Entry Courses to the Major

Courses recommended by major departments and programs for students interested in exploring a particular major.

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  • ANCH 025 Ancient Near East
  • ANCH 026 Ancient Greece
  • ANCH 027 Ancient Rome
  • ANCH 146 Ancient Mediterranean Empires

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  • ANTH 001 Intro to Archaeology
  • ANTH 002 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 003 Intro to Human Evolution
  • ANTH 004 The Modern World and its Cultural Background
  • ANTH 005 Great Transformations
  • ANTH 012 Globalization
  • ANTH 122: Becoming Human
  • ANTH 123: Communication and Culture
  • ANTH 148: Food and Fire: Archaeology in the Lab
  • ANTH 238 Intro to Medical Anthropology

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  • ARCH 102 Introduction to Design
  • ARCH 111 Architecture in the Anthropocene
  • ARTH 106 The Architect in History

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  • ASAM 001 Asian Americans in Contemporary Society
  • ASAM 002 Intro to Asian American Literature
  • ASAM 003 Intro to Asian American History
  • ASAM 205 Asian American Communities

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  • CHEM 241 Principles of Organic Chemistry. Note that this course has CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 as pre-requisites.
  • CHEM 251 Principles of Biological Chemistry (CHEM 242 or 243 co-requisite)
  • PHYS 151 or 171, CHEM 242 or 243 and 251 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

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  • BIBB 050 Forensic Neuroscience
  • BIBB 060 Music and the Brain
  • BIBB 109 Introduction to Brain and Behavior

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Track I: Recommended for students with A.P., I.B. or other advanced biology courses and high school chemistry.

  • BIOL 121 Intro. to Biology: The Molecular Biology of Life (lec. and rec., 1.0 c.u.)
  • BIOL 123 Intro. Molecular Biology Lab (lab only, 0.5 c.u.), must be taken concurrently with BIOL 121
  • BIOL 124 Intro. Organism Biology Lab (lab with one hour lecture, 0.5 c.u.)

Track II: Recommended for students with one year of high school biology.

  • BIOL 101 Intro. to Biology A (lec. and lab, 1.5 c.u.)
  • BIOL 102 Intro. to Biology B (lecture and lab, 1.5 c.u.)

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The main introduction to the major is:

  • PHYS 280 / BCHE 280 Physical Models of Biological Systems

Note that PHY 280 has PHYS 101, MATH 104 and MATH 114 or MATH 115 as pre-requisites.

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Courses that introduce the major:

  • CHEM 001 General Chemistry I with CHEM 053 lab (for students will little high school preparation in Chemistry and Physics)
  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry I with CHEM 053 lab
  • CHEM 114/115 Honors General Chemistry I with CHEM 053 lab

Students who have passed the CHEM 101 placement exam may take:

  • CHEM 102 General Chemistry II with CHEM 054 lab CHEM 116 Honors
  • General Chemistry II with CHEM 054 lab

Students who have passed BOTH CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 Placement exams should consult the Chemistry Major website.

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  • CIMS 101 World Film History to 1945
  • CIMS 102 World Film History, 1945-present
  • CIMS 103 Television and New Media
  • CIMS 116 Screenwriting
  • CIMS 201 Topics in Film History
  • CIMS 202 Topics in Film Practice
  • CIMS 285 Art & Business of Film
  • CIMS 320 Topics in Animations
  • CIMS 392 Topics in Cinema & Media Studies

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  • ANCH 026 Ancient Greece
  • ANCH 027 Ancient Rome

Any 100-level course, such as:

  • CLST 100 Greek and Roman Mythology
  • CLST 102 Classical Traditions
  • CLST 111 Intro to Mediterranean Archaeology
  • CLST 140 Scandalous Arts in Ancient and Modern Society
  • ANCH 146 Ancient Mediterranean Empires

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  • COGS 001 Intro to Cognitive Science

Also counting toward this major:

