2020-2021 Pathways Topics

The HASS Integrative Pathways were created to enhance students’ HASS Core curriculum by bringing intentionality and depth to the requirements. The themes of the pathways vary in their intentionality; some are interdisciplinary, while others focus on a single discipline, providing students with significant options for their coursework. In addition to providing a more in-depth focus to the HASS Core, many Integrative Pathways can be transformed into minors with relative ease.

The course requirements for the Integrative Pathways are laid out below. Please note that interest in a pathway does not guarantee access to completing the pathway; be sure to check for course availability, course restrictions, and available seats.

Helpful notations:

  • G : Gateway course - A course that allows a pathway to be completed with 8 additional credits while bypassing the entry-level courses of the pathway.
  • HI : HASS Inquiry
  • MR : Major Restricted
  • X credit : Course only offered for X credits, while most HASS courses are offered for 4 credits.

Below you will find several videos from HASS faculty talking about the essence of the Integrative Pathways. Use these to help you explore the wide range of possibilities within the Pathways.

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Choose from over 40 topics

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is quickly becoming pervasive in our lives. Study how Artificial Intelligence can benefit from concepts and ideas from cognitive science, and explore the ways in which Artificial Intelligence is changing our lives.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1140 – Minds and Machines  HI
  • IHSS 1972 – AI and Society  HI
  • IHSS 1235 – Are Humans Rational?  HI (note: course will not be offered in academic year 2020-2021)

Required:

  • COGS 2120 – Introduction to Cognitive Science  G

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • COGS 4210 – Cognitive Modeling
  • COGS 4410 – Programming for Cognitive Science and AI
  • COGS 4420 – Game AI
  • COGS 4640 – Intelligent Virtual Agents
  • COGS 4880 – Language Endowed Intelligent Agents
  • COGS 4960 – Learning and Advanced Game AI
  • COGS 4960 – Artificial Intelligent Agents
  • PHIL 4960 – Ethics of AI
  • PHIL 4961 – Intermediate Formal Logic & AI 

Compatible minors:

  • Cognitive Science of Artificial Intelligence
Arts History, Theory, and Criticism

This pathway allows students to study a range of art history and media art histories and theories. This immersive study will give students a comprehensive view of how these histories have shaped our current day media and given rise to a variety of art making tools in our digital and computational era.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • ARTS 1050 – Art History  
  • IHSS 1080 – History of Jazz and Improv Music  HI
  • IHSS 1300 – Race and Film in US Culture and History  HI
  • IHSS 1170 – History of Animation  HI
  • IHSS 1700 – Songwriting Workshop  HI
  • IHSS 1960 – Back to the 60’s  HI

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ARTS 2500 – History of Western Music
  • ARTS 2540 – The Multimedia Century 
  • ARTS 4130 – New Media Theory
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience focus on understanding the brain mechanisms that allow humans and other animals to perceive, think, feel, remember, and act.  Students pursuing this pathway will cultivate an understanding of brain and behavior/cognition relationships by critically analyzing research findings.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Required:

  • PSYC 1200 – Intro to Psychological Science

Remaining credits from a choice of the following, with at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • IHSS 19XX – Understanding Empathy  HI
  • PSYC 4320/COGS 4360 – Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 4330/COGS 4330 – Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 4500 – Drugs, Society, and Behavior
  • PSYC 4600/COGS 4600 – Cognition and the Brain
  • PSYC 4610/COGS 4610 – Stress and the Brain
  • PSYC 4700/COGS 4700 – Hormones, Brain, and Behavior

Compatible minor:

  • Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Chinese Language

Integrated with Chinese culture, students will learn all four types of language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). After completing the Chinese pathway, students will be able to communicate in Chinese at their targeted proficiency levels and think critically and creatively with global and multicultural awareness.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of 12 credits of the following:

  • LANG 1010 – Chinese I
  • LANG 2340 – Chinese II
  • LANG 4420 – Chinese III  
  • LANG 4430 – Chinese IV
  • LANG 4470 – Chinese V

Compatible minor:

  • Chinese Language
Creative Design and Innovation

This pathway looks at creative design and innovation from various humanities, arts, and social science points of view. Students will learn about the cognitive and communicative principles behind design and innovation, the economic policies, markets, and other social institutions driving and shaping design and innovation, and how to engage in sustainable and socially responsible design and innovation for local and global impact.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • ARTS 1020 – Digital Imaging
  • ARTS 1030 – Digital Filmmaking
  • ARTS 1380 – Fundamentals of Music and Sound
  • IHSS 1040 – Documentary in the 21st Century: Identity Production  HI
  • IHSS 1170 – History of Animation  HI
  • IHSS 1540 – History of Design  HI
  • IHSS 1700 – Songwriting Workshop  HI
  • IHSS 19XX –  Game Sound and Musical Play  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Remixing in Digital Culture  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Worlds on Display  HI

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ARTS 2210 – Sculpture I
  • ARTS 2220 – Fundamentals of 2D Design
  • ARTS 2380 – Music and Sound I
  • ARTS 2700 – Sound Recording and Production I
  • ARTS 2960 – Radical Graphics / Screenprinting
  • ARTS 4210 – Sculpture II
  • ARTS 4960 – History and Analysis of Western Music
  • ARTS 4XXX – Performance Art
  • COGS 2120 – Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • COGS 4620 – Cognitive Engineering
  • COMM 2660 – Introduction to Graphics
  • COMM 2570 – Typography
  • COMM ?960 – Color Theory
  • COMM 4320 – Visual Poetics and Narrative
  • COMM 4460 – Visual Design
  • COMM 4960 – Brand Identity Design
  • PSYC 2220 – Human Factors in Design
  • STSH 4290/STSS 4290 – Sustainability by Design
Design, Innovation, and Society

