First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar Course Offerings

First-Year Seminar course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of FSEM in the course listings.

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 HIST 201, First-Year Seminar in European History, HIST 202, First-Year Seminar in American History, or HONR100, Honors First-year Seminar . (See the History and Honors sections 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 offered in 2013 – 2014 or approved for fall 2014.

Note: all of these topics may not actually be offered in the 2013-2014 academic year.  Other topics may be developed.

Autism in Contemporary Literature and Film

Banned and Dangerous Art 

Chemistry and War

Cold Case: Theatre Mysteries

Creating Arts and Ideas


Daily Life in Ancient Rome

Digital Don Quixote

Documentary Filmmaking

Ethics and Literature

Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist

Feminist Issues from the Second Wave to the Present

Finding Fashion

Freedom and Determinism

French New Wave: Cinema and Society

Good Society: Exploring Utopia

History of Genocides

Hitchcock: Master of Suspense

Holocaust in German and U.S. Cultures

International Short Fiction by Women

Inventions that Rocked the World

Is College Worth It?

Lost and Forgotten Manuscripts of Early Christianity

Mashups and Makerbots 

Mathematics of Chaos

Mozart and Amadeus

Octavia Butler’s Science Fiction

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Physics for Future Presidents

Race and Revolution – Ideas Worth Sharing

The Bad Seed: Roots of Evil?

The Art of Life’s War

The Idea of Cool

Toys as History

Travel Writing

Virtual Vernacular: Recording Community Music

Water Resources

Who Am I This Time?

Writing Ecology