First Year Seminar

Augustana’s First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a two-semester program that serves to orient you to academics and campus life at AU

Augustana’s First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a two-semester program that serves to orient you to academics and campus life at AU. In addition to its collection of innovative courses, FYS also enables you to connect with professors, your fellow students, and campus resources, such as the Student Success Center.

Each course is designed to help you develop the critical thinking, communication and ethical reasoning skills you’ll need for your Augustana academic career, and to engage difficult questions throughout your life.

FYS Fall 2016 Course Titles

  • Forming a More Perfect Union:  Designing and Debating the Constitution
  • Fecal Matters: A Critical History of our Global Sanitation Crisis (Our Global Sanitation Crisis)
  • Sherlocked:  Reading the Detective
  • Coming of Age in American Literature
  • Selfie
  • Fight the Power: Radicals in America
  • Hacking the Human Genome
  • Crossing the Cultural Divide (to become someone “new”)
  • Get Lost: The Art of Wandering
  • From Gregorian Chant to Natalie Grant: Examining the Role of Music in the Lives of Christians (The Role of Music in the Lives of Christians)
  • Dying to Know: Dying as Personal Journey in a Social Context
  • The Politics of Seeing
  • Lost Tribes and Buried Cities
  • Gender, Culture and You
  • The “Poetry” of a Nation: Ephemeral and Enduring Ideas of Presidential Rhetoric
  • Rock of Ages: Music and Media
  • Baseball Heroes: Saints and Sinners, Saviors and Villains
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • Happiness: Ancient Insights, Modern Discoveries
  • How To Make Your Ideas Clear: Thinking Like Plutarch And Cicero
  • Myth in the Modern World
  • Politics in Drama: The Moral Dilemma
  • Food Fights

Learn more and see the full course descriptions for First Year Seminar.

Ethics: What? Why? How?

Professor of philosophy Stephen Minister presented a lecture on ethics to first year students emphasizing what ethics means, why we should be ethical and how we do ethics.