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Generally speaking each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned.  Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required.  Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.

Book lists for courses are posted on the course list prior to the first week of each semester, when course registration takes place, in fulfillment of the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.  Lists are subject to change at any time.  Books required for courses at Marlboro are available at the College Bookstore.

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American Studies

Consumer Culture in Historical Perspective

HUM1077 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

This course traces the emergence and development of a consumer oriented culture in the United States from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. We will explore the relationship between consumer culture and democracy, between places of consumption and places of production (leisure and work), between consumer goods and activities and issues of social identity, particularly relating to gender, class and race. We will also pay attention to movements and organizations which have resisted or challenged aspects of a dominant consumer culture. By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of the history of consumer culture in its related economic, political, social and cultural dimensions and an ability to read critically the messages and structures of contemporary consumer society. The class is designed to allow students to pursue particular research interests throughout the semester.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Consumers' RepublicCohen9780375707377$18.95
Ladies of Labor, Girls of AdventureEnstad9780231111034$28.00

The Politics of Change: Radical Movements in the Late Twentieth Century U.S.

CDS581 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Apple Tree
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Apple Tree

Faculty: Brenda Foley, Kathryn Ratcliff

This interdisciplinary, project-based seminar will explore radical communities from the late 60s to the early 80s. These were years of intense experimentation, as various groups challenged dominant narratives and social structures in the wider society, simultaneously building on and disrupting the emerging radical formations of the 60s. Grounding ourselves in academic scholarship from several disciplines and utilizing oral history, we’ll investigate the flowering of a radical milieu in southern Vermont. What can we learn from people who participated in rural communes, formed radical gay and lesbian groups and re-defined feminist politics? How do historical and social factors help shape what Karl Mannheim calls a “political generation”? How do individuals become radicalized, committed to political change and open to reinterpreting the meaning of gendered categories? What happens to the radical spirit of the “long 70s” in the Regan 80s and after? In exploring these and other questions, students will design and complete oral history based projects. The class will be co-taught by Obie award winning playwright Ain Gordon, (in collaboration with and support from the Vermont Performance Lab), and joined by HB Lozito of Green Mountain Crossroads (and the Rural Queer Oral History Project). The class is open to students across disciplines who have interests in using oral history and the construction of narratives in their academic work.  Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imagine NationBraunstein9780415930406$46.95

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 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

SSC609 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Apple Tree
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Apple Tree

Faculty: Nelli Sargsyan

Through this course we launch into an introduction to cultural anthropology, one of the four fields of American anthropology. In this course we will broadly familiarize ourselves with the history of the discipline in the U.S. and elsewhere, its methods, key figures, and key anthropological concepts, such as (gendered and raced) culture(s), social structure(s), forms of kinship (to name a few) across cultures and societies. The broad questions that we will explore throughout the course will revolve around locating and making sense of similarities despite the obvious differences in human experience cross-culturally, as well as differences within the obviously shared commonalities. We will do so through engaging multimedia resources, writing, reading, presentations, and discussions. Most importantly, you will be able to creatively apply the knowledge you will develop in the course to the course assignments by experimenting with different anthropological methods and approaches. Ultimately, our goal in this course is to develop the anthropological way of knowing (that of familiarization and denaturalization), as it can create transformative moments of critical thinking and compassionate understanding. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Cultural AnthropologyGuest9780393929577$116.45

 The Anthropology of Gender

SSC610 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: Nelli Sargsyan

How do we come to experience our daily lives as different kinds of “women” and “men”? How do we embody our gendered experiences informed by larger scale gendered historical and sociopolitical processes? What are the consequences of conforming to and/or challenging the status quo? How do these gendered processes exclude certain kinds of sexualities from and include others in the construction of the state and the nation? What implications do these inclusions and exclusions have for the nations and the citizens/individuals involved? These are some of the questions that this course will deal with in an attempt to engage you in a meaningful re-examination and denaturalization of culturally “appropriate” femininities and masculinities through various theoretical anthropological (and other disciplinary) perspectives and cross-cultural ethnographic research. We will untangle the relationship between biological characteristics of sexes and culturally “appropriate” roles for genders in different cultural contexts through ethnographic research. By situating gender in relation to sociohistorical circumstances in which gender, race, class, and sexuality intersect and mold our daily interactions, we will seek to understand how what is often considered as “natural” is carefully and consistently culturally produced and reproduced. Prerequisite: None


Recommended for this course, though not required, are: Coming of Age in Second Life, Boellstorff, 9780691146270, $29.95; and Politics of Piety, Mahmood, 9780691149806, $25.95.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Situated LivesLamphere9780415918077$58.95
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective 6thBrettell9780205247288$101.95

For Anthropology offerings, see also:

Art History

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Asian Studies

  A Frog Jumps In: Seminar in Japanese History & Culture

HUM1035 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21

Faculty: Seth Harter

The ripples of Japanese culture have reached all sides of the Pacific. This seminar will examine selected topics in the origins and development of Japanese history and culture from the earliest records to the present. We will begin with a general overview of Japanese language, history and geography. We will then consider the fundamental themes of Japanese history while reading key works in Japanese literature, politics, religion and contemporary society. Throughout we will examine conflicting views of each issue so as to appreciate the complexity of Japanese culture. Each student will complete a number of short assignments in the first half of the term and an independent research project and linked presentation in the second half of the term. Knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary, but some prior exposure to Japanese culture will be helpful. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Year in the Life of a Shinto ShrineNelson9780295975009$20.00
Japanese ExperienceBeasley9780520225602$29.95
Pillow BookSei Shonagon9780140448061$18.00
Essential HaikuHass9780880013512$16.99
Liquid LifeLaFleur9780691029658$37.50
Woman in the DunesAbe9780679733782$15.00
Embracing DefeatDower9780393320275$21.95

For Asian Studies offerings, see also:


Biochemistry of the Cell

NSC13 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Todd Smith

Biochemists used to debate the nature of proteins: their composition, structure and function. Now we know many extraordinary details of the shapes of proteins and how they function. For example, how they help our bodies acquire nutrients from food, use those nutrients for fuel and carry oxygen to our tissues. In particular, researchers have revealed the intricacies of how a protein’s structure is related to its function. In this course we will employ an evolutionary perspective as we discuss major topics such as amino acids, proteins and protein structure, bioenergetics, enzymes and enzyme function. We will also study major metabolic pathways and their key control points. Our goals are for you to develop a thorough understanding of how enzymes work and to be familiar with key metabolic pathways and how they are controlled. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I & II; Co-requisite: Laboratory in Biochemistry of the Cell


This edition is out of print. A limited number of used copies is available in the Campus Store at the price listed below.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biochemistry 6thBerg9780716787242$38.00

Biochemistry of the Cell Lab

NSC425 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 112

Faculty: Todd Smith

This laboratory will be an introduction to techniques commonly used by biochemists, and must be taken in conjunction with Biochemistry of the Cell. Your work in the laboratory will focus on a semester-long investigation of an enzyme. This project will allow you to perform your own biochemistry research project in which you will employ the principles of chemistry and biochemistry that we study in the classroom. The protein you will investigate is already well-characterized. That is, previous research has described in detail the properties of the enzyme. Your goal is to determine if the enzyme you isolate is the same as that described in the primary literature. To answer this question we will begin with basic laboratory procedures such as preparing reagents, chromatography and performing a protein assay. We will then explore techniques for studying the activity of enzymes, and methods for separating proteins, such as one- and two-dimensional electrophoresis. Finally we will employ immunochemical methods for the identification of proteins. Throughout this semester-long project you will also learn about the procedures for data acquisition and analysis that will allow you to draw meaningful conclusions from your results. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I & II; Co-requisite: NSC13 Biochemistry of the Cell


General Biology I

NSC9 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

General Biology serves as an introduction to the scientific study of life and basic biological principles. We begin the semester with an examination of the molecular and cellular nature of life and then explore the genetic basis for life. This course serves as the foundation course for further work in life sciences. Prerequisite: Some chemistry recommended


Biological Science 4th (Freeman) is out of print. A limited number of used copies is available in the Campus Store at the price listed below.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biological Science 4thFreeman9780321598202$15.00

General Biology I Lab

NSC174 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 220

Faculty: Allison Turner

The focus of this course is an exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting. We will study such organisms as bacteria, yeast, molds, and mammalian cell cultures including cancer cells, plants, fish, and others. Skill in basic laboratory techniques in biology will be acquired throughout the semester. Recommended for prospective life science Plan students. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology I or permission of instructor

General Ecology

NSC140 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

An examination of several major factors which contribute to the distribution and abundance of organisms and, hence, to the structure of biotic communities. An emphasis will be placed on the original literature. This course should be taken by all students with a life-science orientation in the environmental sciences. Prerequisite: College-level biology


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Ecology 6thMolles9780073532493$194.00

General Ecology Lab

NSC402 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 220

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

In this lab we will take a hands-on approach to learning important concepts discussed in the General Ecology class. You will be introduced to the methods that ecologists use to design, carry out and analyze research. The scheduled day is tentative and may change once students are enrolled.

