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First-Year Studies is now accepting proposals for 129 Freshman Seminars to be offered during the spring semester.

These one-credit seminars are small, discussion-based courses that allow the professor to design a class around a topic of personal interest. Faculty instructors must be tenured or tenure-track. Faculty will receive research stipends for their participation in the program.

FYS 129 seminars are designed to connect students with UT faculty through an engaging topic early in their academic career. Each seminar has no more than eighteen students. Students are encouraged to choose seminar titles or seminar faculty that could benefit their career goals and interests. Recent topics have included the Science of Basketball Shooting, Free Musical Improvisation, and Atheism, Evolution, and Terrorism.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty from all colleges are encouraged to submit proposals so 129 course offerings reflect the diversity of scholarship on campus.

“There are no set restrictions on topics,” said Jason Mastrogiovanni, director of First-Year Programs. “FYS 129 aims to engage students in a manner that excites them and encourages participation. If the exploration of your topic can do that, you should consider submitting a proposal.”

View a list of prior seminars and 129 course books with detailed descriptions here.

If you are interested in proposing an FYS 129 seminar please visit the First-Year Studies website. Course proposals will be given priority consideration, if received by October 1.

Questions? Contact Jason Mastrogiovanni at or 974-3523