First Year Colloquium

First Year Colloquium courses are designed to help first year students transition into the college.  As of Fall 2011, the First Year Colloquium is a graduation requirement for all entering, first-time, full-time freshman students at UALR.

Which students are subject to the requirement?

The following students are required to take an approved First Year Colloquium, effective Fall 2011:

  • Entering first-time, full-time freshman
  • Entering full-time freshmen transfers with fewer than 12 credit hours

(For the purpose of this requirement, transfer credit does not include credit earned via high-school concurrent classes or IB programs, CLEP, AP, or other accepted credit by examination.)

Enrollment in an FYC is not limited to those who are required to take one.  Entering students who are not full-time and transfer students with 12-18 hours, for example, might benefit from an FYC and can be encouraged to take one.

When should students take an FYC?

Students who will enter in the fall and appear likely to be subject to the requirement should be advised into an FYC during the fall.  If circumstances make it impossible for the student to take the class in the fall, they should be advised into an FYC in the spring.

Students who will enter in the spring and appear likely to be subject to the requirement should be advised into an FYC during the spring.  If circumstances make it impossible for the student to take the class in the spring, they should be advised into a FYC in the subsequent fall.

Which FYC should a student take?

A variety of courses have been approved to meet the requirement. Some sub-populations must take particular courses, regardless of major, for reasons other than the new requirement. These sub-populations and the required FYC courses are indicated in Table 1 below. Students in these sub-populations will be notified of the appropriate course by the administrator of the program that defines the sub-population.

(Note: Since students majoring in Systems Engineering have to take, as part of their major, an additional course that has been qualified as an FYC course, these majors who are also in the Chancellors Leadership Corps, the African American Male Initiative, or the Donaghey Scholars Program will take two different courses qualified as FYCs. Students in these programs should contact their EIT advisor as to when they should take the course required by the major.)

Table 1: FYC for sub-populations required to take particular courses, regardless of intended or declared major

Sub-population Additional Information
Chancellor Leadership Corps – PEAW 1134 These are special sections of PEAW 1124. Direct questions about CLC students to Nick Steele (nlsteele@ualr.edu). CLC students who major in Systems Engineering must also take, as part of the major, SYEN 1310.  See Table 2 below.
African American Male Initiative (AAMI) / African American Female Initiative (AAFI) / Hispanic Latino Initiative (HLI) – PEAW 1300 These are special, restricted sections of PEAW 1300; other sections are open to other students. Direct questions about AAMI students to Harvell Howard (hlhoward@ualr.edu). Direct questions about AAFI students to Amber Smith (arsmith2@ualr.edu ).  Students who major in Systems Engineering must also take, as part of the major, SYEN 1310  See Table 2 below and direct questions about SYEN 1310 to Dr. Andrew Wright (abwright@ualr.edu).
Donaghey Scholars – SCHL 1101 Direct questions about students in this program to Simon Hawkins (sxhawkins@ualr.edu).  Donaghey Scholars who major in Systems Engineering must also take, as part of the major, SYEN 1310.  See Table 2 below and direct questions about SYEN 1310 to Dr. Andrew Wright (abwright@ualr.edu).
University Science Scholars Program;Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation – BIOL/ CHEM/ ERSC 1305 Direct questions about students in these programs to Jim Winter (jdwinter@ualr.edu).

Sub-populations not indicated in Table 1 should be advised into courses according to Table 2 below, which is organized by intended or declared major.  Students in some majors must take particular courses.  Other students might find particular courses best suited to their academic interests, but are not required to take these particular courses.

Table 2: FYC for sub-populations not indicated in Table 1 above

Intended or Declared Major – Recommended First Year Colloquium Additional Information
Unknown or not listed below – PEAW 1300 This course will absorb much of the demand for the requirement.  Direct questions about this course to Kim Tran (kttran@ualr.edu).  For information on excepted sections, see Table 1 above.
Teaching (in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – STEM) – SCED/IGSC 1101 Preferred but not required for students interested in learning about the science experience and/or are going into teacher preparation programs. Direct questions about this course to Kelly Chaney (kschaney@ualr.edu).
Education (teacher preparation programs—early childhood, middle childhood, and secondary) – TCED 1100 Preferred but not required for students going into teacher preparation programs. Direct questions about this course to Lisa Palacios (lmpalacios@ualr.edu).
Business (economics, marketing, finance, or management) – BSAD 1300 Preferred but not required for students going into business majors.  Direct questions about this course to John Hall (jrhall1@ualr.edu).
Mathematics – SCED/IGSC 1101 Preferred but not required for students interested in learning about the STEM experience and/or are going into teacher preparation programs. Direct questions about this course to Kelly Chaney (kschaney@ualr.edu).
Computer Science – CPSC 1105 Required for this major but may be waived if student has to take another FYC as a participant in one of the following programs: Chancellor’s Leadership Corp, African American Male Initiative, African American Female Initiative, or Donaghey Scholars.  Direct questions about this course and requirements in these majors to Chia-Chu Chiang (cxchiang@ualr.edu).
Construction Management and Construction Engineering – CNMG 1101 Required for this major but may be waived if student has to take another FYC as a participant in one of the following programs: Chancellor’s Leadership Corp, African American Male Initiative,  African American Female Initiative, or Donaghey Scholars.  Direct questions about requirements in this major to Nick Jovanovic (nsjovanovic@ualr.edu ).
Engineering Technology – Mechanical – ETME 1110 Required for this major but may be waived if student has to take another FYC as a participant in one of the following programs: Chancellor’s Leadership Corp, African American Male Initiative, African American Female Initiative, or Donaghey Scholars.  Direct questions about requirements in this major to George Tebbetts (gptebbetts@ualr.edu ).
Engineering Technology – Technology/Computers – ECET 1302 Required for this major but may be waived if student has to take another FYC as a participant in one of the following programs: Chancellor’s Leadership Corp, African American Male Initiative, African American Female Initiative, or Donaghey Scholars.  Direct questions about requirements in this major to George Tebbetts (gptebbetts@ualr.edu ).
History – HIST 1314 Preferred but not required for students going into the history major.  Direct questions about this course to John Kirk (jakirk@ualr.edu).
Information Science – IFSC 1105 Required for this major but may be waived if student has to take another FYC as a participant in one of the following programs: Chancellor’s Leadership Corp, African American Male Initiative, African American Female Initiative, or Donaghey Scholars.  Direct questions about requirements in this major to Elizabeth Pierce (expierce@ualr.edu ).
Music – MUAP 1111 Preferred but not required for students going into a music major.  Direct questions about this course to Jeremy S. Lane (jslane@ualr.edu).
Systems Engineering – SYEN 1310 Required for this major. Direct questions about requirements in this major to Dr. Andrew Wright (abwright@ualr.edu).
Visual Arts Preferred but not required for students going into a music major.  Direct questions about this course to Thomas Clifton (tgclifton@ualr.edu).

Read about the First Year Experiences of our Fall 2013 Freshmen: Student Essays

Course Objectives.  The six learning objectives forming UALR’s First Year Experience initiative are:

  1. Awareness of the University
  2. Awareness of the learning partnership
  3. Active involvement in the community
  4. Strategic planning for personal development and growth
  5. Sense of academic community and sense of belonging because of an awareness of and how to use:
  6. Preparation for the future

National Recognition.  UALR’s First Year Experience course is recognized as a national model in preparing students to be successful in college and the community.  The course has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation and is included in The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character.