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LEAP Prides

Pride
Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Ethics and Issues

In this pride you will develop a better understanding of and critically evaluate issues, opportunities, and challenges facing Pennsvylvania and the United States in a global context. Subject matter covers the diverse areas of agriculture including production of plants and animals in sustainable environemnts.

Introduction into Ethics and Issues in Agriculture

AG 160S
GenEd Domain: 
First Year Seminar (FYS), Humanities (GH)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
American History

In HIST 3, students explore the history of the United States through a detailed interdisciplinary examination of a particular theme, institution, or person in American history. In-depth examination of these themes offer students the opportunity to work closely with faculty in their area of interest and to gain an understanding of American historiography and the historical profession.

The American Nation: Historical Perspectives

HIST 3
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
American National Government

This pride examines the United States democracy by looking at the dynamic interaction between the founding ideals of the United States government, the institutions established by the Constitution, and the ongoing contest for power within and through those institutions. Students will learn how Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court shape law and public policy; how the electoral process influences the decisions of voters and political parties; and how the media, interest groups, political action committees, and public opinion impact political outcomes.  

 

Introduction to American National Government

PLSC 1
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
American Pop Culture and Folklife

This pride is a survey of popular culture, folk life, and ethnicity drawing from literature, media, entertainment, print, music, and film. Students will learn the basics of folklore studies and how folklore applies to their own lives. They will also engage with the folklore of others through classroom discussion, readings, and multimedia presentations. Popular and folk culture will be examined from multiple perspectives including history, politics, race, gender, class, and geography. Students interested in the history of folklore and how it plays a role in modern life and those interested in the contemporary culture of others will enjoy the topics covered in this course. 

 

American Popular Culture and Folklife

AMST 105
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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 

*This class does not meet General Education requirements, but does meet the first-year seminar requirement for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

Mechanisms of Disease

VBSC 50
GenEd Domain: 
First Year Seminar (FYS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Arguing About the World

This pride is reserved for Paterno Fellow 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; 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.

Social Problems

SOC 5
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Argumentation

CAS 215
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)
Argumentation

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government... " --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789. ME 7:253 Democracy depends on an informed electorate who engage in critical thinking so as to hold in check potential abuses of power. Understanding argumentation provides students with the ability to critically assess and create effective discourse. 

Argumentation

CAS 215
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Art of Cinema

The Art of Cinema provides an introduction to cinema studies. Through the course, students are provided with media literacy in which communication is increasingly visual and cinematic in its form. The course assumes that films tell stories and make arguments as communicative forms by drawing on visual language that can be learned. Films can be interpreted and analyzed to reveal something about the cultural conditions that produced them. The core purpose of COMM 150N, therefore, is to make film viewing a conscious, critical and analytic activity.

The Art of Cinema

COMM 150N
GenEd Domain: 
Arts (GA), Humanities (GH), Integrative Studies (IS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
AURORA: Outdoor Orientation Program and Speech

Offered only to incoming students, AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs ease the college transition. The ORION expedition takes first-year students on a five- day backpacking expedition through the Pennsylvania wilderness. Participants gain not only backpacking 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. 

There are two sections of the Aurora Pride paired with CAS 100A: (1) Lion, (2) Nittany. Students should enroll in one section. 

Wilderness Experience

KINES 89
GenEd Domain: 
Health and Wellness (GHW)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
AURORA: Outdoor Orientation Program and Writing

Offered only to incoming students, AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs ease the college transition. The ORION expedition takes first-year students on a five- day backpacking expedition through the Pennsylvania wilderness. Participants gain not only backpacking 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. 

There are two sections of the Aurora Pride that are paired with ENGL15: (1) Roar, and (2) State. Students should enroll in one section. 

Student Wilderness Experience

KINES 89
GenEd Domain: 
Health and Wellness (GHW)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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. You 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.  

This pride is only open to students who are college of HHD pre-majors. 

