In this class, we will critically engage with concepts of belongingness and transitions, and consider questions of identity, community, and connectedness. To help students discover what majors to pursue or their future paths, we will explore UW-Madison schools and colleges, departments, majors, opportunities and resources. Making connections between coursework and lived experiences outside of class will strengthen students’ strategic exploration.
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Is this course for me?
What should I do if this course is full?
What should I expect in this class?
The course is divided into three sections: Belong, Explore, Become. First, we will look at the fundamental elements of belonging and examine them in the context of our current lives. Next, we will begin our strategic exploration and spend time with your interests, strengths, and values. We will also explore UW Madison offerings and work to identify multiple paths that align with your findings. Finally, we will put all the pieces together, reflect on your journey, and create a toolkit to use for future decision making.
In this course, you will:
- 1. Identify and summarize the core elements of belongingness.
- 2. Analyze and critique in a scholarly manner material related to college student transitions.
- 3. Identify and meaningfully engage in learning opportunities that explore interests.
- 4. Employ reflective practices to appraise own skills and monitor self-defined goals.
- 5. Design and create a project that demonstrates depth of knowledge and mastery of strategic exploration.
- 6. Examine and meaningfully engage with component parts of a liberal arts education.
- Class meetings are organized around in-class activities, discussions of out-of-class reading/assignments, and reflections on experiential learning. Evaluation includes writing assignments, course engagement, and reflection activities.
Will this course count towards my degree?
Yes! This 1-credit course counts as an elementary L&S credit and moves you one step closer to 120 credits to graduate.
Can I take this class in the same semester as another first-year seminar?
Who do I contact if I have more questions?