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Seminars for Freshmen: Spring 2016

Seminars depend on the regular presence and active participation of every student. Sharing ideas in class is an important academic skill that can be acquired only through practice. The vigorous discussions that characterize the most successful seminars depend on the commitment of each and every member of the class.

Seminar professors often choose to explore unexpected topics that may not directly relate to the focus of their departments. We don't want you to miss a hidden treasure. If you are interested in the past, for instance, don't look only at seminars offered by the History Department. The pop-up menu below lets you search for seminars by topic.

Not all seminars are included in the topic search. The complete list of seminars for freshmen appears below. Seminars are very popular; we recommend that you choose a couple of alternatives in case the seminar you are most interested in is full. You may enroll in only one seminar during Phase I of TeleBears, so choose wisely!

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African American Studies 24, Sec. 1: Researching “Mixed-Race” History and Images in the United States (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought African American Studies 24, Sec. 2: Language and Politics in Southern Africa (1 unit, P/NP)
Architecture 24, Sec. 1: Design Thinking, Creativity, Innovation, and Future Career Paths (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Chemistry 24, Sec. 1: Bridge (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Chicano Studies 24, Sec. 1: Chicano Civil Rights Movement (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Civil and Environmental Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Waves – Ideal, Real, and In Between (1 unit, LG)
Course Threads On the Same Page Civil and Environmental Engineering 24, Sec. 2: The Design, Construction and Testing of Household Clean Water Filters for Developing Countries (1 unit, P/NP)
Classics 24, Sec. 2: Homer's Iliad (1 unit, P/NP)
Classics 39K, Sec. 1: Travel and Transport in the Ancient World (4 units, LG)
Connections@Cal Food for Thought Computer Science 24, Sec. 10: Berkeley Through the Lens (1 unit, P/NP)
Computer Science 39R, Sec. 1: Symmetry and Topology
(2 units, P/NP)
Earth and Planetary Science 39A, Sec. 1: Earth Science in the Field (2 units, LG)
Earth and Planetary Science 39B, Sec. 1: Do-It-Yourself Experimental Atmospheric Science (3 units, LG)
Electrical Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Gadgets Electrical Engineers Make (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 1: Masterpieces of World Cinema: Federico Fellini’s La dolce vita (1 unit, P/NP)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 1: Issues in Natural Resource Conservation (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 39C, Sec. 1: Can We Talk? Faculty-Student interactions on a 21st Century Campus (1.5 units, P/NP)
Ethnic Studies 24, Sec. 2: Queer Latino Studies: Theory in the Flesh (1 unit, P/NP)
Gender and Women’s Studies 24, Sec. 1: An Overview of Gender and Women's Studies (1 unit, P/NP)
German 39Q, Sec. 1: Bible Stories and Literary Criticism (3 units, LG)
History 24, Sec. 1: How Wars Begin: Europe and the World 1789 to 1991 (1 unit, LG)
On the Same Page History 24, Sec. 2: Poor and Working Children in the United States, 1880-1939 (1 unit, LG)
History 24, Sec. 3: Why Are Universities Special? The Story of Berkeley and the University of California in a Global Context (1 unit, P/NP)
History 24, Sec. 4: The Museums of Berkeley (1 unit, P/NP)
History 24, Sec. 5: Disease in History (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 1: The Darwinian Revolution (1 unit, LG)
Creating Change Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 10: Ethnobiology, Nutrition, and Global Food Systems (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 11: Natural History of the Bay Area by Bicycle and Public Transit (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 12: Solving Today's Extinction Crisis (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 2: Burning Hot and Cold: How do Ectotherms Maintain Metabolism and Performance in Variable Temperatures? (1 unit, LG)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 3: How and Why Do Birds Sing (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 4: How Plants Changed the History of our Planet (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 6: Animal Navigation: Which Way is Home? (1 unit, LG)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 7: The Age of Dinosaurs: What Do We Know? (1 unit, LG)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 8: Randomness and Heritable Memories in Biology (1 unit, LG)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 9: The Weird and Wonderful World of Parasites (1 unit, P/NP)
