2009 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 (2 sections with 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 with 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, 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 for Art majors, providing 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 ARS 160 FYE in Art and Art History, ARS 100 Intro to Drawing, and EH 101 English Comp I.

From Reformation to Revolution (two sections): 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 complex games set during the Protestant Reformation and the French Revolution, two crucial turning points in the history of Western Civilization.  If you enjoy a challenge and want a fun and unique learning experience, then sign up for this FLC, which includes LCS 106 Freshman Seminar: From Reformation to Revolution and HY 102 Western Civilization II.  One section is reserved for students living in Blazer Hall.

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.

Introduction to Business:  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, IS 103 Applied Information Technology, and EH 101 English Comp I.

Student Success in Nursing  (4 sections): This FLC is committed to the success of first year pre-nursing students, guiding them in their transition to college and educational goal achievement of attaining a degree in nursing at UAB.  The Freshman Seminar course includes strategies for a common foundation of learning every freshman should share, as well as an introduction to the profession of nursing and nursing academics. Different sections of this FLC include EH 101 English Comp I, and either PY 101 Intro to Psychology, or HY 121 United States Since 1877.

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 CM 160 First Year Experience in Communication, MC 101 Survey of Mass Communication, and CM 105 Intro to Human Communication.


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 101 Intro to Cultural Anthropology.

Public Health and a Healthier America:   The nation's health emerged as an important political issue during the 2008 presidential elections and the debates about strategies for stimulating the economy during the winter of 2009.  This course includes a broad overview of how investments in public health infrastructure, access to health care services, and public health issues impact every citizen's life now, as well as the future of the nation.  This FLC includes LCPH 102 Freshman Seminar: Public Health & America and PY 201 Honors Intro to Psychology.

What is a Good Life?:  Explore what makes for a good life from the perspectives of psychology, philosophy, and economics.  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: What is a Good Life?, PHL 100 Intro to Philosophy, and EC 210 Principles of Microeconomics.