2020-21 Catalogs

Entry Year Experience Course Descriptions

EYE 104: College and Community
Students explore significant questions about justice, sustainability, democracy, and difference in relation to their own experiences and the experiences of others. Students link their own "stories" -- what has brought them to this point in their personal, academic, and professional lives -- with the habits of mind needed for success in college, career, and global citizenship.

EYE 105: Life is a Matrix
Contrary to our assumptions, we do use mathematics in everyday life: we calculate personal benefits when deciding who to vote for; we consider proportions when drawing, cooking, and calculating drug dosage, to name a few examples.  Mathematics is integral to our lives.  This introductory seminar will use first hand examples from the social sciences, the arts, humanities and natural sciences to demonstrate how pervasive mathematics is in our lives.  This course is a great opportunity for students to see the applications of mathematics in their daily lives.

EYE 108: Culture, Identity and Education
This course focuses on the interrelationships among group affiliation, a quest for inquiry and learning, one’s role in society, and one’s personal identity. The course explores the basic questions of Who are you? What/who has influenced who you are and whom you wish to become? Students will engage in a personal examination of culture and education as components of personal identity. Drawing on concepts from sociology and educational psychology, students will analyze educational materials, settings, aims, and procedures, compare these to their own successes or challenges with institutional learning, and frame their future learning goals.

EYE 109:  Gender, Representation and Resistance
This course will examine the fundamental impact of gender on human activity—artistic, scientific, religious, economic, political, legal, and linguistic. Drawing on many disciplines we will explore constructions of gender in many cultures and throughout history. Questions of focus will include: What is gender?  How is gender practiced and represented historically and cross-culturally?  How have people redefined and altered its representations and meanings?  How do social institutions distribute power, resources, and status based on gender?  How do the mass media, education, and political discourse shape gender constructions?  How have gender resistance and transgression changed accepted gender practices and representations?

EYE 111: A World of Words
A World of Words examines the relationship between language, power and the environment from a variety of perspectives. We will examine “what’s in a word” to raise awareness about things we take for granted such as where words come from, how language shapes experience and is shaped by it, how languages live and die, and how human language compares with non-human forms of communication. We will explore both our emotional investment in language and our relative unconsciousness about it.

EYE 112: The Built Environment: Energy
A substantial component of the world we live in is the built environment - the world that people have invented, designed, built and used. This EYE course focuses on a particular aspect of the natural and built environment- energy.  Students learn what energy is, where various forms of energy come from, and how they are transformed and used. Forms of energy studied include fossil, solar, wind, hydro, biomass, and nuclear. Students study the social, economic, political and environmental issues related to the acquisition, processing and use of energy.  In addition to lectures and discussions, students will engage in a team project. Students should have very basic algebra skills. Cr 3. ($150.00 course fee)

EYE 118: Musician’s Health: A Path to Peak Performance 
A practical course aimed at musicians in developing strategies for preparing themselves physically and psychologically to achieve their maximal performance potential. Students will learn the principles and practices of injury prevention, healthy lifestyle and practicing habits, performance psychology, and the interrelationship of physiology and psychology for the performing musician.   Co-requisite: For non-music majors: MUP 101, 102; for music majors: MUP 201, 202, or 203.

EYE 123: Our Brains at Play
This course will explore how play and interpersonal experiences forge key connections in the brain.  By examining "our brains at play" students devote equal time to the fields of interpersonal neurobiology and play studies.  The course will build communicative competence through experiential and cooperative learning, community engagement opportunities, class discussions on topics of ethical and social importance, and oral and written assignments.  Several times throughout the course, students will utilize a modification of the Lego Serious Play method, a kinesthetic and storytelling methodology, for understanding how and why the interpersonal neurobiology of play contributes to the well-being of individuals, relationships, and society.

EYE 129 The Chicken Course

This course is organized around three significant ways we encounter Chicken in our society:  as food, as the object of policy and politics, and as cultural symbol. In the first part of the course, we explore the production of chicken for meat and eggs.  Second, we look at Chicken as the object of local and global political debates, as in how we regulate the keeping of backyard chickens and large-scale poultry and egg producers, and in global responses to bird flu.  Finally, we explore the human love affair with Chicken in story, fable and folklore and in the sport of cockfighting to examine what Chicken and our relationships to them have to say about us as humans.

EYE 199: Topics
Each instructor uses a theme to engage students in exploration of significant questions about human culture and the natural world. The course facilitates student transition to college by engaging students in active and collaborative learning that enhances their inclination and ability to view complex issues from multiple perspectives.  Topics vary, but may include: food systems, race, creativity, entrepreneurship, sexuality, story-telling, war and peace, ethics, utopia, and others.

HON 101 Honors Entry Year Experience
Topics vary.
Each instructor uses a theme to engage students in exploration of significant questions about human culture and the natural world. The course facilitates student transition to college by engaging students in active and collaborative learning that enhances their inclination and ability to view complex issues from multiple perspectives. Co-requisites: College Writing, 1st year student, honors student (or permission).

RSP 103: Culture, Community, and the Environment
This seminar explores the inter-relationships between culture, community, and the environment from an educational, theoretical, and practical framework. It focuses on development as a person, as a learner, and as a member of a community. The course explores contemporary global issues from a dialectical perspective. It considers the values and approaches of different cultures in order to better understand the current problems facing any community which will include environmental damage and pollution, population growth, lifestyle impacts on the ecology, ethnic conflict, and other threats to cultural survival and ecological balance.