Spring 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.

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

Senior Seminar in American Studies

HUM721 - 2 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

The seminar is organized around the different research topics of seniors doing Plan work in American Studies. Each student will assign and teach selected works in their subject area. Students will also present their own research in progress and read and critique each other's writing. Prerequisite: A senior on Plan


HUM661 - 4 Credits -

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

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

An historically based study of family life in the United States from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries. We will use a range of sources to examine the "normative" American family, as well as the domestic styles of social groups which do not fit the norm. We will attempt to understand how the home functions among other institutions in society, and how it has affected and been affected by the major historical developments of this century. The course is the second half of a year long survey, but the fall semester is not a prerequisite. Prerequisite: None

For American Studies offerings, see also:



SSC370 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Janis Steele

For the first time in history, one half of the world's population lives in urban areas. Urban life has changed dramatically over the last one hundred years. In this course we will explore everyday lived experience in cities around the world and ways in which people's lives affect and are affected by macro-level processes of globalization. Some of the themes we will consider are race, class and gender in urban contexts, the symbolic and social production of urban space and planning, and local and global social networks. Topics to be examined will include such diverse issues as closed circuit surveillance in cities, graffiti and other illegal activities, urban gentrification and ghettos, media and information technology,and behaviors of consumption. This anthropology course will also employ readings from other disciplines such as geography, sociology, architecture, art, cultural studies, law and more. Prerequisite: Anthropology, Sociology or Geography coursework


SSC374 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Kate Jellema

This course will explore the cultural and political dimensions of social remembering (and forgetting), with a focus on commemoration after mass tragedy. We will ask how collective memory differs from individual memory on the one hand, and history on the other. Analyzing examples from Palestine, Hiroshima, and the U.S., we will consider how present-day political struggles give shape to our commemoration of the past, and we will ask whether remembering can ever become a tool of resistance against repression. We will also consider bodily, spatial and emotional dimensions of memory; technologies of memory; and the relationship between memory and morality. Readings will be interdisciplinary, drawing from psychology, anthropology, sociology, history and philosophy. Prerequisite: None


SSC365 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson, Kathryn Ratcliff

This course examines the past 100+ years of Cuban history and the life of Cubans today. Starting with the year 1898 (which marks the end of Spanish rule of the island, Cuba's shift from colony to nation, and the rise of the U.S. to global prominence and significant influence in that country), the class will consider the early years of Cuba's dubious independence, the roots of revolution, the Cuban revolution itself, and then contemporary life in Cuba understood in terms of such topics as everyday life, politics, education, health, religion, women, and the arts. The course will also deal with topics such as national identity, the role of Cuba in global politics, and Cuban immigrants in the United States. The course will include a trip to Cuba during one week of March vacation. Prerequisite: Permission of instructors Fee: Travel expenses TBA


SSC380 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Thomas Ernst

This course examines Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and East Asian languages, with an eye to their grammatical structure, vocabulary,and geographical and social variation, and explores the connections between these characteristics and East Asian culture(s). Likely topics to be examined include word order, noun classifiers, the semantic organization of vocabulary, the cultural influence of the Chinese language on neighboring societies, the development and importance of writing systems, and the social importance of style variation with languages. Prerequisite: None


CDS515 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Roy Wright

We view the "real" world through our cultures, expressed in languages which are unique and diverse, yet universally equal to any others. We will explore the unique universal paradox within semiotics (cultural meaning), focusing on semantics (linguistic meaning) and syntax (discourse structure). From typology, classifying language feature diversity, we will posit "principles and parameters" of universal grammar to help explain how human toddlers learn to speak so fast, in such different kinds of speech. An ancient goal of humanists and social scientists has been to find the cross-cultural limits to linguistic diversity; i.e. what do all human languages have in common. We will look for universality in the typological diversity of a variety of world languages, from Abenaki to Turkish, and each student will choose a research topic, e.g. kinship, gender, or negation, in the semantics or syntax of a favorite language (except English). Prerequisite: None


SSC379 - Variable Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson

Over the last decade, anthropologists have been experimenting with innovative forms of writing as a means to explore how they construct and re-present people's lives in words. In this seminar we will spend the weeks before spring break reading a range of recent ethnographies and asking questions about narrative form, voice, uses of field data, and more. During spring break students will be expected to do a small field project. Then, during the remaining weeks of the semester, we'll work together on writing projects based on students' fieldwork. This seminar is geared toward Plan students (ideally juniors) and would work well taken with "Designing Fieldwork." Prerequisite: course work in the social sciences or history

