Western Program (WST)

WST 110. Introduction to Contemporary Topics. (1)

Draws on experiences of guest faculty and alumni speakers to model how engaged learning leads to informed action. Readings on the chosen focus emphasize an integrative perspective; students may repeat the course for credit when the topic changes.

WST 120. Peer Leadership Practicum. (1)

Trains students to take a leadership role in inquiry, peer education, and campus outreach.

WST 177. Independent Studies. (0-5)

WST 201. Self and Place. (3) (MPF)

Investigates various disciplinary models for how place and identity interact in American culture, and, specifically, how the local environment, including geographical location, ethnic traditions, and family traditions, impact our lives. Students draw upon their own life experiences to begin to formulate their intellectual interests. IIB. CAS-B.

WST 204. Introduction to Service-Learning. (3)

Focuses on the integration of service and community engagement with academic goals as pedagogy. Students will learn how to identify authentic community needs and match them with academic goals. Students will participate in Service-Learning throughout the semester.
Cross-listed with SJS.

WST 231. Interdisciplinary Inquiry. (3; maximum 6)

Introduction to the relevance of interdisciplinary approaches to learning in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Explores the process of inquiry-based discovery through instructor-generated inquiries, student-generated inquiries, and discipline-specific methods and techniques. Particular theme or topic will differ each semester. CAS-B-Humanities OR CAS-C Social Science.

WST 251. Individualized Studies Seminar. (1)

Provides students with the tools to chart their personal plan of study.

WST 277. Independent Studies. (0-5)

WST 301. Interdisciplinary Problems and Questions. (3)

Considers a complex topic from multiple perspectives. Identifies the distinct vantage points offered by different fields of inquiry, including philosophical, aesthetic, scientific and historical discourse, with an emphasis on achieving an integrative understanding of the topic. Team-taught by two or more faculty members with different disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary expertise. CAS-B-Humanities OR CAS-C Social Science.

WST 304. Theory Into Action: Service-Learning. (3)

Focuses on sustaining community and faculty partnerships as part of cultivating a culture of service and reflection through Service-Learning.
Prerequisite: SJS/WST 203 or instructor approved course.
Cross-listed with SJS.

WST 315. Inquiry Process Workshop. (2)

Course explains the techniques and methods used in inquiry, the investigative approaches used in different disciplines, and the process of peer review. The course is designed for students in any major who would like to learn about the inquiry process and serves also as an integral part of the training for Western Mentors.

WST 321. Developing Interdisciplinary Projects: Exploring Ways of Knowing. (3)

Investigates a complex topic with attention to methods and theoretical approaches from the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts, emphasizing the tensions that emerge from the interplay of different sources of information. Students identify and critique distinctive approaches to integrate multiple perspectives on the course topic. CAS-B-Humanities OR CAS-C-Social Science.

WST 322. Developing Interdisciplinary Projects: Art and Politics of Representation. (3)

Investigates a complex topic with specific attention to developing competence in the analytical and rhetorical tools for interdisciplinary inquiry in the arts, humanities, sciences, and/or social sciences. Based on course topic, students identify and analyze representational practices (e.g., written texts, performances, new media, statistical surveys, scientific studies) to promote the development of creative strategies for representing and addressing complex problems and questions. CAS-B-Humanities OR CAS-C Social Science.
Prerequisite: WST 421.

WST 340. Internship. (0-20)

WST 341. Interdisciplinary Synthesis and Action. (3)

Integrates diverse methods of inquiry to assist the development of student outreach projects that synthesize learning about a complex topic. Working on their own or in teams, students develop action-based approaches with a strong aspect of public performance and/or engagement. CAS-B-Humanities OR CAS-C Social Science.

WST 377. Independent Studies. (0-5)

WST 397. American Environmental History. (3)

Introduction to human-natural environment relationships in English North America and the United States, ca. 1600 to present. Chronological and regional approach with emphasis upon political economy and the American conservationist/environmentalist movement.
Cross-listed with AMS 397 and HST 397.

WST 421. Senior Project Proposal Workshop. (3)

Supports student planning of senior project by focusing on proposal formulation, action plan, literature analysis, methodology, and project evaluation/assessment; culminates in public defense of full proposal with program faculty and students.

WST 444. Senior Workshop and Project. (3) (MPC)

Provides a forum in which students share with peers the process of writing, revising, researching, or otherwise executing the planned project. Work with direction of a faculty adviser. Students work individually or in teams to develop means of senior project delivery, e.g., by submission of research paper suitable for conference presentation or journal publication; theatrical or multimedia performance; gallery showing.
Prerequisite: WST 421.

WST 445. Senior Workshop and Project. (2) (MPC)

Provides a forum in which students share with peers the process of writing, revising, researching, or otherwise executing the planned project. Work with direction of a faculty adviser. Students work individually or in teams to develop means of senior project delivery, e.g., by submission of research paper suitable for conference presentation or journal publication; theatrical or multimedia performance; gallery showing.
Prerequisite: WST 421.

WST 477. Independent Studies. (0-5)