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Integrated Sciences Major Spring 2015 Application Now Open!

The Integrated Sciences degree is designed to meet the needs of undergraduates planning careers in secondary science teaching, informal science education at museums or other science institutions, science writing, or science policy, as well as students interested in a rigorous program of study across all the sciences.
Students can download instructions for completing our application and the application itself from the Integrated Sciences Program website.  Applications are submitted online.

All application materials must be submitted by January 16th for entrance in Spring 2015.
Still working on completing our admission requirements?  See our website for information on future application deadlines.

Questions about the Integrated Sciences major application?  Contact Meghan Oxley, the Integrated Sciences adviser, at what@uw.edu.


This course is open to all graduate students and by permission for junior and senior undergrads. Undergrads can submit a waitlist request at http://socialwork.uw.edu/students/registration-information, and we’ll follow up with them from there.  

Soc W 586 – Policy Advocacy with Julie Watts
1 credit/no credit
W      430-520P   SWS  230  
SLN: 19523

The emphasis of this course is on involvement in policy-making processes, and on the ways in which social workers and others can and should play a part in the policy making process.  Policy materials—news articles, reports, analyses, laws, regulations, budgets, and other related publications will make up the readings.  The course is offered throughout the academic school year. During fall quarter, the class focused on influencing local government; winter quarter is the state legislature; and the federal level in the Spring.

ENGL 473:  Language, Power, and the Global Economy  (VLPA)

Bou Ayash

MW 1:30-3:20
SLN 14027

This course explores the close relationship of language, literacy, economy, and power. In doing so, it highlights the dominant and alternative economies of language in the context of current forms of globalization. More specifically, this course examines how, why, and under what conditions certain languages and language practices have acquired great social and economic value, while others have become relegated to a marginal status at best. In this sense, we will be exploring a variety of alternative forms of linguistic and cultural production as tools for active resistance to the status quo and the performance of new identities, forms such as rap music, hip-hop, graffiti writing, ethnic arts, etc. Topics of discussion include but are not limited to: the commodification of language; the spread of global English(es); the language of hip-hop culture; the complex relation between English, popular culture, identity, and mainstream literacy education; the impact of the globalized economy on linguistic standardization and the patterns of language use worldwide; economies for the production, reception, and distribution of knowledge, etc.
List of Selected Readings:
Burbules, Nicholas C., and Carlos Alberto Torres, eds. Globalization and Education: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge, 2000.
Prendergast, Catherine. Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008. Print.
Rubdy, Rani, and Peter K. W. Tan. Language As Commodity: Global Structures, Local Marketplaces. London: Continuum, 2008.

We have a fantastic list of course offerings scheduled for next quarter, and many still have space available. None of our courses have prerequisites--they are open to all students, and most satisfy Areas of Knowledge requirements.

  • AIS 202: Introduction to Contemporary Experience in Indian America
    5 credits, I&S/DIV
    Tu/Th 11:30 - 1:20
    Instructor: Scott Pinkham
    This course will cover issues of concern to today’s American Indian/Alaska Natives. Topics will include identification, demographics, government relations, treaty rights, and representation, as well as cultural and social issues contemporary American Indian/ Alaska Natives face. History and background on U.S.-Indian relations will be covered for reference. Lectures will be designed to provide for student interaction and comments, with one or more classes reserved for classroom debates on current topics. 
    Readings will come from contemporary narratives and literature, web sources and reports on American Indian/Alaska Native issues.
    Flyer: http://depts.washington.edu/native/pdf/202.pdf

    Note: AIS 202 is one of the introductory courses for the AIS major and minor. It's a great introduction to the department.

    AIS 332: American Indian History II Since 1849
    5 credits, I&S/DIV
    MTWTh 10:30 - 11:20
    Instructor: Sasha Harmon
    History of American Indians in the United States from 1840 to the present.  Emphasis on relations between Indians and non-Indians, government policies, and Indian strategies for surviving and prospering as distinct peoples.
    Flyer: http://depts.washington.edu/native/pdf/332.pdf


    AIS 461: First Nations Government and Politics
    5 credits, I&S 
    MW 1:30 - 3:20
    Instructor: Charlotte Cote
    Focuses on First Nations government and politics in Canada. Examines development of First Nations political governing structures with an introduction to the values, perspectives, concepts, and principles in Native political cultures. Explores federal Indian policy in context of First Nations strategies to become self-governing. Students can expect to develop a comprehensive understanding of the First Nations in Canada by examing their political and governing systems, and exploring the rise in First Nations political action and activism in their efforts to control their communities and their destinies.


