Life of the Mind is a component of First-Year Studies 100, a zero-credit pass-fail class that gives students their first taste of college studies. Life of the Mind is the first assignment as a student at the University of Tennessee. Students should approach the program seriously, with a willingness to study the book and then join in—and learn from—discussion with others. This program not only unites the first-year class in an act of scholarship but also sets the tone for a student’s entire career here at UT. Life of the Mind allows students to develop skills and make connections crucial for success at UT and beyond.
During 2018, First-Year Studies staff members will engage campus stakeholders in an evaluation of the Life of the Mind Program. For this reason, no Life of the Mind common book will be chosen for academic year 2018-19. FYS 100 will run without this component in Fall 2018. FYS 100 will continue to organize content around the academic, personal, community, and social responsibility that students undertake when they attend the University of Tennessee.
Through reading together, we learn and pursue the life of the mind at Tennessee.
Reading builds community.
Reading builds the UT Freshmen Class.