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Exploring Worlds of English 2

12 credits for 11 students.

This FIG encourages you to explore the “worlds” of English from a variety of perspectives! You will practice writing, reading, and critical thinking skills, learn about literature from a college perspective, and study the history and globalization of English as a language. This FIG also includes a course that will help you to explore your options for majors, graduate programs, and careers in the wide-ranging fields related to the study of language and literature. It’s also a good choice for students who are Exploratory/Undeclared.

COMP 101-F30 Writing and Critical Thinking 4 Cr. TuTh 12:30-1:45pm Stanavage, L.
Encourages development of writing, critical thinking and the use of information resources. Addresses how language permits communication, shapes thought and changes through time.
NOTE: Plus 1 hour TBA. Satisfies General Education FW requirement.

LITR 100-F30 Introduction to Literature 3 Cr. MW 2:00-3:15pm Wilson, L.
Introduction to elements of literature through the study of its various forms: poetry, drama and fiction. Practice in writing about literature and in techniques of close reading. Satisfies General
Education FC requirement.

PHIL 102-F30 Philosophy of the Liberal Arts 3 Cr. TuTh 9:45-11:00am 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.

FY 100-F30 @First Year Success Seminar 2 Cr. W 4:30-5:45pm Tyo, L.
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.