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Course Overview

The Wisconsin Experience Seminar (Counseling Psychology 125) is a one-credit, semester long class designed to help new students (freshman and transfer) make a successful transition to the University of Wisconsin-Madison by connecting them with a faculty or staff member, upperclassmen co-instructor, and 17 peers. This small class is designed to be an active, discussion driven experience to help new students learn more about themselves, others, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s resources and opportunities so that they can make the most out of their Wisconsin experience and achieve their personal and professional goals. New students can register for this course at SOAR. Class size is capped at 18 students and freshman, transfer, and major-specific sections are offered in the fall and spring.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this course, students will…

  • Assess their skills, values, interests, and goals.
  • Develop the habits of a successful college student and lifelong learner.
  • Discuss the history, culture, and values of UW-Madison and how those shared reference points may influence their Wisconsin Experience
  • Examine the multiple dimensions of identity and how those aspects of identity impact their and others experience at UW-Madison.
  • Explain the purpose and value of an undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as it relates to their personal and professional goals.
  • Identify campus resources and opportunities that will contribute to their Wisconsin experience.
  • Plan how they will engage with the University of Wisconsin-Madison community during their undergraduate career.

Course learning outcomes are achieved through meaningful assignments, readings, in-class discussions and activities, and interactions with campus resources and opportunities.


Sample Syllabus for Freshmen Sections

Transfer students


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