College Success Seminar
This is Carthage's freshman seminar program. This program intends to help first-year students connect to multiple communities within Carthage in ways that will support and enhance individual confidence and success. The seminar covers topics of academic and extracurricular concerns such as identity and community, learning and teaching styles, stress management, and academic and career planning. Seminars are led by staff members. S/U only.
Elements of College Learning
This course is designed for the specific academic and adjustment needs of the returning student. The theory, examination, and practice of college-level study will include such topics as critical reading and thinking, note taking, reading rate and preparation, use of college resources, stress management, and time management. Students will apply these techniques directly to their course work as they adjust to their new role of being a college student.
American Cultural Literacy I
Students in this course will be introduced to life and culture in the United States. Using sources of information ranging from interviews to news reports to literature, they will explore a range of topics designed to help them live and work successfully at a college in the United States and in the surrounding communities. The course will encourage exploration of and interaction with campus and the local resources. Daily life, cultural manifestations, and social issues of the United States will be discussed primarily within the context of the contemporary world. Students will begin to contrast their own culture and their stereotypes of U.S. culture with their own experiences and interactions in the U.S., and will reflect on the meaning and significance of the similarities and differences they discover. Topics covered may include student life, campus resources, the local community, US media and sports culture, U.S. politics, and regional differences in language and culture.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission
American Cultural Literacy II
Students in this course will deepen their understanding of life and culture in the United States. While continuing to use sources of information supplied to them, they will gain additional proficiency at selecting and evaluating information on their own, which they can use to explore aspects of U.S. culture including problematic and contradictory topics. Students will be encouraged to explore the range of diversity in the United States, including the diverse populations and cultures of the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor and beyond. Students will begin to incorporate historical perspectives into their understanding of contemporary culture in the United States. Topics covered may include: U.S. political and economic culture, U.S. history, institutions in American society, diversity and multiculturalism, and science and technology.
Prerequisite: GNR 1000
Linguistic and cultural immersion abroad for one term in an academic setting in a country speaking the target language. Classroom instruction for all courses, regardless of discipline, will be in the target language. (In exceptional cases, approval may be granted for substituting two summers for the term.)
Prerequisites for applying study abroad to the major in any modern language: MLN 2200, 3010, 3110, and one of 3080 or 3090. P/F