First-Year Seminars (FYS) are small classes designed to ease your transition to the University and help you develop a community of friends.

My experience with this seminar was amazing. I have benefited greatly from taking one. I'm definitely more prepared for college as a result of taking a seminar. I learned so much that I didn't know before.

Taught by some of our most talented instructors who care about your success, the seminar topics are specially selected to reflect each instructor’s expertise and to appeal to students, but every seminar also fulfills a general education requirement. Whatever the specific topic, though, the seminars provide students with the academic skills they’ll need to thrive at UM-Dearborn, and their small class size makes it possible for students to get to know each other and to interact closely with their instructor.

Some seminars are linked with a Composition class, allowing students to meet general education requirements and take two classes with the same group of people. A smoother academic and social transition to college—that’s what First-Year Seminars are all about.

Check out the "FAQs" and "Seminars Offered" links to the left and learn more about First-Year Seminars.

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First-Year Seminars for Fall 2018

Liberal Studies 115: Shakespeare on Stage, Page and Screen

LIBS 115 explores how Shakespeare's plays are performed, adapted, and sampled in contemporary culture.

Liberal Studies 138: Wild Things: Attitudes to Being Animal, Being Human

LIBS 138 explores the role nonhuman animals play in human development, particularly in child development. 

Liberal Studies 140: Fearing the Unknown: Horror Fantasy in Hispanic Fiction

LIBS 140 is an introduction to horror fantasy in Latin America and Spain, through short stories, novellas, and films from the early 19th through early 21st centuries. Students will explore major literary and visual texts translated into English from Spanish from several countries.

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