Human Body Systems

NSC637 - 3 Credits -

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection and homeostasis.  Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration.  Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. *This course is held on the Brattleboro Union High School campus.

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Introduction to Ceramics

ART2406 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics
  • Thursday 10:30am-12:50pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics

Faculty: Roberto Lugo

In this course students will be introduced to modeling, throwing and surface techniques used within the ceramic arts. This course will be taught alongside presentations of how cultures around the world use these same processes to develop their works. Students will learn to model busts with clay as well as hand-build and throw pottery. Modeling within the classroom will focus on rendering life-like sculptures while the vessel component will focus on developing proficiency in the creation of functional wares. Demonstrations will be provided throughout the semester on surface techniques that will be used to apply decoration to created works. Prerequisite: None

Additional Fee: $100

What You Bring to the Table

ART2404 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 6:30pm-9:00pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics

Faculty: Roberto Lugo

This course will focus on the creation of functional ceramics. Ceramics has been used within anthropology to tell the story of humanity thousands of years ago. Both in its aesthetic considerations and its practicality, ceramics can turn any meal into an event. Through making, failing, discussion and exploration students will work to find their own voice in creating objects for specific functions. Students will have demonstrations in both hand-built and wheel throwing techniques in order to develop proficiency in multiple modeling practices. Students will be asked to create an event to use the work made within the course. Prerequisite: Ceramics I or permission of the instructor

Additional Fee: $100

For Ceramics offerings, see also:


General Chemistry I

NSC158 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Todd Smith

Chemistry has a rich history, including ancient theories on the nature of matter and recipes for converting lead into gold. Modern research and applications are equally exciting. For example, models of chemical bonds explain why carbon dioxide and methane are greenhouse gases, and some of the colors we see in the Aurora Borealis. We will explore these topics as we learn about atomic structure and the periodic table, reaction stoichiometry, chemical bonds, molecular structure and other concepts central to modern chemistry. Many of these topics are related to current health and environmental issues. For example, discussions of pH and reduction-oxidation reactions include research on the natural chemistry of surface waters and the effects of acid rain on aquatic organisms. Co-requisite: General Chemistry I Laboratory


This edition is out of print. A limited number of used copies is available in the Campus Store at the price listed below.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Principles of General Chemistry I 2ndSilberberg9780077274320$28.00

General Chemistry I Lab - Exploration of Biofuels

NSC444 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 112

Faculty: Todd Smith, Allison Turner

Science is a process, not a collection of facts. In this laboratory we will combine the study of chemistry with the process of science by exploring the production of biofuels. We will begin by developing some basic quantitative skills and familiarity with laboratory techniques. The activities for these early parts of the lab will be fairly structured. As you develop your ability to approach a problem scientifically the activities will be less structured and you will have more responsibility for designing and conducting your own experiments on the production and analysis of biofuels. Students will work on projects in groups but each student will keep their own laboratory notebook and write their own laboratory reports. Co-requisite: General Chemistry I

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 Greek IA

HUM286 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D15
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D15
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D15

Faculty: Isabella Grunberger-Kirsh

This is a beginner's course in Ancient Greek. Greek is a truly special language, with an incredible variety of expression, beauty of sound, and richness of thought, literature, and history. It can be challenging, and regular quizzes and consolidation will be integral to the course; but hard work will yield rich rewards. We will be working from Athenaze, a textbook designed for students starting Greek at college, which focuses on exposing students to continuous Greek prose as early as possible. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Athenaze Workbook I 3rdBalme9780199363261$29.95
Athenaze Book I 3rdBalme9780199363247$44.95

 Latin IA

HUM36 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D15
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D15
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D15

Faculty: Isabella Grunberger-Kirsh

This is a beginner's course in Latin. Students come to Latin for many reasons: to understand better their own and other languages; to access one of the richest bodies of literature and history in the world; or simply as an intellectual test. Latin is a demanding language, and students should be prepared for regular short quizzes to reinforce material as we go along, but consistent effort will pay rich dividends. We'll be working from the latest edition of Wheelock's Latin, designed for moderate-to-intense language training at college level, which introduces students to the basic elements of grammar, syntax and vocabulary, and offers students original Latin thought and language as soon as possible. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Wheelock's Latin 7thLafleur9780061997228$21.99

For Classics offerings, see also:

Computer Science

Artificial Intelligence

CDS34 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

An examination of the methods used in problems encountered in trying to teach computers to "think." Topics covered will be among the following: representation of knowledge, learning, game theory, perception, neural networks, cellular automata, cognitive modeling, and natural language processing. Most people who work in AI program in Lisp, and so we will likely use it as well (learn it along the way), but that won't be the main focus of the course. This is an intermediate course in computer science and as such assumes previous programming experience. Prerequisite: Substantive programming experience


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Artificial IntelligenceRussell9780136042594$179.00

Introduction to Programming with Python

NSC552 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

A first class in computer programming, and as such a foundation class for further work in computer science. Much as a competency with English grammar is required for writing, an understanding of programming is required for nearly all intermediate and advanced work in computer science. A similar course is offered every fall, though the language chosen varies from year to year. Python is a modern, elegant, high level scripting language, popular at Google among other places. In addition to learning about "object oriented programming", loops, input/output and all that, expect to also learn a variety of computer skills and basics. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Python ProgrammingZelle9781887902991$40.00

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Cultural History

 A History of Now

CDS577 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Apple Tree

Faculty: Felicity Ratte, Dana Howell

If history is a study of the past to inform the future, how do we see the present? How might we define our own era? This course is an exploration of the contemporary world with an eye to what seems important now and what a future historian might see as characteristic of this time. We've chosen four categories within the overarching theme of visuality (and its representation) for our discussions: aeriality, surveillance, display and neo-orientalism. The material of our discussions will cross several media, writing (journalistic and academic), pictorial imagery (popular and fine art), film and all types of representation available online. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Photography and FlightCosgrove9781861893987$29.95

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Anatomy of Movement

CDS564 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Thursday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan, Jaime Tanner

An introduction to human anatomy with emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and biomechanical principles of movement. Concepts will be explored through a combination of scientific study, experiential anatomy, and dance movement. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Trail Guide to the Body 5thBiel9780982978658$64.95


ART2343 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Friday 9:00am-10:50am in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

In this class, students will explore both the art and the craft of making dances (in the modern dance tradition). Responding to specific assignments, students will create a number of dances throughout the semester, bringing a new draft to class each week. Class sessions will focus on viewing and discussing students' work, and on exploring tools for the creative process and ideas about composition. Attention will be given to learning how to give and receive choreographic feedback, and to editing and developing existing choreography. In addition, students will study the choreographic methods of other artists through viewing videos and reading texts. This course will require students to work independently and commit a substantial amount of time outside of class to the completion of choreographic studies. Students will present their final projects in an end of the semester showing. This course may be repeated for credit; assignments, readings, and special topics will differ each semester. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Contact Improvisation

ART537 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

Contact Improvisation (CI) is an exploration of the movement that is possible when two bodies are in physical contact, using each other's support to balance and communicating through weight and momentum. CI was invented in the United States in the early 1970s and it has since spread all around the world, where it is practiced both as a social dance and as a component of post-modern dance performance. In this class, we will learn basic skills and concepts to enter the practice of contact improvisation. We will work to develop comfort with our bodies, to trust one another, to take risks, to make choices in the moment, and to understand the forces of physics as they apply to the body in motion. We will listen to sensation, communicate through skin and muscles, develop reflexes for falling and flying and find access to our own strength and sensitivity. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Sharing the DanceNovack9780299124441$21.95

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance Technique & Repertory: Body, Place and Progress

ART2262 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Monday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Thursday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Michael Bodel, Kristin Horrigan

This course plumbs the deep, symbiotic relationship between dance technique, sensation and performance. We will explore diverse movement modalities and move through vigorous choreography in order to uncover how dance functions as a tool for exploring ideas and raising questions. Central concepts will include availability, sequentiality and play.

While the first section of each class will be devoted to technique, the second section will engage students as collaborators and performers in an evolving, community-based performance project. This project, directed by Michael Bodel and assisted by Kristin Horrigan alongside other multi-disciplinary artists, brings together a range of local people of all ages in an expansive outdoor performance in the Green Mountain Orchards in Putney in Spring 2016. The project is site-specific in that the rural landscape serves as inspiration and stage for the work. By sourcing the history, character and current challenges facing the land and people, we will explore how dance can create agency and serve as an archive.

