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Quest III

In Quest III courses students extend their classroom into a community setting, working with a local non-profit, community group, or campus partner. This experience allows the student to apply their classroom learning to a real world, practical experience, and then return to the classroom with a higher proficiency.

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 III Catalog of Courses

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Course Number & DescriptionSignature
Anthropology 220Q3: Culture and Health (XS)
This course is focused on anthropological approaches used to explore the dynamic relationship between culture and health. Throughout the semester, students will also assess how certain cultural practices, economic systems, and forms of political organization either prevent or contribute to the creation of a more sustainable world. In this class, students will learn some of the methods anthropologists use to monitor the interaction between cultural variables and human physiological wellbeing, including auxological techniques as well as how medical anthropologists apply ethnographic methods and anthropological theory to address many pressing issues in global health.

Community Partner:
Oshkosh Community Pantry

Community Experience: In this course you will work with a Community Partner that works with people living in poverty. You will reflect on these experiences as it relates to course content.
Anthropology 225Q3: Celebrating Culture Through the Arts (XC) (ES)
This course will focus on community engagement with people of diverse ethnic groups utilizing anthropological approaches to visual art, music, and dance. In the course, students will examine how people of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds communicate through visual art, music, and dance about issues such as gender, family, identity, tradition, historical consciousness, ideology, experience, and more. At the same time, students will learn about anthropological approaches to art and performance, how art illuminates diverse cultures, and how knowledge of culture facilitates deeper understanding of the arts. In addition, the class will explore art and performance as experiential modes of learning that go beyond verbal and written means. As part of this process, students will learn about how anthropologists work with people, especially through ethnographic methods. These purposes converge in the students' engagement in diverse peoples and arts in the local community. Special fees may apply.

Community Partner:
Lighted School House After School Program

Community Experience: In this course you will work with children enrolled in the Lighted School House After School Program. There you will take the lessons learned in your course and apply them to lessons you will prepare for the elementary and middle school students.
Art 224Q3: Conflict and Memorial (XC)
Students will examine art/memorials and reference that knowledge in Community Engagement projects as they expand their knowledge and understanding of the ways monuments and memorials function for individuals, groups, and communities. 

Community Partner:
Veteran's Resource Center

Community Experience: In this course you will work with culturally diverse military groups and individuals, learn their stories, and create mini monuments for those individuals.
Art 236Q3: Experience Mapping (XC)
Using a variety of media, we will make maps and information graphics that address the concept of Sustainability by illustrating connections between people and place, nature and the built environment, meaning and experience. Rooted in studio art and design practice, this introductory-level course will explore the many ways creative spatial and visualization techniques can address the concept of Place. Developing a Sense of Place is a way of understanding and valuing the unique properties of your surroundings as well as your place in them. We will approach our Signature Question, How do people understand and create a more sustainable world? through artmaking, reading, and discussion fortified with a significant amount of local exploration.
Biology 104Q3: Ecosphere in Crisis (XL)
Treats humans as biological organisms that interact with the living and nonliving world.  Emphasis is given to how humans affect, and are affected by, their environment.  Topics covered include basic ecology, global change, renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, air and water quality, and biological diversity.  Special course fees will be charged to cover the cost of transportation during local field trips. Special fees may apply. 

Community Partner:
Local Elementary and Middle Schools

Community Experience: In this course students will work with elementary students at local schools to share lessons with them related to the topics covered in the course.
Business 275Q3: Sustainability: The 21st Century Business Strategy (XS)
This course addresses the concept of sustainability with a focus on strategy for organizations. Emphasis is on the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental perspectives and how the strategy of an organization impacts each of these areas on a micro and macro level, both short and long-term. A substantial portion of the course surrounds a Community Experience with a Community Partner. This experience will involve application of course materials to a major issue our partner is facing. Special fees may apply.

Community Partner:
Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh, ReStore

Community Experience:In this course you will take lessons learned in the course related to supply chain, marketing, and social entrepreneurship and apply them to projects at the Habitat ReStore. You will work with the organization throughout the semester, where you will learn about their operations and then apply your course knowledge to an issue they are facing.
Computer Science 125Q3: Website Development (XS)
This is an introductory course on website design and online branding. It covers elementary aspects of popular web development software packages. You will learn to create complete websites using responsive design and web services. The expectations for prerequisite knowledge are only basic computer skills.

