First Year Seminar Courses are reserved for students in the Program for Exploratory Studies. This is not a program in the College of Engineering and students rostered in an Engineering major cannot enroll in these courses. 

First-Year Seminar courses (FYSM) are small (19 or fewer students), and are meant to build relationships between faculty and students while exploring unique topics students may not find elsewhere on campus. First-Year Seminar courses are managed centrally on campus, and students within the College of Engineering & Applied Science are sometimes able to register for them.

Not all FYSM courses will count towards a degree in the College of Engineering & Applied Science. It is important students understand how a First-Year Seminar course will fit into their degree program. If FYSM courses are approved to apply toward a degree in the College of Engineering, it will come in as lower division Humanities & Social Science credit. Please see the list below to learn which FYSM courses are approved for Humanities & Social Science credit within the College of Engineering & Applied Science.

If an FYSM course is not listed below, a student can still take the course, but it may not apply directly to their degree. Please consult your academic advisor, should you have any questions pertaining to FYSM courses. Note that the list below is only for the College of Engineering & Applied Science. If you are a student in another college on campus (Arts & Sciences, Business, etc) you will need to verify how these credits are applied within those programs.

The FYSM 1000 sections below are approved for H&SS credit for CEAS majors. Keep in mind these are not availabe for current students admitted to the College of Engineering. If, however, you were an Exploratory Studies student in Fall 2021 or Fall 2022 and subsequently transfer to the College of Engineering, you may use this list to determine how your course work will count towards an Engineering degree:
  • Section 003, Class Nbr 24741.  Monsters and Heroes: Exploring Good and Evil in Film
  • Section 007, Class Nbr 34081. Mixed Race America: or Why the US Looks the Way it Does
  • Section 018, Class Nbr 24720.  The Evolution of Streets: Understanding Mobility and Cities
  • Section 020, Class Nbr 24753. What is College Good For? CU Boulder and the Philosophy of Higher Education
  • Section 031, Class Nbr 24718.  Gandhi and Meditation: Practicing Peace Inside and Out
  • Section 043, Class Nbr 24746.  Game of Thrones and the Logic of Political Survival.   

The FYSM 1000 sections below are approved for H&SS credit for CEAS majors:

Section 003, Class Nbr 24695.  Monsters and Heroes in Film

Section 004, Class Nbr 33490. The Modern Short Story.

Section 005, Class Nbr 33539.  Museums Saving the World.  

Section 006, Class Nbr 33547.  Persuasive Storytelling. 

Section 012, Class Nbr 24698.  Witchcraft in Europe and US

Section 013, Class Nbr 24699.  Women's Voices in Italy. 

Section 018, Class Nbr 24669.  Streets: Evolution of Mobility.  

Section 019, Class Nbr 24703.  The Pursuit of Happiness

Section 021, Class Nbr 24662.  Revolutions in the Earth Sciences. 

Section 022, Class Nbr 24663.  Museums and Influence

Section 030, Class Nbr 33489.  America at the Movies

Section 031, Class Nbr 24666.  Gandhi, Meditation and Peace

Section 032, Class Nbr 24667.  Why Be Moral?

Section 040, Class Nbr 24673.  Heroism:  Iliad to Blade Runner.  

Section 043, Class Nbr 24711.  Game of Thrones:  Survival.

Section 045, Class Nbr 24675. Race and Citizenship.  

Section 048, Class Nbr 41617. Astronauts & Innovators. 

Section 049, Class Nbr 24677.  Comic Books & Public Pedagogy. 

Section 050, Class Nbr 24678.  Evil, Illusions, & Androids.

Section 051, Class Nbr 24679.  Human Rights, Rites of Passage

Section 800, Class Nbr 24694.  Designing the Renaissance

Section 802, Class Nbr 34708.  Technology:  Mirror of Society

SPAN 1000.  Section 001, Class Nbr 20982.  Cultural Difference Through Hispanic Literature.


Fall 2019 First-Year Seminar Courses Approved for the College of Engineering & Applied Science:





28944 003 Imagining Good and Evil in Film E. Anderman
24458 008 Good Men are Hard to Find J. Whitt
24461 011 Visual Literacy and Drawing T. Alpern
32996 012 Witchcraft in Premodern Europe and America C. Dauverd
32997 013 The Vietnam Wars in Film, Literature, Music and Memory S. Dike
32999 016 Radically Modern P. Greaney
33000 017 Native American Visualities P. Kelsey
24474 018 Art and the Revolution of Life A. Abiragi
33001 019 The Pursuit of Happiness

C. Kunce

24464 021 Post Apocalyptic Fiction/Film J. DE Shell
24465 022 Asia Travels: Self and Other J. Berry
24466 023 How to Think About Sex D. Boonin
33004 026 How Should One Live?

M. Lee

33006 029 Global Citizenship

A. Papuzza

24470 031 Gandhi, Meditation and Peace C. Comstock
24471 032 Why Be Moral? B. Talbot
33010 033 Social Effects of Technology, Society, Past & Present D. Paradis
33012 036 Ideas of India: Intellectual Legacies of Saints, Scholars and Scoundrels R. Parson
24476 037 Liberty - Political Revolution J. Hodge
33014 038 Science and Art in an Interdisciplinary World J. Pérez-Gallego
24479 040 Heroism: Iliad to Blade Runner H. Fredricksmeyer
33030 042 East Asian Comic Cultures E. Shih
33031 043 Games of Thrones: Survival  A. Shin
24483 045 Race and Citizenship S. Sohi
33038 046 America Compared: The Greatest Country in the World? S. Steinmo
24484 047 Immigrant Colorado V. Hulden
24496 048 Astronauts and Innovators G. Siarheichyk
24498 049 Comic Books and Public Pedagog J. Stevens
24499 050 Evil, Illusions and Androids: Uncertainty in Literature, Philosophy and Film L. Shizuko Stone
24500 051 Human Rights, Rites of Passage M. Yamashita
33043 052 Headwaters: Going Upriver in Literature and Film T. Levi Thompson
37105 057 Origins of Racism A. Prieto
35054 001

Playing Politics: Violence, Institutions, and Memory

This seminar has a required trip abroad, to Paris, France, which will occur in January 2020. See more here.

35057 002

Designing the Renaissance

This seminar has a required trip abroad, to Florence, Italy, which would occur in January 2020. See more here

A. Lange

If a student has previously completed a First-Year Seminar Course and wants to see if it was approved for Engineering Humanities & Social Science credit, please view the Historical List of FYSM courses for CEAS Students.