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First Year Experience (FYE) Courses

The First Year Experience (FYE) is a 4-credit academic program designed to introduce traditional first-year students to the academic, cultural, and social life of the college.  This program is designed to help students become more aware of their strengths, promote academic success and campus engagement, and foster meaningful relationships between students, faculty, and staff.  The components of the required First Year Experience are as follows: FYS: First-Year Seminar (3 credits), CCC 101: College Life (.5 credit), and CCC 102: Exploring Your Future (.5 credit). The First Year Seminar (FYS) is taken in the fall semester, concurrently with CCC 101, with a focus on understanding the connection between social engagement and academic success. CCC 102, which focuses on planning for success in college and in careers, is taken in the spring semester. A First Year Experience Mentor is paired with each section of CCC 101 and 102, and the instructor, mentor and students remain a cohort through both CCC 101 and CCC 102.  Tying the year together are “First-Year Fridays,” which is a set of events that take place on Fridays throughout the academic year, designed to enhance students’ academic success, personal growth, and social engagement. 

Components of the First Year Experience Program
First-Year Seminar (Fall, 3 credits)

The First-Year Seminar introduces students to a variety of topics that illuminate the value of the liberal arts as an approach to thinking about the world and our place within it.  The seminar helps students to develop the ability to think critically and independently and to write, reason and communicate clearly, all essential skills for college success.  First-Year Seminars are taught by faculty across academic disciplines in small class settings, where students can engage with a particular topic, as well as with the professor and their peers.  The FYS provides students with the opportunity to explore important issues, gather and evaluate evidence, and further develop their ideas through writing and discussion.

CCC 101 - College Life (Fall, .5 credits) 

College Life is a First-Year Experience course designed to introduce students to the liberal arts and assist students in developing the skills necessary for academic and social growth at Cedar Crest College. Topics include developing images of success and defining goals, time management strategies, learning to think critically, developing effective study and test-taking skills, communication skills and conflict resolution, and building self-confidence.

CCC 102 - Exploring Your Future (Spring,  .5 credits)

Exploring Your Future in a First Year Experience course designed to help students develop an understanding of the career decision-making process, and to assist students with choosing a major and putting their career plans into action. Students learn how to evaluate their goals, interests, values and strengths, how to conduct research on majors and careers, prepare and build a resume, and effectively explore career and internship opportunities.

Participation in the FYE is required for all first-time, First-Year Traditional students who matriculate at Cedar Crest College in the Fall semester. Traditional First-Year students who begin at Cedar Crest College in the Spring semester are invited to enroll in CCC 102. Successful completion of the FYE is a graduation requirement for students who matriculate at Cedar Crest College as first-time, First-Year Traditional students in the Fall semester. 

To successfully complete the FYE, students must earn a grade of “C” or better in the FYS course and grades of “P’ in College Life and Exploring Your Future. Students who do not successfully complete College Life and/or Exploring Your Future must successfully complete a course designated as Writing 2 or Global Studies in a future semester with a grade of “C” or better. That course cannot count as the W2 or GS course in the LAC. Students who do not successfully complete the FYS course with a grade of “C” or better must complete two courses designated as Writing 2 or Global Studies in future semesters with a grade of “C” or better. Those courses cannot count as W2 or GS courses in the LAC.

FYS Course Descriptions

FYS 100 Moving Stories

Through physical practice, readings, lecture, discussions, reflective writings and group assignments, students will develop self- awareness, an understanding of body language and total mind-body fitness; gain inner strength and confidence; obtain an increased awareness of the senses and a feeling of wholeness by balancing the mind and the body.

FYS 101 Psychology of Dreams

Since the dawn of civilization, people have been fascinated with the world of dreams.  Indeed, throughout history, different cultures have offered various explanations for why we dream. In this course we shall explore this fascinating, nocturnal aspect of human behavior from its mythological and archetypal origins to the latest scientific elucidations. Particular attention will be placed upon Jungian (psycho-historical and archetypal), analytic psychology. Also, we shall address the relationship between dreaming and physical and emotional health.

