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 complete 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, 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 approved for fall 2015.

Note: some of these topics may not actually be offered in the 2014-2015 academic year.  Other topics may be developed.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Master of Suspense

Banned and Dangerous Art 

Beyond the Selfie: Exploring Digital Identities

Bitches Brew: The Evolution of Jazz

Cinderella / Harry Potter

Cold Case: Theatre Mysteries


Daily Life in Ancient Rome

Digital Don Quixote

Disability Studies: Representations of Autism in Contemporary Literature and Film

Do You Speak American?

Economic Inequality & the American Dream

Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist

Feminism in the 21st Century

Game Theory

Jane Austin: Film, Web, Text

Lost and Forgotten Manuscripts of Christianity

Making a Difference

No Place Like Home: Housing and Society

Numbers Rule Your World

Part Play, Part Game: Gamers and Gaming

Past, Present, and Future Trends in Commerce

Race and Revolution

Seeing Different: Disability in Media and Society

Sex, Blood, and Celluloid: Dracula from Page to Screen

Solo Mio: Solo Performance and You

Theatre and Social Justice

The Early Crusades

The Geography of Religion

The Grail Legend

The Human Animal

Writing for a Wounded Planet: Literature and Environment in the US and Latin America