For Anthropology offerings, see also:

Art History


HUM967 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

This class is the last of a three part survey of independent courses dealing with Western art history from Prehistory to the present. The course begins in the late nineteenth century with the art of the Impressionists and continues up to our day. The structure of the class is such that students will be exposed to a wide variety of artistic movements and styles at the same time they will be asked to grapple with contemporary art historical understanding of these movements and styles in relationship to their cultural contexts. This survey covers a smaller span of time than the other two courses, but a wider array of artistic forms. Prerequisite: None


HUM866 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Huron University

This course explores the richness and variety of collections in London's museums and galleries, and seeks to introduce students to viewing objects in their historical and physical contexts. After an initial introductory class discussion, classes will take place away from the college. There will be a balance between well-known museums and more out-of-the-way and unusual collections.


HUM966 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

This class examines the representations of 'otherness' in the popular media of film, television, advertising and the news. The aim of the class is to identify and analize the systems by which otherness is represented and implicitly critiqued or romaniticized in popular media. Through this anlysis it is hoped that students will develop an understanding of the role that media imagery plays in the construction of our world view. We will begin with a discussion of early 20th century advertising and film and move up to our own time. Prerequisite: None

For Art History offerings, see also:


Fundamentals of Molecular Biology

NSC415 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Todd Smith

In this course we will explore the structure of nucleic acids,and the organization of genes and chromosomes. We will also examine DNA 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. Prerequisite: Human Physiology or Biochemistry

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology Lab

NSC420 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

Faculty: Todd Smith

This course will explore a variety of essential laboratory techniques used by molecular biologists. We will begin with basic laboratory techniques, bacterial culture, and transformation of bacteria with foreign (plasmid) DNA. We will then explore methods for DNA and RNA purification, digestion of DNA with restriction enzymes, electrophoresis and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Prerequisite: Human physiology or Biochemistry



NSC403 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Lounge

Faculty: Todd Smith

This course will have a seminar format and is intended as an opportunity for juniors and seniors to explore specific topics for their Plans of Concentration. Students who are further along in their Plan will lead discussions and give detailed presentations on some aspect of their work. Students who are still developing ideas for their Plan will lead discussions on selected topics and write a paper that might become part of their Plan. Prerequisite: None


NSC28 - 4 Credits -

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: James Tober, Jennifer Ramstetter

This course focuses on the Endangered Species Act and other laws and treaties concerned with biological diversity in the U.S. and in the global arena. Through reading of the documents themselves, and through examination of background materials and critical analyses, we will investigate the relationships between biological ends and means and their institutional counterparts. Prerequisite: Work in biological or social sciences, or permission.


NSC459 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

Ethnobotany is a discipline that encompasses human uses of plants across cultures and through time. This course focuses on developing a solid understanding of plant biology necessary to explore ethnobotany. Examples of questions we will address include: How are various plant parts used by human beings and can they be harvested sustainably? What taxonomic groups of plants are used? What chemical components are important in medicinal plants and why have they evolved? The course is a designated writing course and a linked course in writing with John Sheehy.

General Biology II

NSC291 - 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: Jennifer Ramstetter, Robert Engel

A study of organismal, population and community biology. Prerequisite: General Biology I or permission of instructor


NSC147 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Robert Engel

A study of the anatomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology of birds. Emphasis will be placed on the original literature and field work. Prerequisite: College Biology.

For Biology offerings, see also:



ART676 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 9:00am-11:00am in Woodard Art/Ceramics
  • Thursday 9:00am-11:00am 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: Wheel Throwing I or permission of instructor



NSC22 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: John Hayes

Continuation of Organic Chemistry I, the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds. Emphasis is on organic mechanisms. Many examples include descriptions and mechanisms of biological reactions. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I.



