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Health-Related Elective Courses

The following are health-related, non-science courses at MSU. Some may also be requirements for professional school programs or may count towards MSU university, college, or major requirements, so be sure to consult with your major advisor and your pre-health advisor. 

ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts-3 cr

Basic concepts in financial & managerial accounting for non-business majors.

AL 200 Cultural Difference and Study Abroad-3 cr

Tools for understanding and interacting with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural difference and the role of language study in understanding cultural difference. Preparation for continued study of and exposure to different cultures and languages through study abroad. (offered fall only)

ANP 200 Navigating Another Culture-2 cr

Understanding how cultural differences shape perspectives & behavior. Adapting to a new cultural setting.

ANP 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology-3 cr

Origins & diversity of cultural systems. Theories of culture. Patterns of kinship. Religious, economic, & political institutions.

ANP 204 Introduction to Medical Anthropology-3 cr

Concepts, methods & theoretical approaches of the field of medical anthropology. (offered summer only)

ANP 206 Introduction to Physical Anthropology-3 cr

Problems, data, and methods of physical anthropology. Human genetics, hominid evolution, primate studies, human osteology, and human diversity.

ANP 270 Women & Health: Anthropological & International Perspectives-3 cr

Cross-cultural perspectives on the health implications of differing life circumstances for women. Women as health-care consumers & providers. Health & women's life cycles. (offered summer & fall only)

ANP 370* Culture, Health, & Illness-3 cr

Cross-cultural perspectives on the definition & treatment of illness.

ANP 420* Language and Culture-3 cr

Domain, issues, and methods of cultural linguistics. Relationship between language and culture. Language and ethnicity, status, and role. Pidgin and Creole languages. Crosscultural communication.

ANP 423* Psychological Anthropology-3 cr

Cross-cultural perspectives on culture & personality. Enculturation, life-cycle, person & self, emotion & cognition, mental illness. (offered spring of even years)

ANP 422* Religion and Culture-3 cr

The anthropology of religion and the symbolic analysis of ritual. Theoretical and ethnographic literature.

ANP 425* Issues in Medical Anthropology-3 cr

Selected topics in the anthropological investigation of health issues with an emphasis on critical analysis of cultural, historical, and conceptual bases for trends in health research. Topics vary. (offered fall only)

ANP 441* Osteology & Forensic Anthropology-4 cr

Human bone & skeletal biology & analysis. Methods of forensic anthropology. Analysis of skeletal remains & forensic pathology. (offered spring only)

ANP 443* Human Adaptability-3 cr

Human adaptation to physical, biological & social environments. Adaptive models from ecology, demography, genetics, physiology, nutrition & medicine. Theoretical and methodological issues in human adaptation studies across various populations. (offered fall only)

ANP 471* The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine-3 cr

Anthropological study of alternative medicine & ethnomedicine in the United States & around the world. Cross-cultural study of concepts of health & illness, diagnosis, & treatment. (offered fall of odd years)

BLD 220* Preparing for a Health Professions Career-1 cr

Development of skills needed for success in a health professions career. Historical, economic, sociological and ethical perspectives on the U.S. health professions with focus on medical laboratory careers. (offered spring only)

BLD 214L* Biomedical Laboratory Research Techniques-2 cr

Basic techniques, skills and safety in biomedical research. Ethical conduct of research and regulatory principles such as Good Laboratory Practice. Maintaining a research notebook for legal and intellectual property purposes. (offered summer only)

CEP 260 Dynamics of Personal Adjustment-3 cr 

Theories and issues in psychological adjustment. Dynamics operating within individuals and in their interactions with others. Implications for learning, development, and well-being.

CEP 261 Substance Abuse-3 cr

Effects of mood-altering chemicals. Treatment approaches & resources. Special emphasis on adolescent users.

CEP 460* Communication Skill Training for the Helping Professional-3cr

Interpersonal communication focusing on dynamics of listening process, interpersonal style, and barriers to communication. Emphasis on the mastery of microskills.

CEP 470* Disability in a Diverse Society-3 cr

Needs & life experiences of persons with various physical & mental disabilities, types of services designed to meet these needs, multicultural issues relevant to disabilities, & career opportunities available in the field.