The pathway in Design, Innovation, and Society (DIS) provides creative, socially conscious students deep context for a broad education in design and innovation. Students take a sequence of studio-based courses that address real-world social and environmental challenges.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Required:

  • IHSS 1610 – Design and Innovation Studio I  
  • IHSS 2610 – Design and Innovation Studio II  

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • STSH 4610 – Design and Innovation Studio B  
  • STSS 4610/ENGR 4610 – Design and Innovation Studio C  
Economics

Study different types of theories and statistical methods used by economists. Students are prepared to gain a broad understanding of how consumers, firms and governments make decisions, and their implications.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI 
  • ECON 1200  – Introductory Economics

Choice of one of the following:

  • ECON 2010 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 2020 – Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 2000 – Economics Elective

Remaining credits from:

  • Any 4000-level Economics course(s)

Compatible minor:

  • Economics
Economics of Banking & Finance

Study markets and policies in banking and finance. Students are prepared to use different types of mathematical models and econometric techniques used by economists to study the behavior of individuals, firms, and the economy.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI 
  • ECON 1200  – Introductory Economics

Remaining credits from a choice of:

  • ECON 4130 – Money and Banking
  • ECON 4330 – Economics of Financial Institutions & Markets
  • ECON 4340 – Behavioral Financial Economics

Compatible minor:

  • Economics of Banking and Finance
Economics of Decision-Making

Study how individuals and firms make financial and economic decisions, and how those decisions might deviate from those predicted by traditional economic theory. Students are prepared to apply behavioral models of decision-making and experimental methods in economics.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI 
  • ECON 1200  – Introductory Economics

Remaining credits from a choice of:

  • ECON 4220 – Applied Game Theory
  • ECON 4270 – Behavioral Economics
  • ECON 4320 – Economic Models of Decision-Making
  • ECON 4340 – Behavioral Financial Economics
  • ECON 4360 – Experimental Economics

Compatible minor:

  • Economics of Decision-Making
Economics of Healthcare Markets

Study different types of markets related to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and healthcare. Students are prepared to use theory, econometric models, and data to study the role of R&D, patents, innovation, and policies in healthcare markets, and in pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI 
  • ECON 1200  – Introductory Economics

Remaining credits from a choice of:

  • ECON 4170 – Health Economics and Policy
  • ECON 4270 – Behavioral Economics
  • ECON 4290 – Economics of Biotech and Medical Innovations

Compatible minor:

  • Economics of Healthcare Markets
Economics of Policy & Regulations

Study different types of regulations and economic policy measures, and their impact on individuals, markets, and the economy. Students are prepared to use economic models, quantitative methods, and data to assess different types of regulations and policies, and their impact.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI 
  • ECON 1200  – Introductory Economics

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ECON 4150 – Economics of Government Regulation and Firm Strategy
  • ECON 4170 – Health Economics and Policy
  • ECON 4230 – Environmental Economics
  • ECON 4310 – Law & Economics

Compatible minor:

  • Economics of Policy and Regulations
Economics of Quantitative Modeling

Study different types of mathematical models and econometric techniques used in Economics. Students are prepared to use economic theory, and econometric and statistical methods to study behavior of individuals and firms in the economy.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI 
  • ECON 1200  – Introductory Economics

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ECON 4280 – Econometric Methods–Big Data
  • ECON 4360 – Experimental Economics 
  • ECON 4570 – Econometrics

Compatible minor:

  • Economics of Quantitative Modeling
Economics of Technology & Innovation

Study different types of economic models related to innovation and new technologies. Students are prepared to use economic theory, econometric and statistical methods, and data to examine patents, R&D, and innovation more broadly, as well as in specific industries in the economy.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI 
  • ECON 1200  – Introductory Economics

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ECON 4110 – Economics of Innovation and New Technologies
  • ECON 4290 – Economics of Biotech and Medical Innovations
  • ECON 4430 – Economics of Growth and Innovation

Compatible minor:

  • Economics of Technology & Innovation
Electronic Arts 

This pathway allows students to study a range of approaches to electronic, or digital arts, such as digital imaging, graphic storytelling, interactive media, and 3D animation. This immersive study will give students a comprehensive view of how to use digital tools to tell stories, and to critically and creatively explore the arts at the intersection of the humanities, and the physical, computational, engineering, and social sciences.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • ARTS 1020 – Digital Imaging
  • ARTS 1050 – Arts History
  • IHSS 1030 – Behind the Television Screen  HI
  • IHSS 1040 – Documentary in the 21st Century  HI
  • IHSS 19XX –  Game Sound and Musical Play  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Remixing in Digital Culture  HI

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ARTS 2040 – Intermediate Digital Imaging
  • ARTS 2060 – 2D Experimental Animation
  • ARTS 2070 – Graphic Storytelling
  • ARTS 2230 – 3D Bootcamp
  • ARTS 2700 – Sound Recording and Production I
  • ARTS 4060 – 3D Visual Effects
  • ARTS 4070 – 3D Animation
  • ARTS 4090 – Art, Code, & Interactivity
  • ARTS 4860 – Advanced Digital Imaging
  • ARTS 4XXX – Performance Art

Compatible minor:

  • Electronic Arts

 

