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First Year Seminar Sections and Descriptions

Andres School of Education

Session 1

Motivation in Sport & Life (2 sections)
Through an introduction of sport motivation theories, students will explore and practice motivational strategies for sport, college, and life.  Application of the motivational skills will help students engage fully in their learning process and assist with the transition to college.

Professor Rachel Majewski, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of Athletic Training
FYS 102 1A MW 12:50-1:50pm
FYS 102 1B TR 12:50-1:50pm

ABCs: Academics, Behaviors, Careers
This course provides an overview of how to successfully transition to college. Topics include money management, expectations for college, self-identity and self-advocacy

Dr. Billie Cowley, Associate Professor of Education
FYS 102 1C MR 8:00-9:00am

Dr. Gina Kuker, Associate Professor of Education
FYS 102 1D  TR 9:25-10:25am

Session 2

Leadership in Sport & Life (2 Sections)
These FYS sections will focus on leadership in and out of the classroom, on and off the field, court or mat, and within the work setting.

Professor Karla Gavin, Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Studies
FYS 112 2A TR 10:50-11:50am
FYS 112 2B TR 1:05-2:05pm

ABCs: Academics, Behaviors, Careers
This course is developed for students interested in education. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey will guide the learning for leadership skills. Study skills and test preparation will also be explored. An examination of teaching positions, endorsement options, and the job market will be investigated.

Dr. Gina Kuker, Associate Professor of Education
FYS 112 2D TR 9:25-10:25am

School of Business

Session 1

Mind Your Own Business 
What can I do with a Business major? More than you think…
In this class, you will explore the opportunities created by a business career & develop skills which enable you to be a success – professionally, financially & personally.   This course includes hands-on activities with active learning experiences.   Here’s what you can expect:

    • Become financially literate – no matter how much you already know
    • Explore our personality strengths & weaknesses
    • Discover campus resources to help you be successful in class
    • Professional Development to ‘ace’ that internship interview
    • Connect with awesome business groups and organizations on campus
    • Develop understanding of Life Long Learning 
    • Other amazing things that we don’t have the space to mention!

Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger, Associate Professor of Business
FYS 101 1A MR 9:25-10:25am

Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger, Associate Professor of Business
FYS 101 1B TF 9:25-10:25am


Session 2

Mind Your Own Business 
What can I do with a Business major? More than you think…
In this class, you will explore the opportunities created by a business career & develop skills which enable you to be a success – professionally, financially & personally.   This course includes hands-on activities with active learning experiences.   Here’s what you can expect:

    • Explore business career opportunities
    • Investigate what interests you within our eight majors and ten minors
    • Professional Development to ‘ace’ that internship interview
    • Uncover what makes you tick--become more self-aware through self-assessment
    • History of Business
    • What is Research?
    • Do Research!
    • Introduction to SWOT analysis
    • What is college planning
    • Other amazing things that we don’t have the space to mention

Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger, Associate Professor of Business
FYS 111 2A MR 10:50-11:50pm

Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger, Associate Professor of Business
FYS 111 2B TF 10:50-11:50pm

School of Liberal Arts

Session 1

Columbine: a Liberal Arts Perspective of Mass Shootings
Discover the liberal arts perspectives involved when viewing the who, what, where, how, and especially, the why of mass shootings.  Analysis involves not only from a Criminal Justice perspective, but also Sociological, Psychological, Communication, and Historical aspects of the shooters, their families, the survivors, mass media, and society in general.

Tiffany Kragnes, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
FYS 103 2A MR 8:00- 9:00

Media Studies
This course uses the study of media--television, radio, film, journalism, and the internet--to improve critical thinking, researching, writing and presenting skills. The lens of media studies is used to fine tune students’ critical media literacy to create communities of active students who can succeed as college students and lifelong learners

Dr. Melle Starsen, Associate Professor Communications
FYS 103 2B T-R 9:25-10:25

The Sitcom and American Life
This first year seminar examines American society and culture through a critical survey of the American sitcom (situational comedy) genre from the 1950s to the present. This seminar will introduce students to cultural criticism and investigate how popular culture both reflects and shapes American life. Specifically, we will place the sitcom in its historical context and discuss how these television shows reflect changing attitudes toward family life, race, gender, social class, politics, religion, and the American dream.

