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First Year Experience

Dr. Kathleen Wood, GSR 101 and 150 Coordinator
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The First Year Experience (FYE) program, part of the Gallaudet General Studies Program (GSP), provides first-year students with a comprehensive learning experience that fosters transition to college and academic success. The GSP offers the First Year Seminar (GSR 101) and the Introduction to Integrative Studies (GSR 150) for all new students both Freshmen and Transfer students, as part of the Foundations sequence.   The GSP also offers a leadership seminar for upper-class students who serve as peer mentors in all GSR 101 classes in the Peer Leaders Seminar, GSR 310.

No Undergraduate Majors or Minors are offered.


FYE 195 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for freshmen. Students may enroll in 195 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

  • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

FYE 295 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special Topics in the discipline, designed primarily for sophomores. Students may enroll in 295 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

  • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

FYE 310 - Seminar for GSR 101 Peer Leaders (3)

This course is designed to prepare and support junior or senior students who are selected to be peer leaders in First Year Seminar (GSR 101) classes. Content includes development of lesson plans and actual instruction, integration of theories and practices of college student development, leadership, learning styles, critical thinking, and needs of first-year students. The course consists of a weekly seminar, 3-credit GSR 101 classes, and weekly appointments with the GSR 101 lead instructor.

  • Prerequisites: GSR 101 and 102, GPA of 3.0 or higher, recommendation by a current or former instructor, junior class standing (preferred), and interview with FYS director/GSR 101 coordinator.

FYE 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Intensive supervised study and research on topics related to FYE programs.

  • Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; permission of the Director.
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