FSEM Courses

Welcome! Here you'll find a full list of all Fall 2018 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 100K9 | Past, Present, and Future Trends in Commerce*
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    This course examines how commerce has been conducted in the past and present. Students will review the evolution of commerce and will review, discuss, and theorize how it will change in the future. Students will evaluate historic and current patterns of trade, research the potential of expected changes to the business environment, and summarize the advantages and disadvantages of a potential change.

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    FSEM 100N5 | Economic Inequality: End of the American Dream?
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    This section of FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. The United States has long been thought of as a classless society—or more precisely, one in which nearly everyone is middle class. The average wage rate, adjusted for inflation, has remained stagnant, and the majority of income gains in the U.S. have gone to those already with the highest incomes. What has caused these trends? Most importantly, what, if anything, can and should be done about them?

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    FSEM 100Q3 | Leadership and Social Justice
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    Students will be introduced to the culture of UMW to help set them up for collegiate success, all while developing community and global leadership skills, empathy, critical thinking, and communication skills through an experiential learning, academic class based on the impact of leadership on social justice issues. Students will conduct research during the semester on a variety of social justice issues, which will culminate in a written “change the world” proposal.

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