This course introduces each student to the rigors of academic writing through participation in the processes central to the endeavor: analytical reading, critical thinking, and well-reasoned writing. The seminars offer students the opportunity to become of the vibrant community of learners while focusing on a specific topic that poses challenging intellectual questions. Seminar topics vary each year and from seminar to seminar. All First-Year students entering the College with fewer than 28 credits must complete this course. Most students will complete the course during the first semester. FYS-101 serves only First-Year and qualifying transfer students, and it is not available to other students.