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Northwest Missouri State University

University Seminar

What is University Seminar?

University Seminar is one credit hour course that is part of the Northwest Core, is a graduation requirement and first-time, full time freshmen must enroll during their first trimester. The course is designed to help students transition to college and achieve success. Students may opt into four different types of sections with limited availability in the themed sections. Sections include: traditional University Seminar, University Seminar - global perspective theme, University Seminar – leadership development theme and University Seminar - community engagement theme.

1 Foster an appreciation
for the privileges, rights, and responsibilities associated with a university education
2 Equip students
with the learning skills necessary for success
3 Cultivate the ability
for students to monitor their own learning and progress
4 Familiarize students
with the resources available to support their academic success
5 Encourage students
to cultivate a healthy lifestyle

In addition to helping you cultivate the skills needed to be successful in your higher education journey, you may select a University Seminar theme of your choosing to align with your interests.

Traditional Theme

University Seminar (77-101)
Traditional Theme

The "Traditional" theme of University Seminar is designed to help students transition to college and achieve success. Topics of exploration will include the privileges, rights and responsibilities associated with a university education, skills necessary for success, assuming responsibility for one’s own university experience, and available resources.

Community Engagement Theme

University Seminar (77-101)
Community Engagement Theme

The "Community Engagement" theme of University Seminar encourages students to engage in service learning both individually and as part of a group/team. You and your peers will discuss the importance of becoming engaged civically, identify local, regional, and national problems, find supporting evidence to determine the scope of the problem, and offer solutions that conclude in a final team/class project.

Leadership Development Theme

University Seminar (77-101)
Leadership Development Theme

The "Leadership Development" theme of University Seminar encourages students to enhance their leadership skills. Through leadership discussions and experiential learning projects, you and your peers will practice leadership on the Northwest campus and in the Maryville community while developing academic success strategies, connections on campus and in the community, and more.

Global Perspecitve Theme

University Seminar (77-101)
Global Perspective Theme

The "Global Perspective" theme of University Seminar will help helping you cultivate the skills needed to be successful in your higher education journey in addition to focusing on global challenges and analyzing the impact of those challenges today and in the future. You and your peers will discuss and take part in discussions and experiential learning centered on global population issues, resource management, technology, and more.

Who will be in your University Seminar class?

Each section of University Seminar will have approximately 20 of your peers who are also first time freshman or transfer students with less than 15 hours of academic credit. An instructor and peer advisor are assigned to each University Seminar section to lead, mentor and guide students in their transition to college life. Peer Advisors serve as a peer educator and co-instructor working with the faculty or staff member assigned to the section. During Advantage Week, your Peer Advisor will play a key role in the activities. They will greet you when you move in and assist you in getting to all of the weekend’s activities and events.