First Year Seminar

FYS 5 Topic Areas

The First Year Seminar sections are broken into five different topic areas:

-Humanities
-Social Sciences
-Civic Engagement
-Business
-Natural Sciences

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First Year Seminar: Exploring Social Tolerance

Nationally, students who enroll in a First Year Seminar (FYS) course produce a higher GPA, have higher retention rates at that school, and higher graduation rates. Whether you’re returning to college or starting your degree for the first time, First Year Seminar at Quincy College is designed to help make the transition to the learning community of Quincy College a successful one. This collaborative, student-centered course will focus on the theme of social tolerance through different academic lenses.

This collaborative, student-centered course is divided into five different topic areas. Students will explore the common theme of social tolerance through the lens of their First Year Seminar’s topic area. Students will leave this course as prepared, well informed, drivers of their education at Quincy College and beyond. First Year Seminar provides students with both the skill set and connections to the community that they need to be successful self-advocates of their education and career goals. The course is required for all students who are seeking an Associates degree and who have earned fewer than 12 credits from another accredited institution.

Learn more about First Year Seminar:

What are students saying about First Year Seminar?

Spring 2019 FYS students share their takeaways from First Year Seminar:

  • “I got to know my classmates through discussions.”
  • “The importance of mindset when it comes to setting and reaching goals, as well as how you view the word around you.”
  • “Learning the best way to take notes and how to prepare for an exam.”
  • “The confidence needed to achieve my goals.”
  • “How to become more organized and prepared for college.”
  • “Identifying my short and long term goals, adapting a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset, and better time management.”
  • “How to manage my time for studies and coursework, along with managing daily life.”
  • “Time management is everything, especially as a working adult with kids.”
  • “How to create a resume, a better understanding of my skills, and reflecting on the career I want to pursue.”
  • “There are a lot more on-campus resources and people who want to help you thrive at Quincy College than I had originally thought.”

What are the FYS Topic Areas?

The First Year Seminar sections are broken into five different topic areas. Each topic area aligns with the different academic programs offered at Quincy College. Students do not need to take an FYS section in the topic area that matches their program of study. We encourage students to register for a topic area that catches their interest and that is taught by an instructor who they could see themselves working well with. Students are encouraged to work with the Office of Academic Advising to select their First Year Seminar section.

Upon registering, students should make sure that they register for the FYS section that includes the code of the topic area they are interested in. For example, if a student is interested in taking a Business First Year Seminar course, then they should register for an FYS section with the code “BU” for Business. Please see all FYS codes below:

FYS Topic Area Course Code for Registration
Humanities IDS 167-HU
Social Sciences IDS 167-SS
Civic Engagement IDS 167-CE
Business IDS 167-BU
Natural Sciences IDS 167-NS

First year students enrolled in the fully online Business or fully online Criminal Justice programs must register for one of the following FYS online courses:

Course Code Course Dates
IDS 167-BU-OL 9/4/19 – 10/23/19
IDS 167-BU-OL-3 10/30/19 – 12/18/19

Please note that these online sections are only open to students enrolled in the fully online program.

More information about each topic area, including the required book, can be found below:

Humanities

Led by one of our full-time FYS instructors who specializes in Humanities, this course will assist students with the transition to Quincy College, while discussing what social tolerance looks like through a humanities perspective.

Through the thought-provoking text, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu, students will critically assess the value of tolerance in society. As both learner and leader on campus, students will engage with one another and contribute to our community’s commitment to tolerance. Through a Humanities lens, students will develop strategies for success in college, while they also explore academic programs and career options, and develop higher level thinking skills that are transferable to the workplace.

Social Sciences

Led by one of our full-time FYS instructors who specializes in Social Sciences, this course will assist students with the transition to Quincy College, while discussing what social tolerance looks like through a social sciences perspective.

Through the thought-provoking text, Outcasts United by Warren St. John, students will critically assess the value of tolerance in society. As both learner and leader on campus, students will engage with one another and contribute to our community’s commitment to tolerance. Through a Social Sciences lens, students will develop strategies for success in college, while they also explore academic programs and career options, and develop higher level thinking skills that are transferable to the workplace.

Civic Engagement

Led by one of our full-time FYS instructors who specializes in Civic Engagement, this course will assist students with the transition to Quincy College, while discussing what social tolerance looks like through a civic engagement perspective.

