This is the 2017-18 list

The list for 2018-19 FYS selection will be available in April 2018

FYS 199 is a 2-credit course focusing on community-building; engaged, active learning; and the development of information literacy skills. Its mission is to prepare you to be discerning readers and critical thinkers as citizens in an information-overwhelmed world!


If you’ve been accepted into the Honors Program you must choose this great offering!

HONRS 199-01: Exploring Appalachia and HONRS 111-01 Honors Literature Learning Community!

Faculty: Dr. Mike Tager, Political Science; Dr. Bev Hogue, English
The federal government considers thirty-two counties in southern Ohio, including the county Marietta College resides in, part of Appalachia. This course attempts to increase our understanding of the region by examining its people, culture, history, environment, and economy. We will also explore Appalachian stereotypes and their impact. We will conclude by assessing what relationship the College has, and could or should have, with the region. The course will use readings, videos, guest speakers, and some local resources. This course is only for students who have been selected into the Honors Program.

major oriented courses

the following courses provide an introduction to a major and are only for those who have been accepted into the designated major

PETR 101: Engineering Reasoning

Faculty: Dr. Susan Peterson (PETR 101-01); Prof. Tina Thomas (PETR 101-02); Dr. Ben Ebenhack (PETR 101-03)
This course will provide students with an overview of energy production and of engineering in upstream oil and gas operations. Engineers are required to reason through complex engineering issues by application of critical thinking skills applied with the appropriate intellectual disposition. Specific student learning outcomes for this course include increased understanding and application of critical thinking skills and an increased awareness of the ethical implications
often associated with decision making. Enrollment in this course is limited to ACCEPTED, DECLARED Petroleum Engineering majors.

FYS 199-01: The Medical Profession on TV and Film

Faculty: Prof. Jaclyn Schwieterman, Athletic Training
Do you enjoy House and Greys? Have you seen the movie Concussion or John Q? This course will use both popular TV shows and movies to explore the medical field. Students will learn to watch these shows and movies from a Healthcare Professional's point of view--and start to think like a Health Care Professionals themselves. Topics will include ethics, terminology, laws, and the impact of medical professionals’ decisions. Enrollment in this course is limited to those who are majoring in Athletic Training.

First Year Seminar Courses



FYS 199-02: pioneering comedy

Faculty: Dr. Bev Hogue, English
Students will take comedy seriously as they consider what authors as diverse as Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker and topics as far-reaching as the Onion’s “fake news” and cross-cultural stupid jokes tell us about the ways that comedy can build barriers or bridges, enhance or inhibit communication, incite or defuse violence.

FYS 199-03: Creating Spectacle: Engaging in Live Entertainment

Faculty: Prof. David Makuch, Theater
Spectacle has been a mainstay in live events, from ancient flying cranes to modern multimedia. Continual advances in technology mean that engaging and interactive experiences have become the norm in live shows as diverse as rock concerts and Super Bowl halftime, Broadway and Wrestlmania. Participants in this class will be exposed to a number of live events, and will explore personal experience and public perception of live events. With backstage tours and an inside look at some of the tech, you won’t want to miss this opportunity!

FYS 199-04: Bringing Saxy Back: An Overview of the History of Jazz

Faculty: Dr. Andy Francis, Music
The influence of jazz on popular music is undeniable. Everyone from Dave Matthews to Bruno Mars to Lady Gaga has been, in one way or another, influenced by this art form. Though Jazz is still quite popular in Europe and parts of Asia, the genre has lost the status it once had in the United States. This class will equip participants to be informed consumers of the medium, as well as explain the culture that birthed the music. Class discussion topics will include, “Jelly Roll Morton: The Pianist and the Pimp,” “Charlie Parker and Heroin,” and, “On the Corner, Bitches Brew, and other affectionate Miles Davis albums,” among others.

Looking for an Interesting course that will get you thinking about the Human Experience—and understanding yourself and culture in new ways?


FYS 199-05: Literature and Contemporary Issues

Faculty: Steve Rader, Communication
Far too often, our attitudes toward contemporary issues are driven by emotion rather than reason. Rather than developing a position based on careful and objective consideration, we tend either to accept as true what others have said or to choose a position based on emotion. In this class, we will use short literary works to explore contemporary issues, many of which the students in the class choose. We will challenge ourselves to understand characters, authors, and our own perspectives. In order to do so, we will examine and evaluate informational sources to help us clarify our own views and enhance our ability to explain them clearly and objectively.

