Classes and Seminars
Take advantage of the opportunity to have a class within your community with fellow CRC residents and get some degree requirements covered at the same time. Click here to find Residence Hall Class Sections for CRC residents!
Why take a class in CRC? Our top five reasons:
- Learn with your neighbors; data CRC courses show that students taking CRC class sections interact more with each other and have discussion relevant to class more frequently in class and around the building.
- Interact directly with world-renowned faculty and their graduate students
- Who doesn't love to just walk down some stairs to go to class during a blizzard?
- Fill breadth requirements while having access to special course sections.
- Form study groups seamlessly!
A few highlights:
History/Geography/Environmental Studies 460: “American Environmental History,” with former CRC Faculty Director Bill Cronon: Environmental history studies the changing relationships between human beings and the natural world through time. The familiar terrain of American history looks very different when seen in its environmental context. Despite being numbered at the 400-level, this course is an introductory survey, with no prerequisites. It assumes no background in American history, geography, or environmental studies, and offers a general overview for students interested in any of these fields, from entry-level undergraduates through graduate students. Check out the flyer!
CRC First-Year Seminar, Integrated Liberal Studies 138: The way to adjust to college, make friends in CRC, and find your way on campus! Check out the flyer.
Africa: An Introductory Survey, ALL 277 CRC students have often recognized Dr. James Delehanty as an Honored Instructor, and he's teaching this interdisciplinary course this fall. If you're interested in Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, History, or Political Science, this course is worth a close look!
CRC Local: A course for CRC students and Alumni to turn their community work into concrete job skills and goals. Students will use their service experiences to form a deeper understanding of community involvement, relationship building, social justice, citizenship and job skill development. Special attention will be given to resume as a partnership building and interview skills. Check out the flyer.
CRC First Year Interest Group (FIG): Contemporary Neuroscience and the Psychology of Well-being
- Psychology 211 – Main FIG course
- Psychology 202 – Linking course, “Introduction to Psychology”
- Philosophy 101- Linking course, “Introduction to Philosophy”
Taught by CRC Faculty Director Dr. Caton Roberts from the Department of Psychology, this FIG will examine “big ideas” in the psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Throughout the course you’ll explore integrating scientific psychology with Buddhist and Western philosophy and religion. You’ll look at the scholarly movement of “Contemplative Neuroscience” where we’ll consider how the principle of brain plasticity helps explain the neurobiology of personal growth processes. Using research from Positive Psychology, we’ll also see how generating certain experiences can alter brain states and improve health and well-being. And we’ll practice the experiential exercises associated with the Mindful Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) which is used around the world. A willingness to explore a personal, daily meditation practice is part of this FIG.
Spring 2013 Class Selections
Student SEED Course seeks to create a respectful environment for students to engage in conversations about the impact of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and other defining aspects of identity on their personal lives, on their communities and in society as a whole. Unlike most UW classes, SEED students are expected to share their own personal stories and feelings regarding these aspects of identity in order to learn from each other and learn about themselves. We will also use readings, videos, reflective writing, and group dialogue to further students’ learning and understanding.
Course Impact: To give you an idea of how past participants feel about taking Student SEED, check out the video they created.
Pathways Writing Project The Rose Pathways Writing Project is a one-credit course ideal for anyone writing at least two papers in the spring semester (comm-a, comm-b, lit course, etc). Very little additional writing is required. And it will help you:
- Improve your academic writing
- Understand what makes writing successful
- Read and critically respond to the academic writing of others
- Reflect on, discuss, and revise writing for your classes
You will engage in thoughtful peer review in a small group setting facilitated by two advanced undergraduate Writing Fellows. A shared meal is included!
To apply for a spot in the class, please email the CRC Assistant Director.
With Class Connections, you can meet other residents in your hall who take the same classes. Class Connections also helps you to join existing study groups or create new ones of your own.