Introduction to Biobehavioral Health

BBH 101
GenEd Domain: 
Health and Wellness (GHW)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Bioethics and Science Fiction

This course will expose students to the ethical and social issues posed by emerging technologies through the lenses of science fiction and bioethics--from AI and robotics to genetic engineering and privacy. Science fiction often becomes science fact. Speculative fiction offers us a window to contemplate ethical and social questions and quandaries before they arise. 

Bioethics and Science Fiction

LA 197
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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.  

There are sis sections of the Business Problem Solving Pride: (1) Blue, (2) Lion, (3) Nittany, (4) Roar, (5) State, and (6) White. Students should enroll in one section. 

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

Introduction to Problem Solving with Spreadsheet Analysis

MIS 250

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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 in decision making, how to perform basic statistical and analytical procedures, and how to interpret, critically evaluate, and analyze data. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, statistical inference, regression and correlation, and forecasting. 

SCM 200 is a four-credit course. Students enrolling in this pride will be enrolling in seven academic credits. 

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

Introduction to Statistics for Business

SCM 200
GenEd Domain: 
Quantification (GQ)

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Calculus

Calculus is an important building block in the education of any professional who uses quantitative analysis. This course introduces and develops the mathematical skills required for analyzing change and creating mathematical models that replicate real-life phenomena. The goals include to develop the students' knowledge of calculus techniques and to use the calculus environment to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Please note, there will be 24 LEAP students, and up to 19 non-LEAP students in MATH 140. CAS 100 will only be LEAP students.

Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

MATH 140
GenEd Domain: 
Quantification (GQ)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Communication Sciences and Disorders: Vocal Health

Vocal health is crucial for individuals who use their voice daily, including anyone in the performing arts, teachers and educators, individuals in many areas of business, recreation or sports leadership, and anyone in the health professions. Speech language pathologists help people maintain and restore their vocal health. This course is for students interested in learning specifically about vocal hygiene, voice use, vocal abuse and voice disorders. The course is designed to integrate theoretical knowledge, practice-based, and measurement-focused activities to assist learners in understanding, achieving, maintaining, and promoting a lifetime of healthy vocal activities.

Preventing Vocal Abuse, Misuse, and Disorders

CSD 100
GenEd Domain: 
Health and Wellness (GHW)

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Computer Science

This pride introduces the fundamental concepts and processes of solving computational problems through the design, implementation, testing and evaluation of efficient and robust computer programs. The concepts include basic computational constructs found in imperative, object-oriented and functional programming languages such as iteration, conditionals, functions, recursion, and datatypes. These provide the basic building blocks found in virtually all programming languages.

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

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

Introduction to Programming Techniques

CMPSC 131

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Criminology

Criminology is the study of the causes of criminal behavior. As such this course is an introduction to the topic with special focus on the major theories explaining criminal behavior including differential association, anomie, control theory and labeling theory. A key focus of the class is examining the most recent scientific research testing the basic theories. The students learn the various research techniques that have been used to study criminal behavior including crime statistics such as the Uniform Crime Report that serves as a monitor on crime trends. Several important areas of study that link understanding criminal behavior and its distribution across the social system are investigated including age, gender, race and ethnicity. One goal of the course is to promote a more complete understanding of crime and how it is enmeshed in human social life. The course concludes by using the knowledge base generated in the course to study the link of our understanding of criminal behavior and the emerging crime control policies of the past few decades. Finally, the course reviews the impact and effectiveness of some of these policies.

*Please note CRIM 12 and SOC 12 are the same course – it is just cross-listed by the Criminology and Sociology departments. There will be 20 LEAP students and 10 non-LEAP students in this course.

Criminology

CRIM 12/SOC 12
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Cybersecurity

This is an introductory university-level course in 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 and (2) Nittany.  Students should enroll in one section.

Computer Systems Literacy

CYBER 100S
GenEd Domain: 
First Year Seminar (FYS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Democracy and Dissent

Landmark Speeches on Democracy and Dissent offers a survey of key speeches, debates, and controversies making up the rich tradition of U.S. civic life. The course introduces students to the basic historical contexts within which these key events arise; engage them in close readings of speeches, tracts, and polemical writing; and develop 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.