    AIS 475A: Environmental Issues on Indigenous Homelands
    5 credits, I&S
    TuTh 3:30 - 5:20
    Instructor: Clarita Lefthand-Begay
    This class will consist of an interdisciplinary analysis of the environmental problems plaguing Indigenous communities in North America.  The overarching goals of this course will include an examination of the policies relevant to protecting communities from environmental pollutants occurring on the homelands of Indigenous peoples, the health implications of exposure to contaminated ecosystems, and case studies that illustrate strategies for how indigenous communities are working to address these issues.  It will also aim to build critical awareness about environmental problems and explore the intersection between pollutants, human health, ecosystem services and community action.  Students will be encouraged to work together to communicate environmental problems discussed in class. 
    Flyer: http://depts.washington.edu/native/pdf/475A.pdf


    AIS 475B: Northwest Native Peoples and the Flora of the Pacific Northwest
    5 credits, NW/I&S
    TuTh 3:30 - 5:20
    Instructor: Cynthia Updegrave
    Using lectures, case studies,and field trips, the course focuses on native plants, and their ethnobotanical uses, in the context of developing familiarity with the ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, Winter is traditionally the time for being in the longhouse, story, and the making and repair of important items in this region. In addition, the course will investigate how Native People have managed ecosystems for plant resources, and the profound disruption in indigenous management regimes post-settlement, including the health implications of the loss of indigenous food resources and the resulting loss of biodiversity for ecosystems. We will connect our learning to wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, (Intellectual House) on campus, the region's annual Tribal Canoe Journeys, and a canoe carving project to explore the many ways cultural renewal is contributing to well-being. 
    Flyer: http://depts.washington.edu/native/475.pdf


    AIS 475C: Interrupting the Ongoing Psychological Colonization of Indigenous People
    5 credits, I&S
    MW 1:30 - 3:20
    Instructor: Stephanie Fryberg
    Description forthcoming

INTSCI301:  Integrated Sciences Careers Seminar (1 credit, credit/no credit grading)

Are you interested in a career in the sciences? Would you like to:

  • Explore a wide variety of careers available to students with a broad science background?
  • Network with professionals in science careers, including science education, science writing, and science policy?
  • Learn about successful pathways to careers in science, as well as the skills required for those careers?

Weekly guest speakers in INTSCI 301 expose students to a variety of possible careers and provide students with tips and insight based on their own careers in the sciences.  Students complete a final "field experience" consisting of a visit and informational interview with someone working in the sciences.

Education Classes for ALL Majors!

These particular HSERV and SPH courses are meant for those who are NOT in or intending to be in the public health major.  The PHG one is relatively new and super cool. 

Here is a brand new course for Winter quarter from the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department.  

NEAR E 320 Prayer and Poetry in the Jewish and Islamic Traditions (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines elements of traditional Jewish and Muslim prayers and worship with poems that draw on those classical sources. Introduces students to the language and practice of prayer for both Jews and Muslims. Examines poets from Europe, the Americas, Israel, and the Islamic world. Taught in English.

ESRM 321, Finance and Accounting >From a Sustainability* Perspective, is an introductory business course designed for non-business majors and has NO prerequisites. We cover the basics of finance and accounting WITH SUSTAINABILITY * (environmental and corporate social responsibility) woven throughout the course.

ESRM 321, Finance & Accounting From a Sustainability Perspective
SLN 14264
NW and I & S credit
5 credits
TU/TH, 4:30-6:50 PM
Anderson 223

ESRM 321 explores sustainable business through the lens of finance and accounting and offers an opportunity to learn about the connections between businesses, society, and the environment. This course first lays a foundation by reviewing basic finance and accounting concepts, followed by discussions/exercises relating to the stock market and investing, money and counterfeiting deterrence, financial institutions, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, accounting, and financial statements. Students will learn a tool for assessing corporate environmental, social responsibility, and financial performance and explore relationships among these three dimensions of sustainability’s triple bottom line.