HUM973 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Emily Pillinger

Euripides is the last of the great Athenian tragic poets, and is generally considered to be the most radical. His plays, with their ambiguous and controversially motivated characters illustrate the power drama has to discuss humanity and the transgression of social norms. This course studies three of his most accessible plays in modern translation: Bacchae, Hedea and Hippolytus, and will reference some of his other works. Close analysis of his complex methods of characterization and plot construction will underpin interpretation of his depiction of the nature of human relationships, morality, fate, gender, desire, and faith in the divine. This will then extend to a wider consideration of the use of tragic drama to illustrate contemporary moral and social issues. Prerequisite: None


HUM620 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • 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: Emily Pillinger

Continuing study of the basics of Ancient Greek grammar, vocabulary and syntax. Prerequisite: Greek I A


HUM618 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Emily Pillinger

Continuing study of the basics of Latin grammar, vocabulary and syntax. Prerequisite: Latin I A

For Classics offerings, see also:

Computer Science


ART680 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Jason Proctor

A series of guest speakers, mostly local specialists in various digital media, will help inspire students to use computers as tools of artistic expression, using some or all of the following: graphics, music, animation, multimedia, and interactive fiction. Projects will be collected for an informal show near the end of the term. Prerequisite: Familiarity and patience with computers and some software, as well as a willingness to share your embarassing first attempts at work in a new medium with the rest of the class/campus.


NSC460 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Jason Proctor

Ultimately, all programming languages share the same purpose: to provide instructions to computers in order to solve problems. This course will explore some of the similarities and differences between different kinds of programming languages, how they work, how they have evolved, and which kinds of problems each is good at solving. Prerequisite: Familiarity with at least one programming language.

Cultural History


SSC372 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Dana Howell

Since the fall of the Soviet Union ten years ago, the Caucasus has been in the news: as an areas of "separatist" wars, in Chechnia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan; as a focal point of Islamic revival and resistance, supported by other Muslims of the Middle East; as the home of the oldest Christian nations in the world, and the "wall" between Europe and Asia, which made it a battleground for imperial powers--and the site of the first genocide of the 20th century, against the Armenians; as a center of the post-Soviet "mafias," political terrorism, human rights issues, and perhaps most significantly for the West, of new oil riches in the Caspian, a source of dispute between four post-Soviet republics, Iran, and western oil companies (the capital of Azerbaijan has been called "the new Dodge City" of "the wild East"). Even archeologists make the news with new evidence of "Noah's flood" in the Black Sea, with nearby Mt. Ararat the traditional landing site of Noah's Ark. Considered the most culturally diverse area in the world, an ancient as well as modern crossroads, the Caucasus region is contested territory. It is the site of Russia's longest war and greatest orientalist, imperialist "romance." In this course we'll examine the history of Russia's involvement in the Caucasus, with a focus on the continuing (200-year) conflict in Chechnia, and varying perspectives on the issues of the Caucasus today. Prerequisite: Any previous history coursework


SSC375 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Dana Howell

Readings on medieval lore of Slavic, Celtic, and Sandinavian traditions, with a focus on beliefs and transformational figures, and on the interconnection of these traditions through Central Asian sources. Core readings and individual student research projects. Intended as a pre-Plan/Plan seminar, but open to others with developed interests in this area. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

For Cultural History offerings, see also:



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


ART32 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 7:00pm-8:30pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Dana Holby

This course develops the use of ballet vocabulary to a higher level. It requires more technical ability in order to execute more difficult combinations in the ballet discipline. Prerequisite: Previous dance training


ART660 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Alison Mott

An introductory course focusing on the Dunham Technique. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: None

Contact Improvisation

ART537 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 3:00pm-4:20pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Dana Holby

Contact Improvisation is a duet form in which two people communicate through the language of touch, momentum and weight. We will explore simple solo and duet skills such as rolling, falling, balancing, being upside down, following a physical point of contact and supporting and giving weight to a partner. Skill work will be combined with more open dancing in a supportive and focused environment. Prerequisite: None


ART672 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Alison Mott

We will begin by examining some of the artistic and technological challenges inherent in the process of documenting dance. We will develop organizational skills to help us decide what materials we need, for what purposes, and how best to organize these materials. All students will develop CD-ROMs as part of their class participation. Students may choose to document works they have choreographed or may work with material from the Performace Workshop. The class will introduce the basics of image, video and audio editing programs. All students should expect to spend significant time working on the computer. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


ART675 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Jamie Coulter, Gershom Moore, Sarah Grasso

This will be a dance class focusing on the music, movement and traditions of hip hop, street dance and capoeira and their visibility in today's urban culture and the deeper roots of their past. 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


