First-Year Seminars

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.

First-Year Seminar

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.

  • View ORC course description for Writing 7, one of many First-year Seminars offered in different departments under the course number "7".
  • View course descriptions for First-year Seminars.
  • For placement and enrollment policies for First-year Seminars, or advice on switching among First-year Seminar courses during drop-add, please visit our Policies page.
  • We expect that most Winter 2021 FYS will be offered as remote/synchronous courses and will be offered across a broad range of timeslots, given that most first-years will be taking classes remotely in winter term.