Course List for First-Year Students
The following courses are available to first-year students requesting courses for their fall schedules. A typical fall schedule consists of 4 classes (3.5 - 4.5 credits), including first-year seminar. With the exception of CHEM 170, CLST 110, MUS 181, and UNIV 135, these are 1-credit courses. Students with specific program requirements - such as School of Music, Management Fellows, or Media Fellows - will be pre-enrolled in required courses.
If a course fulfills distribution area requirements, it is noted after the course title: AH = Arts and Humanities, SS = Social Science, SM = Science and Math, LA = Language, PPD = Power, Privilege, and Diversity, GL = Global Learning. Courses that satisfy the quantitative reasoning requirement as noted as “Q."
*** Special Announcement: Global Language Studies ***
Effective fall 2019, language courses will display under the new disciplinary area classified as Global Language Studies. Courses will be updated with the following major/minor, program, and subject codes (and some course descriptions):
ASIA – Asian Studies, CHIN – Chinese Studies, GFS – Global French Studies (formerly FREN), GRMN – German Studies (formerly GER), HISP – Hispanic Studies (formerly SPAN), JAPN – Japanese Studies, ITAL – Italian Cultural Studies
During this time of transition, it will be necessary to adjust the schedule of classes menu (SoC) and student schedules for fall 2019. We are committed to ensuring that student schedules reflect desired request as much as possible. Contact the Office of the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
AFST 100. Introduction to Africana Studies (1 course, SS or PPD)
Designed as the gateway to Africana Studies, this course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the collective experience of blacks in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. The course seeks to provide students an intellectual framework for engagement in a process of self-discovery and for achieving a more global understanding of the unique ways in which Africans and peoples of African descent have constituted our world. The course, which introduces important theoretical approaches and builds critical and analytical skills, provides an overview of the historical, socio-economic and cultural dynamics of black life.
ANTH 151. Human Cultures (1 course, SS or PPD)
An introduction to the perspectives, methods and ideas of cultural anthropology. Analysis of human diversity and similarities among people throughout the world, both Western and non-Western, through cross-cultural comparison. Topics include: culture and society; ethnographic research; ethnocentrism vs. cultural relativism; how societies adapt to their environment; different forms of marriage and social relationships; male, female and other forms of gender; the social functions of religion; and processes of socio-cultural change. May not be taken pass/fail.
ANTH 153. Human Origins (1 course, SM)
An introduction to physical anthropology and archaeology, showing how biology and culture enable humankind to survive in many different environments. Topics discussed include primate behavior, fossil humans, tools and society, and the relationships between biology and human behavior. May not be taken pass/fail.
ARTH 132. Introduction to Art History Renaissance to Modern (1 course, AH)
A survey of Western Art from the early Italian Renaissance to modern and contemporary art. We will view and discuss the major works of art from this period in chronological sequence, discussing their place in the larger historical developments of the west, including the political, social, economic, philosophical and theological. We will also discuss and practice some basic modes of art historical analysis. Not open to students with credit in ARTH 142.
ARTH 135. Developments in East Asian Art, Modernity (1 course, AH or GL)
A survey of the arts of East Asia from the 14th century to the present, analyzing modernity, as well as the march towards modernity, in the art and architecture of China, Japan, Korea, and the Ryūkyūs over a range of media. We will study some of the various methodologies that can be applied to East Asian Art as well as key themes in the chronological and historical development of visual cultures against the background of political, social, and cultural contexts. May count toward Asian Studies.
ARTH 190. American Art in Transnational Context, c. 1770-present (1 course, AH or PPD)
This course surveys U.S. American art and visual culture from the late eighteenth century to the present. We will explore the dynamic transnational circulations of people, objects, and images that fundamentally have shaped art in the United States. Taking a broad definition of "art," the course examines fine art production such as painting and sculpture, as well as a wide range of vernacular expression including murals, quilts, and protest materials. We will investigate how these diverse artistic practices have emerged from the border-crossing trajectories of trade, travel, migration, war, diaspora, and colonialism. Throughout the semester, we will consider how the terms "American" and "art" each have been used to justify exclusions along lines of class, race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship. A motivating goal of the course is to enable lively analysis of how artists and artisans have wrestled with the multiplicity and hybridity of American identity.
ARTH 265. Art and Literature Paris and Berlin (1 course)
The Paris of the 19th century, of Zola and the Impressionist painters was the city where the large-scale development of new methods of industry, finance, merchandising, government, and culture were given their most coherent concrete form. In the 20th century Berlin was at the center of, successively, German Expressionist painting, the European film industry, Nazism, and the Cold War. These two European capitals were at the intersection of individual personal experience and titanic historical forces. Close examination of painting, novels, film, architecture and urban planning, and the context within which they were produced.
ARTH 290. Performance Art of the Americas (1 course, AH)
This course explores the captivating history of performance art in the Americas. Since the early twentieth century, artists have turned to performance as an experimental mode of artistic production. They have used bodily movement, music and sound, costumes, and props to reimagine the forms, institutions, and audiences for art. What does it mean to "perform" art rather than to make an art object? We will take a hemispheric approach to this question, investigating how artists working in diverse contexts in Latin America and North America have used performance as an expressive and political form. For instance, we will analyze performance works made under dictatorial regimes in Argentina and Chile, amid the transnational feminist movement of the 1970s, and during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States. Among other topics, we will consider debates around performance documentation, the ethics of audience participation, and the critical use of the body by artists of color and queer and feminist artists. A central goal of the course is to introduce students to key themes of performance art and, more broadly, modern and contemporary art of the Americas. Some class meetings will include in-class performance workshops.
ARTS 153. Introduction to Painting (1 course, AH)
Designed for the student with little or no prior oil painting experience. This introduction includes development of a basic understanding of oil painting, color principles, line, form and composition. Principles are taught in conjunction with slide presentations and discussions of the painting ideology of past as well as contemporary masters. Generally it is recommended that students take Drawing I before Painting I. Not offered pass/fail.
ARTS 163. Introduction to Photography (1 course, AH)
An introduction to the art of black-and-white photography, this course provides opportunities for learning personal expression, critical thinking, and the aesthetics of photography through darkroom experiences and camera assignments. A 35-millimeter camera with a manual control is required. Some cameras are available for student checkout. Please see the instructor. Not offered pass/fail.
ARTS 165. Introduction to Video Art (1 course, AH)
An introduction to digital video art production through camera and editing assignments. This course includes readings and screenings on contemporary and historical issues surrounding the medium of video art.
ARTS 170. Introduction to Sculpture (1 course, AH)
An introduction to the concepts and technical skills associated with three dimensional media. The class explores the principles of 3D design, such as structure, organic/inorganic forms and spatial relationships. The curriculum introduces these concepts through a series of projects which develop basic technical skills with a through a variety of materials including clay, plaster, steel, paper and wood. Not offered Pass/Fail.
ARTS 175. Introduction to Ceramics (1 course, AH)
This course is an introduction to art studio focusing on the use of ceramic materials and techniques. The class covers baic art and design principles, idea development through sketching, experimentation and critique, and a range of ceramic techniques including hand building, press molds, wheel forming and surface development. Not offered pass/fail.
BIO 101. Molecules, Genes and Cells (1 course, SM)
Includes laboratory. An introduction to genetics, cell biology and molecular biology. Students will examine topics in biological chemistry, cellular structure and function, metabolism and energy flow in cellular systems, Mendelian genetics, and the cell cycle. Note: This course is commonly required for medical school and other health care professions. It does not matter what order you take BIO 101 and BIO 102 in. You may start out in Biology with either course.
BIO 102. Evolution, Organisms and Ecology (1 course, SM)
Includes laboratory. An introduction to the principles and practice of evolutionary biology, population genetics, and ecology. Students will examine topics in natural selection, the modern synthesis, speciation, phylogeny, primary productivity and ecological efficiency. Note: This course is commonly required for medical school and other health care professions. It does not matter what order you take BIO 101 and BIO 102 in. You may start out in Biology with either course.
CHEM 120. Structure and Properties of Organic Molecules (1 course, class and lab, SM)
This course introduces the basics of chemical bonding, structure and behavior in the context of organic molecules. Emphasis is placed on the nature of bonding, how chemists determine structure, the three-dimensional aspects of structure and how molecular structure determines chemical behavior. Lab activities are designed to reinforce class topics while introducing common organic lab techniques, such as liquid-liquid extraction, NMR, IR, GC/MS, and molecular modeling. Prerequisite: high school chemistry or CHEM 100. May not be taken pass/fail. This course is commonly required by schools in the health professions, including medicine. It does not matter what order you take CHEM 120 and CHEM 130 in. You may start out in Chemistry with either course.
CHEM 130. Structure and Properties of Inorganic Compounds (1 course, class and lab, SM)
An introduction to structure, bonding, properties and simple reactions of inorganic compounds. Topics covered include basic quantum theory, bonding theories, molecular and solid state structure and periodic properties of the elements and their compounds. Application of these topics to biological, environmental and geological systems will be stressed. The lab will focus on the synthesis, structure, properties, and reactivity of inorganic substances, including simple ionic substances and coordination complexes. Characterization using infrared and visible spectroscopy is also introduced. This course is commonly required by schools in the health professions, including medicine. It does not matter what order you take CHEM 120 and CHEM 130 in. You may start out in chemistry with either course.
CHEM 170. Stoichiometric Calculations (1/4 course)
A review of the quantitative treatment of chemistry and chemical reactions. Topics include ways to express the absolute and relative amount of chemicals (grams, moles and concentration), balancing chemical reactions, mole-to-mole relationships, limiting reagents and theoretical yields. The course is composed of a series of self-paced modules. There are no class meetings. Prerequisite: high school chemistry or CHEM 100. May not be taken pass/fail. This review course is required for advanced courses in Chemistry.
CHEM EXP. Chemistry and Crime (1 course, SM)Students will learn fundamental chemistry principles, address the scientific method and explore how chemistry is used in investigating crimes. Students will also have opportunities to do brief laboratory experiments and learn about chemical instrumentation used to investigate criminal activity.
CHIN 161. Elementary Chinese I (1 course)
The goals for this course are for students to master the pinyin Romanization system and to acquire basic communication skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese. CHIN 161 is open only to beginners in Chinese or those with two years or less of high school Chinese.
