Fall 2002 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.

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American Studies


HUM723 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

How have different historical actors, in different historical moments, struggled to define, organize and alter the social order? How have ideas about freedom, citizenship and equality changed over time? In addressing these questions we will encounter a diverse cast of characters--from slaves and slaveholders in colonial Virginia, to the delegates of the constitutional convention, to the early women's rights advocates, to the architects and critics of Reconstruction. Along the way we will explore central issues in U.S. history, including the relationship between economic and political freedom; the ideology of providential mission and destiny as a force in American politics; the ongoing tension between the promise and possibility of freedom and opportunity and the persistence of inequalities marked by race, gender and class; and the role of activism in creating political and social change. This course fulfills one of the requirements for Plan work in American Studies. Prerequisite: None

Materials & Methods in American Studies

HUM692 - Variable Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

An exploration of approaches and sources used in the interdisciplinary study of U.S. history and culture, with an emphasis on questions of national identity. In the Fall 2002 semester, the seminar will focus on conflicting ideas about the natural world and our relation to it. From virgin land to suburban sprawl, conceptions of the landscape have been central in defining the meaning of America. Our inquiry will draw on materials from cultural and environmental history, literature, sociology, and material culture studies. This is an intermediate level course recommended for students anticipating Plan work in American Studies and for students in Environmental Studies interested in the historical relationship between nature and culture in a U.S. context. Prerequisite: Previous coursework in Humanities and Social Sciences or Permission of instructor

For American Studies offerings, see also:


Introduction to Anthropology

SSC131 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D13

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson

The aim of this course is to provide a broad overview of sociocultural anthropology. We will start by considering two concepts that are central to the study: the idea of "culture" and the methods of data collection called "fieldwork." Next we will examine some of the subfields of anthropology (language, ethnicity, gender, visual expression, etc). All of this will be done with an eye to the history of the discipline and the theoretical perspectives of its practitioners. Prerequisite: None


SSC394 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Thomas Ernst

This course introduces students to the aims and principles of modern linguistics. The major topics are the organization of language sounds (phonology), the internal structure of words (morphology), principles of sentence formation (syntax), and the nature of meaning in language (semantics); there may also be brief forays into language change, sociolinguistics, or psycholinguistics. Students will both learn fundamental principles of language structure and also get practice in analyzing linguistic data from a wide variety of languages. Prerequisite: None

For Anthropology offerings, see also:

Art History


ART62 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

Are pictorial images culturally contingent? To what extent do we need to have historical knowledge, or actual experience, of a culture before we can understand its visual imagery? This class is a cross-cultural overview of the "language" of pictorial representation. We will begin by seeking to understand the language of visual imagery within the Western tradition and then use this as a jumping off point for a general look at non-western pictorial imagery. Emphasis will be also placed upon understanding the different ways in which cultures see, use and experience their own and other cultures' art. We will discuss the meaning of arts over time and the role of art history in the production of art and meaning. This course is designed to develop critical visual, reading and writing skills. Open discussion will be an important part of every class session. Prerequisite: None


HUM1001 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

The cultural aims and ambitions of imperial civilizations are often displayed in the urban design and architectural embellishment of their capital city. From Antiquity through the Renaissance, and beyond, these two cities alternated with each other as key sites of the concrete manifestation of cultural dominance, displaying in their buildings and urban design, religious and secular, the ideals, aspirations and ideology of the Roman, Byzantine, papal and Ottoman empires. This class is a survey of the architecture and urban design of these two cities beginning with the reign of the emperor Augustus in Rome in the first century BC and ending with the reign of Sultan Suliman the Magnificent in sixteenth-century Constantinople. Prerequisite: None

For Art History offerings, see also:

Asian Studies


HUM978 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Seth Harter

What are time and space? Paradoxically, they appear to be universal yet culturally distinct; ineffable yet quotidian. Drawing on the disciplines of history, geography, art history, literature, and religion, this course will investigate the ways in which time and space have been shaped and understood in Asia. We will begin by considering traditional notions embodied in the cosmology of temple architecture in Cambodia, the fengshui (geomancy) of city site selection in Vietnam, and the principle of emptiness in Japan. The course will then examine the changes wrought in Asian conceptions of time and space by modernizing projects ranging from cartography in Thailand to irrigation in Indonesia to Marxist historiography in China. Prerequisite: Previous coursework in Asian Studies, Anthropology, Cultural History or Art History, or permission of instructor



NSC471 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Travis Norsen

A historical overview of astronomy, using as an integrating theme the ways that astronomical and terrestrial discoveries have interacted in the history of science. We will begin with the ancient Greek view of an absolute separation between the earthly and celestial realms, then slowly work our way up to contemporary astronomy and its intimate connections to terrestrial physics. Intended for non-science-majors who want to develop an appreciation for the history, methods, and successes of the natural sciences, the course will emphasize conceptual understanding rather than problem-solving. For (prospective) science majors, this course could supplement but should not replace General Physics or advanced courses. Coursework will likely include papers, labs (perhaps an occasional cold night at the observatory), and a small project. Prerequisite: None


Biochemistry of the Cell

NSC13 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • 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

In this course we will discuss in detail the chemistry of cellular processes. We will begin by examining protein structure and function, and details of the relationship between structure and function. We will also cover major metabolic pathways and fundamental energetic and control strategies employed in these pathways. Our final focus will be the integration of metabolic pathways into a system for providing energy to the cell and molecular building blocks for growth. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I & II.