  • CIS 112 Networked Life
  • CIS 160 Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
  • LING 001 Intro to Linguistics
  • LING 102 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • LING 103 Language Structure and Verbal Art
  • LING 106 Intro to Formal Linguistics
  • LING 110 Introduction to Language Change
  • LING 120 Introduction to Speech Analysis
  • PHIL 005 Formal Logic I
  • PHIL 244 Intro to Philosophy of Mind
  • PSYC 111 Perception
  • PSYC 149 Intro to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 151 Intro to Cognitive Psychology

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  • Comm 123 Communication & Popular Culture
  • Comm 125 Intro to Communication Behavior
  • Comm 130 Media Industries and Society
  • Comm 203 Media, Culture & Society in Contemporary China
  • Comm 211 Media Activism Studies
  • Comm 225 Children & Media
  • Comm 230 Advertising and Society
  • Comm 226 Intro to Political Communication

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  • COML 100 Intro to Comparative Lit
  • COML 125 Narrative Across Cultures
  • COML 360/COML094 Intro to Literary Theory
  • COML 383 Literary Theory, Ancient to Modern

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  • ENGL 010 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 112 Fiction Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 113 Poetry Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 116 Screenwriting
  • ENGL 121 Writing for Children
  • ENGL 135 Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL 157 Introduction to Journalistic Writing

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  • CRIM 100 Criminology
  • CRIM 200 Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 270 Biosocial Criminology

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  • GEOL100 Intro Geology

Good entry courses also include:

  • ENVS 100 Intro to Environmental Science (for the Environmental Science concentration)
  • GEOL 111 Geology Lab
  • GEOL 103 Natural Disturbances & Human Disasters
  • GEOL 125 Earth & Life Through Time
  • GEOL 130 Oceanography
  • GEOL 205 Paleontology (for the Paleobiology concentration)
  • Introductory Chemistry, Physics, Math and/or Biology are also recommended in the first two years.

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  • EALC 001 Intro to Chinese Civilization
  • EALC 002 Intro to Japanese Civilization
  • EALC 003 Intro to Korean Civilization
  • EALC 104 Introduction to Inner Asian Civilization
  • EALC 007 East Asia: Past and Present
  • EALC 008 East Asian Religions
  • EALC 013 Art and Civilization in East Asia
  • EALC 016 Gender and Sexuality in East Asia
  • EALC 104 Political Economy of East Asia
  • EALC 105 East Asian Diplomacy

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China concentration:

  • EALC 001 Intro to Chinese Civilization
  • EALC 131 Intro to Classical Chinese Thought

Japan concentration:

  • EALC 002 Intro to Japanese Civilization
  • EALC 152 Love & Loss in Japanese Literary Traditions

Overall:

  • EALC 013 Art & Civilization in East Asia
  • EALC 016 Gender & Sexuality in East Asia

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  • ECON 001 Intro Microeconomics
  • ECON 002 Intro Macroeconomics

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  • ENGL 020 Literature Before 1660
  • ENGL 040 British Poetry 1660-1914
  • ENGL 069 Poetry and Poetics
  • ENGL 070 Latina/o Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 081 African-American Literature
  • ENGL 090 Gender, Sexuality, and Literature
  • ENGL 101 Study of an Author (versions include Chaucer, Austen, Poe, Dickens, and Faulkner)
  • ENGL 102 Study of a Literary Theme (versions include Lit of the Viet Nam War and Global Feminisms)
  • ENGL 103 Study of a Literary Genre (versions include Pirates and Modernist Laughter)
  • ENGL 104 Study of a Literary Period (versions include Medieval Worlds and The 20th Century)

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  • ENVS 100 Intro. to Environmental Science
  • Good entry courses also include:
  • GEOL 100 Intro to Geology
  • GEOL 103 Natural Disturbances & Human Disasters
  • GEOL 130 Oceanography
  • GEOL 125 Earth and Life Through Time
  • Introductory Economics and Statistics are also recommended in the first two years.

