2019-2020 Themed First Year Seminars & Learning Communities

 

Discover strategies to get ahead by enrolling in a First Year Seminar or Learning Community. Exclusive to first-year students, these opportunities 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) 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 the Camp War Eagle Application (opens March 18, 2019 at 1:00pm CT)
  2. 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 opens early February (visit RLCs for more info)
  3. Students are selected for learning communities based on a lottery system that will be conducted late spring.
  4. 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)
ThemeDescriptionThemed-FYS or Learning CommunityFYS Day/s and Time/sLinked Course/s (where applicable)Current Availability
Be WellThe Be Well Learning Community is designed to teach students about public health; specifically college student public health. We will discuss topics ranging from nutrition and physical fitness through college student mental health and beyond. We will also participate in happiness bootcamp, a focus on positive psychology and the skills necessary to make the best version of you.LCTBDFall 2019
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)
BIOL 1020 - Principles of Biology (Science Core)

Spring 2020
BIOL 1030 - Organismal Biology (Science Core)
AVAILABLE
Business: Harbert Hello RLCHarbert Hello is an introduction course to the Harbert College of Business. The focus of this course is to orient students to Harbert College’s student services and academic majors. Through experiential learning, students will participate in self-exploration activities, establish community amongst the Freshmen class, and engage with faculty , staff, upperclassmen, alumni, and potential employers. This LC requires students to complete the Housing Application and will have the opportunity to live together with other Business students. RLCTBDFall 2019
BUSI 1010 - Intro. to Business
HIST 1010 - World History I (History Core)

Spring 2020
ACCT 2700 - Business Law (Business Core)
HISTY 1020 - World History II (History Core)
AVAILABLE
Business: Harbert HelloHarbert Hello is an introduction course to the Harbert College of Business. The focus of this course is to orient students to Harbert College’s student services and academic majors. Through experiential learning, students will participate in self-exploration activities, establish community amongst the Freshmen class, and engage with faculty , staff, upperclassmen, alumni, and potential employers.LCTBDFall 2019
BUSI 1010 - Intro. to Business
HIST 1010 - World History I (History Core)

Spring 2020
ACCT 2700 - Business Law (Business Core)
HISTY 1020 - World History II (History Core)
AVAILABLE
CADC Architecture and DesignThe College of Architecture, Design and Construction's Architecture & Design LC is for incoming students majoring in Architecture, Industrial Design, and Graphic Design. Students in the Learning Community will be exposed to different resources and opportunities available to them in the college and will get to meet the faculty and administrators who will support them throughout their undergraduate careers. The College of Architecture, Design and Construction embraces the belief that to be successful in their fields, students need to collaborate across disciplines and practice their disciplines in the community through service. They will opportunity to do so through service-learning groups within the college. The Learning Community will serve to enhance that civic engagement through partnerships and teamwork.LCTBDFall 2019
ENVD 2040 - Design, Invention and Society
PSYC 2010 - Intro. to Psychology (Social Science Core)

Spring 2020
ECON 2020 - Principles of Microeconomics (Social Science Core)
ENGL 1120 - English Comp. II (English Core)
CADC: Building Science The College of Architecture, Design and Construction's Building Science LC is for incoming students majoring in Building Science. Students in the Learning Community will be exposed to different resources and opportunities available to them in the college and will get to meet the faculty and administrators who will support them throughout their undergraduate careers. The College of Architecture, Design and Construction embraces the belief that to be successful in their fields, students need to collaborate across disciplines and practice their disciplines in the community through service. They will opportunity to do so through service-learning groups within the college. The Learning Community will serve to enhance that civic engagement through partnerships and teamwork.LCTBDFall 2019
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)
ENVD 2040 - Design, Invention and Society
ECON 2020 - Principles of Microeconomics (Social Science Core)

