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First Year Seminar (FYS)

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First Year Seminars serve as the first course in Otterbein’s Integrative Studies (general education) program. The seminars are diverse in topic and disciplinary perspective, but share a set of goals and outcomes related to student learning and transition into the Otterbein academic community.

The seminars are taught by a wide range of faculty, including the University President, and are designed to provide students with an introduction to interdisciplinary learning. Students should choose a seminar that seems interesting to them; no major requires a specific seminar. Therefore the seminars are also a great way for students who are undecided or unsure of their major to explore different topics or areas.

The list of seminars being offered in the 2016-2017 year is available: First Year Seminar Offerings 2016-2017.

***Specific terms and class times are available through the schedule of classes. 

There are also specifically designed seminars for students who may not be new to college, or may be returning as a non-traditionally aged student. These seminars are called Transition Year Seminars. They fulfill the same learning goals and curricular requirement as the First Year Seminar, but the focus of the class and the students enrolled in the class will not be first time, first year students. These sections are specifically listed with the TYS course prefix in the schedule of classes. Transfer and adult students are welcome to take a traditional FYS course, but have the option of taking a TYS section.

Are you interested in being a Peer Mentor for the 2016-2017 academic year?
Applications are available can be found here: 2016 First Year Experience Peer Mentor Application and on Ozone under the Student Life tab. Applications are due to the Center for Student Involvement by 5pm on March 9. Interviews for possible returning Peer Mentors will be happening on Friday, March 11. Interviews for new Peer Mentors will be happening on Sunday, March 13. For more information, please contact Leah Schuh at lschuh@otterbein.edu

/Contact FYE

The Center for Student Success is your contact for FYE and is Located at 172 W. Main Street (Nestled between Tau Delta and TEM, Across from the Science Center)

Office Hours
M-Th: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p / 614-823-1624


Kate Lehman/Jennifer Bechtold, Assistant Deans for Student Success