IU 172 New Student Seminar [CRN 17845]
Overview of Course
Students will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills to create a successful transition to the Semester at Sea experience. This transition will include an assessment of social identities, values, skills, and interests to reflect on individual purpose and develop goals for educational and professional aspirations. Information literacy skills will also be enhanced by learning how to be academically successful in their coursework and within an academic discipline of interest; as well as planning and executing meaningful port experiences with different diverse populations, cultures, and perspectives. Students will determine how to best advocate for themselves in identifying resources and opportunities and engaging and reflecting on those experiences. Additionally, the class provides opportunities to develop community with other Gap Year students through intergroup dialogue for a deeper understanding of individual identities and cultural backgrounds that may differ from their own.