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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.

  • 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

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

Speech 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.

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 221 (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.

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 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 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.

 

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.

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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