The First-Year Seminar Program offers entering LS&A students a small group learning experience. Students participate in groups of approximately 18-25 and explore subjects of particular interest in collaboration with a faculty member who has chosen to work with first-year students in a seminar setting. It is hoped that students who take a seminar will find in it a sense of intellectual and social community that will make the transition from high school to a large university easier.
First-Year Seminars are taught through the University Courses division of the College (Division 495) or individual departments and programs. Course descriptions can be found later in this Course Guide. First-Year Seminars are 3- or 4-credit courses which may be used toward fulfillment of the Area Distribution requirement in Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or the Introductory Composition requirement.
This list is subject to change.
University Course 150. (HU)
001 Understanding and Appreciating Poetry. (Barrows). TTh 2:30-4.
002 The Arts Alive: An Introduction to the Arts in Ann Arbor.
004 The Archaeologist's Impossible Dream: Temples, Towns
and Tombs in Ancient Egypt. (Richards).
005 Search of Self-Identity in Medieval Literature. (Scholler). MW 2:30-4.
University Course 151. (SS).
001 Why Grandpa Went to War: The Psychology of Obedience and Drives Toward World War. (Brown).
002 Public Education for Blacks and Other Minorities. (Palmer). TTh 10-11:30.
003 Critics of Contemporary American Political Culture.
004 Psychology of Religious Groups. (Mann). TTh 2:30-4.
005 War, Nationalism, and Development in 20th-Century Asia.
University Course 152. (NS).
001 Puzzles, Beliefs, and the Limitations of Logic. (Whitney). MWF 2-3.
University Course 153. (Intro. Comp.).
001 Democracies in Crisis. (Potter).
The following First-Year Seminars will be offered by departments and programs in the Winter Term, 1997. Although First-Year Seminars are generally restricted to first-year students, some are also open to upper-level students. Course descriptions appear in the departmental listings of this Course Guide.
American Culture 103. (HU).
Section 001. The Idea of Nature in American Literature and Culture. (McIntosh). MW 11:30-1.
Astronomy 122. (NS).
Section 001. The Origin of the Elements and the History of Matter. (Cowley). MWF 9-10.
Astronomy 125. (NS).
Section 001 (plus a lab). Observational Astronomy. (Seitzer). MWF 3-4.
Bio Anthro 168. (NS).
Section 001. The Origin of Modern Humans. (Caspari). T 1-4.
Section 002. Behavior of Non-Human Primates. (Mitani). Th 2-5.
Buddhist Studies 250. (HU).
Section 001. On the Nightmare. (Young).
Classical Civilization 120. (HU).
Section 001. Art and Text in Ancient Greece. (Herbert
Classical Civilization 121. (Intro.Comp.).
Section 001. What is "Classical" about Classical
Chinese 250. (HU).
Section 001. Journeys to China. (DeWoskin). MW 10-11:30.
Section 002. Taoism in the Western World. (Ziporyn). MWF 3-4.
English 124. (Intro.Comp.).
Section 017. Homelands. (Thomas).
Section 018. Film and Society. (Howes).
T 2-4, Th 2-3.
English 140. (HU).
Section 001. Race and Ethnicity in America. (Hill). TTh 11:30-1.
Geological Sciences 272. (NS).
Section 001. Environmental Geology Seminar. (O'Neill). MWF 10-11.
Geological Sciences 273. (NS).
Section 001. Contemporary Dinosaurs. (Cox). MWF 12-1.
Geological Sciences 274. (NS).
Section 001. Dinosaur Extinction and Other Controversies. (Baumiller). MWF 1-2.
Geological Sciences 278. (NS).
Section 001. Earthlike Planets. (van Keken). TTh 1-2:30.
Geological Sciences 283. (NS).
Section 001. Evolution in North America. (Essene). MWF 11-12.
History 197. (HU).
Section 001. Postwar Britain. (Israel).
Section 002. The Salem Witchcraft Outbreak of 1692. (Karlsen).
Section 003. Gender, Race and Class in American History. (Morantz-Sanchez). T 2-5.
Section 004. Twentieth Century Africa. (Cohen). W 2-5.
Section 005. The Face of War: Emotion and Armed Conflict.
History of Art 194. (HU).
Section 001. Zen Icons? Zen Art? (Sharf). MWF 11-12.
Section 002. Early Renaissance Florence: Visual and Humanist
Rhetoric in a Civic "Fatherland." (Simons).
Institute for the Humanities 101. (HU).
Section 001. Magic, Religion, and the Bible. (Schmidt). M 9-12.
Japanese 250. (HU).
Section 001. The Loss of Paradise in Japanese Literature. (Danly). Th 1-4.
Linguistics 102. (HU).
Section 001. Words and Their Uses: Studying Vocabulary in
Time, Space, and Social Life. (Milroy).
Section 002. Language and Gender.
(Keller-Cohen). MW 10-11:30.
Math 127. (NS). (QR/1).
Section 001. Geometry and the Imagination. MTWF 10-11.
Philosophy 196. (HU).
Section 001. Philosophical Aspects of Anarchism. (Roberson). TTh 2:30-4.
Psychology 120. (SS).
Section 001. Why We Live in Groups: Evolution and Social Behavior. (Burnstein). TTh 2:30-4.
Section 003. The Psychological Person and the Law. (Pachella). MTF 4-6.
Section 004. Psychology and Culture of Fertility, Pregnancy, and Motherhood. (Merriwether). TTh 2:30-4.
Section 005. Dreams. (Wolowitz).
Section 006. Late Life Potential. (Perlmutter). M 2-5.
Section 007. Thinking About Self and Identity. (Fast). MW 2:30-4.
Section 008. The Troubled and Troubling Adolescent. (Adelson). W 9-11 & Hour TBA.
Psychology 121. (NS).
Section 001. Decisions about Marriage. (Yates). MW 2:30-4.
Section 002. Cognition, Aging, and Contemporary Society. (Parks). T 3-6.
Slavic Surveys 150. (HU).
Section 001. Cultural Diversity in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. (Shevoroshkin). MW 1-2:30.
Section 003. From Ancient Troy to New York: The City in
(Carpenter). MW 1-2:30.
Slavic Surveys 240. (HU).
Section 001. Introduction to Slavic Folklore. (Stolz). TTh 2:30-4.
South & Southeast Asia 250. (HU).
Section 001. Religion in Modern India. (Singh). MW 4-5:30.
Section 002. Traditions of Modern Poetry in India. (Hook). MW 4-5:30.
Section 003. The Bhagavad-Gita (Activist View of Hinduism).
Section 004. A Thousand Years in Vietnam's History and Poetry. (Whitmore). M 4-6, W 4-5.
Women's Studies 150. (HU).
Section 001. The Salem Witchcraft Outbreak of 1692. (Carol Karlsen). TTh 1-2.
Women's Studies 151. (SS).
Section 001. Women in War and Peace. (Larimore). MW 2:30-4.
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