First Year Seminars (FYS 100)

In April 1995, the College faculty approved the First Year Seminar (FYS) Program, recommending that each seminar include “intense intellectual interchange, both written and oral, in a seminar setting in which all participate …in critical thinking and analysis of arguments.  [Seminars] should include discussion and debate on issues, examination of opposing viewpoints …and written and oral assignments that force students to make explicit their ideas and thoughts…”

First Year Seminars, which enroll 15-19 students per section, are taught by faculty from all academic divisions and ranks.  Every First Year Seminar is topical and constructed by the individual faculty member with the guidance stated above.  A standing faculty committee receives and approves each FYS proposal.  Content is approved, in advance, by the appropriate department chair or dean.

Every first year student must enroll in, and pass, a FYS during the first year of enrollment at Wake Forest.

Fall 2014 – First Year Seminar

FYS Proposal Guidelines

First Year Seminar Archives

Get the lists of previous first year seminars here

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