For a decade, U.S. News & World Report has annually recognized Kennesaw State University’s First-Year Seminar Program as one of the best “First-Year Experience Programs” in its “America’s Top Colleges” edition. In the 2009-2010 academic year, this program received the University System of Georgia’s highest annual honor for teaching excellence among departments and programs at the system’s 35 member institutions.
What is a first-year seminar? A first-year seminar is a course especially designed to help first-year students transition successfully into higher education. Kennesaw State University’s nationally-recognized, award-winning seminars are limited to 25 students, allowing you the opportunity to get to know your professor well and interact closely with your peers.
KSU offers four versions of the seminar: KSU 1101, KSU 1111, KSU 1121, and KSU 1200. Each has a slightly different focus, but all are designed to help you grow in four key areas: life skills, strategies for academic success, campus and community connections, and foundations for global learning. These seminars may be offered as individual courses or as part of a learning community.
What is the specific focus of the each version of the seminar?
KSU 1101 – Traditional Seminar
Our traditional seminar, KSU 1101, will help you cultivate the skills you need to be successful in higher education. These skills include, but are not limited to, developing college-level research and study skills, managing your time and money wisely, connecting to campus and community resources, and enhancing intercultural sensitivity skills so you can navigate in an increasingly diverse and global community.
KSU 1111 – Globally Focused Seminar
This seminar will help you develop the skills you need to be successful in higher education while focusing on research-based projections of what the world will look like in the year 2030. You will explore seven global issues and analyze the impact these issues have on your own life. The issues are population, resource management, technology, information/knowledge, economic integration, security/conflict, and governance.
KSU 1121 – Community Engagement Seminar
In addition to helping you develop the skills you need to be successful in higher education, this seminar invites students to make a difference in the world by becoming involved in individual and group community engagement projects. You and your classmates will investigate a problem, find supporting evidence to determine the scope of the problem, and offer solutions that culminate in a final project.
KSU 1200 – Leadership Development Seminar
This first-year seminar enhances first-year students’ leadership skills and cultivates their knowledge of leadership theory and application. Through experiential learning projects, you and your classmates will practice leadership on campus and in the community while developing life skills, connections with the university, academic success strategies, and global perspectives.
Which seminar is right for me? You can select whichever seminar is of greatest interest to you. However, some disciplines may prefer that you enroll in a specific version of the seminar. When you attend orientation, your advisor will be able to assist you in selecting the best seminar course for you.
Can I fulfill my first-year curriculum requirement taking any version of the seminar? Yes. Each of the seminars meets the same basic learning outcomes for a first-year seminar course. Therefore, you may take any of the four versions of the course to fulfill your first-year curriculum requirement.
Should I enroll in a first-year seminar during my first semester? All first-year, full-time students entering the university with fewer than 15 credit hours should enroll in a first-year seminar or a learning community during their first semester at KSU.
What are the learning outcomes for first-year seminars? The first-year seminar is designed to meet four learning outcomes: strategies for academic success, life skills, campus and community connections, and foundations for global learning. The diagram below provides a brief overview of the outcomes, or you can view a detailed description of the learning outcomes.