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Center for Academic and Student Success
Harkness Hall Room 211
223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: 404-880-8767 or 8184
Fax: 404-880-8982
Email: success@cau.edu

The First Year Student Seminar is a two-semester requirement for first year students and transfer students with twenty-eight (28) or fewer credit hours. The Seminar is provided to assist students in making the transition to successful post-secondary study and to obtain the necessary academic and personal reinforcements to meet the myriad demands of University life and to persist to graduation. (1 credit hour each semester).

The purpose of the course is to assist students with the transition to the University. This course serves an essential role in advising students concerning course selection. It also focuses on academic, personal and social issues relevant to college life.

Common content areas are covered in all sections of First Year Seminar, while allowing for flexibility in serving majors. The Seminar is required for graduation and must be completed with a passing grade. Assignment to a course section is usually made on the basis of the students intended major. Course instruction is generally provided by an instructor from the major area or division. The course meets once per week for a one-hour and fifteen-minute session.

  • General University-Wide topics include the following: 
  • Personal Transition to the University
  • Setting and Achieving Personal Goals
  • Academic Transition, Time Management, Study Skills and Preparing for Examinations
  • Navigating the University-Policy and Procedures
  • Campus Resources
  • Service Learning
  • Career Exploration and Planning

Final Exam Schedule May 2, 2016

Spring 2016 Final Exam Schedule

First-Year Seminar CGED 100

First-Year Seminar CGED 101

Peer Teaching Assistants

The First-Year Seminar Program hires Peer Teaching Assistants who assist incoming First-Year students with transition issues.  We are interested in attracting upper class students who have a strong academic background, are interested in assisting new students with their transition to Clark Atlanta University, and who have a strong commitment to CAU. Download the Peer Teaching Assistant Application for full details and application instructions.


Dr. Cynthia Auzenne Clem
Phone: (404) 880-8048
Fax: (404) 880-8982