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Seminars for Freshmen: Fall 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 = 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: Researching “Mixed-Race” History and Images in the United States (1 unit, P/NP)
Anthropology 24, Sec. 1: The Polynesians: Anthropological Perspectives (1 unit, P/NP)
Astronomy 24, Sec. 1: Prospects and Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe (1 unit, LG)
Course Threads 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)
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)
Food for Thought Civil and Environmental Engineering 24, Sec. 3: Waves – Ideal, Real, and In Between (1 unit, LG)
Course Threads Classics 24, Sec. 1: Mycenae, Rich in Gold: Myth, Murder, and Mayhem (1 unit, P/NP)
Comparative Literature 41B, Sec. 1: Studies in Lyrics (4 units, LG)
Connections@Cal Food for Thought Computer Science 39T, Sec. 1: Berkeley Through the Lens (2 units, P/NP)
Development Studies 24, Sec. 2: Empowering Education: A Global Perspective (1 unit, P/NP)
Education 24, Sec. 1: Hot Topics in Higher Education (1 unit, LG)
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 24, Sec. 1: Gadgets Electrical Engineers Make (1 unit, P/NP)
Energy and Resources Group 24, Sec. 1: Complex Systems, Information Theory, and "Big Data" (1 unit, LG)
English 24, Sec. 1: Shakespeare's Sonnets (1 unit, P/NP)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 1: Issues in Natural Resource Conservation (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 2: Foresters, Forests and Forestry (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 3: Democratization of Science (1 unit, P/NP)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 4: Conservation and Environmental Problem Solving: California and Beyond (1 unit, P/NP)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 5: 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 Ethnic Studies 24, Sec. 1: Obama, the GOP, and Immigration Reform (1 unit, P/NP)
On the Same Page Gender and Women’s Studies 24, Sec. 1: Gender at the Margins of the Global Economy in Behind the Beautiful Forevers (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads On the Same Page Geography 24, Sec. 1: Development Reconsidered: Reading, Interpreting and Placing Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads German 39N, Sec. 1: Imagined Environments: How Have Literature and Art Contributed to Modern Environmental Consciousness? (3 units, LG)
History 24, Sec. 1: Endangered Children and Youth in Contemporary Africa: Documentaries (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads History 24, Sec. 2: Human Rights in Documents (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)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 10: How Plants Changed the History of our Planet (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 11: Solving Today's Extinction Crisis (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. 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)
Food for Thought Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 7: A History of California in Fifty Fossils (1 unit, P/NP)
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)
Jewish Studies 39L, Sec. 1: Gender and the Body in Yiddish Literature (2 units, LG)
Course Threads On the Same Page Journalism 24, Sec. 1: Behind the Beautiful Forevers in the U.S.A.
(1 unit, LG)
Course Threads 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)
Legal Studies 39G, Sec. 1: Elephants, Silt, Mercury, and Law: Managing the Environment in East Asia (3 units, LG)
Linguistics 24, Sec. 1: Language Myths (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Materials Science and Engineering 39A, Sec. 1: The Berkeley Experience (1.5 units, P/NP)
Mathematics 24, Sec. 1: Using Random Walks in the Physical and Social Sciences (1 unit, 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)
Connections@Cal Molecular and Cell Biology 90E, Sec. 1: Matter, Mind, Consciousness (1 unit, P/NP)
Native American Studies 90, Sec. 1: Native Americans and the American Novel (4 units, LG)
Native American Studies 90, Sec. 2: Myth, Memory, and History: Understanding Native America (4 units, LG)
Food for Thought Natural Resources 24, Sec. 1: Global Environment Theme House Freshman Seminar (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Connections@Cal Food for Thought Near Eastern Studies 24, Sec. 2: Gods and Demons in Ancient Egypt (1 unit, P/NP)
Nuclear Engineering 24, Sec. 1: How It's Made (1 unit, P/NP)
Connections@Cal Food for Thought Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 24, Sec. 1: Mentorship in Movies and at Cal (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: The Shattered Mind (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Slavic Languages and Literatures 24, Sec. 1: The Mystery and Fascination of the Balkans (1 unit, P/NP)
Slavic Languages and Literatures 39C, Sec. 1: Images of Eastern Europe: Cold War: Fear, Conspiracies, Spies, and Noir (3 units, LG)
Food for Thought South and Southeast Asian Studies 39K, Sec. 1: Camouflaging the Chimera: African American Voices and Visions of Vietnam (2 units, LG)
Spanish 24, Sec. 1: Talking Funny: Language Variation in Spanish and English Literary Texts (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Spanish 24, Sec. 2: Latin American Photography (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)
Undergraduate Business Administration 39E, Sec. 1: The Five Gospels: A Humanist Perspective (2 units, P/NP)
Vision Science 24, Sec. 1: The Human Eye (1 unit, P/NP)
Vision Science 39, Sec. 1: Planning for the Berkeley Global Campus and Richmond Bay (2 units, 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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