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    What is a FIG?

    Learn more about what a First year Interest Group is and how you can get more involved in these special Learning Communities.

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.

  • Female student on the horseshoe showing her Carolina pride with a spurs up hand gesture

    What is Kaylah's favorite thing about being apart of a FIG?

    "Right off the bat from when I was in my first-year interest group. I was provided with a sense of community and people that I lived with around me. This automatically gave me an opportunity to be close with people majoring in the same thing as me."

  • Two male students sitting on a horseshoe bench with a female professor discussing how engineering effects our every day lives

    Why Does Professor Melissa Moss think students should participate in a FIG?

    "I think I would say to make their freshman experience more enriching and more connections and experiences. It is actually a great tool for networking. I think I will probably end up writing reference letters for the FIG students that regularly come to my group. I feel like I know them on a level that other faculty members might not so, I can give them a really different letter from that."

  • Male student standing next to the Maxcy monument giving the spurs up hand gesture

    What is Connor's favorite thing about being apart of a FIG?

    "Its not only good for community life and getting to know the University, but every business professional and every business student should know that a lot of business is networking and getting to know people around the industry. People that might be future employers, people that you might be working with one day and people that can help you grow yourself as a businessperson."

 

 

Communities with FIG's

Sport and Entertainment 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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Arts and Sciences STEM FIG:

This community is for First-Year science majors, specifically in Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Cardiovascular Technology and Physics who are interested in being in a community with other student interested in the sciences. Students in this FIG will have the opportunity to engage in dialogues and interact with other first-year science majors, faculty and staff outside of the classroom as well as participate in study groups to aid in improving academic success.

Sample Courses:

Biology 101 (Biological Principles I): Introductory survey of macromolecules, cell structure and function, genetics, and molecular biology.

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

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

Nursing FIG:

This community is for First-Year students who are majoring in Nursing. Students participating in this FIG will have the opportunity to engage in dialogues and interact with other first-year Nursing Majors as they navigate through lower-division. Students will have the opportunity to interact with nursing faculty and staff in a small group setting outside of the classroom as well as participate in study groups with other first-year nursing majors to aid in in improving academic success. 

Sample Courses:

Biology 243 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I): Functional anatomy and physiology of the human body, including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Not available for biology major credit.

Chemistry 102 (Fundamental Chemistry II): An introductory survey of organic and biochemistry.

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

Public Health and Exercise Science FIG:

This community is for first-year students who are majoring in either Public Health or Exercise Science.  Students who participate in this FIG will have the opportunity to engage in dialog and discussions with peer first-year students who are also majoring in either Public Health or Exercise Science. Students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and staff from the Public Health and Exercise Science departments outside of the classroom as well as participate in study groups with their peers.

Sample Courses:

Exercise Science 191 (Physical Activity and Health): Concepts of exercise, nutrition, behavior changes, and skills to promote lifelong physical activity and health.

Sociology 101 (Introductory Sociology): An introduction to sociological facts and principles: an analysis of group-making processes and products.

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

 

How To Apply

Space in each First-Year Interest Group (FIG) is limited each fall. Students interested in applying to participate in a FIG should follow the steps below:

  1. Complete this short interest form 
  2. Complete your housing application. When prompted to rank your top learning communities of interest, list the community that your FIG is housed within as your top LLC Preference. (Ex: a student interested in the Nursing FIG should list the Galen Health Fellows Community as your top LLC preference).
  3. If a student is placed into the learning community that their FIG of interest is housed in they will receive a link to the short supplemental application to formally apply.

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