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Jeannie Kim Nguyen
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

-The course is designed to assist you in your transition into the UW.

-You will get to engage in a variety of conversations on topics ranging from academic planning to campus diversity.

-There are opportunities to engage in on- and off-campus social and extracurricular activities.

Student learning goals

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

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

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

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

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

General method of instruction

Weekly lectures given by the instructor and/or UW faculty guest speakers.

Recommended preparation

-A desire to learn about and utilize the many academic, life, and social opportunities that the University of Washington has to offer.

-A desire to meet new people, form new friendships, and possibly form new study groups with your FIGmates.

-Students are required to read the UW Common Book, "Field Notes from a Catastrophe" by Elizabeth Kolbert, before the quarter begins.

-I am here to help you. Therefore, I will design my lesson plans based on your interests, so if you would like to learn more about anything regarding the UW and the opportunities afforded here please talk to me in class or send me an e-mail.

Class assignments and grading

-First FIG meeting: Sunday, September 23rd at 2:45 PM in Husky Stadium, during DawgDaze Freshman Kick-Off.

-Weekly Seminar: You are expected to come to class each week ready to participate in discussion and other activities of the day.

-Portfolio: The web-based portfolio project will provide you with a structured opportunity to reflect on your experiences and create plans for what you want to do and who you want to be.

-Research and Discovery Project: This assignment will require you to complete a mini-research project that begins with exploring the UW Libraries. You will then locate, review, and present scholarly resources that we will use in an in-class activity.

-Arts Excursion: Through this experience our class will delve into the visual, literary, and/or performing arts community on or off campus.

-Intellectual Excursion: Through a lecture, seminar, or similar event, our class will explore the intellectual community outside of traditional courses.

-Interest Excursion: For this excursion you will take on an experience individually that enables you to explore an interest that you have and connect with others outside our FIG who share the same interest.

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

There is no final exam, but rather a few large projects dispersed throughout the quarter.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Jeannie Kim Nguyen
Date: 09/21/2007