An exciting program of innovative seminars that reflect instructor’s intellectual interests. These once-in-a-lifetime courses promote intellectual exchange, critical thinking, and community.
Every year CETL offers 200 seminars (see schedule/register) that challenge students like you to examine ideas of substance and consequence. You’ll sharpen your critical reasoning skills and engage with fellow students as intellectual colleagues. Limited to 19 students per seminar, it is the best way to work closely with instructors as they explore with you ideas and topics close to their hearts.
You must have 45-units or less; however, during Pass Two, instructors can elect to admit students who have up to Senior standing.
Past topics include:
- Bees, Art, and Survival by Donna Billick and Diane Ullman
- Contemporary American Buddhism by Sylvia Sensiper
- Creative Responses to Climate Change by Stephen Wheeler
- Mapping the Harlem Renaissance: Prose, Poetry, and the Digital Humanities by Phillip Barron
- Psychology of Drummers by Brad Henderson
- So You Think You Can Write? by Amy Clarke
- The History of Motion Films by Gerhard Bauer
- The Rise and Limits of Documentary Film by Jaimey Fisher
- Township Music in South Africa by Brian Higgins
- Zombies! by Sean McDonnell
Schedule & Registration
Explore the Seminar Schedules below to find the seminar(s) you are interested in. Copy the 5-digit CRN then register for the seminar as you would any other course via SISWEB.
- Seminar Schedule: Winter 2014
1-Unit Seminars (Letter Grade)
CRN# Course Title Instructor Time Room Restrictions # of Seats 65188 001-001 Japanese Culture: Nature and Visual Arts Haruko Sakakibara T 11:00-11:50am Olson 18A None 0 (WL=3) 65189 001-002 Applications of Evolutionary Biology to Human Health Thomas Scott T 11:00-11:50am Olson 109 None 0 (WL=3) 65191 001-004 Rocket Propulsion Mohamed Hafez T 2:10-3:00pm Bainer 2130 None 0 (WL=7) 65192 001-005 Poetry By Heart John Boe R 1:10-2:00pm Voorhies 396 None 0 (WL=3)
2-Unit Seminars (Letter Grade)
CRN# Course Title Instructor Time Room Restrictions # of Seats 65213 002-001 Talk Like a Man: Gender, Sexuality and Language Eric Russell TR 11:00-11:50am Wellman 111 None 0 (WL=6) 65214 002-002 Healthcare Policy, Economics and Law Robert Derlet F 10:00-11:50am Wellman 123 None 0 (WL=5) 65215 002-003 Cultural and Historical Influences on Japanese Garden Design James Jones R 2:10-4:00pm Room TBA None 0 (WL=2) 65216 002-004 Color in the Winter Landscape Jim Harding TR 12:10-1:00pm EnHort 148 None 0 (WL=6) 65219 002-007 Applications of Waves--From Music to Imaging Atoms Shirley Chiang W 12:10-2:00pm Physic 416 None 0 65220 002-008 Why Can't We All Just Be Friends?: A Systematic Way of Looking at People from Other Cultures Norma Lopez-Burton T 1:10-3:00pm Olson 144 None 0 (WL=3) 65221 002-009 Is Anyone Listening? Arab Narrative from Before, During and After the Arab Spring Noha Radwan TR 11:00-11:50am Wellman 201 None 0 65222 002-010 Chaos, Complexity and Christianity Carlos Puente M 5:10-7:00pm PLESC 2005 None 0 (WL=1) 65223 002-011 Black Cultural and Interpersonal Development Carl Jorgensen F 10:30am-12:30pm Hart 2215 None 3 65224 002-012 Mad About Mad Men Katie Arosteguy W 5:10-7:00pm Olson 144 None 0 (WL=3) 65225 002-013 From Self Awareness to Inner Growth for True Success In and After College Andreas Toupadakis T 7:10-9:00pm Wellman 5 None 0 (WL=12) 65226 002-014 From the Outside, Looking In--Three Films of Paul Thomas Anderson Rachel Edelson T 12:10-2:00pm SocSci 70 None 0 (WL=2) 65227 002-015 Convening Power of the President Kenneth Verosub W 1:10-3:00pm EphSci 1119 None 0 65228 002-016 Ethics and Embryology Louise Lanoue M 10:00-11:50am Meyer 3108 None 0
