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Suggested Courses

These are primarily 100- and 200-level courses that have few or no prerequisites. Many of them fulfill General Education requirements. Included are new and unique offerings, courses that provide a good introduction to a major or field of study, and courses that are great for challenging your ideas about the Areas of Knowledge.

Quarter: Autumn

HSERV 490: Using Economics to Solve Today’s Health Care Problems

with Norma B. Coe
Ever wonder what all the fuss is about in the health care debates? What is all of this controversy about the Affordable Care Act/ACA/Obamacare? Come ready to learn (and debate) what the field of economics has to say about the state of our health care system. This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the field of Health Economics, and the tools economists use to analyze current issues in health care. No Economics pre-requisites.
Credits: 4
Recommended by Susan Inman
July 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

ARCH 350A: Architecture of the Ancient World

with Louisa Iarocci
From the earliest stages of civilization humankind has striven to build - out of necessity and as an expression of ambition. This course traces the earliest history of architecture from its prehistoric origins to the tenth century. In lectures three times a week we will explore the built evidence of cultures as diverse as the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Building types like the temple, the tomb, the house, the church, the theater and the bridge will be considered as expression of the social life, aesthetic traditions and technological advances of the cultures that produced them. Architecture is seen not simply as a response to landscape, climate and materials, but as a form of story telling, revealing the nature of myths, politics and technology in the ancient world. Requirements: Midterm, final exam, and writing assignments. This course fulfills 3 credits of Arts and Humanities. Please contact Louisa Iarocci, liarocci@uw.edu with any questions.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Nancy Dragun
May 21, 2015
Quarter: Autumn, Winter

POL S 203: Introduction to International Relations

with Andrew Cockrell
What drives international relations and allows us to explain the modern world? International relations looks at the ideas behind interactions of nations, transnational organizations, and other political powers. It gives us tools to discuss some of the most contentious and difficult issues that affect the entire world: war, environmental policy, human rights, genocide, and world trade. These topics will be examined by learning the three major theories in international relations: realism, liberalism, and Marxism. No prerequisites.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Mark Weitzenkamp
August 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

AES 150: In-Justice for All: Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, Class & Gender in the U.S.

with Professor Connie So
This course takes a look at the transnational dimensions of American concepts and histories; how race, ethnicity, nationality, class and gender impact all Americans. The course will address relationships between the oppressors and the oppressed and the power of cultural agency and diversity in the U.S. as well as allow you to explore your own identity and ethnic history. No prerequisites.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Leslie Ikeda
July 22, 2014
Quarter: Winter

FISH 101: Water and Society

with Julian Olden and Daniel Schindler
Interested in how human population, climate change and more affect fresh water ecosystems and supplies? Then you should take FISH 101! FRESHWATER is: • Essential for life. • The oil of the 21st century. • Breeding ground of the most dangerous human diseases. • Losing species faster than any other ecosystem. • A reason to launch a war? Come learn about how, despite the abundance of water on Earth, freshwater is coming under increasing pressure as human populations increase and climate warms. Come learn about how social changes might reduce human impacts on fresh water systems, locally, nationally and internationally.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Samantha Scherer
November 17, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

INTSCI 402: Nature of Science

Are you interested in examining the nature of science? Would you like to: Understand how scientific knowledge is created, including the importance of integrated sciences perspectives and data analysis & presentation skills? Engage collaboratively in reflection and discussion with peers, helping one another to connect ideas across the sciences? In INTSCI 402, we will focus on case study examinations of scientific methods and elements of scientific practice. For example, how do scientists construct models to represent and test our understanding of the natural world? How do scientists use data to support, falsify, or modify theories? INTSCI 402 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to email: intsci@uw.edu
Credits: 5
Recommended by Meghan Oxley
May 21, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

ARCH 150: Appreciation of Architecture I

with Alex Anderson
This course provides a broad introduction to architecture before the modern era. It discusses the historical evolution of architecture and the design and construction of buildings from prehistory to 1400. It addresses the cultural significance of buildings in their geographic and social contexts, fundamental design principles, building materials and construction techniques, environmental factors that affect building design, and the roles of designers, builders, patrons, clients, and users of buildings. This course precedes and complements Arch 151: Appreciation of Architecture II.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Nancy Dragun
August 14, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

CHID 222: Biofutures

The course explores how the rapid advances in biotechnology and bioinformatics are changing society, and forcing a rethinking of past practices. A great course for anyone, particularly students interested in the biological sciences and/or information technology.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Jim Scott
July 1, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ENVIR 100: Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations

with Yen-Chu Weng, Jorge Tomasevic
Learn about contemporary environmental challenges and responses, including topics on climate change, biodiversity conservation, sustainability, and natural resource management. Recognize the complexity in environmental issues and our connections to these issues at multiple scales, from local to global. Participate in a dynamic and unique learning experience with an interdisciplinary teaching team. Practice environmental communication and critical thinking skills through peer engagement, iterative writing assignments, a team project, and a public poster presentation.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Joe Kobayashi
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter, Spring

ENVIR 100

with Kristi Straus, Yen-Chu Weng
Environmental Studies offers interdisciplinary learning, integrating the broad range of social and natural science disciplines. This course examines contemporary environmental challenges and responses, including climate change, ocean acidification, biodiversity, social justice, and more. Students learn about the complexities involved in environmental issues and about our connections to these issues on multiple scales, from local to global. This course provides students with a dynamic and unique learning experience with an interdisciplinary teaching team.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Ann Corboy
February 6, 2015
Quarter: Winter

CEP 200: Introduction to Community, Environment, and Planning

with Christopher Campbell and Marty Curry
This is a fantastic course for freshmen and sophomores interested in the natural environment, community development, and urban planning. This class looks at the intersection of all three of these fields and how they influence human experience in the built environment. This is a collaborative, interdisciplinary course that forces students to learn professional facilitation and leadership skills, all while introducing them to the CEP major in the College of Built Environments.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Kelly Hostetler
November 12, 2014
Quarter: Winter

DANCE 250: Cross Cultural Dance

with Juliet McMains
Examines dance as a universal activity and expression of cultural identity. Offers a cross-cultural and historical view of a variety of theatrical, vernacular, and sacred dance forms, and investigates the myriad ways that dance functions across societies. This is a mix of lecture and studio components. No dance experience is necessary.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Kelly Canaday
December 1, 2014
Quarter: Winter

GERMAN 390A: Freud and the Literary Imagination

with Richard Gray
This English-language course offering explores Sigmund Freud's theories of the dream, the nature of literary creativity, the operation of the human psyche, and the substance of human culture. The course will focus on literature produced in the wake of Freud's theories and will be structured around themes such as: The Psyche as Writing Machine, Dreams as Texts, The Oedipus Complex, Eros and Thantos, the Union of Love and Death, Neurosis and Sexuality.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Stephanie Welch
November 23, 2015
Quarter: Winter

CLAS 427: Greek and Roman Tragedy in English

with Professor Ruby Blondell
Want to learn more about the ancient world through its tragedies? This course focuses on Greek tragedies dealing with the Trojan War and its aftermath, from Aeschylus' *Oresteia,* to Sophocles' *Ajax* and *Philoctetes,* to several of Euripides' "Trojan War" plays. We will examine the varying attitudes towards warfare expressed through the dramas, and compare different treatments of characters that are important to the larger story (e.g. Agamemnon, Odysseus, Helen). Open to undergraduates at all levels.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Sarah Stroup
November 24, 2015
Quarter: Winter

JSIS C 155: Heroes, Heretics and Radicals: Beginnings of Judaism & Christianity

with Prof Mika Ahuvia
Prof Ahuvia gets rave reviews from students for her passion for her subject matter and her commitment to student learning. In this course, students explore the men and women who revolutionized the religious landscape in antiquity--some of whom are remembered as heroes, some as heretics, and some who have been almost entirely forgotten.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Lauren Kurland
November 19, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

AA 496: Aeronautics & Astronautics Undergraduate Seminar

This is an excellent course to introduce the Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering content to those that might have questions, about what someone does with this major. It can also help students at all levels decide if this is an area they wish to pursue.
Credits: 1
Recommended by Marlo Anderson
July 31, 2014
Quarter: Winter

POL S 270 Introduction to Political Economy

with Anthony Gill
This class has two purposes. First, it designed to introduce students to the analytical side of political economy (i.e., the use of economic assumptions and analysis to understand political and social choices). Second, the class will tackle a fundamental question underlying all political economy inquiries: How do humans allocate resources in society?
Credits: 5
Recommended by Mark Weitzenkamp
January 2, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

JSIS C 202

with Kyoko Tokuno
Learn how beliefs and practices of religious traditions around the world impact our world from early times to the present. Introduction to Religions provides an interdisciplinary exploration of Eastern traditions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Shinto, Chinese religions, Japanese religions. Accessible to students of all levels. Also an excellent foundation course for Comparative Religion majors and minors.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Linda Iltis
June 28, 2016
Quarter: Winter

