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Spring 2016 Course List

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

For American Studies offerings, see also:


Language and Culture

SSC617 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Nelli Sargsyan

In this course we will explore the interconnectedness between language and culture by gaining a deeper understanding of various theoretical approaches to this interconnectedness. We will then apply some of these theoretical approaches to our understanding of how larger scale social, historical processes and structures are connected to and manifest themselves in our smaller scale everyday lives and how language is part of it. We will explore the relations between mind, language and culture and the transformation thereof at times of increased translocal movement (physical and virtual travel across time and space). We will discuss the various subjectivities that we produce through our verbal interactions and how these subjectivities are space and time specific, often invoking much larger scale processes. 

Social Justice and Visual Ethnography

SSC618 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom
  • Thursday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom

Faculty: Nelli Sargsyan, John Willis

In this course we will learn how photography, documentary film, video and different digital media are used as a research methodology to examine and interpret issues of anthropological concern, tell stories, and most importantly, raise issues of social injustice. We will engage in discussions of sociohistorically situated ethnographic perspectives to develop a more reflexive understanding of the position of the researcher and gain critical understanding of the ways different media are used in conducting and disseminating research. Most importantly, the course participants will engage in the production of a participatory visual ethnographic work that will receive caring and sustained critique from all class participants throughout the semester. This course is designed both for students interested in the Social Sciences and Visual Arts. It will be composed of readings, discussion and production-based learning.


  • Students with intro-level photography skills would need permission of instructors


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Doing Visual ResearchMitchell9781412945837$60.00

For Anthropology offerings, see also:

Art History

Painting the History of Renaissance Painting

HUM2418 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Monday 10:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree

Faculty: Felicity Ratte, Cathy Osman

This class is an interdisciplinary study of the history and multiple material and compositional techniques of European Renaissance painting. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the various techniques of painting in the Renaissance and then develop their understanding of those techniques in studio practice. The course will begin in the 14th century focusing not just on material techniques but also on compositional ones such as different methods of perspectival rendering, and modeling the figure. We will study paintings produced in a number of different contexts from church commissions to public art to the vast schemes of private palace decoration. Introductory and Intermediate level; 4credits with a linked additional 2 credit tutorial for students who wish to go further with their studio work.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century ItalyBaxandall9780192821447$19.95
How to Read Italian Renaissance PaintingZuffi9780810989405$35.00

 Survey of Art History from 1800 to the Present

HUM2417 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:30am-9:50am in Apple Tree
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:50am in Apple Tree

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

This class is an introductory level study of art and architecture with a particular focus on the painting and sculpture produced in Europe, the United States and the Ottoman empire from the peak of the colonial period to the present day. We will be paying particular attention to the interconnections between artists and art movements throughout this time period as they both reflect and try to influence social and political practice.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Politics of VisionNochlin9780064301879$42.00
Passages in Modern SculptureKrauss9780262610339$37.95

For Art History offerings, see also:

Asian Studies

  Dark Twins: The Underside of Asian Urbanization

HUM951 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21

Faculty: Seth Harter

While Asia is still often stereotypically pictured as agricultural, it is now home to most of the world's largest cities. And while these cities are rightly seen as places for coming together, they also depend on social and physical segregations. In “dark twins” such as ghettos, squatter settlements, unregulated sweatshops, jails and sewer systems, much of the work that allows these newly prosperous cities to function takes place. Using history, sociology, anthropology, journalism and urban planning, we will peer into the history of these hidden spaces. What institutions, formal and informal, create and preserve urban enclaves? How does the study of these “dark twins” change our understanding of cosmopolises such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Mumbai, Naypyidaw and Chandigarh? PrerequisiteNone, but knowledge of Asian history helpful


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Seeing Like a StateScott9780300078152$29.00
Ghetto at the Center of the WorldMathews9780226510200$19.00
Secret Trades, Porous BordersTagliacozzo9780300143300$38.00
Shanghai GoneShao9781442211322$33.00
Behind the Beautiful ForeversBoo9780812979329$16.00

 Islam in Asia

HUM2413 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Seth Harter, Amer Latif

In the American imagination, Islam is invariably associated with the Middle East, but the religion’s adherents can be found in every corner of the world.In this class we will explore the contemporary political and cultural expressions of Islam in China and Indonesia.By examining art and architecture, diet, trade and pilgrimage networks, Shari’a courts and relations with neighboring non-Muslim populations, we will develop an understanding of how the faith has shaped these tremendously diverse and important nations. This class will serve as a complement to the course “Reading Shahab Ahmed's What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic.Students who have taken “Introduction to Islam” in the fall of 2015 or who simultaneously enroll in the “What is Islam?” class will be assumed to have the requisite background knowledge and may take this seminar for two credits.Those who wish to take the seminar without having previously studied Islam at Marlboro may take the seminar for three credits and will be required to do foundational reading on the religion’s history and principles at the start of the term.Students on either of these tracks may do an optional research paper at the end of the term for an additional one credit.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Between Mecca and BeijingGillette9780804746854$25.95
Longest JourneyTagliacozzo9780195308273$26.95
Picturing IslamGeorge9781405129572$39.95


HUM2414 - 1 Credit - Advanced

Faculty: Seth Harter

The Chinese term xin is both nominal (heart-mind) and verbal (think-feel), both intellectual (mind-think) and emotive (heart-feel). In this one-credit seminar, students will join the teacher in exploring the extent of this concept through physical and meditative practice along with short readings and journaling. Students should already have some experience with self-cultivation and be willing both to share this experience and to delve into new experiences.

Note: Course meeting time will be determined at the start of the semester based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll



NSC622 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

A survey of modern astronomy, designed to be accessible to non-science students. Topics include the birth, life and death of stars as well as galaxies and their origin and evolution. This class will be an opportunity to explore fundamental physics concepts and quantitative thinking. As part of the class we will spend time conducting naked-eye observations, using binoculars, small telescopes and the MacArthur Observatory. The course will also meet on four evenings for two hours to perform observations of the sky. Dates and times to be arranged at the start of the semester.


  • High school algebra


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Astronomy Today Stars and Galaxies 8thChaisson9780321909725$110.00


Fundamentals of Molecular Biology

NSC415 - 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

Scientists' ability to explore, understand and manipulate DNA has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In this course we will explore the structure of nucleic acids and the organization of genes and chromosomes. We will also examine DNA "packaging" and replication, the roles of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis and the control of gene expression. A major theme of this course will be how experimental evidence supports our current understanding of the structure and function of genes. This course will include discussions of how these processes can be manipulated to yield powerful laboratory techniques for the study of the organization and function of genes and gene products. The central structure of the course will be discussions based on selected readings, including journal articles, and in-class projects. We will also discuss homework assignments, and both of sets of discussions will be informed by readings from the text.


  • Biochemistry of the Cell


This edition of Fundamental Molecular Biology is out of print, but the campus store has a small number of modestly-priced used copies.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Fundamental Molecular BiologyAllison9781405103794Market

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology Lab

NSC420 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Todd Smith

Put on your safari shirt and pith helmet because we’re going hunting...for DNA sequences. We’ll use a technique called DNA barcoding to identify a range of organisms on the Marlboro campus. For example, what species of bacteria are in the soil around the college? Are there any coyotes around? To answer these questions students will learn a variety of basic molecular biology techniques, including DNA purification and quantification. Students will also build thermal cyclers for performing more advanced techniques such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), an important step in DNA barcoding. Students will also learn basic concepts and techniques in bioinformatics and use these tools to analyze DNA sequence data.  


  • General Biology I & II



General Biology II

NSC291 - 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: Jaime Tanner

General Biology serves as an introduction to the scientific study of life and basic biological principles. In this second semester we will explore biological concepts at the organismal and population level. Topics will include evolution, the diversity of life, plant structure and function, animal structure and function and ecology.


  • General Biology I or permission of instructor


This edition of Biological Science is out of print.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biological Science 4thFreeman9780321598202Market

General Biology II Lab

NSC292 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Allison Turner

Further exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting with independent student projects and a survey of campus vernal pool ecosystems. Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology II


NSC565 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

Sexual reproduction in flowering plants involves a complex series of processes. How is pollen transferred among plants? How do seed and fruit production occur? How are seeds and fruits dispersed? How do seeds germinate and seedlings become established to begin the next generation of plants? We will explore physiological, ecological and evolutionary dimensions of these questions. Examples will include a diversity of plant taxa in ecosystems throughout the world, and we will engage in greenhouse and fieldwork projects.


  • General Biology or permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Plant Pollinator InteractionsWaser9780226874005$59.00
Ecology of SeedsFenner9780521653688$64.99

For Biology offerings, see also:


The Dirt on Function

ART2424 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics

Faculty: Roberto Lugo

In this Intermediate course students will participate in the creation of functional pottery. Through a series of demonstrations and presentations, students will see historic and contemporary approaches to the creation of functional wares and develop ideas and practices that will help them to achieve a body ow work that will be used in a service to be put on by enrolled students. 