FYS 102 Not All Heroes are Men

This seminar uses five award winning films to explore examples of women’s courage, character, and conviction in difficult, sometimes dangerous, circumstances.  In settings as different as Argentina, Vietnam, Kenya, Germany, and China, the female protagonists in these films confront adversity amidst war, dictatorship, epidemic disease, and exile. The films are The Official Story, dir. Luiz Puenzo (1985), Indochine, dir. Régis Warqnier (1992), Nowhere in Africa, dir. Caroline Link (2001), Rosenstrasse, dir. Margarethe von Trotta (2003), and The Painted Veil, dir. John Curran (2006). These films have been chosen for their engagement with issues of profound importance and for the memorable character of individual performances. In addition, the students encounter a number of other films similar in theme and character in the group projects they complete.

FYS 103 Growing Up Pink

This engaging first year seminar will encourage students to explore how media, advertising, family, friends and other prominent social forces help define our identity as women. Through a series of readings, discussions and explorations throughout the Lehigh Valley, this course will ask students to look at how they see themselves   and the world. We will also explore society’s influence on our perceptions of race, ethnicity, sexuality and class. Students will refine and redefine how they see themselves in the course’s final project – a class-­-made video production that captures student’s exploration of self and what it means to “grow up pink.”

FYS 104 Theatre – A Universal Language

This course examines both intellectually and experientially the role of the Theatre Artist – specifically, the Actor, the Director and the Designer.  Students will discuss and explore the great artists from each area from around the globe – for example, Growtowski and Stanislavsky in Acting – as creators of new approaches to the craft, the Actor as Activist, such as Susan Sarandon, Angelina Jolie, Vaclev Havel in Czechoslovakia;  Peter Brooks, Anne Bogart, Julie Taymoor in Directing and Ming Cho Lee in Design.   Coupled with discussion is the opportunity for students to perform Growtowski or Stanislavsky Exercises, direct scenes, and work on an area of design for a One Act play.  The course looks to open the students to their own perceptions, passions, ideas, and express the artist within.   Material used will come from both Eastern and Western traditions.   Group collaboration – each student picking a specific artistic role will bring a final project to fruition.

FYS 106 Visions and Voices: A “Novel” Approach to Science 

Scientists in movies are often portrayed more negatively than even serial killers. In contrast, several current television shows feature heroic scientists solving crimes in the lab and field with a minimum of effort, and The Big Bang Theory portrays scientists as social misfits. In this course, we will examine fictional depictions of scientists and their work, identify typical stereotypes used to describe scientists, and ask why these stereotypes have evolved and what impression of science they create. We will explore an example of young adult literature about scientists and compare this representation to novels intended for adults. Film and television examples of scientists will provide additional discussion material.

FYS 107 Coming of Age in Complex World

The “coming of age” novel has been popular for at least three centuries. Collectively, these novels almost always feature a male protagonist. In this seminar, however, we will focus primarily (not exclusively) on the coming of age of women as portrayed in literature and film. We will examine questions such as “What is the nature of rebellion and is it necessary?” “How does one begin to form one’s own philosophy?” “How do I find my voice as a leader?” The seminar will explore the meaning of “coming of age” in diverse social contexts, while examining the role that our beliefs and critical thinking play in this experience.

FYS 108 Women & Wilderness

“Woman’s connection to wildness is deep, long-term, and unique,” write Susan and Ann Zwinger. This seminar explores the role women have played in fundamentally transforming how we think of nature in modern society. As a study of the literature of wilderness and community, we will read works such as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, which contributed to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency; Wangari Maathai’s memoir Unbowed, which chronicles her founding of the African Green Belt Movement; and Barbara Kingsolver’s novel Animal Dreams, which dramatizes how the diverse residents of a small town are brought together in concern over their shared environment. We’ll also discover the wonders of Cedar Crest College’s arboretum, trace the shores of Cedar Creek as it wanders through our neighboring park, and join nearby efforts to rehabilitate a Superfund site located along the slopes of the Kittatinny Ridge.

