Second Pre-Reg Deadline for Advanced Creative Writing Workshops

Good news! If you missed the pre-registration deadline for the advanced creative writing workshops (ENGL 326, 337, thumbnailCA3L0B63and 342), please note that there is now a second deadline: January 18, 2010, the Monday before the semester begins.

To apply for these courses, please submit 5 pages of your writing (in prose or poetry, depending on the course to which you are applying) along with a cover page that includes the following information: 1) your name, email address, year in school, major (if any), some of your favorite writers and any other influences, and 2) a short biographical paragraph describing your history and/or interest in writing.

Please submit these materials electronically in a single attachment to the professor who is teaching the course (see below) by 10 a.m. on Monday, January 18, 2010. Please use either Microsoft Word or rich-text-format for your attachment.

You may take one of these workshops along with either Hilton Als’s “James Baldwin in Black and White” or Paul La Farge’s “Space and Place in Fiction”; however, you may not take two courses designated as “advanced workshops” (ENG 326, 337, or 342) concurrently. If you are applying to more than one of these courses, please include the ranking of your request on your submission.

This information will also be available on the WesMaps pages for these courses.

Adjustment Deadline: 12/1/09

thumbnailCA66YGAZReminder:  The last day to make adjustments this semester to your spring course schedule is today, Tuesday, December 1 at 5 p.m.  You will still be able to drop and add courses during the first two weeks of the spring semester.

Remember to submit your ranked enrollment requests!

Ranked Enrollment Requests

Now is the time during pre-registration to submit your ranked enrollment requests for courses that you thumbnailCAULFOVVwould still like to add for the spring semester.  A ranked request lets the instructor know how you prioritize his or her course relative to others, and will often make decisions based on it, if space in the course becomes available.  The scheduling program also will take into account ranked requests in future semesters.  Keep checking for course openings during adjustment period, but make sure to submit your ranked enrollment requests before adjustment ends on December 1.

New NSM GenEd Course

MBB/Dance 108

Body Languages: Choreographing Biology  Spring 2010
Tuesday/Thursday 1:10-2:30 p.m.

MB&B and Dance, 1 Credit, NSM
Instructors: Manju Hingorani, Associate Professor, MB&B
Katja Kolcio, Associate Professor, Dance

The course will present an introduction to human biology from the cellular to organismal level.  This subject will be examined through scientific and choreographic perspectives.  Students will have the opportunity to practice movement awareness and learn basic principles of choreography, and will apply these skills to exploration of human biology.  Each class will involve lecture, discussion and movement components.

Required Texts:
Alberts et al., Essential Cell Biology ,3rd Edition, Garland Science Press.
Foster, Susan, Reading Dancing: Bodies and Subjects in Contemporary Dance, Wesleyan University Press.
Select additional readings and video viewings.

thumbnailCABFMIXMInterpretation: This course requires students to develop their ability to interpret, investigate and communicate the subject of biology through physical movement study and choreographic composition.

Designing, Creating and Realizing:  This course requires students to actualize their understanding and investigation of biology through the completion and performance of a series of movement studies and dance compositions.  Their work will culminate in a final choreographic project that demonstrates thorough comprehension and analysis of course material. Students will learn various methods and paradigmatic approaches to movement invention, composition and performance as a medium for the investigation of biology.

Exams and Assignments: Short papers, movement studies, 1-2 written exams and a final performance project.

First-year Focus: Pre-registration

Thinking about what courses to take in the spring  semester?

Trying to figure out possible majors and gateways?

Have questions about FYIs?  General Education? Essential Capabilities?  

Exploring the curriculum?

 First-year Focus

Drop by Usdan 108 on November 11, 2009

6:15pm-7:15 p.m.

 Get YOUR questions answered by

Dean Brown, Registrar Anna van der Burg, and Peer Advisors.

Snacks provided with an opportunity to win a gift card to Broad Street Books!