Class will become a testing ground for new choreography. Students in this course will present sections of the work we create at the end of the semester, and those who wish may continue to participate in the project: teaching choreography, working with community groups and performing in the spring performance.

Development Studies

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Coordinating Limited Resources for Endless Possibilities: Principles of Microeconomics

SSC607 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D34
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: John Rush

For many, the great challenge of our time is finding the right way to provide an adequate standard of living for all people while preserving the sustainable health of our natural environment. There is no easy way to deal with this challenge and while there may be many options, all involve important trade-offs. Microeconomics is the study of how a community can best manage the resources available to them. This course will introduce students to the economic perspectives on rational choice, cost/benefit analysis, central planning, and markets. The potential and weaknesses of these tools will be explored through application to a number of community challenges with a special emphasis on trade, the environment and human development. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Microeconomics in Context 3rdGoodwin9780765638786$59.95
Robinson CrusoeDefoe9780375757327$9.00

Research Seminar in Economics

SSC522 - 1 Credit - Advanced

  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: John Rush

A seminar introducing students to current issues and methods in economics research. The majority of the seminar will be based on students reviewing and leading discussions of literature relevant to their research interests. Seminar can be taken for additional credit. Prerequisite: Statistics; Intermediate Microeconomics or Intermediate Macroeconomics

Environmental Science

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Environmental Studies

Environmental Science and Policy

NSC628 - 3 Credits -

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

Course offered at BUHS for BUHS Students


  Inhabitations: Introduction to Environmental Studies

CDS582 - 5 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

Understanding the environmental challenges and opportunities of today’s world begins with careful inhabitation, or dwelling, within and upon specific places and texts. This course emphasizes local ecology and human communities and includes visits to nearby environmental sites. Interdisciplinarity has long been a hallmark of the field of environmental studies; reflecting that tradition, "Inhabitations" will draw on the experiences of Marlboro faculty in multiple academic areas. This course is an important building block for environmental studies students (e.g., prerequisite for Forest Ecology and Agroecology) and is also a Designated Writing course.

For Environmental Studies offerings, see also:

Film/Video Studies

A Theoretical Study of Cinematography

ART2410 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Faculty: Brad Heck

This course will take a look at film through the lens of cinematography - the art and science of motion picture photography. Throughout the semester we will examine how lighting and camera techniques are used to shape film by focusing on the work of classic cinematographers such as Vittorio Storaro, Néstor Almendros, and Conrad Hall - as well as contemporary cinematographers like Ellen Kuras, Reed Morano, and Emmanuel Lubezki. In this course we will study how lens selection, camera movement, and lighting all effect the subtext of a film and empower filmmakers to create fresh and original stories. In-class exercises and take home assignments will help to demonstrate the role a cinematographer plays in filmmaking. However this class is not just for filmmakers but all lovers and consumers of cinema and will forever change the way you interpret film.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Masters of LightSchaefer9780520274662$24.95

Exploring Film Noir

ART2401 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Wednesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab

Faculty: Jay Craven

Following WWII, popular American movies from the war years were released in France all at once. French critics saw a huge change in style from the screwball comedies of the pre-war years. The stories, settings, characters and dialogue of these films from the early 1940’s had a dark, even cynical, tone. The French gave it a name: film noir. We'll watch and discuss a selection of noir classics--and some not so well known ones. We'll watch Hollywood noir films and more, including foreign and more contemporary homages to the style, with tough guys and femmes fatales in tales of infidelity, betrayal, lust, greed and ruthless ambition. We will also read and write about the genre and come to terms with the dark side of American cinema. Prerequisite: None

Additional Fee: $25

The Art of the Mini-Documentary

ART2409 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab

Faculty: Brad Heck

This course investigates short-form documentary filmmaking. With the help of NY Times Op Docs, Aeon, and Vimeo mini-docs (among many other platforms), mini-docs are now gaining a greater audience and therefore more support. Mini-Docs are becoming an increasingly popular way to artistically and effectively document and share stories that don’t necessarily fit into the traditional longer feature-length form. Throughout the semester this class will focus on the skills and techniques of documentary filmmaking specific to the mini-doc, as well as viewing and discussing critically acclaimed mini-docs. This workshop-based course will study the aspects of producing a mini-doc from concept to completion: how to pitch your project; write a treatment; acquire release forms; research and best conduct an interview; match b-roll to your subject and shoot and light a formal interview; capture good audio; and basic editing skills.

Gender Studies

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  After Rome: Europe and Beyond, 300-1000 CE

HUM2402 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202

Faculty: Clare Gillis

How did a silver ring with an Arabic inscription end up in a ninth-century grave in Sweden? Why are Norse runes carved into a marble railing in the Hagia Sophia, the largest church in Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire? What networks allowed the movement of people, goods and ideas between these civilizations in this age of political fragmentation? We will tackle these questions and more in this history research seminar, which focuses on late Roman antiquity and the early medieval period, ca. 300-1000. Historians have traditionally described this period as a “dark age” that descended on Europe after the “fall of Rome.” Yet we will explore a large, interconnected world that exceeded even Rome’s farthest-flung boundaries. While we will look at how, and where, and for what reasons, the Roman Empire fell, equal weight will be given to the developments at the periphery of Europe, in lands where Rome’s footprint was light or nonexistent; ultimately we will interrogate the very notions of “Europe” and the “the west.” We will train our analysis on economic, cultural, geographical and demographic factors as we consider the barbarian kingdoms, Byzantium, Vikings, the rise of Islam, foundation of Slavic Rus’, and other topics of interest to students. The seminar consists of brief weekly assignments (written or oral), and completion of a research paper, ca. 5,000-6,000 words (20-25 pages). Production of the paper is done in steps: 1) source critique, 2) outline, 3) peer review and 4) final paper. Students can pursue any area or topic germane to the course, and will develop their paper topics in consultation with me and in light of our class discussions. The course is designed to teach research skills as much as subject matter. If you wish to use this course to produce writing for your portfolio, please notify me as early in the term as possible so that we can schedule extra assignments. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Inheritance of RomeWickham9780143117421$20.00
Secret HistoryProcopius9780140455281$16.00
Medieval Russia's Epics, Chronicles and TalesZenkovsky9780452010864$22.00
Vinland SagasKunz9780140447767$16.00
Grettir's SagaByock9780192801524$19.95
Ibn Fadlan and the Land of DarknessFadlan9780140455076$16.00

  You Can't Get There from Here: Maps, Borders, Territories, Passports

HUM2403 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Clare Gillis

This course investigates the paradox of the nation-state, the mode of political organization which currently dominates the world stage in terms of diplomacy, war, and migration. Although it allows nations a standard protocol for dealing with each other, and is based on a notion of the universal right to self-determination, at the same time its practice ensures that citizens of some nationalities have more rights than citizens of others. The nation-state is a historically contingent phenomenon that emerged dominant in the wake of World War I, which saw the breakup of most of the old empires. In 1919 sociologist Max Weber proposed a definition still broadly agreed-upon today: 1) the nation-state has a monopoly on legitimate violence within a fixed territory and 2) it determines citizenship, or protections and restrictions pertaining to nationals of that state, and applies it relative to its territory. This definition was formalized into the League of Nations charter (and its successor body the United Nations), which guaranteed all nations the right to self-determination. Yet many millions strain, by choice and by compulsion, against this framework of borders and citizenship, frustrating the lines in the sand, sea and earth, and confounding international attempts to curtail movement (i.e., stop illegal or problematic migrations). It is these examples which form the backbone of this course: we will examine case-studies of those instances where the nation-state’s ability to self-determine – in terms of borders, citizenship, territorial or political discontinuity, inability to maintain force necessary for “legitimacy” – is confounded. Selected cases we will consider:Stateless peoples (Kurds, Rohingya; Jews in diaspora, then as citizens after 1948 establishment of Israel)Yugoslavia & aftermath, Legal migrant labor (UAE)Illegal migration (USA/ Mexico border; Europe; Australia), Refugees, The United Nations. This introductory history research seminar consists of brief weekly assignments (written or oral), a final exam, and completion of a research paper, ca. 4,000 words, or 12-15 pp. It has no prerequisites and is suitable for students of history, anthropology, literature, social sciences, journalism and writing. It is designed to teach research skills as much as subject matter. If you wish to use this course to produce writing for your portfolio, please notify me as early in the term as possible so that we can schedule extra assignments.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Ibn Fadlan and the Land of DarknessFadlan9780140455076$16.00
Imagined CommunitiesAnderson9781844670864$22.95
Return of Martin GuerreZemon9780674766914$24.50
In an Antique LandGhosh9780679727835$16.00

For History offerings, see also:


 Beginning Modern Arabic IA

HUM1119 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Marwa Abayed

Introduces students to the phonology and script of classical/modern standard Arabic and covers the basic morphology and syntax of the written language. Emphasis on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at the earliest stages. Includes samples of modern (contemporary) and classical styles of writing introduced as well as audio-visual material from the contemporary Arabic media. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Alif Baa 3rd w. DVDBrustad9781589016323$49.95

Elementary French I

HUM463 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Frederique Marty

This four credit introductory course is for beginning students who wish to develop the basic skills in French language competency including listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course is designed to facilitate active learning about the francophone world through study of its language and cultures. Emphasis is on vocabulary building, basic grammar structures, cultural and historical knowledge. 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Chez Nous 4th ME loose-leaf text & Activities ManualValdman9780205983452$265.00

 Elementary Spanish I

HUM1346 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D13

Faculty: Rosario de Swanson

This is a language course for first-year students of Spanish and is designed to aid development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. It is part of a year-long course that covers basic grammar along with a variety of vocabulary and cultural topics, and it prepares students for the second-semester Spanish course to be offered in Spring 2014. In addition to written work and exercises, students are expected to complete home-work assignments in the Vistas website. The course meets three times a week for an hour and twenty minutes plus one hour extra for conversation. Prerequisite: None


Students may choose either the hardcover (9781626806733) or loose-leaf format (9781626806801.)

