Fall 2021 First-Year Seminar/Area E Classes



AU 101: First-Year Experience

The goals of higher education, mission and structure of the university, communication and information competency, academic skill development, and personal and interpersonal skills related to academic success. Preparation for upper-division writing in the major (GWAR). Prerequisite: GE Area A2.


AAS 106: Asian American Activism

Introduction to the discipline of Asian American studies and the practice of interdisciplinary, social-justice based inquiry and research. Focus on the human behavior of Asian American leadership, visionary activism, activist movements, and activist-related knowledge paradigms. Emphasis on rhetorical strategies of communication for self-reflection, self-determination, and community empowerment, and for the development of social relationships. Prerequisite: GE Area A2.


CWL 216: Telling Stories: How the World Writes “You”

Our world is made of stories. The news we read, the ideas we share, and our senses of selfhood all take shape through stories. Study writing from around the world to see how stories reflect and construct personal and cultural identities. Apply tools of literary analysis to texts encountered in everyday life, to examine how narrative forms shape understandings of identity and invite readers to adopt different values. Practice communicating effectively and persuasively to different audiences while exploring how such work can lead to personal and professional success. Prerequisite: GE Area A2* with a grade of C- or better. 


ENG 216: Cultivating Curiosity: Explore Your World, Your Identity, and Your Future

Your world is waiting to be explored. Learn how the interests that drive and shape you are awakened through discovery. Choose a topic you're curious or passionate about (pop culture, rocket science, etc.) to better understand your world, identity, and future. Apply tools of questioning, research, writing, and reflection to bring your topic to life, all while practicing effective communication to different audiences. Serves as a springboard to students' majors and future lives through writing that makes a difference in your communities and leads to personal and professional success. [CSL may be available] Prerequisite: GE Area A2*. 


ENG 218: Literature is Not a Luxury: Writing for Self and Community

Intended primarily for English majors as the culmination of the first-year experience sequence. Explore how the literary imagination shapes our ways of being in the world. Research and write about self-chosen topics that determine how the study of literature is uniquely suited to intervene in questions of social justice, personal identity, health, and wellness. Through research projects, group presentations, and related activities learn and practice academic success strategies and literary argumentation; develop information literacy; engage with the writing process including peer and faculty feedback, and practice a variety of rhetorical genres, both digital and print. Prerequisites: GE Area A2*. 


HSS 210: Social Justice in Action: A Health and Social Sciences Perspective

Analysis of social justice issues from a health and social science perspective. Learn and apply concepts and communication strategies to advocate for oneself and others on- and off-campus. Prerequisites: GE Area A2*.


LS 200: Self, Place, and Knowing: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Introduction to Liberal Studies, American Studies, the practice of interdisciplinary inquiry, and the culmination of the first-year experience sequence. Project-based focus on different ways of understanding oneself in relationship to the University, and San Francisco and the larger Bay Area. Emphasis on experiential learning through mapping (exploring, navigating, understanding, and cataloging). [CSL may be available] (This course is offered as LS 200 and AMST 200. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.) Prerequisite: GE Area A2* or permission of the instructor. 


LTNS 270: Latina/o/x Murals, Memes, Music, and More: Latina/o/x Arts & Humanities

U.S. Latina/o/x cultural experiences documented through music, visual culture, and oral history. Focus on the historical, social, political, and economic forces that inform the activist orientation of Latina/o/x music, public art, visual culture, and the humanities. Prerequisite: GE Area A2.


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