First-Year Seminar courses provide a highly interactive, small-class learning environment for entering freshmen. Students will work together in small groups to develop skills in teamwork and written communication as well as knowledge in one other Core area (Diversity, Critical Inquiry, or Responsible Living) as it applies to the intellectual subject matter of the course. Students will also learn about the importance of general education and its place in a college education as well as the way general education is structured at UCA as the Core. Further, students will learn about the Core competencies that will be an important focus of their education through their senior year. Finally, these courses offer support for the unique needs of first-year students, providing discussions about issues such as effective study skills and exam preparation as well as orientation information about the comprehensive services UCA provides to support students.