This is a theme-based course that engages students in a specific area of interest while providing support for a smooth transition into the Lasell College community and the Connected Learning philosophy. Students develop skills in speaking, reading, writing, research, technology and learning strategies through engaging activities involving reading, class discussions, team projects, field trips, and exploration of campus resources. Civic engagement and service learning activities are often part of this course. In addition, students develop close ties with faculty, peers and student mentors who serve as role models and advocates. At Orientation, students select specific FYS sections by themes ranging from The Art of Political Protest to the "Witch" in History and Pop Culture. This requirement may be fulfilled by taking either FYS 103 or HON 101.