Academic Experience

At the heart of the FSI program is an immersive and rewarding academic experience. Typically students take two, full credit-bearing courses that count toward graduation requirements.

In the summer of 2020, FSI will still be taking place virtually and students will take one, full credit-bearing course. FSI will be offering scholars the following academic curriculum:

Scholars Academic

FSI students read and learn scholarship from the world's top thinkers through the Ways of Knowing course.

Ways of Knowing emphasizes critical thinking, reading, and writing, and allows you to engage with texts, fellow scholars, and your course instructor to dig deeply and creatively into questions about power, institutions, and identity. Having this course under your belt will help prepare you for text- and writing-intensive classes in the fall, and give you additional curricular flexibility to pursue other meaningful experiences, like scholarly research, service work, or mentorship opportunities. Finally, Ways of Knowing meets your Epistemology and Cognition general education requirement. 


The synchronous components of Ways of Knowing include classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and weekly small group and one-on-one meetings with faculty and undergraduate course fellows. Scholars can expect approximately 6-8 hours per week of synchronous work. The asynchronous components include reading, a weekly speaker series, module work, and writing assignments. Scholars can expect to spend another 12-16 hours of time per week in asynchronous work. 

STEM mini-course will be an online two week non-credit-bearing immersive STEM experience. The course will run from Monday, August 10th to Friday, August 21st. Scholars will be placed in a track tailored to their academic interests, made up of 1-2 of the following offerings:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Engineering
  • Statistics/Data Visualization

Each of these mini-courses will require approximately 6-8 hours of synchronous time/week (3 days/week of precept, tutorials, and faculty OH) and about 10-12 hours of asynchronous time. Students are required to participate in one of these mini-courses, and may elect to participate in 2 of these mini-courses.