First-Year Intensives

Preparation to thrive

In your First-Year Intensive (FYI) course, you’ll explore a topic or discipline in depth with a professor and a small cohort of students who share your interests. The first step in the LEEP curriculum, your FYI helps set the intellectual, social, and emotional foundations you need to thrive at and after Clark.

Typically limited to no more than 16 students, FYIs allow you to begin your Clark career by developing a close relationship with a professor and a group of your peers — helping to ease your transition from high school to college. Your FYI professor will most likely be your academic adviser until you declare a major.

No matter the FYI you choose, you’ll learn in a supportive, welcoming environment and build crucial skills — including critical thinking, writing, and debating — that will enhance your confidence and success in other courses.

You’ll choose from nearly 30 different courses, which fall into three different categories: topic-focused (such as Middle East Politics), introduction to a discipline (such as Introduction to Chemistry), or research-intensive. FYI courses change from year to year.

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