FYS 109 Drugs: Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

In today’s society drugs are a part of our everyday lives and can be touted as good or evil.  In this course we will explore some drugs that have changed our world for the better or worse and discuss why.  We will also delve into the world of the pharmaceutical industry, both in a local and global aspect.  An awareness of eastern versus western medicine and its impact of society will also be considered.  As a project we will also consider how the pharmaceutical industries advertisement on TV, and other media’s influence our lives.  By the end of the course, students will have gained a better understanding of what a drug is and how to make more educated decisions in thinking about the impact of drugs in a local and global setting.

FYS 110 The Psychedelic Sixties

This course is designed to provide students with a focus on selected topics and aspects of that epic period in history, the 1960s. Specifically, the role of civic engagement will be examined and how it helped to facilitate the development of major, global social movements that have resulted in intended and unintended revolutionary social and cultural change in the world.

FYS 112 The Outsider in Fiction

The characters of Oedipus and Othello, Jane Eyre and Hermione Granger: the outsider has figured prominently in literature for centuries. Not all outsiders are outcasts or villains. In fact, outsiders are often a part of the culture they are simultaneously distanced from: their place “in between” worlds offers them a privileged perspective on the culture from which they stand apart. In this seminar, we’ll consider examples of literature and film that contain “outsider” characters in order to explore the challenges and benefits of being an outsider. We’ll explore what it means to “belong,” why people are threatened by those who appear to be different, and how individuals learn to navigate the communities they wish to join—or choose not to. Ultimately, we’ll consider how living in the in-between may lead to the discovery of one’s voice. And we'll not only affirm our own voices, places, and journeys, but we'll choose our own projects designed to make a difference in our communities. 

FYS 113 Power of Success

It is no secret that women are paid less than men for essentially doing the same work.  It is also proven that women are slow to move up the ranks into leadership roles.  In an effort to make the student more aware of this trend and similar ones, this seminar will explore the meaning of success for women.   In this course success is defined in four areas:  emotional, physical, academic, and financial.  After a brief introduction and exploration of the general notion of success, the course will dive deeper into the four segments.  The students will explore success in a variety of forms, and by the end of the course they will be able to identify their own definition of success through a variety of activities done throughout our community, the Lehigh Valley.  There will be lecture, discussions, readings, and reflective writing activities during the course to help the student identify what her meaning of success is.  The long-term goal of this course is to strengthen the student’s confidence as they start this new journey of college as well as to identify potential future leaders.

FYS 115 Initiate Through Arts

What is community and how do you build it?  By using the visual arts as a pivotal point this seminar course directs attention to this question by exploring historical precedents and contemporary examples that illustrate the impact of the artist as a community initiator.  Through research and hands on experiences students will examine the role of the artist and ways in which art can facilitate building community and positive change.  As artists take the studio practice beyond the gallery walls communities are charged with a new relationship toward the visual arts. By generating dialogue and influencing creative collaborations communities are realized. With this background knowledge students will design and implement a community based art project utilizing art as an instrument for civic engagement.
The overall intention of this course is to increase awareness of the impact art has on local and global communities. Course materials will include readings, artist talks and visual presentations intended to foster a critical dialogue concerning current as well as historical trends within art as they relate to community. Written reflections will allow for careful articulation of how the individual can affect change through engagement with art and the community. 

FYS 116 The Importance of Place

This course will investigate the importance of place starting on the Cedar Crest Campus. We talk about being “global” all the time, but what does it mean to know about the local spaces and places where we come from or spend our time? This course will explore our connections to places through thinking about the campus, the community, and on field trips a little farther away. Students in this course will read about and discuss the idea of place in classroom discussions, in journals, and in writing assignments. In order to investigate a specific place, the students in the course will ultimately produce a campus audio tour, which will be shared with the campus, the community and beyond.

