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Check out these great works of art produced by students "Readings & Writings in Visual Arts", a Fall 2009 FFYS.
Faculty First-Year Seminars
We are proud to announce the fourth year of Faculty First-Year Seminars (FFYS) at UMass Amherst. These one-credit seminars offer first-year students an opportunity to work closely with a tenure/tenure track faculty.
Faculty from across campus are teaching seminars on a wide variety of exciting topics.
"The Science of Predicting the Future", "Sport & Society: An Historical Perspective", "New Ways of Making Families: Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Technologies" are just a few of the fascinating seminars that are available to first-year students for Fall 2014. These seminars offer direct access to UMass Amherst's distinguished faculty and the passion they bring to the classroom and their research.
Enrolling in a Faculty First-Year Seminar will make the campus feel "smaller" and will also introduce you to a knowledgeable faculty member who will provide you with mentoring and advice as you begin your experience as a college student at a large research university.
Students can enroll in these seminars directly on Spire (search FFYS "begins with" 197). If you would like help selecting and registering for a seminar feel free to contact an academic advisor.
Please check out the full descriptions of the seminars as well as a chart of when they are offered:
Full Descriptions of all seminars.
Chart by Day of all seminars.
Enrollment begins for incoming students when they have their academic advising meeting during Summer NSO.
If you are a first-year student unable to enroll yourself due to credit status, please call the RAP Office for assistance.
RAP Office 545-2803 - open Monday - Friday from 9:00AM - 5:00 PM.
Seminars offered past semesters:
PLEASE NOTE: The FFYS seminars for the spring semester are intended for first-year students that did NOT enroll in a FFYS for the Fall semester.