First Year Seminars Spring 2010

CRN SUBJ CRSE SEC

WCU StudentART 191 Integral Arts 
10811  ART  191  01
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.

CIS 195 The Information Society at Work
12364 CIS 195 01
12365 CIS 195 70
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 through a hands-on technology approach.

CJ 190 Controversies in Criminal Justice
11890 CJ 190 01
Topical issues in Criminal Justice are explored and discussed in the context of political and social realities of contemporary American society.

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COMM 190 User’s Guide to the Mass Media
12059 COMM 190 01
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.  

ENGL 190  The Literature of Home and Belonging


11725 ENGL 190 01
11727 ENGL 190 02
11728 ENGL 190 03
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.

WCU StudentsENGL 192 - First Year Seminar in Motion Picture Studies

11732 ENGL 192 01
11733 ENGL 192 02
Reading and writing about motion pictures, with an emphasis on critical viewing practices. The final project will be a student-run film festival.

ENGR 190 - Technology Systems: How Things Work
12386 ENGR 190 01
12392 ENGR 190 30 - LAB
12395 ENGR 190 31 - LAB
This is an introductory engineering course for non-majors.  Starting with natural curiosity, the interrelationships between engineering, physics, and mathematics are investigated in everyday objects. This course is designed to give non-science as well as potential science and engineering students alike a basic idea of what engineers do by exploring how things work – things like refrigerators, car engines, microwave ovens, computers, curveball pitches, roller coasters, light bulbs, automobiles, clocks, laser printers, and magnetically-levitated trains. 

WCU StudentENVH 190  From Black Death to Bioterrorism
11778 ENVH 190 01  
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 Geology, Landscapes, and the Human Psyche
12234 GEOL 191 01
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.

WCU StudentMUS 191 Integral Arts
10809 MUS 191 01
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  Personal Nutrition
10528 ND 190 01
10529 ND 190 02  
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. 

PAR 190 Freedom, Culture, & Utopia 
11767 PAR 190 01
This course will engage you in the study of classic utopian visions of ideal societies, along with criticisms arising from the implications for human freedom in such communities.  From a brief study of the Spartans as one of the 1st attempts at utopia in the Western tradition, to recent scientific and science fiction utopias/dystopias – from American religious utopian experiments, to the moral quandaries connected with the quest for biotechnological perfection.  Through an interdisciplinary approach, perspectives will be offered by professors in Biology, History, and Sport Management.Japanese Culture

PSC 190 Active Citizenship: Making a Difference in Your Community
10270 PSC 190 01
12151 PSC 190 02
Examples of political activism and application of successful principles to enhance the quality of life in the WCU community.

THEA 191 Integral Arts
10274 THEA 191 01
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.

 

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