8 credits of Lower Division Colloquia (4 credits each) are required for graduation.
An introduction to philosophical methods and to the branches of philosophical inquiry. The class will concentrate on a specific subject or topic in each colloquium, and the area of emphasis will therefore vary from year to year.
The study of societies that contrast with Western Civilization, leading to an acquaintance with the concept of culture, human variation, and change, and their importance to an understanding of human behavior. Emphasis on understanding each culture from its own point of view rather than our own. Class will concentrate on discussion and will provide students with an opportunity to explore one or more areas of the discipline.
An introduction to the basic concepts and methods of the discipline of psychology utilizing the results of research investigations. Students will have an opportunity to perform independent work.
The study of history as a discipline, including an introduction to primary sources, source criticism, basic techniques of historical research, and historical writing. Students will study a specific historical issue or event in some depth.
An introduction to the concept of politics and the types of governments and political issues in the contemporary world, with an emphasis on the comparative study of political ideas and systems. The class will focus on discussion and students will have an opportunity to study one or more areas in depth.
An introduction to the principles of micro- and macroeconomics, including the role of the market in allocating scarce resources, the decision making of economic agents, market and regulatory failures, macroeconomic performance, competing theories of the macro economy, the creation of money, and international trade and finance. Students will have the opportunity for extensive discussion and to explore one or more areas of the discipline.
An introduction to the basic concepts and practice of physics, including the laws of motion, conservation of energy and momentum, gravitation, electricity and magnetism, sound and light waves, radioactivity, and fission and fusion. The class includes a lab, and students will have an opportunity to study an area of interest in depth.
Study of the earth including its origins, petrology, volcanology, orogeny, plate tectonics, and the evolution of continents as a result of surface and subsurface processes. The class includes a laboratory, and students will have the opportunity to study a particular area of geology in depth.
An introduction to the study of biology, including molecular and evolutionary processes, the energetics of living systems with emphasis on photosynthesis and respiration in relation to the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and the study of the physical structure of DNA and its involvement in information flow in the cell. The class includes a laboratory, and students will have an opportunity to explore a specific, selected area of inquiry.
Introduction to the scientific study of language and the various subfields of linguistics, including how language is acquired, how it varies across time and space, and how it is used in different social contexts.
An introduction to central concepts and methods in women, gender, and sexuality studies. Course may include thematic focus on: postcolonialism, the body and culture, aesthetics, science, state/nation, among other topics.
An examination of the relationship between science and technology and the social and cultural milieu in which they are actually done. Individual classes may center on a single science or deal with a number of case studies dealing with different sciences.
An introduction to the principles of sociology, including the study of social change, social institutions, and social organizations. The class will also provide an opportunity for concentrated study in one or more areas of the discipline.
Note: Students may count any of Math 134, 135, 138, Chemistry 175, 176, or 225 in lieu of one colloquium.