Timothy J Mccoy
GEN ST 197
Small-group discussion with faculty representing a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Topics and approaches vary. Instructor may introduce research techniques or findings, concentrate on readings in his/her area of interest, or illustrate problems and alternatives related to the study of a particular academic discipline. Credit/no credit only. Offered: AWSp.
The second year of college is a time when many students feel the pressure to commit to an educational direction, or to come up with one. The exploration and transition period during the first year may have made things feel more solid or may have generated more questions than answers.
The second year is essentially about taking stock of the college experience so far and making decisions about the future. This will revolve around majors, minors, internships and career planning-based on classes that have been taken, experiences in and out of class and new or not-so-new interests.
In this freshman seminar, we will talk about what the University of Washington expects students to learn while they are here and be able to do once they graduate.
We will look at some relevant research about the second year of college that can help students put their experience into perspective and practice using a decision making strategy that will assist them with educational planning during the second year of college and beyond.
Student learning goals
Describe desired goals of the college experience
Recognize the purpose and value of a University of Washington education
Contextualize their college experience with research
Understand their particular stage of exploration
Develop and critically evaluate a working educational plan for the second year of college
General method of instruction
Seminar Format. Students will develop and present a working draft of their educational plan
Must be a freshman, having completed no more than 3 quarters at the University of Washington.
Class assignments and grading
Grading for the class will be CR/NC. Students will read approximately 5-10 pages each week, and be prepared to discuss what they have read. Class participation is critical to the learning outcomes and to receiving credit.