Environmental Futures

The future seems up for grabs as climate change challenges human and nonhuman societies to meet basic needs for clean air, water, soil, food, and energy. How will we adapt, reduce harm, or mitigate the problems of the past and present? This pathway involves courses in sustainability, defined as the means to ensure the well-being of the planet and quality of life of present and future generations. Courses integrate research and insights from the social sciences, arts, and humanities to pursue a healthy environment, economic prosperity, and social justice by building on the present to inform the future.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1040 – Documentary in the 21st Century: Identity Production  HI
  • IHSS 1110 – Nature & Society  HI
  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI
  • IHSS 1240 – Sustainability Debates  HI
  • IHSS 1320 – A Century of Environmental Thought  HI
  • IHSS 1350 – Law, Value, and Public Policy  HI
  • IHSS 1720 – Music and Nature  HI
  • IHSS 1966 – Music and Protest  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Designing Climate Justice  HI

Remaining credit from a choice of the following:

  • ARTS 4080 – Art, Community, and Technology
  • ARTS 4120 – Bio Punk
  • ARTS 4140 – Queer Ecologies
  • ARTS 4240 – Eco-Chic:  Living Art
  • ECON 4230 – Environmental Economics
  • PHIL 4300 – Environmental Philosophy
  • PHIL 4500/STSH 4250 – Bioethics
  • STSH 4700 – Environmental Law
  • STSH 4290/STSS 4290 – Sustainability by Design
  • STSH 4720/STSS 4720 – Consumer Culture
  • STSS 2300 – Environment and Society
  • STSS 4280 – Sustainability Education
  • STSS 4320 – Resilience Planning
Ethics, Integrity, and Social Responsibility

In this Pathway, students analyze many aspects of the complex relationship between ethics and areas in science, technology, and engineering. These conversations are critical to ensure the ethical and accessible use of technology and to allow scientists and engineers to think critically and make informed decisions on personal, professional, and public policy levels.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1140 – Minds and Machines  HI
  • IHSS 1150 – The Genome and You  HI
  • IHSS 1160 – Science and Scientific Misconduct  HI
  • IHSS 1350 – Law, Value, and Public Policy  HI
  • IHSS 1420 – Global Health Challenges  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Designing Climate Justice  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Philosophy, Technology, and the Human Future  HI
  • STSH/S 1110 – Science, Technology, and Society  HI

Remaining credits from choice of the following:

  • ARTS 4080 – Art, Community, and Technology
  • ARTS 4240 – Eco-Chic:  Living Art
  • ARTS 4560 – Hactivism
  • PHIL 4240 – Ethics
  • PHIL 4300/STSH 4340 – Environmental Philosophy
  • PHIL 4500/STSH 4250 – Bioethics
  • STSS 2700 – Law and Society
  • STSH 4210 – Engineering Ethics
  • STSS 4400 – Medicine, Culture, and Society
Extent and Limits of Rationality

Humans can do, and have done, some really stupid things: we are not as rational as we would like to think, and we are subject to scores of cognitive and social biases. That said, however, we also have the power to correct for these, and to do good and constructive work. Let's see how we can harness our cognitive and social powers for the good. How can critical thinking be used constructively? How can we learn from our past mistakes? How can social institutions and policies be set up to ensure that we will make wise decisions and create a world that lasts into the extended future?

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1140 – Minds and Machines  HI
  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI
  • IHSS 1510 – War and Society  HI
  • IHSS 1570 – War and Technology  HI
  • IHSS 1235 – Are Humans Rational?  HI  (note: course will not be offered in academic year 2020-2021)
  • IHSS 1180 – The Art of Listening  HI

Remaining credits from choice of the following:

  • COGS 2120 – Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • COMM 2520 – Communication Theory and Practice
  • ECON 4220 – Applied Game Theory
  • ECON 4270 – Behavioral Economics
  • PHIL 2100/PSYC 2100 – Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2140 – Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 4961 – Intermediate Formal Logic & AI 
  • PSYC 4370 – Cognitive Psychology
  • STSH 4530 – History of Science and Technology
  • WRIT 2340 – Speech Communication
  • WRIT 4550 – Proposing and Persuading
Fact and Fiction

A pathway for those who are curious about what makes something fake or factual and how such concepts are evolving in contemporary political and popular culture. Students will learn how to think more precisely and analytically about the distinctions between fact, fiction, truth, and reality.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • ARTS 1030 – Digital Filmmaking
  • IHSS 1160 – Science and Scientific Misconduct  HI
  • IHSS 1300 – Race and Film in US Culture and History  HI
  • IHSS 1560 – Media & Society  HI
  • IHSS 1973 – News Media, Culture & Politics  HI
  • IHSS 1976 – Fiction: From Film to the Internet  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Documentary in the 21st Century  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Documentary:  Whose Narrative?  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – The American Dream  HI
  • PHIL 1110 – Introduction to Philosophy 

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ARTS 4040 – Rethinking Documentary: Video Production
  • ARTS 4560 – Hactivism
  • ARTS 4640 – Science Fictions
  • COMM 2110 – Writing for the Screen
  • COMM 2440 – Documentary Film
  • COMM 4530 – Reality TV and Post-Factual Media
  • COMM 4580 – Adverting and Culture
  • LITR 4150 – Science and Fiction
  • PHIL 2100/PSYC 2100 – Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 4130 – Philosophy of Science
  • STSH 4430/STSS 4430 – Drugs in History
  • STSS 4570 – Contemporary Political Thought
  • STSS 4590 – American Politics in Crisis
  • WRIT 2320 – Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
  • WRIT 2330 – Creative Writing: The Short Story
Foreign Language

This pathway promotes the development of skills to help students effectively communicate both domestically, and internationally, as well as enhance appreciation for other cultures. Students who select this pathway must have all courses that are part of the pathway be in the same foreign language. 

