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 — Fall 2021


The Politics of Water
Professor Drew McElroy
MWF, 11-11:50 a.m.
INTD 100.01

Rebel, Rebel: The Power of Non-Violent Direct Action
Professor Christina Flood
MWF, 2-2:50 p.m.
INTD 100.02

Going Hungry in America: Hartford and Beyond
Professor Katie Thibault
MWF, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
INTD 100.03

Self, Identity and Culture

Professor Steven Ginsburg
MW, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
INTD 100.04

Maternal and Infant Mortality: A Dream Deferred
Professor Aisling McGuckin
MW, 2-3:15 p.m.
INTD 100.05

Why Ask Why? Exploring the ‘Blank Page’ Point of View
Professor Rochelle Oakley
MW, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
INTD 100.06

Why Art Matters
Professor Jennifer Cote, Ph.D.
TuTh, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
INTD 100.07

Yoga and its Eight Limbs: A Pathway to Connection
Professor Rachel Payne, Ph.D.
TuTh, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
INTD 100.08

Education and Struggles for Racial Justice
Professor Isaac Gottesman, Ph.D.
TuTh, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
INTD 100.09

Your Life, Your Laws
Professor Rayna Dyton-White
TuTh, 2-3:15 p.m.
INTD 100.10

Film Studies
Professor Pablo Correra, Ph.D.
TuTh, 2-3:15 p.m.
INTD 100.11


FAQs


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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