1-Unit Seminars (Pass/No Pass)
CRN# Course Title Instructor Time Room Restrictions # of Seats 65249 003-001 Searching for Shakespeare's Soul: Codes, Conspiracy, and Catholicism Wendy Terry W 9:00-9:50am Olson 144 None 1 (WL=1) 65250 003-002 Radiation Andrew Vaughan W 9:00-9:50am Olson 263 None 0 65251 003-003 Humor in Life and Medicine Thomas Nordahl R 2:10-3:00pm Wellman 111 None 0 (WL=13) 65252 003-004 Nitrogen: History of an Element Alan Bennett R 4:10-5:00pm Plant Reproductive Biology Conference Room None 1 65253 003-005 Fantastic Literature as Satire: Lucian of Samosata Valentina Popescu W 3:10-4:00pm Wellman 5 None 0 (WL=1) 65254 003-006 Obesity and Weight Loss: Sorting Through Myths and Facts Jon Ramsey and Melissa Browne F 12:10-1:00pm Olson 144 None 0 (WL=4) 65255 003-007 Handling Faults in Systems Around Us (With Emphasis on Electronic Systems) Hussain Al-Asaad R 2:10-3:00pm Wellman 201 None 2 65256 003-008 Alcohol, Alcoholism and its Consequences Nirmal Mann W 2:10-4:00pm Room TBA None 1 65257 003-009 Vitamins in Health and Disease Nirmal Mann W 2:10-4:00pm Room TBA None 4 65258 003-010 Smart, Sustainable, and Safe Structures Kenneth Loh T 9:00-9:50am Ghausi 1007 Freshmen & Sophomores Only 7 65259 003-011 Athletic Injuries: Myths, Facts & Unanswered Questions Lisa Varnum Day/Time TBA Room TBA None (WL=5) 65260 003-012 Plagues: Past, Present and Future Robert Grahn M 5:10-6:00pm Center for Companion Animal Health, Rm. 203 None 0 (WL=1) 65261 003-013 Introduction to Baroque Performance Practice David Granger T 3:10-4:00pm Room TBA None 7 65262 003-014 Ethics, Morality, and "Breaking Bad" Amy Block Joy R 2:10-3:00pm Wellman 203 None 0 (WL=7) 65263 003-015 Team Building for Business and Sports Barbara Jahn T 11:00-11:50am Aggie Stadium Team Room None 0
2-Unit Seminars (Pass/No Pass)
CRN# Course Title Instructor Time Room Restrictions # of Seats 65270 004-001 Salt, Sugar, Fat: The Role of the Food Industry in the Obesity Epidemic Diana Cassady T 3:10-5:00pm Kerr 293 None 0 (WL=2) 65271 004-002 Contemporary American Buddhism: How Meditation Became a Part of the Mainstream Li Zhang & Sylvia Sensiper T 7:10-9:00pm Hart 1120 None 0 (WL=1) 65272 004-003 The Science of Well-Being Li Zhang & Sylvia Sensiper T 4:10-6:00pm Room TBA None 0 (WL=6) 65274 004-005 Writing and Performing Stand-Up Comedy Karma Waltonen R 4:10-6:00pm Wellman 111 None 0 (WL=6) 65275 004-006 Water and the 21st Century: The Age of Scarcity John Theobald M 12:10-2:00pm Wellman 111 None 0 65276 004-007 Zombies Sean McDonnell T 12:10-1:00pm Olson 263 None 0 (WL=2) 65277 004-008 Half the Sky: Gender Equity, Society and You Mariah Meek W 1:10-3:00pm Wellman 203 None 0 65278 004-009 Engaging with Scientific Literature Marc Facciotti and Erin Becker F 9:00-10:50am Olson 144 None 0 (WL=1) 65279 004-010 Slings and Arrows: Theatre Through the Stage Door John Iacovelli MW 4:10-5:30pm Wright 101 None 5 65280 004-011 Doing Mathematics--With a Computer At Your Side Kurt Kreith W 6:10-8:30pm Olson 1 None 0 (WL=1) 65281 004-012 World Music as a Means to Embrace Diversity and Reach Self-Discovery Andreas Toupadakis R 6:10-8:00pm Wellman 111 None 0 (WL=4) 65284 004-015 Introduction to Wind and Hydropower Engineering Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn F 10:00-11:50am Bainer 1062 None 2 65285 004-016 Instant-Runoff Voting and Other Electoral Innovations Steven Sosnick T 2:10-4:00pm Room TBA None 7