Additional Fee: $100


General Chemistry II

NSC505 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Todd Smith

The central topic of general chemistry is the composition of matter and transformations of matter, and we will continue to focus on how these microscopic transformations underlie our macroscopic experiences. In the second half of this introductory chemistry course we will examine in detail models of chemical bonds, reaction kinetics, acid-base equilibria and electrochemistry. We will also explore some aspects of thermodynamics, and environmental chemistry will continue to be a secondary theme of the course as we relate all of these topics to the effects of human activity on our environment. We will start each chapter with a discussion of selected topics, followed by in-class projects, problem-solving sessions and homework review.


  • General Chemistry I (NSC158)


This edition of Principles of General Chemistry is out of print. Students who did not buy copies last term may special order used copies through the campus store.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Principles of General Chemistry 2ndSilberberg9780077274320Market

General Chemistry II Laboratory

NSC506 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Todd Smith, Allison Turner

The laboratory sessions for the second semester will continue to be an opportunity for students to hone their lab skills and to explore topics and ideas discussed in class. Students will work in teams to devise, conduct and analyze experiments on the synthesis and properties of biofuels and bio-remediation. We will use primary literature to provide some context for our experiments, and we will continue to focus on employing the principles of green chemistry in our lab experiments.


  • General Chemistry I Laboratory


For Chemistry offerings, see also:


 Greek IB

HUM620 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D13

Faculty: Isabella Grunberger-Kirsh

Continuation of Greek IA.


  • Greek IA or permission of instructor

Latin IB

HUM618 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D13

Faculty: Isabella Grunberger-Kirsh

Continuation of Latin IA.


  • Latin IA or equivalent

 The Invention of Books and Their Readers II: Religions of the Book

HUM2407 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Isabella Grunberger-Kirsh

This semester we will examine how close the connections between literacy and religion were in the period c. 31 BCE - 387 CE. With the advent of the Roman Empire, an extraordinary variety of new modes of religious thought and behavior came into being. The changes included profound transformations in thinking about the divine in philosophy and literature; the role of religion in disparate and diaspora communities; the religious order of the Roman state; and new types of religious competition, conflict and self-definition. We will examine religious phenomena from the pagan mystery cult of Isis to the conversion of Augustine through the lens of the period's rich and diverse literary evidence. There will be an opportunity at the end of the course for students to undertake guided specialist research in an area of their choice. Prerequisite: None

Computer Science

Computer Systems

NSC592 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

A look at what goes on "under the hood" of a computer, in the implementation in machine code of a C program running on a Linux computer. Sometimes called "Computer Organization", a course like this one is a required part of most computer science degree programs, typically taken by sophomores after a course or two in basic programming concepts. Topics include the C programming language, machine-level data representation and assembly language, processor organization, system performance, memory caching, code compilation and linking and similar fun stuff. This course is likely to be offered every few years. Textbook: Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, ISBN 0136108040.


  • Previous programming experience


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Computer Systems 3rdBryant9780134092669$158.60

Programming Workshop

NSC490 - 3 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

This course will improve your programming skills and practice, bridging the gap between a beginner's understanding of the craft and an intermediate to advanced understanding. Expect project-based work with students or groups of students developing and commenting on each other's code as well as assigned readings and exercises on topics such as object oriented programming, functional programming, recursion, scope, threads and forks, graphics and graphical user interfaces, version control, API's, documentation, testing and so on. We may explore more than one programming language, depending on the background and experience of the participants. Candidate languages include Python, C, a Lisp, R, Ruby, Java, Julia, Go, and Haskell. We may also do some web programming with internet technologies. May be repeated for credit and taken for 2 to 4 credits. 


  • Previous programming experience

Cultural History

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Beginning/Intermediate Modern Dance Technique

ART2422 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

This course will focus on developing expansive, articulate and powerful dancing through a study of the principles of contemporary release technique. Core concepts will include weight, momentum, alignment, breath, focus and muscular efficiency. We will work on finding center, playing off balance, moving in and out of the floor, going upside down and finding ease and clarity in our bodies. Through our practice, we will develop strength, range of motion, balance, flexibility, stamina, self-awareness and coordination. Each class will consist of a warm-up, exercises across the floor and longer combinations of movement. Through studio practice, students will build physical coordination, strength, flexibility, balance, body awareness and an understanding of principles of modern dance. Some readings and video viewings will be used to help students contextualize their studio practice. The course will also include some creative work.

 Dance in World Cultures

ART2217 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

In this course we will explore what dance means in a variety of cultures around the world while considering the challenges inherent in viewing and analyzing dance that comes from outside one's own cultural traditions. Class work will be based in discussion of readings and dance films, but the course will also include a number of studio master classes with guest artists. At the end of the semester, we will journey to Senegal to experience Senegalese dance culture first hand.

Additional Fee: $875-$2,625 depending on trip financial aid support


  • Application completed and accepted for trip to Senegal


  • Senegalese Dance or Senegalese Drumming


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Choreographies of African IdentitiesCastaldi9780252072680$26.00

 Senegalese Dance

ART2344 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

A movement course introducing African dance forms.

Development Studies

For Development Studies offerings, see also:


Economics for the Citizen

SSC620 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: John Rush

Economic reasoning can be powerful when used to develop and argue for policy to solve problems in our community. This lab is an opportunity for students to engage with their community. Students will select a social issue of interest to them at the college, local, state, national and/or international level and will develop an analysis of and potential response to the issue based on economic reasoning. Attention will be paid to increasing students' capability to advocate respectfully and effectively. Course can be taken for additional credit.


  • Introductory course in economics or permission of instructor

Intermediate Microeconomics

SSC47 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: John Rush

This intermediate level course concerns the market economy, in theory and practice. Topics include determination of prices, individual and collective decision-making, the organization and regulation of production and market failure. The course offers solid grounding in the theory and methods of economics as required for further work in the field.


  • Introductory economics or permission of instructor


The 4th edition of Besanko's Microeconomics is out of print, but the Campus Store has a limited number of used copies at a modest price.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Microeconomics 4thBesanko9780470563588Market

  Measuring and Improving Human Welfare: An Exploration of the Tools and Policy of Economic Development

SSC619 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: John Rush

An introduction to the way economists approach development. The course will cover major goals and challenges related to the improvement of material welfare. Attention will be given to the both the UN's Millennium Development goals for 2015 and the new sustainable development goals adopted in September 2015. Students will explore the potential for policy to promote progress and consider important ethical considerations and philosophical assumptions that shape development policy.


  • High school algebra


Todaro's Economic Development 11th is out of print. The Campus Store has a limited number of used copies at a modest price.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Economic Development 11thTodaro9780138013882Market
Poor EconomicsBanerjee9781610390934$15.99
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtTwain9780486415918$5.00

For Economics offerings, see also:

Environmental Science

For Environmental Science offerings, see also:

Environmental Studies

Common Ground: Building Community in the Wilds

CDS590 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jean O'Hara

In this course, we will look at community as a living organism that is fluid, changing, adaptable and abundant. At the same time, this course seeks to acknowledge our interconnected relationship to all living beings. Our work will investigate and explore how human systems and other living systems interact and inform one another. This course is an outdoor immersion to explore the multiple meanings of “wild”: our inner and outer relationship to transitions and uncertainty. In addition, we will learn concrete skills on how to effectively and positively work within human communities/systems. This course aims to further develop our awareness and appreciation for each other and the environments we live and work in both human and non-human made. It is our intention to also deepen our ability to listen, adapt, build consensus and co-create solutions.

Note: This is a cross-campus course that will be open to both undergraduate and graduate students . The course will meet during five days of spring break:  Wednesday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 27th with overnight stays.

 Environmental Studies Seminar: Imagining Water

NSC613 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

During this seminar we will explore a theme of environmental interest from multiple disciplinary perspectives.  This semester's theme: water. Marlboro faculty with diverse curricular interests will present ideas on the theme during the first half of the semester. Students in the seminar will lead the second half of the semester; this may include presentations of work by others, original work, field trips, guest speakers or other ideas brought by students. The seminar is recommended to all students who intend to do Plan work in Environmental Studies but it is open to any interested students. The seminar offers an opportunity to engage with various Marlboro faculty members interested in the environment and to explore the interdisciplinary nature of Environmental Studies.

