First-Year Launch is a signature part of your first year experience

Your Launch course will help you connect to your new home at FLC and navigate your first year.

There are many topics to choose from because our faculty and staff have designed these half-semester, one-credit courses around topics they're interested in and passionate about. They can't wait to share their knowledge and excitement with you!

Choose your First-Year Launch course

Make a list for your first Advising appointment of your top 3-5 courses that inspire you to think about the world and yourself in a new way. There are no prerequisites for Launch courses.

Check out the "Major & program" and "Student population" categories first. We highly encourage you to select from one of those categories if it applies to you.

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A Bridge to Community

T/R 1:00-1:55 p.m.

KDUR is a volunteer-powered campus-community radio station that will work with first-year students to connect them to campus and community resources, while incorporating real work skills in audio editing, interviewing, podcasting, and media. Students in the course will also learn about new music, new programming, and being a Skyhawk!

Art of the Short Story

T/R 1:00-1:55 p.m.

Join a community of other English, JMMS, and Writing Majors to discuss six short stories. With selected readings from Jhumpa Lahiri, Lindsay Wong, Octavia Butler, and more, the course will explore how to craft a compelling narrative in a concise form. You’ll also have the opportunity to get to know other Majors and learn more about opportunities available to you in your discipline.

Behavioral Science for Beginners

M/W 11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

In this FYL course, you'll explore the science of habit formation and learn practical strategies for designing positive habits. You'll gain foundational knowledge about how habits work and how they can change through behavioral science principles. Apply what you learn to create habits that set you up for success in college and beyond.

Book Club at Reed Library

Wednesday 1:25-3:25 p.m.

Course description: Love stories and the worlds opened by books? Join us in reading Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, discussing alternate viewpoints and finding common ground in an atmosphere of a few new friends. Explore the community connections that reading fosters. The book will be provided to you.

Chemistry on the Trail

Monday 3:35-5:35 p.m.

If you are a chemistry or biochemistry major, you want a short break from the routine of lab or lecture. Give yourself a break to think of chemistry happening outdoors and get a chance to learn about your new community through place-based recreation and connection, community gatherings, and service learning.

Concert Choir

M/W/F 12:20-1:15 p.m.

Concert Choir is an open enrollment mixed choir made up of both music majors and non-majors. This ensemble will provide singers with the opportunity to prepare and present varied music composed for the mixed choir from the major stylistic periods with the intent of serving composers, performers and listeners by performing choral music of the highest possible quality. It will include the study and performance of diverse musical expressions that represent a variety of historical and cultural perspectives. A simple audition is required to begin singing with Concert Choir.

Creative Writing in Nature

M/W 9:05-10:00 a.m., T/R 8:00-8:55 a.m.

Take a journey through your senses into the natural world around you. This course focuses on key works in nature writing and environmentalism. We will spend time outside observing the natural world and reflecting on our relationship to our environment. We will use our experiences to create works of creative writing.

Crime Solvers

Friday 1:25-3:25 p.m.

The chemistry lab has been broken into and a TA assaulted! Assist the campus police by collecting and analyzing the evidence left behind to help solve the crime. This will be a lab-based experience for students that are interested in forensic science.

Dishing up the Magic of College

August 29 (Tuesday) 4:05-6:35 p.m., September 9 (Saturday) 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., September 12 (Tuesday) 4:05-6:35 p.m., September 24 (Saturday) 9 a.m. -1 p.m., September 26 (Tuesday) 4:05-6:35 p.m.

Join an instructor who is Disney enthusiast, nutrition professor, and avid cheerleader of FLC students to combine food and pop culture to learn about college culture.  Utilizing a little bit of animation, a lot of personality, and a few spices to come up with a recipe for success for college. We will tackle time management, campus resources, stress, and much more while having a roller coaster of fun.

Embrace the Place!

T/R 4:05-5:00 p.m.

This class will focus on supporting you as you identify and define who you wish to be in your new academic setting, meeting new friends and community members, developing a sense of place, connecting with established FLC communities, and cultivating agency needed to help shape the place and communities around them. The class will be divided into four modules: self, place, community, and intersection. We hope that by targeting these four areas, the you will learn to identify your selfhood and values as individuals, within place broadly, and between one another.


Contact us

Admission Office

Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Ph: 877-352-2656 or 970-247-7184
Fax: 970-247-7179

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Connect with your admission counselor over the phone, in email, or take a campus tour and meet them in person.

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