Freshman Seminar Outline
Edward P. Kardas (
Fall 2020

Modified: 2020-09-27 (9:56:14 am CDST)

The freshman year is a unique period. It marks many transitions: from home, to young adulthood, toward greater responsibility and freedom. One approach, of course, is to just let it happen. Another approach is to regiment and control it. A middle ground between those two extremes is probably the safest and most prudent course. That is, to welcome the transitions while at the same time understanding exactly what changes are taking place and attempting to approach them in a rational way. Over the course of the semester, we will expand and fill in the outline below.

See your classmates HERE

This class is specifically designed to integrate you into your department as soon as possible. The idea being that the sooner you become part of the departmental community the more likely you will engage in your courses and with faculty which, hopefully, will lead to academic sucess and on-time graduation. If you are still undecided as to a major, this course will provide you with the first steps toward that decision.

this course does not require a textbook

During this course you will have several graded assignments, a few quizzes, and one big test on the SAU Undergraduate Catalog. You will also need to visit the SAU Web page and other online resources as virtual field trips. (Before Covid-19 these visits were to the real places, but that is too unsafe nowl)

Doonesbury makes fun of college seminars
Arkansas 6-year graduation rates US rate is 48.3%. Notice it said SIX year graduation rates. College is no longer a four-year experience for many.
Required Video: watch it soon. Warning it is graphic and important.


Disability Support Services:
It is the policy of Southern Arkansas University to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal law, state law, and the University’s commitment to equal educational opportunities. Any student with a disability who needs accommodation should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. Students with disabilities are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, which is located in the Reynolds Center.

Credit Hours:
As required by federal law, credit hours are earned by attending class (33%), preparing for and taking tests (33%), reading textbook and other assigned materials (23%), and making classroom presentations (11%). Your grade is based on quizzes, tests, and assignment grades. Low attendance may lower your grade.

Southern Arkansas University affirms its commitment to academic integrity and expects all members of the University community to accept shared responsibility for maintaining academic integrity. Students in this course are subject to the provisions of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy, approved by the president and published in the Student Handbook. Penalties for academic misconduct in this course may include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade in the course, or any other course-related sanction the instructor determines to be appropriate. Continued enrollment in this course affirms a student’s acceptance of this University policy

Face Covering Requirement
Students, faculty, and staff are required to wear face coverings (covering both the mouth and nose) at all times while in classrooms, hallways, and offices.  It is the student’s responsibility to bring clean face coverings to each class meeting.  Students who are not wearing face coverings will be asked to leave class and will not be counted for attendance that day.   Students who refuse to wear face coverings will be covered by the following policy:

Students who believe that they cannot wear a face covering for medical reasons should contact University Health Services and the instructor prior to the first class meeting. 

Social Distancing Policy
Please be aware of the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  All students should do the following:

Additional Attendance Information during the COVID-19 Pandemic
All face-to-face class meetings will use assigned seats and attendance will be taken each time.  Once your seat has been assigned, please use that seat for all subsequent class meetings.  Do not sit in any seats that are marked off with tape, rope, or signs. Students will also have the ability to attend class virtually. This will allow students who have pre-existing medical conditions that put them at additional health risks if they contract COVID-19, who are under quarantine, or who are experiencing an illness to attend class. Students who attend virtually will be counted for attendance purposes. Please note that students attending virtually can be called upon to answer questions, to verify attendance, etc., at any point during the class period in order to confirm that they are actually present. Please contact your instructor (e-mail or telephone) if you are ill and cannot attend in-person or virtually.

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