FYS 199-06: Exploring the American Environmental Movement

Faculty: Dr. Tim Catalano, English
Do you enjoy being outside? Have you ever wondered how people develop different attitudes toward the environment? This FYS section examines the historic and cultural origins of the American environmental movement, and connects its evolution to its social context. We’ll look at conservation, preservation, urban reform, environmental activism of the 1960s, the environmental justice movement, and current environmental movements that take a global perspective. As part of the course students will read and analyze Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a text often seen as foundational to the modern environmental movement and (named one of the 25 greatest science books by the editors of Discover Magazine).

FYS 199-07: Rock On! The History of Rock and Roll

Faculty: Prof. Lori Smith, Communication
This course introduces students to the social, cultural, economic, and stylistic history of rock and roll music, starting with its roots and early development in the 1950s to the fragmented genre that it is today. Rock music evolved among many different ethnic and social groups and its convergence of musical styles can be traced from the drumbeats out of Africa to the American Delta and its migration north. Although it is difficult to define because of the blurring of musical boundaries and continued evolution, this music changed the world and contributed to social change during the civil rights, anti-war, and women’s rights movements.

FYS 199-08: Harry Potter and the Liberal Arts

Faculty: Dr. Katy McDaniel, History
Explore the liberal arts through the study of the world of Harry Potter. Students will engage with critical examinations of the Harry Potter books, movies, and fandom in order to see how different disciplines (Humanities, Arts, Social Science, Science) approach this rich material. The course will emphasize how Harry's, Hermione's, and Ron's journey toward knowledge and self-sufficiency serves as a model for the values, experiences, and goals of a liberal arts education. (Students should be familiar with the books before beginning the class).

FYS 199-09: Marietta Lives

Faculty: Dr. Matt Young, History
Which student led an effort to cut the campus power bill by 40% during the 1970s energy crisis? Which alumnus founded the American League in professional baseball? Who were the first women to graduate from Marietta College? Which graduate went on to help develop polio vaccines for the National Institute of Health? In “Marietta Lives,” students will work in the college's archive to research the life and times of a notable alumnus from Marietta's "Long Blue Line." Students will write a short biography on their subject, and then do further research to provide useful background on an important aspect of their subject’s life. The course will conclude with a presentation that blends the two assignments together into a final research paper and presentation.



FYS 199-10: Beyond The Lines of Sports: A behind-the-scenes look at event production and untold stories in the sport industry

Faculty: Prof. Rick Smith, Business and Economics
This freshman seminar reviews and puts into practice basic event principles of sport, including marketing, facility management, event production, game scripting, and other game day production elements. We will use in-class assignments; guest speakers; films; and hands-on-learning to understand what goes on “behind the lines”; develop an understanding of professionalism in the sports management field; and work together to accomplish projects and initiatives that help build a sport brand and produce results for a sports team.

FYS 199-11: AI/Big Data/Cybersec

Faculty: Dr. Bob VanCamp, Information Systems
How does the Internet use tracking to know which products we want to purchase? How do identity theft and phishing happen? Is it possible for a computer to learn right from wrong? In this class, we will use discussion and hands-on activities (Turing Tests, Neural Network Creation, Network Simulations, Google Analytics, etc.) to address the “hows” and “whys” of those questions and to explore the connections between Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Cybersecurity.

FYS 199-12: Think Like a Scientist!

Faculty: Dr. Cavendish McKay, Physics
The modern scientific approach to understanding the world, which took shape in the 16th and 17th centuries, has been tremendously successful in extending the length and improving the quality of human life. Today, many questions of health, public policy, and technological innovation require scientific reasoning to answer correctly. In this class we will address such questions as:

  • What does it mean for an idea to be "scientific"?
  • How do scientists think about evidence and proof?
  • What is a consensus?
  • How do scientific revolutions happen?
  • What kinds of questions fall outside the bounds of science?
  • What are the ethical implications of scientific research?

We will learn some techniques for evaluating evidence, and apply those techniques to some questions of current social interest.