Certified Nursing Assistant/Aide (CNA) Courses

Typically offered at community college & prepare students for state regulated CNA testing & for working in patient care fields. (Check the Michigan Department of Licensing And Regulatory Affairs website for approved courses) NOT TRANSFERRABLE TO MSU

CJ 210 Introduction to Forensic Science-3 cr

Techniques of crime scene search. Collection & preservation of physical evidence. Class & individual scientific tests. Rules of evidence governing admissibility of physical evidence. Expert testimony. (offered summer & fall only)

CJ 220* Criminology-3 cr

Introduction to the socio-legal foundation of crime. Crime typology and measurement procedures. Theory and public policy. Societal responses to crime.

CJ 235 Investigation Procedures-3 cr

Laws of evidence controlling investigative procedures. Crime scene concerns. Multi-agency investigation. (offered summer and fall only)

COM 100 Human Communication-3 cr

Process & functions of communication. Principles underlying communication behavior. Practice in analyzing communication situations & in speaking & writing.

COM 225 An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication-3 cr

Principles & practices of interpersonal communication. Emphasis on effective & responsible interpersonal communication.

COM 399* Special Topics in Communication-3 cr

Contemporary issues in communication.

Sec 004 - Topic: Communication and the Brain (offered fall only)

Sec 006 - Topic: Health Communication. (offered fall only)

Sec 004 - Topic: Health & Risk Communication (offered spring only)

CSD 203 Introduction to Communicative Sciences and Disorders-3 cr

Survey of research and practice regarding speech, hearing, and language disorders in children and adults.

CSD 333* Oral Language Development-3 cr

Development of receptive and expressive aspects of child language.

CSD 453* Mind-Body Communication-3 cr

Beliefs, thoughts, and emotions affecting the human body and behavior. Intrapersonal communication. Applications to health, education, business, and motor performance.

EAD 315 Student Leadership Training-3 cr

Student leadership role, skills, & technique, consistent with the principles & demands of a democratic multicultural society.

EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics-3 cr

Economic institutions, reasoning & analysis. Consumption, production, determination of price & quantity in different markets. Income distribution, market structure & normative analysis.

EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics-3 cr

Determinants of Gross National Product, unemployment, inflation & economic growth. National income accounting & fiscal policy. Aggregate demand, supply management & monetary policy.

EC 498* Economics of Health Care-3 cr

Economic factors in determining health care costs, utilization, & quality. Demand & insurance. Comparative health care systems. (offered fall only)

Emergency Medical Training Courses

Typically offered at community college & prepare students for state regulated license testing & for responding rapidly to medical emergencies. (Check the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs website for accredited coures/programs) NOT TRANSFERRABLE TO MSU

ENG 232* Writing as Exploration-3 cr

Writing and study of non-fiction prose that reflects on experience, individual and social. Topics vary.

ENG 473A* Literature & Medicine-3 cr

Human dimensions of medicine as seen in literature. Health, illness, mortality. Medical dilemmas. Physical & psychological self. Psychological theories used in interpreting literature. Cultural history of the body. (offered fall only)

ENT 460* Medical Entomology-3 cr

Transmission & management of infectious diseases involving insects & acarines. (offered spring only)

EPI 200* A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Problems in Global Public Health and Epidemiology-3 cr

Overview of global health and the role of epidemiology in studying health problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective. (offered fall only)

EPI 240* Epidemiological Investigations in Nutrition and Health-3 cr

Integration of epidemiology with human nutrition concepts to understand the role of dietary intake and nutritional status as determinants of health-related issues in populations.

EPI 290* History of Scientific Reasoning and Critical Thinking in Global Public Health and Epidemiology-3 cr

Introduction to the historical development of public health and epidemiology and how social and scientific contexts shape scientific theories of disease distribution. (offered spring only)

EPI 390 Disease in Society-4 cr

Human epidemiology & population health issues facing contemporary society. Developed & less-developed settings. Health-related information in the mass media & scholarly publications. (offered summer & spring only)

EPI 490* Advanced Topics/Methods in Global Public Health & Epidemiology-3 cr

Conceptual and analytical methods used in public health and epidemiology. (offered fall only)

EPI 495* Epidemiology and Behavioral Health in Society-3 cr

Intro to epidemiology as applied to behavioral health issues in contemporary society. Life-span developmental perspective from preterm births to late life Alzheimer's disease and the dementias. (offered summer only)

FI 320 Introduction to Finance-3 cr

Overview of finance for the non-business major. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, financial statement analysis, capital budgeting, financial planning.

