Choose a Start Smart Elective

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What are Start Smart classes?

For many students, the transition to college can be challenging.  Start Smart classes are designed to help students in this transition by addressing many of the common “new student” concerns and to ensure that students receive all the support they might need.  Start Smart courses are taught by experienced faculty who care about new students and know exactly how to provide support AND inspire – at the same time.

Start Smart Students:

  • Learn about the college experience with other new students.
  • Benefit from having a counselor and a librarian assigned to their Start Smart class.
  • Develop skills to succeed in their major and career and/or take time to explore their options.
  • Map out their academic plan from start to finish!

 How do students benefit from Start Smart classes?

The research has been done.  We know students who take Start Smart type courses - known as “First Year Seminars” or FYS courses all across the country - are more likely to:

  • Earn higher GPAs
  • Build relationships with faculty outside of the classroom
  • Become involved on campus
  • Utilize campus support services

Start Smart Options

Start Smart classes are organized according to specific themes to suit many student interests. Review the Fall 2017 Start Smart options below. At Orientation, new students will meet with an advisor to discuss their educational plan and determine the best Start Smart option.

Fall 2017


If you are undecided about your major, this is the perfect course for you.  You will connect your life goals with career options and design a plan for your future.

FYS101-002, CRN 34859, 3 credits, MW 9:30am-10:45am. Instructor: Frank, Linda

FYS101-011, CRN 35033, 3 credits, TR 9:30am-10:45am. Instructor: Dallianis, Megan

FYS101-014, CRN 35034, 3 credits, TR 2:00pm-3:15pm. Instructor: Reabe, Emily

FYS101-020, CRN 36422, 3 credits, TR 4:00pm-5:40pm. Instructor: Mendoza, Alejandro

FYS101-021, CRN 37143, 3 credits, MW 8:00am-9:15am. Instructor: Piraino, Sara

FYS101-022, CRN 37144, 3 credits, TR 2:00pm-3:15pm. Instructor: Garoon, Ann

FYS101-023, CRN 37145, 3 credits, TR 8:00am-9:15am. Instructor: Speer, Katherine

FYS101-024, CRN 37146, 3 credits, TR 8:00am-9:15am. Instructor: Canfield, Kathleen

FYS101-025, CRN 37147, 3 credits, TR 9:30am-10:45am. Instructor: McCarty, DuBoi

FYS101-026, CRN 37148, 3 credits, MW 2:00pm-3:15pm. Instructor: Keeton, Jenyl

FYS101-027, CRN 37149, 3 credits, MW 2:00pm-3:15pm. Instructor: Piercy, Sara

FYS101-B01, CRN 36386, 3 credits, M 11:00am-12:15pm. Instructor: Atkinson, Vicki
(Blended class combining online instruction with weekly on-campus attendance)

FYS101-B03, CRN 37150, 3 credits, T 2:00pm-3:15pm. Instructor: Godish, Jennifer
(Blended class combining online instruction with weekly on-campus attendance)

FYS101-B04, CRN 36388, 3 credits, W 9:30am-10:45am. Instructor: Rehberg, Anita (Blended class combining online instruction with weekly on-campus attendance)

Special Populations/Situations

This course is designed to explore your identity as a first-generation college student. Discover the opportunities and challenges that come with being the first in your family to go to college through the lens of your culture, gender, societal and family obligations.
FYS101-003, CRN 36575, 2 credits, MW 10:00am-10:50am. Instructor: Fontes, Marianne

Affirm your unique values, identity, career and life goals through stories of courage and resilience!
FYS101-001, CRN 34858, 3 credits, MW 8:00am-9:15am. Instructor: Kulchawik, Judy

Students will learn how to do research in the liberal arts, social studies and hard sciences, and get exposed to thinking about what it is to be an Honors student.
FYS101-HN1, CRN 35035, 3 credits, MW 2:00pm-3:15pm. Instructor: Garcia, John

The responsibilities of college can make it difficult to balance school, work, family and social activities. High levels of stress can lead to academic struggles and unhealthy vices. Success over Stress can help you mange stress and increase happiness in the first semester of college and throughout life.
FYS101-B65, CRN 34869, 3 credits, W 2:00pm-3:30pm. Instructor: Whalen, Stephanie (Blended Late Start class combining online instruction with weekly on-campus attendance begins September 18, 2017)

Is college worth the money, time and effort? Learn that the answer is "Yes!" In this class, you will learn how to be a high achiever in the classroom as well as your future career. You will realize that you can "have it all," despite the challenges that come with being a college student.
FYS101-016, CRN 34867, 3 credits, W 9:00am-11:40am. Instructor: Ward, Elizabeth

Practical Psychology

Presents a practical application of the psychological principles of motivation, mindset, goal setting, time management, self-regulation, memory, information processing, concentration, attention, lecture and textbook note-taking, text comprehension, study strategies, test preparation, test taking, test anxiety, and career personality traits that lead to effectiveness in students’ personal, academic, and career pursuits. This course does not meet Social Science requirements; it is a Group 6 elective for the AA and AS degree programs.

