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Block U is an academic learning community for first-year college students. For two semesters, a small group of students, peer advisor and faculty participate in a class built around a theme. In addition to the learning community class, students register for a schedule (block) of thematically organized classes that together with the learning community class, meet all the required Intellectual Exploration components of general education. In Block U classes, students develop skills that are important for all careers, such as problem solving, written and oral communication skills, and teamwork. Block U is designed to provide students with an experience that combines the personal attention of a small college environment with the unparalleled resources of a large research university. Students develop connections with Block U students, faculty, peer advisors, and the campus resources that prepare them for a successful university experience.

Programs

For two semesters, a small group of students, peer advisor and faculty participate in a class built around a theme. In addition to the learning community class, students register for a schedule (block) of thematically organized classes that together with the learning community class, meet all the required Intellectual Exploration components of general education. In Block U classes, students develop skills that are important for all careers, such as problem solving, written and oral communication skills, and teamwork.

Da Vinci: Discovery Across Disciplines is about exploring how science interacts with and influences society. In this learning community students are asked to think about their roleas contributorand consumerof science. Like the great man himself, students will be encouraged to ask questions with your unquenchable curiosity and feverishly inventive imagination. Students engage in their own open-ended discovery activities and experiments, and design their own research projects for the spring symposium. Da Vinci: Discovery Across Disciplines is led by faculty in the College of Science.

LEARNING COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
  • Engage in your own open-ended discovery activities and experiments
  • Design your own research project
  • The classes associated with this learning community will provide you the opportunity to learn and explore the sciences, psychology, sociology, political science, and education pathways. 

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Families & Health is about exploring not just the genetic material we inherit from our families but also the shared culture, environment, and lifestyles that influence our health and wellness. In this learning community you will investigate how families can promote health and well-being, how they help manage chronic illnesses, and how these family-based strategies vary across developmental life stages.
 
LEARNING COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
  • Students create and participate in community-based projects focused on nutrition, movement, and literacy.
  • Led by faculty in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. 
  • The classes associated with this learning community will provide you the opportunity to learn and explore psychology, human development & family studies, health promotion and biology pathways. 

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Food, Culture, & Ecology is about how humans love to eat. We love to share food, watch others prepare it, and many of us even like trying out new cuisines. But food is  for more than mere pleasure or sustenance--it is political, cultural and even rhetorical. It is inextricably tied to the family, to tradition and the hearth.  It involves environmental issues and economic ones--and it is at the root of many of our social justice concerns. In this learning community students will explore a number of these issues (and a few more) from a variety of perspectives and in a handful of disciplines to try and answer the question, what does the food we eat say about us? Food, Culture, & Ecology is led by faculty in the College of Humanities.

LEARNING COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
  • Engage in your own open-ended discovery activities and experiments
  • Design your own research project
  • The classes associated with this learning community will provide you the opportunity to learn and explore the biology, geography, sociology, environmental studies, political science and writing pathways.

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Global Citizenship is about thinking more gloabally as you start to think locally in a different way. The world is a smaller and smaller place everyday. Globalization affects each of our lives everyday. From healthcare to the environment to poverty and popular culture, participation in the world is a global act. Global Citizenship is led by faculty in the College of Humanities.

LEARNING COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
  • Participate with others in a virtual self-exploration and study of tough issues facing our planet and its inhabitants
  • Explore and understand the footprint of your citizenship along with its rights and responsibilities, locally and globally
  • Satisfy your interest in having and managing global impact
  • Engage in and learn some of the most cutting-edge online community-building programs
  • The classes associated with this learning community will provide you the opportunity to learn and explore the writing, math, linguistics, economics, chemistry, and the art pathways.

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Medical Humanities is about investigating and challenging what is normal in an ever-changing society. In this learning community, students critically engage with a variety of medical cases which challenge the difference between abnormal and normal. Students learn about medicine as a humane discipline and examine how medicine can (or should) intervene. Students, explore societal health issues, such as race and the human experience of illness, and the experience of disability. Medical Humanities is led by faculty from the College of Humanities.

LEARNING COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
  • Teams of students design their own research projects for the spring symposium
  • Led by faculty from the College of Humanities.
  • The classes associated with this learning community will provide you the opportunity to learn and explore pre-medicine, biology, psychology, philosophy, kinesiology, and nursing.

