First-Year Book

The First-Year Book Program at Georgia State University aims to provide all incoming freshmen with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion, to promote critical thinking, and to develop a sense of community among first-year students, faculty, and staff.

To see the selection for fall 2014, follow this link.

Throughout the fall semester, programs and events related to the book will be offered. The first event associated with the book will take place on August 24, 2014, when the author of the book will be the keynote speaker at Freshman Convocation.

All incoming freshmen will receive a copy of the selection during Incept; students are expected to read the book before the start of their first semester. The book will also be covered in Engl 1101 English Composition and in GSU 1010 New Student Orientation, among other courses.

The goals of the First-Year Book Program are to:

  • promote academic discourse and critical thinking
  • provide an introduction to the expectations of higher education
  • integrate an academic and social experience into the campus community
  • raise awareness and tolerance of cultural likenesses and differences
  • create a sense of community

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Natasha Trethewey’s Beyond Katrina was selected as Fall 2013 First-Year Book.

For more information about the book, the author, the reasons why it was chosen, and events that will be offered throughout the semester, follow the link below.

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Wes Moore’s The Other Wes Moore was selected as Fall 2012 First-Year Book.

For more information about the book, the author, the reasons why it was chosen, and events that will be offered throughout the semester, follow the link below.

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Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close was selected as Fall 2011 First-Year Book.
For more information about the book, the author, the reasons why it was chosen, and events that will be offered throughout the semester, follow the link below.

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Warren St. John’s Outcasts United was selected as the inaugural book for the program. (fall 2010)

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