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of 12 credits of the following, with at least 8 credit hours at, or above, the 2000-level and at least 3 credit hours at the 4000-level:

  • Any 1000-level LANG course
  • Any 2000-level LANG course
  • Any 4000-level LANG course
Game Studies

This pathway explores the design, creation, and analysis of games.  Students completing this pathway will develop depth in creative and critical thinking, technological proficiency and multicultural awareness.

This pathway is restricted to students in the Game and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) major.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Required:

  • GSAS 1600 – History and Culture of Games  HI, MR

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • GSAS 2510 – Introduction to Game Design  MR
  • GSAS 2520 – Introduction to Game Storytelling  MR
  • GSAS 2540 – Introduction to Game Programming  MR
Gender, Race, Sexuality, Ethnicity, and Social Change

This pathway enables students to cultivate an appreciation of how diverse identities are lived, experienced, and analyzed. Courses in this pathway center gender, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, and social class as ways of knowing and as analytic approaches for understanding distinctions that human societies make and unmake over time. Gender is used as an analytic tool for critical thinking about such topics as studies of sex differences and sexualities; race and gender in science, engineering, or gaming; or studies of the environment, war and peace, and other social impacts. Racial-ethnic formation is similarly used as an analytical tool for visualizing intersecting inequalities; history of science, medicine, arts, and technology.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1150 – The Genome and You  HI
  • IHSS 1300 – Race and Film in US Culture and History  HI
  • IHSS 1560 – Media & Society  HI
  • IHSS 1666 – Religion in a Global World  HI
  • IHSS 1710 – Popular Music and Society  HI
  • IHSS 1968 – Songs of Identity  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Revolutions in Comparative Perspective  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Worlds on Display  HI

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ARTS 4140 – Queer Ecologies
  • COMM 2120 – Language in Real Time
  • COMM 2440 – Documentary Film
  • COMM 4550 – Religion in Media
  • COMM 4620 – Language and Culture
  • LITR 2770 – Women Writers
  • STSS 2510 – Cultural Anthropology
  • STSS 2520 – Sociology
  • STSS 4560 – Gender, Science, and Technology
Graphic Design

Study Graphic Design through the integration of theory and practice, in print and digital media. Students are prepared to use creative and critical thinking to solve visual communication problems and reach target audiences with words, symbols and images.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of 12 credits from the following, at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • IHSS 1560 – Media & Society  HI
  • IHSS 1969 – History of Design  HI
  • COMM 2520 – Communication Theory and Practice 
  • COMM 2570 – Typography
  • COMM 2660 – Introduction to Graphics 
  • COMM 4320 – Visual Poetics and Narrative
  • COMM 4460 – Visual Design
  • COMM 4690 – Interface Design
  • COMM 4880 – Interactive Data Visualization
  • COMM 4960 – Brand Identity Design
  • COMM 4xxx – 2D Motion Graphics
  • COMM x960 – Color Theory
  • WRIT 1110 – Writing in Context 

Compatible minor:

  • Graphic Design

 

History

The pathway in History is designed for students interested in US and world history. Courses primarily focus on the social history and evolution of technology, scientific enterprise, medicine, and law. 

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1320 – A Century of Environmental Thought  HI
  • IHSS 1410 – Century of the Gene  HI
  • IHSS 1500 – Human Rights in History  HI
  • IHSS 1570 – War and Technology  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Documentary in the 21st Century  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Revolutions in Comparative Perspective  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – The American Dream  HI 
  • STSH/S 1110 – Science, Technology, and Society  HI

Required:

  • STSH 2500 – American History  G

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • STSH 4420 – History of Medicine
  • STSH 4440 – History of Mental Health
  • STSH 4510 – History of American Technology
  • STSH 4530 – Global History of Science and Technology
  • STSH 4000 – Science and Technology Elective
  • STSH 4430/STSS 4430 – Drugs in History
  • STSH 4720/STSS 4720 – Consumer Culture

Compatible minor:

  • History
Information Technology and Web Sciences

The pathway in Information Technology and Web Science (ITWS) is designed to introduce students to the social aspects and human interactions that technology provides in our lives and workplaces.  Students will gain knowledge of the social, legal, and ethical issues in employing technology around the world and will learn how to recognize and respond to human-centered deisgn issues to make technology more usable.

This pathway is restricted to students in the Information Technology and Web Sciences (ITWS) major.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Required:

  • IHSS/ITWS 1220 – IT and Society  HI
  • ITWS 2210 – Intro to HCI

Remaining credits from a choice of the following​​​​:

  • ARTS 2540 – The Multimedia Century
  • COGS 2120 – Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • COMM 2520 – Communication Theory and Practice
  • COMM 2660 – Introduction to Graphics
  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI
  • PHIL 2100 – Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2140 – Introduction to Logic
  • PSYC 1200 – General Psychology
  • STSS 1110 – Science, Technology, and Society
  • STSS 2210 – Design, Culture, and Society
  • WRIT 2110 – Strategic Writing
  • WRIT 2340 – Speech Communication
Interactive Media/Data Design

