Greetings from the School of University Studies

Welcome to UI100/First Year Seminar

Southeast Missouri State University is proud of our commitment to our first-year students and the efforts we have in place to help them transition to the University. Southeast requires all first-year students to take the UI100: First-Year Seminar which is a three-credit hour course to assist students during their first semester.

The goal of this course is simple: to ensure students have a successful transition to Southeast Missouri State University. We want to make sure all students are successful in meeting the academic demands they will face throughout their undergraduate years. Throughout the course, students will learn to build on their information literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will also be introduced to services and resources available to them during their time here.

Your professors have designed course activities which will introduce you to interesting and useful facts, processes, and disputes arising from topics such University Survival 101, Sanity Across the Ages, The American Dream, and Health Perspectives in the New Millennium. You will learn, under the guidance of a strong group of more than fifty teacher-scholars, a good deal about your interdisciplinary theme topics.

What matters most particularly to me, however, as coordinator of the course, is that all students develop strong skills in information literacy, thinking critically, and communicating effectively, and that they come to understand how the nine University Studies goals contribute to their success and well-being, both during their undergraduate years and throughout their lives, regardless of their majors or career objectives.

Finally, all students will purchase the First-Year Seminar: Connecting to Southeast textbook, a completely custom textbook written by faculty, staff, and students at Southeast. This textbook is a wonderful resource for our students -- not just during their first-year, but during their entire time at Southeast.

If you are a student reading this, I hope you enjoy taking the course as much as I enjoy teaching it. If you have questions or comments about the course, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Theresa Haug-Belvin
Coordinator of the UI100 Experience
UI100 Instructor


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School of University Studies
One University Plaza, MS 4650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701