- Seminar Schedule: Spring 2014
CRN# Course Title Instructor Time Room Restrictions # of Seats 25047 001-001 Nutrition, Health and the Environment Robert Hackman R 4:10-5:00 p.m. Meyer 3135 Freshmen & Sophomores Only WL=5 25048 001-002 What Makes Airplanes Fly? Mohamed Hafez T 2:10-3:00 p.m. Bainer 1122 No Restrictions 1 25049 001-003 Japanese Culture: Nature and Visual Arts Haruko Sakakibara T 11:00-11:50 a.m. Olson 18A No Restrictions 1 25050 001-004 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for women Worldwide Book club Piri Ackerman-Barger F 12:10-1:00 p.m. Olson 263 No Restrictions 0 25051 001-005 Sustainable Practices for the Built Environment: Material Design John Bolander M 3:10-4:00 p.m. Ghausi 1007 No Restrictions 0 25052 001-006 Conservation of Endangered Species: Perspectives and Approaches Dan Parfitt R 11:00-11:50 a.m. Wellman 5 No Restrictions WL=2
2-Unit Seminars (Letter Grade)
CRN# Course Title Instructor Time Room Restrictions # of Seats 25073 002-002 Symmetry Nelson Max W 2:10-4:00 p.m. Olson 263 No Restrictions 12 25075 002-004 Water Reuse Masoud Kayhanian T 12:10-2:00 p.m. Ghausi 1007 No Restrictions WL=2 25076 002-005 Renewable Sources of Energy Masoud Kayhanian R 12:10-2:00 p.m. Ghausi 1007 No Restrictions WL=1 25077 002-006 Chaos, Complexity and Christianity Carlos Puente T 5:10-7:00 p.m. PLESC 2005 No Restrictions 3 25078 002-007 Convening Power of the President Kenneth Verosub R 1:10-3:00 p.m. EphSci 1119 Freshmen Only 7 25079 002-008 Chemicals in the Environment: Sources, Uses, Impacts and Alternatives Peter Green MF 12:10-1:00 p.m. Ghausi 1007 No Restrictions 9 25080 002-009 Culture Clash! A Systematic Way of Looking at Ourselves and the Rest of the World Norma Lopez-Burton M 11:00-1:00 p.m. TBA No Restrictions 1 25081 002-010 The History of the Motion Pictures Gerhard Bauer W 5:10-7:00 p.m. TBA No Restrictions 0 25083 002-012 Making Shakespeare Modern Lisa Klotz T 11:00-1:00 p.m. Olson 109 No Restrictions 9 25084 002-013 Ion Channels in Action: Molecular Basis of Cellular Excitability Tsung-Yu Chen F 12:10-2:00 p.m. Wellman 201 No Restrictions 13 25085 002-014 Contemporary Irish Literature James Mc Elroy T 10:00-11:50 a.m. Voorhies 308 No Restrictions 9 25086 002-015 From the Big Bang to Life M. Eric Gershwin M 3:10-5:00 p.m. GenBio 3206 No Restrictions 3 25087 002-016 Light Writing: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Photograph Karen Embry R 12:10-2:00 p.m. Voorhies 308 No Restrictions 3 25088 002-017 Team Chemistry Karen Yoder T 5:10-7:00 p.m. Wellman 201 No Restrictions WL=2 25089 002-018 Priorities of the New Scientific Cognoscenti Ken Kaplan TR 10:00-10:50 a.m. SciLab 3061 No Restrictions 11 25090 002-019 Is “Obamacare” an “Evil Wrecking Ball” or a “Big F—ing Deal?” Patrick Romano T 4:10-6:00 p.m. UCDMC No Restrictions 2 25091 002-020 How to Look at Modern Art