WSUA - WSU First-Year Seminar: Liberal Arts

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

WSUA 101.  Introduction to the University - LAS   (3).

Designed especially for first-year students in their first semester at WSU, this course prepares students to succeed in college. Helps students form connections with each other, with faculty, with campus services and with the institution as a whole. It assists students in developing intellectually, emotionally and socially. It provides information and training about: college expectations, academic majors, careers and life planning; study skills and test taking, teaching and learning styles, respecting diversity of thought and culture, critical thinking, leadership, university policies and procedures, managing time and money, health and wellness, and the benefits of engagement in student organizations. Encourages and supports students as they adjust to college life and promotes reflective learning. In addition to other course projects, students create an individualized graduation plan through a collaborative process that involves academic advisers, the course instructor and peer mentors assigned to the course. Students who successfully complete this course have greater academic success and an improved rate of graduation compared to students who do not take this class.

WSUA 101BA.  WSU 101 Badge: College 101   (0.5).

Online badge course designed to help high school students prepare for college and begin working on college skills for the classroom including writing, time management and becoming an online learner. Participation and success in this course depend on the ability to successfully manage time and priorities. All activities and assignments in this class are completed and submitted online through Blackboard and consist of reflection papers, written assignments, discussion boards and quizzes. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning, and should contact the instructor if they have a question about the class or an assignment. Graded Bg/NBg.

WSUA 101BB.  WSU 101 Badge: Academic Success   (0.5).

Online badge course designed to help high school students prepare for college and begin working on college skills for the classroom including writing, time management and becoming an online learner. Participation and success in this course depend on the ability to successfully manage time and priorities. All activities and assignments in this class are completed and submitted online through Blackboard and consist of reflection papers, written assignments, discussion boards and quizzes. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning, and should contact the instructor if they have a question about the class or an assignment. Graded Bg/NBg.

WSUA 101BC.  WSU 101 Badge: Degree Planning and Career Development   (0.5).

Online badge course designed to help high school students prepare for college and begin working on college skills for the classroom including writing, time management and becoming an online learner. Participation and success in this course depend on the ability to successfully manage time and priorities. All activities and assignments in this class are completed and submitted online through Blackboard and consist of reflection papers, written assignments, discussion boards and quizzes. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning, and should contact the instructor if they have a question about the class or an assignment. Graded Bg/NBg.

WSUA 101BD.  WSU 101 Badge: Financial Wellness: Choosing the Best College You Can Afford   (0.5).

Online badge course designed to help high school students prepare for college and begin working on college skills for the classroom including writing, time management and becoming an online learner. Participation and success in this course depend on the ability to successfully manage time and priorities. All activities and assignments in this class are completed and submitted online through Blackboard and consist of reflection papers, written assignments, discussion boards and quizzes. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning, and should contact the instructor if they have a question about the class or an assignment. Graded Bg/NBg.

WSUA 102A.  First-Year Seminar: Energy Science and The Environment   (3).

General education math and natural sciences introductory course. Discusses the science of energy, its impact on the environment and long-term climate change on our planet. Studies some basic science using simple calculations that are no more difficult than balancing a checking account, but are simple ways to track energy usage, potential change in saving money and reducing the impact on the environment. Studies long-term change from across the ages on the environment, what results can be expected from using these past experiences to predict future outcomes in 10, 50 or 100 years. Critical questions such as whether energy usage can alter the course of humans' present impact on the environment, and that other options could be pursued to reduce past adverse impacts on the environment. Course includes diversity content.

WSUA 102B.  First-Year Seminar: Solving Global Problems   (3).

General education social and behavioral sciences introductory course. Students investigate three problems of global concern involving security, the global economy, and the environment. Interactive activities in the course teach students to search for solutions to the problems and to consider how governments and other organizations form policies on these problems. Repeatable for credit.

WSUA 102C.  First-Year Seminar: Powerful Narratives: Storytelling and Social Justice in the Hispanic World   (3).

General education humanities introductory course. Fictional texts can generate awareness and empathy about contemporary problems. Course analyzes oppressive situations portrayed in literature, media and the arts from Colonial times to present. Includes texts from at least 10 Hispanic countries to give the reader a variety of cultural information. Course includes diversity content.

WSUA 102D.  First-Year Seminar: Cross Cultural Communication   (3).

General education humanities introductory course. Teaches students to appreciate the cultural diversity located on the Wichita State campus. Students meet people from other cultures to help the students understand the world perspective of those other cultures. In addition, students learn speaking and writing skills to improve their own communication with people from other cultures. Course includes diversity content.

WSUA 102E.  First-Year Seminar: World Cultures in Popular Media   (3).

General education humanities introductory course. Examines ways in which various cultures are depicted in popular media and how stereotypical depictions may contrast with reality in areas such as East Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. Course includes diversity content.

WSUA 102F.  First-Year Seminar: Cooking Communities: Food and Culture in the Hispanic World   (3).

General education humanities introductory course. Analyzes food and food representation as potential national symbols and examines their cultural meanings. Studies examples of the importance of Hispanic and Latino foods and culinary traditions through the years with particular attention to the diasporic communities and the impact of immigrant food. Course includes diversity content.

WSUA 102J.  First-Year Seminar: Fundamentals of Diversity   (3).

General education humanities introductory course. Designed to facilitate students’ success particularly in understanding the basics of diversity – its construction, perception and possibilities. Students learn the meaning of diversity in terms of being different and special according to societal norms. Focuses on gender and race, but issues of class, sexuality and ability are also included in the study. Seminars/discussions of readings, videos, Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) events, and group projects provide the basis for skills development and competence that help students to engage diversity within and outside the classroom. Active participation in class blogs and/or diversity events/sites is required.

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

General education humanities introductory course. The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s helped create a rights revolution in the United States, but these movements’ drive toward equality and justice continues today. Course examines two contemporary civil rights issues that have become public policy flashpoints: mass incarceration and immigration. Approaches each issue by studying the historical backgrounds 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 mass incarceration and immigration, students consider how contemporary movements address long-standing inequity in American society, conversations that 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.

WSUA 102N.  First-Year Seminar: World Food and Foodways   (3).

General education humanities introductory course. Analyzes food and foodways of the world paying attention to how cultural components work for each society and how they influence our perception of others. Analyzes literature, films, art and overall food representation. Course includes diversity content.