First Year Experience

FYE (First-Year Experience) PROGRAM

Have you ever thought about what it takes to be prepared for the 21st century? Or how education, politics, art, and film shape and influence our experiences? You will engage with such questions in creative ways in the First Year Experience programs. Each FYE program is an integrated introduction to a liberal arts college education. Programs are designed around courses from one or two different disciplines 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.

2015–16 Programs 

Click on the links below for information about our upcoming programs.

Does Art Reflect Life?

Exploration and Experiment

From Page to Stage

Myth Busters: Power, Privilege, and Prestige

Playing it Forward

Real to Reel: Politics and Film

Through the Looking-Glass: The Art and Science of Interpretation

Signing Up for an FYE program

  • Students 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 when registration opens for new student registration.
  • 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 online in Banner, you can use the add/drop function on Banner until the FYE program 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 program. To contact the registrar's office directly, please call 618.374.5100.