As a first-year student, course registration can be overwhelming. However, UNC has an array of unique courses geared directly toward incoming students that have no prior college experience.
UNC offers a variety of first-year seminars, which are smaller classes that can be used for general education or major requirements or can just be taken for fun. Enrollment in these courses is limited to incoming first-year students and transfer students with fewer than 24 transfer credits.
First-year seminars focus on specific topics and have an interactive environment, setting them apart from the traditional lecture and discussion class format. They are typically held in small classrooms, allowing professors to help students one on one.
Rising sophomore Jada Boyer took Anthropology 63: The Lives of Others: Exploring Ethnography as a first-year student. She said the course showed her a different way to see the world and interact with people. It also taught her to see the underlying issues that connect small details to big issues.
“I decided to go into anthropology because of this class," Boyer said. "Because I really learned how much I enjoyed seeing people from a new perspective and learning from them and seeing how it could impact our future."
She said the class was research-based, and that it teaches students how to conduct their own research throughout the semester. Boyer also said that for her, the first-year seminar was a good way to meet new people and make friends.
“It really helped me find a community of people that wanted to learn, wanted to think in new ways," Boyer said. "And I really found my best friends through this class."
Rising junior Taylor Query took a first-year seminar in the Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures department.
The course – GSLL 55: Fantasies of Rome: Gladiators, Senators, Soothsayers and Caesars – studies the idea of Rome through poetry, philosophy, history, opera and more.