FIG #15: Diverse Voices/Distinct Voices (invitation only)

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Cluster Description:
Students in this FIG explore the concepts of race, ethnicity and the role of public speaking with a focus on personal empowerment and academic achievement.


Communication Studies 101
with Lab
Jennifer Hays
12:00-12:50 pm
2:00-2:50 pm
Sociology 269
Glenn Tsunokai
1:00-2:20 pm
Seminar 101
Bryce Sasaki
3:00-3:50 pm

Total Credits:


Course Descriptions for Diverse Voices/Distinct Voices

  • Communication Studies 101 with Lab, Fundamentals of Speech, (Jennifer Hays) 4cr, BCOM, CRN: 43074
    Functional approach to effective communication. Emphasizes the application of principles to practical problems in speech for persons with little or no previous public speaking experience. Students with prior public speaking experience are advised to take COMM 235 to satisfy GUR requirements or communication major application requirements.
  • Sociology 269, Race and Ethnic Relations, (Glenn Tsunokai) 5cr, BCGM, CRN: 44113
    Introduces students to the sociology of race and ethnic relations in the United States. Surveys racial and ethnic minority groups and provides a historical context for their relative positions in the United States by considering the dynamics of the political and economic climate, racial/ethnic attitudes, interminority relations, and social policy.
  • Seminar 101, Seminar for First-Year Students, (Bryce Sasaki) 2cr, CRN: 42492
    An introductory seminar offering an exploration of academic content and essential questions within the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Includes embedded instruction in academic skills and use of campus resources pertinent to exploration of the FIG cluster theme. Concludes in a formal paper or academic presentation. Diverse Voices is a seminar course that was designed to create an opportunity for first-year university students to develop and practice the habits of mind needed for a successful academic career. At its core, the course uses concepts from the disciplines of sociology and communication to allow students to begin to critically analyze texts (including films and articles); a practice that characterizes college level interdisciplinary thinking.

To see descriptions of other courses, see the University Catalog on which you may search for course information using the "binoculars" icon in the PDF viewer (Acrobat Reader).

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