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: Permission of instructor


ART681 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

Faculty: Zoe Maas Fyfe


ART674 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Zoe Maas Fyfe

A dance composition course based on the choreographic theories of Louis Horst, designed to facilitate movement invention and to generate new ways of creating material through exploration of particular movement concepts and compositional structures. Within the parameters of specific movement studies, we will take a new look at the elements of dance as they relate to music, art and choreographic artistry. Prerequisite: None


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:



SSC37 - 4 Credits -

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

Faculty: James Tober

This intermediate-level course draws on insights from economic theory, institutional analysis, and current events in considering such aspects of the U.S. economy as inflation, unemployment, taxation, debt, money supply, exchange rates, and trade policy. Prerequisite: Introductory Economics or permission of instructor


SSC19 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: James Tober

This course, the second half of an introductory sequence in economics, offers an historical, institutional, and theoretical introduction to the U.S. economy. Topics include the organization of production, the distribution of income and wealth, the measurement of economic performance, and the U.S. in the world economy. Emphasis on current events and policies. Prerequisite: None

Environmental Studies


NSC461 - Variable Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Robert Engel

How and where you live affects your health. In this seminar we will explore (via individual or group presentation) the aspects of environmental health that interest you. Prerequisite: None

For Environmental Studies offerings, see also:

Film/Video Studies


ART678 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Jay Craven

This class will explore the social, ethical, and philosophical issues surrounding non-fiction film and video--the blurring of boundaries between the "real" and the "fiction"; questions of documentary truth; the power relation between filmmaker and subject; the uses of staging and re-enactments; and the role of film in constructing and defining cultural history and memory; and others. Through screenings, readings, discussion, and writing, this class will view a selection of documentary films and explore a variety of issues. Final projects may be presented as a written paper or documentary film. Prerequisite: Previous film class of permission of instructor


ART679 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jay Craven

Students will make short experimental videos where they explore visual and sound constructions, employing various aspects of film theory and practice. Projects will include 1) reconstruction of found footage; 2) single-shot films; 3) diary films; 4) animation; 5) closed-eye films and others. Students will each work with camera, sound, and editing. Prerequisite: None


ART665 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jay Craven

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


ART677 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jay Craven

Film has been used for propaganda; as a tool for social change; to raise consciousness about injustice; to probe character and psychology of people confronted by radical change or repression; and even as an escapist metaphor with rich political subtexts. Through screenings, readings, discussion, and writing, this class will view a selection of films that explore a variety of political themes and events. Examples of kinds of films to be screened include pictures by Costa Gavras (Z, State of Siege); Bertolucci (The Conformist); Szabo (Mephisto); Pontecorvo (Burn!); Solas (Lucia); Sheridan (The Boxer); Loach (Bread and Roses); Antonioni (Zabriskie Point); Holland (Europa, Europa); Schlondorff (Tin Drum); Beatty (Reds); and Stone (Salvador). Prerequisite: For students with backgrounds in film, history, sociology, world studies, or by permission of the instructor



HUM974 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Seth Harter

Building on the intellectual foundations of China's classical age, Confucians, Daoists and Buddhists borrowed from and argued with one another. The course will examine these three traditions from both philosophical and religious perspectives. We will begin in the 3rd century AD by examining how the advent of Buddhism led to the development of religious Daoism in China. We will then turn to poetry and literature written in the Tang dyansty that draws on all three traditions. Finally, the course will consider the revival of Confucianism in the Song dynasty and the challenge posed to it by Christian missionaries and western imperialists between 16th and 19th centuries. Prerequisite: Foundations of Chinese Thought I, or permission of instructor


HUM926 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Timothy Little

A seminar designed to allow students with well-defined research interests in History to pursue their research under the guidance of the instructor. Students will present the fruits of their research to the seminar for comment and discussion. Prerequisite Junior status or permission of instructor


HUM249 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Timothy Little

A weekly seminar devoted to the study of European aristocracies from the medieval period through the 19th century. The focus will be on Britain, France, and Russia, but students will be encouraged to develop comparisons with other European and with non-European societies. Students will read through a common reading list, each student in turn leading the discussion. Students will present papers to the seminar at the end of the term. Prerequisite: College level history or permission of instructor


HUM964 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Timothy Little

This course will focus on the fall and recovery of the "idea of Europe." The readings will be organized around questions of European identity (who are Europeans and where is Europe?) and on the relationship of Europe with the wider world. Prerequisite: None

For History offerings, see also:



NSC463 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Huron University

The course takes the praxis - theory-guided practice of the physical sciences as its theme. It uses a historical survey of people, things and instruments, and socio-scientific milieus to understand how scientists work. Within this approach the course emphasizes epoch-making changes, both as regards the way in which the thing studied is viewed and as regards the practice and self-understanding of the sciences.



