New Student Experience Seminars

What are New Student Experience Seminars?

New Student Experience Seminars (NSESs) are offered fall, winter & spring quarters. Unlike FIGs, which are several courses grouped together, NSESs are stand-alone courses. Like FIGs, NSESs are smaller courses, which limit enrollment to 25 students.

NSESs are special topics courses or community-engaged learning experiences that change quarterly. They're often only 1 or 2 credits, which makes them easy to fit into your schedule on top of 3 or 4 other classes. And they're taught by faculty who love working with first year students and make up our core first year faculty team. So, you could take a NSES multiple quarters in a row and work with the same faculty member. Or you could take a NSES just once if you're looking for more connection and sense of community with everything else that's part of your schedule. Or you could take a FIG in the fall, then enroll in a NSES winter and/or spring. Often students who take FIGs together like continuing on as a group, and taking a NSES is a great way to stick with your community from the fall.

Academic Year 2022-2023

Fall 2022

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 44179
Instructor: Lucas Senger
Time: R 4:00-5:50 PM

This seminar is designed to help first generation students explore and understand the critical areas of focus for academic and personal well-being. We will develop an understanding of practical student life and academic skills, from the basics to the tips and resources that are most critical to student success. Students will be linked with College, University and personal resource providers that can support the unique challenges that first-generation students face. Students will be introduced to the distinct areas of study and professional practices that business has to offer. In this seminar we will meet and network with professionals and alumni who were also first generation students themselves.

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 44180
Instructor: Lucas Senger
Time: R 1:00 - 2:50 PM

This seminar provides students with knowledge about essential financial concepts and practices. Students learn about resource management/budgeting, career planning, which is inclusive of employment basics, investing, and an understanding of what credit scores mean and how they are applicable to students' financial life. Students will be connected to personal resource providers in higher education who can further support them with common challenges that first-year students may experience. 

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 44182
Instructor: Tania Douglas
Time: MW 9:00 - 9:50 AM

Students in this seminar will explore creative writing and experiment with creative practices that will support them as they begin their college experience. With a special emphasis on short form nonfiction, we will analyze exemplary creative works, practice the fundamentals of writing craft, and engage in generative writing exercises and revision strategies. We will consider how creative writing relates to other genres of college writing. What does creative writing do—for writers, for readers, for the world as it is now, and as we imagine it could be? Students will produce a portfolio of creative work, participate in a community of writers, and in the process further develop their voice and perspective.

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 44183
Instructor: Shurla Rogers-Thibou
Time: M 10:00 - 11:50 PM

Students in this seminar will explore creative writing and experiment with creative practices that will support them as they begin their college experience. With a special emphasis on short form nonfiction, we will analyze exemplary creative works, practice the fundamentals of writing craft, and engage in generative writing exercises and revision strategies. We will consider how creative writing relates to other genres of college writing. What does creative writing do—for writers, for readers, for the world as it is now, and as we imagine it could be? Students will produce a portfolio of creative work, participate in a community of writers, and in the process further develop their voice and perspective.

Winter 2023

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 13931
Instructor: Tania Douglas
Time: TR 9:00 - 9:50 AM

This two-credit course is a text and film study focused on themes of social justice, race, class, and identity to name a few. Using speculative fiction and a variety of films, we will engage in broadening our understanding of the intersectional and visionary themes of social justice as presented in the realms of sci-fi, drama, and fantasy. Science fiction, in particular, offers a rich context within which we can dream up and imagine alternate realities, new ways of being, and the future of humanity. Paired with critical dialogue about current events and social movements, and films exploring contemporary issues of race and social order, we will explore different perspectives, identities, and visionary ideas to help us understand ourselves and our world more deeply.

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 13933
Instructor: Lucas Senger
Time: T 1:00 - 2:50 PM

This course is designed to help students explore and understand the creative identity as professional persona, consider creative practice as study and profession, and to identify academic pathways into creative industry. The course will feature regular visits from current professionals in the creative fields (design, technology, film, publishing, music and the arts). Students will also familiarize themselves with contemporary frameworks for spurring the creative self with a focus on Design Thinking.

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 13935
Instructor: Lucas Senger
Time: R 1:00- 2:50 PM

This seminar is designed to provide a practical working knowledge of basic investing concepts. Students will be linked with College, University and personal resource providers that can support the unique challenges that first year students face. All FIG seminars offer an exploration of academic content and essential questions within the liberal arts and sciences tradition.

