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Coursework and Academic Benefits

Fall 2017 semester: In the course, “Sinners, Saints, and Scientists,” we study and discuss sociological, philosophical, and literary texts that show the overlap between science and the humanities. The course explores how human attitudes and impulses shape scientific inquiry, how scientists present their work to society, how scientific knowledge is perceived by society, and how scientific knowledge impacts philosophy, literature, and art. This course examines these issues by considering how scientists discover or create new knowledge, how that knowledge gets presented to the public, and how the public reacts to it. We discuss scientific controversies, focusing on how they originate, and how they make their way into various media and into our lives.

Spring semester: During the spring semester, Scholars are offered the opportunity to participate in a one-credit student/faculty colloquium (CAS 2900). Each year the colloquium focuses on a different theme; thus, Scholars can participate in it all four years. The colloquium meets seven times during the spring. At each meeting, which lasts for two hours, a noted authority from the faculty, or an invited guest, presents a lecture for 45 minutes, after which the floor is opened for discussion. Both faculty and Scholars participate in the discussions that follow.

Academic Benefits: Students in the Scholars Program earn credit for core requirements as they pursue their own intellectual development. The fall semester class (CAS 1110) counts for four credit hours of Tier II Humanities credit, allowing students to make progress toward their college and university degree requirements. Additionally, students who successfully complete CAS 1110 are exempted from ENG 1510, the Tier I Composition requirement.

Departmental Social Media

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