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About The Study FYS Instructor Miranda Zent Alex’s poetry reflects a sense of frustration familiar to many students in their first year of college. During this time of intense change it’s not surprising if students experience an almost total reordering of their sense of self—a strong shift in values and beliefs, the assumption of...
View Study FYS is a variation of the traditional Topics course—à la Columbia. We spend a semester wrestling with a small number of big topics, teasing out their complexity to experience what art they might inspire, what intellectual discoveries they might evoke, and what we might learn about ourselves and from others when we...
FYS is an interdisciplinary course where students explore a variety of humanities topics through research, seminar discourse, analytical writing, and creative experimentation. As students experiment creatively, we often encourage them to take risks and create using methods in which they might feel less fluent, to explore using media outside of their realm of expertise....
FYS is approached as inquiry development. Through multiple mediums and disciplines, students are encouraged to think through an idea, sustain a thought, and develop more questions than answers. This means students are learning that a thought takes time, a thought gathers, and thinking is a difficult pursuit. We support students in engaging the mind...