Recommended Entry Courses

As you begin to think about your course of study, the Chairs of departments and programs have provided the information below to help first-year students select appropriate entry-level courses. Some of you may be thinking about majoring in these subjects. Others may want to explore an area of interest or take a course that fulfills a General Education requirement. Whatever your direction, the Bates College faculty advises you to explore new areas. The faculty also recommends that each first-year student register for a First-Year Seminar.

Africana

Africana adopts progressive interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of people of African descent in the Atlantic world: Africa, the Americas— with special attention to the United States—and Europe. Our courses examine conceptualizations of “race” and its use as a tool of critical analysis. Attention to the intersection of “race” with other social and political identities–e.g., ethnicity, social class, disability, gender, sexuality, linguistic–informs all aspects of the intellectual project of Africana at Bates.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • AFR 100. Introduction to Africana
  • INDS 100. African Perspectives on Justice, Human Rights, and Renewal
  • AF/RF 162. White Redemption: Cinema and the Co-optation of African American History
  • AM/AN 207. Race, Racism and Redress
  • ED/SO 242. Race, Cultural Pluralism, and Equality
  • AF/MU 249. African American Popular Music
  • AM/AV 288. Visualizing Race
  • BIO 128. Out of the Sea

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • AFR 100. Introduction to Africana (AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/africana/

American Cultural Studies

American Cultural Studies explores the various ways that institutions, values and practices shape, maintain, and challenge relations of power. American Studies courses are designed to elucidate what has been rendered socially invisible. Using a variety of interdisciplinary approaches such as texts, performance, and material culture as points of departure for our wide-ranging exploration of American culture. While it focuses on the United States, American Studies situates the U.S. in a wider transnational context.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • AA/AM 119. Cultural Politics
  • AMST 200. American Studies. (Formerly ACS 100. Introduction to American Cultural Studies.)
  • AMAN 125. Critical Perspectives on Sport and Society
  • AMHI 299. White Supremacy: An American History

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • AF/AM 119. Cultural Politics (AC, HS)
  • AM/HI 299. White Supremacy: An American History (AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/american-studies/

Anthropology

Anthropology is a comprehensive discipline offering students a broad, comparative, and essentially interdisciplinary approach to the study of human life in all its diversity.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • ANTH 101. Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 103. Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 104. Introduction to Human Evolution

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • ANTH 101. Cultural Anthropology (AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/anthropology/

Art and Visual Culture

Art and Visual Culture studies the intersecting categories of art, architecture, visual culture, and material culture, from the distant past to the present. This study also provides insights into intellectual currents, religious doctrines and practices, and social institutions, with attention to issues of class, gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Studio art involves the integration of traditional disciplines and methods with contemporary practices and the study of visual culture.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

Studio concentration:

  • AVC 203. Ceramic Design and Techniques
  • AVC 212. Drawing: From Still Life to the Model I
  • AVC 215. Painting: Abstraction and Invention
  • AVC 218. Photography: The Analog Image
  • AVC 219. Photography: The Digital Image

History and Criticism concentration:

  • AV/AS 234. Chinese Arts and Visual Culture

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

Studio concentration:

  • AVC 203. Ceramic Design and Techniques (AC, CP)
  • AVC 212A. Drawing: From Still Life to the Model I (AC, CP)
  • AVC 219. Photography: The Digital Image (AC, CP)

History and Criticism concentration:

  • AV/AS 234. Chinese Arts and Visual Culture (AC)
  • AV/CM 251. The Age of the Cathedrals (W2)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/art-visual-culture/

