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 2012 – 2013 or approved for fall 2013.
Note: all of these topics may not actually be offered in the 2013-2014 academic year. Other topics may be developed.
American Detective Fiction
Art of Mathematics
Autism in Contemporary Literature and Film
Banned and Dangerous Art
Cars, Roads, and Cities
Celluloid Vampire: Dracula from Page to Screen
Cinderella to Harry Potter
Cold Case: Theatre Mysteries
Culture Works and The Graphic Novel
Do and Don’t for Do-Gooders
Energy Resources in the 21st Century
Ethics and Literature
Everybody’s a Little Bit Rascist
Evolution of Jazz
Feminist issues from the second wave to the present
French New Wave: Cinema and Society
Holocaust in German and U.S. Cultures
International Short Fiction by Women
Lost and Forgotten Manuscripts of Early Christianity
Mashups and Makerbots
Major Germanic Myths
Mozart and Amadeus
No Place like Home: Housing and Society
Parasites: Monsters within
Pirates, Liars, and Pigeons: Not Your Typical Math Course
Politics, Culture, and Global Media
Race and Revolution
Ted.com – Ideas Worth Sharing
The Bad Seed: Roots of Evil?
The Art of Life’s War
The Idea of Cool
The Videogame Canon: The Most Important Videogames Ever Made
True Crimes: America’s Most Wanted
Virtual Vernacular: Recording Community Music
When Americans Came Marching Home: The Veteran in U.S. History