Dr. Matt Mettler, Lecturer of History
FYS 103 2C TR 12:50-1:50pm

Session 2

Modern Mythology: What Can Superheroes Show Us About Society and Ourselves?
Media Literacy, and Activism in College
Comic books and movies about superheroes are modern mythology, in that they are modern man’s method of explaining the world around them through the fantastical. This seminar explores why we are drawn to heroes and superheroes. They illuminate the human condition, and they do so precisely because they operate at a slightly inhuman level. Heroes are like us, but more so: stronger, cleverer, and faster. They suffer from the same human frailties as we do, but because of their superior powers, these struggles are played out in a more dramatic arena than our own. When we watch their struggles, we feel like it is us, and we can identify with them overcoming these challenges. We will also explore how these stories give us a greater understanding of and context for conduct within our society, as well as an idealized version of what that society can achieve.

Dr. Gary Sager, Lecturer of Psychology
FYS 113 2A M-F- 8:00-9:00

Speaking Out: Public Intellectualism,
Media Literacy and Activism in College
College is much more than just getting a job after graduation. College is also about finding your voice, learning to communicate fearlessly and with purpose, and preparing to meaningfully participate with a marketplace of ideas. This seminar prepares students for an active college experience by emphasizing the value of paying attention to the worlds around us, of practicing critical thinking and critical literacy of both mass- and socially-media realities, and teaches practical oral and written communication skills useful for entering into dialogue on matters of social significance.

Dr. Matt Foy, Assistant Professor
FYS 113 2B T-R 2:30-3:30

Representing Trauma in Art and Film
In this seminar, we will examine and discuss how trauma is experienced, remembered, and represented in art and film.  We will look, read and watch about past and recent developments in the representation of trauma and use these findings to analyze various artistic and cinematic pieces. Framed within the themes of the course (Heritage, Natural World, Diversity, and Social Justice), some of the issues that will be explored include: memory, bearing witness, violence, loss, and survivorship.

Elissa Wenthe, Associate Professor
FYS 113 2C T-R 12:50-1:50

School of Science & Mathematics

Session 1

First Year Seminar for S.T.E.M. Professions
You will learn the critical role S.T.E.M. professionals play in the functioning of our society and in shaping our future, and how you can contribute to creating a better world. This course helps you identify your personal and professional goals, and approaches and strategies you can implement to overcome barriers to their achievement. You will learn what it means to be a professional in today’s information economy, including Environmental Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Mathematics, and Actuarial Science. Undecided students who are interested in these careers may also benefit from this course.

Dr. Katherine McCarville, Associate Professor of Geosciences
FYS 104 1A WF 12:50-2:05pm

On Course in Science: Finding Yourself among the Facts
In this section of FYS, you will apply learning strategies to scientific content relevant to daily life. You will practice essential “skill sets for success” for majors in the life and chemical sciences, and explore career opportunities available in these fields. Essential concepts that are routinely used in scientific careers will be introduced, including interpreting graphs, using measurement and scale, making sense of science-specific vocabulary and engaging with science as both a body of knowledge and a process. Majors in the Department of Biology and Chemistry include Biology, Conservation Management, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Life Science, and Mortuary Science.

Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Biology
FYS 104 1B MW 12:50-1:50pm

Dr. Scott Figdore, Professor of Science/Robert L. Fox Endowed Chair of Science
FYS 104 1C TR 10:50-11:50pm

Session 2

First Year Seminar for S.T.E.M. Professions
You will learn the critical role S.T.E.M. professionals play in the functioning of our society and in shaping our future, and how you can contribute to creating a better world. This course helps you identify your personal and professional goals, and approaches and strategies you can implement to overcome barriers to their achievement. You will learn what it means to be a professional in today’s information economy, including Environmental Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Mathematics, and Actuarial Science. Undecided students who are interested in these careers may also benefit from this course.

Dr. James Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Information Technology
FYS 114 2A MWF 12:50-2:05pm

On Course in Science: Finding Yourself among the Facts
In this section of FYS, you will apply learning strategies to scientific content relevant to daily life. You will practice essential “skill sets for success” for majors in the life and chemical sciences, and explore career opportunities available in these fields. Essential concepts that are routinely used in scientific careers will be introduced, including interpreting graphs, using measurement and scale, making sense of science-specific vocabulary and engaging with science as both a body of knowledge and a process. Majors in the Department of Biology and Chemistry include Biology, Conservation Management, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Life Science, and Mortuary Science.

Dr. Jennifer Stoffel, Associate Professor of Biology
FYS 114 2B TR 12:50-1:50pm

Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Biology
FYS 114 2C MW 12:50-1:50pm