Classes & Beyond

Important Academic Details

Freshman College participants register for 6 semester credit hours (across 2 classes) from a specific list of course offerings. All participants enroll in a 3 hour disciplinary course satisfying the general education curriculum and a 3 hour service learning course. For summer 2020, all courses will be taught online.

The Freshman College courses provide academic credit toward graduation. Participants in Freshman College are responsible for completing their registered courses. The class 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.

Registration for Freshman College courses will occur during the month of June. More details about course registration are forthcoming.


Course Offerings


3 credit hour service learning course:

UNIV 1201S – Learning for Success at the University – 3 Credit Hours
This service learning course provides students opportunities to obtain skills that lead to success in college and beyond in an experiential learning environment and through engagement with the community. Community-based activities will help strengthen the learning, motivation, critical and creative thinking, decision making, identify development, wellness, and career choice. For more information on UGA Service Learning courses, please visit


3 credit hour core course options:

ANTH 1102 – Introduction to Anthropology – 3 Credit Hours
Exploration of the scientific principles governing natural systems and their contribution to understanding the emergence and biological evolution of humans, the role of environment in shaping human behavioral and cultural variation, and the consequences of human activity on local, regional, and global ecosystems.

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.

COMM 1500 – Introduction to Interpersonal Communication – 3 Credit Hours
Communication as it occurs in two-person and small group settings. Primary concern is given to understanding how an individual can use verbal and nonverbal communication to improve relationships and derive maximum social rewards.

ECOL 1000 – Ecological Basis of Environmental Issues – 3 Credit Hours
Ecological concepts that form the basis for understanding environmental issues confronting us; population growth, loss of diversity, resource limitation, pollution, and global climate change.

FHCE 1110 – Consumers in Our Society – 3 Credit Hours
Analysis of the changing role of the consumer in society. Examination of a variety of consumer problems and issues, including the identification of the consumer interest, impact of advertising, use of credit, consumer rights and responsibilities, fraud, and legal protections available to consumers.

GEOG 1101 – Human Geography: People, Places, and Cultures – 3 Credit Hours
Global patterns of resources, population, culture, and economic systems. Factors contributing to these patterns and distinctions between the technologically advanced and less advanced regions of the world.

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.

LAND 1500Design and the Environment – 3 Credit Hours
The built environment and its effects on natural systems. Focus is on the design of the built environment as an ongoing activity integrating ecological, social, and cultural values. Topics include land use patterns and policies, development and resource management, community design issues, and strategies for improving environmental integrity and quality of life.

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.

PSYC 1101 – Elementary Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
The phenomena, laws, theories, and history of psychology. Topics include animal and human learning, motivation, perception, individual differences, social behavior, and biopsychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles rather than on application. Students are given the opportunity to participate in ongoing research.

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.