What is a First-Year Seminar?

First-Year Seminars (FYS) are engaging and unique discussion-oriented and project-based classes designed specifically for students with fewer than 30 credits.

The courses are ideal for students to connect with one another and build their academic skills with the support of a faculty member who is passionate about the topic. These three-credit electives can be used to meet Cap Core requirements.

Classes are capped at 25 students, making our already small class sizes even smaller. This enables additional robust conversations, deeper learning and opportunities to practice concepts in the classroom.

Summer 2020 Course Offerings

How can you contribute to change? How do you begin?

Do you want to make change but are unsure how, or where to begin? Take an active role and have hands-on encounters with the species surrounding us while discovering their interconnections.

Learn how our survival depends on their health. Utilizing on-campus trails and excursions to protected areas we will explore what it means to be ecologically literate and how this helps us make the change required to meet the global goals.

No outdoor experience is necessary. Enrol now!

Program restrictions may apply. Check myCapU schedule and talk to an advisor (BR230) for more details.

Courses cannot be credited towards graduation in Associate programs and some diploma programs. Other programs may qualify. Please connect with an academic advisor to confirm if your program qualifies. 

Students may register for these courses starting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. For additional information, view our course posters

Setting you up for success

Studies have proven FYS are beneficial in your overall academic career as they help build academic confidence early, enable you to meet students in other programs, create a social and support network and connect you with passionate faculty instructors who are experts in the topic.

FYS will help you build foundations in:

  • opportunities to write and rewrite
  • using referencing to support writing
  • discussions to objectively analyze content
  • presentations to effectively communicate your analysis and evaluation
  • how to locate, evaluate and use information
  • apply information to best support your academic work
  • learn to work and solve problems together
  • create an assignment, product or project in a group