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
FYS Honors Program

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 — Spring 2021

Professor Michele Confessore
M, 11-11:50 a.m.
INTD 116.01

Professor Don Buda, Ph.D.
M, 1-1:50 p.m.
INTD 116.02

Professor Chris Fox
M, 4-4:50 p.m.
INTD 116.03

Kim Joerg, DNP
W, 10-10:50 a.m.
INTD 116.04

Professor Katie Thibault
W, 10-10:50 a.m.
INTD 116.05

Professor Lleidy de Leon
W, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
INTD 116.06

Professor Nicole Cloutier
W, 2-2:50 p.m.
INTD 116.07

Josh Anderson, Ph.D.
W, 3:00–3:50 p.m.
INTD 116.08

Nancy Billias, Ph.D.
W, 11-11:50 a.m.
INTD 116.09


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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