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What is First-Year Seminar?

The First-Year Seminar is a course that all first-year and transfer students take to help their transition into college life at West Virginia University. Students that take the First-Year Seminar will gain knowledge about the university and it's programs, resources that are offered to all West Virginia University students, and information on how to be successful academically at West Virginia University.

Why do I have to take First-Year Seminar?

Completion of a First-Year Seminar course is required to graduate from West Virginia University. For more information requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.  

Which First-Year Seminar do I have to take?

If you are a pathway or an undecided student, you will be taking the First-Year Seminar course that is offered by the Center for Learning, Advising, and Student Success (CLASS). If you are already directly admitted into your major, you will take your First-Year Seminar course with your major's department.

What is the D/F repeat policy for First-Year Seminar?

Students can D/F repeat the First-Year Seminar course. If a student is switching majors and needs to D/F repeat the First-Year Seminar course, they can repeat the course under their new major's sections of the First-Year Seminar.

If I switch majors, do I have to retake First-Year Seminar with my new major?

No, you do not have to retake the First-Year Seminar course in your new major's department. Once you pass any First-Year Seminar course at West Virginia University, you do no need to retake the course even if you decide to switch majors.

Is First-Year Seminar a transferable credit?

It depends. If you have taken a First-Year Seminar course at another institution, you may be able to transfer that credit to West Virginia University. You will need to contact your Academic Advisor for more information.