Landmark Speeches on Democracy and Dissent

CAS 210
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Earth in the Future

This class explores the workings of the climate system at the present, and in the past, through a series of modules with hands-on learning activities. We will learn how simple and sophisticated computer models can provide useful tools for making predictions about what our climate will be like in the next few hundred years, which will be a critical time for our species as we endeavor to find a more sustainable way of living. We will examine the impacts of climate change on humanity, and explore strategies to help us successfully meet these challenges.

Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and its Impacts over the Next Century

EARTH 103N
GenEd Domain: 
Integrative Studies (IS), Natural Sciences (GN), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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.

Education in American Society

EDTHP 115

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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 from many areas of study will find this Pride valuable, including education-related majors, professions which require teaching, human development, speech pathology, or simply students seeking to hone their academic skills.

Learning and Instruction

EDPSY 14

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Engineering with Speech

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. EDSGN 100 is not required of students who intend to major in Computer Engineering or Computer Science. To enroll in the Engineering prides we suggest students should be eligible for MATH 140.

There are six sections of the Engineering Pride. Four are paired with CAS 100A (Lion, Nittany, Roar, and State) and two are paired with ENGL 15 (Blue and White). Students should enroll in one section.

This pride is only open to students in the College of Engineering and the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

Introduction to Engineering Design

EDSGN 100

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Engineering with Writing

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. EDSGN 100 is not required of students who intend to major in Computer Engineering or Computer Science. To enroll in the Engineering prides we suggest students should be eligible for MATH 140.

There are six sections of the Engineering Pride. Four are paired with CAS 100A (Lion, Nittany, Roar, and State) and two are paired with ENGL 15 (Blue and White). Students should enroll in one section.

This pride is only open to students in the College of Engineering and the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

Engineering Design

EDSGN 100

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Environment and Society

This course 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?

Environment and Society in a Changing World

GEOG 30N
GenEd Domain: 
Integrative Studies (IS), Natural Sciences (GN), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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.

Ethical Leadership

PHIL 119
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Ethics and Politics

This pride explores the intersection of ethical leadership and how people perceive political information and form opinions about their political surroundings. 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, student 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.

Ethical Leadership

PHIL 119
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Public Opinion and Political Attitudes

PLSC 197
Ethics of Intercultural Communication

This pride is reserved for Paterno Fellow Aspirants who will be introduced to the ethics of intercultural communication, a vital topic in our increasingly interconnected world. CAS 271N is designed to give undergraduate students an introduction to the various issues, trends, and historical perspectives pertaining to communication within U.S. domestic and international cultures. PHIL 103 provices an introduction to the basic questions of ethics, the major currents in traditional ethical theory (virtue, ethics, deontology, consequentialism), and more recent developments (e.g. care ethics).

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

Intercultural Communication

CAS 271N
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Ethics

PHIL 103
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)
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.

Introduction to Ethics in Media and Journalism

PHIL 123
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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.

Film Music

MUSIC 4
GenEd Domain: 
Arts (GA)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
First Aid and CPR

This pride provides 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, one-person CPR and airway obstruction, common injures resulting in bleeding and how to control bleeding, and common medical emergencies. Heart attack, stroke and head injuries are a focus as well as the proper way to transfer individuals with injuries. Environmental emergencies include disaster preparation, terrorism and triage.

First Aid and CPR

NURS 203
GenEd Domain: 
Health and Wellness (GHW)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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.

Fitness for Life

KINES 84Z
GenEd Domain: 
Health and Wellness (GHW), Integrative Studies (IS)

The Science of Sickness

BMB 1Z
GenEd Domain: 
Integrative Studies (IS), Natural Sciences (GN)
Global Skills for the 21st Century

This pride will be of interest to incoming domestic and international students who would like to explore perspectives on language, culture, and social interaction. APLNG 200 will encourage incoming students to think critically about how to be successful participants in the cross-cultural interactions they will have on campus and in classrooms at Penn State. CAS 271N provides an introduction to the various issues, trends, and historical perspectives pertaining to communication within U.S. domestic and international cultures.

