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The FYS Program and Transfer Student Seminar Program

The FYS Program

  • 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.

  • Transfer Student Seminars are innovative topical and thematic courses on a range of subjects suitable for new transfers to the McDaniel Community that provide an introduction to the college’s academic program, engagement program and campus resources to support new transfers.

  • 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 First Principles, the Honor System, academic expectations, information literacy, study skills and time management, cultural and co-curricular opportunities, and choosing a major.

  • First Year Seminars are limited to 15 students. A student’s FYS professor serves as that student’s first academic advisor.

  • Transfer Student Seminars are typically 20-25 students and are taught by various faculty from across the College.

  • All first-year students must enroll in a First Year Seminar in the fall semester.

  • Students will rank their interest in five FYS topics, and will be assigned to a seminar prior to the registration process.


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Fall undergraduate registration
April 17, 2014, 12:00 am
McDaniel String Ensemble
April 17, 2014, 7:00 pm
"EVIL DEAD: The Musical"
April 17, 2014, 7:30 pm
Junior Visit Day
April 21, 2014, 9:30 am
Student Solo Recital
April 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
The Ridington Lecture
April 22, 2014, 7:30 pm
Musician Brandon Stiles
April 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
Larry Hogan: What I’ve Learned
April 23, 2014, 4:30 pm
Graduate Open House
April 24, 2014, 5:30 pm
Student Chamber Music Ensembles
April 24, 2014, 7:00 pm
McDaniel Dance Company Recital
April 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
Animal House - Decker Auditorium
April 25, 2014, 9:00 pm
Spring Undergraduate Awards Ceremony
April 27, 2014, 12:00 am
Junior Open House
April 27, 2014, 1:00 pm
Children's Chorus of Carroll County
April 27, 2014, 2:00 pm