Biochemistry of the Cell Lab

NSC425 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Todd Smith

This laboratory will be an introduction to laboratory techniques used by biochemists, and must be taken in conjunction with the lecture course. We will begin with basic laboratory procedures such as performing a protein assay using a spectrophotometer. We will also perform more advanced techniques commonly used in biochemical research, such as 1 and 2-dimensional protein electrophoresis, immunoblotting, and enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA). Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I & II and Biochemistry of the Cell



NSC472 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Todd Smith

How did life on earth begin? This seems like an impossible question to answer: how can we even begin to study an event that occurred about 3 billion years ago? In fact, an array of theories address this question, and research from diverse disciplines provides some tantalizing suggestions. This course will explore origin-of-life theories including the primordial soup approach of Miller and Urey, the possibility that the formation of complex organic molecules originally occurred at mineral surfaces (as suggested by a German patent lawyer), the notion that life on earth may have originated at deep-sea thermal vents, and the possiblity that life arrived on earth via meteorite. We will also discuss what the first cells may have been like, as well as the origin of modern complex cells. This intermediate course will be accessible to students who have taken General Biology, and will use readings from a textbook, primary, and popular literature. Prerequisite: General Biology

General Biology I

NSC9 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Robert Engel, Jennifer Ramstetter

An examination of the molecular and cellular basis for life. Prerequisite: Some chemistry recommended


NSC157 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter, Cathy Osman

A study of the taxonomic, evolutionary and ecological relationships of the dominant vascular plant families of Vermont. A strong emphasis is placed on field work. The class will also include observational drawing, emphasizing careful looking, recording nature from both a scientific point of view and individual response. Prerequisite: Biology or other courses in life sciences


NSC474 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Mario Sousa-Pena

An introductory course on the reproduction of tropical flowering plants. We will review the theory of "pollination biology," which has been based on the study of temperate-region plants, and see how it actually applies to tropical conditions and organisms. Course work will include researching and reading current literature on the subject, as well as hands-on laboratory and field observation and experimentation. Prerequisite: None

For Biology offerings, see also:



ART182 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Michael Boylen

Functional forms and abstract design problems using the potter's wheel; intermediate level study of materials, processes, and history of ceramics. Prerequisite: Ceramics I or permission of instructor


Organic Chemistry I

NSC12 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: John Hayes

The chemistry of carbon-containing compounds. This is the introductory chemistry course and is essential for all biologists, chemists, pre-meds, and pre-vets. Minimal use of mathematics. Many examples include descriptions and mechanisms of biological reactions. Prerequisite: None



HUM286 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in To Be Determined/TBD
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in To Be Determined/TBD

Faculty: Emily Pillinger

An introduction to the basics of Ancient Greek grammar, vocabulary and syntax. Prerequisite: None


HUM47 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Emily Pillinger

Continuation of Greek I A and I B with more advanced study of the grammar, syntax and translation of ancient Greek. Prerequisite: Greek I B or the equivalent


HUM36 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in To Be Determined/TBD
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in To Be Determined/TBD

Faculty: Emily Pillinger

Latin for beginners. An introduction to the basics of Latin grammar, vocabulary and syntax. Prerequisite: None


HUM427 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Emily Pillinger

A continuation of Latin I A and I B with more advanced study of the grammar, syntax and translation of Latin. Prerequisite: Latin I B or the equivalent


HUM1000 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Emily Pillinger

The first century BC saw civil war, the collapse of the Roman Republic, and the creation of a new imperial Rome under the Emperor Augustus. After decades of turmoil Augustus restored order and reinforced his dictatorship partly through a carefully controlled program of writing for public consumption. Virgil and Horace are the great poets whose works survive today as testament to the efficacy of this program. There will be some historical background to absorb, but this course will focus on the techniques developed by these poets to protect their poetic integrity whilst validating the regime on which they depended. We will study all of Virgil's work, ranging from his early, tentatively political Ecloques, to his epic Aeneid. We will also read Horace's powerful Roman Odes and study both poets' political philosophy and imagery in the context of the contemporary architectural images. Prerequisite: None

For Classics offerings, see also:

Computer Science


NSC469 - 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

An examination of some of the classic recipes in comuter science, such as searching methods and data structures, hashes, mote carlo methods, parsing,and cryptography. Expect some math as we look at the asymptotic behavior of these algorithms and which kinds of problems are "hard". Other topics may include Turing machines and cellular automata. We will probably use the C programming language. Prerequisite: Previous programming experience


NSC468 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

Learn to program a computer by building a lego tank and getting it to do various stunts. The language will be Java or C; Not yet decided. (If you have a strong opinion let me know.) While we will get to play with legos, the main focus will be the fundamental notions behind computer programming, such as abstraction, modularity, data structures, syntax, and procedures. Prerequisite: None

Cultural History


SSC393 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Dana Howell

Today "Eurasia" is in the news. The American press discusses a new "Great Game" in Central Asia, American soldiers land in Uzbekistan, artists join an international "Silk Route Project," and the Mongol empire inspires new thinking among historians. What can we learn from these new interests? What are their references? And does the concept of a new world area make sense? This course is an introduction to the history of Eurasia and an exploration of the concepts of "Eurasia" and "Eurasianism." We will read on the history of the steppe between China and Europe, and we'll discuss the characteristics and characterizations of the region, from Scythians to oil moguls, from "animal style" to "The Silk Route," from the Mongol empire to "the Great Game," from steppe nomads to post-Soviet states, from anthropology of oasis culture to a new fondness for "big history." One question all along will be, does it make sense to speak of "Eurasia"? Prerequisite: Some course work in history or related fields


SSC386 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Dana Howell

An exploration of the relationship of revenants and terrestial problems. We'll consider the role of kinship, ritual, and sense of social dis-ease, with primary attention to Japanese and East European traditions, and to the early European films of "the uncanny" (German Expressionist and Danish). Serious readings, weekly writing, no night meetings. Prerequisite: None

For Cultural History offerings, see also:



ART530 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 9:30am-10:50am in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Dana Holby

A recent acquisition of 20th century dance history films and videos, plus the world dance and music videos of folk dance around the world will be the main focus of this dance history course. A single project by each student will be required. Prerequisite None


ART685 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Kim Greenberg

The class will experience dances from both sacred and secular Cuban dance culture. Discussion will focus on symbolic content and historical context of movements. Students will explore Grisha dances (Yoruba origin), Palo (Congolese origin), Arara, Rumba and Comparsa. Prerequisite: None


ART617 - 1 Credit - Advanced

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50am in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Dana Holby

A study of ballet technique and the intricate use of its vocabulary at the advanced level. Prerequisite: Previous dance training


ART20 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Thursday 6:15pm-7:30pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Dana Holby

Students in this course will be exposed to the basic movements and terminology of ballet. They will learn the warm-up exercises at the barre and will also learn sequences of steps which move across the floor. Ballet is excellent for gaining flexibility and strength. No previous experience necessary. Prerequisite: None


ART660 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Alison Mott

An introductory course focusing on the Dunham Technique. Prerequisite: None


ART690 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

Students will learn these social dances and others, and parterning including leading and following. There will be field trips to external events to further this dance experience. Prerequisite: None


