What's a First Year Seminar and Why Should I Take One?
Interested in social justice, baseball statistics, sleep, poverty, improv, creativity or a host of other topics? A First Year Seminar might be for you.
A First Year Seminar (FYS) is an exciting addition to any student’s program. The seminars are open to every first-year student in every college, department and program across the university. There are no prerequisites or requirements except being enrolled in semester 1 or 2.
First Year Seminars are limited enrolment learning environments (a maximum of 18 students) focusing on interdisciplinary topics and utilizing an inquiry-based pedagogy. These courses emphasize student participation, critical thinking, and the development of academic skills.
Students from different programs and different majors work together to explore themes such as science and poetry or the impact of poverty, or what we’ll eat on Mars or any number of topics that cut across traditional subject boundaries.
A seminar is a great chance to meet students from other disciplines and departments, and it’s a great chance to get to know a professor. Because seminar groups are kept small there is lots of discussion and debate.
You’ll have the opportunity to hone your skills at oral presentation, deep research and writing. In other words, taking a seminar lets you develop skills that are necessary in every program at Guelph. You’ll also get a lot of feedback on how you are doing.
For more information on First Year Seminar courses, check Current Offerings. On WebAdvisor seminars are listed under UNIV*1200, with each separate section having a different title and instructor. Full descriptions can be found under the Current Offerings, so check those out before you register!