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Wichita State Common Read 2020: Some Were Paupers, Some Were Kings

Some Were Paupers, Some Were Kings: Dispatches from Kansas by Mark E. McCormick

Some Were Paupers, Some Were Kings: Dispatches from Kansas: Mark E ...

Wichita State Common Read 2020-2021

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The Wichita State Common Read was initiated by the Office of First Year Programs to provide students a common experience in their first year at Wichita State University. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Wichita State Common Read program has selected Some were Paupers, Some were Kings: Dispatches from Kansas by Mark McCormick. As a common read experience, all new students receive a copy of the book at student orientation and Some were Paupers, Some were Kings: Dispatches from Kansas is incorporated into classes such as WSU 101 and Honors 101 as well as various programs outside of the classroom.


  • Civic Leadership Living Learning Community - For campus residents with any major, this community is focused on engagement, leadership, service, and civic duty. Learn more at the Civic Leadership Living Learning Community webpage. 
  • First-Year Seminar - These are unique, three-credit hour courses designed specifically for new students and part of the General Education program. Seminar topics cover a broad range of issues. Learn more on the Class Schedules webpage.
  • Honors 101 - An introduction to the university, this course is designed specifically for first-year students to prepare them to succeed in college. Find more information at the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College
  • Department of English - All 100-level English composition classes will include the current WSU Reads book in coursework. Learn more about these classes.
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