First-Year Learning Community
The First-Year Learning Community is an optional program that consists of pairings of courses that have been developed by faculty to focus on a shared theme. Each pairing satisfies portions of the general education program requirements while enhancing the student experience. Students who choose to join the First-Year Learning Community will participate in one pairing of courses.
Academic programs have been developed to support the student’s transition to college by providing meaningful interaction with faculty members and their peers. The planned academic programs involve faculty who have connected their course content in ways that create powerful learning opportunities for students. The professors will not only collaborate with one another to develop in-class experiences, but will also host programs that relate to the classes in ways that will enhance your learning.
With a wide variety of academic fields to choose from, the First-Year Learning Community offers a unique opportunity for incoming freshmen to establish a solid foundation to ensure success at GVSU.
*Please note, students who are participating in the Frederik Meijers Honors College are unable to participate in the First Year Learning Community. The Connected Courses are not designed to fulfill the curriculum requirements for the Frederik Meijers Honors College.
"My experience teaching in the connected program has been
very positive. The students in the program form community with each
other much more quickly and intensely than in other classes. This
leads to greater communication between students, and makes for a
richer learning environment."
- Justin Pettibone, Affiliate Faculty - Liberal Studies Department
"My other course experiences may give knowledge that is not very applicable in the real world. Writing 150 and LIB 100 connected ideas that we learned in class that with concepts that I could apply to my every day schema and engage with the people around me in a unique way that I hadn't previously thought of."