The Office of First-Year Experience recruits faculty to teach UNIV 100 (First-Year Seminar). We anticipate there will be over 120 sections of the course in the Fall semester (serving approximately 3,000 first-time freshmen). Before applying, please review all of the information on this page. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Elizabeth Giroir, Executive Director of Student Success, or stop by the Office of First-Year Experience in Lee Hall, 106.
Introduction to UNIV 100 at UL Lafayette
UNIV 100 (First-Year Seminar) is a 3 credit-hour, full semester, 15-week course designed to help first-year UL Lafayette students transition successfully from high school to university life and academic work.
Instructors propose a course based on a topic of their interest and expertise. Students from any major may enroll in any section and often choose topics outside of their major. Courses are advertised to students during summer orientation session based on themes to help them choose a topic they find engaging.
UNIV 100 has two segments: (1) Cajun Connection (sometime in August), a one day extended introduction for the students to UL Lafayette, the campus community, and to university-level work; and (2) the First-Year Seminar, which you teach, which then continues the full remainder of the semester.
Effective Fall 2015, UNIV 100 became a first-year seminar focused on an academic topic chosen by the instructor. 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 is the first course in the General Education Core Curriculum. The following course description is applied to all sections of the course:
"Introduction to General Education through (often interdisciplinary) exploration of topics of contemporary interest and enduring importance. Increases knowledge and skills that improve academic success."
UNIV 100 courses are organized into eight different themes to help students select from among the 100+ sections those which interest them the most. Instructors propose a specific topic within the theme.
Culture & Literature - Are you interested in the big picture? Are you curious about how people have used religion, culture, literature, and the arts to understand the world around them to create meaning? Courses in this theme will give you an introduction to the study of human experience through fashion, literature, philosophy, and world culture.
History & Politics - Do you enjoy learning about politics and history? How about class simulations where you get an in-depth view of how institutions work and decisions are made? Are you interested in the official and unofficial ways that policy and norms influence our lives? These classes will give you a taste for the basics in the study of history and politics and will help you dig deeply into the course topics.
Leadership & Engagement - Are you interested in being engaged in campus life and in your community? Would you like to learn how to be a more effective leader? These sections will help you learn more about yourself, engage with your peers, develop your own leadership style, and serve and improve your community.
Mastering the First Year - You’ve decided to come to college, but you aren’t exactly sure what comes next. Maybe you need help figuring out which major or career is best for you? Do you need to work on getting better at time management, study skills, or goal setting? Do you want to work on your leadership skills? Courses in this theme will help you learn how to master college and become a leader on your campus and in your community. (Approximately 20 sections of this themed course will be offered in the fall. Though mostly taught by full-time staff from the Office of First-Year Experience and Academic Success Center, a very small number of sections may be taught by other instructors. Sections in this theme are based on a common syllabus that focuses on personal development, goal-setting, time-management, leadership, and career planning.)
Popular Culture - Do you love not only watching your favorite TV shows but also dissecting the cultural and political influences that drive the stories? Are you interested in the way social media is transforming our culture, our businesses, and the way we interact? This theme will give you an in-depth perspective on the driving forces behind popular culture.
Science & Health - Are you interested in knowing more about your environment? Do you want to learn about how science impacts your daily life – from climate change to the internet? These courses will introduce you to the basics of science in a way that is applicable in your daily life.
The World of Business - Want to get a taste of business? Perhaps you’re interested in being an entrepreneur or would like to learn more about branding and marketing. These classes will introduce you to the basic ideas and skills that are necessary to be successful in the business world.
Some sections are designated as Honors by the UNIV 100 Coordinator, and their section numbers begin with an H (e.g. H01, H20). These sections are open to all students, but students in the Honors Program may count any one of these sections of UNIV 100 towards their Honors curriculum. These sections are distinguished by being student-led with a heavy emphasis on active learning, critical thinking, and presentations.
Student Learning Outcomes
There are three Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) shared across all UNIV 100 first-year seminars. SLOs include:
- Critical thinking and problem solving: the course will focus on a central theme or topic that asks the students to engage in University-level inquiry that challenges them to formulate appropriate questions, investigate potential answers, and arrive (at least tentatively) at solutions.
- Oral and Written Communication Skills: students will state clearly and defend orally and in writing their ideas, arguments, and research questions.
- Information Literacy: students will independently investigate answers to questions posed in the course, learn to find information and critically assess the relevance and value of that information vis-à-vis the questions posed, as well as formulate new questions based on the initial inquiry.
In meeting these learning outcomes, instructors should use problem-based or project-based pedagogies to engage students in meaningful inquiry and activities that develop core cognitive skills. (Instructional resources available on the Teaching Resources page). Many UNIV 100 courses will culminate in a student-produced project. The best projects are then shown off in the UNIV 100 Showcase.
Each course is expected to provide assignments and activities that are challenging but appropriate for first-year students. At a minimum, assignment expectations include:
- Writing – 5-10 pages of writing during the semester (1250-2000 words)
- Reading – 5-15 pages of reading per week for most weeks of the semester (20-30 minutes)
- Presentations – At least one individual or group presentation
- Research – At least one project that involves gathering, using, and critically evaluating appropriate sources in the development of a project, paper, or presentation.
- Opportunities for formative feedback/drafts/revisions – First-year students often do not have a clear understanding of expectations for University-level work. Provide opportunities for them to learn about the course expectations in low-stake settings.
Cajun Connection is a one-day, academic orientation for first-time freshmen. This program gives freshmen early access to UL Lafayette before the arrival of the university’s remaining 14,000+ students to help them become more comfortable and connected with the university.