Community Partner:
Local Non-profit agencies

Community Experience: In this course you will work with local non-profits to build and create websites and social media pages.
Ed Leadership 201Q3: Schools vs. Communities: Who is in Charge (XS) (ES)
This course is designed to be an exploration of the social and political communities which make up the public school institution and the relationships fostered in the struggle for power and control. Society often views schools as institutions in themselves, but do not recognize all of the communities involved in education our students. These communities include the peer communities and the political communities. All of the communities may impact on students and their academic achievement and success, or lack of success. The role individuals and institutions play in creating and perpetuating these communities will be explored in this course by engaging in activities and reading grounded in civic knowledge. Through readings, classroom discussions and debates, students in this course will engage in learning how both micro and macro communities affect student success and how engaging in social change can enhance opportunities for student self-efficacy and academic achievement. Through a photo-journal project grounded in civic engagement, students will participate in on-site research to assess the power structure of schools to ascertain who really is in charge.
Elementary Ed/Secondary Ed 202Q3: Culture and Community Change in Costa Rica - Study Abroad (XS)
Costa Rica is a small democracy in Central America with a wealth of biodiversity and cultural traditions. In this study abroad you will have the opportunity to work alongside the people of Costa Rica in community projects involving education, immigrant rights, working with children with disabilities, and environmental awareness. In addition, we will visit the rainforest, beaches on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and spend time in Afro-Caribbean and indigenous communities. This course provides an opportunity to address real-world challenges through active engagement in communities in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

English 294Q3: Literary Landscapes Study Abroad (XC)
Literary Landscapes is a Quest III course designed to introduce students to the connections between literature, the environment, cultural inheritance, and civic action while completing a community experience related to the Signature Question: How do people understand and create a more sustainable world? As a QIII course, EN 294 requires 14 to 20 hours of experiential learning in addition to academic requirements. Prerequisite: WBIS 188, English 101, or English 110

Community Partner:
Burrenbeo Trust, Historic Graves

Community Experience:In this course you will partner with organizations that are working to preserve the historic region, the Burren. Projects will vary based on the Burrenbeo Trust’s need at the time of travel. You will also work with Historic Graves where you will work as an Archeologist for the day. You will work on cataloging headstones in historic graveyards.
Geography 250Q3: Sustainability in Theory and Practice (XS)
This course will present the fundamental concepts of sustainability from its beginnings to its establishment as a field of academic inquiry on a wide range of subjects. This class includes field trips, community projects, readings, videos, and discussions of sustainability issues to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the complexity of the interconnections between human and natural systems, and to understand both opportunities for, and challenges to sustainability locally and globally.

Community Partner:
ReThink, City of Oshkosh, ONE Oshkosh

Community Experience: Students will work with one community partner that addresses issues related to the built environment and the community. Students have the option of selecting which community partner they will want to work with.
Global Languages & Literature 230Q3: Migration, Culture and Human Rights in the Americas (XC) (GC)
This course addresses the signature question: How do people understand and bridge cultural difference? This course also incorporates the Global Citizenship course criteria. The context for discussion is Latin America and the focus is human migration within national borders and beyond. Through studies of migration, the course examines historically the national, cultural, political and social situations of selected Latin American countries and asks: Why do people migrate? What does migration mean to them? What are the results of migration personally, nationally and globally? A basis for study is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The course includes a Community Experience project with a local organization partner that is concerned with literacy tutoring and international refugees in the Oshkosh area.

Community Partner:
Winnebago County Literacy Council, Local Elementary & Middle Schools, World Relief

Community Experience: In this course you will work with individuals studying to learn English. Many of these individuals are refugees who have resettled in the Oshkosh community. You will work as either an English tutor at the Winnebago County Literary Council or alongside an English Language Specialist at Merrill Middle and Elementary School. The course includes a Community Experience project with a local organization partner that is concerned with literacy tutoring and international refugees in the Oshkosh area.
History 210Q3: Topics in the Modern History of the United States (XS)
It may be offered with different content.

Oral History of WI Farming: "Where does our food come from? Students will answer this question by studying the history of farming and rural life and by interviewing actual Wisconsin farmers."

Community Partner:

Community Experience: In this course you become an Oral Historian. You will work with area farmers to collect and record oral histories. Traveling away from the university may be required.
History 215Q3: Topics in History Optional Content (XS)
Selected topics in History. It may be offered with different content.

Charity & Memory from Medievel England to New Deal U.S.: "How do societies respond to poverty? This course will focus on how different governments and civic organizations have answered that question from medieval England to the early USA to present-day Oshkosh."

