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Kimberly M. Reid
GEN ST 199
Seattle Campus

The University Community

Introduces students to various aspects of the University of Washington community. Includes exploration of university resources and opportunities, and academically related skill development. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.

Class description

General Studies 199 Objectives:

1. To learn how to identify and reflect on your in-class and out-of-class learning experiences and how to utilize your reflections for learning about yourself and planning for the future.

2. To reflect on your class experiences during your first quarter and to learn about the different ways in which the UW calls upon you to demonstrate your learning.

3. To reflect on your out-of-class experiences during your first quarter and to learn how you can connect your identities and interests with the people and places of the UW community.

4. To identify and reflect on your interests and develop an understanding and capacity for pursuing them as a member of the UW scholarly community.

5. To learn how to interact with your instructors and fellow students in ways which support your own goals and the values of the UW community.

These objectives are the basis for this course and shape the nature of our weekly meetings and assignments.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

General method of instruction:

General Studies 199 meets for one hour each week in the classroom for discussions, reflections, presentations, guest speakers, and various other activities that help you discover more about yourself and the University.

Students are also expected to participate in out-of-class excursions throughout the quarter aside from weekly class meetings. These excursions are designed to allow students to explore their interests and reflect on their first quarter at the UW.

Recommended preparation

Students are asked to come to each class with an open mind and willingness to participate.

It is also necessary for all students to read this year's common book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, prior to the first day of class in order to fully participate in class activities.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments in this course will take a variety of forms. This includes presentations, group projects, excursions, and a reflective portfolio project, among other assignments.

General Studies 199 is a two-credit course graded credit/no credit (CR/NC). In order to receive credit, you MUST actively participate in EACH weekly class session and complete ALL assignments.


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.
Last Update by Kimberly M. Reid
Date: 09/12/2006