First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a course designed specifically for Barton College first-year students. It explores topics related to the intellectual and social transition from high school to college, and it is an introduction to Barton College. It includes an introduction to the concept of liberal arts education as an endeavor to develop a deeper and richer understanding of ourselves in relation to the world. The course is based on the belief that we are not truly educated unless we are able to use our knowledge to enrich ourselves and to contribute to the lives of others.

All the FYS classes are designed to help you be a successful college student. For example, all classes will work in areas such as study skills, time management, career research, and choice of a major. We will all use The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore as our summer reader. Your first FYS assignment is to read the book before classes begin in August. The summer reader will be available for purchase in the Barton College bookstore during orientation sessions in June and August.

You will meet your FYS faculty member and academic advisor when you attend orientation.