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Finding community is an important part of the college experience, and it is our goal to ensure students have opportunities to create meaningful connections. In fall 2017, we’re offering our first-year students the option to immerse themselves in intentional communities as a part of the First-Year Interest Group (FIG) program.

Each FIG is focused on a specialized academic topic, so students are able to easily connect with other first-year students who have similar interests and aspirations. FIGs comprise 25 students or fewer who live together on the same residence hall floor in Libby Hall or Kittredge Hall. While in a FIG, students get to take two specialized courses curated to fit their interests and goals.

Students involved in a FIG program will have the opportunity to study together, and develop and maintain a mentorship with their FIG faculty director. FIGs also provide our students with fun co-curricular activities that maintain their specialized theme, such as field trips, guest speakers and group meals.

If you’re interested in joining a FIG, simply select “FIG” as your assignment request on your housing application. All housing assignments are first-come, first-assigned. FIGs are free for all students. Visit the Housing & Dining website to learn about all Residence Hall Experiences.  

FIGs—Fall 2017

Approaching Sustainability Through the Arts

Merge creativity with intention in this specialized FIG that allows students interested in climate change an opportunity to present these issues in a creative frame. Explore the storytelling formats of video, theater, dance and writing to connect a wider audience to the pressing needs posed by climate change. Learn more about Approaching Sustainability Through the Arts.

Students in the Approaching Sustainability Through the Arts FIG take two courses together*:

  • A First-Year Seminar titled Comedy Matters (FYSM1000)
  • THTR1009, Theatre & Society

Developing Sustainable Communities & Cultures

If your passion lies in helping communities locally, nationally and globally adopt a more sustainable model, this FIG is a great place to jump start your understanding of how to develop sustainable communities and cultures. Explore the multiple parts of sustainability. Learn more about Developing Sustainable Communities & Cultures.

Students in the Developing Sustainable Communities & Cultures FIG take two courses together*:

  • A First-Year Seminar titled Developing Sustainable Communities (FYSM1000)
  • SOCY 2077, Environment & Society

Social Justice & Media

Media is a prevalent part of contemporary society and provides a platform for messages to be widely shared. The Social Justice & Media FIG explores the current media climate and how to encourage social responsibility through media channels. Learn more about Social Justice & Media

Students in the Social Justice & Media FIG take two courses together*:

  • A First-Year Seminar titled Journalism Through Film (FYSM1000)
  • ARSC1150, First-Year Writing

Sustainability & Environmental Science

Sustainability is about protecting our natural environment and human and ecological health while embracing innovation. Environmental science integrates the physical, biological and information sciences to study the environment. Our Sustainability & Environmental Science FIG allows students to work toward understanding, considering and establishing ideas and actions about the state of our environment and sustainability. Students will engage through courses, social activities and projects that incorporate community environmental service. Learn more about Sustainability & Environmental Science.

Students in the Sustainability & Environmental Science FIG take two courses together*:

  • A First-Year Seminar titled Toxins in Our Environment (FYSM1000)
  • ENVS 1000, Introduction to Environmental Studies

*Students can learn more about how these courses fit into their fall semester schedule when they talk with an academic advisor during the summer.