First-Year Seminar


All first-year students and transfer students with fewer than 24 hours of college work are enrolled in BCC 100, First-Year Seminar.  Students entering Berry in the fall of 2016 have three options to choose from:

BCC 100, First-Year Seminar   This ten-week, one credit course is designed to help you make a successful transition to Berry.  In this course you’ll examine some of the challenges that new students typically face, explore opportunities for engagement through work, study and extracurricular activities at Berry and reflect on your own strengths and goals as you plan to make the most of your time here.  Best of all, BCC 100 will provide you with a network of peers who will accompany and support you on this journey.  Each BCC 100 class is led by a faculty or staff instructor will also serve as your academic advisor and a First-Year Mentor, an experienced Berry student who will help you to navigate your first weeks on campus. 

SPT 100 First-Year Colloquium   This 4 credit, full-semester course meets the requirement for both BCC 100 and 1 General Education course.  Centered on a specific theme, the course introduces students to modes of inquiry and exploration within the instructor’s area of expertise.  These courses include a variety of engaging and challenging reading, discussion and writing assignments to strengthen students’ reasoning and communication skills. The course instructor will serve as your academic advisor.  Each instructor will be assisted by a First-Year Mentor, an experienced Berry student who will help you to navigate your first weeks on campus.  Six sections of SPT 100 are available.  View courses descriptions here.

SPT 100 Living Learning Community. Students enrolled in two colloquia, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations and Social Innovation and The Psychology of Poverty, will be housed together in Deerfield Hall. In addition to regular coursework and BCC 100 activities, students in the LLC will engage in a year-long service project in the community and participate in other programs within and beyond the residence hall.  Your BCC 100 and SPT course instructor will serve as your academic advisor.  Your First-Year Mentor will be housed with you in Deerfield and participate in class activities.   Students must apply to join the LLC.  If you select this option on the course preference form you will be sent the LLC application in a separate email.