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FYEP 101 is a class that you take during your first semester of college that is all about helping you to become a successful college level student! The class will focus on improving your learning strategies and study habits, asking for help when you are struggling, staying healthy, getting involved on campus and preparing for your career. Individual sections listed below will focus in on a specific majors, interests or topics.

Ready to sign up for one? Let your advisor know or sign into UCanWeb to add it to your schedule.

Sections based on: Major | Area of Interest | Special Programs | General

Sections that are MAJOR specific

Criminal Justice Majors

MW - 1:00 to 1:50 - A. Wood

Best for: Criminal Justice related majors including Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement Leadership, Crime Analysis and Forensic Criminology

This section will be geared towards students in the criminal justice related majors. In addition to providing you with content to help you succeed in college, lessons will be geared toward how to be successful in this major and in law enforcement careers. Potential for guest speakers from the industry, our own SUNY Canton chief of police and strategy related to taking the civil service exams.

Business Theme

MW 11:00 to 11:50 N. Samuels

Best for: Business Majors (Health Care Management, Business Administration, Management, Finance, Accounting, Legal Studies, etc.)

This section is geared toward students who are pursuing business majors. In addition to providing you with the content and resources to help you succeed at SUNY Canton, lessons will be geared toward how to be successful in business majors and the business world. This section will focus on identifying and using important campus resources and applications of critical thinking. 

Engineering - CSOET

MW - 3:00 to 3:50 - R. Pillay

Best for: Students in engineering programs, automotive, construction tech 

This section will focus in on some of the specific skills that engineering students need to develop as they adjust to college life.   We will cover topics like how to study in technical courses to how to make the most of your college experience so that you have options for employment upon graduation. 

Health Related Majors

MW - 1:00 to 1:50 - Dr. Potter

Best for: Students who want to apply to or are in Nursing, PTA, or Vet Tech. Also good for Health Care Management students.

These are majors that require a lot of hard work and dedication.  We want to focus in on how to be successful in those science courses and how to prepare for a career in health care.  

Early Childhood Majors

TR - 11:00 to 11:50 - C. Martin

Limited to students in the Early Childhood major.

This section is taught by one or our amazing Early Childhood faculty members and she tailors the content to the types of information you need to know to be successful in your major and in your chosen career field.

Undecided Liberal Arts (250) student

MW - 12:00 to 12:50 - J. Parkman

Geared towards students who are unclear on what they want to major in, this section spends a little bit more time on defining your goals and some tools to help you clarify what you want out of your college experience and your career. Taught by our award winning director of Career Services.

Game Design/TCOM/Graphic & Multimedia Design majors

MW - 10:00 to 10:50 C. Wilhelm   OR

TR 1:30 to 2:20  K. Wise-MaComber

This section will explore the relationship between gaming and learning through the metaphor of leveling up, an examination of computational thinking, design and development processes, and gameplay. There is a lot to learn to be successful in these majors and career fields and we want to help you get started! 

Sections based on an area of interest 


Sustainability Theme

MF - 11:00 to 11:50 - R. Narula

Best for: Students interested in Sustainability. Majors related to sustainability such as Alternative Energy, engineering majors and science majors.  Open to anyone interested.

This special section of FYEP focused on Sustainability will help students learn about environmental issues and to educate them about the consequences of their choices, purchases, and behaviors on the future of our Environment. Students will understand the importance of reduce, reuse, and recycle and to conserve energy and resources, being responsible citizens. Discussions of behavior changes that lead to a greener lifestyle.

Outdoor Adventures Theme

TR - 11:00 to 11:50 - Dr. Tavernier

Dr. Tavernier is an advisor to the Outdoor Club and brings his love of the outdoors to the course.  In addition to all of the ways he wants to share how to "do" college right, he incorporates a hike or two into the fall semester and encourages involvement in the club for even more adventures.  

Student Life and LeadershipTheme

TR - 3:00 to 3:50 - P. Leggette

Priscilla is our director of student activities and wants to help you find your place on campus. This course will involve getting out of your comfort zone and participating in campus activities with the intent of having you develop your leadership skills to eventually take an active role in campus life.

Non-Traditional/Commuter student theme

TR 11:00 to 11:50  S. Todd

This section is intended for people that have life experience outside of school, but are new to college.  We want to help you find your resources to be leverage your prior experiences to take on this new challenge.  We want you to know that you are not the only one juggling job, house and children of your own and going back to school! 

Sections based on a program outside of your major

Honors Theme

MW - 2:00 to 2:50 - Dr. Peterson

Geared towards students who excelled in high school.

The honors FYEP section allows for students to sharpen their critical thinking and public speaking skills by engaging in debates surrounding current issues, especially those found in social media. Students will be challenged to evaluate popular, scholarly, and personal viewpoints to uncover bias and determine the credibility of sources. In this section, students will learn how to apply these skills to their academic work and their personal lives to be certain they are using quality information to make decisions. 

TRiO Sections

  • MW 9:00 to 9:50 - S. Senthil
  •  MW 10:00 to 10:50 - S. Senthil
  •  MW 8:00 to 8:50 - S. Senthil

Restricted to just TRiO students.  TRiO students are required to take a TRiO section to remain eligible for TRiO services.  You will have extensive exposure to how to succeed in college level courses, making wise money decisions, using your resources on campus and making solid degree progress.  

EOP Sections

  • TR - 3:00 to 3:50 - S. Quinell
  • MW - 10:00 to 10:50 - J. Bradley
  • MW - 2:00 to 2:50 - T. Charles

Restricted to just EOP students.  EOP students are required to take FYEP 101 to be eligible for EOP services.  


General Sections:

  • TR - 11:00 to 11:50 - J. Spooner
  • TR - 10:00 to 10:50 - K. Kennedy
  • Online - I. Sanderson

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