In Xavier's First-Year Seminars, new students work closely with faculty on challenging problems and texts. FYS is an interdisciplinary exploration of the greater good, laying the foundation for the Core and for major programs. Faculty in any department and college are welcome to teach a FYS.
FYS holds two events each semester.
Spark: The FYS Call for the Greater Good is mid-September and late January/early February. Panelists will discuss their approach to the greater good and their personal vocations. Spark will be on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in Cintas.
Flame: The FYS Celebration of Student Learning is in late November and mid-April.
FYS lays the foundation for the Core and connects especially with Goa and E/RS.
You may wish to bring up points of contact between your CORE 100 classes and the discussions students will have in their Goa sections.
Fall 2021 Goa Schedule
Week 1: Set up for Success. Students will learn about the resources and services available here on campus, including academic advising, career advising, success coaches, financial aid, health & wellness, etc.
Week 2: Money Matters. Students will learn about federal school loans, how to save/earn money, credit and the pros and cons of compound interest.
Week 3: Personal Wellness. Students learn strategies and resources for maintaining and restoring balance between physical, financial, intellectual, emotional, social, community, purpose and spiritual pillars. This includes a list of on-campus resources.
Week 4: The Xavier Community. Students will learn what it means to be part of the Xavier community, including the Xavier student commitment and engaged bystander techniques. As well, they’ll learn about faculty’s role as a mandatory reporter for gender based violence and their options for confidential reporting
Week 5: Microaggressions, Power, and Privilege. Students learn about racial stereotypes and microaggressions and how they can work towards preventing them in the future.
Week 6: Academic Strategies. Students learn about study skill strategies, calculating GPA and using DegreeWorks, and how to search/register for spring classes.
While each instructor is free to design the course assignments, CORE 100 seminars should fit certain design expectations:
The FYS Task Force will issue calls for new course proposals each semester. Faculty in any department and college are welcome to teach a FYS.
A course proposal consists of a title, a short description aimed at students, a long paragraph description aimed at the task force, a list of provisional texts, and an agreement to incorporate the FYS Goals and Student Learning Outcomes into the syllabus. See here for examples of approved courses. If you wish to propose a course, log on to Nexus and click on "Core Curriculum Course Submissions" under "Electronic Forms/Requests."
During the approval process, the FYS Task Force will look for the following:
FYS works with faculty and department chairs to determine the semester and number of sections for each FYS course.
So that FYS remains strong over time, instructors are expected to provide course material and feedback for assessment and program evaluation. These materials may include: