Why Must I Enroll In First Year Seminar?
UNIV 1101, the First Year Seminar, is a course that is required of all first-time, full-time, degree seeking students. Students whose college credits were earned while they were enrolled in high school, as well as, students with no previous college hours are considered to be first-time students.
This course is developed as an extended orientation to the UTPB campus, the culture of academia, as well as study skills development.
One of the exciting things we try to do in freshman seminar is connect students to a group who shares their same interests. Many of our sections are organized as FIGS-- freshman interest groups-- or SIGS--Special Interest Groups-- so you can start working with faculty and fellow students who share a similar professional or extracurricular interest. During the Fall semesters, the following types of UNIV 1101 sections are available:
- Freshman Seminar courses are designed to give students a strong general overview of UTPB and how to be successful in university level work.
- Petroleum Engineering is designed for those students who intend to pursue a major in this field.
- The Social Sciences FIG is for those students who are considering a major in Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, and related fields.
- Health Professions is for those considering a career in medicine. Join the UTPB tradition of excellence in placing students in medical school!
- Mechanical Engineering is designed for students who intend to pursue a major in this field.
- The Business FIG is for those students considering a career in marketing, management, and related career fields.
- Pre-Nursing helps students explore and prepare for the possibility of a career in nursing.
- Creative Writing is a special interest group that helps students develop writing skills and fine tune their creative processes.
- Film Studies is for students interested in examining the differences between the book and movie versions of stories. It focuses on how our society is influenced by these two different genres.
- Kinesiology is a FIG for those considering careers in athletic training, OT or PT school, and the Kinesiology program at UTPB.
- The Education FIG is for those considering a career as teachers.
- Whether you enjoy travel or have never considered experiencing life away from home, the Try the World seminar is designed to help you take a peek at the richness of other cultures and the opportunities you can create by looking beyond your own borders.
- Art + Creative Practices students will learn essential skills for creative work in the studio and beyond. Brainstorming ideas, sketchbooks, guest artists, museum visits and art projects exploring various techniques will introduce students to multiple sources that help develop better independent and creative thinking skills.
- The Leaders and Led seminar will discuss mass movements in history: their social origins, the personalities of their leaders and followers, and their impacts.
It's too bad you only get to select one! For questions on which section of UNIV 1101 is best for you, please email Dr. Michael Frawley, First Year Experience Coordinator.
Please Note: These sections are not offered during Spring semesters at UTPB.
The First Year Experience at UTPB
Beyond just offering Freshman Seminars, the First Year Experience at UTPB will be offering a series of events in both the fall and spring semester to encourage students participation in college life and to give you the opportunity to get to know one another, faculty, and staff. Please follow us on social media to keep track of upcoming events at:
Twitter - @fyeutpb
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FYEatUTPB/