First-Year Seminars

About The Seminars


Current FYS descriptions can be found here.


First-Year Seminars offer every first-year student an opportunity to participate in a course structured around intensive writing, independent research, and small group discussion. The First-Year Seminar program serves four purposes. First, by means of a uniform writing requirement, the seminar stresses the importance of written expression in all disciplines. Second, it provides an attractive and exciting supplement to the usual introductory survey. Third, it guarantees each first-year student at least one small course. Fourth, the program engages each first-year student in the research process, offering an early experience of the scholarship that fuels Dartmouth's upper-level courses.

First-Year Seminars are offered in many different departments under the course number "07.XX", for example, WRIT 07.02.

Enrollment in a First-Year Seminar is limited to 16 students. Enrollment above the limit is never allowed in a First-Year Seminar course. Open slots are first-come, first-served. No waiting lists are maintained.

Effective AY21-22, First-Year Seminars do not serve in partial satisfaction of the General Education requirements such as distributive requirements or the world culture requirement.