FYPS - First-Year Seminar POLS

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

FYPS 102AB.  First-Year Seminar: Engineering Politics: Partisan Redistricting in the United States   (3).

General education social and behavioral sciences course. Helps students integrate into the college environment and build academic skills, all while learning about how elections are structured in the United States. Students discuss legislative districting as an example of political engineering and its implications for representation of majorities and minorities in the United States. Students learn how geographical analysis software is used to draw districts, and students have the opportunity to draw their own districts for U.S. and Kansas elections. First-Year Seminars apply as an additional requirement in the WSU General Education program; they cannot be applied as a divisional requirement.

FYPS 102AD.  First-Year Seminar: Plugging Into Politics   (3).

General education social and behavioral sciences course. Examines the attitudes and behaviors of individual participants in the political system, and in particular with how varying levels of social trust and trust in government affect the ability to sustain civic voluntarism and a robust democracy. Particular attention is paid to individual motivations for participation in a full array of civic and political activities, as well as recently proposed solutions for enhanced civic engagement, in order to explore the long-term trend of generational decline in traditional political activities. The course also includes opportunities to learn and practice civic skills that political science scholarship identifies as essential for engaged citizenship in a democracy. In addition, class discussions, guest speakers and campus activities offer opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and connections to help students succeed at WSU. First-Year Seminars apply as an additional requirement in the WSU General Education program; they cannot be applied as a divisional requirement.