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Butler’s First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces you to a topic of your choice from over 40 different subjects.
Butler’s First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces you to a topic of your choice from over 40 subjects. It also brings you into a close-knit community of first-year students who will be your seminar companions in a small class cohort. Taught by faculty members from disciplines across the University, your FYS group will also work with the same professor all year.
While engaged in seminar topics ranging from fairy tales, to professional wrestling, to living a meaningful life, you’ll be constantly challenged to develop the capacity to think and write clearly, critically, and creatively. FYS will give you the background you need to develop the kinds of effective skills it takes to succeed academically. By the final sessions, you’ll be a much better communicator, a clearer thinker, and a student better prepared for the academic, professional, and personal challenges of the coming years.
First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to the interactive classroom by providing a venue for self-discovery within a supportive community. Faculty members with expertise from disciplines across the university offer over forty different seminars. These seminars engage students in the best practices of civil and constructive conversation. As students explore and interrogate their topics, they learn to think, speak, and write more clearly, independently, critically, and persuasively. In these peer-centered discussions and collaborations, FYS students prepare to take the next steps in their academic, professional, and personal journeys.
Student Learning Objectives
- To develop the capacity to think and write clearly, critically, and creatively.
- To introduce the student to effective habits for academic success.
- To reflect on important issues of the self, and in relation to local and global communities.
- To recognize and reflect on their own personal perspectives and biases.
- To learn and practice civil discourse in a constructive community.
- To learn to evaluate the quality, accuracy and appropriateness of evidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Healthcare and Business and English double major Sadia Khatri says that her First-Year Seminar introduced her to a wide variety of ideas and also taught her so much about herself. She credits her professor—Dr. Hofstetter—with teaching her so much about literature and the world, and most importantly, herself.