The Javelina First Year Experience

First-Year Seminar

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville First-Year Seminar prepares first-year students to succeed academically and professionally. The course brings students together in a unified learning community that not only facilitates their transition into college, but gives them the tools necessary to work efficiently toward graduation and on to their chosen career path. It utilizes active-learning strategies to train the students how to organize and recall crucial information, apply that knowledge toward success in the classroom, and grow into engaged citizens who are capable of achieving significant long-term goals. While building professional relationships with faculty and fellow students, new freshmen will critically think, read, discuss and write about creative topics selected for the course. Opportunities are also provided to explore various campus resources and participate in service learning projects as well as develop knowledge of undergraduate research.

Service Learning Project

The First-Year Seminar service learning project encourages student learning and development through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in, and meets the needs of the community to promote civic responsibility and engagement. It focuses on the educational areas of the program in which the participants are enrolled by having structured time for students to provide service for a community agency, raise awareness on an issue and to reflect on the service experience.

Freshman Convocation

The mission of Freshman Convocation is to welcome students and to foster a sense of community, culture, pride and tradition in Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Held each fall semester, this program promotes an understanding of the role of higher education in life-long learning, formally introduces first-year students to faculty and staff and introduces important campus traditions to new students such as the First Year Javelina Commitment and Alma Mater.

Javelina Read

Javelina Read is a program for incoming freshmen, but is also promoted throughout the campus, curriculum, and community. Each year a new book is selected by the Javelina Common Read Committee, which is comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community members. Once selected, the book is widely distributed throughout the campus and community for community building and to promote a Culture of Reading.

Learning Communities (FIGs)

Learning communities (Freshman Interest Groups) help students find their place in both academic and social settings as faculty and students work together in a collaborative learning environment. FIGs are clusters of courses that small groups of students take during their first year at TAMUK. Each cluster is created based on the student’s intended major. FIGs have helped students connect quickly while fulfilling general education requirements. Through participation in the FIG Program, you will:

  • Connect with fellow Javelinas in your major
  • Meet student leaders who will help you transition to college life and the TAMUK campus
  • Engage in critical thinking and build a strong academic foundation