The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will:
-Critically analyze information and ideas
-Examine issues from multiple perspectives
-Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason
-Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and
-Create clear academic writing
The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and between students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.
All Dickinson first-year students arrive on campus for orientation knowing which seminar they will join.
The following First-Year Seminars are offered in the Fall of 2015:
Are You Really What You Eat? Scientific, Cultural, and Sociopolitical Perspectives on Eating Behavior
Between Two Cultures: Hispanics in the U.S.
Class in the Classroom
Genesis to Metropolis: The City in Western Civilization
Graphic Narratives in a Global Frame
Ideas That Have Shaped The World
Images & Culture: A Current & Historic Look Through The Lens
In Search of the Sports Gene: Hurting or Enhancing the Olympic Dream?
It’s Just a Theory: Public Perceptions of Science
London: World City
Longer Lives, Fewer Babies, and the Extraordinary Rise of Living Alone: How Demographic Transformations Determine our Present and Shape our Future
Mathematical Identities: Diverging from the Stereotypes
Modernity and Its Critics: 19th Century Ideas that Shape 21st Century Life
Muslim Lives in the First Person
New World Encounters: Conquest and Settlement in the Americas
Ouija Boards to Big Data: Possibility, Probability, and Prediction
Political Economy of Gender, Race, and Class
Politicization of Science
Politics of Race in Brazil: Challenging Discourses
Public Health, Private Lives
Singing Amidst Social Unrest: Music and Self-Expression
Terminator vs. Astro Boy: Visions of Robotics in Society and Fantasy
The Art of the Detective in Fiction and Film
Sickness, Science and Society: Investigating Their Complex Interplay
The Image of Objectivity: Critical Approaches to the History of Science
The Promise and Pitfall of the New Economy: What Should We Do?
Time and the Past, Present, and Future
Understanding the Research Community: How Scholars Create Knowledge
When the Bravest Thing is to Make Music
Where Have All The Wild Things Gone?
Why They Fought: Mobilizing Societies for Modern War
You Are What You Eat: Food, Evolution, and the Human Body
Founders of Modern Discourse: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
Drama and The American Dream
More Than a Laughing Matter: Theories of Humor
Community Service and Critical Thinking: Building a Holistic College Experience
Where is the Next Silicon Valley?
Science, Culture, and the Future of Civilization