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.

"When People Get Together: the Good, The Bad and the Funny",  "Sport & Society: An Historical Perspective", "Your Brain on Drugs" are just a few of the fascinating seminars that are available to first-year students for Spring 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:

Spring 2014 -

Full Descriptions of each seminar

Chart of the seminars - organized by day/time

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:

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2011 

Spring 2011

Fall 2010

Spring 2010

Fall 2009


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.

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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