The First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a required two-credit graded course, taken during the fall semester of your first year. Your professor will guide your inquiry into your selected topic and also help you to understand the academic expectations and resources at Southwestern.
But, don’t let the fun topics mislead you; Seminars are real courses with real academic content designed to introduce new students to college, exposing them to what it means to live and learn in the Southwestern University environment through sustained study of and conversation about a topic within the liberal arts tradition. In particular, seminars focus on introducing students to college-level expectations in the following areas: critical reading, writing cogently, critical and creative thinking, research, and informed discussion.
As you consider the FYS choices, you will also want to decide if you are interested in a coed or single-gender residence hall environment. Southwestern offers first-year Coed housing in two residence halls - Brown-Cody Hall and Mabee Hall, as well as Gender-Specific housing in two residence halls - Kurth Hall (all women) and Ruter Hall (all men). Each FYS has been designated to a certain residence hall. In Coed and Gender-Specific halls, you will be living with or in close proximity to your FYS classmates which means your residence hall environment may become a hub for seminar conversations and activities.
Check out the FYS summaries and select five (5) Seminars by May 15 by clicking on the Enrollment Form. In order to access the FYS enrollment form, you must use your admission portal email address and password after clicking on the weblink. As you make your selections, carefully consider your residence hall and seminar choices as you are able to submit the enrollment form only one time. Although every effort will be made to place you in one of your choices, you may be placed in any one of the twenty-six (26) Seminar choices. Seminar assignments, once made, will not be changed.
Notification of FYS assignments will be mailed in mid-June with further information about your Seminar.
Questions related to your First-Year Seminar assignment should be directed to 512.863.1567.
FYS On Camera
Wheels and Deals
Students in this First-Year Seminar develop a game show for their final project.