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.


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Fall 2018 First Year Seminars

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Honors 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.

Superheroes Go to School

Daniel Bergman, Daniel.bergman@wichita.edu

                CRN: 14660

Designed for freshmen/first-year students. 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. Course includes diversity content.

Honors Creative Discovery

Elaine Bernstorf, Elaine.bernstorf@wichita.edu

                CRN: 16415

Based on the concept that all humans are creative beings who are involved in the creative process. Explores this concept through creative exercises inspired by the core text, Discovering the Creative Impulse by Harold Popp. Students review creative processes and products with an eye to the uniqueness of human needs, drives and activities. Diverse perspectives are integral to the creative endeavor not only in art and in science, but across disciplines, cultures, ages and experiences. Fulfills a general education introductory course in the fine arts and an honors seminar requirement. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: honors student or permission of the Cohen Honors College.

Intro to Technology and Innovation

Samantha Corcoran, Samantha.corcoran@wichita.edu

             CRN: 14786 and 14048

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.

Food and Culture 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.

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.

Intro to Design Thinking

Dorothy Harpool  Dorothy.harpool@wichita.edu

                CRN: 14881

Immerses students into 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 observation, brainstorming, synthesizing, prototyping, and implementation. 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.

Intro to Technology and Innovation

Konstantinos Mykoniatis, Kostantinos.mykoniatis@wichita.edu

              CRN: 14787 and 14789

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.

Cross-Cultural Communication

Becky Nordyke, Becky.nordyke@wichita.edu

                CRN: 14051

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.

Race and Ethnicity in Modern America

Aaron Rife, Aaron.rife@wichita.edu

                CRN: 14661

Examines race as a fundamental part of American life and society. Discusses race as a result of how people divide and categorize themselves and others based on physical differences, which then take on nonphysical meanings (intelligence, worth, morality). Students are asked to think and talk about how the concept of race has played a role in their own lives and formative years, as well as to reflect on scholarship on race and current debates/dilemmas. Course includes diversity content.

Music Makes You Smarter

Jeb Wallace, Jeb.wallace@wichita.edu

                CRN: 14049

Provides students with an opportunity to articulate a current music advocacy philosophy while developing leadership skills for a variety of music activities and scenarios.