First-Year Seminar Program

The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to the academic and cultural life of the College. By focusing on one of a wide variety of intriguing course topics, students

  • develop strategies for interpretation and evaluation,
  • examine personal assumptions and biases, thereby building informed perspectives,
  • engage in writing as an act of intellectual and critical inquiry,
  • acquire an introductory understanding of research skills necessary for academic writing, and
  • begin to develop strategies for participating in discourse communities beyond the classroom.

First-Year Seminar Program

Therefore, the required First-Year Seminar—which is normally limited to 16-17 students per course section—enables students to participate in an active learning environment during their first semester at Lafayette.
With almost 40 seminar topics to cover, many professors work together on co-curricular activities. These may include sponsoring a stimulating campus-wide lecture or attending a live performance at the Williams Center for the Arts. Many FYS instructors also choose to take their students on an educational road trip.

Class of 2018 – please check back in early May for information regarding the Fall 2014 selection of First Year Seminars.  Until then, feel free to browse through the selections from Fall 2013 found below.

Read about the Fall 2013 selection of first-year seminars

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Contact Us

Erica L. D'Agostino '95
Dean of Academic Advising
Class Dean - 1st & 2nd Year Students
Office of the Dean of the College
dagostie@lafayette.edu
(610) 330-5080

Paul J. McLoughlin
Dean of Students
Division of Campus Life
mcloughp@lafayette.edu
(610)330-5082