The Interactive Media/Data Design pathway covers communication design theory and practice, interaction design theory and practice, and information design to prepare students for creating different forms of interactive, multimedia communication and data representation. Students use critical thinking, creative thinking, multimedia design, and data representation to develop effective forms of communication in diverse global contexts.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of 12 credits of the following, at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • IHSS 1560 – Media & Society  HI
  • COMM 2520 – Communication Theory and Practice 
  • COMM 2660 – Introduction to Graphics 
  • COMM 4420 – Foundations of HCI Usability
  • COMM 4470 – Information Design
  • COMM 4690 – Interface Design
  • COMM 4770 – User Experience Design
  • COMM 4780 – Interactive Narrative
  • COMM 4880 – Interactive Data Visualization
  • WRIT 1110 – Writing in Context 

Compatible minor:

  • Graphic Design
Linguistics

Study linguistics from various perspectives, from cognitive analysis of linguistic expressions to the use of language for communication and other social settings. You’ll also learn how to effectively communicate and handle foreign languages.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Required:

  • COGS 2340 – Introduction to Linguistics

Remaining credits from a choice of the following​​​​, with at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • COGS 4340 – The Linguistics of Computational Linguistics
  • COGS 4560 – A Cross-Linguistic Perspective
  • COGS 4780 – Advanced Topics in Linguistics
  • COGS 4880 – Language-Endowed Intelligent Agents
  • COMM 2120 – Language in Real Time
  • COMM 4620 – Language and Culture
  • Or a choice of 4 credits of the following:
    • Any 1000-level LANG course 
    • Any 2000-level LANG course
    • Any 4000-level LANG course

Compatible minor:

  • Linguistics

 

Literature and Creative Writing

The Literature and Creative Writing Pathway offers discussion-oriented courses across a range of literary genres and themes, with a choice of emphasis on either literature, creative writing, or both. Students will learn to read and write literary art critically and creatively, with clarity and imagination, and with sensitivity to multi-cultural expressions of diversity.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of 12 credits of the following, at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • IHSS 1976 – Fiction from Film to the Internet  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – The American Dream  HI
  • COMM 2110 – Writing for the Screen 
  • COMM 4320 – Visual Poetics and Narrative
  • COMM 4780 – Interactive Narrative
  • LITR 1000 – Literature Elective
  • LITR 2000 – Literature Elective
  • LITR 2110 – Intro to Literature 
  • LITR 2150 – Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • LITR 4770 – Women Writers 
  • LITR 4000 – Literature Elective
  • LITR 4150 – Science and Fiction
  • LITR 4230 – Irish Literature
  • WRIT 1000 – Writing Elective
  • WRIT 1110 – Writing in Context
  • WRIT 2000 – Writing Elective
  • WRIT 2310 – Creative Writing: Poetry 
  • WRIT 2320 – Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
  • WRIT 2330 – Creative Writing: The Short Story

Compatible minor:

  • Literature and Creative Writing

 

Living in a World of Data

We live in the age of information … and misinformation … of big data, data mining, and machine learning ... of new media presenting unparalleled means of communication ... of unseen and opaque algorithms driving our news feeds... and of rushing to judgment on viral videos.  We better all develop some 'information intelligence' and 'data dexterity'. Such dexterity and intelligence includes technical skills of quantitative data analysis and IT technology, but also includes critical thinking skills regarding how information is collected, judged, interpreted, and represented, and how big data and information is feeding our collective awareness driving our decisions and affecting the world around us.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1140 – Minds and Machines  HI
  • IHSS 1150 – The Genome and You  HI
  • IHSS 1160 – Science and Scientific Misconduct  HI
  • IHSS 1200 – Principles of Economics  HI
  • IHSS/ITWS 1220 – IT and Society  HI

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • COMM 4470 – Information Design
  • COMM 4690 – Interface Design
  • COMM 4880 – Interactive Data Visualization
  • ECON 4220 – Applied Game Theory
  • ECON 4270 – Behavioral Economics 
  • ECON 4570 – Econometrics
  • PHIL 2100/PSYC 2100 – Critical Thinking
  • PSYC 2310 – Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSYC 4350 – Math Methods for Psychological Science
  • STSH 4520/STSS 4520 – Society by the Numbers
Logical Thinking

This Pathway is for students with an interest in symbolic logic, and the connections between formal logic and mathematics, computer science, Artificial Intelligence, and the human mind.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choose 12 credits from a choice of the following​​​​, with at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • IHSS 1235 – Are Humans Rational?  HI  (note: course will not be offered in academic year 2020-2021)
  • IHSS 1140 – Minds and Machines  HI
  • PHIL 2140 – Introduction to Logic  G
  • PHIL 4140 – Intermediate Logic
  • PHIL 4420 – Computability and Logic
  • PHIL 4960 – Inductive Logic
  • PHIL 4961 – Intermediate Formal Logic & AI 
  • PHIL 2100/PSYC 2100 – Critical Thinking  G

Compatible minor:

  • Philosophy of Logic, Computation, and Mind

 

 

Media and Culture

This pathway examines different forms of expression and their cultural contexts in a variety of media, including film, television, photography, and new media. Its components will enhance creative and critical thinking, communication practices, and awareness of cultural and individual identities. The focus on cultural and media literacy will improve the career readiness and social awareness of those in any program at RPI.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choose 12 credits from a choice of the following​​​​, with at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • IIHSS 1560 – Media and Society  HI
  • IHSS 1973 – News Media, Culture & Politics  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Behind the Television Screen  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Documentary in the 21st Century  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Documentary:  Whose Narrative?  HI
  • IHSS 19XX –  Game Sound and Musical Play  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Remixing in Digital Culture  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – The American Dream  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Tech and the Top Ten  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Worlds on Display  HI
  • ARTS 4040 – Rethinking Documentary: Video Production
  • COMM 2110 – Writing for the Screen 
  • COMM 2410 – Perspectives on Photography
  • COMM 2440 – Documentary Film
  • COMM 2520 – Communication Theory and Practice
  • COMM 2XXX – The Film Experience
  • COMM 2XXX – Critical Television
  • COMM 4530 – Reality TV and Post-Factual Media
  • COMM 4550 – Religion in Media
  • COMM 4580 – Advertising and Culture
  • COMM 4540 – Visual Culture

