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Proposal Process

The following information sessions for fall 2017 First-Year Seminar proposals will provide background on the program:


Tuesday, September 27th, 3-4 PM Parlors, Kansas Union

Monday, October 3rd, 2-3 PM Pine Room, Kansas Union

Friday, October 7th, 11-Noon International Room, Kansas Union


These sessions will provide a brief program overview and foster discussion about selecting a seminar topic.

The First-Year Seminar proposal process ensures that courses meet the critical thinking learning outcome for the KU Core. First-Year Seminars have been a popular enrollment option with first-year students, so our goal is to continue to expand fall offerings. Thank you for your interest.

About First-Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars (FYS) are 3-credit hour, faculty-taught courses that introduce KU freshmen to the intellectual life and research culture of the university. First-Year Seminars focus on exciting content areas connected to the instructor's own expertise and provide students with an early opportunity to deeply explore big and exciting questions in an academic content area. First-Year Seminars prioritize student-faculty interaction and have less than 20 students enrolled. Each First-Year Seminar offering is unique, but all are organized around common learning outcomes:

Critical Thinking.  FYS meet Goal 1, Learning Outcome 1 of the KU Core: Students will be able to analyze and evaluate assumptions, claims, evidence, arguments, and forms of expression; select and apply appropriate interpretive tools.

Information Literacy. Students will demonstrate information literacy skills by identifying the credibility and authority of various information sources; students will recognize libraries and librarians as valuable resources in this process.

Communication. Students will be able to more effectively develop and articulate critical analysis and application through writing, media, and/or oral communication.

Experiential Learning. Students will become aware of experiential learning opportunities and ways to extend their learning outside the classroom.

The First-Year Seminar review committee welcomes proposals from all disciplines and KU schools. Some funding is available to offset departmental needs that result from this teaching. Funding arrangements are coordinated between the Office of First-Year Experience and department chairs.

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