Citizenship Freshman Seminars

The following Freshman Seminars have been selected as classes that will enhance the students' experiences in the Citizenship program. Students within the Citizenship FYE program will be required to select a seminar from the list below.

This list will be updated as more seminars are chosen. For full class descriptions, please download the undergraduate college course atlas.

Spring 2009

» EDS 190 | Education in Georgia in Black and White
This course will focus specifically upon the ways Blacks and Whites in Georgia advocated for, and supported, a variety of forms of schooling during the era of de jure segregation. It examines the ways in which their advocacy converged to create similarity in schooling, and the ways in which their mutual interests diverged in a context of segregation and racial separation...[more]

» LAS 190 | Freshman Seminar in African Studies: Africa at the Movies
Violence is a global issue but it takes specific social and political forms in Latin America, which we try to understand by analyzing the region's culture as a site of both legitimation of and resistance to violence...[more]

» WS 190 | New Immigrants in the New South
Co-taught by Professors Mary Odem (Women's Studies) and Regine Jackson (Institute of the Liberal Arts).

Fall 2007

» CPLT 190 | Good Worlds, Bad Worlds: Utopian and Dystopian Visions
This course examines some of the ways in which people in the modern (post-Enlightenment) world have imagined alternative futures. These possible futures are often cast in the form of “other” worlds, which are projected as either “good” or “bad” alternatives to the world we currently live in...[more]

» AFS 190 | Freshman Seminar in African Studies: Africa at the Movies
Recent films about Africa -- Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond, The Last King of Scotland, to name a few  have heightened popular American interest in Africa and its problems. This course is designed to turn a different lens on Africa through the study of films made by Africans. How do Africans see and represent their own political and social questions: urban violence, child soldiers, AIDS, development and modernization, migrations to North America and Europe, religious issues and gender...[more]

» SOC 190 | Making Sense of Globalization
Global culture: Big Macs in Paris, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Mexican telenovela soap opera. Global organizations: Amnesty International, CARE, the United Nations. Global economy: Ford buys Volvo, Nike has shoes made in factories in Malaysia, the Euro becomes a major world currency. These and other aspects of globalization are the focus; making sense of global change, and understanding global processes in everyday life, is the goal...[more]

» EDS 190 | Popular Culture and Literacy
In this seminar, we will critically examine intersections of popular culture and literacy (reading, writing and speaking) in school and in out-of-school contexts. The seminar is divided into four parts...[more]

» ENG 190S | Becoming a Woman (in America)
As girls, some of us were told that a "lady" never talked about three things in public: sex, religion and politics. But, are "ladies" what we are or want to become? Are there significant differences between being a "lady," a "woman," a "real woman"? Can we be unreal or false women? What does it mean to "become a woman"? [more]

» ENVS 190 | Environmental Restoration
Environmental Restoration is a rapidly expanding field of scientific inquiry. Population growth and technological advances have caused increasing damage to the natural environment. This seminar will begin with the study of pristine natural areas and their restorative capacity...[more]

» ECFS 190 | ORDER (On Recent Discoveries of Emory Researchers)
Most students learn scientific disciplines in neatly defined units, but in real life, these diverse fields are intertwined and intimately connected. Take the old axiom “to every action there is a reaction”, Isaac Newton applied the statement to physics, politicians factor it in to legislative decisions, and Emory freshman calculate whether or not to do homework. There are consequences of action, and powerful ways of predicting outcomes...[more]

» PSYC 190S | Social Influence
Everyday, we are bombarded by efforts from other people to change our attitudes or behavior; vote for this candidate, buy this product, follow these rules. Sometimes, the pressure to change is subtle and indirect and sometimes, it is blatant and direct. Why are these attempts to change our attitudes and behavior so often successful? This seminar will begin with a consideration of the three main types of social influence: compliance, conformity and obedience...[more]

» AMST 190 | Reading, Viewing and Exploring Atlanta
This seminar will draw upon the written word - historical studies, social scientific investigations, journalistic accounts, essays, biographies, and fictional creations; the projected image - feature films and television documentaries; museum exhibitions; and the fabric of the city itself: All in an effort to comprehend the making of a modern metropolis...[more]