Compatible minor:

  • Media and Culture
Mind, Brain, and Intelligence

Discover Cognitive Science: a young but fast-growing field focused on the study of mind from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, and artificial intelligence.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Required:

  • COGS 2120 – Introduction to Cognitive Science

Remaining credits from a choice of the following, with at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • IHSS 1140 – Minds and Machines  HI
  • IHSS 1972 – AI and Society  HI
  • IHSS 1235 – Are Humans Rational?  HI (note: course will not be offered in academic year 2020-2021)
  • COGS 4330 – Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • COGS 4600 – Cognition and the Brain
  • COGS 4000 – Cognitive Science Elective
  • PHIL 4961 – Intermediate Formal Logic & AI 
  • PSYC 4350 – Math Methods for Psychological Science
  • PSYC 4370 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 4410 – Sensation and Perception

Compatible minor:

  • Cognitive Science
Music and Culture

Students gain historical and inter-cultural knowledge of music from the Western and various non-Western cultures.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1010 – Exploring Music at Rensselaer  HI
  • IHSS 1080 – History of Jazz and Improv Music  HI
  • IHSS 1700 – Songwriting Workshop  HI
  • IHSS 1710 – Popular Music and Society  HI
  • IHSS 1720 – Music and Nature  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Game Sound and Musical Play  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Remixing in Digital Culture  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Tech and the Top Ten  HI

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ARTS 2180 – Deep Listening 
  • ARTS 2500 – Histories of Western Music
  • ARTS 2520 – World Music
  • ARTS 2700 – Sound Recording and Production I
  • ARTS 4180 – Topics in Deep Listening
  • ARTS 4700 – Sound Recording & Production II 
  • ARTS 4XXX – Performance Art

Compatible minor:

  • Music
Music Composition and Production

Music and technology are become increasingly interlinked, with both contemporary and traditional forms finding new avenues in this expanding territory. Through creative projects and hands on experience students develop a broad range of musical skills while learning the fundamentals of recording, electronic and digital music creation, and the use of the computer as musical instrument. 

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1010 – Exploring Music at Rensselaer  HI
  • IHSS 1080 – History of Jazz and Improv Music  HI
  • IHSS 1700 – Songwriting Workshop  HI
  • IHSS 1710 – Popular Music and Society  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Remixing in Digital Culture  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Tech and the Top Ten  HI
  • ARTS 1380 – Fundamentals of Music and Sound
  • ARTS 2500 – Histories of Western Music
  • ARTS 2700 – Sound Recording and Production I

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ARTS 2020 – Music and Technology I
  • ARTS 2380 – Music and Sound I
  • ARTS 2600 – Ensemble Non-Linear
  • ARTS 2700 – Sound Recording and Production I
  • ARTS 4160 – Music and Technology II
  • ARTS 4380 – Music and Sound II
  • ARTS 4700 – Sound Recording and Production II

Compatible minor:

  • Music
Music Performance

Students learn to perform focal and instrumental music from a variety of styles, Classical to Afro-Cuban to experimental.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1010 – Exploring Music at Rensselaer  HI
  • IHSS 1080 – History of Jazz and Improv Music  HI
  • IHSS 1710 – Popular Music and Society  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Remixing in Digital Culture  HI
  • ARTS 1380 – Fundamentals of Music and Sound
  • ARTS 2500 – Histories of Western Music

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • ARTS 2180 – Deep Listening
  • ARTS 2300 – Rensselaer Orchestra  1 credit
  • ARTS 2310 – Rensselaer Concert Choir  1 credit
  • ARTS 2350 – Chamber Music Ensemble  2 credits
  • ARTS 2600 – Ensemble Non-Linear
  • ARTS 2960 – Private Lessons  1 credit
  • ARTS 2960 – Contemporary Improv Ensemble
  • ARTS xxxx – Fusion Ensemble
  • ARTS 4180 – Topics in Deep Listening 

Compatible minor:

  • Music
Philosophy

Learn to reason more precisely, think more critically, and ask more penetrating and foundational questions, about enduring and contemporary problems in ethics, science, technology, religion, and politics — including some of the biggest challenges that humanity currently faces.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • PHIL 1110 – Introduction to Philosophy  G
  • PHIL 1000 – Philosophy Elective
  • IHSS 1150 - The Genome and You  HI
  • IHSS 1160 – Science and Scientific Misconduct  HI
  • IHSS 1165 – Great Ideas in Philosophy  HI
  • IHSS 1235 – Are Humans Rational?  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Philosophy, Technology, and the Human Future  HI 
  • PHIL 2100/PSYC 2100 – Critical Thinking  G
  • PHIL 2140 – Introduction to Logic  G

Remaining credits from a choice of the following​​​​, with at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • PHIL 2100/PSYC 2100 – Critical Thinking  G
  • PHIL 2140 – Introduction to Logic  G
  • PHIL 2400 – Philosophy of Biology
  • PHIL 2000 – Philosophy Elective
  • PHIL 4130 – Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 4240 – Ethics
  • PHIL 4300 – Environmental Philosophy
  • PHIL 4480 – Metaphysics and Consciousness
  • PHIL 4961 – Intermediate Formal Logic & AI 
  • PHIL 4000 – Philosophy Elective

