The First-Year Experience at Minot State University is an opportunity for first-year students to participate in a powerful learning experience that will inspire the transition to university life and learning through unique learning communities, peer mentors, and opportunities to engage with the campus and larger community.
Students are given the opportunity to work with talented, engaging faculty and staff members who care about students, who are focused on student success, and provide learning experiences that are unique, challenging, and relevant. They also get to work with peer mentors who are familiar with the campus and can connect students to student support services, clubs, organizations, and other academic and co-curricular activities.
First-Year Learning Communities
Students who participate in the First-Year Experience register for three courses that are connected by a theme. The same students register for all three connected courses to form a learning community. Class sizes are restricted to approximately 20 students with some exceptions. Instructors work together to create meaningful assignments around the theme and across the courses.
Some learning communities are discipline specific, and only students majoring in that discipline can enroll. These learning communities are typically composed of two courses needed for the major, or one course in the major and one general education course, as well as a first-year seminar course, INT 110. These learning communities help students learn how to be successful in their major while connecting them to faculty members in the discipline.
Other learning communities are not discipline specific, and anyone can enroll in them. These learning communities are typically composed of two general education courses as well as a first-year seminar course, INT 110. These learning communities allow students to complete courses required for graduation while at the same time exploring an interesting topic in INT 110.
In both cases, the first-year seminar course, INT 110, supports the other two courses and focuses on and helps foster the theme that connects them. It is in this course that students will interact with their peer mentor.
Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 learning communities are described on the Learning Communities page.
How to Register
Registration for first-year learning communities is simple and easy. When you attend orientation you will meet with an advisor. During this meeting, discuss which learning community is right for you. Build the rest of your schedule around the courses in the learning community. Your advisor and orientation leaders will give you directions on how to register.
Keep the following in mind:
- Some learning communities may fill-up before you have a chance to attend orientation. If the learning community you wish to register for is full see the registrar's table to add your name to the waiting list.
- Have a back-up plan. You will want to have a second and third choice in mind if you can’t register for your first choice.
- Since the courses of the learning community are linked, you cannot drop one of the courses without dropping the other two.