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LEAP Prides

Pride
Adult Development and Flourishing

Students will be taught about flourishing through the lens of science, philosophy, and their own experience. Through exposure to diverse scientific theories and research on the skills associated with flourishing, to philosophical and religious writings on human happiness and wellbeing, and to various reflective exercises and contemplative practices (e.g., mindfulness and compassion meditation), students will have the opportunity to develop conceptual knowledge, experiential insight, and practical skills related to flourishing. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

The Art and Science of Human Flourishing

HDFS 108N
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Human Development and Aging

HDFS 249N
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
American Politics

This pride provides an overview of American government and politics at the national level. In this course, we will first learn about the political institutions that comprise our political system. We will discuss their origins and the ways in which they structure our society. We then will transition into learning about the behavior of both the American mass public and political elites. We will discuss how everyday Americans make political decisions and how their elected representatives respond to the public’s political sentiments.  

Pride Mode: In Person

American Politics: Principles, Processes, and Powers

PLSC 1
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Animal Health and Biomedical Sciences

This pride introduces you to current concepts in the maintenance of animal health and the application of scientific information to health-related decision making. You will have the opportunity to apply biomedical sciences to disease prevention programs in companion animals, food animals, and horses. The course will emphasize the biology of infectious diseases, immune response, and toxicology. You will also have opportunities to investigate the wide variety of careers in animal health and the biomedical sciences. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Animal Health and Biomedical Sciences

VBSC 50S
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Arguing About the World

Arguing About the World: this pride is reserved for Paterno Fellows aspirants who wish to become better, more capable participants in arguments about some of the most challenging and intractable social problems facing humanity. SOC 5 will examine current social problems such as economic, racial, and gender inequalities; social deviance and crime; and population, environmental, energy, and health problems. CAS 215 provides an in-depth examination of argumentation in both public and private contexts. The course requires students to investigate the process of researching sound evidence, constructing legitimate argumentative claims, and participating in live debates. Fundamental to this endeavor is a strong attention to research, ethics, and strategy. 

 This pride is only open to students aspiring to the Paterno Fellows Program. To enroll, contact Barb Edwards at bae1@psu.edu. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Social Problems

SOC 5
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Argumentation

CAS 215
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Argumentation

Democracy depends on an informed electorate who engage in critical thinking so as to hold in check potential abuses of power.  This pride provides students with the ability to critically assess and create effective discourse. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Argumentation

CAS 215
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Art and Mythology

In this pride, students will learn the myths of ancient Greece and Rome. These stories include the Olympian gods and goddesses (familiar to many from the Percy Jackson series), and the heroes of epics like Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Students will explore both the most famous versions of these myths in the canonical texts of classical literature and interpretations of myth in art, music, theater, and literature from the classical era to the modern day. This course will be especially beneficial for those students interested in art history, cultural anthropology, gender theory, ancient civilizations, and world religions. 

Pride Mode: In Person

Classical Mythology

CAMS 45
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Introduction to Art

ARTH 100
Instruction Mode: 
In Person
Aurora (Sirius) and Speech

Offered only to incoming students, Aurora eases the college transition through fun and accessible virtual expeditions. As part of the Sirius Aurora experience, tour the United States from your computer, explore natural spaces close to home, and connect with your group virtually — all students of all abilities welcome. Participants gain not only skills from trained upperclassmen, but insight into college life in a relaxed environment. The classroom component introduces students to health and wellness topics such as: eating well on campus, group dynamics, time management, and mental and emotional wellness. Students earn all 3 GHW credits required to graduate (KINES 89). No outdoor experience required! For more information call (814) 865-3890 or visit findSIRIUS.psu.edu.

There are four sections of the Aurora Pride. Lion and Nittany are paired with CAS 100A (Effective Speech). Roar and State are paired with ENGL 15 (Rhetoric and Composition). Students should register for one section.