PSY106-003, CRN 32366, 3 credits, TR 9:30am-10:45am. Instructor: to be determined

PSY106-004, CRN 31466, 3 credits, TR 11:00am-12:15pm. Instructor: Whalen, Stephanie

PSY106-005, CRN 33364, 3 credits, F 9:00am-11:40am. Instructor: Kuta, Katherine

PSY106-065, CRN 36277, 3 credits, MW 8:00am-9:40am. Instructor; to be determined
(Late start course begins September 18, 2017)

PSY106-066, CRN 31468, 3 credits, TR 2:00pm-3:40pm. Instructor: Kulchawik, Judy
(Late start course begins September 18, 2017)


The Business and Entrepreneurship class will allow students to do business and entrepreneurial career exploration while learning the how to be successful students in college. Students will complete the course with an academic plan, resume and tools to advance their career and academic pursuits.

FYS101-005, CRN 36542, 3 credits, MW 11:00am-12:15pm. Instructor: Farber-Lapidus, Marie

FYS101-012, CRN 36608, 3 credits, TR 11:00am-12:15pm. Instructor: Mueller, Bruce

The course will familiarize students with management principles such as planning and organizing that will enhance their personal and professional development. By discussing case studies and practical applications, students learn how to manage success in their career and the classroom.
FYS101-067, CRN 36393, 3 credits, M 4:00pm-7:20pm. Instructor: Barnes, James (Late start course begins September 18, 2017)

Insight into what it means to be a healthcare professional. Evaluative techniques to uncover your best fit into Harper's healthcare career options. Building a map to uncover what will bring me happiness in Healthcare, where can I make a difference.

FYS101-004, CRN 34861, 3 credits, MWF 11:00am-11:50am. Instructor: Horstman, Mary

FYS101-006, CRN 34866, 3 credits, MW 12:30pm-1:45pm. Instructor: Gura, Rita

FYS101-B02, CRN 34868, 3 credits, T 12:30pm-1:45pm. Instructor: Grant, Susan
(Blended class combining online instruction with weekly on-campus attendance)

This First-Year Seminar (FYS) focuses on developing critical thinking and information literacy skills through an examination of the questions, methods, and career and college options relating to common majors in the Liberal Arts, Languages and Communication, including: English, Humanities, Literature,  Mass Communication, Philosophy, Speech Communication, and World Languages.

FYS101-013, CRN 34864, 3 credits, TR 12:30pm-1:45pm. Instructor: Bilos, Margaret

FYS101-010, CRN 36610, 3 credits, TR 9:30am-10:45am. Instructor: Coronado, Kelly

FYS101-068, CRN 37237, 3 credits, MW 8:00am-9:40am. Instructor: Trout, Darice
(Late start course begins September 18, 2017)

Human Anatomy is often the first step towards a career in health care.  Learn how to make this first step lead to success in anatomy and your other courses.   Active participation in class will make study time outside of class more productive and study skills learned can be applied in other classes.  Learn about the many resources available throughout the college to help you achieve your goals.
FYS101-L02, CRN 36873, 1 credit, W 11:00am-11:50am. Instructor: Kreiling, Sandra
(This section is linked with BIO160-L02, CRN 36872. Student must register for both sections/ CRNs at the same time)

Examine current STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) policies and practices- such as ethanol in fuel and nuclear, solar and wind energy - and explore the prospects that exist for students who complete a science degree.
FYS101-L03, CRN 34749, 1 credit, M 10:50am-11:40am. Instructor: Dowd, Thomas
(This section is linked with CHM121-L03, CRN 34748. Student must register for both sections/ CRNs at the same time)

This course will focus on people, places, and environments within the social sciences. The seminar will emphasize the importance of understanding our world, locally and globally. Special emphasis will be given to the interplay between local, global, and digital communities.
FYS101-B05, CRN 36382, 3 credits, T 2:00pm-3:15pm. Instructor: Hari, Alexander
(Blended class combining online instruction with weekly on-campus attendance)

Introduces students to skills fundamental to two-dimensional visual organization. Explores elements such as line, shape and color, and principles such as unity, balance and variation. Provides a foundation for all areas of art and design. First Year Seminar Program sections include exploration, discussion, and advising for transfer and careers in all areas of art and design

ART121-001, CRN 30920, 3 credits, MW 9:30am-12:10pm. Instructor: Peot, Jason

ART121-005, CRN 30926, 3 credits, TR 11:00am-1:40pm. Instructor: Peot, Jason