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Myra A. Branch
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

Student learning goals

Understanding their role as learners within the larger university and identifying some general strategies for academic success including: an understanding of the role of critical thinking in UW courses, a focus on inquiry as a model of learning, and the importance of early interaction with faculty.

An increased awareness that the university is organized into academic disciplines, and that these disciplines will impact student learning.

Engaging with campus resources, services, and opportunities that enhance classroom learning to inform their educational decision-making.

Interacting with a group of students who are also entering college while exploring each other’s differences in terms of identity, ideas, background, or experience.

Meeting and working with students who share their academic interests and objectives.

Forming social groups that provide the peer academic support necessary for a successful college experience.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

We will do a few short assignments about the Common Book, "Respect: An Exploration" by Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot.

Class assignments and grading


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 Myra A. Branch
Date: 06/25/2012