Engage 100 Experiences

Freshman Interest Groups

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Experience Overview

Freshman Interest Groups provide a way for new students to connect with a group of students sharing similar interests. Registering for a FIG will place you and your fellow FIG participants in a set of classes that have a theme such as business or communication.
To enroll, work with your advisor to select a FIG cluster that works best for your schedule and identify the FIG’s title using the appendix in “It’s All Academic”. In Schedule Assistant, search for the FIG using the FIG tab. Select the title that matches the one listed in It’s All Academic. This method will enroll you in the FIG colloquium and courses in the FIG cluster.

For more information contact Freshman Interest Group Office at FIGs@admin.fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

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Experience Overview

Inquiry, investigation, and discovery are at the heart of Florida State's mission. Every faculty member is engaged in groundbreaking original scholarship, and as an undergraduate, you can join faculty in their work in laboratories, libraries, studios, and beyond. Imagine how you can connect your classroom learning and intellectual interests as you work with faculty members, Ph.D. students, and startup companies on research and creative projects.
This experience is available through an application process.
For more information, visit https://cre.fsu.edu/undergradresearch/urop

For more information contact Alicia Batailles at alicia.batailles@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Living-Learning Communities (Fall start only)

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Experience Overview

Living–Learning Communities (LLC) are a small group of students who live together, share an interest, and take one or two of their classes together — usually in a small classroom inside their residence hall., An LLC is a great place to plug into a supportive network of students and distinguished faculty as soon as you arrive at FSU.
This experience is available through an application process.
For more information, visit https://housing.fsu.edu/living-learning-communities.

For more information contact Dr. Courtney Barry at cbarry@admin.fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Chart Your Course (Fall and Spring)

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Experience Overview

Chart Your Course: Navigating Your FSU Experience is designed to help first-year students successfully transition to Florida State University. This course invites first-year students to experience the many opportunities Florida State University has to offer and chart their own course to a successful college experience. Students will explore their own identities and values, engage with campus resources, and apply college success strategies to effectively navigate their transition to FSU. To enroll, search for SLS 2206 in Schedule Assistant.

For more information contact Madeline Thompson at mthompson7@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall, Spring

Honors Colloquium

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Experience Overview

The University Honors Colloquium is a one-credit, pass/fail course required of all first-year honors students. This course provides a common experience for new honors students that introduces them to FSU and the University Honors Program communities and various opportunities and resources available. Through peer collaboration and an engaged classroom community, students will address their intellectual, social, and personal development in a setting designed to help them make the transition from high school to college. The Honors Colloquium Leaders – peer instructors from the honors program – guide first-year students to reflect on their experiences and motivations and help them make the most of their time at FSU. This experience is available for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. To enroll, search for HUM2944 in Schedule Assistant.

To learn more about this program, including deadlines, participation process, and more, please visit honors.fsu.edu.

For more information contact Julia Pennington at jkpennington@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Freshman Music Seminar: The Florida State Experience (Summer only)

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Experience Overview

Designed for Music students to help establish community, healthy study habits, academic and career goals, and learn how to be a Seminole in the College of Music.
This course is for Music majors.
To enroll, please contact your music academic advisor for more information.

For more information contact Rachel E. Ward reward@fsu.edu, Dr. Joanna Hunt, jchunt@admin.fsu.edu at reward@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Summer B

Second 6 weeks of summer.

Introduction to Academic Major Exploration (Fall and Spring)

Experience Overview

This special topic course invites first year students to examine major and career opportunities through analysis of their values, interests, and skills. Students will explore the three fundamental components of Florida State University’s exploratory program: Self Exploration, Major Exploration, and Career Exploration. This process will allow for thoughtful introspection, critical reasoning, and disciplined thinking as they research majors and ask questions to provoke reflection and goal setting that ultimately results in selecting a major confidently.
This course is for Exploratory majors.
To enroll, search for SLS 1203 in Schedule Assistant.

