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 100A1 | American Ideas of Inequality

    This FSEM explores the idea of equality from the perspective of cultural anthropology. You will learn just enough anthropology so that you can acquire this perspective, and then collectively we will try to figure out what equality means in America.

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    FSEM 100G4 | Race & Revolution

    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. 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 100H3 | Holocaust in German and American Culture

    Are the 2,711 monumental concrete steles of the recently opened Holocaust Memorial in Berlin an appropriate way to remember the victims? This seminar will investigate the particular strengths and limits of a wide range of texts and images, facts and fictions, that each in its own way claims to represent some “truth” of the Holocaust.

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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 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 100M8 | Passion to Action – Nepal

    “What are you going to do with that?” If you haven’t been asked that about your college degree yet, you will be. The answer isn’t just about getting a job, though. This course will help you connect with UMW and to build the habits that make you a happy, productive member of your family, work group, and community.

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