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Liberal Arts and Sciences

As part of its Core Curriculum, all students at Baldwin Wallace University take Liberal Arts and Sciences 200, a common course that addresses enduring questions and themes in connection with developing a global perspective and intercultural understanding of both historical and contemporary events.  Specifically, through common readings, assignments, and activities, the course is designed to engage students and faculty in conversations around three primary enduring questions that are central to liberal arts and sciences disciplines:  what does it mean to be a human being?;  how do human beings relate to each other?;  and how do human beings relate to the natural world?   LAS 200 is designed to provide both a common intellectual foundation for students and an opportunity to learn and practice essential liberal arts and sciences skills, including critical thinking and effective communication.  Students can expect to integrate both the skills and content learned in LAS 200 in other courses they take at the University as well as throughout their lives and careers.

Course Description 

LAS

200

Enduring Questions for an Intercultural World

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of ENG 131 and one of the following MTH stipulations:  SAT or ACT score indicating readiness for any core MTH course other than MTH 137; credit for MTH core (including AP or other University credit); completion of MTH 137; or earned 40% or higher on ALEKS.

In this course, designed as a common experience across all sections, students are asked to critically assess different responses to fundamental human questions such as what it means to be a human being, how human beings relate to each other, and how human beings relate to the natural world. Students will apply their understanding of these enduring questions to their identity and current domestic and international issues, such as rights and responsibilities and sustainability.

LAS

155I

Language and Culture Connections in Spanish

1 credit hour

Corequisites:  to be taken either after completing LAS 200 or simultaneously with LAS 200. The credit earned in this course counts toward students' fulfillment of their general humanities core requirement and may count toward students' 'International' core requirement.

This course is designed to supplement the cultural and international focus of LAS 200.  In small group settings, students with basic competence in Spanish will have the opportunity to use their language skills to identify connections between language and culture, and to learn how countries in which Spanish is spoken address enduring questions and various contemporary international issues.  Students who would like to enhance their Spanish language skills outside of foreign language classes, and/or are interested in contemporary cultural and international issues, are especially encouraged to enroll in this course. Offered S/U only.
 

LAS

156I

Language and Culture Connections in French

1 credit hour

Corequisites:  to be taken either after completing LAS 200 or simultaneously with LAS 200. The credit earned in this course counts toward students' fulfillment of their general humanities core requirement and may count toward students' 'International' core requirement.

This course is designed to supplement the cultural and international focus of LAS 200.  In small group settings, students with basic competence in French will have the opportunity to use their language skills to identify connections between language and culture, and to learn how countries in which French is spoken address enduring questions and various contemporary international issues.  Students who would like to enhance their French language skills outside of foreign language classes, and/or are interested in contemporary cultural and international issues, are especially encouraged to enroll in this course. Offered S/U only.
 

LAS

157I

Language and Culture Connections in German

1 credit hour

Corequisites:  to be taken either after completing LAS 200 or simultaneously with LAS 200. The credit earned in this course counts toward students' fulfillment of their general humanities core requirement and may count toward students' 'International' core requirement.

This course is designed to supplement the cultural and international focus of LAS 200.  In small group settings, students with basic competence in German will have the opportunity to use their language skills to identify connections between language and culture, and to learn how countries in which German is spoken address enduring questions and various contemporary international issues.  Students who would like to enhance their German language skills outside of foreign language classes, and/or are interested in contemporary cultural and international issues, are especially encouraged to enroll in this course. Offered S/U only.

 

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