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Contact Erika Hanson, First-Year Seminar Coordinator, at (910) 962-3166 or email

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FYS Curriculum

The curriculum of First-Year Seminar involves topics that will help students make a successful academic, social, and personal transition to UNCW. The information and skills students gain will help them beyond their first-year into their major and career. FYS students participate in class discussions, engaging assignments, group work, out-of-class activities, guess presentations, and exciting projects.

Even though there are a variety of formats within FYS, all sections include the following goals and topics at their core.

FYS Learning Goals

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of and participate in the powerful learning experience of higher education at UNCW.
  • Students will demonstrate self-knowledge and appreciate the value of human differences.
  • Students will understand and illustrate information literacy.
  • Students will demonstrate and understand health and wellness dimensions.
  • Students will identify and apply information to prepare the foundation for life-long learning.

Select Topics Covered in FYS

  • Expectations in College vs. High School
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Strategic Learning
  • Time Management
  • UNCW Resources and Support Services
  • Health and Wellness
  • Stress Management
  • Motivation and Goal Setting
  • Academic Advising Information
  • Choosing a Major and Career
  • Diversity and the College Experience
  • Leadership and Citizenship

Common Course Components

The goals and student learning outcomes of First-Year Seminar encourage consistency across sections, while allowing faculty flexibility in designing and implementing the curriculum. Each section will include the following common components:

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