Spring 2020
ECON 2030 - Principles of Macroeconomics (Social Science Core)
ACCT 2700 - Business Law
AVAILABLE
COAG Transfer StudentsLearn more about your strengths & weaknesses as a student and how to use them to your advantage while you transition to your new home on the Plains. We recognize that transfer students have unique needs as students and the College of Agriculture wants to introduce skills and tools that will help you be successful in the classroom as well as the boardroom - or wherever your career takes you!TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
Communication & Journalism This learning community focuses on the following majors: Communication, Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations. We will focus on the coursework required to obtain a degree, the opportunities to get involved in the on-campus student media outlets and future career paths for each major. We will also cover topics to help the adjustment from high school to college by learning about AU resources, study skills, time and money management.LCTBDFall 2019
MDIA 2350 - Intro. to Film Studies (Fine Arts Core)
HIST 1010 - World History I (History Core)

Spring 2020
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)
JRNL 1100 - Fundamentals of Journalism
AVAILABLE
Community Service & EngagementIn this course students will engage with and learn about service opportunities in and around the Auburn area. Students will be required to complete 10 hours of community service through resources available on campus and/or through a class coordinated service project(s). This class will provide an opportunity for students to serve alongside their peers and engage with the Auburn-Opelika community. As students begin their college journey and become part of the “Auburn Family,” this class will empower students to serve in their new home.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
Conservation BiologyThis course is designed for students with interests in our Organismal Biology major. Students will be exposed to a broad range of biological issues connected by the theme of Conservation Biology. They will meet professors doing research in the Department of Biological Sciences and attend meetings of conservation oriented student groups. Our class will also make connections with material covered in the first semester biology class, as a way to support learning in that class and show its conservation relevance. We also support student establishment in the University environment through exercises targeting study skills and other aspects of the student transition to Auburn. These activities will foster connectivity both among the students and between the students and Biological Sciences faculty.LCTBDFall 2019
BIOL 1020 - Principles of Biology (Science Core)
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)

Spring 2020
BIOL 1030 - Organismal Biology (Science Core)
AVAILABLE
COSAM Transfer StudentsThe goal of this learning community is to help transfer students integrate and succeed in their COSAM majors. Students in this learning community will explore the importance and requirements for attending graduate and/or professional school, career options in STEM, and understanding the benefits of participating in scientific research, as well as academic strategies and resources for success in STEM majors.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
Cultivating Diversity in STEMCultivating Diversity in STEM is an elective course to help first year students transition to college life. This first year seminar helps students learn invaluable skills such as time management, critical thinking, scientific communication, and living in a diverse society. Students will learn these skills while exploring themes of inclusion and equity including social diversity, diversity in STEM disciplines and careers, the importance of social justice in STEM fields, and career exploration.LCTBD*Students will work with Academic Advisor to build associated coursesAVAILABLE
Discover Auburn: Out of State StudentsAre you from out-of-state? Worried about the transition being so far from home? The Discover Auburn: Out-of-State Student Learning Community is designed for students who are looking to discover Auburn while connecting with other students who are also far from home. Students will get to know their new home while learning traditional First Year Seminar topics like time management, study strategies, campus involvement, and career preparation. This Learning Community is designed for students who are at least 6 hours from home.LCTBDFall 2019
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)
HIST 1010 - World History I (History Core)

Spring 2020
HIST 1020 - World History II (History Core)
COUN 2000 Living & Communication in a Diverse Society (Social Sciences Core)
AVAILABLE
EducationThe Education Learning Community is designed for students in teacher certification majors. Members of this community will engage in organized activities to enhance and promote collaboration, advocacy, and diversity - all of the necessary building blocks to becoming a successful educator.LCTBDFall 2019
SCMH 1010 - Concepts of Science (Science Core)
COUN 2000 - Diverse Populations (Social Science Core)