Pride Mode: Virtual

AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs - Sirius

KINES 89
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Aurora (Sirius) and Writing

Offered only to incoming students, Aurora eases the college transition through fun and accessible virtual expeditions. As part of the Sirius Aurora experience, tour the United States from your computer, explore natural spaces close to home, and connect with your group virtually — all students of all abilities welcome. Participants gain not only skills from trained upperclassmen, but insight into college life in a relaxed environment. The classroom component introduces students to health and wellness topics such as: eating well on campus, group dynamics, time management, and mental and emotional wellness. Students earn all 3 GHW credits required to graduate (KINES 89). No outdoor experience required! For more information call (814) 865-3890 or visit findSIRIUS.psu.edu.

There are four sections of the Aurora Pride. Lion and Nittany are paired with CAS 100A (Effective Speech). Roar and State are paired with ENGL 15 (Rhetoric and Composition). Students should register for one section.

Pride Mode: Virtual

Aurora Outdoor Orientation Program - Sirius

KINES 89
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Biobehavioral Health

This pride explores health issues in an integrated way by taking into account the many different factors—biological, behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental—that influence health throughout the life span. Health will be emphasized as a state of physical, mental, and social well-being and not just the absence of disease. Students will learn to identify the many factors that contribute to differences in health and health risk for individuals and groups. You will apply health principles and research findings to health promotion, disease prevention strategies, and public health policies.   

Pride Mode: Virtual

Biobehavioral Health

BBH 101
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Rhetoric & Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Business Problem Solving

Through this course, students will gain a well-rounded level of competency in the use of spreadsheet software as a tool. Students will develop problem-solving strategies while gaining insight on the tactical use of spreadsheets. Concepts are contextualized in a broader discussion of information systems management including data security, ethical issues, social media, distributed (cloud) services, and emerging trends. This is a required course for all majors in the Smeal College of Business. 

There are five sections of the Business Problem Solving Pride: (1) Blue, (2) Lion, (3) Nittany, (4) Roar, and (5) State. The ENGL 15 course for the State section will meet in-person.

This pride is only open to students enrolled in the Smeal College of Business or the Division of Undergraduate Studies. 

Pride Mode: In Person

Business Problem Solving

MIS 250
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Business Seminar and Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

This pride is designed to both give students an introduction into their study in the Smeal College of Business through PSU 6 (1 credit) and BA 297 (1 credit) and to engage students in contemporary issues around race, ethnicity, and culture through SOC 119 (4 credits). Students will be able to understand the extent and pervasiveness of racial, ethnic, and cultural inequality and discrimination in the U.S. and explain how unequal systems impact different ancestry groups both in the U.S. and around the world. Students will be able to compare historical causes and consequences of sociological processes such as immigration, assimilation, and multiculturalism, and they will develop new ways of understanding how these processes are expressed in popular culture (e.g., art, music, literature) and intergroup dynamics. Students will be provided with intellectual tools to formulate more thoughtful questions and responses when they engage others in everyday discussions about the many racial, ethnic, and cultural factors and forces that pull people and groups together and push them apart. Students will also explore pathways to allow them to discover new ways to understand their own racial and ethnic place in the world and the history of their own families.  

This pride is only open to students enrolled in the Smeal College of Business or the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  

Pride Mode: In Person

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

SOC 119N
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Business Seminar

BA 297 and PSU 6
Instruction Mode: 
In Person
Business Statistics

This course introduces basic statistical concepts and models within the framework of business problems and applications. Students learn about the usefulness of business statistics to decision making, how to perform basic statistical and analytical procedures, and how to interpret, critically evaluate, and analyze data.  SCM 200 or STAT 200 is an entrance to major requirement for Smeal students. SCM 200 is a 4-credit course. Students enrolling in this pride will be enrolling in 7 academic credits. 

There are two sections of the Business Statistics Pride: (1) Lion and (2) Nittany. Students should enroll in one section.  

Pride Mode: Virtual

Introduction to Statistics for Business

SCM 200
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Chemistry Research Experience

This lab-based pride is designed to introduce you to the process and practice of chemical research.  The research will focus on the knowledge and application of two core concepts central to understanding compound’s structure-reactivity relationship: polarity and pH.  You will be required to think about structures of organic compounds as they relate to certain periodic trends and the connectiveness to these core concepts.  You will be shown how these studies tie into the research projects of Dr. Xin Zhang, a chemical biologist at Penn State.   