GWSS 290

with Chandan Reddy
This is a special topics offering about force and violence related to Fergusen and college campuses.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Sara Fleehart
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter

POL S 204: Introduction to Comparative Politics

with Prof. James Long
Comparative politics is what people usually mean when they say they are interested in international politics. This class studies the development and growth of states. It looks at how different societies approach issues like economic growth, regime change, conflict, ethnic difference and electoral policy. This class will give its students a more complex and nuanced understanding of the constantly changing politics of the world. No prerequisites.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Mark Weitzenkamp
August 13, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ENVIR 439: Attaining a Sustainable Society

with Elizabeth Wheat
Is a sustainable society possible? Building a sustainable future depends on restructuring the global economy and dramatic changes in values and lifestyles. Is sustainability a reasonable goal? What is the timeline? Grapple with these and other questions in this 3 credit course. Identify major impediments to achieving a sustainable society.Choose from among one of four hopeful movements and explore how that movement is helping our society move toward a more sustainable future. o Food o Energy o Economics o Governance Open to all majors.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Joe Kobayashi
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ENVIR 495D: Environmental Education Field Practicum

with Tim Billo
This new course is an amazing opportunity to design and deliver an environmental education curriculum for one of Washington's most diverse middle schools in Seattle's international district. It is an opportunity to gain teaching skills for environmental education in an outdoor setting, and will offer insight and avenues into excellent career opportunities in environmental education. Students will conduct classroom visits, discuss basic teaching techniques for environmental education in outdoor settings, talk about diversity issues in environmental education, work as a team to design and deliver a curriculum, meet with teachers at Washington Middle School to understand their needs and challenges, and observe middle school students in a classroom setting to get to know them better before taking them outdoors. During the last week of class, UW students will be taking Washington Middle School 8th graders out to a Seattle city park to deliver a comprehensive environmental education curriculum. Students must be willing to miss three days of class to teach the curriculum.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Monali Patel
November 17, 2015
Quarter: Winter

JSIS C 250/HSTCMP 250: Introduction to Jewish Cultural History

with Prof Devin Naar
Students in this course learn about the historic relationship between Jews and their neighbors--ranging from Greeks to Arabs to Eastern Europeans. Students analyze Jewish culture across time and space to discuss how Jews both adopted the cultural assumptions of their neighbors and adapted these traditions to preserve a distinct identity. Prof Naar is consistently lauded by students for his well-structured and engaging lectures.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Lauren Kurland
November 19, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

Afro-Peruvian Dance: Dance 231

with Lalo Izquierdo
This is a one-time opportunity to learn about Afro-Peruvian Dance from a living legend. Lalo Izquierdo is one of the founding member of the internationally acclaimed "Peru Negro" Dance Company - founded in the 1970s. No dance experience needed to take the course. SLN 22224
Credits: 2
Recommended by Kelly Canaday
July 8, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

GWSS 490A

with Regina Lee
WRITING CREDIT! ONLINE INTERACTIONS. EXPLORES THE METAPHORS, POWER DYNAMICS, AND MECHANISMS WE USE TO THINK ABOUT AND RELATE WITH EACH OTHER ONLINE. CROSS-CULTURAL CASE STUDIES INVOLVING GENDER, POWER, AND ONLINE LABOR ARE A FEW OF THE TOPICS COVERED.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Sara Fleehart
May 5, 2015
Quarter: Autumn, Spring

MSE 298: Introduction to Modern Materials

This 1-credit seminar is geared towards first and second year undergraduate students interested in learning more about Materials Science & Engineering. Learn about how materials are created and how they are changed for different purposes in society. Different application of materials discussed may include biomaterials, ceramics, composites, electrical, glass, metals, and polymers/plastics. Each week a different MSE faculty member will discuss their research with the class. Perfect seminar for rounding out your schedule!
Credits: 1
Recommended by Stanley Choi
February 4, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

HSERV 490 S: Social Networks and Health: Methods and Applications

with Miruna Petrescu-Prahova
People are interconnected, so their health is interconnected. We are all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Come learn how your place in a network might impact your life in ways you don't even know, and how understanding social networks can help you become a better public health researcher and practitioner.
Credits: 4
Recommended by Susan Inman
July 14, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ENVIR 495 F: Environmental Communication, Messaging and Outreach

with P. Sean McDonald
You walk the walk, but can you talk the talk? Effective environmental communication is critical for practitioners and engaged citizens alike. This course will explore the variety of media and methods for conveying environmental information in the digital age. Learn to develop clear and concise messaging; practice techniques for improving presentation content and delivery; discuss tools for reaching appropriate audiences.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Monali Patel
November 17, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

CHID 250C: Exploring the Politics of Play

with Terry Schenold
This course explores the politics of historical and present conceptions of play and gameplay with a special emphasis on understanding problems and potentials of contemporary digital game culture. Join in the conversation...Play is waste ...Play is Devil's work ...Play is expression ...Play is childish ...Play is life ...Play is chaos ...Play is rational ...Play is freedom ...Play is communication ...Play is significant ...Play is EDUCATION ...Play is fantasy ...Play is serious ...Play is culture ...Play is dangerous ...Play is political ...Play is evolution.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Cynthia Anderson
September 11, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

LING 200: Introduction to Linguistics

This course investigates language as the fundamental characteristic of the human species. It covers topics on the diversity and complexity of human languages, phonological and grammatical analysis, dimensions of language use, language acquisition, and historical language change. This course is a great option for students interested in language and/or linguistics, as well as anyone who would like to learn more about how and why they speak.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Katie Manlove
November 18, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

MODHEB 101

with Hadar Khazzam-Horovitz
The course covers modern Hebrew and introduces students not only to vocabulary, grammar, and spoken communication, but also elements of modern Israeli life such as poetry, song and dance. Students are introduced to a language and culture that is both deeply rooted in the ancient world and an integral part of modern global society. The instructor, Hadar Khazzam-Horrovits, brings energy and vitality to this Elementary Modern Hebrew course.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Gabriel Skoog
July 8, 2015
Quarter: Winter

INTSCI 403/HONORS 392A: Science in Context

with Brian Buchwitz
This course will focus on case study examinations of how science operates within broad social, political, and ethical contexts. We will consider the growth of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, the societal impact of scientific results and developed technologies, the political environment surrounding scientific practice, the ethical responsibilities of scientists, the censorship of scientific findings, the complex mechanisms for funding scientific research, and the power inherent in claims to knowledge. The case studies will emphasize intersections among science communication, science education, science policy, and science research. Potential topics include the regulation of genetically-­modified organisms, the study of global climate change, and the teaching of evolution. Examining these cases will ask us to analyze articles from a variety of scientific and popular sources and to engage, both independently and collaboratively, in assignments, discussions, and presentations.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Meghan Oxley
November 17, 2015
Quarter: Winter

ESS 106: Living with Volcanos

with Michael Harrell
This course is relevant to anyone who lives near a volcano, or has an interest in volcanology, or the social ramifications of life near a volcano! This course explores volcanoes and volcanic eruptions on Earth and in the solar system, examines how volcanoes work and how they affect the environment, life, and human societies. Illustrates principles using local examples of recent volcanism and ancient examples of mega-eruptions. Additionally, the course will discuss and evaluates the possibility of predicting future eruptions.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Noell Bernard-Kingsley
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ASIAN 207 B: Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia - JAPANESE ANIME

with Justin Jesty
Come explore and learn something new and exciting this winter quarter! This course is an introduction to Japanese Anime in an English translation. Learn about the literature and culture of Japan in this modern and vibrant context.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Angie Cross
November 17, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

HSERV 490: A Practical Introduction To Ethnographic Methods In Public Health

with Stephen Bezruchka
How does one study cultures? Are there groups around UW that you are curious about and want to study? This course gets you learning ethnographic techniques to do just that. You will come away with new understanding of a culture and a grounding in how to apply those techniques in public health.
Credits: 4
Recommended by Susan Inman
July 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

Fairy Tales and the Environmental Imagination

with Jason Groves
This course explores the environmental cultures and values of fairy tales and folktales. Topics include enchanted forests; folk-lore, plant-lore, and animal-lore; convivial human-animal relations; hybrid nature-cultures; as well as nationalistic aspects. Critical perspectives on fairy tales will range from textual studies to ecocriticism to gender studies and queer theory. Readings are in English and drawn from diverse cultural traditions, including European tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, Salish tales collected by Franz Boas, multicultural recastings and reclamations of folkloric legacies, as well as Disney adaptations. Introduces literary works and cultural artifacts from a variety of different traditions, cultures, and periods. Helps students to acquire basic tools for analyzing literature and culture.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Stephanie Welch
July 10, 2017
Quarter: Autumn

GEOG 205: Our Global Environment

with Christine Biermann
Geography has a rich heritage of investigating the relationships between the natural environment and people, and this course will examine current environmental phenomena from a geographic perspective. The issues we will explore vary in scale from global climate change to forest change of the Pacific Northwest, but for all issues there will be an emphasis on developing a thorough understanding of how earth systems work, and how these systems are linked to social and political economic processes. Students will learn the basic biogeophysical processes underlying environmental change, the human/social dynamics that also shape environments, the multi-scalar interactions between physical and social processes, and the broader geographic perspectives on environmental issues.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Rick Roth
July 31, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter

ATM S 101: Weather

with Michael Warner
The earth's atmosphere, with emphasis on weather observations and forecasting. Daily weather map discussions. Highs, lows, fronts, clouds, storms, jet streams, air pollution, and other features of the atmosphere. Physical processes involved in weather phenomena.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Melissa P. Pritchard
June 2, 2015
Quarter: Winter

Indigenous Knowledge Visualization

with Instructor Miranda Belarde-Lewis
This course will examine a variety of Native Arts, Architecture, and other forms of expression that each explore the historical uses and the layering of Indigenous Knowledges. The knowledges embodied in the various forms have implications of expressing cultural health, political views and the realities of Native communities. The role played by economics and the tendency of stereotypical perpetuation and privileging some forms of Native expression over others will also be a topic of exploration.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Cynthia Anderson
December 17, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

PHIL 160: Why Do We Believe in Quarks, Evolution, and Other Crazy Things? Perspectives on Science, Reason, and Reality

The course examines why we believe what science tells us. How does a theory go from being met with denial, to skepticism, to tentative acceptance, and finally to accepted "fact." Highly recommend the course to anyone, and especially to those future scientists. Optional W course.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Jim Scott
July 1, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

GEN ST 197: Unlocking Disease Diagnosis: The Hidden Career

with Kara Hansen-Suchy, other Lab Medicine faculty & guest speakers
This interactive course introduces the undergraduate major and career of Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Medical Technology). There are no prerequisites and this course is for anyone who loves science, has an interest in medicine and has a desire to learn about another career option in healthcare. The adviser for the MLS major consistently hears from students that they REALLY wish they would have learned about this major sooner. So don't miss your opportunity to learn about the profession that provides doctors with roughly 70% of the information they need to diagnose their patients. Clinical lab results are a critical part of the healthcare world and Medical Laboratory Scientists are the professionals responsible for producing accurate lab results. Join us for a behind-the-scenes exploration of medicine and be ready to be introduced to a whole new world that you probably never knew existed!
Credits: 1
Recommended by Heather Eggleston
August 4, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ESS 100: Dinosaurs

The name of this course says it all! Explore the exciting world of dinosaurs with Ruth Martin, Ph.D, who is a Research Associate at the Burke Museum! This course will cover the biology, behavior, ecology, evolution, and extinction of dinosaurs, and a history of their exploration. With dinosaurs as focal point, course also introduces the student to how hypotheses in geological and paleobiological science are formulated and tested.
Credits: 2
Recommended by Noell Bernard-Kingsley
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

LSJ 490C: Climate Change, Justice, and the Law

with Brandon Derman
This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the legal and international debates surrounding efforts to address the impact of climate change. This course will examine current court cases and movements for climate justice that mobilize law and rights, while exploring the connections between nature, society, and environmental and social justice. Taught by super hip Geography PhD student Brandon Derman, who gets stellar reviews in end of course evaluations. This course has no-prerequisites and is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in any major. Optional Writing Credit available.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Alyssa Penner
August 14, 2015
Quarter: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

LING 100: Fundamentals of Grammar

with Clarissa Surek-Clark
This course introduces students to the basics of grammatical concepts and terminology, moving beyond the mundane world of prescriptive 'grammar rules.' Students will learn how to analyze grammatical structures in English, delving briefly into other languages. The curriculum is designed for students taking (or preparing to take) foreign languages as it provides a new perspective of language structure; students interested in linguistics are also encouraged to take the course.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Katie Langr
August 7, 2014
Quarter: Winter

SOC 201D: The College Experience

with Annie McGlynn-Wright
Your life, as a college student, has been studied by sociologists who have researched everything from "hook ups" to studying. This course asks YOU to become the sociologist and explore college life using a sociological lens. In the course, you will become familiar with the ways that sociologists have explored and explained contemporary college life. You will learn and use qualitative methods and sociology theory to study your own lives. As a class, we will ask: what is the college experience?
Credits: 5
Recommended by Autumn Yoke
November 18, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

LIT 228: The Water Crisis in Literature and Film

Just sounds like an interesting way to explore the growing concern over the availability of water, and how its scarcity might impact societies. Jointly offered with FRENCH 228; CHID 270A.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Jim Scott
July 1, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ENVIR 495 E: Grant Proposal Practicum

with Frederica Helmiere
Apply your environmental literacy to real-world problems by developing and presenting a project proposal targeting sustainability goals, using the UW Campus Sustainability Fund as a model. Develop skills in grant-writing, project development, and project management for projects targeting sustainability goals. Open to students from any major (no freshmen).
Credits: 3
Recommended by Joe Kobayashi
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

CHID 280A: Indigenous Encounters

with Jose Antonio Lucero
Are you interested in race, identity, ethnicity, colonialism, and social movements? If so, this course is for you! Since the first encounters with Europeans, Indigenous peoples have played critical roles in shaping ideas of civilization, nationhood, and progress. Despite the importance of Native peoples to political processes in the Americas, they have often been marginalized or even invisibilized in contemporary discussions of democracy and development. This lecture course explores a broad set of encounters between peoples and ways of knowing. We will critically examine central concepts like “culture,” “gender,” “nature,” and “race” that shape the ways in which scholars, state officials, Indigenous leaders and intellectuals engage each other.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Cynthia Anderson
September 11, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

Gen Studies 391 D: Research Exposed!

with Jennifer Harris
Research Exposed offers undergraduates an opportunity to learn about current, exciting research in a wide variety of disciplines, including the process of discovery, how faculty come up with an idea for research, how inquiry is structured in the different disciplines, and how students can become involved in the knowledge-making process. Presentations by UW faculty focus on specific issues such as ethics and the culture of research. Students attend weekly, fifty-minute discussions and have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions following each presentation. This course may be repeated for credit (1 credit/quarter-3 quarters max); speakers and topics will vary.
Credits: 1
Recommended by Jennifer Harris
August 4, 2014
Quarter: Winter

Geog 258: Digital Geographies

with Sarah Elwood
From the use of Google’s MyMaps or geo-tagged Tweets to coordinate street protests for democracy, to ‘check-in’ apps that alert when us when a friend is nearby, to online or smart-phone citizen data collection apps, making and using digital maps and geographic information is an increasing part of everyday life in many parts of the world. This class explores the key components, applications and societal impacts of contemporary geographic data and technologies, including online mapping software, handheld geographic devices, the geoweb, location-based services, crowdsourced spatial data sets, and open source geographic technologies. You will develop hands-on experience using these forms of geographic information and technologies, and develop a framework for critically assessing the digital geographies emerging through these new data, technologies, and applications.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Rick Roth
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

EDUC 305: The Purpose of Public Schools in a Democracy

In the United States, “school” is the only compulsory institution in which we must all participate. American democracy, the idea that ‘the people’ can engage in responsible self-rule, is an on-going experiment. The original framers of American democracy believed that such a form of government required the active participation of an intelligent and prudent citizenry and almost from the start schools were viewed as central to this project for obvious reasons. As a result, public schools have been inextricably linked to the pursuit of democratic governance. Yet, Americans have struggled for centuries about how to organize schools and what those schools should teach. In recent years, state and federal education policies have narrowed the acceptable discourse of this field. Federal legislation like No Child Left Behind, federal grant competitions like Race to the Top, and pushes by corporate philanthropy toward standardization and market-base solutions have privileged certain viewpoints about the purpose of education. In this course, we will examine a wide variety of texts, participate in several kinds of discussions and conduct some research in order to better understand the relationship between schools and democracy, both historically and in contemporary society.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Lisa Murakami
August 12, 2014
Quarter: Winter

SOC 201B: Scientists Are People Too! The Role and Practice of Science in Modern Society

with Kelly Kistner
When sociologists look at the social phenomena they consider aspects of organization, coordination, and institutions; authority, trust, and power; material tools, places, and technologies; conflict, change, communication, and cooperation. This course will introduce students to a sociological way of thinking about science as a social phenomenon. We will consider science in its different forms and in comparison to other ways of knowing. We will consider the historical development of modern science and the social structures that support its practice and place in society today. We will consider how the broader social world is imprinted in scientific practices, and how science permeates modern life. By more fully examining these social dimensions of science, students will gain an appreciation of science as a collaborative and adaptable source of social order, while recognizing the potential challenges of scientific work and within modern techno-scientific societies.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Autumn Yoke
November 18, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ARCH 351: Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance Architecture

with Brian McLaren
This course traces the history of architecture during the 1,000-year period that begins with the emergence of Islamic Architecture (ca. 700) following the death of Muhammad and the foundation of a Holy Roman Empire under Charlemagne (ca. 800) and ends with the foundation of the United States of America (1776) and the creation of the first modern nation state of France (1789). These momentous events frame a number of significant stylistic and technical developments in architecture from the reinterpretation of classical sources during the early part of the Middle Ages to the various formations of Islamic architecture in Spain, North Africa and the Middle East, the emergence of Gothic architecture in the Île-de-France, as well as the later developments in Renaissance and Baroque architecture and parallels in the Ottoman Empire, China and Japan. The course covers a remarkable period of world history during which architecture was influenced by a series of profound cultural and religious transformations, such as the rise of Islam and the humanist cultural revolution of the Italian Renaissance. Arch 351 is the second of a three part series of courses in the history of architecture from the Ancient World to the present and is appropriate to undergraduate students at the sophomore level or above who are in any field of study.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Nancy Dragun
December 15, 2014
Quarter: Winter

