Speak Your Mind FIG

First-Year Programs thrives on the enthusiasm, expertise, and creativity of our faculty. Faculty provide our students with unique opportunities to engage with the University of Oregon during their first year on campus. First-Year Programs offer faculty members unique teaching opportunities:

  • First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) — collaborate with a colleague in another department

Faculty members from every discipline and department are encouraged to propose FIGs.


In a First-Year Interest Group (FIG), 25 students are co-enrolled during the fall term of their first year in two regular group-satisfying classes and a one-credit College Connections class.  College Connections, led by a faculty member and an advanced undergraduate, is intended to help students think critically, acquire necessary academic skills, and adjust to university life.  The two academic classes are from different disciplines but are linked by a common theme. Collaboration between the two faculty members is encouraged and supported by a dedicated award.

Teaching with the First-Year Programs at the University of Oregon has been a great opportunity for me as a professor... I believe that the FIG program is the best way for our new students to get more focused and interactive time with UO faculty and our outstanding FIG Assistants. Being involved with this program has been one of the best experiences I've had as a faculty member here at UO. -- Faculty for Night Out: Eugene Theatre

Learn More About FIG Proposals Here