First-Year Seminar (FYS100) Course Information

FYS100 Online Modules (=Common Experiences)

These modules will each span two weeks, and the content will be made available to FYS100 instructors in Canvas to integrate into the their specific seminar course. For more information about the FYS100 course, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page

  • FYS Common Experience 1: Involvement
    • By the end of this unit students will
      • understand the value of student engagement in organizations, activities, and recreation
      • identify campus resources related to academics, health, safety, and involvement
  • FYS Common Experience 2: Belonging
    • By the end of this unit students will
      • recognize that doubts about belonging are normal in college
      • describe the experiences that develop feelings of belonging
      • develop strategies forapproaching professors and making connections with other students on campus
  • FYS Common Experience 3: Learning
    • By the end of this unit students will
      • understand the difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset
      • apply growth mindset to understand the path to academic success in college
      • develop learning and study strategies 
  • FYS Common Experience 4: General Education
    • By the end of this unit students will
      • understand that the General Education curriculum is built to develop skills and knowledge necessary to learn, adapt, and flourish in a complex, cross-cultural, and rapidly changing world. 
      • apply the learning outcomes built into General Education to understand how theydevelop students’ capacities for creativity, collaboration, and civic engagement 
      • examine the value of a liberal education for both the self and society 
  • FYS Common Experience 5: Planning
    • By the end of this unit students will
      • articulate how their interests relate to selecting a major
      • explain how majors relate to different career fields
      • delineate various career competencies and how they are fostered in the college environment
  • FYS Common Experience 6: Money
    • By the end of this unit students will
      • explain basic financial concepts and how these apply to their lives as students
      • demonstrate where they can locate scholarship opportunities on the Financial Aid and Foundationwebsites 
  • FYS Common Experience 7: Conclusion
    • By the end of this unit students will
      • explain how course activities and lessons contributed to their understanding of what it means to be a part of a campus community
      • identify strategies for improving their self, the campus community, or society through involvement and leadership