If you are interested in continuing your journey in cross-cultural learning beyond the summer, consider applying for the Global Engagement Community! Learn more at sites.psu.edu/globalec/

Language, Culture, and Social Interaction

APLN 200
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Intercultural Communication

CAS 271N
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH), Integrative Studies (IS), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
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 crtically 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 practie of design. 3. Begin to develop the ability to define and solve problems. 4. Incrase their knowledge of the history of graphic design and typography. 5. Refine their conceptual skills. 6. Learn and understand the vernacular of the industry.

 

Graphic Design

GD 100
GenEd Domain: 
Arts (GA)

Effective Speech

CAS 100C
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Healthy Lives Through Recreation, Play, and Leisure

This LEAP 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.

Leisure and Human Behavior

RPTM 120
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Human Communication

CAS 101N 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 class is essential for any student who wishes to consider a major or minor in Communication Arts and Sciences. The course 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.

Introduction to Human Communication

CAS 101N
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH), Integrative Studies (IS), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Human Development and Family Studies

This pride is designed to provide a broad overview of human development emphasizing social and emotional development. You will be introduced to developmental theories and the developmental tasks and challenges unique to each stage of development from birth through old age. We will examine both hallmark studies and current research from the field that will contribute to a better understanding of one’s self, good parenting practices, and more satisfying interpersonal relationships. This pride will be valuable for students with interests in a wide variety of fields but particularly in education, human resources, health and human services, psychology, and human development. 

Human Development and Families

HDFS 129
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Human Development and Flourishing

 This LEAP pride gives students the opportunity to take two HDFS courses. 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 lens 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.

Art and Science of Human Flourishing

HDFS 108N
GenEd Domain: 
Health and Wellness (GHW), Integrative Studies (IS), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Human Development and Families

HDFS 129
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
iLEAP - Speech and Writing for Nonnative English Speakers

ESL15 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 & 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.

There are two sections of this pride (1) Lion and (2) Nittany. Students should enroll in one section.

The iLEAP Pride is open to all international first-year students at the University Park campus.

American Academic Communication II

ESL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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.

There are two sections of this pride, (1) Lion and (2) Nittany. Students should enroll in one section.

Information People and Technology

IST 110
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
International Agriculture

This pride introduces you to issues of global food security and hunger as we explore agriculture around the globe.  How does reduced rainfall impact the lives of people growing coffee in Honduras… and immigration in the USA?  How does increasing consumption of meat in China influence deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest?  How do subsidies for cotton in the USA effect cotton growers in Mali?  These are a few of the complex issues we will explore in this class.

In INTAG 100, students will examines the environmental, economic, social, political, and technological challenges and opportunities of international agriculture, with a particular focus on the Global South (Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Southern Asia).  This in-depth analysis will challenge students to think critically about agricultural issues and development – and their own part in this interconnected system.  This class seeks to develop students’ global understanding of current issues related to food, agriculture, and natural resource systems.

International Agriculture

INTAG 100
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Introduction to Art

Art History 100 provides an introduction to the history of art from prehistory to the present, through selected topics, rather than a comprehensive survey. Areas covered usually include prehistoric art, art of the Near East and Egypt, ancient Greek and Roman art, medieval art culminating with the Gothic, Renaissance art both in Italy and northern Europe, Baroque and Rococo art, and modern developments often highlighting Romanticism, Impressionism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Feminist, and contemporary art. The course also introduces selected artistic traditions in Africa, Asia and the Americas. The course is designed to meet two principal goals. The first is to increase students' powers of visual analysis and to help them build a critical vocabulary for discussing an art object's medium, composition, style, and iconography. The second is to foster an understanding of the deep implication of the visual arts in their social and cultural contexts, both historical and contemporary.