Compatible minor:

  • Philosophy
Science, Technology, and Society

The pathway in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is designed for students broadly interested in the social and political dimensions of science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Students use political and social science methods to investigate scientific and technological developments.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS/ITWS 1220 – IT and Society  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Worlds on Display  HI
  • STSH/S 1110 – Science, Technology, and Society  HI

Choice of one of the following:

  • STSH 2500 – American History  G
  • STSS 2300 – Environment and Society  G
  • STSS 2510 – Cultural Anthropology  G
  • STSS 2520 – Sociology  G
  • STSS 2700 – Law and Society  G

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • Any 4000-level STSH or STSS course

Compatible minor:

  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
Strategic Communication

This pathway is designed to train versatile, critical, and self-possessed 21st- century communicators. Students who successfully complete this pathway will demonstrate the ability to make focused, audience-appropriate arguments; communicate effectively across diverse rhetorical, sociocultural, and disciplinary contexts; and respond creatively to the analytical demands involved with developing, arranging, and revising ideas and arguments.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of 12 credits of the following, with at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • COMM 1000 – Communication Elective
  • COMM 2000 – Communication Elective
  • COMM 2520 – Communication Theory and Practice
  • COMM 2660 – Introduction to Graphic Design
  • COMM 4580 – Advertising and Culture
  • COMM 4620 – Language and Culture 
  • IHSS 1560 – Media and Society HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Writing and Society  HI
  • WRIT 1110 – Writing in Context 
  • WRIT 2110 – Strategic Writing 
  • WRIT 2340 – Speech Communication
  • Any 4000-level WRIT course

Compatible minor:

  • Strategic Communication
Studio Arts

Study traditional studio arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture in conjunction with art history to learn techniques, history and theory in the visual arts.  Students will develop basic skills in perspective, proportion, composition, form making, light and shadow, color, 2 and 3D Design, and learn to articulate ideas about their own, other students’, and historical works through class discussions and critiques.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choose one of the following:

  • ARTS 1050 – Arts History
  • ARTS 2540 – The Multimedia Century

Remaining credits from a choice of the following​​​​:

  • ARTS 1200 – Basic Drawing  G
  • ARTS 1000 – Arts Elective
  • ARTS 2200 – Intermediate Drawing
  • ARTS 2210 – Sculpture I
  • ARTS 2220 – Fundamentals of 2D Design
  • ARTS 4200 - Advanced Drawing
  • ARTS 4210 – Sculpture II
  • ARTS 4220 – Painting
  • ARTS 4260 – Life Drawing

Compatible minor:

  • Studio Arts
Sustainability

The pathway in Sustainability focuses on the interactions between various systems - social, political, cultural, economic, technological and ecological - that undergird environmental sustainability. Students use interdisciplinary approaches to investigate environmental problems.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1110 – Nature and Society  HI
  • IHSS 1240 – Sustainability Debates  HI
  • IHSS 1320 – A Century of Environmental Thought  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Designing Climate Justice  HI
  • STSH/S 1110 – Science, Technology, and Society  HI

Required:

  • STSS 2300 – Environment and Society  G

Remaining credits from a choice of the following:

  • STSH 4300 – Sustainability Careers 
  • STSH 4340 – Environmental Philosophy
  • STSH 4510 – History of American Technology
  • STSH 4700 – Environmental Law
  • STSH 4290/STSS 4290 – Sustainability by Design
  • STSH 4310/STSS 4310 – Energy Politics
  • STSH 4720/STSS 4720 – Consumer Culture
  • STSS 4260 – Food, Farms, and Famine
  • STSS 4270 – Sustainability Problems
  • STSS 4280 – Sustainability Education
  • STSS 4320 – Resilience Planning
  • STSS 4350 – Politics of Design
  • STSS 4370 – Environmental Politics and Policy
  • STSS 4500 – Globalization and Development

Compatible minor:

  • Sustainability

 

Thinking with Science

This pathway offers instruction in identifying and understanding the methods and media for scientific knowledge is dissemination. Students who successfully complete this pathway will demonstrate the ability to critique how textual and social representations create diverse and competing receptions of scientific knowledge; analyze the social construction of scientific knowledge; and solve problems through disseminating scientific knowledge across a variety of social and rhetorical contexts.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • IHSS 1160 – Science and Scientific Misconduct  HI
  • IHSS 1175 – Well-Being:  Cultivating Curiosity  HI
  • IHSS 1570 – War and Technology  HI
  • IHSS 1965 – Open Source:  Art, Music, Culture  HI
  • STSH/S 1110 – Science, Technology, and Society  HI

Remaining credits from a choice of the following​​​​:

  • ARTS 4240 – Eco-Chic: Living Art
  • ARTS 4960 – Bio-Punk: Arts Lab Practices
  • COMM 2520 – Communication Theory and Practice 
  • LITR 4150 – Science and Fiction
  • PHIL 2100/PSYC 2100 – Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2400 – Philosophy of Biology
  • PHIL 4130 – Philosophy of Science
  • STSH 4510 – History of American Technology
  • STSH 4530 – History of Science and Technology
  • WRIT 2110 – Strategic Writing 
  • WRIT 4410 – Research Writing
  • WRIT 4550 – Proposing and Persuading
Transfer Student Arts and Humanities

This pathway is intended for transfer students that enter with junior status and who have completed significant coursework within the arts and humanities to be applied toward a pathway.  Coursework may include a mix of transfer courses that come in as electives or courses taken at Rensselaer. 

