First-Year Seminars

Did you come to USF for:

Of course you did! That's why you should enroll in a First Year Seminar (FYS) or Transfer Year Seminar (TYS) — a unique opportunity to experience the best things about college, all at the same time.  FYS and TYS courses are offered each Fall semester, with a limited number of Rhetoric and Language Core A2 courses offered in the Spring semester.

FYS and TYS courses are designed and taught by faculty with a special passion for the topic. Nearly all of the seminars count toward the Core, and most include excursions into the city and a variety of enrichment activities. So, instead of a standard “Intro” course in a given Core area, try “Dance in San Francisco,” “Lovers of Wisdom,” “Golden Gate Park,” “The Extreme Universe,” or “From Acupuncture to Yoga," or "Youth in the City.”

These seminars are small, so you’ll get to know your professor and classmates well. Many seminars also have a First Year Seminar Assistant (FYSA), an advanced undergraduate who is available to mentor new students, and to assist them in navigating the university.

FYS courses are open only to new college students in their first (or sometimes second) semester at USF. TYS courses are available to all Transfer students, usually in their first or second semester.  View our current course offerings, and contact the First-Year Seminar Coordinator, Jeffrey Paris paris@usfca.edu for more information.

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