The First-year Foundations Course (FFC) is the foundational portion of the Chapman General Education program. All first-year students enroll in an FFC section during their first year at Chapman.
The FFC course engages students in university-level critical inquiry and reflection. FFC courses focus on critical engagement, exploration and communication related to complex issues rather than on mastering a body of material. Students select a topic according to their academic and personal interests. 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 a select group of faculty who are committed to supporting students in their transition to university-level inquiry. Field trips, guest speakers, collaborative research, multimedia projects and other forms of active learning are an important part of the course.
Approximately 50 sections in the Fall are offered on varying topics and students and encouraged to take advantage of Fall opportunities. Limited offerings of FFC are available during Interterm and Spring semesters for students unable to register in Fall.
For meeting days, times and locations, please view the schedule through the Student Center on My Chapman. Detailed course descriptions are provided below.