First Year Seminar | FYS

Welcome to Pacific’s First-Year Seminar, as or it is more commonly known, FYS, a course that introduces incoming students to college academic life and the skills needed for success in that life.  We keep FYS classes small, capped at 20, which allows our faculty to design a unique experience with new students in mind.  


FYS courses are topically diverse, ranging from discussions on animal rights to prison reform, but they all work to develop a foundation of learning that will prepare you for your four years at Pacific.  We seek to cultivate writing, reading and critical engagement at the college level, providing approaches on how to think more than what to think, which will empower you well beyond FYS.


FYS is also unique in that you have a say in your FYS topic, indicating your top five preferences if completed by June 1.  Also distinct to FYS are co-curricular events in Portland—attending plays, art exhibits, and other cultural riches distinct to a thriving urban center less than an hour away.  These, along with our summer reading program and FYS Final Showcase, provide a common learning experience for each incoming class.


Finally, each FYS section includes a First-Year Mentor, generally an upper-class student who acts as a liaison to campus services and as an advocate for first-year student success.  They, along with our faculty and staff, provide a wonderful support network for you, our newest Boxers. 


If you have any questions about FYS, please contact Brent Johnson at