Introduction to Art

ARTH 100
GenEd Domain: 
Arts (GA)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Living in a Diverse World

This course uses literature, film and scholarly texts to inspire students to explore how conceptions of social difference, such as those linked to categories of gender, race, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and disability, shape society and everyday interactions historically and today. The course takes an intersectional perspective to explore how and why these categories vary over time and space, the effects of such variations for individuals and communities, and the connections between identity and the exercise of power. Geographically, the course emphasizes the relationship between social difference and power in the U.S. history and society but takes a transnational perspective when possible by making comparisons to contexts beyond the United States. Furthermore, the class examines how individuals and communities most directly marginalized by these processes contest and re-imagine dominant categories and assumptions. Materials and discussions in the class trace broad social and historical trends as well as dive into the facets of everyday life

Living in a Diverse World

WMNST 105N
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH), Integrative Studies (IS), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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. 

Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy

ECON 104
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Mass Media

This course provides an overview of the interaction between mass media and society and pays particular attention to the social influences (e.g., economics, politics, technology, law, and culture) that shape media messages. Among others, the course examines the nature of media controllers as well as the character of "users" and "consumers" of media products. Students will gain a better understanding of the dynamic nature of the mass media in an information society. 

There are three sections of the Mass Media Pride: (1) Lion, (2) Nittany, (3) Roar. Students should enroll in one section. 

The Mass Media and Society

COMM 100N
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH), Integrative Studies (IS), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Media, Individuals, 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, 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. 

Introduction to Media Effects

COMM 118
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Meteorology

METEO 3 helps students to gain a better understanding of atmospheric structure and processes so they can better apply the weather information they encounter - in essence, to help students become better weather consumers. Students will learn to read the sky so they can make their own short-term forecasts and adjust their behavior accordingly. When presented with a weather forecast containing caveats, students will have a better feeling for what controls the evolution of a developing system so they can understand why a certain degree of hedging is necessary. Students will acquire the foundation to evaluate, in a scientifically rigorous way, the veracity of many claims about weather and climate that they might see on television or the internet.

Meteorology

METEO 3
GenEd Domain: 
Natural Sciences (GN)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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 to microeconomic analysis and policy. Students will analyze issues clearly and critically. 

Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis and Policy

ECON 102
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Modern European History

This course traces the political, economic, and military history of modern Europe. After a brief contextual background of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, the course then focuses on the political, economic, and social developments in Europe from rise of the European nation state during the nineteenth century through the present day. The course examines several broad topics, including the political and ideological developments of this period in European history; the origins and enduring impact of two World Wars; the developments of totalitarianism, fascism, socialism, and democracy in Europe; and Europe's political and economic roles in the modern world. 

Europe Since 1848

HIST 120
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Myths and Mythologies

This course offers a survey of several different cultural traditions as expressed in myth, as well as discussion of myth in its literary, social, geographical, political, and religious contexts. Various theories of the evolution and analysis of myth will be examined. Mythological traditions from around the globe will be compared in order to determine qualities which they share and examine ways in which they are unique. This course will help you see the world in new and exciting ways, based on the wide variety of global myths. At the same time, you will consider the permanent human issues which connect all of these traditions to each other, to the modern world, and to you. CMLIT 108 is one of the choices of survey courses, which count toward the Comparative Literature major and the World Literature minor.

Myths and Mythologies

CMLIT 108
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle

Students will explore a variety of nutrition topics such as digestion, what to eat during sports, alcohol ingestion, food insecurity, consumer concerns, and fad diets. Students from across the university would find this course interesting and useful as all the course projects are focused on applying the information presented in the course to their own lifestyle. Students will participate in activities designed to encourage exploration and discussion of current nutrition concepts and controversies and will gain a greater understanding of the role nutrition can play in optimal health. 

