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First-Year Seminars and First-Year Launch courses are designed and structured for incoming first-year students with no prior college experience. Students join distinguished faculty members who are active scholars and accomplished teachers in small classes that offer an introduction to the intellectual life of the University. Students will focus on how scholars pose problems, discover truths, resolve controversies, and evaluate knowledge, and how to explore a specific questions or issues in depth (FYS), or learn foundations of a long-term sequence of study (FYL).

First-Year Seminars go beyond the traditional lecture and discussion format. They invite students to explore new and old ideas, engage with complex issues, and become active learners through inquiry, analysis, discovery, and action.

How can a first-year student make the best transition to college and share the excitement of Carolina’s intellectual life?

Students and faculty agree: enroll in a first-year seminar.