* What does sustainability mean, and how is it manifested in business? Various definitions of sustainability have been used, but all share a common understanding that sustainability refers to integrating environmental, social responsibility, and financial/economic elements in order to meet the needs of people today without compromising Earth’s capacity to provide for future generations. Said another way, practicing sustainability involves balancing the three Ps: planet, people, and profits.

ENGL 207:  Superheroes   (VLPA/I&S)


T TH 10:30-11:20
SLN 13922

This course will turn to American popular culture as a source of reflection on the idea of the superhuman. We will consider how this concept has been gendered, so we will examine examples of both the superman and the superwoman. The course will begin with some readings in science-fictional representation of this concept in order to define some of the problems associated with representations and narratives of the superhuman. While I have not yet made final decisions about the reading list, in this section of the course we will probably read Philip Wylie’s novel Gladiator (1930), an acknowledged influence on the first successful comic-book superhero, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster’s Superman (1938), along with Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human (1953), and short stories by C.L. Moore, Philip K. Dick, and Ted Chiang. We will then turn to the earliest comic-book superheroes, from the WWII period, with a focus on Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and possibly Captain America. In this period, the concept of the superman was potentially politically problematic, given its association with fascist rhetorics of the master race. We may use the book The Superhero Reader to clarify the historical debates about the superhero figure.
The course will then turn to more contemporary graphic novels that reevaluate and reimagine the figure of the superhero. Examples may include Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen; Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns; Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’s Marvels; Warren Ellis and John Casaday’s Planetary; Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman; Alan Moore and Gene Ha’s Top 10; either Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s Sleeper or Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon’s Powers; Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero; and G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel. I expect to end the course by reading some recent attempts to narrate superheroes in print fiction, probably using the story collection Super Stories of Heroes & Villains, ed. Claude Lalumiere. As time permits, we might read another superhero novel by Austin Grossman, Samit Basu, Ayize Jama-Everett, or Carrie Vaughn. Again as time permits, we will probably consider some examples of cinematic and televisual narratives, including The Avengers or Arrow
In addition to consideration of the historical development of the superhero and the superhuman, some of the topics we will discuss will include the ways in which superhero narratives encode cultural and historical fantasies; the generic nature of the superhero narrative, especially its incorporation and hybridization of multiple genres, most notable in the emergence of the superhero “universe”; formal innovation in the comics medium associated with superhero narratives; social and cultural diversity, including feminist, African American, and Asian American appropriations of the superhero genre; and transmedia adaptations and crossovers.
Assignments for the course will include a midterm and a final exam, both including a take-home essay as well as an in-class component, as well as a participation grade to be determined through the discussion sections.

Winter 2015 Academic Achievement Courses
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON’S ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM is offering three different content areas for Winter Quarter 2015 titled, “Race, Class and Gender in Sports Media”, “Immigration and Higher Education: What is an American?” and “Smart-Phone, Small-Planet? Identity and Community in the Digital Age”. These courses are great for freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students who are interested in improving their academic performance. Through these courses, students will be presented with interesting course material and will learn strategies to improve their note-taking, essay writing, reading, and study skills. As a part of the course, students will meet with a tutor-mentor three hours per week to work on class assignments and learn about university resources.  Sections C & E will be reserved for English Language Learners (ELL) and recent immigrants. 
General Studies 101 B: Immigration and Higher Education: What is an American?

  • SLN  14672
  • 3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • Class meets on Tuesdays  2:30PM – 4:20PM
  • Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week

General Studies 101 C: Smart-Phone, Small-Planet? Identity and Community in the Digital Age

  • SLN  14673
  • Reserved for English Language Learners and recent immigrants
  • 3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • Class meets on Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:20PM
  • Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week

General Studies 101 D: Race, Class and Gender in Sports Media

  • SLN  14674
  • 3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • Class meets on Tuesdays 11:30AM – 1:20PM
  • Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week

General Studies 101 E: Smart-Phone, Small-Planet? Identity and Community in the Digital Age

  • SLN  14675
  • Reserved for English Language Learners and recent immigrants
  • 3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • Class meets on Wednesdays 2:30PM – 4:20PM
  • Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week




T 12:30-1:50; Th 12:30-1:20
SLN 13958

In this class the collective UW Creative Writing faculty, along with other visiting artists, will remember in public why they do what they do. On ten sequential Tuesdays, they will speak in depth about what interests them most, including the ways and means of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and the joys and vagaries of inspiration, education, artistic practice, and the writing life. Thursdays will constellate a literary reading series. Discussion sections will be scheduled in between.

