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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.

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

Cross Cultural Communication
Gen Ed: Humanities
CRN: 14697

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.
Superheroes Go to School
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral Science
CRN: 15623

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
Gen Ed: Humanities
CRN: 14698

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.

Music Really Does Make You Smarter
Gen Ed: Fine Arts
CRN: 14694

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday

Provides students with an opportunity to articulate a current music advocacy philosophy while developing leadership skills for a variety of music activities and scenarios.
Music Really Does Make You Smarter
Gen Ed: Fine Arts
CRN: 16057

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

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

Music as the Key to Success
Gen Ed: Fine Arts
CRN: 14695

4:30-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday

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.”

Law and Politics
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral Science
CRN: 15722

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

This course focuses on elections and individual rights in America after the 2016 election. We will explore how the election process works, and how courts protect (or do not protect) minority rights. Students will gain college success skills through academic writing, simulated Supreme Court exercises, and oral presentation. This course is designed for all potential majors and career focuses, but will also connect to career opportunities in law, politics and public service through guest speakers and volunteer service.

Powerful Narratives: Story Telling & Social Justice in the Hispanic World
Gen Ed: Humanities
CRN: 14699

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. Includes texts from at least 10 Hispanic countries to give the reader a variety of cultural information.

Race & Ethnicity in Modern America
Gen Ed: Humanities
CRN: 15624

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.
Solutions by Design: Introduction to Design Theory
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral

CRN: 16065

2 - 3:15 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday

Design Thinking is a process that encourages individuals to cultivate new ideas and develop solutions for issues and life challenges. This course will immerse students into the design thinking experience by introducing them to the basic elements of design thinking and then guiding the students through the steps of the process as they address a real world challenge. During the course, students will cycle through the stages of design thinking: observation, brainstorming, synthesizing, prototype, and implementation. This is not a product building course, instead it is an exploration of how using the design thinking philosophy will assist a student in solving problems. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll in the class as the design thinking process is best implemented by a diverse group of individuals. The course will provide the students a valuable skillset that can be used throughout their university experience.
Introduction to Technology and Innovation
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral Sciences
CRN: 14693

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.
Introduction to Technology and Innovation
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral Sciences
CRN: 15806

12:30-1:45 p.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.

Introduction to Technology and Innovation
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral Sciences
CRN: 15810

5:35-6:50 p.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.
Introduction to Technology and Innovation
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral Sciences
CRN: 15809

2-3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday
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.
Introduction to Technology and Innovation
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral Sciences
CRN: 15808

2-3:15 p.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.
Introduction to Technology and Innovation
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral Sciences
CRN: 15811

5:35-6:50 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday
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.
Introduction to Technology and Innovation
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral Sciences
CRN: 15805

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Thursday
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.
Introduction to Technology and Innovation
Gen Ed: Social / Behavioral Sciences
CRN: 15807

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