ART33 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Dana Holby

Exploration of individual and group choreography, and development of compositional elements: time, space, dynamics and shape. Observation and criticism of studio work, and performance will be our focus. Prerequisite: None


ART444 - Variable Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Dana Holby

Dance Workshop will present a performance of faculty repertory. Credits reflect the amount of work done by each student. Prerequisite: None


ART21 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Thursday 4:00pm-5:20pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Dana Holby

Improvisation sessions offer a dance experience with creative release for those who have never danced, and also for those with dance training. There will be many structured improvisations with audio/visual stimulation, class discussion, and use of video to capture the elements of dance in a spontaneous form. Prerequisite: None


ART693 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Dana Holby

An introductory class exploring the elements of tap dance combining rhythms which imitate types of music and percussion. We will also incorporate tap improvisation. Prerequisite: None


ART413 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Alison Mott

This intermediate level modern dance course will include many different styles of modern techniques from the 1940's through the present. Prerequisite: Prior dance training or Permission of instructor


ART547 - 1 Credit - Advanced

Faculty: Felice Wolfzahn

This course will focus on the use of weight, momentum, release, alignment and presence in our dancing explorations. Elements will also include: finding center, playing on and off center, supporting through the spine, connecting to the floor, finding specific articulations through the body, and economical use of the muscles. We will explore elements of movement phrases using breath, varied rhythms, and spatial explorations. Structured improvisations will further support our investigations and help us find our individual expression within a set phrase. Working in a supportive and focused environment, these classes will build from a slow thorough warm-up to large, luscious, and energetic dancing. Prerequisite:


ART602 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Wednesday 6:45pm-8:30pm in Persons Auditorium/Persons

Faculty: Patrick Donahue

Budo will give an intrinsic and holistic look into the world of Okinawan and Japanese martial arts. It will be a physcial journey, but also will look mindfully into the philosophy of Buddhism and of Taoism. These classes will help understand our relationship with nature and how to become centered within the universe and within ourselves. Prerequisite: None


ART614 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Monday 4:00pm-5:20pm in Persons Auditorium/Persons

Faculty: C.B. Goldstein

The practice of yoga postures and looking at this ancient movement philosophy as a means to augment the academic process by preparing the body/mind, facilitating clear thinking and creativity. Prerequisite: None

For Dance offerings, see also:



CDS518 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Whittemore Theater/Greene
  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Whittemore Theater/Greene

Faculty: Paul Nelsen, Holly Derr

We will read eight to twelve scripts from differing historical, cultural, and stylistic backgrounds. Each play will be examined from the perspective of performance artists (actor, director, designer, etc.). Examples of the works in performance (usually video) will be critically examined. Prerequisite: None


HUM112 - 3 Credits -

  • Thursday 1:30pm-5:00pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Faculty: Paul Nelsen

This acting class will examine techniques of performing Shakespeare's challenging scripts. We will explore approaches to text, character, space, and style. Participants will learn monologues and scenes to explore in exercises. Work will include critical viewing of videos and live performances where possible. Other assignments will include reading from support texts and completion of analytical and interpretive studies. Students participating in the Fall production of Much Ado about Nothing who take this complementary class may earn 5 credits; students NOT taking this class who work on Much Ado ... may still earn credit separately under Theatre Projects. Students may also enroll in this class for 3 credits if they are not involved in the Much Ado... production. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


HUM624 - Variable Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Paul Nelsen, Holly Derr

Readings in dramatic literature, history and criticism aimed at developing an understanding of dramatic theory. Prerequisite: Plan students in theater or literature

For Drama offerings, see also:



SSC31 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: James Tober

This basic, introductory course in economics seeks to convey a sense of the discipline as a whole--its history, methods, and substantive concerns. The course examines processes common to all systems (e.g., division of labor, production, exchange, growth) and it examines whole systems as modeled and as observed. Prerequisite: None

Intermediate Microeconomics

SSC47 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: James Tober

This 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 the distribution of income. The course offers solid grounding in the theory and methods of economics as required for further work in the field. Prerequisite: Introductory economic or permission of instructor


SSC316 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: James Tober

This course surveys the political economy of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and around the world--their diversity and scope, reasons for being, sources of support, roles in policy-making. The non-profit sector includes museums, schools, environmental lobbies, international aid agencies, cooperatives, homeless shelters, and foundations, among many other types of organizations. What are the defining characteristics of these organizations? Do these definitions hold across countries and cultures? To whom are non-profit organizations accountable? What motivates philanthropic and charitable behavior? Should public policy encourage a larger role for non-profits? The course draws on perspectives from economics, sociology, politics, history, and law. Readings will be supplemented by student research projects. Prerequisite: Previous work in social science or permission of instructor

Environmental Studies

Global Atmospheric Change

NSC346 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: John MacArthur

An examination of the changes occurring in the earth's atmosphere and climate, both short and long term, and due to natural as well as anthropogenic causes. Prerequisite: None

Natural History of Vermont

NSC467 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Robert Engel

An "old fashioned" course where we will study the climate and landscape of Vermont and the kinds of things that live here. While studying all groups, each student will be asked to specialize on one taxon. There will be a lot of work outside. Prerequisite: None

For Environmental Studies offerings, see also:

Film/Video Studies


ART665 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jay Craven

FILM PRODUCTION: Senses of Place During the fall semester, Marlboro students will make a feature-length movie on super 16mm film. It is the story of a charismatic and progressive young Vermont politician who runs for Governor in the midst of rancorous competition and family strain. Soon after his primary victory, his wife is killed in a car accident. Needing a break from the punishing pace of political life, he and his shaken daughter return to the family farm of his childhood. There he confronts unresolved issues from his youth and struggles to deal with his own loss. Students will work in crew positions such as grips, electrics, art department and production design, sound and boom operators, assistant camera, production manager, etc. and will get a chance to work with professionals in key leadership/mentor roles. Production is scheduled from October 1st until Thanksgiving, mostly on weekends. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor


ART692 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo



HUM71 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Timothy Little

A basic skills course. Will cover Western history in one semester, devoting two weeks each to the major divisions into which it is traditionally divided. There will be assigned reading and a project to be completed during each two-week period. Projects will include short papers, map problems, critical book reports, bibliographical exercises, and the preparation of a research paper. Prerequisite: None


