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University Foundations

University Foundations is designed to help you make the most out of college.

What is EIU 1111: University Foundations?

University Foundations is designed to help you make the most of your EIU experience! You already know that going to class and studying are an important part of college, but what class teaches you to live independently, find University resources, make connections with other students and faculty or even how to manage your time? EIU 1111 does! In this course, you will make friends, meet faculty and staff, learn about accessing all of the services EIU has to offer, engage in lively discussions, attend special events on campus, and learn how to succeed in your new environment.

University Foundations is an inquiry into the academic expectations, resources, policies, and traditions of university life. You will be challenged to enhance your intellectual potential, understand your academic and moral responsibilities, and appreciate diversity in a framework that develops the critical thinking, learning, and communication skills necessary to contribute successfully to the university’s intellectual life. A global citizenship project engages students in the scholarly and co-curricular community.


Course Objectives

University Foundations is a writing-active course with four main objectives:
To familiarize you with the expectations, policies, resources, and traditions of Eastern Illinois University
To develop your critical thinking, learning and communication skills
To enrich your perspectives on personal, academic, and moral issues in higher education
To engage you in the educational and social life of the university

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
Describe classroom norms, university policies/procedures, and faculty expectations
Explain key moments in Eastern history
Function as a global citizen in a multi-cultural world
Use the resources and services provided by Eastern Illinois University
Identify transitional issues—personal, social, and academic—and learn about resources and services to aid in overcoming those issues
Formulate educational and life goals
Articulate values and priorities related to college and your future
Communicate more effectively (orally and in writing) with professors and peers
Analyze, criticize, and construct arguments using critical thinking skills
Employ time management and study skills (including test taking, note-taking, and reading strategies)


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Summer Hours M-Th 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
F 7:30 a.m.-Noon

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