Liberal Arts First-Year Colloquia

All incoming students with fewer than 25 hours of college credit must enroll in a First Year Colloquium (FYC) during their first semester at UNC Asheville.  All FYCs are numbered 178 and may be departmental courses (e.g., HIST 178) or interdisciplinary liberal arts courses (LA 178).  Their purpose is to acquaint students with the Liberal Arts curriculum of UNC Asheville; thus courses taken at other institutions cannot be used to satisfy this requirement, nor can FYCs count toward major or minor requirements.

Although each FYC has its own specific academic content, each is also designed to introduce students to higher education within a Liberal Arts environment, particularly by integrating information and intellectual approaches from different disciplines to address the multidisciplinary nature of liberal studies.  They may also introduce students to the cultural events and special opportunities specific to our campus, as well as encourage students to discover and participate in the local civic community.  They may explore the responsibilities of the liberally educated through service learning as well as the opportunities for active learning available through the Undergraduate Research experience.  They may incorporate critical thinking skills, information literacy, attention to diversity issues, and/or help students develop healthy lifestyles.  Incoming students will work with a counselor in the Advising Office to register for an FYC once they have completed Freshman Online Advising and Registration (OAR).

First‐year students must successfully complete an FYC within their first two semesters at UNC Asheville. Students who fail to successfully complete the course in their first semester will be limited to 14 or fewer credit hours, which must include an FYC, in their second semester.  Students who do not successfully complete an FYC in their first two semesters of enrollment will not be allowed to continue in a full time status at the University until this requirement has been satisfied.  Less than full‐time status may impact the student’s eligibility for financial aid, housing, veteran’s benefits, intercollegiate athletics, and progress toward graduation.

Students may receive academic credit for only one FYC.  If a student does not receive a grade of C or better in an FYC and wishes to replace that grade, they may do so by completing another FYC of equal credit (3 or 4 credit hours) regardless of departmental prefix. 

The First-Year Colloquia have a single Student Learning Outcome that is shared by all course sections: students demonstrate an understanding of multidisciplinary inquiry and a recognition of its centrality in the liberal arts setting.

Students are assessed on the two components of (1) understanding the value of approaching a topic or problem from a variety of disciplinary approaches, and (2) the application of such an approach as a means of meeting the goals and objectives of a liberal arts education.

Instructors may choose to incorporate additional student learning outcomes drawn from those of the home department or the Inquiry-ARC, AVID, or JumpStart programs as appropriate for their courses.

Faculty interested in offering a First-Year Colloquium should contact Rodger Payne, FYC Coordinator, at for more information and to be added to the FYC Faculty Resource page in Moodle.