First Year Experience Seminars

Offered each semester for first-year students, both freshmen and transfer students

First Year Experience (FYE) Seminars provide an unparalleled opportunity for small groups of students to explore a thought-provoking scholarly topic outside of General Education requirements.

  • Learn how scholarship is conducted in specific disciplines.
  • Practice using UAOnline to register for courses, add/drop courses, check financial aid, and more.
  • Get familiar with using DegreeWorks to determine your outstanding graduation requirements.
  • Improve your understanding of academic planning, program requirements, and student code of conduct at UAF.
  • National research shows that first-year seminars improve 4-year graduation rates and college GPA among all students.
  • All FYE seminars are graded pass/fail.
  • Students who enroll but do not complete or pass the course will be charged $45.

Earn one free credit!

  • Tuition and all fees are paid for First Year Experience (FYE) seminars.
  • Students who enroll but do not complete the course will be charged $45.
  • Contact the URSA office 450-8772 or ursa.uaf@alaska.edu for more information.

Fall Semester 2015

First Year Experience Seminars (FYE)

Introduction to Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Activity
Instructor  Barbara Taylor
FYE F100    FE1
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 pm
     September 4 - December 19      CRN 75779
Learn about the diversity of research at UAF and the opportunities for undergraduate student participation in research and creative scholarship from the researchers themselves. Gain a broad understanding of the significance, process and impact of research and creative scholarship on UAF campuses.

The Fate of the World's Languages
Instructor  Gary Holton
FYE F100    F01
Mondays 2:15 - 3:45pm
   September 4 - November 6     CRN 77959
More than 7,000 distinct languages are spoken in the world today; most are likely to disappear before the end of this century. Some mourn the loss of unique speech varieties; others welcome the shift to major languages, especially English, as a way of facilitating global communication. This course draws on specific case studies to explore what is lost and what is gained when a language disappears.

Banned! Challenges to Intellectual Freedom Around the World
Instructor  Karen Jensen
FYE F100    F02
Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:00 pm
     September 4 - November 6     CRN 74742
Huck Finn, Fahrenheit 451, Captain Underpants…What do all these books have in common? They’ve been banned!  Have you ever seen a library display for Banned Books Week? It’s not just a publicity stunt; books, movies and more really do get censored in today’s information-rich world.  Understand the dilemmas faced by librarians, publishers, booksellers and writers when faced with information that may be “too hot to handle.” In this course we will examine the motives for and means of censorship in print and online, and discuss why it is sometimes difficult - yet vital – for libraries to defend intellectual freedom.

How Do We Build Sustainable Communities in Alaska?
Instructor  Cindy Fabbri
FYE F100    F03
Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:30 pm      September 4 - November 6     CRN 77960

We will examine what it means to have a sustainable community.  Students will bring their own ideas and examples to the table to help the group explore issues of importance in urban and rural Alaska (i.e. water and sanitation, energy, health, food security, economic development, biodiversity, air quality).  The group will work collaboratively to identify strategies that we can use to make Alaska’s communities more sustainable.

HIdden Mysteries
Instructor  Leslie McCartney
FYE F100    F04
Tuesdays 3:40 - 5:10 pm      September 4 - November 6     CRN 75744

A scroll of papyrus paper containing nine mathematical problems, a stone-age tool, a pot shard, a credit card, a microchip … every object, found in every corner of the globe tells a story of how humans, in just over two million years, have shaped our world and have been shaped by it. We will look at museum artifacts that shine a light on human history worldwide and in Alaska.

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