First Year Seminars

A faculty-led program designed to help you begin your academic journey.

One of the most exciting and intellectually challenging aspects of your first year at Adelphi will be your First Year Seminar (FYS). Each year faculty from across the university create seminar courses on topics we are passionate about to help you engage in life at Adelphi both in the classroom and beyond. We design these four-credit seminars to exemplify how members of the academic community think about interesting ideas and problems, and to help students make the transition to being a college student.

Along the way, seminar participants become the teachers as you lead class discussions and give presentations on the ideas you will develop during the semester. Students are encouraged to attend campus events as part of their FYS experience, and many classes make trips together to explore connections between their classroom work and the cultural richness of New York City. Whichever seminar you end up taking, you should expect to challenge and to be challenged, to learn, share, and teach what you know among a tightly-knit community of peers.

Each First Year Seminar is assigned an experienced Adelphi student (your Peer Assistant Leader, or “PAL”) who will be there to answer your questions and share advice about how to get the most out of your time at Adelphi.

» View the Fall 2018 First Year Seminar course descriptions (PDF)


For further information, please contact:

Peter West, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Science Building, Room 122
p – 516.877.4140
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General Education Office
Science Building, Room 123
p – 516.877.4127
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