Through the lens of a topical area, each FIGS class explores eleven key elements in creative and educational ways:
Creating a Supportive Learning Environment & Community Building
The focus of this element is to create an interactive and engaging classroom environment where students have the opportunity to get to know each other and engage in dialogue with other students who share similar interests.
Academic Planning & Requirements
Academic planning is key to any college career. Students will learn about core curricular prerequisites, program and degree requirements, major declaration, and spring scheduling tools such as Degree Navigator, Course Schedule Planner, and WebReg. Undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities will also be covered.
We know the academic realities of college are very different than high school. Students will identify their academic strengths and weaknesses and learn about strategies and resources that promote student success.
What are the career options for students interested in fields related to your FIGS topical area? How will coursework, degree programs, and campus involvement help you achieve your future goals? Will you need to prepare for and apply to graduate and professionals schools in order to land your dream job? In each FIGS class, students will learn about the importance of early career planning and will be introduced to all manner of Rutgers resources and professional development opportunities.
Diversity & Multiculturalism
This discussion will center on the importance of cultural awareness. Students will discuss the advantages associated with being at a school as diverse as Rutgers and how they can understand and celebrate diversity in and out of the classroom.
Each FIGS class will connect first-year students to professors from academic departments closely related to their FIGS topical areas. These professors may be asked to deliver a guest lecture during your class, provide you with a tour of their research lab, or join you for an out-of-class excursion. Connecting with faculty is an important part of the student experience and one that each FIGS will explore in detail.
What are the best ways to access information as a college student? At Rutgers, there are limitless possibilities. Students will be introduced to the resources of the libraries and will explore ways to conduct research, access resources, and evaluate and use information.
Involvement & Peer Perspectives
Students will explore involvement opportunities—from campus clubs and organizations to internships and research assistance—and will understand the benefits of being involved at Rutgers. They will also hear from a successful panel of upper-class students who will share stories about their Rutgers journey and the different ways in which they developed leadership and research skills.
Out of Class Excursion
Each FIGS class will have an out-of-class excursion to extend learning beyond the traditional classroom. Past excursions have included visits to research labs, museums and theaters, and local hospitals and medical schools.
Personal wellness is an important issue to consider as a first-year student at Rutgers. Wellness focuses on diet and nutrition, exercise and physical well-being, emotional and sexual health. Students will explore how wellness connects to their specific FIGS topical area and will learn more about the many resources at Rutgers that help students develop and maintain healthy personal habits.
Final Group Project
Students will work in small groups to create a final presentation for the last day of class. This presentation will highlight key concepts associated with the topical area and outline important connections to the Rutgers experience.