First-year Seminar Availability!

Professor Andy Curran, the director of curricular initiative and dean of the Arts and Humanities, wants to inform the Class of 2017 that there are several excellent first-year seminar classes that still have spots for the spring semester. These classes are writing intensive and are designed to demystify college writing, while still introducing you to an interesting discipline. A survey among students this year (on last year’s program) determined that students felt like they improved their writing and got a lot of the new FYS classes.

Here are the remaining classes:

ANTH111Hawai`i:   Myths and Realities
Section: Instructors: Times:
01 Kauanui,J.     Kehaulani ..T….     01:10PM-04:00PM;
02 Kauanui,J.     Kehaulani .M.W…     11:00AM-12:20PM;
COL115How   to Read a Literary Text
Section: Instructors: Times:
01 Fitzpatrick,Joseph     J. ..T.R..     10:30AM-11:50AM;
HIST138The   Environment and Society in Africa
Section: Instructors: Times:
01 Twagira,Laura     Ann ..T.R..     10:30AM-11:50AM;
HIST144What   Is History?
Section: Instructors: Times:
01 Eudell,Demetrius     L. ..T.R..     02:40PM-04:00PM;



Winter Session Course Enrollment–First-come, First-served

Registration is now open for Winter Session courses at Wesleyan.

Please note that enrollment is “First-Come, First-Served” and spaces are already being filled.

Winter Session course descriptions:

Registration form:

For complete information about Winter at Wesleyan including Winter Session courses, the Fullbridge Internship Edge, and the workshops and events offered by the Career Center, please go to

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Beman Triangle Dig — 9/28 & 9/29, between 1-4:30 p.m.

Students from ANTH326 “Middletown Materials:  Archeological Analysis” will be excavating at the Beman Triangle this coming archeological dig toolsweekend. For those not aware of the history of the site, this was home to a planned African American community, with close ties to the AME Zion Church, from the 1840s through to the late nineteenth century. We have been excavating behind two houses and have been finding a range of exciting materials relating to everyday life from the 1860s through to the early twentieth century, particularly pharmaceutical related artifacts.

If you are interested, we will be happy to introduce visitors to the site any time between 1pm and 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. You will be able to find us behind 21 Vine Street; the excavations are fairly obvious.

If you’re interested in doing more than just watching and would like to get your hands dirty, let me know. We have opportunities for volunteers to participate in the project. Please also feel free to circulate this information; we are open to the public, and welcome visitors from outside Wesleyan.

It looks to be perfect weather for being outside and checking out some history.

Professor Sarah Croucher, Anthropology

ENGL150–Second Section Added

Professor Sean McCann would like you to know that a second section of
the FYS ENGL 150—American Crazy: Five Myths of Extremism, Violence, and National Identity– has been added to WesMaps.   The seminar will look at five prominent cultural explanations for the high rates of personal violence in American history.  We’ll read some classic works of American literature and related texts, and students will conduct an independent research project.   The course will be writing intensive.

First-Year Seminars — Writing Intensive

To Members of the Class of 2017,

This year, Wesleyan has greatly increased the number of first-year writing seminars (FYS) for its first-year class. These classes will introduce students to a variety of topics ranging from volcanoes to music in downtown NYC. Some of these classes are quite focused; others provide a sweeping introduction into an interdisciplinary area of study that may be new to first-year students (e.g., Environment and Society in Africa). All of these classes, however, will emphasize the importance of writing at the university level.

These classes have been designed with you in mind. Students in first year seminars will become familiar thumbnailCALYMHMFwith the methods used to collect, interpret, analyze, and present evidence as part of a scholarly argument. Faculty teaching these classes will also highlight the type of writing associated with their respective disciplines, and help students develop, compose, organize, and revise their writing. All first-year seminars will have assignments totaling at least 20 pages, and will feature oral or written feedback on student writing; many will also employ peer-mentoring and writing tutors. FYSs are limited to 15 students.

FYS classes can be found at:!wesmaps_page.html?crse_list=FYS&term=1139&offered=Y#fall

Some new ones will soon be added, so you may want to check on the list from time to time.  There are also other first-year seminars and gateway courses offered, so you have a wide range of classes from which to choose.


Professor Andrew Curran, Dean for the Humanities and Arts and Coordinator for the FYSs