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QUEST II

After completing Quest I students are required to take a Quest II course in their next semester. These courses are capped at fifty students, focus on Ethical Reasoning, carry one of three Signature Questions, and are co-requisite with Comm 111 or WBIS/WRT 188, whichever course the student did not take in the first semester.

To extend the first-year experience from Quest I to Quest II, students are provided opportunities to plan their future in college, work, & life. This is achieved through the following Quest II components:

  • Exposure to student and academic organizations
  • Opportunities in undergraduate research/creative activity
  • Alumni class visits
  • Career & Professional Development
  • University engagement opportunities; e.g. Taste of UW Oshkosh, Student Leadership & Involvement Ceter (SLIC), Volunteer Fair, Study/Intern Abroad Fair, etc.

In addition to furthering the aims of a Liberal Education (like all courses in the USP), the Quest II course also begins to address the responsibility of “Ethical Reasoning” (with the “Ethical Action” component of the Essential Learning Outcome addressed more specifically in Quest III). Students gain awareness of central ethical issues experienced by practitioners in that discipline. Ethical reasoning can be broadly construed—from the deliberation of issues and claims to engagement with the driving or pressing questions within each academic field. The Quest II course exposes students to the process of reasoning within the stated focus of the course.

Signature Questions (SQ)

Civic Learning (CL): How do people understand and engage in community life?
Intercultural Knowledge (ICK): How do people understand and bridge cultural differences?
Sustainability (SUS): How do people understand and create a more sustainable world?

Quest II Catalog of Courses

Please see TitanWeb @ https://uwosh.edu/registrar/titanweb/ for most up-to-date course information.

