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four course areas, overview
college foundation skills
academic samplers
college success
career development
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Area II: Academic Samplers

Learn what to expect from a college course in a general subject area
Explore various fields in science, social studies, literature, and mathematics. Become acquainted with key questions that shape these fields and with some current and "hot" issues. You'll strengthen reading, writing, and critical thinking skills while learning about a subject area.


Anthropology: Describes the major areas of study in anthropology and the questions anthropologists ask, how they carry out research, important issues that anthropologists are working with today, such as environmental change, AIDS in Africa, and immigration.

Biology: Introduces you to the discipline of biology, gives examples of ways biology is taught in college, describes the development of biological research, and focuses on genetic advances in the world today.
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Ecology: Introduces you to basic concepts in the science of ecology, including connections between and among systems, change, biodiversity, balance, energy flow, and recycling. Illustrates the work of several ecologists. Applies principles to prominent environmental issues such as climate warming, pollution, loss of biodiversity and deforestation.

Economics: Describes basic economic concepts such as the law of supply and demand, exchange, markets, and competition. Discusses some current economic issues, including the economics of poverty. Shows that economics can shed light on deeply human concerns like making a living, governing a society, and working toward some kind of justice.

History: Looks at how academics define history, the role of historians in shaping our thinking, the process historians use in creating histories, important issues in history today and how they affect our understanding of the past.

Literature: Introduces you to literary elements and demonstrates each through various short stories. Shows how literature is about the conflicts, aspirations, and problems that human beings face in their lives. Presents overview of major periods in literature, from classical to post-modern literature. Discusses and presents examples of multicultural writing: Native American, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic/Latino.

Mathematics: Gives you a new way of thinking about mathematics, widens your view of what mathematics is, focuses on problem solving and reasoning, and incorporates examples from geometric thinking.

Psychology: Presents an overview of the broad field of psychology. Describes studies in how we learn from classic experiments in conditioned learning to behaviorism and other theories that focus more on mental processing and thinking. Explores issues such as the brain and memory and how our personality changes as we grow older.

Public Health: Describes how the field of public health has changed over the last century and a half. Course explores directions this area of study is pursuing and shows how interwoven public health issues are in our daily lives. You'll also have a chance to learn some of the science and math that is basic to public health. This course would be particularly helpful to any student who plans on going into a field related to medicine or health.