First Year Seminar

The First Year Seminar (FYS) Program is an exciting way for first-year students at Georgetown McDonough to investigate the nature of scholarship, think about important ideas in business, and achieve intellectual and personal growth. It is an opportunity for students to embrace learning and engage in discussions with their peers while exploring topics ranging from the evolution of business enterprise to patterns of global commerce.

Throughout the program, students develop a mentoring relationship with faculty and strengthen critical academic reading and writing skills. Even though the focus is on business principles and foundational knowledge, substantive intellectual links to the study of global leadership and public policy are emphasized.

These seminars also provide a platform to learn more about government and nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. The FYS Program offers seven seminars that create a supportive learning and service community. Approximately 20 students participate in each seminar during the fall of the first year.

The fall 2013 seminars include:

Ideas, Institutions and the Evolution of Business Enterprise
Why Forecasts Fail
Marketing for Global Social Change
Grand Strategies: Conceptual Foundations in Strategic Thought
Patterns in Global Commerce
Competing in a Flat World
The Ethics of Entrepreneurship