First Year Experience Seminars

Offered each fall semester for first-year students.

First Year Experience (FYE) Seminars provide an unparalleled opportunity for small groups of students to explore a thought-provoking scholarly topic outside of General Education requirements.

  • Learn how scholarship is conducted in specific disciplines.
  • Practice using UAOnline to register for courses, add/drop courses, check financial aid, and more.
  • Get familiar with using DegreeWorks to determine your outstanding graduation requirements.
  •  Improve your understanding of academic planning, program requirements, and student code of conduct at UAF.

Earn one free credit! Get $100 credit toward UAF Housing!

  • Tuition and all fees are paid for Freshman Year Seminars.
  • Students who enroll but do not complete the course will be charged $45.
  • Res Life Students: Successfully pass one course and Residence Life will credit you $100 toward your spring billing.
  • Contact the Academic Advising Center at 474-6396 or your academic advisor for more information.

Fall 2014 Seminars

Click here for a pdf flyer about Fall 2014 First Year Seminars. See course descriptions below.


Change Your Story – Change Your Life
Instructor  Leslie McCartney                                           
FYE F100    F01
Tuesdays 2 – 3:30      September 4 – November 6      CRN 7691
Aboriginal Canadian writer Thomas King poses in his book entitled ‘The Truth About Stories’ that stories shape who we are and how we understand others. Stories frame our understanding of the world -- “if we change the stories we live by, we change our lives.”   Explore deep roots of storytelling of native and non-native peoples.    

Banned! Challenges to Intellectual Freedom Around the World
Instructor  Karen Jensen     
FYE F100     F02
Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:00     September 4 -- November 6     CRN 76916
Harry Potter, Fahrenheit 451, Twilight, Captain Underpants… What do these books have in common? They’ve been banned! Books and other media really do get censored in today’s information-rich world. Join the debate and understand the dilemmas faced by librarians, publishers, booksellers and writers.    

Fact or Fishin’: Critical Thinking in Fisheries Conservation & Management
Instructors Trent Sutton & Andy Seitz
FYE F100     F03
Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30     September 4 - December 18     CRN 76917
Engage in active learning and problem solving about fisheries conservation and management issues by considering current case studies in fisheries management. These case studies will be real-life issues and scenarios that will challenge you to think critically and creatively.

Whodunit: Detectives on Stage
Instructor  Brian Cook                                                                
FYE F100    F04

Thursdays 3:40 - 5:10     September 4 - November 6     CRN 76918
Examine the role of the detective in stage productions from the inception of the character type in the 19th century to present day. Read and discuss a variety of plays, films, and articles, and explore how detective characters both entertain and serve to alleviate society’s anxieties about crime.      

Running with the Devil: The History of Evil & the Supernatural in Music
Instructor  Morris Palter
FYE F100     F05
Mondays 10:30 - 12:00 noon     September 4 - November 6     CRN 76919
Explore how and why the Devil, the supernatural, and evil has come to influence such a large breadth of musical activity. Through a survey of musical genres including classical, jazz, blues, hip hop, rock and other popular music forms, students are invited to enlighten themselves to the dark side of music.     

Introduction to Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Activity
Instructor  Barbara Taylor     
FYE F100    F06
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30     September 4 - December 18     CRN 79117
Learn about the diversity of research at UAF and the opportunities for undergraduate student participation in research and creative scholarship from the researchers themselves. Gain a broad understanding of the significance, process and impact of research and creative scholarship on UAF campuses.      

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