Community Partner:
Oshkosh Area Community Pantry and St Vincent de Paul

Community Experience: In this course you will work with the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry to witness the impact of food as it relates to culture and health. You will do a variety of projects at the pantry to gain an understanding of how the organization assists the local community. In this course you will work with a Community Partner that works with people living in poverty. You will reflect on these experiences as it relates to course content.
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.
Info Sys 151Q3: Creating the Digital Future (XS)
This course explores the impact of emerging interactive technologies on business and society from social, economic, technical, legal, creative, and entrepreneurial perspectives. It provides an overview of the myriad of issues surrounding the introduction of new mobile, collaborative, social networking technologies, and their assimilation into society and commerce. The course will involve significant hands-on work. Specific topics to be covered in the course include: information security and privacy, new ways of organizing work and supporting collaboration, use of interactive technologies to support marketing and advertising, creation of new high-tech businesses, and the impact of emerging technologies on users.
Interdisciplinary Studies 270Q3: Telling Stories for Fun, Profit and World Peace (XC) (ES)
True stories have great power. They have the power to inform/ they have power to effect change. Study how humans told personal stories through the ages, and how those stories shape our world. Hear stories firsthand, build awareness of your own civic identity and learn the components of good storytelling. Use your storytelling voice to help others tell their own stories with accuracy and compassion on multiple platforms (print and online).

001C – TuTh 3:00-4:30PM

Community Partner:
Humans of Oshkosh

Community Experience: In this course you become one of the story tellers behind Humans of Oshkosh. You will be required to venture into the local Oshkosh community, find interesting people, and tell their story.
Interdisciplinary Studies 284Q3: Collaboration and Community (XC)
This course considers how groups of people can work to best understand one another as partners of a complex web of cultures and subcultures in the 21st century. To begin this consideration, course participants will study writing centers as a model of collaborative discourse and apply this knowledge to groups and communities more broadly. How can different people in a community collaboratively work together to construct meaning.
Physical Education 208Q3: Effective Leadership in Adventure, Outdoor, and Recreation Education (XS)
This course presents the concepts of adventure, outdoor, and recreation education including cooperative and leadership activities Each student will take part in a civic engagement experience where they will help teach others how to react and respond to a variety of situations they engage in while being physically active. Some of the activities students could be involved in are: individual and dual sports, team sports and rock climbing, swimming, cycling, running, and ice skating. A focus will be placed on the pedagogical aspects of adventure, outdoor, and recreation education and how these activities build community through physical activity as well as the transferable skills of leadership in adventure, recreation, and in the outdoors.

Community Partner:
Lighted Schoolhouse

Community Experience: In this course you will work the Lighted Schoolhouse where you will create activities that help elementary and middle school students learn about leadership through active lifestyle activities.
Political Science 105Q3: American Government (XS)
Organization, principles and actual working of the American National Government in all its branches. Special fees may apply.

Community Partner:
Oshkosh City Council

Community Experience: In this course you will work the Oshkosh City Council to see firsthand how city government works.
Political Science 108Q3: Essentials of Civic Engagement (XS)
Introduces the student to the obligations and benefits of active citizenship and participation in their communities. Theories of citizenship and citizen activity, policy analysis, the state of public policies at the full array of governing levels from local to global, and experiential activities within the community are featured. This is the gateway course to both the Civic Engagement Minor and the Civic Engagement emphasis within the Political Science Major.

Community Partner:
Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Centre Or UWO Women’s Center

Community Experience: In this course you will work with an organization that focuses on improving conditions for those living through domestic violence. As a group you will tackle issues women face by developing creative solutions to improve services.
Political Science 214Q3: The Politics of Food (XS)
In this course, we'll learn about how food policy is made at the national, state, and local levels. Then we'll examine how those policies impact the type and quantities of the food we eat, food distribution, food safety, and nutrition. Throughout, we'll have an eye to the future: is our current food system sustainable: That is, will it last beyond our lifetimes? Our class will encounter these issues not only in the classroom, but through our work with partners in the Oshkosh community.

Community Partner:
ReThink & Oshkosh Area Community Pantry

Community Experience: You will partner with the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry where you will see firsthand how politics affects what people can eat. You will participate in a variety of programs at the pantry and work on one larger project to assist the organization.
Radio TV Film 220Q3: Digital Narratives (XC)
The course focuses on how our relationships with our local communities impact our culture, our politics, and our neighbors in the context of digital narratives. To that end, this course will introduce students to community organizations and help them establish reciprocal, working relationships that will produce a digital media object that meets the needs of the community organization. This course will introduce students to a variety of theories and concepts related to digital narratives, including platform affordances, digital media literacy, and digital audiences and publics. The outcome of the collaboration will allow students to craft meaningful narratives about Oshkosh in a way that speaks to the affordances and expectations of the 21st century while remaining grounded in local conditions.