For more information contact Charlene Howard at ckhoward@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall, Spring

OAS Seminoles Excelling Academically: The Florida State Experience (Fall only)

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Experience Overview

Special emphasis will be placed on effective time management skills, organization, test-taking, preparing for internships and future employment, campus resources, and other skills development for successful academic and social integration into the university. Within the structure of this course we will discuss utilizing accommodations, understanding personal strengths and challenges, and working with faculty members. This program is designed specifically for students registered with the OAS and is co-facilitated by a student leader registered with the OAS who understands the dynamics of utilizing accommodations with oversight by a full-time teaching faculty member and OAS staff.
To enroll, contact the Office of Accessibility Services at oas@fsu.edu.

For more information contact James Harding at jharding@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

SMT 1043: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (Fall and Spring)

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Experience Overview

SMT 1043, Inquiry Approaches to Teaching, invites students to explore teaching as a career at no cost. In the course, students teach science or math lessons in elementary classrooms to obtain firsthand experience with planning and implementing inquiry-based curriculum. Students, working alone or in pairs, teach two hands-on science or mathematics lessons (chosen from National Science Foundation–developed modules) in a local elementary school.
To enroll, search for SMT 1043 in Schedule Assistant.

For more information contact Robin Smith at smith@bio.fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall, Spring

The Panama City Experience: The Florida State Experience (Fall only)

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Experience Overview

This section of The Florida State Experience course is affiliated with the first time in college (FTIC) program at Florida State Panama City. This engagement course specializes in working with FTIC students to promote retention and academic success in the freshmen year and beyond.
Students are asked to participate in this program at no cost. Participating in this engagement and academic success course involves:
● meeting weekly
● utilizing Canvas to engage in course material
● be open to discussing challenges and sharing successes that occur in and out of school

For more information contact Dr. Tyler Towne at ttowne@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Exploring Health Professions (Fall and Spring)

Experience Overview

The Exploring Health Professions seminar will inform students on healthcare and the health professions, knowledge of the various roles of the healthcare team, the resources to help students explore their career interests and goals and informs students on health professional graduate programs. Students will also meet one-time outside of class with their assigned IMS Ambassador to further obtain guidance about selected topics. In addition, this course requires students to identify an appropriate (approved) Experiential/Service-Learning venue to shadow, volunteer, or visit as part of the first-year degree requirement to “engage in the real world of health care”.
This program is for students in the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences program.
To enroll, search for IHS 1100 in Schedule Assistant.

For more information contact Lauren Kendall at Lauren.Kendall@med.fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall, Spring

Housing - Community and College Life: The Florida State Experience (Fall only)

Experience Overview

This course invites residential students new to FSU’s campus to explore strategies for success in the areas of respect, wellness, scholarship, and connection. Through group discussion, workshops, and meaningful experiences, students will formulate personal wellness goals, develop social and campus connections, understand their personal impact on community, enhance their academics through building better study skills, and recognize the influence of social identities and their role in communities. The course will lead to a better transition into FSU and set the course to success.

Successful completion of this course will allow students to:
• Discover pathways to environmental, physical, emotional, and financial well being
• Identify strategies to enhance academics and career readiness
• Develop their identity as active community members
• Demonstrate responsibility and mindfulness when engaging their communities
To enroll, search for IDS 1107 in Schedule Assistant, then choose the section for "Housing".

For more information contact Stephanie Tillman at sftillman@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

A Student’s Guide to Sustainability: Changemaking and Myth Busting (Fall only)

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Experience Overview

Veganism, fast fashion, zero waste, what is sustainability anyway? Does it matter if you skip the straw? Post #ClimateMarch? Get involved with Sustainable Campus as we discuss practical ways to create a more sustainable society and deconstruct sustainability trends to dispel common sustainability myths.
To enroll, search for IDS 1107 in Schedule Assistant, then choose the section for “Student Guide to Sustainability”.

For more information contact Holly Smith at hsmith17@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Student Development & Leadership Strategies (Summer and Fall)

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Experience Overview

This course will provide the tools to cultivate meaningful relationships, enhance character development, and ensure students are aware of the path to their full potential. The course will focus on character development, leadership, time management/social pressures, social responsibility, and financial literacy. While this course is open to all students, its primary emphasis will be helping student-athletes effectively gain the study and life skills necessary for academic success.
To enroll, search for SLS 1261 in Schedule Assistant.

For more information contact Miguel Negron at mnegron@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Summer B

Second 6 weeks of summer.
, Fall

Introduction to Community Engagement: The Florida State Experience (Fall only)

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Experience Overview

This version of the Human Experiences Course is designed for first year Service Scholars. This course serves as their introduction to the Tallahassee community. Students complete at least 20 hours of service across 5 areas as they critically explore social issue areas in the community and more broadly.
To enroll, search for SOW 1054 in Schedule Assistant, then choose the section for “Community Engagement”.

For more information contact Dr. Joi N. Phillips at jnphillips@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Exploring Service Leadership: The Florida State Experience (Fall only)

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Experience Overview


Community-Rooted Service Leadership

Students with an interest in developing community-rooted service leadership skills, regardless of their previous experiences in service, will explore the elements that support meaningful service-leadership in and with community.
Students will work with mentors connected to service-leadership programs in the Center for Leadership & Service and will be given opportunities to apply skill sets developed within the course through proposal development and direct community engagement.
Community-Rooted Service Leadership engages dialogue and community embedded experiences to explore intersections of identity, community, and positive, sustainable change

Storytelling: Create Community

Students with an interest in developing community-rooted service leadership skills, regardless of their previous experiences in service, will explore the elements that support meaningful service-leadership in and with community.
Students will work with mentors connected to service-leadership programs in the Center for Leadership & Service and will be given opportunities to apply skill sets developed within the course through proposal development and direct community engagement.
Storytelling: Create Community will explore storytelling through a variety of platforms and media as a tool for building connection and community on campus and beyond.

To enroll, search for IDS 1107 in Schedule Assistant, then choose the section with the title of the theme you are interested in (topics: Community-Rooted Service Lead; or Storytelling: Create Community)

For more information contact Bridgid Shannon at bpshannon@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Introduction to Engage TLH: The Florida State Experience (Fall only)

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Experience Overview

Introduction to EngageTLH

The EngageTLH program, housed in the Center for Leadership & Service, allows students to get involved in regular or one-time service in the Tallahassee community through non-profit partnerships addressing a variety of community challenges. The Engage 100 EngageTLH course provides opportunities to engage with community partners, meet campus and community leaders, practice reflection, and develop facilitation skills that will prepare them to not only reflect on their own service journey, but to guide others in that process as well.

For more information contact Bridgid Shannon at bpshannon@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

First-Year Connections and Success (Fall, Spring, Summer)

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Experience Overview

This course is designed to provide you a set of experiences that will introduce you to the academic culture at the Florida State University. It will provide students with a set of experiences that will introduce them to the academic culture at the Florida State University. Students participating in will learn how to identify and reflect on in-class and out-of-class learning experiences, how to utilize reflections for learning about themselves and planning for the future, how to connect identities and interests with the people and places of the FSU community, and how to interact with instructors and fellow students in ways which support their goals and the values of the FSU community.
To enroll, search for IDS 1000 in Schedule Assistant.

For more information contact Jacqueline Hare at jlhare@admin.fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Summer B

Second 6 weeks of summer.
, Fall, Spring

Future Innovators: The Florida State Experience (Fall, Spring)

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Experience Overview

The Future Innovators section of the Florida State Experience specializes in working with first-time in college students to promote academic success in your freshman year and beyond. This section will specifically introduce you to programs, services and resources here at FSU to assist you in engaging in innovative research, events and entrepreneurship. In addition, within this section you will plot a course of action (Game Plan) to take advantage of these resources throughout your time here at Florida State University. The resources and programs you will engage with will educate you about activities during and beyond your first semester. The meeting schedule will represent a wide range of potential student interests from technology-based activities to international programs. In the first week of the course, you will complete a questionnaire so that I will have a better understanding of your interests in research and general innovation. This will help me to tailor the semester activities to the needs and interests of the class. You are invited to participate in this program at no cost.
To enroll, search for IDS 1107 in Schedule Assistant, then choose the section for “Future Innovators”.

