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First Year Seminar is your gateway to engaged learning and what's cool about college.  All first-year students at Appalachian who come in with fewer than 30 transfer credit hours must take a 3-credit First Year Seminar.  It introduces students to the purpose of their general education.  FYS wants you to get engaged in learning, in and out of the classroom.  Make the most of your college education!  Remember, curiosity only kills cats.

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First Year Seminar (UCO 1200, HON 1515, or WRC 1103) introduces first-year students to rigorous academic study at the University level through interdisciplinary engagement with a broad topic or question. (FYS is required of freshmen and transfers with fewer than 30 credit hours.) Experienced faculty engage FYS students in a shared process of inquiry in small seminar-style classes. (The typical class size is 22.) The faculty also help students make the transition to academic life at Appalachian by introducing students to a variety of library research tools, making connections with faculty and other students, sharing the wide range of resources Appalachian provides its students, and showing students how to get engaged on campus and in the local community. Additionally, all First Year Seminars share in common the following learning goals, which are the foundation of the University's General Education Program: developing creative and critical thinking abilities; cultivating effective communication skills; making local-to-global connections; and understanding responsibilities of community membership. Appalachian’s First Year Seminar course also serves as a designated Global Learning Opportunity ("GLO" for short) because all FYS courses cultivate intercultural competence by examining a single issue from multiple perspectives.



Program Name

First Year Seminar

Office Location

250 Anne Belk Hall, Office of General Education

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Office Mailing Address

First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Program Contact Person

Prof. Martha McCaughey, Faculty Coordinator