UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
First Year Adventure (FYA) introduces first year students who have a major in the College of Arts and Sciences, to rigorous academic study at the university level. This innovative one-of-a-kind class is designed to promote student engagement, improve information literacy, enhance critical thinking skills, promote constructive teamwork abilities and improve retention rates.
Experienced faculty engage First Year Adventure students in a shared process of inquiry in small seminar-style classes. The faculty also help students to make the transition to academic life by introducing students to the many resources available at the university from the library, to reading one's degree audit, and how to make connections with faculty and other students.
These courses allow students to participate actively in their own learning and to begin to acquire the writing and speaking skills necessary for independent, intellectual achievement throughout college and beyond.
All First Year Adventure courses share in common the following learning goals, which are the foundation to the liberal arts:
These courses bring students together with faculty to study questions and topics in the faculty member's field of interest but is not tied to any specific major or minor course requirements.
Engaging in First Year Adventure can be a rewarding, fun, and enriching experience for students and their instructor.
Transfer students bringing in 30 or more credit hours may choose to waive the First Year Adventure (CAS 101) requirement.