Courses

Develops college-level reading, writing, and thinking. Students are asked to read critically, then construct written responses that are revised and crafted into more formal essays and position papers. Offered through the Student Academic Services Center. Prereq., program coordinator consent required.

Introduction to the night sky, planets, moons, and the life in our solar system. Highlights the latest discoveries from space. For non-science majors. Some lectures may be held at Fiske Planetarium. Offers opportunities for nighttime observations at Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Similar to ASTR 1010, but without lab. Credit for only one of ASTR 1000, 1110, 1010, or 1030. Meets MAPS requirement for natural science: nonlab. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science (sequence).

Introduction to how communication builds community by creating and sharing meaning. Examination of communication practices at the interpersonal level (friends and family), the group level (teams, classrooms and organizations) and the societal level (citizenship, social change, mass media). Restricted to students in the Communication Residential Academic Program.

Introduces students to the dynamic capabilities of the body as an articulate means of expression. Presents basic concepts and skills from contemporary dance forms that may include Afro-modern, floor work, inversion, classical modern and improvisation. Classwork develops efficient alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, dynamics and spatial awareness. No experience necessary. May be repeated up to 4 credit hours.

Surveys environmental studies, examining ecological, socioeconomic, political, aesthetic, and technological factors that influence the quality of life on Earth. Required for ENVS majors. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

Offers a varying service-learning practicum experience as corequisite to a service-learning lecture course.May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the practica are different. Graded pass/fail.

Explores the history leading up to-and away from-the attacks of 9/11 within an American framework. Topics to be covered include: America's relationship with key countries since 1945; the rise of Muslim extremism; modern terrorism and its meaning; the importance of oil; and the events of 9/11 and the Bush Administration's response to it, at home and abroad. Restricted to G-RAP students.

Introduces the student to the international affairs program. The course examines political and economic development in several countries in many different world regions. Examines historical trends and development as well as current political and economic issues. Approved for GT-SS3. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: contemporary societies. Prerequisites: Restricted to International Affairs (IAFS), Political Science (PSCI), Anthropology (ANTH), Economics (ECON), History (HIST), Geography (GEOG), Journalism (JOUR) or College of Arts and Sciences Open Option (XXAS) majors only.

By integrating theory with required community service, students explore how problems are shaped by cultural values and how alternative value paradigms affect the definition of problems in areas such as education and the environment. Students examine different approaches to solving problems and begin to envision new possibilities. Approved for GT-SS3. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: ideals and values.

Nontechnical exploration of the ways that language is used in America. Emphasizes language as a social institution and how values and goals of both public institutions and private groups shape and are shaped by language and its use. Meets MAPS requirement for social science: general. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: United States context or contemporary societies.

Introduces fundamental topics of philosophy (e.g., knowledge, truth, universals, self, the mind-body problem, time, God, and value). Approved for GT-AH3. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: ideals and values.

Introduces basic physics, emphasizing an analytical approach to prepare for PHYS 1110/1120, the engineering majors sequence. This course does not satisfy any MAPS deficiency in either the sciences or math. Prereq., 1 year high school algebra or equivalent.

For freshmen only. Organized around the general topic of cultural differences. Focuses on a related issue such as gender or history articulated in the literature of Spain, Latin America, and the Hispanic United States. Taught in English; students read selected literary texts in English from the various traditions. Does not count towards the Spanish major. Approved for GT-AH2. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: literature and the arts. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 0-26 credits (Freshmen) only.
Provides training and practice in writing and critical thinking. Focuses on the writing process, the fundamentals of composition, and the structure of argument. Provides numerous and varied assignments with opportunity for revision. Meets MAPS requirement for English. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: lower-division written communication. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 0-56 credits (Freshmen or Sophomore) College of Arts and Sciences majors only.

MLect. and lab. Introduces the atmospheric environmentof the Earth: elements and controls of climate and their implications for hydrology, vegetation, and soils. Emphasizes distribution of physical features across the Earth's surface and interactions between humans and their environment, especially those leading to global change on the decade to century time scale. Approved for GT-SC1. Meets MAPS requirement for natural science: nonlab or lab. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

Honors coseminars are designed to combine an honors seminar experience with the shared experience of an organized lecture course. Designed typically for 15 students, coseminars are taken for an additional 1 credit hour. Coseminars provide honors students with an opportunity to extend their common experience in the course lecture into an enriched interactive, critical thinking opportunity. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours. Prerequisites: A minimum 3.3 cum GPA is required for this Honors class or you must be part of the first year student group.

Surveys major topics in psychology: perceptions, development, personality, learning and memory, and biological bases of behavior. Students may participate as subjects for several hours in ongoing research. Meets MAPS requirement for social science: general.

Examines basic sociological ideas including social relations, social interaction, social structure, and social change. Examples are drawn from societies around the world. Meets MAPS requirement for social science: general. Approved for GT-SS3. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: contemporary societies.

In this studio course the formal visual elements are presented through a study of spatial relationships. The course is built around a series of related problems, each of which is designed to develop fluency in drawing, offer experience in handling media, foster self-confidence, and promote an understanding of the visual elements and their role in the development of pictoral space. Prerequisites: Requires prerequisite courses of ARTS 1010 and 1020 (all minimum grade C-). Restricted to Studio Arts (AASA or AASF) or Art History (AAAH) majors only.

Introduces the critical study of film, exploring theoretical, historical, and technical concerns while presenting a survey of important film periods and genres. Students will hone critical-thinking, close-analysis, and writing skills. The course will cover a wide variety of films, approaching them from numerous perspectives, considering both the effects films have on individual viewers and their ability to reflect culture.

Emphasizes processes involved with both nonmultiple and multiple methods, including but not limited to metal plate etching (intaglio), lithography, collagraph, woodcut, linoleum cut, Xerox transfer, and monotype. Places equal emphases on developing drawing skills and understanding design principles.

Focuses on a heated topic of discussion since the Constitution was drafted: the censorship of books. This class will look at some classics in literature: Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, and Huck Finn, and will explore the questions of why they were controversial and whether censorship of books is ever justified. Graded pass/fail.

Introductory course designed to explore creativity, collaboration, and communication in the craft of acting. Focuses on basic terms and concepts of psychological realism fundamental to the actors' process through solo work and ensemble exercises. Open to majors and non-majors.

Discusses major themes and literary strategies in coming-of-age literature. Pass/fail only.

Examines the social construction of deviance in the U.S., the process of acquiring a deviant identity and managing deviant stigma, and the social organization of deviant act, lifestyles, relationships and careers. Approved for GT-SS3. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: ideals and values.

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