Our First Year Writing Seminars (FYWS) engage entering students in an intense examination of a topic. First Year Writing Seminars are required for every student enrolled in the College of Arts and Science. (Students in the other three undergraduate schools may enroll on a space-available basis, after consulting with their faculty adviser.) The small groups of 10 to 15 students in each seminar foster spirited exchanges with professors and set the tone for the participatory learning style that characterizes a Vanderbilt education. Seminars also focus on writing in the subject area or discipline.