From The Director

Dr Mavis Morton, Director, First year Seminars
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology


First Year Seminars are a Unique Teaching and Learning Opportunity for First Year Students

FYS courses are a unique opportunity for first year students to have a different kind of teaching and learning experience.

The First-Year Seminar offers a small, engaging, interdisciplinary, learner-centred course, intended to be a transition between high school and university. They emphasize inquiry, collaboration, and experiential learning. They offer students the opportunity to engage more directly with issues and ideas, they help to create an inclusive and welcoming environment between their peers from across the university and their instructors and they help to develop foundational academic skills that will benefit students throughout their time at Guelph and beyond.

Our instructors are faculty, graduate fellows, staff, senior administrators, and sessional instructors who bring their passion and experience to bear in a dynamic learning environment. With so many topics to choose from, I am confident that every student will find a course for them.

As always, we give thanks to our generous donors for keeping this program strong for years to come!