FIG #8: Designing Your College Experience

Advance registration is now closed. You may make changes to your schedule at Summerstart or Fall Orientation. We look forward to seeing you in FIGs! Please contact Rebecca McLean with any questions at (360)650-6607 or

Cluster Description:
Want to thrive during your time at WWU and lead an amazing life after college but don’t really know where to begin? Do you want to learn by diving into a wide variety of experiences & activities at WWU to get connected & clearer about what lights you up? And would you enjoy learning from more experienced students at WWU about how they’ve decided what to study & engage in at WWU? Take this course to use skills of inquiry and design thinking to actively create a college experience that works for you.


English 101
Andrew Crook
11:30 am - 12:50 pm
Geology 101
with Lab
Doug Clark
Seminar 101
Molly Ware

Total Credits:


Course Descriptions for Designing Your College Experience

  • English 101, Writing Your Way Through WWU, (Andrew Crook) 5cr, ACOM, CRN: 40064
    A writing course designed to prepare students for college-level creative, critical, and reflective writing. Because writing looks and works differently in different contexts, this course teaches the rhetorical competencies that students need to write across multiple disciplines. The course introduces students both to the processes of building and analyzing ideas, and to ways of communicating those ideas in context-specific genres for targeted audiences. This course has the immediate goal of preparing students to succeed in their writing at Western, but it will also serve them personally and professionally. Students needing to satisfy Block A of the communications section of the General University Requirements, which ENG 101 does, are required to do so prior to completion of 45 credits.
  • Geology 101 with Lab, Introduction to Geology, (Doug Clark) 4cr, LSCI, CRN: 43149
    Major ideas of modern geoscience; the study of rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, geologic time, the hydrologic cycle; processes that have produced the Earth and its landforms. Some lecture sections will be focused on specific topics within the geological sciences, such as planetary geology, climate and climate change, or National Parks. Includes lab.
  • Seminar 101, Seminar for First-Year Students, (Molly Ware) 2cr, CRN: 43150
    An introductory seminar offering an exploration of academic content and essential questions within the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Includes embedded instruction in academic skills and use of campus resources pertinent to exploration of the FIG cluster theme. Concludes in a formal paper or academic presentation.

To see descriptions of other courses, see the University Catalog on which you may search for course information using the "binoculars" icon in the PDF viewer (Acrobat Reader).

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