HUM568 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Wednesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Friday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo

A continuation of French I A. The course will focus on all four communication skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening with an added cultural component on francophone countries. Prerequisite: French I A or equivalent. Students with some background in French who did not take French IA in the fall may still be eligible to take this class with permission of instructor.


HUM413 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Edmund Brelsford

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


HUM915 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Joseph Callahan

A continuation of introductory Gaelic. Prerequisite: Gaelic IA


HUM615 - 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: Veronica Brelsford

Further study of level one German. Prerequisite: German I A or equivalent


HUM617 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • 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: Veronica Brelsford

Further study of intermediate level German language. Prerequisite: German II A or permission


HUM989 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Huron University


HUM614 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 4:00pm-5:30pm in Dalrymple/D34
  • Friday 4:00pm-5:30pm in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo

Continued study of Italian preparing students for more advanced work in the language. Prerequisite: Italian II A


HUM972 - 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: Thomas Ernst

This course is a continuation of Hum 959/1st semester Mandarin Chinese. Students will continue to study speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and by the end of the course will have mastered the basic grammatical rules of Mandarin, and be able to hold simple conversations. Prerequisite: Hum 959 (Fall semester Mandarin Chinese) or equivalent


HUM405 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Inessa Hardesty

A continuation of Russian I A. Prerequisite: Russian I A or the equivalent.


HUM819 - 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: Inessa Hardesty

A continuation of Russian IIA. Prerequisite: Russian IIA


HUM19 - 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: Peter Gould

A continuation of Spanish I A. Prerequisite: Spanish I A or the equivalent


HUM190 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Peter Gould

A continuation of Spanish II A. Prerequisite: Spanish II A or equivalent

For Languages offerings, see also:


 Apocalyptic Hope: the Literature of the American Renaissance

HUM979 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: John Sheehy

This course will center on the "American Renaissance"--that period between, roughly, 1830 and 1870 that witnessed the burst of intense intellectual and artistic energy that produced some of the most memorable and enduring American literature. We will examine as much of that literature as we can, in a range of genres: slave narratives from Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, essays from Emerson and Thoreau, novels from Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others, poetry from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Our goal in examining these works will always be double: on the simplest level, we will be interested in how these writers interpreted and responded to the places and times in which they lived; on a deeper level, though, we will consider how each of these works--and all of them together--attempts to create something we might call now an "American consciousness," attempts to invent, or re-invent, America. The point of the course is to read as much as we can, more than anything else-- to develop a firm understanding of both canonical and non-canonical 19th century American literature, and to consider how that literature has helped to shape not just the literature that followed it, but the way we think about ourselves as Americans. This will NOT be a writing seminar: it will involve far too much reading for that. Students, though, will be expected to write about what they read on a regular basis, to lead discussions on a rotating basis, and to write a seminar paper at the end. Prerequisite: None, except a love for the written word and at least a liking for American literature.


HUM977 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Peter Gould

A survey of Spanish-American literature beginning with literary fragments preserved in Spanish from pre-Columbian cultures (Mayan, Aztec & Inca) and continuing through to the present day. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish, i.e., reading, discussion, papers, videos, etc.. Prerequisite: Four semesters of college level Spanish, or equivalent, or permission of instructor


HUM965 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo

Focusing on the theme of the couple and its life cycle, this literature and film course introduces students to the works of Marguerite Duras, one of contemporary France's most important and sometimes controversial writers, as well as to the works of several contemporary French film makers. The couple and the challenges it faces has been a central theme throughout Duras' oeuvre. The course begins with a detailed study of Duras' concept of the love cycle. Once a clear understanding of the love cycle has been established, we then proceed to use the love cycle concept as a tool to frame the analysis of several of Duras' novels as well as several contemporary French films that focus on the life of the couple. Some of the works included: Duras' Barrage contre le Pacifique, Le Square, L'Amant, Dix heures et demie d'un soir en ete, Les Petits Chevaux de Tarquina, Le Marin de Gibralter, Le Ravissement de Lol.V. Stein, Le Navire night, Agatha. Films: Duras and Resnais' Hiroshima, mon amour, Leconte's Le Mari de la coiffeuse; Chabrol's L'Enfer; Godard's Le Mepris; Sautet's Nelly et M. Arnaud; Kieslowski's Rouge. Taught in French. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