Serious curiosity is the only requirement for admission. Students will be expected to attend all talks, do the assigned reading, respond to problems and exercises posed by the lecturers, and participate vigorously in the ongoing conversation. By the end, they will have had a disciplined brush with literate passion, practiced imaginative methods at the point of the pencil, learned something about books from people who write them, and gained a practical sense of the artist's way of knowing the world.

Conceived as a perpetual work-in-progress, according professor's full freedom in designing their respective contributions, the course will find its coherence in the conversation we leap to make of it. Sample topics: What Is It? or, Ars Poetica; Forms of Poetry, Forms of Thought; Mythos-Minded Thinking: From Proverbs to Parables, Stories as Metaphors in Motion; Odd Autobiography; Reading the New; Literary Collage & Blurring Boundaries; The Writing Life; The Revision Process; Closing Words.

No required text. Readings will be posted online or handed out in class. Grading will be based equally on reading (by quiz and conversation), writing (creative-writing solutions to assigned weekly prompts), and participation (attendance and discussion).

Repeat: this course is intended to bring infectious literate passion within earshot of as many people as possible at the University of Washington. No formal prerequisites. Everyone is invited.

Looking for VLPA or I&S courses?

Introduction to Bilingualism (SLAV 210/SLN 19361) is something you may want to consider:


Learn Spanish through viewing soap operas!

SPAN 122 Spanish Immersion (5)
Covers the equivalent of elementary Spanish (SPAN 102) through an alternative "planned immersion" method with video as the central medium of presentation. Prerequisite: SPAN 121.  During Winter Quarter, 2015, an entry code will be issued to students who have completed SPAN 101 at the University of Washington or its equivalent elsewhere or to students who have tested into SPAN 102.

How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community (General Studies 344; SLN 14716)
Many UW students are interested in exploring service and volunteer opportunities in Seattle; however, it can be difficult to know where to get involved, how to find a good fit, and how to most effectively work in a community-based setting.  How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community is a three-credit service-learning course that will offer a basic foundation on community service for students in their first or second year at the UW. 

Through participating in a quarter-long service-learning commitment, visiting local non-profit organizations, and participating in in-class discussions, readings, and activities students will gain a deeper understanding of the wide array of ways they can most effectively partner with their local community and integrate a commitment to service into their academic and professional futures.

This three-credit seminar course is offered on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:20PM.  Request an add code by emailing engage@uw.edu.

Are Do-Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement (General Studies 348A; SLN 14718)

Are you committed to giving back? Trying to make a difference? Want to get more out of your volunteer experience?  During Winter Quarter, we invite you to join in a critical reflection on what it means to “do good”. 

General Studies 348 will offer a hands-on opportunity to explore the concept of civic engagement.  Students will critically reflect on their own service experiences through the lens of academic theories, engage with principles of community work, and learn from the experiences of community leaders.  The course will draw heavily on students' involvement in service and will weave these together with elements of other academic coursework and future academic/career goals.

The course has a required service-learning component; students are encouraged to utilize current service commitments toward this requirement, though individualized support will be offered to those looking for a service opportunity.  This is a three-credit course that is offered as credit/no credit.  Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:20PM in Mary Gates Hall. 

Those interested in the course should email engage@uw.edu with questions and/or to request an add code. 

Inner Pipeline Seminar Winter 2015: 
Hands-on Environmental Education
EDUC 401Z | Empowered Eco-Ed
Interested in teaching? Passionate about the environment? The Empowered Eco-Ed seminar seeks to help students integrate these two topics and develop their skills in the field of environmental education. Students will receive funds to create their own lesson plans based in environmental education, and teach their curriculum at Conchord International Elementary School in South Park, Seattle.

