FYS Courses

UNIV 1050: Success Strategies

Open to all first-year students.

Success Strategies is a one-credit hour graded course that helps students fine-tune their academic and personal skills. Students will learn about note-taking and study strategies; reading, writing, and presentation skills; memory and test-taking tips; and career opportunities. They will also explore the available (and free) academic and personal resources available on campus.

Learning Outcomes

  • Will examine common transitional issues and assess their impact on daily life.
  • Will demonstrate critical thinking skills through a variety of assignments involving reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Will demonstrate understanding of the learning process and the role it will play throughout the lifespan.
  • Will examine issues that influence the learning process such as goal setting, motivation, and personal attitude.
  • Will demonstrate awareness of the structure and mission of a research university.
  • Will actively explore major and career interests.
  • Will investigate selected curriculum and identify opportunities for academic and professional enrichment with the assistance of an academic advisor.
  • Will demonstrate knowledge of student services and academic resources.
  • Will demonstrate application of academic and study strategies discussed in class.
  • Will demonstrate knowledge of academic policies and procedures.
  • Will examine cultural differences and diversity among people.
  • Will develop personal competencies with regard to living independently.
  • Will demonstrate awareness of basic wellness principles and the effects of personal choices on health and safety.
UNIV 1150: Special Topics with Learning Strategies

Requires participation in a learning community, residential learning community, or themed FYS course. 

Special Topics with Learning Strategies is offered as a one- or two-credit hour elective course that provides opportunities for first-year students to explore issues related to a specific theme (depending upon the section taken) through discussion, activities, reading, writing, teamwork, and community service – all of which will be centered on the theme of the specific section. Application of study strategies as they relate to the theme will be practiced.

Learning Outcomes

  • Will examine common transitional issues and assess their impact on daily life.
  • Will demonstrate critical thinking skills surrounding the course theme through a variety of assignments involving reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Will demonstrate understanding of the learning process and the role it will play throughout the lifespan.
  • Will examine issues that influence the learning process such as goal setting, motivation, and personal attitude.
  • Will demonstrate awareness of the structure and mission of a research university.
  • Will actively explore major and career interests.
  • Will investigate selected curriculum and identify opportunities for academic and professional enrichment with the assistance of an academic advisor.
  • Will demonstrate knowledge of student services and academic resources.
  • Will demonstrate application of academic and study strategies discussed in class.
  • Will demonstrate knowledge of academic policies and procedures.
  • Will examine cultural differences and diversity among people, with emphasis on cross-cultural interaction and its impact on issues related to the course theme.
  • Will develop personal competencies with regard to living independently.
  • Will demonstrate awareness of basic wellness principles and the effects of personal choices on health and safety.
  • Will demonstrate awareness of the effects of personal choices with respect to the course theme.
UNIV 1100: First Year Seminar

Requires participation in a learning community, residential learning community, or themed FYS course. 

The First Year Seminar is offered as a one- or two-credit hour elective course that provides opportunities for first-year students to explore issues related to a specific theme (depending upon the section taken) through discussion, activities, reading, writing, teamwork, and community service – all of which will be centered on the theme of the specific section. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of relating the class theme to the first-year college experience and the skills necessary for college success.

Learning Outcomes

  • Will demonstrate understanding and critical thinking skills surrounding the course theme through a variety of assignments involving reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Will demonstrate understanding of the learning process and the role it will play throughout the lifespan.
  • Will examine issues that influence the learning process such as goal setting, motivation, and personal attitude.
  • Will demonstrate ability to use library and Internet resources to research and critically analyze information.
  • Will demonstrate awareness of the effects of personal choices with respect to the course theme.
  • Will examine cultural differences and diversity among people, with emphasis on cross-cultural interaction and its impact on issues related to the course theme.
  • Will actively explore major and career interests.
  • Will demonstrate awareness of basic wellness principles and the effects of personal choices on health and safety.
  • Will investigate selected curriculum and identify opportunities for academic and professional enrichment with the assistance of an academic advisor.
UNIV 1060: Success Strategies II

Requires participation in a learning community or department head approval.

Success Strategies II is offered as an elective course to help students continue to make a successful transition to college life. This course provides in-depth opportunities to explore strategies for academic success through discussion, activities, reading, writing, teamwork, and community service. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of refining academic skills, actively exploring career options, improving time management, honing test- and note-taking skills, increasing reading comprehension, and continuing the process of personal development. The Success Strategies II course also helps students identify and access the support services and resources of the University.

Learning Outcomes

  • Will identify, apply, and evaluate a variety of advanced learning strategies.
  • Will evaluate and modify existing strategies specific to reading, note-taking, studying, and test-taking.
  • Will demonstrate higher-order critical and creative thinking skills by analyzing and solving academic, professional, and personal problems.
  • Will identify and employ effective help-seeking behaviors concerning academic success and personal wellness.
  • Will demonstrate increased understanding of the learning process and the role it plays throughout the lifespan.
  • Will demonstrate clear and concise communication skills through a variety of written assignments.
  • Will evaluate and modify self-management techniques concerning time, energy, and money management.
  • Will create a plan to increase intrinsic motivation to succeed in college.
  • Will demonstrate self-discipline by creating a plan to take personal responsibility for behaviors, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Will examine persisting transitional issues and assess their impact on daily life.
  • Will demonstrate increased awareness of the effects of decisions on personal and academic success.
  • Will demonstrate knowledge of academic policies and procedures.