First Year Resources

First Year Resources

First Year Resources
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First Year Seminars (FYS) provide an enriching academic and co-curricular learning experience for students to:

  • Identify with the justice-oriented mission of John Jay College
  • Explore career and educational options and plan for the future
  • Access supportive campus resources
  • Satisfy general education course requirements
  • Develop the skills and habits required for success


What is the role of FYS faculty?

FYS faculty members introduce students to the academic expectations and learning opportunities of college life. They provide expertise in their discipline, develop course materials, assess student progress and serve as a role model. Peer mentors and FYS staff work in tandem with faculty to organize co-curricular learning activities, monitor student progress and provide timely interventions for students who require additional support.

First Year Seminar Program History

Fall 2015 First Year Seminars

2014 First Year Seminars Brought to Scale
Fifty-seven FYS sections are offered (eight as part of a Learning Community by faculty from fourteen departments. All entering freshman are required to choose a first year seminar course as part of the Justice Core Requirements at John Jay. New FYS student learning outcomes are piloted to align to the Justice Core curriculum, including:

Intellectual Growth Describe one's own relationship to significant issues of justice.Identify problems and propose solutions through evidence-based inquiry.
Personal Growth Assess the effectiveness of one's own role in collaborations with people of diverse backgrounds.
Social Growth Demonstrate effective planning and reflection to accomplish specific course outcomes.  Engage with co-curricular activities (i.e. clubs, student activities, lectures, tutoring, academic advisement, community service) that support academic goals and personal growth.

Faculty and FYS staff member collaborations continue, with pilot projects involving new student assignments and scaffolded assessments and the development of rubrics to analyze FYS student work samples.

2011-2013 First Year Seminar Expansion

2010 First Year Seminar Development

2009 First Year Seminar Pilot

2008 First Year Seminar Design