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Vistas 5th with Supersite Plus Access Loose-leafBlanco9781626806801$181.25
Vistas 5th with Supersite Plus AccessBlanco9781626806733$218.75

Intermediate French I

HUM2338 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Frederique Marty

Intermediate French I is designed as a second-year French course for students have completed first-year French or its equivalent. Students will strengthen their language skills and cultural competency through vocabulary, grammar and readings. You will contribute to the classroom community by using French in and out of class, collaborating with classmates, and taking responsibility for timely completion of all assignments, quizzes, compositions, projects, and tests. No reduced credits will be offered for this class.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imaginez 3rd loose-leaf text and access codesChampeny9781626808515$156.25

 Intermediate Modern Arabic IIA

HUM1120 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Marwa Abayed

A continuation of elementary Arabic with equal emphasis on aural and oral skills, reading and writing. Selections from contemporary Arabic media are introduced and serve as a basis for reading and conversation. Prerequisite: Beginning Arabic or the equivalent


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Al-kitaab Pt. 1 3rd w. DVDBrustad9781589017368$69.95

 Intermediate Spanish I

HUM1390 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D13

Faculty: Rosario de Swanson

Strives for mastery of complex grammatical structures and continues work on writing and reading skills. Frequent compositions, selected literary readings, class discussions, and debates on films and current events. This course meets three times a week plus an additional 50 minutes for conversation. It also requires workbook online. Prerequisite: At least two consecutive semesters of college Spanish


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imagina 3rd w. Supersite AccessBlanco9781626801011$162.50

Linguistics as Cognitive Science

HUM2395 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Grant Li

There are a number of approaches to the study of language. This course introduces the uninitiated to linguistics as cognitive science. It gives a clear demonstration of the application of the scientific method in linguistic theory. The recurring theme of equivalence classes in linguistic computation ties together the presentation of materials from phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics to help students understand the place of linguistics in the broader context of the cognitive sciences by drawing on examples from vision, audition and even animal cognition. It integrates empirical issues of linguistic analysis with philosophical questions that arise in the study of language and treatment of the history of the field. This course is appropriate for students who are either curious about how language works or passionate about linguistic theory. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
I-Language 2ndIsac9780199660179$35.95

 Practical Chinese I

HUM2334 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Grant Li

This is a Chinese language course for beginners. It aims to help students develop communicative competence in Chinese, focusing on the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structures for use in everyday situations through various forms of oral practice. Pinyin (the most widely used Chinese phonetic system) will be taught as a tool to learn the spoken language. Students will also learn Chinese characters in order to be able to communicate effectively in real Chinese situations. While linguistic aspects of the Chinese language are the primary focus, introduction to the social and cultural background of the language will also form an important part of the course. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
New Practical Chinese Reader 2nd Pt 1 TextLiu9787561926239$21.95
New Practical Chinese Reader 2nd Pt 1 WorkbookLiu9787561926222$13.95

For Languages offerings, see also:


"The Soul Has Bandaged Moments": The Gothic Imagination: Walpole to Morrison

HUM1425 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

Delving into the darkest recesses of the human soul, the gothic novel of the late 18th century was a new sort of narrative that had at its center the potent intersection of sex, violence, and the law. Beginning with Horace Walpole (The Castle of Otranto, 1764) and the first writers in the "School of Terror" (Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis), we will consider how these authors used Gothic excesses - all types of villainous acts (forced marriages, imprisonment, the desecration of corpses) committed by all sorts of villainous characters (incestuous parents, monks in league with the devil, insane scientists) - to explore the worlds of sexual and social transgressions. We will then move to the19th century transformations of the genre (Shelley, Keats, Coleridge, Stevenson, Stoker), and close with the legacy of the Gothic in the 20th and 21st century (Faulkner, Borges, Allende, Marquez, Morrison). Whether set in a castle, a city, or a sleepy village house, gothic literature pushes at the boundaries of what is known and what can be known, asking whether we can separate pain from pleasure, reason from unreason, mind from spirit, self from other, justice from corruption and punishment from tyranny. Prerequisite: Must have passed the Clear Writing Requirement 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeStevenson9780199536221$7.95
Castle of OtrantoWalpole9780198704447$10.95

 19th Century American Poetry

HUM882 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D23
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D23
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D23

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

An exploration through close reading of the poetry of 19th century America, including Emerson, Thoreau, Poe and Crane but concentrating on the work of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
American Poetry the Nineteenth Century V. 1Hollander9780940450608$35.00
American Poetry the Nineteenth Century V. 2Hollander9780940450783$35.00

 Colonialism through French and Francophone Literature and Films

HUM2400 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Frederique Marty

This course will introduce students to the process of French colonization through French and Francophone writers and films. First, we will examine historical conditions that made French colonization possible. Francophone literature is written mainly in French by non-French citizens whose native languages are not French. This literature comes from the former French Empire which includes such countries as Canada and the Caribbean, Algeria (North Africa), Vietnam (Indochina) and Senegal (Africa). Throughout the course we will explore such concepts as multicultural, bi-racial and transnational. Special attention will be given to the French decolonization of Algeria (1954-1962) and the defeat of French military forces in Diên Biên Phu (1954). In addition, we will examine immigration to France from its former Empire and the consequences of this on the creation of a multi-cultural nation in France. We will analyze such texts and films as: The Lover, Marguerite Duras (1984); The Stranger, Albert Camus (1942); Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, Assia Djebar (1980); God’s Bits of Wood, Ousmane Sembène (1960); Black Shack Alley, Joseph Zobel (1950); Indochine, Regis Wargnier (1992); Diên Biên Phu, Pierre Schoendoerffer (1992); Les roseaux sauvages, André Téchiné (1994); Chocolat, Claire Denis (1988); Le gone du Chaâba, Christophe Ruggia (1997). Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
God's Bits of WoodOusmane9780435909598$16.00
Women of Algiers in Their ApartmentDjebar9780813918808$19.50

Embodied Poetry

HUM1449 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D23
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D23
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D23

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

An experiment in the relation of poetry to performance, as something other than text. We will recite and perform poems, critiquing performance. Emphasis will be on oral presentation, but we will also consider poems set to music, graphic presentations of poems, et cetera. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Anthology of Modern American PoetryNelson9780199920723$59.95

From Realism to Modernism

HUM2397 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D22A
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D22A
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D22A

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

In Tess of the D'urbervilles, Thomas Hardy claimed that Tess suffered from "modernism".  We will examine "realistic" novels of the 19th century (Austin, Hardy, Dickens, Elliot) then turn tothe  Modernist Masters of the 20th century (Woolf, Faulkner, Sebold).


