Classes & Beyond

Important Academic Details

Freshman College participants register for 6 semester credit hours (across 3 classes) from a specific list of course offerings. All participants enroll in a 3 hour disciplinary course satisfying the general education curriculum, a 2 hour service learning course, and a 1 hour writing seminar.

The Freshman College courses provide academic credit toward graduation. Participants in Freshman College are responsible for completing their registered courses. The classroom requirements are demanding and require a focused commitment of time and effort.

A normal semester lasts approximately 15 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. Freshman College courses cover the same amount of material in 4 weeks. One day of class during Freshman College is the equivalent of one week of class during a regular semester.

Participants will attend classes Monday through Friday. Morning classes are scheduled from 9:15am to 11:30am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (MWF), and from 8:00-11:30 on Tuesday and Thursday (TR). Afternoon classes are from 1:00-3:15pm on Monday through Friday.

Registration for Freshman College courses occurs during participants’ UGA Orientation session.


Course Offerings

1 credit hour course options:

UNIV 1111 – Developing Literacies in the Humanities – 1 Credit Hour
This course is an introduction to the focus areas that comprise the humanities (e.g., literature, philosophy, music, history, and the arts). It provides a historical overview of the different modes of expression that scholars utilize to make sense of the world and to document the human experience. The course also presents a survey of scholarship in the humanities and introduces students to humanist writing conventions. Students will learn to critically examine forms of expression in the various disciplines and to present well-reasoned arguments. The course asks students to explore what it means today to be a practitioner (i.e. writing, speaking, presenting, engaging research) in their particular area of the humanities and to consider what skills development will be required to become a thriving member of such a community.


UNIV 1112 – Developing Literacies in the Social Sciences – 1 Credit Hour
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the various social science disciplines. The course provides a historical overview of the development of the social sciences and their approaches to investigating social phenomena and analyzing the results of the investigation. Students learn how to become critical consumers of social science research and gain an understanding of the skills necessary to be a practitioner in the field of social sciences. Students also learn to develop and present their arguments in a range of presentation formats.


UNIV 1113 – Developing Literacies in the Field of STEM – 1 Credit Hour

This course is an introduction to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and the skills students need to be successful as majors within these domains. The course presents the history, fundamental principles, applications, and processes of becoming literate within STEM fields. Students explore and analyze some of the world’s problems from the perspectives of STEM inquiry and learn to use various strategies to solve problems as well as communicate effectively as a STEM major.


2 credit hour service learning course:

UNIV 1103S – Strategies and Life-Skills Needed for Success – 2 Credit Hours
Provides opportunities for students to acquire skills needed to seek and obtain a relevant career, engage in critical and creative thinking to make sound decisions and solve complex problems, and become effective learners throughout their lives. Students work and learn in a collaborative environment beyond the traditional classroom and engage with the Athens community. For more information on UGA Service Learning courses, please visit


3 credit hour core course options:

BIOL 1103 – Basic Concepts in Biology – 3 Credit Hours
Science as a process, evolution, energy transfer, genetic continuity, complementarity of structure and function, regulation and homeostasis, interdependence in nature. Topics include chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, growth and development, evolutionary biology, principles of ecology.

*Note: This Biology course is for students not majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field.

CLAS 1020 – Classical Mythology – 3 Credit Hours
The myths and sagas of the Greeks and Romans, taught in particular through ancient literature.

COMM 1110 – Introduction to Public Speaking – 3 Credit Hours
The fundamental principles and practices of public speaking, including systematic library research, creative analysis and synthesis of topics, organization, language, delivery, audience adaptation, reasoning, arguments, and supporting materials.

HIST 2111 – American History to 1865 – 3 Credit Hours
American society, politics, thought, institutions, and economic life from the first settlements to the end of the Civil War.

HIST 2302 – History of Western Society Since 1500 – 3 Credit Hours
Western society from the Renaissance to the present day, emphasizing ideas, culture, and social change.

MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus – 3 Credit Hours
Preparation for calculus, including an intensive study of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs. Applications include simple maximum/minimum problems, exponential growth and decay, and surveying problems.

POLS 1101 – American Government – 3 Credit Hours
Government and politics in the United States, including the philosophical and constitutional foundations, political institutions such as Congress and the presidency, political practices such as voting, and civil rights and liberties.

SOCI 1101 – Introductory Sociology – 3 Credit Hours
Basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods of sociology, with an emphasis on culture, socialization, social organizations, and major institutions.

THEA 2000 – Appreciation of Theatre – 3 Credit Hours
Aesthetics and craft of the theatrical experience on stage, screen, and television. Discussions and analyses of all aspects of the theatrical arts; critical viewing of performances both in and out of class with written analyses. May not be used for credit towards the theatre major.




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