First Year Seminar | FYS

The First-Year Seminar (FYS) Program at Pacific University introduces incoming students to college academic life and the skills needed for success in that life. It is a humanities-based course in its content, intended to engage students in the task of personal and cultural critique, and designed to provide a common learning experience for the entire first-year class.

FYS Program Goals

  • To provide first-year students with the necessary academic skills to help them transition successfully to college
  • To provide a common experience and community to introduce them to campus life.

While incoming students share common goals within the FYS program, students will be exposed to a variety of teaching methods and approaches by dedicated faculty. We hope first-year students, parents, and faculty will find this website useful in discovering more about Pacific's First-Year Seminar. If you have further questions, please contact the program's director, Brent Johnson, at 503-352-3035 or email