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.

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

How are forms of oppression constructed? How do different groups resist oppression?

This seminar will help you analyze and describe the Holocaust and Indian Residential Schools as examples of oppression, the Idle No More movement and the #metoo movement as examples of liberation movements.

Interested in how groups resist oppression? Enrol today!

Oral presentation skills have never been more crucial than in the current economic climate with companies now requiring employees to make more presentations than ever before. Employers seek out employees who excel in this skill. Are you ready?

This course will provide you with a toolkit to improve your investigation, comprehension, communication of ideas, problem solving and presentation skills.

Feeling nervous about talking in front of groups is normal. You should prepare for your future and learn how to do it anyway! Do you wish to become more confident and a better speaker? Enroll now!

Are cult films bad, in bad taste, or simply badass?

What makes a film a 'cult classic' and who decides?

Why do people watch some films hundreds of times, dress up in costume, or line up at midnight just to heckle characters onscreen and sing along with strangers?

Join us in exploring this fascinating subculture through curated screenings, readings and discussions.  

How do different cultures express themselves creatively? You will explore how the British and the First Nations cultures connected and collided when they first met.

We will look through the lenses of the clothing and the expressive arts of each society. This course includes hands on workshops, field trips and creative research projects.

Want to learn more about culture and creative expression? Enroll today!

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