This pride is only available to students in the Eberly College of Science and the Division of Undergraduate Studies 

Pride Mode: In Person

Research Experience in Chemistry

CHEM 297S
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
In Person
Community Development

Many of the most pressing issues facing the world, such as climate change, racial inequality, food insecurity, and other social injustices, lie at the intersection of society, economy, and environment.  These problems exist at multiple scales from the hyperlocal to the global. Successfully addressing these challenges requires residents, communities, governments, businesses, and other organizations and institutions to work collaboratively on solutions using skills in critical thinking, community leadership, research, problem-solving, and communication. This pride will introduce students to the basic concepts, skills, and practices for community development and engagement that are necessary for addressing such issues.  

Pride Mode: Virtual

Community Development Concepts and Practice

CED 152
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Cybersecurity Lion

This pride provides an introduction to computer systems literacy. The history, architecture, and operation of computing systems and underlying computing theory are covered. The intent of this course is to ensure that students with diverse backgrounds can gain the information technology fundamental skills and understanding to succeed with subsequent in-depth courses in the Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations curriculum. At the same time, the general nature of the introduction may make it useful for other programs that involve education in concepts and skills relating to information and computing systems.  

There are two sections of the Cybersecurity Pride: (1) Lion (in person) and (2) Nittany (virtual). Students should enroll in one section.

Pride Mode: In Person

Cybersecurity

CYBER 100S
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
In Person
Cybersecurity Nittany

This pride provides an introduction to computer systems literacy. The history, architecture, and operation of computing systems and underlying computing theory are covered. The intent of this course is to ensure that students with diverse backgrounds can gain the information technology fundamental skills and understanding to succeed with subsequent in-depth courses in the Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations curriculum. At the same time, the general nature of the introduction may make it useful for other programs that involve education in concepts and skills relating to information and computing systems.  

 There are two sections of the Cybersecurity Pride: (1) Lion (in person) and (2) Nittany (virtual). Students should enroll in one section.

Pride Mode: Virtual

Cybersecurity

CYBER 100S
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Democracy and Dissent

This pride introduces students to the basic historical contexts within which key democratic events arise; engages them in close readings of speeches, tracts, and polemical writing; and develops skills in critical thinking and writing. Students will attend to a broad spectrum of voices, including those of historically under-represented peoples as well as canonical figures. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Landmark Speeches on Democracy and Dissent

CAS 210
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Earth and Mineral Science

The EMS First-Year Seminar is designed to encourage students to begin the important process of 'thinking for a living.' The primary focus of the seminar is to promote critical reading and thinking skills, and to help students develop effective written and oral arguments. Students learn the importance of reading, sharing ideas and collaborating, through independent and group research, discussion and debate. We want our students to think about some of the major issues facing the world today, the role that science and technology have played in defining and addressing these issues, the way in which present-day thinking has been shaped by the past, and the development of scientific thought. The Seminar's content focuses on communication skills, but these are addressed within the context of issues relevant to the disciplines represented in EMS. As such, the discussions range across topics such as the Earth and its resources; scientific and technical aspects of global habitability; development of the advanced materials necessary for sustaining and advancing civilization in the 21st century; and the social, economic, and political factors that shape and constrain society's view of the Earth system. Students undertake three to five major writing projects throughout the semester, as well as several smaller one to two paragraph written assignments. Grades are determined from their performance on the written papers, oral presentations, and in-class participation. The Seminar is a required course for all EMS first-year students at the University Park campus and, together with English 015 and either English 202 or Speech Communications 100, will satisfy the Writing and Speaking requirements of General Education.

Pride Mode: In Person

Earth and Mineral Sciences First-Year Seminar

EMSC 100S
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Education in American Society

The goals of this pride are (1) to enable students to develop a multifaceted understanding of the social, historical, political, and philosophical contexts in which American teachers work, students are educated, and education policies are made, and (2) to enable students to gain a better understanding of contemporary educational issues that they might encounter. This understanding will provide the foundation for working within the American education system, especially its public schools.  

Pride Mode: In Person

Education in American Society

EDTHP 115
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Education: Learning and Instruction

The human mind has been considered one of the “last frontiers” of science. In this pride, students will learn the psychology underlying student and teacher academic behavior, motivation, assessment, and more. This course is designed around state-of-the-art research of human learning and behavior. Students are introduced to prolific theories of learning and effective instructional practice—including classroom management techniques, motivation, and assessment. Students pursuing education-related majors and/or professions centered on teaching, human development, or speech pathology will find this pride valuable.  

Pride Mode: In Person

Learning and Instruction

EDPSY 14
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Engineering Design

This combination of courses allows new engineering students to complete an important design course and satisfy the General Education speech requirement. The two courses are a natural combination. Engineering Design requires the presentation of design principles in class. Effective Speech emphasizes the principles of presenting problems, solutions, and processes. Students will apply and integrate what they learn in both courses through activities such as developing speeches about their design projects.  

There are five sections of the Engineering Pride: (1) Lion, (2) Nittany, (3) Roar, and (4) State. Students should enroll in one section. 

EDSGN 100 is not required a required course for students who intend to major Computer Engineering, or Computer Science, but would count as an elective. This pride is only open to students in the College of Engineering and the Division of Undergraduate Studies. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Cornerstone Engineering Design

EDSGN 100
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
English Around the World

This pride traces the historical, social, and linguistic development of English as the global language of business, technology, education, and the internet. The pride focuses on a bit of history, some linguistics, and assorted global locations where English is used.

Pride Mode: Virtual

Global English

APLNG 210
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Environment and Society

This pride introduces students to relationships between humans and the natural environment. Students interested in any major can learn about ways in which humans think about, use, and are affected by the natural environment across settings in the United States and globally and will analyze and evaluate how humans have transformed the environment in different parts of the world, addressing such questions as: How does geography help us understand human-environment systems and sustainability? 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Environment & Society in a Changing World

GEOG 30N
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Rhetoric & Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Ethical Leadership

Leaders, in whatever context, make difficult decisions, distribute scarce resources, direct and influence the conduct of others, and represent the goals of the enterprise they lead. Thus, they ought to exemplify prudence, fairness, integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, sincerity, and morally upright behavior. This pride investigates these concepts and the moral dilemmas that arise in developing or applying them. It also explores, philosophically as well as practically, the ways leaders might identify ethical challenges, analyze them, imagine possible solutions, and be motivated to do the right thing.   

Pride Mode: In Person

Ethical Leadership

PHIL 119
Instruction Mode: 
Mixed

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Ethics and Politics

This pride explores the intersection of ethical leadership and the study of peace and conflict. In PHIL 119, students will explore philosophically as well as practically the ways leaders might identify ethical challenges, analyze them, imagine possible solutions, and be motivated to do the right thing. In PLSC 197, students will learn about the factors that influence public attitudes on political issues in the United States. 

This pride is only open to students aspiring to the Paterno Fellows Program. To enroll, contact Barb Edwards at bae1@psu.edu. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Ethical Leadership

PHIL 119
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Public Opinion and Political Attitudes

PLSC 197
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Ethics of Media

This pride surveys the core philosophical questions connected with mass media: What is newsworthy? What is the whole story, and what makes it true? How ought media’s form influence the power of its content? What authorizes journalists to interpret the facts? How much does individual self-understanding and social organization depend on media images and tropes? Does it make sense to speak of “the media” as a unified phenomenon? As we work to formulate and answer these questions, students will acquire ethical understanding, media literacy, and an appreciation for the role media plays in the formation of cultural expectations about knowledge, values, and technology. 

Pride Mode: In Person

Ethics of Media

PHIL 123
Instruction Mode: 
Mixed

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
In Person
Film Music

This pride explores the role of music in narrative film. It is not a history of film music, although our approach will in some respects be historic. The purpose is for students to gain an understanding of the role of music in film, to observe various artistic approaches to the use of music in film, and to examine how music interacts with the other elements of sound—sound effects and dialogue—in an artistically unified sound track that, in turn, accompanies and interacts with the movie's visual component to create a compelling and satisfying work of art. 

