Spring 2018 Courses

The Purpose, Practice, and Politics of Science

For students majoring as well as not majoring in the natural sciences,  an exploration of the scientific enterprise from a variety of perspectives.

Instructor: Harold Varmus
Offered by Macaulay Honors College
Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:40pm
Offer limited to seniors


Detecting Bullshit in the Modern Age

Practice finding senseless claims and analyze what makes them bullshit.

Instructor: Kelly O’Donnell
Offered by Macaulay Honors College
Mondays, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Issues in Medical Ethics

From classroom to the hospital, this course takes you from literature on bioethics to how it is applied in real life situation.

Instructors: Lizzie Reis and Matt McCarthy
Offered by Macaulay Honors College
Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:00 am

Humanitarian Intervention

Is humanitarian intervention right or wrong? This course examines the history of humanitarian intervention and analyzes its success and failures.

Instructor: Rajan Menon
Offered by Macaulay Honors College
Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:40pm

What is Life? Introduction to Life Sciences

This course will tell the story of the physical, chemical and biological basis of life.

Instructor: David Jeruzalmi
Offered by Macaulay Honors College
Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:40pm

Shakespeare and Musical Adaptations

Develop a cross-disciplinary dialogue about literature and music through examining Shakespeare plays and their musical adaptations.

Instructor: Steven Monte
Offered by Macaulay Honors College
Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:40pm

War and the Arc of Human Experience

This course analyzes the impact of war on individuals and society.

Instructors: Glenn Albright and Glenn Petersen
Offered by Macaulay Honors College
Thursdays, 6:15 – 8:55pm

Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics

Learn from various experts at the American Museum of Natural History. Explore each “unsolved problem” and how new approaches and technologies will impact the particular topic.

Instructor: Emily Rice
Tuesday, 1-3:40 (at the AMNH)

Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York — Focus: Policy Making

For students of all eight campuses for the final seminar. An exploration of public services and policy creation.

Instructor: Eric Gioia
Offered by Macaulay Honors College
Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:40pm

Digital Storytelling and Media Production: The CUNY Film Festival

Get involved in video and online content production by advancing the narratives of the CUNY Film Festival through transmedia storytelling.

Instructor: Robert Small
Offered by Lehman College, meets at Macaulay
Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:40pm