First Year Experience (FYE) - CORE 90

Master syllabus

Terms in italics are to be completed by the individual instructor


Instructor: Instructor Name

Email, Office location

Office hours, Office phone

Student Co-Leader


Phone number


Class Meetings: The course will meet twice per week for seven weeks on

Scheduled Time in Classroom Location.


Value of a Catholic Education in the Holy Cross Tradition: Being a new member of the King's community means attending a college with a strong commitment to its mission. Every new student should be aware of the mission and how it is vital to their King's College experience. During the FYE seminar the mission will be explored as a basis for the start of the semester.

Purpose of FYE: As a student who is transitioning to life at King's College, you will face many new situations that will impact your academic and personal life. The primary purpose of the First Year Experience is to help you make responsible decisions that take advantage of the opportunities and adhere to the responsibilities that you have while pursuing a liberal arts education in the Catholic Holy Cross tradition.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the course, students should be able to ….

  • Identify and explain the key elements that define the mission and identity of King's College as a Catholic college in the Holy Cross tradition
  • Describes the ways general principles founded on a Catholic liberal arts tradition can guide personal morality and ethical decision-making
  • Analyze the ways Community-Based Service activities contribute to the development of responsible citizenship, to the achievement of personal and professional goals, and to the fulfillment of the King's College mission
  • Distinguish the differing characteristics between learning in college and learning in high school
  • Identify negative behaviors that inhibit or prevent successful academic, personal, and social development
  • Recognize academically dishonest behaviors and explain the King's College policy on academic integrity
  • Demonstrate mature attitudes and behaviors towards others, both in the classroom and in personal lives
  • Identify and analyze issues that influence the spiritual, physical, and mental wellness of college students
  • Implement appropriate strategies for integrating the liberal arts education with career goals
  • Identify sound decisions regarding financial obligations and post-graduate financial responsibility
  • Locate and describe services that enrich student learning including the Academic Skills Center, the Academic Advisement Office, the Writing Center, the Center for Experiential Learning, the Honors Program, and the Study Abroad Program

Course Format:

The seminar will be co-facilitated by an Instructor and a Student Co-Leader. Various formats might be used including: lecture, class discussions, group activities and case studies. Two sessions, Career Planning and Financial Responsibility, will be covered by outside presenters in the Burke Auditorium on ( dates to be announced). In addition, there will be a session reviewing the process for advisement and registering for spring classes.

All seminar sessions are 50 minutes in length.

Grading: The First Year Experience course is worth one academic credit. Students in the course will receive a grade of "A" thru "F" depending on the successful completion of the components outlined below. The specific requirements for each letter grade designation will be distributed the first day of class.

Attendance and Participation: Students are expected to attend every session and to participate actively and respectfully in the class discussions. Participation includes raising and/or responding to questions from readings or from instructor comments. This is a course where students will learn from each other as well as learning from the instructors. Active participation includes listening to your fellow classmates and instructors. Cell phones should be turned off during class to prevent unnecessary distractions.

In the event of weather emergencies, the college has a snowline (570) 208-5957 as well as text message system which you can sign up for on the King's website.

Please be aware of special scheduling for events such as the Convocation Mass during the first week of class.

A student with more than two (2) absences will not be allowed to pass the course.

Reflection Papers: As you become adjusted to college, you will find that writing papers will be part of most of your courses at King's. In FYE, each student must complete six (6), two-page reflection papers based on material covered in the seminar sessions. One of the assignments will be a reflection on the student's community service project. Papers will be graded based on the quality of thought, content, and writing; the specific guidelines for the papers will be distributed on the first day of class.

Service Project: In accordance to the mission of King's College, service is an important component of the King's experience. Each student must complete a service project which is a continuation of the CitySERVE experience. The service experience will entail a minimum of three (3) hours of service and the writing of a reflection paper. You may choose to do the service individually, or work with your fellow classmates to go on the service experience as a group. Please be sure to plan ahead and contact the Office of Volunteer Services (OVS) for information regarding the service site. The office is located is at

171 N. Franklin Street

(next to the chapel). The phone number is (570) 208-5810.

Extra-Curricular Educational or Cultural Activities: Involvement with co-curricular events at the college helps compliment time in the classroom. Attending events outside of class makes for a well rounded college experience. Each student must attend at least three (3) extra-curricular educational or cultural activities and provide a brief reflection on the each event attended. Examples of events that would be approved:

  • Events on the Experiencing the Arts Calendar
  • Workshops offered by the Academic Skills Office
  • Speakers sponsored by Career Planning & Placement
  • Programs sponsored by the Office of College Diversity
  • Retreats or speakers sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry or the Office of Volunteer Services

Events that would not count include:

  • Activities Fair
  • Sporting events
  • Convocation Mass or Residence Hall masses or religious services
  • Comedy nights

Students should consult with the FYE instructor to assure that the activity that they will attend satisfies this requirement. Events are posted on campus bulletin boards, campus email, and the on-line calendar on the King's website as well as printed calendars from the Campus Activities office and the Experiencing the Arts department.

