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BLOUNT UNDERGRADUATE INITIATIVE (BUI)

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BUI 100 Blount Undergraduate Initiative Convocation. 1 hour, pass/fail.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Blount Undergraduate Initiative.
Corequisite: BUI 101 or BUI 102.

Experiences to extend and complement the Blount Undergraduate Initiative foundation courses. May be repeated once for credit.

BUI 101 Blount Undergraduate Initiative Foundation: Origins. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Blount Undergraduate Initiative.
Corequisite: BUI 100.

A text-centered exploration of major questions that integrate liberal arts education and form the basis of the Blount Undergraduate Initiative. Emphasis is on origins of the natural world, human culture, and human understanding.

BUI 102 Blount Undergraduate Initiative Foundation: Possibilities. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: BUI 101.
Corequisite: BUI 100.

A text-centered exploration of major questions that integrate liberal arts education and form the basis of the Blount Undergraduate Initiative. Emphasis is on significant issues in the discourse on human possibilities.

BUI 301 Thematic Seminar. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BUI 101 and BUI 102.

A text-centered study of one of the core problems that define the history of ideas in the liberal arts. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours.

BUI 401 Capstone Seminar. 3 hours.

An examination of the “worldviews” of various epochs and the completion of a senior project. Students learn how individual beliefs about what is actual, what is possible, and what is desirable can be combined into a single unified understanding of the world and how such a worldview has implications for what we should do and how we should live.

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