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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.

First-Year Seminar Learning Outcomes

FYS courses must meet all six Critical and Creative Thinking student learning outcomes:

  1. Access diverse information through focused research, active discussion, and collaboration with peers;
  2. Separate facts from inferences and relevant from irrelevant information, and explain limitations of information;
  3. Evaluate the credibility, accuracy, and reliability of conclusions drawn from information;
  4. Recognize and synthesize multiple perspectives to develop innovative viewpoints;
  5. Analyze one’s own and others’ assumptions and evaluate contexts when presenting a position; and
  6. Communicate ideas in writing using appropriate documentation.

First Year Seminar Policy document

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.

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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