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"Coming into ECPY 302, I didn't know what to expect, and honestly thought it would end up being just another one of those courses, and in the end, I was completely wrong. This may have been the most influential and important classes I've ever taken in school, from primary on up, and I'm so glad and thankful that I ultimately decided to enroll in the course. As far as the ECPY 302 course, we've done a magnitude of assignments and assessments. Things ranging from reflection papers, career assessments, I-Search paper presentation, the maps (wandering, possibilities, and majors), informational interviews, etc. They've all been a mixture of informational, educational, somewhat persuasive, and additionally, they've each helped provide guidance to me."

- Student from Find Your Fit ECPY 302 seminar, Spring 2018

UofL students are encouraged to get involved in the Find Your Fit project in these ways:

Come "find your fit" and enroll in this new seminar for the 2018-2019 academic year.

ECPY 302: Personal and Academic Inquiry This three-credit, small seminar is for second- year students who might be asking themselves one or more of these questions:

  • How can I figure out my path at UofL?
  • Am I in the right major for me?
  • What do I want to do with my life?
  • How do I figure out what my career goals are?"

The seminar is designed for students who:

  • Have earned 30-59 hours or are in their second year
  • Have completed Engl 101 and 102 or the equivalent
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 – 3.49*
  • Have not yet decided on a major, or
  • Have not yet been admitted to their unit of choice and are open to considering other options, or
  • Are questioning their major fit, or
  • Are already transitioning between majors.

*this is a flexible requirement

ECPY 302: Personal and Academic Inquiry

FYF Spring 2019 Seminar Sections

This seminar is designed for second-year undergraduate students who are undeclared, are pre-unit majors, or are in transition between majors. Students will explore an academic topic or theme of personal interest related to the seminar theme as they develop, complete and present their work on an original inquiry project. They will also engage in a variety of individualized and group activities to assist them in choosing a major and career path. Students will document their journeys and produce an Academic and Personal Plan in which they integrate their new knowledge and insights about the seminar topic, themselves, and their major and career trajectories. Each seminar has an academic theme which is described below.

  • Section 01: Flourishing: How Positive Psychology Can Improve Academic Experiences

    Instructor: Scott Lajoie

    Time: TTh, 2:30 – 3:45pm
    Instructor: Scott LaJoie
    Advisor: Jessica Newton
    Librarian: Lidiya Grote
    Location: BAB410B

    Let’s face it: happiness and wellbeing are not words often used to describe the academic experience. College is filled with difficult assignments, boring lectures and readings, deadlines, negative feedback, and inter-personal challenges. Unfortunately, there is no promise that life after college will be better. In this class, we explore the world of Positive Psychology to learn how to improve our outlook, increase optimism and motivation, and find enjoyment in the little things of everyday life. Positive Psychology isn’t psycho-babble, self-help stuff you find in grocery store magazines; there is real science behind it, and we will study it. Key questions we’ll answer over the semester: Am I preventing myself from achieving my goals? How does one develop abilities to overcome challenges and obstacles in the future? Does happiness and wellbeing improve better intellectual performance, result from it, or both?

    Questions that students’ might explore for inquiry projects include: How does the research on positive psychology help us to understand the challenges of being a college student? What are biological factors of positive psychology?

  • Section 02: Music, the Universal Language: Where Words Stop, Music Begins

    Instructor: Kimcherie Lloyd

    Time: MW, 12:30 – 1:45pm
    Instructor: Kimcherie Lloyd
    Advisor: Eric Turner
    Librarian: Rob Detmering
    Location: BAB410A

    Music has always occupied an integral place in the human narrative. It has often been said that music is a universal language, bringing people together like nothing else. Music can often be a voice for the silenced or voiceless. Without exception every movement in history has been represented through music from the “Marseillaise” sung by the revolutionaries during the French revolution, to “We are the World” produced to raise awareness and funding for African famine relief in 1985, to the American social media culture commentary in “This is America” by Childish Gambino.

    The academic theme of this seminar will focus on music as representative of the many narratives within our culture. This seminar is aimed at students who enjoy learning about music and/or diverse cultures, as a way of exploring their personal learning and future trajectories. This course will provide a new perspective to the way the students hear music and view culture.

    Questions that will be explored in this seminar may include:

    • Which music or musicians have resonated for you? Why?
    • What are their stories and what does their work say to you?
    • What are the power dynamics at play in a song when considering privilege and empowerment?
    • What are the stories behind the music that most resonates for you?
    • How can we learn about other cultures through their music?
    • How do artists combine research with creativity when they create?

    This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to carry out an inquiry project of their own design on the theme of cultural representation through music or the universal language of music and will be focused heavily on the music that resonates most profoundly with each individual student.

  • Section 03: College Life: Looking Backward to Move Forward

    Instructor: Amy Hirschy

    Time: TTh, 9:30 – 10:45am
    Instructor: Amy Hirschy
    Advisor: Marissa Williams
    Librarian: Amber Willenborg
    Location: ED151

    Are you looking to get the most out of your college experience? College life is very different today, when compared to prior generations. In this seminar, you will explore historical examples of student experiences at colleges and universities and examine ways that higher education can be improved for future students. You will reflect on who and what has influenced your views on college life (like family, friends, popular culture, leaders, etc.) and compare those images to your own realities as a college student. By the end of this course, you should develop a strategic map to help you navigate your path and get the most out of your time in college.

    Central questions of this seminar include: What is the current status of colleges today? What does it mean for future generations? How can higher education be improved? How can the student experience be improved? Additionally, you will complete an inquiry project on a current issue in higher education that relates to your particular interests. Examples of possible inquiry topics include: higher education and politics, the role of college athletics, why college costs so much, campus crisis resources, role of student organizations, free speech on campuses, diversity and inclusion in college today, or campus architecture and design.

If you’re interested in learning more about whether you meet the eligibility for this course, wish to discuss the seminar with an advisor, or get permission to enroll, contact Katie Adamchik, director of Exploratory Advising at: or 502.852.7969.

Join the FYF Student Advisory Team

Launched in 2016, the FYF Student Advisory Team is a group of students who meet with the QEP staff team monthly in order to provide input and feedback on the FYF program. All UofL students interested in the FYF project are invited to join the Student Advisory Team by contacting the QEP staff team to learn more:

Students who are currently serving include:

  • Syann Lunsford, Library Science
  • Garrett Westerfield, Dental Hygiene
  • Chloe Oldendick, Chemistry