"Exploring the Liberal Arts" is a course for entering students, particularly those who are excited to be here but uncertain of where to start their explorations. It provides an introduction to the intellectual landscape of the College of Letters & Science, the campus's liberal arts college. Guest speakers, drawn largely from the faculty and recent graduates of L&S, will shed light on the nature and attractions of their disciplines. The ultimate goal of the course is to transform students into informed participants in their own educational experiences at Berkeley.
The fall version, L&S 1W, is a hybrid course: the guest speakers' video presentations are all viewed online, and only the discussion sections meet in person. L&S W1 is offered in the summer, and is fully online. Both versions are designed to give new freshmen the best start possible.
It allows you to explore so much within the university that you wouldn't necessarily have without this class.
It gives you reassurance about your future at Cal.
I would recommend this course because it was a great way to get to know Cal my first semester. I feel like I know a lot more about the courses offered and University in general because of this course.
It is a great survey of everything in a liberal arts education has to offer. There is a ton of inside information that most freshmen are not usually informed about.
This course helps bridge my high school life to college.
I would recommend this course because it allowed me to glimpse many fields of study in a short amount of time. I now know more about what Berkeley offers.
I learned about opportunities for enrichment. I also learned the importance of studying what I love. And I learned that disciplines I had not considered, like history and rhetoric, are interesting and cool.