Right from the first day, First Year Seminar (FYS) helps you meet other students, connect with the faculty, and become part of the Elms community.

In FYS, we help you start on the path to discovery about yourself, Elms College, and other important topics. Your instructor becomes your guide and mentor. Together, along with other first year students, you explore a topic, and search for questions and resolutions. Your instructor encourages you to become an active member of the Elms College community as you develop your academic program and path.

First Year Seminar courses are connected by a theme taken from Catholic Social Teaching. The 2019-2020 theme is Rights and Responsibilities, which focuses on the connections between human dignity, human rights, and our obligations to others. All first year students are required to read the Common Read book — Educated, by Tara Westover  — during the semester. You will discuss and write about the book in your First Year Seminar class, highlighting how the themes are interwoven with the theme of Rights and Responsibilities.