Spring 2020
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)
MUSI 2730 - Appreciation of Music (Fine Arts Core)
AVAILABLE
Engineering Academic ExcellenceThe Engineering Excellence Program Learning Community is open to underrepresented students in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The programming offered during the academic year supports the development of scholars who are prepared to pursue engineering education and enter the engineering workforce. Students participate in a variety of academic, professional development, and career exploration activities intended to build a sense of community and increase understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Math placement will be determined by your SAT/ACT scores. Please contact the Engineering Academic Excellence Program at aep@eng.auburn.edu for more information about the program and the Learning Community course.LCTBDFall 2019
MATH 1610 - Calculus I (Math Core)
HIST 1210 - Technology & Civilization I (History Core)
CHEM 1030 - Fundamentals Chemistry I (Science Core)

Spring 2020
TBD
AVAILABLE
Engineering: Becoming a World Class Engineering Student RLCEngineering is a challenging degree choice and requires students to quickly learn how to manage their work and time, as well as their own learning process to be successful; therefore, the engineering residential learning community focuses on providing students with direct access to an engineering student mentor and an engineering advisor throughout their first year. Additionally, by participating in this learning community, students are provided with a support system that encourages them to develop good academic habits, helps them learn about engineering as a degree and career choice, and connects them the engineering community at Auburn. The final project in the associated learning strategies courses requires students to describe their own process of becoming a "world-class" engineering student. This LC requires students to complete the Housing Application and will have the opportunity to live together with other Business students. RLCTBDAVAILABLE
Engineering: Becoming a World Class Engineering StudentEngineering is a challenging degree choice and requires students to quickly learn how to manage their work and time, as well as their own learning process to be successful; therefore, the engineering residential learning community focuses on providing students with direct access to an engineering student mentor and an engineering advisor throughout their first year. Additionally, by participating in this learning community, students are provided with a support system that encourages them to develop good academic habits, helps them learn about engineering as a degree and career choice, and connects them the engineering community at Auburn. The final project in the associated learning strategies courses requires students to describe their own process of becoming a "world-class" engineering student.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
ePortfolio & Your Digital SelfThis seminar will focus on exploring your professional identity to prepare you for campus involvement, internships, and other future endeavors. Developing a professional identity involves highlighting your unique capabilities for a variety of audiences- such as peers, professors, and future employers. You will practice crafting professional identities for digital platforms such as LinkedIn and ePortfolios. You will also consider ways to communicate your unique qualifications through conversation with professors, peers, and potential employers.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
Fly Fishing & MindfulnessMindfulness 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. Practicing both of these skills will help you be more mindful in your college experience while learning a life-long hobby. 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.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
Global PerspectivesThe Global Perspectives LC is for students who are interested in exploring other cultures, examining global current events, travel abroad or pursuing a career that will place them around the world. ALL AU students are encouraged to have a global experience during their time at Auburn, and this LC can both offer students that experience and prepare them for other opportunities such as study abroad, alternative breaks, and related academic majors and minors. This LC is open to all students in any major.LCTBDFall 2019
HIST 1010 - World History I (History Core)
GEOG 1010 - Global Geography (Social Sciences Core)

Spring 2020
HIST 1020 - World History II (History Core)
FLGC 1150 - Global Fluency & Awareness (Humanities Core)
AVAILABLE
Human SciencesThe students in the Human Sciences Learning Community will have opportunities to connect with other students, faculty, and administrators within the College of Human Sciences through shared classes and participation in events organized by the College. These events include specialized academic advising sessions, college-wide initiatives for student learning and student development, and study abroad information sessions.LCTBDFall 2019
HDFS 2000 - Marriage Family In Global Context
NTRI 2000 - Nutrition And Health

