The First Year Seminars are a group of courses that are part of General Education at UW-Green Bay. The seminars are designed to provide students with an educational experience characterized by dynamic learning and interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving. They provide high quality interactions with a professor and classmates in a small size seminar environment. The courses also encourage students to connect with the campus community through a variety of activities. Each seminar fulfills a lower level writing emphasis requirement.
Although freshman seminars vary in topics, all have common elements. They are:
  1. To introduce students to a problem-focused, interdisciplinary education. Students will address problems from multiple perspectives.
  2. To develop communication skills. The courses emphasize effective communication including writing, speaking, and the ability to work in a small group environment.
  3. To promote information literacy. The seminars introduce the idea of information literacy in the context of writing and speaking assignments so that students have a better understanding of how information is collected, how to assess the quality of the information and its sources, and how to use information effectively.

First Year Seminars - Spring 2017

ART 243:  Introduction to Photography
The creative process in photography is studied to develop visual perception and photographic design ability through active participation, photographic exercises, and discussions analyzing student work.  Camera is required for course. Option 1: Digital SLR camera with viewfinder, interchangeable lenses, ability to manually adjust focus, aperture, shutter speed and white balance.  Option 2: 35mm film camer with the ability to function in manual mode.

DJS 198:  People, Machines, and Monsters
In this course, students explore what it means to be human through text, film, and images drawn from history, philosophy, science, and science-fiction horror.  Issues raised during the semester encompass the problems of personhood and human rights, as well as such binaries as apathy-empathy, democracy-authoritarianism, freedom-slavery, and creativity-destruction.  This course asks students to confront humanity and monstrosity at the margins of fiction, reality, and possiblity.  

HISTORY 207: Introduction to African-American History
Survey of black people's experience in America, beginning with African culture through the development of Afro-American culture and institutions; includes political, social, economic and cutural history.

 HUM STUD 198: The Bible and America
An introduction to academic study of the Bibole and an examination of the Bible's influence on American political, cultural, psychological, and ethical life, both historically and currently.

MUSIC 198: Silence
This is an interdisciplinary study of the works and thoughts of John Cage.  We will locate Cage and the American avant-garde in historical and social context. Resonances betweewn Cage's output and politics, visual art, religion, philosophy, literature, theater and dance will be examined through lectures and discussion.  The cumination of the class will be a concert in which students will select and perform a program of Cage's compositions.

PU EN AF 198:  Introduction to Leadership
This course explores leadership and followership-definitions, concepts, theories, styles, and skills-and provides a framework for further study and practice across disciplines and involvements.

THEATRE 198: Theatre for Young Audiences
Theatre for Young Audiences will introduce students to the unique nature and variety of programming and planning related to young (K-12) audiences.  The students will also experince a number of live performances that are a part of the Weidner Center's Stage Door Series.

UR RE ST 198:  The Sixties
There are certain periods of American History that draw our attention: the Civil War, the Roaring Twenties, World War II, the 1960s.  While not as critical to the future of the nation as the war years, the 1960s stand out from other decades because of the intersection of many international, political, and social forces that came together in this period:  the Civil Rights Movement, the Watts Riot (which marked only the beginning of urban unrest), the Vietnam War, the Anti-War Movement, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy (both in the summer of 1968), Haight-Asbury and the Hippie scene, Woodstock and a new musical direction.  We will cover these and other events in this First Year Seminar.