2007 Freshman Learning Communities



Accepting the Engineering Challenge (Engineering majors only) (two sections):  This FLC introduces engineering majors to an integrated curriculum that prepares them for a choice among multiple engineering specialties and exciting career opportunities.  Working with a cohort of fellow engineering majors, students get a sound foundation in the academic skills, professional ethics, and teamwork necessary for sucess in the classroom and at work.  All students will complete an engineering design team project in their Fr4eshman Seminar.  This FLC includes LCEG 101 Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Engineering, EH 101 English Composition I, MA 125 Calclus, and EGR 125 Engineering Applications of Calculus.

Contemporary Moral and Social Issues:  This FLC introduces students to the most prevalent arguments around such contemporary moral and social issues as euthanasia, abortion, stem cell research, health care disparities, and race and gender issues in scientific research. Students will learn to identify deductively valid arguments and methods for testing soundness in arguments around these issues from different perspectives. If you are interested in lively dialogue, real-life social issues, or contemporary events, this FLC is for you. This FLC includes LCH 102 Freshman Seminar: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues, EH 101 English Composition I, and SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.

Critical Thinking on Darwin:  Focusing on the groundbreaking scientific discoveries of Charles Darwin and the arguments of his opponents, this experiential course utilizes role-playing games and historical documents to introduce and teach the critical thinking skills necessary for academic success. By learning how to apply critical thinking skills to the controversies surrounding evolution and intelligent design, students gain skills in problem-solving, textual analysis, academic discourse that will be useful throughout their college curriculum. This FLC includes LCS 105 Freshman Seminar: Critical Thinking on Darwin, EH 101 English Composition I, and BY 101 Topics in Contemporary Biology.

Critical Thinking on Witch Hunts:  Focusing on the trial of Anne Hutchinson who was accused of heresy in Puritan New England, this experiential course utilizes role-playing games and historical documents to introduce and teach the critical thinking skills necessary for academic success. By learning how to apply critical thinking skills to the historical controversy surrounding Hutchinson as well as to current events that invoke possible witch-hunting parallels, students gain skills in problem-solving, textual analysis, and academic discourse that will be useful throughout their college curriculum. This FLC includes LCH 103 Freshman Seminar: Critical Thinking on Witch Hunts, EH 101 English Composition I, and BY 101 Topics in Contemporary Biology.

Exploring Birmingham (two sections):  This FLC introduces students to the varied social, political and economic aspects of the largest city in Alabama through experiential learning. Even students who grew up in the Birmingham metropolitan area will be astonished by this introductory survey of the city they’ve taken for granted. Students will conduct empirical research doing field work in areas of the Birmingham community, evaluate historical visual documents, and relate their research to contemporary issues. This FLC includes LCS 101 Freshman Seminar: Exploring Birmingham, EH 101 English Composition I OR EH 102 English Composition II, and SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.

Global Communities:  The events of 9/11 tragically highlight the fact that grievances and issues in distant lands can impact our daily lives in America. This FLC enlarges student awareness of the complexity of global problems, promotes cross-cultural and linguistic understanding, and encourages active, ethical, and responsible engagement in international affairs. Through writing, readings, movies, discussion, field trips, and food, students prepare themselves to promote good will and cross-cultural understanding in increasingly diverse environments. This FLC includes LCS 103 Freshman Seminar: Global Communities, EH 101 English Composition I, PSC 103 Introduction to International Relations, and FLL 120 Foreign Cultures.

Health Care Professions:  Although many students are interested in health care, they are unaware of the wide variety of career opportunities. This FLC introduces students to the health care system and the roles of various health care professionals. Students will learn about twelve different health professions, educational and credentialing requirements for various professions, and current issues in health care like patient interaction, end of life issues, workforce shortages and health care disparities. Taking this FLC will help students make more informed course choices, decreasing their time towards graduation and a fulfilling professional career. This FLC includes LCHP 101 Survey of Health Professions, EH 101 English Composition I, and PY 101 Introduction to Psychology.

Health without Borders:  Issues of health are no longer concerns of single nations or communities since such illnesses as SARS, Avian flu, West Nile virus, and Mad Cow Disease transcend national boundaries. Students will learn how globalization, environmental changes, population dynamics, political systems, tradition, culture, natural resources, and economic development impact current and emerging public health issues around the world. This FLC has particular relevance for those interested in international relations, pre-health, nursing, environmental science, anthropology, sociology, biology, and economics. This FLC includes LCS 104 Freshman Seminar: Health without Borders, EH 101 English Composition I, and ANTH 101 Introductory Cultural Anthropology.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds (two sections):  With its large medical center, UAB is the perfect place to investigate your own health and develop self-help strategies to promote those behaviors that will help you do your best at UAB and achieve your career goals. Topics range from “Managing Stress,” “Cold or Flu?”, and “Food for the Body, Mind, and Good Grades” to “Time Management” and “Personality Types and Learning Styles.” This FLC will help make your transition to college successful and healthy. This FLC includes LCNU 101 Freshman Seminar: Keeping Yourself Healthy, EH 101 English Composition I, and PY 101 Introduction to Psychology. [NOTE: one section of this FLC is restricted to residential freshmen since two courses will be scheduled in Blazer Hall classrooms]

I’ve Got a Secret: Making & Breaking Codes:  An introduction to encryption (code-making) and decryption (code-breaking), this FLC requires only basic mathematical skills and basic computer science knowledge. The science of cryptography will be presented within an historical context from the writing of lost civilizations through the role of Navajo code talkers in WWII to the current debate over individual privacy vs public security. If you like puzzles, are interested in electronic crime, or love the science of language, this FLC offers a fun and intriguing introduction to college. This FLC includes LCH 101 Freshman Seminar: Making & Breaking Codes, EH 101 English Composition I, MA 105 Precalculus Algebra, CS 101 Computing Fundamentals, and CS 101 Computing Fundamentals laboratory. [NOTE: students may substitute a different math course with the consent of their adviser.]

We are the People: The American Political Process:  Beginning with an historical appreciation of political development at the local, state, national, and international levels, this FLC introduces students to interpreting and analyzing political ideas and the data used in the political process. By understanding such political phenomenon as insincere voting, apportionment, and weighted voting, students will be able to make more informed civic decisions. Field trips to relevant local and state government sites are included. This FLC includes LCS 102 Freshman Seminar: The American Political Process, EH 101 English Composition I, and MA 110 Finite Mathematics.