Welcome to First-Year Seminars

First-year seminar (FYSM) courses are small classes (usually with 30 students) designed to give students the opportunity to discuss and research topics of interest in a core subject area. Most university students are in their third or fourth year of study before they have the opportunity to take seminar courses. As a Carleton University Bachelor of Arts (BA) student, you are provided with this experience at the first-year level through enrolment in your First-Year Seminar.

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), B.Cog.Sc. (Bachelor of Cognitive Science), B. Econ. (Bachelor of Economics), B.G.In.S. (Bachelor of Global and International Studies) and B.CoMs (Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies) students are eligible to take a maximum of 1.0 credit in FYSM courses (one 1.0 credit FYSM or two 0.5 credit FYSMs). They can only register in a FYSM while they have first-year standing in their program. To learn more about the B.A., take a look at the Bachelor of Arts website and the Viewbook.