The First-Year Seminar is a prominent part of Carleton University’s course offerings for incoming students to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Cognitive Science, Bachelor of Global and International Studies, Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies and Bachelor of Economics. Students are strongly encouraged to check regulations pertaining to first-year seminar registration on the First-year Seminar site.

If you are taking a First Year Seminar (FYSM), please note that you can only register in, and receive credit for, one FYSM. The FYSM can either be in your major, or in a discipline that is of interest to you.

What is a First-Year Seminar?
University seminar courses are small classes 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 B.A., B.Cog.Sc., B.GInS., B.CoMS or B.Econ. student, you are provided with this experience at the first-year level through enrolment in your first-year seminar (FYSM).

More information, and a list of First-year Seminar courses and topics, can be found on the First-year Seminar site. You may also be interested in viewing this short video explaining why you should take a First Year Seminar.