The College offers not only departmental or single-discipline courses but also a variety of interdisciplinary courses which may not fall into the classical disciplines.
First Year Seminar (FYS)
As part of the General Education curriculum, first year students are required to successfully complete a minimum of two credits of a first year seminar. These courses focus on the interdisciplinary nature of important and timely social, scientific and cultural issues and are designed to provide every new student with high quality student-faculty interaction that helps students develop skills in critical thinking and communication. Some courses will apply toward the Quill requirement, as indicated on the schedule for the term.
Foreign Service (FOR)
Advisor: Dr. Hulme.
The interdepartmental major in Foreign Service prepares students for careers in the State Department or for graduate work in international relations, geographic area studies and foreign service. Requirements should be discussed with the advisor since they change as departments change their course offerings; most of the courses are in economics, history and political science.
Health Studies (HSS)
|HSS 201.||Health, Medicine and Humans (NS-1)|
|Topics in physiology, health and medicine including a laboratory experience which emphasizes diagnostic testing. Sample topics include circulation, respiration, digestion, reproduction and excretion.|
Honors Program (HNR)
Courses with this designation are open to students accepted into the Alma College Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Program. As the foundational course in the Honors Program, the First-Year Seminar explores variable topics from a multi-disciplinary and integrative perspective while addressing essential issues of liberal education. For an explanation of the program requirements, please refer to the Honors Program under Section II Programs and Opportunities.
|HUM 180.||Topics in Humanities|
|Courses in the humanities, often incorporating an interdisciplinary focus from two or more programs, which do not fit within current departmental boundaries.|
Physical Science (PSC)
|PSC 101.||Basic Physical Science (NS-2)|
|MTH 099, Placement|
|An introduction to the fundamental definitions and concepts of physics and chemistry which will enable those with no previous background in physical science to proceed into a regular introductory physical science course (e.g., Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology).|
|PSC 380.||Physical Science Concepts|
|A standards-based class and laboratory experience in physics and astronomy that supports K-8 pre-service teachers in understanding the physical sciences and expanding their repertoire of teaching and assessment techniques suitable for science subject areas.|
Non-Departmental courses are offered during Spring Term along with a large number of departmental courses. An announcement of current Spring Term course offerings is issued each January. The following non-departmental courses have been offered. They do not count toward departmental majors.