Catherine Anderson T 4:40-6:00 p.m. TBA No Restrictions 1 25092 002-021 Black Cultural and Intellectual Development Carl Jorgensen F 10:30-12:30 p.m. Hart 2215 No Restrictions 11 25093 002-022 The Nicotinic-Acetylcholine Receptor Robert Fairclough TR 10:00-10:50 a.m. Surge III 1360 No Restrictions 15 25094 002-023 From Mandala to Manga: Japanese Visual Arts in Context Carolyn Wheeler F 12:10-2:00 p.m. TBA No Restrictions WL=1 25095 002-024 Paradigms of the Real in the Land of And/Both Rachel Edelson T 12:10-2:00 p.m. Wellman 5 No Restrictions 7
1-Unit Seminars (Pass/No Pass)
CRN# Course Title Instructor Time Room Restrictions # of Seats 25110 003-001 Intro to Biblical Hebrew Galia Franco W 12:10-1:00 p.m. Wellman 203 No Restrictions WL=3 25111 003-002 Druids: Religion, Wisdom and Violence Wendy Terry W 10:00-10:50 a.m. Wellman 201 No Restrictions 4 25112 003-003 How to Conduct a Survey Christiana Drake M 3:10-4:00 p.m. Olson 144 No Restrictions 12 25113 003-004 Modern Marvel: Bridges Around the World Dawn Cheng M 2:10-3:00 p.m. Academic Surge 2212 Freshmen & Sophomores Only 4 25114 003-005 Against Equality Joshua Clover W 2:10-3:00 p.m. Voorhies 396 Freshmen & Sophomores Only 7 25115 003-006 Athletic Injuries: Myths, Facts & Unanswered Questions Lisa Varnum TBA TBA No Restrictions WL=3 25116 003-007 Topics in Youth Sports Peter Motekaitis T 10:00-10:50 a.m. Hickey 153A No Restrictions 5 25117 003-008 Stem Cell Biology Yuyou Duan T 3:10-4:00 p.m. Wellman 5 No Restrictions 1 25118 003-009 Mental Health: A Biopsychosocial View Andreea Seritan R 6:10-7:00 p.m. TBA No Restrictions 7 25119 003-010 Introduction to Baroque Performance Practice David Granger M 12:10-1:00 p.m. Music 230 No Restrictions 14 25120 003-011 The Psychology of Drummers: Rock, Jazz & Blues Brad Henderson R 7:10-8:00 p.m. Olson 109 No Restrictions 9 25121 003-012 Parties and Elections in Comparative Perspective James Adams T 1:10-2:00 p.m. Olson 263 No Restrictions 14 25122 003-013 Handling Faults in Systems Around Us (With Emphasis on Electronic Systems) Hussain Al-Asaad R 2:10-3:00 p.m. Wellman 233 No Restrictions 13 25123 003-014 Political Rhetoric and the Daily Show with John Stewart Rachel Simon W 11:00- 11:50 a.m. TBA No Restrictions 12 25124 003-015 Young Adult Fiction Hsuan Hsu M 2:40-3:30 p.m. TBA No Restrictions WL=2
2-Unit Seminars (Pass/No Pass)
CRN# Course Title Instructor Time Room Restrictions # of Seats 25139 004-001 Visual Note-Taking Elizabeth Boults F 10:00-11:50 a.m. Hunt 166 No Restrictions WL=2 25140 004-002 Owning the Podium: Developing Strategies to Reduce Anxiety & Increase Confidence in Public Speakers Ken Andersen F 12:10-2:00 p.m. Wellman 203 No Restrictions WL=3 25141 004-003 Contemporary American Buddhism: How Meditation Became a Part of the Mainstream Li Zhang and Sylvia Sensiper T 3:10-5:00 p.m. Kerr 293 No Restrictions 0 25142 004-004 The Science of Well-Being Li Zhang and Sylvia Sensiper T 12:40-2:30 p.m. TBA No Restrictions WL=4 25143 004-005 Bebop Jazz: From Charlie Parker to John Coltrane Bruce Jaffee W 9:00-10:50 a.m. Hutch 357 No Restrictions 13 25144 004-006 Music and the Movies John Fetzer W 1:10-3:00 p.m. Surge III 1360 No Restrictions 4 25145 004-007 Introduction to Cryptology Kurt Kreith W 6:10-8:30 p.m. Olson 1 No Restrictions 3 25146 004-008 Zombies Sean McDonnell T 12:10-1:00 