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
To the LighthouseWoolf9780156907392$13.95
Hard Times 3rdDickens9780393975604$17.50
Tess of the D'Urbervilles 3rdHardy9780393959031$18.12
Adam BedeEliot9780140436648$16.00
Sense and SensibilityAusten9780393977516$18.12
Pride and Prejudice 3rdAusten9780393976045$12.50
Heart of Darkness 4thConrad9780393926361$20.00
Return of the Native 2ndHardy9780393927870$18.12
Bleak HouseDickens9780393093322$23.75

Selections from Shakespeare: The Comedies and Romance

HUM2396 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:30am-1:00pm in Dalrymple/D22A

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

This course will examine selected comedies and romances of Shakespeare.  His major concerns: freedom and authority;love, betrayal and jealousy; the lives of women will be our focus.  Tragedies and History plays will be taught in the Spring.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Merchant of VeniceShakespeare9781903436813$17.00
Measure for MeasureShakespeare9781903436448$17.00
Midsummer Night's DreamShakespeare9781903436608$17.00
Twelfth NightShakespeare9781903436998$17.00
As You Like ItShakespeare9781904271222$17.00
Much Ado About NothingShakespeare9781903436837$17.00
Winter's TaleShakespeare9781903436356$17.00

 The Invention of Books and Their Readers I: Library of Alexandria to the Death of Virgil

HUM2401 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D13

Faculty: Isabella Grunberger-Kirsh

This year-long course will follow the first millennium of the Book, from the advent of popular literature in the Athens of the 5th century BCE to the Fall of Rome and the ‘death of classical learning’ in the 5th century CE. This semester we will track the fortunes of the Book as ancient Mediterranean oral cultures became literate, as the enormous Library of Alexandria sought to collect all knowledge recorded by humans into one place and finally as books in the glory days of the Roman Republic became little more than markers of social status and wealth. In our study of the book as cultural artifact, we will consider the network of relationships between literature, democracy and religion, and discover another side to an object we all take for granted. Those with an interest in the history of ideas, and in the question of whether writing has been good for society (ancient or modern), will find much to ponder. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Libraries in the Ancient WorldCasson9780300097214$15.00
Frogs and Other PlaysAristophanes9780140449693$13.00
Complete PoemsCatullus9780199537570$13.95
Eclogues and the GeorgicsVirgil9780199554096$14.50

For Literature offerings, see also:



NSC515 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Ziyue Guo

A one semester course covering differential and integral calculus and their applications. This course provides a general background for more advanced study in mathematics and science. Prerequisite: Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus (NSC556) or equivalent

Group Theory and Rubik's Cube

NSC203 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

This course will explain the basics of a branch of mathematics called Group Theory by examining Rubik's Cube and other similar puzzles. My hope is that the puzzles will motivate the ideas behind Group Theory. Although this is an introductory course and does not depend on any previous math (we will, for example, hardly use numbers at all), students should be comfortable with abstract thought. Prerequisite: Some facility with abstract concepts

Group Tutorial: Calculus III

NSC625 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Ziyue Guo

Calculus III continues the development of the techniques of Calculus into multi-variable and vector-valued functions. As this is a tutorial, responsibility for the precise choice of topics and deciding how the material will be covered falls mostly on the students. 


This edition of Calculus is out of print. A limited number of used copies will be available in the Campus Store.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Calculus: Multivariable 5thMcCallum9780470131589Market

Number Theory

NSC514 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Ziyue Guo

An introduction to number theory, from its inconspicuous beginnings on a Babylonian clay tablet almost four thousand years ago to its mature majesty in the 19th century as "the Queen of Mathematics" (in the words of Gauss), and beyond. Topics include the infinitude of primes, modulo arithmetic, the RSA cryptosystem, Pell's equation, Fermat's Last Theorem, and much more. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Introduction to Number TheoryStark9780262690607$46.00
Pathway into Number Theory 2ndBurn9780521575409$74.99

Real Analysis

NSC336 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 9:00am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Wednesday 9:00am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

Real Analysis is the study of the real number system and functions of a real variable. In this course we look at how the real numbers are built and put the results developed in the Calculus sequence on a more rigorous footing. More importantly, we'll probe the limits of what the tools of Calculus can do, meeting lots of exotic examples that test and stretch our intuition (and hence provide motivation for the aforementioned rigor). Prerequisite: Calculus II


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Understanding Analysis 2ndAbbott9781493927111$59.99

Statistics Workshop

NSC574 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

A follow-up to Statistics (NSC123) in which students acquire and hone the statistical skills needed for their work on Plan or simply pursue more advanced topics within the field. Course content is driven by the interests and requirements of those taking the class. Variable credit (1-4). May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Statistics (NSC123) or permission of the instructor

Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus

NSC556 - Variable Credits - Introductory

  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Ziyue Guo

A wide range of math topics prerequisite for further study in mathematics and science and of interest in their own right. The course is divided into 10 units, listed on the course web page. One credit will be earned for each unit completed. Students select units depending on their interest and need. The course is especially designed for students who plan to study calculus or statistics, would like to prepare for the GRE exam, or just want to learn some math. Over the semester, 3-4 units will be offered in the timetabled sessions. Individual tutorial-style arrangements can be made with students who want to study the non-timetabled units, or who want to study units at their own pace. Prerequisite: None

Writing Math

NSC534 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

  • Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

We will study the writing and presentation of mathematics. All skills needed for writing Plan-level math will be discussed, from the overall structure of a math paper down to the use of the typesetting package LaTeX. Much of the time will be spent working on writing proofs. Short papers, based on material in your other math classes, will be read and discussed as a group. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Passed Clear Writing Requirement; concurrent course or tutorial that includes substantial mathematical content


 An Introduction to Global Sound - Music for the Non-Specialist

ART2408 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150

Faculty: Etan Nasreddin-Longo

 This course takes as its starting point the ethnomusicologist John Blacking's assertion that music is a form of human behavior with sonic results.  Over the course of the semester, we will discuss and debate various topics that begin with the phrase "people use music to...."  There will be several readings in the course, including Blacking, Hegel, Anthony Seeger, Johannes Fabian, and David Reck's Music of the Whole Earth.  Students will be expected to complete these readings, keep a weekly participant's journal, and, towards the end of the semester, make a presentation on how a music of their choice functions as human behavior.  The first meeting each week will consist of remarks concerning the ways in which people use music, and the second meeting will be almost completely run by individual students and motivated by their questions and concerns regarding class discussions, commentary, and the readings.  No musical background is required or expected.

Jazz Ensemble

ART451 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein

A continuation of work from last semester, playing Jazz standards in weekly rehearsals with a performance at the end of semester.

Madrigal Choir

ART825 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 4:00pm-5:20pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Faculty: Mary Westbrook-Geha

Ensemble singing for more experienced choristers. Ability to read music and sight-sing. An exploration of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary music for small choral ensemble. May be repeated for credit.Prerequisite: None; ability to read music helpful

Music from Nothing

ART2399 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 6:30pm-9:00pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein

This is a music making course for everyone - people who have never played an instrument or sung in public, and those with a lot of experience alike. We will explore the four aspects of music making – practice, interpretation, improvisation and composition – through a variety of means, including using our bodies for sound, constructing instruments and using found ones, looking at experimental graphic music scores and many others.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Hole in Our SoulBayles9780226039596$30.00

Music Fundamentals I

ART14 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150
  • Thursday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein

A study of musical practice and theory from basic notation to species counterpoint. Work concentrates on intense practice of singing, rhythm and music reading. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Elementary Training for MusiciansHindemith9780901938169$24.95

Popular Music and Its Discontents

ART2334 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein

Popular music is an amorphous, loose term. We will undertake an examination of the term, charting a course through the diverse fields of music (and musical) industry, and exploring critical, cultural, esthetic and social notions that inform the term. We will look at the evolution of the now complex product enfolded within a "pop song", a diverse array of media, product, and cultural attribution, chart the shifting boundaries and flawed logic informing both pop music's making and its reception and explore the forces – market and otherwise – that shaped this music for over a century, spanning the spectrum from Stephen Foster writing songs for Minstrelsy shows to DJ Dangermouse remixing the Beatles and Jay Z illegally. The work includes course papers, critical listening/viewing and reading in both primary and secondary sources.

Sound as Material I

ART2405 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 104

Faculty: John McCormick

Sound as Material students will explore modes of sound creation and manipulation ranging from performance to installation and audio technologies. Modes of listening and audition will be addressed in respect to the history of sound art. Assignments will be driven by lectures, reading and listening. Our main text for the course will be Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music edited by Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner. 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Audio CultureCox9780826416155$39.95

Sound as Material II

ART2407 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150

Faculty: John McCormick

Sound as Material II students will engage with sound art and listening in unique ways. Through lectures, reading and listening assignments students will explore sound beyond audition. This course will offer an in depth and personalized account of sound as a material in the arts in respect to sculpture and music. Students will create performances, installations and recorded works. There will be two texts for this course. Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music edited by Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner and In the Blink of an Ear: Toward a Definition of Non-Cochlear Sound Art by Seth Kim-Cohen. 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Audio CultureCox9780826416155$39.95
In the Blink of an EarKim-Cohen9780826429711$25.95


Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy: The Early Discourses and Nagarjuana

HUM2398 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Friday 4:00pm-5:20pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: William Edelglass

Edward Suprenant will student-teach this class which will focus on some important philosophical themes in the Buddhist tradition, including dependent origination, substance, language, the self, emptiness, and truth. We will begin with selections from the Early Discourses and then turn to the Mulamadhyamakakarika by Nagarjuna, often considered the most important philosophical text in Mahayana Buddhism. It is in this text that Nagarjuna develops the notion of emptiness that inspires later Mahayana thought in India and much Buddhist thought and practice in China, Tibet, Japan, and Korea. Please note: This student taught course is seven weeks long.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Foundations of BuddhismGethin9780192892232$29.95
Fundamental Wisdom the Middle WayNagarjuna9780195093360$19.95


