Traditionally, students have begun their college experience with only lecture and broad survey courses. Professors talk. Students listen.
Say goodbye to that model and hello to Wesley’s new core curriculum, one that involves students actively in their education. With a firm grounding in the liberal arts, first-year courses will involve students in research, allow them to hone critical thinking and problem solving skills, and connect them to the college and the broader community. Here are just a few examples of new first-year seminars (FY100).
Examples of First Year Seminars
- Water Systems of the Coastal Plain: students apply the scientific method as they investigate waterways in their own back yard. Classroom study of environmental issues culminates in team field research.
- Hungry for Change: explores nutrition in the context of race, gender and economics. Students also get involved in the community through service learning outreach.
- Learning about Cultures through Mystery: students read crime and mystery novels written by international writers. Thus they discover "who did it" while learning about different cultures' approach to gender, race and economic backgrounds.
For a complete list of 2013 First Year Seminars, click here.
All of these courses offer a chance for first year students to get involved in action research from day one, learning skills through real world problem-solving.
Core Outcomes allow students to be able to:
2) Investigate, inquire, and evaluate
3) Integrate the liberating arts
4)Practice professionalism and ethical behavior
5) Understand multiple perspectives
6) Value ongoing intellectual curiosity
7) Balance personal goals with community needs
The new core is more focused on developing skills at each level of the students' four-year program; at each level skills become more sophisticated and complex.