First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

First-Year Seminar Themes, Spring 2018

During SOAR, all first-year students enroll in a First-Year Seminar (FYE 1220). The course is mandatory in your first semester.  In this course, you’ll learn information literacy and other research skills by investigating a theme of your choosing.

Browse First-Year Seminars

Read through the themes below in order to complete your ranking worksheet. Click the column headings to sort by that column.  You can also search by keyword using the search box at the top right of the table. “College” in this table refers to the college of the primary faculty member teaching the course. Please note, though: you are not limited to a course taught by a faculty member from the college in which your major is located. You’ll learn more about your college at SOAR.

College Abbreviations (click to expand)
CEIT = College of Engineering and Information Technology
CHHS = College of Health and Human Sciences
CLASS = College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
COBA = College of Business Administration
COE = College of Education
COSM = College of Science and Mathematics
Other Faculty = faculty in other colleges, the Henderson Library, or university administration
Seminar Ranking Worksheet: Complete before SOAR!

Before your advisor will release you to register, he or she will ask to see your theme ranking worksheet.  In order to not delay your registration process, complete this form and bring it with you to your advisement session at SOAR.

Please note: bring this completed form to SOAR. You do not need to send this form to Georgia Southern in advance.

ThemeTheme descriptionCRNSectionDays and TimesInstructorCollege
Engineering Your FutureThe theme of this course is ideal for all engineering students, especially the first-generation engineers. It will help students explore the engineering fields and the skills needed to succeed as engineers. It will cover essential skills like problem solving, teamwork, technical communication skills, engineering ethics, and skills to succeed in classroom and in the industry.14539DT & R, 3:30-4:20Siddiqui, SalmanCEIT
From Combat to the ClassroomThis FYE 1220 section is designed for veterans, military service members, family members of military service personal, ROTC cadets or anyone who cares about veteran’s issues. Together we will explore cultural and social influences that may impact veterans as they transition from active duty into higher education as well as current military service members who are still serving. We will assess potential barriers to veteran success as well as resources here on campus that can assist in successful integration. Along with campus resources, this course is intended to assist in building and expanding the student’s social support network with other students in this course. This course is taught by a veteran and is designed to be interactive to allow veterans to draw upon their experiences to assist in planning their collegiate experience.14547LT & R, 2-2:50Jordan, ErinCHHS
Goal SettingIt can be hard to stay focused and plan ahead, especially if you're not sure what you're planning for. On the other hand, you may know exactly what you want out of life, but are just not sure how to get there. Managing time, money and adjusting to a new lifestyle may also make attaining your goals appear impossible. This course will introduce methods and techniques for goal setting and achievement. The course is taught by a certified athletic trainer who has spent years working with athletes and their process of return to play after injury. Specific approaches are used to maintain focus and ambition along the journey to return to competition and these same techniques can be applied to your goals, big and small.14546KM & W, 10:10-11Mutchler, JessicaCHHS
Healthy Diet, Happy Life!In this course we will be exploring and analyzing our diets. Through an introspective approach we will explore the different aspects of eating healthy and learn how to analyze other popular diets. We will learn how to implement a behavior change that will elevate your mood, increase academic performance, improve your sleep quality, and enhance your overall well being!14544IT & R, 12:30-1:20Kuykendall, JulieCHHS
Horror CinemaHow did we get from Alfred Hitchcock's   Psycho   (1960) to James Wan's   Saw  (2004)? from George Romero's   Night of the Living Dead   (1968) to Danny Boyle's   28 Days Later   (2002)? This course explores influential films in the horror genre and examines the cinematic, cultural, and historical reasons for their mainstream appeal.1490801FOnlineFechter, LouiseOther Faculty
Logic and Paradoxes The basic principles that constitute the foundations and logical coherence of human reasoning have been seriously challenged by both philosophy and the mathematical sciences on more than one occasion. Some of these challenges are called "paradoxes," and they indicate that some of the most deeply ingrained and widely accepted principles of human reasoning, such as certain ideas on which mathematics is founded, are potentially fragile and certainly worth questioning. In this course we will examine a number of these problems, including their origins and implications, and if we have enough time, we will take a brief look at possible solutions to these conundrums. This course presupposes no background beyond elementary arithmetic; all other methods and concepts are explained from scratch.14543HM & W, 9:05-9:55Higgerson, Robert CLASS
MLK and Malcolm XMartin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X are two of the most notable figures from the American civil rights movement who are often examined in opposition to one another. In this course, we will examine and discuss not only the ways in which their philosophies differed, but also the ways in which their different methods influenced the movement in the United States and abroad. This course also examines and discusses the influence of the civil rights movement in relation to present day struggles. This course is designed to discuss the intersections among social justice, leadership, identity, and activism.14540EM & W, 12:20-1:10Brown, Takeshia Other Faculty
Online LearningOnline learning is a part of the fabric of higher education, and is a vital tool for training and content delivery in the world of work.  This course will examine some of the differences, advantages and disadvantages, as we further develop skills and strategies to insure your success as an online learner and as a member of the workforce.  Specific skills and methods for online learners, non-traditional learners, and returning students are featured.  Prepare now to have the advantage when academic and career opportunities arise. 1604602FOnlinePowell, WilliamOther Faculty
Sports ScienceThis seminar is designed to provide an overview of sports science. Emphasis is placed on the exercise and sport sciences, technology, and lessons learned from sport.14542GM & W, 5:30-6:20Rossi, Stephen CHHS
The Georgia Southern ExperienceThis course will focus on Georgia Southern and all the resources available for students. We will explore university history, campus offices in depth, and campus life (including community attractions such as the Downtown Campus, the Wildlife Center, Botanical Gardens, etc.). We also will examine issues in higher education nationally and statewide that affect Georgia Southern.14545JT & R, 11-11:50Cross, LydiaCOE
Value of Higher Education & College AthleticsThis course explores current topics in higher education and college athletics and seeks to answer the question of value for both entities.14535BM & W, 4-4:50Roughton, KeithOther Faculty
What Motivates You?What drives you to succeed? Maybe it's money, maybe it's the need to impress your peers, or even impress yourself. In this class, we will dive into the reality of what keeps us ticking in the face of adversity while learning how to be mindful of our decisions and consequences along the way.14534AT & R, 9:30-10:20Coggins, WilliamCOSM
Winning at MathFor many students math is one of the most difficult subjects in college. Every student must pass at least one math course to graduate. Many students are intimidated by math due to a variety of reasons. However, math is the "critical filter" for education. The more math you have had, the more job opportunities you will have. Math anxiety is an emotional or physical response to taking math courses or any math-related situation. Math anxiety is a learned behavior and can be unlearned! Students who are anxious about a test or about math in general are focusing energy on their uncomfortable feelings instead of on learning the concept or completing the course. Methods to overcome math-anxious feelings will be investigated.14541FM & W, 11:15-12:05Winskie, AmyCOSM
Wise TravelersWe'll explore a travel destination while also creating resources in a variety of formats. Students will research their chosen destination and, then, as the "expert" travel agent, will design trips for specified audiences.14536CM & W, 2:30-3:20Albertson, KathyCLASS

Last updated: 12/18/2017

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