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IMAGE: Freshman Interest Groups

Contact:
Kristi Yerian
Assistant Director for FYE
330-244-3278
kyerian1@kent.edu

FYE Freshman Interest Groups

Fall 2014 Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs)

Want to meet people in your major or who share an interest with you? Want a built-in support system and to get to know a faculty member well in your first semester?

Freshman Interest Groups pair an introductory major course or Kent Core requirement with US 10097: Destination Kent State FYE, taught by the same instructor or instructor team. If you're interested in a Freshman Interest Group, let your advisor know you’d like to register for a course pairing listed below:

SETTING THE STAGE FOR SUCCESS

Open to students based on academic placement.
Maybe academics weren’t your first priority in high school. Maybe you didn’t take rigorous courses before you came to college. Or maybe you’ve been away from the classroom for a while. Whatever the reason for your being a part of this FIG, you will gain experience and knowledge needed to build a foundation on which you can base a successful college career. Take courses with faculty committed to together helping you gain or refresh the skills essential for academic achievement.

Instructors: Belinda Manard & Derek Saylor

CRN    SUBJ    CRSE    TITLE    DAYS    TIMES   
13532    ENG    01001    Intro Col Writing Stretch
TR    12:30-1:45   
18901    US    00003    Reading Strategies
TR    9:30-10:45   
19171    US    10097    Destination Kent State FYE
TR    11-11:50   
21031    US    00009    Swift-Kick Study Skills
TR    11-11:50   
Note: US 10097 meets the first half of the semester, US 00009 meets the second half of the semester.

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Open to all students. Strongly recommended for psychology majors.
Many students take “Psych” as one of their first courses in college. This FIG is designed for students currently enrolled in General Psychology and will expand on topics that may be introduced in that course. Those enrolled will have some input into what topics will be covered in addition to those typically associated with FYE courses. Examples include brain-behavior relationships; personal memories and false memory syndrome; self and other perception; romantic relationships; animal language; disorders such as depression, anxiety, and alcohol/drug abuse; and cell phones and driving. The common theme of the mini-topics is that psychology -- the scientific study of behavior -- has something to say about many aspects of one’s life.

Instructor: Brad Shepherd

CRN    SUBJ    CRSE    TITLE    DAYS    TIMES   
22052    PSYC    11762    General Psychology
MW    12-1:15   
19958    US    10097    Destination Kent State FYE
MW    11-11:50   

US 10097 meets for 7.5 weeks.

BUSINESS MY WAY

Open to any pre-business major.
If you are considering a career in the dynamic and challenging world of commerce, this is the choice for you. Business My Way is your opportunity to craft a path for yourself toward a future in a marketplace that is constantly changing and forever offering new entrepreneurs the prospect to eke out a niche for themselves and drive their ideas toward personal and community prosperity. We will explore the conventional topics e.g. global and domestic economies, the competitive landscape, sound financial policy both between organizations and within your own organization and personal life, and the emotional demeanor of people.

Instructor: Dana Little

CRN    SUBJ    CRSE    TITLE    DAYS    TIMES   
22288    BUS    10123    Exploring Business
MWF    10-10:50   
19965    US    10097    Destination Kent State FYE
MW    9-9:50   

US 10097 meets for 7.5 weeks.

BECOMING A TEACHER

Open to education majors only.
What does it mean to be a teacher in the 21st century? We have all been students but what goes into becoming a teacher? What goes on “behind the scenes?” What does a teacher have to know and be able to do? This FlashTopic combined with Education in a Democratic Society will help you understand the “why” of education in this country. You will learn about the history and the issues that have and continue to have great influence on teaching and learning. You will be in a cohort with friends and colleagues that will be a part of your journey into the classroom. “Teaching is the profession that starts all the others…”

Instructor: TBD

CRN    SUBJ    CRSE    TITLE    DAYS    TIMES   
13190    CULT    29535    Education in a Dem Society
MW    8-9:15   
19172    US    10097    Destination Kent State FYE
M    11-11:50   

US 10097 meets for 15 weeks.

HDFS: WHAT IS IT?

Open to any student interested in careers related to social services.
Human Development and Family Studies, what is it? More importantly, what career opportunities are out there for someone with this degree? These courses will use an online learning environment to explore the many facets of HDFS. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of career exploration activities, online discussions with professionals in our field, and lectures to determine if HDFS is the right fit.

Instructor: Katherine DeMuesy

CRN    SUBJ    CRSE    TITLE    DAYS    TIMES   
14672    HDFS    14027    Intro to HDFS
W    5:10-6:50

19964    US    10097    Destination Kent State FYE
MW    2-2:50   

US 10097 meets for 7.5 weeks.

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