First-Year Seminar is a unique, three-credit hour course designed specifically for new students and part of our General Education program. Seminar topics cover a broad range of issues and will include elements that engage students in our community of learners and teach successful student and life skills.


FYE Program Resources 

Developing A Comprehensive First-Year Program (Joe Cuseo)

The Empirical Case for FY Seminar (Joe Cuseo)

Gaining and Sustaining Support for FYE Course (Joe Cuseo)

A Linchpin for Connecting Students to Campus Support Services (Joe Cuseo)

Instructor Resources:

WSU Reads Guide

FYS Instructor Guide

Success Coaches

2019-2020 Instructor Guide

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First Year Seminar Classes

 

FALL 2019

Solutions by Design: An Introduction to Design Thinking

Dotty Harpool,   dorothy.harpool@wichita.edu 

CRN: 14445

General education social and behavioral sciences introductory course. Immerses students in the design thinking experience by introducing them to the basic elements of design thinking, then guiding them through the process while addressing a real-world challenge. Students cycle through observing, brainstorming, synthesizing, prototyping, and implementing. Course explores using the design thinking philosophy to assist students in solving problems. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll. Course includes diversity content.  

Superheroes Go To School

Daniel Bergman,   Daniel.bergman@wichita.edu 

CRN: 16727

This general education seminar course is designed for freshmen/first-year students. It includes examinations of common superhero attributes and narratives, specifically in school or educational settings. Content is applied to projects related to personal development, synergetic collaboration, service outreach, and strategic preparation for ongoing learning and growth.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Race and Ethnicity in Modern America

Aaron Rife, aaron.rife@wichita.edu 

CRN: 16728

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University. You will explore a broad topic from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives. In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Creativity and Problem Solving

Jim Granada,  Jim.granada@wichita.edu 

CRN: 16729

 
General education social and behavioral sciences introductory course. Focuses on key understandings and elements related to the creative process and the relationship of creative thinking and problem solving. Develops an understanding of creative thinking processes to explore how those processes can impact change in themselves, in others and in career contexts. The course has an experiential focus and draws from creative strategies used in education, business, science and the arts. Content is applied to projects related to personal development, synergetic collaboration, service outreach and strategic preparation for ongoing learning and growth.  

Intro to Technology and Innovation

Samantha Corcoran,   Samantha.corcoran@wichita.edu.      Konstantinos Mykoniatis, konstantinos.mykoniatis@wichita.edu. Jennifer Hadley,   jennifer.hadley@wichita.edu.  

CRN: 13838, 14387, 14388, 14386, 14389, 15022

Uses instruction and hands-on projects to guide first-year freshmen through the design thinking process to develop innovative and creative problem-solving skills. The design thinking process is a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines and diverse backgrounds. It focuses on empathy as a way to understand the user and design to meet their needs. Students work in multi-disciplinary teams throughout the course. In the final project, students apply design thinking to build a working prototype that addresses a specific identified need in the community, third-world country, or society at large. Course includes diversity content.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Innovations of WWII

Samantha Corcoran,  Samantha.corcoran@wichita.edu. 

CRN: 16286

General education humanities introductory course. 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? Class examines many of the inventions that are still in use today — radar, penicillin, the precursors to Bluetooth and WiFi, and more — and their impact on modern society. Students learn about specific inventors, top secret laboratories, learn from failed inventions, and see Wichita’s contribution to the war effort. Helps students learn how they can use the same teamwork skills, courage and other traits to fight their own battles, whether personal or in a war yet to come. 

Music Really Does Make You Smarter

Jeb Wallace, Jeb.wallace@wichita.edu

CRN: 13839

 

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University.  You will explore a broad topic from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives.  In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Honors Creative Discovery

Elaine Bernstorf,  Elaine.bernstorf@wichita.edu

CRN: 15449

This course is devoted to creative discovery by looking at creativity as both a topic and a process. The goal is to come together around a topic that currently defines an educational trend, but has multiple meanings across time, locations, disciplines, occupations, and peoples. We will discuss how each of us interprets the topic as we explore a lifestyle around creativity and discovery.

