Thematic Track Option within the General Education Program


A thematic track within the GEP is a 12 credit hour option. Upon completion of an approved thematic track, the title will be noted on the student's transcript.

Upon completion of the thematic track requirements, the Application for Thematic Track Option form should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Courses and Curricula for approval and notation on the transcript.

Approved thematic tracks available:

All students have three options for thematic tracks within the General Education Program (GEP)
A student may:

Requirement for completion of a thematic track: (12 credit hours)

Double-counting:

Click here for guidelines for proposing or revising a thematic track

GEP: Conservation of Natural Resources Thematic Track Option

(Revised 07.25.2014)

Conservation of Natural Resources                  

Description:  In the Conservation of Natural Resources theme, students should reflect on the challenge of maintaining a sustainable ongoing relationship between humans and the natural world. Students are encouraged to expand the thematic track to reflect on and include any or all of the following:

·         Assess the importance of natural resources for different societies and cultures.

·         Examine efforts to manage our resources wisely.

·         Reflect on how we may enable individuals and society to be a non-destructive part of the natural world.
 

GEP Courses associated with the Conservation of Natural Resources theme: (12 credit hours required) 

GEP Humanities and Social Science courses:
Choose at least one of the following:

 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category (ies)

ARE 201

Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics

SS

ARE 309

Environmental Law & Economic Policy

SS

ENG 233

The Literature of Agriculture

HUM

NR 460

Renewable Natural Resource Management and Policy

SS

SOC/ANT 261

Technology in Society and Culture

SS, GK

SOC 342

International Development

SS, GK

SOC 351

Population and Planning

SS, GK

 

GEP Natural Sciences and Mathematics courses:

 Choose at least one of the following:

Course

Course Title

GEP Category

CS 312*

Grassland Management for Natural Resources Conservation

NS

FOR 252

Introduction to Forest Science

NS

FW 403*

Urban Wildlife Management

NS

FW/FOR 221
(BIO crosslisting removed)

Conservation of Natural Resources

NS

SSC 361

Role of Soils in Environmental Management

NS

 

Additional associated GEP courses:


Course

Course Title

GEP Category (ies)

ARE/EC 336*

Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics

IP

CS 230*

Introduction to Agroecology

IP,GK

FOR 220

Urban and Community Forestry

IP

FOR 248

Forest History, Technology and Society

IP

FOR 330

North Carolina Forests

IP

FOR 414

World Forestry

IP, GK

HI 440*

American Environmental History

IP

NR 406*

Conservation of Biological Diversity

IP

NR/IDS 303

Humans and the Environment

IP

SSC 185

Land and Life

IP

STS 301*

Science and Civilization

IP

STS 304

Ethical Dimensions of Progress

IP

 

*Course has a pre-requisite

GEP Category Abbreviations:

HUM: Course fulfills a GEP Humanities requirement
SS: Course fulfills a GEP Social Sciences requirement
NS: Course fulfills a GEP Natural Sciences requirement
IP: Course fulfills a GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement
GK:  Course also fulfills the GEP Global Knowledge co-requisite
USD: Course also fulfills the GEP U.S. Diversity co-requisite

GEP: Food and Nutrition Thematic Track Option

(Revised 07.25.2014)

Food and Nutrition
                          

Description: In this theme, which focuses on food systems, from their plant, animal, or synthetic sources to their ultimate use by humans for health, safety, communication, and pleasure. Understanding these systems enables students to see the connections between the food that is part of our everyday lives and the scientific, social, and cultural issues that make them so significant to society as a whole. Students are encouraged to expand the thematic track to include any of the following:

·         Explore the 4 keys to balanced nutrition, and the effort of balancing a healthy diet in a fast paced world.

·         Compare the connections between food in our everyday lives to scientific, social, and cultural issues within society.

·         Consider if low income Americans can afford a healthy diet.

·         Review food systems, from their plant, animal, or synthetic sources to their ultimate use by humans for health, safety, communication, and pleasure.

·         Compare the various nutrition assistance programs that are available within the United States and how they assist the population.
 

GEP Courses associated with the Food and Nutrition theme: (12 credit hours required)
GEP Humanities and Social Science courses
:


Choose at least one of the following:

 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category (ies)

ARE 201

Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics

SS

ARE 311*

Agricultural Markets

SS

ARE 433*

U.S. Agricultural Policy

SS

PRT 200

Leisure Behavior, Health and Wellness

SS

SOC 203

Current Social Problems

SS, USD

SOC 241

Sociology of Agriculture and Rural Society

SS

SOC 351*

Population and Planning

SS, GK

 

GEP Natural Sciences and Mathematics courses:

 Choose at least one of the following:

 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category

ANS/NTR/FS 301*

Introduction to Human Nutrition

NS

ANS/FS/PO 322*

Muscle Foods and Eggs

NS

ANS/FS 324*

Milk and Dairy Products

NS

CS 213*

Crops: Adaptation & Production

NS

ENT 203

An Introduction to the Honey Bee and Beekeeping

NS

FS 201

Introduction to Food Science

NS

HS/ANS 215*

Agricultural Genetics

NS

PB 213*

Plants and Civilization

NS

ST 311

Introduction to Statistics

MA

TOX 201

Poisons, People and the Environment

NS

 

Additional associated GEP courses:

 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category

CS 224

Seeds, Biotechnology and Societies

IP, GK, NS

IDS 211

Eating through American History

IP

STS 323

World Population and Food Prospects

IP


*Course has a pre-requisite.

