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FIG (First-Year Interest Group)

Several of our learning communities across campus have smaller clusters of 19 students living in proximity that relate to the theme of the larger learning community. Students who choose to apply for a FIG community will have the opportunity to live with students who have similar majors and academic interests, enroll into a University 101 Course and three additional courses that are a part of their degree seeking course progression. Members of a FIG will have the opportunity to connect with a mentor team of students, faculty and staff during a scheduled seminar meeting time. Students can select a FIG as their learning community choice on the second part of the housing application.

Communities with FIG's

Market Analysis & Awareness FIG:

This community focuses on analyzing the impacts supply and demand have within a market structure. Students in this FIG will have the opportunity to engage in business focused dialogues with other first-year business majors, faculty and staff outside of the classroom as well as participate in study groups to aid in enhancing the overall academic experience.

Incoming First-Year students planning to major in pre-business are highly encouraged to apply to this FIG.

Sample Courses:

Management Science 290 (Computer Information Systems in Business): An introduction to the effective use of information systems tools in day-to-day business communications, analysis, and decision making.

Economics 221 (Principles of Microeconomics): The study of supply and demand, pricing and cost concepts, firm and consumer decision-making, market structure, and government policies.

English 101 (Critical Reading and Composition): Instruction in strategies for critically reading and analyzing literature and non-literary texts; structured, sustained practice in composing expository and analytical essays.

University 101 (The Student in the University): The purposes of higher education and potential roles of the student within the university.

Forecasting & Communication FIG:

This community focuses on effective uses of information and technological systems as they relate to business and how these systems impact consumer decision making. Students in this FIG will have the opportunity to engage in business focused dialogues with other first-year business majors, faculty and staff outside of the classroom as well as participate in study groups to aid in enhancing academic success.

Incoming First-Year students planning to major in pre-business are highly encouraged to apply to this FIG.

Sample Courses:

Management Science 290 (Computer Information Systems in Business): An introduction to the effective use of information systems tools in day-to-day business communications, analysis, and decision making.

Economics 222 (Macroeconomics): The study of gross domestic product, business cycles, economic growth, inflation, unemployment, and monetary and fiscal policy.

Speech 140 (Public Communication): Introduction to theory and practice of oral communication in public, social, and institutional contexts. Includes foundational and cumulative training in the invention, performance, and critical analysis of oral communication, with emphasis on argumentation, persuasion, audience analysis, delivery, and ethical forms of engagement.

University 101 (The Student in the University): The purposes of higher education and potential roles of the student within the university.

Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance FIG:

This community focuses on the history and relationships of visual arts, music, theatre and dance. Students in this FIG will have the opportunity to engage in creative discussions and share their forms of art with faculty peers and staff beyond the classroom as well as participate in study groups to aid in enhancing academic success.

Incoming First-Year students planning to major in media arts, film and media studies, art history, theatre, art studio and art education students with an interest in visual art and design are highly encouraged to apply for this FIG.  

Sample Courses:

Art Education 260 (Interdisciplinary Relationships in the Arts): The study of relationships among visual arts, music, theatre, and dance.

Art History 106 (History of Western Art II): The visual arts from the Renaissance to the present.

Media Arts 201 (Foundations of Media Art Production): Fundamental conceptual and technical aspects of media

University 101 (The Student in the University): The purposes of higher education and potential roles of the student within the university.

Gender & Society FIG:

This community focuses on moral issues confronting men and women in society and how to communicate them effectively as well as the psychological, sociological and historical perspectives of women in society.  Students in this FIG will have the opportunity to engage in dialogues and form study groups outside of the classroom to enhance overall academic success.   

Sample Courses:

Women and Gender Studies 112 (Introduction to Women and Gender Studies): A social science perspective of women in psychological, sociological, historical, anthropological, economic, and political contexts; the changing roles, images, and institutions.

Statistics 201 (Elementary Statistics): Introduction to the fundamentals of modern statistical methods, including descriptive statistics, probability, random sampling, simple linear regression, correlation, tests of hypotheses, and estimation.

Theatre 200 (Understanding and Appreciation of Theatre): An introduction to the understanding and appreciation of theatrical experience. Attendance at theatrical performances required.

University 101 (The Student in the University): The purposes of higher education and potential roles of the student within the university.

Sport Management FIG:

This community focuses on exploring the career field opportunity within sport management as well as successful approaches to communication in a professional setting. Students in this FIG will have the opportunity to engage in dialogues and study groups with other first-year SPTE majors’ faculty and staff outside of the classroom to enhance overall academic success.

Incoming First-Year students planning to major in Sport and Entertainment Management are highly encouraged to apply to this FIG.

Sample Courses:

Sport and Entertainment Management 201 (Introduction to Sport Management): Introduction to sport management industry career fields.

Speech 140 (Public Communication): Introduction to theory and practice of oral communication in public, social, and institutional contexts. Includes foundational and cumulative training in the invention, performance, and critical analysis of oral communication, with emphasis on argumentation, persuasion, audience analysis, delivery, and ethical forms of engagement.