INTSCI 301: Integrated Sciences Careers Seminar

with Brian Buchwitz
Are you interested in a career in the sciences? Would you like to explore a wide variety of careers available to students with a broad science background? Network with professionals in science careers, including science education, science writing, and science policy? Learn about successful pathways to careers in science, as wells as the skills required for those careers? Weekly guest speakers in INTSCI 301 expose students to a variety of possible careers and provide students with tips and insight based on their own careers in the sciences. Students complete a final "field experience" consisting of a visit and informational interview with someone working in the sciences. Open to undergraduates at all levels with an interest in learning more about science careers.
Credits: 1
Recommended by Meghan Oxley
November 5, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

SLAV 101: Slavic Lands and Peoples

with Bojan Belic
Taught by one of our most charismatic instructors, this class uses the internet to discover the Slavic peoples, their homelands, and the forces that have shaped their complex, multi-ethnic societies. Students will use various institutions' sites, government sites, social media, YouTube to look at how the Slavic peoples define themselves, and how they are regarded by the larger world. Questions about the nature of power, marginality, and communication across cultures will be addressed as you gain a comprehensive understanding of the Slavs - their politics, languages, literature, culture - with tools that you already use every day.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Shosh Westen
June 16, 2015
Quarter: Autumn, Winter, Spring

ESS 102: Space and Space Travel

with Erika Harnett
Take your education to the limits, of the solar system that is! ESS 102 is a great introduction to the upper limits of the Earth's atmosphere and what lies beyond. Compare the differences between Earth and the other planets in our solar system, as well as how to travel to them. Get to know the complex features of the sun, such as, how it gives us a source of energy and life, but also the deadly affects of solar radiation. This optional writing class can also count as I&S or NW credits. Plus, you get to build your very own water rocket!
Credits: 5
Recommended by Dana Hansen
August 4, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

ARCTIC 200: Indigenous Diplomatic & International Relations in the Arctic

with Nadine Fabbi
New course offered through the Jackson School of International Studies and the School of Oceanography. This course is also a part of the new Arctic Studies minor that was launched just the end of last year! With the rise of global warming, the Arctic has become a major topic in terms of international relations and environmentally. This course is appropriate for all students with or without prior knowledge of the topic. No prerequisites required.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Monick Keo
August 21, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

INTSCI 200: Controversies in Science & Society

with Brian Buchwitz
Are you interested in exploring controversies in science & society? Would you like to: Apply evidence-based reasoning to address questions, to evaluate sources and arguments, and to inform your own perspectives on science and society? Understand how scientific knowledge is created, including the importance of integrated sciences perspectives and data analysis & presentation skills? Engage collaboratively in reflection and discussion with peers, helping one another to connect ideas across the sciences? In INTSCI 200, we will focus on societal controversies that emphasize intersections among science communication, education, policy, and research. For example, why do parents choose to vaccinate, or not vaccinate, their children? How should genetically-modified organisms be regulated? INTSCI 200 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:50 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the instructor at: bjb@uw.edu
Credits: 3
Recommended by Meghan Oxley
May 21, 2015
Quarter: Winter

EDUC 210: Education and the Playfield

with Sara Lopez
This course examines the intersection of education and sport from early childhood to college experiences. Explores educational themes related to physical development, sport's influence on individual and community development, access to physical activities, equity and inclusion within the sports environment, and the role of sports in social change. This course is open to all students during registration period 2 beginning November 24th.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Lisa Murakami
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Winter

Dance 239A: Tango - Lead

with Juliet McMains
Want to learn Tango and earn VLPA credit at the same time? This section is for the LEAD ROLE. This means the traditional male role within partner dance. You will have NO opportunity to follow (the traditional female role). We are very encouraging if a student wishes to participate in a non-traditional gender role, however remember that there will be no opportunity to switch sections.
Credits: 2
Recommended by Kelly Canaday
December 1, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

ESRM100 Environmental Science

with Robert Harrison
This course is appropriate for all students, freshmen through seniors. There are no prerequisites, just an interest in the environment. ESRM100 provides a comprehensive overview of environmental science. By using an "earth systems" approach, students recognize society and the environment as an interrelated system. Environmental issues are examined throughout the course and realistic solutions are investigated. The course can be take as an additional writing course for W credit. You get to write your papers on issues you consider critical to the environment.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Rob Harrison
June 2, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

GEN ST 297F: Exploring Environmental Majors at the UW

with Samantha Scherer, Trina Sterry, Joe Kobayashi
Explore the many ways to study the environment through this one credit seminar. The UW has diverse programs studying all aspects of the environment: the air, the mountains, the sea and everything between. Studying the environment means exciting field courses, hands-on research, and a chance to address some of the world’s critical issues. Weekly lectures and panels give you a chance to interact with leading research faculty, current students, and advisers from over 10 departments. This course is intended for anyone with an interest in environmental majors or minors.
Credits: 1
Recommended by Joe Kobayashi
June 2, 2015
Quarter: Winter

ARCH 151: Appreciation of Architecture and the Built Environment II

with Ann Marie Borys, Associate Professor of Architecture
NOTE: ARCH 150 is not a pre-requisite. The two courses are related in their approach and use the same textbook, but they cover different time spans of global history. This lecture course seeks this understanding of ourselves and our world primarily through historical developments in architecture from about 1400 onward, right down to today. You will be introduced to the Shakespeares and the Beethovens of architecture—the great artistic geniuses of the past (and present) and their primary works that influence our world. But you will also see some of the social and technical complexities that contribute to the shaping of the built environment in addition to artistic insight. And finally, you will also be introduced to a way of looking at architecture that will enrich your encounters with everyday buildings, not only the most memorable ones: how they stand up, what visual cues and ordering systems make them comprehensible, how human sense-based perception is just as important to our encounter with it as the physical reality of the building.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Nancy Dragun
December 4, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter

LING 269: Swearing and Taboo Language

with Laura McGarrity
This course gives a great linguistic perspective on taboo language by breaking it down in terms of pragmatic, neurological, psychological, sociocultural, and legal aspects. No previous experience with linguistics is required! If you're having registration issues, please contact lingadv@uw.edu
Credits: 5
Recommended by Katie Manlove
July 7, 2015
Quarter: Winter

SOC 201C: Contemporary Chinese Societies

with Lake Lui
From a sociological perspective, this course will begin with an introduction on the main institutions of traditional Chinese society and investigate how these institutions have changed under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party. The course will also focus on the post-1978 reform period and discuss the social changes in various aspects of contemporary Chinese societies, including the economy, family, social stratification, internal and international migration, politics, and the civil society. Wherever relevant, examples will be drawn from other Chinese societies in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Autumn Yoke
November 18, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ESS 203: Glaciers and Global Change

with Edwin Waddington
This course is open to non-science majors who are interested in the changing climate of the Earth! This course explores how glaciers record climate change and human activities through bubbles of ancient air and trace impurities in the ice. Also reviews glaciers impact on societies through sea-level, coastlines, water supplies, and transportation routes.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Noell Bernard-Kingsley
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

CLAS 324: Greek and Roman Athletics

with Dr. Sarah Stroup
Compelling overview of the role played by athletic festivals and events in Ancient Greek and Roman culture. Traces the rise of different events and competitions from the practices of Mediterranean warfare, through the development of team sports and the Olympics, to the place of spectator sports (especially football) on college campuses. Unique and accessible way to start studying the Ancient Western world.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Kurt Xyst
July 3, 2014
Quarter: Winter

SPH 480: Research Methods

with Janet Baseman & Lonnie Nelson
Do cell phones cause cancer? Is climate change real? Maybe you'll find out for yourself in SPH 480, the most fun you'll ever have in research methods! SPH 480 takes a case-based approach to focus on how research findings impact the world around us and our health. Students will learn how to understand the research process and how to interpret scientific findings, thus becoming a better consumer of public health information. No need to be a scientist--students should be curious and ready to explore! Please note, this is also the only time students outside of the Public Health Major will be able to take this course!
Credits: 5
Recommended by Ardith Feroglia
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

