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FYS - First Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar

Students will critically examine and evaluate evidence, claims, beliefs, or points of view about meaningful, relevant issues. Students will be introduced to active learning, inquiry of pressing issues, and individual and collaborative processing of ideas through the First-Year Seminar curriculum. These skills will be reinforced throughout the baccalaureate experience.

FYS Course Approval Form

Frequently asked questions about the Course Approval Process

Course Numbering (Important Info!)

The Registrar's Office and Office of Academic Affairs created a common course numbering for all FYS courses at UW. Departments should use their department prefix plus 1101. Courses not tied to a department should use the UWYO prefix.

Department FYS courses - Department Prefix 1101

Courses outside of UW departments or programs - UWYO 1101

A CARF form is not required for FYS courses. The USP Committee will send all approvals directly to the Registrar's Office.

First-Year Seminar Policies

USP Policies

  1. Colleges, departments and programs may allow a particular FYS to meet a requirement within the major, but may not require a particular FYS for a major.
  2. FYS courses are to be taught by highly motivated and experienced instructors.
  3. FYS instructors should be engaged in professional development regarding FYS.

Course Policies

  1. First-Year Seminar courses must be 3-credit hours.
  2. First-Year Seminar courses will be limited to 24 students.
  3. Exceptions to the capacity limit may be made on a case-by-case basis to the USP Committee consistent with course outcomes.  A request for an exception must be in writing and accompany the USP 2015 Course Approval Form request through the approval process.
  4. FYS courses are to be taught by highly motivated and experienced instructors.
  5. FYS instructors should be engaged in professional development regarding FYS.
  6. GA(s) may be used in the FYS courses if they are under the direction of a faculty member and not exclusively teaching the course.  If you are proposing to include GAs in the delivery of a FYS course, please explain the role of the GA(s) in the delivery of the course.  This explanation must be in writing and accompany the USP 2015 Course Approval Form request through the approval process.
  7. Departments must submit syllabi annually for all approved First-Year Seminar courses.
  8. A significant paper/project assignment must be included in all FYS courses (e.g., research paper; multi-modal research project; web-design advocacy project; conference poster; case studies/ethnographies with primary research; other).
  9. Class sessions must be devoted to teaching the research process.

 Student Policies

  1. First-year students (less than 30 hours of post-high school graduation credit) will take the first year seminar (FYS) during their first or second semester. 
  2. A student opting into USP 2015 with 30-60 hours will be exempt from FYS seminar.
  3. FYS students will be expected to achieve a grade of “C-“ or better to receive USP credit for the course.
  4. A student must obtain instructor and advisor permission to drop the course.

Interested in developing a First-Year Seminar course?

For more information or questions about the First-Year Seminar:

Contact Kari Morgan, USP 2015 First-Year Seminar Coordinator at 766-5111 or email.

 

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