Theme 4 FIG Courses

Learning from the Past, Working to Change the Future

Using an integrative approach, this FIG pairing (UNV101, HIS121, ENG110) aims to offer first-year students the tools to help them become learners who take charge of their learning and citizens who are actively engaged within their schools, communities, and the world.

To achieve these goals, the FIG pairing focuses on:

  • identifying strategies for undergraduate success
  • gaining fundamental academic skills across various disciplines
  • developing a coherent understanding of the present firmly grounded in history

At the end of the semester, students will conduct research on real-life issues and present solutions that would bring about change. Participating in this learning community allows students to fulfill the GE requirements in three areas (A2, D2, and E).

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Theme: Social Justice by the Numbers

UNV 101, Section 12
Personal, Societal and Intellectual Development (First Year Seminar)

Day/Time: M/W 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Instructor: Carolyn Yarnall

About this Course

Are you interested in social justice issues? Do you want to learn concrete ways to quantify injustice and work to effect change? In this course we will use mathematics and data to explore, examine, and respond to a variety of current issues involving social equity, power, and fairness. Through interactive class sessions, we will explore different topics including: fair housing wages, racial injustice, equity in education, and wealth inequality in the United States


ENG 110, Section 18
Freshman Composition Accelerated

Day/Time: M/W 2:30 – 3:45 pm
Instructor: Sumino Otsuji

About this Course

Have you thought about using the power of writing to make changes in our world? In this course, we will develop rhetorical knowledge and critical thinking skills to understand social injustice topics while engaging in the writing process that includes pre-writing, drafting, editing, and revising. We will use relevant, interesting, and current topics to read, discuss, and write. In this process, you are encouraged to speak out and challenge the status quo and to come up with creative ways to solve problems that you see in the schools, community, and the world around you. Writing will not just be used to receive a grade; instead, writing will be used for self-reflection, research, communication, expression, and social change.


HIS 121, Section 02
World History II: from 1500 to Present

Time: M/W 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Instructor: Sunhee Yoon

About this Course

Have you ever wondered how history informs the world today? Chronologically and thematically organized, this course explores global history by examining different modes of global connectivity from 1500 to the present.

By focusing on:

  • the movement of peoples, ideas, and commodities,
  • the global dominance of the West, and
  • neoliberal globalization, we will explore the historical origins of social and global wealth and inequalities.