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Kara Braun
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

Students can expect to become familiar with the University of Washington campus and many of the resources available at UW. This course is meant to help students adjust to college life and become more comfortable with their surroundings. Topics to be covered include registration, advising, life in Seattle, choosing majors, UW clubs/organizations, time management, studying abroad, nutrition, and planning for your future.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is largely a discussion based class! Weekly classes will involve group discussion, brainstorming, and idea sharing on a specific topic of focus. There will be some lecture as well and some short student presentations. Numerous guest speakers will visit our class as well to discuss such topics as nutrition and study abroad.

Recommended preparation

Please read the common book: Mountains by Mountains written by Tracy Kidder about Dr. Paul Farmer. Other than that, please come to class with an open mind and positive attitude!

Class assignments and grading

Each student will be responsible for completing five excursions (Research and Discovery Project, Arts, Intellectual, Interest, common book) as well as completing an online portfolio. This is required for all FIG students at the UW! It may sound like a lot, but it will be fun! There will also be a few short assignments scattered throughout the quarter. Other than that, just show up to class and come ready to participate!

CR/NC only. In order to receive credit, all students will need to attend every class (no unexcused absenses) and ALL assignments must be turned in on time.


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 Kara Braun
Date: 09/13/2006