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World Literature and the Nobel Prize–3 credits this fall

Autumn 2017

C LIT 200

SLM: 12001

Tuesday 12:30-2:20, Quiz sections Thursday

3 credits (C/NC), VLPA

This course offers a grand tour of world literature as seen through the writings of Nobel Prize winners.

Check out the link below for more details!


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Summer course in math education!

EDUC 171: Math for Upper Elementary

and Middle Grades Teachers

Summer, 2017, A-term
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8 – 11:30
(5 credits, Letter-graded)

This course aims to deepen your knowledge of mathematics in a manner that would allow you to become a thoughtful and confident teacher of mathematics in the upper elementary or middle grades.

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NEAR E 429 in Summer Quarter


NEAR E 429: Islamic Mystical Literature

(5 credits)

Tuesday-Thursday 1:10-3:20

Condon Hall 141

SLN Number 12514

An overview of the development of mystical and spiritual literature in the Islamic world as it functions within the institutional structure of Sufism, with representative readings from principal Sufi authors and poets, including Rabi‘a al-‘Adawiyah (d. 801 C.E.),Mansur al-Hallaj (d. 922 C.E.), Nizami Ganjavi (d. 1209 C.E.), Farid al-Din ‘Attar (d, 1221 C.E.), and Jalal al-Din Rumi (d. 1273 C.E.). This quarter, the course will focus on Arabic and, to a lesser extent, Persian language and literature. Since this is a NE prefix course (not an ARAB or PERS course) we will only be reading texts in English translation.

Therefore, no knowledge of Arabic (or any other language except English) is required


NEAR E 429 Islamic Mystical Literature.pdf

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AUT17- ESS307 Diversity Outreach


This course examines issues of diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while also providing students with the opportunity to build on the knowledge by directly engaging in community efforts to promote and increase access to STEM for underserved students in the Pacific Northwest. The core of the course relies on the critical analysis of the relationship between science, diversity, and social justice. Students will also receive hands-on training in STEM lesson planning, interactive workshop design, and how to design culturally appropriate outreach activities.

This class will provide the opportunity for undergraduates to lead Earth and Space Sciences outreach in rural and underserved areas. Undergraduates will gain critical skills for increasing the interest and expertise of Earth and Space Sciences content for middle and high school students. Undergraduates will be exposed to and experience firsthand the barriers that underserved and underrepresented populations in the Northwest face prior to pursuing careers in STEM.

ESS307 is open to all students with an academic background in STEM. Prerequisites can be discussed in a case by case basis by contacting Isabel Carrera at


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Summer A Term Course: Scandinavia in World Affairs




  • Learn about norm entrepreneurs
  • Understand Brexit and the EU
  • Earn credits in Scandinavian Studies, Euro Studies, or Poli Sci
  • Satisfy Individuals & Societies (I&S) requirement

Professor Christine Ingebritsen

Summer 2017, A Term

MTWThF 10:20-12:30

How to small states cope in an era of globalism? Why do some states resist membership in NATO and the EU? In this class, questions of foreign, economic, and security policy will all be examined in relation to the Nordic States. Take advantage of summer quarter: smaller class sizes, more access to instructors, and get a class done in half the time!

Ingebritsen 326.pdf

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ESS 420 AUT 2017 Course Flyer

Check out the course flyer for ESS 420: Introduction to GIS for the Earth Sciences!

Course Overview:
Earth surface phenomena generally do not occur in uniform patterns, but are instead
heterogeneously distributed across space. Hence, the ability to examine and analyze these spatial patterns is an incredibly useful tool for earth scientists – and one such analytic tool at our disposal is the use of geographic information systems (GIS). This hands-on computer lab and lecture course provides an introduction to the use of GIS in the earth sciences. We begin by covering the fundamentals of GIS, including the way spatial data are represented and stored, the software tools available (with a focus on ESRI ArcGIS), and many of the fundamental methods of analysis. This introduction also includes some of the theoretical aspects of GIS. The course covers these fundamentals through examples in the earth sciences and beyond, and then explores various earth science applications of GIS in greater depth. Topics include discussion of imported data for GIS analysis, introductions to analyses of topography and hydrologic flow, mapping and analysis, and a brief overview of other geomorphologic phenomena for which GIS can serve as a useful if not essential tool. For more information, contact Steven Walters,
Note: This course (or equivalent) is required for the 3-week field, 3-week GIS section of “ESS 400: Field Geology”

It’s worth noting that the Spring section of ESS 420 tends to fill up quickly (because many of our students need it as a prerequisite for field camp in Summer), so for students from other departments who’d like to take the course, we’d strongly encourage them to plan to take it in Autumn.

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Friday Harbor Labs Research Apprenticeship Info Session

Friday Harbor Labs Autumn Course Information Session

Pelagic Ecosystem Function in the San Juan Archipelago (PEF) Research Apprenticeship

When: Tuesday, May 16 11:30-12:20
Where: Ocean Sciences Building (OSB) Rm. 425

Explore the ‘PEF’ research apprenticeship with this 50 minute info-session on campus. Meet one of the three faculty Dr. Jan Newton of the UW Applied Physics Laboratory to learn more about what you will learn through a full quarter of undergraduate research, and find out how to apply.

