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At Hostra, we want our irst-year students to eel at home, both academically and socially.
oeredthrough the First-Year Connections program address both parts o this goal.We oer 40 irst-year
or all 2012. These are small classes, reserved or irst-year students, in which students work closely with a proessor on a topic in that proessor’s particular area o research and expertise. We have designed our
topicsto it every interest, rom art to global justice, rom dinosaurs to politics. All are designed to help you get to know New York City. In addition to seminar courses like these, we oer 11
– again, reserved or irst-year students – composed o introductory-level required courses and designed to be taken together. For example, a student may study slavery in America in a history course,while reading
in the linked English class. In another
, students may take a business course in inormationtechnology, while studying ethics in a linked philosophy course. We have designed these
o courses with a wide variety o majors in mind and, like the seminars, all are designed to help you get to know New York City. Whether you enroll in a
– or, in some cases, both – you will satisy graduation requirements and, at the sametime, take the introductory courses in your eventual area o study. The ollowing pages describe some o the
that are available or the all 2012 semester. Take a look at some o the courses you can experience in your irst year at Hostra.
Why Chimps Don’t Drive Ferraris
Leonardo da Vinci to Andy Warhol: Why Art andArtists Cause Trouble
Shop Till You Drop: Desire, Consumer Culture,and the Emergence o the Modern, 1860-1914
From iPod to Imax: Making Music on YourComputer
The Ghost in the Machine: Thinking About theSoul
F i r s t - Ye a r Co n nec t io n s
a d ynamic academic and extracurricular program
"My first-year geology seminar not only helped me complete my science requirement, but it also provided a great start to my college career.The fact that the class size was so small and everyone else was also just starting collegemade it really easy to make friends. The field trips were a great way to see the city and get some hands-on learning. Looking back on it, I’mreally glad I chose that route instead of jumpinginto all regular classes."
— Amanjot Kaur, Class of 2013
“I think what’s nice for students in theFirst-Year Connections program is that they all know each other as they go from class to class.They have a real sense of camaraderie.”
— Lisa Dresner
Assistant Professor of Writing Studies andComposition, Hofstra University
F1: The Psychology of Everyday Life
Everyday lie is illed with complexities that range rom the minor to theextraordinary, including lie-altering choices that aect our relationships, careeroptions, health and well-being. Especially or irst-year college students, itmay seem that every aspect o lie requires thought and attention, all at the sametime. In this cluster, we examine psychological and philosophical approachesto the challenges o everyday lie. Issues include personal goals, conormity,stress, relationships, health-promoting versus health-damaging behaviors,sel-deception, and the role o morality and ethics in deining a good individuallie. Students are encouraged to think critically about the topics studied, tounderstand how they apply to their lives, and to express and examine theiropinions about current controversies.
PSYCHOLOGY 1, Introduction to Psychology
PHILOSOPHY 14, Introduction to Ethics
F2: Film and Philosophy
This cluster integrates introductory courses in ilm and philosophy with irst-yearcomposition. The ilm course introduces the basic language o ilmic expressionand the methodologies o ilm study, including their inluence on televisionand video. Emphasis is on ways o looking at ilms and television, the majorconcepts o theory, the various orms o ilm and television, and the techniquesthat determine visual styles. In the philosophy course students consider whetherilm is a passive mirror o a pre-existing reality, or whether we should think o itas possessing the power to actively construct a reality o its own. Can ilm bemorally or socially dangerous? In the composition course students will write ina variety o genres about their work in the other two courses.
RADIO, TELEVISION, FILM 10, Introduction to Film and Television Study
PHILOSOPHY 10, Introduction to Philosophy
F10: Pre-Health Sciences
Most medical, dental and veterinary schools require a solid oundation in science,particularly biology and chemistry. Ater all, organisms are massive collectionso biological molecules executing complex combinations o chemical reactionsin a highly controlled and regulated manner. This cluster explores generalchemistry, animal orm and unction, and the interplay between these disciplinesin the unction o organisms, particularly humans. Throughout the cluster, weconsider how various chemical and biological processes are related and inluencethe human condition.
BIOLOGY 12, Animal Form and Function
CHEMISTRY 3A, General and Inorganic Chemistry
some of the courses you can experience
“The environment that First-Year Connections provides is great!There were only 10-15 people in each seminar, so we all got to know oneanother and the professors really well. FYC is a great way to build relationships right from the beginning. I met one of my best friendsthrough being a part of FYC together, and I developed great relationshipswith the professors as well.”
— Chelsea Whitfield, Class of 2011
“I am enrolled in the iPod to Imax first-year seminar. I have nothing but great comments about the class. The programorganizes smaller classes to help first-year students adapt to college life easier. I love the one-on-one interactionbetween classmates and professors, and the comfort of a smaller group, so I am not discouraged to ask questions.Furthermore, the FYC program offers unique programs for students, so they can get hands-on experience and knowledge in an area they didn't realize they had an interest in previously. Finally, I love the fact that these seminarscount toward distribution requirements needed to graduate from Hofstra. Nothing is greater than receiving credit for something you enjoy doing."
— Samara Shandler, Class of 2015