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:

Fall 2014

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:

Spring 2014

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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