First-Year Seminar

Transition to college-level learning and living with the University Of Saint Joseph’s First-Year Seminar.

Make new friends while you’re introduced to college life during this engaging and challenging course.

Current Courses FAQs Past Course Examples

Each Seminar:

  • Addresses the academic, social, and emotional challenges of the first-year experience
  • Promotes development of college-level critical thinking, reading, and writing skills
  • Introduces you to services available at the University
  • Encourages involvement in University activities
  • Provides small classes and a supportive environment
  • Promotes student and faculty discussion and interaction, both inside and outside of class
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Your class will also be assigned a Peer Mentor, an upper-class student who will be your link to USJ faculty, staff, administration, and other students. Together, you’ll ensure your first year at USJ is a successful one.

Contact Jennifer Cote, Ph.D., [email protected], to learn more.

First-Year Seminar Courses — Fall 2020

Pathways to Peace: The Approaches of Women Leaders
Angela Anderson, Ph.D.
TuTh, 8:00 a.m.
INTD 100.01

Triage: Our Health Care System and Health Disparities
Betsy Francis-Connolly, Ph.D.
TuTh, 8:00 a.m.
INTD 100.02

“Witchcraft and Sorceries:” Fears and Phantoms in Colonial America
Jennifer Cote, Ph.D.
TuTh, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
INTD 100.03

Going Hungry in America: Hartford and Beyond
Katie Thibault, Ph.D.
TuTh, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
INTD 100.05

The Science of Behavior: How to use the principles of applied behavior analysis to ease your transition to college
Charlotte Mann, Ph.D.
MWF, 10-10:50 a.m.
INTD 100.06

Understanding Schooling through our Educational Autobiography
Madeline Perez, Ph.D.
TuTh, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
INTD 100.07

Rebel, Rebel: The Power of Non-Violent Direct Action as a Means to Fight for Equal Rights
Prof. Christina Flood
MWF, 2:00-2:50 p.m.
INTD 100.08

The Global Politics of Childbearing & Reproduction
Heather Evans, Ph.D.
MW, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
INTD 100.09

Yoga and its Eight Limbs: A Pathway to Connection
Rachel Payne, Ph.D.
MW, 1:00–2:15 p.m.
INTD 100.10
MW, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
INTD 100.12

Shall We Dance? The Lead and Follow in Interfaith Dialogue
Prof. Lynette Colon
MW, 2:00–3:15 p.m.
INTD 100.11


Examples of First-Year Seminar Courses Held in the Past

All first-year students are required to register for a course, so come to orientation/registration with choices you are interested in.

“The Power of Persuasion: How It Affects You”
Instructor: Kristin Cistulli, Ph.D.

“Life On Mars? Understanding Humanity through an Exploration of Pop Music, Science Fiction, and Science Reality in the Context of the Red Planet”
Instructor: Derek Dube, Ph.D.

“That’s Entertainment?!”
Instructor: Mark Zelinsky, Ph.D.

“It’s ALIIIVE!: New England Myths and Monsters”
Instructor: Jen Cote, Ph.D.

“Modern China”
Instructor: Hong Zhou, Ph.D.

“Behaviorism: Learning to Change What you want to Change”
Instructor: John Molteni, Ph.D.

“Meditation and Mindfulness”
Instructor: Nancy Billias, Ph.D.

“What are Global Health Disparities?”
Instructors: Janet Knecht, Ph.D. and Sister Beth Fischer

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