First-Year Seminar

First Year Seminar

A two-unit, year-long course will provide students with an engaged, supportive environment where they can make vital connections with a cohort of fellow students, their instructor, and key members of the campus community who can help ensure their success. Students in the course will be introduced to the themes and skills necessary for academic success and will begin planning for the futureA two-unit, year-long course will provide students with an engaged, supportive environment where they can make vital connections with a cohort of fellow students, their instructor, and key members of the campus community who can help ensure their success. Students in the course will be introduced to the themes and skills necessary for academic success and will begin planning for the future.

Goal 1. Demonstrate understanding of the support systems available and the expectations for successful engagement in and progress within a university degree program.

  • Outcome 1A. Students will demonstrate an understanding of their rights and responsibilities as a member of the CSUB community and be able to locate appropriate policies and procedures for successful progress to degree.
  • Outcome 1B. Students will demonstrate the ability to locate and access appropriate campus resources.
  • Outcome 1C. Students will engage in and reflect upon campus events and opportunities.

Goal 2. Students will articulate how they expect their foundational skills, other General Education coursework, major coursework, and minor coursework will help them attain their career and other life goals.

  • Outcome 2A. Students will develop an understanding of effective self-management skills in order to successfully progress towards a degree program.
  • Outcome 2B. Students will demonstrate the ability read and understand materials and to prepare for exams on those materials.
  • Outcome 2C. Students will demonstrate introductory level oral and written communication skills.

Goal 3. Students will articulate how they expect their foundational skills, other General Education coursework, major coursework, and minor coursework will help them attain their career and other life goals.

  • Outcome 3A. Students will identify career and other life goals.
  • Outcome 3B. Students will develop a 4-year academic roadmap to graduation that incorporates general education, major, and minor requirements.
  • Outcome 3C. Students will articulate how they expect their foundational skills and other general education coursework will help them attain their career and other life goals.
  • Outcome 3D. Students will articulate how they expect their major and minor coursework will help them attain their career and other life goals.

FYS Semester One Course Requirements

  1. The course must be 1000 level.
  2. The course is graded on an A/B/C/NC basis.
  3. At least one assignment requiring students to participate in and reflect upon a campus activity approved by the instructor will be included.
  4. An assignment requiring students to develop career and other life goals and showing how their major (and minor) coursework may facilitate those goals will be included.
  5. Runner Life will be required as a textbook and students will be assigned to read Chapters 1-x.
  6. Assignments from the Runner Reader will be required.
  7. Students will develop an outline and make at least one brief individual oral presentation.
  8. Assignments relating to the following skills will be required.
    • Marking and Annotating a Text.
    • Preparing to Read/Recording Ideas After Reading (e.g., KWL).
    • Taking Notes.
    • Generating Study Questions from a Text.

FYS Semester Two Course Requirements

  1. The course must be 1000 level.
  2. The course is graded on a A/B/C/NC basis.
  3. At least one assignment requiring students to participate in and reflect upon a campus activity approved by the instructor will be included.
  4. An assignment requiring students to develop career and other life goals and showing how skills-related and other AIMS coursework may facilitate those goals will be included.
  5. Runner Life will be required as a textbook and students will be assigned to read Chapters xx-xx.
  6. Assignments from the Runner Reader will be required.
  7. Students will develop and outline and make at least one brief group oral presentation.
  8. Assignments relating to the following skills will be required.
    • Summarizing a Text.
    • Levels of Inquiry/Questioning (e.g., Costa).
    • Group Discussion/Listening.


Contact Us

John Tarjan
LCF - GPS
Management & Marketing
Associate Professor
Phone: (661) 654-2321
Email: jtarjan@csub.edu

Paul Newberry
Faculty Director of General Education
Phone: (661)654-3934
Email: pnewberry@csub.edu

Melanie Silva
Administrative Support Assistant II
Phone: (661)654-3937
Email: msilva22@csub.edu

General Education Homepage

www.csub.edu/ge