For more information contact Wisley Dorce at wes@innovation.fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall, Spring

The High School AA Florida State Experience (Fall only)

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Experience Overview

This course is designed exclusively for first-semester students who earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree while in high school. Students in this course will proactively reflect on how the high school AA degree impacts their identity and plans at Florida State. Moreover, students will explore FSU’s resources and culture and learn from fellow students by engaging in active dialogue.

To enroll, search for IDS 1107 in Schedule Assistant, then choose the section for "HSAA".

For more information contact Heather Shattuck at hshattuck@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Understand the Past, Live in the Present, Shape the Future (Fall only)

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Experience Overview

The aims of this course are for you to meet students with similar interests, explore the resources that FSU has to offer, equip yourself for success in your major, and discover the many career possibilities available to History and Humanities majors. To that end, we will meet weekly to discuss a range of topics, attend department-, college-, and university-wide events, and explore ways of using History and the Humanities in future careers. We will work in small groups with the help of peer mentors. Our meetings will culminate in short reflective exercises.
To enroll, search for IDS 1107 in Schedule Assistant, then choose one of the two sections for "Understand the Past, Live In".

For more information contact Dr. Claudia Liebeskind at cliebeskind@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

QUEST Scholars Program - Year 1 (Fall only)

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Experience Overview

The QUEST Scholars Program of FSU's Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement (CARE) is designed to invest in students for their success at FSU and beyond. QUEST Scholars can expect to have access to transition, academic and developmental services to thrive at Florida State and set the stage for a positive post-graduation experience. Students will meet with assigned peer leaders weekly to building community, strengthen connection to FSU and establish their plan for their college quest.

For more information contact Stefany Moncada at smoncada@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Get to Nole Nursing (Fall and Spring)

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Experience Overview

This course is designed specifically for first or second semester students who have declared Nursing, NFA as their major. The class meets once a week and centers around the nursing profession and the admission requirements needed to enter the College of Nursing at FSU. Current nursing students will serve as a resource and mentor throughout the class. Weekly guest speakers include members of the nursing faculty, nursing advisors, nurse leaders from the community and successful Nole Nurse Alumni who are working in the profession. Additionally, we will explore resources available to all students at FSU including The Academic Center for Excellence and The Counseling and Psychological Services Center. Community involvement is also a key component of this course as we will be volunteering together as a group in at least one community program during the semester.

To enroll, search for NUR 1010.

For more information contact Ellyn Couillard at ekc20e@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall, Spring

Your Transition to College: From Surviving to Thriving! (Summer only)

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Experience Overview

This course is designed with one objective in mind: your successful navigation through potentially bumpy roads, unexpected roadblocks, and safe detours in transition to your college lifestyle, relationships, academics, and campus home. Within this 6-week course we’ll experience personal reflection and campus-focused activities, practice strategies for effective and time-saving study-skills, and role-play scenarios for first-year situations like communicating with your professors. By the end of this course, you will have a well-prepared and versatile roadmap to guide your first-year journey at FSU.

To enroll, search for IDS 1107 in Schedule Assistant, then choose the section for "From Surviving to Thriving" (SUMMER B only).

For more information contact Dr. Samantha Tackett at stackett@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Summer B

Second 6 weeks of summer.

Setting a Path for Success in Business: The Florida State Experience (Fall only)

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Experience Overview

This Engage 100 course is geared for incoming students interested in a career in business. Through active engagement with FSU alumni and College of Business faculty, the course will introduce you to different career options and help you develop an academic road map to a achieve your professional goals. Moreover, the program will foster a sense of community and lasting relationships with other business-intent students and encourage involvement in College of Business activities.

