This course introduces each student to the rigors of academic writing through participation in the processes central to that endeavor: analytical reading, critical thinking, and well-reasoned writing. The seminars offer students the opportunity to become part of a 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 FYS-101. Most students will complete the course during the first semester. FYS-101 serves only first-year and qualifying transfer students and is not available to other students.