What is University Seminar?

University Seminar is a two-course sequence requirement for all first-time in college students, a critical component of the first-year experience at TAMU-CC. 

What are the benefits of being in University Seminar 1101 & 1102?

UNIV 1101 & 1102 promotes lifelong and integrative learning, supports your transition to university and helps you and your peers develop a sense of belonging at TAMU-CC. In Seminar, you will work in a collaborative, active learning environment to develop the skills and habits of mind necessary for personal and academic success. You will gain information literacy skills through intentional instruction, and independent academic research. You will also have opportunities to explore the intersections of your personal, academic interests, chosen majors and potential career paths. You will also learn how to utilize campus resources to promote your academic, social, and personal well-being. By nurturing a supportive community and providing tools for navigating university life, UNIV 1101 & 1102 equips you with the necessary foundations for a fulfilling college experience and future college readiness.

UNIV 1101 & 1102, University Seminar I & II

UNIV 1101/1102 is an important part of your first-year experience at TAMU-CC. The first-year learning communities—and especially the Seminars—are designed to help you achieve success, academically and socially, as you make the transition from high school to the university. The professors in each Seminar course invest considerable time and energy developing assignments and activities, choosing readings, and developing connections related to your major and career path in your courses.  

University Seminar will challenge you to engage in significant learning in college-level intellectual work. Taking advantage of the small-class environment of 20-25 students per section, you and your peers will discuss and write about the readings/topics that are relevant to first-year student needs and major interests. Students enrolled in Seminar will be enrolled in courses aligned with the course sequence with your major. You will develop your skills to work productively in small groups and conduct effective academic research. You will also learn how to examine problems from multiple perspectives, and further develop your critical thinking and information literacy skills.  

In addition to the focus on academic achievement, University Seminar focuses on other aspects of the successful transition to college life. You will learn about the wide range of resources available to meet your needs academically and socially, as well as the many opportunities you have to participate in meaningful student activities at TAMU-CC. Most importantly, you will learn and develop skills that will help you succeed in your transition to life as an Islander.