Students enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree program are required to take one first-year seminar course as part of their general education requirements. Students transferring to UMW with credits earned after the student had matriculated to another college or university (in other words, not through high school “dual enrollment” courses) do not have to meet the first year seminar requirement. Transfer students with fewer than 30 credits may take a first-year seminar course as an elective, if so desired.
Any course listed as FSEM 100 (First-Year Seminar) fulfills the first year seminar requirement, as does History 201, First-Year Seminar in European History, or History 202, First-Year Seminar in American History. (See the History section of this Catalog.)
100 – First-Year Seminar (3)
Prerequisite: Freshman standing (30 credits or less). The first-year seminar introduces students to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry. Students will study a non-traditional topic in a non-traditional way while exploring the concept of a liberal arts education. Specific topics will vary from course to course. Transfer students enrolling at UMW with more than 30 credits may not take this course.
List of FSEM 100 topics approved for offering in 2012 – 2013 (as of May 1, 2012).
Note: all of these topics may not actually be offered in the 2012-2013 academic year.
American Detective Fiction
Autism in Contemporary Literature and Film
Banned and Dangerous Art
Beauty and Brains: Women in the Sciences
Biological Terrorism: Threat or Reality?
Borders, Barrios, and Biases
Broadway Babies: Stephen Sondheim and the American Musical
Can Machines Think?
Celluloid Vampire: Dracula from Page to Screen
Chemistry and War
Cinderella to Harry Potter
Cold Case: Theatre Mysteries
Computers, Culture, and Thought
Critical Thinking and the Internet
Culture and Liberty
Culture Works and The Graphic Novel
Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Economics of Everyday Life
Elizabeth I: Representations of the “Virgin” Queen
Energy Resources in the 21st Century
Ethics and Literature
French New Wave: Cinema and Society
Games People Play
GlobalizationHolocaust in German and U.S. Cultures
I, Robot: the Pursuit of the Synthetic Mind
I’m Not a Feminist, but . . .Infographics
Is Trying to be Happier as Futile as trying to be Taller?
International Short Fiction by Women
James Farmer, the Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement, and the Great Debaters
Journey to the Underworld in Greek Myth and Modern Film
Lies of Spies: Espionage as Fact, Fiction and Theatre
Literature of the Francophone World
Lost and Forgotten Manuscripts of Early Christianity
Mad Scientists, Bad Scientists, and Evil Geniuses
Major Germanic Myths
Maps and Politics
Mashup and Remix: the Future of Creativity in Cyberspace
Mathematics of Chaos
Mozart and Amadeus
No Place like Home: Housing and Society
Not So Elementary After All: American Detective Fiction
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of Mexico
Parasites: Monsters within
Physics for Future Presidents and World Leaders
Pirates, Liars, and Pigeons: Not Your Typical Math Course
Politics, Culture, and The Global Media
Profit and Accountability
Race and Revolution
Radical Environmental Activism
Revolution and Cinema in Iran
Science, Sound, and Music
Six Degrees: the Science of a Connected age
Stages and Contexts of 9/11: Dramatic Literature and Contemporary History
TED.com – An Exploration of Ideas Worth Sharing
The Bad Seed: Roots of Evil?
The Videogame Canon: The Most Important Videogames Ever Made
Virtual Vernacular: Recording Community Music
We’ve Come a Long Way, baby . . . or have we?
Feminist issues from the second wave to the present
When Americans Came Marching Home: The Veteran in U.S. History