First Year Seminar (FYS) and Transfer Student Seminar (TSS) Program
First Year Seminars (FYS) and Transfer Student Seminars (TSS) are innovative topical and thematic courses on a range of subjects suitable for first-year students or first year transfer students that provide an introduction to the liberal arts and an academic transition to college. They seek to excite students intellectually and engage them as scholars. In addition to offering a rigorous academic content, First Year Seminars focus on fundamental skills that are necessary for academic success: critical thinking, effective writing, analytic reading, and oral communication.
Additionally, courses engage students as members of the McDaniel community by providing an introduction to important dimensions of the College: the nature of the liberal arts and sciences, the Honor System, academic expectations, information literacy, study skills and time management, cultural and co-curricular opportunities, and choosing a major.
In the FYS course, seminars are limited to 15 students. A student’s FYS professor serves as that student’s first academic advisor.
All first-year students must enroll in a First Year Seminar or a Transfer Student Seminar (if a transfer student) in the first semester.