The First-Year Course, Fall 2014

Faculty Profile

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first-year course at David Lanegran's home

A Seminar for First-Year Students

During their first semester all first-year students take one course designated as a first-year course. The course is limited to 16 incoming students and is taught in seminar style by a faculty member who becomes the advisor for each of the students. This means that new students have immediate access to their advisor for academic and other questions and that their advisor will know them.

All first-year courses pay particular attention to writing and library research to ensure that all students are introduced to Macalester’s high academic expectations for these skills. Many of these courses are regular department offerings that have been tailored to the needs of incoming students. Those courses meet requirements for a major in that department and serve as pre-requisites to more advanced courses.

Some first-year courses are designated as residential courses. Students who enroll in one of these courses live near one another in the same residence hall, usually on the same floor. This facilitates discussion and group work outside of the classroom. Many courses also utilize student writing preceptors to provide additional writing support and peer mentoring.

Please note that this list is not final and is subject to change.

DEPARTMENT

INSTRUCTOR

COURSE TITLE

American Studies

Karin Aguilar-San Juan

Problems of Race in US Social Thought and Policy

Anthropology

Olga Gonzalez

Politics of Truth and Memory in Latin America

Art & Art History

Kari Shepherdson-Scott

Introduction to Visual Culture

Asian Languages and Cultures

Satoko Suzuki

Language and Gender in Japanese Society

Biology

Sarah Boyer

Creatures and Curiosities

Biology

Devavani Chatterjea

Bodies on Fire

Chemistry

Katy Splan

General Chemistry I and Lab 9

Classics

Nanette Goldman

CLAS 194-01

Economics

Raymond Robertson

Principles of Economics

Economics

Amy Damon

Principles of Economics

English

Kristin Naca

Introduction to Creative Writing

Environmental Studies

Christopher Wells

American Environmental History

French

Andrew Billing

FREN 194-01:

Geography

William Moseley

Geography of Africa: Local Resources and Livelihoods in a Global Context

Geology

Ray Rogers/Jeff Thole

History and Evolution of the Earth and Lab

German and Russian Studies

Linda Schulte-Sasse

German Cinema Studies

Hispanic Studies

Toni Dorca

Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Oral and Written Expression

History

Ernest Capello

Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean

International Studies

Ahmed Samatar

Introduction to International Studies: Globalization

Math

Karen Saxe/Julie Dolan

Politics and Mathematics of Elections

Math

Alicia Johnson

Introduction to Statistical Modeling

Media And Cultural Studies

John Kim

Screens

Music

Mark Mazullo

Music and Freedom

Music

Victoria Malawey

Cover Songs

Philosophy

Diane Michelfelder

Ethics and the Internet

Philosophy

William Wilcox

Ethics

Physics

Sung Kyu Kim

Contemporary Concepts

Political Science

Karen Saxe/Julie Dolan

Politics and Mathematics of Elections

Political Science

Patrick Schmidt

Information Policy, Politics and Law

Psychology

Darcy Burgund

The Origin of Consciousness

Religious Studies

Erik Davis

Introduction to Buddhism

Religious Studies

Brett Wilson

Introduction to Islam

Sociology

Khaldoun Samman

Moral Panics and the Other

Theater & Dance

Harry Waters Jr and Eric Colleary

Theatre and Performance in the Twin Cities: American Musicals

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Sonita Sarker

Transnational Perspectives on Gender/Sexuality/Race