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SEPTEMBER 16

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 vaccines are available to all groups in PA. Review the fall 2021 return to campus protocols and let LVC know when you are fully vaccinated.

Overview

Your FYE will develop your critical thinking and communication skills, while also supporting you through your transition into college life. FYE classes have two components: first, a core 3-credit class focused on traditional academic skills like writing and analysis, and, second, a companion 1-credit class focused on transitional skills like coping with stress, planning for your career, managing time, and understanding major and general education (here called “Constellation”) requirements. Transfer students will take a different version of this 1-credit class that is tailored to supporting their successful transition to LVC.

Your FYE will provide you not only with the skills necessary to succeed academically at LVC, but also the community and relationships necessary to thrive here so that you will be ready to take advantage of the many opportunities LVC offers. 

Students who have not earned prior FYE credit through transfer credit, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate coursework, must take FYE 111 First-Year Experience I and FYE 111C (FYE Companion).

Please take a few minutes to review the FYE requirements and sections that are scheduled for Fall 2021. You will make your FYE selections in advance of New Student Advising, which begins in May.

FYE Requirements

  • FYE 111 First-Year Experience I and FYE 111C FYE Companion (4 credits) are required in the first semester for first-year or transfer students who have not previously satisfied FYE 111 due to transfer credit (as indicated on a transfer evaluation form), Advanced Placement, or international Baccalaureate credit (indicated on transfer evaluation, above, if information has been provided). If you are unsure whether you will be awarded FYE 111 credit, you should register for FYE 111 and the Registrar's Office will change your registration later, if necessary.
  • Both FYE 112 First-Year Experience II (3 credits) and FYE 112C Intro. to the First-Year Experience Companion (1 credit) must be taken by first-year or transfer students who have received prior credit for FYE 111.
  • FYE 113 (only) must be taken by transfer students who have received prior credit for FYE 111 and 112.
  • Students pursuing a second bachelor's degree are exempt from taking any FYE course.

FYE 111 First-Year Experience I (4 credits) – General-Purpose Courses

The following courses are open to all students who are required to take FYE 111, and who are not assigned to one of the special-purpose sections.

FYE-111-08 To the Ends of the Earth

Why are human beings fascinated with the unknown and the dangerous? Why will some people take enormous risks in the world's most forbidding environments, just to reach the extreme limits of human endurance? This seminar invites students into the story of polar expeditions and the often-fatal attraction that exploration as organized risk-taking exerts on our fellow humans. Will skill, luck, organizing ability, and determination combine to find the fabled Northwest Passage, win the races to be first at the North and South Poles, and come back alive, or will carelessness, lack of foresight, and character flaws be exposed ruthlessly and lead to defeat, disgrace, destruction, and even (shudder!) cannibalism?

Instructor: K. Pry
Day/Time: MWF  9-9:50am
Companion: F  8-8:50am

FYE-111-12 Adapt, Survive

Writers and creators often adapt traditional stories, retelling them for new generations, new audiences, and new purposes. This class will study texts and various adaptations of them, across books, films, and television series, exploring and analyzing the effects of adaptation. By considering combinations of texts like Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Thief and the 2021 Netflix adaptation Lupin, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and adaptations ranging from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to The Lion King, and others, we’ll investigate what is added, what is emphasized, and what continues to speak to us across differing iterations of the story. 

Instructor: H. Wendt
Day/Time: MWF  2-2:50pm
Companion: M  3-3:50pm

FYE-111-14 Race in the 21st Century

In this seminar, we will investigate race as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon in the contemporary United States. By examining a variety of materials, including television, film, novels, and essays (e.g., Dear White People, Black Panther, Underground Railroad, Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility) we will analyze how the concept of race is perceived, experienced, challenged, and constructed in this historical moment. First semester will focus on history and theory. Themes and topics to be covered in FYE 111 include race and identity, and race and social relations.

Instructor: C. Romagnolo
Day/Time: MW  2-3:20pm
Companion: Th 8:30-9:20am

FYE-111-15 Race in the 21st Century

In this seminar, we will investigate race as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon in the contemporary United States. By examining a variety of materials, including television, film, novels, and essays (e.g., Dear White People, Black Panther, Underground Railroad, Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility) we will analyze how the concept of race is perceived, experienced, challenged, and constructed in this historical moment. First semester will focus on history and theory. Themes and topics to be covered in FYE 111 include race and identity, and race and social relations.

Instructor: C. Romagnolo
Day/Time: MW  3-4:20pm
Companion: M 8-8:50am

FYE-111-18 Once Upon a Time: Adaptations

And they lived happily ever after…

Whether there be ogres, monsters, princes, witches, talking frogs, evil stepmothers, or magic beans; almost every fairy tale has one thing in common - the happily ever after. But if fairy tales are the stuff of childhood why do they crop up in the adult world through films like the steam punk gore rendition of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters or the feminist retelling Maleficent, procedural TV shows like Grimm and Beauty and the Beast, or ads for Chanel No.5 and Adidas? We will explore the frame narratives of the "classic" fairy tales of the Grimm brothers and Charles Perrault in the hands of twentieth-century writers to reflect on modern renditions of the "ever after" myth. The class will investigate the validity of fairytales in an era of reworkings and adaptations through various readings, music videos, films, ads, etc.

Instructor: S. Bhattacharya
Day/Time: TTH  9:30-10:50am
Companion: T  8:30-9:20am

FYE-111-22 Punk

Noise, rage, rebellion—this is the ethos of punk. For nearly 50 years, punk has endured as both an aggressive form of rock and roll and a subculture of non-conformity. This course explores the history and ideology of punk rock from 1970 to 1991, the year Nirvana catapulted into the mainstream and injected the underground aesthetic of buzzing guitars and frayed clothes into popular culture. We also examine the countercultural origins of punk in the art, music, and literature of the dada movement (1920s) and the beat generation (1950s). By learning about the ways that punk has built on the ideals of individuality and authenticity, students gain insight into the modern mediascape and its deep connection to our own identity. 

