First Year Seminars Fall 2009

ANTH 190-01 Human Var. and Race
Living human populations today reflect the actions of recent and not so recent natural selection.This Course will examine the results of this selection as evidenced in modern human biological variation. A variety of physical characteristics will be discussed including; skin color, blood groups, climatic adaption, disease, growth, and intelligence. Each will be examined in terms of its adaptive significance. In a final analysis the course will address the concept of human race and its validity in describing human variation.

ANTH 190-70 The Cherokee World
Co-taught by a member of the Eastern Band and a non-Indian Cherokee Studies faculty member, this course explores the Cherokee history and current culture around us, while placing a heavy emphasis on students meeting Western’s faculty, as well as Cherokee elders, artists.  It is a unique opportunity to learn about issues of diversity, about what the Native American experience has been and is like today in America.

ART 191 Integrated Arts
For new first year students only, this course will explore the integral nature of the arts: how we live, record our life and world, and imagine our future.  Whether we paint, sculpt, act, sing, dance, or write, we have something to share.  Often, many or even all of the art forms work in concert to share their vision.   This course is arts intensive and is strongly recommended for those with an interest in the arts.  As students examine the intersections of art to art and arts to life, this course will bring theory to life through experience and engaged collaboration.

BIOL 190 Discoveries in Biology
Discoveries in biology used as the basis for exercises involving analysis of scientific reasoning, the scientific method, and experimental design.

BIOL 192 Plant Diversity
Southern Appalachian plant diversity as a background in botanical sciences.  Experience with field identification techniques and human use of plants in medicines, foods, and fiber. 

CHEM 192 Human Gene Discovery Lab
Introduction to techniques used in gene discovery process.

CIS 195 The Information Society at Work
Students explore the changes information technology has made in their lives and community, and learn how computer culture affects their work, study, family and play.

CJ 190 Controversies in Criminal Justice
Topical issues in Criminal Justice are explored and discussed in the context of political and social realities of contemporary American society.

COMM 190 User’s Guide to the Mass Media
If you have ever wondered how and why the media do what they do, this is the course that will help you discover the inner workings of what consumes so much of our time every day; the mass media.   This course is a back door into the media exposing how the media operate and the effects that the media have on people in their everyday lives.  

CS 190  Privacy, Speech and the Internet
An introduction to Computer Science using as the motivating example the effect of the Internet on privacy and freedom of speech. During the first part of the semester the basics of computing are covered. That knowledge is then used by the students to learn the algorithms used both to compromise and to protect privacy on the Internet. The ethical issues that arise are then considered.

EDCI 191-01, 02  Teachers, Schools & Society
During our time together this semester, we will look at what “society” means and its influence on schools and education   This will include the importance of evaluating the choices we’ve made so far in our lives especially with regards to our own judgments.   Through this experience, we will practice thinking critically, through reading, writing and discussion, and consider options for the possibility of teaching as a career.

ENGL 190-01 The Literature of Home and Belonging
As an introduction to some facets of “English” as a discipline, this Freshman seminar will explore different ways that “home,” “family,” and “a sense of belonging,” are presented in short stories, poetry, essays, and film. For example, we will read Barbara Kingsolver’s 2001 collection of personal essays, Small Wonder, as well as Sir Thomas More’s 1516 fictional “novel,” Utopia. Short stories and poems by American and international authors, and films such as A River Runs Through It, The Joy Luck Club, and City of Joy will provide other views and perspectives in addition to an introduction to different literary genres. Further, the class will engage in experiential and service learning projects, such as doing a “Family Heritage” interview and oral presentation, learning about the history of Sylva and Cullowhee, and helping build homes with “Habitat for Humanity.” Students will do a variety of writing assignments, from literary and film interpretation to personal as well as researched essays.

ENGL 190-70 Literature, Film and Community
This course is a First-Year Seminar in Literature, Film and Community, with a particular focus on films about the American South, including June Bug, O Brother, Where Art Thou and documentary films by (and about) Southerners.   In studying literature and film, we can develop our skills as appreciative yet critical readers of a variety of texts; we can learn about our own Southern culture and history; and, we can learn to think seriously about film and literature as means of human expression.  This semester we have a great opportunity to view and talk about films from the South: the Southern Circuit Film Tour is coming to Cullowhee with wonderful and thought-provoking films; Appalshop, a regional filmmaking community is nearby; and, we will also visit local groups to learn how they are preserving Southern culture through film.