Note: Course meeting time will be determined at the start of the semester based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll

Life in the Cold

NSC640 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Thursday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

In this introduction to winter ecology we will explore how our local environment changes throughout the winter and how life adapts, endures and survives to meet the challenges that the cold season brings. Skills covered will include winter tree ID, snow tracking and animal signs, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, building snow structures, exploring the structure of snow, mammal and bird ID and sugaring. We will be outside a lot. Prerequisite: None


The Winter Tree Finder ($5.95, 9780912550039) and Track Finder ($5.95, 9780912550121) are recommended for this course and will be available at the Campus Store.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Winter WorldHeinrich9780061129070$14.99

Winter Ecology in Yellowstone (Tentative)

- 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

Few places so effectively illustrate both the beauty and challenge of life in winter as the Yellowstone Ecosystem. in this course we will explore the complex relationships between organisms and their environment over spring break during a week in Yellowstone National Park. While there we will learn how to track wildlife and evaluate carcasses with a world-renowned tracker, observe wildlife in their natural environment and snowshoe and cross-country ski through the nation's first national park. We will also meet three times prior to the trip and one time after the trip. Prerequisite: Preference will be given to students who have already taken or are currently enrolled in Life in the Cold

For Environmental Studies offerings, see also:

Film/Video Studies

For Film/Video Studies offerings, see also:

Gender Studies

For Gender Studies offerings, see also:

Graduate School

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 Wine Dark Sea: Historiography of the Mediterranean

HUM1407 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Adam Franklin-Lyons

Not a history of the many cultures that have existed around the Mediterranean--Roman, European, Arab, Turkish--but rather a course about the sea itself, we will look at what and why scholars have written with fascination and even love about the "Middle Sea." 20th century historiography has often sought to portray the multitude of nations and peoples who have populated the Mediterranean since ancient Rome as inextricably linked, through geography, environment, economy and even in anthropological descriptions of culture. The discourse of interconnectedness in turn influenced thinkers and writers studying everything from Japan to the 17th century Atlantic. In this course we will survey the idea of Mediterranean unity, debates about the nature of "Europe" and some of the philosophical assumptions that make up large historical narratives. The final project for this course is a group research project.


  • Courses in History, Cultural History or related and permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Historian's CraftBloch9780394705125$14.75
Rethinking the MediterraneanHarris9780199207725$82.00
In an Antique LandGhosh9780679727835$16.00
Mediterranean Society V. 1Goitein9780520221581$34.95
Mediterranean CrossingsChambers9780822341505$22.95

For History offerings, see also:


Analyzing Meaning: Introduction to Semantics

HUM2406 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Grant Li

Linguistics is the study of language. At the core, it concerns the relation between sound and meaning mediated by structure. As one of the core courses of linguistics, with the other two being syntax and phonology, Analyzing Meaning is an introduction to formal semantics. Semantics is the study of the literal meaning of words and the meaning of the way words are combined. This course is a practical introduction to topics in formal semantics. It aims to provide a good understanding of a range of semantic phenomena and issues in semantics, using a truth-conditional account of meaning. Students who wish to study how language works will benefit from this course both the theory and practice of semantics.This is an introductory level course with 4 credits. TextbookSemantics by Kate Kearns, (Second Edition) 2011, Palgrave Macmillan. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Semantics 2ndKerns9780230232303$44.00

 Beginning Modern Arabic IB

HUM1142 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Marwa Abayed

In this course, the focus is on vocabulary building, basic grammar structures and some cultural and historical knowledge . The course is also designed to primarily develop conversation skills. Available only to students with prior Arabic instruction.

Elementary French II

HUM1516 - 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 course is the continuation of Elementary French I. This course builds on and expands language and cultural skills learned in the first semester. Students will continue to develop their 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 and cultural and historical knowledge. Required textbook: Chez Nous: Branché sur le monde francophone, 4/E, 2014.


  • Elementary French I or permission of instructor


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

Elementary Spanish II

HUM1439 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Frederique Marty

This course covers the basic grammar structures of the Spanish language through extensive use of video, classroom practice and weekly conversation sessions with a native-speaking language assistant. It is a continuation of Spanish I.


  • One semester of college-level Spanish or equivalent


Choose one of the options listed.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Vistas loose leaf w. Supersite accessBlanco9781626806733$181.20
Vistas hard cover w. Supersite accessBlanco9781626806801$218.70

Intermediate French II

HUM2409 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Frederique Marty

This course is the continuation of Intermediate French I. In this course, students will continue to increase their capacity to communicate in oral and written French in formal and informal situations while acquiring an important knowledge of the francophone world. In class, we will concentrate on using the language in creative ways rather than on studying grammar rules (literary texts, films and culture). Required textbookImaginez, 3rd loose-leaf text and access codes, by Séverine Champeny. Vista Higther Learning (2016).


  • Intermediate French I or permission of instructor


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

 Intermediate Modern Arabic IIB

HUM1133 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Marwa Abayed

This course is the continuation of Intermediate Modern Arabic IIA. Students will continue to learn more essential skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for daily communication. A broad variety of expressions and complicated sentence structures will be taught so that students can participate in conversations on various topics related to Arabic society. More emphasis will be given to speaking,structures and writing. Students will be guided to write more at the paragraph level. A language table will take place twice a week to help learners improve their communication skills.

Intermediate Spanish II

HUM1403 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D13

Faculty: Frederique Marty

Intermediate Spanish II builds on and expands the language skills acquired in Intermediate Spanish I. It combines an extensive grammar review while focusing on all relevant language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Culture is integrated in all aspects of the program. We will have critical discussions about the culture of different countries of the Spanish speaking world. Frequent compositions, selected literary readings, class discussions and debates on films and current events. 

Intermediate Spanish II is a course for students who have completed Intermediate Spanish or have been deemed to be proficient enough for this class after taking an introductory Spanish placement test and talking to the professor about prior course work. 


  • Two semesters of college Spanish or equivalent


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Felices dias Tio SergioGarcia Ramis9781567581362$19.95
Imagina 3rd w. SupersiteBlanco9781626801011$162.50

Practical Chinese II

HUM2345 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • 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: Grant Li

This is the second semester of Chinese language course for beginners. It aims to help you develop communicative competence in Chinese, focusing on the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You 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. You 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. New Practical Chinese Reader 1/æ–°å®Å¾ç”¨æ±‰è¯­è¯¾æœ¬ 1, Textbook & Workbook, by Xun Liu/刘ç?£. Publisher: Beijing Language and Culture University Press.


  • Practical Chinese I or permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
New Practical Chinese Reader Text V. 2 2ndLiu9787561928950$23.95
New Practical Chinese Reader Wkbk V.2 2ndLiu9787561928936$15.95

Liberal Studies

Collaborative Leadership Development

CDS - 3 Credits - Graduate

Faculty: TBD TBD

MBAS601.W16 Collaborative Leadership Development (formerly People & Teams) (3 graduate credits at GPS)

People and Teams addresses theory and practice of how individuals and groups act and interact in an organizational context with a focus on distributed and virtual teams. The course draws from research and theories in Organizational Behavior and Positive Psychology to shed light on such human dynamics as motivation, perception, decision-making and conflict management. It addresses questions such as: What makes teams and organizations effective and sustainable? What are the challenges to effective teams and organizations? How can you understand your personal predilections as a team member and organizational "player"?

Classes meet on the following weekends for two 3-hour sessions (exact time TBD): January 15-17; February 19-21; March 18-20 at the Marlboro Graduate School in Brattleboro.

Finding Stuff: Research Methods in the Humanities

CDS567 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Adam Franklin-Lyons, Amber Hunt

This course will cover a wide variety of research techniques and develop the students' knowledge of the many databases and search platforms available at the college. We will also spend some time looking at persistent questions in research such as the role of online information, plagiarism and others. This course can compliment any year of course work. Much of the practice use of databases and search systems can be used directly for work being done in other courses; it is our hope that this course will generally make your life easier. Prerequisite: None


 "All You Have to Make it Out of": Existential Literature in America and Europe

HUM2408 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: John Sheehy

"You want to do good?" asks Willie Stark, the mephistophelian politician in Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men. "Well, you have to make the good out the bad. Because that's all you have to make it out of." Governor Stark here utters Penn Warren's answer to the enduring moral question of modern life: how does one act morally in a world that seems to have no underlying moral structure at all? Where does one seek meaning in a world in which we seem--dismally, insistently--never to mean but simply to exist?

This is one way of framing the "existential dilemma" framed by much of the art and literature of the late 19th and 20th centuries. In this course, we will explore the ways American and European writers negotiated this dilemma: from the tortured religious faith of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling to the equally tortured atheism of Camus's Myth of Sisyphus; from the complex depths of Dostoyevsky to stark postwar vision of the French existentialists; from Faulkner's meditations on death and meaning-making to Richard Wright's tragic hero Bigger Thomas. We will read the "existentialists" (Sartre, Camus) but we will carry the idea forward to consider existential themes in the works of a range of European and American authors, including Heinrich Boll, Penn Warren, Marilynne Robinson and as many others as we can.


  • Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Fear and TremblingKierkegaard9780140444490$15.00
Myth of Sisyphus and Other EssaysCamus9780679733737$14.95
Brothers KaramazovDostoyevsky9780374528379$18.00
Moby-Dick 2ndMelville9780393972832$24.15
Very Easy DeathBeauvoir9780394728995$11.95
Native SonWright9780060837563$15.99
All the King's MenPenn Warren9780156012959$15.95

 Selections from Shakespeare's History Plays and Tragedies

HUM2416 - 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

A consideration of political authority and process will be our primary focus. Other themes will be stylistic techniques (scenic structure, metaphor, plot and subplot, etc.) and an analysis of Shakespeare's women and their social roles.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
King Richard IIShakespeare9781903436332$17.00
King Henry IV Part 2Shakespeare9781904271062$17.00
King Henry IV Part 1Shakespeare9781904271352$18.00
King Henry VShakespeare9781904271086$17.00
King LearShakespeare9781903436592$17.00
Julius CaesarShakespeare9781903436219$17.00

 Selections from the "Modernist" Novel

HUM2415 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Friday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D22A

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

This course will begin with Virginia Woolf and then turn to examine her themes of memory, "moments of being," ethical choice and the establishment of meaning in other fictional works from writers grappling with violence and the political state in the chaotic modern world. Novels will include works by Kafka, Camus, Daoud and Sebald.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
To the LighthouseWoolf9780156907392$13.95
Mrs. DallowayWoolf9780156030359$15.00
Waste LandEliot9780393974997$16.24
On the Natural History of DestructionSebald9780375756573$16.00
Meursault InvestigationDaoud9781590517512$14.95

Seminar in Religion, Literature & Philosophy

HUM5 - 6 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D23
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D23
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D23

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

A year-long course, reading and discussing some of the major works of Western culture from Homer to Shakespeare. Heavy reading schedule, regular discussions, papers required. This course is designed for Sophomores and Juniors, as a broad background both for Plan students in any of the three fields and for students intending to work in other areas who nonetheless want a comprehensive introduction to many of the issues and genres that inform Western culture.


  • First semester of RLP or permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Epic of GilgameshSandars9780140441000$12.00
Holy Bible, King James Version9780452010628$18.00
Introduction to St. Thomas AquinasAquinas9780075536536$12.80
Selections from the EssaysMontaigne9780140446029$17.00
Canterbury TalesChaucer9780140424386$11.00
Discourse on Free WillErasmus9781780938233$19.95
Discourse on Method and MeditationsDescartes9780872204201$12.00
Book of the City of LadiesChristine9780140446890$14.00
Four Great TragediesShakespeare9780451527295$7.95
Paradise LostMilton9780451531643$7.95

For Literature offerings, see also:


Calculus II

NSC212 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • 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

We build on the theory and techniques developed in Calculus (NSC515). Topics include techniques and applications of integration, epsilon/delta definitions, power series, parametric equations and differential equations.


  • Calculus or permission of instructor

Linear Algebra

NSC164 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Ziyue Guo

Next to Calculus, Linear Algebra is the most important math course offered. It is important for its remarkable demonstration of abstraction and idealization on the one hand, and for its applications to many branches of math and science on the other. Whereas Calculus introduces undergraduates to a large warehouse of constantly used mathematical items, Linear Algebra has the power to use and manipulate those items. Matrices, vector spaces and transformations are studied extensively (most work is done in the n-dimensional real case).


  • Calculus or permission of instructor


This edition of Linear Algebra is out of print. The campus store will stock used copies.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Linear Algebra 4thLay9780321385178Market


NSC123 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

Statistics is the science--and art--of extracting data from the world around us and organizing, summarizing and analyzing it in order to draw conclusions or make predictions. This course provides a grounding in the principles and methods of statistics as commonly used in the natural and social sciences. Topics include: probability theory, data collection, description, visualization, probability, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression and analysis of variance. We will use the open source statistical computing package R (no prior computing experience is assumed).


The book is available free as a PDF download at It can be purchased in hard copy via links on that site.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
OpenIntro Statistics 3rdDiez9781943450046$7.60

Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus

NSC556 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Ziyue Guo

This course covers 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 who 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

Movies from Marlboro

Wetware: Actors and Directors Masterclass

ART2433 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

  • Wednesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Faculty: Jay Craven

Actors and directors form a crucial partnership for any narrative film production, developing a personal mode of communication and building trust as they navigate the distinctive landscape of a screenplay that can often be interpreted in a variety of ways. Like every other fruitful partnership in production, this relationship depends on conversations that are imaginative, simple and direct. An effective director creates conditions where an actor can take risks in an effort to articulate fresh expressions of character emotion and behavior. For an inventive actor, it is impossible to “know” what is being sought.  It is only possible to discover it.

This weekly master class will include scene studies and performances along with conversations, readings and screenings that explore the many facets of effective performance. Students will direct—and they will perform. Several student roles will be available in the Wetware production. Student actors in this class will have the opportunity to audition for these parts. Student directors will also have opportunities during the Wetware production to rotate into positions where they shadow the director and participate in discussions related to scene preparation and evaluation. They will also have the opportunity to audition for positions directing second unit scenes. This class is open to Movies from Marlboro students AND, with permission from the instructor, Marlboro College students.  


  • Permission of the instructor

Wetware: Camera, Lights and Sound

ART2428 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jay Craven

Cinematography is positioned at the center of narrative feature film production. The Director of Photography (DP) manages a large crew that must be mobilized to facilitate each shot, each lighting scenario and each staging of essential equipment used to shape the light for each frame of the film. The DP is the film director’s closest collaborator for the overall goal of realizing a coherant vision for the film. This class will examine the role and specific practice of the cinematographer. We’ll throughly review questions of shot composition, lighting strategies, camera exposures, visual language, cinematic aesthetics, scene coverage, visual storytelling, shot matching, shot listing and more. Special attention will also be paid to each position within the camera, lighting and grip departments, where each crew member performs an essential task, in sync with each other and the production as a whole. The main goal of this production class is to immerse students into the theory and practice of cinematography and lighting for narrative feature film  production. Based on student participation, specific interests and faculty evaluations for their pre-production work and study, each student will be assigned to a position within the camera, grip, and electric departments according to to his/her interests and skills. These assignments will be made in the interests of maximizing each student’s learning potential and to ensure the effective production of Wetware. Students working in this department will be assigned to positions and/or rotations including camera operators, 2nd assistant camera, second unit director of photography, second unit assistant camera, clapper/loader, best boy grip, 3rd grip, 3rd electric, grip/electric swing and sound boom operators. Students will be expected to know these positions and their role within the feature film unit, for effective placement and performance of camera, lights, grip equipment and sound—and to facilitate efficient and time-effective production. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and collaborate alongside professionals who will be expected to be clear and supportive mentors to them. Readings will include Masters of Light (Schaefer), Three C's of Cinematography (Mascelli), Cinematography: Theory and Practice (Brown), Master Shots (Kenworthy) and Cinematography for Directors (Frost).


  • Acceptance into Movies from Marlboro program

Wetware: Cinema Studies: The Near Future

ART2425 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Faculty: Jay Craven

Our production of Wetware prompts a variety of thoughts about films that explore related themes, narrative constructions, characters and relationships, period, mood and tone and sense of place. This class will allow us to explore a number of these ideas, through our viewing and imaginative consideration of sixteen pictures that will invite far-ranging discussion. This class will aim to create an expanded dialogue that allows us to interrogate and re-visit each picture screened for the class—and to connect our discussion to our own planned film. We’ll investigate place and theme-specific characters, themes, and narratives—and the ways each director chooses to employ film language and aesthetics to express each film’s meaning. We’ll look at the various creative roles played in each film, through cinematography, direction, performance, production design, lighting, editing, music and sound. Written materials, including weekly hand-outs and screenplays, where available, will be distributed to advance classroom discussion and critical writing. Films scheduled for screening include Blade Runner, Black Mirror, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Her, Alphaville, The Handmaid's Tale, Children of Men, Ex Machina, Akira, Time of the Wolf, Gattaca, Brazil, On Top of the Whale, Stalker, La Jetee, 2046.

This class is open to Marlboro students in addition to Movies from Marlboro students. 


  • Permission of the instructor


Wetware: Direct Cinema Documentary Production with Amanda Wilder

ART2435 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Jay Craven

During the 1950s, with the invention of light, portable cameras, filmmakers were able to take filmmaking out of the studios and into people’s homes. One result of this new technology was direct cinema, a genre of documentary filmmaking that practices close observation and eschews interviews, added music and voice over. Direct cinema relies on the inspired capturing and editing of unstaged, unscripted moments. Film classics like the Maysles’s GIMME SHELTER and Wiseman’s TITICUT FOLLIES still resonate today, and new films such as Bécue-Renard’s OF MEN AND WAR, the Ross Brothers’ WESTERN and Robert Greene’s FAKE IT SO REAL continue this tradition or take it as inspiration. Still, to this day there exists a wide range of opinions about what it means to create a film that falls into the category of direct cinema. What is it, exactly, and how is it done? Is direct cinema a ‘purist’ cinema, as is its reputation? What does it mean to document and portray the real? To find the uninflected truth in a moment of discovery. Through film studies, hands-on workshops and the production of 3-4 short films, students will develop an in-depth understanding of direct cinema. They will also interact with the Wetware film production in a way that seeks to tell an original and authentic story that reveals a variety of aspects, conditions, personalities, dynamics, and truths. We will watch and discuss examples from the past and present including: the Maysles’s SALESMAN, King’s WARRENDALE, Bécue-Renard’s OF MEN AND WAR, Wiseman’s WELFARE, DeMott’s SEVENTEEN, along with films that do not follow the rules of direct cinema but will inform our study, including: Rouch’s CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER, Cassavetes’s FACES, Rogosin's ON THE BOWERY, the Ross’s 45365, the Dardenne’s LES FILS and the Safdie’s HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT. We will discuss important issues to do with direct cinema filmmaking such as the presence of the filmmaker(s) during shooting and the myth of ‘fly on the wall,’ objective and subjective perspectives when portraying the real, shaping unscripted footage and relationships with subjects. Students will go through workshops on how to shoot, capture sound, log footage and edit direct cinema footage. Working on their own or in groups of two, they will create short direct cinema or direct cinema inspired films. Award-winning direct cinema filmmaker and mentor Amanda Rose Wilder’s documentary APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT (2014) was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award’s Truer Than Fiction Award and the IFP’s Gotham Award. It won several awards including the Cinema Eye Honors Debut Feature Award, Camden International Film Festival’s Emerging Cinematic Vision Award, DocAviv’s Best International Film Award and Belfast Film Festival’s Maysles Brothers Documentary Award. The film has played Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, True/False, BAMcinemaFest, among other festivals, and was part of Museum of Modern Art’s series, “Best Films Not Playing at a Theater Near You.”