GEOG 277: Intro To Cities

with Kim England
A fast-paced, wide-ranging exploration of the evolution of American urbanization and the urban built environment. Considers a vast array of related topics: the roles of transportation, economic restructuring, politics, and urban planning in producing urban change; suburbanization and urban sprawl; inner-city gentrification; and how issues of class, race, and gender are embedded in the geographies of cities. Keywords: economic/social restructuring, housing, inequality, politics and planning, urban change.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Rick Roth
July 31, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ESS 315: Environmental Earth Science

with Terry Swanson
This course is open to anyone who has taken ESS 101! Don't be put off by the high number! Take another class with Terry Swanson and continue your base knowledge of Geological Sciences while exploring applications to Environmental Science! Analysis of geologic constraints upon human activity and the environmental consequences of such activity. Topics include hillslope processes, fluvial and groundwater processes, earthquake and volcanic hazards, and environmental aspects of deforestation and atmospheric pollution.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Noell Bernard-Kingsley
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250: Marine Biology

with Thomas Pool
This course introduces a diverse array of marine biology topics from ocean circulation to intertidal organisms to sustainable fisheries. It is appropriate for first quarter freshman and students with minimal science background as well as those with more advanced science knowledge. Marine Biology can be taken for 3 or 5 credits. The 5-credit version includes lectures plus labs and a field trip, and is a core course for the Marine Biology minor, which is the only minor on campus that can be declared before you declare a major! (Photo by Aaron Dufault)
Credits: 5
Recommended by Christen Foehring
July 31, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter

POL S 201: Introduction to Political Theory

with Prof. Christine Di Stefano
Do you want to be able to convincingly explain the deep ideas behind your political opinion? Theory is a way to get at the big ideas that shape politics. It creates the vocabulary and the critical/analytical skills that let us talk productively about topics like: justice, freedom, equality, conflict, revolution, international policy, and globalization. In this class you will read political theorists such as: Plato, Rousseau, Douglass, Goldman, Thoreau, and Malcolm X. No prerequisites.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Mark Weitzenkamp
August 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

NUTR 141: Introduction to Foods

with Anne-Marie Gloster
While food is an integral component of social and cultural identity, its primary purpose is to nourish. In this introductory course, you’ll learn how foods have been used by different people and cultures to deliver adequate nutrients and energy. You’ll also explore the evolution of the global food supply, food preparation techniques, food patterns, and eating habits as they relate to diets, nutrition, and personal and public health. This course is an elective for the Nutritional Sciences Minor.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Kristin Elko
June 28, 2016
Quarter: Autumn

CHID 480E: Eco-Cosmopolitanism: An Intro to Environmental Humanities

with Mary Childs
Do you want to explore the relationship between nature, humans, and literature, and ultimately to actively engage in concerns about our current, global environmental crisis? We will gain a background in philosophical issues that shaped early environmental thought and read selections from leading eco-critics and environmental scholars. Is it better to be rooted locally to develop a responsible ethic toward the earth, or to engage in environmental issues from a global, cosmopolitan perspective? Through all of our readings, discussions, and activities, we will work towards a definition of eco-cosmopolitanism, and ask how the humanities can help motivate a significant shift in environmental consciousness.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Cynthia Anderson
September 11, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter, Spring

CLAS 210: Greek and Roman Classics in English: the Invention of Western Literature

with Team-taught by the entire faculty of the Classics Department, with twice weekly TA-led sections
Epic, history, philosophy, tragedy, comedy, lyric, satire: invented or reinvented by the Greeks and Romans, transmitted from the ancient Mediterranean to modern world literature. Whether you are completely new to this material, or looking to connect texts already read with texts not yet read, this course will deliver to you the foundations of western literature and thought. Homer and Virgil; Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; Herodotus and Tacitus; Catullus, Ovid and Juvenal; Sappho, Plato and more—great authors who have been shaping great conversations for over 2000 years. Open to undergraduates at all levels, with no prerequisites.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Sarah Stroup
November 24, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

SPAN 121: Introductory Spanish Language Class

with Donally Kennedy
Take SPAN 121 in fall, SPAN 122 in winter, have fun, do the work and by spring in SPAN 123, you will be able to converse in Spanish on any subject of your choosing. In this class you will learn Spanish by watching "Destinos", a soap opera (una telenovela). From the first day, SPAN 121 is conducted almost entirely in Spanish as a conversation in which students discuss the characters and events as they unfold in the telenovela as the context through which they learn and practice the grammar and vocabulary. Gradually the scope of the conversation enlarges, so that by the third quarter, students will be able to discuss topics of their choosing in Spanish for the full class period. After three quarters of the Destinos series, many students have been able to jump ahead a level or two on second-year placement test. That is because SPAN 121, 122 and 123 is more intensive and grammar-focused than other first-year Spanish language series and is a great way for beginners to become proficient in Spanish fast. The course is intended for highly motivated beginning students who have a particular interest in learning Spanish beyond merely fulfilling the language requirement and who plan to commit a great deal of time to its study. Many students who have taken this course because they are highly motivated to learn Spanish have reported that they are amazed how well they can understand, speak, read and write Spanish by the time the course is over.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Donally Kennedy
August 4, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

ENV H 311: Introduction to Environmental Health

with Charles Treser
This course explores the relationship of people to their environment—how it affects their physical well being, and what they can do to protect and enhance their health and the quality of the environment. Students will be introduced to many different areas of environmental health study, from water quality and air pollution, to toxicology, epidemiology, and occupational safety. Recent group project topics have included: "Public Health Impacts of Climate Change in Puget Sound", "Genetically Modified Foods", "Nitrates in Ground Water", and "Factory Farming Health Impacts". This course is offered autumn and spring, has no prerequisites, and is open to students in all majors.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Trina Sterry
July 31, 2014
Quarter: Winter

SLAV 200: Introduction to Literature

with Crnkovic
This is a brand-new course by one of our most popular and engaging instructors. Literature—from simple oral styles such as jokes or riddles to modern day music lyrics, stories, or novels—has a history that is as long as that of the human race itself, and that has shaped human history in crucial ways. Intended both for those who have had little or no experience with literature as well as for the avid readers, this course provides an introduction to the ways in which great literature works and creates its magic. Students will read fiction and poetry from various times and places, a few selections from several of the world’s most famous novels, and one whole novel. From poetry set to music by the Beatles, Beethoven, or anonymous Slavic folk artists, to Hemingway, Kafka, Proust, Borowski, Kiš, Bulgakov, Steinbeck or Murakami, with an emphasis on literature written in English and that from the Slavic (East European) area, the readings of this course will give a small “taste” of the incredible wealth and pertinence of world literature.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Shosh Westen
December 4, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter, Spring

NUTR 200: Nutrition for Today

If you have an interest in nutrition, this is a great course to start with. It's a core course for the Nutritional Sciences Minor and is the prerequisite for almost all other NUTR courses. You'll learn about the role of nutrition in health, wellness, and prevention of chronic disease. Topics include nutrients and nutritional needs across the lifespan, food safety, body weight regulation, eating disorders, and sports nutrition. Note that this course was formerly NUTR 300, so it cannot be taken for credit if credit was earned in NUTR 300.
Credits: 4
Recommended by Kristin Elko
May 21, 2015
Quarter: Winter

ASIAN 206: Literature and Culture of South Asia from Tradition to Modernity

with Jennifer Dubrow
Utilize your time at UW and learn something new and unexpected! This is a great introduction for any student looking to learn the history and culture of South Asia through the literature. This course is an introduction to medieval and modern South Asian literature in its cultural context. The texts are an English translation.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Angie Cross
November 17, 2015
Quarter: Winter

ATM S 101A: Weather

with Darren Wilton
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the physical processes responsible for weather and related atmospheric phenomena. The emphasis will be on how and why processes occur in the atmosphere, while fostering familiarity with the commonly used terminology.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Melissa P. Pritchard
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

HSERV 100: Personal and Public Health

Introduces the main components to a healthy lifestyle. Examines the role an individual needs to play in managing their wellness, and the role of society in creating a healthy environment.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Jim Scott
July 1, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

GWSS 390A

with Ivette Bayo
Collaborations in feminism and technology. A chance to explore technology through a feminist lens.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Sara Fleehart
May 5, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

NEAR E 296 A: Introduction to the Archeology of Egypt

with Stephanie Selover
Learn about the land of the Pharaohs! This course is an introductory survey of the archaeology, art and architecture of ancient Egypt, from the first prehistoric cultures of the Nile Valley until the period of Roman control. Through the lens of archaeology, this course explores Egyptian gods, animal deities, divine kings, pyramids, temples, mummification, society and government. Students will untangle common Egyptian beliefs about identity, religion, medicine, magic, sex, childbirth, slavery, and death through the archaeological remnants of this great civilization. Stephanie Selover is a knowledgeable and energetic instructor who brings the past alive for her students.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Gabriel Skoog
August 4, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

LING 400: Survey of Linguistic Method and Theory

This course examines major linguistic theories in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics; explores a wide range of linguistic fields. Students learn the basics of linguistic analysis and argumentation. Open to all: no prerequisites!
Credits: 5
Recommended by Katie Langr
July 24, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ENVIR 485: Environmental Planning and Permitting in Practice

with Todd Wildermuth
Advanced survey of the applied environmental regulation for project managers or students (juniors and seniors) from any major with an interest in environmental law, policy, and planning.This course includes: a case-study focus to explore the planning and permitting requirements of major state and federal environmental regulations; special emphasis on environmental impact statements (NEPA and SEPA), the Growth Management Act, development projects in and around water, and endangered species regulation; frequent connections to controversies in the regional and national spotlight such as coal and oil transport, endangered salmon, and climate change adaptation.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Joe Kobayashi
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

PHG 200: Implications of Public Health Genomics for the Modern World

with Patricia Caorl Kuszler and Daniel Asmama Enquobahrie
Genomics, as defined by the National Human Genome Research Institute, "describes the study of all of a person's genes (the genome), including interactions of those genes with each other and with the person's environment." Recent advances in genomics give us a way to better understand how genetic and environmental factors affect human and population health. This course offers undergraduate students a starting place where they can put these factors into scientific, ethical, cultural, legal, and policy context, so that the goal of improving population health may be realized.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Ardith Feroglia
July 31, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

COM 220: Introduction to Public Speaking

with Matt McGarrity
Other than writing, I can think of no more universally useful skill than the ability to speak clearly and well. Even if you never intend to speak to thousands of people, as politicians or CEO's may do, do you think you may someday have to clearly and effectively explain your thinking on a complicated topic to co-workers, patients, or clients? This course will help you to do that. And if you're afraid of public speaking, all the more reason to tackle that fear now! Get outside your comfort zone!
Credits: 5
Recommended by Megan McConnell
August 7, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

ARCTIC 200: Indigenous Diplomacies & International Relations in the Arctic

with Nadine Fabbi
You might know what's happening to the animals in the Arctic but do you know how it's affecting the people? The Arctic – home to 400,000 indigenous people – is emerging as one of the most dynamic regions in global geopolitics in no small part because of the role of Arctic indigenous peoples in international relations and sovereignty efforts. This course will examine the characteristics of the Arctic as an emerging region in the world including the Arctic Council, the international and national Inuit associations, Arctic foreign policy, climate change, and issues of sovereignty and security from both nation‐state and indigenous perspectives.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Monick Keo
July 23, 2015
Quarter: Winter

ENVIR 239: Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts

with Kristi Straus and Megan Horst
What does sustainability mean? How do you make sustainability choices in your everyday life? How do you effect change? Engage in personal sustainability experiments and explore key pillars of sustainability, the history of sustainability movements, and sustainability in action. Course open to students of all majors and years.This new course is offered as a 3 credit, lecture only version or a 5 credit version where you attend the lecture and do about 50 hours of service learning with organizations working on sustainability. Heard a lot about sustainability? Want to get involved, but don't know where to start? Start here!
Credits: 5
Recommended by Joe Kobayashi
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

EPI 220 Sexually Transmitted Infections: Causes & Consequences

Sexual health is a critical component of overall physical and mental health. This course provides an introduction to infectious disease epidemiology through the lens of sexually transmitted pathogens and is a great option for students who are exploring public health, medicine, epidemiology, and microbiology disciplines.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Susan Inman
April 29, 2015
Quarter: Autumn, Summer

C LIT 200 Dynamite Reads: World Literature and the Nobel Prize

with Taught by distinguished faculty from across the Humanities (organized by Eric Ames, CLCM)
This course offers a grand tour of world literature as seen through the writings of Nobel Prize winners. Each year, it features a different group of authors from various countries, languages, and traditions. In Autumn 2017, we will read selections from Rabindranath Tagore (India, 1913 laureate), Knut Hamsun (Norway, 1920), T. S. Eliot (UK, 1948), Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Israel, 1966), Wole Soyinka (Nigeria, 1986), Derek Walcott (Saint Lucia, 1992), Kenzaburo Oe (Japan, 1994), Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus, 2015), and Bob Dylan (US, 2016). Along the way, this team-taught course also provides a unique view of the many language and literature departments at UW, including Asian, Classics, English, Near Eastern, Slavic, and Scandinavian. Lectures by faculty from each unit will explore wide-ranging questions of literature and the politics of prizes. Who wins? (Who doesn’t?) And why? What does that tell us about literature and about the world in which we live? Assignments include online discussion posts, short quizzes, and a final exam (in section). Questions? Please contact Eric Ames: eames@uw.edu
Credits: 3
Recommended by Eric Ames
April 12, 2017
Quarter: Autumn

POL S 202: Introduction to American Politics

with Prof. Rebecca Thorpe
Is there more to American politics than the partisan talking heads shown in the media? This class looks at the fundamental tension between American political commitments to democracy and to individual rights. It starts with the formation of the US Constitution, and then follows some of the most important issues up to today: states rights vs. federal powers, political parties, media’s effect, voting and elections, interest groups and money in elections, the military complex, and the politics of punishment. No prerequisites.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Mark Weitzenkamp
August 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

ESRM 150: Wildlife in the Modern World

Think about all the squirrels you will see on campus what is it like for them in the "modern world?" This course is great of anyone, fun topic and relevant to all. Covers major wildlife conservation issues in North America. Some global issues are also treated. Examples of topics include the conservation of large predators, effects of toxic chemicals on wildlife, old-growth wildlife, conservation of marine wildlife, recovery of the bald eagle, and gray wolf.
Credits: 5
Recommended by lisa nordlund
August 1, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

RUSS 316: Extended Russian thru STEM

with Abramova
This course gives students who are already relatively proficient in spoken and written Russian (both heritage learners and students of Russian as a foreign language) the opportunity to extend their language skills to the topics of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and develop academic language skills and social stylistic registers.
Credits: 2
Recommended by Shosh Westen
July 23, 2015
Quarter: Autumn, Winter

ENV H 111 Exploring Environment and Health Connections

with Dr. Thomas Burbacher
This course is open to all majors and has no prerequisites. It fulfills one of the admission prerequisites for the PUBLIC HEALTH major. It is also counts toward the ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH MAJOR AND MINOR. Explore the science behind the headlines! Topics covered include: • Mercury in seafood • DDT & Malaria • Flame Retardants • Air Pollution • Chemicals in the Workplace • Salmonella & Ebola • Physical & Psychosocial Risks • Zoonotic Disease
Credits: 3
Recommended by Trina Sterry
November 17, 2015
Quarter: Winter

INTSCI 492: Reflections on Undergraduate Research

with Brian Buchwitz
Are you participating in undergraduate research in the biological, environmental, or physical sciences? Would you like to: Demystify research culture and develop research skills? Discuss research papers with a diverse community of undergraduate researchers? Develop a research proposal and increase your competitiveness for research scholarships and graduate & professional programs? Present your research in oral and written formats & improve your science communication skills? INTSCI 492: Reflections on Undergraduate Research (2 credits, NW) is a discussion-based course that is designed to accompany undergraduate research experiences. Students engage in a reflective learning community with fellow undergraduate researchers to (1) learn about research culture, including mentoring relationships, (2) identify, analyze, and discuss research papers that are relevant to projects, (3) draft, comment on, and revise research proposals, and (4) present research in oral formats. INTSCI 492 will meet on Mondays, 3:30-4:50 p.m., during Winter Quarter. INTSCI 492 has no prerequisites, but students must participate in undergraduate research concurrently. For more information or to request an add code, please email the instructor at: bjb@uw.edu
Credits: 2
Recommended by Meghan Oxley
November 17, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

SOC Wf 200: Introduction to Social Welfare Practice

with Mary Lou Balassone, PhD
Introduction to the field of social work, including the theoretical concepts and institutional framework that guide practice. Overview of social work profession and social welfare system within which it operates. Lectures supplemented by exercises, films, guest lectures, and class discussions. Offered: A and Spring.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Linda Ruffer
July 31, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

JSIS 200 States and Capitalism – with English Comp/Writing Link (English 298)

with Anand Yang (JSIS 200) and Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill (ENGL 298)
STATES AND CAPITALISM -- WITH ENGLISH COMP/WRITING LINK JSIS 200 offered by senior Jackson School of International Studies faculty member Anand Yang (I&S, W), MWF 12:30-1:20 with two weekly quiz sections. FIG section SLN 16349, TuTh 12:30-1:20. JSIS 200 focuses on the origins of the modern world system in the sixteenth century and its history until World War I, with particular attention to Interacting forces of politics and economics around the globe, and to key periods of expansion and crisis. English 298D (FIG) and English 298E (open to any UW student) offered by senior English faculty member John O'Neill (C, or W if student has already fulfilled C). Non-FIG students SLN 14099 MWF 1:30-2:20, FIG section SLN 14098 MWF 11:30-12:20. English 298 is a 5 credit writing link to JSIS 200. All writing assignments in English 298 will be based on readings and assignments in JSIS 200, with a focus on developing students' reading, research, writing, revising and editing skill and confidence. While English 298 appears as "intermediate composition" in the time schedule, there are no prerequisites for this course. Any student eligible to enroll in JSIS 200 is also eligible to enroll in English 298.
Recommended by Kimberly Swayze
June 22, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

