First-Year Integrated Core
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President Gregory Crawford speaks at the inaugural festivities for the FYIC program in 2016
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FAQ

Why was the program started? 

The program was originally created as a response to employers reporting that college graduates are not adequately equipped with certain skills when they enter the workforce. The skills that employers suggest college graduates lack include ethical decision-making, analytical and research skills, written and oral communication, adaptability, and working with diverse groups. First-Year Integrated Core students are challenged to think critically, creatively, ethically, to learn computational thinking, and to work in a diverse team in their very first year at the Farmer School of Business. 

Where have previous FYIC students interned?

Previous FYIC students have received internships at a variety of places. Many of our students were freshmen when they received their internships. Internship examples include Avery Dennison, Merrill Lynch, IBM, Roush, SC Johnson and Sons, Johnson & Johnson, and CNN.

How many credits is the program?

The First-Year Integrated Core consists of four, 2 credit hour courses for a total of 8 credit hours.

Why these four classes?

The First-Year Integrated Core is comprised of four integrated classes: BUS 101: Foundations of Business, BUS 102: Foundations of Business Communication, ESP 103: Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Thinking, and BUS 104: Introduction to Computational Thinking for Business. These four classes are designed to help our students build key skills, such as critical thinking, creative thinking, ethical thinking, communication, and collaboration, that they can take with them into the workplace.

Can I drop a course from the FYIC?

You cannot drop just one of the four integrated classes. Because the four classes are integrated, and they all culminate at the end of the semester with the same client challenge team presentation, you cannot take any one course separate from the others. If you decide that you need to drop a class, you will need to drop all four First-Year Integrated Core classes. Please see your advisor. 

What happens if I fail one course?

If you fail just one of the four courses within the First-Year Integrated Core, you will need to take all four classes over again. But, please note, if you retake the four FYIC courses, you can only replace two of your four grades. 

Who can I contact with questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns about the curriculum or classes within the curriculum, you are more than welcome to contact the Director of the First-Year Integrated Core, Dr. Becky Morrison, at morrisr7@miamioh.edu or at (513) 529-3974. You can also visit Our Faculty page to contact any of the team leads or faculty for any of the four courses.