Dr. James C. Hall, Program Director
Office: 107 Carmichael Hall
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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.
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.
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.
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.
This interdisciplinary seminar uses creativity as an organizing principle. Human culture and consciousness are explored through reading, writing, the arts, projects, studios, and discussion.
Considers five disciplinary perspectives on environmental studies within the humanities: literature and the environment; ecophilosophy; ecotheology; ecopsychology; and ecofeminisim. Considers how each perspective presents the relationship between humans and nature and suggests ways to heal environmental destruction.
Overview of environmental literature. Focus will be on the contribution of a humanistic approach to the environmental crisis.
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.
To provide knowledge and skills in a variety of areas to strengthen personal, academic, and research competencies vital to success in graduate programs.
Introduces students to the role of the United Nations in the world today; to prepare students to host the Alabama Model U.N. conference.
Taught during Interim term only. Designed to explore the problems associated with the world's burgeoning population.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This seminar deals mainly with the nature of science and the scientist in the 20th century. An interdisciplinary approach is used in an attempt to understand the impact of science on life. The moral and ethical dilemmas created by recent scientific technology are discussed as part of this endeavor.
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.
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. One to twelve 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.
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.
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.
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.
This seminar looks at possible ways people will be living 10, 20, 100years from now. Students read, write, design, plan, brainstorm, influence, discuss, test, evaluate, and do a few other things regarding human (and nonhuman) futures.
Two great truths: life is complicated and life is not fair. This discussion seminar equips students with the tools to investigate areas of moral ambiguity and injustice in contemporary society. Individual research projects form the centerpiece of the course as each student designs and carries out a project of moral inquiry.
An interdisciplinary look at 20th-century art forms, this seminar includes art appreciation, art history, and studio experiences in various media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The subject matter varies.