May 20, 2024  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
Course Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

First-Year Seminar Program

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.

arrow Visit the First-Year Seminar Program’s web site for up-to-date information as well as expanded descriptions of seminars.

First Year Seminar Courses

The courses listed below appear to require consent but do not for the summer registration process. You do not need to contact the faculty member to obtain consent until orientation begins and you register on campus.