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First-Year Seminars are only offered in fall semesters.
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Honors First-Year Seminars

Research-Focused First-Year Seminars

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Why enroll in a First-Year Seminar?

What do students enroll in a First-Year Seminar? Why should YOU enroll in one? What have other students said about their experience taking a First-Year Seminar and what did they like most about it? Click here to find out!

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FYS Spotlight: True Crime- Society’s Fascination with Crime and Murder

Are you wondering what it's like to enroll in a First-Year Seminar? This popular First-Year Seminar taught by UI Undergraduate Engagement Librarian Jenay Dougherty, featured in a February 2023 edition of Iowa Magazine, investigates why we’re fascinated with mayhem and murder—and digs deeper into the ethics surrounding the genre. 

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Why teach a First-Year Seminar?

Coming soon, stories from instructors on why they teach a First-Year Seminar, what they value most about this unique teaching experience, and how they build important relationships with their students.