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film form & culture

This course introduces students to film as an art form and explores how films create meaning. Students will learn basic film terminology, fundamental principles of film form, film narrative, and film history. Students will examine film technique and style over the past one hundred years, considering the broader institutional, economic, and cultural contexts in which films are produced. 

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literature of science and technology

This is a discussion class that surveys the major literary movements of the period from 1800 to present, including Romanticism, the Victorian period, Modernism, Postmodernism, and Contemporary literature. Featured authors include Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, Octavia Butler, Oliver Sacks, and Ian McEwan.

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academic writing

This course is grounded in inquiry, rhetoric, and conversation. Students identify what is known—and credible—about a topic or issue by conducting research to assess the conversation. They then gain expertise in rhetoric: the art of knowledge-making and persuasion. By analyzing and practicing rhetorical strategies, students learn how to use writing to make sense of their inquiries, consider alternate perspectives, engage audiences, and craft persuasive arguments they believe their audiences should consider. Ultimately, students learn how to participate thoughtfully, critically, and persuasively in academic conversations.