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First Year Programs

GEN ST 199 Curriculum

General Studies 199 (GEN ST 199) is a two-credit hour course which serves to create learning communities for students new to the University of Washington and provides information about university, co-curricular, and academic resources.  Through class interaction and activities, this course will help you navigate the UW, begin to identify your campus community, and engage in classroom discussions with a small group of peers; establishing skills that will help you to be successful at the UW. All course assignments and in class activities will focus on four themes:

  • Major Exploration & Investigation,
  • Critical Thinking & Research
  • Community Engagement – both on campus and within the greater Seattle area
  • Identifying career pathways