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Exploring Big Ideas


10 credits for 15 students. Coordinator:T. Murphy

Are you interested in "Big Ideas"? This FIG enables you to explore the ways the liberal arts can contribute to a richer understanding of the human experience. In this FIG, you will explore big picture questions about meaning and values through practicing college writing and critical thinking skills. This FIG also includes a course that will help you to explore your options for majors, graduate programs, and careers. It's a great choice for students who are Exploratory/Undeclared.

94963 COMP 101-F31 Writing & Critical Thinking 4 Cr. MWF 10-10:50am Bates, C.
Encourages development of writing, critical thinking and the use of information resources. Addresses how language permits communication, shapes thought and changes through time. Satisfies General Education FW requirement. Plus one hour TBA.

94962 PHIL 102-F31 Philosophy of the Liberal Arts 3 Cr. MWF 11-11:50am Murphy, T.
This course examines arguments for and against the traditional humanities disciplines.Defenders of the humanities argue that studying philosophy, art, literature, culture and history can improve students' abilities to think critically about moral issues, interact fruitfully with people from other cultures, fulfill their obligations as citizens and live meaningful and fulfilling lives.In this class we will critically examine these claims.Understanding these arguments will require careful management with a number of fundamental philosophical questions regarding the nature of morality, the relationship between values and culture, the possibility of objective judgments in aesthetics and ethics, and the standards by which to judge whether one's life is or is not meaningful.We will explore these questions through careful reading of classic and contemporary philosophical work.Satisfies General Education FC and PI requirements

94011 FY 100-F31 @First Year Success Seminar 2 Cr. Tu 8-9:15pm Robbins, A.
The First-Year Success Seminar (FYSS) is a two-credit course designed to accelerate students' transition to SUNY Potsdam. FYSS provides students with the opportunity to become integrated into the life of the campus by exploring their academic and social development. A strong emphasis is placed on critical inquiry ? enhancing reading and writing, time management, and study skills. In addition, the course provides an orientation to campus resources and services and encourages self-exploration and personal development.

95015 FY 215-F31 @Major & Career Exploration, 1 Cr. M 3-3:50pm Bain, M.

This course allows students to explore major and career interests and skills, research occupational and graduate school information and set objectives. The course is appropriate for any student who is uncertain about his or her major or career path.