English 200-K — Truth and Lies in Victorian Literature

with Jessica Campbell
English 200 — Truth and Lies in Victorian Literature MW 1:30-3:20 Section K - SLN 14051 “We must cultivate the lost art of lying.” –Oscar Wilde, “The Decay of Lying” The Victorian period in England (1837-1901) was the heyday of the realist novel, but writers during the time also produced a great deal of fanciful, sensationalist, and speculative literature. In writing realist fiction, authors strove to expose societal problems and articulate human psychology in ordinary situations. But while some writers sought to convey unadorned truth in order to improve society, others insisted on the importance of inventiveness and “art for art’s sake.” Through this course, we will look at a variety of Victorian works of and about literature, realist and otherwise, that explicitly consider questions of truth, realism, storytelling, and outright lying. What were the values and dangers of telling stories? We will read serious and humorous texts, including nonfiction essays, short stories, poems, a play, and a novel.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Kimberly Swayze
June 22, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

GEOG 295: Intro to Migration

with Katharyne Mitchell
Very timely introductory course offers an evidence-based analysis of migration that ties current migration policies and practices to broader changes in the global economy. The class provides a link between general theories of migration and their specific manifestation in migration patterns worldwide. It explores a series of themes related to contemporary migration processes including transnationalism, humanitarianism, remittances, gender, asylum, and deportation.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Rick Roth
July 31, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

ESS 101: Intro to Geological Sciences

Geology is all around us! From the volcanic Mt. Rainier, to glacial deposits from millions of years ago, there is a ton of geology in our back yard. Intro to Geology is a great survey course that emphasizes the dynamic datuer of the interior and exterior of our planet, and understanding of how our planet is chaning. This is a lab based couse, with field trips almost every weekend. All majors welcome!
Credits: 5
Recommended by Dana Hansen
February 12, 2015
Quarter: Winter

ATM S 220A: Exploring the Atmospheric Sciences

This course consists of weekly lectures from faculty, graduate students and research scientists within the field of atmospheric sciences. It provides information on their research projects, background and career paths. Areas of focus within the lecture series typically include lectures based on research on global warming, hurricanes, air pollution, climate change and other specialized topics.
Credits: 1
Recommended by Melissa P. Pritchard
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Winter

GERMAN 298A: Cultures of Extinction

with Jason Groves
This is a new course offering by one of our newest faculty members. Credits count towards the Diversity requirement! This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding one of the more wicked problems of the 21st century: mass species extinction, or The Sixth Extinction, as it is often known. Rather than approaching this event as a discrete biological phenomenon, this course looks at how current threats to bio-diversity are implicated in, and connected to, threats to cultural diversity, in particular language loss. Students will seek to understand how discourses of extinction, beginning from its “discovery” in the 18th century, are related to fraught histories of colonialism and imperialism, whose ecological and cultural effects extend into the present and threaten to shape the future.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Stephanie Welch
November 17, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

C ENV 110: Food & the Environment

with Ray Hilborn
Everyone eats, and all food production has environmental consequences. Discover environmental science through food production. Explore the link between the decline of civilizations and current farmer efforts to cope with changing water supply, topsoil loss, and technology. Create a food diary and find out the environmental consequences of your diet. Understand what climate change, politics, culture, biodiversity, and geography have to do with food. For details see: http://depts.washington.edu/coenv/food/study/courses#cenv Also offered as part of a FIG (sections AB & AF)
Credits: 5
Recommended by Christen Foehring
June 2, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

ARCH 151: Appreciation of Architecture II

with Ann Marie Borys
This lecture course seeks this understanding of ourselves and our world primarily through historical developments in architecture from about 1400 onward, right down to today. You will be introduced to the Shakespeares and the Beethovens of architecture - the great artistic geniuses of the past (and present) and their primary works that influence our world. But you will also see some of the social and technical complexities that contribute to the shaping of the built environment in addition to artistic insight. And finally, you will also be introduced to a way of looking at architecture that will enrich your encounters with everyday buildings, not only the most memorable ones: how they stand up, what visual cues and ordering systems make them comprehensible, how human sense-based perception is just as important to our encounter with it as the physical reality of the building.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Nancy Dragun
August 14, 2015
Quarter: Winter

GEN ST 344: How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community

with Talya Gillman and Jackie Mena
Many UW students are interested in exploring service and volunteer opportunities in Seattle; however, it can be difficult to know where to get involved, how to find a good fit, and how to most effectively work in a community-based setting. How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community is a three-credit service-learning course that will offer a basic foundation on community service for students in their first or second year at the UW. Through participating in a quarter-long service-learning commitment, visiting local non-profit organizations, and participating in in-class discussions, readings, and activities students will gain a deeper understanding of the wide array of ways they can most effectively partner with their local community and integrate a commitment to service into their academic and professional futures. This three-credit seminar course is offered on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:20PM. Request an add code by emailing engage@uw.edu.
Credits: 3
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

HSTAA 110 & ENGL 198: History of American Citizenship

with Professors John Findlay and Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill
History of American Citizenship, offered by senior History faculty member John Findlay (I&S, Diversity, W), examines how, when, and why different groups of people (e.g., white men, white men without property, peoples of color, women, immigrants) became eligible for citizenship throughout American history. The course explores how and why for many peoples, at many times, citizenship did not confer equal rights to all. An independent research paper connects each student's family history (or some other family's history) to broader themes in U.S. history. English 198D and E, offered by senior English faculty member Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill (C, or W if student has already fulfilled C) are 5 credit writing links to HSTAA 110. All writing assignments in English 198D and E are based on readings and assignments in HSTAA 110, with a focus on developing students' reading, research, writing, revising and editing skill and confidence.
Credits: 10
Recommended by Kimberly Swayze
August 4, 2014
Quarter: Winter

Geog 295: Living in the Borderlands: Gender, Race and Place

with Megan Ybarra
We tend to think of borders as fixed lines that divide Us from our Others. In recent years, geographers, political scientists, poets and activists have debated the meaning of borders, focusing on borderlands as a concept that transcends physical borders between nation-states. This class will direct scholarly inquiry towards a broad array of sources to think through living in the borderlands. We will pull out key themes from a classic feminist Chicanx text, Borderlands / La Frontera, to direct our analysis towards a relational understanding of place and identity. While the class will start with the case of the making of the US-Mexico border, we will also draw from other cases around the world in articles, movies, and podcasts. Themes include: settler colonialism and ethnic identities, bilingualism and belonging, transnationalism and diaspora, and how people make claims on gendered, raced and place identities.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Rick Roth
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

RUSS 110: Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization

with Barbara Henry
This introduction to Russian culture/civilization is taught by one of the department's popular and engaging professors.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Shosh Westen
July 31, 2014
Quarter: Winter

EDUC 300: Creativity and Design in Education

with Iain M Robertson, a design faculty from Landscape Architecture, and Professor Leslie Rupert Herrenkohl in Learning Sciences and Human Development.
EDUC 300 explores education pedagogy through a series of interactive creativity exercises derived from design studio methods and practices. Exercises encourage and challenge participants to see their education from diverse perspectives. The process of exploration & discovery will be followed by discussion & synthesis, with subsequent reflection & integration recorded and memorialized in participants' journals. Exercise experiences will be linked to pedagogical theories and will consider how these tangible, spatial, social, and experiential 'creativity exercises' may be adapted for application in K-12 settings. Participants will be required to surprise themselves weekly. Own up! Only you can own your own education! OPEN TO ALL UNDERGRADUATES
Credits: 5
Recommended by Lisa Murakami
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

EDUC 170: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers

Elementary school mathematics is no longer considered just a collection of computational tools, but rather a rich body of intellectual content, focusing on understanding, reasoning, and communication. This course is designed to help you develop the skills that are needed for the mathematical demands of teaching. Note that this is a content course, not a methods course. This course will engage in key ideas in the elementary mathematics curriculum such as problem solving and quantitative reasoning, place value and algorithms for arithmetic, arithmetic operations, fractions, and number theory.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Lisa Murakami
August 12, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

ASTR 150: The Planets

with Dr. Toby Smith
Up-to-date and systematic "evolutionary" exploration of the planets in our solar system as compared to Earth. Less emphasis on the techniques of collecting data and more on the possible meanings of what has been found and their significance. Designed with the "non-science" student in mind.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Kurt Xyst
July 3, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter

Introduction to Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP 200)

with Marty Curry and Christopher Campbell
A CEP education is fully lived, not passively taken. In CEP 200, students learn how to communicate, facilitate, plan, and lead groups while exploring concepts of community, environment, and planning as defining ideas that shape our world and animate our actions. This class is perfect for freshman and sophomores looking for an active, small, community-focused, and engaging 5 credit course.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Kelly Hostetler
June 3, 2015
Quarter: Winter

