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 2019

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 141: East and West Interconnections: 19th c. Art in France and Japan

LIBS 141 focuses on visual culture and cultural exchange between Japan and France during the 19th century. This period was a time of increased international travel, international expositions, thriving private art exhibitions, and a flourishing print culture—all facilitated the rapid spread of information and images.

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).

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