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BIC introductory prezi
Brittany Fitzon 21 July 2011
Transcript of BIC introductory prezi
Web site features FAQs about program
BIC application available at www.baylor.edu/honorscollege/apply Alternative core curriculum – replaces most general studies courses
Not a major, minor, or elective
Works with ALMOST all degrees and programs on campus; our stellar advisors work their hardest with other campus coordinators to deal with conflicts; however, some are unavoidable. Contact the office if you have any questions concerning your desired major
Focus on primary texts, global studies, and community; study abroad encouraged
Four-year program for BA students, with courses sequences
Concentrated in freshman and sophomore years History of the Program
Formed out of self study in the mid 1980’s
1991 task force formed
First class began in 1995
Now one of four programs housed within the Honors College How does the Interdisciplinary Core fulfill
general education requirements and
fit into a four year graduation plan? "The unexamined life is not worth living" Baylor Interdisciplinary Core The BIC Story: Program Overview Community Centered Learning environment Examined Life
I, II, III World of Rhetoric
I and II World Cultures
I-V Social World
I and II Natural World
I and II What are the
BIC Sequences? writing and speaking rhetoric in context Course Goals
•To develop writing skills
•To develop critical reasoning skills
•To develop a sense of community
•To develop speaking skills Course Foci
•Ancient Rhetoric and its relevance to contemporary writing
•Writing and speaking
•Engagement with contemporary issues through The New York Times
•Exposure to good arguments, and engagement with peers "There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous."
Hannah Arendt The First Year Experience
Examined Life I
World Cultures I
World of Rhetoric II
World Cultures II Examined Life as a “concept”: “The unexamined life is not worth living”
I: Self-examination (emphasis on vocation)
II: Examination of biblical, theological, and ethical topics
III: A re-examination of self, society, and vocation
Post-graduation: “The unexamined life is not worth living” The Second Year Experience
World Cultures III
Social World I
Natural World I (only BAs)
World Cultures IV
Social World II
Natural World II (only BAs) The Third Year Experience
Examined Life II: Biblical Heritage and Contemporary Ethical Issues (May be completed in Fall or Spring)
Students often Study Abroad during their third year of study. The Senior Year Experience
World Cultures V (Fall only)
Examined Life III, Capstone (May be completed in fall or spring) i: roots of cultures iii: the modern world ii: religion and culure Course Goals
To engage in a community of learning
To read primary and secondary texts
To experience works of art and music
To interact through discussion
To express thoughts in written form the monomyth quest for the transcendent, the self, the new "the perfect is the enemy of good" History of Western Political Thought the city and the soul self, society, modernity Course Goals
To promote an awareness of global citizenship through the study of ancient and contemporary texts.
To reinforce the service learning options and interdisciplinary humanties focus of the first year experience. Course Themes
'What does it mean to be human, and how should humans live together in society?
Is a "value-neutral" social science possible? primary ideas in science Natural World I Couse Goals:
Use basic scientific terminology in the areas of astronomy, chemistry, geology and biology.
Evaluate scientific sources and make judgments about their credibility.
Understand the important scientific problems of our day. global science issues Natural World II Course Goal:
Understand the way the basic principles of physics,chemistry, biology,
and geology work together in the study of earth systems like weather
and ecology and in the development of more complex forms of life,
especially the human organism. BIC leadership Council v: differing visions and realities exploring non-western cultures Course Goals:
- Learn how to grow through self-reflection,
critical thinking,and decision making
within the Baylor community.
- Be able to determine own opinions on tough
ethical issues in the safe context of the classroom
- Bridge the gap between life as an undergrad and
life in the 'real' world.
- Develop analysis of one's own place in the world. The BIC Leadership Council is a student advisory group that serves as a liaison between the BIC student body, the BIC faculty/staff, and the Baylor student body. BIC Leadership Council members convene bi-weekly (traditionally Thursday afternoons at 5) to coordinate social and service events both for the BIC and the larger Honors College. They also participate in university recruitment events and help produce a newsletter, the QUICKBIC.
Involvement for at least two semesters is also a great way to earn honors credit. quickbics past World of Rhetoric
I and II Social World
I and II Examined Life
I, II, III World Cultures
I-V Natural World
I and II For more information
please visit How do the BIC courses fulfill
the general education requirements? only the dead have seen an end to war iv: U.S. in the world