Characteristics of a First-Year Seminar
First-Year Seminars are an enrollment option for students in the fall semester. Each First-Year Seminar offering is unique, but all are designed to satisfy the critical thinking learning outcome for the KU Core:
Students will be able to analyze and evaluate assumptions, claims, evidence, arguments, and forms of expression; select and apply interpretive tools.
Other characteristics of a First-Year Seminar:
First-Year Seminars foster a sense of belonging for students new to the university. Through an investigation of an interesting question in a discipline, students also develop academic skills that serve as a strong foundation for their studies at KU. First-Year Seminars share the following characteristics:
- They have no prerequisites.
- They use a small set of materials to help students develop skills critical to college success—information literacy, using evidence and source materials, early research skills, etc.
- Class time prioritizes discussion and active learning.
- Course and assignment design supports early and frequent feedback.
- Seminars provide exposure to experiential learning opportunities.
Required FYS course features:
- Participation in a campus event. We encourage the KU Common Book author visit.
- Participation in the First-Year Seminar Colloquium.
- A library visit.
- A required office visit.
- Seminars include an integrative assignment for gauging students’ achievement of the critical thinking learning outcome.