FYS 117 Coming of Age in a Complex

The “coming of age” novel has been popular for at least three centuries. Collectively, these novels almost always feature a male protagonist. In this seminar, however, we will focus (more but not exclusively) on the coming of age of women as portrayed in literature and film. We will examine questions such as “What is the nature of rebellion and is it necessary?”, “How does one begin to form one’s own philosophy?”, “How have other women found their voices?” and “How coming of age relates to taking on leadership roles.”  The seminar will explore the meaning of “coming of age” in various historical and social contexts, while examining the role that beliefs and critical thinking play in this experience.

FYS 119 Community: Being an Active Citizen

The “coming of age” novel has been popular for at least three centuries. Collectively, these novels almost always feature a male protagonist. In this seminar, however, we will focus (more but not exclusively) on the coming of age of women as portrayed in literature and film. We will examine questions such as “What is the nature of rebellion and is it necessary?”, “How does one begin to form one’s own philosophy?”, “How have other women found their voices?” and “How coming of age relates to taking on leadership roles.”  The seminar will explore the meaning of “coming of age” in various historical and social contexts, while examining the role that beliefs and critical thinking play in this experience.

FYS 120 Finding our Voice: Women in Politics

Sixty-Three percent of Rwanda’s lower house of government is composed of women. Compare that to 19% in the United States. What accounts for these differences? Why does the US have comparatively female political leaders than other countries? This course will examine the role of women in politics. We will explore how women’s relationship to government has changed over time as well as discuss women’s various political roles. We will also discuss policy issues generally classified as “women’s issues” including maternity leave policies, the pay gap, and abortion. Throughout, we will compare the experiences of women in the United States to those in other countries.

FYS 121 Molecules: The Good, Bad, & Ugly

In today’s society, organic chemical compounds have deeply permeated our everyday lives and yet many of us give them little thought. Many of these organic molecules are essential if the world’s population is to be fed, clothed, and medicated. Yet many of these molecules have been touted as good, bad or both at the same time.  In this course, students shall discover aspects of organic chemistry such as how both scientists and non-scientists have played important roles in the discovery and the unforeseen development of some of these molecules. Class discussions and assignments will allow students to reflect on the impact of individual molecules on society, women’s roles, and the environment, both historically and present-­-day. By the end of the course, students will have gained a better understanding of how organic molecules can globally impact and shape our society.

FYS 122 Sports Culture

Sport has been referred to as ubiquitous, woven into the very fabric of our culture. Regardless of whether or not one is an athlete, or even simply a spectator/follower, there is no denying the significance of sport in society. As consumers, we spend our time and money attending competitions, watching them on TV, and buying products associated with our favorite sports. As participants, we live for competition, we dedicate ourselves to team or self-improvement, we strive to achieve personal fitness goals, and/or we enjoy the social camaraderie of sport. The culture of sport contributes to society in many ways. This course will examine the complex impact of sports culture on individuals and society as a whole, focusing not only on the positive outcomes associated with sports consumption/participation, but also the ways in which a sports culture leads to detrimental consequences.

FYS 124 Me, Myself & Why

A thought provoking investigation into the various, and often inconsistent, ways human identity is explained. By focusing on the questions “who am I?” and “why am I this way?”, students will begin to conduct an inquiry into the biological, personal, and social aspects of identity as a construct. Over the course of the semester, we will utilize scholarly articles, films, narratives, as well as culturally generated materials to engage with both historical and contemporary perspectives on aspects of identity such as gender, race, sexuality, cultural diversity, and the ethical and moral implications of identity formation. Through class discussions, writing assignments, group presentations, and student-designed creative projects, first-year students will have an opportunity to begin or sharpen inquiry based learning, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary for future academic endeavors.

FYS 126 Protest Drama

Social change comes through public awareness, education through debate and eventually changes to existing laws. Drama has the power to draw attention to social change. Through research, original script writing and with minimal staging, students will explore ways to dramatize issues of importance to their generation either by taking up a new cause or extending the reach of a current protest movement through the script writing and social media.