GEO 235 Geography of Environment and Health-3 cr

Geographic patterns of global health and environmental inequalities; the built, physical and social environment; urban design; infectious and chronic diseases. (offered spring only)

GEO 435* Geography of Health & Disease-3 cr

Spatio-environmental concepts and techniques applied to health problems. Disease transmission cycles, community nutrition, and health-care planning. (offered fall only)

HDFS 145* The Individual, Marriage & the Family-3 cr

Development of the young adult in the human ecological context. Issues of sexuality, gender, parenting, work & family interface, communication, & resource use. Diversity in relationships & families.

HDFS 211 Child Growth & Development-3 cr

Physical, cognitive, social, emotional, & ecological aspects of human growth & development from conception through early childhood.

HDFS 212 Children, Youth & Family-3 cr

An ecosystems perspective on development during childhood & adolescence emphasizing family & community contexts.

HDFS 225 Lifespan Human Development in the Family-3 cr

Human development across the lifespan with an ecological perspective. Relationships between human resource professionals & family systems.

HDFS 238 Personal Finance-3 cr

Strategies, techniques, and resources for the management of personal finance.

HDFS 445* Human Sexuality-3 cr

Family and psychosocial factors affecting the development of a person's sexuality across the life cycle. Reciprocal impact on society and the legal system.

HDFS 449* Special Needs Children and Their Families-3 cr

Resources and interventions available to families and community agencies. Implications for family decisions and professional practices, decisions, and actions. (offered spring only)

HNF 101 Personal Nutrition and Health-3 cr

Application of nutritional science to personal health and every-day life. Tools, strategies, and resources related to personal diet, nutrition, and wellness. (offered summer only)

HNF 102 Dietary Supplements: Evidence vs Hype-3 cr

Effects of dietary supplements such as vitamins, herbs, performance enhancers and functional foods on health and performance. Evaluation of supplement safety and effectiveness. Laws and policies relative to health claims. (offered summer only)

HNF 150 Introduction to Human Nutrition-3 cr

Nutrient function and metabolism. Food and nutrients in health and disease. Socioeconomic and environmental influences on food and health. Incorporation of healthy food choices into daily living.

HNF 250* Contemporary Issues in human Nutrition-2 cr

Current topics and controversies in nutrition, health, and chronic disease. Concepts of health. Credible sources of nutrition information and research. Governing agencies and policy. Ethical issues related to nutrition. (offered fall only)

HNF 375* Community Nutrition-3 cr

Guidelines for dietary & anthropometric components of nutritional status, including health surveys. Agencies & programs that address food & nutritional needs of target populations throughout the life cycle. (offered summer & fall only)

HNF 385* Public Health Nutrition-3 cr

Nutrition from a public health perspective. Overview of public health research, evidence-based recommendations and epidemiology. Diet and nutrition assessment. Ethical issues surrounding public health nutrition recommendations. (offered summer & fall only)

HRLR 212 Career Management-3 cr

Career development. Career self-assessment, occupational opportunities, changing global world of work, social networking, written communication, job interviews, the first job, career planning and decision making. (offered summer only)

HST 420* History of Sexuality since the 18th Century-3 cr

Changing gender roles, sex in the Victorian era, prostitution, pornography, birth control, emergence of homo- and heterosexuality, sex under fascism, the sexual revolution, contemporary conflicts.

HST 425* American & European Health Care Since 1800-4 cr

Social and cultural transformation in health care delivery since 1800, primarily in North America and western Europe. Therapeutic revolutions. Medical education and professionalization. Social and alternative medicine. Managed care. (offered summer only)

IAH 206* Self, Society, Technology (D)-4 cr

Exploration in how technology affects and is affected by our conceptions of ourselves, relations with others, and our ideals. Approaches and materials from philosophy, literature, art, music, and history as well as the natural sciences.

Section 731 - Focus: Blood & Medicine: Race, Gender & Class (offered summer only)

Sections 010-015 - Focus: Biotechnology & the Human Condition (offered fall only)

IAH 209*  Art, the Visual, and Culture (D)-4 cr

Exploration of art and visual culture in historical and cultural contexts. Reading and analysis of images. Approaches and materials from art history, anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, economics, and natural science in cross-cultural and international perspective. Content variable by term.

Section 740 - Focus: Disability in Performance (offered summer only)

Section 730 - Focus: Autopsy-Dissection, Display, and the Body: Visual Culture and Body Politics. (offered spring only)

IAH 231B* Themes and Issues: Moral Issues and the Arts and Humanities (D)-4 cr

Human conflict and moral dilemmas, addressed through diverse methods and materials from the arts and humanities.

