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New Freshman Registration Instructions

Fall 2016 Preference Form

First-Year Seminar (BAC 101) Registration Instructions:

In addition to taking courses to fulfill the Baccalaureate Experience, your first semester at The University of Tampa will include a First-Year Seminar (BAC 101). In this course you will be paired with an academic advisor and a peer mentor.

The fundamental goal of this course is to help students make their college experience more meaningful and successful, as well as to integrate students into the UT community.

Registration Preference Form: Please complete page four of the Registration Preference Form in SpartanWeb carefully using the following information:

Step One – Rank Your Top Three Themed BAC 101 Courses (Honors Students Leave Blank and Continue to Step Two): On the preference form, place the name of the faculty on the space provided using the descriptions below.

This is a seminar-style class in which approximately 22 students meet with a faculty member to explore a topic in the professor’s area of expertise. These courses are not necessarily tied to a specific major, so you should feel free to explore a topic that truly interests you.

Step Two Select a College: If all the themed BAC 101 courses are filled, you will be placed in a BAC 101 course by your major. If you haven’t declared your major, you may select to be placed in a BAC 101 course in the college with majors of most interest to you. On the Registration Preference Form, choose two colleges from the following list. Undeclared (NTI) is considered a major.

  • College of Arts and Letters (CAL): Advertising and Public Relations; Art; Communication; English and Writing; Film and Media Arts; Languages and Linguistics; Music; Philosophy and Religion; Speech, Theatre and Dance; Women’s Studies  
  • Sykes College of Business (COB): Accounting; Cybersecurity; Economics; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Financial Enterprise Systems; International Business; Management; Management Information Systems; Marketing 
  • College of Natural Health and Health Sciences (CNHS): Allied Health; Athletic Training; Biology and Environmental Science; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Human Performance; Marine Science; Nursing; Physics; Public Health; Sport Management  
  • College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education (CSSME): Criminology and Criminal Justice; Education; Government and World Affairs; History; International and Cultural Studies; Law, Justice and Advocacy; Mathematics; Psychology; Sociology  

BAC 101 Themed Course Descriptions

Anderson Election 2016: Road to the White House

Using the electoral campaigns of 2016 as a theme, you will learn about and be actively engaged in understanding your role as a citizen in the community and the privileges and obligations that come with that role. You will gain an appreciation of diverse opinions and be able to discern between fact and opinion.

Most of us live, work and play with people just like us. Thus, often times you leave home having never left "the bubble." This course will expose you to people and ideas that you may know very little about. This course will allow you to have an open dialog in a safe atmosphere where diversity, deliberation and open-mindedness will be fostered. In BAC 102 (second semester) we will continue the seminar with a look at the transition from one presidency to another; we will discuss the honeymoon period and putting together a new administrative team. After the state of the union address where the new president lays out goals for the next four years, we will turn our focus to different careers in law and government. After spending the previous five months watching and learning about campaigns and the political actors and institutions involved in the American political system, we will have had the opportunity to view many different types of careers. The last part of the course focuses on career exploration. We will have various out-of-classroom experiences to different government agencies around downtown Tampa. All visits will be within walking distance of campus. We will listen to speakers and have tours at each of these sites so that you can learn about the different layers of government, from elected representatives to county staffers. This section is inquiry theme-based. It will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic.  

Arvan Philosophy, Psychology and Spirituality: Making Informed Life-Choices in the Modern World

We all want to live good, happy, meaningful lives. But, what is such a life like, and how is someone just starting college making informed decisions about their future? The dominant schema in Western societies focuses on autonomy: on each person discovering their own values — career preferences, family values, etc. — and making life-choices that effectively pursue those values. However, philosophers, theologians and psychologists have defended many different conceptions of a good life, emphasizing things ranging from personal character, moral responsibility and spiritual development. This course will introduce you to a wide array of philosophical, religious and psychological resources on the nature of "the good life," and enable you to reflectively apply these resources to your own lives today and moving forward, on everything from the development of good study habits and time management to choosing a college major, academic planning and financial management. This section is inquiry theme-based. It will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic.  

Blackburn First-Year Seminar in Music

This course will prepare music students for academic success and guide you in your professional development towards a variety of music career specializations. The course will emphasize critical thinking, writing skills and academic integrity with discipline-specific content. As a music major, you will learn strategies for time management and techniques for effective practicing, and acquire habits for health and well-being. Additionally, you will begin to develop arts advocacy and networking skills that are essential for contemporary musicians. Campus and community resources will be discussed and presented to assist music majors in their academic and professional pursuits. You will interact with music faculty as well as other music professionals, and have the opportunity to attend performances, rehearsals and other events in the Tampa Bay area. Through shared experiences, observation and knowledge, music majors will develop strong relationships with peers.   

