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.


First-Year Seminars for Fall 2019

Community at UM-Dearborn empowers student success! You can find community in FYS.

Take the time to review seminar descriptions and select one as part of your fall class schedule. Note students must have Composition 105 English Placement for LIBS 138.

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 180: Talk & Text: Language Myths and Language Facts

LIBS 180 teaches you how to map your communicative and linguistic behavior in its social contexts, and relate that to linguistic research on talk(ing) and text(ing).


  • What's a Seminar?

    A seminar is a small class -- in this case, no more than 24 students -- with lots of classroom discussions.

  • Do these seminars fulfill any requirements?

    Yes, the seminar and (when applicable) linked Composition course both meet general education requirements.

  • Are they only open to first year students?

    Yes!  Open to all students new to UM-Dearborn.

  • So I need to register for one of these in the Fall I enter or forget about it forever?

    Yes, that's the deal.  We will have two sections in Fall 2019.

  • I'm in the Honors Program. Can I take a seminar?

    he bad news is, unfortunately, no. But the good news is that you'll be part of a learning community in the Honors Program with small classes and lots of interaction with faculty.

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