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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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.

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.

Finding Balance

M/W 12:20-1:15 p.m. Wed 3:35-5:35 p.m.

This Launch course will explore a variety of realistic self-care and social connection strategies as well as on and off-campus resources available to support you during your academic journey. In this course you will get real and dig deep to help you find balance in an overwhelming world.

Home: Our Connection Place

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

We will investigate the meaning of home. It’s a complex concept that incorporates emotional and psychological realities as well as more obvious physical ones. Is home a specific geographical space? Can we have more than one home? How do our homes shape the people we are and who we become? 

Life is An Event Let's Plan It

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

Events help bring us together as a community and provide a rich environment for the students at Fort Lewis College. The best way to learn to plan events is to attend events and plan your own. This course will discuss and put event-planning techniques in to practice by hosting a mid-semester event for all Skyhawks!

Orchestra Exploration

Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This course is designed for any FLC first-year student who has previously played a string, woodwind, or brass instrument in a high school setting to build community at FLC by participating in orchestra. We will play and perform together as a musical family and explore the inter-workings of the ensemble.

Pre-Nursing and Healtchare

M/W 1:25-2:20 p.m., M/W 2:30-3:25 p.m.

Students will discuss different healthcare fields, especially the discipline of nursing. Students will learn about rural healthcare needs and career opportunities in healthcare. Skills needed to excel in healthcare careers will be introduced in the course: medical terminology, resilience building, coping skills, communication, problem-solving, and stress management techniques.

Queering Our College Life

T/R 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

This class introduces students to queer and LGBTQI2S+ culture. Students will learn how sexuality and gender are social constructs that have evolved over time, and which can vary according to our social locations. The class will explore the queer spaces and resources offered at FLC and in the city of Durango.

RPG's: Leveling Up IRL

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

Role-playing games generally feature “leveling-up,” which means gaining skills and abilities. This makes mastery linear, whereas the same process in real life can feel more erratic. This course focuses on Dweck’s growth-mindset theory, motivation, and other psychological concepts that will help you learn HOW to grow and learn something new!

Sex, Love, & Friendship

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

This course will help you create and cultivate meaningful relationships here at FLC and beyond. You will gain important skills in communication, boundary setting, consent, sexual health, and more. Through active participation in and outside of class, you can identify and understand key foundations in fostering healthy relationships. This course emphasizes the importance of identifying, applying, and practicing these foundational skills in real life applications to then foster their own relationships outside of class.


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

Talk with admission counselor

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

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