The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) welcomed students back to campus for the 2019-2020 academic school year this week. As classes began on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, classrooms filled with students ready to begin their semester-long studies – many in innovative new courses.
Several of these classes are part of the First Year Seminar program. Designed to help students transition to the academic and social aspects of college life, the program offers a series of diverse topics taught by faculty and staff from across campus.
“We have a wide variety of FYS course topics this year,” said Jennifer Cote, Ph.D., director of FYS and associate professor of History. “We try to have a range of possible courses for first-year students, exposing them to new ideas and themes they may not have encountered before. The real importance of FYS is that it combines interesting subject matter with knowledge specific to USJ. It gives students the opportunity to learn about campus resources, college coursework, and study tips – all of which hopefully help them make a smoother transition to college life. As we always say, this isn’t high school 2.0, but a brand-new experience.”
This year’s courses include:
Language and Politics of Belonging
Global Warming: What are You Going to Do?
Triage: Fiction vs. Fact in American Health Care
Yoga and its Eight Limbs: Pathway to Connect
Difference Between U.S. and Within U.S.: Unraveling Identity
Memorials and Memory in U.S. History
Understanding School Through Our Education Autobiography
Truth About Fake News
Meditation and Mindfulness as a Tool for Peace Building
Global Politics of Childbearing and Reproduction
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