FSEM Courses

Welcome! Here you'll find a full list of all Fall 2017 First-Year Seminar (FSEM) offerings. Browse through the pages of classes, select a course from the first dropdown menu, or browse by subject area. Please note that this site shows the FSEMs regardless of whether or not they are full, so there is no guarantee that a course will still be open at the time of your registration.

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    FSEM 100D3 | The Art of Mathematics

    Have you ever wondered about the connections between mathematics and the arts? In this seminar you will have the opportunity to discover and investigate how mathematics is involved in many art forms.

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    FSEM 100E7 | Finding Fashion
    Slava Zaitsev Fashion Show

    Don’t think fashion is that important, or that you do not pay attention to fashion? Think again–fashion theory deeply affects how we portray ourselves to others and craft our personal images.

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    FSEM 100F | The French New Wave: Cinema and Society

    In this FSEM, we will examine the major directors and films of this movement, as well as the the themes and social issues that animate these works. We will explore how these films revolutionized film production, form, and the portrayal of political and social changes.

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    FSEM 100F2 | Chemistry and War
    Operation Crossroads

    This FSEM explores the role that chemical discoveries have played in conflict and war, as well as the reverse of that relationship–the role that conflict and war have played in driving chemical discoveries.

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    FSEM 100G4 | Race & Revolution

    A section of this FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. In this course, we will explore the life and work of James Farmer, an exemplary leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement who taught at Mary Washington during the 1990s, the historical background to the black freedom revolution, and its ongoing relevance to our contemporary dialogues, interactions, and policies about race in the U.S. We will investigate the history of the concept of race and its impact on how we perceive ourselves and the world.

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    FSEM 100G7 | Is Trying to be Happier as Futile as Trying to be Taller?
    Smiley Pixabay

    This section of FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. Although psychology has historically focused on treating mental illness, the field of positive psychology has recently begun investigating how to increase well-being. This course will investigate the progress toward and controversies surrounding this goal.

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    FSEM 100G8 | Bitches Brew: The Evolution of Jazz

    Miles Davis was a major force in American music—he is considered one of the giants in the development of jazz. This course will examine the contributions and influence of Miles Davis to American jazz by exploring his personal development, performances, and musical works.

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