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First Year Experience
Have you ever thought about what it takes to be prepared for the future? Or how education, politics, art, and film shape and influence our experiences? You will engage in creative ways with questions like these in your First Year Experience (FYE) program. Each FYE program is an integrated introduction to a liberal arts college education. Programs are designed around courses from one or two discipline(s) focused on a common theme.
While you’re involved in these unique courses, you’ll also be developing skills essential for success in a liberal arts curriculum, including writing, analytical reading, information literacy, and critical thinking. Each program consists of one or two content-area course(s) and one skills course. Some FYE programs also have a quantitative reasoning component.
Exploration and Experiment
Chemistry and Physics
Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius and Dr. Jonathan Langton
From Page to Stage
English and Theatre
Dr. Heidi Snow and Chrissy Steele
Morality and the Great War 1914–1918
History and Philosophy
Dr. Gregory Sandford and Crystal Allen-Gunasekera
Mysteries of the Mississippi
Art, Design, and Culture
Playing It Forward
Education and Mass Communication
Winnie Needham and Joan Wesman
Pulpit and Politics
Religion and Political Science
Dr. Brian Roberts and Dr. Gretchen Starr-LeBeau
Seeing the Unseen
Biology and Natural History
Dr. Scott Eckert and Ellen Sprague
What Are You Waiting For?
Philosophy and Theatre
John O’Hagan and Chris Young
Signing Up for an FYE Program
- You will register for an FYE program when registering for fall courses. Incoming freshmen and non-exempt transfer students* are required to register for an FYE program.
- Registration for programs is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- FYE programs vary in semester hours (SH), so please note the number of semester hours and talk to your academic advisor about your choices.
- If you want to change your FYE program once you have registered, you can use the add/drop function on Banner unless the FYE program you want is closed due to full enrollment.
*Transfer students will receive a letter from the Registrar's Office letting them know whether or not they are exempt from the FYE requirement. To contact the office, please call 618.374.5100.