First-Year Seminar (FP 0006)

Explore a focused topic you are interested in by reading selected texts, writing papers, and participating in classroom discussions. First-Year Seminar (FP 0006) is a dynamic, three-credit course for first-year students that fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement.

Spring Term 2204

Class Number Day(s) Time Theme
24651 Monday and Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Fun & Games
24652 Monday and Wednesday 3:00-4:15 p.m. The Urban Idea

Fun & Games
Class Number 24651
Mondays and Wednesdays
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

What is fun? Why do we play? Is it an escapist distraction? Or is play an important element to development and health? What makes certain types of activities (like counting or problem-solving) fun in the context of a game; but in the context of work, the same activities are considered mind-numbing or drudgery?  Using the twin pillars of theory and experience as our guides, in this course we will write to understand the role of fun and games in our lives. No previous game experience necessary, but students should be game to try new things.

The Urban Idea
Class Number 24652
Mondays and Wednesdays
3:00-4:15 p.m.

"What is a city? This course will explore the many possible answers to that and other questions which investigate the nature of urban places. We will consider the urban idea in its past, present, and future incarnations and take a look at urban issues related to ethnicity/class/culture, gentrification, urban planning and architecture, sustainability and environment, etc. Those questions will be asked through a series of reading/writing assignments paired with experiential explorations of the city of Pittsburgh. Through individual and group research/collaboration, we’ll develop our interests in cities and connect our academic community to the diverse communities around us, giving us the opportunity to understand our city (and others) in potentially novel and enlightening ways."