Link To The Course Syllabus 

Honors Discovering Humanity

Kimberly Engber,  Kimberly.engber@wichita.edu

CRN: 15450

Devoted to discovering humanity by placing personal and fictional narratives about justice, anger and identity in dialogue with classic texts and historical contexts. Students begin and end the semester by writing a personal statement and, throughout the semester, engage in service learning, library research, and various strategies for academic success. Fulfills a general education introductory course in the humanities and an honors seminar requirement. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: honors student or permission of the Cohen Honors College. 

Cross-Cultural Communication

Becky Nordyke,  Becky.nordyke@wichita.edu

CRN: 13841

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University.  You will explore Cross Cultural Communication from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

World Cultures in Popular Media

Jennifer Musaji,   jennifer.musaji@wichita.edu 

CRN: 13842

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.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Food and Culture in the Hispanic World

Rocio Del Aguila,  Rocio.delaguila@wichita.edu

CRN: 16978

Analysis of food and food representation as potential national symbols and their cultural meaning. Examples of the importance of Hispanic and Latino foods and culinary traditions through the years with particular attention to the dysphonic communities and the impact of immigrant food are studied. Course includes diversity content. 

Fundamentals of Diversity

Chinyere Okarfor, Chinyere.okafor@wichita.edu 

CRN: 16899

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. 
 

SPRING 2019

CLASS

DESCRIPTION

World Cultures in Popular Media

Jennifer Musaji,  jennifer.musaji@wichita.edu 

CRN: 26962

 

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.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Contemporary Civil Rights Movements in the US 

Robin Henry,  robin.henry@wichita.edu 

CRN: 26961

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. 

Introduction To Innovation and Design

Jennifer Hadley,  jennifer.hadley@wichita.edu

CRN: 25255

Uses instruction and hands-on projects to guide first-year freshmen through the design thinking process to develop innovative and creative problem-solving skills. The design thinking process is a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines and diverse backgrounds. It focuses on empathy as a way to understand the user and design to meet their needs. Students work in multi-disciplinary teams throughout the course. In the final project, students apply design thinking to build a working prototype that addresses a specific identified need in the community, third-world country, or society at large. Course includes diversity content.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

FALL 2018

Superheroes Go To School

Daniel Bergman, Daniel.bergman@wichita.edu 

                CRN: 14660

This general education seminar course is designed for freshmen/first-year students. It includes examinations of common superhero attributes and narratives, specifically in school or educational settings. Content is applied to projects related to personal development, synergetic collaboration, service outreach, and strategic preparation for ongoing learning and growth.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Race and Ethnicity in Modern America

Aaron Rife, aaron.rife@wichita.edu 

                CRN: 14661

 This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University. You will explore a broad topic from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives. In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Honors Creative Discovery

Elaine Bernstorf, Elaine.bernstorf@wichita.edu

                CRN: 16415

This course is devoted to creative discovery by looking at creativity as both a topic and a process. The goal is to come together around a topic that currently defines an educational trend, but has multiple meanings across time, locations, disciplines, occupations, and peoples. We will discuss how each of us interprets the topic as we explore a lifestyle around creativity and discovery.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Intro to Technology and Innovation

Samantha Corcoran, Samantha.corcoran@wichita.edu. Konstantinos Mykoniatis, konstantinos.mykoniatis@wichita.edu. Jennifer Hadley, jennifer.hadley@wichita.edu. Nathan Smith, nathan.smith@wichita.edu

