The Second-Year Seminar (SYS) is a 3-credit course that explores issues relevant to contemporary global society through the reading of original literature from antiquity to the present day. Students study these issues within their larger contexts, which include aspects of literature, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and scientific discovery. The SYS reinforces the University Undergraduate Learning Outcomes (UULOs) introduced in the First-Year Seminar (FYS).
Students from any college or major may take any approved SYS. Currently approved SYS courses include: BIOL 207, COE 202, ENG 231, ENG 231E, ENG 231S, ENG 232, ENG 232A, GSC 300, HSC 210, PBH 205, PHIL 242, and SCI 201.
To fulfill the General Education Core requirement, all students are required to take an SYS course before completing 60 credits. Prerequisites for SYS are ENG 101, ENG 102, and FYS (or equivalent). All approved SYS courses fulfill the General Education Core 3-credit requirement. Students who have already successfully passed an SYS course do not need to retake an SYS course, even if they declare or change their majors.
The SYS fulfills 3 of the 18-21 required General Education Core credits. The SYS course's intensive engagement with literature, writing, and critical thinking develops students' understanding of the UULOs and prepares students to engage with the UULOs in their upper-division and major-specific courses.
You can find descriptions for all General Education courses in the UNLV Undergraduate Catalog.