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 during their first semester at the University 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.

Students who do not complete the FSEM course in which they were registered during their first semester after matriculation must enroll in it during their second semester of enrollment. These students are eligible to replace their failing grade by enrolling in any other FSEM 100 course. However, HIST 201/202 is not considered equivalent to FSEM 100 for this repeat and replacement provision.

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 or HIST 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 fall 2019.

Note: some of these topics may not actually be offered in the 2019-2020 academic year.  Other topics may be developed.

Architecture Now
Art and Science of Human Caring
Autism in Contemporary Literature and Film
Beatles in the 21st Century
Booking It
Borders, Barrios, and Biases
Climate Change and Energy Resources
Cold Case: Theatre Mysteries
Communities of Engagement
Comparing Reel to Real
Consuming News: A User’s Guide
Creating Arts and Ideas
Dracula from Page to Screen
Endurance Sports
Finding Fashion
Forbidden Texts
French New Wave: Cinema and Society
History of Genocides
Holocaust in German and U.S. Cultures
Game Theory
Get Happy: Science of Positive Psychology
Inequality and the American Dream
Inventions that Rocked Our World
It’s Alive: Horror on Stage
Jane Austen: Film/Text/Web
Leadership and Social Justice
Life Auditing: Fiscal Fitness
Mathematics of Chaos
Mechanisms of Storytelling
Multilingual Communities
Numbers Rule Your World
Past, Present, and Future Trends in Commerce
Physics for Future Presidents
Plants and Literature
Race and Revolution
See the USA: History of Road Trips
Science and Technology: Because We Can,    Should We?
Sinatra’s America
Solo Mio: Solo Performance and You
So You Think You Want to Be a Teacher?
Stuffed and Starved: Geography of Food
The Addicted World
The Bad Seed
The Beauty Difference Gives Us
The Grail Legend
Who am I This Time?
Writing for a Wounded Planet: Literature and Environment in the US and Latin America