First-Year Seminars are 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 unique three-credit seminars can be used to meet Cap Core requirements.

What is a First-Year Seminar?

First-Year Seminars (FYS) are courses with engaging and unique topics. They are discussion-oriented and project-based classes for students with fewer than 30 credits, essentially in their first year of study. Class size is 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.

Setting you up for success

Studies have proven that First-Year Seminars (FYS) are beneficial in your overall academic career. The intent of the FYS curriculum is to build academic confidence early, enable you to meet students in other programs thereby creating a social and support network, and connect you with faculty members who are experts in the topic and have specifically designed the FYS courses to facilitate learning in these areas.

This includes building foundations in:

Academic Writing

  • Opportunities to write and rewrite
  • Using referencing to support writing

Critical Thinking

  • Discussions to objectively analyze content
  • Presentations to effectively communicate your analysis and evaluation

Information Literacy

  • How to locate, evaluate and use information
  • Apply information to best support your academic work

Collaborative Learning

  • Learn to work and solve problems together
  • Create an assignment, product or project in a group

January 2019 Offerings

Students may register for these courses starting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. To review course elective options, please visit an academic advisor in Birch Building, room BR230.

Note: please visit myCapU schedule for the most up-to-date information on course offerings including dates, times and instructors.

How are forms of oppression constructed, and how do different groups resist oppression through social movements? This seminar will look at oppression through the examples of the Holocaust and Indian Residential Schools. Examples of liberation movements will be viewed from the lens of the Civil Rights movement and the #MeToo movement.

As we re-engineer nature and humanity through technological development, what questions should we be asking – and what paths are there for addressing them? Join this seminar to examine key political, ethical, cultural and environmental challenges of a technological society through an in-depth examination of Netflix’s Black Mirror.

Are you curious about how different cultures express themselves creatively through music, art and clothing? Through creative group projects and fieldtrips, we will explore the arrival of the British on Coast Salish territory and discover how two distinct cultures connected and collided from the point of view of the societies’ clothing and expressive arts.

Do you want to make change but are unsure how, or where to begin? This seminar will help you connect YOUR "Local" to the "Global". You will take an active role in field-based learning and have hands-on encounters with the species surrounding us while discovering their interconnections, and how OUR survival depends on THEIR health. Utilizing on-campus trails and excursions to local protected areas we explore what it means to be ecologically literate of our home environment and how this lens helps us make connections to instilling the transformational change required to meet the Global Goals. No outdoor experience is necessary.