FSEM Courses

Welcome! Here you’ll find a full list of all Fall 2020 First-Year Seminar (FSEM) offerings. Browse through the pages of classes, select a course from the first drop down 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 100H8 | Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist

    Do you think your race colored your high school experience in any way? Do you expect that your race will affect your academic and social life at University of Mary Washington? Does racism exist in higher education? If so, what forms does racism take? We will explore these questions by first reading scholarly works on race and higher education.

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    FSEM 100J2 | Creating Arts and Ideas

    This course is an introduction to the formulation of ideas for making art. Through research and discussion, students will develop their ability to use visual art as a means of communication.

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    FSEM 100J9 | History of Genocides
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    This FSEM is an exploration of the modern history of human rights, humanitarianism, and war crimes, conducted through the examination of several cases of mass violence, some of which have come to be labeled “genocide.”

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    FSEM 100K9 | Past, Present, and Future of Commerce*

    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 100L4 | So You Think You Want to be a Teacher?

    The topic of education continues to be a hot topic with parents, community members, politicians, media, and corporations. This seminar explores current issues in education using information presented in the media and in peer-reviewed educational research, including, but not limited to, topics such as special education, high-stakes testing, Common Core, English Language Learners, and learning through play.

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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 100M1 | Numbers Rule Your World

    Data is everywhere. The “Information Age” has unleashed a deluge of facts and figures that describe everything in our world, from mouse clicks and movie ratings to tweets and touchdowns. In this seminar we will study state-of-the-art techniques for gathering, sifting, dissecting, and understanding the vast quantities of numerical information that the human race is generating.

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