will see, along with the narrative description, the LAF the particular seminar is expected to fulfill (pending final approval).

A complete list of  First Year Seminars are shown below. Please follow these four tips when selecting seminars of interest:
  1. Seminar title doesn’t tell the whole story. Click on the seminar title for a full seminar description.
  2. Please pay close attention to unique course requirements, such as unusual meeting times, special requirements, and whether it is a living/learning community.  
  3. Keep an open mind.  These seminars don’t require prior knowledge or experience.  It’s a great opportunity to try something new!
  4. Then, tell us how interested you are in each seminar. You will be asked to indicate your top ten seminar choices, ranked by the degree of interest (#1 being the most interested). Please note: we must maintain a small class size to ensure individualized attention. We’ll do our best to accommodate everyone’s preference, but cannot guarantee to place you in one of your top choices.


Johnston Center First Year Seminar

The Johnston Center for Integrative Studies has a seminar specially designed for their new students. If you are accepted into this program, please indicate this specialty seminar as your only choice.

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Living/Learning Community Fee


Interpersonal Mindfulness TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm JOHNSTON ONLY. Bekins or Holt   

Music Majors & Minors First Year Seminar

Music Majors & Minors has a seminar specially designed for their new students. If you are accepted into this program, please indicate this specialty seminar as your only choice.

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Living/Learning Community Fee
FS02  First Year Seminar For Music Majors & Minors TUE, THU 9:30am - 10:50am REQUIRED FOR MUSIC MAJORS & MINORS. Anderson Hall  $150

Living/Learning Communities First Year Seminars

The following seminars participate in First Year Living/Learning Communities and are available to all interested students. Students who are assigned to these seminars will be housed together to facilitate community activities and interpersonal learning.

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Living/Learning Community Fee
FS03  Incredible India – A land of Many Cultures

TUE, THU 1:00pm - 2:20pm

“Global Quarter” (North Hall)  
FS04 Leaving Home: Movement Around the World  TUE, THU 1:00 - 2:20pm “Global Quarter” (North Hall)  
FS05 The Killing Fields: Encountering Contemporary Cambodia

TUE, THU 1:00 - 2:20pm

TUE 7:00pm - 9:00pm

“Global Quarter” (North Hall)


FS06 Our Genetic Past, Our Cultural Present: Geno 2.0, Global Citizens and Fusion Cultures TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm “Social Justice” (Fairmont Hall)  $140
FS07 Punk Rock: DIY (Do It Yourself) for Personal and Social Change TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm “Social Justice” (Fairmont Hall)  
FS08 Feminist Economics TUE, THU  9:30am - 10:50am “Social Justice” (Fairmont Hall)  
FS09 Connecting with the Wild: Wilderness, Leadership, and Adventure

WED 1:00pm - 2:20pm

FRI 1:00pm - 4:00pm

“Environmental Consciousness” (Merriam Hall)  $200
FS10 Environmental Immersion in Southern California

WED 9:30am - 10:50am;

FRI 1:00pm - 3:50pm

“Environmental Consciousness” (Merriam Hall)  $200
FS11 Sowing the Seeds of Community Resilience: Engaging in Civic Ecological Practices (Civic Ecology)

WED 11:00am - 12:20pm

FRI 1:00pm - 4:00pm

“Environmental Consciousness” (Merriam Hall) $200

Other First Year Seminars

The following seminars are open to all students and are not part of a Living/Learning Community.

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Fee
FS12 Bad Grrrlz, Mad Grrrlz: Feminisms and Genders at the Crossroads of Global Culture TUE, THU 2:30pm - 3:50pm  
FS13 From I Love Lucy to Riot Grrrl: Feminism, History, and Popular Culture in the United States TUE, THU 2:30pm - 3:50pm  
FS14 Business Communication TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm  
FS15 The Middle East, Yesterday and Today TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm  
FS16 The Mathematics of Art and the Art of Mathematics TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm  $50
FS17 Family Dynamics. Ancient. Modern. Drama. MON, WED 2:30pm - 3:50pm  
FS18 Taking the Constitution Seriously: Prominent Thinkers and Landmark Cases MON, WED 9:30am - 10:50am  
FS20 Soap, Rope & Dope: Plants in Our World TUE, THU 9:30am - 10:50am
MON lab 1:00pm - 3:50pm
FS21 Do you believe in magic? Magic and Culture in World Folklore and Storytelling TUE, THU 2:30pm - 3:50pm  
FS22 Sustainable Campus Sustainable Town TUE, THU 9:30am - 10:50am  $100
FS23 Brave (the) New World: Harnessing the Power of Digital Imaging MON, WED 1:00pm - 2:20pm  $100
FS24 What Makes Us Human? TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm  
FS25 Histories, Myths, Fictions, and Lies TUE, THU 2:30pm - 3:50pm  
FS26 Secret History: A Study of Secret Messages in History, Literature and Culture

TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm

MON 6:00pm - 8:00pm

FS27 Moral Imagination: The Art of Speaking Truth to Power TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm  
FS28 Picking Winners TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm  
FS29 Rereading Fairy Tales TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm  
FS30 Global Issues for American Business MON, WED 1:00pm - 2:20pm  
FS31 Roadmaps, Sages, and Guides: Personal/Academic/Career Exploration  TUE, THU 2:30pm - 3:50pm  
FS32 Mother Goose, Dr. Seuss, and Once Upon A Time  MON, WED 11:00am - 12:20pm  
FS33 Design Thinking for Sustainable Development THU 1:00pm - 3:50pm $75
FS34 So You Want To Be A Teacher? Teaching In The 21st Century  TUE, THU 1:00pm - 2:20pm  
FS35 Food: What is it Really?  MON, WED 9:30am - 10:50am  
FS36 Science and Popular Culture MON, WED 9:30am - 10:50am  
FS37 Our World’s Technological Transition: Crisis or Opportunity  TUE, THU 1:00pm - 2:20pm  
FS38 Personal Journey: a Psychological Approach  TUE, THU 11:00am - 12:20pm