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Minneapolis, MN 55455
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First Year Experience

A two-semester curriculum offered through the department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, the First Year Experience is focused on the social, academic, and institutional needs of first-year students.

The first-year curriculum includes a First Year Inquiry course and Learning Communities.

First Year Inquiry

The First Year Inquiry class rotates between lectures and small discussion sections in order to utilize active learning strategies and to develop students’ skills in reading, critical thinking, academic writing, and thoughtful discussion.

The Fall 2014 FYI class addresses the shared inquiry: “Can one person make a difference?” by discussing a common book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, reading and discussing supporting books and articles, writing reflective academic papers, and creating a Capstone Project to present at the FYI Symposium. Learn more »

Learning Communities

Learning Communities are linked classes that enable students to create greater coherence in their studies and enhance intellectual interaction with faculty and fellow students. The courses are designed to fulfill liberal education requirements and prerequisites for the majors in CEHD. Learn more »

President's Emerging Scholars

CEHD students in the President's Emerging Scholars program, including students selected for the TRIO Student Support Services program, participate in CEHD's first-year curriculum.


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