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Core Course Options for the members of the Class of 2016

Review the following courses and select at least four Core Courses that you would be interested in taking your first semester. Select options that look interesting to you from a number of different categories.

You will need a total of 42 hours of Liberal Arts Core Classes to graduate. Hood's Core curriculum provides a solid grounding in the liberal arts, including preparation in the humanities, sciences and arts, and hones critical and analytical thinking, writing and oral communication skills.

I. Historical Analysis

HIST 200: The Ancient World

The origins of civilization in the Western world from prehistory to the rise of the Roman Empire. Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome, focusing on the major political, social, economic and aesthetic developments.

HIST 202: Medieval Europe

A survey of the European Middle Ages, including political, social, economic and cultural developments from the fall of Rome through the 15th century.

HIST 217: US History to 1865

The development of the United States from the colonial settlements to 1865.

II. Social & Behavioral Analysis Core

ANTH 201: Intro Anthropology

The study of human beings and their cultures. While the primary emphasis is on cultural anthropology, the related disciplines of physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and ethnology constitute an integral part of the course. The course is designed to develop meaningful insights into diverse cultures and introduce students to anthropological ways of thinking.

CMA 200: Mass Media & Society

Development of newspapers, magazines, radio, film and television, with emphasis on the impact of mass communication on reader, viewer and listener.

ECON 205-01: Macroeconomics

The theoretical principles of the economy as a whole; includes national income determination, inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and open-economy macroeconomics.

LWPS 230: Introduction to Law

Law and the legal system in the United States. The impact of legal institutions on society. The law as a reflection of political, economic and social values.

MGMT 205: Principles of Management

The study of the characteristics of different types of organizations distinguished by purpose or structure. The implications of organizational differences for management and administration will be examined. Students will focus their study on the theoretical and empirical aspects of organizations.

PSCI 203: Introduction to US Politics

An introduction to the U.S. system of government and its policy process. Will explore the foundations and structure of the government, the way in which policy is crafted in the U.S. governmental institutions and other electoral processes including elections.

PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology

An introduction to the basic methods, principles and facts of modern psychology contributing to an understanding of human behavior and experience. Selected students may be eligible for an honors section of this course.

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

Fundamental sociological perspectives, processes, concepts and issues. Overview of the study of social structure, social organization, social institutions, social interaction, inequality, culture and social change.

SOC 215-01: Social Problems

A systematic study of the institutional roots and social consequences of major social problems: poverty, the environment, inequality, crime and the quality of education and work and family life. Includes critical analysis of assumptions underlying popular and theoretical explanations of social problems as well as programs and policies aimed at alleviating them.

III: Philosophical Inquiry

PHIL 200: Contemporary Philosophical Topics

An introduction to some significant contemporary philosophical topics. This course aims to introduce students to philosophy through a discussion of fundamental problems and central issues of concern to philosophers today. Topics will be drawn from the fields of ethics, epistemology, social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of religion. Sample topics include contemporary conceptions of human nature, self and world, rationality and the emotions, the virtues, the just society, law, evil, war and terrorism, and the nature and extent of human knowledge.

PHIL 212: Human Nature & Society

An inquiry into the nature and possibilities of human beings and a critical analysis of the meaning of responsibility in society. Study will focus on matters of practical as well as theoretical import (e.g. leadership, ideal communities).

PHIL 221: Ethics

A critical study of classical and contemporary ethical theories on the topics of ethical relativism, free will and determinism, and the source and justification of moral values. The relevance and applicability of these theories to the solution of pressing contemporary moral problems are emphasized.

REL 203: Old Testament

A critical study of the history, literature and religion of ancient Israel and the significance of the Hebrew Scriptures for Judaism and Christianity.

REL 204: The New Testament

A critical study of the New Testament literature and its theological significance.

REL 233: Eastern Religions

This course surveys the history, doctrines, and practices of Eastern religious traditions. The traditions typically covered include Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto. This course is recommended for students who wish to take 300-level courses covering Eastern religions.

IV: Non-Lab Science

ASTR 113: Astronomy, (Math Level II placement)

A survey of astronomy: understanding the visible sky, the planets and solar system, telescopes and measurement methods, the nature of stars and stellar evolution, the possibilities of life elsewhere. Relevant physical laws will be discussed.

BIOL 134: Biology of Cancer

Core concepts in biology will be examined by exploring the impact of cancer on the individual cell and the entire organism. In addition to an introductory textbook, readings and discussions will focus on how to obtain the scientific knowledge a citizen of the 21st century needs to be able to understand the human condition. Emphasis will be on cellular structure and function, energy metabolism and regulation of cell reproduction, as well as information concerning the scientific basis of some currently available treatments.

BIOL 138: Human Health Mosaic

Human health and longevity are predicted by a number of factors from family history to immediate environment. This course will introduce students to basic cell biology, physiology, genetics, nutrition, evolution and ecology with a focus on human health. Throughout the course, we will focus on how to be a careful, critical reader of popular science articles concerning human health factors. Students will also explore a number of specialty topics, such as the science of cigarette addiction.

