The one-semester Beyond Boundaries interdisciplinary programs cross not just departments in Arts & Sciences, but the entire university. They break down barriers between disciplines for a more holistic experience, while still offering what all our First-Year Programs provide: exposure to new concepts and people; opportunities to learn from some of the world’s leading scholars across a spectrum of disciplines; and, well, fun.
This course sits at the intersection of history, medicine, and the visual arts. It examines western medicine from ancient times to the present day. In tandem with the history of medicine, the course considers the capacity of the arts to frame medical practice, raise questions, and influence perceptions–both positively and negatively–of medical advancements.
Designing Creativity explores the study and practice of the creative process. From “Ah-ha” epiphanies to slow-developing discoveries, innovators and artists across the globe have relied on the creative process for centuries. We will study the different processes of creatives in many fields, including medicine, law, engineering, architecture, business, and the performing arts.
Earth’s Future is a broad, introductory course for first-year students that is co-taught by scholars across the university. Together we examine 1) the physical basis for climate change; 2) how climates are changing and how we know and assess that climates are changing; and 3) the effects of climate change on natural and human systems.
This course provides an introduction to gender-specific issues in the context of childhood and adolescence, poverty, and global health. By analyzing health conditions and disparities in local and global communities, students will examine the current challenges that health practitioners face in achieving gender equity and the current efforts towards closing the gap.
This class explores the many issues related to aging in our society. You'll interact with researchers from many fields, including medicine, engineering, architecture, public health, social work, law, business, art, psychology, and anthropology. We will also look around St. Louis to consider how ready our community is for the aging of society, and you'll gain practical information to maximize your own life.