First Year Experience Program

U-Courses: Learning by Design

These exciting new course combinations taught in an integrated setting allow students the opportunity to connect and learn on a different level.  U-Courses provide a non-traditional approach to learning and are carefully designed based on national research into the factors that support students’ success in college.

  • Build relationships with fellow students and become part of the U-Course community
  • Experience a flexible, non-traditional learning environment

  • Participate in creating films, blogs, and interactive exhibits

  • Go beyond the classroom, into the Chico community

  • Work closely with faculty and experienced college students

Within the U-Course students are treated as emerging professionals and innovators. Their work is project-based and is supported by student mentors who act as writing coaches, subject matter advisors, and project managers. Projects may include blogs, mock political campaigns, community projects, simulations, films, interactive exhibits, and much more.


U-Course Ethnography

Team 2 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 5 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 8 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 9 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 10 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 13 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 14 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 18 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 19 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 20 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 22 Abstract/Handout (PDF)
Team 24 Abstract/Handout (PDF)

U-Course Student Statements