CHIN 261. Intermediate Chinese I (1 course, LA)
Course work helps students to develop four linguistic skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading) in Chinese at a more advanced level. Course work emphasizes drills, conversation and grammar. The goals are for students to acquire the following skills: to pronounce modern standard Chinese, to write words using both characters and pinyin Romanization system, to converse in more complicated sentences based on grammatical structures introduced in this course and to write essays. Prerequisite: CHIN 162 or qualifying score on the placement test.
CHIN 361. Advanced Chinese I (1 course, LA)
Reading and discussion of advanced Chinese materials. Exercise in speaking the language and in writing compositions. Prerequisite: CHIN 261 or qualifying score on the placement test.
CLST 100. Greek and Roman Mythology (1 course, AH)
The principal myths and legends of the ancient world, with consideration of the nature of myth, the social origin and evolution of myths, their relation to religion and philosophy and their use in literature and art.
CLST 110. Greek and Latin Roots of English (1/2 course)
Nearly 2/3 of English derives from the two principal languages of the ancient Mediterranean: Greek and Latin and the figure nears 90% for scientific terminology. This course examines the extensive linguistic and cultural roots of English in those historical languages. It begins with a review of the structure and evolution of English, followed by treatments of how Greek and Latin work. The heart of the course studies noun, adjective, and verb stems, as well as prefixes, suffixes, and prepositions. We also carry out a contextual review of those Greek and Latin words in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts. By the end of the course, students should know core morphemes, and be able to recognize, decipher, and use unfamiliar terms simply by reference to their Greek and Latin parts. Finally, as part of the linguistic learning process, students also receive a broad-based review of classical Mediterranean civilization. The course is taught in English and has no pre-requisites.
CLST 153. Ancient Greek World (1 course, AH)
This course provides a broad survey of Greek history, society, and literature from the mythological origins until the Age of Alexander the Great. Students read widely from Greek primary sources such as Homer, Plato, Herodotus, and Thucydides.
CLST 263. Greek, Etruscan and Persian Art and Archaeology (1 course, AH)
This course covers the art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean from the end of the Bronze Age (ca. 1100 BC) to the death of Alexander the Great (323 BC). The course examines the major cities, sanctuaries and burial grounds of the Persians, Assyrians, Israelites, Greeks, and Etruscans. Special attention is given to the growth of urbanism and international trade during this period and their effects on material culture. Offered in alternate fall semesters.
COMM 111. Acting I (1 course, AH)
Grounding in American acting technique, paying particular attention to objective, obstacle, playable action, character analysis, improvisation, and understanding and development of the vocal and physical instruments.
COMM 117. Theatre Production and Design I (1 course, Q-course)
The theory and practice of technical production and design including: scenery construction, lighting, properties, costume construction and make-up. Laboratory work on University productions.
COMM 291. Cross-Cultural Journalism (1 course)
This course examines journalistic practices and communications techniques to speak across difference during an era marked by challenges to effective discourse and industry disruption. The underlying philosophy is journalism and journalistic techniques are critical to a working democracy, especially accuracy, transparency and ethical norms. We will be challenged to engage with and understand communities of people and interests different than our own.
Specifically, students will identify the ways in which bias creeps into reporting and messaging, and how unchecked bias and filter bubbles have the potential to lock audiences out of conversations instead of inviting them into one. We will interrogate where bias ends and point of view begins. Importantly, race, ethnicity and class will be centered, and we will ground ourselves in the history of underrepresented and marginalized voices, such as the poor, to better understand how to tell compelling stories in real-time.
We will explore what kind of journalism or strategic communication may be produced with a shift in perspective, and analyze and critique media sources. We will explore the complexity of covering certain topics, such as the 2020 U.S. Census or crime, and explore our assumptions about what stories and messages matter from a business perspective but also an ethical human one.
Assignments will include a mix of media critiques, book reviews, reporting assignments, an op-ed and presentations. There will be current events quizzes. Opportunities to create videos and leverage other media forms, such as social media campaigns, are welcome. Class will be a mixture of lectures and a workshopping environment where teamwork will be required. This class is appropriate for students interested in journalism or strategic communication because stories, wherever and however they're told, make the world go 'round.
CSC 121. Computer Science I (1 course, SM, Q-course)
This is an introductory course in which problem solving and algorithm development are studied by considering computer science topics, such as computer graphics, graphical user interfaces, modeling and simulation, artificial intelligence and information management systems. Interesting and relevant programming assignments related to these topics are written in a high-level programming language that supports objects. Additional assignments utilize writing and data analysis to reinforce central course concepts and to address related areas of computing, such as ethics, history and the meaning of intelligence. The course meets three hours in class and two hours in laboratory (3-2). Offered each semester. Not offered pass/fail.
ECON 100. Introduction to Economics (1 course, SS, Q-course)
Survey of basic concepts and processes in microeconomics and macroeconomics: production, income, demand, supply, cost, price, market structures, money, government finance and international trade and finance.
EDUC 170. Foundations of Education (1 course, SS)
(includes field experience) Establishes a liberal arts foundation for teacher preparation with an emphasis on community/school relationships. Explores major philosophical, historical, and sociological points of view in contemporary American education and their influence on educational decisions and systems. Field experience is required, and students should register for lab time concurrently. May not be taken pass/fail.
