IDL 190
FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN THE HUMANITIES 
EXPLORING HUMANITIES/COLLEGE SUCCESS

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GOAL:
   
This course is a modified version of the “college success” course Northern has offered incoming freshman for more than 20 years.  It is geared particularly to students who intend to major in English and/or history, but it will serve also as a good introductory course for most students starting their college careers.

The main purpose of this class is to help you make the most out of your years at Northern.  It will include cover the basic study skills necessary for success at the university level, (e.g., note-taking) and some of the more advanced skills necessary to doing college-level research in the humanities (e.g., interpreting primary sources).

Perhaps the most important part of the class is the chance to meet regularly with other freshmen whose academic interests are similar to your own, and (perhaps) to make some life-long friendships.  The class should also make sure that at least one professor on campus knows who you are and will act as an advocate on your behalf.

TEXTBOOK/SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS

I have prepared a brief textbook for this class, Dragons, History Professors, and Other Hazards of College Life: An Incomplete Guide to Academic Success at Northern. You might find it useful to skim through *all* of this book right away. Make sure you have read the appropriate chapter for each week’s session before class. Your final exam will include a multiple-choice test on the entire text.

This years “Common Read” book is Salt to the Sea.  All freshmen at NSU will be reading at least portions of the book. The author (Ruta Sepetys) will be coming to campus on October 4, and you should plan to attend his presentation. 

REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:

There will be a short assignment and/or quiz for each day the class meets. Most of these will be easy—if you have done the requested reading! Your course grade will be based on attendance, participation in campus activities, and successful completion of the class assignments and quizzes each of which will account for approximately 1/3 of your class grade.

You can find the class blog at http://dragonsandprofessors2016.blogspot.com/. Please check the blog for new assignments each week and add your comments. Most of the class assignments involve posting comments to the blog.   The blog is *also* the place to note your participation in campus activities.   

CAMPUS LIFE:

Getting integrated into the life of the campus is an important part of college success. Getting involved in one of the student clubs, attending musical or theater presentations, participating in CAB activities, etc. will tend to make you a more successful student.  If you attend 8-10 activities and add a comment to the blog, you’ll get an “A” campus participation grade.  I will give you double credit for attending the common read speaker’s presentation. 
 
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:

8/22   Let’s Start at the Very Beginning (Dragons I and II)
8/24   Does Anybody Really Know what Time Management Is? (Dragons III)

8/29    Note Well How to Note Well (Dragons IV)
8/31    Classroom Full of Stars

9 /5     *** Labor Day: No Class ***
9/7     There and Back Again: Finding the Hidden Treasures of NSU (Report on Activities Fair).

9/12   Learning to Read All Over Again (Dragons V)
9/14   Worth a Second Look: What Makes a Classic Classic? (Please bring Just Mercy to class)

9/19   Why Study When You Can Complain? (Please bring Just Mercy to class)
9/21   Spitting Back What They’ve Spit at You (Midterm Review)

9/26   Yip, Yip, Yip, Yip, Mmm, Mmm, Get a What???? (Career Planning with Brit Lorenz)
9/28   How to Find What You are Looking For (Information Literacy Test—Laura Hess)

10/3   How to Slay a Dragon—or at Least Keep from Getting Toasted (Dragons X)
10/5   Déjà vu All Over Again (Getting ready for next semester!)

M 10/10        *** Native American Day: No Classes ***
W 10/12  They Say That All Good Things Must End (Final Exam) 

NSU DISABILITY POLICY:

Northern State University recognizes its responsibility for creating an institutional climate in which students with disabilities can thrive.  If you have any type of disability for which you require accommodations, please contact the NSU Office of Disability Services (626-2371, Student Center 217) as soon as possible to discuss your particular needs.

**** IMPORTANT NSU POLICIES THAT MAY AFFECT YOU.  PLEASE READ!!! ***


1.  REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION POLICY:

All students are required to complete Attendance Confirmation and pay their tuition and fee charges no later than the third day of the semester. To do this, log in to WebAdvisor, click on "Fall 2017 Attendance Confirmation", and follow the steps indicated. Financial aid refunds will not be processed until the Attendance Confirmation has been completed. Failure to pay your bill and complete the Attendance Confirmation will result in the cancellation of your enrollment. Contact the Finance Office in the Krikac Administration Building, email nsustudentaccount@northern.edu, or call 626-2566 with any questions concerning this.

2.  NSU DISABILITY POLICY:

Northern State University recognizes its responsibility for creating an institutional climate in which students with disabilities can thrive.  If you have any type of disability for which you require accommodations, please contact the NSU Office of Disability Services (626-2371, Student Center 217) as soon as possible to discuss your particular needs.

3.  BOARD OF REGENTS ACADEMIC FREEDOM POLICY:

Under Board of Regents and University policy student academic performance may be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled. Students who believe that an academic evaluation reflects prejudiced or capricious consideration of student opinions or conduct unrelated to academic standards should contact the academic dean administratively in charge of the class to initiate a review of the evaluation.

4.  ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT

Cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty and misconduct run contrary to the purposes of higher education.   Northern State University's official policy and procedures on cheating and academic dishonesty as outlined in the Northern State University Student Handbook applies to this course. Students caught cheating will receive a zero for the assignment.