Spring 2020
CADS 2000 - Global Consumer Culture
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Social Science Core)
AVAILABLE
Kinesiology: Applied Sport ScienceMembers of this Learning Community will explore the career options within applied sport sciences and working with athletic populations. These career fields may include sport coaching, personal training, strength & conditioning, athletic training, physical education teacher education and much more! Students will focus on the importance of networking and taking advantage of the opportunities offered through Kinesiology and across campus in research, outreach, elective coursework, and professional development available to them to build their resumes and make them a marketable candidate after graduation for employment in their field or furthering their education through graduate study.LCTBDFall 2019
BIOL 1020 - Principles of Biology (Science Core)
COUN 2000 - Diverse Populations (Social Science Core)

Spring 2020
BIOL 2500 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Science Core)
PHED 1003 - Active Auburn
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)
AVAILABLE
Kinesiology: Major ExplorationNot quite sure what you want to major in? Do you enjoy physical activity and movement, the pursuit of health, wellness, and improving performance? Do you think you’d want to help influence others to do the same? Perhaps a major within the School of Kinesiology would be a great fit for you. “Kinesiology” involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society and quality of life. Career options within the field of Kinesiology range from basic science and research to teaching and intervention among various populations. Our majors provide an opportunity for being part of a global movement toward improved health for our society. Members of this Learning Community will explore each of the four undergraduate majors within the School of Kinesiology and the career options associated with each. A focus on student engagement and taking full advantage of the many opportunities available during the college experience in order to develop skills for the working world or further graduate study.LCTBDFall 2019
BIOL 1020 - Principles of Biology (Science Core)
COUN 2000 - Diverse Populations (Social Science Core)

Spring 2020
BIOL 2500 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Science Core)
PHED 1003 - Active Auburn
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)
AVAILABLE
Kinesiology: Physical Therapy/Occupational TherapyMembers of this Learning Community will explore the PT/OT career options as well as other allied health careers available upon completion of Exercise Science and Physical Activity & Health majors. There will be a focus on student engagement, research opportunities, campus resources, and the application process for graduate professional programs. Putting yourself on an early path to success is important and this learning community is a great way to do it!LCTBDFall 2019
BIOL 1020 - Principles of Biology (Science Core)
PSYC 2010 - Intro. to Psychology (Social Sciences Core)

Spring 2020
BIOL 2500 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Science Core)
PHED 1003 - Active Auburn
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)
AVAILABLE
Leadership & InvolvementLeadership 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 develop as leaders at Auburn and beyond. Students will complete a leadership plan and presentation at the end of the semester.TFYSTR 9:30a-10:20aAVAILABLE
Live Green, Save GreenIt is possible to be “green” and save “green” – both in the monetary AND environmental senses. Students who participate in this learning community will explore the broad scope of issuesinvolved in the sustainability movement and their impact on modern society and the environment. LCTR 2:00p-2:50pFall 2019
NATR 2050 - People & the Environment: An Intro. to Conservation Social Sciences (Social Science Core)

Spring 2020
SUST 2000 - Intro. to Sustainability (Social Sciences Core)
AVAILABLE
Marine & Natural SciencesThe Marine and Natural Sciences FYS will help students with an interest in marine biology, or the natural sciences in general, become effective and high performing. Students will learn about the library and other academic resources. Effective study strategies, Auburn's complex academic and social environment, goal-setting, networking, time management, and getting the most out of AU will be discussed. Additionally, how to talk to instructors and how to make classroom/lab knowledge "your own" will be covered. Students will learn about career strategies and how to build and will meet upperclassmen in the Marine Biology curriculum, recent graduates, marine science professionals and Marine Biology Club members. We'll also discuss and plan for summer classes, Auburn Abroad, internships, and summer job opportunities. This Learning Community will connect students who share an interest in marine life, ecology, environmental studies, and natural sciences with opportunities around campus to learn more about these areas. Students do not have to be a marine biology major to participate but all marine biology majors are urged to join this group and begin networking.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
NursingThe Nursing Learning Community is made up of freshmen in Pre-Nursing. All incoming freshmen in the School of Nursing are eligible to participate. These students will take several classes together and have the opportunity to participate in different activities coordinated by the college and the Learning Community Activities Board. Through these experiences, the community will get to know other freshmen in nursing and make connections with faculty who will assist them in their path towards graduation.LCTBDFall 2019
BIOL 1020 - Principles of Biology (Science Core)
PSYC 2010 - Intro. to Psychology (Social Sciences Core)

