Welcome to FWS
Welcome to First-Year Writing Seminar (FWS 101)! This course introduces first-year students to Cottey’s threads of leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness while teaching foundational writing skills.
Watch special welcome videos created by the FWS instructors below.
FWS 101 will help you:
- Expand your understanding of “writing” and “texts,”
- Hone your intellectual skills, specifically critical reading, thinking, and writing, and adapt those to college-level work,
- Write in different genres for varied audiences,
- Become introduced to the values of Cottey to better understand Cottey’s mission, as well as the value of a Liberal Arts and Sciences education, and
- Establish a learning and social community that helps you develop bonds with other students, which will help increase your success.
FWS 101 has unique course elements that help accomplish these goals:
- An annual common reader selected by the Cottey community. This text provides examples of Cottey’s threads in action and serves as the basis for many class discussions.
- Out-of-class special events. These allow you to expand your understanding of Cottey’s threads and experience them in new contexts.
- Sections taught by instructors from various academic disciplines.
MORE ABOUT FWS 101
- All first-semester Cottey students participate in FWS to improve their writing, gain an introduction to Cottey, develop a sense of identity, and connect with the campus community.
- FWS courses are taught by faculty from across various disciplines – Writing, International Relations, Physics, Environmental Science, Leadership and Anthropology to name a few.
- Classes are a mixture of discussion, lecture, and experiential learning.
- All sections of FWS will cover the same course material. Sections will read the same common reader and writing textbook and produce the same major writing assignments. Individual instructors make determinations in terms of daily work/in-class work with readings as well as informal writing assignments (in-class writing, response writings, reflections, etc.).
CURRENT AND PAST INSTRUCTORS
- Dr. Jonathan Green, Writing, Writing Center Director
- Professor Denise Carrick Hedges, Director of Leadership Development
- Dr. Peter Hyland, Physics and Astronomy
- Dr. Jackie Lordo, Music
- Dr. Mary Mba, French and Francophone
- Dr. Sarah Polo, Writing, FWS Coordinator
- Dr. Sarah Quick, Anthropology
- Dr. Oindrila Roy, International Relations
WHAT FWS IS NOT
- FWS 101 is not an orientation or experience class to help you learn “how to do college.” While you may learn skills to help you succeed in college, these skills, like time management and study habits, are not the focus of this course.
- FWS 101 is not a busy-work course. This is an academic seminar course worth three credits, and it is a requirement in Cottey’s general education core. View this class as you would any other college-level course.
- FWS 101 is not an English class. This course counts for a writing requirement, but the FWS designation doesn’t not belong to a department or major, making the course unique. Additionally, this class is taught by faculty across multiple disciplines to help expose you to the variety and importance of writing beyond English courses alone.