Rethink your Gen Ed - Consider a WSU Course!

WSU courses are interdisciplinary, variable (3-5) credit, team-taught, and limited enrollment courses that satisfy requirements in two areas (core or breadth) of general education (with passing grade)*. Check out these offerings for the current year (full course descriptions found below):

Fall 2019 WSU Course Offerings

WSU 1450 Intersections of Art & Communication (3) Humanities & Creative Arts Colleen Packer & Jeremy Stott
WSU 1560 Research, Creativity, & Exploration (3) Humanities & Social Science Therese Grijalva & Michael Ault
WSU  1680 Microbes Rule: Impact of Disease on History (4) Life Science & Social Science Craig Oberg & Gene Sessions

Spring 2020 WSU Course Offerings

WSU 1560 People and Nature (3) Humanities & Social Science Hal Crimmel & Sara Dant
WSU 1580 The Story and the Cell (3) Life Science & Humanities Michele Culumber & Sally Shigley
WSU  1680 Microbes Rule: Impact of Disease on History (4) Life Science & Social Science Craig Oberg & Gene Sessions
WSU 2420 The Evil of Chemistry, Drugs, & Business (3) Physical Science & Social Science Tracy Covey & Pepper Glass

 

WSU Course Descriptions

WSU1450
CA & HU
Intersections of Art & Communication The course will introduce students to and enrich their understanding of the nature of art and communication through studying the basic principles and elements of each and how they intersect in works of art and communication contexts. Emphasis is on message construction and relationships as evidenced in the intersections of art and communication. Through application of foundational elements to real life situations and experiences, it is hoped that the student will become a more informed communicator and critical viewer of art.
WSU1560
HU & SS
The Story and the Brain: Neuroscience & Literature The Story and The Brain is an interdisciplinary, team-taught course which will teach students about neuroscience and the workings of the brain and apply neuroscientific concepts and theories to literary works. This course will also explore the neuroscientific processes that occur when students read, write, and interpret literature.  In other words, in this course students will read literature about the brain to illustrate the workings of the brain on literature.
WSU1560
HU & SS
Identity in the Digital Age Who am I? How do I present myself to others? What, in other words, is my identity? While identity questions are perennial, the answers often are influenced by culture. In today’s world, digital technology plays an increasingly prominent role in defining culture and, by extension, in defining identity. In this course we examine digital technology --and digital culture -- and how this culture shapes identity.
WSU1560
HU & SS
Sustainability in Thought & Practice This introductory course offers an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach to sustainability. The course encourages students to make connections between their own lives and the social, economic, and political spheres. It connects disciplines and ideas ranging from the sciences to the humanities, and provides a broad background in sustainability concepts, theory and practice. The course focuses on the topics of ecology basics, climate change science, environmental thought, environmental economic policy, current/contemporary environmental issues, land use and the built environment (sustainable planning, energy conservation, renewables, green technology) among others.
WSU1560
HU & SS
Research, Creativity, and Exploration Among Disciplines The course is an interdisciplinary, team-taught course which will teach students about scholarship processes in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and the sciences.  Students will have opportunities to make connections between the various disciplines, and understand how research, exploration, and creative processes are intertwined.
WSU1580
LS & HU
The Story and the Cell; Microbes and Metaphors In this course students will explore how microbiology and disease are used in literature to comment on the human condition. Early science, including disease, was often based especially on metaphorical and spiritual explanations rather than evidence because the true causes could not be observed with the current technology. This course will investigate the different epistemologies of science and the humanities. How does literature represent the scientific world? Why does science sometimes rely on metaphors? How does literature help disseminate the impact that disease can have on society?
WSU1680
LS & SS
Microbes Rule: Impact of Disease on History                While biologists have long understood the power of disease to shape events in world history, the depth of that power has rarely emerged in history books. This course seeks to redress that imbalance through historical anecdote and scientific explanation as it investigates the ways in which diseases have affected dramatically the course of history across several topics, including religion, war, and migration. Students will experience video lectures and vignettes with accompanying essays and learning exercises that will introduce them to the startling influence of microbes in the course of human events.
WSU1680
LS & SS
The Sciences of Human Variation: From Sex to Gender and Race to Ethnicity Race and sex are categories which are studied from the perspective of the biological sciences.  In contrast, ethnicity and gender are social categories which are the topic of study in the social sciences.  This class explores issues of race/ethnicity and sex/gender through an interdisciplinary lens to understand the biological and social basis of these categories.  Students will learn key ideas in the Life and Social Sciences as they learn to understand human variation and their own ethnic and gender identities and its social significance.
WSU2340
CA & QL
Pattern Play: Movement/Math Pattern Play, Movement and Mathematics is an interdisciplinary, team taught general education course that satisfies Creative Arts and Quantitative Literacy requirements. In this writing intensive, non-lecture based course, pattern is studied and experienced through the lenses of mathematics and dance. All levels of dance ability are welcome, but improvement is expected. Through course activities, readings, and assignments, students learn about algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, and functions, as well as the history, social relevance, technique and meanings of dance. Students are expected to attend dance concerts outside regularly scheduled class time.
WSU2350
HU & QL
Writing With Numbers Topics from mathematics that convey the beauty and utility of mathematics and illustrate its application to modern society. The course also develops language to speak accurately about mathematical concepts in a way a layperson would understand and practice in writing about these concepts.
WSU2420
PS & SS
Evil Chemicals, Drug Scares, and Big Business The use and abuse of drugs is an important issue that affects people. This course will consider the main understandings, issues, and debates regarding legal and illegal drugs, drug use, and its control and punishment. We will focus on the experience of drug use, how drugs become defined as pleasurable, harmful, and illegal, the differing effects of drug use and control on people, especially concerning opioid use and abuse.