First Day of Class: Attendance & Course Level

If you are enrolled in a course, you must attend the first class or else the instructor can give your seat to another student.  You must either confirm through your portfolio that the instructor has dropped you from the course or go through the process of dropping it from your schedule yourself through your portfolio.  This is good information for you to know, especially if you want to check out another course that meets at the same time.  You risk losing the seat that you do have.

thumbnailCAG0PBU6If you are unsure about which level of course to attend, check out the course textbooks at Broadstreets Bookstore.  That, in conjunction with reviewing the course syllabus, talking with the instructor when the course meets, and consulting again with your faculty advisor should help you make a decision.

Another FYI course

The FYI course, ANTH165-01, All Our Relations? Kin, Kinship, and the Politics of Knowledge was mistakenly listed as carrying 0 credits. The error has been corrected (it’s a normal, 1-credit course), but you may have passed it over as a result.   If you are interested in Anthropology, check it out.  The course is taught by Professor Gillian Goslinga, Tu & Th 9-10:20 a.m., Fisk 116.

New Courses–an FYI and a Spanish

As you think about your course schedule for today’s meeting with your faculty advisor, check out the blog posting on the side bar, “Creating Your Course Schedule,” and consider the new course described below.

COMP 134, Human and Machine Inference, is a freshman year initiative (FYI) course taught by Professor Eric thumbnailCA0H113DAaron on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m. in Exley Science Center 137.  Enrollment is limited to 20 first year students.

This course will explore how people and computers perform inference–the process of reaching conclusions based on premises–with investigation of computational, philosophical, and psychological perspectives. Discussions of puzzles and brainteasers will help expose and illuminate intricacies of inference.   Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM MATH

Spanish for Heritage Speakers SPAN 203 FALL 2009

thumbnailCA7SHKPIStudents who take this course must:   1) Speak Spanish as language of heritage, but have a limited ability (and/or confidence) in their language skills in Spanish; and 2) have placed into SPAN112 or above.

Emphasis is placed on the following: development of linguistic strategies that advance students’ written and oral expression beyond the colloquial level; grammatical and orthographic norms of Spanish; critical reading (reading for understanding and analyzing what is read); and expansion of vocabulary. The linguistic work will be conducted through course materials that explore, through a variety of literary and nonliterary texts, the use of Spanish in the United States.

This is a POI course not offered every year.  Professor Ana Pérez-Gironés, MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m. in FISK414.

Creating a Course Schedule

thumbnailCA7Z1T6RAs you think about developing your fall semester course schedule, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.  Overall, you want to think about how your courses relate (or not) to one another and to think about taking courses across divisions (H&A, SBS, NSM) and within a division rather than loading up on several courses in one department, so that you get both breadth and depth.  Your first year is a time to explore while keeping connected to areas of interest and possible majors.  Other suggestions are to: 

  • challenge yourself in a new subject area—maybe in a course unique to Wes—as well as in a subject you love;
  • choose courses with different kinds of work: analytic, creative, quantitative, experiential, written (not all thumbnailCAYAHNW0reading and writing);
  • enroll in courses with means of evaluation that differ from one another (papers, tests, labs,  performance, etc.) and that come at different points in the semester;
  • get courses that vary in size (seminar and an intro);
  • begin fulfilling General Education Expectations;
  • strengthen your Essential Capabilities;
  • distribute your courses throughout the week (not all Tues./Thurs.);
  • spread your courses throughout the day (three in a row is a killer!); and
  • make sure you schedule time for lunch!

For each of the four courses in your ideal schedule, you should identify a back-up course (in case you do not get in due to classes being full, schedule conflicts, etc.).  Then you should identify a back-up for each of your back-ups (for the same reasons), keeping in mind your overall educational goals.  This strategy will generate good course options to discuss with your faculty advisor in your individual meeting on Thurs., Sept. 3.  In this focused discussion, it is important to stay open to your advisor’s suggestions as well.  Your peer advisor will be available to work with you on Wednesday, if you would like help in your planning.   

This “back-up” strategy also will help you stay organized and on track during adjustment and drop/add.  While you may not get all four of your ideal courses, you will certainly get some of the twelve you have identified, and will continue to find new course possibilities through this process.   With the permission of your faculty advisor and the course instructor, you also may drop and add classes during the first two weeks of classes.