Through the thought-provoking text, Everyday Ambassador: Make a Difference by Connecting in a Disconnected World by Kate Otto, students will critically assess the value of tolerance in society. As both learner and leader on campus, students will engage with one another and contribute to our community’s commitment to tolerance. Through a Civic Engagement lens, students will develop strategies for success in college, while they also explore academic programs and career options, and develop higher level thinking skills that are transferable to the workplace.

Business

Led by one of our full-time FYS instructors who specializes in Business, this course will assist students with the transition to Quincy College, while discussing what social tolerance looks like through a business perspective.

Through the thought-provoking text, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh, students will critically assess the value of tolerance in society. As both learner and leader on campus, students will engage with one another and contribute to our community’s commitment to tolerance. Through a Business lens, students will develop strategies for success in college, while they also explore academic programs and career options, and develop higher level thinking skills that are transferable to the workplace.

Natural Sciences

Led by one of our full-time FYS instructors who specializes in Natural Sciences, this course will assist students with the transition to Quincy College, while discussing what social tolerance looks like through a business perspective.

Through the thought-provoking text, Formerly Known as Food by Kristin Lawless, students will critically assess the value of tolerance in society. As both learner and leader on campus, students will engage with one another and contribute to our community’s commitment to tolerance. Through a Natural Sciences lens, students will develop strategies for success in college, while they also explore academic programs and career options, and develop higher level thinking skills that are transferable to the workplace.

 

First Year Seminar Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and access all support services/policies/resources available at Quincy College.
  2. Use effective note taking methods to capture key points from lectures and texts.
  3. Apply information literacy skills to college-level research.
  4. Evaluate information/evidence from various sources using critical thinking.
  5. Model effective social and interpersonal communication skills as they relate to the course’s yearly theme.
  6. Show understanding of how to work in a dynamic, culturally diverse environment.
  7. Identify academic programs/career options available to Quincy College students.
  8. Develop an academic plan and select courses to achieve academic and career goals.
  9. Identify and model ethical/moral behavior in academic and career-related work.
  10. Evaluate the impact of the course’s yearly theme within the student’s specific FYS topic area.

Support for First Year Students

Quincy College recognizes the need for student support both during and after the first year. In order to provide new students with effective support as they navigate the college environment, the First Year Seminar encourages students to utilize the following community members during their first year:

First Year Seminar Instructor

First Year Seminar instructors are full-time Quincy College faculty or full-time staff who are currently employed at the College. Our instructors are passionate about serving our students both in and outside of the classroom. All First Year Seminar instructors meet as a group, receive training and feedback, and share best practices throughout the semester.

Academic Advisor

Both our Quincy and Plymouth campuses have full-time Academic Advisors who assist students in in taking ownership of their educational opportunities, becoming a member of the Quincy College academic community, and realizing their academic and professional potential. All new students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor as they select courses, decide their program of study, and explore both academic and career options.

Additionally, some students’ FYS instructors will also serve as their faculty advisor. QC students are able to enjoy the benefits of having both a faculty advisor, who can assist them with program and career-oriented questions, as well as the Academic Advising staff, who can assist with general program questions and registration information.

Faculty

Whether a student has chosen their program of study, or is still exploring program options, all students should communicate and meet regularly with their course instructors. Quincy College’s talented faculty are experts in their field and can assist students as they navigate their classes and develop their educational plan.

Peers

We realize all students have busy lives and that you may only have enough time to be on campus for your classes. However, most classes, including First Year Seminar, will expect students to work together in groups both in and outside of the classroom. We encourage you to get to know the other students in your classes. Whether you’re working on an assignment together or pursuing the same program of study, your peers can be some of your best supporters as you navigate Quincy College together!

Student Services

Check out the following support services that are available and ready to assist you with your transition to Quincy College:

Quincy College Core Curriculum

What is a core curriculum? Most institutions of higher education have a core curriculum, which is comprised of foundational classes that all new students must take in order to earn a degree from their institution. The core curriculum is deemed to be the foundational courses that all students must build upon as they work towards their degree.

The mission of the core curriculum at Quincy College is to provide students with a foundation of cognitive, communicative, and technical skills within an ethical framework essential for succeeding in both professional and educational endeavors in an increasingly diverse society. First Year Seminar is part of the College’s core curriculum. The course is required for all students who are seeking an Associates degree and who have earned fewer than 12 credits from another accredited institution. Failure to complete this course in the first semester could delay a student’s anticipated graduation date and ability to take other courses required for their program of study.

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