ENGL 270: Invented languages: from Elvish to Dothraki   (VLPA, W)


MW 12:30-2:20
SLN 13947

The creative force of language is nowhere so apparent as in the fictional languages that we invent. The earliest constructed language (or conlang) that we have records of is by a twelfth century nun, and people have been crafting languages ever since: to create community, to solve social problems, and to tell a good story. This course will give you an introduction to the tools for approaching invented languages analytically: the study of sound systems in language (phonology), and the study of the way that words and sentences are put together (morphosyntax). We will then examine invented languages as a historical and cultural phenomenon.

We will read Arika Okrent's In the Land of Invented Languages, with its account of auxiliary languages like Esperanto, and we will consider speculative fictional depictions of conlangs by J.R.R. Tolkien, Jorge Luis Borges, Anthony Burgess, Richard Adams, Suzette Haden Elgin, and Cathy Park Hong, as well as the screen depictions of Klingon, Na'vi, and Dothraki. We will also look at the role of the internet in the recent explosion of interest in and circulation of invented language; this is, according the Guardian newpaper, a "golden age of fictional languages."
This course satisfies the university "W" requirement for intensive writing. No background in linguistics or literature is necessary, only enthusiasm.

General Studies 297H

  • Title: Career Planning
  • Winter 2015 SLN: 14706
  • Mondays/Wednesdays, 2:30-3:20, MGH 241
  • Instructor: Tina Wang (Career Counselor, Lead)
  • Credits: 2
  • Size of class: up to 50 students

This course assists freshmen and sophomore students (first and second year students) with self-exploration and exploration of career and academic options. General Studies 297H (“Career Planning”), is a 2-credit course (CR/NC) where students attend two 50-minute classes each week. This course is designed for first and second-year students who have earned roughly 0-89 credits. No pre-requisites are required.
Learning objectives:

  • Build self-awareness and appreciation for your strengths, skills, values, and interests and learn how to use this self-knowledge to make decisions when exploring and pursuing academic and career options.
  • Develop and apply learned skills to effectively research career options and learn how to be successful in the job market and hone your professional networking skills (including online, social media, and traditional networking).
  • Learn how to create effective resumes, cover letters and build interviewing skills and confidence.

For additional details please contact Patrick Chidsey in the Career Center with questions or request for an add code ( chidsey@uw.edu ; 206.616.5803 )

General Studies 391G

  • Title: Career Strategy and Job Search   
  • Winter 2015 SLN: 14728
  • Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30-3:20, LOW 105
  • Instructor: Patrick Chidsey (Career Counselor, Lead)
  • Credits: 2
  • Size of class: up to 50 students

This course assists juniors/transfer students/seniors (3rd & 4th year students) with self-exploration, investigation of career options and development of career and job search strategy.  General Studies 391G (“Career Strategy and Job Search”), is a graded, 2-credit course where students attend two 50-minute classes each week. This course is designed for juniors, transfer students and seniors (3rd & 4th year students) who have earned roughly 90 credits or more. No pre-requisites are required.
Learning objectives:

  • Grow self-awareness and appreciation for your strengths, skills, values, and interests and learn how to use this important self-knowledge when taking action in job searching and building a career strategy.
  • Build ability to effectively research career options and learn how to be successful in the competitive job market.
  • Learn how to create effective resumes, cover letters, strong LinkedIn profiles (and online and in-person networking skills), grow interviewing skills and confidence.

For additional details please contact Patrick Chidsey in the Career Center with questions or request for an add code ( chidsey@uw.edu ; 206.616.5803 )

Winter 2015: English 471: The Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing (TuTh 2:30-4:20 VLPA; W option). In Winter 2015, English 471 will be taught by Prof. Anis Bawarshi, who was Director of UW's highly regarded Expository Writing Program for the last ten years. Through reading and fieldwork, Engli! sh 471 introduces students to the various approaches that guide the study and teaching of writing, ranging from methods for teaching students how to produce texts to methods for assessing these texts.  The course will also examine the research and theories that underscore these methods, assumptions that guide these approaches, and consideration of whose interests they serve, so that all members of the class can become more self-reflective readers, writers, and teachers.  English 471 provides an opportunity to think about what it means to teach writing, to develop and share our own goals for teaching writing, and to generate and articulate practices that will help us achieve these goals. Coursework will include keeping a reading journal, conducting a brief teaching ethnography, preparing a bibliography and curriculum design presentation, and creating a teaching portfolio.

