The First-year Foundations Course (FFC) is a key element of Chapman University's General Education program. All first-year students enroll in an FFC section during their first year at Chapman. Transfer students who have not earned 24 credits at a college or university prior to starting Chapman are also required to enroll in an FFC section.
FFC courses focus on critical engagement, exploration and communication related to complex issues rather than on mastering a body of material. The goal is to enhance your critical thinking skills-skills that are essential to your success in your Chapman education, your future career and your life.
Most students will select a topic according to their academic and personal interests. Some students are required to take specific FFC courses, and you will be informed if this applies to your major. All of the sections offer students intellectually enriching opportunities to explore ideas, values, and disciplinary knowledge and methods. Students will work independently and collaboratively to frame issues and questions that have engaged the intellectual interests of historians, philosophers, fine arts, and media critics, scientists, economists and political theorists over the centuries.
FFC is taught by faculty who are committed to supporting students in their transition to university-level critical inquiry. Field trips, guest speakers, collaborative research, multimedia projects and active engagement in class activities are an important part of each course.
Approximately 50 sections of FFC courses are offered in the Fall on varying topics and students and encouraged to take advantage of Fall opportunities, which provide the most topics and options to choose from. Limited offerings of FFC are available during Interterm and Spring semesters for students unable to register in Fall.
Detailed course descriptions are provided below. For meeting days, times and locations, please view the schedule through the Student Center on My Chapman.