3.1 First Semester: Navigating the City for Learning

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First Semester: Navigating the City for Learning

Key areas of focus: Transition from high school teaching and learning to the more demanding, rewarding and responsible atmosphere of learning in a university. Forging new identities through self-discipline and independence, but at the same time building a sense of community among the entering freshman cohort.

Key questions: Who am I? How do we build our identities? How will a liberal arts education at AUC contribute to our identities as adults?

Learning and Thinking Skills Emphasis: Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation

Key activities:

  • Liberal arts lectures integrated with course work will be developed; students will attend FYE activities and presentations on registering for classes, academic concerns of students, and related topics.
  • Participation in a new Citizenship Institute, developed by the Office of Student Development.

Typical First Semester (16 credit hours total):

  • 9-13 credits Freshman Core courses
    • 6-credits: RHET 1010 PLUS CORE 1010 “Freshman Writing Seminar” – a “learning community” experience. RHET 1010 and CORE 1010, taught in tandem to the same group (of about 18) students, together represent a single theme-based writing-intensive course, which combines former RHET 101/102 (focusing on analysis/argument) with a small seminar course, modeled on existing classes such as such as SEMR 111 The Human Quest, and SEMR 112 Who Am I?
    • 3-4 credits: “Scientific Encounters” or “Culture and Society” Course (Discipline-based course, with lab, taught by full-time faculty of SSE for “Scientific Encounters” (STEM) or “Culture and Society,” taught by HUSS/ECON faculty)
    • 3 credits Scientific Thinking (SCI 120) -- Either first or second semester

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