First-Year Seminar (FYS) at Azusa Pacific University is designed to further develop student identities as scholars and learners, introducing academic skills such as information literacy and critical thinking, and helping students connect APU experiences to exploration of meaning and purpose.
Students also garner peer support by participating in 8-12-member Alpha Groups as part of the First-Year Seminar design. The 24-student seminar size offers opportunities for 2-3 Alpha Groups to combine and interact in class as well as during weekly meetings. First-Year Seminar provides the foundation for the newly revised General Education curriculum, and all new students are required to enroll, except for those in the Honors College, who have their own seminars. The course fulfills General Education requirements and has no prerequisites.
FYS is a 3-unit course designed to introduce students to academic success strategies and foster a sense of belonging at APU through engagement in curricular and cocurricular life on campus. FYS is formed around a broad, interdisciplinary topic or question that fosters student engagement in critical thinking, communication skills, information literacy, and cultural awareness. The course is also intended to help students:
- clarify personal purpose, meaning, and direction.
- develop skills to enhance wellness and spiritual formation.
- promote campus engagement and utilization of campus resources.
First-Year Seminar reflects APU’s Four Cornerstones of Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service.