 

GEP Category abbreviations:

HUM: Course fulfills a GEP Humanities requirement
SS: Course fulfills a GEP Social Sciences requirement
NS: Course fulfills a GEP Natural Sciences requirement
MA: Course fulfills a GEP Mathematical Sciences requirement
IP: Course fulfills a GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement
GK:  Course also fulfills the GEP Global Knowledge co-requisite
USD: Course also fulfills the GEP U.S. Diversity co-requisite

 

GEP: Gender and Society Thematic Track Option

(Revised 07.25.2014)

Gender and Society

Description:
This theme focuses on the roles of human gender identities and examines the influence of gender on society. It would include educational, biological, psychological, and social aspects of gender, as well as the role that these constructs have played in history, society and cultural expression. To understand this theme in more depth students are encouraged to include one or more of the following:

·         Explore gender identity development.

·         Differentiate private gender identity from public gender expression.

·         Explore cultural implications of gender in different societies.

·         Analyze how gender affects learning and the learning environment.

·         Analyze the roles and impact that gender has on other identities, such as, race and ethnicity.

·         Critically analyze the impact of gender identity/gender expression in the schools, the workplace, and other institutions.

·         Analyze the connections among the scientific, social, and cultural issues that make gender identity so significant in a modern society.

GEP Courses associated with the Gender and Society theme: (12 credit hours required)

GEP Humanities and Social Science courses:
Choose at least one of the following
:

Course

Course Title

GEP Category (ies)

ANT 252

Cultural Anthropology

SS, GK

ENG/WGS 305*

Women in Literature

HUM, USD

HI 412*

The Sexes and Society in Early-Modern Europe

HUM, GK

HI 423*

Women in European Enlightenment

HUM, GK

HI/WGS 447*

History of American Women to 1900

USD

HI/WGS 448*

American Women in the Twentieth Century

USD

HI 452*

Recent America

HUM

HI 457*

Twentieth-Century U.S. Intellectual History

HUM

HI 462*

Southern History since the Civil War

HUM, USD

HI 477*

Women in the Middle East

HUM, GK

PS 204

Problems of American Democracy

SS

PS 205

Law and Justice

SS

PS 309

Equality and Justice in United States Law

SS, USD

PSY/WGS 406*

Psychology of Gender

SS, USD

REL/WGS 472*

Women and Religion

HUM

SOC 203

Current Social Problems

SS, USD

SOC/WGS 204

Sociology of Family

SS, USD

SOC/WGS 304*

Women and Men in Society

SS, USD

WGS 492*

Theoretical Issues in Women's and Gender Studies

HUM, USD


GEP Natural Sciences and Mathematics courses:
Choose at least one of the following: 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category

BIO 105

Biology in the Modern World

NS

BIO 181

Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity

NS

BIO 212*

Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology

NS

GN 301

Genetics in Human Affairs

NS

ST 101

Statistics by Example

MA

ST 311

Introduction to Statistics

MA

ST 361*

Introduction to Statistics for Engineers

MA

ST/BUS 350*

Economics and Business Statistics

MA


Additional associated GEP courses:

Course

Course Title

GEP Category (ies)

STS/WGS 210

Women and Gender in Science and Technology

IP, USD

WGS 200

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

USD

WGS/MUS 360

Women In Music

USD, VPA


*Course has a pre-requisite

GEP Category Abbreviations:

HUM: Course fulfills a GEP Humanities requirement
SS: Course fulfills a GEP Social Sciences requirement
NS:  Course fulfills a GEP Natural Sciences requirement
MA:  Course fulfills a GEP Mathematical Sciences requirement
IP: Course fulfills a GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement
VPA:  Course fulfills the GEP Additional Breadth chosen from the HUM/SS/VPA lists if applicable to your major
GK:  Course also fulfills the GEP Global Knowledge co-requisite
USD:  Course also fulfills the GEP U.S. Diversity co-requisite

 

GEP: Global Health Thematic Track Option

(Revised 07.25.2014)

Global Health                     

Description: The Global Health theme aims to raise appreciation and understanding of how global fitness, health, and medical issues affect the everyday lives of individuals, and how we may influence society to create a healthier world. Global Health is also an essential component of developmental aid programs. Consider the following in selection of courses within this theme:

·         Explore population health and fitness in a global context to concerns of particular nations.

·         Review developed versus developing countries, along with demographics, economics, epidemiology, political economy and sociology.

