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1. Exploring Your Major (I)

EDUC-X150     Managing Resources for Learning
PHIL-P105       Thinking and Reasoning
COLL-X111      FIGs Seminar

2. Exploring Your Major (II)
EDUC-X150     Managing Resources for Learning
PHIL-P105       Thinking and Reasoning
COLL-X111      FIGs Seminar

FIGs 1 and 2 are intended for exploratory students undecided about their major, who intend to explore the culture of Indiana University, the full range of academic opportunities at IU.

3. Fashion and Retail Industry of Tomorrow
AMID-R100     Introduction to Apparrel and Textiles
PSY-P101      Introductory Psychology
COLL-X111    FIGs Seminar

Recommended for students interested in trends in retail industry and consumer behavior, including prospective majors in apparel merchandising and business (major and minor) among others.

4. The Lively Art of Acting
THTR-T121    Acting I for Majors
CMCL-C290   Hollywood I
COLL-X111    FIGs Seminar

Intended for students interested in acting and performing arts. Prospective majors include arts and sciences, secondary education, journalism, business, and SPEA.

5. Fine Art of Fine Arts
FINA-F100     Fundamental Studio-Drawing
FINA-A102     Renaissance through Modern Art
COLL-X111   FIGs Seminar

Intended for students with interests in studio art and/or art history, including prospective majors in arts and sciences, art education, and journalism.

 6. Get Your Game On
TEL-T160      History & Effects of Video Games
EDUC-F401  Survey of Serious Games: History , Industry, and Instructional Design
COLL-X111   FIGs Seminar

For students interested in video game design. Prospective majors include telecommunications, fine arts, informatics, and computer science.

7. Exploring Psychology (I)
PSY-P155       Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences
COLL-E103    Who Am I?
COLL-X111    FIGs Seminar

8. Exploring Psychology (II)
PSY-P155          Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences
COLL-E103       Who Am I?
COLL-X111       FIGs Seminar

FIGs 7 and 8 are recommended for students interested in exploring the science of psychology-the field that seeks to understand human behavior and the thoughts and emotions that underlie it. Students will explore the core of instruction in psychology at Indiana University, research on mind and brain, and will have an opportunity to learn how to get involved in psychology outside of class.

9. Teaching Young Children
EDUC-G203     Communication in the Classroom
EDUC-Q200     Introduction to Scientific Inquiry
COLL-X111       FIGs Seminar

Intended for students exploring Elementary Education, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education.

10. So, You Want to be a Science Major (I)?

BIOL-L111     Evolution and Diversity
COLL-E104   Evolution, Religion, and Society
COLL-X111   FIGs Seminar

11. So, You Want to be a Science Major (II)
BIOL-L112     Biological Mechanisms
COLL-E104   Evolution, Religion, and Society
COLL-X111   FIGs Seminar

FIGs 10 and 11 are intended for students considering science majors, and students interested in medicine, dentistry, optometry, and other health professions. These FIGs are appropriate for students interested in majors in biology, history and philosophy of science, and education as well as minors in animal behavior and biology. FIG 11 is especially recommended for students considering microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry, and human biology majors, and for preparation for pharmacy and veterinary schools.

12. Exploring Medical Sciences
MSCI-M131    Disease and the Human Body
SOC-S101    Medicine in America: Physicians, Patients and Their Problems
COLL-X111    FIGs Seminar

For students interested in health-related careers such as medicine, physical therapy, or occupational therapy; or for those interested in majors like biology, respiratory therapy, nuclear medicine, exercise science, applied health, and similar majors.

14. Sports Medicine
HPER-P280     Principles of Athletic Training
PSY-P101        Introductory Psychology
COLL-X111      FIGs Seminar

For students interested in athletic training, exercise science, physical education-teacher education, coaching, careers in medicine and/or in becoming a fitness specialist.

15. Crime and Punishment
CJUS-P100     Introduction to Criminal Justice
HIST-A200      Crime and Punishment
COLL-X111     FIGs Seminar

Intended for students interested in criminal law and in the history and the role of law in the United States as well as the administration of of criminal justice and the working of the court and judicial systems. Related majors include criminal justice, history, political science, public affairs, sociology, and other social sciences, business, and journalism.

