FYDP / TSDC Programs

First Year Development Program (FYDP)

FYDP is a required two-semester course sequence for all first-year students in The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB).  FYDP provides students information on resources at GW and GWSB to help them transition into the University and succeed both in and out of the classroom.  Students develop career-based knowledge, begin preparation for business careers, and learn about the importance of civility and integrity in business discourse.  Finally, students perform service within the District of Columbia in order to apply course concepts.  Students earn one academic credit for each course.

Meet the FYDP Mentors

Course Information

One on One Meetings with Your Mentor

Get to know a GWSB upperclassman who will serve as your teaching assistant throughout the semester.

The Richard Blackburn Endowed Lecture on Civility and Integrity

The Richard Blackburn Endowed Lecture on Civility and Integrity invites a keynote speaker each year to speak on themes related to the importance of civility in business discourse and integrity in business conduct.

Community Engagement

Learn the principles of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and work in groups to engage with the Washington DC Community. 


Transfer Student Development Course (TSDC)

TSDC is a one-credit course that focuses on the acclimation transfer students to the School of Business (GWSB). This course is designed to accommodate both internal and external transfer students to enhance the GWSB educational experience by preparing students to take advantage of the myriad of resources available. This is a discussion based course that relies heavily on classroom participation to enhance the BADM 1003 experience. Student engagement and preparation is critical to the success of this course.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to:

  • Acclimate to GWSB through understanding curricular and co-curricular involvement opportunities;
  • Think critically through real world dilemmas with a business perspective;
  • Garner an understanding of global business trends via discussions related to Financial Times;
  • Gain understanding of service-learning through service project;
  • Connect their talent themes from StrengthsQuest to various aspects of self;
  • Understand the importance of various sociological aspects in business.