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First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar (FYS) provides students with an opportunity to become engaged members of the Babson community. This course challenges students to critically examine important aspects of college student life such as engaging in scholarly discussion, living in a global community, and managing life as an adult learner. Students are asked to reflect on their abilities and how they can make an impact on campus. Additionally, students develop important relationships with fellow students, peer leaders, faculty, and the administration. The seminar is taught by the First-Year Seminar instructor, a student peer mentor, and a faculty adviser, they assist students with the transition into the Babson Community.

The FYS program has specific learning outcomes all students are expected to achieve. The learning outcomes are divided into three modules:

  • Becoming Part of the Academic Community
  • Developing an Understanding of Yourself
  • Living in a Global Community

More specifically, students also will learn to understand:

  • The merits of scholarship and the expectations of joining an academic community.
  • All of the Babson resources that provide personal and academic support.
  • Health and wellness issues facing today’s college generation.
  • How their learning styles match a college environment.
  • How their individual actions impact the college and global community .
  • The importance of ethics and social responsibility.

The First-Year Seminar program is a mandatory weekly seminar designed to provide students with a smooth transition into their first year, provide valuable insight into enriching academic and cocurricular opportunities for students to take advantage of at Babson, and serve as a multifaceted recourse on a variety of subjects such as, time management, ethics, and diversity. Your first-year experience is an important milestone toward an enriching four years of college. We wish you the best of luck as your college career begins!

If you have any questions about the First-Year Seminar program, please contact Dan Kwash in the Office of Academic Services.