Pride Mode: In Person

Film Music

Music 4
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
First Aid and CPR

NURS 203 is an introductory first aid course designed to provide the basic knowledge and skills to assist someone who is injured or ill. The course covers safety precautions of the responders including legal and ethical issues, teaches one-person CPR and airway obstruction, common injures resulting in bleeding and how to control bleeding, common medical emergencies, e.g. bleeding, water, ice, shock, thermal injuries. Heart attack, stroke and head injuries are a focus, and the proper way to transfer individuals with injuries. Environmental emergencies includes disaster preparation, terrorism, and triage.  

Pride Mode: In Person

First Aid and CPR

NURS 203
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Fitness as Disease Prevention

In this pride, students make connections between disease and lifestyle through health, wellness, and biochemical and molecular changes. KINES 84Z is designed to give students a complete understanding of fundamental principles of physical fitness with an appreciation for disease prevention. In BMB 1Z, students will learn about the scientific process and how science has contributed to the knowledge used in the medical field to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. Through this unique linked course pairing, students will satisfy the integrative studies General Education requirement. 

Pride Mode: In Person

The Science of Sickness

BMB 1Z
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Fitness for Life

KINES 84Z
Instruction Mode: 
Mixed
Graphic Design

GD 100 places emphasis on problem solving and observing design, while developing intuition and creativity. Projects focus on the process of defining the parameters of a design problem, observing examples within the design industry, and critically evaluating examples of effective and ineffective design. GD 100 will help students to: 1. Understand the graphic design industry and the responsibilities of the profession. 2. Develop an appreciation for the practice of design. 3. Begin to develop the ability to define and solve problems. 4. Increase their knowledge of the history of graphic design and typography. 5. Refine their conceptual skills. 6. Learn and understand the vernacular of the industry. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Graphic Design

GD 100
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Healthy Lives Through Recreation, Play, and Leisure

This pride will provide students with an introduction to how recreation, play, and leisure activities impact the health of individuals and communities. Our leisure and recreation activities are critical factors in our mental and physical well-being, a way we bounce back from life's challenges, a fundamental part of our quality of life. Communities come together around special events, parks, sports, and shared experiences indoors and outdoors. We will examine historically and in current society how people make leisure part of their busy lives and enhance their personal health and community life. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Leisure and Human Behavior

RPTM 120
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Rhetoric & Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Human Centered Design

This pride provides a rigorous introduction to the theories, models, and tools that inform human-centered design and development. It lays the groundwork for subsequent courses in the sequence by examining the relationship between physical capabilities, cognitive and social models, and philosophical issues pertinent to human-centered analysis, design and development work. The course is practice-based, which means that it instructs more abstract concepts through practical activities and practice-based inquiry. Students will learn how to apply cognitive models and philosophical concepts to real-world problems.

NOTE: This pride was incorrectly listed as in-person in the printed LEAP Brochure. The courses in this pride will meet online and this is a virtual pride.

Pride Mode: Virtual

Foundations of Human-Centered Design and Development Seminar

HCDD 113S
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Rhetoric & Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Human Communication

Introduces students to the field of communication studies and to the most important concepts, questions, and ideas that surround the study of communication today. This pride is essential for any student who wishes to consider a major or minor in Communication Arts and Sciences. The pride is also an important elective for students who want to understand processes of communication in a variety of social forms or settings, including interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, public, and technological. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Introduction to Human Communication

CAS 101N
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Human Development Across the Lifespan

HDFS 249N provides a basic introduction to concepts, theoretical perspectives, and key empirical studies on adult development and aging. Students will become familiar with key developmental trends and challenges that must be addressed to achieve healthy growth and development throughout adulthood and late life. HDFS 239 provides a basic introduction to concepts, theoretical perspectives, and key empirical studies on adolescent development. Students will become familiar with key developmental trends and challenges that must be addressed to achieve healthy growth and development from the beginning of adolescence (puberty) up to the transition to adulthood

NOTE: This pride was incorrectly listed as being a virtual pride in the print LEAP Brochure. This courses in this pride will meet in-person.