Asian Studies

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to encourage students to engage with the latest research on the arts, languages, literature, histories, economies, religions, and politics of Asian societies. A hallmark of Asian Studies at Bates is our focus on giving students occasion to deepen their study of an Asian culture through courses and the senior thesis along with rigorous training and expertise in Chinese or Japanese language.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • CHI 101. Beginning Chinese I
  • JPN 101. Beginning Japanese I
  • AS/JA 261. Cultural History of Japan: From Jōmon Pottery to Manga
  • AS/HI 171. China and Its Cultures
  • AV/AS 234. Chinese Arts and Visual Culture
  • AV/AS 243. Buddhist Arts and Visual Cultures
  • AV/AS 245. Architectural Monuments of Southeast Asia
  • AV/AS 236. Japanese Arts and Visual Culture
  • AV/AS 247. The Art of Zen Buddhism
  • AV/AS 246. Visual Narratives: Storytelling in East Asian Art (AC)
  • AS/HI 171. China and Its Cultures AS/JA 125. Japanese Literature and Society
  • AS/JA 125. Japanese Literature and Society
  • AS/JA 130. Japanese Film: Exploring Japanese Horror Films from the Silent Era to the Present Day
  • AS/RE 155. Introduction to Asian Religions
  • AS/RE 208. Religions in China
  • AS/RE 209. Religions in Japan
  • AS/RE 250. Buddhist Traditions
  • AS/RE 251. Religions of Tibet
  • AS/CI 207. Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation
  • AS/CI 223. Communism, Capitalism, and Cannibalism: New and Emerging Voices in Chinese Literature
  • AS/HI 274. China in Revolution
  • EN/GS 121G. Asian American Women Writers
  • INDS 266. Environmental History of China
  • AS/MU 252. Musics of Asia and the Pacific

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • CHI 101. Beginning Chinese I (AC, CP)
  • JPN 101. Beginning Japanese I (CP)
  • AV/AS 234. Chinese Arts and Visual Culture (AC)
  • AV/AS 245. Architectural Monuments of Southeast Asia (AC)
  • AS/JA 125. Japanese Literature and Society (W2)
  • AS/RE 155. Introduction to Asian Religions (AC, HS)
  • AS/RE 251. Religions of Tibet (AC, HS)
  • AS/RE 250. Buddhist Traditions (AC, HS)
  • AS/CI 207. Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation (AC, HS)
  • AS/HI 274. China in Revolution (AC, HS)
  • EN/GS 121G. Asian American Women Writers (AC)
  • AS/MU 252. Musics of Asia and the Pacific (AC, HS, W2)

Link to department/program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/asian/

Biology

Students in Biology learn to understand the principles that govern living systems and the methods used to study these systems.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • BIO 195. Lab-Based Biological Inquiry (fall or winter of 1st year)
  • CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab (fall of 1st year; crucial to be ready for sophomore-level biology courses)
  • CHEM 108A. Chemical Reactivity/Lab (winter of 1st year; crucial to be ready for sophomore-level biology courses)

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab (QF, SR)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/biology/

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Students taking classes in Chemistry and Biochemistry learn to understand the foundational theories of chemistry, apply these theories to the practice of reasoning from evidence, communicate with scientific audiences and the general population, and appreciate the role of science in society.

Biological chemistry encompasses study of the form, chemistry, and function of the molecules found in living organisms and the processes in which these molecules participate. It is the foundation for medical research and scientifically-based healthcare strategies as well as advances in other areas such as nutrition and agriculture .

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab
  • CHEM 108A. Chemical Reactivity/Lab
  • MATH 105. Calculus I
  • MATH 106. Calculus II

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab (QF, SR)
  • MATH 105. Calculus I (QF)
  • MATH 106. Calculus II (QF)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/chemistry-biochemistry/

Classical and Medieval Studies

Classical and Medieval Studies is a uniquely interdisciplinary study of cultural history with an emphasis on empowering students themselves to read and assess texts in the relevant ancient languages.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • CM/HI 101. Introduction to the Ancient World
  • CM/EN 104. Introduction to Medieval English Literature
  • CM/HI 109. Roman Civilization: The Empire
  • CM/HI 209. Vikings CM/RE 218. Greek and Roman Myths
  • CM/RE 238. Jews and Judaism in Antiquity
  • CM/RE 264. Islamic Civilization: Politics, History, Arts
  • GRK 101. Elementary Ancient Greek I
  • LATN 101. Elementary Latin I
  • GRK 201. Classical Prose
  • LATN 301. Prose of the Empire
  • GRK 301. Classical Prose: Advanced

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • CM/HI 101. Introduction to the Ancient World (AC, HS, W2)
  • CM/EN 104. Introduction to Medieval English Literature (AC, HS)
  • CM/HI 109. Roman Civilization: The Empire (AC, HS)
  • CM/HI 209. Vikings (AC, HS)
  • CM/RE 218. Greek and Roman Myths (AC, HS)
  • LATN 101. Elementary Latin I (AC, CP)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/classical-medieval/

