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OASIS Seminars (UNIV 125)
(Opportunities for Academic Success with Individualized Support)
OASIS First-Year Seminar
The OASIS First-Year Seminar (UNIV-125) is designed specifically for students entering the University without a declared major. In addition to all the traditional topics found in many first-year seminars, OASIS has a strong emphasis on exploring majors. Students in OASIS work closely with their academic advisor as they complete exercises and activities to help clarify their individual goals and develop their personal academic plans. Sections are taught by advisors from Undergraduate Advising or others with programmatic connections to first-year students. Regular advising appointments with the advisor connected to the section are a requirement of the course.
WHO TAKES OASIS?
OASIS is an important course for students who have not yet declared a major. In some RAPs (Focus Connections and Focus Enterprise), the seminar is an integral part of the learning community, and all students enroll in a section of OASIS, with other students from their residence hall. Many other undeclared first-year students (whether through RAPs or not) enroll in OASIS during their first semester. Others choose to enroll in OASIS during their second semester, when they've had an opportunity to explore some potential majors or if they are having a hard time narrowing down their options.
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OASIS for Transfers (UNIV125T)
The OASIS Seminar for Transfers is designed for incoming transfer students, to assist them in transitioning smoothly into UMass, and making the most of their time here. Topics will include adjusting to UMass, maximizing utilization of resources and opportunities, exploring major (for undeclared students), ensuring timely progress to graduation, and positioning for careers/next steps.
OASIS for Veterans (UNIV125V)
OASIS for Veterans is a seminar specifically designed for veterans who are starting out at UMass Amherst. Not all students in the Veterans' seminar are undeclared. Topics will include transitioning into civilian life as a college student, how to maximize benefits and get the most out of your UMass experience. Note: to hear a bit more about the Veterans' experience on campus and to hear a shout-out for the OASIS seminar for Vets, watch this video clip.
OASIS: Moving Forward (UNIV 192G)
OASIS - Moving Forward is a 1-credit pass/fail seminar specifically designed to assist undeclared students who are on Academic Probation or facing other academic difficulty. The seminar will provide you with opportunities to enhance and improve your academic and other skills necessary for success at the University. The course also includes a focus on activities designed to help you choose a major.
- Class meets once per week
- Classes are small: 15 to 20 students
- Instructor is an academic advisor - during the semester you will have 3 individual appointments with your advisor to give you one-on-one support
- Topics covered include: time management, learning styles, study strategies, test preparation, on-campus resources, and major exploration.
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