Section 740 - Focus: Ethics and Empathy in Medicine and the Humanities (offered fall & spring only)

IM 401* Clinical Emergency Medicine Research-4 cr

Participation in multiple research projects at an off-campus hospital. Experience in data collection & analysis. Emphasis on writing reports covering topics in emergency medicine. (Contact the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine for an application)

ISS 318*  Lifespan Development Across Cultures (I)-4 cr

Cultural aspects of biopsychosocial development across the lifespan. Physical development, health and healing. Cognition and language socialization. Views of self, gender, family, and social relationships. Adult development and intergenerational relationships within the context of culture. National and international issues related to human development.

KIN 121 The Healthy Lifestyle-3 cr

Cardiovascular risk factors, lifestyle habits, & aerobic capacities & their relationship to optimal health & longevity. Individual physical activity required.

KIN 125 First Aid & Personal Safety-3 cr

Knowledge & application of first aid concepts relating to respiratory & cardiopulmonary disorders, shock, wounds, burns, fractures, drug poisoning, childbirth, litigation. Preventing trauma by recognizing & avoiding safety hazards.

KIN 205* Lifeguarding-2 cr

Lifeguarding knowledge and skills necessary to obtain American Red Cross Lifeguarding certificate. Advanced swimming level is assumed. (offered spring only)

KIN 424* Psychology of Injury-3 cr

Psychological aspects of athletic injuries. Sociocultural, mental, emotional, and physical behaviors of patients involved in injury rehabilitation. (offered summer & fall only)

KIN 465* Adapted Physical Activity-3 cr

Teaching and coaching physical activities for persons with disabilities.


While professional schools typically do not require students to know multiple languages, cultural competency and communication skills are important aspects of being a well-rounded applicant. MSU offers over 50 languages for students to learn through the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages and the Department of Romance and Classical Studies

LB 240* Bioethics: Theories and Methods-2 cr

Interdisciplinary survey of key theories and methods in bioethics. Topics include aging, cultural diversity, and health care policy. Open to all students. (offered summer only)

LB 268* Business of Medicine-3 cr

Introductory theories, concepts, and processes for policy, organization, and administration in health care. Open to all students (offered summer only)

LB 270 Medical Terminology-2 cr

Medical terminology, focusing on human systems, anatomy and physiology, fundamental word building principles, and phonetic pronunciations. Open to all students. (offered summer only)

LB 322B* Advances in Science and Technology - Social Sciences-4 cr

Interdisciplinary study of technology and innovation in relation to science and/or medicine. Emphasis on scholarship and methodologies from the social sciences. (offered fall only)

LB 324A* Science and Sex, Gender, Sexuality - Arts & Humanities-4 cr

Interdisciplinary study of sex, gender, and sexuality in relation to science and/or medicine. Emphasis on scholarship and methodologies from the arts and humanities. 

LB 324B* Science and Sex, Gender, Sexuality - Social Sciences-4 cr

Interdisciplinary study of sex, gender, and sexuality in relation to science and/or medicine. Emphasis on scholarship and methodologies from the social sciences.

LB 326A* Medicine & Health - Arts & Humanities-4 cr

Interdisciplinary study of health and medicine. Emphasis on scholarship and methodologies from the arts and humanities.

LB 326B* Medicine & Health - Social Science-4 cr

Interdisciplinary study of health and medicine. Emphasis on scholarship and methodologies from the social sciences. (offered fall only)

LB 492* Senior Seminar-4 cr

Selected problems in the study of science and technology as human activities, using philosophical, historical, literary, social science or interdisciplinary perspectives or methods. Development and defense of thesis paper.

Section 008-009 - Subtopic: Sociological Research in Sparrow Hospital (offered spring only)

NSC 102* Pre-Health Freshman Seminar-1 cr

Overview of human health care professions with emphasis on academic and non-academic undergraduate preparation, campus resources, communication and computer skills, and collaborative learning.

NSC 491* Selected Topics in Natural Science- 1 cr

Selected interdisciplinary topics not normally covered in other courses.

Section 001 - Topic: Job search strategies for science and health majors. (offered fall only)

NUR 423 Transitional Needs of Adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities-3 cr

Analyze the complex transitional needs of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Requires an override. Contact Krystal Jones (kjones@msu.edu

OST 401 Selected Topics in Osteopathic Medicine-1 cr

Classical, current and innovative osteopathic medical trends inpatient treatment and care.

PH 101 Intro to Public Health-3 cr

Core public health philosophies & concepts. Health & disease – measures, determinants, health promotion & disease prevention. Introduction to health care delivery systems. Career opportunities in public health.

