Modern Literacy courses are designed to introduce students from all disciplines to forms of analysis and moder of thinking that represent, process, and convey information. These aproaches to information inreasingly mediate our experience of the world, and might include coding, statistical analysis, visual data analysis, and the analysis of geographic or spatial information.



BLC 220

 Digital Literacies/Scholarship

Jeremiah Hall

  F          10:10 am-11:30 am

RKC 200

(2 credits) This inquiry-based course asks questions about how knowledge is formed and transmitted in the 21st century and how we act upon information by developing literacies. It will examine the skills necessary to produce scholarship and engage the public sphere by focusing on students’ proficiencies in conducting and presenting research using digital sources. Literacies under consideration range from databases and metadata to infometrics and social media; from coding languages to digital images and sound with an emphasis on how these relate to the process of research and writing. Through participation in collaborative workshops, students will gain experience with digital tools to analyze and interpret information sources as well as the ethical issues fundamental to information use and access. The goal is to encourage students to investigate digital literacies to create new voices for participating in the digital world. Class size: 12



ML 104


Felicia Keesing

 T           6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

(first 6 weeks of semester)

RKC 115

1 credit   Students in this course, which meets weekly for the first six weeks of the semester, will learn tools and concepts that empower them to find, interpret, challenge, and defend scientific information. We will take a hands-on approach to understanding how science is funded, why studies can report results that are wrong, how politicians can question whether human activities are causing global climate change,  and how data can be faked. Most importantly, we will explore why all of this matters to all of us, and what roles we can play in science whether we are scientists or not. The course focuses on the conduct of science rather than its content and is appropriate for all students. This course meets no distribution requirements. Class size: 20