First Year Seminar
First Year Seminar Overview
All first year students are required to take First Year Seminar. Transfer students with less than 30 credit hours will be required to take the course. Dual enrollment students who are now UTB/TSC students are required to take the course.
First Year Seminar Courses
Boost Your Freshman Experience!
Our one-credit hour UNIV 1101 courses will help you transition from high school to college life. We believe you will be a successful student at UTB. First Year Seminar courses expose to students to a variety of topics and activities that will increase your understanding of college learning. The topics and activities include case-based learning, research participation activities, transition to the university, high-quality service learning, social justice and social change, critical thinking and analysis, civic engagement, and learning communities.
In the UNIV 1101 courses, you will:
- Discover academic, personal, social, career, civic, and recreational opportunities at UTB/TSC.
- Learn what the campus has to offer, such as the libraries, learning communities, advising, learning assistance, workshops, and campus-life activities.
- Explore volunteering through the Student Government Association and the Center for Civic Engagement.
- Bond with your peers, faculty, and staff members in small classes.
Some of the courses offered as First Year Seminar Courses are:
Latitude 26: Environmental Scavenger Hunt Around the Valley-Explore the unique environment of the Valley through a Global Positioning System-based (GPS) scavenger hunt. Also learn the tools you need to be successful at UTB/TSC.
Who Am I and How Much of Me Is Me? A Philosophical Journey Into the Self-Discuss the philosophy of self in its many aspects: identify over time, mind and body, self-worth and influences, such as family and culture.
Can I Make A Difference? An Exploration of Personal Success On and Off Campus-Learn what it means to be a successful student and member of the UTB/TSC community by discussing the purposes of higher education and exploring opportunities for personal growth through campus life and civic engagement.
The Good Life - Is The Good Life A Happy Life? Discuss differing concepts of the good life and happiness, and link these ideas to the notions of success, vulnerability, suffering, and care.
Behavior of People and Systems - Discuss how behaviors are related to how systems work and link this to your own behaviors and achievements. This is an exploration for students who are interested in behavior, psychology, or education.
We will be adding new course topics each semester. Please contact University College for updates, ask faculty in your programs of interest, or visit the website in the future.
Learning communities are groups of students who participate in a sequence of courses and activities together. Learning communities support you as you learn about your area of interest and earn credit in your program of study.
Our learning communities are based within the career areas and may be focused specifically on a particular program of study. Learning communities provide you with the tools to enhance your academic achievement and social connection with the university.