FYS Course Objectives

FYS is the Mercer course, the class that cultivates the critical thinking and argumentative writing skills and the self-awareness and social engagement values that are essential to the Mercer experience.

The guides on this site explain the elements of writing and thinking that the course attempts to develop in each student. After two semesters of FYS, you should be able to think and to write, not only to communicate or to explain, but also to understand and to provoke.

Avoiding Plagiarism
Contributing to Class Discussion
Giving Presentations
Reading Critically
Interpreting Non-Traditional Texts
The Writing Process
Thesis Statements
Paragraph Development
Academic Writing Style
Common Sentence Errors
Writing Research Papers
Writing in the Sciences
Example Essays