For each event, students are required to write a one (1) page reflection summarizing the event.

The grade for the course will be based on the following components:

Participation/Attendance 10 points

Reflection Papers 30 points

Mystudentbody (alcohol and drug)10 points

Mystudentbody (sexual violence) 10 points

Service Project/Paper 20 points

Cultural Activities 20 points


100 points total

A student may fail the course if ANY of the components above are not satisfied, regardless of the successful completion of the other components. The following scale will be used to determine course letter grades:

90 - 100 A- / A

80 - 89 B- / B / B+

70 - 79 C- / C / C+

65 - 70 D

65 or lower F


On-Line Assignment: King's College is proud to offer MyStudentBody as part of CORE 090- First year Experience Seminar. MyStudentBody features online courses about alcohol and drugs that are used in schools nationwide as a requirement for first year students. Providing online education through a flexible interactive design, the MyStudentBody courses teach students about alcohol, drugs and other addictive substances. The goal of the course is to increase students' knowledge, decrease harmful behaviors, and provide information to help students make good decisions.

King's College requires first year students to complete the MyStudentBody online alcohol and drug courses as well as the sexual violence course. You must complete the course by October 1 in order to receive credit for your CORE 090 course.

Course Materials: Students may have assigned readings that will be distributed by your instructor. There is not a text to purchase for the course.

Academic Integrity: King's College places a great value on the notion of academic and ethical integrity as essential to the mission of the college. Because of this, students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the same ideals by signing the Pledge of Academic Integrity.

The Academic Integrity Policy has been introduced during academic orientation and will be further discussed in the Academic Integrity session.

Course E-mail: During the semester, you may need to be contacted about class cancellations or assignments. If this is the case, I will only be using your email address. It is your responsibility to check this account regularly, even if you use another email server.

Scheduled Discussion Topics

Date : Introduction - Why Am I Here? An introduction to the members of the course, the rationale and purpose of the seminar, and the expectations placed on the student.

Date : Catholic Identity - Why King's College? A discussion of the unique qualities of an education at King's as a Roman Catholic college in the Holy Cross tradition. A review of the college's mission and how it will affect your decisions made in the life of a student at King's.

Date : Ethical Decision Making - How Do I Do What Is Right? A discussion of the "process" of making ethical decisions and the impact those choices have on the individual and the community.

Date : Academic Skills - How Do I Succeed? Considering the different academic experiences from high school to college, especially moving from a structured environment to one that has significantly more freedom; students will investigate the choices to be made in order to help develop the necessary skills to succeed in a college academic environment.

Date : Relationships - How Do I Deal with "People Problems"? A conversation focusing on social and personal relationships on the King's College campus

Date : Social Responsibility - How Do I Cope with Social Issues? A discussion of social concerns on the college campus, including the use of drugs and alcohol, particularly in light of the commitment to make mature decisions. This session will also cover policies from the Student Handbook regarding alcohol and drugs.

Date : Academic Integrity - What Is Expected of Me? A dialogue about the expectations placed on college students and the difficulties in making honest academic decisions including plagiarism and cheating.

Date: Diversity on Campus - How Do I Relate to Others Who Are Different? A discussion on the choices we make when interacting with the diversity of individuals and groups within the college community.

Date : Wellness - How Do I Survive My First Semester? An investigation of how our choices and behaviors affect our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Date : Academic Advisement - How do I register for spring courses? A member of the academic advisement staff will cover the registration process and the use of web advisor to register for your spring course load.

Date : Financial Responsibility - How Do I Manage My Money? A conversation with a representative from Chase Bank on the financial decisions including credit, debt management, and borrowing and how these impact the immediate and long-term choices made by students.

Date : Career Planning - How Do I Plan for the Future? A discussion with a counselor from the Office of Career Planning and Placement about the choices students can make their freshman year to prepare for a future job search and career opportunities.

The following two sessions will occur the third week of November.

Date : Service Experience - What Did I Learn Through Service? An opportunity to discuss the community service projects completed by the class.

Date : Evaluation -What Have We Accomplished? An open discussion regarding the effectiveness of the major components of the seminar. In addition, this will be a chance to discuss preparing for final examinations in December as well as preparation for the 2nd semester.


Dates to Remember:

Date: Convocation Mass

Date: Activities Fair

Date: Volunteer Fair

Date: Paper 1 Due

Date: Paper 2 Due

Date: Paper 3 Due

Date: Paper 4 Due

Date: Paper 5 Due

Date: Paper 6: Service Reflection

October 1: My assignment due

Date: Service Form Due; Events Form Due