First-Year Seminars at the University of Georgia
Effective fall 2011, the First-Year Odyssey program will replace the Franklin College first-year seminars. Please visit https://fyo.uga.edu for more information and an on-line proposal form.
Each semester the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Honors Program offer a special opportunity to first-year students: an additional one-credit seminar. These seminars provide an opportunity for students new to the University to become acquainted with a senior faculty member and to learn something about the excitement of study and research in a specific discipline and the intellectual challenge of academic life at the University of Georgia. Most first-year seminars meet for one hour each week during the spring semester. They will be taught by some of the most distinguished members of the University faculty who will focus on topics of special interest to their research and teaching.
First-year seminars explore a diverse array of topics. Read through the descriptions and choose a topic that complements your regular class schedule and broadens your interests as a university student. Each seminar description includes the name of the instructor, the topic of the seminar, and time and location of meetings. Seminars are graded either on a pass/fail (FRES 1010) or A-F (FRES 1020) basis. First-year seminars will count as one hour of credit towards graduation on the student transcript, unless otherwise indicated. Students may enroll in only one seminar at a time.
Students may register for first-year seminars during orientation and fall registration.
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News stories and other information:
- President Michael Adams' first-year seminar
- John Inscoe (History), "In Defense of Appalachia on Film," a discussion of his first-year seminar, from his book Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South (2008)
- 2008 Columns article on First-Year Seminars, featuring Jonathan Evans
- English Professor Elizabeth Kraft's 2007 seminar on "The Tower of Song: The Poetry of Leonard Cohen"
- Edward Halper (Philosophy), "Freshman Seminar Film Courses," Teaching Philosophy, 28:4 (December 2005).
- February 2002 Red and Black article on "Edible Invertebrates" seminar, taught by Mark Farmer (Cellular Biology) and Bill Fitt (Ecology)
- Georgia Faces on Food Science Professor William Shewfelt's "Chocolate Science" seminar (2001)
- Oct. 1999 Columns article on "Mini courses with a major impact"