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Teach a First-Year Seminar

Teach your passion or interest, join a team of interdisciplinary instructors, and help new students become part of WSU.

  We are looking for faculty and instructors who want to add to WSU's offerings of FYS courses for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.



Creating an FYS: Resources

Documents and resources to help you design a first-year seminar course, create a syllabus, and submit an application to add a course to the university curriculum through our Course Inventory Management (CIM).



Teaching an FYS: Resources

Links to offices on campus with resources and experts to help with the student success pieces of your FYS course.

Additional Resources


Currently in FYS...

Cooking class
Students in Dr. Rocio del Aguila's FYS prepare and eat tropical fruit while learning about Hispanic culture.
WWII class meet vet

World War II veteran Richard Martin visits Sam Corcoran's FYS on technologies created during the 1930s and 40s.

Lawn and Chairs

Socially Distanced FYS

Dr. Carolyn Shaw's students safely meet outside on the campus lawn!
Visiting FYS class on zoom

FYS on Zoom

Dr. Allen (FYS Elections) visits Dr. Rife's FYS class (Race and Ethnicity) to answer questions about the 2020 election, on November 2.
 Take a Look at Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Courses:
WSUA 102D: Cross Cultural Communication, Rebecca Nordyke (Elliot School of Communication)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • You will learn about the various countries and cultures represented on the WSU campus. In addition, you will learn speaking and writing skills to improve your own communication with people from other cultures.
WSUA 102E: World Cultures and Popular Media, Jennifer Musaji (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • 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.
WSUA 102G: Latinos in the US and the Midwest, Enrique Navarro (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • Introduces the history of the diverse Latino subgroups in the Midwest, as well as the experiences of Latinos and Latinas in the U.S. and the Midwest.
WSUA 102J: Fundamentals of Diversity, Chinyere Okafor (Center for Women's Studies)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • Do you want to make an impact in the global workplace? Learn how to think outside the box and engage people from different backgrounds.
  • Syllabus
WSUA 102M: History of Rock and Roll, Jeff Hayton (History)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • We will investigate the emergence and development of rock’n’roll in the Anglo-American world by examining how political, economic, social and cultural trends have informed the creation and use of popular music from its origins in the 19th-century until the present day. In particular, we will focus on how we can use popular music to investigate historical trends and developments.
WSUA 102O: Career, Life and the Humanities Geek!, Jay Price (History)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • You know who you are. You love to geek out on books and literature.  Maybe you secretly think that going to museums is fun.  You probably also get that “but what can you do with that?”  This is more than just a discussion of jobs…although it is that.  This seminar will help you think about how to think about how you can make a difference by applying your love of the humanities.
  • Syllabus
WSUA 102P: Imagining Climate Change, Mary Waters (English)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • We will consider how imaginative literature might help inform us about a scientific and social topic like climate change, engaging us in debate about it and promoting an ethic of climate change awareness based on critical reflection and shared responsibility.
WSUA 102Q: Criminalistic Methods: What Would Sherlock Holmes Do?, David Klamm (Forensic Science, Criminal Justice)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Through the use of the scientific method--which is often used in forensic science and criminal investigations—we will examine how to apply these elements in creative thinking and resourceful problem-solving skills. Students will also get to practice Criminology.
WSUA 102R:  Exploring WSU in Your Photos and Words, Dan Close (Communications)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • You will explore much of what WSU has to offer and document your experiences using photographs and words to create an illustrated journal. This fun, creative project will be a way to tell your personal story, while learning about the helpful people, places and policies for thriving in college.
WSUA 102T: This is Us, Who Are You? Family in Modern America, Amy Kalb and Breann Gilkey (School of Social Work)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • We will look at the diversity of families in America. You will be asked to think and talk about how the notion of family has played a role in your own life and formation, as well as reflect upon the literature and research regarding family and current debates and dilemmas.
WSUA 102U: Building a Sustainable Planet, Toni Jackman (Geology)
  • Math and Natural Sciences
  • This course aims to help you envision what it would take to “build” a sustainable planet. We’ll look at current environmental issues and controversies as well as covering several key topics in depth. You will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of people and professions involved with these topics and be exposed to a wide range of views.
WSUB 102B: The Business of You, Pattie Bradley (Barton School of Business)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • We will focus on three important questions:

