Elizabeth Hamilton, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Director
The First-Year Seminar Program (FYSP) invites incoming students to begin their Oberlin educational experience in a small seminar setting. The topics and academic approaches of seminars are diverse, but all are designed to help students hone their critical thinking, discussion, and writing skills. First-Year Seminars introduce students to resources for learning at Oberlin, engaging our libraries, Art Museum, Writing Center, Career Development Center, and the Bonner Center for Service and Learning. First-Year Seminars enable students to get to know a faculty member well and to reflect actively upon the personal value and social relevance of a liberal arts education. Most seminars are held in the fall semester and offer Writing Intensive (W-int) or Quantitative and Formal Reasoning (QFR) credit. We encourage all first-year students to enroll in a First-Year Seminar.
Visit the First-Year Seminar Program’s web site for up-to-date information as well as expanded descriptions of seminars.