Recommended for most students in the fall semester, first year.

FYS 101 emphasizes the production of academic writing through critical analysis of challenging texts on topics drawn from a wide variety of academic disciplines. The general Core Curriculum goal of this course is to cultivate the abilities of students to write well in order to enhance their learning, to equip their critical faculties, and to empower them as independent thinkers for responsible citizenship.

In FYS 101 students read a variety of texts that are appropriately challenging for first-year college students. In addition to reading these texts, students are expected:

  • to engage in appropriate research activities;
  • to devote special efforts to drafting and revising significant writing exercises;
  • to write at least 15 pages of polished prose; and
  • to compose an annotated bibliography that incorporates the principles of information literacy.

Student Learning Goals and Objectives of FYS 101


Goal 1: Read college-level texts pertaining to an academic discipline or topic

Students will:

  • (1A): recognize the audience and purpose of selected texts within an academic discipline or topic
  • (1B): articulate the meaning of text passages within an academic discipline or topic


Goal 2: Construct a coherent, thesis-driven paper on an academic topic

Students will:

  • (2A): develop the ability to write a clear introduction that frames the academic topic
  • (2B): demonstrate appropriate conventions of grammar and style for formal writing
  • (2C): articulate a central thesis around which the paper is to be organized
  • (2D): organize the paper effectively with coherent paragraphs
  • (2E): support the thesis with evidence
  • (2F): conclude the paper appropriately for the topic

Goal 3: Develop basic Information Literacy skills

Students will:

  • (3A): locate and evaluate print and/or electronic sources appropriate for answering a particular research question
  • (3B): cite sources according to a conventional documentation style (for example, MLA, APA, Chicago) and with academic integrity