English 471 will have an optional service-learning component which will bring students! into local K-12 classrooms to practice work (three to four ho! urs each week) as tutors, mentors, and writing coaches. Those who opt to do service learning will have the option to register for additional credit hours of English 491, if they choose. For those who participate, the service learning in this course will fulfill 30-40 of the observation hours that students are required to complete prior to applying to the UW Masters in Teaching program.  Information, and add codes for period 3, are available from the instructor: bawarshi@uw.edu.

Spring 2015: Community Literacy Program (MW 10:30-12:20; C or W; capstone for English majors).
In Spring 2015, the Community Literacy Program will be taught by CLP director Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill. Community Literacy Program links a 5 credit on-campus seminar (English 298 or 498) with service-learning internships in "high needs" partner public school programs (English 491).  All CLP students participate in the service-learning.  Assignments include a service-! learning journal, short writing about course texts and themes, a colalborative presentation about students' shared work in a partner school, and an individually designed research project, for which research instruction is provided. The instructor meets with students to discuss drafts and revisions of their major projects.  Central course goals include testing theory in practice, engaging in effective, reflective work with public school students and teachers, and learning more about  both our own writing and learning processes, and the impact of CLP on academic, career, civic and personal goals.

This linked pair of courses offers an opportunity for UW students from all majors and at all stages of their UW careers to complete "C" and "W"  requirements in a small interactive learning community.  CLP is also a great way for students considering teaching careers to get crucial school-based experience in "high needs" schools, and may be used toward the field work requirement in the Education, Learning and Society minor.   There are no prerequisites.   Add codes (all periods) will be available from the instructor beginning in February: esoneill@uw.edu.

Feel free to be in touch with questions related to these courses, or to the English Department's public school service-learning partnerships.

ENGL 206:   EVERYDAY RHETORIC (Everyday Scientific Rhetoric)  (VLPA, W-Writing)


MW 2:30-4:20
SLN 13921

We don’t usually think of “Rhetoric” and “Science” as two words that belong in the same sentence. “Rhetoric” is often used to describe language practices that are showy but intentionally deceptive (as in “empty rhetoric”). Meanwhile, scientific argument is all about the transparent communication of facts. So, there’s no rhetoric in science… right? Right? This course will introduce you to a scholarly field that believes otherwise: the “Rhetoric of Science.” We will learn some basics about rhetoric, which we will define as any strategic use of language and symbols to get things done in the world. Then each week, we will use a different rhetorical strategy to look at a contemporary scientific issue, including topics such as genetics and global warming.

Class projects will require students to identify, explore, and respond to the rhetorical aspects of a scientific topic of their choosing. We will consider both the consequences of scientific rhetoric, as well as how rhetoric might be deployed as a tool for social action and intervention. This course meets the University’s W-credit requirement and will include an in-class presentation, a 7-10 page final paper, and informal weekly writing.

No background in rhetoric or in science is necessary to take this course. This course will be particularly beneficial to individuals interested in professions in the sciences as well as law, education, business, public relations, and journalism.

Attention Juniors & Seniors!

Gain Experience and Make a Difference

Be A Tutor-Mentor: EDUC 401 F & G


UW's Academic Support Program is offering a service-learning seminar titled “EDUC 401: Tutoring and Mentorship in Higher Education” in Winter Quarter 2015. This weekly seminar introduces juniors and seniors to tutoring, mentoring, and teaching methodologies. Students apply what they learn in class through tutoring and mentoring new transfer, freshman, and sophomore students who are transitioning socially, culturally, and academically to the UW. This is a great opportunity for seasoned students to give back to UW by sharing their knowledge and experience.