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  • FNAR 061 Video I
  • FNAR 123 Drawing I
  • FNAR 145 Sculpture Practices
  • FNAR 150 Photography Practices
  • FNAR 222 Big Pictures: Mural Arts
  • FNAR 231 Painting Practices
  • FNAR 250 Introduction to Printmaking
  • FNAR 258 Introduction to Clay
  • FNAR 259 Casting and Handbuilding
  • FNAR 264 Art, Design & Digital Culture
  • FNAR 271 Introduction to Photography
  • FNAR 280 Figure Drawing I
  • FNAR 340 Digital Photography

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  • FREN 202 Advanced French
  • FREN 211 French for the Professions I
  • FREN 212 Advanced French Grammar & Composition
  • FREN 214 Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • FREN 226 French History & Culture Until 1789
  • FREN 227 French History & Culture 1789-1945
  • FREN 228 Contemporary France
  • FREN 229 French in the World
  • FREN 231 Perspectives in French Literature
  • FREN 232 Perspectives in French Literature

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  • GSWS 002 Gender Culture and Society
  • GSWS 003 Introduction to Queer Studies
  • GSWS 004 The Family
  • GSWS 114 Discrimination: Sexual/Racial Conflict
  • GSWS 118 Iran Cinema: Gender, Politics, Religion
  • GSWS 122 Sociology of Gender
  • GSWS 149 Law and Social Policy of Sexual Reproduction
  • GSWS 235 Psychology of Women
  • GSWS 242 Science of Sex and Sexuality

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  • GRMN 203, Texts and Contexts
  • GRMN 301, From Manuscript to Hypertext - Deutsche Medien
  • GRMN 302, Place of Memory - Erinnerungsorte
  • GRMN 401, Trans(l)its
  • GRMN 402, Senior Thesis
  • GRMN 403, Senior Colloquium (0.5 credits)

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  • HSOC 002 Medicine in History
  • HSOC 010 Health and Societies: Global Perspectives
  • HSOC 102 Bioethics
  • HSOC 140 History of Bioethics
  • HSOC 145 Comparative Medicine
  • HSOC 150 American Health Policy
  • HSOC 152 Tech and Med in Modern America
  • HSOC 206 Doing Good: Humanitarianism and Global Health
  • HSOC 216 Gender and Health
  • HSOC 260 Social Determinants of Health

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  • HIST 001 Making of the Modern World
  • HIST 011 Deciphering America
  • HIST 070 Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 081 History of the Middle East since 1800
  • HIST 126 Europe from the French Revolution to WWII: War, Revolution & Empire
  • HIST 133 History of Free Speech & Censorship
  • HIST 135 Cold War: a Global History
  • HIST 145 Love, Lust and Violence in the Middle Ages
  • HIST 163 Modern American Culture
  • HIST 174 Capitalism, Socialism & Crisis in the Twentieth Century Americas

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  • ARTH 101 Prehistory to Early Renaissance
  • ARTH 102 Renaissance to Contemporary
  • ARTH 103 East Asian Art and Civilization
  • ARTH 104 Intro to Art in South Asia
  • ARTH 106 Architect in History

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  • HIST 105/395 East Asian Diplomacy
  • HIST 159 Technology, Policy and War
  • HIST 160 Strategy, Policy and War
  • HIST 420 European Intl Relations 1648-1914
  • HIST 421 European Intl Relations 1914-present
  • HIST 451 U.S. War and Diplomacy
  • INTR 101 Transnational Issues in Global Politics
  • INTR 200 Intl Relations Theory and Practice
  • INTR 290 Intl Relations Topics Course
  • PSCI 150 Intro to Intl Relations

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  • ITAL 201 Advanced Italian I
  • ITAL 202 Advanced Italian II
  • ITAL 203 Italian Literature
  • ITAL 204 History on Screen: How Movies Tell the Story of Italy
  • ITAL 208 Business Italian
  • ITAL 300 Topics in Italian Culture
  • ITAL 322 Masterpieces of Italian Cinema
  • ITAL 333 The Divine Comedy
  • ITAL 380 The Italian Holocaust in Cinema and Literature

