Integrative Studies 201: Auto Zone: Building Community
After two courses in the writing sequence, INT 201 builds on and expands on those writing lessons. Students will study issues and problems in creating public good within communities and nations. We will examine the idea of “community” through the ways that automobiles create community and the ways that they create barriers to community. Subject matter will confront students’ conceptions of community, education, and citizenship. We will read, discuss, and respond in writing to a variety of texts from the four knowledge domains: the humanities, the arts, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural and physical sciences. The central theme for INT 201 is “Building Community”: in this case the ways cars shape communities. Throughout these explorations we will work to integrate data, approaches, and perspectives of the four domains with critical thinking and a conscious, focused attention to writing. Course content and assignments will be reflective of how the self and its relation to others has been imagined and defined by writers, thinkers, artists, and scholars representing the four domains of knowledge (the arts, humanities, natural science, and social science). As a Writing Instruction course, substantial attention, both in instruction and course work, will be given towards developing the practical skill of writing. We will fashion through multiple genres of writing an expression of the building community.
History 165: American Transformations in Race
This course is a topical examination of America’s transformations of the major elements of its European heritage from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The course focuses on a single area of heritage and transformation on a rotating basis, in this case the use of Race and Ethnicity. To this end, students will read works by historians as well as selected primary texts. Throughout the course we will examine the ways in which Americans have used race as a category of identity.