First Year Interest Groups

What are First Year Interest Groups (FIGs)?

First Year Interest Groups (FIGs) provide opportunities for students who have similar academic interests and goals to live together in residence halls offering structured learning environments. FIGs are “communities within a community” where every student participates in one common course per semester and learns with the same community that they live with. Begin your college career with additional resources and support by participating in a FIG and apply now!

What’s in it for me?

  • Eases the transition to college.
  • Establishes a solid foundation for long-term collegiate success.
  • Connects students quickly with a community of fellow students, upper-classmen, faculty,
    and staff.
  • Increased engagement, enhanced activities, involvement, and success in learning.
  • A greater level of academic support.
  • Higher likelihood to finish a degree in 4 years.
  • Career Exploration
  • Success Coaching

What FIGs are Offered?

We have six different FIGs to choose from Spiritual Formation, Sciences, Honors, First Generation, Cultural Engagement, and Leadership. We hope this information will help you decide FIGs could help meet your academic and personal goals for this upcoming year!

Learn more about each FIG below.

The Leadership FIG is designed specifically for those who are interested in growing their leadership, management and organizational skills that will translate to their future career. You will engage in learning outside of the classroom through luncheons, programs, and field trips relevant to your interest. This FIG is a terrific way to live and learn with a group of students that share the same passion for leadership that you do!

Students selected for this FIG will take the following First Year Seminar Class.

Fall 2019

FYSM-1300-Q FYSM: Leading Through Challenge

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The Spiritual Formation FIG is designed specifically for those interested in growing their knowledge and appreciation for the Bible. Students in this program will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and staff in the Theology department. You will engage in learning outside of the classroom through luncheons, programs, field trips and you’ll explore different disciplines while developing skills for ministry! This FIG is a terrific way to live and learn with a group of students that share the same passion for ministry as you do!

Students selected for this FIG will take the following First Year Seminar Class.

Fall 2019

FYSM-1300 W FYSM Formation: The Life of Worship

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The Honors FIG is designed specifically for those who have applied and been accepted into the Honors College. This program will encourage students to strive for excellence and assume accountability for their intellectual growth. Along with luncheons, field trips, and various programs, this FIG will provide community through discussions of ideas and participation in academic pursuits. Selected faculty members will teach highly motivated students in this FIG, which will help engage students more actively in pursuing knowledge and challenging themselves to grow intellectually and spiritually.

Students selected for this FIG will take the following First Year Seminar Class.

Fall 2019

HONR-1301-A: Honors Colloquium

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This FIG is an intentional grouping of students housed together wanting to maximize their opportunities for success as being one of the first in their family to attend college. Students in this LLC will receive additional resources and support to develop academic skills and strategies proven to enhance student success. You will engage in learning outside of the classroom through luncheons, programs, and field trips while learning how to work together beyond your first year through group work in techniques for academic success! This FIG will allow you to live and learn with a group of students that share the same desire to be the first in their family to obtain a Bachelors degree!

Students selected for this FIG will take the following First Year Seminar Class.

Fall 2019

FYSM-1300-G FYSM: Got Grit

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The Cultural Engagement FIG is designed for those desiring to explore different cultures, different people, and their experiences while increasing your own understanding of the diversity within the world. This FIG will help develop skills of cultural engagement by both living and learning with people that are of different cultures, backgrounds, genders, and belief systems than yours. It will also open up opportunities to engage in social justice efforts. You will engage in learning outside of the classroom through luncheons, programs, and field trips while learning how to work together to culturally engage! This FIG will allow you to live and learn with a group of students that share the same passion for furthering their cultural understanding as you do!

Students selected for this FIG will take the following First Year Seminar Class.

Fall 2019

FYSM-1300-M FYSM: Minority Voices:Sharing our Stories

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The Sciences FIG is designed specifically for those who are interested in the science profession. This would include medical professions, biology, chemistry, geology etc. You will engage in learning outside of the classroom through luncheons, programs, and field trips while learning how to work together beyond your first year through group work in the chemical, biological, and social sciences. This is a great way to learn how to integrate your faith into your career! This FIG will allow you to live and learn with a group of students that share the same passion for Science as you do!

Students selected for this FIG will take the following First Year Seminar Class.

Fall 2019

FYSM-1300-P FYSM: Simon (Sinek) Says: Pursue Your Passion

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