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  • JWST 100 Themes in Jewish Tradition: Jewish Political Thought
  • JWST 100 Themes in Jewish Tradition: Notions of Canon, Interpretation and the Bible
  • JWST 102 Introduction to Mysticism
  • JWST 102 Modern Hebrew Literature & Culture in Translation
  • JWST 102 Women & Jewish Literature
  • JWST 103 The Messianic Impulse in Jewish History
  • JWST 130 American Jewish Experience
  • JWST 149 Scrimmage Over Scripture: Bible in the Cultures of Jews, Christians and Muslims
  • JWST 150 Introduction to the Bible
  • JWST 158 Jews in the Modern World

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  • LALS 060 Latina/o Literature
  • LALS 071 Latin America 1791 to Present
  • LALS 107 War on Drugs: Latin America
  • LALS 116 Caribbean Culture and Politics
  • LALS 213 Latin American Politics
  • LALS 233 Feminism in the Americas
  • LALS 235 Latinos in the United States
  • LALS 240 Contemporary Brazilian Cinema
  • LALS 254 Archeology of the Inca
  • LALS 258 Music of Latin America

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  • LING 001 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 052 Big Data
  • LING 054 Bilingualism in History
  • LING 059 Language and Evolution
  • LING 060 Social Identity in Language
  • LING 102 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • LING 103 Language Structure and Verbal Art
  • LING 106 Introduction to Formal Linguistics
  • LING 110 Introduction to Language Change
  • LING 115 Writing Systems
  • LING 120 Introduction to Speech Analysis
  • LING 190 Politeness and Strategic

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  • ECON 001 Introduction to Micro-economics
  • ECON 002 Introduction to Macro-economics
  • MATH 114 or 116 (Honors) Calculus II
  • MATH 204 or 260 (Honors) Calculus III

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Courses that introduce the major:

  • MATH 104 Calculus I
  • MATH 114 Calculus II
  • MATH 240 Calculus III
  • MATH 202 Proving Things: Analysis
  • MATH 203 Proving Things: Algebra

Major introduction courses for advanced students:

  • MATH 116 Honors Calculus II
  • MATH 260 Honors Calculus III

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  • ARTH 217 Islamic Civilization & Its Visual Culture
  • HIST 081 History of the Middle East Since 1800
  • HIST 084 From Oil Fields to Soccer Fields: The Middle East in the 20th Centiru
  • HIST 371 Africa and the Middle East
  • NELC 102 Intro to the Middle East
  • PSCI 211 Politics in the Contemporary Middle East
  • PSCI 253 International Politics of the Middle East
  • RELS 146 Islam in the Modern World
  • RELS 143 Intro to Islamic Religion

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  • MUSC 070 Making Sense of Music: Introduction to Music Theory and Musicianship
  • MUSC 130 Introduction to European Art Music
  • MUSC 135 Introduction to Musical Life of America
  • MUSC 150 Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  • MUSC 170 Theory and Musicianship I

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  • NELC 036 The Middle East through Many Lenses
  • NELC 046 Myths and Religions of the Ancient World
  • NELC 061 Literary Legacy of Ancient Egypt
  • NELC 062 Land of the Pharaohs: Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Civilization
  • NELC 101 Introduction to the Ancient Near East
  • NELC 102 Introduction to the Middle East
  • NELC 103 The Origin and Culture of Cities
  • NELC 150 Introduction to the Bible
  • NELC 159 Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture in Translation
  • NELC 233 Arabic Literary Heritage

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  • ECON 001 Intro Micro-Economics
  • PHIL 002 Ethics
  • PHIL 008 Social Contract
  • PSCI 152 International Political Economy
  • PPE 153 Judgments & Decisions
  • PSCI 183 American Political Thought
  • PSCI 271 Constitutional Law
  • PSYC 170 Social Psychology

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Courses that introduce the major (Note that both have MATH 104 as a pre-requisite.)