What is the PEF Research Apprenticeship?

Now in its 14th year, this very successful apprenticeship, Pelagic Ecosystem Function (PEF), uses the natural laboratory of the waters in the San Juan Archipelago to investigate the workings of a unique pelagic (open water) ecosystem. Friday Harbor is an ideal place for pelagic ecosystem studies because here, inputs from oceanic realms and major river systems are mixed by powerful tidal currents, creating an oceanographically complex habitat that supports a diverse community of plankton, fishes, seabirds, and marine mammals.

  • Spend autumn quarter at Friday Harbor Labs immersed in a single, fifteen-credit research apprenticeship with a cohort of up to 12 other students.
  • Be mentored by three faculty with expertise in oceanography, aquatic and fishery sciences, and marine birds and mammals.
  • Apply for a Mary Gates Research Scholarship and earn up to $3,000 to support your tuition.

Read more about the PEF apprenticeship, and see examples of student work here


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ENV H 406/506: Disasters and Public Health

ENV H 406/506 Disasters and Public Health
AUT 2017 3 cr open to all majors, no prerequisites

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A comprehensive overview of public health and environmental health disasters, their consequences, and the role of public health agencies and practitioners in

preparedness, response, and recovery. This course:

  • Employs an all-hazards, domestic perspective to explore different types of natural, biological, chemical, radiological, nuclear, and other human-caused disasters.
  • Uses a combination of course lectures, readings, case studies, discussion, and debate to examine the public and environmental health community’s role in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters.
  • Develops proficiency in analyzing and evaluating the public health response to  disasters and identifying solutions and methods for improvement.


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Summer 2017 B-Term: Geography 258 – Digital Geographies

Geography 258 teaches students new and interesting digital tools for storytelling and mapping and has wide application across disciplines. The course also takes a critical look at the implications of digital spatial technologies.



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Explore the Marine Biology Minor!

Are you interested in studying marine biology at the University of Washington (UW)?
The UW currently offers a minor in marine biology. Students are encouraged to declare the marine biology minor during their freshmen or sophomore years and immediately join a community of researchers and students interested in marine organisms, ecosystems, and conservation. All marine biology minors participate in hands-on learning in tandem with their coursework through labs and field trips, research with faculty, and other exciting opportunities. The minor combines courses from Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Oceanography, Biology, and our marine field station at Friday Harbor Labs.

To explore the minor:
– see all minor course requirements on the attached planning sheet. The minor can pair with any major.
– contact the Marine Bio adviser Joe Kobayashi at to schedule an advising appointment.
marbio minor sheet 2017 A.pdf

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CHID Autumn Course Offerings!









Comparative History of Ideas Program

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Take French or Italian courses this summer (VLPA, Study Abroad)

Take French or Italian courses this summer and earn VLPA and pre-requisite course-work to study abroad! First year language courses through 103 can count for VLPA if you have already met your FL requirement.

Summer Term A June 19-July 19
Summer Term B July 20-August 18
Full Term June 19-August 18

To make an appointment with Sabrina Tatta, the French and Italian Studies Undergraduate Adviser, go to
FIS flier 2017 summer courses – UPDATED 1.pdf

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Canada Field Studies June 13th – June 20th 2017

Dear UofW Students,

We need (4) more students for the Canada Field Studies trip to be a go. It will be June 13th – June 20th, 2017. You will visit Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa. You can earn 3-6 credits, which can count towards I&S or URBDP or UED Minors or Electives. Professor Fritz Wagner has led this trip many times and sets up great speakers and field trips. Your lodging would be all arranged.

You would need to pay Summer tuition, but if you are already attending Summer Quarter, this would be a great start to the summer. You would miss the first two days of Summer Quarter, but I think you’d find many professors would allow this, if you discussed this with them ahead of time.

I’ve attached the itinerary and poster, with more information. I’ve also attached the LARCH Summer Quarter Course List, for SLN#s. You can register for LARCH 495A or URBDP 498C/598C. Please register ASAP, or the class will be cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Fritz Wagner at:
Quebec_Poster 2017 _12-14.doc

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Reading the Elwha: Camping Trip Class this Summer!


Elwha Poster.pdf

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ENV H 305 (3 credits, Autumn 2017)



Explore How Toxicology Protects the Health of Communities


What chemical and physical hazards exist in the environment? Where do they come from, where do they go, and how

do we come in contact with them or avoid them? What health effects can they cause, and how can we minimize their

negative impacts? Through an exploration of five case-based modules, this course will help you critically evaluate media

reports about environmental hazards to human health by applying the core principles of toxicology, the science of poisons.


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MWF 12:30 – 1:20

HSB T747 | 3 credits, graded

Open to all majors. Fulfills I&S and NW requirements


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Autumn Courses: Sexually Transmitted Infections; Maternal & Child Health

UW Epidemiology is excited to offer the following undergraduate courses for Autumn 2017.


