reckoning, reason, judgment, method

Ask better questions; work toward more satisfying answers.

Director: Sean Tierney, Mathematics & Computer Science

2017 Ratio Learning Community Faculty

(Left to right: Professors Zuberi, Tierney, and Martin)

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Fall 2020
Students intending to major in either Math or Computer Science may not choose the RATIO Learning Community

MATH 125C Fundamentals of Statistics (MWF 9:00am) Sean Tierney (Mathematics & Computer Science)

Regardless of our professions and interests, we are all consumers of statistics. After all, whether on television, in newspapers, in journal articles, or in the course of daily activities, statistics are an integral part of our everyday lives. For that reason, this course is designed to provide students with information regarding the computation and interpretation of statistical measures.

But more importantly, we will discuss how these measures may be used to evaluate and solve real-world problems, highlighting how statisticians can effect change and make a difference in the lives of others.

 SOCI 106C Social Problems and Social Policy (MWF 11:00am) Dr. Anita Zuberi (Sociology)

Through this course we will study the major social problems present in American society today and the policies intended to address them. Using major sociological perspectives, we will examine the bases for social inequality in our society, with a specific focus on class, gender, race, ethnicity, and health. We will also discuss the role of social institutions, such as the family, education, and the economy in contributing to these social problems and solutions. Finally, we will discuss how individuals can work together to promote social change.

The class will also examine the social problems present in our local Pittsburgh community in order gain a greater understanding and connection to the place in which we live.

 UCOR 101C Thinking & Writing across the Curriculum (TBD) Jeff Martin, English

We will explore new ways of reading and writing within a constructive, creative, and collaborative classroom environment. We will sharpen our critical thinking, focus on the writing process, and create thoughtful written work. Not only will this class prepare you for the writing you will be required to do over the next four years, it will also prepare you to manage your time, read critically, produce professional-quality work, and move your mindset from high school to college.