 16. The Criminal Mind
CJUS-P200     Theories of Crime and Deviance
PSY-P101        Introductory Psychology
COLL-X111      FIGs Seminar

Recommended for students interested in law, criminal justice, social, economic, and psychological causes of crime. Related majors include criminal justice and other social sciences, journalism, and business.

17. Media-How do they Work and Why?
CMCL-C190     Introduction to Media
JOUR-J110      Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications
*JOUR-J160    The Media Village

*Students in this FIG do not take the FIGs Seminar, instead they take JOUR-J160.

Recommended for students interested in how media (television, film, radio, Internet) affect social, political, and economic life, and how media products are designed to make them artistically and financially successful. Related majors include telecommunications, communication and culture, journalism, public affairs, sociology and other social sciences, liberal arts, and business.

18. How do we Communicate?
CMCL-C205     Introduction to Communication and Culture
JOUR-J210      Visual Communication
*JOUR-J160    The Media Village

*Students in this FIG do not take the FIGs Seminar, instead they take JOUR-J160.

Intended for students interested in how communication shapes human culture and how culture, in turn, crafts the ways in which we communicate. Related majors include communication and culture, journalism, linguistics, anthropology, speech and hearing, sociology, political science, and other social sciences.

19. One World, After All?
INTL-I100           Introduction to International Studies
ANTH-E105       Culture and Society
COLL-X111       FIGs Seminar

Recommended for students interested in contemporary economic, political, and cultural transformations, including majors in international studies, anthropology, political science, economics, communication and culture, sociology, history and other social sciences as well as business, journalism, and public affairs.

20. Marketing and Managing Sport (I)
HPER-P211     Introduction to Sport Management
BUS-X100        Business Administration: Introduction
COLL-X111      FIGs Seminar

21. Marketing and Managing Sport (II)
HPER-P211     Introduction to Sport Management
BUS-X100        Business Administration: Introduction
COLL-X111      FIGs Seminar

FIGs 20 and 21 are intended for students interested in the sports business, including prospective majors in business (non-accounting) and HPER sport marketing and management.

22 .Taking Care of Business (I)
BUS-A100     Basic Accounting Skills
BUS-K201    The Computer in Business
BUS-X104     Business Presentations
COLL-X111   FIGs Seminar

23. Taking Care of Business (II)
BUS-A100     Basic Accounting Skills
BUS-K201    The Computer in Business
BUS-X104     Business Presentations
COLL-X111   FIGs Seminar

FIGs 22 and 23 are intended only for those students who have been directly admitted to the Kelley School of Business.

24. The Ins and Outs of Finance
BUS-A100     Basic Accounting Skills
BUS-K201    The Computer in Business
BUS-F260     Personal Finance
COLL-X111   FIGs Seminar

25. So, You Want to be a Business Major?
BUS-A100     Basic Accounting Skills
BUS-K201    The Computer in Business
BUS-X100     Business Administration: Introduction
COLL-X111   FIGs Seminar

FIGs 24 and 25 are recommended for students who are considering a degree in any business field offered at IU. Prospective accounting majors should be advised that BUS X100 will count as a business elective.

26. Be an Entrepreneur
BUS-A100     Basic Accounting Skills
BUS-K201     The Computer in Business
BUS-W212    Exploring Entrepreneurship
COLL-X111   FIGs Seminar

Recommended for creative students who are exploring business degrees at IU and who are interested in innovations in the corporate world, or starting and managing their own business, including college-based business start-ups.

27. Jewish Studies
COLL-E103     Power, Politics and Peity: The Struggle for the Holy Land in Israel/Palestine
HIST-H251       Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to the Spanish Expulsion
COLL-X111      FIGs Seminar

Recommended for students with strong interests in Jewish studies, including prospective majors in Jewish studies and other humanities and social sciences, journalism, business, SPEA, social work, and secondary education.


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