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Voluntary one-credit courses are offered in the areas of music, dance, advanced study skills, and service learning. These may not be substituted for any of the six required courses and do not fulfill University requirements.
You will be given specific instructions during Welcome Weekend on how to add one-credit courses to your schedule. The First Year of Studies advanced study skills course is the only exception. You may request this course on the Course Selection Form.
The colleges have restrictions on the number of one-credit voluntary courses that may be applied to the total number of credits required for graduation from the colleges. Not all one-credit courses may apply toward graduation credit requirements.
Spring 2018 Offerings
FYS10405 Giving Back through Education
Recognizing the fundamental importance of qualified teachers in the unique experiment that is American education, this course explores the connection between strong students and strong teachers. The impetus behind this one-credit class is a practical one: American society needs more of its brightest young minds participating in education beyond their own years as a student. While at its core a discernment tool for First Year students of all major intents considering teaching as a vocation, the lectures and discussions will also preview opportunities for individuals external to the profession to positively impact education in their communities. Topics of study will include: the history of teachers in the United States compared with other industrialized societies, teaching as a vocation/profession, a portrait of elementary and secondary teachers today, where the profession is headed, the importance of intellectually-gifted persons working as teachers at all levels, post-graduate service opportunities in teaching, transition to teaching programs and professional opportunities for students without a degree in education, and the importance of community engagement in education. NOTE: This course begins after mid-term break.
FYS10406 Introduction to Research Process at Notre Dame
This course is designed to introduce undergraduates to the intellectual work that scientists/ scholars undertake at the University and explain and teach ethical principles and research prodedures. It encourages students to explore and conduct independent research, scholarly projects, and creative enterprises in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, engineering, physical, and life sciences. Classes are designed as workshops to prepare students to apply for and participate in undergraduate research opportunities at Notre Dame.
FYS10414 First Generation Voices: Exploring the Experiences of First Generation College Students
Students who are the first in their families to attend college face opportunities and challenges. This course will examine literature written by those who were among the first in their families to go to college, as well as some articles about the first generation college experience today. Our discussion of this literature will be a springboard for reflecting on the experiences and needs of first generation students at Notre Dame and elsewhere, as well as on the ways they contribute to the richness of their college communities. This course is open to everyone interested in social issues, in education, as well as to first generation students at Notre Dame.
FYS10471 NYT In the Classroom—Examining Media Bias
This course will discuss current events facing the community and world at-large by examining how stories and issues are presented in the media using a critical eye towards media bias, motive, and importance. The class will use the New York Times as a starting point to discuss issues of local, nation, and global importance from a range of topics including, but not limited to, politics & political opinion, world events, arts & entertainment, science, health, and education. At the end of the course, students will gain better personal clarity on how to critically examine news presentation and interpretation by keenly looking for political or personal media bias and become more critical consumers of news across the political spectrum.