The teachers in your learning community have invested considerable time and energy developing and scheduling shared assignments and activities, choosing readings, and developing connections among their courses. The work you do in Seminar will be related to your work in other learning community courses, and often the grade you earn for work in one course will count in the others, too. Your Seminar instructor will also be attending the lecture course(s) in your learning community, and she/he will be grading the work you do in the lecture course(s), in addition to evaluating the work you do for Seminar itself.

First-Year Seminar will challenge you to engage in significant learning in college-level intellectual work. Taking advantage of the small-class environment, you will discuss and write about the readings/topics you are doing in your other courses. You will develop your skills to work productively in small groups. To develop your critical thinking skills and your information literacy, you will learn how to examine problems and questions from multiple perspectives.

In addition to the focus on academic achievement, Seminar will focus on other aspects of your successful transition to college life. You will learn about the wide range of resources available to meet your needs academically and socially. You will learn about the many choices you have to participate in student activities. And you will learn about and learn how to develop skills that will help you succeed during your transition to life as an Islander.

The Goals

First Year Seminar (FYS) is designed to help students achieve success, academically and socially, as they make the transition from high school to the university. The primary objectives of FYS are for students to:

  • Explore the interconnections among the Triad/Tetrad courses;
  • Develop critical thinking skills and significant learning;
  • Clarify personal values, goals, and strengths;
  • And develop the ability to learn through study, discussion, writing, cooperation, and collaboration

What Seminar Is

  • A class to help you understand and prepare for assignments in your other Learning Community classes.
  • A safe place where you can develop and practice necessary college skills, like discovering your strengths, working cooperatively in groups, and actively participating in class discussions
  • A relaxing place to meet study partners and friends! :)

What Seminar Isn't

  • A class that assigns its own major assignments
    • What about reflections? Reflections are the best way to track and evaluate your progress throughout the semester. They aren't difficult, but they give us an insight into what type of learning experiences you find significant. Reflecting on learning is actually a major part of the learning process.
  • A study hall
    • We will not spend every class working on materials for large lecture (or any other class, for that matter).
    • I will not re-teach concepts that were discussed in large lecture!
  • A free ride
    • You DO get a grade for this class, which I assign.
    • You are expected to attend class and participate.
  • A waste of time
    • This class is unlike any other course you will take at TAMU-CC. Remember that you or your parents (or somebody) is/are paying for this course, so I want to make sure you get your money's worth!
    • Seminar is what YOU make of it!

What is my job?

Seminar is a class designed for the students, so my job is to help YOU!