First-Year Learning Communities

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Are you a sophomore? Do you feel you missed out on your first-year experience at UNM last fall? GOOD NEWS! Select FLCs are now open to sophomores in the Fall 2021 semester. Register via Loboweb. (NOTE: You must register for both classes associated with each FLC!) Contact your advisor with questions.

The First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs) are designed to give students a rich, focused, and interdisciplinary learning experience in their first semester at UNM. An FLC consists of two general education courses linked together in content and theme. What students learn in one course, they apply in the other (Ex: What you learn in Psychology is what you are talking about in Public Speaking!) Both courses have the same 24 students and count for full credit – with every learning community earning at least six credit hours. Because FLC courses are built with general education classes, every FLC counts toward graduation – regardless of major!

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Courses for Fall 2021

You can’t pour from an empty cup – take care of yourself first. This FLC is all about you and developing wellness practices as you transition into this new chapter of your life. In FYEX 1110 – Self-Care Starter Kit, we will focus on the mindset of “self-care” and how it relates to your time and experience as a student at UNM. Self-care is any activity that is done to strengthen our physical, emotional, and mental health. In PHED 1620 – Active Lobos, we will explore the basic concepts associated with the development and maintenance of physical activity, as well as provide the opportunities to engage in health-promoting and wellness activities. More specifically, students will be encouraged to participate in a physical activity of their choice at a time and location that best fits their schedule through the use of a personal wearable fitness tracking device or software activity tracking program/application. These two classes connect to support the creation of your unique wellness practices to be a happier, healthier, and successful UNM student.

Combines: FYEX 1110
Meets: TR 2:00 PM - 2:55 PM
Science Math Learning Center 356
CRN: 69381
Instructors: Eric Lau

This Community is Full


Are you curious about people?  Are you curious about yourself?  Do you want to learn more about how to become a person?  If so, we have an FLC for you!  Becoming a person is not easy, and achieving your goals in life will take some major skill.  Yet, maybe we can get some help!  In this FLC we will set off to discover how people work.  With the assistance of our link with Public Speaking, we will actively engage a wide variety of topics in psychology.  At every point along the way, we will pause to consider how theory and research in psychology relates to the most important issues in our lives.  If successful, our efforts will result in a better understanding of how to become the person we wish to be.

Combines: COMM 1130PSYC 1110
Meets: MWF 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Dane Smith Hall 223
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Science Math Learning Center 356
CRN: 6470163848
Instructors: Nana Kwame Osei FordjourStephen Alley

Introduction to Ceramics is a "hands-on" art studio experience that introduces students to the terms, concepts, historical, and technical information that support creative development. Students will discover the methods of hand building, throwing on the wheel, and the dynamics of different clay bodies. This studio is a creative incubator and learning laboratory. Reduction and atmospheric firings, readings, lecturers, guest speakers, and field trips are included. This course provides a lifelong enjoyment of ceramics and all its diverse reflection of human development through time and the aesthetic qualities that clay possesses. Students' own clay creations will reflect their first studio experience in the UNM College of Fine Art.

Combines: ARTS 1310ENGL 1110
Meets: TR 10:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Masley Hall (Art Education) 210
TR 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Masley Hall (Art Education) 209
CRN: 6410366277
Instructors: Julianne HarveyCrys Stuvland

Namaste to Newton Part I will give students the opportunity to take a Math 1512 class paired with a yoga class. The course will cover all the calculus topics covered in a standard 1512 class while drawing on the practice of yoga and mindfulness techniques to help students center their minds, focus, and relax before tackling the material. In addition to learning calculus, by the end of the course, students will have learned relaxation and mindfulness techniques that they can use for the rest of their college career and beyond!

Combines: PHED 1410MATH 1512
Meets: MF 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Johnson Center ARENA
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Dane Smith Hall 134
W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Dane Smith Hall 134
CRN: 6739067561
Instructors: Felisha MikkelsonDerek Martinez

This Community is Full

The course will consider stories from a broad variety of geographical, social, religious, and literary traditions (Russia, France, Senegal, China, Japan, Egypt, Germany, and the US among others) that most students are usually familiar with. Around the globe, fairy and folk tales constitute a foundation of literary production and express common themes such as fear of the unknown, distrust of stepparents, lessons on sexuality and desire, and appropriate social behaviors, among others. Nonetheless, the different historical and cultural backgrounds found in these stories lead to themes and lessons that are often different in their ideology, symbolism, and even comprehensibility for an American audience. This class will draw on some basic knowledge of fairy tales before concentrating on the differences to be found in stories from around the world. This kind of intercultural comparison and exploration will encourage students to reflect on cultural differences, varieties of literary symbolism, tradition, and style, and what they do and do not know about other parts of the world.


Combines: ENGL 1110COMP 2222
Meets: MWF 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Univ Advise & Enrich Center B90
MWF 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Dane Smith Hall 136
CRN: 6627871173
Instructors: Emily ReiffStephen Bishop

Look closely and you will see statistics everywhere in American politics. What is former President Donald Trump’s approval rating? Is the ideology of the American public more accurately described as normally distributed or bimodal? What is the relationship between campaign spending and election outcomes? This list of examples is never ending! The purpose of this class is to use American politics as a way to introduce students to statistics, and to use statistics as a way to help students understand American politics. Students will examine the institutions of American national government and the processes of American political life, and use those lessons to bring the world of statistics to life.

Combines: POLS 1120MATH 1350
Meets: TR 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Mitchell Hall 101
TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Remote Instruction UNM LEARN
CRN: 7110867384
Instructors: Michael RoccaWilliam Brown

This class will provide students with new knowledge, tools, and techniques with which to view and analyze film, and illustrate how what we see on screen both reflects and shapes our society. As we watch movies from around the world, students will learn the basic components of film, and film and cultural theory, and learn to connect them through the concepts provided in the linked course. In these intersections, through readings, and through in-class discussions that extend to both classes, critical thinking skills will be developed and honed. With the important themes of identity, community, activism, and resistance as through-lines, students will emerge from this course equipped with new ways to view and understand their everyday lives.

Combines: CCST 2110
Meets: TR 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Dane Smith Hall 134
CRN: 67534
Instructors: Mario Montoya

This Community is Full


Many students are interested in working in healthcare but are either unaware of all of the career options that are available, or once a career is decided on, how exactly to achieve it.  This course offers students an overview of many health professions, giving them the chance to speak directly to representatives from programs available here at UNM. In addition, we will help students understand both the academic and non-academic components of a competitive application and how to fit those into a four-year plan of study.  Through a variety of readings and small group discussions, we will also begin to consider the challenges that many of us face as professionals charged with taking care of someone.

Combines: UNIV 201COMM 1130
Meets: MWF 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Dane Smith Hall 328
MWF 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Dane Smith Hall 328
CRN: 6911164707
Instructors: James McKinnellTomide Oloruntobi