First-Year Foundation Seminars are courses taught by faculty or postdoctoral fellows with 25 students or fewer in which first-year students are given the opportunity to meaningfully converse, read, write, research, and learn with a group of peers. The Arts & Science First-Year Foundation (FYF) Seminars:
- Create small academic communities where students engage meaningfully with their professor and peers.
- Enable students to engage with complex ideas through the practice of critical reading and analysis.
- Help students develop research, writing, and other communication skills through frequent and timely feedback on their work.
To support faculty who are teaching FYF seminars, the Faculty of Arts & Science is hosting a workshop series. We encourage you to attend one or more of these sessions as you plan your FYF courses. In these sessions, faculty will learn and share effective strategies on topics such as integrating critical reading and writing in a variety of disciplines, assignment design, managing the marking load, increasing student participation, and supporting students’ language development.