The First Year Seminar
A Message to Students from Dr. Robyn Rosen, Director of the First Year Seminar
The First Year Seminars we offer at Marist are designed with you in mind--a brand new college student. These classes not only broach topics, ideas, theories, systems, ideologies, cultures, time periods, and literary genres that you may never have had the opportunity to explore in high school, but they also provide support to you as you adjust to a new set of academic standards and expectations.
With your help, we create a dynamic classroom environment to stimulate curiosity and enhance your knowledge, skills, and level of comfort in your new community. This class may take you in unexpected directions and it will surely be a sturdy foundation upon which to build your academic career at Marist. Make the most of it!
In 2016, Dr. Rosen participated in the annual Winter Celebration at Lindenwald (historic home of President Martin Van Buren) celebrating the centennial of the creation of the National Park Service. Dressed as a suffragist, she answered visitors’ questions about the women’s struggle to vote and related political history of the Progressive Era.
Experiential Learning in the FYS
Many First Year Seminars involve field trips to such destinations as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan (below, left); the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library in Boston (below, right), or, for students in our Freshman Florence Experience, the city of Florence and beyond (below, center). The classroom experience is further enriched by guest lecturers, such a recent talk by Survivor contestant Terry Deitz, and even by students taking a leading role in coordinating on-campus events, such as a Spring 2017 student-run conference on JFK and his legacy.
The Common Reading
The campus-wide Common Reading provides a touchstone for FYS courses and for events and conversation throughout the Marist community as a whole. The 2017-18 Common Reading is The Distance Between Us, a memoir by award-winning novelist Reyna Grande (Washington Square Press, 2013). Ms. Grande came to campus in September to deliver a lecture attended by all Fall 2017 FYS students. Other events throughout the academic year will invite you to reflect on the questions raised by the book.
The Common Reading is chosen by a committee that includes faculty from across the College and a student representative. Past Common Reading selections include Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, 2010), Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map (Riverhead, 2005), and Wes Moore's The Other Wes Moore (Spiegel and Grau, 2011). Students complete an essay assignment based on the book during the first few weeks of classes.
Spring 2018 FYS Course Titles and Descriptions (see below for Honors FYS sections)
Spring 2018 Honors FYS Course Titles
- FYSH 101 L111
Murder, Madness, and Mental Mayhem
- FYSH 101 L112
JFK: From Famine to New Frontier
- FYSH 101 L113