ENG 141. Reading World Literature (1 course, AH or GL)
This course explores literature in translation across national and geographic boundaries. It focuses on fiction, drama, and poetry as a way of gaining a critical understanding of perspectives, voices, and aesthetics of people and places outside of the U.S. In engaging the reader's literary sensibilities, the course aims to develop students' self-reflection on cultural difference and their own globally-situated identities and responsibilities.
ENG 149. Introduction to Creative Writing (1 course, AH)
An introduction to writing and reading fiction and poetry in a workshop setting using the work of contemporary poets and writers as models. May include some creative non-fiction and/or dramatic writing.
ENG 151. Reading and Literature: Poetry, Fiction and Drama. (1 course, AH)
This course explores literature as means of transforming language into art, looking closely at ways that writers explore the relationship between form, content and meaning. It focuses particularly on three primary literary genres, though it may also include a secondary emphasis on others, such as essay and film. The course might also consider adaptation and the way genres evolve over time.
ENG 167. Introduction to Film (1 course, AH)
Designed to develop students' ability to understand and appreciate film as art and to acquaint them with a representative group of significant works and the characteristics of film as a type of literature.
ENG 181. Reading and Literature: Ethics and Society (1 course, AH)
This course explores literature as a form of social engagement, with the potential to influence our thinking about aesthetic, ethical, or political questions. It considers imaginative writing as a motive force in history through studies of specific works intervening in specific contexts or, more generally, through an analysis of the strategies that writers use to articulate, clarify, and sometimes resolve social or ethical problems.
ENG 191. Reading and Literature: Science, Nature, and Technology (1 course, AH)
This course explores literature as a response to scientific and technological change. It considers the ways that new scientific discoveries inspire new visions in literature and the ways, in turn, that imaginative writing inspires new approaches in science. It features literary works that contextualize past scientific and technological advances, interpret and critique changes happening in the present, and imagine the changes that might occur in the future.
ENG 232. News Writing and Editing (1 course)
An introduction to the art and craft of writing for newspapers, including story structure, research techniques, interviewing, note taking, ethics, libel and AP Style. Students will hone their writing and reporting skills by covering campus events, writing stories on deadline and following national and local media coverage.
FILM 100. Introduction to Film (1 course, AH)
(cross-listed with ENG 167) Designed to develop students' ability to understand and appreciate film as art and to acquaint them with a representative group of significant works and the characteristics of film as a type of literature.
FREN 101. Elementary French I (1 course)
Introduction to the French language with emphasis on development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The essentials of French grammar. Emphasis on communication and Francophone cultures. FREN 101 is open only to beginners in French or those with two years or less of high school French.
FREN 110. Review of Elementary French (1 course, LA)
Practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Review of French grammar and study of Francophone cultures. For those students who have prior experience in French. Satisfies the Group 5 requirement. Open to students who are placed into this level by test results or departmental direction. Not open to those who have credit for FREN 101 or 102.
FREN 201. Intermediate French I (1 course, LA)
Reading, oral practice, composition and further study of grammar and Francophone cultures. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 110 or qualifying score on the French placement test.
GEOS 105. Earthquakes and Volcanoes (1 course, SM)
An investigation of the theory of plate tectonics and how it explains the distribution of earthquake and volcanic activity throughout the world. Destructive historical earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are examined with consideration of the impact of these disasters on human populations. Advances in the prediction of earthquake and volcanic activity also are evaluated. May include lab some semesters.
GEOS 110. Earth and the Environment (1 course, SM, Q-course)
Includes laboratory. An introduction to the materials that make up the earth and the interplay between constructive and destructive processes that shape the earth, including plate tectonics. Laboratories include mineral and rock identification, field trips, and topographic map interpretation.
GEOS 117. Weather, Climate and Climate Change (1 course, SM)
An introduction to the Earth's atmosphere through the study of weather, climate and climate change. Topics covered include atmospheric composition,structure and function, weather phenomena and climate, and natural and human-induced climate change. Global societal responses to rapid climate change are also discussed.
GEOS 125. Introduction to Environmental Science (1 course, SM)
An introduction to the study of environmental science. Topics include matter, energy, ecosystems, human populations, natural resources, and the impact of human activity on the natural environment. Special attention is given to current environmental problems including air and water pollution, acid rain, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, deforestation, and species extinctions.
GEOS 190. Energy and Environment (1 course, SM, Q-course)
An introduction to energy resources and the environmental impacts of their use. The importance of nonrenewable fossil fuels in modern industrialized societies is examined and the effects of changing rates and costs of energy production on modern lifestyles are explored. The potential economic costs and societal impacts of transitioning to renewable and sustainable sources of energy are discussed.
GER 111. Elementary German I (1 course)
An introductory program with a variety of learning approaches. Presentation and reinforcement of grammar, pronunciation and idiom through simple reading, guided writing and functional spoken German. An introduction to the German cultural tradition. GER 111 is open only to those without German language background or to those with two years or less of high school German.
GER 211. Intermediate German I (1 course, LA)
General preparation in German for personal, academic and professional use. Exercise in speaking the language and in writing brief original compositions. Reading from modern literary and cultural sources; selected topics about contemporary German life and the German tradition. Prerequisite: GER 112 or qualifying score on the placement test.