  • PHYS 150 Principles of Physics I
  • PHYS 170 Honors Physics I

Courses for students with advanced background in Physics

  • PHYS 151 Principles of Physics II
  • PHYS 171 Honors Physics II

For non-majors and of interest to potential majors

  • ASTR 001 Survey of the Universe
  • PHYS 016 Energy, Oil, & Global Warming

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  • PSCI 107 Intro to Data Science
  • PSCI 110 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PSCI 116 Political Change in the Third World
  • PSCI 130 Introduction to American Politics
  • PSCI 131 American Foreign Policy
  • PSCI 150 Introduction to International Relations
  • PSCI 151 International Security
  • PSCI 180 Ancient Political Thought
  • PSCI 181 Modern Political Thought
  • PSCI 183 American Political Thought

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  • PSYC 001 Intro to Experimental Psychology

For students with a waiver:

  • PSYC 109 Introduction To Brain & Behavior
  • PSYC 111 Perception
  • PSYC 149 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 151 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 160 Personality Psychology
  • PSYC 162 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 170 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 181 Intro to Developmental Psychology

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  • Level dependent on the student's literacy & prior studies.
  • RUSS 360 Literacy in Russian I
  • RUSS 460-470 Courses in this range are also appropriate
  • Language, literature & culture in English translation:
  • RUSS 100 Figuring Out Russia: Intro to Russian Culture
  • RUSS 130 Russian Ghost Stories
  • RUSS 136 Portraits of Russian Society: Art, Fiction, Drama
  • RUSS 145 Russian Literature before 1870
  • RUSS 155 Russian Literature after 1870
  • RUSS 187 Portraits of Soviet Society: Literature, Film, Drama

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Level dependent on the student's literacy & prior studies.

  • RUSS 360 Literacy in Russian I
  • RUSS 460-470 Courses in this range are also appropriate

Language, literature & culture in English translation:

  • RUSS 100 Figuring Out Russia: Intro to Russian Culture
  • RUSS 130 Russian Ghost Stories
  • RUSS 136 Portraits of Russian Society: Art, Fiction, Drama
  • RUSS 145 Russian Literature before 1870
  • RUSS 155 Russian Literature after 1870
  • RUSS 187 Portraits of Soviet Society: Literature, Film, Drama

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  • STSC 001 The Emergence of Modern Science
  • STSC 003 Technology & Society
  • STSC 123 Darwin's Legacy
  • STSC 135 Modern Biology and Social Implications
  • STSC 160 The Information Age
  • STSC 168 Environment & Society
  • STSC 202 Scientific Revolution
  • STSC 208 Science and Religion
  • STSC 212 Science, Technology & War

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  • SOCI 001 Intro to Sociology
  • SOCI 002 Social Problems & Public Policy
  • SOCI 004 The Family
  • SOCI 006 Race & Ethnic Relations
  • SOCI 010 Social Stratification
  • SOCI 011 Urban Sociology

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  • SAST 001 Intro to Modern India
  • SAST 002 The City in South Asia
  • SAST 003 History, Culture, Religion in Early India
  • SAST 004 India's Literature
  • SAST 005 Perform Arts in South Asia
  • SAST 006 Hindu Mythology
  • SAST 063 East/West: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Cultural History of the Modern World

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  • THAR 076 Theatre in Philadelphia
  • THAR 100 Intro to Theatre
  • THAR 101 Theatre, History & Culture I
  • THAR 102 Theatre, History & Culture II
  • THAR 120 Intro to Acting
  • THAR121 Intro to Directing
  • THAR 130 Intro to Theatre Design: Sets, Lighting & Costumes
  • THAR 350 Rehearsal & Performance: Rehearsal & Performance

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  • URBS 010 Homelessness & Urban Inequality
  • URBS 103 The Industrial Metropolis
  • URBS 104 The Transformation of Urban America
  • URBS 112 (SOCI) Urban Sociology
  • URBS 121 (NELC) The Origins and Cultures of Cities
  • URBS 178 Urban University-Community Relations
  • URBS 202 Urban Education
  • URBS (HIST) 210 The City
  • URBS 322 Big Pictures: Mural Arts

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  • ARTH 102 Renaissance to Contemporary
  • COGS 001 Intro to Cognitive Science
  • FNAR 123 Drawing I
  • PHIL 004 History of Modern Philosophy
  • VLST 101 Eye, Mind & Image
  • VLST 102 Two Dimensions: Forms & Meanings