p.m. Wellman 123 No Restrictions WL=1 25147 004-009 Instant-Runoff Voting and Other Electoral Innovations Stephen Sosnick T 2:10-4:00 p.m. TBA No Restrictions 14 25148 004-010 Save the Bees Neal Williams T 2:10-4:00 p.m. Briggs 366 No Restrictions 9 25149 004-011 Sports Topics and Trends in American Society Lou Bronzan M 2:10-4:00 p.m. Giedt 1007 No Restrictions 1 25150 004-012 Oil and Society James Sanchirico W 4:10-6:00 p.m. Wickson 2124 No Restrictions 12 25151 004-013 The Philosophy of Martial Art of Tai Chi Chuan Yajun Graves TR 2:10-3:00 p.m. Olson 167 No Restrictions 8 25152 004-014 Cognitive Psychology and Hollywood Magic Eve Isham W 3:10-5:00 p.m. 267 Cousteau Place No Restrictions 0 25153 004-015 From Self Awareness to Inner Growth for True Success In and After College Andreas Toupadakis T 7:10-9:00 p.m. Hoagld 108 No Restrictions WL=8 25154 004-016 World Music as a Means to Embrace Diversity and Reach Self-Discovery Andreas Toupadakis R 6:10-8:00 p.m. Wickson 1038 No Restrictions 1 25155 004-017 Hands-On Molecular Biology Laboratory Christoph Lossin M 1:10-4:00 p.m. In Sacramento No Restrictions 9 25156 004-018 Women Hold Up Half the Sky Edward Caswell-Chen W 1:10-3:00 p.m. Hutch 156 No Restrictions 13 25157 004-019 The Simpsons: Satire and Postmodernism Karma Waltonen R 12:10-2:00 p.m. Olson 109 No Restrictions WL=1 25158 004-020 Stinky Cheese and Roasted Coffee: Understanding What Makes Food Taste the Way it Does Susan Ebeler T 3:10-5:00 p.m. RMI Theater No Restrictions 3 25159 004-021 The View From Above—Sending a Balloon to the Stratosphere Ted Hullar W 2:10-4:00 p.m. TBA No Restrictions 12 25160 004-022 Writing Electronic Communications That Get Results: A Key to Academic Success Rebekka Andersen W 10:00-11:50 a.m. Voorhies 396 Freshmen & Sophomores Only 12
- How many credits are classes worth and how will I be graded?
Seminars are worth one unit (meet 1 hour per week) or two units (meet 2 hours per week). Grading is either traditional letter or pass/no pass, depending on the course.
- Can I register if I am not a freshman or have more than 45-units?
Yes. During second pass freshman with more than 45-units and sophomores may be added at the discretion of the instructor if any of the 19 seats available in the seminar remain unfilled.
- I’m a transfer student, technically a first-year, can I register during Pass One?
No. Only students with fewer than 45-units classify as first-year. However, you can apply for eligibility under Pass Two.
- Do first-year seminars count against my General Education units?
No. These seminars do not meet GE requirements.
- I really want to take a seminar but it is listed as full. Can I get added?
No. Classes are limited to 19 students. There are no exceptions to the rule.
- I am trying to add the course. I’m getting an error that it is a “Duplicate”. Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to wait to use the PTA number?
If you are on the wait list you must drop the class before using the PTA number. If the drop deadline has already passed, you will need to wait a few days until the add deadline has passed and the wait lists are gone.
- How many first-year seminars can I take in a quarter?
There is no maximum. However, credit will only be given for one.
- Are there first-year seminars during the summer?
No. Not at this time.