HOW FIGS WORK
The main FIG seminar
At the heart of each FIG is a top-notch instructor who develops and leads a class exclusively for you and the other students in your FIG. Your FIG seminar is capped at 20 or fewer students and may include outside-the-classroom experiences, like field trips, to help you explore the topic and get to know your classmates.
The FIG instructor selects two complementary UW classes, combining and expanding what you learn in these classes with the main FIG seminar. You enroll in these classes along with your fellow FIG students.
Small class sizes
If the linked courses are large lectures, your FIG group may have your own “discussion section” or lab as a smaller break-out class which meets in addition to the lecture.
|Philosophy and the Scientific Worldview||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2022fig48.jpg||23fig46||99|
|Russia and America: From the 19th Century to Today||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/2022fig34.jpg||23fig53||98|
|We Are What We Eat: Food and Identity||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020fall09.jpg||23fig60||97|
|World of the Vikings||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/2022fig61.jpg||23fig64||93|
|Art and Artists: Foundations of Contemporary Practice (Option 3)||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/2022fig04.png||23fig03||92|
|Exploring Biology (Option 4)||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019fall20.jpg||23fig14||91|
|Nursing: Global Health (Option 4)||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019fall54.jpg||23fig39||89|
|Fakes and Forgeries from the Ancient World to Modern Times||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/23fig15.png||23fig15||87|
|The Disability Experience||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/2022fig09.jpg||23fig07||86|
|Laboring for Revolution: An Introduction to the Life, Thought, and Legacy of Karl Marx||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021fall1.jpg||23fig30||85|
|Earth Partnership, Indigenous Arts, and Sciences: Restoration Education and Stewardship||https://figs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021fall12.png||23fig09||83|
WHY STUDENTS CHOOSE FIGS
You’ll have the dedicated attention of an instructor who really wants to work with first-year students like you.
Studying together and helping each other, you’ll get to know the students in your FIG well, making your first semester easier.
Integrating ideas from different courses will help you learn in a more interesting and holistic way.
Every fall, over 1,000 UW freshmen enroll in a FIG. Participants overwhelmingly say that their FIG was a great experience.