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.
A study of the interplay between the Abrahamic texts and the development of American culture. Textual examinations will reflect upon their original setting and their American application.
HIS/AFR 363 African American History
An overview of the African American experience with emphasis on the following topics: life under slavery; conditions among free blacks during the antebellum period; actions of blacks during the Civil War and Reconstruction; reactions of blacks to the rise of virulent white racism after Reconstruction; and the roots, achievements, and transformation of the civil rights movement.