·         Seminar begins the 1st  week of Winter Quarter,  January 5th, 2015
·         Seminar meets on Mondays from 3:30-4:50 PM or from 6:00-7:20 PM
·         Tutoring takes place on campus
·         Receive 2 credits for working with one student, or receive 3 credits for working with two students
·         A letter of recommendation will be available upon request after completion of the seminar


For more information, visit our website at:


For registration information, please contact Leslie Ikeda at:

Here are some terrific courses for Winter from the Slavic Department:

SLAV 101: Introduction to Slavdom: Who are the Slavs? - WF 9:30-11:20  SLN 20897
Introduces students to basic concept regarding the whole body of present-day Slavs as well as the area inhabited by or under the influence of present-day Slavs. Uses latest achievements in technology and in social media advancements to retrieve relevant information form present-day Slavs themselves. Taught in English.

SLAV 130: Introduction to Slavic Culture and Civilization - MTWTh 10:30-11:20  SLN 20898
Examines the culture of the Slavs, an ethno-linguistic group of peoples living primarily in Central/Eastern Europe. Among nations investigated: the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, and Ukraine. Student gain a fundamental grasp of major issues and historical events of this region, expressed through culture.

SLAV 200: Introduction to Slavic Literature - TTh 9:30-11:20  SLN 19360
Slavic 200 is an introduction ! to the ways in which great literature works and creates its magic. The readings - fiction and poetry from various times and places, selections from several of the world's most famous novels, and one whole novel - give a small "taste" of the incredible wealth and pertinence of world literature. Includes explanation and illustration of basic literary forms and stylistic devices.

SLAV 210: Introduction to Bilingualism - TTh 2:30-4:20  SLN 19361
A multidisciplinary examination of bilingualism as a societal and individual phenomenon. Considers language versus dialect, diglossia, state language policies, language rights, indigenous languages, and linguistic minorities. Explores bilingualism and biculturalism as human experience and as indexes of identity and diversity. Includes a fieldwork project focused on linguistic diversity in the Pacific Northwest.

SLAV 423: East European Film - TTh 12:30-2:20  SLN 19362
Studie! s major East European film makers who left their countries at ! some point in their careers. Compares East European and Western production of those directors who worked partially in the West.

There are great Environmental Studies courses available to students in any program for Winter 2015.  

ENVIR 239 - Sustainability:  Personal Choices, Broad Impacts
Instructor:  Megan Horst, Program on the Environment
                        Kristi Straus, Program on the Environment
Days and Time:  MWF, 1:30-2:20pm
Credits:  3 (SLN 14185) or 5 (SLN 14186, requires additional 50 hours of service learning)
Answer questions such as:
·  What does sustainability mean?
·  How do you make sustainability choices in your everyday life?

ENVIR 439 - Attaining a Sustainable Society
Instructor: Elizabeth Wheat, Program on the Environment
Time and Days: 3:30-4:50pm MWF 
Credits:  3 - SLN 14208
Main Topics:
·  Identify major impediments to achieving a sustainable society
·  Choose from among one of four hopeful movements and explore how that movement is helping our society move toward a more sustainable future:  Food, Energy, Economics or Governance.

​ENVIR 485 - Environmental Planning Permitting in Practice
Instructor: Todd Wildermuth, School of Law
Time and Days10:30am-12:20pm, T, Th
Credits: 5 - SLN 14212
Main Topics:
·  Advanced survey of applied environmental regulation for project managers or students from any major with an interest in environmental law, policy and planning. 

ENVIR 495 E - Grant Proposal Practicum
Instructor:  Frederica Helmiere, Program on the Environment
Time and Days: 2:30-5:20, W
Credits:  3 - SLN 14218
Main Topics:
·  Develop skills in grant-writing, project development and project management for projects targeting sustainability goals. 

ENVIR 495 F - Environmental Communication, Messaging and Outreach
Instructor: P. Sean McDonald, Program on the Environment
Time and Days:  3:30-4:20pm
Credits - 2 - SLN: 21099
Main Topics: 
·  This course will explore the variety of media and methods for conveying environmental information in the digital age. 

Visit this link for more information about the above mentioned courses. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Environmental Studies major, please check out our website.  Feel free to email us if you have any questions!

The Sociology Department is offering a number of unique special topics courses that are likely to have broad appeal across a number of disciplines.

