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 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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    FSEM 100L | Cold Case: Theatre Mysteries

    Have you ever wanted to be a detective? Do unsolved mysteries intrigue you? Then ‘Cold Case: Theatre Mysteries’ is the course for you! This first-year seminar delves into theatrical mysteries ranging from the ancient Greeks to the Elizabethans.

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    FSEM 100L6 | It’s Alive! Horror on the Stage

    Haunted houses, dismemberment on stage, audience “splash zones” for blood…. Live performers have been terrifying audiences long before the advent of the horror film, and they continue to explore new ways to pull the audience into their horror fantasies. This seminar will explore horror in live performance, which includes traditional theatre (Shakespeare), interactive performances (haunted houses), and popular culture events (historical freak shows).

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    FSEM 100L7 | Solo Mio: Solo Performance and You

    Solo Mio: Solo Performance and You is a course that explores the tradition of solo performance as an art form. In addition to examining specific performers who have made significant contributions to the art form, we will look at how solo performance tells a personal story—specifically yours.

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    FSEM 100N7 | Architecture Now

    This FSEM is an introduction to current and cutting edge developments in contemporary architecture. Except for a historical background survey, this discussion-based course focuses on the architecture of the late 20th and 21st century.

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