First Year Seminar (FYS) and Transfer Student Seminar (TSS) Program

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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, FYS and TSS 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.

FYS seminars are limited to 18 students. The FYS professor serves as students' first academic advisor.  All first-year students must enroll in a First Year Seminar in their first semester.

TSS courses are offered at a variety of convenient times and provide ample opportunity for students to build relationships with faculty, staff, transfer students, and transfer peer mentors.