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Seminars for Freshmen: Spring 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 Phase I of TeleBears, so choose wisely!

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African American Studies 24, Sec. 1: Sport, Celebrity, and Controversy in American Culture (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads African American Studies 24, Sec. 2: Researching “Mixed-Race” History and Images in the United States (1 unit, LG)
Food for Thought African American Studies 24, Sec. 3: 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)
Architecture 24, Sec. 2: Reading Places (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Bioengineering 24, Sec. 1: A History of Biology in Science Fiction (1 unit, P/NP)
Chemistry 24, Sec. 1: Bridge (1 unit, P/NP)
Chemistry 24, Sec. 2: Ethical Consequences of New Technologies (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: The Design, Construction and Testing of Household Clean Water Filters for Developing Countries (1 unit, P/NP)
Civil and Environmental Engineering 24, Sec. 3: Ethical Problems in Design and Construction of the New Bay Bridge (1 unit, P/NP)
Classics 24, Sec. 1: Food and Religion in Ancient Greece (1 unit, P/NP)
Classics 39D, Sec. 1: Utopia, Dystopia (4 units, LG)
Comparative Literature 24, Sec. 1: Trans-Cultural Histories of the Women’s and Gay Liberation Movements (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Computer Science 24, Sec. 10: Berkeley Through the Lens (1 unit, P/NP)
Berkeley Arts Seminars Earth and Planetary Science 24, Sec. 1: Oceans in the News (1 unit, P/NP)
Earth and Planetary Science 39A, Sec. 1: Earth Science in the Field (CLASS IS FULL AT THIS TIME) (2 units, LG)
Earth and Planetary Science 39A, Sec. 2: Earth Science in the Field (CLASS IS FULL AT THIS TIME) (2 units, LG)
Electrical Engineering 24, Sec. 1: An Informal Philosophy of Technology (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 2: The Arts and Culture at Berkeley and Beyond (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads English 24, Sec. 3: Reading Walden Carefully (1 unit, P/NP)
English 24, Sec. 4: Post-Apocalypse Now (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 39, Sec. 1: Science and the Public (2 units, P/NP)
Food for Thought Ethnic Studies 24, Sec. 1: Queer Latino Studies: Theory in the Flesh (1 unit, P/NP)
German 24, Sec. 1: Nietzsche's Zarathustra (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Global Studies 24, Sec. 1: Reading the Word and the World: An introduction to global studies through the New York Times magazine (1 unit, P/NP)
History 24, Sec. 1: Chinese Bodies: Medicine and Health, Gender and Sex (1 unit, P/NP)
History 24, Sec. 2: Why Are Universities Special? The Story of Berkeley and the University of California in a Global Context (1 unit, P/NP)
History 24, Sec. 3: Making U.S. Foreign Policy (1 unit, P/NP)
History 24, Sec. 4: Endangered Children and Youth in Contemporary Africa: Documentaries (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought History of Art 24, Sec. 1: Feminism and Other Life Skills (1 unit, LG)
Course Threads Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 1: The Darwinian Revolution (1 unit, LG)
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. 2: Biological Responses to Climate Change (1 unit, LG)
Course Threads Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 3: How and Why Do Birds Sing (1 unit, P/NP)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 6: Animal Navigation: Which Way is Home? (1 unit, LG)
Integrative Biology 24, Sec. 9: Marine Ecosystems in Peril (1 unit, P/NP)
Italian Studies 24, Sec. 1: From Satire to Sadism: Films about Dictators (1 unit, P/NP)
Jewish Studies 39P, Sec. 1: Reading the Bible Through the Talmud (2 units, LG)
Jewish Studies 39Q, Sec. 1: Critical Issues in Israeli Society: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, from the Social Sciences to the Arts (2 units, 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)
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)
Course Threads Mathematics 24, Sec. 1: Using Random Walks in the Physical and Social Sciences (1 unit, P/NP)
Mechanical Engineering 24, Sec. 2: Signals and Synthesizers (1 unit, P/NP)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90A, Sec. 1: Evolution: Creatures, Not Creation (1 unit, LG)
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 90E, Sec. 1: Vision and Art (1 unit, P/NP)
Molecular and Cell Biology 90E, Sec. 2: Matter, Mind, Consciousness (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: Animals in Ancient Egypt (1 unit, LG)
Near Eastern Studies 39B, Sec. 1: The Abrahamic Religions (3 units, LG)
Nuclear Engineering 24, Sec. 1: Putting the "Science" in Computational Science (1 unit, P/NP)
Nuclear Engineering 24, Sec. 2: How It's Made (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 24, Sec. 1: Discovered, Invented, or Perfected in Berkeley: A Legacy for Every Cal Student (1 unit, P/NP)
Peace and Conflict Studies 24, Sec. 1: Diversity, Identity, and Social Justice: America in Global Perspective (1 unit, P/NP)
Food for Thought Physics 24, Sec. 1: Magnets: Science, Technology, and "Magic Tricks" (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Political Economy 24, Sec. 1: Political Economy in Contemporary Perspective (1 unit, P/NP)
Political Economy 24, Sec. 2: Fake News or "Real" News: What's the Difference and How to Know (2 units, P/NP)
Portuguese 24, Sec. 1: Brazil's Greatest Hits: An Introduction to Brazilian Literature and Culture (1 unit, P/NP)
Psychology 24, Sec. 1: Exploring Psychology through Improvisational Comedy and Drama (1 unit, P/NP)
Course Threads Rhetoric 24, Sec. 1: Arguing with Judge Judy: Popular "Logic" on TV Judge Shows (1 unit, LG)
Slavic Languages and Literatures 39, Sec. 1: Cemeteries and the History of Death (2 units, P/NP)
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 39, Sec. 1: Southeast Asian Performing Arts (2 units, LG)
South and Southeast Asian Studies 39, Sec. 2: Island Imaginations: Exploring the Short Story in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (2 units, LG)
South and Southeast Asian Studies 39, Sec. 3: 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)
On the Same Page Spanish and Portuguese 24, Sec. 2: The Drama of Justice and Mercy in the time of Cervantes (1 unit, P/NP)
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 39, Sec. 1: Movement, Awareness, and Learning (2 units, LG)
Vision Science 24, Sec. 1: How to Live Your College Life Wisely (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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