Pride Mode: In Person

Adolescent Development

HDFS 239
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Adult Development and Aging

HDFS 249N
Instruction Mode: 
In Person
Human Development and Flourishing

This pride gives students the opportunity to take two courses in Human Development and Family Studies. In HDFS 108N, students explore human flourishing—defined as a life of deep meaning, fulfillment, and service to others. Students will be taught about flourishing through the lenses of science, philosophy, and their own experience. In HDFS 129, students will be introduced to developmental theories and the developmental tasks and challenges unique to each stage of development from birth through old age. Three of the credits students earn in this pride will be applied to their integrative studies General Education requirement. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Art and Science of Human Flourishing

HDFS 108N
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies

HDFS 129
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
iLEAP

This pride is designed specifically for students who first language is not Englsih. ESL 15 is a first-year academic writing course which includes work in composition, oral presentations, library research, and full participation in the steps of the writing and research process: brainstorming, basic research, drafting, peer review, revising, editing, and proofreading. Because the course is designed for international students, there is a strong focus on the expectations of American university instructors for time management, ethical writing, and class participation. ESL15 fulfills the first-year General Education (GWS) writing requirement. If you are an international student unable to make it to the United State for the summer session due to travel restrictions or limitations, the ESL department will work with you to take the ESL 15 course online.

Pride Mode: Virtual

Academic Communication

ESL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Information, People, and Technology

This pride opens an intellectual journey through the ideas and challenges that IT professionals face in the world. It will address major questions such as: How can we use technology to organize and integrate human enterprises? How can technology help people and organizations adapt rapidly and creatively? What can we do about information overload? Three perspectives (or facets) address the core issues: information, or the basic science of data encoding, transmission, and storage; people, or the interactions among technologies, institutions, regulations, and users; and technology, or the design and operation of basic information technology devices. Students completing the course will be confident users and consumers of information technology. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Information, People, and Technology

IST 110
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Language, Culture, and Society

Using the lens of applied linguistics, the pride explores how language and culture, language and society, and language and personal development interact. 

Pride Mode: In Person

Language, Culture, and Society

APLNG 200
Instruction Mode: 
Mixed

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
In Person
Macroeconomics

Why are some countries rich and other countries poor? Is our national debt a problem? Why can't we just print a large amount of money to pay off the debt? Macroeconomics takes a “macro” view of economies, studying the big picture. Students will understand GDP, the unemployment rate, inflation, and economic growth. Fiscal and monetary policies are examined. Other topics include aggregate supply and demand, interest rates, and the Federal Reserve. 

Pride Mode: In Person

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 104
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Mass Media Lion

This pride examines mass communications in the United States, including the organization, role, content, and effects of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, books, and films. Students receive an overview of the interaction between mass media and society. By drawing from selected topics, the course pays particular attention to the social influences (e.g., economics, politics, technology, law, and culture) that shape media messages. The course examines the nature of media controllers as well as the character of users and consumers of media products. Students will gain understanding of the power and influences associated with media messages and practices. 

 

Pride Mode: In Person

The Mass Media and Society

COMM 100N
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Mass Media Nittany

This pride examines mass communications in the United States, including the organization, role, content, and effects of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, books, and films. Students receive an overview of the interaction between mass media and society. By drawing from selected topics, the course pays particular attention to the social influences (e.g., economics, politics, technology, law, and culture) that shape media messages. The course examines the nature of media controllers as well as the character of users and consumers of media products. Students will gain understanding of the power and influences associated with media messages and practices. 

Pride Mode: In Person

The Mass Media and Society

COMM 100N
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Media and Democracy

COMM 110 seeks to introduce students to the important role of the mass media in developing conceptions of democracy and democratic participation in contemporary societies. Utilizing current events, popular culture, and the students' own relationship to media as the template, this pride is designed to stimulate student thinking about the interrelationship between the dynamics of US culture, news, politics, and civil society in order to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of what civic engagement and global awareness can do towards nurturing democracy's principles and practices. 

Pride Mode: Virtual

Media and Democracy

COMM 110
Instruction Mode: 
Remote

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
Instruction Mode: 
Remote
Media and Society

Aside from working and sleeping, individuals in the United States spend more time consuming media than any other single activity. By the time the average person reaches the age of 65, he or she will have spent over six full years of life watching television – not to mention the additional time spent reading newspapers and magazines, listening to the radio, using the internet, and playing video games. Given the centrality of media in the lives of most people, it is imperative that we understand and critically explore the variety of ways in which we perceive and are influenced by media messages. The purpose of this pride is to introduce students to the study of the effects of media on individuals and society.

