Courses Linked to the Inspire TLC


COMM 265: Introduction to Research

LLC Faculty: Dr. Susannah Stern
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry

"3 out of 5 TV characters are male."  "40% of Americans teens regret something they have posted online."  "College students prefer texting to talking to their parents."  Have you ever wondered how people make claims like these, and how much you should trust them?  This course will introduce you to *research*, the process of asking and answering questions.  Focusing on questions related to communication phenomena, this course will discuss: What exactly is research, and why do it? Who does research, and how do they do it? What are the challenges and rewards of doing research? Understanding the answers to these questions will position you to be a more critical consumer of the claims people make and provide you with the tools to interpret and evaluate research studies you will encounter in other classes.

PHIL 111: Philosophy of Human Nature

LLC Faculty: Dr. Tyler Hower
Core Area: Philosophical Inquiry

What sets human beings apart from the rest of nature? Are we just another animal or something more? Is there anything beyond biology that links our species together? Can we hope to become better? Do we survive after this life? Philosophy asks us to know ourselves. In this class, we will try to know ourselves as humans. We will enter into dialogue with thinkers of different eras, backgrounds, and beliefs and, importantly, with one another and our own experiences and viewpoints to pose crucial philosophical questions about the human condition and try to answer them.

ENGL 358: Contemporary Ethnic Dystopia

LLC Faculty: Dr. Jason Crum
Core AreaLiterary Inquiry

This course will examine late 20th & early 21st Century Ethnic Dystopian fiction and popular culture in the United States. Our sources for this cultural studies course will be varied and will include recent trends in literature, film, digital storytelling, graphic novels, & video games. We will trace the development of imaginings and re-imaginings of utopia, their exclusions and gaps, and seek to examine how ethnic and racial minorities in the United States have contested such ideas as utopia/dystopia, class, race, gender, & sexuality. Readings will include works such as Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, NK Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea, Samuel Delany’s Trouble on Triton, Nedi Okorafor’s Lagoon, Cynthia Khodata’s In the Heart of the Valley of Love. We will also turn to and look analytically at the political, social, and economic climate that allows for the portrayal of ethnicity in recent pop culture titles such as Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer and Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men and video game productions such as Bioshock:Infinite.

MATH 130: Survey of Calculus

LLC Faculty: Dr. Barbara Gatti
Core AreaMathematical Reasoning and Problem Solving

A terminal mathematics course giving an introduction to the concepts and techniques of elementary differential and integral calculus. Calculus is the study of how things change. This course has an emphasis on understanding the concepts and their applications to real-world problems in order to develop reasoning skills and improve the analytical ability to influence change. Note: This course is not equivalent to MATH 150, and does not serve as a prerequisite to MATH 151. 

Course Requirement: Students must have a Math SAT score of 570 or greater, an ACT Math score of 25 or greater, pass the Level 2 Math Placement exam, or have credit for MATH 115 to qualify for this LLC course.

ENGL 358: Photography and Literature

LLC Faculty: Dr. Marcell Maese-Cohen
Core Area: Literary Inquiry

By teaching us how to see the world, photographs also teach us a language and way of being in the world. Like literature, photographs provide a virtual space where different people and ideas meet. What are the politics of this encounter? Who is seen? Who is silenced? The authors we will read incorporate photographs within the pages of the books they write. The visual images they include are as an important to creating a narrative as the words they place on the page. As viewers and readers, our study of the relation between photography and literature will ask questions concerned with beauty, power, and desire. We will survey photographs from Walker Evans to selfies.

BIOL 118: Peoples, Plagues & Microbes

LLC Faculty: Dr. Neena Din & Dr. Terry Bird
Core Area: Scientific and Technological Inquiry

In this course students will be introduced to the infectious microbes that have caused major plagues throughout human history.  They will learn about some of the epidemics that have decimated populations across entire continents and examine the resulting reverberations that continue to shape society.  Special attention will be paid to the evolution of pathogenic microbes that cause infectious disease.  The laboratory experience will train students to apply microscopy and aseptic techniques that are used to characterize microbes. Furthermore, students will apply the scientific method to examine the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

ARCH 101: Introduction to Architecture Studio

LLC Faculty: Dr. Juliana Maxim
Core Area: Artistic Inquiry

The purpose of this course is to offer, to any student, an introduction to the basic steps of design as it is done in architecture.  For that purpose, the studio explores the skills of drawing, sketching, and model building, and introduces a full range of architectural ideas related to notions of form and space. The studio familiarizes students with the design process, teaches them how how to communicate ideas in visually effective ways, and how to develop a logic for making design decisions. 

The last part of the semester is dedicated to building student projects at full scale (design/built). The studio culminates in a collective exhibition.

THRS 110: Exploring Religious Meaning

LLC Faculty: Dr. Joel Gruber
Core Area: Theological and Religious Inquiry

This course is a study of the various ways in which multiple religious traditions have defined a meaningful life. Throughout history, peoples of all cultures have attempted to understand why being human can be joyous, but can also seem meaningless and unjust. The course is designed so that we, as a class, can learn from these traditions, as well as from one another. By applying religious insights and socio-religious theory to contemporary issues surrounding "a meaningful life", we address contemporary questions. For example, do "non-religious" Americans enact secular rituals and faithfully believe in secular-scientific truths in ways that appear religious?