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First Year Seminar

"First Year Seminar” is a class about college, the world, and the relationship between them.

It will provide you with the skills and practical knowledge you’ll need for success in college, but, more than that, this class will be your first chance to engage in real college-level critical thought about self and world and learn the value and responsibilities of citizenship in a diverse democracy.

First Year Seminar is a nationally researched “best practice” class, demonstrated to benefit students throughout their college careers and to help ensure that students graduate on time.

First Year Book

Each year, Flagler selects a book that will provide a foundation for a common academic experience among incoming students. Students are mailed a copy of the book the summer before the fall term, along with a welcome letter from Flagler’s President. The book is utilized during both Academic Sessions at the Building Your Legacy Orientation, as well as a common text in the First Year Seminar.

2019-2020 Selection

What the Eyes Don’t See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

What the Eyes Don't See Graphic of book cover

From Penguin Random House – “Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

What the Eyes Don’t See is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children."

Contact Us

Have questions about your first year of College? Contact Jill Dawson, Senior Director of the Center for Advising and Core Experience (CACE).