Borja You, College and the World Economy

This course is designed to offer you a brief introduction to current economic events in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Throughout the semester you will choose a country from the regions of Latin America, East Asia or Africa, and together we will discover the current economic conditions of the country and the factors affecting its development. We will go through the different steps on how to complete a college research project, starting with a literature review and data collection. You will be exposed to the basic tools to find economic data, to evaluate the information and most important, to make inferences about the economic outlook of a country. You will be introduced to the concepts of gross domestic product (GDP), unemployment and trade so you gain familiarity with the most recent current economic events, mainly those related to international trade, economic policies and business environments in the world. In general, this course will expose you to several reading materials, models, graphs and data. The combination of these tools offers excellent preparation to understand the economic, business and organizational cultures that frame our world.  This section is inquiry theme-based. It will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic.  

Davis – WIRED: Digital Media and Culture

Students may enter college with minimal understanding of digital technologies. This course immerses students in critical perspectives on electronic culture and strategic uses of digital media as gateways to first-year experience, including use of productivity apps for college success, social media platforms for strategic communication and media arts software for digital production. During the first semester, students will learn about careers in digital media and complete projects that develop their interests in the fields, introduce them to the baccalaureate goals and lead them to an academic career plan. During the second semester, they will research cultural and political issues related to electronic culture and articulate their findings and perspectives using both traditional and creative modes. This section is inquiry theme-based. It will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic.    

Finocchiaro First-Year Experience through the Eyes of Theatre

This course is designed to connect you to the institution, faculty and ultimately to each other. Theatre is the most collaborative of the art forms; as such, it requires you to engage and be involved from the very start of your first semester. You will experience the active learning needed to be involved in your own education. Along with a peer mentor in your major, you will learn the ins and outs of UT life — from registration, to Greek Life, to your "new life" adjustment period — through theatrical critiques, acting performances, backstage experiences and lively weekly instruction. 

Foltz – Exploring Self Expression via Freedom of Speech

This course studies freedom of speech while helping students become familiar with a career in law. After completing this course students will know how to analyze and critically evaluate legal issues as well as understand the limits to freedom of expression. Course activities include the following: how to study the laws regarding expression, becoming familiar with how the legal system works, learning how to research and analyze case law, brief cases, construct arguments and critically evaluate opposing arguments. Further, students will improve public speaking and argumentation skills in this course. This section is inquiry theme-based. It will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic.

Futch Mind, Body, Spirit: A Unique Approach to Student Success

This course will explore ancient yogic philosophy and ask you to apply it to your daily life in order to better succeed at UT. You will participate in mind, body and spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, journaling, breath work and nutrition.

Hicks Sustainable Living: Economic and Environmental Impacts

Beyond a buzzword, sustainability is talked about nearly everywhere. But what does it really mean to our everyday lives? This course aims at exposing you to a variety of components that make a sustainable lifestyle, including the food system, environmental discussions and economic sustainability. One of the most important elements of the transition to college life is breaking away from known comfort zones and experiencing new things. This course aims to assist you in developing deeper analytical skills and challenge the “norms” you have grown up in believing. This course will focus on building your knowledge of sustainable living practices, but along the way we will investigate stereotypes, prejudices and other bias-related behaviors. We will conclude the year with practical tips and lessons for living a more sustainable life personally and professionally.

Hollist Digital Communications Technologies, Learning and Your First-Year Experience

From critically examining Tweets, Snapchat, WhatsApp and social media to delving into academic databases and archives, this course provides hands-on, in and out of the classroom activities to help you discover how digital communications technologies are both freeing and limiting, can be used to navigate through the first-year experience and can prepare you to conduct research projects in your major and other courses. The first semester includes an evaluation report of UT’s digital communications tools and how effectively or not administrators, faculty, staff and students use them. In the second semester, you will explore a topic of personal, academic or career interest and write a short proposal for future research. This section is inquiry theme-based. It will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic.  

Howard Leadership in Action

This course is designed to help you find meaningful ways to get involved at UT through student organizations, programs and more. We will spend time discussing the value of being involved on campus and in the community, encouraging you to identify your passions and interests and how to connect these to your UT experience. Throughout the year, we will invite organization leaders to speak about their journeys at UT and the importance of finding ways to connect to the University inside and outside of the classroom. We will connect these concepts in depth to two leadership philosophies, focusing on one each semester.    