HUM1002 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Kate Jellema

Although Vietnam did not graze American consciousness until the 20th century, the Vietnamese boast of 4000 years of civilization which they often characterize as "continuous resistance to foreign aggression." In this class we will begin with the dragons, fairies and fertility frogs of Bronze Age civilization in the Red River Delta and will explore the long era of Chinese overlordship. We will then trace the gradual development of the Vietnamese state from the warrior queens of the first millennium to the Buddhist kings and Confucian courts of the second. Our historical survey in the fall semester will end with Vietnam's painful devolution from independent empire to a fractured colony of the French. The class will take advantage of the Marlboro College evening lecture series on Vietnam featuring scholars, artists and development workers. A spring-semester continuation of this course will be offered, focusing on the period of war and recovery. Students in this class will be required to attend approximately five lectures to be held Monday evenings at 7 pm. Students planning to take part in the College-organized trip to Vietnam in May-June 2003 will be required to take either this course or its spring-term continuation. Prerequisite: None


HUM998 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Timothy Little, Stanley Charkey

This course surveys the "Empire" of the Normans and Angevins in the British Isles, on the European continent and the Holy Land. Topics to be explored include the legal, religious and social bases of Norman and Angevin rule and the expansion of that rule including the Crusades and the development of music in the West as the result of exposure to Muslim influences. Prerequisite: Prior college-level courses in History


HUM1003 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Seth Harter

This course will explore intellectual ferment and political turmoil during the last 100 years of Chinese history. We will focus on four critical moments during the century: the quest for modernization that accompanied the anti-imperial movement in the 1910s and '20s; the early efforts of the Chinese Communist Party under Mao to outline and implement the goals of socialist revolution in the early 1940s; the drive to radicalize that revolution in the late 1960s; and the return to obsessions with modernization under Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s and early '90s. By reading primary works of philosophy, literature, and politics, we will develop an understanding of the enduring intellectual tensions between east and west, between knowing and doing, and between tradition and modernity, while grappling with the political themes of nationalism, socialism and state-society relations. Prerequisite: While there are no prerequisites for this class, it follows from the two-semester sequence "Foundations of Chinese Thought," which provides useful (but not essential) background.

For History offerings, see also:



CDS15 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson, Jennifer Ramstetter

Ethnobiology examines the wide range of cultural approaches to how people think about and use plants and animals. We will consider, for example, the role and properties of plants and animals in agriculture, cooking, healing, and international conservation and development work. There will be a substantial focus on Latin America but also opportunities to consider cases worldwide. Prerequisite: College level course in Biology or Social Science or permission of instructors



HUM463 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:30am-9:55am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:55am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Friday 8:30am-9:55am in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo

An introduction to the sound system of French. The grammar of French is taught through communicative situations. By the end of French I A and I B, the student will have mastered basic verb tenses and idiomatic structures. One will be able to communicate orally and in writing on everyday topics treated in the materials. Dictation skills will also be developed. Prerequisite: None


HUM16 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo

A review and elaboration of basic grammar and structures. Gradual emphasis on use of French; reading, writing, communicating. Prerequisite: French I B or the equivalent, or permission of instructor


HUM898 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Joseph Callahan

Irish Gaelic is the historic language of Ireland, spoken by most of the population into the 19th century, and currently undergoing a renaissance. It has a vast and uniquely interesting literature, both written and oral. And as a language, it's beautiful and fun. The focus is on attaining proficiency in the spoken and written language. Instructor is open to working with students on Scots Gaelic, Welsh, Breton, Manx or Cornish language. Prerequiste: None


HUM1011 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Joseph Callahan

This course will be a continuation of Gaelic IA. Prerequisite: Gaelic IA


HUM17 - 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: Veronica Brelsford

This course is designed for students who have taken German IA & IB, and for those of you who have a fairly solid background in basic skills from two or three years of high school German or from travel/study abroad or some other equivalent contact with German. We will review the basic structure of the language, continue expanding vocabulary through readings on a variety of subjects, watching films, and using the language in written as well as spoken form. Prerequisite: German I B or the equivalent, or permission of instructor


HUM20 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Edmund Brelsford

The primary aim of the course is to provide students with a sound basis for learning Italian as it is spoken and written today. Practice is given in all four basic skills--listening, speaking, reading and writing--and every effort is made to provide students with opportunities for self-expression in concrete situations. Prerequisite: None


HUM1010 - 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: Haiyan Hu

The primary aim of the course is to provide students with a sound basis for learning Japanese as it is spoken and written today. Practice is given in all four basic skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of the course, students should have mastered many of the basic features of the sound system and be able to use with confidence the basic structures of the language. They should be able to communicate orally and in writing on everyday topics treated in the materials, using the new sounds, structures and vocabulary. Prerequisite: None


HUM946 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Edmund Brelsford

This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish, i.e., reading, discussion, papers, vidoes, etc. We will explore the civilization and culture of Latin America (including Portuguese-speaking and French-speaking Latin America) from pre-Columbian times to the present day, considering unity; physical and human geography; the pre-Columbian historical legacy; explorations and conquest; the colonial period; the political emancipation; the efforts to overcome dependency and economic, literary, artistic and educational underdevelopment; literary and artistic currents, dwelling on the most crucial and original moments; interpretive approaches to present challenges to Latin American culture and civilization; the African and Asian presence; feminism; the changing role of the Church; and the Latino community in the United States. Prerequisite: Four semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, or permission of instructor


HUM1005 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo

This course considers both the literary and performance aspects of 17th century theatrical works by Corneille, Moliere and Racine. After discussion of each play as a historical and literary artifact, students stage selected passages in class. When available, videos of performances are shown and discussed. Papers and a final class project. Prerequisite: None


HUM959 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Haiyan Hu

The primary aim of this course is to provide students with a sound basis for learning Mandarin Chinese as it is spoken and written today. Practice is given in all four basic skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of the course, students should have mastered many of the basic features of the sound system and be able to use with confidence the basic structures of the language. They should be able to communicate orally and in writing on everyday topics treated in the materials, using the new sounds, structures and vocabulary. Prerequisite: None


