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Seminars for Freshmen: Fall 2014

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!

Course Threads = Course Threads Creating Change = Creating Change Connections@Cal = Connections@Cal = On the Same Page = Berkeley Arts = Food for Thought

Food for Thought African American Studies 24, Sec. 1: Language and Politics in Southern Africa (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Anthropology 24, Sec. 1: The Polynesians: Anthropological Perspectives (1 unit, P/NP)
On the Same Page Chicano Studies 24, Sec. 1: Chicano Civil Rights Movement (1 unit, P/NP)
Civil and Environmental Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Ethical Problems in the Investigation of the Collapse of the World Trade Center (1 unit, P/NP)
Civil and Environmental Engineering 24, Sec. 2: The Design and Construction of Household Clean Water Techniques for Developing Countries (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Classics 24, Sec. 2: Aphrodite and Eros in Ancient Greece (1 unit, P/NP)
Comparative Literature 24, Sec. 1: Reading and Reciting Great Poems in English (1 unit, P/NP)
Comparative Literature 39I, Sec. 1: Why Read Ancient Literature? (3 units, LG)
Comparative Literature 39J, Sec. 1: Mind Reading: Consciousness and Literature (4 units, LG)
Course Threads On the Same Page Berkeley Arts Seminars Food for Thought Computer Science 39S, Sec. 1: Photographic Technique in the Free Speech Movement and Today (2 units, P/NP)
Earth and Planetary Sciences 24, Sec. 1: Weather and Climate (1 unit, P/NP)
Electrical Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Gadgets Electrical Engineers Make (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 1: Reading Art Spiegelman's Maus (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 2: Crime and Punishment (1 unit, P/NP)
On the Same Page English 24, Sec. 3: Free Speech Movement (1 unit, P/NP)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 1: Issues in Natural Resource Conservation (1 unit, P/NP)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 2: Environmental Problem Solving (1 unit, P/NP)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 3: Democratizing Science (1 unit, P/NP)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 4: Soil Pollution and Remediation (1 unit, P/NP)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 6: Discussions on Evolutionary Biology (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 39B, Sec. 1: Creaturely Lives, Catastrophic Times (2 units, P/NP)
Ethnic Studies 24, Sec. 1: The U.S., Mexico, and Drug Trafficking (1 unit, LG) CANCELLED
Creating Change Berkeley Arts Seminars Geography 24, Sec. 1: What Does It Mean to be Modern? (1 unit, P/NP)
German 24, Sec. 1: Nietzsche at the Movies (1 unit, P/NP) NEW SEATS AVAILABLE
On the Same Page History 24, Sec. 2: The Free Speech Movement and the 1960s (1 unit, P/NP)
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 24, Sec. 1: Overview of IEOR (1 unit, P/NP)
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 24, Sec. 2: A Short History of Innovation in American Business and Technology (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 2: Night (and Day) in the Museum: What Really Goes on in Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology? (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 3: The Stone Age (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 4: How and Why Do Birds Sing (1 unit, P/NP)
Creating Change Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 5: Ethnobiology, Nutrition, and Global Food Systems (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 6: Forensic Genetics: From DNA to Society (1 unit, LG)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 8: Randomness and Heritable Memories in Biology (1 unit, LG)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 9: The Age of Dinosaurs: What Do We Know? (1 unit, LG) SEATS AVAILABLE
Italian Studies 24, Sec. 1: Culture & Politics in Italy since World War II: The Case of Pier Paolo Pasolini (1 unit, P/NP)
Jewish Studies 39I, Sec. 1: Who are Arab Jews, Kurdish Jews, Berber Jews? Jewish Communities of the Middle East and North Africa (2 units, LG)
Connections@Cal Food for Thought Journalism 39L, Sec. 1: Prison Life in Movies and TV: Media Images of the Culture of Punishment 1930-2014
(1.5 units, LG)
Legal Studies 39D, Sec. 1: Current Political and Moral Conflicts and the U.S. Constitution (2 units, LG)
On the Same Page Legal Studies 39F, Sec. 1: Civil Disobedience (2 units, LG)
Linguistics 24, Sec. 1: Language Myths (1 unit, P/NP)
Linguistics 24, Sec. 2: Language Myths (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Materials Science and Engineering 39A, Sec. 1: The Berkeley Experience (1.5 units, P/NP)
Mechanical Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Art and Science on Wheels (1 unit, P/NP)
Media Studies 24, Sec. 1: Exploring the News (1 unit, P/NP)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90A, Sec. 1: Evolution–Creatures, Not Creation (1 unit, LG)
Berkeley Arts Seminars Food for Thought Molecular and Cell Biology 90A, Sec. 2: A Sampling of the Performing Arts at Berkeley (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Molecular and Cell Biology 90B, Sec. 1: Insulin as a Window on Discovery in Biology (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Connections@Cal Molecular and Cell Biology 90E, Sec. 1: Matter, Mind, Consciousness (1 unit, P/NP)
Berkeley Arts Seminars Music 24, Sec. 1: Musical Theater from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Glee (1 unit, P/NP)
Native American Studies 90, Sec. 1: Myth, Memory, and History: Understanding Native America (4 units, LG)
Native American Studies 90, Sec. 2: Native Americans and the American Novel (4 units, LG) SEATS AVAILABLE
Food for Thought Natural Resources 24, Sec. 1: Global Environment Theme House Freshman Seminar (1 unit, P/NP)
Near Eastern Studies 24, Sec. 1: Egyptian Archaeology at Cal (1 unit, LG)
Food for Thought Nuclear Engineering 24, Sec. 1: How It's Made (1 unit, LG)
Philosophy 39N, Sec. 1: The Brothers Karamazov: Literature and Philosophy (2 units, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Food for Thought Physics 24, Sec. 1: Making Mistakes Scientifically (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Plant and Microbial Biology 24, Sec. 1: Encounters with Plants: First-hand Experiences with the Culture, Lore, and History of Plants (1 unit, P/NP)
Political Economy 24, Sec. 1: Political Economy in Contemporary Perspective (1 unit, P/NP)
Political Economy 24, Sec. 2: Debates in Political Economy (1 unit, P/NP) CANCELLED
Portuguese 24, Sec. 1: Hello Brazil: An Introduction to Brazilian Arts and Culture (1 unit, P/NP)
Psychology 24, Sec. 1: The Shattered Mind (1 unit, P/NP)
Rhetoric 24, Sec. 1: Arguing with Judge Judy: Popular "Logic" on TV Judge Shows (1 unit, LG)
Slavic Languages and Literatures 39O, Sec. 1: The Brothers Karamazov: Literature and Philosophy (2 units, P/NP)
Spanish 24, Sec. 1: Talking Funny: Language Variation in Spanish and English Literary Texts (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 24, Sec. 1: Documentary Playmaking: School Integration, Little Rock, 1957-58 (1 unit, P/NP)
Undergraduate Business Administration 39AC, Sec. 1: Philanthropy: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 units, LG)
Vision Science 24, Sec. 1: The Human Eye (1 unit, P/NP)
On the Same Page Vision Science 24, Sec. 2: How To Change Society: The Free Speech Movement and the Sixties (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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