First Year Seminar

Introduction

The First Year Seminar (FYS) is a fall semester 4-credit class that provides an introduction to Wittenberg, to campus resources, and the foundational skills and expectations of college level courses. FYS also engages students in thinking about a problem facing society. Each enduring problem is based on content specific to the instructor of the course. Students will work with peers, faculty, and campus resources to engage meaningfully with the problem and society as a whole.

The First Year Seminar is taught by a three-person team: faculty, co-facilitator, and student peer mentor. The faculty member leads the academic curriculum and evaluation for the course content. Co-facilitators are specialists from campus life who offer a range of advice and resources for co-curricular issues. The Peer Mentor is a student leader selected to ease transitions and offer on-the-ground advice and counsel.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of FYS 101 reflect this range of topics:

  • You will apply scholarly methods of inquiry to confront an enduring challenge relevant to our community through the lens of content covered in the course.
  • You will apply the writing process (drafting, editing, incorporating feedback, revision) to craft prose that is attentive to audience and purpose.
  • You will locate, critically assess, and ethically use informational sources.
  • You will identify the knowledge and skills needed to be active and engaged citizens.

Course Requirements - General Expectations

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