First Year Seminar
Learn and apply meta-cognitive principles to the planning of your own academic, professional, and personal goals. Seminar topics include but are not limited to:
- Developing critical thinking skills
- Basic principles of formal argumentation
- Time management
- Developing academic self-efficacy, a growth mindset, sense of belonging, and motivation
- Improving and/or developing test-taking skills
This course provides an introduction to the rigorous mathematical reasoning required at the University of Michigan. Focus is centered around assisting scholars in strengthening mathematical skills in prepration to use and analyze quantitative information to make decisions, judgments, and predictions. Topics to be explored include: elementary algebra; rational and quadratic equations; properties of relations, functions, and their graphs; linear and quadratic functions; inequalities, logarithmic and exponential functions and equations.
An introduction to rigorous mathematical reasoning for students planning on a career in the humanities. The focus is on significant ideas in mathematics, but not on notation or computation. The course aims to convey powerful mathematical methods of analysis and reasoning that can be retained for a lifetime, in a way that formalism would not. Topics to be explore include: number theory, including an exploration of modular arithmetic, public key encryption, and the pigeon-hole principle; the nature of infinity; fractals and chaos; and elementary probability and statistics.
Reading and Writing Seminar: Insiders/Outsiders
Reading and writing seminar that examines the causes and effects of discrimination in a pluralistic society. Course readings are be 20th-century authors: American, African American, Native American, Asian, Puerto Rican and Mexican American. Students examine ways in which ethnicity, race, and racism affect communities, educational institutions, families, and interpersonal relationships.