Pride Mode: In Person

Introduction to Media Effects

COMM 118
Instruction Mode: 
In Person

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
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Remote
Microeconomics

How do individuals, firms, and governments make decisions? What determines prices? Are monopolies always bad? This course is designed to develop the basic concepts and techniques of microeconomic theory and its applications. Considerable emphasis is placed on the basic principles of economics, methods of economic analysis, price determination, consumer behavior, theory of the firm, and market structures. ECON 102 is an introduction

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Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 102
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Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
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Modern European History

This course traces the history of modern Europe, beginning with a brief contextual background of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era and continues through the modern period. The course will appeal to students interested in political, economic, and social history and how these influenced the rise of the European nation state during the nineteenth century through the present day. As an interdomain course (GH and GS), HIST 120N will also show how history provides tools for the study of both the humanities and the social sciences.

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Modern European History

HIST 120N
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Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
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Nutrition

This course introduces students to nutrition principles necessary to promote a healthy lifestyle. Students will be better prepared to evaluate nutrition-related issues presented in the media and to make informed choices about their diet in order to promote health throughout their lives. Information about nutrients is presented and related to such topics as maintenance of ideal body weight, improvement in physical performance, and the role of nutrients in various disease states. This course is intended for non-nutrition major students and will fulfill 3 credits of the GHW requirement.  

This course is intended for students interested in nutrition, but it is not intended for students who plan to major in Nutrition. 

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Nutrition Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle

NUTR 100
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Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
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Peace and Conflict

This pride is designed to introduce students to the study of political conflict: its workings, its underlying theories, and the means by which it can be ended, and peace can be maintained. To support this, PLSC 291 is divided into three primary sections based on level of analysis. The first will focus on general theories of peace and conflict through an examination of works of political philosophy and anthropology. The second will look at peace and conflict between states through an examination of international relations. And the third will explore peace and conflict within societies via scholarship on comparative politics and development. 

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Introduction to Peace and Conflict

PLSC 291
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Effective Speech

CAS 100A
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Persons, Morals, and the Good Life

This pride offers students an overview of ethical issues, moral reasoning, and questions concerning the good and flourishing life for individuals and groups. It engages the work and critical interpretation of major figures in moral thinking and enters into the full complexity of contemporary moral problems. Students will study and evaluate competing accounts of the right way to live, including their overall plausibility, their background assumptions, and their practical implementation. 

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Persons, Morals, and the Good Life

PHIL 3
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Effective Speech

CAS 100A
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Persuasion and Propaganda

This pride will explore the distinction—historically and theoretically—between propaganda and persuasion. In this course students will develop a more precise understanding of “propaganda” and the techniques of the propagandist. Toward this end, we will study the history of propaganda, as well as contemporary cases of public advocacy that raise questions about the distinction between persuasion and propaganda. 

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Persuasion and Propaganda

CAS 175
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Effective Speech

CAS 100A
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Photography

This pride provides an introduction to the aesthetics, history, and science of photography including practical and critical approaches to the art of photography. This course introduces students to photography both as an art form and as a key method of visual communication in today's society. Students will be exposed to various photographic techniques and learn to create stronger, more compelling photographs. 

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Introduction to Photography

PHOTO 100
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Effective Speech

CAS 100A
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Science of Fitness

Fitness Theory and Practice is a course designed to emphasize the fundamental principles of physical fitness and skills necessary to implement a personalized fitness program that will evolve over the lifespan. Students also consider factors which affect their performance in executing a fitness plan such as nutritional concerns, the impact of stress, choice of proper equipment, matching personal goals to proper execution, and personal motivation. In their pursuit of an active and healthy lifestyle, students assess personal health, fitness, and wellness using pre/post intervention strategies, and engage in physical exercise to practice concepts presented in the course training techniques.  

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Fitness Theory and Practice

KINES 61S
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Effective Speech

CAS 100A
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Security and Risk Analysis

Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis is a preliminary course with a broad focus, spanning the areas of security, risk, and analysis. In addition to familiarizing students with basic technical terminology, it will also touch upon social and legal issues, risk analysis and mitigation, crime intelligence and forensics, and information warfare and assurance. This course will motivate students to understand the requirements for security in any government agency or business organization through the use of case studies. 

