Wesleyan Integrative Seminar Experiences (WISe)

WISe 101 is an interdisciplinary seminar that introduces students to academic life at Wesleyan. The focus is on fundamental academic skills, especially writing and critical thinking. It models Wesleyan's diverse and challenging academic community, asks students to understand the value of a Wesleyan education for them, and helps students make the transition to college. In WISe 101, students learn from faculty; they also teach each other - exploring divergent perspectives and deepening meaning in discussion, and working together to solve problems. Traditional, first year students take this seminar in their first semester of college. The instructor of each WISe 101 section is ordinarily the academic advisor for the student's first semester.

WISe 301 will satisfy the requirement for a synthesizing course in the general education program.

Wesleyan Integrative Seminar (WIS) Gen. Ed. Course Descriptions
 
101: Wesleyan Integrative Seminar Experience.
Goal: To teach writing and critical thinking skills fundamental to success in college, to help students make a successful transition to college, to show students the nature and value of a Wesleyan education, to have students understand what they want from college and how to get it, to give students skills to effectively communicate their ideas and beliefs and to learn from the ideas and beliefs of others.
Content: Academic writing, active reading and analysis of texts, synthesis of ideas, collaborative learning, student-facilitated discussions.
Taught: Fall.
Gen. Ed. Category: Foundation Building.
Credit: 3 hours. See General Education section of this Catalogue for regulations governing enrollment in WIS 101.
 
201: Wesleyan Integrative Seminar Experience GU/WC.
Goal: To teach writing and critical thinking skills fundamental to success in college, to help students make a successful transition to the American college experience, to show students the nature and value of a Wesleyan education, to have students understand what they want from their American college experience and how to get it, to give students skills to effectively communicate their ideas and beliefs and to learn from the ideas and beliefs of others. This course is designed for Guangzhou University/Wesleyan College dual-degree students. As such, it will focus particularly on skills in spoken and written English and on the cultural transition from Guangzhou University to Wesleyan College.
Content: Academic writing, active reading and analysis of texts, synthesis of ideas, collaborative learning, student-facilitated discussions.
Taught: Summer.
Gen. Ed. Category: Foundation Building.
Credit: 3 hours. See General Education section of this Catalogue for regulations governing enrollment in WIS 201.

301: Wesleyan Liberal Arts Seminar.
Goal: While the topics vary, all seminars share the common goals of stimulating thought; emphasizing values; transcending disciplinary specialization; modeling interdisciplinary thinking and scholarship; and developing the habits, skills, and patterns of mind that foster a sustained passion for learning.
Content : The Wesleyan Liberal Arts Seminar is a Synthesizing option within the general education program. Each seminar is designed and taught by two faculty members from different disciplines. In this class, students will: 1) Identify relationships among different disciplines; 2) Synthesize ideas and knowledge; 3) Acquire a broader view of a topic by approaching it from different perspectives.
Taught : Annually.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of WIS 101 or ENG 101 and one Expanding general education course.
Gen. Ed. Category: Synthesizing.
Credit : 3 hours.

Wesleyan Integrative Seminar (WIS) Other Course Descriptions
 
100: Pioneering Approaches to Thinking.
Goal: Pioneering Approaches to THinking (PATH) begins with an intense week-long enrichment program that presents college success information at the very beginning of a student's college career. A summer-bridge week is followed by several meetings throughout the semester to provide ongoing support for students in a critical transition time. The goal is to provide a foundation and ongoing assistance for general college success.
Content: The course includes interactive sessions that will help students learn and enhance skills, give them an opportunity to practice these skills in a low risk environment, and reflect on their experiences
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: The Admissions Committee will select students to participate in this program based on anticipated college preparedness. If additional seats are available, students may apply.
Credit: 1 hour. CR/NC.
 
199: WISe Peer Mentorship.
Goal: Peer mentors are selcted by WISe faculty to assist in the teaching of WISe 101. Peer mentors serve as liaisons between faculty and students, help students succeed in WISe 101, and contribute to the classes they attend.
Content: Peer mentors attend class twice a week and work with their individual intructor to assist in the class. They can participate in and may lead classroom discussions. They also help coach the IF process of discussion in class. The peer mentors will work with their individual instructors. The instructors will report their work to the Director of WISe (a faculty position), who will administrate WIS 199.
Prerequisite: Selection by WISe faculty.
Credit: 2 hours. CR/NC; May be repeated one time for a maximum of 4 credit hours.
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