What is the SOC First Year Leadership & Academic Success Seminar?
The School of Communication offers an opportunity for new first year students to participate in a 1-credit seminar in their first semester, geared toward academic success and leadership in communication. The seminar provides a support network for SOC students as they transition from high school to college.
Student participants will develop relationships with their peers in the seminar, the instructor, and the peer advisor (a current SOC student). They establish a knowledge base of campus resources to help acquire basic leadership and academic skills for success.
In addition, students enrolled in the program will participate in a two day activity during "Welcome Week" (the week prior to the start of classes) designed specifically for students in the School of Communication. Students will make site visits as a cohort group to communication-related companies in DC in order to gain insight into the leadership and career opportunities available in these organizations.
Students admitted to the seminar have the opportunity to:
- begin meeting other SOC first year students in the program during the summer months via social media;
- participate in an experiential learning opportunity during Welcome Week (the week prior to the start of classes), visiting four communication organizations in D.C. with the students admitted to the program;
- take a 1-credit seminar on Wednesdays from 1:10-2:25pm in a small group setting, focusing on leadership and academic skills (class meets from August 29 - November 14);
- be part of a small community of 20 SOC first year students to include a peer advisor who is an upperclassman in the School of Communication.