First-Year Experience Courses

First-Year Colloquium


The First-Year Colloquium (FYC) is a graduation requirement for all entering, first-time, full-time freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 12 hours of credit (concurrent credit does not count towards the 12 transfer hours). All FYC courses carry full academic credit, are small in size, and are designed to provide a strong foundation for a successful transition to UA Little Rock.

The following table lists the FYC courses available for the 2018-19 academic year.  Some FYCs are aimed at students intending to major in particular subject areas, while others are limited to students in special programs and to students receiving particular scholarships. Such students will be contacted through those programs and scholarships as to the appropriate FYC for which they should register.  Students intending to major in a subject area not listed in the table below may register for PEAW 1300: First Year Experience.

Students should consult their academic advisor before registering for an FYC or contact a Discovery Advisor in the Trojan Academic Advising and Support Center in the Student Services Center Building, room 320, (501) 569-3386.

Intended for Declared Major Course Number
All majors except those listed below – First Year Experience PEAW 1300
Business (Economics, Marketing, Finance, or Management) BSAD 1100
Construction Management and Construction Engineering CNMG 1101
Education (Teacher Prep Programs) TCED 1100
Engineering Technology-Mechanical ETME 1110
Engineering Technology-Technology/Computers ECET 1302
Information Science/Computer Science IFSC 1105
Mass Communications MCOM 1300
Music MUAP 1111
Systems Engineering SYEN 1210
Theatre and Dance THEA 1201
Donaghey Scholars SCHL 1101

Courses in Personal Awareness (PEAW)

PEAW 1300 First Year Experience
Helps students reach their educational objectives. Interactive instructional methods promote the development of critical thinking skills and positive educational values. Students 1) complete a personal assessment to enhance their understanding of communication and learning styles, lifestyle risks, and loci of control; 2) learn to identify and use appropriate resources both on campus and within the community; 3) acquire skills needed to promote study, personal wellness, goal setting, and achievement; 4) develop strategies to manage money, time and stress wisely; and 5) participate in a service learning experience outside the classroom in a setting designed to foster community service. Final course grades are A, B, C, and no credit (NC). Three credit hours.

PEAW 1190 Career Planning and Life Options
A systematic approach to developing decision-making skills and an orientation to the world of work. The focal point of the course is the student and his or her goals. Emphasis is on clarifying and formulating realistic career goals and an appropriate career plan and strategy to achieve these goals. The final course grade is credit (CR)/no-credit (NC). One credit hour.

PEAW 1310 Library Research and Resources
Basic techniques for using the library effectively. Use of information resources, including the online catalog, computerized databases, bibliographies, and indexes. Attention to students’ individual subject needs. Three credit hours.

PEAW 1124, 2124, 3124, 4124 Practicum: Leadership Training
Designed to recognize and enhance the development of student leaders through an orientation to campus and community resources and through participation in service projects and social activities. Enrollment is restricted to students participating in official university leadership groups. The final course grade is credit (CR)/no-credit. One credit hour (NC).