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
Ethics and Literature
Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist
Feminist Issues from the Second Wave to the Present
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
Ted.com – Ideas Worth Sharing
The Bad Seed: Roots of Evil?
The Art of Life’s War
The Idea of Cool
Toys as History
Virtual Vernacular: Recording Community Music
Who Am I This Time?