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Pre-Baccalaureate Courses (43)

Remixing Racial Codes: Interraciality in Literature and Film Post-1945

Through a reading of select critical theory, literary texts, and films, students will look critically at the ways in which interracial relationships have been prescribed and figured in U.S. culture post-1945. Decentering the dominant narrative of black-white miscegenation, we will give equal attention to the role that Asian bodies play in complicating this binary. We will...

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

This course provides an introduction to cultural anthropology, surveying its defining questions, methods, and findings. We will examine the history and utility of anthropology's hallmark method, ethnography, the long-term immersion of the researcher in the culture under study. We will compare cultural anthropology's findings and comportment in other cultures to its conclusions and conduct in our own.

No prerequisites.

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Racial Politics of Culture: Race and Indigeneity in Anthropology

Taking its title from Lee D. Baker's Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture, this course aims to understand anthropological approaches to race and indigeneity. We'll focus on ethnographic work from a range of ethnographic contexts in order to consider the complexities of race and indigeneity as both analytical concepts and ethnographic...

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Sex, Gender, and Subversion: An Introduction to Queer Anthropology

From sex between straight men in fraternities to young girls dedicated to and raised as ‘husbands’ of a goddess, we will explore practices of gender and sexuality that run counter to heterosexual and cisgender norms. Through ethnographies, media, and lively class discussions, this course offers an introduction to issues of gender and sexual subversion globally...

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Introduction to Scientific Computing

For students in any discipline that may involve numerical computations. Includes instruction for programming in MATLAB. Applications discussed include solution of linear equations (with vectors and matrices) and nonlinear equations (by bisection, iteration, and Newton's method), interpolation, and curve-fitting, difference equations, iterated maps, numerical differentiation...

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Applied Ordinary Differential Equations

This course gives a comprehensive introduction to the qualitative and quantitative theory of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Specific topics covered in the course are applications of differential equations in biology, chemistry, economics, and physics; integrating factors and separable equations; techniques for solving linear systems of differential...

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Statistical Inference I

APMA 1650 begins an integrated first course in mathematical statistics. The first half of APMA 1650 covers probability and the last half is statistics, integrated with its probabilistic foundation. Specific topics include probability spaces, discrete and continuous random variables, methods for parameter estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.Prerequisite:...

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Intensive Summer Arabic

This intensive summer course (Equal to ARAB 0100 and ARAB 0200) is an introductory course designed to build basic listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in Arabic. Given the vast geographical region in which it is spoken, the Arabic language has a variety of forms. One of them is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). MSA is the medium of formal oral and written communication...

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Introduction to Human Physiology

An introduction to human physiology aimed primarily at undergraduates who have minimal to no Biology background or who are not concentrating in biology. Acquire a basic understanding of the physiological mechanisms that allow for the running of each major organ systems. Topics include basic cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, endocrine, and neuromuscular function,...

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Cell and Molecular Biology

This course examines the structure and function of the basic unit of an organism, the cell. An experimental approach is used to examine cellular functions, ranging from gene transcription, cell division and protein secretion, to cell motility, and signal transduction. Relevance to health and disease will be considered.

Prerequisite: BIOL 0200 or AP Biology score of 4 or 5.

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Principles of Immunology

Introduction to experimental and theoretical foundations of immunology. Focuses on concepts, landmark experiments and recent advances. Topics include innate and adaptive immunity; structure/function of antibody molecules and T cell receptors; regulation of immune responses through cellular interactions. Applications of concepts to medically significant issues (vaccines,...

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Principles of Physiology

Introduction to the function and integration of animal systems with an emphasis on mammals. Includes basic concepts in cell and organ system physiology as well as fundamentals of modern trends in physiological science. Emphasizes the application of physical and chemical principles to animal function at both the cellular and systemic levels.

Prerequisite: BIOL 0200 or AP Biology score of 4 or 5.

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The Idea of Self

Literature gestures us toward a certain kind of knowledge not quite psychological, not quite philosophical. We read widely in the classical and medieval traditions in order to gauge the peculiar nature of what this knowledge tells us about experience and the ways in which expressions of selfhood abide or are changed over time. Authors include but are not limited to Sappho, Pindar, Catullus, Horace, Augustine, and Fortunatus.