Amanda Wilder spent years writing poems, then, under the mentorship of Jay Craven, started making documentary and experimental films at Marlboro College where she graduated with a Plan of Concentration titled ‘The Poetic Documentary and the Documentary Poem.’ She worked as second camera alongside Albert Maysles for Maysles Films Inc. features and commissioned works. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is working on a film about figure models.


  • By permission of the instructor
  • Priority given to Movies from Marlboro students

Wetware: Feature Film Production

ART2426 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jay Craven, Brad Heck

The main goal of this six-week intensive is to immerse students into the theory and collaborative practice of narrative feature film production. Based on their specific interests and faculty evaluations for their production work and study, each student will be assigned to a department and position(s) that are appropriate to his/her interests and skills. These assignments will be made in the interests of maximizing each student’s learning potential and substantive participation—and to ensure the effective production of Wetware. The film production will be organized into a 28-day shooting schedule for principal photography, followed by a 2- or 3- day second unit shoot, executed exclusively by students. The Wetware crew will include 22 professionals mentoring and working alongside 32 students working as camera operators, script supervisor, sound boom operator, production coordinator, wardrobe supervisor, set dressers, editors, assistant directors, props, second assistant camera, location managers and other vital positions. The film’s cast has not yet been determined. For the 2012 Movies from Marlboro picture, Northern Borders, actors included Academy Award nominees Bruce Dern and Genevieve Bujold, 2009 Tony nominee Jessica Hecht, and 12 year-old Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Moonrise Kingdom). Peter and John actors included 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset and Emmy-winner Gordon Clapp as well as Christian Coulson (Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets, The Hours) and Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin). Students will be expected to arrive on set at the designated call time and to work with their department and department heads to organize, prepare and carry out the shooting assignments indicated on that day’s call sheet. They will also be responsible for the daily wrap for their department. Students will receive close mentoring from professionals and will be expected to develop skills, responsibilities and accountabilities as working peers in their department and as part of the creative community developed during the class, workshop and pre-production period of this project. Students will also be expected to understand and practice industry standard set etiquettes, as explained and demonstrated during pre-production.


  • Acceptance into the Movies from Marlboro program


Wetware: Literature Studies: The Near Future

HUM2419 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Jay Craven

As it does for cinema studies, the Movies from Marlboro production of Wetware also prompts a consideration of literature that explores related themes, narrative constructions, characters and relationships, period, mood and tone and sense of place. This class will allow us to explore a number of these ideas, through our reading and discussion of several novels that will invite further discussion. This class will aim to create an expanded dialogue that allows us to interrogate ideas actively associated with the near future. How do we assess the conflicting ideas of decline or progress? How are we evolving as a human race? How must we adapt and are we capable of doing so? How do we sort through and process optimistic and pessimistic views about where we’re headed? How can we imagine characters living in the future? How will their issues and challenges be similar to ours? How will they be different? What kinds of social structures and power centers are evolving? What ethical considerations are important to consider? What roles will be played by government? By the private sector? We’ll read and discuss these novels along with commentary and criticism related to them. Students will also be expected to write critical pieces that provide a well-articulated personal response to the readings and discussion. Novels under consideration include Wetware by Craig Nova, The Dispossessed by Ursula Laguin, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.


  • Permission of instructor


Wetware: Post Production

ART2432 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab

Faculty: Jay Craven

Post-production provides the challenge and opportunity for a filmmaker to shape a picture’s narrative and even re-make all or parts of it.  Through literally thousands of choices, an editor can calibrate tension, shift relationship dynamics, shade characters and connect them to their physical worlds, articulate themes, adjust rhythm and pacing and much more. A film can be discovered, re-imagined or even saved in post-production. In this elective course, students will work with a professional mentor who will help guide them through the post-production process that will take place during our preparation and filming of Wetware. Early in the semester, classes will include instruction on editing systems along with readings, demonstrations, and discussions on editing practices and techniques. Further discussion and review will examine films screened for the Movies from Marlboro Cinema Studies class and earlier MfM projects. Special attention will be paid to the role of editing on these films. Students will also take on editing assignments related to the production of student short films and projects developed by the Direct Cinema Documentary unit. Once Wetware production commences, students will work with mentor Evan Schwenterly to organize the post-production workflow and outfit the editing room. Daily activities will include logging and capturing of raw footage, organization of material and development of rough scene assemblies and rough cuts that will be presented, along with film dailies, to other members of the production team. Sessions will include critiques of filmed material for artistic, narrative and continuity purposes—and discussions about how what’s being captured in production will influence ongoing production. Weekly updates of edited material will be posted online, through the Marlboro College and Kingdom County websites and blogs. We are also in conversation with local media, including Vermont PBS, to post material on their website that serves Vermont, northern New York, and southern Quebec including Montreal. Students will take on substantial roles where they apply their theoretical knowledge to the work of post-production. They will be expected to maintain a post-production diary that outlines daily work and insights gained through the semester-long process. They will also create individual reels of edited material for open presentation. 


  • Admission for Movies from Marlboro students only

Wetware: Production Design and Costume Design

ART2431 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Thursday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Persons Auditorium/PersonsGre

Faculty: Jay Craven

Production design works to unify and shape the elements of set and location so that viewers are transported into a distinctive world of the film. Costume design articulates character details and individual moments that enlarge narrative, using color, style, fabric, condition of clothing and relationship to other costumes in the film. Hair and make-up set the time and place—and also help to express character. Within these larger frameworks, design personnel work to explore relationships between various scenic elements (e.g costume and setting). Students will work with professional mentors and teachers to populate their created world of the film with costumes, props, set dressing, vehicles, animals, signs, hair and make-up and other scenic elements. They will interact with the director and director of photography to express story themes—and to develop a color palette and texture to mark each scene. Students will work with the production designer, costume designer, hair and make-up artist and lead art department personnel to explore the ways in which design, in all of its various applications, can create the visual world within which the filmed story takes place. Classes will include theoretical readings and discussions, case studies of production design and costume design in notable films, and guided work assignments that will provide hands-on research to develop the visual representations that will anchor Wetware in world that is largely familiar but distinctive through its details suggesting a near future. Because there is no “record” to visually conjure the near future we seek to represent, students and mentors will look at renderings and other films—and they will research trends, speculation and evolving looks and technologies. The key challenge: to create a unified look to the world we create. Students will take on substantial roles where they apply their theoretical knowledge to the design practices and creation required for Wetware.  Positions will include props, set decoration, design research, scenic painting, costume assistants, dressers, set construction, assistant hair and make-up and more. Working under the guidance of mentors, they will thoroughly analyze the screenplay, identify and produce needed design elements, solve problems, respond to production developments and collaborate. All art department students will share certain aspects of the dialogue needed to develop “the big picture.”

In addition to learning about the theory and practice of design for film and advancing work for Wetware, students will also develop individual portfolios that showcase their work under the mentorship of working professionals and artists.


  • Admission for Movies from Marlboro students only

Wetware: Production Management

ART2430 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Persons Auditorium/Monarch

Faculty: Jay Craven

Production management works to ensure a production that remains on budget, on schedule, and properly resourced with everything from props, camera, lights and trucks to actors, set decorators, grips and electrics. It’s a huge job and the people who work here include Line Producer, Production Coordinator, Transportation Coordinator, Production Accountant, Associate Producer, Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director, 2nd 2nd AD, Script Supervisor, Casting Director, Location Manager, Key Production Assistant, Food and Housing Coordinator, Publicity, Marketing and Fundraising personnel—and more. The main goal of this elective seven-week intensive is to immerse students into the theory and collaborative practice of narrative feature film production. Topics to be covered, through readings, class discussions, and assignments will include: breaking down a script, organizing casting sessions, location scouting, budgeting, scheduling, cashflow management, financing, set operations, shot listing, development of daily call sheets and more. We will also have a running conversation focused on the question of effective motivation of production personnel to advance the daily and weekly goals of feature filmmaking. We will also focus on the various demands of running a production from idea conception and script development through casting, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. The entire set of learning objectives will be drawn from established and previous Movies from Marlboro practice—and applied to the production of Wetware. Students will develop skills and working relationships that will carry them into production where they will play substantial roles in the production management section. During pre-production, students will also carry out dozens of specific tasks that will mobilize the resources and set the organizational needs and parameters of production. Students in this electcive will also need to learn and help to teach set etiquette practices to others on the production team.