GRK 101. Introduction to Ancient Greek I (1 course)
This course prepares students to read such ancient Greek texts as Homer's Iliad, Sappho's poetry, Plato's Symposium, Herodotus' Histories, Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, and the New Testament in the original language. Introduction to the essentials of ancient Greek vocabulary and grammar with emphasis on development of proficiency in reading ancient Greek literature. First semester of a two-semester sequence of introductory ancient Greek language courses. Applies toward the Distribution Area requirement in Language. Applies toward Major or Minor in Greek or Classical Civilization. Prerequisite for GRK 102. Offered every Fall Semester.
HIST 100B. Historical Encounters: God and Sex: Religion and Culture in Africa (1 course, AH)
Societies across the world attach different values, taboos, sacredness, and interpretations on sex, sexuality and sexual relationships. In Africa, although societies saw sex as a normal exercise that every "adult" aspired to engage in, the act, however, was intersected with religion, culture, ritual, belief systems, and customs. The course investigates the historical, cultural, and social contexts of sexual diversity, identity, discrimination, and sexual violence in the 20th and 21st century, Africa, while paying close attention to the influence of cultural norms and religion. We will organize our inquiries around the themes of sexuality and sexual relations, religion, culture, family, and courtship. Some of the questions we will raise include: What counted as sex? What types of sex were considered socially acceptable in different societies in Africa? Who was allowed to engage in them? How did taboos, values, customs and rituals on sexual relationships change over time and across histories and geographies? Also, the course covers ongoing issues such as HIV-AIDS and the current struggles for the rights of the LGBTQIA communities in Africa.
HIST 100C. Historical Encounters: Mythbusting Tropical Nature--A Global Environmental History. (1 course, AH)
This course uses history to challenge three widespread myths about tropical nature and the people who live there. Together we will explore the complicated reality behind the myths of primeval wilderness, a looming 'population bomb,' and the idea that peasants are ignorant of the world around them. Each of the myths examined appear in twenty-first century policy debates over environmental conservation, but each has deep roots that often trace back to times and places far removed from the contemporary tropical world. These myths are closely related, playing off of and reinforcing each other. In this class, we will explore why these myths have proven so resilient, despite repeatedly being revealed as untrue or misleading, and how their use serves to redirect attention away from the role played by outsiders in altering and degrading tropical ecosystems. By the end of the class, students will be equipped to spot these myths for what they are and use the tools of history to challenge them.
HIST 108. Modern China and Japan. (1 course, AH or GL)
An introductory examination of East Asia in the modern world, beginning with the Western impact in the mid-19th century and focusing on Japanese industrialization and empire, Chinese revolution, World War II in Asia and trends to the present.
HIST 109. African Civilizations (1 course, AH or GL)
This course concentrates on Africa south of the Sahara. It surveys the major changes in this region over the 2000 years which preceded the onset of European colonial rule in the late 19th century. It brings the story of African history up to 1880, the point at which European colonialism irrevocably changed the course of African social development. The course focuses on the major dynamics of economic and political change, including the development of states and large systems of trade. The study of African history has produced a particularly wide variety of views and interpretations. Some writers have asserted, for example, that Africans possessed little political organization in the past, while others celebrate ancient African kingdoms. The purpose of this course is to help students make their own judgments about competing claims and conflicting interpretations of the African past. A major aspect of this history is the Atlantic slave trade. The course places the slave trade in the wider context of African political, economic and social history, and examines its impact on African societies. It discusses the major arguments which have developed among historians of Africa, and looks at how historians use archaeological, linguistic and documentary evidence. Above all, it discusses historians' use of African oral tradition. As we will see, one of the most interesting aspects of African historical study is that it draws upon kinds of evidence which are rarely used by historians in other parts of the world, and so gives us an unusual perspective on the human past.
HIST 116. Modern Latin America (1 course, SS or GL)
The legacies of independence, modernization processes, revolutionary upheaval, nationalisms and the populist movements that marked the history of Latin America from 1825 to the present. Emphasis on social relations and cultural practices of the diverse Latin American peoples.
HIST 121. Introduction to the Middle East (1 course, AH or GL)
The course surveys the various factors that shaped the political, religious, cultural and social features of Classical Islamic civilization and Middle Eastern/Islamic history from the sixth century to 1500 AD. Its geographic scope comprises Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain), Central Asia and the territories of the former Ottoman and Safavid empires: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Arabia, the Caucuses and Iran. Where appropriate, audio-visual material will be utilized.
HIST 290. Caribbean Religions and Culture (1 course, AH)
An exploration of the relationship between Caribbean religious traditions and culture in the development of Caribbean identity and nationhood. It focuses on how the major world religions were modified through the encounter between peoples of Amerindian, African, European and Asian descent. Further, it studies the impact of slavery, emigration, colonialism, and globalization on the emergence of indigenous Caribbean religious traditions (Vodun, Santeria, Rastafari).
ITAL 271. Intermediate Italian I (1 course, LA)
Second year Italian. First semester. This course emphasizes oral and written expression, listening comprehension and building vocabulary. It also provides an intensive review of grammar. Learning is facilitated by a careful selection of literary texts, such as plays, novels, short stories, celebrated lyrics from opera and contemporary music. A variety of real-life material is also employed, including newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television broadcasts. Students are required to participate and engage in conversation during class. Regular attendance is essential. Daily assignments are required. Pre-requisite: Italian 171 & 172 or permission of a professor of Italian in the Modern Language Department.