Course Number & DescriptionSignature
Question
African American Studies 101Q2: Introduction to African American Studies (ES) (XC)
A survey of ideas, issues and traditions related over time to the experiences of people of black American ancestry in the United States.
ICK
Anthropology 204Q2: Cultural Anthropology (XS) (GC)
Focusing on the concept of 'culture', the course discusses the aims, methods, and achievements of anthropological research and presents a general model for comprehending human society.
ICK
Anthropology 232: Cultural Anthropology (XS)
Focusing on the concept of 'culture', the course discusses the aims, methods, and achievements of anthropological research and presents a general model for comprehending human society.
ICK
Art 120Q2: Arts & Leadership (XC)
This course focuses on the interconnection of arts and leadership by examining artistic creations from diverse cultures and creating artistic expression for personal strengths and leadership qualities. In this course, students will increase positive attitudes and ethical reasoning toward cultural diversity through learning in the arts, build knowledge about the connection between cultures and leadership, and develop artistic and conceptual skills that can be applied to their actions in their campus life and early careers. The goal of this course is to expand students' diverse ideas about world cultures and transform these understanding into effective leadership qualities through art.
ICK
Biology 117:The Right and Wrong of Healthcare Science (XS)
An introduction to the Environmental Health profession and science, for students declaring or considering a degree in Environmental Health. Topics will include: current "hot" fields and employment opportunities; roles and responsibilities of environmental health professionals (Registered Sanitarians) in society; professional ethics; critical thinking; scientific communications; planning (career choices, course selection, research experience, internships); and an introduction to campus faculty, staff and facilities. Students are encouraged to take this course as early as possible in their academic programs. Students with 90 or more credits must obtain department consent to enroll..
CL
Business 259Q2: Nudging the marketplace: Using Behavioral Economics to Improve Communities (XS)
This course explores the ways individuals systematically deviate from rational economic behavior and why it causes suboptimal outcomes in our communities. We will ask questions about how this irrational behavior shapes business, consumer behavior, government, philanthropy, the environment, and our personal lives. Our focus will be on studying various public policies while also considering the ethical implications of these policies. Special fees may apply.
CL
Chemistry 103Q2: Environmental Chemistry (XL)
This laboratory course will cover the chemistry of environmental topics such as: air pollution, ozone depletion, water pollution, acid rain, waste disposal and energy production. Occasionally tangentially related topics such as drug design and nutrition may be discussed. This course may be combined with Chemistry 104, to form a two semester sequence for the Bachelor of Science degree. NOTE: Chemistry 103 is not a prerequisite for higher level chemistry courses. Special fees may apply.
SUS
Chemistry 104: Environmental Chemistry (XL)
This laboratory course will teach the chemistry behind materials that society depends on: metals, ceramics, and polymers. Historic and economic impacts of their manufacture and use will be considered. Applications of advanced materials in fields such as electronics, aviation or art will be discussed. This course may be combined with Chemistry 103 to form a two-semester sequence for the Bachelor of Science degree. Note: Chemistry 104 is not a prerequisite for higher level chemistry courses.
SUS
English 206: Rhetoric or the Art of Moving Souls (XC)
Living in the Information Age and an era of information overload, what effectively captures our attention and imagination? Course participants will engage in the study of how messages "move souls" (as Aristotle defined rhetoric) through not only what is said but also how it is said. Messages in literature, images, tweets, and more lay the foundations of society and community. Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 110, or Comm 111.
ICK
English 210Q2: Classical and Medieval Literature (XC)
A study of the literature from antiquity to the Renaissance, which may include classical works of Greece, Rome, Britain, and continental Europe. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
CL
English 211: British Literature I (XC)
A study of English literature from its beginnings to 1800. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
SUS
English 212Q2: British Literature II (XC)
A study of English literature from 1800 to present. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
ICK
English 226Q2: Modern American Literature (XC)
A study of works by post-19th century American writers. Primarily for non-majors. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
ICK/SUS
English 227Q2: Modern World Literature (XC)
A study of works by modern world authors, in English or English translation, with a global emphasis. This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Recommended for non-majors. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
SUS
English 236:Foundational Texts of Western Literature (XC)
A study of the foundational myths and archetypes of Western literature, with a primary emphasis of Biblical and Greco-Roman mythology, but which may also include texts from Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Norse mythology. The aim is to provide students an introduction to the recurring stories, myths, and characters that populate Western literature, drama, and art from ancient times until the present day. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110.
CL
English 247: Introduction to Shakespeare (XC)
Introduction to Shakespeare is a course for non-English majors. It will cover several of the best-known plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, and Henry IV. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
SUS
Foreign Lang & Lit 220Q2: Encounter, Marvel and the Dark Side of Colonization in Latin-American Texts (XC) (GC)
This course examines the interpretation and re-articulation of what was conceived as a "New World" in texts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Europeans and indigenous writers from Mesoamerica and the Andes. For our analysis, we examine the medieval notion of "Wonder" as used in texts such as John de Mandeville and Marco Polo. Our study of how explorers, Conquistadors, friars, and indigenous writers understood and wrote about the New World and its peoples provides a context to appreciate diverse cultures and their traditions and investigate forms of and sources of interaction, interdependence, and inequity in Latin American societies.
ICK
Geology 104Q2: The Sustainable Earth (XL)
In-depth examination of the ways that humans can live sustainably with Earth. Includes inquiry activities that examine the social, ethical, environmental and economic impacts of humans living with: plate tectonic processes; national hazards/disasters; Earth and mineral resources; climate change; the rock, water/hydrologic, and carbon cycles, among other topics. Activities in the classroom, field, and laboratory focus on ways that humans can live harmoniously with Earth, protect Earth from damage and destruction, and work within the Earth system to attain social, environmental and economic justice and well-being. Course includes exploration of ethical responsibilities associated with sustainably living on the Earth. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: Geology 102, 104Q2, 110 or 150. Special Fees may apply.
