First Year Seminars
In Students' Words
"The professor actually helps you with everything; asks questions like, What's wrong? Do you understand this? What tips do you need?"
–Student in FYS04-ETH 125
"The most fun part was us interacting with each other, making friends, and learning new stuff."
–Student in FYS12-CSL 112
"This class taught me the value of college work and showed me how to study effectively."
–Student in FYS06-SPE 113
What is a Justice Core First Year Seminar?
A First Year Seminar (FYS) is a required general education course that all first-year students to take. The FYS course, with a focus on Justice and the Individual, will not only introduce you to the unique mission of John Jay College, but will also give you an opportunity to explore this mission in a small class setting with other first-year students. Along with exciting, hands-on coursework, you will get to know John Jay College and participate in activities designed to develop the skills you need to succeed here. Each FYS is taught by supportive and enthusiastic faculty members who have designed course topics around their particular expertise and interests. An FYE Peer Mentor will be available for advice and support.
What's unique about a First Year Seminar?
■ Smaller class size
■ Outstanding professors
■ Strong support network of faculty and staff
■ Exposure to the college community and resources
■ Greater academic success