COS 50 is a three-credit interdisciplinary course providing a common
intellectual experience for undergraduate students of all disciplines.
Meant for upper freshmen or lower sophomores, it is a unique part
of the Brooklyn Campus Core Curriculum. This is a seminar - never
more than 22 students in a section - which emphasizes writing, class
discussion, small group work and oral presentations. Clusters of
3-4 sections will meet together at least three times a term and,
in teams, will explore sites off campus, familiarize themselves
with the campus library, and acquire research techniques important
both for this class and for their major.
Readings from many disciplines will shed light on the theme around
which the course is organized. Currently that theme is THE IDEA
OF THE HUMAN. All sections will include central readings representing
scientific inquiry, social commentary, and literary/creative expression.
COS 50 THE IDEA OF THE HUMAN 3 CREDITS
This three credit interdisciplinary course will explore ideas of
the human and the human condition. We will consider what we believe
makes us human, including how we perceive ourselves, others, and
the world around us. As a class we will raise questions, draw distinctions,
and discover commonalities. Through investigations, discussions,
readings, group projects, and writing, we will delve into creativity
You must have completed English 16 or be taking it concurrently
to register in COS 50. You must have completed at least 13 credits
prior to taking this course. Students from all colleges and schools
on campus need this course to graduate.
OBJECTIVES OF COS 50
o Cognitive Skills: to help students strengthen their capacities
for inquiry, abstract thinking, and critical analysis
o Knowledge: to help students acquire a general understanding of
a body of knowledge in various content areas that contribute to
a foundation for further in-depth study
o Perspectives and Behavior: to help students develop respect for
both human commonalities and diversity
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (WAC)
COS 50 is one of the undergraduate courses designated as Writing
Intensive. Students will need to feel comfortable selecting a problem,
pursuing an investigation into it by utilizing multiple sources
of information, and presenting both oral and written versions of
their thinking throughout the semester.