New College’s COVID-19 Course is an Interdisciplinary Look at the Pandemic

From SRQ, September 12, 2020

An excellent liberal arts education requires both depth and breadth. Students should master one discipline and acquire a working knowledge of a range of other disciplines. This affords each student a set of disciplinary tools, and a set of different ways of viewing a situation or problem.

One could hardly imagine a better subject for such an approach than the pandemic. It has touched virtually every aspect of our lives and society.

At New College, religion professor Manuel Lopez and digital humanities librarian Cal Murgu have brought together 20 faculty members from various disciplines to teach a fully remote course this fall entitled “COVID-19: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Pandemic.”

Among the instructors are biologists, an epidemiologist, a medieval historian, an ecologist, a biochemist, a data scientist, a computer scientist, a medical anthropologist, sinologists, political scientists, a constitutional historian, an economist, a sociologist, a physician, literary historians, a dramaturg and a creative writer.

Read the entire article here.

 


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is the state's only legislatively designated Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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