HUM 1920 SYLLABUS (for freshmen)

Florida State University ~ Freshman Interest Group (FIG) Program

HUM 1920 FIG Colloquium: «Insert FIG Topic»

(August-December), 1 credit

Course Objectives

FIG COLLOQUIUM is designed to provide you a set of experiences that will introduce you to the academic culture at the Florida State University. The objectives for this course are as follows:

  • Students will reflect on the FIG topic and how these interests can be developed within the FSU scholarly community.
  • Students will discover the different ways in which the FSU calls upon them to demonstrate their learning.
  • Students will reflect on their in-class and out-of-class experiences during their first semester.
  • Students will learn how they can connect their identities and interests with the people and places of the FSU community.
  • Students will learn how to interact with their instructors and fellow students in ways which support their goals and the values of the FSU community.

Course Structure

FIG COLLOQUIUM course includes two essential components:

  1. Weekly Seminar: Our weekly class sessions will be conducted as a seminar. Each session will devote significant time in cross course discussion of the FIG related courses and students' academic progress throughout the semester. Students are expected to come to class each week ready to participate in discussion and other activities of the day. The format of our weekly seminar will vary, but the principle of the class will remain constant: that we engage in dialogue with one another as a means to explore actively the FSU community and our place in it.

Seminar topics will include :

  • FIG related exercise based on scholarly readings, subsequent paper or presentation required.
  • Effective Modes of College Learning (cognitive psychology).
  • Exploration of curricular and co-curricular opportunities available in the university community related to the FIG topic.
  • Faculty guest speaker (at least one).
  • Academia; Building an Academic Plan.
  1. FSU/Tallahassee Excursions: In order to gain in-depth exposure to the FSU and its surrounding community, we will participate in a number of events and activities outside of class this semester. In particular, we will focus our attention on at least two such “excursions”: (1) An “arts excursion,” and (2) an “intellectual excursion”. Ideally, we will attend the excursions as a group, but scheduling issues will arise so some students will have to complete this assignment individually or in smaller groups. The time dedicated to each excursion will likely range between two and three hours each. We will discuss the particulars of these in class.

Grading Policy

FIGS COLLOQUIUM is a one-credit course, S/U graded course. In order to receive credit, you must actively participate in each weekly class session and complete all assignments. Emergency absences may be excused, but please notify me as soon as possible, preferably in advance of your absence.

**University Attendance Policy: Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.

**Academic Honor Policy: The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University's expectations for the integrity of students' academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to "… be honest and truthful and … [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University."(Florida State University Academic Honor Policy)

**Americans with Disabilities Act: Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should: (1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the:

Student Disability Resource Center
874 Traditions Way
108 Student Services Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
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