First-Year Experience Courses

Check out the Fall 2020 FYE Courses here!

As you look through the first-year seminar and learning community course offerings, feel free to contact First-Year Experience at if you have questions about specific courses or course requirements. 

A First-Year Seminar (FYSE) is an academic course (3 credit hours) that explores special topics taught by outstanding faculty. 

Learning Communities (LC) link two academic courses (6-8 credit hours). Faculty teaching these courses work together to establish joint activities and common curriculum themes designed to explore the ways in which subjects are interrelated.

All FYE courses have an attached Synthesis Seminar (FYSS).  FYSS courses are not academic and are discussion based so students get the most out of the experience.  Upperclassmen serve as peer facilitators and lead weekly 50-minute synthesis seminars that introduce students to the College’s academic community. The synthesis seminar component offers the advantage of getting the perspective of and advice from a successful College of Charleston student.


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Painting Activity Using Renaissance Techniques: FYE Fall 2018