Freshmen Cluster Course
What are Freshman Clusters?
The College's Freshman Cluster Program is a curricular initiative that is designed to strengthen the intellectual skills of first year students, introduce them to faculty research work, and expose them to such "best practices" in teaching as seminars and interdisciplinary study. Clusters are year-long, collaboratively taught, interdisciplinary courses that are focused on a topic of timely importance such as the "global environment," or "interracial dynamics." These courses are taught by some of the university's most distinguished faculty and seasoned graduate students. During the fall and winter quarters, students attend lecture courses and small discussion sections and/or labs. In the spring quarter, these same students enroll in one of a number of satellite seminars dealing with topics related to the cluster theme.
- Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Health in Latin America
- Geography, Demography, and Linguistics
- Historical Context: From Antiquity to the Modern Era: Sociological Context:
Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
- Cultural Context and Political Science, Shifts to the Left
- What is Health and How Is It Measured?
- Behavioral and Biological Factors and Psychosocial Factors
- Material Circumstances: Living and Working Conditions, Food Availability, etc.
- Healthcare Systems
- Poverty/Socioeconomic Position: Education, Occupation, Income
- How Governance and Macroeconomic Policies Influence Health
- How Social and Public Policies Affect Health
How Migration Impacts Health in Latin America
- The Impact of Urbanization on Health in Latin America
Available to entering freshmen and transfering students, cluster courses are an option for satisfying general education requirements. Click here to learn more.