Digital and Computational Studies

Data and computers are transforming virtually every facet of our professional and personal lives. Increasingly, they are the dominant media for how we generate, apply, and share knowledge. The digital and computational studies (DCS) program is problem-oriented and reflective. By paying attention to the values and motivations underlying the development and use of computers, by exploring the consequences of computers and computation for society, and by engaging in programming, algorithmic development, and design, students are more likely to understand what goes on beyond the user interface.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • DCS 105. Calling Bull in a Digital World
  • DCS 106. TechnoGenderCulture
  • DCS 108. Introduction to Computation for Science and Mathematics
  • DCS 109. Introduction to Computing and Programming

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • DCS 105. Calling Bull in a Digital World (QF)
  • DCS 109. Introduction to Computing and Programming (QF)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/digital-computational-studies/

Earth and Climate Sciences

Earth and Climate Sciences are key to addressing scientific issues relating to energy, mineral, and water resources security; ecosystem and environmental stewardship; hazards risk assessment, adaptation, and mitigation; and climate variability and change.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • GEO 103. Earth Surface Environments and Environmental Change/Lab
  • GEO 104. Plate Tectonics and Tectonic Hazards
  • GEO 107. Katahdin to Acadia: Field Geology in Maine/Lab
  • GEO 109. Global Change/Lab CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab
  • CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • GEO 104. Plate Tectonics and Tectonic Hazards (QF, SR)
  • GEO 107. Katahdin to Acadia: Field Geology in Maine/Lab (QF, SR)
  • CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab (QF, SR)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/geology/

Economics

The goal of the economics curriculum is to educate students, both majors and non-majors, about the ideas of economics and how they apply to today’s world.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • ECON 101. Principles of Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
  • ECON 103. Principles of Macroeconomics: Income and Employment
  • ECON 250. Statistics
  • MATH 105. Calculus I
  • MATH 106. Calculus II

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • MATH 105. Calculus I (QF)
  • MATH 106. Calculus II (QF)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/economics/

Education

The aim of the department is to create an environment in which students and faculty together analyze the complex dynamics between the purposes and products of schooling and the social structures and cultural processes that constitute the broader context for education. The Education Minor has two tracks; Educational Studies and Teacher Education.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • EDUC 231. Perspectives on Education

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • EDUC 231. Perspectives on Education

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/education/

English

Classes in English foster critical reading, writing, and thinking, in which “criticism” is at once passionate appreciation, historical understanding, and the perpetual rethinking of values.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • AF/EN 115. Introduction to African American Literature II: 1910-Present
  • ENG 118. The Aesthetics of Seeing: Poetry as Witness
  • ENG 121G. Asian American Women Writers
  • ENG 131. Tragedy and the Drama of Voice
  • ENG 143. Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • ENG 152. American Writers since 1900

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • ENG 152. American Writers since 1900 (AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/english/

Environmental Studies

Environmental studies encompasses a broad range of issues that arise from the interaction of humans with both the natural world and built environments. To understand how physical environments are shaped in complex ways by socio-cultural, economic and political factors, the ES major provides an interdisciplinary framework that allows students to examine how humans experience, investigate, and interact with the world around them.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • ENVR 203. Scientific Approaches to Environmental Issues/Lab
  • ENVR 204. Environment and Society
  • ENVR 205. Lives in Place

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • ENVR 204. Environment and Society (AC, HS)
  • ENVR 205. Lives in Place (AC)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/environment/

European Studies

European Studies is an interdisciplinary program that brings together the methods and questions of the humanities and social sciences to understand better the people, languages, traditions, and cultures of Europe, as well as to examine European interactions with the wider world.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • EUS 101. Introduction to Europe
  • EU/HI 104. Europe, 1789 to the Present
  • FRE 101. Elementary French I
  • GER 101. Introduction to German Language and Culture I
  • RUSS 101. Elementary Russian I
  • SPAN 103. Accelerated Elementary Spanish

