First-Year Interest Groups

All first-year students in the liberal arts and sciences at Purchase College
participate in smaller intellectual communities designed to appeal to students’ different academic interests and learning styles. Students may choose from two different types of intellectual communities: Learning Communities, or First-Year Interest Groups.

Students who do not chose to participate in a Learning Community will work with an academic advisor to choose a Frirst-Year Interest Group (FIG), a cluster of courses organized around a specific course or major. FIGs are offered in almost every academic area. Based on a student’s academic interest, he or she will choose a FIG during summer advising and registration. Students in some majors are required to participate in a majors-only FIG (New Media, for instance).

New students will receive information about the advising and registration process by early June, and will work with the Advising Center to ensure that they choose an appropriate FIG.




Open to All Students

  • Art History
  • Economics
  • Environment, Society, & Transformation
  • History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematics/Computer Science
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology - The Developing Child
  • Service Learning
  • Sociology

Open to Majors Only:

  • Arts Management
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cinema Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Media, Society, and the Arts
  • New Media
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Theatre and Performance


Call or email the Advising Center:
(914) 251-3990