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Seminars for Freshmen: Fall 2017

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 your registration period. If there are seats left in the adjustment period you can sign up for additional seminars at that time.

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African American Studies 24, Sec. 1: “Mixed-Race” History, Experiences and Images in the United States (1 unit, P/NP)
On the Same Page American Studies 24, Sec. 1: Hamilton and the Federalist Papers (1 unit, P/NP)
Anthropology 24, Sec. 1: The Polynesians: Anthropological Perspectives (1 unit, P/NP)
Anthropology 24, Sec. 2: Becoming Human: Tracing the Archaeology and Evolution of Human Origins (1 unit, P/NP)
Anthropology 24, Sec. 3: The Workings of a Museum: What Goes on in a Museum of Culture? (1 unit, P/NP)
On the Same Page Food for Thought Asian American Studies 24, Sec. 1: Asian American History in American Musicals (1 unit, P/NP)
Chemical Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Whose Science, Whose Fiction? Exploring America's Scientific Imagination (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Civil and Environmental Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Waves: Ideal, Real, and In Between (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Civil and Environmental Engineering 24, Sec. 2: Providing Clean, Safe Water for Developing Countries (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Computer Science 24, Sec. 1: Berkeley Through the Lens (1 unit, P/NP)
Computer Science 39, Sec. 1: Symmetry and Topology (2 units, P/NP)
Earth and Planetary Science 24, Sec. 1: 4.5 Billion Years of Natural Disasters: A History of the Earth (1 unit, P/NP)
Earth and Planetary Science 24, Sec. 2: Death by Water: Risk, Science, and Impacts of Hydrological Extremes (1 unit, P/NP)
Earth and Planetary Science 24, Sec. 3: Geoscience in the Movies (1 unit, P/NP)
Education 24, Sec. 1: Hot Topics in Higher Education (1 unit, LG)
Education 24, Sec. 2: Book Smart: How to Support and Develop a Motivated, Successful Beginning Reader (1 unit, LG)
Electrical Engineering 24, Sec. 1: An Informal Philosophy of Technology (1 unit, P/NP)
Electrical Engineering 39, Sec. 1: Gadgets Electrical Engineers Make (2 units, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 1: Reading Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 2: Shakespeare's Sonnets (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 3: African American Poetry (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)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Sec. 6: Discussions on Evolutionary Biology (1 unit, P/NP)
French 24, Sec. 1: Slow Reading Dangerous Liaisons (1 unit, P/NP)
Geography 24, Sec. 1: What Does it Mean to be Modern? (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Geography 24, Sec. 2: Natural History of the East Bay Regional Parks (1 unit, P/NP)
Global Studies 24, Sec. 1: Diversity, Identity, and Social Justice: America in Global Perspective (1 unit, P/NP)
History 24, Sec. 1: Endangered Children and Youth in Africa: Documentaries (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 24, Sec. 1: A Short History of Innovation in American Business and Technology (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads 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)
Course Threads Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 3: The Age of Dinosaurs: What Do We Know? (1 unit, LG)
Course Threads Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 4: How and Why Do Birds Sing (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 5: Ethnobiology, Nutrition, and Global Food Systems (1 unit, P/NP)
Italian Studies 24, Sec. 1: The Mafia: History and Fiction (1 unit, P/NP)
Jewish Studies 39, Sec. 1: Jewry of Muscle: Zionism and Jewish Masculinity (2 units, LG)
Journalism 24, Sec. 1: Who is or was a Pirate? Wars over Copyright Dating back to Blackbeard Himself<br> (1 unit, LG)
Course Threads Legal Studies 39D, Sec. 1: Current Political and Moral Conflicts and the U.S. Constitution (2 units, LG)
Course Threads Legal Studies 39D, Sec. 2: Current Political and Moral Conflicts and the U.S. Constitution (2 units, LG)
Legal Studies 39I, Sec. 1: Punishment in America: Why, Whom, and How (2 units, LG)
Linguistics 24, Sec. 2: One State, Many Voices: Linguistic Diversity in California (1 unit, P/NP)
Linguistics 24, Sec. 4: Voices of Berkeley: Everybody has an Accent (1 unit, 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)
Mechanical Engineering 24, Sec. 2: Art and Science on Wheels (1 unit, P/NP)
Media Studies 24, Sec. 1: The U.S. Supreme Court: A Critical Appraisal (1 unit, P/NP)
Middle Eastern Studies 24, Sec. 1: Current Events in the Middle East (1 unit, P/NP)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90A, Sec. 1: Museums of the Bay Area (1 unit, P/NP)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90A, Sec. 2: Exploration of the Performing Arts Scene in and Around Berkeley (1 unit, P/NP)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90A, Sec. 3: Evolution: Creatures, Not Creation (1 unit, LG)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90B, Sec. 1: Development and Evolution: The Role of History in Biology (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Molecular and Cell Biology 90D, Sec. 1: Human Viruses and Disease (1 unit, P/NP)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90D, Sec. 2: Revolutions in Biology: Past, Present, and Future (1 unit, P/NP)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90E, Sec. 1: Matter, Mind, Consciousness (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Native American Studies 90, Sec. 1: 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)
Near Eastern Studies 24, Sec. 1: Animals in Ancient Egypt (1 unit, LG)
Food for Thought Nuclear Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Professional Orientation for Freshmen Engineers (1 unit, P/NP)
Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 24, Sec. 1: Nutrition and Wellness (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 24, Sec. 2: Finding Mentorship in College: Lessons from the Movies (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Physics 24, Sec. 1: Magnets: Science, Technology, and "Magic Tricks" (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Food for Thought 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)
Course Threads Political Economy 24, Sec. 1: Political Economy in Contemporary Perspective (1 unit, P/NP)
Portuguese 24, Sec. 1: Brazil's Greatest Hits: An Introduction to Brazilian History, Literature, and Culture (1 unit, P/NP)
Psychology 24, Sec. 2: Exploring Psychology through Improvisational Comedy and Drama (1 unit, P/NP)
Psychology 24, Sec. 2: Human Neuropsychology (1 unit, P/NP) NEW
Food for Thought Public Policy 24, Sec. 1: The Future of Higher Education: Financial and Economic Perspectives (1 unit, P/NP)
Rhetoric 24, Sec. 1: Bad Books and How to Spot Them (1 unit, LG)
Spanish 24, Sec. 1: Baseball Spanish (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)
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 39, Sec. 1: Movement, Awareness, and Learning (2 units, LG)
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 39, Sec. 2: Best Films of 2016 and the Great Films That Influenced Them (2 units, LG)
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)
Vision Science 24, Sec. 3: Myths, Mysteries and Discoveries in Medicine (1 unit, P/NP)
Vision Science 39, Sec. 1: Demonstrations and Student Action: What is Free Speech? (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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