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • EU/HI 104. Europe, 1789 to the Present (AC, HS)
  • FRE 101. Elementary French I (CP)
  • GER 101. Introduction to German Language and Culture I (AC, CP)
  • RUSS 101. Elementary Russian I (AC, CP)
  • SPAN 103. Accelerated Elementary Spanish (AC)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/european-studies/

French and Francophone Studies

Courses in French and Francophone Studies help students learn or improve communication skills in French, and go beyond the study of language to achieve a deeper understanding of the diversity of French-speaking populations through their literatures and other modes of cultural production.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • FRE 101. Elementary French I
  • FRE 201. Intermediate French
  • FRE 205. Oral French
  • FRE 207. Introduction to Contemporary France
  • FRE 208. Introduction to the Francophone World
  • FRE 235. Advanced French Language and Film Analysis
  • FRE 240E Le Maghreb Vue de l’Enfance
  • FRE 250. Power and Resistance Through Writing

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • FRE 101. Elementary French I (CP)
  • FRE 201. Intermediate French (AC, CP)
  • FRE 205. Oral French (AC, CP)
  • FRE 207. Introduction to Contemporary France (AC, HS)
  • FRE 235. Advanced French Language and Film Analysis (CP)
  • FRE 240E Le Maghreb Vue de l’Enfance (HS)
  • FRE 250. Power and Resistance Through Writing (HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/french/

Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies analyzes local and global entanglements of knowledge, power, pleasure, and resistance. Drawing on histories of anti-racist, decolonial, feminist, queer, and trans work, courses examine shifting dynamics of privilege, exclusion, and marginalization. The program also cultivates action, practice, and reciprocal engagement with the many communities of which we are part.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • GSS 100. Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • GSS 102. Introduction to Transgender Studies
  • ENGS 121. Asian American Women Writers
  • GSS 205. Queer Indigenous Studies
  • GSRE 207. Eve, Adam, and the Serpent
  • CMGS 204. Classics and the History of Sexuality
  • AF/GS 201. Race, Ethnicity, and Feminist Thought
  • AM/GS 248. Queer Studies
  • INDS 267. Blood, Genes, and American Culture
  • GSSO 270. Sociology of Gender
  • AVGS 287. Gender and Visual Culture

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • ENGS 121. Asian American Women Writers (AC, HS)
  • AF/GS 201. Race, Ethnicity, and Feminist Thought (HS)
  • GSRE 207. Eve, Adam, and the Serpent (AC, HS)
  • CMGS 204. Classics and the History of Sexuality (AC, HS)
  • GSSO 270. Sociology of Gender (HS)
  • AVGS 287. Gender and Visual Culture (AC)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/gender/

German and Russian Studies

Offerings in the Department of German and Russian Studies investigate important interconnections among history, society, culture, and language in the region. The curricula in German and Russian explore societies challenged and invigorated by change and stress the importance of attaining fluency not only in the language but also in the nuances of cultural understanding.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • GER 101. Introduction to German Language and Culture I
  • GER 201. Intermediate German Language and Culture I
  • GER 233. Advanced German Language and Culture I
  • RUSS 101. Elementary Russian I
  • RUSS 201. Intermediate Russian I

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • GER 101. Introduction to German Language and Culture I (AC, CP)
  • GER 201. Intermediate German Language and Culture I (AC, CP)
  • GER 233. Advanced German Language and Culture I (CP, HS)
  • RUSS 101. Elementary Russian I (AC, CP)
  • RUSS 201. Intermediate Russian I (AC, CP)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/german-russian/

Hispanic Studies

The Hispanic Studies major and minor enable students to acquire a strong and useful proficiency in Spanish that allows them to navigate cultural spaces in which over 500 million people interact worldwide. The curriculum fosters the development of interpretative skills and contextual knowledge to engage critically a broad range of cultural productions originating in the Spanish-speaking world. The program contributes to the study of the humanities through a curriculum of courses taught in Spanish that includes studies of Latin American, Spanish and US/Latino literature, media and visual arts covering an array of historical periods, and is informed by diverse and varied theoretical approaches.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • HISP 103 Accelerated Elementary Spanish
  • HISP 201. Intermediate Spanish I
  • HISP 202. Intermediate Spanish II
  • HISP 205. Advanced Spanish

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • HISP 201. Intermediate Spanish I (AC)
  • HISP 202. Intermediate Spanish II (AC)
  • HISP 205. Advanced Spanish (AC)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/spanish/