HUM74 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Edmund Brelsford

The primary aim of the course is to provide students with a sound basis for learning Spanish as it is spoken and written today. Practice is given in all four basic skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - every effort is made to provide students with opportunities for self-expression in concrete situations. By the end of the course, students should have mastered many of the basic features of the sound system, be able to use with confidence many basic structures of the language, and be able to handle an active vocabulary of over 1200 words, as well as recognize many more in speech or in writing. They should be able to communicate orally and in writing on everyday topics treated in the materials, using the new sounds, structures and vocabulary. Prerequisite: None


HUM75 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Peter Gould

This course is designed to bridge the gap between elementary college level Spanish and advanced Spanish. It provides a complete review of first-year studies as well as introducing appropriate new materials. Emphasis on grammar and the developing of reading and writing skills is balanced by attention to the spoken language and expansion of conversational skills. Ample oral communication between teacher and student as well as between students invites students to perfect their language skills in a natural and challenging way. Prerequisite: Spanish I A & B (two terms) or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor


HUM21 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 6:30pm-9:00pm in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Edmund Brelsford

Through the medium of recent Spanish films we will hear the language of a variety of milieux and observe the accompanying cultural gestures. A short weekly paper in Spanish will serve as a basis for discussion (also in Spanish) preceding the showing of each weekly film. Prerequisite: Elementary Spanish

For Languages offerings, see also:



CDS517 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, Luis Batlle

This course will examine the treatment of the Faust legend in literary works by Goethe and Thomas Mann. We will then turn to the treatment of the legend in operas by Berlioz, Gounod, Boito and Busoni. We will look at its treatment in instrumental music by Schumann and Liszt. Emphasis will be on the themes of evil, knowledge, redemption, and the "eternal feminine". Prerequisite: None


HUM996 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Heather Clark

A chance to explore three 20th-century masterpieces-- Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses--in great detail. Themes include exile, paralysis, nationalism, modernism, race, empire, gender, the Irish Literary Revival, and Irish and Jewish identity. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

 Modern American Poetry

HUM365 - 4 Credits -

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

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

An examination in some detail of such poets as William Carlos Williams, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost. Three critical papers. Prerequisite: None


HUM994 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Heather Clark

This course provides introductions to the poetry of William Blake, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, Christina Rosetti, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hardy and W. B. Yeats. We will situate these works in their historical contexts, paying particular attention to the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaeliate Movement, the notion of the sublime, Darwinian concepts of evolution, utilitarianism, the Gothic, Victorian social codes, and the rise of the British Empire. Issues of class and gender will also be explored. Prerequisite: None


HUM995 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Heather Clark

This class examines the literature of Empire through the eyes of the coloniser rather than the colonised. How did European and American writers in Africa, India, Asia, and the Caribbean use the native population to define themselves? How did they use foreign landscapes to project their hopes and fears? In what ways did they influence modern conceptions of race? Texts include E. M. Forster's A Passage to India, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, Lawrence Durrell's Justine, Paul Bowles's The Sheltering Sky, Marguerite Duras's The Lover, and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. We will also read parts of Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark, Edward Said's Orientalism, and David Cannadine's Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire. Prerequisite: None

For Literature offerings, see also:



NSC207 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Joseph Mazur

A continuation of calculus into topics involving several variables. Some vector calculus and linear algebra will combine with the standard topics of partial derivatives and multiple integrals. Computers used in classroom and out. No videos. Prerequisite: Calculus II


NSC2 - 5 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Iuliana Radu

This course provides a general background for more advanced study in mathematics and science. Specifically, a study of numbers and functions, graphs and curves, derivatives and integrals. Major theorems will include the Mean Value Theorem and the Fundamental Theorem. Applications will include: (1) models of competition, dynamical systems and chemical reactions; (2) methods and techniques of curve sketching, related rates, and optimization. It is important to understand that this is a two-semester course and that the full benefit cannot be realized without the completion of both semesters. One of the more major goals will be to have a hands-on experience with computer tools that streamline the computational parts of calculus. Students will be expected to participate in a computer lab component of the course to investigate the uses and limitations of computer tools for the subject. Prerequisite: Elementary Math Learning System (NSC 442) or Permission of instructor


NSC384 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Joseph Mazur

Learn how to solve differential equations in closed form and by approximation when closed form is impossible or impractical. Applications will cover topics from fields of interest of students enrolled in the course. We will follow a text, but the largest part of the course will concentrate on computer simulations and solutions. Computers used in classroom and out. No videos. Prerequisite: Calculus II


NSC442 - Variable Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Iuliana Radu

This course replaces Math I and Math II. It is no longer necesssary to take a whole course in algebra or precalculus to satisfy the prerequisites for science and math courses. Just review the weak areas of your math placement evaluation and sign up for topics covering those areas. Math topics are divided into 49 units, which are listed on the math web page. Topics range from factoring equations to manipulating logarithms to working on word problems and applications. One credit will be earned for each group of seven units completed. Materials for each topic will be provided for students to work through according to their individual pace. Students select the topics they will complete, subject to the approval of the instructor. The class will be divided into study sessions according to related topics. Prerequisite: None


NSC473 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Joseph Mazur

A discussion based introduction to the fundamental elements of the philosophy of mathematics. Topics include set theoretics, Euclid's parallel postulate, and the development of non-Euclidean geometry. Prerequisite: None

For Mathematics offerings, see also:



ART604 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Huron University

This interdisciplinary course in the visual and performing arts exposes studnts to the immense range of cultural activities available in London. The course is based on attendance at concerts, ballets, operas, and plays, as well as visits to exhibitions and museums. These are supplemented by lectures and discussions.


