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Seminars for Sophomores: 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!

Sophomore seminars numbered 39 and offered for two, three or four units may satisfy breadth requirements in Letters and Science. Two-unit sophomore seminars numbered 84 and offered through fall 2011 may satisfy breadth requirements in Letters and Science. A list of these seminars is available. Two-unit sophomore seminars numbered 84 and offered after fall 2011 will not satisfy breadth requirements in Letters and Science. To determine if you may use a seminar to satisfy a L&S breadth requirement, visit the Seven Course Breadth Requirement web page on the Letters and Science Office of Undergraduate Advising website. When L&S breadth has been assigned to a seminar published on the Freshman and Sophomore Seminars website, it will be noted at the end of the seminar description on the seminar's web page.

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Anthropology 84, Sec. 1: Race, Gender, and Social Life in Colonial Honduras (1 unit, LG)
Astronomy 84, Sec. 1: The Nature of Space and Time (1 unit, P/NP)
Bioengineering 84, Sec. 1: Introduction to Interactive Fiction (1 unit, P/NP)
Classics 39D, Sec. 1: Utopia, Dystopia (4 units, LG)
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)
Economics 84, Sec. 1: Buddhist Economics (2 units, P/NP)
English 84, Sec. 1: High Culture/Low Culture and the Films and Writings of Woody Allen (2 units, P/NP)
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 39, Sec. 1: Science and the Public (2 units, P/NP)
History 84, Sec. 1: How Wars Begin: Europe and the World, 1789 to 1991 (2 units, LG)
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)
Food for Thought Natural Resources 84, Sec. 1: Global Environment Theme House Sophomore Seminar (1 unit, P/NP)
Near Eastern Studies 39B, Sec. 1: The Abrahamic Religions (3 units, LG)
Slavic Languages and Literatures 39, Sec. 1: Cemeteries and the History of Death (2 units, P/NP)
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)
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 39, Sec. 1: Movement, Awareness, and Learning (2 units, LG)

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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