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First-Year Seminars are distinguished by their small size, interactive format, emphasis on oral and writing communication, critical thinking and information literacy with a topical focus. The FYS program seeks to create a community among entering students and to immerse new students in a stimulating intellectual culture from their first days on campus.

Purpose and Objective:

First-Year Seminars fulfill a requirement under the Drake Curriculum. The Drake Curriculum Handbook states:

"All Drake Students entering direct from high school or having completed fewer than 30 hours of college course work complete a First Year Seminar during their first year of enrollment. First Year Seminars are student-centered learning experiences that involve critical thinking and both written and oral communication skills. Through a topical focus, they foster understanding of methods of analysis and creativity."

Additional Support for Student Writing:

Students seeking assistance with writing may schedule an appointment with a writing tutor through the Writing Workshop. The Writing Workshop is located in Howard 227. Appointments are available during both daytime and evening hours. Evening appointments meet in Cowles Library. Questions about the Writing Workshop can be answered by calling 271-2729. Students may also make appointments for the Writing Workshop.

Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty:

The following link connects you to the Office of Student Records, where a statement on academic integrity can be located on the Academic Regulations page of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Academic Integrity Policy:

The First-Year Seminar Program supports and enforces the idea of honesty in all scholarship. Plagiarism is a serious offense to this ideal. It is expected that all writing and scholarship will be the student's own creation. Appropriate citation of others work or ideas is always expected. Copying another author's work will not be tolerated, will result in a zero grade for the work, and may conclude in the student having to retake the First-Year Seminar requirement.

Violations will be evaluated under the rules of the home college/school of the instructor. For classes taught by instructors not affiliated with a particular school/college, the procedures of the College of Arts & Sciences will be followed. For comprehensive information, please see:

Contact Information:

First-Year Seminar Program: Arthur Sanders (x3172)
Administrative Support Specialist: Sandra Harris (x2405)

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