FYS 127 #LoveYourSelfie

Taking care of one’s self is imperative, not only for personal health and strength, but also to provide the nourishment and stamina needed to stimulate a hunger for lifelong learning and professional growth. The mantra, “You cannot give to others if you do not give to yourself first.” is indeed true. This engaging first year seminar will provide an inspirational foundation for students to self-examine life stressors, recognize personal strengths, and realize the importance of caring and loving for oneself. Through readings, discussions, reflective writing, and explorations of various self-care modalities, students will create a personalized self-nurturing plan to achieve a balanced lifestyle that incorporates a combination of mind, body and spirit approaches in meeting their goals for personal and professional well-being.

FYS 129   Human Rights and You   

According to UNESCO “education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights”. What are the other human rights that depend on education? And what is it about education that gives it this kind of power? In this course, students will trace the development of human rights, discuss the state of education equity and equality for groups around the globe, and research the organizations that work to address these issues.  Students will develop an awareness project promoting a human right for the population of their choice and consider their own role in supporting human rights and human rights education. 

FYS 130   Falcon Files:  The Societal Impact of Forensic Science on the Global Scale 

The seminar will examine how forensic science varies in practice not only throughout the United States but throughout the world based on differences in laws, the criminal justice system, and norms.  Examples include differences in laws regarding the recreational use of drugs and drunk driving.  Similarly, cultural and religious barriers to autopsies and the taking of fingerprints and the removal of biological fluids such as blood and saliva for DNA testing from individuals will be discussed.  This part of the course will also concentrate on the history of forensic science and how it has evolved to present day practice.  Students will also learn how the popular culture has positively and negatively influenced the perception of forensic science among the general public.  The seminar will also examine the societal impact of forensic science and the potential for catastrophic outcomes when forensic science is practiced fraudulently or incompetently.  The importance of guarding against contextual bias in the pursuit of justice through science will be emphasized.  The societal impact of forensic science will be demonstrated through the accounts of victims and their families, police, attorneys, and those wrongly accused and convicted.  Finally, the societal expectations of a forensic scientist and how to properly prepare for such a career will be explored.   

FYS   131  Addictions Among Us:  Who/What is in Control of Me?

Students will be engaged to define and examine addictions in society.  Addictions influence human behavior and occur in many forms.  Addiction to substances, behaviors, and relationships create remarkable psychosocial issues for many individuals.  Limited control over behaviors including obsessive use of alcohol or illicit drugs, neurotic work or hobby devotion, binge eating, sexual activity, shopping, or gambling, fixation on the internet, media and gaming, and tendencies to foster unhealthy co-dependent relationships all represent consequential compulsions.  This course will include an exploration of individual dependence upon relationships, compulsive behaviors, and substances when navigating early and middle adulthood.  The dynamics of power and empowerment will be addressed on a personal, community, and broader societal context.

FYS   132  Introduction to the Entrepreneurial Mindset

In this course, students will be exposed to skills, which will support their ability to move entrepreneurial ideas forward. Students specifically will be exposed to the techniques of ideating to come up with innovative ideas and will be required to engage in activities, which will require them to step outside their comfort zone to become agile, a skill that is essential to developing an entrepreneurial mindset. 

FYS   133 Living a Logical Life

This course is an introduction to philosophy through topics found in classical and modern philosophical writings, such as the nature of truth and knowledge, mind and body, freedom and determinism, right and wrong, and the existence of God.  This will be done via an introduction to formal methods for evaluating deductive arguments. Topics include formal fallacies, decision procedures, translation of arguments to argument forms, and natural deduction proofs in propositional and predicate logic.

FYS  134   Energy Literacy for a Sustainable World

Often science is misrepresented in society.  To help solve this problem, we must strive to educate individuals about science.  In this seminar course, students will learn about different forms of renewable and nonrenewable energy, and relate energy use to their everyday lives through journaling and reflection.  Issues involving scientific literacy, sustainability, and environmental ethics will be explored by incorporation of videos and readings, which will be followed by in-class discussions.  Topics in local, national and international energy news will be discussed.  The course will conclude with students delivering presentations about how to educate the public about energy usage and sustainability. 








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