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
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