First-Year Seminars

Entering students are required to enroll in a first-year seminar except for those participating in the Humanities Gateway Program, the Interdisciplinary Science Program, the Cities Program, the InterArts Program, or the Community Action Gateway Experience.

Fall 2017 First-Year Seminars:

FYSM 101-01, BFF or Strange Bedfellows? Cohorts, Compromise, and Political Destiny - Madalene Spezialetti
FYSM 102-01, Reacting to the Past and Present: The Turmoil of Evolving Beliefs  - David Mauro
FYSM 104-01,  Food, Fitness, and the Journey to Self-Discovery - Dario Del Puppo and Kevin MacDermott
FYSM 106-01, Social Media: The Complexity of Communication in the Digital Age - Joseph Catrino
FYSM 107-01, How Microbes Rule the World - Lisa-Anne Foster
FYSM 111-01, Focus: Diversity in Hartford - Pablo Delano
FYSM 113-01, Knights, Saints, Witches & You - Elliot Levesque
FYSM 115-01, Reading and Seeing the Outside World - Jane Nadel-Klein
FYSM 119-01, Mind/Body and the Concept of Mindfulness  - Randolph Lee
FYSM 121-01, The History of Now - Cheryl Greenberg
FYSM 137-01, Arabian Nights - Zayde Antrim
FYSM 139-01, The Aging of America: The Economic, Social, and Psychological Costs of Old Age - William Church
FYSM 144-01, Food Science and Culture - Hebe Guardiola-Diaz
FYSM 152-01, “Blackness” and Disability - Diana Paulin
FYSM 156-01, Marijuana Policy - Mark Stater
FYSM 160-01, The Engineering, Science, and Policies of Sustainability - John Mertens
FYSM 164-01, Angels and Aliens: Religion and the Origins of Science Fiction - Jonathan Elukin
FYSM 175-01, The Mediterranean: Cauldron of Cultures - Thomas Harrington
FYSM 181-01, Language's Hidden Meanings - Elizabeth Casserly
FYSM 186-01, Knowledge, Evil and a Pact with the Devil: the Faust Legend - Julia Assaiante​ NEW!
FYSM 192-01, Copan, Honduras and Angkor, Cambodia: History, Archaeology, & Cultural Legacies Two Ancient Cities - Dario Euraque and Michael Lestz
FYSM 193-01, The Brothers Karamazov - Carol Any 
FYSM 197-01, Biochemical Evolution - Richard Prigodich
FYSM 198-01, Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction -  Irene Papoulis
FYSM 200-01, The City as Work of Art - Kathleen Curran
FYSM 204-01, Not Only Rice and Beans: Hispanic Culture and Politics in Hartford - Aidali Aponte-Aviles
FYSM 215-01, Mathematical Gems - Nancy Wyshinski
FYSM 220-01, Film Music - Dan Roman
FYSM 226-01, Free Speech, Art and Censorship - Katharine Power
FYSM 233-01, Understanding Race Philosophically - Maurice Wade
FYSM 241-01, Civic Engagement and Community - Abigail Williamson
FYSM 248-01, Social Facts, Science Fictions - Trisha Tiamzon
FYSM 254-01, George Orwell and His Times​ - David Rosen
FYSM 270-01, Democracy in the US and Abroad - Reo Matsuzaki
FYSM 281-01, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and the Black Modern Experience​ - Davarian Baldwin

FYSM 292-01, Introduction to German Language and Culture - Johannes Evelein
FYSM 294-01, Israeli Culture Through Film and Literature -  Michal Ayalon
FYSM 295-01, Introduction to Italian Language and Culture - Joshua King​

Browse the course descriptions of Fall 2017 First-Year Seminars​​.

Spring 2018 First-Year Seminar:

This seminar is only open to January Start​ students  who will be enrolling in a first-year seminar during the spring semester.
FYSM 145-01, Memoirs and Memories - Sara Kippur​

Spring 2018 First-Year Honors Seminars 

A few first-year honors seminars are offered in the spring semester for first-year students who are not enrolled in a Gateway Program.  Students must apply and be accepted into these seminars, which do not satisfy the first-year seminar requirement.  All first-year students receive an invitation in the fall semester prior to advance registration and must be recommended by their fall-semester first-year seminar instructor.

FYSM 253-01, Tough Guys & Bad Girls: 20th Century American Crime Fiction - Daniel Mrozowski
FYSM 256-01, A History of Central Connecticut through Four Sectors - Nicholas Woolley​

Browse the course descriptions of Spring 2018 First-Year and Honors Seminars.​​​