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Information Competence in the Freshmen Interest Group


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Sonoma State University is currently offering incoming freshmen students the opportunity to participate in a unique academic housing option called the Freshman Interest Group, a program designed to create a personalized and interactive in-class and out-of-class experience by bringing what is learned in the classroom to life. Based on different academic interests, the FIG program intentionally creates a learning environment that recognizes how some of the most powerful learning in college occurs outside the classroom. All students enrolled in a given FIG will live together in a set of apartments on campus. Each FIG has established a block consisting of one to three core classes that all FIG student are enrolled in together. These classes relate to the theme of the FIG and fulfill requirements of the related majors. Classes are integrated into the programs and activities offered in the residential community. Stronger faculty/student interaction and easily accessible study groups are the two most obvious benefits of the FIG program.

In every FIG, one of the core courses consists of a themed Freshman Seminar (University 102) designed to be the cornerstone of the FIG experience. The Freshman Seminar will not only support student learning in the related blocked classes but also facilitate communication between instructors and students and organize activities designed to further student knowledge of the various academic options available to them according to their individual interests.

This year, as part of the Freshman Seminar class, FIG students will be participating in a unique program entitled "Information Competence in the Freshman Interest Group," sponsored by the CSU Chancellor's Office. Working in conjunction with SSU Librarians, the Educational Mentoring Teams teaching each FIG have developed research projects designed to introduce students to the basic skills of information competence.
During the Fall 2001 semester, there will be five Freshman Interest Groups at Sonoma State:

Business and Economics
Pre-Health Professions
Education K-12
Global Languages, Global Issues
California: Environment and Imagination

 

Business and Economics

>An introduction to the study of business and economics focusing on career opportunities and current issues such as the impact of technology. The FIG Freshman Seminar is taught by Sarah Dove (Business) and a peer advisor.

Block courses:

The course syllabus for the Freshman Seminar and its related Research Project Description may be accessed by clicking on the links above.

Pre-Health Professions

A gateway to the field of health care providing coursework intentionally selected to help students gain entry into doctoral health profession programs as well as exposure to current issues in the field. The FIG Freshman Seminar is taught by Julie Bright (Biology) and a peer advisor.

Block courses:

The course syllabus for the Freshman Seminar and its related Research Project Description may be accessed by clicking on the links above.

Education K-12

A doorway to teaching K-12 in the twenty-first century. Coursework will be relevant to the advising pathways offered for the multiple subjects integrated bachelors/credential program and the integrated bachelors/single subject credential program now offered at Sonoma State. The FIG Freshman Seminar is taught by Vicki Vescio (Education) and a peer advisor.

Block courses:

The course syllabus for the Freshman Seminar and its related Research Project Description may be accessed by clicking on the link above.

Global Languages, Global Issues

An exploration of current global issues for students interested in world cultures who plan to study a second language and or Global Studies. Particular emphasis will be placed on future options for study abroad and opportunities to serve the global community in students' future professional lives. The FIG Freshman Seminar is taught by Suzanne Toczyski (Modern Languages and Literatures) and Jacki Miner, peer advisor with a double major in Spanish and Psychology.

Block courses:

The course syllabus for the Freshman Seminar and its related Research Project Description may be accessed by clicking on the link above.

California: Environment and Imagination

How have writers, artists, naturalists, geologists, environmentalists, photographers, filmmakers, architects, and geographers imagined and constructed California spaces? An exciting introduction to Sonoma County's natural environment, complete with field trips. The FIG Freshman Seminar is taught by Marilyn Cannon (Biology) and a peer advisor.

Block courses:

The course syllabus for the Freshman Seminar and its related Research Project Description may be accessed by clicking on the links above.

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