Learning Communities

First Year Learning Outcomes



Learning Communities

Learning Communities are small groups of students and faculty who together create a “community of learners.”

When you take two or three courses together along  with the same group of students, you make friends more quickly, establish study groups, and develop close relationships with faculty and the TAMIU community - and that translates into academic success.

These courses will be part of your degree plan because they are part of your core requirements.  


Freshmen Seminars

Learning in Global Context I and II are freshman seminars designed to enhance the opportunity for success of first-year students.  Most sections are part of learning communities which build an academic network that increases student learning and helps students build positive relationships with their faculty and peers.


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UNIV 1101 - Learning in a Global Context I

UNIV 1102 - Learning in a Global Context II




Student Learning Outcomes for First-Year Students

After the first year, they will

  • be able to use the environment and resources of the university to support their academic and personal growth (Understanding Society and Culture).
  • increase their self knowledge through reflective activities in order to clarify or refine their personal values and life goals (Values and Ethics).
  • improve specific attitudes and behaviors that lead to academic success through their freshman seminar and learning community experience (Integration and Application of Knowledge).
  • improve their ability to communicate ideas in speaking and writing through clear, coherent, appropriately organized prose that fits the intended audience, occasion, and purpose (Receptive and Expressive Communication Skills).
  • improve their research and information literacy skills through library instruction and academic assignments (Receptive and Expressive Communication Skills)
  • improve their critical thinking skills through academic reading and writing  (Critical Thinking).
  • explore and communicate an understanding of the interdependence of global, national, state, and local issues through academic and social opportunities for oral and written expression (Understanding Society and Culture ).*
  • recognize and understand the contributions of individuals from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds through academic and student life experiences (Understanding Society and Culture).

TAMIU has committed to internationalizing its curriculum.