To complete this integrative pathway, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of 12 credits of the following course prefixes, with at least 8 credit hours at, or above, the 2000-level and at least 3 credit hours at the 4000-level:

  • ARTS
  • COMM
  • GSAS
  • IHSS
  • LANG
  • LITR
  • PHIL
  • STSH
  • WRIT
Transfer Student Social Science

This pathway is intended for transfer students that enter with junior status and who have completed significant coursework within the social sciences to be applied toward a pathway.  Coursework may include a mix of transfer courses that come in as electives or courses taken at Rensselaer. 

To complete this integrative pathway, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of 12 credits of the following course prefixes, with at least 8 credit hours at, or above, the 2000-level and at least 3 credit hours at the 4000-level:

  • COGS
  • ECON
  • GSAS
  • IHSS
  • PSYC
  • STSS
Understanding Human Behavior

The ability to understand and predict how people act and think is more important than ever in addressing many of the greatest challenges that we face as a society.  In this pathway, students will learn how behavior and thought are influenced by cognitive, emotional, developmental, social, and environmental factors, and how to apply psychological principles.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Required:

  • PSYC 1200 – Intro to Psychological Science

Remaining credits from a choice of the following​​​​, with at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • IHSS 19XX – Understanding Empathy  HI
  • PSYC 2310 – Research Methods and Statistics I 
  • PSYC 2730 – Social Psychology 
  • PSYC 2800 – Introduction to Sports Psychology
  • PSYC 2000 – Psychology Elective
  • PSYC 4110 – Motivation and Performance
  • PSYC 4200 – Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 4310 – Research Methods and Statistics II 
  • PSYC 4350 – Math Methods for Psychological Science
  • PSYC 4370 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 4400 – Personality 
  • PSYC 4450 – Learning
  • PSYC 4500 – Drugs, Society, and Behavior
  • PSYC 4720 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 4740 – Psychology and the Law 
  • PSYC 4750 – Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 4800 – Sports Psychology Seminar
  • PSYC 4000 – Psychology Elective

Compatible minor:

  • General Psychology
  • Psychological Science
Video, Performance, and Social Practice

This pathway allows students to study video, performance and social impact through the integration of theory and practice. Students are prepared to analyze and critique moving images; plan, produce and edit their own media productions in video/television and/or performance; and communicate through visual as well as audio mediums. Strategically situating art, media and technology in a social context, students engage in creative practice designed to make change from the local to the global. 

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • ARTS 1030 – Digital Filmmaking
  • IHSS 1300 – Race and Film in US Culture and History HI
  • IHSS 1973 – News Media, Culture & Politics  HI
  • IHSS 1030 – Behind the Television Screen  HI
  • IHSS 1040 – Documentary in the 21st Century: Identity Production  HI
  • IHSS 1180 – The Art of Listening  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Remixing in Digital Culture  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Tech and the Top Ten  HI

Remaining credits from a choice of the following​​​​, with at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • ARTS 2010 – Intermediate Video
  • ARTS 2540 – The Multimedia Century 
  • ARTS 4040 – Rethinking Documentary: Video Production
  • ARTS 4080 – Art, Community, and Technology
  • ARTS 4130 – New Media Theory 
  • ARTS 4240 – Eco-Chic: Living Art
  • ARTS 4560 – Hactivism
  • ARTS 4630 – Writing and Directing for Video
  • ARTS 4640 – Science Fictions
  • ARTS 4XXX – Performance Art

Compatible minor:

  • Electronic Arts
  • Video, Performance, and Social Practice

 

Well-being: Body and Mind

How do we maintain a sense of well-being in our lives? Each person’s path to well-being in body and mind is unique—arising from an awareness of our needs, goals and what we find fulfilling. The Well-being Interdisciplinary Pathway includes a wide variety of courses that explore the nature of what it is to be human and to orient ourselves in the world, to have relationships, make decisions, be creative, and make discoveries.

 

Well-Being Pathway from HASS on Vimeo.

 

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choice of one of the following:

  • ARTS 1200 – Basic Drawing
  • IHSS 1110 – Nature & Society  HI
  • IHSS 1140 – Minds and Machines  HI
  • IHSS 1175 – Well-Being: Cultivating Curiosity  HI
  • IHSS 1700 – Songwriting Workshop  HI
  • IHSS 1720 – Music and Nature  HI
  • IHSS 1180 – The Art of Listening  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Understanding Empathy  HI
  • IHSS 19XX – Wanderlust: Walking & Well-being  HI

Remaining credits from a choice of the following​​​​, with at least 4 credits at the 4000-level:

  • ARTS 2310 – Rensselaer Concert Choir  1 credit
  • ARTS 2960 – Private Lessons  1 credit
  • PHIL 4240 – Ethics 
  • PSYC 1200 – General Psychology
  • PSYC 4430 – Psychology of Mindfulness 
  • PSYC 4440 – Sensibilities  
  • PSYC 4500 – Drugs, Society, and Behavior
  • PSYC 4610/COGS 4610 – Stress and the Brain
  • PSYC 4700/COGS 4700 – Hormones, Brain, and Behavior
  • PSYC 4730 – Positive Psychology
  • PSYC 4960 – Empathy and Emotion
  • WRIT 2310 – Creative Writing: Poetry
  • WRIT 2320 – Creative Writing: Non-fiction
  • WRIT 2330 – Creative Writing: Short Story

Compatible minor:

  • Well-being