First Year Seminar - FS 1100

Tuesday 11:00am-12:15pm
Coordinator: Matthew Beverlin, Ph.D., '98, Assistant Professor of Political Science

This seminar, offered to first-time college students, aims to orient students academically to Rockhurst University by introducing them to classmates, faculty, and staff, and by exploring the meaning of their core studies. We emphasize these core areas of the curriculum by defining them and by showing how they integrate all elements of holistic learning. Further, we introduce students to service activities and to such college events as plays, musical performances, and visiting scholar lectures. Additionally, students learn library usage, time and stress management, college level note-taking strategies, listening skills, and computer locations on campus. Students collect abundant written materials throughout the semester which they can use for all of their Rockhurst education. This course immerses students in the Rockhurst motto, "Not what to think, but how to think."

First Year Seminar Instructors

Jason Arthur, Ph.D., '99, Assistant Professor of English
Ken Balusek, Ph.D., J.D., Department Chair of Criminal Justice
Rob Hamilton, M.A., Director of Academic Advising
Jennifer Oliver, Ph.D., Department Chair of Psychology
Victor Penniman, D.M.A, Music Instructor

The First Year Experience (FYE) at Rockhurst is designed to facilitate your transition to the University and it’s tradition of Jesuit education.  Our hope is that through Rockhurst experiences, you will engage at every level of the university and be reminded time and time again of the 5 learning goals for your first year. These experiences will facilitate your progress towards becoming an educated person by connecting you with the people and resources of Rockhurst. They will also help in developing your learning skills and encouraging self reflection. The outcomes you can aspire to are academic, personal and spiritual success! Through these three seminar courses each class exemplifies the following learning goals.

FYE 5 Learning Goals

  • Students will understand Rockhurst University’s mission and consider how they might respond to it’s call.
  • Students will examine and enhance their academic skills.
  • Students will become familiar with healthy habits and reflect upon how their choices affect their mental and physical well being.
  • Students will explore possible majors, minors and careers in light of their gifts and passions and develop an understanding/ appreciation for the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.
  • Students will develop constructive relationships with faculty, staff and fellow students, and will become familiar with campus resources.