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The First Year

The First Year

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To see a sample schedule, visit
hofstra.edu/sampleschedule.
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The First Year
an integrated community — a personalized experience
 
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For a full list of seminars and clusters and their descriptions, go to
hofstra.edu/fyc
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The First Year
of college should be anextraordinary experience, a time when you explore new ideas,meet new friends and begin to find the path that’s right for you.Because no two students are alike, and because we want toensure that every new Hofstra student has a positive experience,we have developed unique first-year programs designed to easestudents into the life of the University. The first year at HofstraUniversity is full of possibilities. We are confident that one of these options will be right for you.
 
First-Year Seminars and Clusters, part o the
First-Year Connections
program, are integrated academic and extracurricular oerings that draw togetherstudents with similar interests.
Seminars
eature small, discussion-based classes;
clusters
are sets o interrelated courses that are designed to complement eachother. The idea is that students who take seminars or clusters together makeriends more quickly, orm study groups and generally have an easier timeadjusting to college. The courses you take in seminars and clusters all satisygeneral education requirements – no matter what Hostra school you eventuallyenroll in or what major you declare.
Hofstra University Honors College
allowshigh-achieving students the opportunity to discover their ull academicpotential. In the Honors College irst-year curriculum, called
Culture &Expression
, students explore the connections among disciplines andwork closely with some o the University’s most distinguished aculty.
School for University Studies
ocuses on servingstudents who have demonstrated their potential in nontraditional waysthrough a more intimate classroom setting and individual advisement –together with the ull resources o Hostra University.
Living/Learning Communities
are unique residentialoptions. Students who choose this residential experience live withother irst-year students who share their passion or politics, civic andsocial issues, health sciences, leadership, math/science/engineering,healthy living, environmental awareness, or the arts.The
Division of Student Affairs
oers awide range o services designed to amiliarize irst-yearstudents with the University and help them make themost o their college experience.
Hofstra’s Electronic Edge
Hostra is among the most technologically advancedcampuses in the country, where students usestate-o-the-art acilities and beneit romnumerous ree computing services.
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For a full list of seminars and clusters and their descriptions, go to
hofstra.edu/fyc
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To see a sample schedule, visit
hofstra.edu/sampleschedule.
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At Hostra, we want our irst-year students to eel at home, both academically and socially.
Seminars
and
clusters
 oeredthrough the First-Year Connections program address both parts o this goal.We oer 40 irst-year 
seminars
or all 2012. These are small classes, reserved or irst-year students, in which students work closely with a proessor on a topic in that proessor’s particular area o research and expertise. We have designed our
seminar
topicsto it every interest, rom art to global justice, rom dinosaurs to politics. All are designed to help you get to know New York City. In addition to seminar courses like these, we oer 11
clusters
– again, reserved or irst-year students – composed o introductory-level required courses and designed to be taken together. For example, a student may study slavery in America in a history course,while reading
 Huckleberry Finn
in the linked English class. In another
cluster
, students may take a business course in inormationtechnology, while studying ethics in a linked philosophy course. We have designed these 
clusters
o courses with a wide variety o majors in mind and, like the seminars, all are designed to help you get to know New York City. Whether you enroll in a
cluster
or
seminar
 – or, in some cases, both – you will satisy graduation requirements and, at the sametime, take the introductory courses in your eventual area o study. The ollowing pages describe some o the
seminars
and
clusters
 that are available or the all 2012 semester. Take a look at some o the courses you can experience in your irst year at Hostra.
Seminars:
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ANTHROPOLOGY:
Why Chimps Don’t Drive Ferraris
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ECONOMICS:
Macro Freakonomics
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FINE ARTS:
Leonardo da Vinci to Andy Warhol: Why Art andArtists Cause Trouble
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HISTORY:
Shop Till You Drop: Desire, Consumer Culture,and the Emergence o the Modern, 1860-1914
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MUSIC:
From iPod to Imax: Making Music on YourComputer
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PHILOSOPHY:
The Ghost in the Machine: Thinking About theSoul
 F i r s t - Ye a r  Co n nec t io n s 
a d ynamic academic and extracurricular program
"My first-year geology seminar not only helped me complete my science requirement, but it also provided a great start to my college career.The fact that the class size was so small and everyone else was also just starting collegemade it really easy to make friends. The field trips were a great way to see the city and get some hands-on learning. Looking back on it, I’mreally glad I chose that route instead of jumpinginto all regular classes."
— Amanjot Kaur, Class of 2013
I think what’s nice for students in theFirst-Year Connections program is that they all know each other as they go from class to class.They have a real sense of camaraderie.”
— Lisa Dresner
Assistant Professor of Writing Studies andComposition, Hofstra University
Clusters:
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F1: The Psychology of Everyday Life
 
