FYI Communities

The Freshman Year Initiative

The Freshman Year Initiative is a unique program that brings entering students together in two paired courses, often on a related topic, for their first semester at Queens College. Most students begin their freshman year with FYI.

There are two courses in every FYI Community:

  1. A General Education course that fulfills a CUNY-Pathways requirement.
  2. English 110: College Writing. (This is a college-wide requirement.) Instructors select topics as a thematic focus for the course. These topics are often aligned with the general education courses with which they're paired.

FYI Learning Communities for Fall 2016

Accounting 101 + English 110 Topic: Religion

Anthropology 101 + English 110 Topics: Cultural Identity & Visual World

Anthropology 102 + English 110 Topics: Comedy/Satire & NYC

Art History 1 + English 110 Topic: The Visual World

Astronomy 1 + English 110 Topic: The Planet 

Biology 11 + English 110 Topic: TBD

Chemistry 113 + English 110 Topic: Higher Education

Computer Science 100 + English 110 Topic: NYC

Dance 150 + English 110 Topic: Visual World

Drama 100 + English 110 Topic: American Dreams

Environmental Science 100 + English 110 Topic: TBD

FNES 163 + English 110 Topics: Food & American Dreams

Geology 101 + English 110 Topic: Higher Education

History 101 + English 110 Topic: Religion

History 104 + English 110 Topic: Cultural Identity

Italian 45 + English 110 Topic: Cultural Identity

LCD 101 + English 110 Topic: Beauty

Music 1 + English 110 Topics: Visual World & Celebrity Culture

Philosophy 104 + English 110 Topic: Memory

Psychology 101 + English 110 Topic: Creativity

Sociology 101 + English 110 Topics: Celebrity Culture

Urban Studies 101 + English 110 Topics: NYC & Poverty/Privilege

Urban Studies 103 + English 110 Topic: NYC

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