First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a three-credit course offered to all incoming students during the fall semester. During First-Year Seminar, new students are introduced to the Regis College history and heritage, build their academic and social skills, engage in a variety of co-curricular experiences, and participate in a challenge-based learning project.

FYS is taught by faculty members from across the college who also serve as the student’s academic advisor during his or her entire first year at Regis. During the spring semester, students stay with their FYS classmates and are enrolled in a linked-course that meets one of the College’s Core Curriculum requirements.

Meet the FYS faculty here. [link to bios]

The FYS Learning Outcomes mirror the learning outcomes of the First-Year Experience and are designed to prepare students for a successful academic career at Regis.

Goal 1: Foster Academic Engagement

Students will be able to

  • Examine a variety of topics from different disciplinary perspectives.
  • Identify and describe the purposes of the Regis College programs, resources, advising, and services that support academic success.
  • Illustrate appropriate skills needed for academic success, such as study skills, collaboration, time management, information and technological literacy, setting goals and priorities, and utilizing support systems.
  • Recognize and value academic integrity throughout the completion of their assignments.
  • Use written and oral communications to discover, develop, and articulate ideas and diverse viewpoints.

Goal 2: Build the Regis Community

Students will be able to

  • Explain the importance of building collaborative relationships with peers, staff and faculty and express the value of being a contributing member of the Regis College community.
  • Describe and define the Regis College mission and heritage, the Catholic intellectual tradition, Catholic social teaching, and the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
  • Apply the CSJ values to current issues as they engage in academic and co-curricular experiences.
  • Articulate what it means to be a member of the Regis College community.

Goal 3: Support Student Development and Success

Students will be able to

  • Describe the importance of co-curricular involvement in the development of leadership skills, personal well-being, global and civic awareness, and social connectivity.
  • Define diversity and examine how one’s background and experiences impact an individual’s values and assumptions.
  • Develop a perspective of citizenship and civic engagement at the local and global levels.
  • Articulate how service can be used as a tool to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of civic engagement and global citizenship.
  • Establish personal and academic goals and values to aid in the exploration of potential area of study and career path.
Regis College First-Year Experience: First-Year Seminar