SOC 201A: Surviving in South Africa: Contemporary Health and Population Issues"
Taught by Professor Sam Clark

SOC 201B: "Scientists Are People Too: The Role and Practice of Science in Modern Society"
Taught by Professor Kelly Kistner, more info at: HTTP://TINYURL.COM/LS9BGX5

SOC 201C: "Contemporary Chinese Societies"
Taught by PhC Lake Lui, more info at: HTTP://TINYURL.COM/KAJNPL4

SOC 201D: "The College Experience: A Sociological Exploration of Contemporary College Life"
Taught by PhC Annie McGlynn-Wright, more info at: HTTP://TINYURL.COM/K3RXH2L

SOC 401A: "The New Inequality"
Taught by Professor Jake Rosenfeld, more info at: HTTP://TINYURL.COM/LLUQ8GW

There are no prerequisites, and the class is open to all majors.  This will be a great fit for students who are interested in labor issues, particularly worker rights as they relate to workplace safety.

WIN 2015 - ENVH 462 / 562
Technical Aspects of Occupational Safety

ENVH 462 / 562 Winter Quarter, 3 credits, Tuesdays 10:30 – 12:50

Instructor: Rick Gleason, MSPH, CIH, CSP
Reviews federal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and state WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act) standards. Explores the impact of these regulations on industry, particularly construction.

Upon completion of the course, students receive an
OSHA 510  30-hour Construction Safety and Health certification.

Add a little drama to your life!  
Register today for Drama 103: Theatre Appreciation, SLN 13157 An Online Course!

Offered in the user friendly Canvas system, the new iteration of Drama 103 has no on campus requirements and is an excellent choice for students who are out of area, studying abroad, working, or have other time constraints that require remote study.

This course is aimed at familiarizing students with the art of theater through a survey of the key components of the live theatrical experience. In this course we explore and compare performance in its many forms by viewing video/film alongside live performance. This is an excellent course for students who are both new to performance studies and those seeking to further develop the critical skills and vocabulary needed to appreciate and thoughtfully analyze a performance event. As this is not an acting class, you are not asked to perform but rather to view, enjoy, and discuss the art of performance as you experience it!


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Each quarter, the Expository Writing Program offers sections of our English 131 composition course specifically designed for MLL (multilingual) students. These MLL sections are taught by teachers with expertise in both teaching composition, and teaching English to speakers of other languages. The MLL sections are limited to multilingual students during all periods. Quarterly surveys confirm that students are overwhelming positive in their assessment of the impact of these courses on their writing process, their understandin! g of “the logic of Western academic writing,” their ability to understand and use resources to become effective self-editors, and their confidence not only in reading and writing, but in participating in class and in talking with their teachers. As soon as teachers are assigned to these sections each quarter, students will find the instructors' names and email addresses listed in the time schedule.  Add codes are required for the MLL sections.

In Winter 2015, EWP will offer two MLL sections of English 131. Students should contact the instructor for an add code:

  • English 131A will be taught TuTh 8:30-10:20 by Ainiwaer Abudumutailifu ABUDUA@UW.EDU
  • English 131C1 will be taught TuTh 10:30-12:20 by Bonnie Vidrine BONNIV@UW.EDU

Want to take a course in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences? Of course you do! Learn about marine predators, disappearing habitats, environmental contaminants, and more. 
These courses all fulfill either NW or I&S or both!

FISH 101 Water and Society (5cr) - MWF 10:30-11:20 plus quiz (times vary)
NW/I&S, no prerequisites
Instructors: Julian Olden (olden@uw.edu) & Daniel Schindler (deschind@uw.edu)

FISH 464 Arctic Marine Vertebrate Ecology (4cr) - TTh 11:30-12:50, Th 1:30-2:50 or 3:00-4:20
NW, BIOL 180 prerequisite
Instructor: Kristin Laidre (klaidre@uw.edu)

FISH 455 Fish and Wildlife Toxicology (3 or 5 cr) - TTh 9:30-11:20, T 1:30-4:20 (5cr course only)
NW, no prerequisites

Instructor: Christian Grue (cgrue@uw.edu)





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