Maurer – Cybersecurity Issues in an Increasingly Connected World

Almost every week we learn of a new cybersecurity incident affecting the world's largest companies and government entities. Given our increasing reliance on electronic devices and online systems to support our daily personal and professional routines, can we really trust that our data is safe? While there is no simple answer to this question, one thing is certain: cybersecurity is quickly becoming a key concern for both individuals and businesses. In this course, we will explore current issues related to cybersecurity ranging from recent data breaches to emerging tools, procedures and technology that can help to protect sensitive information that is stored online. Students will learn methods for investigating and researching cybersecurity-related topics and will have the opportunity to engage in a research project related to the effectiveness of cybersecurity protection mechanisms. We will also explore the broad range of career opportunities in the cybersecurity field to help students identify specific areas of cybersecurity that may be of interest them. Class discussions and activities will prepare students for success in not only their academic career at UT but also for success in their future careers. It will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic.  

Moore Learning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This course engages you to develop an entrepreneurial approach to creating innovative solutions to modern problems. You will spend the first semester vetting out business ideas, forming teams and creating business presentations for a set of business mentors in a "Shark Tank" format. The most promising businesses will be provided capital to launch their business in the second semester. The businesses will compete against each other for two quarters. The first quarter ends before spring break and the second quarter ends in week 12. Peer mentors from UT Entrepreneurs will be paired with each team to help launch and operate the business. Revenues and expenses will be tracked and collected throughout the competition. Profits from the competition will be used to fund the award ceremony and make the course sustainable.

Parsons Stay on Track: The Health and Fitness Connection to Student Success 

Your success in the first year of college sets the stage for overall academic success, graduation and progression to a chosen career. Nurses, as the largest group of health care professionals in the United States, play a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention. A healthy lifestyle is a key strategy that health care providers need to role model for their patients. The goal of this course is to provide pre-nursing students with the tools to develop healthy habits to maintain their own health and wellness at UT, and positively impact their academic success. 

Pennington – Global Marketing and Culture

Students will learn about global marketing and how culture affects marketing and marketing impacts local culture. Students will learn about inquiry skills such as how to ask questions, get information, problem solve and use critical thinking. They will apply these skills onto a research/ inquiry activity of their own choosing. Students will also learn about Pennington's research in this area including published work on human trafficking systems and current research on the illegal trafficking of rhino horn in southern Africa. They will learn the process of academic and scholarly writing and communication of ideas. Students will be encouraged to consider personalized research questions and then be guided as they try to get answers and solutions to their inquiry-based ideas. It will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic.  

Polizzi – Money Matters: Financial Literacy

The purpose of this course is for you to take the first step in order to develop into a financially literate adult. Financial literacy is defined as "the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage one's financial resources." Financial literacy encompasses the knowledge and skills for personal financial planning, the selection of financial services, budgeting and investing, developing an insurance program, credit management, consumer purchases, consumer rights and responsibilities, and decisionmaking skills for all aspects of life as consumers, workers and citizens. This course will help students to develop lifetime financial security skills. The understanding and management of personal finance and student loan debt are financial literacy topics of particular importance to college students. As a recent article said, "But the broader lesson for me is clear: Millennials live in a world that now requires financial planning acumen. Even putting aside our generation’s cardinal financial challenges of unemployment, underemployment and student debt, we have more options than ever for managing our money, but more potential pitfalls as well. The time to become an expert is now."

Sclafani – Psychology of the Family

This course will take a social science perspective to understanding families and their dynamics. We all come from families but often wonder why our relatives act as they do. In this class, we will learn about research related to families and their members. This will include topics related to some child development, parenting and marital quality issues. Students will explore research in this area with the faculty member, a clinical psychologist and former family therapist, and will learn about the methods and techniques to ask and answer questions in a scientific way. Students will all complete their own research project based on a question, issue or problem that is of interest to them and that they develop. They will then use inquiry methods and critical thinking, and present their findings in the second semester. It will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic.  

Skowronek – All Work, No Play? The Role of Play in Children's Development

Students will learn about social science (primarily psychology) research on the role of play in the development of children's learning, morality and peer relationships. Students will learn about inquiry skills such as how to ask questions, get information, problem solve and use critical thinking. They will apply these skills to a research/inquiry activity of their own choosing. Students will also learn about Skowronek's research in this area including work he has been completing at local museums over the past three years. They will learn the process of academic and scholarly writing and communication of ideas. Students will be encouraged to consider personalized research questions and then be guided as they try to get answers and solutions to their inquiry-based ideas. Students will also visit museums and reflect on how inquiry can develop in these venues. It will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic.

Wolf Promoting Academic Success in an American University

This course is intended for students interested in international affairs, cultural studies, international business, languages and study abroad, or for international students. This course exposes you to world views and allows for safe dialogue to take place among students of varying backgrounds with differing world views.