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An Introduction to Contemplative Studies

Introduction to the new field of Contemplative Studies focusing on identifying methods human beings have found, across cultures and across time, to concentrate, broaden and deepen conscious awareness. We will study what these methods and experiences entail, how to critically appraise them, how to experience them ourselves, and how they influence the development of empathy,...

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Contemplation and the Natural World

The course begins with an examination of contemplative practices in select Buddhist and Christian contexts and their associated goals, values, and worldviews. Particular emphasis will be placed on the significance of nature as a context for or object of contemplative practices. The course then turns to modern Western naturalists and nature writers to uncover the contemplative...

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A Data-Centric Introduction to Programming

An introduction to computer programming with a focus on skills needed for data-intensive applications. Topics include core constructs for processing both tabular and structured data; decomposing problems into programming tasks; data structures; algorithms; and testing programs for correct behavior.

The course assumes no prior programming background. Comfort with high-school algebra is recommended.

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Principles of Economics

Extensive coverage of economic issues, institutions, and vocabulary, plus an introduction to economic analysis and its application to current social problems. Required for all economics concentrators. Course serves as a prerequisite for ECON 1110, 1130, 1210 and 1620. Serves as a general course for students who will take no other economics courses and want a broad introduction to the discipline.

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Financial Accounting

Basic accounting theory and practice. Accounting procedures for various forms of business organizations.

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Intermediate Macroeconomics

The economy as a whole: Level and growth of national income, inflation, unemployment, role of government policy.

Prerequisite: MATH 0060, 0070, 0090, 0100, 0170, 0180, 0190, 0200, or 0350, or AP Calculus AB 4, AP Calculus BC 3, or IB HL Mathematics 5; and ECON 0110 or AP Microeconomics 4 and AP Macroeconomics 4, or IB HL Economics 6.

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Introduction to Econometrics

Probability and statistical inference. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Simple and multiple regression analysis. Applications emphasized.

Prerequisite: ECON 0110, or AP Microeconomics 4 and AP Macroeconomics 4, or IB HL Economics 6; and ECON 1110 or 1130.

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Good, Evil, and Inbetween

Are humans born naturally good, evil, neither, or all of the above? Does evil lurk deep within the heart of all that is good, or can the forces of good eradicate those of evil? Is evil an inextricable part of what it means to be human in the first place? We'll examine these and related questions by reading some especially provocative literature, including Frankenstein,...

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Funny/Not Funny: Taking Comedy Seriously

What does comedy do, and how does it work? How does comedy compel us to confront matters of great urgency? We consider these questions by examining satire, slapstick, sitcom, sketch comedy, and standup in Jonathan Swift, P.G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Parker, Martin Amis, Fran Lebowitz, Paul Beatty, Sherman Alexie, Richard Pryor, Amy Schumer, Louis C.K., Jon Stewart, and Wanda Sykes.

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Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay

An introduction to university-level writing. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings from a wide range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments move from personal response papers to formal academic essays....

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The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Investing

21st century businesses and investors face a broadening and deepening array of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. Climate change, water scarcity, community conflicts, resource depletion, supply chain breakdowns, worker well-being and economic inequality pose present material challenges that make sustainability an imperative for successful...

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Reading French in the Arts and Sciences

Designed to develop the reading competence in French for graduate students (or advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor). Fundamentals of grammar and syntax are emphasized as well as reading skills in the fields of individual students. Successful completion should satisfy the foreign language requirement for graduate students in other departments. (Consult...

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Geology in the Real World: Intersections Between Geology and Society

Do you know how the Earth and its processes affect you? If you want to learn how geology influences the lives of everyone on Earth, this is the class for you. We will use case studies, like the Tohoku earthquake that displaced 200,000 people, to guide our exploration. Along the way, you will learn to critically evaluate how science is presented in the media. Ten years from...

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The American Civil War

In this course we will investigate the "felt histories" of the American Civil War -- the personal experiences of Americans (northerners and southerners, slaves and freed people, European immigrants and Native Americans, men and women) who fought its battles and bore its consequences. These histories, as Robert Penn Warren notes, are an "index to the very complexity,...

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The Romans

The Romans established the only successful pan-Mediterranean empire in history, lasting nearly 1,000 years, with its legacy living everywhere today, from the U.S. Constitution to the English alphabet. Who were these people? How did they ever conquer and maintain such a vast territory and for so long? And what did it mean to be a Roman? This course explores these basic, yet...

