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As a first-year student, you will be enrolled in first-year, core curriculum courses. Your classes will be determined based on your incoming college credits and your major, and you will be notified of your Summer Scholars schedule before arriving on campus in July.

ARTF 131. Drawing Studio 3 Hours Semester course; 6 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to first-year fine arts and design majors in the School of the Arts. Drawing A to Z, from pencil to perspective, from sumi ink to skywriting. An intensive drawing studio covering the historic principles of drawing and their place in contemporary practice. Provides an in-depth investigation of line, perspective, the figure, gesture, space, atmosphere, erasure, etc. Through the repeated physical activity of drawing, students will refine their intellectual powers of observation and visualization.

ARTF 133. Space Research 3 Hours Semester course; 6 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to first-year fine arts and design majors in the School of the Arts. A comprehensive investigation of three-dimensional phenomena in fine art and design. Will cultivate a student's ability to think, perceive, visualize, design and build in three dimensions. Issues of understanding and envisioning space, objects, scale and the relationship of the body to the built environment are subjects of the course. Students will acquire a broad skill set of fabrication techniques and an inquiry into the possibility of 21st-century materials.

BUSN 225. Winning Presentations 
3 Hours (Business majors only) Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Restricted to School of Business freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the foundation or advanced programs. Why are some presenters bad, some good and others great? Why do some people have more "presence" than others? What leadership skills work in a room full of people who are not on the same page? How does one pitch an idea in less than two minutes? Presentation skills involve more than just speaking in public. Good presentation skills require an understanding of yourself, your subject and your audience. This course will explore the skills involved in mastering all of these.

CLED 200. The Science of Resilience and Holistic Health 3 Hours Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course brings together wellness concepts based on literature in health psychology, spirituality, health and wellness counseling, stress research and other disciplines to introduce students to the growing field of holistic wellness, including the practical application of theoretically and empirically supported wellness models and interventions to enhance social, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

HONR 200. Rhetoric. 3 Hours.
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. In-depth study of principles of rhetoric and argumentation in both written and oral formats. Emphasis is on research-based expository writing and debate, with skills development in technological applications for information retrieval.

SOCY 101. Introduction to Sociology 3 Hours Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An introduction to the study of human society. The basic concepts of society and culture and their relationships to each other are studied and then used to analyze the major social institutions.

UNIV 111. Focused Inquiry I 3 Hours Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Utilizes contemporary themes to give students opportunities and practice in writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, collaborative learning, information retrieval and evaluation, and social and civic responsibilities. Incorporates common reading materials and course activities across all sections.

UNIV 299. What's the Big Idea? 3 Hours Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Each section in this interdisciplinary course will focus on a particular "big picture" that has intrigued thinkers throughout time and across cultures. As students move from personal to global -- and from theoretical to practical -- investigations of the question, they will come to understand inquiry as a complex cycle of questioning, gathering, examining, interpreting, comparing, analyzing and evaluating, with important application to decision-making and problem-solving in the "real world."