2010 Freshman Learning Communities


Business Today:  This FLC will enable entering students to understand the breadth of business opportunities and careers as well as assist in their transition to college and the School of Business through the inclusion of the Freshman Year Experience (FYE).  This FLC includes BUS 101 Intro to Business, SOC 100 Intro to Sociology, and THR 100 Intro to Theatre. 

Critical Thinking and the Freshman Experience (1 section linking 3 courses): This FLC provides students with the foundation for collegiate success by strengthening critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills.  Curriculum includes reviewing a range of study and learning techniques appropriate to different students and learning to efficiently and accurately communicate data using charts, graphs, and tables. This FLC includes UNIV 101 The University Experience, SOC 100 Intro to Sociology, and EH 101 English Comp I.

Critical Thinking and the Freshman Experience (2 sections each linking 2 courses): This FLC provides students with the foundation for collegiate success by strengthening critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills.  Curriculum includes reviewing a range of study and learning techniques appropriate to different students and learning to efficiently and accurately communicate data using charts, graphs, and tables. This FLC includes UNIV 101 The University Experience and EH 091 Intro to College English or EH 101 English Comp I.

Dollars and Sense: An Introduction to Business, Economics, and Personal Finance (two sections): This FLC introduces students to the fundamentals of business and economics as they relate to everyday life, to programs in the School of Business, and to career opportunities for business majors.  Early financial literacy fosters lifetime personal financial planning and a practical understanding of supply, demand, and price determination. Curriculum includes a stock portfolio simulation. This FLC includes LCB 101 Freshman Seminar: Dollars and Sense, BUS 101 Intro to Business, & EH 101 English Comp I.  One section also includes MA 109 Survey of Calculus.

Engage in Blazer Engineering  (Engineering majors only) (three sections): This FLC is required for all entering freshmen in the School of Engineering (with the exception of University Honors students) as essential preparation for any of the engineering disciplines.  Students gain a sound foundation in the academic skills, professional ethics, and teamwork necessary for success in the classroom and at work.  Curriculum includes an engineering design team project.  This FLC includes EGR 110 Intro to Engineering and ME 102 Engineering Graphics.  Learning communities formed during fall semester will stay together during spring semester as students complete EGR 111 Intro to Engineering II.

Fresh Art! A Creative Community: This Freshman Learning Community is designed to provide an integrated experience in the study of Art, production of Art, and communication about Art. Additionally, the student will be introduced to both UAB and the larger art community since community partnerships and connections will benefit them as they matriculate through their academic careers in art.  This FLC includes CAS 110 Success in Art, ARS 100 Intro to Drawing, and EH 101 English Comp I.

Justice for All: This FLC will expose students to the governments, political institutions and justice systems around the world today.  Students will learn and compare the various paradigms from which nations define the rights of human beings, how governments protect their citizens and how nations define social control in the post 911 world.  In addition, topics such as cultural geography, human trafficking, terrorism, communism, political corruption, international and transnational crimes will be studied.  This FLC includes JS 115 Comparative Criminal Justice System and EH 101 English Comp I.

Science and Philosophy of a Good Life:  Explore what makes for a good life from the perspectives of psychology and philosophy.  Evidence to date suggests that common conceptions about what contributes to a good life are wrong and that individuals are bad at predicting what will make them happy.  Experiential exercises will demonstrate how to apply course concepts to your own lives.  This FLC includes LCS 107 Freshman Seminar: Science and Philosophy of a Good Life and PHL 100 Intro to Philosophy.  

Success through Communication
: This Freshman Learning Community is committed to the success of first year communication studies students and other freshmen interested in communication in general.  Students will gain strategies for a successful college career, critical thinking skills, and a foundation for navigating one of the four majors offered by the Communication Studies Department.  This FLC includes CAS 108 Success in Communications and CM 105 Intro to Human Communication.

The Green Revolution: What is the price paid for our disconnection from the natural world? What are the most effective methods for ensuring future harmony with the environment?  Find whether you are part of the problem or part of the solution by writing about works by writers who draw inspiration from nature; observation and examination of a few selected (locally accessible) locales; practice identifying native plant and animal species; and research/writing about such pertinent issues as sustainability, climate change, recycling, and future models for human/natural cohabitation.  This FLC includes LCH 107 Freshman Seminar: Green Revolution, EH 101 English Comp I, and ANTH 101 Intro to Cultural Anthropology.

The Politics of Virtue in Western Civilization: This FLC employs Reacting to the Past simulation pedagogy to engage students through elaborate role-playing and close reading of primary texts.  The curriculum consists of two "Reacting to the Past" simulations: The Threshold of Democracy, Athens in 403 B.C. and Rousseau Burke & Revolution in France, 1791.  If you enjoy a challenge and want a fun and unique learning experience, then sign up for this FLC, which includes LCS 108 Freshman Seminar: Politics of Virtue in Western Civilization and HY 102 Western Civilization II.

World Cultures: A Globally Focused Community: This Freshman Learning Community is designed for all students interested in studying languages, providing an integrated experience in the study of foreign cultures, the production of language, and communication in a global context. Additionally, the student will be introduced to both UAB and the larger international community since partnerships and connections will benefit them as they matriculate through their academic coursework in Foreign Languages and Literatures.  This FLC includes CAS 109 Success in World Cultures and Foreign Languages, and FLL 120 Foreign Cultures.


Freshman Learning Communities with enrollment limited to Experiential-Learning Scholars Program (ELSP) students
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Impacting Community Through Service Learning:  This FLC is a hands-on, experiential study of the helping professions in the classroom and through on-going service within the community through community agencies.  Curriculum introduces sociological connections between race, class, and other social identities of gender, age, and ability.  Students are introduced to basic skills in counseling, crisis intervention, and working with special populations. This FLC includes LCSL 101 Freshmen Seminar: Impacting Community through Service Learning and SOC 100 Intro to Sociology.

LOST!:   This Freshman Learning Community introduces students to the study of other civilizations, languages and cultures, focusing on how anthropologists, archaeologists and linguists have uncovered the secrets of lost and disappearing cultures and languages.  An enhanced awareness and understanding of human similarities and differences will help prepare students for success in the increasingly interconnected world of the twenty-first century.  Freshmen will also discover UAB culture through projects and experiences like a team-building orienteering exercise.  This FLC includes LCH 106 Freshman Seminar: LOST! and ANTH 106 Introductory Archaeology.