University 101 is KU’s orientation seminar. The two-credit hour seminar is small, enrolling about 19 students in each section. In the course students:
- Learn about the University and begin to define their KU experience.
- Meet peers and professionals that will help them transition to student life.
- Read and discuss the KU Common Book.
- Visit iconic campus spaces.
- Engage in work that affirms student identities and promotes student well-being.
- Develop skills for college (information and financial literacy, time management, critical thinking, communication, and study skills).
- Make academic and career plans.
- Discover pathways to future experiences.
- Recognize strengths and translate them into success and opportunity.
UNIV 101 instructors develop exciting assignments that provide students with frequent feedback and allow for out-of-the-classroom experiences. Students have met with performers from the Lied Center, carried-out service learning projects with community organizations, and conducted research on objects at the Spencer Museum of Art, Dole Institute of Politics, and Spencer Research Library.
UNIV 101 classrooms are social learning spaces where students learn not only from the instructor but each other. Together we work on interesting projects, have experiences, develop skills, and learn about the University, each other, and ourselves. This work not only maximizes student learning in UNIV 101 but in subsequent courses as well.