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 13934
Instructor: Shurla Rogers-Thibou
Time:

Students in this seminar will explore creative writing and experiment with creative practices that will support them as they begin their college experience. With a special emphasis on short form nonfiction, we will analyze exemplary creative works, practice the fundamentals of writing craft, and engage in generative writing exercises and revision strategies. We will consider how creative writing relates to other genres of college writing. What does creative writing do—for writers, for readers, for the world as it is now, and as we imagine it could be? Students will produce a portfolio of creative work, participate in a community of writers, and in the process further develop their voice and perspective.

Class: SMNR 385
CRN: 13329
Instructor: Molly Ware
Time: R 4:00 - 5:50 PM

In times of so much uncertainty, isolation and information overload, we need new ways of navigating life outside of traditional approaches to planning for the future. In this course, we will explore content and practice skills that help you live life on purpose and design your life in ways that create a deep sense of meaning and fulfillment especially in times of transition (like graduation or your first years at college). Learn to stop going through the motions of life, stop playing by everyone else's rules and start creating the life you want even when you're not sure what that is or what step to take next. Find your way through the overwhelming array of choices with ease. And learn research-based practices for noticing and reducing stress so it stops driving your life making it hard to experience joy, connection, and satisfaction no matter what your life looks like in the moment. This course will be highly experiential and provide opportunities for you to immediately apply course principles to your life. This course is online only and the cost is $280 per credit.

Spring 2023

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 23728
Instructor: Tania Douglas
Time: MW 9 - 9:50 a.m.

This two-credit course is a text and film study focused on themes of social justice and "the other", as well as issues of race, class, intersectionality, and identity to name a few. We exist in a world culture rooted in the idea of "the other", which is the foundation for most of our trials and tribulations. Is it possible for “the other” not to exist? Should that be our goal? What are the positives and negatives of seeing ourselves as different from other people in all the ways we do? Using science fiction paired with critical dialogue about current events and social movements, and films exploring contemporary issues of race and social order, we will explore different perspectives, identities, and visionary ideas to help us understand ourselves and our world more deeply.

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 23729
Instructor: Tania Douglas
Time: MW 10 - 10:50 a.m.

A system is a living structure, something designed over time that shapes our ideas, perspectives, and expectations with the weight of perceived authority. At its core, a system is a set of beliefs. It can be broken, interrupted, or redesigned by society, because its existence is based on collective agreement. However, systems are also about power, which makes changing them a complex. In this course, we’ll explore society’s beliefs about race, gender, and identity through the systems that uphold them. We’ll study the nature of resistance as an intention to subvert, oppose, or change power relations between individuals and systems. We’ll examine historical and contemporary oppression, and the ideals of the resistance movements demanding change. This course will put a special emphasis on historical, contemporary and personal perspectives, inquiry questions and discussion, and research as a backdrop to students’ final project.

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 23731
Instructor: Shurla Thibou
Time: M 12 - 1:50 p.m.

Students in this seminar will explore creative writing and experiment with creative practices that will support them as they begin their college experience. With a special emphasis on short form nonfiction, we will analyze exemplary creative works, practice the fundamentals of writing craft, and engage in generative writing exercises and revision strategies. We will consider how creative writing relates to other genres of college writing. What does creative writing do—for writers, for readers, for the world as it is now, and as we imagine it could be? Students will produce a portfolio of creative work, participate in a community of writers, and in the process further develop their voice and perspective.

Class: SMNR 201
CRN: 23733
Instructor: Lucas Senger
Time: T 1 - 2:50 p.m.

Emersion in creative institutions and places of creative production are essential to informing a thriving student creative practice. In this seminar we will explore what is possible in creative industry by experiencing community cultural hubs, creative companies in tech and entertainment, and artists’ studios. Granting students a first-hand opportunity to engage creative place.

Class: SMNR 385
CRN: 23244
Instructor: Molly Ware
Time: R 4 - 5:50 p.m.

In times of so much uncertainty, isolation and information overload, we need new ways of navigating life outside of traditional approaches to planning for the future. In this course, we will explore content and practice skills that help you live life on purpose and design your life in ways that create a deep sense of meaning and fulfillment especially in times of transition (like graduation or your first years at college). Learn to stop going through the motions of life, stop playing by everyone else's rules and start creating the life you want even when you're not sure what that is or what step to take next. Find your way through the overwhelming array of choices with ease. And learn research-based practices for noticing and reducing stress so it stops driving your life making it hard to experience joy, connection, and satisfaction no matter what your life looks like in the moment. This course will be highly experiential and provide opportunities for you to immediately apply course principles to your life.
This course is online only and the cost is $280 per credit.