  • Open to Movies from Marlboro students, only

Wetware: Screenwriting and Directing

ART2427 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: Jay Craven

Effective screenwriting requires an understanding of story structure and an ability to shape character, theme, tone, and incident to dramatic effect. A place-based screenplay or one working to place narrative in the near future, as ours does, also needs to engage these additional elements of setting, to inform characters and relationships from the inside and without allowing these elements to dominate. A film director takes the screenplay as a starting point for understanding complex characters. He/she uses it as a blueprint to effectively shape each scene for production and works to enlarge upon the script, to tell an original story by creating conditions that facilitate each of his collaborators’ best work. Through these interactions with actors, the cinematographer, producers, production designer and key set personnel, the director works to draw everyone’s creative work into a unified whole. This class will use the Wetware screenplay—and ancillary research materials—as the starting point to analyze, discuss, critique and revise story and character details and plan an efficient and imaginative film production, within the limits of our production. Each session will track new developments and discuss creative and logistical choices as we work to advance production. Students will deliberate on script issues, based on semester screenings and their reading of Craig Nova’s novel–and they will draft suggested scene notes and revisions. Students will have the opportunity to attend casting sessions or view casting tapes, where the first glimpses of emerging characters can be seen—and they will review location photos and the paintings, film clips and photo images that inform discussions between director, cinematographer and production designer, as the film’s proposed look takes shape. Students will also read and discuss relevant critical essays and interviews with leading film writers and directors, to better understand feature film theory and the range of possible cinematic approaches. Discussions from other film intensive classes will also be extended here, to foster an open dialogue that creates shared space for the development of our creative community. Visiting artists will come to campus for special sessions—and students will be asked to work in small groups to develop their own short films. Wetware is intended as a transparent production where students and professionals share in the discussions that develop each step of the production. This class will serve as the gathering place for those ideas—and a meeting place to better understand each step of the production.

As part of this class, students will also work in small groups to develop a producible script for a short narrative film. The student group will then prepare, shoot and edit their film, based on the script, for screening at our student film festival in early March.


  • Admission to Movies from Marlboro program



Chamber Music

ART496 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. Woodwind, string and brass instruments welcome. Course may be repeated for credit.


  • Ability to play an instrument and read music

Electronic Music: Cultures, Concepts and Practice

ART2288 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/ElecMusic
  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/ElecMusic

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein

The course will provide an introduction to concepts, techniques, history and ideological frameworks informing electronic music. Designed as equal parts hands-on practice and academic enquiry, the course will alternate between readings and listening to works done in various periods and genres of electronic music and practicing basic techniques of sequencing, sampling, synthesis and recording. Coursework will constitute on-going etudes, a final project and paper and weekly readings and listening assignments. The course is designed primarily for students who are or plan to engage with music or sound design as part of their on-going course of study at Marlboro.


  • Music Fundamentals I or permission of instructor

Madrigal Choir

ART825 - 1 Credit - Introductory

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

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

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.


  • Ability to read music helpful

Music Fundamentals II

ART2331 - 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

This course is a continuation of study of skills presented in Music Fundamentals I and includes the study of rhythm, meter, basic harmony and beyond.


  • Music Fundamentals I or permission of instructor

 MUSIC: 1600-1800

ART352 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150
  • Friday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

A study of the development of musical forms during the period 1600-1800 and its importance in the society of this period. Ability to read music recommended. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth CenturiesTaruskin9780195384826$39.95

 Senegalese Drumming

ART2353 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

This class will focus on learning the basic drum techniques and rhythms of Senegal, West Africa. With an emphasis on Sabar and Saouruba, students will explore rhythms from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to Casamance, a rural village in south Senegal. Students will learn to play on authentic drums and will accompany dancers, learning the give and take between drummer and dancer that is inherent to the musical culture of West African. The course will culminate with a live performance, including both drummers and dancers.

Songs and Songwriting

ART2419 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein

This course is both a hands-on songwriting workshop and a detailed exploration of the making of songs at the basic level of melody meeting word. As general practice we will alternate between academically oriented analysis of both melodic and lyrical aspects of songs and work in workshop format of songs from music and lyrics created by students. The course is open to musician and lyricists alike.


  • Some music background for musicians or some pre-existent writing and poetry from lyricists

Sound as Material

ART2429 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: John McCormick

Sound as Material students will explore 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. Students will learn the audio software Usine Hollyhock and Audacity. 

Additional Fee:$35.00


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Audio CultureCox9780826416155$39.95


For Painting offerings, see also:


Selves and Others

HUM2405 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: William Edelglass

Questions of the nature of the self are at the heart of much modern philosophy. Is the self autonomous? Does it arise in relation with others? Are we always already social beings before we are individuals? How are we to understand the self in relation to the body, language, culture and history? This course will address these questions by focusing on the self in relation to its others. We will study both classic texts in European philosophy as well as more recent figures whose understanding of the subject is grounded in the lived experience of race, sex and the postcolonial condition.


  • Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals 3rdKant9780872201668$11.00
I and ThouBuber9780684717258$15.95
Totality and InfinityLevinas9780820702452$25.00

Senior Plan Seminar in Philosophy

HUM2390 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Dalrymple/D35

Faculty: William Edelglass

This course is for seniors on Plan in Philosophy who will be engaging with each other, and with selected texts, to develop their work.


  • Permission of instructor

 The Genealogy of Race

HUM2404 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: William Edelglass

What is race? How did the idea of race arise and what are the many ways in which ideas of race function today? How have ideas of race operated in the construction of knowledge across the disciplines, especially in biology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, medicine and history? In what way is race constitutive of our identities? What is the relationship between racial categories and racism? This course will explore these questions through a careful analysis of historic and contemporary texts across a broad range of disciplines that address white, American Indian, Asian American, African American and Latino racial categories. We will also investigate the resources of critical concepts such as the epistemology of ignorance, whiteness, white privilege, the racial contract, etc. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Idea of RaceBernasconi9780872204584$18.00
Racial ContractMill9780801484636$21.00
History of White PeoplePainter9780393339741$18.95
Souls of Black FolkDuBois9780486280417$4.00

For Philosophy offerings, see also:


Introduction to Photography

ART2263 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Woodard Art/Classroom
  • Thursday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Woodard Art/Classroom

Faculty: John Willis

This course provides an introductory foundation to black and white photography and a select introduction to digital photographic processes. Students will learn basic camera operation, film exposure, black and white film development and enlargement printing, along with some digital skills such as negative scanning and inkjet printing. Through the course of the semester students will complete photographic assignments, give an artist presentation and produce a final project of their own design. Student work will be discussed regularly in critique where visual communication will be emphasized alongside technique. Materials fee required. Having use of a camera with full manual operation capabilities is required, although the school has some to loan out.

Additional Fee:$100


  • Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Reframing PhotographyModrak9780415779203$65.95

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.

Additional Fee:$100


  • Photography Plan application on file or permission of instructor


General Physics II

NSC262 - 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

Second semester of the introductory physics class, suitable for students considering a plan in physics, science students or non-science students who want a physics foundation. Topics include fluids, thermodynamics, oscillations, waves and optics.


  • General Physics I or approval of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Physics for Scientists and Engineers V3 3rdKnight9780321753175$49.20
Physics for Scientists and Engineers V2 3rdKnight9780321753182$49.20

Modern Physics

NSC470 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

An introduction to the major topics in modern physics, including wave-particle duality, the Schrodinger equation and its application to the structure of atoms and molecules and other topics.


  • NSC427 Electricity & Magnetism


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Modern Physics 3rdKrane9781118061145$225.80

Political Science

For Political Science offerings, see also:


  Political Ecology

CDS589 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Meg Mott

Political Ecology, explains Paul Robbins, "seeks to unravel the political forces at work in environmental access, management, and transformation." Where an ecology class might ask you to study the natural dynamics in a given environment, political ecology asks you to look at the political strategies and policy choices that allowed that particular piece of property to remain undeveloped. These questions are not unknown to ecologists--Aldo Leopold continuously highlighted the effects of political decisions in his descriptions of Wisconsin sand dunes and New Mexico cattle ranches--but political ecologists are as apt to use Karl Marx or Immanuel Kant as they are to study the particularities of any given ecosystem. This class will provide an overview of this emerging field, including its external critics and internal controversies. We'll also study the essays of Rebecca Solnit and Aldo Leopold to see how they unravel political forces through poetic and descriptive writing. For a case study, we’ll focus on the rhetoric of access to and protection of Yellowstone National Park. (Note: Jaime Tanner and Randy Knaggs will be offering a trip to Yellowstone over Spring Break through the Winter Ecology in Yellowstone course).