HUM1333 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: William Edelglass

Phenomenology constitutes one of the most significant developments in twentieth-century philosophy; it has deeply influenced philosophy in the West, and also informs concepts and methods across the humanities and social sciences. We will begin with an analysis of the methodologies and foundational concepts of Edmund Husserl's phenomenology, including the phenomenological reduction, the intentional structure of consciousness, the lifeworld, meaning, truth, knowledge, the proper relationship between philosophy and science, and the critique of representationalism. We will then move from Husserl's work to that of several of his successors who were inspired by it and developed their own approaches to phenomenology. In particular we will focus on phenomenological approaches to the body, art, race, hermeneutics, gender, technology, and relations with others. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Ethics and InfinityLevinas9780820701783$16.95
Essential HusserlHusserl9780253212733$35.95
Phenomenology of PerceptionMerleau-Ponty9780415834339$29.95
Emmanuel Levinas: Basic Philosophical WritingsLevinas9780253210791$22.00

Seminar in Religion, Literature & Philosophy I

HUM5 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D35
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D35

Faculty: William Edelglass

This is the first semester of a year-long seminar devoted to classic texts in the Western tradition. In particular, this course will raise questions about power, knowledge, and the human good through careful study of epics, tragedies, and philosophy. The Seminar in Religion, Literature, and Philosophy is recommended for students of any level intending to do Plan work in the humanities. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Aeschylus II 3rdAeschylus9780226311470$12.00
Plato ReaderPlato9781603848114$23.00


Art and Social Commentary

ART2396 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Woodard Art/Classroom
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Woodard Art/Classroom

Faculty: John Willis, Cathy Osman

Throughout history, visual artists have used various mediums as a forum for social commentary. This course will be a combination of creating one’s own artwork and a survey of different modes of expression. We will consider issues within social/political art movements including the documentary traditions, personal narratives, theoretical discussions and various other stylistic approaches. This course will link the two dimensional visual arts, photography, painting and drawing with weekly sessions gathering as a whole and sessions where medium specific groups will meet. Collaborating on projects will be encouraged and we look forward to creative interpretation within artistic disciplines.

Photography Plan Seminar

ART574 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Monday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom
  • Wednesday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom

Faculty: John Willis

This course is designed for advanced level students in the visual arts either on Plan or intending to soon be so, incorporating photography into their visual plan work. We will spend the vast majority of our meeting times critiquing student works in progress. It is not required that all the work being critiqued be solely photographic or even photographic at all. If a student is doing a portion of plan work, which is not at all photographic, but is intended to relate to their photographic work, they should feel comfortable bringing it in for critique. We will also discuss all issues concerning the preparation of the Plan Exhibition. Prerequisite: Photography Plan application on file or by permission of instructors

Additional Fee: $100

For Photography offerings, see also:


Electricity & Magnetism

NSC427 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 210
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 210

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

An introduction to the physics of electric and magnetic phenomena. Topics include electrostatic forces, electric and magnetic fields, induction, Maxwell's equations, and some DC circuits. Prerequisite: General Physics I and Calculus I and Calculus II or permission of the instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Physics for Scientists and Engineers V. 4 3rdKnight9780321753168$110.80

General Physics I

NSC223 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

An introductory physics class involving some laboratory work, suitable for students considering a Plan in physics, science students, or non-science students who want a physics foundation. Topics include vector algebra, kinematics, dynamics of single and many-particle systems, gravitation, energy, momentum, conservation laws, circular and rigid body motion. Prerequisite: Mathematical proficiency up through, but not necessarily including, calculus


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Physics for Scientists and Engineers V. 1 3rdKnight9780321752918$132.60

Introduction to Experimental Physics

NSC617 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

A laboratory course intended to give an introduction to experimental methods in physics. Topics include mechanics and thermodynamics. You will acquire familiarity with a variety of laboratory instruments, techniques and statistical tools. You will also learn how to record and present your observations and results. This class will help you to further develop experimental common sense and "physical intuition". Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Physics I or permission of the instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Introduction to Error Analysis 2ndTaylor9780935702750$49.50

For Physics offerings, see also:


  African Politics

SSC208 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

The continent of Africa remains to most students a distant and exotic land, difficult to imagine and even harder to understand. In this course, we will attempt to become familiar with this part of the world, its peoples, its history, its politics and its current predicaments. By studying the many different countries and regions that make up this continent, the goal will be to better appreciate, on the one hand, that which makes African politics so unique, rich, and diverse, yet at the same time to recognize the overwhelming similarities of the struggles of people everywhere. Prerequisite: None


Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, is out of print but may be special-ordered. Eglebert, Inside African Politics may also be special-ordered, and is non-returnable.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
King Leopold's GhostHochschild9780618001903$15.95
Inside African PoliticsEnglebert9781588269058$32.50
States and Power in AfricaHerbst9780691164144$29.95
How Europe Underdeveloped AfricaRodney9780882580968$23.95

 American Foreign Policy: Individuals, Institutions and Idealogies

SSC575 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

In this course, the makings of modern American Foreign Policy will be examined through the writings of those who helped to determine it. One of the main objectives of the class will be to study and critique the increasingly determining role of the United States in global affairs over the course of the past half century. But some of the more theoretical concerns of the course will focus on the question of agency: to what extent do individuals shape and change such national programs and/or to what extent does foreign policy remain structurally consistent over time and why. Prerequisite: This intermediate course is a natural follow up to International Relations Theory and/or Levels of Analysis, although neither class will be considered mandatory


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Selling the Korean WarCasey9780199738991$26.95
American Foreign PolicyHastedt9781442241619$70.00
Dereliction of DutyMcMaster9780060929084$16.99
Making American Foreign PolicyHolsti9780415953757$53.95

Speech Matters Practicum

SSC612 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Meg Mott

This class provides credit for attendance at all lectures during the Fall semester for Speech Matters, for the trips to Montpelier, New York City, and Washington DC, and for creating a final project. Co-requisite: This course is only open to students enrolled in Speech Matters: Reframing the National Debate on Addiction


For Politics offerings, see also:


Abnormal Psychology

SSC108 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33W

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

An analysis of the major approaches to abnormal psychology and the resulting theories of personality. Prerequisite: Child Development, Persistent Problems in Psychology


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
DSM-5 Clinical CasesBarnhill9781585624638$89.00

Child Development

SSC59 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

A course on the developing child, emphasizing current research and theories. Prerequisite: None


Development of Children 5th is out of print. A limited number of used copies is available in the Campus Store at the price listed below.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Development of Children 5thCole9780716755555$12.00
Evolving SelfKegan9780674272316$32.00

For Psychology offerings, see also:


 Introduction to Confucianism & Daoism

HUM1416 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Seth Harter, Amer Latif

This course is an introduction two Chinese schools of thought and practice: Confucianism and Daoism. We will read the foundational texts in each school. Discussion will focus on ideas of morality, social relations, self-cultivation, good government and nature. We will also consider the historical context of the primary texts as well as their influence on religious practice and art. Students will engage in a close analysis of key terms through quizzes, journaling and reflection papers. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Analects of ConfuciusAmes9780345434074$15.00
Daodejing of LaoziIvanhoe9780872207011$13.00

 Introduction to Islam

HUM1278 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202

Faculty: Amer Latif

This course is an introduction to the fundamental teachings presented in the foundational texts of Islam and elaborated in Islamic ritual, arts and literature. Our aim, through studying the Qur'an and the life and teachings of the prophet Muhammad, is to grasp the internal logic of the Islamic worldview and the vocabulary used to articulate the vision of Islam. This work will provide the basis for examining the divergence within later (classical and modern) Muslim interpretations concerning questions of theology, human development and perfection, leadership and the organization of communities. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Destiny DisputedAnsary9781586488130$16.99
Memories of MuhammadSafi9780061231353$14.99
Vision of IslamChittick9781557785169$18.95

For Religion offerings, see also:


For Sculpture offerings, see also:


Sexual and Reproductive Justice

SSC611 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: Chris Barcelos

The concept of reproductive justice refocuses individual level debates surrounding “rights” and “choice” to a broader analysis of racial, economic, cultural and structural constraints on power.  This course is an interdisciplinary approach to studying sexual and reproductive politics that draws on literatures in sociology, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory and public policy.  Our key objectives are to identify how racism, classism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of oppression shape the social experience of sexuality and reproduction, as well as to explore how social movements have engaged with these issues. We’ll cover topics including sexual health education, queer and trans inclusion in reproductive justice work, sex work and sex workers’ rights, the criminalization of pregnancy, access to reproductive health services and other topics to be determined by student interests. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Our Bodies, Our CrimesFlavin9780814727911$26.00
Normal LifeSpade9780822360407$23.95
Risky LessonsFields9780813543352$25.95
Outsourcing the Womb 2ndTwine9781138855809$11.95