·         Look at the rise in importance of medical assistance beyond government agencies or intergovernmental organizations.

·         Reflect on how you influence and focus on the distribution of health in an international context.

·         Look at ways to implement a national health plan in a developed versus a developing country.

 

GEP Courses associated with the Global Health theme:  (12 credit hours required)
 

GEP Humanities and Social Science courses:

 Choose at least one of the following:

 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category(ies)

ANT 251

Physical Anthropology

SS

ANT 371*

Human Variation

SS, GK

EC 437*

Health Economics

SS

ENG 232

Literature and Medicine

HUM

PRT 200

Leisure Behavior, Health and Wellness

SS

SOC 342*

International Development

SS, GK

SOC 351*

Population and Planning

SS, GK



GEP Natural Sciences and Mathematics courses:

  Choose at least one of the following:

 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category

BIO 212*

Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology

NS

FS 201

Introduction to Food Science

NS

GN 301

Genetics in Human Affairs

NS

MB 200

Microbiology and World Affairs

NS

NTR/ANS/FS 301*

Introduction to Human Nutrition

NS

TOX 201

Poisons, People and the Environment

NS

 

Additional related GEP courses:

 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category(ies)

SOC 381*

Sociology of Medicine

IP

STS 323

World Population and Food Prospects

IP, GK

STS/PHI 325

Bio-Medical Ethics

IP, HUM

 

*Course has a pre-requisite

 

GEP Category Abbreviations:

HUM: Course fulfills a GEP Humanities requirement
SS: Course fulfills a GEP Social Sciences requirement
NS:  Course fulfills a GEP Natural Sciences requirement
MA:  Course fulfills a GEP Mathematical Sciences requirement
IP: Course fulfills a GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement
GK:  Course also fulfills the GEP Global Knowledge co-requisite
USD:  Course also fulfills the GEP U.S. Diversity co-requisite

 

GEP: Impact of Humans on the Natural Environment Thematic Track Option

Impact of Humans on the Natural Environment

Description:  In this thematic track, students should seek to address the relationship between humans and their impact on the natural environment. Consider the following in selection of courses within this theme:

·         Explore the importance of the environment and how it specifically relates to different societies and cultures in a global context.

·         Assess ways in which we can examine and manage our environmental resources wisely.

·         Analyze international development issues and ways in which humans can reduce their impact on the environment.

·         Illustrate how an appreciation of the natural environment can produce environmental sustainability.

 

GEP Courses associated with the Impact of Humans on the Natural Environment theme:  (12 credit hours required)

GEP Humanities and Social Science courses:
Choose at least one of the following
:

 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category(ies)

ARE 309*

Environmental Law & Economic Policy

SS

LAR 221

Introduction to Environment and Behavior for Designers

HUM

PS 320

U.S. Environmental Law and Politics

SS

PS 336

Global Environmental Politics

SS, GK

SOC 342*

International Development

SS, GK

SOC 351*

Population and Planning

SS, GK

 

GEP Natural Sciences and Mathematics courses:
                                    Choose at least one of the following:  
 
                            

 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category(ies)

MEA 100*

Earth System Science: Exploring the Connections

NS

PCC 401*

Impact of Industry on the Environment and Society

NS

TOX 201

Poisons, People and the Environment

NS

 

Additional related GEP courses:

 

Course

Course Title

GEP Category(ies)

ARE/EC 336*

Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics

IP

ARE/EC 436*

Environmental Economics

IP

HI 440*

American Environmental History

IP

IDS 201

Environmental Ethics

IP, GK

IDS/NR 303

Humans and the Environment

IP

LAR 444

History of Landscape Architecture

VPA

MEA 140

Natural Hazards and Global Change

NS

SOC 450*

Environmental Sociology

IP

STS 484

Cross Cultural Technology Transfer

 


*Course has a pre-requisite
 

GEP Category Abbreviations:

HUM: Course fulfills a GEP Humanities requirement
SS: Course fulfills a GEP Social Sciences requirement
NS: Course fulfills a GEP Natural Sciences requirement
IP: Course fulfills a GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement
GK:  Course also fulfills the GEP Global Knowledge co-requisite
USD: Course also fulfills the GEP U.S. Diversity co-requisite

 

 

Guidelines and instructions for creating, editing or discontinuing a GEP Thematic Track


The rationale and objective for a thematic track should be considered in development.

Rationale:
The purpose of thematic tracks is to encourage students to connect knowledge from different disciplinary areas while focusing on a unifying theme or topic. It is well suited to students who have an interest in a particular topic and who would benefit by exploring that topic from multiple disciplinary perspectives. In contrast to minors, which are generally centered on a single discipline, thematic tracks involve multiple disciplinary perspectives.  Students will be credited with no more than one thematic track.

Objective:
Thematic tracks will provide educational experiences that help students to use critical thinking skills to connect multiple disciplinary perspectives around a common topic or theme.  

Guidelines and instructions for proposing, revising, or discontinuing a thematic track: