First & Second Year Seminars Program

"You can't call it a seminar if the professor is doing all the talking."-Patrick Pynes, Professor of Comparative Cultural Studies and FYS Instructor

The First and Second Year Seminars Program brings the best faculty, teachers, and scholars on campus together with highly motivated first year students to explore rich and engaging topics based upon faculty research, scholarship, interests, and current issues. Through this experience, undergraduate research is pursued from the beginning of students’ careers, communities are established among Seminar students, strong mentoring relationships are formed with Seminar faculty, and increased numbers of students are retained from the first year into the second year.

The aspiration of the Program is that the Seminar becomes a signature experience for first year students at Northern Arizona University.

Kevin Ketchner
Director, First and Second Year Learning 


Please check out our Master Calendar for important events and dates!