PH 102 Social Justice and Determinants of Health: United States-3 cr

This course introduces students from all disciplines to the role of social justice in public health, and the determinants of health, specifically the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities in the United States. Summer only. 

 PH 103 Social Justice and Health Equity: Global Perspectives-3 cr

In-depth multidisciplinary exploration of critical transnational challenges in global public health such as food insecurity, the refugee and migrant crisis, slums and the global housing crisis, population growth, complex humanitarian emergencies, global mental health, interpersonal violence, among others.  Topics will be considered from a social justice and health equity perspective, including the influence of social, economic, political, and environmental systems on global health outcomes. Fall only.

PHL 130 Logic & Reasoning-3 cr

Deductive & inductive reasoning. Topics such as rational argumentation, fallacies, definition, meaning, truth & evidence. Techniques for critical reading & thinking.

PHL 344* Ethical Issues in Health Care-4 cr

Termination of treatment, truth-telling, informed consent, human experimentation, reproductive issues, justice & the health care system.

PHL 452 Ethics and Development-3 cr

Ethical issues such as racism, health care disparities, war, genocide, famine, agricultural intensification, economic liberalization, democratization, gender equity, globalization, and environmental degradation. (offered fall only)

PHL 453 Ethical Issues in Global Public Health-3 cr

Ethical issues about public health from a global perspective. Health and illness in the context of development, poverty, technological change, resource conflicts, the distribution of power, and social violence. Values and policy issues regarding resources, environment, and the distribution and quality of health care. (offered spring only)

Phlebotomy Technician Courses

Typically offered at community college & prepare students with the skills & externship experience to safely obtain a blood specimen from a patient. (Check with your local community college for offerings) NOT TRANSFERRABLE TO MSU

PHM 211 Pharmacology and Toxicology in Society-2 cr

Introduction for non-science or science students to the field of pharmacology and toxicology. History of pharmacology and toxicology. Present issues and future possibilities. Society and systems of drug development and delivery. Drug abuse and policies. (offered spring only)

PHM 454* Leadership and Teams for Scientists and Health Professionals-3 cr

Engage in self-reflection within the context of relating to others within a team setting; carry out appropriate leadership models suited to given contexts; evaluate change options as a leader in an organizational setting; and continue to grow as a lifelong learner.

PSL 101* Frontiers in Physiology-1 cr

Introduction to the field of physiology and recent trends in physiological research, including an overview of biomedical careers. Campus and Internet resources to achieve academic success and career goals.

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology-4 cr

Mind & behavior from biological, individual, & social perspectives. Scientific & professional aspects of psychology.

PSY 200* Cognitive Psychology-3 cr

Concepts, theories, methods, and research findings in human information processing. Attention, perception, memory, problem solving, decision making, and language comprehension and production.

PSY 209* Brain and Behavior-3 cr

Relation of structure and function of the nervous system to the biological bases of behavior.

PSY 235* Social Psychology-3 cr

Major topics, theories, and research findings in social psychology, particularly as viewed from a psychological perspective.

PSY 236* Personality-3 cr

Theories of personality, assessment techniques, and research on personality functioning and individual differences in interpersonal behavior. Emphasis on normal behavior.

PSY 280* Abnormal Psychology-3 cr

Theory & research on dynamics, characteristics, & treatment of psychological disorders. Therapies & theories of prevention.

PSY 320* Health Psychology-3 cr

Social, psychological, & biological factors affecting health, illness, & use of health services. Stress & coping processes, lifestyles, & illness management.

PSY 333* The Neurobiology of Food Intake and Overeating-3 cr

Physiological and neurological mechanisms that drive food intake and overeating. Vulnerabilities to obesity. (offered spring only)

PSY 493: Issues in Psychology-3 cr

Current information, research, and practice in psychology.

Section 003 - Topic: Neurobiology of Drug Addiction (offered spring only)

REL 101 Exploring Religion-3 cr

Religion and religions as historical phenomena. Non-textual and textual religions. Theories of the origins and functions of religion. Exemplary voices from various traditions examined in their historical and doctrinal settings.

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology-4 cr

Nature of sociological inquiry. Concepts & principles of sociology. Institutional features of modern society. Structure & dynamics of social organizations.

SOC 131 Social Problems-3 cr

The role of social movements, the legal system, public policy and opinion in the resolution of poverty, crime, racism, sexism, and ecological problems. (offered summer & fall only)

SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity-3 cr

Racial and ethnic problems in contemporary society. Prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and racial and ethnic identity and segregation in western and non-western societies.

