What is a First-Year Seminar?

Our First-Year Seminars (FYS) will deeply enrich and connect our freshmen to core ideas in new disciplines with a passionate and caring doctoral trained professor. Offered during the fall and spring semesters, the seminars cover a wide variety of fascinating topics. Professors will discuss, debate and engage with freshmen students in smaller, more intimate classes, conversations and hands-on activities to explore and discuss topics of mutual interest. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to hone their critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills. The Seminars promote meaningful-peer-to-peer interactions and close faculty-to-student mentorship.

Must I be a freshman to take a FYS?

All students who enter CSU Dominguez Hills as a freshman must enroll in any FYS during their first two semesters of attendance. Enrollment is limited to 25.

Who teaches a FYS? 

In Fall and Spring semester we will offer seminars taught by full-time faculty and lectures who hold a Ph.D. or a terminal degree and who are active in their field. FYS topics range beyond the limits of regular curriculum. Topics include areas from Chicana/Chicano Studies, Criminal Justice Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Earth Sciences, Humanities, Information Systems & Operations Management, Liberal Studies, Management & Marketing, Philosophy, Psychology, and Occupational Therapy.

Why should I take a First-Time Seminar?

Because the FYS promotes meaningful peer-to-peer interactions and close faculty-student mentorship, it is considered a high-touch and High Impact Practice (HIP). FYS students will develop key competencies by producing written and oral assignments and taking part in co-curricular activities that engage meaningfully with the course content. The FYS provides first-year students a strong foundation to thrive in college and persist to graduate.

Grading and Credit

The FYS is a 3-unit semester course, meeting 2.5 hours a week Credit/No Credit (A-C/NC) grading. Successful completion of the course allows students to fulfill the General Education requirement in Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development.