First-Year Studies (FRST) Program
First-year Studies (FRST) is a program within the School of General Studies that provides first-year students with skills
that will help them succeed in college. The program serves as an introduction to university
work by offering small class sections taught by select faculty who are committed to
helping students improve their academic skills. The curriculum includes courses associated with the University’s competency requirement
as well as other courses in writing and mathematics especially suited to the academic
needs of first-year students. Nearly all first-year students will take FRST courses
in writing, mathematics and/or critical thinking. In addition, any first-year students
may take F-designated courses. F-designated courses are program and General Studies
courses which are particularly appropriate for first-year students. Faculty teaching
F-designated courses opted into special training to teach these courses in ways that
are appropriate for any student but that also especially support students transitioning
- All newly admitted freshmen or transfer students with 15 or fewer credits are required to fulfill the University’s first-year competency requirement. The requirement may be met by demonstrating competency on the placement tests, or by passing, with a grade of C or better, all FRST courses—FRST 1101 – College Writing, 1002 – Critical Thinking and Reading, and 1103 – Quantitative Reasoning into which students have been placed. Students enrolled in FRST 1100 – Developmental Mathematics must receive a grade of C or better, and then enroll in and receive a grade of C or better in FRST 1103 to demonstrate competency. Full-time students must register for all required FRST courses in their first semester.
- Except for FRST 1100, all students must satisfy the competency requirement within two terms of matriculation, although part-time students who cannot take all their required FRST courses during the first term may be granted an extension.
- Students who fail to meet the competency requirement in FRST 1101, 1002 or 1103 in the first semester must retake the course in the next term in order to satisfy the requirement. Those who do not meet the competency requirement after two attempts are subject to dismissal from the University.
- Students who are dismissed may not apply for readmission to the University for a period of at least one year. These students must demonstrate competency before their readmission application will be considered. Many students who are subject to skills competency dismissal are also subject to general academic dismissal. These students must satisfy both sets of requirements for readmission.
- Students who do not receive a grade of C or better in FRST 1100 must retake the course in the next term and pass it, with a grade of C or better, before proceeding to FRST 1103. Those who do not receive a grade of C or better in FRST 1100 after two attempts are subject to dismissal from the University.
- Note that a grade of W counts as an attempt at any 1000-level FRST course. This policy applies to all students who withdraw from 1000-level FRST courses, including those who withdraw from all of their courses. The only exception is in the event that a student receives a medical course withdrawal. In this case, the withdraw grade does not count as an attempt.
Courses for First-Year Students
Besides courses associated with the first-year competency requirement, the program offers a variety of other FRST-acronym courses in writing and mathematics courses that are designed especially for first-year students. These courses are equivalent to various G-acronym courses and carry credit that may be applied to the University’s general studies requirement. These includes the following courses:
- FRST 2120 – Rhetoric and Composition (counts as a W1 and GEN course)
- FRST 2131 –Argument and Persuasion in the Humanities (counts as a W1 and GAH course)
- FRST 2151 –Argument and Persuasion in the Social Sciences (counts as a W1 and GSS course)
- FRST 2310 –Algebraic Problem Solving (counts as a Q1 and GNM; some sections will carry W2 credit)
In addition to FRST-acronym courses, the University also offers other courses in program studies and in general studies that are designed especially for first-year students. These courses are labeled with an "F" attribute (appropriate for first-year students) so that students and their preceptors can identify them easily. These include special sectons of the following courses taught by faculty members who have participated in a special, First-year Studies institute: A comprehensive list of F-designated courses is available from the FRST Coordinator, and courses are listed online for each term. Regularly offered F-designated courses include some sections of course like the following:
- COMM1201- Introduction to Mass Communication
- ECON 1200 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
- GAH 2116 - Argument and Persuasion in Arts and Humanities
- GSS 2538 - Perspectives on Women
- HTMS 2101 - Introduction to HTMS
- PHIL 1200 - Introduction to Buddhism
Robert J. Blaskiewicz (2015), Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and First Year StudiesPh.D., Saint Louis University; M.A., Saint Louis University; B.A., University of Notre Dame: rhetoric and composition, 20th century American literature, Cold War literature and culture, WWII veterans’ writing, US cultural rhetoric, the rhetoric of extraordinary claims, conspiracy theory, science and critical thinking advocacy.
Frank A. Cerreto (1976), Professor of MathematicsEd.D., Rutgers, The State University; M.S., Stevens Institute of Technology; B.S., M.A., City College, The City University of New York: general education mathematics, mathematics education, curriculum development, first-year studies, technology in education, visual literacy.
Young Doo (Peter) Cho (2013), Assistant Professor of Developmental MathematicsPh.D., M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo; M.S., Molloy College; B.E., Korea University: mathematics education, function’s domain, range and slope.
