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Timothy J Mccoy
GEN ST 197
Seattle Campus

Freshman Seminar

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Timothy J Mccoy
Date: 03/04/2008