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Battle for YellowstoneFarrell9780691164342$39.50
Sand County AlmanacLeopold9780345345059$7.99
Political EcologyRobbins9780470657324$49.95
Storming the Gates of ParadiseSolnit9780520256569$26.95

Sources and Methods in Political Theory

SSC614 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Meg Mott

"Most of the great statements of political philosophy," writes Sheldon Wolin, "have been put forward in times of crisis; that is, when political phenomena are less effectively integrated by institutional forms." This junior seminar looks at how political theorists shape the conversations about power and control, democracy and justice and what is required to enhance a community's wellbeing. We'll investigate how old conversations cycle around to take on new meaning during times of political and social upheaval, and we'll practice close readings of both canonical texts as well as the arguments used in contemporary social movements.


  • Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imaginative ArgumentCioffi9780691122908$33.95
Princeton Readings in Political ThoughtCohen9780691036892$55.00

Thinking about World (Dis?)Order

SSC616 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

The Nature of the International System remains a point of heated debate and intense consideration both in the academic literature as well as in popular political discourse. The consensus that existed between 1945 to 1990 concerning the bipolar structure of the global order has given way to a shifting controversy oscillating between uni-polar to multi-polar configurations of power. In order to better understand the world in which we live, it is important to consider the fundamental principles and contours which shape our world. This upper level offering will focus on the question of polarity as an analytical tool by which global politics is mentally constructed and in turn, therefore, empirically driven.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Rise and Decline of the StateCreveld9780521656290$39.99
World OrderKissinger9780143127710$18.00
America in RetreatStephens9781595231215$16.00
Liberal LeviathanIkenberry9780691156170$24.95
Fall of the US EmpireFouskas9780745326436$29.00
2015-16 State of the FutureGlenn9780988263925$29.95
No One's WorldKupchan9780199325221$18.95

For Politics offerings, see also:


Brain and Behavior

SSC574 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33W

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

This course will survey the anatomy and physiology of the brain with an emphasis on the brain's correlation to behavior.


  • Biology course


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Cognitive Neuroscience of LanguageKemmerer9781848726215$79.95
Introduction to Brain and Behavior loose-leaf 4thKolb9781464118944$127.99


SSC441 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

Major theories of personality are discussed and compared. The emphasis is on the underlying assumptions regarding persons and the therapies and psychotherapies which have emerged.


  • Abnormal Psychology or permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy 2ndFall9781138871670$54.95

For Psychology offerings, see also:


Myth and Archetype

HUM2411 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Amer Latif

This course is an introduction to the ways in which myths have been told, preserved, embodied and studied over the course of human history.We will begin the semester by asking:What is the difference, if any, between a story and a myth?Students will engage with the range of current theoretical approaches that seek to understand and explain the nature and function of myth and archetype.There will be ample opportunity for students to pursue their own interests through research and presentations.

Plan Writing Seminar

HUM779 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Amer Latif

Writing seminar for seniors completing their Plan in religious studies. This course can be taken for two to six redits.


  • Seniors on Plan in Religious Studies

Reading Shahab Ahmed's "What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic"

HUM2412 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: Amer Latif

This seminar for Marlboro faculty and advanced students seeks to engage the latest, most comprehensive challenge for rethinking ways of conceptualizing "Islam." In summarizing the contents of the book, the back cover states: “What is Islam? How do we grasp a human and historical phenomenon characterized by such variety and contradiction? What is "Islamic" about Islamic philosophy or Islamic art? Should we speak of Islam or of islams? Should we distinguish the Islamic (the religious) from the Islamicate (the cultural)? Or should we abandon "Islamic" altogether as an analytical term? In What Is Islam?, Shahab Ahmed presents a bold new conceptualization of Islam that challenges dominant understandings grounded in the categories of "religion" and "culture" or those that privilege law and scripture. He argues that these modes of thinking obstruct us from understanding Islam, distorting it, diminishing it and rendering it incoherent. What Is Islam? formulates a new conceptual language for analyzing Islam. It presents a new paradigm of how Muslims have historically understood divine revelation--one that enables us to understand how and why Muslims through history have embraced values such as exploration, ambiguity, aestheticization, polyvalence and relativism, as well as practices such as figural art, music and even wine drinking as Islamic. It also puts forward a new understanding of the historical constitution of Islamic law and its relationship to philosophical ethics and political theory.” Although the seminar will meet twice a week, faculty need only attend the Friday sessions. The first weekly session on Tuesday will be focused on studying some of the important Islamic thinkers, texts and artistic expressions that Shahab Ahmed references in his book. For the last session of the semester on Friday, April 29, we will attend a conference organized for discussing What Is Islam? at Harvard University.


  • Introduction to Islam or permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
What is IslamAhmed9780691164182$39.50

Sources & Methods in Religious Studies

HUM1117 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Amer Latif

An examination of available sources and current methodologies in the study of religion. Required for juniors on Plan in religion.


  • Plan in Religious Studies

For Religion offerings, see also:



ART2436 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Perrine/Perrine
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Perrine/Perrine

Faculty: John McCormick

Sculptures will introduce students to a broad range of traditional and contemporary sculpture practices. This course builds upon the study of formal and spatial problems with an approach that emphasizes conceptual thinking. Students will apply research and experiment with concepts and materials while displaying a competent understanding of form and craft. The primary goals of the course are: to develop vocabulary and the verbal articulation of ideas; to enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills; to further develop aesthetic sensibilities; and to expose students to basic sculptural ideas and materials. Students will learn a variety of practical techniques and processes while studying the approach of sculptors of the 20th and 21st century, and will gain an understanding of the role of art and artists in contemporary society.

Additional Fee:$60.00


Research Methods in the Social Sciences

SSC613 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Chris Barcelos

This course provides an introduction to research methods often employed in the social sciences, including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, political science and gender studies. Through a mix of readings and practice, students will learn the basics of survey design, participant observation, interviewing techniques, evaluation analysis and ethnography. We will emphasize the politics of knowledge production as well as the ethical conduct of research with human participants. Each student will leave this course having crafted a research proposal for use in their Plan, study abroad work, a fellowship, a research paper, and/or the campus Institutional Review Board (IRB).


  • Previous coursework in the social sciences


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Research Design 4thCreswell9781452226101$78.00

Standing Up for Racial Justice: From #Blacklivesmatter to the Lost River

SSC615 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Chris Barcelos

This course combines sociological theories about race, racism and social movements with case studies of racial justice organizing efforts to explore contemporary issues surrounding racial oppression. Although racism is the main focus of the course, we will incorporate an intersectional approach that accounts for interlocking systems such as sexism, classism, ableism and so on. We will explore shifting forms of racial oppression in the US, including the rise of colorblind racism, the “Latino Threat Narrative,” the new Jim Crow, and post 9/11 Islamaphobia. In addition, we will both learn about and, if appropriate, participate in local organizing efforts such as Lost River Racial Justice, Vermont Workers Center and Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante. Through classroom dialogue and written assignments, students will engage in reflection about their positions in the matrix of racial oppression and devise strategies to “stand up” for racial justice in the form of campus and/or community projects.

NOTE: This course is a combined offering with the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies program. The course will meet bi-weekly at the undergraduate campus on Thursdays 5:45-7:00 p.m. as well as three Sunday afternoons at the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies campus: 1/17, 2/21, and 3/20, time TBD. This last weekend date occurs during the undergraduate Spring Break when campus housing is closed. Students will have the option of participating in this session via Google Hangouts.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Racism Without Racists 4thBonilla-Silva9781442220553$33.00
Black Girl DangerousMcKenzie9780988628632$21.00
New Jim CrowAlexander9781595586438$19.95

For Sociology 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.


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.


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.


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. We pay special attention to understanding the ecological basis of agriculture as a path to creating sustainable food systems. Living within and studying a variety of natural and man-made ecosystems in California, students learn about biological diversity and the forces that shape the complex interdependence of the living and non-living world. Students also work to know and develop their personal, emotional, and ethical relationships with the natural world.


Sustainable Solutions and Food Policy

CDS591 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Neal Taylor

The ways in which we grow, process and distribute food have profound environmental, health and social impacts. We investigate agricultural practices--both conventional and alternative--and how they can promote healthy humans, a healthy environment and healthy communities. We look at how agricultural policies shape the current system and how alternative policies might lead to more sustainable practices. We use systems thinking approaches to understand the complexity of modern agriculture, which lies at the intersection of ecology, economics and culture.


