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Freshman Seminar Courses (FMS)

GE Core denotes General Education Core credit;
GE Marker
denotes General Education Marker credit;
CAR denotes College Additional Requirement credit.

Freshman Seminars are open to freshmen ONLY.

Except for FMS 115 (which is equivalent to ENG 101/RCO 101, English Composition I) and FMS 116 (which is equivalent to ENG 102/RCO 102, English Composition II), all seminars are offered as writing-intensive courses.

Students may not receive credit for more than one seminar under the same course number, even if the contents of the seminars are different.

Courses for Undergraduates

115 Freshman Seminar in Reasoning and Discourse I (3:3)

GE Core: GRD

Equivalent credit to ENG 101/RCO 101; students may not receive credit for both FMS 115 and either ENG 101/RCO 101.

Instruction and practice in deliberative, informative, and reflective writing based on the study of primary texts. Emphasis on the writing/revising process and on critical reading.

116 Freshman Seminar in Reasoning and Discourse II (3:3)

GE Core: GRD

Pr. ENG 101, FMS 115 (or FMS 103) or RCO 101

Equivalent credit to ENG 102/RCO 102; students may not receive credit for FMS 116 and either ENG 102/RCO 102.

Writing, reasoning, and rhetoric about the works of Western culture.

120 Freshman Seminar in Literature (3:3)

GE Core: GLT

A study of major selected works in literature.

121 Freshman Seminar in Literature—Global Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GLT

GE Marker: GL

Global perspectives on major works in literature.

122 Freshman Seminar in Literature—Global Non-Western Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GLT

GE Marker: GN

Global Non-Western perspectives on major works in literature.

130 Freshman Seminar in Fine Arts (3:3)

GE Core: GFA

An introductory study of selected topics in the fine arts (which include painting, sculpture, cinema, dance, music, and theatre).

131 Freshman Seminar in Fine Arts—Global Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GFA

GE Marker: GL

Global perspectives on the study of selected topics in the fine arts (which include painting, sculpture, cinema, dance, music, and theatre).

132 Freshman Seminar in Fine Arts—Global Non-Western Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GFA

GE Marker: GN

Global Non-Western perspectives on the study of selected topics in the fine arts (which include painting, sculpture, cinema, dance, music, and theatre).

140 Freshman Seminar in Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Principles (3:3)

GE Core: GPR

Studies of the philosophical, religious, and/or ethical traditions that have shaped societies in the past and present.

141 Freshman Seminar in Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Principles—Global Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GPR

GE Marker: GL

Global perspectives on the studies of the philosophical, religious, and/or ethical traditions that have shaped societies in the past and present.

142 Freshman Seminar in Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Principles—Global Non-Western Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GPR

GE Marker: GN

Global Non-Western perspectives on the studies of the philosophical, religious, and/or ethical traditions that have shaped societies in the past and present.

150 Freshman Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Premodern (3:3)

GE Core: GHP

CAR: GPM

Introduction to the historical study of culture from ancient times through the Reformation.

151 Freshman Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Premodern—Global Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GHP

GE Marker: GL

CAR: GPM

Global perspectives on the historical study of culture from ancient times through the Reformation.

152 Freshman Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Premodern—Global Non-Western Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GHP

GE Marker: GN

CAR: GPM

Global Non-Western perspectives on the historical study of culture from ancient times through the Reformation.

160 Freshman Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Modern (3:3)

GE Core: GHP

CAR: GMO

Introduction to the historical study of culture from the 17th century through modern times.

161 Freshman Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Modern—Global Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GHP

GE Marker: GL

CAR: GMO

Global perspectives on the historical study of culture from the 17th century through modern times.

162 Freshman Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Modern—Global Non-Western Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GHP

GE Marker: GN

CAR: GMO

Global Non-Western perspectives on the historical study of culture from the 17th century through modern times.

170 Freshman Seminar in Social and Behavioral Studies (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

Introduction to the scientific study of individuals, societies, and human institutions with an emphasis on the methods and results of investigations in these areas.

171 Freshman Seminar in Social and Behavioral Studies—Global Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

GE Marker: GL

Global perspectives on the scientific study of individuals, societies, and human institutions with an emphasis on the methods and results of investigations in these areas.

172 Freshman Seminar in Social and Behavioral Studies—Global Non-Western Perspectives (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

GE Marker: GN

Global Non-Western perspectives on the scientific study of individuals, societies, and human institutions with an emphasis on the methods and results of investigations in these areas.

183 Freshman Seminar in Physical Science (3:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GPS

Introduction to the study of physical science in the natural world. Illustrates the nature of scientific inquiry and the formulation of hypotheses.

183L Freshman Seminar in Physical Science Laboratory (1:0:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GPS

Laboratory work to accompany FMS 183.

184 Freshman Seminar in Life Science (3:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GLS

Introduction to the study of life science in the natural world. Illustrates the nature of scientific inquiry and the formulation of hypotheses.

184L Freshman Seminar in Life Science Laboratory (1:0:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GLS

Laboratory work to accompany FMS 184.

195 Freshman Seminar in Mathematics (3:3)

GE Core: GMT

Introduction to selected areas of study in the mathematical sciences.