College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

AGHE 1020: Connections in Agriculture and Human Ecology

Course Description

The course strengthens the student’s connection to TTU by engaging the student in meaningful academic and non-academic activities both in and out of the classroom.It emphasizes critical thinking in the formation of academic and social goals and support groups, and in-self management of study skills.The course includes creative inquiry project/activity, which students should share.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Build meaningful connections
    • With other students, (develop personal and professional networks)
    • With faculty and staff in the student’s department
    • With the student life of the university
    • With available resources and support systems for both academics and student life
  • Integrate students’ college experiences with their plans and career ambitions
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the identification and evaluation of information sources to support academic inquiry and to introduce students to elements of creative inquiry/research
  • Exercise written and oral communication skills to discover, develop, and articulate ideas and viewpoints

First-Year Connections Program Goals:

  • Foster student success, as measure through first-semester to second semester retention rates
  • Utilize and promote support networks for a diverse student body, including at-risk and high-achieving populations
  • Support students in building personal, curricular, and co-curricular connections across the campus as part of their continued transition to the university
  • Provide pathways to address academic challenges of college transition, including the development of foundational skills in critical thinking, information literacy, and ethical reasoning
  • Cultivate a growth mindset for TTU students, including attention to articulating and achieving both short- and long-term personal, academic, and career goals
  • Promote services learning and civic engagement

Topics to be Covered

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Learning Strategies
  • Career Exploration
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Management or Time Management
  • Campus Resources
  • Campus Orientation
  • Computer Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Basic Research Skills (Information Literacy)