The First-Year Seminar Program helps you to make a successful transition into college.
Studies at Castleton begin well before the first day of classes, and Castleton supports students every step of the way. The semester unofficially begins with students attending a Registration Weekend in June or July. During this Friday-Saturday visit, students will have the opportunity to make connections well before the Fall semester begins. They will receive their Fall course schedule, connect with other students within their FYS community and meet their FYS faculty advisors.
The First-Year Seminars are designed to not only fulfill a general education course requirement but also to provide a transition to university life, both in and out of the classroom. Like other courses in the General Education Program, the First-Year Seminars help students to chart their path through the University experience, planning for their individual success, and making connections between what they are experiencing in their courses and the many activities that will be available to them at Castleton. All FYS courses emphasize four themes:
First-Year Seminars introduce some of the compelling questions of the academic disciplines and help incoming students to understand what it means to study in college. The FYS experience should inspire students to begin asking some more of those questions on their own.
First-Year Seminars are specially designed to promote the academic skills that students will need at college. Some of these skills include using a university library, doing original research, and communicating their findings to members of the University community.
For many first-year students, coming to college is a new experience of responsibilities, both inside the classroom and outside the classroom, as well. First-Year Seminars promote the general skills that every student needs such as setting goals, balancing priorities, and managing time. They also familiarize students with the many resources at Castleton that will help them to achieve their goals.
Enrolling in a university means joining a university community, a community that is both an intellectual community as well as a social community. First-Year Seminars help incoming students to appreciate this “citizenship” at Castleton as they prepare for citizenship in the communities beyond college.
First-Year Seminars are mainly intended for first-semester and transfer students who have either not matriculated elsewhere or who have earned fewer than 12 credits from an accredited university.
|New Student Registration Weekends|
|Friday - Saturday||June 15-16, 2018|
|Friday - Saturday||July 13-14, 2018|
|New Student Orientation|
|Friday - Saturday||August 24-25, 2018|
|Fall Semester Begins|
|Monday||August 27, 2018|