1. How does society foster a culture of innovation?

2.  Can we create a culture where everyone who wants to work hard has an opportunity to succeed?

3. How do we promote civil debate and the free exchange of ideas in a changing world?

WSUD 102A: Superheroes Go to School, Daniel Bergman (School of Education)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Examinations common superhero attributes and narratives, specifically in school or educational settings. Projects are related to personal development and preparation for ongoing learning and growth.
  • Syllabus
WSUD 102B: Race and Ethnicity in Modern America, Aaron Rife (School of Education)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • What is race or ethnicity—what do those things even mean? Why does it matter today, and why do people get so upset?  We will engage with scholarship and popular debates on race, ethnicity, racism, and ethnocentrism, all in our modern lives.  And we’ll do it with a certain amount of joy and fun, promise.
  • Syllabus
WSUD 102C: Creativity and Problem Solving, Jim Granada (School of Education)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Enroll in this FYS course to expand your use of creative thinking to solve problems and to nurture the creative being inside you. Have fun tapping your creative potential.
WSUD 102E: Monsters in Movies: Disability in the Horror Genre, Jennifer Stone (School of Education)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • This seminar will critically examine how the horror genre contributes to bias against people with physical, mental, cognitive, and social disabilities. You will also learn relevant scholarship on ability representation, exploitation of people with exceptionalities, and current debates/dilemmas.  And we watch horror films!
WSUE 102A: Introduction to Technology and Innovation, Samantha Corcoran, Hadley Perkins, Tania Jareen (Engineering)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Learn the design thinking process to develop innovative and creative problem-solving skills! Students build a working prototype that addresses a specific identified need in the community, third-world country, or society at large.
  • Syllabus
WSUE 102B: Innovations of World War II, Samantha Corcoran (Engineering)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • The women and men of WWII banded together to create one of the biggest innovation/invention booms of our time, but how did they pull it off? Students learn about specific inventors, top secret laboratories, learn from failed inventions, and see Wichita’s contribution to the war effort.
  • Syllabus
WSUE 102C: Community Connection: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work, Cindi Mason (Engineering)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Take part in hands-on projects to practice the design thinking process, a value-creation mindset, and teamwork skills. Work in a collaborative team, assess economic and societal impact, and participate in a formal project presentation.
WSUF 102A: Music Really Does Make You Smarter, Jeb Wallace (School of Music)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • Provides students with an opportunity to form a current music advocacy philosophy while developing leadership skills for a variety of music activities and scenarios.
WSUF 102C: Seminar in Creativity and Play: Yes, Really!!!, Ed Baker (School of Performing Arts)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • This course helps you better understand and appreciate the process of Creativity and the value of Play. You will learn techniques for improving the flexibility and originality in your thinking through hands-on activities and, if you do it right, you should have fun.
WSUH 102B: Leadership and Self-Discovery, Peter Cohen and Kennedy Rogers (Public Health Sciences, Office of Student Involvement)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • We will explore personal leadership and your role in your community and university. You will learn about your strengths, areas to develop, and work with others in projects to improve your immediate surroundings.
WSUN 102A: Election 2020, Neal Allen (Political Science)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Learn about the Election while it is happening, and also participate in the election. Students will learn in the classroom, and by volunteering for candidates and causes they support.
WSUN 102C: Creative Discovery, Elaine Bernstorf (School of Music)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • Creativity: Nature, nurture, or nominal? Come and discover. Come together around a topic that currently defines an educational trend, but has multiple meanings across time, locations, disciplines, occupations, and peoples.
WSUN 102D: Discovering Humanity, Kimberly Engber (English)
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • In this age of technology, we must continue to consider what it means to be human. Students will tackle this big question by reading selections from classical and modern fiction, philosophy, and poetry; volunteering in the community; researching a topic of interest to them; and reflecting on their own intellectual and professional development.
WSUN 102E: Me and My Place in the World, Carolyn Shaw (Political Science)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Explore your own roots and the experiences that have shaped who you are today. Engage with others who have different stories from your own and will examine how you can collaboratively make a difference locally and globally on issues that are important to you.
  • Syllabus