FYHS - First-Year Seminar HIST

Courses numbered 100 to 299 = lower-division; 300 to 499 = upper-division; 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate.

FYHS 102AE.  First-Year Seminar: Facts, Opinions and Why They Both Matter   (3).

General education humanities course. Cross-listed as WSUN 102F. By learning to critically read contemporary news headlines and articles, this first-year seminar course for honors students provides a path for students to explore the factors that influence the formation of one’s "opinions" and the ways in which "facts" can be used to support them. Students strengthen their ability to empathize with people who hold opinions different than their own and engage in substantive, informed and respectful discussions about these differences. First-Year Seminars apply as an additional requirement in the WSU General Education program; they cannot be applied as a divisional requirement. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: FYHS 102AE, WSUN 102F, HIST 319 or HNRS 305N.

FYHS 102AZ.  First-Year Seminar: We Shall Overcome to Black Lives Matter: The Modern Black Freedom Movement   (3).

General education humanities course. This course, which focuses on the period from the mid-twentieth century to the present, provides students with the historical context necessary to better understand contemporary race relations in the United States. To facilitate this objective, students are exposed to a variety of literary, video and human resources. First-Year Seminars apply as an additional requirement in the WSU General Education program; they cannot be applied as a divisional requirement. Course includes diversity content.

FYHS 102K.  First-Year Seminar: Contemporary Civil Rights Movements in the United States   (3).

General education humanities course. The civil rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s helped create a rights revolution in the United States, but these movements’ drive toward equality and justice continues today. In this course, students examine contemporary civil rights issues that have become public policy flashpoints. The course approaches each issue by studying the historical background and the legislative, judicial and public policy developed around these movements, and considers how to apply this knowledge in class, around the university and in the larger community. Through examining contemporary civil rights movements, students consider how they address long-standing inequity in American society, and how these movements will affect their lives going forward. In addition, students learn critical thinking and foundational communication skills that will help them navigate the university, their courses and their future endeavors. First-Year Seminars apply as an additional requirement in the WSU General Education program; they cannot be applied as a divisional requirement. Course includes diversity content.

FYHS 102M.  First-Year Seminar: History and Rock 'n' Roll   (3).

General education humanities course. Investigates the emergence and development of rock ’n’ roll in the Anglo-American world through a variety of different lenses and disciplinary perspectives by examining how political, economic, social and cultural trends have informed the production and consumption of popular music-making from its origins in the 19th-century until the present day. Particularly focuses on how popular music can be used to investigate historical trends and developments, and how historical developments have influenced popular music. In doing so, students come away with a better appreciation of both popular music and history, as well as the skills necessary to be successful at the university level. First-Year Seminars apply as an additional requirement in the WSU General Education program; they cannot be applied as a divisional requirement. Course includes diversity content.

FYHS 102O.  First-Year Seminar: Career, Life and the Humanities Geek!   (3).

General education humanities course. Introduces students to the range of areas and opportunities to which they can apply the skills found in the humanities. This is more than just a discussion of jobs; although it is that. It is about the skills and tools that enhance civic engagement and establish a better quality of life. This seminar helps students think about how they can make a difference by applying their love of the humanities. First-Year Seminars apply as an additional requirement in the WSU General Education program; they cannot be applied as a divisional requirement.

FYHS 102V.  First-Year Seminar: Creation, the Earth and the Future   (3).

General education humanities course. A first-year seminar course exploring the "big questions" of creation and ecology “creation.” Introduces students to various methods used in the academic study of religion, which is inherently interdisciplinary in nature. Students approach creation through sacred stories, myths and traditions of different cultures. Explores human interaction with nature, and ethical questions of sustainability and stewardship. Students are asked to reflect on existential questions of life, death, nature, fears and hopes by studying ways in which human experiences of these questions are expressed in religious forms, in nonfiction language (for example the natural sciences), and in artistic modes such as poetry, visual arts and music. First-Year Seminars apply as an additional requirement in the WSU General Education program; they cannot be applied as a divisional requirement. Course includes diversity content.

FYHS 102Z.  First-Year Seminar: So You Want to Write a Book? Publishing as Art, Sci, Profession and Way of Life   (3).

General education humanities course. This is for everyone who has dreamed of being an author and getting their ideas in print. In this course, participants talk about how to think through a writing project from first thinking about audience to the signing party. Along the way students learn that writing the text is the easy part. The next steps are where the real challenges and opportunities lie. This course sees about getting students in print. Be warned, though! Completing one book project often leads to the next one! First-Year Seminars apply as an additional requirement in the WSU General Education program; they cannot be applied as a divisional requirement.