First Year Writing (FYW)
FYW 100 (or FYWP) is required in freshmen year. It introduces students to college-level writing and helps them develop the writing skills needed for success in college courses. Successful completion of the course (a final grade of C or better) will also meet the college's Writing Requirement. Courses are limited to twenty students.
First Year Seminar (FYS)
FYS 100, with sections on a wide variety of topics taught by professors from departments across the college, is required in the student's first year. Students are encouraged to choose a topic that interests them. Each section is discussion-based, and focused on developing skills in critical thinking, oral communication, research and information literacy, and written communication. FYS 100 is offered only in the fall and spring semesters. Students who enter the College with 24 or more transfer credits are not considered first-year students and are exempt from this requirement. Courses are limited to twenty students.
Representative First-Year Seminars
- Music and the Social World
- Raid the Collections: Making Discoveries in Rhode Island College Collections
- Shock Therapy: Drama as Action
- Global Perspectives on Health
- Cultures Collide: Indians and Europeans in Early North America
- Not for Political Junkies Only: Making Sense of the 2020 Presidential Campaign
- Language and Gender
- Performance in the First Person: This is ME!
- Food and Medicine of East Asia
- Sex Rights, Sex Wrongs
- Philosophy of Mind and Mental Disorder
- Mountains of Power and Culture
- The Rhetoric of the 2020 Election
- You, Inc.: The Business of You
- Global Imagination of Korean Media: Meanings and Significance
- Languages in U.S. Education: Whose Matter?
- Self, Mind, Heart in Eastern Philosophies
- ‘Tattoos aren't just for sailors anymore’: Men, women, & bodies
- Talkies and more: The sociology of cinema through Hollywood
- From Europe to the States: humour, friendship, and love through film remakes
- Leadership Study Through the Biography
- Native American Arts