             CRN: 14786, 14048, 14789, 14788, 14790

Uses instruction and hands-on projects to guide first-year freshmen through the design thinking process to develop innovative and creative problem-solving skills. The design thinking process is a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines and diverse backgrounds. It focuses on empathy as a way to understand the user and design to meet their needs. Students work in multi-disciplinary teams throughout the course. In the final project, students apply design thinking to build a working prototype that addresses a specific identified need in the community, third-world country, or society at large. Course includes diversity content.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Food and Culture in the Hispanic World

Rocio Del Aguila, Rocio.delaguila@wichita.edu

                CRN: 16502

Analysis of food and food representation as potential national symbols and their cultural meaning. Examples of the importance of Hispanic and Latino foods and culinary traditions through the years with particular attention to the dysphonic communities and the impact of immigrant food are studied. Course includes diversity content.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Honors Discovering Humanity

Kimberly Engber, Kimberly.engber@wichita.edu

              CRN: 16416 and 16417

Devoted to discovering humanity by placing personal and fictional narratives about justice, anger and identity in dialogue with classic texts and historical contexts. Students begin and end the semester by writing a personal statement and, throughout the semester, engage in service learning, library research, and various strategies for academic success. Fulfills a general education introductory course in the humanities and an honors seminar requirement. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: honors student or permission of the Cohen Honors College.

Cross-Cultural Communication

Becky Nordyke, Becky.nordyke@wichita.edu

CRN: 14051

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University.  You will explore Cross Cultural Communication from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Music Really Does Make You Smarter

Jeb Wallace, Jeb.wallace@wichita.edu

CRN: 14049

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University.  You will explore a broad topic from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives.  In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Solutions by Design: An Introduction to Design Thinking

Dotty Harpool, dorothy.harpool@wichita.edu 

CRN: 14881

General education social and behavioral sciences introductory course. Immerses students in the design thinking experience by introducing them to the basic elements of design thinking, then guiding them through the process while addressing a real-world challenge. Students cycle through observing, brainstorming, synthesizing, prototyping, and implementing. Course explores using the design thinking philosophy to assist students in solving problems. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll. Course includes diversity content. 

Election

Neal Allen,  neal.allen@wichita.edu 

CRN:16414

Examines current presidential and congressional elections as examples of democracy and citizen engagement. Studies the election from the perspective of political science scholarship, and from the perspective of citizen involvement. Students learn how the contemporary election process functions, why it matters, and consider what the results mean for the United States and the broader world. Topic is the foundation for engagement with the learning environment of Wichita State University, the community in which we live, and the journey toward graduation and personal development. 

World Cultures in Popular Media

Jennifer Musaji, jennifer.musaji@wichita.edu 

CRN: 26962

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.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

SPRING 2017

Solutions by Design: An Introduction to Design Thinking

Dotty Harpool,  dorothy.harpool@wichita.edu 

CRN: 14881

General education social and behavioral sciences introductory course. Immerses students in the design thinking experience by introducing them to the basic elements of design thinking, then guiding them through the process while addressing a real-world challenge. Students cycle through observing, brainstorming, synthesizing, prototyping, and implementing. Course explores using the design thinking philosophy to assist students in solving problems. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll. Course includes diversity content.  

Superheroes Go To School

Daniel Bergman,  Daniel.bergman@wichita.edu 

                CRN: 14660

This general education seminar course is designed for freshmen/first-year students. It includes examinations of common superhero attributes and narratives, specifically in school or educational settings. Content is applied to projects related to personal development, synergetic collaboration, service outreach, and strategic preparation for ongoing learning and growth.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Intro to Technology and Innovation

Samantha Corcoran, Christopher Wyant, Konstantino Mykoniatis. 

Uses instruction and hands-on projects to guide first-year freshmen through the design thinking process to develop innovative and creative problem-solving skills. The design thinking process is a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines and diverse backgrounds. It focuses on empathy as a way to understand the user and design to meet their needs. Students work in multi-disciplinary teams throughout the course. In the final project, students apply design thinking to build a working prototype that addresses a specific identified need in the community, third-world country, or society at large. Course includes diversity content.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Cross-Cultural Communication

Becky Nordyke,  Becky.nordyke@wichita.edu

                CRN: 14051

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University.  You will explore Cross Cultural Communication from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Powerful Narratives: Storytelling and Social Justice in the Hispanic World

Rocio Del Aguila

 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.