EPI 220 – Sexually Transmitted Infections: Causes & Consequences


Who gets STIs and why?  How do you prevent  and treat STIs?  What new STIs have recently emerged?  In this course, you will:


•        Identify populations at risk for STIs

•        Gain familiarity with infectious disease epidemiology

•        Outline risk factors for STI & HIV infection

•        Evaluate STI prevention interventions


No prerequisites.  All majors are encouraged to enroll.  This is a great course for students preparing for careers in a health related field.  A basic understanding of biology is required.  Areas of Knowledge: I&S, NW, & QSR.


SLN: 14900; 5 credits; Lecture meets: T/Th 3:00–4:20 p.m.; Quiz meets: F 11:30–12:20 p.m. or F 12:30-1:20 p.m.; Instructor: Lisa Manhart


Additional details about the course are provided on the attached flyer or can be found here.  Direct questions to


EPI 221 – Maternal & Child Health – A Population Health Approach


This course will provide an overview of:


•        Indicators and contemporary issues in maternal and child health

•        Determinants of pregnancy complications and poor child health outcomes

•        Life course approach to maternal and child health


No prerequisites.  All majors are encouraged to enroll.  This is a great course for students preparing for careers in a health related field.  Areas of Knowledge: NW.


SLN: 14904; 5 credits; Lecture meets MW 1:00-2:20 p.m.; Quiz meets F 12:30-1:20 p.m.; Instructor: Daniel Enquobahrie


Additional details about the course are provided on the attached flyer or can be found here.  Direct questions to



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Fall quarter Community Literacy Program–English 498 + 491

English 498B + English 491B = the Community Literacy Program that serves as a bridge between undergraduate and Teacher Education Program curriculum, and includes an internship working with public school students and teachers as you complete your undergraduate degree.

In English 498B (5 credits) students meet twice weekly on campus (TuTh 10:30-12:20) in a writing-intensive capstone seminar focused on building community, understanding equity and difference, working effectively with each other and with K-12 students, exploring central challenges and opportunities for transformative public education, and examining the role of mindfulness, compassion and emotional intelligence in learning.  Students gain skill and confidence in using writing, discussion and presentation to develop and share their thinking, and to relate class and internship experience to their academic, personal, civic and career goals.   All major writing assignments are discussed in conferences with the instructor, training in relevant research methods is provided by UW Education librarians, and a final career-related assignment is taught in partnership with the UW Career Center.

In English 491 Internship (3 credits) students gain K-12 classroom experience and mentoring, and put what they learn on campus into action in a partner “high needs” public school setting (4 hours a week, on a flexible schedule you arrange). Placements are available in elementary, middle and high school classrooms. English 491 may be used toward the field work or elective requirement for the Education, Learning and Society (ELS) Minor, and as documentation of school-based work for applying toTeacher Education Programs.

For add codes and with questions: contact instructor Elizabeth

Community Literacy Program flyer .pdf

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Summer 2017: ASTRO 101 and 150


Looking for a great way to earn Natural World (NW) or Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) credits this summer? Consider taking an astronomy class from one of our award-winning instructors! Both classes are for the full Summer Quarter.

ASTR 101 – Introduction to Astronomy

Astronomy 101 will give you an introduction to stars, galaxies and the universe, with more emphasis on conceptual than on mathematical comprehension. The course covers modern theories, observations; ideas concerning nature, evolution of galaxies; quasars, stars, black holes, planets, and the solar system. Not open for credit to students who have taken ASTR 102 or ASTR 301; not open to upper-division students majoring in physical sciences or engineering.

5 credits (NW, QSR)

ASTR 150 – The Planets

Astronomy 150 is for liberal arts and beginning science students. Survey of the planets of the solar system, with emphases on recent space exploration of the planets and on the comparative evolution of the Earth and the other planets.

5 credits (NW only)





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ESRM 404: Plant Microbiology Lab (Summer 2017)

Plant Microbiology Lab Course

ESRM 404‐ Summer 2017 (Full term)
Mon/Fri 9:30-11:20
5 credits

The Plant Microbiology Lab offers students an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in basic microbiology skills including growing bacterial cultures, assessing strains for symbiotic traits, and inoculating plants and testing for plant growth and health impacts.
Basic molecular biology skills will also be taught as the students identify some of the microorganisms by PCR and sequence analysis.

Designed by Prof. Sharon Doty
Taught by Tony Rho

Questions about the course? Contact us!
2017summer_Plant Microbiology Lab Course_Ad.pdf

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Friday Harbor Labs Info Session This Thursday, April 20th!

Friday Harbor Labs Info Session: Autumn Quarter 2017

Spend autumn quarter studying at the UW’s marine field station in the San Juan Islands. Get started by attending an info session this Thursday:

INFO SESSION: Autumn Quarter at Friday Harbor

When: Thursday, April 20, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Where: Mary Gates Hall Center for Experiential Learning (MGH 171 E)


Find out more about the info session at:


FHL autumn 2017 info session slide.pptx

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