The First-Year Program
At CMU we take special care to make sure that incoming freshmen adjust successfully to university life. Helping students make the crucial transition from high school to college is the major goal of our First-Year Program. In addition to summer and fall orientation activities, the academic part of the First-Year Program consists of two interlinked orientation classes, CMU 101 and CMU 102. CMU 101 concentrates on issues of campus orientation, academic success, and orientation to the major. The second class in the sequence, CMU 102, concentrates more exclusively on issues related to the major, as well as leadership principles associated with a career in that major. By devoting extra effort to these details, we are carrying out the campus mission of training students to exercise ethical leadership in order to make a difference in the world.
Introduction to Leadership
In conjunction with CMU's mission of preparing students to make a difference in the world by emphasizing academic and professional excellence, ethical leadership, and social responsibility, we require students, at the earliest in their sophomore years, to take CMU201 Introduction to Leadership. This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to leadership principles and theories using a combination of case studies, historical perspectives, and personal experience with effective leaders. By the end of the course, students should understand individual and group leadership issues and be able to identify personal leadership qualities to apply in their lives. (ROTC students may substitute MSL220 and MSL222.)
Study Strategies for Successful College Students
This course will help students develop the skills and strategies to be successful students who are responsible for their own college learning experience.