1100 Offerings

There are dozens of different sections of WRI 1100, which gives both students and faculty a lot of leeway in charting a course of study.  All sections adhere to the same description, outcomes, and standards, so students can expect some level of consistency between course offerings.

This course is not intended to be an introduction-to-the-major.  If you are a biology major but unable to get into a biology section of the course, it is not a problem.  The critical thinking skills you'll learn of researching, evaluating sources, synthesizing ideas, positioning your ideas among others, and interpreting data (whether a text or numbers or field research), will carry into whatever major you choose.

Here are the topics offered 2016-2017:

the relationship between mindful eating and health (nutrition -- Aaberg)

how smartphones, tables, and the Internet have changed reading and writing (education -- Beers)

how business practice is related to customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and public benefit (business -- Doty)

the global community's treatment of refugees and internally displaced peoples (political science -- Ediger)

ancient literature along with pertinent art (classics -- Ewald)

violence as a public health issue, examining physical violence, interventions for vulnerable populations, and prevention strategies (nursing -- Grandjean)

how to communicate concepts related to science and other quantitative topics using dynamic writing (physics -- Gray)

difference and monstrosity in 19th-century novels (English -- Hansen)

regional differences in North American music (music -- Holmes)

how theological ideas are developed in fantasy literature (theology -- Holmes)

conceptions of feminism from the Enlightenment to today (history -- Hughes)

the basic language, concepts, and principles of bioethics and medical ethics (biology -- Hunter)

the significance of place in the Christian life (theology -- Koskela)

the visual representation of race and gender in American culture (art -- Kresser)

the aesthetic experience of art via the intersection between artist and audience (theatre -- Lorig)

how theories of race, class, and gender inform our understanding of literary texts (English -- Mascarenhas)

how science is written differently for different audiences (biochemistry -- McFarland)

how food is related to the ecosystem and sustainability (nutrition -- Moe)

how social media and other cultural forces are changing the ways we read and write a sentence (English -- Moe)

how systems of inequality, power, and privilege are created and maintained via the interactions of class, gender, and race (sociology -- Mondesir)

alternative energies (engineering -- Plett)

changes in scientific and popular understanding of infectious diseases over the last 500 years (biology -- Pratt)

the processes of composing and criticizing arguments (communications -- Purcell)

how society influences and is influenced by the arts, in the past, present, and future (theatre -- Ryder)

how people survive extreme environments such as the Arctic Circle and the Sahara Desert (biology -- Wall-Schefler)

issues relevant to social science, including ethics in research (psychology -- Webb)

the past, present, and future of computers and our interconnected digital world (computer science -- Weltz)