Students at graduation

First-Year Seminar

The First-Year Seminar (FSS) is a one hour required course in Critical Thinking designed to ease the transition from high school to university life and provide important academic, intellectual, and social skills to help ensure a successful first year in college. The course is designed to assist students in increasing their knowledge of and skill in critical thinking and acting behaviors. Concepts studied include perception, memory, creativity, and problem solving as they relate to critical thinking. The effects of attitudes, values, logical fallacies, and thinking errors on critical thinking and problem solving are examined. Assignments require students to apply critical thinking skills to real-life problems. Students who complete FSS have been empirically shown to have lower dropout rates and higher grade point averages than students who do not take the course. The course is taught under the prefix COH 111 for students majoring in disciplines in the College of Humanities, COB for students majoring in business and technology, CED for students majoring in the fields of education or human services. COEHS for student majoring in courses from the College of Education and Human Services.  Students who have not declared a major should enroll in a section of UNCO 111 designated for undeclared majors.

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