PHIL 101 Introductory Seminar in Philosophy

A writing-intensive seminar that provides an in-depth exploration of philosophical approaches and ideas in the context of a specific topic
in philosophy. Possible topics include the philosophy of sex, death, film, media, and the meaning of life. Open to first-year and
sophomore students only.

HIST 105 Introductory Seminars in History

History 105 courses are open to all students.  Each section focuses on a specific historical topic and fulfills one of the written communication requirements (F2i) under the Foundations Curriculum as well as the historical forces (F3) requirement.  Students may repeat these courses for credit toward the History major and minor if the topic is different; students may count 2 courses at the 100 level toward the major or minor.  Possible topics include: "Disease and Epidemics," "British Empire through Film," "History of Human Reproduction," "Terrorism, Torture, and Anti-Colonialism," "The Supr

POLS 110 Political Questions

What is just? What is right? Are human beings equal? In what ways should we be free? To what degree must we obey the state? What are our duties to others? Is “big government” compatible with individual liberty? This course explores these and other fundamental political questions concerning freedom and authority, rights and obligations, peace and war, moral obligation and selfishness, faith and reason. It will also delve into contentious public policy problems (e.g., income inequality, affirmative action, sexual discrimination), each of which poses moral and practical difficulties.

POLS 151 United States Politics

What is the foundation of government in the United States? What are its purposes? How is the constitution of government designed to achieve those purposes? How well does it in fact fulfill those purposes? Major topics and controversies include the nature of politics, individual liberty and constitutionalism, the federal structure of government, elections and political parties, interest groups, representation, Congress, the Presidency, the Judiciary, civil rights and liberties.

FYWS 151 First-Year Writing Seminar

A course that develops the ability to read and think critically, to employ discussion and writing as a means of exploring and refining
ideas, and to express those ideas in effective prose. Individual sections of the course will explore different topics in reading, discussion,
and writing. Topics are selected by individual professors and are designed to help students develop transferable skills of analysis and
argumentation, applicable to the various disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences. Several papers will be required, at least one of which

FYWS 155 First-Year Writing Seminar: Daily Themes

An alternative to FYWS 151 offered to outstanding first-year writers, by invitation from the Director of College Writing. The course is
limited to 12 students who meet as a class once a week and individually with the instructor or in small groups with the Writing Fellow
once a week. Students will turn in 4 one-page themes each week. Some research will be required, and students will use their daily themes
as the basis for two longer papers: one at mid term and the other at the end of the semester. Students may not take both FYWS 151 and
FYWS 155.

ENGL 190 Introductory Topics in Literature

An introduction to the process of reading critically and writing perceptively about literary works, through the exploration of specific
topics or questions. Topics for individual sections will vary, and topics for each upcoming semester can be found through BannerWeb or
the English Department Homepage. Counts toward the English major. May not be repeated for credit. First-year and sophomore students

ENGL 191 Golden Age of Piracy: Histories, Literature, Legends, and Myths

The pirates who plundered the ships of the Spanish Main and cruised the coasts of Africa and the Americas both served and troubled conventional notions of race, gender, economics, law, and nationality in a period that saw the rise of Empire and the Atlantic slave trade, the American Revolution, and the wars of the early nineteenth century. The usually criminal and always liminal status of those who decided to “go upon the account” has attracted the attention of numerous authors and filmmakers who have cast them as brave iconoclasts, romantic heroes, and heartless villains.

MUSC 201 American Music: Twentieth-Century American Music

This course will focus on the development of critical thinking and writing skills through the study of the American culture and its effect
on the music, composers, and entertainers of the twentieth century. The student will consider the influence of the culture on Twentiethcentury
American music by reading about, listening to, and discussing classical and popular American music. The music of the Memphis
Region will be a focus and will require group excursions to musically important sites in the city of Memphis. Students will be expected

LATN 202 Latin Rhetoric

In keeping with the pedagogy of the ancient schools of rhetoric, this course will provide an analytic and comprehensive review of the
structures of the language. Students will work toward fluency in reading, composition, and conversation.