First Year Seminar List

A complete list of First Year Seminars are shown below. Please follow these four tips when selecting seminars of interest:
  1. The title doesn’t tell the whole story. Click on the seminar title for a full seminar description.
  2. Keep an open mind. None of these seminars require prior knowledge of the subject, and they are not gateway courses to particular majors or minors. This is a great opportunity to try something new!
  3. Pay close attention to unique course requirements, such as unusual meeting times and special requirements.
  4. Choose 10 seminars. Please note that we are not asking you to rank your choices; simply choose the ten seminars that intrigue you the most. When you are ready to make your selections, go here.

Johnston Center First Year Seminar

If you have been accepted into the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, please indicate this designated Johnston seminar as your only choice.

  • Meeting Time:
  • Monday 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Kelly Hankin

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Fee
FS01 JOHNSTON First-Year Seminar Monday 6:00-9:00 PM N/A

Music Majors & Minors First Year Seminar

If you have been accepted into the School of Music, please indicate this designated Music seminar as your only choice.

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Anthony Suter & Dr. Nicholle Andrews

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Fee
FS02 MUSIC MAJORS First-Year Seminar Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:50 n/a

Fall 2021 First Year Seminars

The following seminars are open to all incoming students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Wed 2:30 PM-3:50 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Samantha Sterba

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM -12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • Off campus field trips are likely
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. John Glover

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Wed 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Arthur Svenson

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Wed 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Bill Rocque

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Wed 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Prof. Paige Mann

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Wed 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • na
  • Instructors:
  • Prof. Alesha Knox

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Patrick Wing

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 2:30 PM -3:50 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Melissa Tosh

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • Field trip
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Priya Jha

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM -12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • Required participation in 3 weekend trips
  • Instructors:
  • Prof. Pani Chakrapani

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM- 12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Prof. Walter Hutchens

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Required participation in a field trip to the Huntington Library Chinese and Japanese Gardens.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Hongwei Lu

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • Required participation in 4 weekend day trips. Weekly meetings with Peer Advisor
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Althea Sircar

Fee is for compasses, books, and art supplies.

  • Meeting Time:
  • T/TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • $50
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Joanna Bieri

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Susan Blauth

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Wed 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Wes Bernardini

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM -12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Steve Morics

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • Possibility of optional field trips
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Caryl Forristall

  • Meeting Time:
  • T/TH 11:00 am-12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Kathryn Tucker

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Kimberly Welch

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM- 12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Prof. Alisa Slaughter

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Wed 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Martin Hoeker-Martinez

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Prof. Bill Southworth

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Off-campus site visits.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Lillian Larsen

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00 am-12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • One full day, off campus field trip to Los Angeles/Anaheim. Pending approval in post-Covid world.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Sana Tayyen

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM -12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Larry Gross

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00 am-12:20 PM
  • Fee:
  • 0
  • Special Required Features:
  • Possible moderate physical activity and off-campus trip (to be determined).
  • Instructors:
  • Prof. Tom Whittemore

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Prof. Trevor Norton

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Fee
FS05 Demystifying the Economy Mon/Wed 2:30 PM-3:50 PM N/A
FS20 Understanding Islam Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM -12:20 PM N/A
FS11 Taking the Constitution Seriously Mon/Wed 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM n/a
FS24 Who's Watching You? Mon/Wed 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM N/A
FS29 Scholar Justice in Scholarly Publishing Mon/Wed 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM N/A
FS19 Finding Your Voice in America Mon/Wed 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM N/A
FS09 The Mid East Yesterday and Today Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM N/A
FS23 So, You Like to Sing? Tues/Thurs 2:30 PM -3:50 PM N/A
FS15 Ways of Knowing Tues/Thurs 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM N/A
FS28 Incredible India Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM -12:20 PM N/A
FS26 Contemporary Topics in China Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM- 12:20 PM n/a
FS16 Nature in East Asian Cultures Tues/Thurs 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM n/a
FS30 Activism in Communities of Study Tues/Thurs 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM N/A
FS21 The Fusion of Math and Art T/TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM $50
FS12 The Science of Food Tues/Thurs 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM N/A
FS06 Archaeological Myths & Mysteries Mon/Wed 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM N/A
FS07 Mathematics, Elections, and Political Decisions Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM -12:20 PM n/a
FS13 You Are What You Eat Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM N/A
FS31 Writing Identities T/TH 11:00 am-12:20 PM n/a
FS17 Contemporary Immigration Tues/Thurs 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM N/A
FS14 Journalism Around the World Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM- 12:20 PM N/A
FS03 Survey of Weather and Climate Mon/Wed 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM n/a
FS08 Business Communication Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS10 Redrawing the Map of Religion Tues/Thurs 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM n/a
FS22 Islam in the Media Tues/Thurs 11:00 am-12:20 PM N/A
FS25 Native American Health Tues/Thurs 11:00 AM -12:20 PM N/A
FS04 Exploring Life Journeys Tues/Thurs 11:00 am-12:20 PM 0
FS18 Experiencing Theatre Tues/Thurs 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM N/A