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First Year Seminar Series

What to expect

The First Year Seminars are a group of courses that are part of the First Year Program 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. All first-year students will be required to take a first year seminar to fulfill a general education requirement. Most will take the seminar in their first semester at UW-Green Bay.

Although freshman seminars vary in topics, all have common elements. They are:

  • To promote engagement and to facilitate a positive adjustment to college. Students have the opportunity to connect with their faculty, other students, campus resources, and the community.
  • To introduce students to a problem-focused, interdisciplinary education. Students will address problems from multiple perspectives.
  • To promote the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will begin to develop the ability to analyze data/information from a critical perspective.
  • To develop communication skills. The courses emphasize effective communication including writing, speaking, and the ability to work in a small group environment.
  • 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.

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Examples of courses

First Year Seminars – Fall 2012

  • ART 198: Exploring Art, Culture, and Ideas (MW 12:45PM - 2:05 PM; Carol Emmons)
    Art tells the stories of human experience. These stories are of many types: romances, mysteries, gospels, autobiographies, fantasies. In this course, we’ll experiment with different ways of looking at art and reading its stories. This will include considering the larger context of art as it intersects with other disciplines, as well as each student’s own interpretations. We’ll focus on the art of the present, making use of art on campus and in the community, films, visiting artists, and hands-on experiences. (FA)
  • COMM SCI 198: Inter-DISNEY-plinarity (MW 12:45PM - 2:05PM; Scott Furlong and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges)
    This course will examine the world of Disney through an interdisciplinary lens. We will examine Disney through an interdisciplinary context that will include many fields: government/politics, planning, policy analysis, economics, race/ethnicity, gender and culture, psychology, and many more. This course will help you develop not only a fuller appreciation for Disney, but perhaps more importantly show the power of interdisciplinary thinking (SS2)
  • EDU 198: Schools, Sex and Rock & Roll: A Country’s Cultural Impact on Its Educational System (TR 12:30PM - 1:50PM; Susan Cooper)
    This seminar will begin with an examination of changes in the education system in the United States and a linking of those changes with major cultural events of the time. We will then consider current times in the US and the state of education as it stands today. We will complete this course by looking at the cultures and education systems of other countries around the world. (WC)
  • ENV SCI 198: The Science of Monsters (TR 3:30PM – 4:50PM; Steve Meyer)
    This course studies the monsters of myth, legend, and reality. Literature, film, documentaries, folklore, history, and pop culture are used to trace the origins of monsters. We will examine the influence of science on the creation of monsters, discuss the ethics of scientists with a “God complex”; consider the possibility that real monsters exist based on scientific evidence, and examine the physiological response of humans to horror, fear, and death. (NPS2)
  • HUM BIOL 198: Science in Films (MW 12:45PM - 2:05PM; Donna Ritch)
    Films with scientific elements have had a huge impact on science and society. This course will explore how science and scientists are portrayed in these films and how the films have shaped popular perceptions of science and scientists, the world, and the universe. The course will also help students to gain an understanding of the interplay of science, science fiction, and society. (HB2)
  • HUM DEV 198: Who Made You So Smart? The Quest for Understanding, Influencing and Measuring Intelligence (MW 12:45PM - 2:05PM; Ilene Noppe)
    An exploration of what how our society defines, measures and values intelligence. Topics include the history of the IQ test, the nature-nurture debate in terms of IQ, and the diversity of intelligence. (SS1)
  • HUM DEV 198: Children’s TV: More than ABC’s and 123’s (MW 12:45PM – 2:05 PM; Jennifer Zapf)
    This course is a first year seminar course that will introduce students to the impact television has on the developing child. A large part of the course will be devoted to discussion of Sesame Street, the goal of answering questions such as: (1) How is research on education content integrated into the production of the show?, (2) How has this show been integrated into other cultures?, (3) What are methodological issues in conducting media-based research with young children?, and (4) What is the longitudinal impact of children viewing educational versus non-educational television? As each topic is introduced through the use of the text “G” is for Growing, additional readings and viewings of past and current television shows will be required to extend the discussion beyond Sesame Street. In general, students will be introduced to the world of research through a topic of study – children’s television – with which student shave likely had much experience. (SS2)
  • HUM STUD 198: The Bible and America (MWF 9:30AM – 10:25AM; Brian Sutton)
    An introduction to academic study of the Bible and an examination of the Bible’s influence on American political, cultural, psychological and ethical life, both historically and currently. (HS3)
  • PU EN AF 198: Introduction to Leadership (M 5:15PM – 8:15PM; Lisa Tetzloff)
    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. (SS2)
  • PSYCH 198: Gods, Ghosts, and Gobli (TR 12:30PM – 1:50PM; Regan Gurung)
    Why do we believe what we do? We will take a social science perspective to explore the underlying reasons as to why humans believe the things they do (and why they do not believe in other things). We will explore the roots of religion, discuss the psychological benefits to believing and the perils of not, and examine some fascinating objects of belief ranging from paranormal activity to extraterrestrial life. (SS2)
  • THEATRE 198: Purpose, Production, & Power (MW 2:15PM – 3:35PM; Jeff Entwistle)
    This course will examine the Purpose of Theatre as pertains to the audience, it will examine the complexity of the interdisciplinary structure of theatrical production, and most importantly it will examine the power of theatre and its potential to affect our contemporary audience and culture. (FA)
  • URS 198: Animals and Society (M 2:15PM – 5:05PM; Karen Dalke)
    his course focuses on the complex relations between humans and animals. How do we determine, which animals are wild, food, or pets? What impact do these interactions have on the social, economic, and political life of a culture? The topics covered in this class help explore our ongoing relationship with animals as pets, food sources, and wildlife and how they change in an era bombarded with concerns about environmental degradation and economic fluctuations. This course requires an interdisciplinary perspective and an emphasis on critical thinking. (SS1)