Courses

  • MET ML 801: Master's Thesis
    Graduate Prerequisites: For M.L.A. students only.
    Students nearing the completion of their degree requirement for the MLA in Gastronomy may register for the Master's Project. This graduation requirement is required for students who entered the MLA program before Fall 2009. The Master's Thesis must be completed under the direction of a full-time Boston University faculty member. The coordinator of the Gastronomy program must approve a topic, outline, bibliography and schedule for the project. Please contact the program coordinator for further details and guidelines. 4 cr.
  • MET PH 101: Basic Problems of Philosophy
    Introduction to classical philosophical problems concerning human nature and knowledge, freedom and morality, and reason and justice.
  • MET PH 110: Great Philosophers
    Introduction to the life and thought of five preeminent philosophers from classical times through the modern era.
  • MET PH 150: Introduction to Ethics
    Who ought we to be, what ought we to do, what ought we to strive for? Examination of our obligations to ourselves, to other humans, and to the natural world in light of ethical theory and contemporary problems. Readings from a wide range of texts in philosophical ethics.
  • MET PH 155: Politics and Philosophy
    A study of the theoretical foundations of modern industrial democracy, with special attention paid to the Enlightenment. Readings from Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, Madison and Toqueville. 4cr.
  • MET PH 160: Reasoning and Argumentation
    A systematic study of the principles of both deductive and informal reasoning, with an emphasis on reasoning and argumentation in ordinary discourse.
  • MET PH 248: Existentialism
    Analysis of existentialism as a movement or orientation in contemporary philosophy. Topics include contingency and the grounds for belief and value; depth, superficiality, and the intense life; commitment and open-mindedness; tragedy and the healthy self; boredom, anxiety, and adventure; and existentialism as a philosophy of the possible.
  • MET PH 265: Minds and Machines
    An examination of the efforts of artificial intelligence to model the human mind and explain human thought by means of suitably programmed computers. Attention is given to the historical and mathematical origins of such efforts, as well as the main psychological and philosophical assumptions on which they depend.
  • MET PH 270: Philosophy of Science
    Main features of the scientific enterprise will be illustrated by examples in the study of physics, biology, and mind: the aims of scientific activities, the nature of scientific understanding and procedures, the structure and interpretation of scientific theories, and the development of science.
  • MET PH 300: History of Ancient Philosophy
    Classical Greek philosophy from the pre-Socratics through Plato and Aristotle.
  • MET PH 310: History of Modern Philosophy
    Main currents of modern philosophical thought from Descartes through Kant.
  • MET PO 241: Introduction to Public Policy
    Undergraduate core course. Analysis of several issue areas: civil rights, school desegregation, welfare and social policy, education and urban housing, energy and the environment. Characteristics of policy systems in each issue area are analyzed to identify factors which may affect the content and implementation of public policies.
  • MET PS 101: General Psychology
    Basic introduction to the study of psychology as a behavioral science. Emphasis on learning, motivation, perception, personality, and social psychology.
  • MET PS 221: Psychology of Human Sexuality
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET PS 101.
    The course provides a psychological framework for reviewing the science of human sexuality. Emphasis is placed on not only what has been learned, but how it has been studied. The clinical, developmental, personality, social psychology, and neuropsychological theory and research of human sexuality are presented. Specific topics include sexual dysfunctions and sex therapy, bio-social views on sexual differentiation, alternative sexual orientations, and attraction to love.
  • MET PS 234: Psychology of Learning
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET PS 101.
    Theory and techniques in learning and their applications in different settings. Explores problem solving, memory, reward and punishment, and reinforcement schedules in animals, normal classrooms, and remediational settings.
  • MET PS 241: Developmental Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET PS 101.
    Critical and technical review of theories on intellectual and social development of infants and children. Emphasis is on the role of early experiences and biological factors in the later formation of personality and intellectual motivational behaviors. Discusses the work of Erikson, Piaget, and Freud.
  • MET PS 251: Psychology of Personality
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET PS 101.
    Provides a conceptual framework for understanding the development, organization, and change of the normal individual according to such diverse theoretical positions as the psychoanalytic, humanistic, and social learning schools.
  • MET PS 253: Psychology of Dreams
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET PS 101; or consent of instructor.
    Covers a wide range of theoretical and empirical studies on dreams; presents a review of the major schools of thought regarding the origin, content, and purpose of dreams; topics include dream interpretation, the physiology of sleep and dreams, daydreams, and nightmares. Note: This course cannot be used as one of the principal courses required for the CAS psychology major or minor.
  • MET PS 261: Social Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET PS 101.
    Manner in which the behavior, feelings, and thoughts of one individual are influenced and determined by the behavior and/or characteristics of others. Attraction, attitudes, aggression, person perception, and groups. Readings cover theories, experimental research, and application.
  • MET PS 273: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET PS 101.
    An overview of the field of clinical psychology as applied to children, adolescents, and adults. Theoretical, applied, and research topics include: neurobiology, psychopharmacology, individual and group psychotherapy, testing and assessment, family systems therapy.