HUM927 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Jaysinh Birjepatil

We will explore the social critique implicit in the works of Michel Foucault, Clifford Geertz, Edward Said, Bakhtin, Jameson: theoretical feminism in the texts of Irigaray, Cixous, Kristeva and the radical ethnography in Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic in relation to certain modern novels which are politically inflected in terms of race, gender and cultural hybridity. We will read the theoretical texts in relation to creative works such as Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, The Mimic Men by V.S. Naipaul, Midnight's Children by Rushdie, The Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatjee and The Bone People by Keri Hulme. Prerequisite: permission of instructor


HUM755 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Jaysinh Birjepatil

First we will explore the poetry of Baudelaire, Mallarme, and Rilke in English translations, then read the last great poems of W.B. Yeats before undertaking a detailed analysis of 'The Waste Land' by T.S. Eliot. Finally we will try to develop some understanding of concepts like Modernism, the function of Myth and Symbol in Eliot's work and the themes of Nature, Death and Art which figure prominently in the poems of Wallace Stevens, Sylvia Plath and Louise Gluck. Prerequisite: None


HUM981 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Adrienne Major

This course offers an exploration of the odd, or strange, or unknowable: the "other" in short. Usually a term applied to women when written about by men, it becomes more difficult to explain when written about by women themselves. Because of this semantic quandry, the term allows us to question the entire range of idiosyncracies which make up our perceptions of the nineteenth century. To that end, we will read works which span the century from end to end, looking both outside--what is happening during the writing of these works, and indeed during a century from which so many of our own prejudicies are culled--and inside--who is the other, why hidden, how created? In order to do so, we shall employ several critical methodologies, from Feminism to New Historicism, and refer to such contemporary critics as Jameson, Sedgewick, Eagleton, Gilbert and Gubar. The focus of the course will be the novels, however. We will begin at the turn of the century with Frances Burney's life work, Camilla. Jane Austen's Pride and Pejudice and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein will give us two startling divergent views of Romanticism. The reign of Victoria will be ushered in by the Bronte sisters, crowned by George Eliot's masterpiece, Middlemarch, and its closing presuppositions questioned by Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm. Prerequisite: A willingness to indulge in a great deal of reading.

For Literature offerings, see also:


Calculus II

NSC212 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:15am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Wednesday 8:15am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Friday 8:15am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Iuliana Radu

Continuation of Calculus I. Integration and application of integration; introduction to calculus of several variables. Prerequisite: Calculus I or placement by instructor


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

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

Small SATB chorus. Repertoire drawn mainly from German Baroque (Buxtehude, Schutz). Music reading skills necessary. Prerequisite: 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


ART305 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Wednesday 4:00pm-5:20pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5

Faculty: Susan Klein

Large mixed chorus opportunity. This semester chorus will sing Favre Requiem and Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna". Both will be performed with orchestra May 18-19. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


ART658 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of sound design and music synthesis. Topics will include subtractive synthesis, FM synthesis, digital signal processing, and MIDI sequencing. PREREQUISITE: None


ART673 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

A study of works of Debussy, Ravel, Stravinksy, Schoenberg, Hindemith, Bartok and others. The works will be put into a socio-historical perspective. Students present a talk on a 20th century composition of their choice. Prerequisite: None


ART434 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

This course is a continuation of Music Theory Fundamentals. It deals with major and minor triads and the rules that link them. Four-part writing up to and including the dominant seventh chord. Prerequisite: Music Theory Fundamentals or permission of instructor


ART654 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

Faculty: Susan Klein

We will sing a variety of traditional, contemporary, popular, and originally arranged material from Quebec, the Republic of Georgia, Africa, Appalachia, and the like. We will work on opening the voice, vocal quality, inntonation and listening, as well as rythm, ensemble and improvisational skills. Ability to read music is helpful, but not required. We will perform our work in May. Prerequisite: Audition and permission of instructor.

For Music offerings, see also:



HUM167 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Neal Weiner

Intense reading of Aristotle's major works in ethics, politics, aesthetics, physics, metaphysics and epistemology. Last third of course given to retrospective study of Pre-Socratics. Prerequisite: Plato, RLP, or consent of instructor.


