• First Year Seminars


  • Announcing Upcoming FYSM 1099 Gateway for FALL 2015!

    First-year seminars begin your academic journey with enlightening, challenging, and group-centered learning.

    FYSM 1099 FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR: GATEWAY is designed especially for first-semester freshmen as the academic gateway to HSU’s Christian liberal arts experience. In small classes led by our best and brightest faculty and including peer mentors, Gateway explores self-identity and the art of asking questions while exploring the academic, spiritual, and social integration of new first-year students into the HSU community.

    FYSM 1099 A Gateway: Here For A Reason

    Lindsey Boynton TT 1:20-2:35 p.m. Mrs. Lindsay Boynton

    Designated for students in the Exploring Majors LLC: Do we find ourselves or create ourselves? You are here for a reason and this course will help you discover what it is. Rooted in the work of Dr. Tim Elmore, founder of Growing Leaders, this section focuses on understanding God’s purpose for your life. Learn to appreciate failures, and overcome fear in order to create the life you imagine. Designed for undecided majors or those unsure of what career opportunities exist in their majors; required for those students inthe Exploring Majors LLC.


    FYSM 1099 D Gateway: The Disney Version

    Rich TraylorMWF 11-11:50 a.m. Dr. Rich Traylor

    As a significant shaper of culture, Disney reaches the lives of millions, so Disney studies is serious business. Come consider the animated creations of Disney in relation to your personal beliefs. Join Dr. Rich Traylor, respected History professor and self-confessed Disneyphile, in a semester-long conversation that will challenge the way in which you see Disney and your world.


    FYSM 1099 E Gateway: Rules of the Red Rubber Ball

    MWF 10:00-10:50 a.m. Dr. Corrie Reed  

    Based on the book of the same name, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball asks you to identify the passions of your life and looks at strategies for integrating your passions into college and life after college. Whether your “red rubber ball” is a sport, poetry, or calculators, you’ll be challenged to think about what a successful life path means for you.


    FYSM 1099 F Gateway: Real Family History

    Coleman PattersonMWF     11-11:50 a.m. AH 112 Dr. Coleman Patterson

    Create a family tree and research your ancestors while gaining a greater understanding of yourself and a greater appreciation of the world around you. History will come to life as you explore the struggles and victories of your heritage and consider the heritage you are building for the future.


    FYSM 1099 G Gateway: U2: Faith, Obligation, & Our Place in the World

    John NeeseMWF 10-10:50 a.m. Mr. John Neese

    While U2 is widely recognized for its musical impact, the group also implores fans to look at social injustice across the world. Come delve into U2, their music and their mission, explore your role in helping the less fortunate, and ask how you can become a better citizen of the world.


    HONR 1301 Honors Colloquium

    Tom CopelandMW 1-2:15 p.m Dr. Tom Copeland

    Honors Students! You will enroll in HONR 1301 Honors Colloquium, a section developed especially to acquaint Honors students with academic opportunities and responsibilities and encourage self-examination and self-discovery.


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