JAPN 151. Elementary Japanese I (1 course)
Introduction to the Japanese language with emphasis on development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. JAPN 151 is open only to beginners in Japanese or those with two years or less of high school Japanese.
JAPN 251. Intermediate Japanese I (1 course, LA)
Further study of Japanese language and practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Prerequisite: JAPN 152 or qualifying score on the placement test.
JAPN 351. Advanced Japanese I (1 course, LA)
Readings and discussion of advanced Japanese materials. Exercise in speaking the language and in writing compositions. Prerequisite: JAPN 252 or qualifying score on the placement test.
KINS 100. Introduction to Kinesiology (1 course, SM)
Includes laboratory. Designed to introduce students to the discipline of kinesiology including the major subdisciplines and approaches to studying movement. Laboratory activities are designed to allow for measurement of phenomenon discussed in class, to introduce common laboratory procedures and techniques, and to learn how to collect and analyze data to answer questions of interest in kinesiology.
LACS 100. Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies (1 course, GL)
This introductory course to Latin American and Caribbean cultures serves as the gateway to an interdisciplinary exploration of the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean.
LAT 223. Intermediate Latin (1 course, LA)
Combines a thorough review of elementary Latin and an introduction to continuous Latin texts from foundational authors such as Cicero, Caesar, Sallust, and Vergil. Teaches strategies for analyzing complex sentences and continuous passages. Includes some prose composition. Prerequisite: LAT 124 or two years of high school Latin (entering students should take the Latin placement exam during orientation) or permission of instructor.
MATH 123. Computational Discrete Mathematics (1 course, SM, Q-course)
An introduction to the concepts of discrete mathematics with an emphasis on problem solving and computation. Topics are selected from Boolean algebra, combinatorics, functions, graph theory, matrix algebra, number theory, probability, relations and set theory. This course may have a laboratory component.
MATH 135. Calculus with Review I (1 course)
Extensive review of topics from algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, graphing and theory of equations. A study of functions, limits, continuity and differentiability of algebraic and transcendental functions with applications. Note: Math 135 and Math 136 is a full year sequence which is the equivalent of the faster-paced Math 151.
MATH 141. Stats for Professionals (1 course, SM, Q-course)
This course introduces students to elementary probability and data analysis via visual presentation of data, descriptive statistics and statistical inference. Emphasis will be placed on applications with examples drawn from a wide range of disciplines in both physical and behavioral sciences and humanities. Topics of statistical inference include: confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression, correlation, contingency tales, goodness of fit and ANOVA. The course will also develop familiarity with the most commonly encountered tables for probability distributions: binomial, normal, chi-squared, student-t and F.
MATH 143. Mathematical Modeling (1 course, SM, Q-course)
This interdisciplinary course will be an engaging and lively look into modeling of phenomena (like voting theory, game theory, traveling salesman problem, population growth/decay etc.) in natural and social sciences. This course will emphasize relationships between the world in which we live and mathematics and is aimed to develop one's mathematical and problem-solving skills in the process. Topics covered will include Modeling Change, Modeling Process and Proportionality, Model Fitting, Probabilistic Modeling, Modeling with Decision Theory, Optimization of Discrete Models, Game Theory and Modeling Using Graph Theory. It will be beneficial for the student to have knowledge in Algebra and Trigonometry for this course.
MATH 152. Calculus II (1 course, SM, Q-course)
Techniques of integration, parametric equations, infinite series and an introduction to the calculus of several variables. Prerequisite: MATH 136 or MATH 151.
MATH 251. Calculus III (1 course, SM, Q-course)
An introduction to the calculus of several variables. Topics include vectors and solid analytic geometry, multidimensional differentiation and integration, and a selection of applications. Prerequisite: MATH 152 or placement.
MSST 110. Contemporary Issues in Museum Studies (1 course, AH)
This course introduces and examines the institutional practices of museums (as well as other exhibition spaces) with emphasis on the ethical dimensions of these practices. How do the creators of exhibits find ways to translate complex ideas and contextual material into accessible, compelling displays? What methods do museum professionals employ to involve and assist visitors? Why do some exhibitions become sites of public controversies and battles over representation- whose voices are heard and whose are silenced? In what manner do discussions of power, privilege, and diversity come into play in museums? How do exhibition planners negotiate ethnic, racial, class, religious, gender, and sexual difference? This course has a two-fold goal: it will introduce students to museums and their operations, and it will explore critical issues of power, privilege, and diversity in contemporary museum studies. In meeting the first goal, we will consider museum missions, practices of collection, exhibition strategies and interpretation, and audience appeal. Then, the class will situate museum strategies and practices in a larger context, examining changing museum ideologies and institutional engagements with the politics of cultural representation, as well as the ethical debates over the 'ownership' of culture and cultural artifacts. Assignments and site visits will further strengthen students' reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
MUS 102. Music Appreciation (1 course, AH)
A non-technical course designed to give the layman an overview of the development of Western art music, including its major composers, styles and genres. Includes an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra and commonly used musical terms. Required readings, directed listening assignments, required concert attendance. Not open to students in the School of Music.