HUM980 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Neal Weiner

A very close, extremely detailed reading and analysis of the Republic. If time allows, we will also read the Symposium. Prerequisite: RLP or Plato course

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

Plan level students will meet as a seminar for group critique and plan related discussions. We will work on any and all aspects of visual and written work related to the students Plan of Concentration. Prerequisite: A Plan of Concentration must be on file with the Registrar and include some percentage of photography or by permission of instructor.


General Physics II

NSC262 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

The continuation of the freshman general physics course, covering electricity and magnetism, and perhaps a bit of quantum physics. The course does not require calculus, but vectors will be used throughout. The companion lab course is recommended. Prerequisite: General Physics I or the equivalent


NSC458 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

An exploration of several of the great theories of physics using the question "what is light?" as a unifying theme, emphasizing the ideas and history behind the physics rather than problem solving and formulas, and is thus open to all students. This course will not prepare you for further study in physics, but instead will present an overview of our understanding of the basic rules of the physical universe. Coursework will likely include labs, papers, and a term project. Prerequisite: None


NSC457 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

Lab component of General Physics II. Highly recommended for all students enrolled in that class. Subtitled "How to have fun with a soldering iron."

Political Science


SSC382 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Huron University

Sometimes opportunities arise to offer unique or one-off courses in the department. These topics will be offered under the "Special Topics" framework. Past topics have included "American Foreign Policy", "International Economic Law" and "Revolutionary States: the Case of Iran".


SSC373 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Bataa Mishigish

This course will explore the contemporary politics of East Asian countries, particularly China, Japan, and North and South Koreas. The concentrated study of the course is on the 20th Century political history, including major domestic political events and foreign relations issues, of these nation-states of East Asia. Studies, as examples, of the rise and fall of the Imperial Japan and the long-lasting political division of North and South Koreas, and the establishment and development of Communist China will create a relatively coherent picture of the historically complex and culturally diverse politics of East Asia. This course will also analyze the contemporary security problems and approaches of each country. Students are required to write mid-term and final papers. Prerequisite: General understanding of the politics of East Asia


SSC367 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Meg Mott

What is politics? What is the function of the state? What makes for a good ruler? We will be looking at a variety of political thinkers of the early modern era--Machiavelli, Ibn Khaldun, Hobbes, Vitoria, Spinoza, Locke--and how these authors made sense of the business of politics in their Islamic, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish contexts. Prerequisite: None


SSC383 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Huron University


SSC312 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Huron University

The study of international relations can only be built on a detailed understanding of global dynamics since the end of World War II. This course introduces students to the key individuals, trends, developments and issues which have shaped international relations since 1945, and provides a crucial foundation for later courses in area studies and functional specialities.


SSC368 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Meg Mott

What makes for a good education? What do we mean by a well-educated person? Using Allan Bloom's THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND as a starting place, we'll probe and ponder what constitutes a liberal arts education as well as the politics inherent in such a question. Prerequisite: None


SSC378 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Javed Chaudhri, Dana Howell

An examination of Afghanistan and its relations with its immediate neighbors in the second half of the Twentieth Century, the Russion invasion, Afghan Civil War, rise of the Taliban, events of September 11th and the intervention of the United States. Class will meet on Jan. 25th, 22nd, March 8th and April 12th ONLY. Prerequisite: None


SSC216 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

This course will examine the process of theory building and paradigm change during the first three qenerations of Third World development scholarship. In particular, the three major schools of modernization, dependency, and post dependency theory will be analysed in light of their comparative contributions and limitations. Theoretical discussions will be grounded in the empirical context of real life Third World development challenges. Prerequisite: Social Sciences background or permission of Instructor



SSC224 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Thursday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to some of the most basic issues and ideas in the sub-field of International Law & Organization. Student research projects/papers will serve as the backbone of the class, as specific laws and organizations will be considered in light of their relevance to the particular problems and questions chosen for individual, in-depth study. Prerequisite: Background in Social Science/Political Science

For Politics offerings, see also:


Child Development

SSC59 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Snow Johnson

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


SSC377 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Otto Marx



HUM742 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D29B
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D29B
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D29B

