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NEW 100 Introduction to Integrative Studies. 2 hours.

Designed to help New College students become more informed about the University and about New College so that they may maximize their opportunities in their undergraduate programs through New College. Enrollment is limited to New College students.

NEW 111 Academic Skills Development. 2 hours, pass/fail.
Corequisite: Corequisite required as designated each semester.

This course is designed to integrate study skills development with the content of Human Development 101 (HD 101), a corequisite course. Utilizing HD 101 lecture notes, readings, and tests, the course focuses on developing study strategies appropriate for a major university. Offered only during the second session of the summer term.

NEW 120 Capstone Enrichment Seminar. 1 hour, pass/fail.

This course is designed for participants in the Capstone Summer Honors Program. It focuses on the group interaction of people and the society around them. The relationship between people is studied as well as the effect of personality and behavior.

NEW 201:202 Recreation for Life. 1 hour, pass/fail.

In this course (designed by the student and his or her advisor using the out-of-class learning contract), the student agrees to participate in some form of physical activity that might result in a lifelong interest. These include jogging, swimming, cycling, etc. This course will frequently include a reading requirement relating to the activity.

NEW 211 Humanities I: Perspectives. 4 hours.

Introductory course in the humanities—art, literature, music, etc.—with a focus on problem solving, risk taking, and communication. Human behavior and writing skills are stressed.

NEW 212 Humanities I: Creativity. 4 hours.

This interdisciplinary seminar uses creativity as an organizing principle. Human culture and consciousness are explored through reading, writing, the arts, projects, studios, and discussion.

NEW 215 Perspectives on Environmental Literature. 4 hours.

Considers perspectives on environmental studies within the humanities by examining key texts of environmental literature.

NEW 222 Academic Potential. 2 hours, pass/fail.

This course is designed to assist students in developing practical study strategies and attitudinal elements of college success. Topics of primary focus include self-assessment, motivation, personal responsibility, time management, memory, textbook reading, note taking, test preparation, and exam taking. Open to all students.

NEW 223 McNair Scholars Seminar. 1 hour.

To provide knowledge and skills in a variety of areas to strengthen personal, academic, and research competencies vital to success in graduate programs.

NEW 226 Natural Science I: Organic Farming. 3 hours.

An intensive, hands-on course in organic farming, taught at a local working farm. Covers the basics of organic farming while also addressing questions about organic versus industrial agriculture models in relation to current environmental problems and solutions.

NEW 230 Natural Science I: Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. 4 hours.

This course engages students in the study of environmental problems and solutions. It includes an examination of fundamental assumptions about the ethical human-nature relation and of how to value nature. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

NEW 237 Social Science I: Cooperation and Conflict. 4 hours.

This seminar explores cooperation and conflict in human societies—all that we do or fail to do in living together effectively. Students investigate and seek solutions for contemporary social problems.

NEW 238 Honors Social Science I. 4 hours.

This honors seminar explores the meaning of the practice of politics in its broadest sense as the work of the polis, or community. Draws upon various social science disciplines to investigate relationship of private and public in making political choices.

NEW 243 Natural Science I: The Laboratory Experience. 4 hours.

This seminar demonstrates how the nature of the laboratory experience plays an essential role in the understanding and advancement of science. Several multidisciplinary experiments are performed in geology, chemistry, physics, and biology.

NEW 270 Leadership – Volunteerism. 3 hours.

NEW 273 Social Science I: Social Issues and Ethics. 4 hours.

This seminar is designed to develop an awareness of the methodologies and concerns of the social sciences in a comprehensive and theme-oriented experience. The primary focus is on the nature of inquiry, models for the analysis of change and ethical issues, and the place of ethical issues in the social sciences and society.

NEW 310–322 Out-of-Class Learning/Independent Study Experience. 1 to 12 hours.

A student desiring to pursue an academic interest for which no University class is available may plan his or her own “course” through Out-of-Class Learning. A contract, or agreement, with New College is prepared by the student, in which the student identifies a variety of features of the proposed study: its goals and objectives; the methodology and resources to be employed in the attempt to meet the goals and objectives; and the procedure by which the study will be evaluated upon its completion. The process of preparing the contract should be in cooperation with the New College office, from which contract forms may be procured, and with a faculty member or other authority qualified to assist and assess the study. Credit hours awarded for Out-of-Class Learning are available, relative to the breadth or depth of the study, and subject to approval of the advisor to the study and director of the New College.