Sociological Theory

SSC576 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Chris Barcelos

This course will explore the classical texts of sociological theory as well as more recent developments. Learning theory can require a lot of intellectual labor. The goal of this course is to make theory intelligible and applicable to our current world/personal experience/Plan/etc. We will accomplish this through writing and facilitation assignments in which students take turns presenting and contextualizing original texts by providing biographical details about the theorist(s), describing the historical, political and/or social context in which they are writing, the theoretical traditions they are associated with and the theoretical traditions that grow from their work. In the latter part of the course, we will practice doing theory through reading a contemporary ethnography about, oddly enough, nail salons. This course is required for anybody who wishes to do a Plan in Sociology. Prerequisite: Introductory coursework in Sociology or Anthropology


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Managed HandKang9780520262607$31.95
Social Theory Re-wiredLonghofer9780415886543$79.95

For Sociology offerings, see also:

Speech Matters

Living With Addiction

SSC608 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Thursday 9:00am-10:50am in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Nels Kloster, Meg Mott

As with all health issues, addiction can be approached on the level of individuals and population. How addiction gets framed has tremendous impact on how health professionals prevent initiation of drug use and prevent sickness and death from drug use. This class considers the theoretical framework of addiction through the various policies being implemented to address drug addiction in Vermont and the United States. Dr. Nels Kloster, an addiction psychiatrist and medical director of Brattleboro’s methadone clinic, will provide the theory, practice and controversies surrounding medically-assisted treatments for drug addiction. Co-requisite: This course is only open to students in Speech Matters: Reframing the National Debate on Addiction


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Drug War HeresiesMcCoun9780521799973$44.99

Reframing the National Debate on Addiction

SSC605 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Meg Mott

Vermont is getting national attention for its commitment to ending opiate addiction in the state. Instead of relying purely on law enforcement to curb drug abuse, the Shumlin administration is promoting a model that includes treatment, prevention, and recovery. This class draws on political theory to analyze the discourse currently used by government actors and community activists to address the issue of addiction. We'll consider what sort of politics is being invoked by these various strategies and how public and private funding fits into the mix. Students will develop skills in argument, community research, and analyzing public debate for its political assumptions. Co-requisite: This course is only open to students enrolled in Speech Matters: Reframing the National Debate on Addiction


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Diseases of the WillValverde9780521644693$49.99
Neither Villain nor VictimAnderson9780813542096$23.95
High PriceHart9780062015891$15.99
New Jim CrowAlexander9781595586438$19.95

Rhetoric and Debate

SSC606 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Apple Tree

Faculty: Meg Mott

Audiences are persuaded not just by what we say but how we say it. Using debating strategies, argumentative topics, and theater techniques, this practicum provides students with an opportunity to stand behind their words even when the targeted audience strongly disagrees. Co-requisite: This course is only open to students in Speech Matters: Reframing the National Debate on Addiction


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
American Political ThoughtKramnick9780393928860$79.05

Writing Matters: A Workshop

HUM2393 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: John Sheehy

In our writing workshop for writing in the Speech Matters program, we will read the work of writers who treat the subject of addiction within a range of nonfiction genres--academic analysis, journalism, memoir, hybrid forms--and we will explore ways of placing our own writing within a generic context. Discussion of texts will alternate with work on our own writing, emphasizing workshops, feedback, revision and publication. Co-requisite: This course is only open to students in Speech Matters: Reframing the National Debate on Addiction


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Pocket Style Manual 7thHacker9781457642326$36.25

For Speech Matters offerings, see also:

The Bus

Culture and the Environment

CDS586 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Neal Taylor

Cultures shape the ways humans interact with the land, and historically, they have been closely adapted to their local environment. Students investigate the ways that culture can support a sustainable society by exploring dominant US culture, regional subcultures and past and present local indigenous cultures. We look especially at the implied environmental ethics of cultural practices and beliefs. Students consider approaches to changing our culture to promote sustainability and whether their own unexamined beliefs and actions are in line with their environmental values. Co-requisite: This course is only open to students enrolled in the Marlboro/Expedition Education Institute semester (The Bus).

Energy Issues and Sustainable Solutions

CDS587 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Neal Taylor

Cheap fossil energy has fueled the rise of our modern consumer society. Its extraction, production, and burning has led to environmental destruction locally, regionally, and now with climate change, globally. To understand the role of energy in our society, we examine where it comes from, the way it is used in the economy, the environmental impacts it has, and alternative energy sources and economic systems that can help us transition away from our fossil fuel dependence. Co-requisite: This course is only open to students enrolled in the Marlboro/Expedition Education Institute semester (The Bus).

Leading and Learning for Transformation and Resilience

CDS584 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Neal Taylor

This course surveys models of education and leadership and their roles in the sustainability movement. It also introduces the holistic, experiential, and progressive education model used by the Expedition Education Institute. The living and learning community provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to develop their skills and practices as leaders, learners, and advocates. Through experience, action, and reflection, students collaboratively explore transformative approaches to education and being the change. Co-requisite: This course is only open to students enrolled in the Marlboro/Expedition Education Institute semester (The Bus).

Learning Community as Personal and Social Change

CDS585 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Neal Taylor

Explores the learning community model and its influence on one’s personal well-being, community, and culture. Students learn group development theory and practice facilitation, decision-making, cooperative communication, and conflict resolution skills. They become skilled in outdoor community living and learning. Trust, including the honoring of our commitments to one another, emerges as a foundation of our efforts. Students develop experiential and intellectual foundations necessary to establish learning communities in other settings. Co-requisite: This course is only open to students enrolled in the Marlboro/Expedition Education Institute semester (The Bus).

Natural History and Ecology: A Systems Approach

CDS588 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Neal Taylor

In this course we examine natural systems using both a traditional scientific approach and a deep ecological perspective to illuminate the inter-relationship of all life. Living within and studying a variety of ecosystems from the northeast to the Appalachian mountains to the Gulf Coast, students learn about biological diversity and the forces that shape the complex interdependence of the living and non-living world. Students also work to develop a personal, emotional, and ethical relationship with the natural world. Co-requisite: This course is only open to students enrolled in the Marlboro/Expedition Education Institute semester (The Bus).

For The Bus offerings, see also:


Seminar in Performance and Production

ART928 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater
  • Thursday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater
  • Sunday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Faculty: Jean O'Hara

This course offers a practical examination of the theatrical process through the production and performance of a full-length play. Casting will occur as soon as the fall semester begins and rehearsals will take place both in the allotted class periods and in designated evening time slots. There are opportunities for acting, stage managing, participation as running crew for lights and sound, costumes and set building. Course credit will range from 1-4 according to the required duties and necessary time obligation. A firm commitment to the rehearsal process and the production is mandatory. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, audition and/or interview

Seminar in Playwriting

ART2395 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Faculty: Brenda Foley

This course will be a collaborative seminar to offer intermediate and advanced students using playwriting and other forms of performed narrative as an aspect of their Plan the opportunity to workshop their ideas and scripts. The class will consist of writing exercises, workshops and staged readings. We will be joined by visiting playwrights in class and will attend productions off campus. Some flexibility in scheduling will be necessary. The final project will be ten-minute plays that will be submitted to a juried play festival competition to be held on campus in spring 2016. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Art and Craft of PlaywritingHatcher9781884910463$16.99
Death, the One and the Art of TheaterBarker9780415349871$37.95
Three Steps on the Ladder of WritingCixous9780231076593$26.00

 Teatreras y Directoras: Latina Plays and Films

CDS583 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D34
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Rosario de Swanson

In Spanish, the word Teatreras refers to women who are considered drama queens. In many cultures, Latin women have been stereotyped as being overly dramatic, making grand gestures or exaggerating their problems. However, Teatreras also refers to women who make theater, who write plays and who have dared to discuss life issues on the stage and film. In this course, we will reclaim the second meaning by celebrating Latina theatre and filmmakers. We will situate their work within a post-colonial and intersectional framework addressing issues of racism, sexism, classism and heterosexism. We explore both the immigrant and resident experience while interrogating the social/political construction of citizenship. Through the mediums of theatre and film, we will study the varied multicultural voices of Latin@ lives in the United States. At the same time, we will foreground women theatre and film artists’ perspective on the historical and contemporary issues facing Latin@ communities. In the end, this course recognizes the important contribution these artists have made to the United States, abroad and in the fields of theatre and film.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Water by the SpoonfulHudes9781559364386$14.95
La Voz LatinaRamirez9780252036224$62.00

Theatre in the Wilds

ART2402 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jean O'Hara

This is an experiential based course that will combine theatre exercises and an outdoor adventure. The course will integrate the Outdoor Program and the Theatre discipline by interweaving theatre exercises and storytelling within a weekend rafting trip. We will challenge ourselves to go beyond what is comfortable or familiar. Students will learn camping skills and white water rafting skills with the opportunity to join future outdoor programs or to borrow gear to create your own. At the same time, students will gain theatre creation and acting skills that will be transferable to future theatre courses and projects. At the core of this course are communication and collaboration skills: success is how well we work together. This course is designed for beginners but open to all skill levels.  The course schedule is as follows:

Pre-Trip teambuilding: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Whittemore Theatre

Pre-Trip gear preparation: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Outdoor Program building

White Water Rafting Trip: Friday, Sept. 18,  leave at 10:00 a.m. and return Sunday, Sept. 20 at 4:00 p.m.

