Selecting a First Year Seminar

An important part of the first-year experience at McDaniel is the First Year Seminar (FYS) course. As part of the First Year Program at McDaniel, all first-year students take one First Year Seminar (FYS) course (4-credit course) during their first semester at McDaniel College. First Year Seminars are innovative topical and thematic courses on a range of subjects suitable for first-year 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.

All First Year Seminars are designed to ease student transition from high school to college and to encourage their full participation in the McDaniel College community.

  • A common goal of these courses is also to promote cooperation among students and to foster their intellectual development in the college environment.
  • These seminars are unique in that they are limited to only 15 students, and the professor serves as the students’ academic advisor for the first year.
  • There is also a student Peer Mentor in the FYS course with the students to ease overall transition to college life at McDaniel. This student serves as the student’s mentor for the entire first year.

At this point, you will need to consider the FYS courses. A reminder that the FYS is a 4-credit course that will be a part of your full course load for the Fall semester.

Please keep in mind that you do not have to choose an FYS in your field of intended study. The FYS courses are meant to give you exposure to different fields and disciplines. This is what the college experience is all about!

Once enrolled in an FYS course, you cannot drop or change the enrollment so please choose carefully.