ART663 - 2 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Susan Klein

SAT B repertoire from a variety of eras and traditions. Classical music from the early Renaissance through 20th century as well as world music will be studied and presented as a concert in December. Prerequisite: Music reading skills and permission of instructor

Chamber Music

ART496 - 1 Credit -

  • Tuesday 6:30pm-7:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. If interested see Stan Charkey. Woodwind, string, brass instruments welcome. Prerequisite: Ability to play an instrument or sing and read music


ART658 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Charles Schneeweis

This class will explore some basic methods for electronic music synthesis and composition. Those who take this course will learn Analog synthesis, FM synthesis, and basic digital signal processing. Prerequisite: None


ART688 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

Faculty: Susan Klein

This course performs an eclectic repertoire of traditional, classical and pop music. Special attention is given to the male part-songs of Franz Schubert. Prerequisite: Previous choral experience or permission of instructor


ART12 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5

Faculty: Luis Batlle

Work towards proficiency in reading treble clefs; sight singing, dictation, simple and compound rhythms. Prerequisite: None


ART369 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

A study of musical notation, key signatures, meters, rhythm, and basic chord structure. Prerequisite: None


ART611 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

A study of music from non-western cultures and "folk" traditions of Europe and the United States using contemporary ethnomusicological concepts and procedures. Prerequisite: None

For Music offerings, see also:



HUM42 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D21
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D21

Faculty: Neal Weiner

A basic course in Aristotelian logic designed to promote clear, critical thinking, reading and writing. Definition, statement and syllogistic argument forms are covered, and there is much practice in the recognition of these structures in written texts. Daily homework and a final exam. No term paper. Relatively little philosophical discussion. The course should be thought of as a practical workshop, but it should not be thought of as a remedy for basic writing problems. It can only sharpen linguistic and logical skills that are already present in rough form. Prerequisite: None


HUM1006 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Neal Weiner

A close reading of the early books of Euclid's Elements and of Lobachevski's Theory of Parallels, with the purpose of appreciating what mathematical clarity, rigor and precision are, and of the philosophical importance of non-Euclidean geometry. Prerequisite: None


HUM43 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D21

Faculty: Neal Weiner

A close reading of the principle texts of the Rationalists (Descartes, Spinoza and Leibnitz) and the Empiricists (Locke, Berkley, and Hume). We will focus on the relation between problems of ontology (what is) and epistemology (how we know) and how in these texts problems of epistemology come to take precedence over problems of ontology. In doing this, we will attempt to understand how this "epistemological turn" gives rise to such things as the subject/object dichotomy and other topics of knowledge which is crucial for understanding later philosophy and certain problems of modernity. Prerequisite: None

For Philosophy offerings, see also:


Introduction to Black & White Photography

ART9 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: John Willis

This course will be an introduction to black and white photography with an emphasis given both to visual communication and technique. Students will learn basic procedures of camera operation, film exposure and development and enlargement of the image, while exploring the visual and expressive qualities of the medium. Prerequisite: None (a camera capable of full manual operation)

Photography Plan Seminar

ART574 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom

Faculty: John Willis

This is a seminar for all students on Plan in photography. Prerequisite: submission of Plan application


General Physics I

NSC223 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Travis Norsen

Part I of a year-long introductory course. We will cover the various aspects of Newtonian mechanics: velocity and acceleration, inertia, forces, laws of motion, gravitation, projectiles, collisions, oscillations, and rotational motion. Historically important examples and applications from astronomoy, atomic physics, and thermodynamics will be emphasized. Coursework will include weekly homework assignments, occasional quizzes, and two exams. Approximately 1 of the 4 credit-hours will be devoted to laboratory work. Prerequisite: None (No previous familiarity with calculus will be assumed, though students may expect to learn a bit of it along the way; prospective physics majors should consider taking calculus concurrently. Recommended for all science majors).

Modern Physics

NSC470 - 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: Travis Norsen

Sophomore-level introduction to quantum mechanics, with applications to atomic, nuclear, particle and astro-phsyics as well as quantum statistical mechanics. Exact content will depend on student enrollment and interest. Prerequisite: General Physics I & II or equivalent

Political Science


SSC388 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

The Maghreb provides a particularly suitable 'frame' for the consideration of comparative politics as a sub-field in the discipline of Political Science. United as a region in so many respects, yet internally and cross-nationally unique and separate, the countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria will be examined in their historical context yet with an eye to their global political relevance today. Prerequisite: None


SSC389 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

This course is for Juniors and Seniors on plan with a component interest in third world development issues. The course will be designed to include the time and place for both common readings for group discussion as well as the context for individual research on specialized interests and the forum for the dissemination and discussion of early plan drafts. Prerequisite: Theories of Development or Permisson of instructor


SSC339 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

This course is reserved for seniors planning to graduate with a degree in Political Science. It will be organized around the issues and debates pertinent to student concerns, and will provide a forum for discussion of their Plan writing and work in progress. Prerequisite: Must be a senior on Plan

For Political Science offerings, see also:


American Jurisprudence

SSC392 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in To Be Determined/TBD
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in To Be Determined/TBD

Faculty: Meg Mott

Historically, legal scholarship, like religious scholarship, was a central concern of the liberal arts. In the late-capitalist era, however, law has become the province of lawyers. Law is what lawyers do. Yet that understanding negates the ethical, moral, and philosophical roots of law's history. In the larger sense, law is the interminable resolving of serious controversies in which both sides have legitimate arguments. This course considers American jurisprudence in the context of the United States Supreme Court. We will look at how the Justices judge competing constitutional claims, how they balance the needs of citizens in the complex field of federalism, and how they create worlds out of words. A background in political theory and/or U.S. history will be helpful but not necessary. Text: Brest, Levinson, Balkin & Amar, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking Prerequisite: None



SSC134 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Robert Engel

Animals do wild and wonderful things. How come? Let's find out! Prerequisite: College-level biology or psychology


SSC120 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • 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: Snow Johnson

This course examines the application of learning, motivation, and cognitive theories in resolving the angst in educational settings. (TEXT: The Promise of Educational Psychology by Richard E. Mayer) Prerequisite: None


SSC395 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Otto Marx

This four credit course will introduce and familiarize you with the different approaches, theories and techniques of the psychotherapies practiced today. Methods: Assigned readings for all participants, discussions in seminar format, individual presentations, written reviews of books, aritcles by all, and specific topics chosen by individual students. Plan: Beginning with the introduction to the field of contemporary psychotherapy, with a review and discussion of two contrasting approaches offered by Jay Haley's, Learning and Teaching Therapy and John Ratey's Shadow Syndromes, we shall review the development of the psychoanalyses of Janet Freud, Adler and Jung as described in Henri Ellenberger's Discovery of the Unconscious. We shall then return our attention to marital therapy as critically reviewed by John Gottman, the Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy of Albert Ellis, and to a number of group therapies and other topics selected by the participating students. Prerequisite: None


 Seminar In Religion, Literature & Philosophy I

HUM5 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, Meg Mott

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. Prerequisite: Sophomores or juniors only.