Spring 2020
CHEM 1030 - Fundamentals Chemistry I (Science Core)
NTRI 2000 - Nutrition & Health
AVAILABLE
Passport to the WorldThe first year experience class will explore opportunities both here in the United States and other countries. Students will learn about both traditional and non-traditional innovative study abroad experiences and how to acquire funding for them. Students will be exposed to various culture dimensions of other countries such as foreign language, food, art and clothing. The course will further promote the importance of global engagement through volunteerism and networking as well as increase awareness of the dos and don’ts of cultural norms across the world.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
Pop Culture & ActivismPop Culture and Activism 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.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
Pre-LawThe PreLaw Learning Community is offered as a two-credit (2) elective course to help first-year students make a successful transition to college life. This course provides opportunities to explore strategies for academic success relevant to first-year students through discussion, activities, reading, writing, presenting, and teamwork. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of academic skills, career options, time management, test taking, note-taking, reading for content, computer skills, personal development, and relevant social issues. The Success Strategies course also provides a general orientation to the functions, support services, and resources of the University as a whole. Class discussions, activities, assignments, and guest speakers will help you to learn about careers in the field of law as well as to help gauge whether law school may be a desirable path for you. You will also explore your own core values, strengths, and goals for the future. Application of study strategies as they relate to the content area will be practiced.LCTBDFall 2019
POLI 1090 - American Government in a Multicultural World (Social Science Core)
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)
HIST 1010 - World History I (History Core)

Spring 2020
COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (Humanities Core)
POLI 1050 - Global Politics & Issues (Social Sciences Core)
PHIL 1010 - Intro. to Logic (Humanities Core)
AVAILABLE
Pre-VetStudents in the Agriculture: Pre-Vet Learning Community will concentrate on preparation for graduate studies in the field of veterinary medicine. Students will learn about expectations and processes of applying for veterinary school and will meet faculty and upperclassmen in the pre-veterinary major. This LC is for pre-vet students in the College of Agriculture. Pre-vet students in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences or the College of Sciences and Mathematics are encouraged to consider Learning Communities offered through their school or college.LCTBDFall 2019
CHEM 1030 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (Science Core)
ANSC 1100 - Orientation to Animal Sciences

Spring 2020
BIOL 1030 - Organismal Biology (Science Core)
CHEM 1040 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II (Science Core)
AVAILABLE
Soaring Into Auburn AviationThis first year seminar is open to all students pursuing Professional Flight or Aviation Management. As a part of this first year seminar, students will participate in activities that intertwine success strategies at a university as well as success in the aviation industry. Students will be able to explore test-taking tips, academic resources, study strategies, and involvement opportunities all through the lens of aviation along with their peers in the major(s).TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
The Psychology of Being a StudentDo you find psychology to be fascinating? This course explores the connection between psychology and learning, with an emphasis on helping you understand and improve upon how and why you learn the way you do.TFYSTR 12:30p-1:20pAVAILABLE
Unlocking Your CreativityIn 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.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
Women in LeadershipThis course is designed to engage with first year students seeking to explore leadership skills to use in their organization or profession. This seminar will focus on Transformative leadership theories while exploring the ways in which women are viewed professionally and socially through film, music, journalism, and literature. Through self-evaluations and engaging activities, students will be able to identify leadership skills that match their personality and goals.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
Women Thriving in STEM CareersThe 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.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE
Your Major, Your CareerAssist students in learning the process for making meaningful academic and career choices that are aligned with their unique strengths, interests, values, and personality. Students will participate in self-assessments, major and career exploration, decision-making activities, and action planning.TFYSTBDAVAILABLE

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