MUS 181. Symphonic Band (1/4 course, AH)
The Symphonic Band provides playing experiences for College of Liberal Arts majors, and School of Music majors who want to improve their technique and skills on secondary woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The mission of the Symphonic Band is to create maximum enjoyment with limited performance demands for students who wish to continue to perform in a large ensemble as part of their collegiate educational experience. Auditions are not required for participation. However, they are held for optional chair placements and part assignments.
PACS 100. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (1 course, SS)
This course surveys the process of conflict, including conflict management, from a multidisciplinary perspective. As such, it deals with the causes, dynamics, types, levels, management functions and outcomes of conflict. The implementation of the course involves, in part, case-study simulations and occasional guest lecturers from various disciplines on campus. This course is a prerequisite for upper-level courses in peace and conflict studies and required for the peace and conflict studies major and minor.
PHIL 209B. Moral Controversies (1 course)
Moral Controversies is an introductory course in applied ethics. Applied ethics is the branch of ethics that concerns itself with concrete, practical moral problems and controversies such as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, pornography, etc. In this course, we will consider arguments for different conclusions on the same issue, e.g., pro-choice and pro-life arguments. The aims for this course are: to equip students with the skills to evaluate ethical arguments, to equip students with basic skills for developing their own arguments, and to familiarize students with a variety of views on popular topics. Moral Controversies is a philosophy course. As such we will focus on the quality of the arguments for various positions. We will evaluate the reasons offered and whether and to what extent they support their intended conclusion. We will also consider consequences of ethical principles across topics.
PHYS 104. Stars and Galaxies (1 course, SM, Q-course)
Includes laboratory. An introductory course concentrating on the astronomy of stars and stellar systems. Topics to be covered include: properties of stars; stellar evolution; white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes; the interstellar medium; the Milky Way; galaxies; Hubble's Law; and cosmology. Emphasis is placed on investigating the methods by which astronomers gain knowledge about the universe. Evening laboratory periods will emphasize observation and will help students develop quantitative skills in interpreting data. PHYS 103 and PHYS 104 may be taken in either order. Not open to students with credit in PHYS 300 or 200. Prerequisite: high school algebra and trigonometry.
PHYS 120. Principles of Physics I (1 course, SM, Q-course)
Includes laboratory. An introductory calculus-based course covering fundamental concepts of physics including: momentum, energy, conservation laws, particle interactions, Newton's laws, oscillations, orbits and planetary motion. Laboratory sessions will provide a hands-on opportunity to explore the concepts of physics. This course is designed for students majoring in the sciences and mathematics and those in pre-professional programs in health sciences, medicine, engineering and teaching. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 151. This course is commonly required by schools in the health professions, including medicine.
PHYS 130. Principles of Physics II (1 course, SM, Q-course)
Includes laboratory. This course builds on PHYS 120 and covers fundamental concepts of physics including: electric and magnetic fields, circuits, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, waves, interference and diffraction. Laboratory sessions will provide a hands on opportunity to explore the concepts of physics. This course is designed for students majoring in the sciences and mathematics and those in pre-professional programs in health sciences, medicine, engineering and teaching. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 (students may receive credit for PHYS 120 through the AP Physics test and thus be eligible for PHYS 130. This course is commonly required by schools in the health professions, including medicine.
POLS 110. American National Government (1 course, SS)
This course will serves as an introduction to the American political system. The three branches of the national government and the roles of political parties, elections, public opinion, interest groups, and other political actors will be addressed. Each version of the course will use a different lens to study American National Government: POLS 110A American National Government; POLS 110B American Government: The Political System Today; POLS 110C American National Government: Race and Privilege; POLS 110D American National Government: The Data; POLS 110E American National Government: The Power of Individuals. Only one POLS 110 course may be counted toward degree and major requirements.
POLS 130. Elements of Political Theory (1 course, SS)
This course offers an introduction to selected topics in Political Theory. It covers a range of thinkers, from the ancient Greeks to the Enlightenment thinkers of Europe and closes on a contemporary note that asks us to reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of our time. It explores the political implications and limits of texts by Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill, Burke, Marx, and Arendt, reading them in chronological order with an eye toward changes in concerns and concepts across time.
POLS 150. Comparative Politics and Government (1 course, SS)
An examination of major theories of comparative politics applicable to liberal democratic, communist and developing Third World systems. Theories of modernization and development, functionalism, systems analysis, dependency and underdevelopment, political economy, state-society relations, corporatism and neo-corporatism in both Western and non-Western settings.
POLS 170. International Politics (1 course, SS)
An analysis of continuity and change in world politics, focusing on the units of analysis; patterns of conflict and competition, cooperation and order, and constraint; the structure of the international system; the international agenda and emerging trends and issues such as globalization and terrorism; and the current state of world order and its future.
PSY 100. Introductory Psychology (1 course, SM)
This course is a thorough survey of the major areas and approaches in psychology. As a discipline, psychology examines how humans and other organisms develop, function and adapt, including such topics as: how the brain and nervous system function; how we sense and perceive information from our environment; how we learn, remember, think about and interact with the world and each other; how we change during development from birth to old age; why we are motivated to act as we do; the factors that make each of us distinct individuals; what causes psychological disorders; and how those disorders are treated. The course places particular emphasis on scientific methodologies within the discipline. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the psychology department.
REL 130. Introduction to Religions (1 course, AH)
A cross-cultural survey course of major religious traditions, with emphasis upon the theoretical and methodological issues at stake in the discipline of Religious Studies. The course provides a balanced treatment of Asian and Western/Abrahamic traditions in order to explore the concept of 'religion' within a comparative humanistic context. Most important will be a close reading and discussion of primary texts in English translation. By the end of the course students will have developed a vocabulary for understanding religious phenomena cross-culturally and a sensibility for engaging with religious others in our globalizing world.
REL 141. Hebrew Bible (1 course, AH)
This course surveys the diverse literature of Ancient Israel, read in English translation, that came to be recognized as sacred scripture by Judaism and Christianity (known alternatively as Tanakh or Old Testament). The texts are studied within the historical and cultural context of Ancient Israel with an interest in the history and methods of interpretation.
REL 250. Christianity (1 course, AH)
A survey of major beliefs, practices and forms of the Christian religion. Special attention will be given to the Biblical foundations, theological formation and pivotal historical developments.
REL 267. Caribbean Religions and Culture (1 course, AH)
An exploration of the relationship between Caribbean religious traditions and culture in the development of Caribbean identity and nationhood. It focuses on how the major world religions were modified through the encounter between peoples of Amerindian, African, European and Asian descent. Further, it studies the impact of slavery, emigration, colonialism, and globalization on the emergence of indigenous Caribbean religious traditions (Vodun, Santeria, Rastafari).
SOC 100. Contemporary Society (1 course, SS or PPD)
An introduction to sociology: its questions, concepts and ways of analyzing social life. The focus is on how human societies organize themselves; how culture, socialization, norms, power relations, social institutions and group interaction affect the individual; and how, in turn, societies are transformed by human action. Of particular concern are problems facing contemporary societies. Not open to seniors or for Pass-Fail credit.
SPAN 131. Elementary Spanish I (1 course)
Introduction to the Spanish language with emphasis on development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The essentials of Spanish grammar. Emphasis on communication and Hispanic cultures. SPAN 131 is open only to beginners in Spanish or those with two years or less of high school Spanish.
SPAN 140. Intensive Elementary Spanish (1 course, LA)
Accelerated review of Spanish grammar and study of Hispanic cultures. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. For those students who have prior experience in Spanish. Satisfies the Group 5 requirement. Open to students who are placed into this level by test results or departmental direction. Not open to those who have credit for SPAN 131 or 132.
SPAN 231. Intermediate Spanish I (1 course, LA)
Reading, oral practice, composition and further study of grammar and Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite: SPAN 132 or SPAN 140 or qualifying score on the placement test.
SPAN 330. Spanish Conversation and Phonetics (1 course, LA)
Emphasis on oral practice and phonetics. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or qualifying grade on the Spanish placement test. Students with recent foreign residence in a Spanish-speaking country must consult with the chair of the department before registering for SPAN 330. Not open to heritage speakers of Spanish.
SPAN 333. Spanish for Heritage Speakers (1 course, PPD)
Spanish for Heritage Learners is designed specifically to meet the needs of native or heritage speakers of Spanish with oral proficiency but little or no formal training in the language. This course is therefore designed to build on the language base students already possess. Their language is viewed as an extremely valid means of oral communication. Hence, the primary purpose of this course is to develop reading and writing skills, although all of four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are emphasized via cultural and community-based activities. May not earn credit for both SPAN 332 and SPAN 333.
UNIV 135. Academic Excellence Seminar (1/2 course)
This course is designed to support students in their development as learners through readings, reflective writing, and class discussion. Topics covered include active reading, taking good notes, preparing for exams, and time management. Students will be encouraged to explore their strengths as scholars, to address their weaknesses and to become more engaged in the learning process.
UNIV 150. Discovery Process in Science and Mathematics (1 course, SM)
This course will introduce students to multiple scientific disciplinary perspectives in the context of exciting discoveries in science and their subsequent impacts on society. The course will have multiple modules taught by different faculty members from at least three different science and math departments. Each module will examine a disciplinary approach to hypotheses, data collection, and interpretation so students can better understand, and even experience, the discovery process. Faculty members will coordinate transitions between these modules as well as assessment across modules, and students will compare and contrast the disciplinary approaches to gain a more sophisticated understanding of how science is conducted in different fields. The course will also emphasize the relevance of the discoveries to students' lives.
The course counts toward the Science and Mathematics distribution requirement but, because of its interdisciplinary focus, not toward any specific science or mathematics major. This course is not open to Science Research Fellows because HONR 192 addresses similar interdisciplinary goals.
WGSS 140 Introduction to Women's Studies. (1 course, SS or PPD)
This course introduces some key issues in contemporary women's studies and provides a starting vocabulary and background in the field. Because Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary field, readings come from a number of different areas, including literature, history, philosophy, psychology and sociology.
WLIT 105. Introduction to World Literature (1 course, AH or GL)
This course is an introduction to literature in translation from multiple traditions across national boundaries. Readings include fiction, drama, and poetry. The course aims to develop literary sensibilities conducive to students' self-reflection on cultural difference and their own globally-situated identities and responsibilities.