History

Whether material consists of published accounts, personal diaries, eyewitness chronicles, or shards of pottery, the task of historians is to arrange these remnants into meaningful patterns based on the evidence at hand.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • INDS 100. African Perspectives on Justice, Human Rights, and Renewal
  • CM/HI 101. Introduction to the Ancient World
  • CM/HI 102. Medieval Worlds EU/HI 104. Europe, 1789 to the Present
  • EU/HI 104. Revolutionary Europe & Its Legacies, 1789-1989
  • AF/HI 105. Africa: Special Topics in African History, 1500-1900
  • CM/HI 108. Roman Civilization: The Republic
  • CM/HI 109. Roman Civilization: The Empire
  • CM/HI 112. Ancient Greek History
  • INDS 130. Food in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • HIST 140. Origins of the New Nation, 1500–1820
  • AM/HI 141. Rise of the American Empire
  • HIST 142. America in the Twentieth Century
  • AS/HI 171. China and Its Cultures
  • HI/LS 181. Latin American History: From the Conquest to the Present

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • CM/HI 101. Introduction to the Ancient World (AC, HS, W2)
  • EU/HI 104. Europe, 1789 to the Present (AC, HS)
  • CM/HI 108. Roman Civilization: The Republic (AC, HS)
  • CM/HI 109. Roman Civilization: The Empire (AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/history/

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies (LAS) is an interdisciplinary program that integrates courses in the social sciences and the humanities. LAS brings together different methods of inquiry to better understand the cultures, societies and environments of Latin America, and explores the continuing importance of Latin America in a global context.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • AN/LS 238. Culture, Conflict, and Change in Latin America
  • HI/LS 270. The Spanish Empire: From Madrid to Manila
  • INDS 177. Caribbean Popular Cultural Insurgency
  • GS/PT 219. Social Movements in Latin America
  • PLTC 249. Politics of Latin America

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

AN/LS 238. Culture, Conflict, and Change in Latin America (AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/latin-american-studies/

Mathematics

A dynamic subject, with connections to many disciplines, mathematics is an integral part of a liberal arts education, and is increasingly vital in understanding science, technology, and society.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • MATH 105. Calculus I
  • MATH 106. Calculus II
  • MATH 110. Great Ideas in Mathematics
  • MATH 205. Linear Algebra
  • MATH 206. Multivariable Calculus

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • MATH 105. Calculus I (QF)
  • MATH 106. Calculus II (QF)
  • MATH 205. Linear Algebra (QF)
  • MATH 206. Multivariable Calculus (QF)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/mathematics/

Music

We study music from all over the world in our courses, at introductory and advanced levels. All of our courses and performance ensembles are open to general liberal arts students and music majors alike. A secondary concentration (minor) in music is available, and many of our majors pursue interdisciplinary interests or double majors. Concentrations in performance, composition, musicology, and ethnomusicology are available.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • MUS 101. Introduction to Listening
  • MUS 231. Music Theory I
  • AN/MU 212. How Music Performs Culture: Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  • MUS 248. Music in Contemporary Popular Culture

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • MUS 231. Music Theory I (AC, QF)
  • AN/MU 212. How Music Performs Culture: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (AC, HS)
  • MUS 248. Music in Contemporary Popular Culture (AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/music/

Neuroscience

The field of neuroscience examines bidirectional relationships between the nervous system and behavior and includes perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. As an inherently interdisciplinary field, neuroscience applies various methodologies to study the molecular, cellular, developmental, structural, functional, computational, and pathophysiological aspects of the nervous system, while bearing in mind that nervous systems are embodied and are situated in complex, dynamic environments.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • NS/PY 160. Introduction to Neuroscience
  • CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab
  • BIO 195. Lab-Based Biological Inquiry

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab (QF, SR)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/neuroscience/

