Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

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Who Am I and Why Am I Here?
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114: TR 8:00-9:15AM
Fall 2017
Civic Engagement

We all have some issue that we would like to fight for- whether it’s advocating for the helpless, improving the environment, or creating better opportunities. No matter what your intended major and career is, there are ways that you can impact the world for the better. During this course you will

• Discuss local social issues, then research and compare our local responses to those in other states and countries

• Explore various methods of activism ranging from simple volunteering to policy advocacy and philanthropy

• Research the history of an activist within your intended major/career

• Learn about opportunities to be involved as an activist from local to global levels

• Design and implement your own activism project, applying the concepts learned in this course.


Dr. Tiffany Christian has been teaching at Appalachian State since the fall of 2003. She was a full-time faculty member in the Social Work department for 10 years and spent 3 years as part of the core faculty of Watauga Residential College. She has been a part of freshmen learning experiences since coming to ASU and currently exclusively teaches First Year Seminar because, as she says, “I love freshmen and all of the excitement and curiosity they bring as they transition into this next phase of their lives.”  She also created, and still leads, the Uganda Service Learning short-term study abroad that provides students with the opportunity to work in a rural village in Uganda for 3 weeks during the summer.  In the community, she is actively involved in her church, PTO, Girl Scouts, and a board member of Beanstalk Community Theatre.  She is married with 4 children and spends a great deal of time supporting their love of music and dance. She is an avid “foodie” and loves to travel as well.  Tiffany can be described as many things: wife, mother, teacher, entrepreneur, community leader…just to name a few.  But, she prefers to be referred to by her adjectives, not her nouns.  Tiffany would best like to be known as giving, compassionate, caring and fun.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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