Reflection: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Whittemore Theatre

For Theater offerings, see also:

To Be Determined

Conflict and Identity

SIT - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: SIT SIT

SIT ICHR-5550-01

Visual Arts

Art Seminar Critique

ART359 - 2 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Woodard Art/Classroom

Faculty: John Willis, Cathy Osman, Timothy Segar

This course provides a forum for students to share their Plan Work with each other and to engage in critical dialogue. Student will share work and writing as well as present on artists of influence.  An overview of professional practices will also be included.  

This is a required course for seniors on plan in the Visual Arts. 

The class meets Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:30 except the five days there will be visiting artists when the meeting time is 4:00 - 8:00

Prerequisite: Plan application on file or by permission of instructors

Form & Place - The Art Of Site-Specific Sculpture

ART607 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Baber Art/Baber Art

Faculty: Timothy Segar

As sculpture moved off the pedestal in the first half of the 20th century it found new relationships to its place in the world. The development of earth art, installation art, and site-specific sculpture have created a realm of activity for sculptors which has been varied and rich. At first a male dominated and environmentally risky field it has been immensely broadened by the actions of many women like Anna Mendieta, Mierle Ukeles and others whose works were more in tune with their environment. Through a series of projects and investigations of places and objects, including light and sound, mapping, indoor and outdoor installations, and modelmaking, students will create a series of works. Prerequisite: Sculpture I and at least one other art course or permission of instructor

Additional Fee: $80.00




Sculpture I

ART540 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Baber Art/Baber Art
  • Friday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Baber Art/Baber Art

Faculty: Timothy Segar

In this class students will be introduced to the language of sculpture through the use of traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques. Much of our time will be spent on sculpture assignments and independent work in the studios. We also will visit exhibitions, artists’ studios, view relevant films and create PowerPoint presentations to explore aspects of sculpture from the time of the cave-dwellers to today’s most innovative artists. Through rigorous discussion and debate, we will learn to evaluate our own place as makers of things, and above all, discover and develop our own sensibilities in a lively and safe environment.

Additional Fee: $90.00

The Head of a Horse of Selene of the East...

ART2411 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Timothy Segar

Thanks to the generous loan of a mold made by sculptor William Tucker, this short, workshop-based course will study the Pediment of the Parthenon and the place it holds in the history of art and culture. The course will culminate in the casting of the Head of the Horse of Selene, a famous part of the pediment. Not only will we learn about the technique of mold making and casting but we will design and prepare for installation of this piece in the new Snyder Center for the Visual Arts. One credit for the workshop and another credit possible if a research paper is completed as well. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend of October 17 and 18 with some follow-up work at a time to be determined by the group. Prerequisite: None

Additional Fee:$20.00

Works on Paper - Transformations & Experiments

ART606 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-12:50pm in Baber Art/Baber-Up
  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Baber Art/Baber-Up

Faculty: Cathy Osman

With an emphasis on process, students will be encouraged to explore collage, mixed media, three dimensional relief and monoprinting as a way of generating opportunities for the unexpected; of subject matter, process and rethinking the definitions of working with and on paper. Prerequisite: None: but Drawing I or Studio Art would be helpful

Additional Fee: $75

For Visual Arts offerings, see also:

World Studies Program

TESOL Certificate I

WSP75 - 3 Credits -

  • Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Off-Campus/OC

Faculty: Beverley Burkett

The certificate is designed for people who may wish to teach English abroad or to tutor language learners in the US, or who may undertake an internship abroad and who could apply the knowledge and skills in the communities they will be living and studying in. In order to earn the certificate, participants must take both the TESOL Certificate courses (Fall, 3 credits & Spring, 3 credits), complete a teaching internship (1 credit) and compile a portfolio. This course will introduce participants to the field of TESOL. They begin with a language learning experience from which they can extract principles of learning. They identify the main factors that affect second language acquisition, and the practices that facilitate and support language learning and cross cultural communication. They will build a foundation in English pronunciation, lexicon and grammar so that they understand the particular challenges English language learners face. They will learn to design lessons that use a communicative, interactive approach. They will implement these lessons in peer teaching sessions in class. Course Texts: 1. Snow, Don (2006) More Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction to Teaching English Abroad, Second Edition. Alexandria, VA: TESOL. $41.7 ISBN-10: 1931185328/ISBN-13: 978- 1931185325 2. Selected articles and chapters will be available on Courses/Moodle


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
More Than a Native SpeakerSnow9781931185325$43.95

 World Studies Program Colloquium

WSP53 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Wednesday 4:00pm-5:20pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: Seth Harter

The World Studies Colloquium seeks to introduce students both to the World Studies Program and to other international opportunities and resources at Marlboro.  Through discussions with Marlboro staff, faculty, and other students, Colloquium students will learn the intellectual and experiential objectives of the World Studies Program, what services the Office of International Services offers, and how best they might venture into the world to pursue their academic interests.  

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Fiction Workshop

ART6 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D23

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

Offered every fall, this class is devoted to student writing of original work in various literary genres. Most commonly, students are writing short stories or literary non-fiction, but occasionally someone may be working on a novel, week to week. Members of the class read each other's submissions extremely closely and offer critiques and suggestions during our weekly classes. The class may include exercises geared towards improving your attention to such things as character, plot, rising and falling action, voice, tone, angle of vision, and point of view. Students are expected to produce new work for class steadily and to participate in class discussions. Admission to the class is on the basis of manuscripts. May be repeated for credit. Variable credits, 2-5. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, based on manuscripts


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Narrative DesignBell9780393320213$18.95

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Writing Seminars

 Writing Seminar: Exploring the New Journalism

HUM1392 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: John Sheehy

In this course we will read and write journalism, both as it has been traditionally defined--e.g., the essay as it appears in magazines like The New Yorker, or the expository report as practiced in The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal--but also in the many variations on traditional journalism that have emerged since the 1960s: gonzo journalism, narrative nonfiction, radio essays, blogs, etc. Our goal will be to read (and listen to) as much interesting and provocative journalistic writing as possible, by writers like Jonathan Raban, Sarah Koenig, HunterThompson, Seymour Hersch, Annie Proulx, Jon Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams, Jon Ronson, Susan Orlean and many, many more. Our goal, in the end, will not be so much to arrive at a narrow definition of journalism as to expand our own writing practice to include a range of styles, voices and angles of presentation. Expect to read a lot, to talk about all of it, and to write more. As this will be a writing seminar, we will write a lot, about the journalism we have read, and in journalistic pieces of our own. Discussion of the course texts will alternate with writing conferences, workshops, and work on grammar, style and structure.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
You Can't Make This Stuff UpGutkind9780738215549$16.99
Pocket Style Manual 7thHacker9781457642326$36.25
Telling True StoriesKramer9780452287556$17.00

 Writing Seminar: Ways of Telling - Reading Written & Visual Narratives

HUM1394 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

"The mind is its own place, the visible world is another, and visual and verbal images sustain the dialogue between them."   Wright Morris  When we think about narratives, we most often think of prose words that tell a story. But what happens when writers, novelists, memoirists, and nonfiction writers integrate images into their narratives: photographs archived in history museums, personal photographs, or evocative graphics that merge with the written text? In this writing seminar, we will investigate the elusive dialogue between words and visual images, and consider how we "read" or interpret both prose and pictures. Beginning with Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a genre-bending autobiographical novel that explores the convergence of  memory and imagination, we will explore Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close  (a child's wild vision and wild hurt in confronting the cataclysm of  9/11), David Small's graphic memoir Stitches, Wright Morris's memoir The Home Place (a photo-text that takes us back to a single day in Wright's boyhood home in Nebraska), and Lynd Ward's Vertigo (a wordless novel of the Great Depression in woodcut prints). We will consider the point at which images enter the texts and examine how they act to undercut, reinforce, and/or expand the written narrative. Through lots of practice in writing, critiquing, and rewriting, we will work toward two of our main goals, to help you find a writing process that works well for you and to allow you to experience the value of language as a tool for thinking deeply and clearly. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseFoer9780618711659$14.95
Home PlaceMorris9780803282520$14.95
Things they CarriedO'Brien9780618706419$15.95