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the first-year studies program (fiys) at lake forest college is a new student’s first connection with the academic community on campus. it introduces first-year students to new friends, challenging and engaging professors, and learning opportunities and resources available in nearby chicago.
all students in their first semester at lake forest take a first-year studies course as one of their four courses. the first-year studies program offers courses that represent a wide range of topics from many different academic departments and programs. they represent the passionate interests of their instructors, who want to introduce students to a new topic in an intimate academic setting.
Students should feel free to take any First-Year Studies course that interests them, regardless of their intended major. A First-Year studies course is not an introduction to any major, but an introduction to college-level work. As such, First-Year Studies courses may satisfy no major or minor requirement, nor may they serve as pre-requisites for other courses in a major or minor program. Nor may First-Year Studies courses have pre-requisites themselves
while diverse in subject matter, first-year studies courses share several aims:
- They are small in size, in order to encourage discussion and interaction.
- They are intense and challenging, stressing critical thinking and writing along with the development of good work habits and academic skills. (Note: All First-Year Studies courses satisfy the First-Year Writing Requirement).
- The instructor serves as the student’s academic advisor for at least their first year at the College.