Everyday lie is illed with complexities that range rom the minor to theextraordinary, including lie-altering choices that aect our relationships, careeroptions, health and well-being. Especially or irst-year college students, itmay seem that every aspect o lie requires thought and attention, all at the sametime. In this cluster, we examine psychological and philosophical approachesto the challenges o everyday lie. Issues include personal goals, conormity,stress, relationships, health-promoting versus health-damaging behaviors,sel-deception, and the role o morality and ethics in deining a good individuallie. Students are encouraged to think critically about the topics studied, tounderstand how they apply to their lives, and to express and examine theiropinions about current controversies.
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PSYCHOLOGY 1, Introduction to Psychology
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PHILOSOPHY 14, Introduction to Ethics
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COMPOSITION 1
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F2: Film and Philosophy
This cluster integrates introductory courses in ilm and philosophy with irst-yearcomposition. The ilm course introduces the basic language o ilmic expressionand the methodologies o ilm study, including their inluence on televisionand video. Emphasis is on ways o looking at ilms and television, the majorconcepts o theory, the various orms o ilm and television, and the techniquesthat determine visual styles. In the philosophy course students consider whetherilm is a passive mirror o a pre-existing reality, or whether we should think o itas possessing the power to actively construct a reality o its own. Can ilm bemorally or socially dangerous? In the composition course students will write ina variety o genres about their work in the other two courses.
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RADIO, TELEVISION, FILM 10, Introduction to Film and Television Study
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PHILOSOPHY 10, Introduction to Philosophy
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COMPOSITION 1
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F10: Pre-Health Sciences
Most medical, dental and veterinary schools require a solid oundation in science,particularly biology and chemistry. Ater all, organisms are massive collectionso biological molecules executing complex combinations o chemical reactionsin a highly controlled and regulated manner. This cluster explores generalchemistry, animal orm and unction, and the interplay between these disciplinesin the unction o organisms, particularly humans. Throughout the cluster, weconsider how various chemical and biological processes are related and inluencethe human condition.
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BIOLOGY 12, Animal Form and Function
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CHEMISTRY 3A, General and Inorganic Chemistry
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COMPOSITION 1
some of the courses you can experience
The environment that First-Year Connections provides is great!There were only 10-15 people in each seminar, so we all got to know oneanother and the professors really well. FYC is a great way to build relationships right from the beginning. I met one of my best friendsthrough being a part of FYC together, and I developed great relationshipswith the professors as well.”
— Chelsea Whitfield, Class of 2011
I am enrolled in the iPod to Imax first-year seminar. I have nothing but great comments about the class. The programorganizes smaller classes to help first-year students adapt to college life easier. I love the one-on-one interactionbetween classmates and professors, and the comfort of a smaller group, so I am not discouraged to ask questions.Furthermore, the FYC program offers unique programs for students, so they can get hands-on experience and knowledge in an area they didn't realize they had an interest in previously. Finally, I love the fact that these seminarscount toward distribution requirements needed to graduate from Hofstra. Nothing is greater than receiving credit for something you enjoy doing."
 Samara Shandler, Class of 2015

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