Community Partner:
City of Oshkosh: Public Arts and Beautification Committee

Social Work 268Q3: Social Welfare Institutions: Supporting Communities in Need (XS)
Students will study the history of the American social welfare system and its current application locally and nationally. The course emphasizes a critical approach toward understanding social welfare institutions, and highlights social work's role in civic engagement in an effort to humanize these institutions and promote social justice.
Sociology & Environmental Studies 261: Environment and Society (XS)
Examines relationship between social structure, culture and natural environments; compares different modes of production and cultural systems. Examines economic, political and ideological structures of industrial and industrializing societies. Analyzes the impact of these structures upon natural environments and analyzes the impact of natural environment upon these structures. Sociology 261/Environmental Studies 261/Political Science 261 Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Special course fees may apply.
Theatre 275: Interactive Theatre: Performing Difficult Dialogues on Diversity (XC)
Interactive Theatre is a performance mode designed to prompt difficult dialogues and to lead its participants both actors and audiences through a process of creating social changes. This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn and later employ the precepts of Interactive Theatre for the purpose of addressing issues of diversity, including (but not limited to) ethnic and racial diversity. Students will explore Interactive Theatre techniques from the perspective of actors, directors, designers, and playwrights.

Community Partner:
Multicultural Groups

Community Experience: In this course you will work with multicultural groups from campus and the community. You will join those groups for the semester, learn about their experiences in Oshkosh, and then use that knowledge to create short performances that engage the audience in a dialogue on the topic.
Urban Planning 250: Urban Sustainability (XS)
The course focuses on issues of environmental sustainability within an urban context. Students will explore the definition of sustainability and examine methods to measure sustainability. The course will examine potentially sustainable solutions, such as urban growth boundaries, public transportation, and green buildings. The course will also consider questions, such as the differential impact of the pollution on disadvantaged population groups and on human health. Each student will complete a substantial community engagement project examining an aspect of urban sustainability in Oshkosh and document this experience in a term paper and group presentation to classmates and community representatives.
Urban Planning 260: Community Development (XS)
Community development, as its best, focuses on empowering community residents with the (civic) knowledge and skills that enable them to make and implement decisions about their future and the future of their community. It is a set of values and practices encouraging collective and collaborative work, equality and justice, learning and reflecting, participation, political awareness and sustainable change. Additionally, community development acknowledges and focuses on overcoming the divisions, social exclusions and discrimination that deter some people in communities from participating in activities and decision-making. Gaining an understanding how people understand and engage in community life will enable us to straighten our communities and enrich our lives. In this course students will actively engage in community development in Oshkosh. Students will assist neighborhood residents and organizations study their physical and social environment and collect data, generate.

Community Partner:
ReThink, Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh, City of Oshkosh, Greater Winnebago Mobility Council

Community Experience: The projects for this course vary based on which community partner you work with. Each project requires you to assess the built environment in your community.
Women's and Gender Studies 204Q3: Global Perspectives on Women and Gender (XS)
Course examines women's status and power around the globe, with a specific focus on the following issues; education, health and reproduction, family, gendered violence, work, the environment, and political representation. Focus on past and present transnational feminist movements to combat oppression and improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.

Community Partner:
SEPO Zambia

Community Experience: Students will help SEPO Zambia research and generate ideas that will advance their mission. In groups, students will select a topic related to SEPO Zambia’s current work and create a project proposal. Each group will meet with the Mushe, co-founder of SEPO Zambia, at various points throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, students will pitch their project idea and plan to our community partner, who will consider the project for implementation.
Women's and Gender Studies 226Q3: Saving Seeds, Saving Community (XC)
This course focuses on American ethnic women's relationship to nature, the land and culture. Through collaborating with local women farmers and reading ethnic women's writings, we will explore how people's attitudes toward the land, animals and the earth are influenced by culture, beliefs and values shared by a group of people. Thus, we will begin to understand how people's world view, their cultural perspective, shapes them. We will see how women's choice to work the land is also a choice to create a future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Community Partner:
Hmong Farmers

Community Experience: In this course you will meet and interview a Hmong woman and her family about their experience coming to, and living in America. You will work with a group to create a short presentation that will be shared at a campus event celebrating these individuals.
Women's and Gender Studies 232Q3: Inclusivity and Diversity on University Campuses (XC)
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to academia and whether and how it serves diverse populations, with particular focus on women, the LGBTQ community, and multicultural groups. The course focuses on the history and mission of these centers and their current role in shaping campus climate and increasing access for historically underrepresented and/or marginalized groups.

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