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

 

Nutrition Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle

NUTR 100
GenEd Domain: 
Health and Wellness (GHW)

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Performance and Society

THEA 101N introduces theatre and performance as artistic practice, creative action, a way of knowing, and a record and unfolding of culture. Combining the disciplinary domains of social science and the arts, the performances and performance practices we study range from the scared, to the artistic, to the commerical (and often more than one of these at once). This course positions the study of performance as interdisciplinary-drawing from foundational texts in sociology, anthropology, and literature, just as it draws from such other art forms as visual art, architecture, dance, and music. We work from the following three interrelated premises: art and culture shape each other; performance happens everywhere-in many geographies, and in spaces real and virtual; and theatre and dance are human endeavors that tell us about the past, rehearse the present, and point to possible futures.

Performance and Society

THEA 101N
GenEd Domain: 
Arts (GA), Integrative Studies (IS), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100C
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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. n. 

Persons, Morals, and the Good Life

PHIL 3
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Persuasion and Propaganda

This pride will explore the distinction—historically and theoretically— between propaganda and persuasion. In this course you 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. 

 

Persuasion and Propaganda

CAS 175
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Effective Speech

CAS 100C
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Photography

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. 

Introduction to Photography

PHOTO 100
GenEd Domain: 
Arts (GA)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Pop Culture

This pride is reserved for Paterno Fellow Aspirants who will be introduced to the academic study of pop culture. In SOC 19, students will be introduced to the theories, concepts, and research techniques sociologists use by applying them to study popular culture. WMNST 106N is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with an emphasis on the experiences, achievements, and status of women in the arts and humanities in the U.S. and global context.

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

Sociology of Popular Culture

SOC 19
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Representing Women & Gender in Literature, Art & Popular Cultures

WMNST 106N
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH), Integrative Studies (IS), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
Research Experience in Chemistry

Are you fascinated by color? Or interested in how polymers are made and isolated? If yes, then quench your curiosity for chemistry as you engage in cutting-edge research projects this summer. This pride will introduce you to chemical research – from the design of a project to the collection and analysis of data. It will commence your journey of implementing the scientific method as applied to relevant research areas that impact our world. Additionally, you will see how advanced research topics rely on core concepts in chemistry – concepts that you will study soon in upcoming courses. You will have an edge on “seeing” concepts come to life through this hands-on research experience.

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

Cool CHEM in STEM

CHEM 297S
GenEd Domain: 
First Year Seminar (FYS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Science of Fitness

This pride emphasizes 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.

Fitness Theory and Practice

KINES 61S
GenEd Domain: 
First Year Seminar (FYS), Health and Wellness (GHW)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Security and Risk Analysis

This pride spans areas of security, risk, and analysis covering contexts in government agencies and business organizations. SRA 111 is a preliminary course with a broad focus, spanning the areas of security, risk and analysis. It will familiarize the student with basic technical terminology and 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. Included in this segment are cases related to cyberterrorism, bioterrorism, and critical infrastructure protection.

Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis

SRA 111
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Society and Disease Management

Society and Disease Management is an interdisciplinary general education course to educate students in the biological mechanisms of diseases, treatment of individual patients, and how disease burden is managed within communities. In addition to studying how infectious diseases spread through populations, societal impacts and global health approaches to managing disease interventions will be examined. Foundations of this course include the basics of the human immune system, development of vaccines and antibiotics, emergence of drug resistant diseases, as well as applications from economics, systems theory, and health policy. Specific diseases will be examined within a historical context leading to a survey of present-day concerns relating to treatments, and then explore issues regarding future methods to control or eradicate disease. This longitudinal approach will provide students with a full awareness of disease management from its beginnings, to both early and modern treatment methods, culminating in how to potentially combat a disease using advances in genomic medicine and biotechnology all within the cultural framework of a community.

Society and Disease Management

SC 135N
GenEd Domain: 
Integrative Studies (IS), Natural Sciences (GN), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100B
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Successful Scientists of the Future and Speaking

UPDATED DESCRIPTION: During the worst viral pandemic in the last 100 years, let’s explore viruses!  We will explore different types of viruses, current viral research and how it relates to events going on now.  Through this journey you will gain fundamental skills in the process, comprehension and communication of science.  You will begin to use bioinformatic tools to explore viral genomes and come up with interesting research questions.  While you are learning about science, you will also be completing Freshman Seminar requirements for PSU 016 and learning key critical thinking and metacognitive strategies that will help you in your college and scientific career.  If you like researching viruses, there will be a chance to take a continuing course concerning viral genomics in the Fall. BMB 205 counts as a student’s first-year seminar requirement.

