2021-22 Themed First Year Seminars & Learning Communities


Want to learn more about First Year Seminars and Learning Communities?

Watch the recording of our informational webinar here!

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Discover strategies to get ahead by enrolling in a First Year Seminar, Learning Community or Residential Learning Community. These opportunities are Exclusive to First Year Students and can help set you on a path to success at Auburn. Students work to improve critical academic skills such as time management, note taking, study strategies, test preparation, and effective reading techniques. Additionally, first-year students are grouped with peers who share similar majors or interests. Themes that are part of a learning community are noted by a course listed in the "associated courses" column.

All Themed-FYS courses and Learning Communities are listed below.  Use the search bar the right to search for specific themes or sort the columns by clicking the arrows at the top of each column.

Themed First Year Seminar (TFYS) -  Students selecting a TFYS will be enrolled in only an FYS course with the indicated theme.  This course is 1-2 credit hours with 20 students and allows the flexibility for students to customize the rest of their class schedule around the FYS course.  Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of relating the class theme to academic skills necessary for success.

Learning Community (LC) -  LC cohorts are composed of 20 students who share a common interest or major.  Students are co-enrolled in an FYS and two to four additional courses (usually Core Curriculum courses).  Students have the benefit of taking the linked courses with the students in their FYS and will be pre-registered for these courses.  Students will then add additional courses to build the rest of their schedule during Camp War Eagle (CWE).  These linked courses are listed in the far right column below.

Residential Learning Community (RLC) - RLCs provide students with a residentially-based small group experience that enriches their in-class instruction and provides focused out-of-class activities. RLC members will live together in Teague Hall (Upper Quad neighborhood) or Holloway Hall (Village) and are co-enrolled in a First Year Seminar and two or three additional classes. Each RLC accommodates up to 20 students per cohort.

Ready to join? Click here for directions!
  1. Complete First Year Seminar and Learning Community Application:
    • Application is available in AU Access > Student Menu > First Year Seminar and Learning Community Application.
    • Students interested in a Residential Learning Community need to complete the Housing Application prior to applying for an LC. RLC Application is Now Open (visit RLCs for more info).
  2. Students are selected for learning communities based on a lottery system that will be conducted mid-May.
  3. For students who missed the application period, remaining Themed FYS and Learning Communities will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis during Camp War Eagle.  (Note: Cohorts may fill prior to your CWE session and it is encouraged to complete the application prior to attending CWE)

Last modified: April 20, 2021