GEN ST 348: Are Do-Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement

with Kathryn Pursch Cornforth and David Hlebain
Are you committed to giving back? Trying to make a difference? Want to get more out of your volunteer experience? During Winter Quarter, we invite you to join in a critical reflection on what it means to “do good”. General Studies 348 will offer a hands-on opportunity to explore the concept of civic engagement. Students will critically reflect on their own service experiences through the lens of academic theories, engage with principles of community work, and learn from the experiences of community leaders. The course will draw heavily on students' involvement in service and will weave these together with elements of other academic coursework and future academic/career goals. The course has a required service-learning component; students are encouraged to utilize current service commitments toward this requirement, though individualized support will be offered to those looking for a service opportunity. This is a three-credit course that is offered as credit/no credit. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:20PM in Mary Gates Hall. Those interested in the course should email engage@uw.edu with questions and/or to request an add code.
Credits: 3
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Winter

PHG 302: Forensic Genetics

with Bruce Weir
Do you still have an inner Crime Scene Investigator even though you've stopped watching CSI? This new course introduces the field of forensic genetics. It does so through discussion of emerging genetic and statistical issues that have come about since the introduction of DNA profiling. A great way for students to develop the skills to: interpret the evidence of matching genetic profiles; perform calculations relevant for parentage determination; identify remains; and consider the implications of familial searching of DNA databases. Open to all undergraduate who have comp leted a basic statistics course - BIOST 310, STAT 220, STAT/CS&SS/SOC 221, STAT 311, Q SCI 381, or Q METH 201.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Tory Brundage
November 17, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

PSYCH 200: Comparative Animal Behavior

with Michael Beecher
This course is appropriate for all students, freshmen through seniors. There are no prerequisites. Topics include “...research methods and findings of comparative animal behavior, their importance to an understanding of human behavior; rationale for study of behavioral differences and similarities between animal species, and behavior viewed as part of adaptation of each species to its natural habitat.”
Credits: 5
Recommended by Carrie Perrin
July 9, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Spring

ESS 106: Living with Volcanoes

with Mike Harrell
Even if you don't realize it, you are seeing a volcano almost every day. Mt. Rainier towers over Western Washington, but just what sort of eruption style will it have? How did it form? When will it erupt again and what does that mean for our city? These are just some of the questions addressed in Living with Volcanoes. This class covers everything from prehistoric eruptions to features on the outer limits of our solar system. This class is open to all majors, and at just 3 credits is a perfect addition to any schedule.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Dana Hansen
August 4, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ENGL 285: Writers on Writing

In this class the collective UW Creative Writing faculty, along with other visiting artists, will remember in public why they do what they do. On ten sequential Tuesdays, they will speak in depth about what interests them most, including the ways and means of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and the joys and vagaries of inspiration, education, artistic practice, and the writing life. Thursdays will constellate a literary reading series. Discussion sections will be scheduled in between. This course is intended to bring infectious literate passion within earshot of as many people as possible at the University of Washington. No formal prerequisites. Everyone is invited.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Kimberly Swayze
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Winter

AIS 475 A: Environmental Issues on Indigenous Homelands

with Clarita Lefthand-Begay
This class will consist of an interdisciplinary analysis of the environmental problems plaguing Indigenous communities in North America. The overarching goals of this course will include an examination of the policies relevant to protecting communities from environmental pollutants occurring on the homelands of Indigenous peoples, the health implications of exposure to contaminated ecosystems, and case studies that illustrate strategies for how indigenous communities are working to address these issues. It will also aim to build critical awareness about environmental problems and explore the intersection between pollutants, human health, ecosystem services and community action. Students will be encouraged to work together to communicate environmental problems discussed in class.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Elissa Washuta
December 2, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

HSTCMP 311: Science in Civilization: Antiquity to 1600

Science did not fall from the sky fully formed. The current traditions, practices, and assumptions of scientists and those who do science emerged over time through trial and error, philosophical debate, and political maneuvering. This class introduces a story of the emergence of scientific thinking from the ancient world to just before the Scientific Revolution. Strongly recommended for science majors looking for an I&S class and anyone curious about why we do science the way we do.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Kurt Xyst
July 3, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter, Spring

ATM S 111: Global Warming: Understanding the Issues

Includes a broad overview of the science of global warming. Discusses the causes, evidence, future projections, societal and environmental impacts, and potential solutions. Introduces the debate on global warming with a focus on scientific issues.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Melissa P. Pritchard
June 2, 2015
Quarter: Autumn

JSIS C 357: Jewish American Literature and Culture

with Professor Joseph Butwin
Taught by a dynamic and passionate professor, this course focuses on writers from Saul Bellow to Philip Roth to Woody Allen and the Coen brothers to explore topics of universal resonance, ranging from immigration to acculturation to assimilation.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Lauren Kurland
June 28, 2016
Quarter: Autumn

HSERV 490/590: War and Health

with Evan Kanter and Amy Hagopian
We explore the health consequences of war during the first half of the course (injury, infectious diseases, mental health, chronic disease, malnutrition, infrastructure) and the role of health professionals and others in preventing war during the second half (advocacy, measurement and application of epidemiological methods, promotion of social equity).
Credits: 4
Recommended by Susan Inman
July 14, 2014
Quarter: Winter

ESS 119: Lab Tours in Earth and Space Sciences

with Victor Aque
Are you interested in the scientific research that occurs at the UW? Take a look specifically at the cutting-edge research that is happening in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences including the Rocket Lab, Isotope Lab, and many others! Each week the course leader will take you to a lab within the department where the researchers in those labs will teach you about their research!
Credits: 1
Recommended by Noell Bernard-Kingsley
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

Gen Studies 391N: Undergraduate Research Intensive for Community College Transfer Students

with Janice DeCosmo
This course, designed for incoming transfer students, is an initial 2-day pre-autumn quarter workshop, held September 18 & 19 on the UW-Seattle campus, followed by weekly sessions during the quarter designed to help transfer students attain and excel in undergraduate research positions. The course will demystify the research process at UW and provide instruction in research-related skills and resources. All students receive one-on-one advising with URP staff and interact with peer researchers.
Credits: 2
Recommended by Jennifer Harris
August 4, 2014
Quarter: Autumn, Winter, Spring

URBDP 498: Planning as a Profession

with David Blum and Reema Shakra
Want to learn about urban planning, real estate, or community development? Want to network with professionals? Take this one credit class and hear from a professional each week! Past speakers have included: Dennis McLerran, Regional Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10; Marshall Foster, Deputy Director, City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development; Ellen Miller-Wolfe, Director of Economic Development, City of Kirkland; Mandi Roberts, Principal, OTAK, Inc., Kirkland; Jeremy Eknoian, Manager, Internal Operations – Real Estate Office, University of Washington.
Credits: 1
Recommended by Kelly Hostetler
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Winter

General Studies 297H (Career Planning)

with Tina Wang
This course (taught by a Lead Career Counselor) assists freshmen and sophomore students (first and second year students) with self-exploration and exploration of career and academic options. General Studies 297H (“Career Planning”), is a 2-credit course (CR/NC) where students attend two 50-minute classes each week. This course is designed for first and second-year students who have earned roughly 0-89 credits. No pre-requisites are required. Learning objectives are to build self-awareness and appreciation for your strengths, skills, values, and interests and learn how to use this self-knowledge to make decisions when exploring and pursuing academic and career options; develop and apply learned skills to effectively research career options and learn how to be successful in the job market and hone your professional networking skills (including online, social media, and traditional networking); learn how to create effective resumes, cover letters and build interviewing skills and confidence.
Credits: 2
Recommended by Patrick Chidsey
November 13, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

RUSS 120: Food in Russia

with Alaniz
"Food" is a topic much in the news in recent years. This course examines food in the Russian context, from the Middle Ages to the post-Soviet era. Through literature, cinema, art and memoir, students will delve into such matters as table manners; excess; holidays; vegetarianism; communal dining; Soviet home economics; and hunger throughout Russian history.
Credits: 5
Recommended by Shosh Westen
June 16, 2015
Quarter: Winter

HSERV 481: Issues in Public Health

with Sara Mackenzie
This course focuses on practical solutions for real life public health problems. For years it has been our most popular public health course, taught by our enthusiastic program director. This is the last time it will be offered at the UW and is the first-time in quite a few years that it has been open to non-majors. It IS a perfect opportunity for upper division students with an interest in the public health discipline and/or graduate programs. It is NOT appropriate for students intending to apply to the public health major as the content has moved to another required course.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Susan Inman
November 14, 2014
Quarter: Autumn

BE200: Introduction to Built Environments: Seattle on Foot

with Vikramāditya Prakāsh
Are you interested in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, construction, and the city, but looking for a more integrated approach? Not sure where your interests in the built environment might take you? Eager to learn more about your hometown? Like exploring the city on foot? Join us for BE200 this autumn for an introduction to built environments through pre-disciplinary explorations of Seattle’s rich urban landscape, engaging themes including history and preservation, commerce, tourism, nature, health, mobility, public space, and social justice. The exciting new class will consist of lectures, group discussion sessions and self-guided city walking tours.
Credits: 3
Recommended by Daniel Coslett
June 3, 2015

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