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Curriculum

First-Year Studies offers three different courses for freshmen at the University of Tennessee.

FYS 100: The Volunteer Connection

This online course is required for all freshmen and designed to ease the transition to the college environment by introducing academic life at the University of Tennessee. As part of the academic adjustment, students engage in a common reading experience with fellow members of UT’s diverse academic community, become acquainted with important Instructional Technology (IT) tools, and develop an awareness of campus resources and specific strategies that can help facilitate success in both college life and beyond.

Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.

FYS 100: The Volunteer Connection

FYS 101: The UT Experience

Transition from high school to college and Integration into the academic community, including the nature and purpose of a college education, expectations for academic success, organization of university disciplines, and special emphasis on academic and career planning. Restricted to freshmen students.

Grading Restriction: A, B, C, No Credit grading only.
Credit Restriction: Students may not receive credit for both First-Year Studies 101 and Business Administration 100.

FYS 101: The UT Experience

FYS 129: Freshmen Seminar

Small, academic seminars that encourage the exchange of ideas between professors and students. Restricted to freshmen students. Taking FYS 129 is an excellent opportunity to get to know other first-year students with similar interests and to develop a relationship with a UT professor that can be sustained throughout your UT career.

Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 2 hours.

FYS 129: Freshmen Seminar

FYS 401: Peer Mentor Techniques & FYS 402 Peer Mentor Practicum 

Training of upper-class students as mentors and advisors for freshmen. Includes cognitive and developmental theories of the college-age student, teaching and learning styles, group communication and listening techniques, and mentoring and advising skills.

Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.

FYS 401: Peer Mentor Techniques & FYS 402 Peer Mentor Practicum

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