Philosophy

The practice of philosophy is a careful study of competing conceptions of our shared humanity, the nature of the world, how we justify our beliefs and values, and more. While the discipline of Western philosophy has a historical lineage traced back through Europe and Ancient Greece, increasingly the practice of philosophy includes previously marginalized perspectives in order to understand the human being in all its embodied identities. The Bates philosophy curriculum emphasizes both the history of philosophical thought and the striking innovations, insights, and relevance of contemporary philosophy.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • PHIL 195. Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 210. Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • PHIL 213. Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 236. Theory of Knowledge
  • PHIL 258. Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 272. Philosophy in the Modern Era (1600-1800)
  • ESPL 214. Environmental Ethics
  • CMPL 271. Ancient Philosophy

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • PHIL 195. Introduction to Logic (QF)
  • PHIL 210. Philosophy of Cognitive Science (AC)
  • PHIL 213. Biomedical Ethics (AC, HS)
  • PHIL 236. Theory of Knowledge (AC)
  • PHIL 258. Philosophy of Law (AC, HS)
  • PHIL 272. Philosophy in the Modern Era (1600-1800) (AC, HS)
  • ESPL 214. Environmental Ethics (AC)
  • CMPL 271. Ancient Philosophy (AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/philosophy/

Physics and Astronomy

Introductory courses in physics and astronomy are designed to give students a broad background in the fundamentals of the discipline, an introduction to the logic and philosophy of science, and insight into the understanding and applications of contemporary physics and astrophysics.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • PHYS 109. Energy, Matter, and Motion
  • PHYS 211. Newtonian Mechanics (Students with a strong background in physics can begin with this core course, with permission of the instructor.)

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • PHYS 109. Energy, Matter, and Motion (QF, SR)
  • PHYS 211. Newtonian Mechanics (QF, SR)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/physics-astronomy/

Politics

The discipline analyzes political processes at individual, local, national, and international levels. Students study topics such as states, political institutions, social movements, political ideologies, identities, cooperation, conflict, war, and diplomacy.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • PLTC 115. U.S. Political Institutions and Processes
  • PLTC 122. Government and Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • PLTC 125. States and Markets
  • GS/PT 155. Gender, Power, and Politics
  • PLTC 171. International Politics
  • PLTC 191. Western Political Theory

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • PLTC 115. U.S. Political Institutions and Processes (HS)
  • PLTC 122. Government and Politics in Comparative Perspective (HS)
  • PLTC 125. States and Markets (HS)
  • PLTC 171. International Politics (HS)
  • PLTC 191. Western Political Theory (AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/politics/

Psychology

Students who major in psychology examine behavior and mental processes using the scientific method and learn to apply this knowledge in real-world and laboratory settings.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • PSYC 101. Principles of Psychology [If a student has transfer credit for PSYC 101, they may elect a course for which PSYC 101 is a prerequisite, except PSYC 218 (Statistics) which is not open to first-year students.]

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/psychology/

Religious Studies

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of life? Of death? Love? Compassion? Commitment? Welcome to Religious Studies. The academic study of religion provides an opportunity to explore how different cultures – throughout history and in the present – grapple with these enduring questions and many others.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • REL 112. Introduction to Islam: Religion, Practice, and Culture
  • AS/RE 155. Introduction to Asian Religions
  • GS/RE 207. Eve, Adam, and the Serpent
  • AM/RE 272. Islam in the Americas

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • REL 112. Introduction to Islam (AC, HS)
  • AS/RE 155. Introduction to Asian Religions (AC, HS)
  • GS/RE 207. Eve, Adam, and the Serpent (AC, HS)
  • AM/RE 272. Islam in the Americas (AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/religion/

Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies

Students complete a series of core courses in rhetorical theory and criticism, history of public address, and film and television studies, complemented by courses on language, media, and communication drawn from the curricula of other departments.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • RFSS 100. What is Rhetoric?
  • RFSS 120. Introduction to Screen Studies
  • AF/RF 162. White Redemption: Cinema and the Co-optation of African American History
  • RFSS 260. Lesbian and Gay Images in Film
  • AF/RF 202. Coming of Age While Black
  • RFSS 265. The Rhetoric of Women’s Rights

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • RFSS 100. What is Rhetoric? (AC, HS)
  • RFSS 260. Lesbian and Gay Images in Film (W2, AC, HS)
  • AF/RF 202. Coming of Age While Black (AC, HS)
  • RFSS 265. The Rhetoric of Women’s Rights (W2, AC, HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/rhetoric-film-screen-studies/

