First Year Seminar

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First Year Seminar

Enroll in a First Year Seminar designed to help you further explore and clarify your path.
First -year seminars introduce students to academic engagement in a small group setting while exploring themes that relate to students’ interests or majors.

Features of First Year Seminar

  • Student Centered
  • Educational and Career Plan
  • Connections to Campus Resources
  • Connections to Student Services
  • Small class size
  • Seminar Style Course
  • Themed Content
  • Designed for first-time degree-seeking students
  • 3-Credit hour course
  • Mentoring Opportunities

First Year Seminars

First Year Seminar 101
In First Year Seminar (FYS) you’ll work on college skills that will help you be successful in all of your classes while exploring majors and career paths that Harper has to offer. During this class, you’ll be encouraged to meet with your advisor who will help you create an Ed Plan that will ensure you get your degree and certificate on time! Also, in FYS, you’ll be supported by an instructor who cares about you and whose goal it is to make you feel welcomed.

First Year Seminar Learning Community
First Year Seminar Learning Community pairs an FYS class and ENG class. The same group of students are taking the same FYS and ENG back-to-back. The class is taught by two teachers who know each other, plan assignments together, and have your best interests in mind. Students who are part of a learning community at Harper feel more supported, have a greater sense of community and do better in their classes.

Fall 2022 Course List:

First Year Seminar Courses:

FYS101-002, CRN 34314   

FYS101-003, CRN 34316

FYS101-004, CRN 34317   Emily Reabe

FYS101-006, CRN 34319   Brianne Mangione 

FYS101-007, CRN 34321   Robert Allare

FYS101-008, CRN 34320    

FYS101-009, CRN 34322  Donna Oswald

FYS101-010, CRN 34323   Kristin Cushing

FYS101-011, CRN 34324   Kristin Cushing

FYS101-012, CRN 34325   Andre Berchiolly

FYS101-B01, CRN 34326   Brianne  Mangione

FYS101-B02, CRN 34329   

FYS101-B03, CRN 34477   Anita Rehberg

FYS101-B04, CRN 34570

FYS101-B65, CRN 34330 

FYS101-B66, CRN 34331   Chris Candelas

FYS101-B67, CRN 34332   Chris Candelas

FYS101-B68, CRN 34333   Elizabeth Michalak Sofronas

First Year Seminar Honors Course:

FYS101-HN1, CRN 34478 John Garcia  

First Year Seminar and Math Reboot Courses:

FYS101-L02, CRN 34506   John Notini

FYS101-L08, CRN 34495   William Clark

First Year Seminar and Learning Communities Courses:

Launch Learning Community

ENG094-L08, CRN 34494 Paul Peterson

FYS101-L08, CRN 34495 William Clark

Launch Learning Community

ENG094-L09, CRN 34496 TBD

FYS101-L09, CRN 34497 TBD

Launch Learning Community

ENG100-L01, CRN 34397 Theodore Brady

FYS101-L01, CRN 34399 Megan Dallianis

Launch Learning Community

ENG100-L06, CRN 34482 Fonda Ginsburg

FYS101-L06, CRN 34483 Chris Candelas

Launch Learning Community

ENG100-LB2, CRN 30394 Stephanie Whalen

FYS101-LB2, CRN 34479 Marianne Fontes

Launch Learning Community

ENG100-LB3, CRN 34480 Marianne Fontes

FYS101-LB3, CRN 34481 Katherine Speer

Launch Learning Community

ENG100-LW5, CRN 30429 Jason Nado

FYS101-LW5, CRN 34400 Katherine Speer

Launch Learning Community

ENG095-LW8, CRN 34488

ENG101-LW8, CRN 34486

FYS101-LW8, CRN 34487   Andrew Anastasia

Launch Learning Community

ENG101-LB4, CRN 34492 Ana Maria Charmelo Contreras 

FYS101-LB4, CRN 34493 Stephanie Whalen

First Year Seminar and Math:

FYS101-L02, CRN 34506 TBD

MTH065-L02, CRN 34508 TBD

Theme-Based Learning Communities:

“Forgiving an Unlikely Bond: Chemistry and English for STEM Majors”

CHM121-0L1, CRN 34143 Karen Dailey Koczaja

ENG101-0L1, CRN 34489 Meg King

“Intercultural Dialog and Exchange”

ENG101-LB1, CRN 34484 Richard Johnson

FYS101-LB1, CRN 34485 Kimberly Jaeger Nichols

Core Outcomes

1. College Life-Navigating the System and Campus Resources
Utilize support services available in the collage environment to meet students’ personal and academic needs.
2. College Learning Strategies for Academic Engagement and Success
Demonstrate responsible academic behaviors appropriate to intellectual engagement, including the application of active learning strategies.
3. Career Development-Developing an Academic and Career Plan
Create a personal development plan which includes academic and career goals and explores pathways for completion.

Extended Outcomes (for 3 credit FYS)
4. Contextualization and Integration
Interconnect course concepts and experiences (personal, campus, or community) in ways that produce new knowledge or skills.
5. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Identify and evaluate issues, problems, positions, and supporting evidence through an objective critical thinking process.
6. Information Literacy and Source Documentation
Research print and electronic sources, assess their credibility, and support a position using appropriate documentation.
7. Diversity and Cross-Cultural Awareness
Articulate inter-cultural ideologies, perspectives, and contributions that  people or diverse backgrounds bring to a multicultural world.


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Last Updated: 6/27/22