Instructor: M. Pittari
Day/Time: TTH  2-3:20pm
Companion: W 3-3:50pm

FYE-111-24 Gender and Politics in Film

This class is designed to explore the intersections of politics and gender representations in cinema. Through major motion pictures and independent films from around the world, such as Philadelphia, Boys Don’t Cry, Roma, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, we will discuss social constructions of gender and wider cultural and political issues. By using resources from an array of disciplines including history, political theory, and cultural studies, we will examine the various ways in which gender stereotypes shape politics and society.

Instructor: C. Yuce
Day/Time: TTH 12:30-1:50pm
Companion: W  3:00-3:50pm

FYE-111-25 Gender and Politics in Film

This class is designed to explore the intersections of politics and gender representations in cinema. Through major motion pictures and independent films from around the world, such as Philadelphia, Boys Don’t Cry, Roma, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, we will discuss social constructions of gender and wider cultural and political issues. By using resources from an array of disciplines including history, political theory, and cultural studies, we will examine the various ways in which gender stereotypes shape politics and society.

Instructor: C. Yuce
Day/Time: TTH 2:00-3:20pm
Companion: M  8:00-8:50am

FYE 112 First-Year Experience II (3-4 credits)

The following courses are open to first-year students who are required to take FYE 112 (3 credits). A 1-credit FYE 112C companion course is also required.

FYE-112-01 Civilization As We Know It

Beer, wine, and bread. Civilization would not have developed without these everyday items. Ancient peoples may not have known it, but all of these items are products of biotechnology. Today, biotechnology influences our health, what we eat, what we wear, how we heat our homes, and many other things we take for granted. In this three-credit First Year Experience II (FYE 112) course, you can expect to engage in intellectual inquiry. The primary focus of this course is on writing, with a secondary focus on critical reading. In this seminar-style course, you will read, discuss, and write about various aspects of biotechnology - its origins, its history, how it has influenced our evolution and continues to cause significant reason for introspection and debate in our society. Formulating ideas, developing arguments, and writing well-researched, information-supported essays are foundational skills that are essential for your success at LVC and beyond.

Instructor: W. Patton
Day/Time: MWF 9-9:50am
Companion: W 12-12:50pm

FYE-112-02 The American Dream

The American Dream. Is it still attainable for most people in the US? This course will continually pose and attempt to answer this question through the examination of a selection of artifacts including literature, sociological research, and film.  Specific readings, which include authors such as Malcolm Gladwell, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Jean Anyon, will provide ample points of discussion specifically considering the impact of education, socioeconomic class, technology, and ethnic identities on our ability to achieve individual success. Frequent viewings of media including Waiting for Superman, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Humans will provide more touchpoints to extend the conversation. An extended research paper and a semester-long group project are required components of this course.

Instructor: T. Rosenberg
Day/Time: MWF  11-11:50am
Companion: M 8-8:50am

FYE-112-05 Going Viral

Social media is omnipresent; few companies would miss out on the opportunity to brand themselves via social media and few people are resolute enough to quit social media or never start using it. Social media connects us and divides us, and we are only just beginning to see the impact this latest human communications revolution is having on our lives and our world. In this class, we'll look at how to leverage the productive parts of social media and critique the more troublesome aspects. We'll consider data gathering, targeted advertising, censorship, and propaganda and how each affects social media users worldwide. Students will learn how we arrived at the present collection of social media platforms and develop hypotheses regarding where the future will take us, technologically and socially.

Instructor: M. Pettice
Day/Time: MWF  2-2:50pm
Companion: FW 8-8:50am

FYE-112-06 From the Crib to College

In this seminar, we will discuss many topics related to how children's social environments (e.g. parents, peers, school, and media) impact their learning and development. We will read and discuss current research findings while considering the parenting and public policy implications for such childhood questions. This course will enhance your knowledge of child development while encouraging you to reflect on the family, friends, and experiences that shaped the person you are today. Course readings will center around infancy and childhood issues in the fall while the spring content will focus on adolescence and emerging adulthood topics.

Instructor: R. Albert
Time: MWF 1-1:50pm
Companion: F 12-12:50pm

The following course is open to transfer students who are required to take FYE 112 (3 credits). Transfer students may also take FYE 112 in the spring semester, when more options will be offered. Students must also take FYE 113 (1 credit), which can be scheduled independently from FYE 112.

FYE-112-04 Going Viral

Social media is omnipresent; few companies would miss out on the opportunity to brand themselves via social media and few people are resolute enough to quit social media or never start using it. Social media connects us and divides us, and we are only just beginning to see the impact this latest human communications revolution is having on our lives and our world. In this class, we’ll look at how to leverage the productive parts of social media and critique the more troublesome aspects. We’ll consider data gathering, targeted advertising, censorship, and propaganda and how each affects social media users worldwide. Students will learn how we arrived at the present collection of social media platforms and develop hypotheses regarding where the future will take us, technologically and socially.

Instructor: M. Pettice
Day/Time: MWF 10-10:50am

FYE 113 Introduction to the First-Year Experience (1 credit)

The following courses are open to transfer students who are required to take FYE 113.

FYE-113-01 Intro to the LVC Experience (Transfer only)

Instructor: H. Stone

Day/Time: W 3-3:50pm

FYE-113-02 Intro to the LVC Experience (Transfer only)

Instructor: K. Gonzalez

Day/Time: M 12-12:50pm