Frequently Asked Questions about FIGs

No, students may live in any residence hall or live off-campus.

No, there are no prerequisites to take English 214, 235, 238 or 239. Most first-year students do take ENG 101 during their first year at Western.

First-year students are strongly encouraged to enroll for 14 to 16 credits. This means adding at least one more class to their schedule during Fall Advising & Registration.

First-year students often take courses that are not at the 100 level. Any of the courses selected for FIGs permit first-year students to enroll. Broadly stated, 100 level courses tend to be an introduction to a topic or a survey course. Courses in the 200 or 300 tend to be of a slightly narrower focus. For example, PSY 101 is "Introduction to Psychology" whereas PSY 240 is "Social Psychology."

Students pursuing most science or business majors should speak with an advisor before registering for a FIG as their major prerequisite requirements may not leave room in their schedule for a FIG. There are some FIGs geared toward students interested in sciences or business including Geology, Environmental Science, Business, and pre-healthcare fields. An advisor will help you identify if a FIG is a good fit for you. Some of these FIGs may require a prerequisite and an advisor can also help you understand if you have met this pre-requisite.

Yes! You may add or drop a FIG cluster during Fall Advising & Registration. Please note that you will need to add or drop all the courses that make up the FIG cluster.

You will have the opportunity to update your FIG pre-reservation online.

Please check with the WWU Honors College Office if you are interested in FIGs. Most students elect to enroll in the Honors First-year Sequence courses in lieu of a FIG.

Most Fairhaven students do not enroll in FIGs because they involve GUR courses. Please check with the Fairhaven College Advising Coordinator if you wish to enroll in FIGs.