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first-year studies class

All first-year students are required to enroll in a First-Year Studies (FYS) course during CentreTerm, a three-week semester in January. This gives freshmen an opportunity to immerse themselves in just one class for the entire term.

First-Year Studies courses have three goals: 1) to provide a small-group learning situation that will engage students and faculty in an intensive intellectual experience; 2) to introduce students to a discipline’s basic concepts, modes of thought, or procedures in an innovative way; and 3) to foster basic educational skills — how to read critically, think logically, and communicate effectively.

Since classes are capped at 15 students, freshmen develop close working relationships with their professors and classmates while experiencing education in the small, intimate settings usually reserved for upperclassmen. FYS courses may include field trips, dinner discussions, labs, and other special activities.