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Work, Wellness and the Great Outdoors is about exploring the interconnectedness of work, wellness and the great outdoors. Students develop strategies for maintaining physical and mental wellness throughout life. They examine the role of wilderness in society and learn about the history of national parks, and their role in health. Students critically examine recreation businesses that prioritize employee wellness, outdoor recreation, and leisure time to save costs and improve the bottom line. Students in this course participate in community projects focused on health, nutrition and recreation. In this class, students experience multiple off-campus field trips. Work, Wellness and the Great Outdoors is led by faculty in the College of Health.

LEARNING COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
  • Develop an academic plan that balances career goals, personal wellness, and playing in the great outdoors of Utah
  • Team up with U-Explore and campus partners to be introduced to on-campus activities
  • Participate in a community-based project focused on health, nutrition, recreation and wellness
  • Experience multiple off-campus field trips
  • The classes associated with this learning community will provide you the opportunity to learn and explore parks, recreation & tourism, kinesiology, environmental sustainability, nutrition, business, and psychology.

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Get Started

First, you must complete your New Student Orientation. Once you have completed your Virtual Orientation modules, please move on to the Academic Advising section below for information regarding your academic advising appointment.

If you have questions about getting registered for an orientation, how to complete the orientation modules, please contact the Office of Orientation and Tranistion.

Office of Orientation & Transition

Webiste orientation.utah.edu
Phone 801-581-7069
Email orientation@utah.edu
Address
280 A. Ray Olpin Student Union Building (UNION)
200 South Campus Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Once you complete your New Student Orientation modules, you will meet with an academic advisor for first semester course planning. To find your steps to speak with an advisor, review the "Connect with your Academic College" module in your Canvas course. This module will include instructions specific to your academic college/major.

Prepare for your advising appointment by setting up your FERPA pin, familiarize yourself with Graduation Requirements, make a list of topics you are interested in and classes you would like to take, prepare any questions to ask. Don't forget to mention you want to join Block U while meeting with your academic advisor and share with them the Block U learning community worksheet!

If you are having trouble finding your college specific orientation information, visit https://orientation.utah.edu/orientation/orientation_academic_colleges.php

If you are having difficulty connecting with your Academic College, please contact the Office of Orientation & Transition.

Office of Orientation & Transition

Webiste orientation.utah.edu
Phone 801-581-7069
Email orientation@utah.edu
Address
280 A. Ray Olpin Student Union Building (UNION)
200 South Campus Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

 

Quick Advising Question? 

Website advising.utah.edu
Phone 801-581-8146
Email AACReception@utah.edu

During your academic advising appointment, your advisor will help you register for courses and show you how to modify them. Don't forget to mention you want to join Block U while meeting with your academic advisor and share with them the Block U learning community worksheet!

Visit blocku.utah.edu/frequently-asked-questions with answers to questions we receive pretty often. If you have a question that is not listed, please fill out our contact form at blocku.utah.edu/contact-us and a Block U Ambassador will reach out within 24 hours.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via a form on our website at blocku.utah.edu/contact-us and a Block U Ambassador will reach out within 24 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions & Additional Resources

Below are the answers to questions we receive pretty often but if you have a question that is not listed, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or fill out our Contact Us form and a Block U Ambassador will reach out within 24 hours.

It’s best to pick a Block that seems interesting to you. That way, you will meet students interested in the same topics and activities as you are, and will enjoy the class content. The content of each Block tends to cross disciplines, and blocks are only loosely related to majors. However, they are a great way to explore areas of study as you consider degree programs.

One of the benefits of Block U is the Intellectual Explorations classes required as part of General Education (Humanities, Applied or Physical Science, Social and Behavioral Science, Fine Arts) are all included in Block U. So, once you complete Block U, you’ll have all of these requirements done, and can move on to the courses required for your major, and any minors you choose. This sets you up to efficiently graduate in four years.

Generally, no, it is best to be involved in just one learning community during your first year.  Engineering students are better off in the LEAP program for engineering students. Business Scholars and Honors Students can join Block U if they are able to fit it into their schedules.

All incoming students have two holds—an orientation hold and an advising hold.

 

Orientation Hold
After completing your Canvas course (including all quizzes!), the Office of Orientation & Transition will remove your orientation hold.

Advising Hold
After your scheduled appointment, your advisor is responsible for removing your orientation advising hold. Students are required to meet with one academic advisor but can meet with more than one advisor, if needed or preferred.

During your advising appointment, your academic advisor will assist you with first semester course planning and registration. When both holds—advising and orientation—have been removed, you will be able to register for classes.

 

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Last Updated: 4/9/21