General Studies

General studies courses focus on areas that are not usually covered in the Bryn Mawr curriculum and provide a supplement to the areas more regularly covered. These courses cut across disciplines and emphasize relationships among them.

Many general studies courses are open, without prerequisite, to all students. With the permission of the major department, they may be taken for major credit.

COURSES

GNST B048 Metacognition and the Transition to College

The First Year Experience Seminar aims to support students in making the transition to higher education by engaging them in the Bryn Mawr community, getting to know themselves and the college. The seminar will be a small, inquiry-based course that will promote and encourage intellectual confidence by developing student success tactics including critical thinking, written and oral communication, research skills, self-reflection, and self-regulation while addressing larger questions of justice, identity, and community. This course is offered as an alternative to the traditional Wellness Seminar requirement; students will earn 2 PE credits (the equivalent for Wellness) and 0.5 academic credits.
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

GNST B103 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I

The primary goal of this course is to develop an elementary level ability to speak, read, and write Swahili. The emphasis is on communicative competence in Swahili based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. In the process of acquiring the language, students will also be introduced to East Africa and its cultures. No prior knowledge of Swahili or East Africa is required.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mshomba,E.
(Fall 2015)

GNST B105 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture II

The primary goal of this course is to continue working on an elementary level ability to speak, read, and write Swahili. The emphasis is on communicative competence in Swahili based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Students will also continue learning about East Africa and its cultures. Prerequisite: GNST B103 (Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I) or permission of the instructor is required.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mshomba,E.
(Spring 2016)

GNST B201 Nutrition, Smoking, and Cardiovascular Health

The class explores the relationships between health, national associations, and the federal government is they relate to the creation and implementation of laws and policies as well as the perception of what is healthy. The class focuses on health in the U.S. The course will include a look at tobacco use through U.S. history as a case study for how the federal government acts and reacts to protect the public. Then, in turn, to evaluate how the public reacts to pressures from the government and other national associations. From there, students will be asked to examine current trends in nutrition and cardiovascular health in order to draw parallels between the previous function of government in the protection of the populace and the current efforts in these two areas.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Health Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

GNST B223 Acting in Prison: Vision as Resource for Change

This course uses the theme of “vision” to explore the context and consequences of mass incarceration, daily experiences inside correctional institutions and social movements formed and inspired by incarcerated individuals. Students will explore and apply course materials in campus-based classes and in classes with incarcerated women inside a correctional facility.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

GNST B244 American Ideas: Cultural Contexts for Academic Writing

This course, for students who are reading and writing in English as an additional language, explores contemporary American thought through readings in social criticism, ethical philosophy, and psychology. Writing assignments emphasize analysis and interpretation and support continued development of academic vocabulary, rhetorical technique, and grammatical accuracy. Prerequisite: English 127 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Spring 2016)

GNST B245 Introduction to Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures

A broad, interdisciplinary survey of themes uniting and dividing societies from the Iberian Peninsula through the contemporary New World. The class introduces the methods and interests of all departments in the concentration, posing problems of cultural continuity and change, globalization and struggles within dynamic histories, political economies, and creative expressions.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Laurent-Perrault,E.
(Spring 2016)

GNST B255 Video Production

This course will explore aesthetic strategies utilized by low-budget film and video makers as each student works throughout the semester to complete a 7-15 minute film or video project. Course requirements include weekly screenings, reading assignments, and class screenings of rushes and roughcuts of student projects. Prerequisites: Some prior film course experience necessary, instructor discretion.
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2015)

GNST B260 Silent Spaces: a History of Contemplation in the West

This course will trace contemplative traditions developed and preserved in the Western monastic tradition from the desert through the present. Topics include elected silence and the ways in which it has shaped communities in the Western contemplative tradition, and the difference between enclosed contemplatives and contemplatives loose in the world.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

GNST B290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

This course offers a rigorous grounding for students interested in questions of gender and sexuality. Bringing together intellectual resources from multiple disciplines, it also explores what it means to think across and between disciplinary boundaries. Team-taught by Bryn Mawr and Haverford professors from different disciplines, this course is offered yearly on alternate campuses.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nguyen,H., Pryor,J.
(Fall 2015)

GNST B302 Topics in Video Production

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisite: GNST B255 or ENGL/HART B205 or ICPR H243 or ICPR H343 or ICPR H278 or ANTH H207 or an equivalent Video Production course, such as Documentary Production or an equivalent critical course in Film or Media Studies.
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Spring 2016)

GNST B403 Supervised Work

Units: 1.0
(Fall 2015)

GNST B425 Praxis III - Independent Study

Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2015)