HUM12 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Susan Wennemyr

World Religions offers students a foray into the history, beliefs, politics, and artistic achievements of religious systems of the world. The primary text, The Illustrated World's Religions by Huston Smith, provides excellent coverage of the history and beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. To convey a sense of what it feels like to live inside each tradition, the course will make ample use of autobiographies, novels, architectural history and political treatises representing divergent views within each religion. Taoism and a northern Thai indigenous religion will be breifly covered. Prerequisite: None



SSC6 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Gerald Levy

The major ideas, theories, and methodologies of some of the European and American founders of sociology. The works of Marx, Weber, Simmel and Veblen will be evaluated in relation to the evolution of industrial society. Prerequisite: Introductory course in sociology or permission of instructor; history and/or philosophy preferred.

Contemporary American Society

SSC110 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Gerald Levy

The evolution of and interrelationship between American social, economic and political institutions focusing on the period from the end of World War II to the present. Prerequisite: None


SSC303 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Gerald Levy

A seminar for juniors and seniors on Plan in sociology. Prerequisite: Student must be on Plan in sociology

For Sociology offerings, see also:



ART54 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater
  • Thursday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Faculty: Holly Derr

Introduction to physical and psychological acting: Viewpoints training, with a focus on theater as a function of time and space; and Russian psychological theater, including the appropriation and interpretation of Stanislavki by the Americans of the Group Theatre. Prerequisite: None


CDS503 - Variable Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: David Underwood

This course will examine "light" and its aesthetic relationship to theatre, visual art, photography and film. Tuesday's sessions will explore applications of light to various disciplines. Friday's sessions will be laboratories dedicated to student projects. Visiting Instructors: Paul Nelsen, Tim Segar, Jay Craven, Jim Mahoney Prerequisite: None


ART503 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Paul Nelsen

This is not a conventional course. "Practicum" accredits accumulated technical work on various stage productions over the course of the semester. Prerequisite: None


ART502 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Paul Nelsen

This is not a conventional course. "Projects" covers work by actors, directors, and stage managers on specific theater productions or projects. Prerequisite: None

For Theater offerings, see also:

Visual Arts

Art Seminar Critique

ART359 - 2 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Woodard Art/Classroom

Faculty: John Willis, Cathy Osman, Timothy Segar

Group critique of students' work on Plan. Methodology and goals will be discussed as well as short readings on art and current issues. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts or by permission


ART628 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Huron University

This course aims to develop students' understanding of traditions and development in British art and design from the Reformation to the present day, through an analysis of key works displayed in collections in London. Prerequisite: None

Ceramics I

ART349 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Michael Boylen

This is a course in making pottery forms using handbuilding techniques. There will be short readings in the history of ceramics along with study of the composition and high temperature behavior of earth materials. An introduction to the potter's wheel is included. Prerequisite: None


ART41 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Michael Boylen

The study of color and value relationships through direct experience with emphasis on problems and exercises developed by Joseph Albers. Collage and other techniques will be used for individual design projects in color application. Prerequisite: College level studio art or permission of instructor


ART686 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: John Willis

Throughout the history of photography many practioners have used the medium as a tool for social commentary. Traditionally this has largley been done through the genre of documentary work. We will view historical and contemporary documentary projects, while reading various writings exploring the process, ethics, and value of documentary photography. Students will also execute their own documentary projects throughout the course. Prerequisite: Intro. to Photography


ART523 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm in Baber Art/Baber Art
  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm in Baber Art/Baber Art

Faculty: Cathy Osman

This course will be a mixed level course with both intermediate and advanced students responding to assignments designed to lead students toward better painting skills and towards the identification of a personal direction in painting. Prerequisite: Painting I

Painting I

ART8 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:50pm in Baber Art/Baber Art
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:50pm in Baber Art/Baber Art

Faculty: Cathy Osman

This course will explore oil painting through a series of projects based on the model, still life, and landscape. The class will begin by working on paper and expanding to include panel and stretched canvas. Emphasis is on close observation as well as individual response. Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructor


ART540 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm in Perrine/Perrine
  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm in Perrine/Perrine

Faculty: Timothy Segar

An introduction to the language of three dimensions. Through a series of both representational and non-representational problems students will investigate the principles and techniques of sculpture -- construction, carving, and modeling. Drawing and its relationship to three dimensional art will be emphasized. Students will make presentations to the class of research done on contemporary and traditional sculptors. Prerequisite: None


ART650 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Timothy Segar

This course will explore scuplture that is constituted largely of planes. We will work with a variety of materials including clay, wood and cardboard, but most intensely with the medium of welded steel (conditional on the completion of the welding shop in Perrine). This area of sculpture, begun by Picasso and Gonzalez in the early years of the twentieth century and richly developed since, continues to reward artists today. Prerequisite: No prior experience is required but either Drawing I or Sculpture I would provide students with a good basis for taking this course.


ART606 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Cathy Osman

This course is designed to build on basic drawing skills by implementing a variety of tools and materials. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition, color and design elements will be the basis of investigation. The class will be divided between drawing and a variety of printmaking methods such as linoleum cut, monoprint and collage. Prerequisite: None

World Studies Program

 Designing Fieldwork

WSP3 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson

A course focused on fieldwork methods, designing projects for the field, writing field notes and reports, and the theoretical, ethical, and practical issues surrounding all of this. A required course for WSP students preparing to go on internship but valuable for (and open to) non-WSP students considering fieldwork in the U.S. or abroad. Prerequisite: Finding an Internship (WSP50)

Finding an Internship

WSP50 - 1 Credit -

Faculty: Carrie Weikel

This course is an experience in self-discovery paired with the nuts and bolts details that must be addressed when searching for an internship. Prerequisite: None.

 Topics in Human Understanding

WSP49 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D23
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D23

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

A reading and discussion seminar examining original source materials from world cultures relating to problems of human understanding and order. Prerequisite: None

 World Studies Program Colloquium

WSP53 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Wednesday 4:00pm-5:15pm in Apple Tree

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

A forum for discussion of cross-cultural experience and international work, with participation by faculty, visiting professionals, alumni and current students. The sessions include an introduction to international resources at Marlboro and SIT, with discussion of area studies, internships, and Plans in international studies. Prerequisite: None


WSP10 - 1 Credit - Advanced

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

A seven-week seminar addressing "re-entry culture shock" and the integration of international field experiences into Plan work. Pass/Fail grade. Prerequisite: Plan student returning from study abroad.


