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 nine seminars that create a supportive learning and service community. Approximately 20 students participate in each seminar during the fall of their first year. Current seminars are:

  • Marketing in a Global and Connected World, Ronald Goodstein, Ph.D.
  • Who Are You? Individual Differences and Workplace Performance, Michael O'Leary, Ph.D.

  • Grand Strategy: Conceptual Foundations in Strategic Thought, Arthur Dong, J.D.
  • Patterns of Global Commerce, Charles J. Skuba, MBA
  • Competing in a Flat World, Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.
  • International Trade: The Insiders, Michael Czinkota, Ph.D.
  • The Business of Anthropology: Daniela Brancaforte, Ph.D.
  • An Exercise in Leadership: Jesuit Practices for Decision-Making and Organization Management: Rev. Bryant M. Oskvig, MBA, M.DIV.

  • Markets, Business, and Government in Global Economy: Dennis P. Quinn, Ph.D.

  • Entrepreneurship and the Jesuit Tradition: Jeff Reid, MBA

  • Heroes and Villains: Character and Leadership in a Global Context, Robert J. Bies, Ph.D.
  • The Real Estate Game, Matthew Cypher, Ph.D., and Thomas Cooke, J.D.

Read more in the First Year Seminar brochure.