Q:Can you take an honors fys if you aren't in the honors program?
Again, these were open to Honors students early. So you should be able to register for them now. If it tells you that you need department consent- e-mail the professor and express your interest!
Q:Can I take more than one FYS?
Typically, you are limited to one, and you will not be allowed to enrolled in a FYS for the spring semester if you’re enrolled in the fall until a certain date. I don’t think first-years are allowed more than one FYS in a semester.
If a first year student didn’t take an FYS in the fall, they get the first chance to take one in the Spring- followed by students who already took one. There are usually some left over, so definitely don’t give up on it in the Spring even if you took one in the fall. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from an experienced professor.
As for being in two at a time, I heard that this actually is possible. They need to fill up seats in the FYSs, so if there’s one that just wont fill, you can take it even if you’re already enrolled in one. It’s rare that this will happen, especially first semester, but it can’t hurt to try.
Q:Hey .. I keep reading about FYS, but I don't know what that is? I feel dumb =/
Don’t feel dumb! There are LOTS of acronyms all around campus so sometimes it’s easy to not know. We’ve got you!
FYS stands for First Year Seminar. These classes are small sections (usually no more than 24 students) of first-years in a seminar setting. Discussion is key in these classes because of their small size. There are first year seminars in multiple departments.
Q:This one FYS says it counts for FOUR of the requirements. Is that even possible? I take ONE class and it gets me out of FOUR different requirements? O_o
Yes, it is, in fact, entirely possible. A lot of students aim for classes like that when making their schedule.
It’s definitely something worth looking at, but if it’s like….ancient Chinese literature, and you have absolutely no interest in that, then maybe consider looking at something else.