UNIV 100 (First-Year Seminar) is a 3 credit-hour, 15 week course designed to help first-year UL Lafayette students transition successfully from high school to university life and academic work. The course has two components: (1) Cajun Connection, which is an extended introduction to UL Lafayette, to the campus community, and to University-level work and (2) the First-Year Seminar, which then continues for fifteen weeks. In addition to introducing you to UL Lafayette’s campus and traditions, Cajun Connection provides you with many opportunities to get involved in campus activities and to engage with others in the Ragin’ Cajun community with similar interests.
The First-Year Seminar focuses on a topic chosen by the instructor – students choose a topic or theme that interests them and enroll in a section based on their interests. The course is problem-based or project-based, and engages students in meaningful inquiry and activities that develop core cognitive skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, and oral and written communication skills. Many UNIV 100 courses will culminate in a student-produced project – the best projects are then shown off in the UNIV 100 Showcase.
UNIV 100 seminars are organized into the following themes:
- Art & Music
- Culture & Literature
- History & Politics
- Leadership & Engagement
- Mastering the First Year*
- Popular Culture
- Science & Health
- The World of Business
*Students who are still exploring their major, interests, or career goals, or who are interested in focusing on the skills needed to succeed in college can take a course on the topic “Mastering the First Year.” If you have ever had the thought “I’m in college, now what?” this is the course for you. This course focuses on topics such as time management, study skills, goal setting, and leadership skills, as well as how to understand what your professors are looking for and how to succeed in your college classes.