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

Freshman Research Experience in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BMB 205S
GenEd Domain: 
First Year Seminar (FYS)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Successful Scientists of the Future and Writing

UPDATED DESCRIPTION: During the worst viral pandemic in the last 100 years, let’s explore viruses!  We will explore different types of viruses, current viral research and how it relates to events going on now.  Through this journey you will gain fundamental skills in the process, comprehension and communication of science.  You will begin to use bioinformatic tools to explore viral genomes and come up with interesting research questions.  While you are learning about science, you will also be completing Freshman Seminar requirements for PSU 016 and learning key critical thinking and metacognitive strategies that will help you in your college and scientific career.  If you like researching viruses, there will be a chance to take a continuing course concerning viral genomics in the Fall. BMB 205 counts as a student’s first-year seminar requirement.

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

Freshman Research Experience in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BMB 205S
GenEd Domain: 
First Year Seminar (FYS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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 the consumers' role in health-related decisions, including assessing health risks, health benefits, service choices, and end-of-life care. 

Consumer Choices in Healthcare

HPA 57
GenEd Domain: 
Health and Wellness (GHW)

Effective Speech

CAS 100A
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
Volcanoes

Since the dawning of history, humankind faced the destructive power of volcanoes. Volcanic eruptions can wipe out entire populations, destroy food supplies, and alter the Earth's climate for years at a time. At the same time, volcanoes provide fertile soil for growing crops and natural geothermal energy. This course uses virtual field trips to past volcanic eruptions to introduce basic concepts in geosciences and volcanology. Students will use real data from active volcanic fields, as well as original data collected during home experiments, to calculate physical properties of magmas and to interpret the potential impacts of various volcanic hazards. 

Volcanoes

GEOSC 30
GenEd Domain: 
Natural Sciences (GN)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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. 

Wellness Theory

KINES 81
GenEd Domain: 
Health and Wellness (GHW)

Interpersonal Communication

CAS 203
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
Women and Gender Studies

This class focuses on women's shared and unshared experiences, issues of gender roles and stereotyping, questions related to sex/gender systems, and the different disciplinary approaches to the study of women and gender. The course asks how women's behavior, activities, accomplishments, roles, sexuality and status have been shaped by biological, psychological, sociological, cultural, historical and political determinants, as well as by women's experiences based on their racial, class and sexual identities. Topics include the history of women's liberation movements, women's experiences in home, work and educational settings, gender roles and stereotyping as influenced by media, culture, education, and other social institutions, health and body image issues, and multiple forms of oppression. The course will focus equally on feminist issues in both the US and on a global scale and is both interdisciplinary (drawing information and readings from history, psychology, political science, and sociology) and broadly inclusive (addressing at all times the relationship between gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation).

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

WMNST 100
GenEd Domain: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
World Literature

This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. As a one-semester introduction to the range and diversity of world literature from the ancient past to the present, CMLIT 10 is intended to help you read (or listen to) a work of literature from any time or place and to appreciate it more fully - whether it belongs to the more familiar types of literature you may have read in the Western tradition or is a fable, folktale, hero story, play, or narrative from another cultural tradition. You will practice expressing your ideas through written exams and in-class and on-line discussions/activities. Discussion sessions allow interaction with the instructor and with other students in the class. This course presents a global sampling of masterpieces of world literature. Students will become familiar with various literary genres and become proficient in the analysis of the similarities and differences between texts from many different time periods and cultures. CMLIT 10 is one of the choices of survey courses which can count toward the Comparative Literature major and the World Literature minor.

World Literatures

CMLIT 10
GenEd Domain: 
Humanities (GH)

Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 15
GenEd Domain: 
Writing and Speaking (GWS)
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