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David Cole
GEN ST 199
Seattle Campus

The University Community

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

Class description

Why do some people look back on college more favorably than others? This course will examine which factors most contribute to a successful and enjoyable college experience and how those factors can be incorporated into our lives while students at the University of Washington. The course will also provide practical information to students that will make the transition from high school to college be an easier one.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Weekly classes will largely involve group discussion of a particular issue of focus at the moment. In this manner, the course will resemble a seminar much more than a lecture course.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

There will be a required text book for this course, from which weekly readings will be assigned. Students will be expected to come to class having read the material and being ready to actively participate in class discussion. For each weekly reading assignment students will also be expected to complete a journal entry that will be collected and various times throughout the quarter.

Credit will be awarded based on class participation and attendance, attendance at the required FIG Community Meetings, and completion of a final project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David Cole
Date: 10/27/2001