First Year Development Program

First Year Development Program (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

Common Readings

Each semester there is a book assigned to all of the sections which is then discussed in class and assignments.

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.