Judith Copeland (2005), Associate Professor of WritingJ.D., University of Oregon; MFA, University of Iowa; B.A., Duke University: creative nonfiction, memoir, travel writing, humor writing, spiritual writing, freshman seminars.
Pamela G. Kennedy Cross (1986), Writing Center Coordinator/Developmental Education SpecialistM.A., Georgetown University; B.A., Stockton University: tutor training, teaching first-year students, working with at-risk students, developing students’ information literacy skills, writing for the workplace, understanding learning differences.
Emari DiGiorgio (2006), Associate Professor of WritingMFA, New York University; B.A., Stockton University: creative writing (poetry and fiction), contemporary world poetry, why poetry matters, composition, women’s studies, social activism.
Lauren M. Fonseca (2015), Tutoring Center Specialist/Coordinator of Academic SupportM.A., Mercy College; B.A., Stockton University: working with students in special populations, first-year writing, fairy tales, hypertext.
Wondimagegnehu Geremew (2005), Assistant Professor of Developmental MathematicsPh.D., Wayne State University; M.S., University of Kaiserslautern; B.S., M.S., Addis Ababa University: variational analysis, optimization and applications.
Geoffrey W. Gust (2014), Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and First Year StudiesPh.D., University of York; M.A., Arizona State University; B.A., Drake University: Geoffrey Chaucer and contemporaries, medieval studies, premodern history, literary theory, critical thinking.
Carra Leah Hood (2005), Assistant Provost for Programs and Planning; Associate Professor of WritingPh.D., MA, Yale University; BA, Hunter College, The City University of New York: expository writing and research, digital composing, visual rhetoric, new and traditional media.
Aleksondra Hultquist, Assistant Professor of Critical thinking and First Year StudiesPh.D. University of Illinois, Urbana -Champaign; MA, San Franciso State University; BFA, Rutgers University: First Year Writing and Reading: Affect Theory and History of Emotion; Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture; Women Writers; Adaptation Theory
Marcy R. Isabella (2015), Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year StudiesPh.D., University of Rhode Island; MA, BA, State University of New York at Albany: critical pedagogy, writing center pedagogy, writing program assessment, zines, comics, anarchist praxis and poetics.
G. T. Lenard (1984), Emerita Associate Professor of WritingPh.D., Temple University; MA, BA, Rutgers, The State University: American studies, 18th century literature, composition, popular culture.
Heather McGovern (2002), Associate Professor of WritingPh.D., Texas Tech University; MA, Clemson University; BA, College of Idaho: technical and professional writing, assessment of student learning, environmental rhetoric, composition theory, online writing, document design, rhetoric, rhetoric of science.
Betsy McShea (2001), Associate Professor of Developmental MathematicsPh.D., American University; BS, University of Hartford: algebraic problem solving, quantitative reasoning, methods of teaching elementary mathematics, elementary school math, numbers and patterns, sports and math, politics and math.
Francis Nzuki (2008), Associate Professor of Developmental MathematicsPh.D., MS, Syracuse University; MS, BS, Nairobi University: algebraic problem solving, quantitative reasoning, elementary school math, college algebra.
John O’Hara (2013), Associate Professor of Critical Thinking, Reading and WritingPh.D., University of Miami; MA, University of Miami; BA., Kent State University; American literature, American studies, gender studies, writing, critical and interpretive theory.
Luis E. Peña (2004), Math Center CoordinatorMS, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign; BS, Stockton University: mathematics, quantitative reasoning, tutor training, aerospace engineering, space science, history and policy.
Nancy Reddy (2015), Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year StudiesPh.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.Ed, University of Houston; BA, University of Pittsburgh: writing pedagogy, extracurricular literacies and writing groups, archival research, creative writing (poetry and nonfiction).
Emily Van Duyne (2014), Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year StudiesMFA, Pine Manor College; BFA, Emerson College: composition, first-year studies, critical race and feminist theory, poetry and poetics, rhetoric of social media.
Anne F. Pomeroy (1999), Professor of PhilosophyPh.D., Fordham University; M.A., Columbia University; B.A., Connecticut College: social and political philosophy, Marxism, existentialism, process philosophy.
John M. Quinn (1990), Associate Professor of EducationEd.D., Pepperdine University; M.A., Rowan University; B.S., Stockton University: mathematics, curriculum development, mathematics education, technology in education.
Jack Connor (1984), Professor Emeritus of WritingPh.D., University of Florida; M.A., Seton Hall University; B.A., Franklin and Marshall College: composition, writing about nature, natural history, ornithology, the Pine Barrens.
Penelope A. Dugan (1976), Professor Emerita of WritingD.A., State University of New York at Albany; M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; B.A., LeMoyne College: personal essay, memoir, African-American literature, autobiography, composition theory, history of rhetoric.