The First Year Seminar

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The First Year Seminar combines academic skill development with an expansive approach to learning. Many First Year Seminars involve field trips to such destinations as the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield in nearby Hyde Park (above, left) and the Morgan Museum & Library in New York City (above, right). Students' classroom experience is further enriched by guest lecturers, such a talk by Survivor contestant Terry Deitz, and even by students taking a leading role in coordinating on-campus events, such as a student-run conference on JFK and his legacy. Coursework in the FYS can even lead to scholarly conference presentations, as it did for Christopher Ravosa '21 in March 2018.

A Message to Students from Dr. Robyn Rosen, Director of the First Year Seminar

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The First Year Seminars we offer at Marist are designed with you in mind--a brand new college student. These classes not only broach topics, ideas, theories, systems, ideologies, cultures, time periods, and literary genres that you may never have had the opportunity to explore in high school, but they also provide support to you as you adjust to a new set of academic standards and expectations.

With your help, we create a dynamic classroom environment to stimulate curiosity and enhance your knowledge, skills, and level of comfort in your new community.  This class may take you in unexpected directions and it will surely be a sturdy foundation upon which to build your academic career at Marist. Make the most of it!

In 2016, Dr. Rosen participated in the annual Winter Celebration at Lindenwald (historic home of President Martin Van Buren) celebrating the centennial of the creation of the National Park Service. Dressed as a suffragist, she answered visitors’ questions about the women’s struggle to vote and related political history of the Progressive Era.


The Common Reading

common readingThe campus-wide Common Reading provides a touchstone for FYS courses and for events and conversation throughout the Marist community as a whole. The 2017-18 Common Reading is The Distance Between Us, a memoir by award-winning novelist Reyna Grande (Washington Square Press, 2013). Ms. Grande came to campus in September to deliver a lecture attended by all Fall 2017 FYS students. Other events throughout the academic year will invite you to reflect on the questions raised by the book.

The Common Reading is chosen by a committee that includes faculty from across the College and a student representative. Past Common Reading selections include Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, 2010), Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map (Riverhead, 2005), and Wes Moore's The Other Wes Moore (Spiegel and Grau, 2011). Students complete an essay assignment based on the book during the first few weeks of classes.

 
Spring 2018 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)

**Note to Spring 2018 FYS students: Be sure to read this year's Common Reading, Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us (Washington Square Press, 2012), before classes start.**

FYS 101 L111
Social Justice: From the Sidelines to the Frontlines              

D. Hanssen      

FYS 101 L112
The Spirit of Revenge
J. Reeder

FYS 101 L113
The Spirit of Revenge

J. Reeder

FYS 101 L114
Race, Gender, Slavery, and the Making of America

M. Morreale

FYS 101 L115
Race, Gender, Slavery, and the Making of America

M. Morreale

FYS 101 L116
JFK: Famine to New Frontier
S. Dwyer-McNulty

FYS 101 L117
Race in Dictatorships and Democracies

M. O'Sullivan

FYS 101 L118
Race in Dictatorships and Democracies
M. O'Sullivan

FYS 101 L119
Love and Sex in the Medieval World

J. Peterson

FYS 101 L120
Love and Sex in the Medieval World
J. Peterson

FYS 101 L121
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem 
L. Neilson

FYS 101 L122
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem 
L. Neilson

 FYS 101 L123                                                                                
Greening America                 
S. Mercier

FYS 101 L124
Greening America
S. Mercier

FYS 101 L125
True Crime in Film

J. Raines

FYS 101 L126
Science Fiction
A. Labouseur

FYS 101 L127
AIDS, Biotechnology, and Society
A. Ryder

FYS 101 L128
The Haunted Nineteenth Century
P. Tarantello

FYS 101 L129
The Haunted Nineteenth Century
P. Tarantello

FYS 101 L130
Gendered Bodies, Alien Relationships
J. Canino

FYS 101 L131
Gendered Bodies, Alien Relationships
J. Canino

FYS 101 L132
What Are People For?
R. Balogh-Robinson

FYS 101 L133
The Haunted Nineteenth Century
P. Tarantello

FYS 101 L134
Gendered Bodies, Alien Relationships
J. Canino

FYS 101 L135
Divine Bodies: The Spirituality of Physicality
B. Loh

FYS 101 L136
Divine Bodies: The Spirituality of Physicality
B. Loh

FYS 101 L137
The Spirit of Revenge
J. Reeder


Spring 2018 Honors FYS Course Titles

Learning outcomes for the First Year Seminar

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