First Year Seminars by Interest
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FYS - First Year Seminar course; taught as a standalone course with a theme if indicated.
LC - Learning Community; taught as a themed FYS course with associated pre-registered core classes.
The primary objective of this course is to enable students to develop a general understanding of political participation that allows them to function as a more responsible citizen in a democratic society. This objective includes providing a context for students to: (1) Understand the history of political participation in the United States: (2) Identify macro and micro explanations for political participation and citizen behavior; (3) Learn and acquire an awareness of contemporary issues affecting political participation.
The course will enable students to recognize the importance and advantages of understanding and respecting individual and group differences within the AU family and beyond. Through self-evaluation, students will be encouraged to analyze how their own biases reflect the way in which they perceive, treat and interact with others. More specifically students will acquire an understanding of the importance of utilizing and applying emotional intelligence and empathetic engagement in finding common ground when interacting with people with different philosophies and cultures than their own.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. The art of fly fishing can truly be appreciated through practicing mindfulness, which as both are skills for us to develop, will help you be more mindful in your college experience. With the world flying by and college being a fast paced four years, learning and practicing mindfulness will help make meaning of your experiences. No matter your experience level, learning to be mindful and how to fly fish will add to your life. And yes, we will go fly fishing throughout the semester.
Leadership is designed to help first year students make a successful transition to college life. This course will explore the Social Change Model of Leadership and various strategies for academic and social success. Emphasis will be placed on interactive and practical tools for students to emerge as leaders at Auburn and beyond. Students will complete a leadership plan and presentation at the end of the semester.
Pop Culture and Social Justice is a seminar designed to explore the different ways in which people use various media to tell stories and inspire change. This seminar will explore the ways in which film, music, journalism, and literature become an outlet for current societal and economic issues. Students will examine several different examples of pop culture throughout the semester and analyze the way they address critical thinking, creative thinking, and identity formation.
In today’s competitive work climate it is the innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers who stand out. This course will cultivate students’ creative potential to empower them to approach problems in dynamic and imaginative ways. Original thinkers stand apart from the crowd in a multitude of disciplines including the arts, business, engineering, medicine, and more. By harnessing these skills students will be able to contribute ideas of value to achieve success in the future.
The First Year Seminar is designed for students in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. This course will focus on students learning how to identify potential career options in health and non-health settings that match their interests and goals. We will also provide steps students can take to pursue desired career options in these fields where women are traditionally underrepresented. This course represents an opportunity to build a sense of community and connection with other students in related majors. This course is open to all students.
Last modified: February 20, 2018