Frequently Asked Questions About FLCs

What is a Freshman Learning Community (FLC)?

A FLC is generally a set of clustered courses linked by a theme and taken by the same small group of freshmen during the fall semester at UAB. Many FLCs include a Freshman Seminar anchor course on the FLC theme, an English composition class, and a core math or science class. Some FLCs link to a fourth or even fifth class. Faculty work together to create an integrated curriculum with some overlapping readings, discussions, and/or assignments on such themes as Code-breaking, Global Communities, Health Care Professions, and Exploring Birmingham. School-specific or major-specific FLCs vary more widely in their format and may simply consist of the same cohort of students in multiple classes, but they too ease the transition to college and provide community-building opportunities. 

Who can take an FLC?

Freshmen in any major and freshmen who are undecided about the program they want to pursue can enroll in any FLC except a living-learning community or FLCs reserved for engineering majors or Global and Community Leadership Honors students.

Will students get academic credit for being enrolled in an FLC?

Absolutely. Freshman Seminars and English Composition are each 3-credit hour courses. The other linked course(s) generally are 3-4 credit hours. Some science classes require an additional lab or recitation class which may be 0-1 credit hour. Every FLC includes multiple courses that fulfill university Core Curriculum requirements. Check with your academic adviser to determine which FLC courses can be used to satisfy a school-specific requirement, a Core Curriculum requirement, or a program elective.

Are students required to enroll in an FLC?

No. UAB offers a variety of FYE options for students.

Why should students enroll in an FLC?

FLCs are a great way to begin your career at UAB because they


  •  foster a community of friendships; 
  • guarantee a more personal, early introduction to award-winning faculty; 
  • offer special extracurricular activities; 
  • feature collaborative and innovative learning opportunities; 
  • are supported by a librarian, academic adviser, and Student Affairs person; and 
  • are great fun.

Plus, national studies demonstrate that FLCs increase student achievement and decrease the time to degree completion.

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