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Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis

SRA 111
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Effective Speech

CAS 100B
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Severe and Unusual Weather

This pride provides a current and relevant discussion of a range of severe and unusual weather phenomena in a descriptive manner accessible to students with a wide variety of backgrounds. Topics include lake-effect snowstorms and blizzards; thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and hailstorms; hazardous mountainous weather like downslope windstorms; and optical phenomena like rainbows, glories, and halos. METEO 5 will draw frequently upon significant historical and recent severe weather events.  

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Severe and Unusual Weather

METEO 5
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Effective Speech

CAS 100A
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Social Justice and Education

This course explores the foundations of equity-based educational practices and helps students construct individual working definitions of social justice. The course includes engagement with foundational, historical, and contemporary scholarly and popular literature; guest lecturers from the University and local communities; and multimedia. Students explore tensions between theory and practical application and begin developing a language of critique for considering issues within the world of education. Progress is assessed via a variety of artifacts including self-assessment, guided journal entries, reflection upon campus and community social justice events, and written and oral research reports on a social justice topic of choice. For students interested in the Social Justice in Education minor, the course provides a conceptual foundation and skill set. 

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Social Justice in Education

CI 185
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Effective Speech

CAS 100A
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Succesful Scientists of the Future: History of Disease

Have you ever thought the best way to learn about science is to do it?  Would you like to isolate a virus?  In this Course-Based Research Experience, students will learn about the nature of science by taking part in a research project conducted entirely by first-year students.  You will isolate a virus, called a phage that infects bacteria.  After naming and purifying your virus, you will extract the genomic DNA for sequencing and take an image with an electron microscope.  While you are learning about science, your will also be completing First-Year Seminar requirements for PSU 016. 

This pride is only open to students in the Eberly College of Science or the Division of Undergraduate Studies. 

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BMB First Year Seminar

BMB 205S
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History of Disease

SC 125N
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Successful Scientists of the Future

Have you ever thought the best way to learn about science is to do it? Would you like to isolate a virus? In this pride, students will learn about the nature of science by taking part in a research project conducted entirely by first-year students. In this Course-Based Research Experience (CURE), you will isolate a virus, called a phage, that infects bacteria. After naming and purifying your virus, you will extract the genomic DNA and take an image with an electron microscope. At the end of the summer, we will send the genomic DNA for sequencing and it will be used in further scientific study and contribute to the body of scientific knowledge. If you would like to continue working on the project, there will be opportunities to continue research in the Fall and Spring semesters through other CURE courses. BMB 205 counts as a student’s first-year seminar requirement. 

This pride is only open to students in the Eberly College of Science or the Division of Undergraduate Studies. 

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BMB First Year Seminar

BMB 205S
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Effective Speech

CAS 100A
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Taking Charge of Your Health

This pride is designed to provide students with an understanding of the breadth of decisions related to health and health care in the United States. HPA 57 introduces students to consumers' role in health-related decisions, including assessing health risks, health benefits, service choices, and end-of-life care. 

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Consumer Choices in Healthcare

HPA 57
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Rhetoric & Composition

ENGL 15
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Vocal Health

This course would be beneficial for students who are planning a career in a field with high vocal use or public speaking requirements including education, healthcare, law, entertainment, and business.  Students will learn about normal and disordered voice production,  and will learn how to care for their voices to help maintain vocal health for a lifetime.  This course would be beneficial for students who may be considering a major in communication sciences and disorders.  

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Preventing Vocal Abuse, Misuse, and Disorders

CSD 100
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Effective Speech

CAS 100A
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Wellness

This pride gives students the opportunity to explore two topics integral to the success of any new college student: personal wellness and interpersonal communication. In KINES 81, students explore the cognitive foundations of wellness as well as the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual components. Students will analyze personal health behavior and gain an understanding of the importance of prevention. CAS 203 introduces students to the theoretical perspectives, methods, and practical applications of interpersonal communication. Among course topics is the way interpersonal communication contributes to managing conflict, influencing others, and providing support. 

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Wellness Theory

KINES 81
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Interpersonal Communication

CAS 203
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