First Year Seminar The First Year Seminar (FYS) is designed to introduce students to the adventures of learning in a college context. The challenge and excitement of intellectual exploration of a topic of shared interest is its prime purpose. Below are some important things to know about the FYS: The only prerequisite to a FYS is a genuine interest in the topic and a willingness to contribute to the success of the course through effort and enthusiasm. Students are encouraged to take a seminar outside of their major area of interest (Please note that Education majors are the exception - EDU 150 Schools in Society is required). The FYS provides a bridge between learning inside and outside the classroom by incorporating museum trips, field excursions, service experiences, invited lectures, and other relevant activities. All incoming first year students must complete a FYS in the fall or spring semester of their first year.