Sep 19, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1034 - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Discoveries for College and Beyond

Hours: 4
This first-year seminar is designed for students who are undecided or unsure about their choice of a major, and who are interested in exploring the many options available to them at Otterbein. However, we welcome anyone who finds themselves wrestling with important life decisions (major, career, personal visions) or transitions. We will begin by looking at issues of transition and life-decisions, employing the Common Book as a touch point. From there, we will move to a discussion about methods for managing transitions and personal decisions, and apply these methods to your personal transitions and decisions, including, but not limited to, choices of majors and careers. It is our hope that these discussions and activities will help you to identify and sharpen your understanding of your own interests, values, and skills, find interesting choices for majors, and find ways to deepen the significance of the course of study they choose—whether through the choice of a single major, the combination of two majors or of a major and minor, or the development of an individualized major. We are also interested in helping students to link the skills they develop in their pursuit of a University education with their post-graduation success after Otterbein. Your class instructors are a professor in the Department of English (and the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences), and a professor in the Department of Communication (who also teaches a course for seniors entitled “Connecting College to Career”) and we will be assisted by the Assistant Director of the Center for Career Planning. The class will employ methods from both English and Communication, and include instruction and practice in writing, interviewing, and oral presentations.