Fairhaven College Course Descriptions

Below you will find our current course descriptions.  Previous quarter course descriptions are also available by selecting the quarter and year you are searching for.  Electronic course descriptions are available back to winter 2009.  For information on days and times as well as location please visit Classfinder.  To register for these classes log into Web4U. Important information about registration including deadlines and fees can be found on the Registrar's Office page.  For any questions about these course descriptions or for assistance with registration please call the Fairhaven College Office at 360-650-6680. For information on Fairhaven College Wait List Policies click here.

Fairhaven College Core Requirements:

Classes determined to satisfy a Fairhaven Core requirement will be identified using the following icons: 

Required Core  Humanities and the Expressive Arts II
Science and Our Place on the Planet II Society and Individual II

Non-Fairhaven Students

Most Fairhaven classes open to all WWU students who meet the prerequisites in Phase II of registration.

FAIR 201A Critical & Reflective Inquiry

Credits: 5

Instructor: Takagi

In this Core class we will explore the different kinds of journeys Americans have been taking over the centuries, and how they make sense of those life travels, through texts, films and through class discussion.  In addition, we will embark on an intellectual journey, which will include developing and honing the skills, tools and knowledge to be a strong student and a productive, responsible member of the larger community.  For each class member, this part of the journey will include identifying and analyzing one’s voice and the privileges and burdens built into that voice, identifying and analyzing others’ voices and building respect for those diverse perspectives, and to critically assess all forms of information (oral, written and visual).

The main skill emphasized in this class will be writing.  During the quarter you will sharpen and hone your writing skills.  You will learn to construct an argument, gather evidence, shape your thesis to fit the audience, and organize your thoughts.  In addition, you will also learn to seminar, peer edit papers, and critically analyze materials.  Finally, you will learn to research and write a 6-8 page research paper with a minimum of 4 sources, proper citations and a bibliography. 

Required Reading

All readings will be available on Canvas.  There is no textbook.

Additional requirements:

-Bring the articles or solid notes based on the readings to help guide you through the discussions.

-Regular attendance. 2 absences will reflect negatively on your evaluation.  3 absences and you will not receive credit for the class.  If there is a personal/family difficulty, please let me know as soon as possible.

 -All papers must be typed, double-spaced, and with proper citations. Chicago, MLA or APA are acceptable. It does not matter which style you use, but it must be consistent and correct.  I prefer that all assignments be uploaded onto Canvas and, on occasions, a hard copy brought to class.

-Active participation in class and small group discussions. If you are uncomfortable with speaking in front of people, please see me as soon as possible.

Paper requirements:

Because there are numerous writing assignments, timely submission is absolutely required.

One biographical journey paper (2-3 pages, double-spaced) + proper citation.

One critical analysis (2 pages, double-spaced) + proper citation.

One reflection paper (2 pages, double-spaced) + proper citation.

One research paper topic (1 page, double-spaced).

One Draft of Research paper.  Double-spaced + proper citation.

Final version of research paper (6-8 pages, double-spaced) + proper citations.

Writing plan (1 Draft and the final version) for your e-portfolio.

FAIR 270H Intro to Audio Recording

Credits: 4

Introduction to Audio explores the techniques, tools, and technology used in multi-track recording. From a beginner's perspective, this course follows the recording process starting with the tracking session, then the overdub session, and through the mix-down session. By examining the various pieces of the recording process students will learn the concepts and skills necessary to use studio equipment such as microphones (their characteristics and placement), mixing consoles (explained in detail), multi-track recorders (analog and digital), patch bays, signal and effect processors, headphone systems, and multi-track punching and bouncing. Each student is also expected to attend a weekly two-hour small group lab, held in the studio, giving the student a chance to experience multi-track recording in a hands-on manner. A detailed manual will be provided to each student so that each concept will be encountered first in an assigned reading, then in lab, and finally in the class meetings. Texts: THE RECORDING ENGINEER'S HANDBOOK (3rd edition) by Owsinski and the Fairhaven Recording Studio Lab Manual. The lab manual text will be provided by the instructor and paid for with lab fees. Credit/Evaluation: Students will be evaluated through a combination of participation, attendance (lab and lecture), research projects, and understanding gained from the material evaluated from a hands-on assessment. Additionally, students will be required to complete a creative project with the instructor in the studio as a final project.

FAIR 310W American Indian Celebrations

Credits: 4

Instructor: Rowe

This course presents the cultural background and history of some American Indian celebrations.  We will meet weekly to see films, discuss short readings and to share, seminar style, what we have learned from our individual research.  We will travel by public transportation, carpool, or horseback to Native celebrations in the vicinity on some weekends, usually Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday.  Students will learn about slahal (stick game), dress, dance and the difference between traditional and pan-Indian powwows.  Students will write several response essays, participate in discussions, and pursue one topic of individual interest to be shared with the seminar.