SUS
History 101Q2: Early Civilization (XS)
Survey of development of civilizations, including beginnings in Mesopotamia and Egypt, through Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.
CL
History 105Q2: Topics in the History of Early Civilization (XS)
Selected topics in the History of Early Civilizations. It may be offered with different content.
The Conquest-Latin American
Ethnics and History in Asian Civilizations,
ICK
History 110Q2: Topics in the History of Modern Civilization (XS)
Selected topics in the History of Modern Civilizations. It may be offered with different content.
Resistance and Conformity in Nazi Germany
Alexander Hamilton's World
CL
History 202: U.S. History Since 1877 (XS)
Survey of United States history from 1877; emergence of a modern industrial state, expansion abroad, First and Second World Wars, and role as a great power.
CL
History 210Q2: Topics in the Modern History of the United States (XC)
It may be offered with different content.
CL
Honors 275Q: Culture Connection (XC)
This course is intended to assist students with 1) cultivating strategies for engaging deeply with cultural experiences and events, and 2) furthering their development as writers. To that end, students will read a selection of essays on cultural criticism as well as cultural critiques of theatrical performances, music recitals and concerts, art exhibits, etc. In addition, students will be expected to attend cultural events on campus or in the community and to write their own critiques of those events. Prerequisites: Enrolled in good standing with The Honors College; prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175.
CL/ICK
Music 110Q2: Music, Ethics & Community (XC)
This course explores the ethical issues related to listening, appreciating, sharing, practicing, teaching, and thinking about music. How music is connected to identity and community will be researched. In this course, music is the instrument that is used to evaluate ethical theories and core beliefs while addressing concerns as they relate to self, community, culture, equality, personal values, the public good, civic traditions, and personal expression.
CL
PBIS 189Q2: Problem Based Inquiry Seminar: Statistics & Citizenship (XM)
Descriptive statistics/elementary probability/basic problems of statistical inference: estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Prerequisite: Mathematics 103, with grade of C or better or placement.
CL
Philosophy 104: Ethics (XC)
Analysis of the principal theories of ethics and their practical application to problems concerning the individual and society. Proposed methods of justifying moral principles will be examined. Ethics 105 is the Non-Western Culture version of Ethics 104. Students cannot receive credit for both Philosophy 104 and 105.
SUS
Philosophy 105Q2: Ethics (XS) (XC)
Analysis of the principal theories of ethics and their practical application to problems concerning the individual and society. Proposed methods of justifying moral principles will be examined. Ethics 105 is the Non-Western Culture version of Ethics 104. Students cannot receive credit for both Philosophy 104 and 105.
CL
Philosophy 109: Introduction to Philosophy (XC)
A survey of some of the perennial problems of the human enterprise; the nature of reality, of truth, of knowledge, of beauty, of ideal political and social relationships, and of the good life; solutions to these problems offered by the best known Greek, medieval, and modern philosophers.
SUS
Political Science 101Q2: Introduction to Comparative Politics (XS)
This course provides an introduction to key concepts and issues in comparative politics in the context of case studies from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. It explores political participation and institutions, political ideology and culture, the role of government, political parties, democratization, economic development and inequality, nationalism, and ethnic and religious conflict in a variety of national and regional contexts around the globe.
ICK
Political Science 105Q2: Intro to American Government and Politics (XS)
Organization, principles and actual working of the American National Government in all its branches.
CL
Political Science 115Q2: International Politics (XS)
Development of the nation-state system; role of the great powers; the struggle for power; settlement of disputes; diplomacy, the quest for law, nationalism, contemporary problems.
SUS
Religious Studies 102Q2: World Religions (XC)
A historical survey of the basic experiential, mythical, doctrinal, ethical, ritual, and social dimensions in the world's major traditions: tribal religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students may not receive credit for both Religious Studies 102 and Religious Studies 110.
ICK
Religious Studies 123: Religion and the Other (XC)
This course will use novels and films to observe the ways that we in the West have thought and written about other people and places. Focusing on the religions of Asia and the Middle East, we will not only question the stereotypes we will have inherited, but we will also consider, for example, how Americans can be fascinated with Hindu yoga and Buddhist meditation while harboring an intense fear of Islam.
ICK
Religious Studies 263: Women, Sustainability, and Religion (XS)
We all live in bodies, and we all live on the planet Earth. This class explores how women from diverse religious traditions have approached the question of how to live sustainability on this planet, as well as how religious approaches to sustainability affect women's lives. We will assess this through units on four themes: 1) Wonder and Nature, 2) Food, 3) People and Bodies, and 4) Myth and Ritual. Cross-listed: Religious Studies 263/Women's and Gender Studies 263, students may receive credit for only one-cross listed course.
SUS
Sociology 153Q2: Intercultural Exploration of Families (XS) (ES)
This course examines the family system in the U.S. and across cultures, including the ways family structures both reinforce and challenge gender roles. Sociological and gender-based theories of the family are explored as well as the complex relationships among marriage, parenting, work, and family. Students will use ethical reasoning to navigate these relationships. Varieties of family experience are considered, with special attention given to issues concerning competing definitions of the family.
ICK
Theatre 152Q2: Non-Western Theatre (XC)
A study of theatre outside the Euro-centric or Western tradition (to include African, Asian, and Indian, ritual, libation, dance, puppetry, masks, storytelling, etc.) which explores cultural differences and similarities in theatrical performance..
ICK
Women Studies 263: Women Studies 263 (XS)
We all live in bodies, and we all live on the planet Earth. This class explores how women from diverse religious traditions have approached the question of how to live sustainably on this planet, as well as how religious approaches to sustainability affect women's lives. We will assess this through units on four themes: 1) Wonder and Nature, 2) Food, 3) People and Bodies, and 4) Myth and Ritual. Cross-listed: Religious Studies 263/Women's and Gender Studies 263, students may receive credit for only one-cross listed course.
SUS
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