World Cultures in Popular Media

Jennifer Musaji, jennifer.musaji@wichita.edu 

CRN: 26962

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.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

FALL 2017

Solutions by Design: An Introduction to Design Thinking

Dotty Harpool,  dorothy.harpool@wichita.edu 

CRN: 14881

 General education social and behavioral sciences introductory course. Immerses students in the design thinking experience by introducing them to the basic elements of design thinking, then guiding them through the process while addressing a real-world challenge. Students cycle through observing, brainstorming, synthesizing, prototyping, and implementing. Course explores using the design thinking philosophy to assist students in solving problems. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll. Course includes diversity content. 

Superheroes Go To School

Daniel Bergman,  Daniel.bergman@wichita.edu 

                CRN: 14660

This general education seminar course is designed for freshmen/first-year students. It includes examinations of common superhero attributes and narratives, specifically in school or educational settings. Content is applied to projects related to personal development, synergetic collaboration, service outreach, and strategic preparation for ongoing learning and growth.

Link To The Course Syllabus

Race and Ethnicity in Modern America

Aaron Rife, aaron.rife@wichita.edu 

                CRN: 14661

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University. You will explore a broad topic from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives. In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Intro to Technology and Innovation

Samantha Corcoran, Christopher Wyant, Konstantino Mykoniatis.

Uses instruction and hands-on projects to guide first-year freshmen through the design thinking process to develop innovative and creative problem-solving skills. The design thinking process is a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines and diverse backgrounds. It focuses on empathy as a way to understand the user and design to meet their needs. Students work in multi-disciplinary teams throughout the course. In the final project, students apply design thinking to build a working prototype that addresses a specific identified need in the community, third-world country, or society at large. Course includes diversity content.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Music As the Key to My Success

David Hunsicker

CRN:14695

Combines performance in one of WSU's music ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Arts, Concert Chorale, A Capella Choir, Madrigal Singers or Women's Glee Club) with classroom components that help leverage the student's music experiences into future success in their chosen field. Freshmen explore best practicing and studying techniques, focus and time management, the connections between history and art, teamwork, stage presence, and developing a personal brand. 

Music Really Does Make You Smarter

Jeb Wallace,  Jeb.wallace@wichita.edu and Carmen Lemoine

                CRN: 14049

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University.  You will explore a broad topic from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives.  In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Law and Politics

Neal Allen, neal.allen@wichita.edu

CRN: 15722

 
 

Cross-Cultural Communication

Becky Nordyke,   Becky.nordyke@wichita.edu

                CRN: 14051

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University.  You will explore Cross Cultural Communication from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

World Cultures in Popular Media

Jennifer Musaji,  jennifer.musaji@wichita.edu 

CRN: 26962

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.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Powerful Narratives: Storytelling and Social Justice in the Hispanic World

Rocio Del Aguila

CRN: 14699

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. 
 

SPRING 2017

Solutions by Design: An Introduction to Design Thinking

Dotty Harpool,   dorothy.harpool@wichita.edu 

CRN: 14881

General education social and behavioral sciences introductory course. Immerses students in the design thinking experience by introducing them to the basic elements of design thinking, then guiding them through the process while addressing a real-world challenge. Students cycle through observing, brainstorming, synthesizing, prototyping, and implementing. Course explores using the design thinking philosophy to assist students in solving problems. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll. Course includes diversity content.