ENGR 199-01, 02  Introduction to Engineering Practices and Principles I
Introduction to the electrical engineering discipline, curriculum, personal and professional development, teamwork, project planning, communication skills, and conceptual design engineering.

ENVH 190-01, 02 - From Black Death to Bioterrorism - This course uses current events to examine basic public and environmental health concepts as they apply to the average U.S. citizen; critical evaluation of various public health components such as environmental disease agents, radiation, chemical exposures, biological hazards (including potential bioterrorism agents), noise, air, water, and soil pollutants, and food safety; and, an assessment of the various ways that the public can be protected.

GEOL 191-01, 02 Geology, Landscapes, and the Human Psyche
How the physical world determines the appearance, climate, and ecology of our planet and how this physical landscape reflects a region's history, literature, and human ecology.

HIST 190-01 American Activism
The course explores the lives of Americans dedicated to political and social transformation.  Students examine a series of individual activists from several different eras of American history, placing them in their historical contexts and analyzing their ideas and actions.  The course encourages students to seek opportunities for civic engagement in their own communities.

HIST 190-02, 03 The American War, The Vietnam War
Looks at the wars in Vietnam from the 1940s through the mid-1970s, emphasizing the period of the American War—whose dates are debatable. We will examine these wars from multiple points of view: American and Vietnamese policymakers, soldiers, and civilians. We will also try to understand the impact of these wars on local, national, and global histories.

JPN 190 Introduction to Japanese Pop Culture
The class will introduce some aspects of Japanese popular culture through following topics; Martial arts, Cuisine and Animation.  The class will be conducted in various teaching methods including reading, writing, discussion, hands-on experience, and visual aids.

LAW 195 Contemporary Legal Issues
Did you ever wish you could have received a better deal?  Did you ever wish you knew your legal rights?  Then Law 195 is for you!  This course offers a practical and easy approach to learning how to negotiate and communicate effectively in a legal and business context.   It will develop your professionalism, improve your critical thinking ability and increase your confidence.

MUS 191 Integrated Arts
For new first year students only, this course will explore the integral nature of the arts: how we live, record our life and world, and imagine our future.  Whether we paint, sculpt, act, sing, dance, or write, we have something to share.  Often, many or even all of the art forms work in concert to share their vision.   This course is arts intensive and is strongly recommended for those with an interest in the arts.  As students examine the intersections of art to art and arts to life, this course will bring theory to life through experience and engaged collaboration.

ND 190-01, 02 Personal Nutrition
How do I avoid the freshman 15?  Where are the healthiest places to eat on campus?  Should I still be taking Flintstones™ vitamins?  Explore the answers to these questions and more, design your own personal eating plan (chocolate pie included) and discover how the foods you eat influence your appearance, energy level, health, and longevity. 

PSC 190-01, 02 Active Citizenship: Making a Difference in Your Community
Examples of political activism and application of successful principles to enhance the quality of life in the WCU community.

THEA 191 Integrated Arts
For new first year students only, this course will explore the integral nature of the arts: how we live, record our life and world, and imagine our future.  Whether we paint, sculpt, act, sing, dance, or write, we have something to share.  Often, many or even all of the art forms work in concert to share their vision.   This course is arts intensive and is strongly recommended for those with an interest in the arts.  As students examine the intersections of art to art and arts to life, this course will bring theory to life through experience and engaged collaboration.

Honors First-Year Seminars for Fall 2009

ENGL 191-01 Writing & Editing Imagine Magazine
Honors Tutorial - Imagine magazine, a publication of The Honors College, highlights the research, service, and creative contributions of outstanding WCU undergraduates.  In this unique first-year seminar, students serve as the staff of Imagine magazine. They conduct interviews, write and edit articles, and arrange photo shoots for this award-winning publication.  Open only to Honors students.

PSC 190-03 Unravelling the Puzzles of Politics: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Political Science
This course uses insights from a variety of disciplines including psychology, biology, geography, economics, and sociology to better understand American politics. 

 

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