Foundation Studies

First-Year Seminars

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Overview

In collaboration with Wright State’s degree-granting colleges, University College provides over 30 First-Year Seminars to many first-year students who share academic and social interests. 

A First-Year Seminar is a group of approximately 25 students who share similar interests, majors, or classes. Students get to know their First-Year Seminar group really well, allowing them to have a growing network of friends and people they can turn to when they have questions or need help. Many of these seminars are open to all majors.


Goals

Goal 1: Connect with Professors

The purpose of this Wright State University First-Year Seminar goal is to: 

  • Develop academic relationships with faculty members.
  • Learn about opportunities to engage in high-impact programs:
    1. Study abroad
    2. Service-learning
    3. Co-ops and internships
    4. Undergraduate research

Goal 2: Achieve Academic Success

The purpose of this Wright State University First-Year Seminar goal: 

  • Information literacy
  • Progress through Core Curriculum goals
  • Learn how to study effectively in groups and individually

Multi-tasking and Your Brain Activity (PDF)

Taking Directions Quiz (PDF)

Goal 3: Confirm Major and Connect with Degree-Granting College

The purpose of this Wright State University First-Year Seminar goal is to: 

  • Understand degree requirements
  • Develop a working relationship with academic advisor & learn how to use resources like uAchieve

Goal 4: Transition and Connect to College

The purpose of this Wright State University First-Year Seminar goal: 

  • Meet new friends
  • Experience diversity
  • Learn key campus resources
  • Participate in campus lectures and events
  • Find a balance between freedom and responsibility
  • Learn the Raider Way:
    1. Civility
    2. Academic integrity
    3. Membership in the Raider community

Team Building Stacking It Up Exercise (PDF)


Current First-Year Seminars

Fall 2017 First-Year Seminars (subject to change)

Disability Services  First-Year Seminars

  • STEM Students with Disabilities

First-Year Seminars  for Athletes

  • Sports and Society

Honors

  • Beginning in Business
  • Caring for Nursing
  • Engineered for Success
  • Exploring International Films
  • First-Year Seminar for all majors
  • Pre-Health
  • Survey of Computer Science and Engineering
  • World Languages & Cultures

Interdisciplinary First-Year Seminars

  • African-American Student Success
  • American Mosaic of Culture
  • Exploring Business
  • Exploring College of Education and Human Services
  • Exploring Liberal Arts Majors
  • Exploring Majors
  • Exploring Majors Living on Campus
  • Exploring Nursing
  • Exploring STEM Majors
  • Gender-Sexuality Alliance
  • Honors Exploring International Films
  • Honors First-Year Seminar for all majors
  • Honors World Languages & Cultures
  • Sports & Society
  • STEM Students with Disabilities
  • Students of Color & Leadership
  • Want to Work on Campus
  • Women in STEM Majors

Major Related First-Year Seminars

  • Athletic Training and Health/Physical Education
  • Biology Majors
  • Business Majors
  • Business Majors Living on Campus
  • Business Team Building
  • Careers in the Health Sciences
  • Education and Human Services
  • Exploring Business
  • Exploring College of Education and Human Services
  • Exploring Liberal Arts Majors
  • Exploring Majors
  • Exploring Majors Living on Campus
  • Exploring Nursing
  • Exploring STEM Majors
  • Honors Beginning in Business
  • Honors Caring for Nursing
  • Honors Engineered for Success
  • Honors First-Year Seminar for all majors
  • Honors Pre-Health
  • Honors Survey of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Leading and Helping
  • Nursing
  • Nursing and Health Careers
  • Nursing Majors Living on Campus
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Science Technology and Math Student Success
  • STEM Students with Disabilities
  • Women in STEM Majors

Residential First-Year Seminars

  • Business Majors Living on Campus
  • Exploring Majors Living on Campus
  • Nursing Majors Living on Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What's a First-Year Seminar?

    A First-Year Seminar is:

    • A small group of first-year students in a discussion-based class who share similar interests or majors
    • A course designed to provide personal attention to you as part of a supportive college family
    • An active learning environment intended to help new students learn the campus and make connections quickly
  • How will you benefit from joining a First-Year Seminar?
    • Make friends faster: build a network of friends with classmates you see several times a week
    • Learn about campus programs and services
    • Adjust to college faster
    • Earn a higher GPA than those students who do not participate in First-Year Seminar
    • Lower your stress levels during the first semester in college
  • Who leads the First-Year Seminars?

    Faculty and Peer Mentors are part of an instructional team that help facilitate learning outcomes for the First-Year Seminar.

     
  • When should you enroll in a First-Year Seminar?

    Wright State's tradition is for all freshmen to enroll in a First-Year Seminar their very first semester/term at Wright State. The First-Year Seminar will make your transition to college smooth and enjoyable, so it will be most beneficial in your first term.

  • What First-Year Seminar are available for you to join?

    Wright State offers many different kinds of First-Year Seminars, based on common academic, vocational, professional, or even sports or recreational interest. 

    View the current list of First-Year Seminars

  • How do you sign up for a First-Year Seminar?
    • When you register for Orientation for fall term, you will fill out a survey that will allow you to indicate your First-Year Seminar first, second, and third preferences.
    • Some sections fill up fast, so select your First-Year Seminar preferences and attend Orientation early. An advisor will add additional classes to complete a full-time schedule when you come to campus for Orientation.
    • If you are beginning classes in Fall, Spring, or Summer Semesters, contact University College at (937) 775-5750 for information on joining a First-Year Seminar.

For more information about First-Year Seminars, contact the First-Year Programs office at (937) 775-5780.