Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Seminars Add SPICE To Your Schedule

Balance out your schedule with a 1-credit seminar for Spring!

If you're a first-year student, and you're looking for one more credit and a way to mix things up in your schedule, consider taking a seminar. These small classes can serve as a change of pace, and can connect you with faculty and other students around a topic of common interest.

UNIV 125 - OASIS (1 credit, Pass/Fail) is a seminar designed to assist first-year undeclared students learn about academic opportunities available at UMass Amherst, and also to methodically explore major options. Additional sections of OASIS are tailored specifically for Transfers in their first year at UMass (UNIV 125T).

Here's a comment from a former OASIS student: "I now know what my options as a student are and I'm much better prepared to do all that I want. I am more organized, and I have a plan to get the most out of my college education." 

FFYS 197xxx - Faculty First-Year Seminars (1 credit) span a wide variety of topics, and offer first-year students an opportunity to work closely with a tenure/tenure track faculty immediately in their college career. Check out the Spring 2014 offerings, which range from "Girls' and Women's Education in Developing Countries" to "Sport and Society" to "Plastic Bodies in a Plastic World" to "Internet Business Applications" . . . and much more!

Another 1-credit option you might want to consider is  Univ 190L - Demystifying Library Research - A practical approach to developing information literacy for college-level research and lifelong learning.  This class is open to freshmen, sophomores, and transfers, and after several face-to-face class meetings, the course will be held over Moodle.

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