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Seminars for Freshmen: Spring 2015

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)
African American Studies 24, Sec. 2: Sport, Celebrity, and Controversy in American Culture (1 unit, P/NP)
Anthropology 39A, Sec. 1: Free Speech, Civil Rights, & Human Rights in Global Perspective (4 units, TBA) SEATS AVAILABLE
Architecture 24, Sec. 1: Design Thinking, Innovation, and Future Career Paths (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Berkeley Arts Seminars Art 39A, Sec. 1: Making Sounds: New Acoustic Experiences through Design Innovation (2 units, P/NP)
Chemical Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Whose Science, Whose Fiction? Exploring America's Scientific Imagination (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Chemistry 24, Sec. 1: Bridge (1 unit, P/NP)
Chicano Studies 24, Sec. 1: Chicano Civil Rights Movement (1 unit, P/NP) NEW
Civil and Environmental Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Ethical Problems in Design and Construction of the New Bay Bridge (1 unit, P/NP)
Civil and Environmental Engineering 24, Sec. 2: The Design, Construction and Testing of Household Clean Water Filters for Developing Countries (1 unit, P/NP)
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 Science 24, Sec. 1: Oceans in the News (1 unit, P/NP)
Earth and Planetary Science 24, Sec. 3: Geosciences in the Movies (1 unit, P/NP)
Earth and Planetary Science 39A, Sec. 1: Geological Influences in California Society Today (2 units, LG)
Education 24, Sec. 1: Book Smart: How to Support and Develop a Motivated, Successful Beginning Reader (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 1: The Arts In and Around Berkeley (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 2: Classics of World Literature: Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1 unit, P/NP) SEATS AVAILABLE
Berkeley Arts Seminars English 24, Sec. 3: The Arts and Culture at Berkeley and Beyond (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 4: California Detectives in Fiction and Film (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 5: Campus Onomastics (1 unit, P/NP) SEATS AVAILABLE
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 1: Issues in Natural Resource Conservation (1 unit, P/NP)
Ethnic Studies 24, Sec. 1: The Mid-term Elections of 2014: Their Meanings and Implications (1 unit, P/NP)
History 24, Sec. 4: How Wars Begin: Europe and the World 1789 to 1991 (1 unit, LG)
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)
Connections@Cal Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 2: Burning Hot and Cold: How do Ectotherms Maintain Metabolism and Performance in Variable Temperatures? (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 5: East Bay Parks: A Spring Almanac (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)
Jewish Studies 39J, Sec. 1: Introduction to Hasidism (2 units, LG) SEATS AVAILABLE
Jewish Studies 39K, Sec. 1: Holocaust History, Memory, and Representation (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)
Linguistics 24, Sec. 1: Language Myths (1 unit, P/NP)
Materials Science and Engineering 24, Sec. 3: Materials and Weapons of War through History (1 unit, P/NP)
Mathematics 24, Sec. 1: Geometry, Relativity, and the Fourth Dimension (1 unit, P/NP)
Mechanical Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Art and Science on Wheels (1 unit, P/NP)
Media Studies 24, Sec. 2: Exploring the News (1 unit, P/NP)
Middle Eastern Studies 24, Sec. 1: Current Events in the Middle East (1 unit, P/NP)
Berkeley Arts Seminars Molecular and Cell Biology 90A, Sec. 1: A Sampling of the Performing Arts at Berkeley (1 unit, P/NP)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90E, Sec. 1: Vision and Art (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Connections@Cal Molecular and Cell Biology 90E, Sec. 2: Matter, Mind, Consciousness (1 unit, P/NP)
Native American Studies 90, Sec. 1: Native Americans and the American Novel (4 units, LG) SEATS AVAILABLE
Connections@Cal Natural Resources 24, Sec. 1: Can We Talk? Student-Faculty Communication on a 21st Century Campus (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Natural Resources 24, Sec. 2: Global Environment Theme House Freshman Seminar (1 unit, P/NP)
Near Eastern Studies 24, Sec. 1: Egyptian Archaeology at Cal (1 unit, LG)
Nuclear Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Putting the "Science" in Computational Science (1 unit, LG)
Connections@Cal Food for Thought Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 39D, Sec. 1: Films of The Great American Road Trip (2 units, P/NP)
Political Economy 24, Sec. 1: Political Economy in Contemporary Perspective (1 unit, P/NP)
Berkeley Arts Seminars Portuguese 24, Sec. 1: Hello Brazil: Literature, Arts, Society (1 unit, P/NP)
Psychology 24, Sec. 1: How Social and Personality Psychology Inform and Influence Everyday Social Life (TBA, P/NP)
Psychology 39O, Sec. 1: Inferring Personality and Attachment Status from Musical Performance: From Callas to Presley, Jagger and Boyle (2 units, P/NP)
Public Health 39I, Sec. 1: Helping Family and Friends Stay Healthy (2 units, P/NP)
Public Policy 24, Sec. 1: Big Think: Reading Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (1 unit, LG)
Rhetoric 24, Sec. 1: Reading Photographs on Page One of the New York Times (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Rhetoric 24, Sec. 2: Arguing with Judge Judy (1 unit, LG)
Rhetoric 24, Sec. 3: The Meanings of Murder Mysteries (1 unit, LG) SEATS AVAILABLE
Slavic Languages and Literatures 39C, Sec. 1: Images of Eastern Europe -- Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Ukraine, Poland, Russia (3 units, P/NP) SEATS AVAILABLE
Slavic Languages and Literatures 39F, Sec. 1: Balkan Cultures (3 units, LG) SEATS AVAILABLE
Social Welfare 39D, Sec. 1: Social Justice and Advocacy (2 units, P/NP)
Course Threads South and Southeast Asian Studies 39I, Sec. 1: Southeast Asian Performing Arts (2 units, LG)
South and Southeast Asian Studies 39J, Sec. 1: Exploring the Short Story in Southeast Asia (2 units, LG)
Spanish 24, Sec. 1: Talking Funny: Language Variation in Spanish and English Literary Texts (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Berkeley Arts Seminars Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 39, Sec. 1: Making Art about War: Media, Performance, and Literature Representing Global Conflict from World War I to the Present (2 units, P/NP)
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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