This course introduces all students to effective academic writing through participation in the processes important for its creation: analytical reading, critical thinking, and extensive writing practice. The seminars offer students the opportunity to join a learning community by 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.