Connecting Science & Society RAP - Fall 2014

This RAP is ideal for first-year students who are interested in investigating the relationship between science and society from a variety of perspectives.

This RAP is available in three locations - each with a specific Gen Ed class that will influence the topic focus in the RAP seminar (details below).

When you join this RAP, you will: 

  • Share your living and learning experience with a community of peers dedicated to expanding their knowledge in a variety of topics related to the health, natural, and social sciences.
  • Focus on issues that address personal and academic interests.
  • Explore a variety of topics through current events, short readings, guest speakers, and field trips.
  • Investigate various services that you may utilize and learn about opportunities for connections to future internships or employment. 

Depending on Gen Ed class/RAP location and student interest, you will explore different topics. 

Students who choose the section in Crabtree will in enroll in "Nutrition, Weight & Fitness". Students will explore the following questions in the seminar:

  • Is it possible to promote healthy behaviors without limiting natural rights?
  • What types of health disparities are related to nutrition and what in our system is contributing to them?
  • What types of "wellness reimbursements" and incentives are present in our current healthcare system? Do they work?


Students who choose the section in Kennedy will enroll in "Health Care for All". The core of the class will explore the origins of mental and physical illness (clinical perspective), and how such illness is treated in the context of the US health care delivery system (i.e. insurance, systems, settings, and staffing - health policy/management perspective).  Students will be able to analyze the health care system using a social work, economic, and political framework. 


Students who choose the section in Emerson will enroll in "My Body, My Health".


  • Be sure to visit the How to Join page on this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program! 

  • Classes and Locations

    Fall 2014

    ALL students in the Connecting Science & Society RAP will enroll in the following classes taught in the residential area:

    "RAP Seminar"- UNIV 190R
    1 credit


    Gen Ed class (4 credits)- specific to each location:

    "Health Care For All" - PubHlth 129 (Gen Ed SB U).
    Students will live together in Kennedy Hall in Southwest area of campus.

    "My Body, My Health"- PubHlth 160 (Gen Ed AT). Students will live together in Emerson Hall in Southwest area of campus. The lecture will be on main campus and discussion section in the residential area.

    "Nutrition, Weight & Fitness"- Nutrition 140 (Gen Ed BS). 
    Students will live together in Crabtree Hall in Northeast area of campus.


    "College Writing" - English 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits, a limited number of sections will be offered in each residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

    Spring 2015

    • No required RAP classes.
    • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.

    Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
    Assistant Provost & Dean

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