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 2022

Going Hungry in America: Hartford and Beyond
Professor Katie Thibault
MWF, 9-9:50 a.m.
INTD 100.01

Life on Mars?
Professor Derek Dube
MWF, 10-10:50 a.m.
INTD 100.02

Self-Expression in Cuban Culture 
Professors Rachel Payne and Susan Murphy 
TuTh, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
INTD 100.03

Addressing Health Disparities in Today’s America 
Professor Sheila Garilli 
MWF, 1-1:50 p.m.
INTD 100.04

Rebel, Rebel: The Power of Non-Violent Direct Action
Professor Christina Flood
MWF, 2-2:50 p.m.
INTD 100.05

The Socially Conscious Body: Self-Awareness and Relationship Building
Professor Susan Murphy
TuTh, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
INTD 100.06

Making Changes: Finding Insights into Life Transitions from the Field of Special Education
Professor Jennifer Kowitt
TuTh, 9:30-10:45 p.m.
INTD 100.07

Sport in Society
Professor Janet Howes
TuTh, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
INTD 100.08

Yoga and its Eight Limbs: A Pathway to Connection
Professor Rachel Payne
TuTh, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
INTD 100.09

Craftivism: Creativity and Citizenship in a Changing World
Professor Elizabeth Lesso
TuTh, 2-3:15 p.m.
INTD 100.10


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”

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

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