SPTE 195 (Sport and Entertainment Careers): Introduction of networking, interviewing, and career planning in the sport and entertainment industry

University 101 (The Student in the University): The purposes of higher education and potential roles of the student within the university.

Entertainment Management FIG:

This community focuses on the underlying themes in the entertainment management industry. Students in this FIG will have the opportunity to engage in dialogues and study groups with other first-year SPTE majors’ faculty, staff and current professionals in the field, outside of the classroom to enhance overall academic success.

Incoming First-Year students planning to major in Sport and Entertainment Management are highly encouraged to apply to this FIG.

Sample Courses:

Sport and Entertainment Management 202 (Introduction to Live Entertainment Management): The study of underlying themes in entertainment management and its application to music, family shows, and other live entertainment business venues.

Speech 140 (Public Communication): Introduction to theory and practice of oral communication in public, social, and institutional contexts. Includes foundational and cumulative training in the invention, performance, and critical analysis of oral communication, with emphasis on argumentation, persuasion, audience analysis, delivery, and ethical forms of engagement.

SPTE 195 (Sport and Entertainment Careers): Introduction of networking, interviewing, and career planning in the sport and entertainment industry

University 101 (The Student in the University): The purposes of higher education and potential roles of the student within the university.

Media and Society FIG:

This community focuses on the principles, history and theories of mass media and its impact on society. Students participating in this FIG will have the opportunity interact with other first-year Journalism Majors, faculty, staff and professionals in the field as well as form study groups to enhance their academic success.

Incoming First-Year students planning to declare a major in School of Broadcast Journalism are highly encouraged to apply to this FIG.

Sample Courses:

Journalism 101 (Media and Society): Principles, history, philosophies, theories of the mass media and allied professions and their societal role and impact.

Environment 101 (Introduction to the Environment): Analysis of environmental issues and the role of science in their identification and resolution.

Speech 140 (Public Communication): Introduction to theory and practice of oral communication in public, social, and institutional contexts. Includes foundational and cumulative training in the invention, performance, and critical analysis of oral communication, with emphasis on argumentation, persuasion, audience analysis, delivery, and ethical forms of engagement.

University 101 (The Student in the University): The purposes of higher education and potential roles of the student within the university.

Outdoor Adventure; Outdoors in the Palmetto State FIG

This community focuses on the analysis of environmental issues and the role science plays in identifying a solution. Students in the FIG will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding Columbia and State of South Carolina natural environments through hands on exploration and immersion.

Sample Courses:

Environment 101 (Introduction to the Environment): Analysis of environmental issues and the role of science in their identification and resolution.

Geography 210 (People, Places and Environments): Basic principles of human geography.

Philosophy 213 (Communicating Moral Issues): Moral issues confronting men and women in contemporary society and the challenges of communicating effectively about them. Topics will vary but may include access to health care, euthanasia, abortion, same sex marriage and the moral and environmental consequences of eating animals.

University 101 (The Student in the University): The purposes of higher education and potential roles of the student within the university.

Women in Computing FIG          

This community is for First-Year female Computing Majors who are interesting in an immersion experience that will examine problem-solving, algorithmic design and programming. Students in this FIG will be able to have the opportunity to further explore emerging issues within computing that impact aspiring computing students. 

Incoming First-Year female students planning to declare a major in Computing are highly encouraged to apply to this FIG.

Sample Courses:

Computer Science and Engineering 145 (Algorithmic Design I): Problem-solving, algorithmic design, and programming

English 101 (Critical Reading and Composition): Instruction in strategies for critically reading and analyzing literature and non-literary texts; structured, sustained practice in composing expository and analytical essays.

Music 110 (Introduction to Music): Perceptive listening and appreciation of musical elements, forms and style periods, including composers’ lives, individual styles and representative works. Emphasis on classical music; jazz and American popular music included.

Engineering and Computer Programming 103 (Exploratory Topics in Engineering and Computing): Introduction to new, contemporary, and emerging issues in engineering and computing that are not regularly included in lower division courses.  Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes.

Women in Engineering FIG

This community is for First-Year female Engineering Majors who are interesting in an immersion experience that will examine problem-solving, critical thinking skills and principles of Chemical principles. Students in this FIG will be able to have the opportunity to further explore emerging issues within computing that impact aspiring engineering students. 

Incoming First-Year female students planning to declare a major in Engineering are highly encouraged to apply to this FIG.

Sample Courses:

English 101 (Critical Reading and Composition): Instruction in strategies for critically reading and analyzing literature and non-literary texts; structured, sustained practice in composing expository and analytical essays.

Chemistry 111 (General Chemistry I): Survey of the principles that underlie all chemistry with applications illustrating these principles.

Music 110 (Introduction to Music): Perceptive listening and appreciation of musical elements, forms and style periods, including composers’ lives, individual styles and representative works. Emphasis on classical music; jazz and American popular music included.

Engineering and Computer Programming 103 (Exploratory Topics in Engineering and Computing): Introduction to new, contemporary, and emerging issues in engineering and computing that are not regularly included in lower division courses.  Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes.

 

How To Apply

Space in First-year interest groups (FIG's) is limited each fall.  Students interested in participating in a FIG within their community should express interest on their Housing Application or you can express interest now.