To enroll, search for IDS 1107 in Schedule Assistant, then choose the section for "Success in Business".

For more information contact Mark Zeigler at mzeigler@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Designing Your Life with Innovation

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Experience Overview

This course helps you figure out who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. It teaches you to use the Design Thinking process to actively create the life you want based on your interests, strengths, characteristics, values. This course also explores your purpose in college, selecting your major, educational wayfinding, innovating Florida State experiences, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, and creating your preliminary post-graduation plan. This hands-on class utilizes small group discussions, personal and group reflections, in-class activities, field experiences, and design team collaboration. It could also lead to supportive friendships and mentoring support.
To enroll, search for ENT 1611 in Schedule Assistant.

For more information contact Ahmed Negm at ahmed@innovation.fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Summer B

Second 6 weeks of summer.
, Fall

Freshman Seminar in Critical Thinking and Information Literacy

Experience Overview

This course will cover a variety of topics related to critical thinking including: evaluating research and scholarly literature, artificial intelligence applications in higher education, scholarly/scientific communication, and spotting fake news/information. This course will be entirely class-discussion and group activity based. While there will be no homework or assignments to hand in, students must be prepared to be focused and engaged on each week’s topic as a requirement to pass the course. This engagement program specializes in working with first year college students to promote retention and academic success in the freshmen year and beyond.

For more information contact Renaine Julian at rjulian@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

Unearthing Resources: Library Navigation for Earth Science

Experience Overview

The purpose of this course is to allow students majoring in an Earth sciences discipline to start creating a community of fellow students within the EOAS department. In this course we will explore resources available to you as an FSU student, develop critical thinking skills, and examine hot topics in the field of research. An additional element of this class is that students are going to help design the course by choosing topics to focus for a given week’s class period. This “choose your own adventure” is meant to give power to the students in allowing them to pick topics they are interested in learning or discussing. As a result this will be a highly interactive class with lots of discussion, student demonstrations, and group activities. This engagement program specializes in working with first year college students to promote retention and academic success in the freshmen year and beyond.
Examples of possible topics the class may choose:
Finding resources both scholarly and non scholarly
Using AI tools in the classroom
Data visualization tools (e.g. GIS software, Excel, Tableau Public, ect)
Academic Publishing
Citation Management
Procrastination
Imposter Syndrome
Research Data life cycle
Reading Academic articles
Suggested topics from students are always appreciated

For more information contact Kelly Grove at kegrove@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

IDS 1107: The FSU Experience, Subtitle: Working with Others One-on-One

Experience Overview

This course is designed to help students build their skills in working one-on-one with others in a variety of contexts, providing them with experience that will aid them in virtually any major or career path. Students will learn effective strategies for helping others (and themselves) learn, working through conflict and disagreement, aiding people in different stages of distress, working with clients, supervising others as a teacher or employer, and collaborating with others. Students will develop their emotional intelligence, ability to handle conflicts, customer service aptitude, and other essential skills for improving their educational and career capabilities. Students in this class can expect to attend class once weekly, use Canvas to access course materials, and be ready to participate in classroom activities and have open discussion about each week's topic. A final project and presentation that connects your own goals with the concepts of the class and identifies relevant campus resources and activities will be due at the end of the semester.

For more information contact Dr. Shane Hockin, William Johnston Building G050 at shockin@fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall

IDS1107: The Florida State Experience: Succeeding in a STEM Major

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Experience Overview

This section of The Florida State Experience course is geared towards incoming students in a declared STEM major (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Math, Physics, etc.) The course is designed to help set up STEM students for success by developing effective study skills, understanding challenges that exist for STEM majors, and by beginning to utilize campus resources available at FSU. Students will utilize Canvas to access materials and will have weekly discussions about being a STEM major and its alignment with weekly course topics.

For more information contact Emily Burgess at eburgess@eng.famu.fsu.edu

Semester(s) this class is offered: Fall, Spring