ROOT Courses

As the academic centerpiece of WSU’s First-Year Experience, ROOT, commonly known as History 105 / 305, or Roots of Contemporary Issues, provides a common intellectual foundation for college learning, upon which students build for the remainder of their undergraduate careers and as they navigate and shape an ever changing world within and beyond the university. ROOT is among the first UCORE designations students complete at WSU and engages students with five of WSU’s Seven Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate. ROOT prepares students to understand the world around them using historical approaches, sources, and modes of communication. Courses engage students with historical perspectives on environmental change, globalization, inequality, competing systems of knowledge, and conflict. Incoming first-year students take History 105 to satisfy ROOT. Incoming transfer students who have not satisfied all lower-division UCORE with either an Associate’s degree or an Interstate Passport, and who have at least 45 credits, take History 305.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete ROOT should be able to:
  • Examine multiple historical case studies that inform human life in the 21st century (integrative learning).
  • Recognize the complexity of causes and outcomes of historical change (critical thinking).
  • Use appropriate evidence from primary and secondary sources to answer historical questions (information literacy)
  • Use historical approaches and evidence to understand the diversity of the human experience across time and space (diversity).
  • Communicate historical ideas and evidence in written forms with intentionality, clarity, accuracy, and organization (written communication).
Revised outcomes approved Spring 2022.

Available ROOT Courses

Course PrefixCourse NumberCourse TitleCreditsCollegeStatus
History105Roots of Contemporary Issues3CASRenewed S19
History305Roots of Contemporary Issues (for transfer students)3CASRenewed S19

View ROOT courses in the WSU catalog.

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