Classes in social sciences, humanities, philosophy and English help students enhance their written communication skills, gain exposure to the literary arts and acquire a better understanding of humanity. Societal and family issues, philosophical and aesthetic concepts, and composition and writing skills are all developed.
Intensive English Program
This class will help prepare you for HMS-101A. This is a writing-intensive class. There will be a focus on grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, proper pronunciation, and the ability to write a smooth-flowing, well-structured, understandable essay. In addition to writing, this class will also help with ready, speaking and listening.
Intensive English Program
An integrated skills intermediate-level course that aims to develop all skills in order to build toward academic readiness in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students read authentic materials such as essays, novels, magazine and newspaper articles, and textbooks, and work on reading skills such as faster reading, inference, and vocabulary development. They also listen to authentic materials such as films, websites, and lectures (live or recorded) and work on giving effective presentations using PowerPoint, visual aids, or handouts.
Intro to Literary/Critical Studies I
This class serves as an introduction to reading and writing about literary texts and critical theory, with a concentration on composition, critical analysis, and research. Students are requires to write essays based on the critical analysis of texts across a range of genres. Emphasis is placed on using writing as an extension of the thought and creative process, and as a tool that can be integrated across academic and artistic disciplines. There will be a focus on mastering the elements of the thesis-centered essay and developing research skills. Students who earn a C or above will register for HMS-103A in the semester immediately following the one in which they took HMS-101A. Students who earn a C- or below will register for HMS-101A again in the semester immediately following the one in which they immediately took it. Students must earn a C or better in order to graduate. This course is a prerequisite to all other SLAS courses.
Intro to Literary/Critical Studies II
While students continue to practice the critical thinking and writing skills acquired in HMS 101a, emphasis is placed on exploring literature and its relation to the other arts in greater depth, and on developing a writing style characterized by coherency, clarity of expression, and analytical rigor. Students are required to take HMS-103A in the semester following the one in which they took HMS-100A or HMS-101A. Students who earn a C- or below will register for HMS-103A immediately following the one in which they initially took it. Students must earn a C or better in order to graduate. This course is a prerequisite to all other SLAS courses.
Introduction to Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication
This course is an introduction to effective public speaking as well as effective communication in small groups. All students will develop, organize, and deliver several types of speeches; study in workshop form the dynamics of various interpersonal communication situations, such as conflict management, job interviews, body language, and cross-cultural exchanges; and improve critiquing and listening skills. Students will complete research papers and lead mini-workshops about further aspects of interpersonal communication.
This course is designed to enable students to explore special topics in creative writing in a concentrated way.
This course will examine theories of thought, the brain and mind from ancient philosophy to contemporary cognitive neuroscience. Topics may include: self-reflection, recursion, creativity, intuition, rationalism/empiricism, psychoanalysis, neuroanatomy, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, etc. No prior experience in philosophy, computer science or biology is required - just bring yourself and an open mind.
Myth Into Film
This course explores analytic approaches to the mythic resonance of selected films, emphasizing classic motifs such as the Hero Quest, Origins, and Death and Rebirth, as well as myths of everyday living. Screenings are preceded by commentary on background information and followed by interpretations of the mythic and cinematographic contributions to the achievement of the films.
Covers basic concepts for the study of primitive and modern society, social processes operating in human groups, personality development in various societies, major institutional groupings, and social change.
Introduces disciplines in the field of anthropology such as physical anthropology, ethnology, and linguistics. Material constructions pertaining to the hypotheses and theories concerning human evolution, comparative cultural analyses, and the nature and significance of language are examined. As a comparative discipline, anthropological study provides important insights into the structure and functioning of culture in kinship as well as class-based societies. This study encompasses a range of societies from simple hunting and gathering to industrialized ones. Visual material is an important adjunct to this course.
A study of human mental processes and behavior. Problems of maturation, motivation, emotional and mental development, disorders, and treatment are covered.
Child and Adolescent Development
Theories of development from infancy through adolescence are critiqued through readings in psychology and literature, formal observations, and personal experiences. Learning and environmental factors such as gender, race, disability, and economics in the home, school, and community are included in the discussion. Students consider language acquisition and literacy development, sexuality, and cultural identity development.