First-Year Seminars

First-Year Seminar (FYS) is one of the options CU Denver offers through First-Year Experiences to help first-year students successfully transition into university life. Courses in the First-Year Seminar (FYS) program offer a wide range of benefits to first-year students entering there first fall semester in college. They are content-based and taught by faculty dedicated to your success. FYS faculty members integrate academic skills into their courses to help you become more successful in your academic career. FYS classes are limited to 24 students, which creates an environment for strong interaction between you and your professor, who also doubles a mentor for your first semester of college. Additionally, FYS courses introduce students to and engage them in CU Denver's vast student resources. Overall, we find that FYS students experience a higher overall satisfaction with the time they spend at the university.

Students are encouraged to take an FYS course outside of their major in order to receive Core credit. Check below for details on receiving Core credit and to see what fits you best. You can also read the FYE Guide to get more information on courses and learning communities. Keep in mind that students can only take one FYS course.

Register for an FYS Course

New freshmen first-year students are able to sign up for an FYS course during the registration section of New Student Orientation. FYS staff will be present at orientation to answer your questions and distribute FYS course brochures.

Questions? Christy Heaton, 303-315-2160.

First-Year Seminar Course Offerings (Fall 2020)

Confirming Core Status for First-Year Seminar Courses

Beginning in fall 2009, the CU Denver Core Curriculum Oversight Committee (CCOC) approved using one FYS course towards Core curriculum requirements. Each FYS course is individually reviewed by the CCOC for the knowledge area content, critical thinking, and writing requirements of the Core. FYS courses may only be applied toward a specific Knowledge Area of the Core, which excludes using a FYS course towards writing or mathematics proficiency in Intellectual Competencies, International Perspectives, or Cultural Diversity areas of the Core. The table below outlines all FYS courses by department/program, title, and instructor for official Core status.