BIOL 141: Sensory Systems

The vast outer world is known to each of us only as a complex internal representation created by our brains with inputs from our sensory organs. This course explores how sensory systems relay information about our environment to the mind. Students will learn about the biological mechanisms supporting each of our five senses. Topics will include how we sense pain and the neurobiological aspects of language. In each section the class will explore current research.

CHEM 105: Mil Basis Nutrition

An introductory course designed to give students an understanding of the biochemical basis of nutritional requirements. Fads and fallacies related to nutrition will be investigated. The course will include demonstrations and short experiments designed to illustrate concepts.

ENSP 101: Environmental Problems

An introduction to major environmental issues. Important ecological principles will be presented, and then an interdisciplinary approach will be utilized to analyze the biological, economic, social and political aspects of environmental problems. Topics of study include human population dynamics, air and water pollution, toxic wastes, food production, land use, energy and endangered species.


BIOL 112: Bio Food & Nutrition

This course will examine core concepts in biology through the lens of food. We will explore questions such as: What is food and what is it made of? How do different types of organisms obtain food? Why do organisms need food and what do they do with it after they get it? We will also study biological processes in the context of food as it relates to Homo sapiens. Topics will include nutrition, food-borne disease, food preparation and preservation.

BIOL 113: Newsstand Biology

Fundamental biological concepts will be studied in readings and discussions taken from current, "popular" scientific literature. The course will convey ways in which biology touches our lives as well as the excitement of scientific discovery. Not intended for junior or senior biology majors.

BIOL 114: Biodiversity

This course explores the broad history of biological diversity, from the origins of life through the evolution of dinosaurs to the disappearance of prehistoric mammals during the last Ice Age. Current issues addressed will include the scope of present-day biological diversity, its usefulness to humans and its importance to ecosystems. The course will emphasize the causes of extinction, its possible consequences and strategies to conserve and restore biological diversity for the future. Not intended for junior or senior biology majors.

BIOL 119: Bio of Marine Organisms

Earth's oceans occupy over 70 percent of its surface area. This course uses the marine environment as a basis to explore general biological ideas and concepts. Life on earth is believed to have originated in the sea, so the study of marine organisms teaches us much about all life on earth, not just that in the sea. The classification, anatomy, physiology, homeostasis and unique ecological adaptations of many marine plants and animals will be explored. Students will learn about life in estuaries, rocky intertidal areas, sandy beaches, and the open ocean. Lecture and laboratory material may be supplemented with discussion of current issues, slides, videos, literature searches and student presentations.

CHEM 101: General Chemistry I (Level 2 Math)

Laboratory-driven study of atomic structure, periodicity, nuclear chemistry, bonding, states of matter, thermochemistry and reaction stoichiometry. Honors section open by invitation only. Credit by exam.

PHYS 101: General Physics (Level 3 Math)

An introduction to the principles of physics: kinematics, mechanics, rotational motion, mechanical waves, sound and thermodynamics; the development of physical laws; application to practical problems.

PHY 203: Intro to Physics I

(prerequisite or concurrent Calculus +PHY 101) Topics essentially identical to those in PHYS 101, although this is a more analytical course that is primarily for majors in the sciences and mathematics. Physical laws and theories developed by application of calculus. Designed to prepare students for advanced work in the physical sciences


ART 201: Meaning & Method in Art

An analytical inquiry into the modes and media of visual representation. Drawing upon examples from ancient building to oil painting to television, the focus will be on the nature and variety of expression and interpretation. Active looking, reading, and discussion will be paramount. No prerequisite.

ART 220: History of Art

An introduction to painting, sculpture and architecture from ancient Egypt to the beginning of the Renaissance. Both the art of Western Europe and the art of Asia (India, China, and Japan) will be included. Emphasis on major artists and movements, the cultural context of art, changes in modes of artistic expression over time, and issues of gender in art. No prerequisite.

ART 275 Film: Hist Technique

An examination of those artistic and technical innovations that have shaped the world-wide history of film. Cinematic contributions by directors such as Griffith, Eisenstein, Welles, Bergman and Hitchcock, among others, will be studied. Narratives, documentaries and experimental works included.

CMA 280: Screen Craft

Students will acquire the tools to analyze the form and content of American contemporary and classic motion pictures through an examination of the film industry, the elements of cinematography and screen writing and the criteria for critical review.

CMA 282: Hist American Film

A survey of American narrative film from the great silents through the 3D blockbusters of today. Emphasis will be placed on every major period of American narrative film history through the 20th Century, in relation to the cultural and political history of the times in which they were made.

LSSP 215-01: Hispanic Latino FILM

A selection of feature films and documentaries from Latin America, Spain and the United States. These films will be discussed as social texts which articulate through different genres and epoques crucial issues of national identity, violence, repression, north/south relations, gender and memory as a collective reconstruction of the past. Directors such as Solanas, Subiela, Bemberg (Argentina), Gutiérrez Alea (Cuba), Almodóvar (Spain) and Rodriguez (U.S. Latino). Directors may vary.

MUSC 103: Introduction to Music

A study of the materials of music from a listener's point of view, the styles and composers of the various periods, and the relationship of music to the other arts and to its social and historical background.

English and mathematics classes are determined by placement tests.