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 2017.

Note: some of these topics may not actually be offered in the 2017-2018 academic year.  Other topics may be developed.

A Question of Progress

Architecture Now

Autism in Contemporary Literature and Film

Beatles in the 21st Century

Beyond the Selfie: Exploring Digital Identities

Bitches Brew: The Evolution of Jazz

Cold Case: Theatre Mysteries

Comparing Reel to Real

Computation: Minds and Machines

Digital Don Quixote

Down the Rabbit Hole

Economic Inequality & the American Dream

Environmental Art: Design a Better World

Escaping Death: Geo Disasters

Finding Bad: What Happens When

Finding Fashion

French New Wave: Cinema and Society

Happier as Futile as Taller?

History of Genocides

Holocaust in German and U.S. Cultures

Game Theory

I’m Not a Feminist but . . .

It’s Alive: Horror on Stage

Life Auditing: Fiscal Fitness

Numbers Rule Your World

Part Play, Part Game: Gamers and Gaming

Passion to Action

Past, Present, and Future Trends in Commerce

Physics for Future Presidents

Politics, Doublespeak

Queer Space: Geography of Sexuality

Race and Revolution

See the USA: History of Road Trips

Science and Technology: Because We Can, Should We?

Shirt Tales: Politics and Economics of Global Trade

Solo Mio: Solo Performance and You

So You Think You Want to Be a Teacher?

The Art of Mathematics

The Grail Legend

The Human Animal

The Science of Sleep

U.S. Campaigns and Elections

Who am I This Time?

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