By Mel Wensel, Director of Academic Services, UW English Department
This summer more new transfer students than ever will be able to participate in advising & orientation (A&O) sessions that connect them immediately and positively with their intended majors. In partnership with First Year Programs, four large academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences—Biology, English, History, and Psychology—will pilot majors-based A&O's. Because they arrive with half or more of their degree requirements done, transfer students have a particularly urgent need to get settled in their academic homes. Participating in an A&O that focuses on majors is a great start!
The majors-based transfer A&O's will happen during the week of September 10, a time when Arts & Sciences advising offices are fully staffed again after summer breaks. Transfer students who are concerned about waiting until September for A&O can rest assured that the participating departments will reserve space for them in critical required courses. While it will still be possible for a transfer student with unusual time constraints to register for an earlier A&O date, they will be strongly encouraged to sign up for their departmental A&O.
The majors-based A&O model includes broad introductions to University of Washington academic culture, resources, and student life, and gives students a chance to register for Autumn courses—all established features of UW orientation. In addition, majors-based A&O will give new students:
Transfer students in English and Psychology are invited to enroll in key prerequisites course via TrIG (Transfer Interest Group) and TrAC (Transfer Academic Community) options for Autumn Quarter. These Autumn learning experiences “bundle” academic courses in the majors with 2-credit seminars designed to help students explore the disciplines further, connect with department faculty and staff, learn about research and careers, and engage in academic planning and reflection. The ultimate goal of both the majors-based A&O's and the Autumn experiences is to help new transfer students integrate into UW student life, form supportive discipline-centered learning communities, and achieve the focus necessary for successful degree completion.
Transfer students interested in the English or Psychology majors may register for the TrIG or TrAC courses at the registration labs offered as part of the majors-based A&O's.
English TrIG (Transfer Interest Group):
ENGL 301: Introduction to the Study of English Language and Literature (5)
ENGL 297: Writing in the Humanities (5)
GEN ST 199: The University Community (2)
Psychology TrAC (Transfer Academic Community):
PSYCH 202: Biopsychology (5)
PSYCH 209: Fundamentals of Psychological Research (5)
PSYCH 299: Psychology Transfer Academic Community (2)
Note: PSYCH 299 may also be taken as a stand-alone course for students who may have already completed other courses in the TrAC.