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UNIV 1101- Find Your Community

UNIV 1101 introduces students to campus resources, teaches valuable student skills, and helps students make connections with peers who have similar interests and/or majors through Bearkat Learning Communities.

This course will enhance your college experience and set you up for success in the semesters to come.

Open to ALL incoming freshmen and transfer students with less than 60 hours.

See more information about our Bearkat Learning Communities and decide which section of UNIV 1101 is right for you.

UNIV 1101 Bearkat Learning Communities and Further Information

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SHSU has a variety of specialized sections of UNIV 1101. See if one is right for you today!
  • Major Themed Learning Communities

    Business- The COBA UNIV 1101 is for students in the College of Business Administration who are business majors. 

    First-Gen Business- The First-Gen COBA UNIV 1101 is for students in the College of Business Administration who are business majors and are also first-generation students.

    Arts & Media- The CAM UNIV 1101 is for students in the College of Arts and Media. This section allows students to explore career options in the arts and media and to help manage their time as they balance rehearsals, auditions, and events.

    Criminal Justice- The COCJ UNIV 1101 is for students in the College of Criminal Justice who are interested in a career in criminal justice.

    First-Gen Criminal Justice-  The First-Gen COCJ UNIV 1101 is for first-generation students in the College of Criminal Justice who are interested in a career in criminal justice.

    Education- The COE UNIV 1101 is for students in the College of Education who are interested in becoming a teacher.

    First-Gen Education- The First-Gen COE UNIV 1101 is for first-generation students in the College of Education who are interested in becoming a teacher.

    Health Sciences- The COHS UNIV 1101 is for students in the College of Health Sciences who are interested in people health careers.

    Humanities/Social Sciences-The CHSS UNIV 1101 is for students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences who are interested in people helping careers.

    Pre-Nursing- The Pre-Nursing UNIV 1101 is for students who are pre-nursing majors. 

    STEM- The STEM UNIV 1101 is for students who are STEM majors. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

    First-Gen STEM- The First-Gen STEM UNIV 1101 is for students who are STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) who are also first-generation students. 

    Ag Science- the Ag Science UNIV 1101 is for students who are majoring in the Ag Science department. 

    Pre-Law Community- The Pre-Law UNIV 1101 is for students interested in legal careers. This section allows like-minded students to explore opportunities in the legal field, participate in activities that provide information about law schools and law-related professions, and engage with legal professionals. Students in the pre-law section have the opportunity to take a Mock LSAT, attend seminars on graduate and law schools, participate in a Mock Law Class, and take field trips to law schools. With one of the largest groups of pre-law students in the country, SHSU’s Pre-Law UNIV 1101 is a great way to get a head start on your law career!

  • Non-Major Learning Communities

    Bearkat Community- The Bearkat UNIV 1101 is for all students! 

    First-Gen Bearkat- The First-Gen Bearkat UNIV 1101 is for all students who are first-generation college students.

    100% Online- The 100% Online UNIV 1101 is for the students who are not on-campus students and are fully online. 

  • Specialty Learning Communities

    Transfer Community- The Transfer UNIV 1101 is for students who are new to being bearkats and are transferring in to SHSU with hours from a previous college. 

    Residence Hall Communities- The Residence Hall UNIV 1101 sections were created to create a true sense of community within the living space. These sections will take place in the residence halls.

  • Cohort-Based Learning Communities

    Honors- Honors College UNIV 1101 sections are highly recommended for incoming freshmen who are in Honors College. These sections focus on career research that compliments student strengths and interests which are examined and aligned with college major and minor choices. Students receive academic and personal survival tools, are made aware of campus resources and services, get to know other students, and have fun.

    International Students- The International UNIV 1101 is for students who are international students. 

    Sam Scholars Honors- The Sam Scholars Honors UNIV 1101 is for students who are Sam Scholars. 

    Smith-Hutson Scholars- The Smith-Hutson UNIV 1101 is for students who have received a Smith-Huston scholarship. This section helps build a community of scholars who engage in service and leadership opportunities, and who value academic achievement. We engage in our Mission to Learn Together. Serve Together. Lead Together.

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