First-Year Interest Groups

What is a First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) are for students who want an opportunity to connect with peers, faculty, and campus resources. Each FIG is unique and tailored to explore an exciting academic theme while helping students acclimate to campus both academically and socially.

In each FIG, a small cohort of students take 2-3 courses together during the fall semester. FIGs are intentionally small to maximize the interconnectivity between students, faculty, and the peer mentor, with each FIG being limited to 20-25 students. Your FIG is a place where you will feel welcome, supported, and challenged.

Why Students Should Choose FIGs?

Access to Resources

Get connected to all the places on campus that are designed to help you succeed.

Building Community

Get to know peers through classes, social events, and study sessions.

Faculty Connections

Build a relationship with a professor your very first term.

Seven Themes are Now Available!

Sign-up for one of these FIGs  

Equity, Inclusion, & Social Justice in Health

Exploring and Examining "Resistance": Perspectives and Approaches Across Eras, Communities, and Technologies

Intersection of Language & Community: Our Identities & Development - FULL

Public Service & Justice in Los Angeles

Race, Inequality, & Social Justice: Because Black Lives Matter

Voices Amplified: Exploring Black & BIPOC Perspectives in Education & Arts