Italian Studies 24, Sec. 1: Italy’s War Over Memories of War: Fascism and World War II in Film (1 unit, P/NP)
Jewish Studies 39M, Sec. 1: Hasidism, Mitnagdim, Haskallah–Jewish Society in Eastern Europe (2 units, LG)
Jewish Studies 39N, Sec. 1: Holocaust History, Memory, and Representation (2 units, LG)
Linguistics 24, Sec. 1: Language Myths (1 unit, P/NP)
Materials Science and Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Materials and Weapons of War through History (1 unit, P/NP)
Materials Science and Engineering 24, Sec. 2: Physics and Materials Science of Skateboarding (1 unit, P/NP)
Mathematics 24, Sec. 1: Hands-on Geometry (TBA, P/NP)
Mechanical Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Art and Science on Wheels (1 unit, P/NP)
Mechanical Engineering 24, Sec. 2: Signals and Synthesizers (1 unit, LG)
Media Studies 24, Sec. 1: Exploring the News (1 unit, P/NP)
Media Studies 24, Sec. 2: Keeping Informed in the Digital Age: Reading the New York Times (1 unit, P/NP)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90B, Sec. 1: Biology as History (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Molecular and Cell Biology 90E, Sec. 1: Matter, Mind, Consciousness (1 unit, P/NP)
Native American Studies 39A, Sec. 1: Native Americans and the American Novel (4 units, LG)
Food for Thought Natural Resources 24, Sec. 2: Global Environment Theme House Freshman Seminar (1 unit, P/NP)
Near Eastern Studies 24, Sec. 1: Animals in Ancient Egypt (1 unit, LG)
Nuclear Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Putting the "Science" in Computational Science (1 unit, LG)
Nuclear Engineering 24, Sec. 2: How It's Made (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Food for Thought Nutritional Sciences 24, Sec. 1: Asian Martial Arts Movie Comedies (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Physics 24, Sec. 1: The Big Bang and the Interconnectedness of the Universe (1 unit, P/NP)
Plant and Microbial Biology 24, Sec. 1: Reflecting on the Big Questions: What Matters to Me, and How Does it Connect With my College Experience? (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Plant and Microbial Biology 24, Sec. 2: Would You Like to Know More about the Plants You Eat? (1 unit, P/NP)
Plant and Microbial Biology 24, Sec. 3: How Plant Research Gives Insight into Human Diseases (1 unit, P/NP)
Political Economy 24, Sec. 1: Political Economy in Contemporary Perspective (1 unit, P/NP)
Portuguese 24, Sec. 1: Hello Brazil: Literature, Arts, Society (1 unit, P/NP)
Psychology 24, Sec. 1: Exploring Psychology through Improvisational Comedy and Drama (1 unit, P/NP)
Psychology 39P, Sec. 1: Inferring Personality and Attachment Status from Musical Performance: From Callas to Presley, Jagger and Boyle (2 units, LG)
Course Threads Slavic Languages and Literatures 24, Sec. 1: The Mystery and Fascination of the Balkans (1 unit, LG)
Slavic Languages and Literatures 39L, Sec. 1: Russian Short Fiction (3 units, LG)
South and Southeast Asian Studies 24, Sec. 1: Daring DIvas and their Legacies: Joyce Bryant, Lin Dai, Marilyn Monroe and Sara Montiel (1 unit, LG)
Course Threads South and Southeast Asian Studies 39I, Sec. 1: Southeast Asian Performing Arts (2 units, LG) NEW
South and Southeast Asian Studies 39J, Sec. 1: Exploring the Short Story in the Philippines and Indonesia (2 units, LG)
South and Southeast Asian Studies 39L, Sec. 1: Contentious Politics and Southeast Asian Literature (Focus on Vietnam and the Philippines) (2 units, LG)
Spanish 24, Sec. 1: Talking Funny: Language Variation in Spanish and English Literary Texts (1 unit, P/NP)
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 39, Sec. 1: Movement, Awareness, and Learning (2 units, P/NP)
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 39, Sec. 2: Green Futures: Artistic, Scientific, and Philosophical Imaginings of a Sustainable Society (2 units, LG)
Vision Science 24, Sec. 1: The Human Eye (1 unit, P/NP)
Vision Science 24, Sec. 2: Myths, Mysteries and Discoveries in Medicine (1 unit, P/NP)

Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).
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