Sociology

The curriculum in Sociology is designed to introduce students to a sociological perspective, which explores social structures and their intersections with individual lives. Courses address a wide range of social phenomena, from patterns of everyday interaction to social and political revolutions. Sociology as a discipline focuses on recognizing and analyzing social determinants that shape our lives. That focus offers a unique potential not only for understanding society, but also for social action and social change.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • SOC 101. Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 103. Macrosociology: Institutions and Structures
  • SOC 104. Contemporary Social Problems: Sociological Perspectives
  • SOC 211. Crime, Justice and Society
  • AF/SO 221. Sociology of Immigration
  • LS/SO 226. Sports, Gender, and Nation in Latin America
  • SOC 230. Sociology of Health and Illness
  • SOC 235. Global Health: Sociological Perspectives
  • SOC 236. Urban Sociology
  • SOC 250. Privilege, Power, and Inequality
  • SOC 260. Economic Sociology
  • GS/SO 270. Sociology of Gender
  • EU/SO 290. Political Sociology

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • SOC 101. Principles of Sociology (AC, HS)
  • SOC 103. Macrosociology: Institutions and Structures (HS)
  • SOC 104. Contemporary Social Problems: Sociological Perspectives (HS)
  • SOC 211. Crime, Justice and Society (HS)
  • AF/SO 221. Sociology of Immigration (HS)
  • LS/SO 226. Sports, Gender, and Nation in Latin America 
  • SOC 230. Sociology of Health and Illness (HS)
  • SOC 235. Global Health: Sociological Perspectives (HS)
  • SOC 236. Urban Sociology (HS)
  • SOC 250. Privilege, Power, and Inequality (HS)
  • SOC 260. Economic Sociology (HS)
  • GS/SO 270. Sociology of Gender (HS)
  • EU/SO 290. Political Sociology (HS)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/sociology/

Theater and Dance

The major in Theater combines the study of dramatic literature from the Greeks to the present with work in acting, directing, dance, design, and film. Students acquire these skills in production and performance while learning the history and literature of one of the world’s major forms of artistic expression.

Our program in Dance offers studies in the theory and cultural context of dance, encourages original choreographic work, provides a variety of performing opportunities for students at all levels of experience, and builds a strong and versatile technique in dance.

As an entry point into this area of study, we recommend any of the following courses:

  • THEA 101. Theater and Film: An Introductory Survey
  • THEA 130. Introduction to Design
  • THEA 132. Theater Technology
  • THEA 240. Playwriting
  • THEA 261. Beginning Acting
  • THEA 263. Voice and Speech
  • THEA 295. Stage Management
  • DANC 151. Making Dances
  • DANC 250. Early Modern Dance History
  • DANC 270A. Studio: Modern I
  • DANC 270B. Studio: Ballet I
  • DANC 270N. Studio: Ballet III
  • DANC 270F. Studio: Advanced Jazz: Musical Theater
  • DANC 270K. Studio: Hip Hop
  • DANC 270I. Studio: Improvisation
  • DN/TH 270W. Studio: Pilates
  • DANC 270D. Studio: Repertory Styles (experienced)
  • DANC 253. Dance Repertory Performance (experienced)

These courses also enable you to complete the general education requirements because they are tagged as (MOI):

  • THEA 101. Theater and Film: An Introductory Survey (AC)
  • THEA 130. Introduction to Design (AC, CP)
  • THEA 240. Playwriting (AC, CP)
  • THEA 261. Beginning Acting (AC, CP)
  • THEA 263. Voice and Speech (CP)
  • DANC 151. Making Dances (AC, CP)
  • DANC 250. Early Modern Dance History (W2)
  • DANC 270A. Studio: Modern I (CP)
  • DANC 270B. Studio: Ballet I (CP)
  • DANC 270N. Studio: Ballet III (CP)
  • DANC 270F. Studio: Advanced Jazz: Musical Theater (CP)
  • DANC 270K. Studio: Hip Hop (CP)
  • DANC 270I. Studio: Improvisation (CP)
  • DANC 270D. Studio: Repertory Styles (AC, CP)
  • DANC 253. Dance Repertory Performance (AC, CP)

Link to Department/Program webpage: https://www.bates.edu/dance/ https://www.bates.edu/theater/