Superheroes Go To School

Daniel Bergman,   Daniel.bergman@wichita.edu 

                CRN: 14660

This general education seminar course is designed for freshmen/first-year students. It includes examinations of common superhero attributes and narratives, specifically in school or educational settings. Content is applied to projects related to personal development, synergetic collaboration, service outreach, and strategic preparation for ongoing learning and growth.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Intro to Technology and Innovation

Samantha Corcoran, Christopher Wyant

Uses instruction and hands-on projects to guide first-year freshmen through the design thinking process to develop innovative and creative problem-solving skills. The design thinking process is a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines and diverse backgrounds. It focuses on empathy as a way to understand the user and design to meet their needs. Students work in multi-disciplinary teams throughout the course. In the final project, students apply design thinking to build a working prototype that addresses a specific identified need in the community, third-world country, or society at large. Course includes diversity content.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Cross-Cultural Communication

Becky Nordyke,    Becky.nordyke@wichita.edu

                CRN: 14051

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University.  You will explore Cross Cultural Communication from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

World Cultures in Popular Media

Jennifer Musaji,  jennifer.musaji@wichita.edu 

CRN: 26962

 

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.

Link To The Course Syllabus

   

FALL 2016

Superheroes Go To School

Daniel Bergman,    Daniel.bergman@wichita.edu 

                CRN: 14660

This general education seminar course is designed for freshmen/first-year students. It includes examinations of common superhero attributes and narratives, specifically in school or educational settings. Content is applied to projects related to personal development, synergetic collaboration, service outreach, and strategic preparation for ongoing learning and growth.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Race and Ethnicity in Modern America

Aaron Rife, aaron.rife@wichita.edu 

                CRN: 14661

 This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University. You will explore a broad topic from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives. In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Intro to Technology and Innovation

Samantha Corcoran, Christopher Wyant

Uses instruction and hands-on projects to guide first-year freshmen through the design thinking process to develop innovative and creative problem-solving skills. The design thinking process is a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines and diverse backgrounds. It focuses on empathy as a way to understand the user and design to meet their needs. Students work in multi-disciplinary teams throughout the course. In the final project, students apply design thinking to build a working prototype that addresses a specific identified need in the community, third-world country, or society at large. Course includes diversity content.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Music As the Key to My Success

David Hunsicker

CRN:14695

Combines performance in one of WSU's music ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Arts, Concert Chorale, A Capella Choir, Madrigal Singers or Women's Glee Club) with classroom components that help leverage the student's music experiences into future success in their chosen field. Freshmen explore best practicing and studying techniques, focus and time management, the connections between history and art, teamwork, stage presence, and developing a personal brand.  
 

Music Really Does Make You Smarter

Jeb Wallace,  Jeb.wallace@wichita.edu and Carmen Lemoine

                CRN: 14049

 

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University.  You will explore a broad topic from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives.  In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Election

Neal Allen,  neal.allen@wichita.edu 

CRN:16414

 Examines current presidential and congressional elections as examples of democracy and citizen engagement. Studies the election from the perspective of political science scholarship, and from the perspective of citizen involvement. Students learn how the contemporary election process functions, why it matters, and consider what the results mean for the United States and the broader world. Topic is the foundation for engagement with the learning environment of Wichita State University, the community in which we live, and the journey toward graduation and personal development.
 

Cross-Cultural Communication

Becky Nordyke,     Becky.nordyke@wichita.edu

                CRN: 14051

This general education seminar course will be an integral part of your general education at Wichita State University.  You will explore Cross Cultural Communication from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  In this course you will become part of the community of academic learners whose responsibility it is to ask questions, explore and exchange ideas, and become effective critical thinkers.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and WSU faculty and staff by participating in activities aimed to further connect you to WSU.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

World Cultures in Popular Media

Jennifer Musaji,  jennifer.musaji@wichita.edu 

CRN: 26962

 

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.

Link To The Course Syllabus

 

Powerful Narratives: Storytelling and Social Justice in the Hispanic World

Rocio Del Aguila

CRN: 14699

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. 
 

Solving Global Problems

Carolyn Shaw and Michael Hall 

 

Energy Science and Environment

Nick Solomey