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Everything Advisors Need to Know About UNIV 100

UNIV 100 is a 3-credit hour course. It is required of all first-time freshmen and must be taken during the first year. Most sections of the course will be offered in the Fall, and thus all incoming first-time freshmen (FTF) should be advised to take UNIV 100 in the Fall semester. The following catalog description has been approved, effective in the Fall 2015 catalog.

UNIV 100 – First Year Seminar  (3, 0, 3)

  • Introduction to General Education through often interdisciplinary exploration of topics of contemporary interest and enduring importance. Increases knowledge and skills that improve academic success.
  • Rstr: Freshmen only. Registration is restricted to all (and only) FTF.

UNIV 100 has two distinct parts: (but the two parts are parts of the same course/section):

1. Cajun Connection – typically the Thursday before the first day of the fall semester, or the day before the first day of a spring semester. Please refer to the Cajun Connection web page for more information.

  • Cajun Connection for Spring 2019 (Class of 2022) will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
  • Cajun connection for Fall 2019 (Class of 2023) will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
  • Focus is on transition to UL Lafayette; topics will include first week essentials, resources, time management, and getting to know their way around campus.

2. First-Year Seminar – This 15-week seminar focuses on a theme or topic and engages the student in critical thinking/problem-solving, and develops communication skills and information literacy.

  • All FTF register for one section of UNIV 100, based on their interests (i.e., they opt in to a section based on the seminar topic). Every seminar instructor meets with the students during Cajun Connection, but the seminar does not begin until the Monday following Cajun Connection.
  • First-time freshmen (FTF) begin UNIV 100 the week prior to the start of all other courses!
  • First-Year Seminars run for the full semester, 15 weeks.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if a student fails the UNIV 100 course in Fall?
A: There will be some sections of UNIV 100 in the Spring. A student who fails the course (or withdraws, or earns a D and has a major in a college that requires a C or better) will be encouraged to contact the UNIV 100 Coordinator, Dr. Beth Giroir, and will be required to retake the course in the Spring.

Q: What if a student does not complete UNIV 100 in the first year?
A: A student who does not complete the course in the first year must contact their academic advisor to discuss a suitable substitute for meeting this requirement. Once a substitute course has been selected, the student should then contact the UNIV 100 Coordinator, Dr. Beth Giroir, to obtain approval of the substitution, and a memo for the student's advising folder documenting the approval.

Q: What does the First-Year Experience program do when students who are not freshmen enroll in the course?
A: Generally, UNIV 100 instructors contact the students to notify them that they are not allowed to take the course (as they are not freshmen). This allows us to discuss with the student their reason for enrolling in the course; sometimes, there are extenuating circumstances, and we allow the student to continue in the course. In most cases, however, we drop them from the course and assist them in finding a suitable alternative that meets their needs.

Q: What about transfer students?
A: Because UNIV 100 is required for all UL Lafayette degree programs, transfer students are technically required to take the course. However, transfers who come in as sophomores (or higher) and who have appropriate credits transferred in will be given credit for UNIV 100 at the point of transfer. Transfer students who do not have sufficient credits when transferring in should discuss with their transfer advisor whether to take the course or enroll in an appropriate substitute course. Whether credit is given at the time of transfer or a course taken at UL is substituted for UNIV 100, appropriate substitutes shall be those courses that meet General Education learning outcomes (such as critical thinking, problem solving, oral/written communication, and information literacy).  Questions about the appropriateness of substitute courses should be referred to the First-Year Experience office.