First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar is a unique, three-credit hour course designed specifically for new students and part of our General Education program. Seminar topics cover a broad range of issues and will include elements that engage students in our community of learners and teach successful student and life skills.

Class Schedules

See the Schedule of Courses for specific information such as location, professors, etc.

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Course, CRN, Time, Day(s) Course Description

Cross Cultural Communication
(CRN: 16000)

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday

Teaches you to appreciate the cultural diversity located on the Wichita State campus. You will meet people from other cultures to help you understand their world perspectives. In addition, you will learn speaking and writing skills to improve your own communication with people from other cultures.

Election 2016
(CRN: 15999)

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday

Examines the presidential election of 2016 as an example of democracy and citizen engagement. We will study the election from the perspective of political science scholarship, and from the perspective of citizen involvement. Students in this course will learn how the contemporary presidential election process functions, why it matters, and consider what the results of 2016 election means for the United States and the broader world. This topic will be the foundation for engagement with the learning environment of Wichita State University, the community in which we live and the journey toward graduation and personal development. Honors students only.

Energy Science and The Environment
(CRN: 16004)

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday

Discusses the science of energy, its impact on the environment and long term climate change on our planet. We will study some basic science using simple calculations that are not more difficult than balancing a checking account, but simple ways to track energy usage, potential change in saving money and reducing the impact on the environment.  We will study long term change from across the ages on the environment and what results we can expect from using these past experiences to predict future outcomes in 10, 50 or 100 years.

Introduction to Technology and Innovation
(CRN: 15996)

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday

Uses instruction and hands-on projects to guide freshman through the design thinking process to develop innovative and creative problem solving skills. The design thinking process is a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines and diverse backgrounds. Design thinking focuses on empathy as a way to understand the user and design to meet their needs. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams throughout the course. In the final project students will apply design thinking to build a working prototype that addresses a specific identified need in the community, third world country, or society at large.

Music As My Key To Success
(CRN: 15998)

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Will combine performance in one of WSU's music ensembles (i.e., symphony orchestra, symphonic wind ensemble, concert band, jazz arts, concert chorale, a Capella choir, madrigal singers, or women's glee club) with a classroom component that will help you leverage your music experiences into future success in your chosen field. Freshmen will explore best practice and studying techniques; focus and time management; the connections between history and art; teamwork; stage presence; and developing your personal "brand."

Music Really Does Make You Smarter
(CRN: 15997)

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Thursday

Provides students with an opportunity to articulate a current music advocacy philosophy while developing leadership skills for a variety of music activities and scenarios.

Powerful Narratives: Storytelling and Social Justice in the Hispanic World
(CRN: 16002)

12:30-1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday

Fictional texts can generate awareness and empathy about contemporary problems.  This course aims to analyze oppressive situations portrayed in literature, media, and the arts from Colonial times to present.

Race and Ethnicity in Modern America
(CRN: 15995)

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Examines race as a fundamental part of American life and society. As will be discussed, "race" is a result of how people divided and categorized themselves and others based on physical differences, which then took on non-physical meanings (intelligence, worth, morality). Students will be asked to think and talk about how the concept of race has played a role in their own lives and formative years, as well as reflect upon scholarship on race and current debates/dilemmas.

Solving Global Problems
(CRN: 16003)

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Thursday

Students will investigate three problems of global concern involving security, the global economy, and the environment.  Interactive activities in the course will teach students to search for solutions to the problems and consider how governments and other organizations form policies on these problems.

Superheroes Go to School
(CRN: 15994)

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday

Includes examinations of common superhero attributes and narratives, specifically in school or educational settings.  Content is applied to projects related to personal development, synergetic collaboration, service outreach, and strategic preparation for ongoing learning and growth

World Cultures in Popular Media
(CRN: 16001)

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday

Examines ways in which various cultures are depicted in popular media and how stereotypical depictions may contrast with reality in areas such as East Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe.