Fall 2017

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LIF 101: The Heroic Journey

The First-Year Seminar is required of all new students majoring in Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities. Its goals are to introduce students to the liberal arts, help students transition to campus culture, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire academic skills. Taught by liberal arts faculty and supported by peers, advisors, co-curricular professionals, this course addresses issues related to contemporary college life and majors within liberal arts. 

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ENG/ENA 101:  Why The "Truth" Matters: How Research & Integrity Shape Our Stories & How They Are Read

In this section of English 101, we are going to focus on one of the essentials of being a good writer: how your ideas are shaped by outside information and how you can best work with research, pulling other people’s ideas into your own writing. If you can master this skill, then college-level writing will be a breeze for you because it’s the skill at the heart of all college writing, no matter what discipline you choose to study. You need to demonstrate mastery over the ability to present your original, exciting and fresh ideas in context with what you are learning: not all of your ideas are your own. Part of the amazing college journey is learning new things all of the time. So, how do you incorporate those ideas into your own work ethically?

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LIB 200: Fixing The Future: Utopias, Dystopias, And Your Role In The Future

Since the earliest of times, humans have interacted with their environment to try and make their lives easier. With inventions like the wheel and the lever, humans have tried to master their world through technology, bringing intellect and innovation to the creative process as they solved problems.

The intersections of science, humanism, and technology are pervasive in our history. From architecture to space travel to warfare, human history can be explained as varying attempts, successes and failures to master the physical world.  

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the pages of fiction where writers have tried to create flawless futures, worlds where the social, political, and cultural problems of the past no longer exist.  Imagine that you had the opportunity to use your education to make a perfect world:  what would it look like and who would live there? In this course, we will use imaginary worlds as a way to think about social change and the intersections of science, humanism, and technology. We will explore fictional futures and the idealism of perfect societies.

Welcome to a better future.