SOC 216 Sex and Gender-3 cr

Social structural and social psychological perspectives on gender. Issues related to gender inequality in selected institutions such as economy, family, education, and politics.

SOC 241 Social Psychology-3 cr

Relationship of individuals to their social environment. Social influences on personality, attitudes and behavior.

SOC 451* Dynamics of Population-3 cr

Size, distribution, & composition of population by age & sex. Theories of the effect of fertility, mortality, & migration on population structures. Successful & unsuccessful population policies. (offered summer & fall only)

SOC 475* Health and Society-3 cr

Social causes of Health and disease. Health disparities related to race-ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and family. Organizations, professions and institutions of health care. Medical standards and evidence. Global public health.

SSC 499* Capstone in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science-3 cr

Integration and application of interdisciplinary methods, models and theories in social science.

Summer 2017
Section 730 - Topic: Global and Domestic Health Disparities: Implications for the Family, Workplace, and Community 

Fall 2017
Section 001 - Topic: Abortion in the United States

Section 730 - Topic: Global and Domestic Health Disparities: Implications for the Family, Workplace, and Community

STA 114 Three-Dimensional Form-3 cr

Formal elements of three-dimensional form. Application of the principles of organization as a means for producing creative solutions for the artist and designer. Related practical experience with a variety of materials and processes.

SW 290 Selected Topics in Social Work-3 cr

Topic: Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior.

This course combines the most current academic research on disaster preparedness and response, with students forming groups to participate in an online simulated catastrophic event. (offered summer only)

SW 472* Social Work in Health Care-3 cr

Psychosocial impact of illness and trauma. Social work practice in health care settings. Role of culture, values, and life style. (offered spring only)

SW 474* Substance Abuse and Human Services-3 cr

Theories, assessment, intervention, and service delivery models.

SW 491* Special Topics in Social Work-1 to 3 cr

Selected topics in social work. Topics include community dynamics or practice issues.

Section 730 - Topic: Family Stress and Resiliency: Examples of topics covered in the course include divorce and remarriage, mental illness, aging, violence, immigration, and LGBT families. (offered summer only)

Section 731 - Topic: You are What you Eat: An Exploration of Self, Culture, and Society Through Food: Students will consider issues of availability, disease/disorder, taboos, movements, and the meanings of hunger and poverty; they will also research the meaning and role of food in their own lives. (offered summer only)

Section 734 - Topic: Self-Care and Stress Management for Helping Professionals: This course will introduce you to many hands-on techniques that will help you manage stress and prevent personal burnout. We will look at issues around stress and anxiety, secondary trauma and PTSD, and work/life balance. (offered summer only)

Section 739 - Topic: Trauma`s Impact Across the Lifespan. (offered summer only)

WRA 491* Special Topics - 3 cr

Writing and reading intensive course on special topics in professional writing. Topics vary.

Fall 2018
Section 001 - Topic: Medical Rhetoric and Science Writing: The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) describes two types of medical and science writers: scientific medical writers and non-scientific medical writers. Scientific medical writers typically are tasked with communicating scientific information to professional medical or scientific audiences within scientific journals. Non-scientific medical writers typically are tasked with communicating less-technical content to a lay audience via newspapers, magazines and patient education materials. This course recognizes the interdisciplinary purposes (and audiences) of medical rhetoric and scientific writing. Specifically, this course will examine theories, methodologies, and ideologies that undergird medical and scientific writing with an eye towards both critique and imitation of scientific writing styles. 

UGS 101* Big Ideas Seminar-1 cr

Introduction to scholarship and inquiry. Special disciplinary-based topics designed to engage the interests of new students in the scholarly life of the university.

Fall 2017
Section 305 - Topic: Disability In Society, Education and Pop Culture

Section 306 - Topic: Go To Health

Section 307 - Topic: Critical Reasoning and Public Health


Spring 2017
Section 003 - Topic: PURL`s of Wisdom: An Introduction to Undergraduate Research at MSU and Beyond

Section 303 - Topic: Ethics, Genetics and Public Policy

Section 305 - Topic: The Science of Learning

Section 306 - Topic: Critical Reasoning and Public Health 

UGS 200H* Honors Research Seminar-3 cr

Introduction to research and inquiry. Special disciplinary research topics proposed to engage the interests of Honors College students in the scholarly life of the university.

Section 002 - Lives Unearthed, II: Women in STEM disciplines at Michigan State (offered fall only)

Section 006 - Temporal Niche & The Mammalian Brain (offered fall only)

Section 007 - The Psychology of Time & Rhythm (offered fall only)

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