survey course

sur·​vey course | \ˈsər-ˌvā- \

Definition of survey course 

: a course treating briefly the chief topics of a broad field of knowledge

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In many of those, the only classes offered were music survey courses known as general music, or instruction in piano or guitar, or computer classes where students learn music production software. New York Times, "In New York High Schools, the Sound of Music Is Muted," 13 May 2018 The museum is on the campus of Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM), which offers a survey course in modern Mexican architecture, including Félix Candela's Cosmic Rays Pavilion and Juan O'Gorman's library. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Mexico City," 18 Oct. 2016 The scheme of the book, which blends recollections of research trips with Mr. Stager’s amateur snapshots, occasionally recalls an earnest slide-show lecture in a college survey course. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes’ Review: Earth’s Many Eyes," 25 May 2018 But the survey courses and textbooks have not been changed to include female leadership (except for Elizabeth I), which means that there has been at best general ignorance or at worst deliberate omission. Nancy Goldstone, Time, "I'm a Historian, and I Think Women's History Month Is a Mistake," 23 Mar. 2018

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of survey course

: a class at a college or university that gives general information about a subject for students who have not studied it before : an introductory course at a college or university

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