Elements of Style

HUM11 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Laura Stevenson

The course begins with a review of basic grammatical principles. It continues with exercises designed to increase the students' control of their prose. The second half of the semester is spent partly in revising existing papers, and partly in studying such stylistic niceties as parallel structure, rhythmic control, and felicitous presentation of research. May be a designated writing course (4 credits); otherwise, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Fiction Workshop

ART6 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

Class discussion of students' stories. Each student produces work for the class and participates in analysis and discussion. Reading and assignments vary as appropriate; admission based on consideration of samples of students' work. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


ART445 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D29A
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D29A

Faculty: Laura Stevenson

This seminar concerns the fundamental skills necessary to writing tales, short stories, and novels. Students will write descriptions, character studies, narratives and dialogues, then move on to more advanced techniques: using voice and psychic distance, plotting stories, and incorporating symbolism. The philosophy of the course is that creative writing doesn't just "happen"; like a dancer or a musician, a writer needs skills, technique, practice, and discipline. Weekly writing assignments, some illustrative reading, workshops. Prerequisite: Must have passed the writing requirement; permission of instructor (limited to 8)


CDS520 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in To Be Determined/TBD
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in To Be Determined/TBD

Faculty: Joseph Mazur

Readings and discussions of classic essays on the question, "What is mathematics?" We shall explore some of the great mathematical ideas and theorems in history from historical, philosophical and psychological points of view. Why do we believe proofs? What is mathematical beauty and why does it stimulate us? How does the mind create mathematics? Prerequisite: None


HUM1007 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in To Be Determined/TBD
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in To Be Determined/TBD

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

Nature is both the place of our lives and the very ground of our imagination. Walking a fine line between rhapsody and detachment, between aesthetic celebration and scientific explanation, nature writing captures our endless fascination with the natural world. In this writing seminar, we will read a range of American nature writers (Henry David Thoreau, Edward Abbey, Rick Bass, Terry Tempest Williams, Annie Dillard) and a variety of genres (essays on solitary and backcountry living, travel and adventure stories, memoirs, poetry). We will consider how nature writing awakens an ecological way of seeing-how recording the natural history of a place helps us understand how we see, how we know, and how we position ourselves in the natural world. Throughout the semester we will return to John Muir's words: "I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." We will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to one 8-10 page research paper. Peer revision, and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the texts. Prerequisite: None


CDS508 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: John Sheehy

In this seminar we'll be thinking and writing about the historical period spanned by the lives of Irish poet William Butler Yeats and German (or Swiss, depending on who you ask) physicist Albert Einstein. Both were, in their own way, revolutionary: Yeats's poetry bridges late romanticism and modernism in sometimes shocking ways, and Einstein's theories of relativity turn almost everything everybody thought they knew about the nature of reality completely upside down. By looking closely at the two men and their work, we'll try to get a sense of what it meant to live at the dawn of the twentieth century, and what the "modern world"--that is, the world we live in and often take for granted--looked like to two geniuses who were there to see it born. Einstein, Yeats and the twentieth century will be the theme for our writing, but writing itself will be our theme. You will be asked to read a great deal in this course, and to write more--assume that you'll be writing or revising something fairly serious about once a week, and probably something smaller about twice a week. In class, we'll alternate between dicussions of the reading and discussions of our writing. Our smallest goal will be to put together a body of work suitable for submission as a writing portfolio--but we will, of course, have bigger fish to fry as well. Prerequisite: None


HUM1008 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

Beginning with three historical novels that blur the real, the mythical and the imagined (Barbara Mujica's Frida, Anchee Min's Becoming Madame Mao, and Tomas Eloy Martinez's Santa Evita), we will explore the lives of three 20th-century women: Frida Kahlo, the influential mid-20th century Mexican artist who uses self-portraiture to announce herself and explore the tangled realm of her feelings; Jiang Qing, wife of Mao Zedong and an architect of the Cultural Revolution, who moved from being one of the most powerful figures in her country to a convict reviled by the Chinese people; and Eva Peron, First Lady of Argentina from 1945-1952 and the country's spiritual leader, who began her career as a B-movie actress and ended, to many, as a saint. Readings will also include Kahlo's written and visual journal, Evita's short autobiographical manuscript and one or more of Madame Mao's revolutionary operas. Both documentary and popular films will supplement our readings. We will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading to 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 texts. Prerequisite: None

Writing Seminars

  Writing Seminar: Body & Soul: Health, Disease and Culture

CDS521 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202

Faculty: Laura Stevenson

For many centuries, human beings considered life and death mainly in the context of the cosmos-the stars, rivers, spirits, ancestors, demons; healing systems were based on the need for the individual to be readjusted to society and the world. Increasingly, however, the West has come to think of illness and cure as a matter of the body, and Western medicine has probed deeper and deeper beneath human flesh, studying systems, tissues, cells, DNA. One result of this development has been the creation of a powerful Western medical establishment whose cultural importance exceeds its ability to cure the sick. This course is concerned with the development of Western medicine; we will cover ideals of disease and cure, the effect of disease on human history, and the cultural effects of assumptions about sex, heredity, and childbearing. Readings will include a history of medical thinking, a study of the effects of the Black Plague of 1348, and the diary of a midwife at the time of the American Revolution. Three 5-7 page papers, term paper, miscellaneous exercises. Prerequisite: None; (Limited to 15 students)


CDS497 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: John Sheehy

The subject of our writing, thinking and talking will be "race": a word that is deceptively difficult to define, even though everybody seems to think they know what it means. We will examine the ways a few American writers--some of them "black", some "white", and others whose very existence calls even those seemingly simple designations into questions--approached the problem of race in American life. From what we read, we will try to gain a real understanding of what W.E.B. DuBois might have meant when he declared that "the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line." Along the way, of course, we will read some of the best writing the twentieth century has yet produced, including works by DuBois, Richard Wright, William Faulkner, James Weldon Johnson, Toni Morrison and Danzy Senna, and we will write about all of it extensively. As in all writing seminars, expect to be writing something about every day, and a formal paper at least every couple of weeks. Discussions of the books will alternate with work on structure, style and revision. Prerequisite: None