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Behind the Scenes: UO FIGs

First-Year Seminars!

Did you drop one of your classes during the first week of the term, and now you need another class? If you’re a first-year student, you should definitely look into a First-Year Seminar! First-Year Seminars are small classes (no more than 23 students) that are only open to students in their first year of college. That means lots of face time with a great professor, opportunities to have your voice heard, and an easy way to meet some more friends.

A few seminars still have a few spots open:

ARH 199- Buddhism through Art
ENG 199- Evolution of Vampires in the Popular Imagination
JPN 199- Japanese Popular Culture
PSY 199- We Are the World: Global Health and Development

We’d take these classes if we could, so take them for us!

FIG Friday Meetings!



First-Year Programs is excited to announce today is our first day of Fall 2015 FIGs! Students will meet their FIG, FIG Faculty, and FA today to start off the term!

Meeting times are separated in half:

Animal Behavior through Justice, Beauty, & Nature will meet at 10 AM in Straub 156.

Justice Matters through World Within Us will meet at 11 AM in Straub 156.

Please be there a few minutes early, and be excited to start our year!

–The FYP Team

First-Year Seminars

Are you looking for one more class to round out your first term at the University of Oregon? If you graduated high school in 2014 or 2015 AND have not attended a college or university before the 2015-2016 academic year, be sure to check out First-Year Seminars!

Students attending Week of Welcome as an international student can register for a First-Year Seminar on Monday, September 21. Students attending Week of Welcome as a domestic student can register on Wednesday, September 23. Students who already attended an IntroDUCKtion session this summer but still want to register for a First-Year Seminar: the final spot in each seminar will open on Friday, September 25. Be sure to snag that spot by registering on DuckWeb!

You can learn about the First-Year Seminar program, specific seminars, and FSEM faculty by exploring the links in the First-Year Seminars tab at the top of this page.
If you have any questions about First-Year Seminars, please don’t hesitate to contact Drew Brandel, First-Year Seminar Coordinator by email (, by phone (541-346-2896), or by stopping by our office at 372 Oregon Hall.

Meet an FA Monday (8/10)

I Didn’t Get a FIG at IntroDUCKtion, Now What?

day 2Did you have your heart set on a FIG that wasn’t open during your IntroDUCKtion week? Some FIGs have opened up over the summer, and we are releasing the remaining spots tomorrow (8/5). Simply give our office a call at 541-346-1131 and ask to sign-up or switch your FIG. Have questions? You can also write us an e-mail at

Meet an FA Monday (8/3)

Meet Julia, the FIG Assistant for Moving to the Beat! #uofigs #callmeaduck

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Meet an FA Monday (7/27)

Meet an FA Monday! (7/20)

Meet Marissa, the FA for Human Hierarchies! #meetanFAmonday #uofigs #callmeaduck

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Looking for the First-Year Programs Office?

IMG_0253As of July 6th, First-Year Programs has found our new home on the third floor of Oregon Hall. We were welcomed by our partners on the floor with a potluck celebrating the new transition. We are still in the process of moving in, but we would love a visit from anyone interested in our programs. Our official address is 372 Oregon Hall. During IntroDUCKtion sessions, you can find First-Year Programs out on the pioneer mother lawn on day one of IntroDUCKtion and in the EMU ballroom on day two.

Did you add a FIG at IntroDUCKtion? Find your Instagram photo!

If you added a FIG at IntroDUCKtion, you may have taken a picture as part of the #FoundMyFIG campaign. Find your picture here: