The First Year Experience is a unique curriculum that all freshmen in CEHD are a part of, designed to build community and help you transition from high school into college. FYE’s rigorous and innovative curriculum includes two semesters: a First-Year Inquiry course in the fall and Learning Communities in the spring. FYE courses help you reach your four-year graduation goals, support the completion of U of M’s liberal education requirements, and meet prerequisites for the majors in CEHD. 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.
In the fall semester, you’ll enroll in the First-Year Inquiry course, a discussion-based class with a seminar atmosphere focused on developing your reading, critical thinking, and academic writing skills.
The FYI class addresses the shared inquiry: “How can one person make a difference?” by discussing a common book. The Fall Semester 2020 book is Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet, and you will examine the book through additional readings, writings, and a collaborative iPad project. Find out more on the CEHD Reads website.
In the spring semester, you have three course options: learning communities, community-engaged service learning courses, or freshman seminars.
Learning communities are two separate classes that are linked by shared themes. You will create connections in your academics and work closely with fellow students and faculty. Learning communities include introductory courses in your major to help you transition into your second year.
These classes require real-world experience with community partners where course material is applied. Community experiences are then integrated into the classroom and curriculum.