NEW 338 New College Review I. 2 hours.

This workshop provides students with practical experience in writing and publishing a special interest publication, the New College Review. Students gain experience in thematic approaches to a publication, concept formation for an audience, socially responsible publishing, and writing and editing persuasive essays. Students are strongly encouraged to take both

NEW 338 and NEW 339 in sequence.

NEW 339 New College Review II. 2 hours.

This workshop provides students with practical experience in writing and publishing a special interest publication, the New College Review. Students edit, design, and distribute the New College Review. Students are strongly encouraged to take both NEW 338 and NEW 339 in sequence.

NEW 412 Songwriting Workshop. 4 hours.

Songcraft:songwriting workshop focuses on how songs are made. After a study of various genres (blues, troubadours, popular) students will produce their own songs.

NEW 413 Humanities II : Mythologies. 4 hours.

This course in comparative mythology introduces students to mythological systems from a variety of cultures, including preclassical, Greek, American Indian, Oriental, African, and contemporary American. Recurring motifs and current theories on the mythologizing process are analyzed.

NEW 414 Humanities II : Human Futures. 4 hours.

This seminar looks at possible ways people will be living 10, 20, 100 years from now. Students read, write, design, plan, brainstorm, influence, discuss, test, evaluate, and do a few other things regarding human (and nonhuman) futures.

NEW 415 Humanities IIII:Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture. 3 hours.

What constitutes “femininity” and “masculinity” in 21st century America? How have gender roles changed? Is gender performance? What are the cultural expectations around sexuality and how is it influenced and policed in society? Includes professor’s current case research in this field.

NEW 418 Humanities II : Arts. 4 hours.

An interdisciplinary look at 20th-century art forms, this seminar includes art appreciation, art history, and studio experiences in various media.

NEW 434 Documenting Justice I. 3 hours.

NEW 435 Documenting Justice II. 3 hours.

NEW 436 Social Science II : Public Leadership. 4 hours.

This seminar helps students develop the understanding and skills necessary for the practice of public leadership. The course emphasizes framing public issues for discussion and leading the decision making necessary to set the direction of public policy.

NEW 437 Social Science II : Civic Awareness. 4 hours.

Current events are examined through print and electronic media in order to assist students in evaluating various sources of information concerning public issues and in developing a public philosophy for responsibilities as a citizen.

NEW 442 Natural Science II : Population and Environmental Problems. 4 hours.

Natural Science II attempts to develop a broad overview of environmental and population problems. Several areas (population biology, global modeling, ecology, etc.) are studied in order to provide the proper perspective on the seriousness of the problems.

NEW 443 Natural Science II : Science and Technology. 4 hours.

The course teaches scientific concepts (time and laws of thermodynamics, change, measurement, reality, etc.) as they relate to the various sciences (anthropology, mathematics, etc.). The relationship of science and technology to the environment of the Earth’s surface is stressed.

NEW 444 Natural Science II: Scientific Inquiry. 4 hours.

Reading and discussion of influential views about the nature of scientific method, evidence, scientific explanation and scientific change, in the context of actual scientific disputes.

NEW 472 Social Science II : Social Change. 4 hours.

This seminar is concerned with the process and analysis of social change. In this seminar, students study the Holocaust, attempting to understand it as an intense and unparalleled human experience. The causes, events, outcomes, and implications are researched through books, films, interviews, tapes, and discussions.

NEW 473 Social Science II : Globalization. 4 hours.

This course examines the relationship between the global and the local, using world folk craft (for example, pottery) as a point of focus. The functions of creativity in industrialized and nonindustrialized societies are explored through a combination of reading, research, discussion, and studio experiences.

NEW 474 Social Science II : Survival. 4 hours.

In this seminar, students study the nature of human and societal survival under extreme conditions. Topics range from issues of a global nature to violent crime, prejudice, and disease. Causes, effects, and possible solutions are all considered.

NEW 490 Special Topics. 3 to 4 hours.

The subject matter varies.

NEW 491 Special Topics—Practice. 3 to 4 hours.

Subject matter varies. Hands on interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

NEW 495 Capstone Seminar and Senior Project. 2 hours.

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