Course Description for Honors First Year Colloquium
Honors First Year Colloquium
Description: There are two distinct but connected parts of this course. The course will include a series of activities, exercises and assignments designed to help students ese their time in college efficiently so they can achieve their career and personal goals. The second part of the course is the content: immigration and cultural identity. America is unique in the world in that it is a nation made up mostly of immigrants. The course will explore both students' own family histories and the stories of very recent immigrants to Jacksonville to explore the phenomenon of immigration. Students will consider the concepts of national and ethnic/regional identity in the context of immigrant communities in Jacksonville. The course will include a service-learning project that connects students with some of our local immigrant communities, and each group will research background on their chosen immigrant group and present it to the rest of the class. Students will also use a GIS mapping program to map elements of our local immigrant communities. In the process, we will learn how to sort through politics and socio-economic differences to find reliable facts and common ground. The readings will be supplemented by a series of lectures given by faculty and staff members who will both present on an aspect of immigration and cultural identity or one of the skills related to their particular discipline.
Course Fees: $40