First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a two-semester course sequence required of all full-time first-year students. As the central component of a learning community, Seminar helps students achieve success, academically and socially, as they make the transition to the university. Seminar provides students with opportunities for meaningful interactions with faculty and peers about substantive matters as well as timely, constructive feedback about their learning. Students are immersed in an active learning environment with a purposefully integrated and contextualized curriculum, fostering the development of transferable skills and engaging them in the academic community. In UCCP 1101, students are introduced to college level work and responsibilities, and provided with appropriate support and resources to navigate their first semester. The goal of UCCP 1102 is for students to participate in academic discourse and take ownership of their education in preparation for their future coursework and careers.

First-Year Full-time students. First Year full-time students are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar during each of their first two semesters. First-Year students are those who have never attended any college. This includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term. It also includes students who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school).


Course Description  

Learn what it means to be a student and member of the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi community in the two-semester sequence of First-Year Seminar (FYS). FYS explores different facets of college knowledge for academic and social success. As the integrative engine of a learning community, FYS engages students in a collaborative learning experience. By attending learning community courses with students, FYS faculty facilitate meaningful connections between linked courses. FYS students gain confidence in their individual skills and develop abilities for use in the academic community and beyond. UCCP 1102 emphasizes student success after the first year. 


Student Learning Outcomes 

  • Synthesize connections between courses by engaging in integrative experiences and assignments. 
  • Evaluate learning processes through self-reflection. 
  • Demonstrate academic development by completing integrative assignments and presenting in a public forum. 
  • Locate and utilize campus resources connected to academic courses and university life.

Course Goals and Objectives 

  • Integrative Learning 
  • Learning to Learn 
  • Academic Development 
  • Higher Education Navigation