For The Bus offerings, see also:


All Shakespeare, All the Time: Acting Seminar

ART2434 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Brenda Foley

This acting class will be an intensive seminar in traditions and techniques of performing Shakespeare’s plays. Students will work on monologues and scenes throughout the semester and perform a favorite as the final project in an informal public showing. Some of the pieces chosen for acting work will parallel the offerings in the Literature classes taught this semester by Geraldine Pittman de Batlle.

Note: Course meeting time will be determined at the start of the semester based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll

Directing I

ART2357 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Jean O'Hara

In this hands-on course, students will learn the theories and approaches to directing plays and then put them into practice. Each student director will learn how to analyze a script, audition and cast actors, design a show and create and implement a production schedule. In addition, directors will learn to manage and work with stage crew, an assistant stage manager and a stage manager. Throughout the semester, students will gain specific directing skills while discovering their own unique directing style. This is a beginning directing class that will culminate in a directing a play for the Ten Minute Play Festival, to be performed at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Sense of DirectionBall9780896760820$19.95

Poltical Theatre Lab

ART2421 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Jean O'Hara

This is an ensemble theater course in which students work together throughout the semester to theatrically address a current socio-political issue. As a collective, students will research the chosen issue and then develop an original political satire. Based on students' backgrounds and skills, the piece could evolve into a musical, a circus, a talk show, a melodrama or whatever else the collective ensemble decides. The course will culminate in a performance for both the college and the greater community. No previous acting background is required. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Theatre and PoliticsKelleher9780230205239$11.00

 Staging the Apocalypse

ART927 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree

Faculty: Brenda Foley

In this interdisciplinary course we will explore the ways in which contemporary playwrights portray a vision of the secular apocalyptic. As with Vaçlav Havel’s assessment of Absurdism, apocalyptic plays can be read as “not scenes from life, but theatrical images of the basic modalities of humanity in a state of collapse.” We’ll take an expansive perspective on the definition of “apocalyptic” and read/view works from other disciplines such as Margaret Atwood’s novel Oryx and Crake, the poetry of Japanese women following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in White Flash/Black Rain and the BBC docudrama Threads. Students will also take a field trip to NYC as part of the class and the final project will be an expression of their own apocalyptic vision. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
In the Heart of AmericaWallace9781559361866$18.95
Far AwayChurchill9781559361996$12.95
Landscape with WeaponPenhall9780713688054$14.95
Oryx and CrakeAtwood9780385721677$15.95

For Theater offerings, see also:

Visual Arts

Art Seminar Critique

ART359 - 2 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Cathy Osman

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 - 5:20 except the five days there will be visiting artists when the meeting time is 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.


  • Plan application in the Visual Arts on file or by permission of instructors

Drawing from Experience

ART2423 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Woodard Art/Printshop
  • Thursday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Woodard Art/Printshop

Faculty: Roberto Lugo

In this introductory drawing course students will participate in a survey in beginning drawing practices. Students will draw from life in order to develop the necessary experience to move on to more individual approaches to drawing. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition and design elements will be our basis of investigation. As the semester progresses, students will propose and complete more individual projects that derive from a combination of research and personal experience. Prerequisite: None

Additional Fee: $50

Printmaking Intensive

ART2339 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Cathy Osman

This course will introduce students to a range of printmaking techniques including relief, intaglio and monoprinting. In addition there will be opportunity to experiment with alternative processes such as collagraph and large scale work. The class will work from direct observation to include still life, landscape, the figure as well as a range of historical and contemporary sources. Active parallel work in drawing will be required. This class requires collaboration and the ability to focus and sustain work outside of class time. Some experience with drawing is helpful.

Additional Fee: $100


  • Drawing 1 or Studio Art or permission of instructor

For Visual Arts offerings, see also:

World Studies Program

 Finding an Internship

WSP50 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5

Faculty: Lindsay Guido, Maggie Strassman

While in this class, students will be asked to reflect on their personal and professional skills, values, interest and goals in order to prepare themselves to identify and pursue an internship or job that will be meaningful to them. Students will explore and identify themselves as an individual, as a member of a shared culture, and within the context of a foreign culture, as it relates to skills needed to succeed professionally and personally while crossing cultures. Expected outcomes of the course are a professional resume and cover letter, improved networking and interview skills and proposal writing preparation, as well as strategies for dealing with culture shock and professional differences in a multicultural workplace. The course consists of 8 classes, which each meet for 1.5 hours.

Origins of the Contemporary World

WSP73 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

An introductory seminar designed to help students begin to think historically, culturally and geographically. We will cover a handful of theoretical approaches to contemporary history as well as trace the historical threads of a number of major events outwards in time and space. Students will select a region of the world to focus on, and provide presentations identifying the influence or resonance of these events on their area. The theoretical approaches will allow us to consider major themes of the recent past including: colonialism, genocide, human rights, socialism, globalization and environmental change. Required for WSP students; Open to non-WSP students. Prerequisite: None



TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Twentieth Century and Beyond 7thGoff9780073206929$156.20
Rise to GlobalismAmbrose9780142004944$18.00

TESOL Certificate II

WSP76 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Beverley Burkett, Beth Neher

Participants will continue to develop knowledge and skills as teachers of English to speakers of other languages. This term the focus will be on teaching the four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing), lesson planning, classroom management, inter-cultural communication and receiving and giving feedback. They will design lessons for children and adults that use a communicative, interactive approach. They will implement these lessons in peer teaching sessions in class.  In addition they will prepare for their teaching practice by compiling a portfolio of lesson plans and gathering information about their teaching context. After the internship they will critically explore the role of English in the world today, including socio-political factors that affect English language learning in other countries.

The certificate is designed for those 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 & Spring), complete a TESOL teaching internship and compile a portfolio. 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
More Than a Native SpeakerSnow9781931185325$43.95

TESOL Certificate Teaching Practice

WSP77 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

Faculty: Beverley Burkett, Beth Neher

The TESOL certificate internship consists of practice teaching and intercultural training. This will take the form of an internship in an ESOL context during Spring Break. It is required in order to qualify for the certificate. Working in teaching teams, students will: prepare a coherent 8-day course for their respective class level (Beginner 1, young adults, Beginner 1 – children, Intermediate 1 - adults); teach a minimum of 6 hours of classes individually, although planning is done collaboratively; observe peers teaching; give and receive feedback on each day’s lessons in teaching group with trainer; attend daily workshops (determined according trainee teachers’ needs) which may include: Compassionate Communication, Feedback or Inter-cultural communication. 

Additional Fee:$1400


  • TESOL Certificate II


 World Studies Senior Seminar

WSP2 - 1 Credit - Advanced

Faculty: Seth Harter

A ten-week seminar addressing cultural differences and adaptation and the integration of international field experiences into senior Plan work. Open for all students returning from study or fieldwork abroad; Required of WSP seniors. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Note: Course meeting time will be determined at the start of the semester based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll


  • Study/field experience abroad

For World Studies Program offerings, see also:


Poetry Workshop

ART56 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

Long weekly classes devoted to an analysis and discussion of poems written for the class. Students encouraged to experiment with forms and techniques. Variable credit, 2-5. 


  • Permission of the instructor, based on submitted manuscripts

Writing Seminar: Comics of the Self: Reading Graphic Memoirs

HUM1254 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

 “When I was a little kid,” writes Scott McCloud, “I knew exactly what comics were. Comics were those bright colorful magazines filled with bad art, stupid stories and guys in tights.”  With these words, McCloud launches into his exploration of the art-form of comics—a form whose potential and “hidden power” we will explore in this writing seminar. Using McCloud’s Understanding Comics as our starting point, we will examine how several contemporary graphic artists—Art Spiegelman, Craig Thompson, Alison Bechdel, Marjane Satrapi, Will Eisner and others—use words, pictures and narratives to tell stories of their lives. We will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to a longer documented essay. Peer response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the texts. Prerequisite: None  


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Understanding ComicsMcCloud9780060976255$23.99
Maus ISpiegelman9780394747231$15.95
Maus IISpiegelman9780679729778$15.95
Persepolis 2Satrapi9780375714665$13.95
Contract with GodEisner9780393328042$18.95

Writing Seminar: The Art of the Essay

HUM1217 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

Virginia Woolf describes the essay as a form that "must lap us about and draw its curtain across the world." But what, she questions, "can the essayist use in these short lengths of prose to sting us awake and fix us in a trance which is not sleep but rather an intensification of life--a basking, with every faculty alert, in the sun of pleasure?" Her answer is a simple one: "He must know--that is the first essential--how to write." From David Quamman's "The Face of the Spider" to Scott Russell Sanders' "Under the Influence" to Wallace Stegner's "The Town Dump" to Annie Dillard's "Sight and Insight" to George Saunders' "The Braindead Megaphone," we will explore how contemporary essayists--in personal essays, nature writing, literary journalism, and science writing--look closely at everyday objects, practices and experiences. We will analyze what makes these essayists effective, entertaining and enlightening. And, of course, we will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to two 4-6 page papers and one 8-10 page research paper. Peer response workshops, writing conferences and in-class work on style, revision and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the essays. Prerequisite: None

For Writing offerings, see also: