Course List for First-Year Students
A first-year student's schedule consists of a first-year seminar and 3-3.5 other courses. This is a list of courses available to first-year students. In your portal, rank 10-15 courses you are interested in taking. Your schedule will be filled with courses from this list. Submit these choices in your e-Services portal between May 17 and June 23.
Course List for Fall 2021
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
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 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.
ARTH136. Histories of American Art (1 course, AH or PPD)
This course surveys U.S. American art and visual culture from 1619 (the year enslaved Africans first arrived in British North American colonies), to the present. It explores 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. It investigates 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. There are no prerequisites for this course.
ARTH 233A. Monumental Art of Japan (1 course, AH or GL)
This course explores large-scale art and architecture produced in Japan from 1550 to 1900. These years encompass the last turbulent decades of warfare and the first two centuries of an era of peace, witnessing the construction (and destruction) of resplendent castles, villas, religious complexes, and their accompanying interior decoration. Powerful and pervasive artistic ateliers, which were responsible for the decoration of these structures, also left an indelible artistic stamp on the nation during this period. What role did such resplendent monuments play in the struggle for power, both politically and culturally? For whose eyes was such splendor intended and what hidden, underlying angst pervades these efforts? What aesthetic values are expressed and did they extend beyond the elite, ruling class? Students will consider these questions and more, ultimately investigating the larger role of "art" in society.
ARTH 290A. Early Modern Transnational Art (1 course, AH or GL)
In this class we will review and discuss the artistic production of the early modern period (1450-1791) with an emphasis on events and processes that connected the world. We will focus on the invasion and occupation of the Americas, and the Transatlantic slave trade. We will center our discussion from these two social and historical starting points, and we will see how these events affected, determined, and steered the art and visual culture of the early modern period.
ARTS152. Drawing: Learning to See (1 course, AH)
Drawing is one of the most immediate and responsive forms of art-making. This class will introduce concepts that will carry over into other visual practices and develop our ability to recognize and create good drawings.
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. Intro 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 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 basic 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.
ASIA 150. Intro to Taoism (1course, AH or GL)
Through a close reading of the classic of Taoism Tao te ching in the context of its antiquity (around the 7th century BCE) and in its contemporary applications in politics, aesthetics, arts, gender relations, violence and peace, and power and authority, students will learn one of the three major schools of thought in China. Particular attention will be paid to the philosophical and cultural issues that influenced not only Chinese but also many other Asian and Western cultures.
ASIA 290. Cold War Borderlands in East Asia 1950s-1980s (1 course, SS or GL)
The Cold War drew a line through East Asia, dividing countries between revolutionary socialist regimes and postcolonial free-market allies of the United States. This course explores the societies of Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and South Vietnam in the 1950s through 1980s as Cold War borderlands. This was the world of Bruce Lee, the Vietnam War, Samsung, and pop divas like Teresa Teng. Some of the topics covered in this course: popular culture; urbanization; migration; industrialization; border effects; power and protest; global connections, including the US and Japan. This course provides a vital background to understanding the emergence of today's East Asia, including its economic dynamism, modernity, politics, global influence, and strategic importance to the US.
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 (.25 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.
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 154. Ancient Roman World (1 course, AH or GL)
This course provides a broad survey of Roman history, society, and literature from its foundation until the fall of the Roman Empire. Students read widely from Roman primary sources such as Cicero, Vergil, and Tacitus. Not open to students with credit in CLST 254.
CLST 161. Intro to Mediterranean Archaeology (1 course, SS)
This courses introduces students to the history, theory, and practice of Mediterranean archaeology. The course covers three areas: the rediscovery of Classical antiquity and its effect on European cultural and intellectual development; the basics of field methodology, including the use of technology; and the ethical role of the archaeologists in the interpretation and preservation of cultural remains. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Priority given to first-year students and sophomores.
COMM 110. Intro to Theatre (1 course)
This course offers an overview and introduction to the understanding and appreciation of theatre arts by examining foundations of drama as a communicative act. The course also addresses dramatic theory and literature, collaborative theatre artists, and basic production techniques. Students will gain insight into the imaginative and creative process that makes up the art of theatre.
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 236. Television Production and Televisual Literacy (1 course)
An introduction to the basic concepts and processes of television production. Emphasis is placed on the creation and analysis of ideas communicated through the medium of television, including aesthetic, ethical and technical influences on message construction. Students learn studio and field production: basic scripting, lighting, audio, camera/picturization, editing, directing, etc. Televisual literacy is developed, and assignments apply the critical skills needed to interpret and analyze visual imagery and television programming.
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 171. Reading and Literature: Intercultural Perspectives (1 course, AH or PPD)
This course explores literature as a means of understanding difference across boundaries of race, nation, class, gender, or religion. It will feature literary works that foreground a variety of intercultural perspectives, including literature in translation and literature that thematizes difference.
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.
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.
GFS 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.
GFS 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.
GFS 201. Outsiders and Insiders: Immigration in Post-Colonial France (1 course, GL)
Who gets to be "French"? Who belongs and who doesn't? Do 'differences' matter? This course will address these questions and more through French young-adult fiction and film that explore the migratory experience as well as distinct perspectives on sociocultural integration in today's France. This course will also serve as an introduction to literary and film analysis in French.
GFS 206. Francophone and Global Cinema (1 course, AH or GL)
This introductory film course is a survey of contemporary films from across the globe with a focus on French and Francophone cinema. Students will be exposed to a diverse array of culturally distinct and unique aesthetic expressions and will be encouraged to engage perspective(s) apart from their own while discussing topics including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, class, and sexual orientation. This course will be taught in English.
GFS 327. Literary Voices (1 course, AH or GL)
Students will read, discuss, and write about a variety of literary works past and present, in multiple genres (including poetry, prose, and drama) and from multiple perspectives within France and throughout the French-speaking world. Students will consider how writers engage in aesthetic, intellectual, social, and political issues; they will assess the enduring value of writers and texts; and they may even do some creative writing of their own in French.
GLH 101. Introduction to Global Health (1 course)
This course introduces students to the basic tenets, applications, and foci of global health. It contextualizes current global health issues historically and provides an overview of the core disciplines in the field. Using case studies, students analyze disease burden across several sectors to examine factors affecting health. Readings are drawn from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
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.
GRMN 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.
GRMN 117. Societies Past and Future: Marxism, Fascism, and In-Between in German Culture (1 course, GL)
Not long ago, it seemed that the world's future was destined to be a version of US-American culture, what some called "the end of history." Today we need to look farther afield to understand the decline of democracy and liberalism; the history of German politics and culture gives us important insights to the attractions and pitfalls of social movements in the post-American century and questions of transnationalism. In this course we will look back (via history, literature, film, and philosophy) at German-cultural ways of thinking communal living. We will examine societies which had multiple different forms of government and social organization in a single century (Empire, Republic, Fascism, Communism, Social Market Democracy, European Union) and ask questions such as: What are the attractions of totalitarianism? How are national and post-national identities formed? How do imaginative visions of the future comment upon and shape the way modern societies are organized and transform themselves? Course offered in English.
GRMN 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.
HISP 131. Intro to the Spanish-Speaking World I (1 course)
Introduction to the Spanish language with emphasis on the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Emphasis on Spanish-speaking cultures and communication in authentic contexts. HISP 131 is open only to beginners in Spanish or those with two years or less of high school Spanish.
HISP 140. Intensive Elementary Spanish (1 course, LA)
Intensive study of the Spanish language with emphasis on the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Emphasis on Spanish-speaking cultures and communication in authentic contexts. This course is designed for those students who seek more immediate entry into higher levels.
HISP 231. Topics of the Spanish-Speaking World I(1 course, LA)
Further development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through focused topics of the Spanish-speaking world, such as identity and memory, borders and immigration, social movements and revolution, and multilingualism. Prerequisite: HISP 132 or HISP 140 or qualifying score on the placement test.
HISP 332. Literacy in the Spanish-Speaking World (1 course, LA)
Advanced reading and writing strategies, including grammar review and composition, for entry into the advanced curriculum. Students read from a variety of representative texts of multiple registers from the Spanish-speaking world. Open to students from all language learning backgrounds. NOTE: Students may not earn major/ minor credit for both HISP 332 and HISP 333. Prerequisite: HISP 232 or qualifying grade on the placement test.
HISP 333. Spanish as Heritage Language (1 course, LA)
Designed for students who grew up using Spanish with their families and/or communities, but who received the majority of K-12 education in English. Emphasis on advanced reading and writing strategies and differentiation between written and oral registers of Spanish through discussion of key issues affecting the Latinx community and civic engagement. A focus on Spanish as a national language in the U.S. and the deconstruction of myths based on power and privilege associated with being Latino in the U.S. Topics vary by semester, but may include immigration, identity construction, bilingualism, literature, or popular culture.
NOTE: Students may not earn major/ minor credit for both HISP 332 and HISP 333. Prerequisite: HISP 232 or qualifying grade on the placement test.
HIST 100A. People on the Move: Migration in European History (1 course, AH or GL)
Why do people move from place to place? In this course, we will study the historical background behind the issues of migration and refugees in contemporary Europe. We will study the migrations within, out of, and into Europe over the past centuries up to today. We will consider a wide variety of primary and secondary sources including scholarly analyses, personal narratives, films, and statistics to develop an understanding of the historical dimension behind the contemporary crises. Along the way, students will get the opportunity to read and analyze texts, identify and develop their own theses, research specific topics, and develop empathy for the 'people on the move'.
HIST 100C. Abolishing Slavery (1 course, AH or PPD)
The struggle to abolish slavery was one of the longest and most important chapters in U.S. history. This course emphasizes efforts to end slavery from the Revolutionary Era through the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. Major topics include: the origins of antislavery ideology; the gradual demise of slavery in the North; the rise of the nineteenth-century movement for immediate abolition; varieties of resistance to enslavement; and the final destruction of African-American chattel slavery during the Civil War. We situate these events in international contexts and contemplate the legacies and unfinished work of abolition down to our own time. At the center of our unfolding narrative are the life stories of the complicated, courageous women and men who helped to redefine the meaning of freedom in a nation deeply invested in African-American bondage.
HIST 100D. Sex and Society in Modern America (1 course, AH)
Everything has a history, including sex. In investigating the history of sex in modern society, focusing on the 20th-century, this course introduces the changing social circumstances that affected the meanings of sexuality in the United States as well as how sex has been regulated over time. We will also consider the politics of sexuality: how differing interpretations of sexuality have been used to deploy power in American society.
HIST 100F. Holiday in Latin America: A History of Travel and Tourism (1 course, AH or GL)
If you love to travel or have an interest in traveling, you should take this class! This course examines the histories of tourism and travel in Latin America from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. Following a chronological narrative, the course will begin with the "rediscovery" of Latin America in 1800, tracing the rise of Western travelers to the region and the development of tourist industries (resorts, cruise ships, etc) in the early twentieth century. In doing so, this course is interested not only in the ways that tourism and travel shaped the diverse peoples and nations of Latin America, but also how Latin Americans, themselves, responded to, challenged, and negotiated foreigners' presence and influence in their respective countries. Throughout the course, we will pay particular attention to the roles race, gender, sexuality, class, colonialism, and empire played in the histories of tourism and travel in the region. At the end of the semester, we will use our historical knowledge to reflect on the ethics and impacts of tourism and travel in our globalizing, modern world.
HIST 200B. Mythbusting Tropical Nature (1 course)
This survey 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 environment around them. Each of the myths examined appear in twenty-first century policy debates over environmental conservation, but each has roots deep in the past. 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 degrading tropical ecosystems. Students will use the tools of professional historians to identify these myths in various media and create their own evidence-based stories about past and present environmental change.
HIST 254. Emergence of East Asia: Scholars, Warriors, and Empires (1 course, AH or GL)
This is a survey of the history of East Asia, c. 900 CE to 1800 CE, focusing on China and Japan, with some consideration of Korea and Vietnam. The course begins with the emergence in the 10th century of a multipolar region following the collapse of the Tang empire in China, and ends c. 1800 with the global repercussions of the industrial revolutions. The period is characterized by transformations in state and society broadly associated with Neo-Confucianism, commercialization, and steppe-based imperial formations. Topics explored in the course include: formation of elite status groups (scholar-officials, samurai), women & gender, empires, trade, environment.
HIST 265. 20th-Century United States (1 course, AH)
An overview of the history of the United States during the long 20th century, including domestic politics, foreign policy, and social power. Not only will we think about the big ideas, events, and themes in U.S. history, we will learn how to ask meaningful historical questions and develop the skills to answer them, especially primary-source analysis. Central questions we will ask are: What have Americans considered to be the role of the government? What have Americans considered to be the role of the United States in the world? How has the meaning and practice of democracy changed? How has power operated through categories of race, gender, and class? What stories about the nation's past and identity have Americans created to serve contemporary purposes?
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.
ITAL 371. Advanced Italian I (1 course, GL)
This course focuses on the study of contemporary Italian society and culture. Students explore a variety of themes in current events that are significant to today's world, and that present the complexity and diversity of contemporary Italy. The methodological approach is student-centered and favors interaction, while also promoting the development of critical thinking and growth toward linguistic autonomy and fluency. This course connects students' interest in Italian language and culture to their personal life-experience and stimulates intercultural exchange of ideas. Students learn to interpret and relate, to engage with ambiguity, while learning to respect and to value diversity in ways of thinking, understanding the impact of historical and social contexts. The method fosters skills to analyze, interpret, and evaluate. The course stimulates intellectual curiosity, tolerance of cultural difference, appropriate behavior in intercultural situations, and sensitivity toward other worldviews. Prerequisites: ITAL 171 & 172, or placement test, or approval of the Program Director. Normally students enroll in 200-level courses before enrolling in a 300-level course, but the sequence is not strict or mandatory.
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 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)
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 100. Thinking, Listening, Creating with Music (1 course, AH)
A basic course that enables the non-music major to understand the manner in which the elements of music are constructed and combined in order to form a coherent musical expression. 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 or PPD)
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.
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.
PHYS 290AA. Historical Astronomy (1 course, SM, Q-course)
This course explores the development of mankind's understanding of the universe. We will follow the development of astronomical thinking from ancient cultures to the time of Newton. This course places emphasis on the tools, techniques and discoveries relevant to the development of astronomy. Topics include calendars, sundials (we'll spend some time making some of our own), astrolabes (we'll also make some of these), lunar and solar eclipses, the use of a quadrant and a horologium nocturnum, precession of the equinoxes and the Ptolemaic and Copernican planetary models. There is an accompanying evening lab for the course which will often involve observing the sky. The only prerequisite is high school algebra and trigonometry.
POLS 110. American National Government (1 course, SS or PPD)
This course will serve 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 or GL)
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 or GL)
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 257. Hinduism (1 course, AH or GL)
In this course students examine religious experience and expression in Hindu India in all of their diversity and regional variation with special emphasis on the contemporary persistence of traditional values and practices. Relevant historical background information is surveyed in order to help assess continuity and change in learned and vernacular Hindu religious practices with particular attention paid to the values that both influence and are displayed by them.
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.
UNIV 135. Academic Excellence Seminar (.5 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.