What is the Freshman Block Program?

New first-time freshmen participate in the mandatory Freshman Block Program. A Freshman Block is a cluster of general education requirements and introductory level courses.  The Freshman Block is a two semester commitment and allows for students to experience some of the advantages of a residential campus while attending a university in an urban setting.  It creates a learning community designed to embrace, engage, educate, enlighten, and empower students.  Each course within the block section satisfies one or more college requirements.  Freshmen will be scheduled for approximately 12 to 15 credits based upon placement test results and their major curriculum.   

The Freshman Block will

  • satisfy several General Education Requirements.
  • develop the critical thinking and writing skills that contribute to academic success.
  • provide a strong educational foundation necessary for success at Chicago State University.
  • enhance your freshman experience by fostering new friendships.

How does the block work?

Students will choose from one of two block schedule options.  Students will move throughout their classes in small cohorts of 25 to 30 students which allows for more impactful teacher and student interaction.  The remainder of a student’s classes will be based on placement exams results and their major curriculum.  Students who need developmental education courses may not be able to take all courses in the block in order to accommodate these classes. 

Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 block themes and courses (courses in the block may change):    

Sample Social Justice Block

Fall Term

Spring Term

Freshman Seminar 1500 (2) Blocked Course

Composition II English 1240/1280 (3) Blocked Course

Composition I 1230/1270 (3) Blocked Course

Basic Speech Communications  (3) Blocked Course

Introduction to African American Studies (3)

Intro to Visual Arts  (3) Blocked Course

Required Major Course (3)

Required Major Course (3)

General Education Course (3)

General Education Course (3)

 

FRSE 1510 (only for students on Academic Probation) (1)

 

 

Sample Diversity Block

Fall Term

Spring Term

Freshman Seminar 1500 (2) Blocked Course

English 1240/1280 (3) Blocked Course

English 1230/1270 (3) Blocked Course

Music Appreciation (3) Blocked Course

Diversity in US Society (3) Blocked Course

US History 1865 to present (3) Blocked Course

Required Major Course (3)

Required Major Course (3)

General Education Course (3)

General Education Course (3)

 

Freshman Seminar 1510 (only for students on Academic Probation) (1)

Once students have registered for a block, they may not drop any one individual course within the linked cluster of classes. Doing so will lead to dropping the entire block from their schedule. All changes or concerns should be discussed with a member of the first-year advising team.  The block schedule will be discussed in detail at Cougar Start U (New Student Orientation).