First-Year Sequence

The First-Year Sequence consists of discussion-based seminars in which careful reading, spontaneous orality, and audacious inquiry are encouraged. Students often manifest their understanding in experimental or creative forms of expression. The several sections of each are uniquely shaped by the people in the room. They coalesce, however, around common conceptual pursuits, such as the nature of justice, power, and love; the processes by which humans make decisions and determine values; and the relationships between the individual and the human and non-human communities inhabited. In addition to allowing students to better understand their own values and principles, these courses also provide the first-year cohort with opportunities to shape their own unique community.

Across three quarters, first-year Honors students complete four courses. They enroll in HNRS 101 and HNRS 103 concurrently in their first quarter at Western; HNRS 104 in the second; and either HNRS 105 or HNRS 106 in the third. Students are encouraged to connect these courses to work undertaken beyond Honors, in Western’s seven colleges. Incoming Honors students must complete the First-Year Sequence unless otherwise discussed with Dr. Linneman. By taking the full sequence, students complete the (BCOM) General University Requirement for graduation in addition to the (HUM) and (ACOM)/(BCOM) credits that are attached to the individual courses.

 

Fall Quarter

(1 credit)

The Big Picture is a common intellectual experience for all new students in the WWU Honors College. It combines an introduction to WWU Honors with engaging lectures by top scholars from across the university. S/U grading.

(4 credits)

Analysis, interpretation, and discussion of a wide range of texts from ancient times to the 5th century, with emphasis on the Western traditions. May be offered as a study abroad course.

Winter Quarter

(4 credits)

Analysis, interpretation, and discussion of a wide range of texts from the 6th to the close of the 19th century, with emphasis on the Western traditions.

Spring Quarter (pick one)

In the third and final quarter of their first year, students choose between HNRS 105 and HNRS 106. Both courses use the rubric of “Postmodernity” to home in on human experiences that academic discourses have, historically speaking, subordinated and silenced. By communing with those whose lives and creations represent a marked departure from the dominant relational structures, values, and institutions of the Global North (North America and Western Europe), students are invited to revisit, reconsider, and recontextualize material from previous quarters.

(4 credits)

Analysis, interpretation, and discussion of a wide range of sources from the contemporary world with major emphasis on a culture outside North America or Europe.

(4 credits)

Analysis, interpretation, and discussion of a wide range of sources from the contemporary world with a major emphasis on a North American culture.