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Contact Erika Hanson, First-Year Seminar Coordinator, at (910) 962-3166 or email hansone@uncw.edu.

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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 develop knowledge and habits contributing to academic persistence and success.
  • Students will develop an appreciation for the value of human differences and diverse ideas.
  • Students will develop fundamental Information Literacy skills.
  • Students will explore education, career, and life-long learning goals.

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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