First-Year Seminar


First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a two-semester course sequence required of all full-time first-year students. As the central component of a learning community, Seminar helps students achieve success, academically and socially, as they make the transition to the university. Seminar provides students with opportunities for meaningful interactions with faculty and peers about substantive matters as well as timely, constructive feedback about their learning. Students are immersed in an active learning environment with a purposefully integrated and contextualized curriculum, fostering the development of transferable skills and engaging them in the academic community. In UCCP 1101, students are introduced to college level work and responsibilities, and provided with appropriate support and resources to navigate their first semester. The goal of UCCP 1102 is for students to participate in academic discourse and take ownership of their education in preparation for their future coursework and careers.

First-Year Full-time students. First Year full-time students are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar during each of their first two semesters. First-Year students are those who have never attended any college. This includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term. It also includes students who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school).

Transfer students. Transfer students who become full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students after having completed less than 12 semester hours are required to take UCCP 1101 and UCCP 1102. Students who become full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students after having completed 12-23 semester hours are required to take only one First-Year Seminar. They may take either UCCP 1101 or UCCP 1102. Students who become full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students after having completed 24 or more semester hours are exempt from the First-Year Seminar requirement.

Course Objectives

The objectives of UCCP 1101/1102 are to advance the six intellectual and practical skills defined by the Texas Core Curriculum:

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Social Responsibility
  • Personal Responsibility

Student Learning Outcomes*

UCCP 1101

Reflect and integrate learning from learning community courses, including development of critical thinking skills, social and/or personal responsibility.
Interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters through daily activities and discussions.
Demonstrate competence of knowledge related to the learning community discipline(s) in a public forum.

UCCP 1102

Reflect and integrate learning from learning community courses, including development of critical thinking skills, social and/or personal responsibility.
Interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters through daily activities and discussions.
Discover relevance of learning in the learning community through real-world applications.


First-Year Seminar Course Descriptions:


UCCP 1101 - First-Year Seminar I

1 sem. hrs.
Students are introduced to college level work and responsibilities, and provided with appropriate support and resources to successfully navigate their first semester. Required of full-time first-year students; to be taken as a component of a student’s first learning community. 

UCCP 1102 - First-Year Seminar II

1 sem. hrs.


Continuation of UCCP 1101. Students participate in academic discourse and prepare for their future coursework and careers. Required of full-time first-year students; to be taken as a component of a student’s second learning community.