for students in the First Wave Learning Community
The First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the United States, First Wave offers students the opportunity to live, study, and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. The First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on spoken word and hip-hop culture.
Enrollment in this FIG is limited to students who have been admitted to the First Wave Learning Community.
— This is a course on sound and light for non-science majors. It covers the nature of sound and sound perception; and fundamentals of harmony, musical scales, and musical instruments. Studies of light including lenses, photography, color perception, and color mixing. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week.
— The class traces hip-hop's origins in Jamaica and the Bronx, its evolution in various regions of North America (primarily the United States), and its emergence as a global phenomenon. It explores the themes, ideas, and debates about hip-hop that have emerged both within the world of hip-hop and the broader society.