FAIR 334R Olympics: Nat History & Ecol

Credits: 5

Instructor: Bower

Learn about the natural history and ecology of the Pacific Northwest through a six-day camping trip to the Olympic Peninsula. We will camp in the beautiful Hoh rain forest and along the coast of the Strait of Juan De Fuca, and visit many spectacular natural areas in the Olympic National Park. We will study the Elwha River dam removal project, hike in the majestic Hoh rain forest, explore mountaintops at Hurricane Ridge, watch sea lions and puffins at Cape Flattery, have an evening dinner at Rialto Beach, and spend a morning studying inter-tidal ecology at Tongue Point. We will also visit the Makah Museum, the showcase of Makah traditional culture displaying artifacts recovered from a coastal village that was buried in a landslide 500 years ago. We'll be busy, but there will also be time to relax in the forest and at the beach, watch shooting stars from the side of a wild river, visit the Olympic hot springs, and play music around the campfire. The goal of the course will be to learn about Pacific Northwest natural history, ecology, and environmental issues through hands-on experiences. Students will learn plant and bird identification, and will study old growth and secondary forest plant communities through two short group scientific studies. In addition, students who wish to can receive instruction in nature photography. The course satisfies either Fairhaven 206 or the upper level Fairhaven science core course requirements and may act as a Huxley College or Biology elective with permission of your advisor. The course will be taught by Dr. John Bower, a field biologist who specializes in ecology, animal behavior, and ornithology at Fairhaven College. This is a field course. It meets August 8 and 10 from 1:00-4:30 at WWU and has a field component on the Olympic Penninsula from August 13-18.

FAIR 336M Bellingham Rocks!

Credits: 4

Instructor: Miyake

Be a part of how Bellingham rocks! Students in this course will learn about some of the ways in which public arts presentation and practice oriented around popular music can powerfully impact community organizations and the individuals and groups that they serve. This will be a heavily hands-on experience—In addition to discussing academic and popular texts and discourses in arts management, event management, community-based social sciences, audio technology, and ethnomusicology, students will directly engage in events and projects involving the Fairhaven College Champion Street Recording Studio, Make.Shift community arts and music venue, and Bellingham Girls Rock Camp. Students will not only have the opportunity to closely observe these organizations/institutions engaging in community activities, but also to directly participate and organize events and projects themselves.

The course will be taught by Mark Miyake, PhD, an ethnomusicologist and folklorist who specializes in teaching courses about the connections between music, the arts, society, audio technology, and community engagement at Fairhaven College. For more information, contact Mark at

FAIR 387K Grant Writing Workshop

Credits: 4

Instructor: Coulet du Gard

This is a "hybrid" class that meets face-to-face once a week and requires work in Canvas online. This course focuses on the basics of grant writing, including researching and seeking funding sources; reading and interpreting funding guidelines; developing and refining proposals, and tricks of the trade. A development of a letter of intent and an individual grant proposal is required. Do you think of writing grants as begging for money? Do you have fears around money? This workshop will help you think of grant writing in a different way. Learning to prepare a good proposal allows you to help granting agencies find a way to spend the dollars they are required to spend to meet their own missions, either legislative or for tax related. You need the money. They need to spend it. Your challenge is to find a match between your need and theirs, and to persuasively articulate that match. In this workshop you will learn the basics of writing proposals to funding agencies, including how to find appropriate funding sources, how to read and interpret funding guidelines, funding restrictions, the steps for developing and refining proposals, including the budget. It is highly recommended you have identified a project and an agency before the course begins. See below for possible ideas or contact the instructor. We will be discussing topics and organizations the first few classes. S/U grading. Texts and Other Materials: 1. WINNING GRANTS STEP BY STEP, Tori O'Neal-McElrath, 2013, fourth ed. If you use the 2009 edition note pages in syllabus refer to 2013 ed. 2. STORYTELLING FOR GRANTSEEKERS Cheryl A. Clarke 2001 or 2009 edition -either is acceptable, make sure you read the applicable topic/chapter. 3. Other assigned readings: various web sources and handouts on Canvas Class Requirements: Attend each class once a week, plus one online chat session in Canvas each week; Be prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Be prepared to read your writing to other students. Be prepared with all written assignments, in a professional format (preferably in Canvas online.) Participate in class through discussions, assignments and writing with other students. Complete two proposals by the end of the 6 week quarter including: 1. a letter proposal or request- LOI (2-3 pages) 2. a full format proposal for major funding (about 10 pages.) (please note that these proposals do not actually need to be submitted to a funder; however a possible funder must be identified.)

FAIR 437B Himalayan Cultures & Ecology

Credits: 12