Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 34.59
Liaison John Duvall
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2013
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Dominican University of California
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Vania Coelho
Associate Professor, Faculty Coordinator for the Center for Sustainability
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

The theme of Dominican's first-year experience is "Big History," which explores the story of humans as Earth's dominant species and our role in shaping possible futures for the planet. It is a multi-disciplinary theme that employs many fields, including biology, geology, ecology and sociology. It's designed to give students the relevant, applicable information they need to be informed and productive global citizens; students become agents for the health of planet Earth and its inhabitants. The goals of the First Year Experience “Big History” program are to promote critical and creative thinking; recognition of the personal, communal, and political implications of the Big History story; and the ability to evaluate and articulate understanding of one’s place in the unfolding universe. The immense fourteen billion-year framework of this course sequence communicates the natural and cultural history of our universe and emphasizes global interconnectivity.

The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:

The website URL where information about the theme is available:

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