Covers your First Year Seminar Requirement

Farmington Fusion kicks off with a faculty-led immersive educational experience during the last week of August. After a brief welcome to campus, you’ll have a 5-day field experience, arriving back on campus with a day to settle in before Orientation begins.

You’ll arrive at Orientation with half a course under your belt, a connection with faculty, a crew of fellow UMFers to call your friends, your mind alive with ideas and some good stories to tell.

The remainder of your First Year Seminar will be taught by the same faculty member during the first half of the Fall Semester. Your Seminar will wrap up in week 8, so you’ll have more time to focus on your other three courses.

This course is part of your regular schedule, not in addition to it.

The $245 course fee will be included in your Fall bill. And scholarships for this are available.

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First Year Fusion Courses

The Good Life

Taught by UMF Religion Professor Phil Francis

  • Begin your college career by asking the most important questions of all: What counts as a good life? and How do I go about living that good life?
  • The course includes 5 days at a tranquil retreat center on the coast of Maine, where you can step away from the confusions of everyday life, bask in nature, canoe the river and think as profoundly as possible about the good life.
  • The course is inspired in part by Henry Thoreau’s claim: “I went to the wood because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
  • The course places you in a Thoreau-like setting in which reflections on the good life are honed by immersion in nature and by reading the best of American nature writing.
  • Daily readings are paired with outdoor activities and mindfulness practices.

Mobility and Access

Taught by UMF Geography Professor Jesse Minor

  • This course will engage you with stakeholders and decision makers from the Town of Farmington and the University, and will help you understand the constraints and prior decisions that have produced the infrastructure for driving, walking, biking and other modes of transportation we encounter today.
  • You’ll analyze the transportation infrastructure on and adjacent to the UMF campus, and apply planning and design thinking to solutions that improve and transform the access, connectivity, circulation, safety and convenience of people who use various modes of transportation to travel to and through campus.
  • You’ll also consider solutions such as shared space, traffic calming and site location of crosswalks and parking structures as it impacts the experiences of children, teens, college students, the elderly and users of various transportation modes.

Community Economies in Maine

Taught by UMF Geography Professor Matt McCourt

  • People are experimenting with a range of creative strategies to revive rural communities across Maine. These projects range from arts-based redevelopment, local foods, to crafts cooperatives in small island communities, to rural broadband, alternative transportation and elder care solutions.
  • This course will engage you with specific place-based solutions through a week-long field trip that will give you hands-on learning opportunities during our site visits.
  • You’ll work alongside a variety of Maine change-makers, contributing to the vision of their creative and transformative projects.
  • The Maine change-makers who have enlisted will reflect on their own education and preparation and share their experience and insights with you during field visits.
  • Back on campus, you’ll put your learning into practice through a culminating community-based project.
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Contact Us

Office of Admissions
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine USA 04938-1994
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