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AMST-140 Washington, DC: Life in a Monument

Explores the unique nature of Washington, D.C. as a transnational city, the nation's capital, and a regional center for art, community activism, and politics in the region. Usually offered every term.

ANTH-110 Culture and Human Experience

People around the world create and use systems of symbols to express their identities as members of social groups. This course draws on diverse life-cycle experiences in tribal, state-level, and post-colonial societies to explore ways that both tradition and contact with other cultures contribute to the cultural pluralism of the contemporary world. Usually offered every term.

ANTH-150 Anthropology of Life in the US

How race, gender, class, ethnicity, age, and region affect Americans' experiences of interwoven historical, economic, political, scientific, religious, and cultural processes. Usually offered every fall.

ARTS-100 Art: The Studio Experience 

This beginning studio course introduces students to painting, drawing, sculpture, and design combined with visual literacy. The course focuses on the interrelationship of hand, eye, and mind to create informed works of art that engage larger critical, formal, or cultural dialogues and relate basic visual language to analytic and creative processes of the artist. Usually offered every term.

COMM-105 Visual Literacy(PC, FM, MS) 

This course introduces students to ways of understanding visual images in a variety of contexts, including art, photography, film, and performing arts. Students learn about aesthetics, as well as the production aspects of visual images; discover intuitive dimensions of seeing; and analyze the influence of culture on visual symbols and communication. Hands-on learning in blog development, photography, and video production puts theory into action. Usually offered every term.

ECON-100 Macroeconomics

Introduction to the basic principles of aggregate economic analysis. Includes measurement and determinants of national income, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and business cycles. Topics also include historical perspectives, alternative approaches to economics, and current issues and controversies. Usually offered every term.

EDU-205 Schools and Society

A multidimensional view of schools, teachers, and students. This social and intellectual foundation course serves as a basis for studying contemporary education and the issues of racism, sexism, finance, governance, innovations, and the social context of American education. The course includes lectures, discussion groups, cooperative learning, Internet activities, and independent projects. Usually offered every term

HFIT-200 Lifetime Health and Fitness

The physiological, sociological, and psychological aspects of fitness and health are introduced. Emphasis is placed on developing self-responsibility for total wellness. Students participate in fitness activities and classroom instruction and discussions. Usually offered every spring.

JLS-104 Intro to Systems of Justice

An overview of the formal mechanisms of social control as manifested by the components of the criminal justice system (legislatures, planning agencies, law enforcement, courts, and corrections), civil justice systems, and such other mechanisms as civil commitment. Alternatives to formal processing including diversion, pretrial screening and dispute-settlement programs. Usually offered every term.

PSYC-105 Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior

Survey of the social bases of behavior and the individual foundations of group and social behavior. This course emphasizes the concepts and methodologies of psychology in such areas as social development, personality, social psychology, and abnormal behavior, as well as the interaction between the individual and social institutions. Usually offered every term.

SOCY-100 U.S. Society

American pluralism and the variety of social arrangements and relationships found in the United States society. The emphasis is on how society is stratified; how organizations and institutions influence the way Americans think, talk, feel, and act; and how different groups (racial and ethnic) and divisions (gender and class) within society have differential access to power and privilege. Usually offered every term.

Mathematics

Students may if they wish take a Mathematics course for their General Education class. All students must take the Mathematics Placement Examination. The IGP staff will advise students of the appropriate Mathematics class they may enroll in.

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