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Evil: The History of an Idea

This course considers how individuals and societies have constructed the idea of evil. We examine evil’s origins in religious traditions and review how those interpretations have been deployed and how the concept of evil has changed over time. Is it possible to offer a universal definition of evil? Is it true that “When a woman thinks alone, she thinks evil?”...

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Essentials of the Latin Language

An intensive two-semester approach to Latin with special emphasis on developing facility in the rapid reading of Latin literature. No previous knowledge of Latin is required.

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Classic Short Stories

This course will introduce you to a selection of works by important writers of the short story. We shall explore the richness and diversity of short fiction through close reading and discussion, both of which should give you an appreciation of the short story in general and of our writers' countries and histories in particular. Our focus will be on authorial strategies...

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Introductory Calculus, Part I

An intensive course in calculus of one variable including limits, differentiation, maxima and minima, the chain rule, rational functions, trigonometric functions, and exponential functions. Introduction to integration with applications to area and volumes of revolution. MATH 0090 and 0100, or AP Calculus BC score 4 or 5 are recommended for all students intending to concentrate...

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Harmonic Convergence: Music's Intersection with Science, Mathematics, History and Literature

An examination of research on music and the brain; connections between music, mathematics and history; and music's interrelationship with literature. Readings include The Power of Music (Mannes), Musicophilia (Sacks), The Kreutzer Sonata (Tolstoy), Doctor Faustus (Mann), A Clockwork Orange (Burgess), and writings by Morike, Hofstadter, Vaget, and Taruskin, in which...

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The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience

Introduction to the mammalian nervous system with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics include the function of nerve cells, sensory systems, control of movement and speech, learning and memory, emotion, and diseases of the brain.

No prerequisites, but knowledge of biology and chemistry at the high school level is assumed.

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Critical Reasoning

The overall goal of this course is to improve students' ability to think clearly and carefully and to enable them to identify and evaluate arguments. This includes enabling them to: understand and apply relevant concepts like truth, validity, and soundness; determine the structure of an argument; work with arguments using basic propositional logic; understand and apply...

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Basic Physics (3)

Survey of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics for concentrators in sciences other than physics-including premedical students or students without prior exposure to physics who require a less rigorous course than PHYS 0050, 0060. Employs the concepts of elementary calculus but little of its technique. Lectures, conferences, and laboratory. Twelve...

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Basic Physics (4)

Survey of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics for concentrators in sciences other than physics-including premedical students or students without prior exposure to physics who require a less rigorous course than PHYS 0050, 0060. Employs the concepts of elementary calculus but little of its technique. Lectures, conferences, and laboratory. Twelve...

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Persuasive Communication

Provides an introduction to public speaking, and helps students develop confidence in public speaking through the presentation of persuasive speeches. Limited to 18.

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Acting

Focus on elements of dramatic analysis and interpretation as applied to the art of acting, and, by extension, directing. Monologues, scene study, and improvisation are basis for comment on individual problems. Reading of dramatic texts and theory. Substantial scene rehearsal commitment necessary. Attendance mandatory. Enrollment limited to 20.

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Cultivating Creativity: Mindfulness, Movement and Art

This is a Mindfulness-Based Expressive Arts course that seeks to inspire, provoke, and awaken your individual and collective creativity towards the development of original performance art-works. These will be researched in daily physical practices including somatic sensory work, yoga, Butoh Physical Theatre, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary and Vernacular Dance, Authentic...

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Studio Foundation

An introduction to basic visual art concepts, exploring a range of materials with emphasis on experimentation and analysis of visual relationships. Drawing is a vital part of this course.

Please note: there are 2 sections of this course being offered.VISA 0100 or 0110 is a prerequisite to any advanced studio course work at Brown or the Rhode Island School of Design....

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Studio Foundation

An introduction to basic visual art concepts, exploring a range of materials with emphasis on experimentation and analysis of visual relationships. Drawing is a vital part of this course.

Please note: there are 2 sections of this course being offered.VISA 0100 or 0110 is a prerequisite to any advanced studio course work at Brown or the Rhode Island School of Design....

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3-D Foundation

This is an extensive study in form and structure to develop spatial understanding and the fundamentals of 3-dimensional design and construction. Students will explore the structural, compositional and conceptual implications of basic materials, such as wood, metal, plaster and found objects. Projects are designed as a means for investigating a variety of sculptural processes....

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