Faculty: James Thomas

Introduction to Biblical literature. The collected texts of the Hebrew Bible ("Old Testment") and the Christian New Testament will be read and discussed first with an emphasis on their own cultural contexts and secondly with an emphasis on their continuing influence in Western culture and especially Western literature. Prerequisite: None


HUM976 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Bataa Mishigish

This course is designed to introduce Buddhism in East Asian countries--namely China, Japan, and Tibet--by providing an account of Buddhism in its historical development and doctrinal interpretations. In its history of transmission and preservation in East Asian cultures, Buddhism has established a major institutional and doctrinal basis that represent both orthodox and unorthodox thoughts and practices that further led to the creation of more complex and diverse sectarian traditions. The development of Buddhism in East Asia, therefore, also represents the various sectarian distinctiveness of so-called Mahayana Buddhism. Students are required to write mid-term and final papers, on the basis of which they will be graded. Prerequisite: General understanding of Buddhism

Plan Writing Seminar

HUM779 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Laura Stevenson

The seminar begins with a discussion of the generally unacknowledged but psychologically unavoidable problems that bedevil Plan writing: lack of direction, plethora of information, dwindling morale, and fear. Sessions will continue with discussions of skills (handling quotations, marshalling and sustaining arguments, bibliography). Later sessions will center upon communal readings of Plan papers of others in the seminar. No meetings after April 20th. Prerequisite: Student must be a senior on Plan


HUM733 - 6 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D29B
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D29B

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson, Stanley Charkey

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: Fall Semester of RLP or permission.

For Religion offerings, see also:



SSC3 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gerald Levy

An investigation into the process by which people respond to and affect their environments by gaining increasing knowledge of them. An interdisciplinary approach will be employed (involving concepts from psychology and anthropology) that will focus on early childhood experience, peer relationships, formal institutional (school) operations and societal pressures for conformity and change. Cross-cultural information will be used to assess different practices within our own society. What factors determine an individual's chance for a "successful" or "unsuccessful" life? Prerequisite: None


SSC80 - 1 Credit - Advanced

  • Tuesday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Gerald Levy

For juniors and seniors on Plan in sociology, or for others who are conducting sociological research as part of their Plans. Issues related to interviewing, participant observation research, survey research, and other research techniques will be discussed. Work in progress will be presented. Prerequisite: On Plan in sociology


HUM990 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Huron University


SSC376 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Gerald Levy

The relationship between school and society is a complex and ever-evolving one. This course will create a lexicon and a theoretical framework of educational paradigms and issues relevant to the relationship between public schools and society. We will examine the terms and key issues present in this relationship with the goal of understanding pedagogical dialogue more fully. PREREQUISITE: None

For Sociology offerings, see also:



ART682 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Huron University

This course uses attendance at productions currently running in London to survey contemporary theatre. Performances will range from the mainstream and traditional to the wildly experimental.


ART667 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Paul Nelsen

This is an intermediate level acting course that will explore techniques of interpretation. Emphasis will be placed on ways of bringing text to voice. Assignments will include substantial memorization of dramatic text and poetry. Prerequisite: None


ART518 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Paul Nelsen, Jaysinh Birjepatil

Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Coriolanus, Measure for Measure, Antony and Cleopatra, and Othello. Close readings of these six of Shakespeare's plays complemented by examination of scenes in performance. Students will be expected to read selected critical commentaries on the plays and watch videos of some representative theatrical productions. However, we will focus on personal interaction with interpretive dynamics of the plays. We'll pursue perspectives in lively discussion and through preparation and presentation of imaginative exercises in seminar exchanges. We may also organize excursions to witness live performances of Shakespeare's work. Students will submit one paper or project. Final exam (oral). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


ART484 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Whittemore Theater/Theater
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Faculty: Eric Bass

A follow up to The Director Did It. Each directing student will study one 20th century European director in depth and direct a scene, as that director might have done it. Research and documentation essential. Prerequisite: The Director Did It (Fall Semester)


ART503 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: David Underwood

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: Eric Bass

This is not a conventional course. "Projects" covers work by actors, directors, and stage managers on specific theater productions or projects. Prerequisite: Audition

For Theater offerings, see also:

Visual Arts

Art Seminar Critique

ART359 - 2 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Timothy Segar, Felicity Ratte, John Willis, Cathy Osman

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

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


ART7 - 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

A beginning course designed to develop skills and knowledge in seeing. A variety of tools and materials will be explored while working from the still life, landscape and the figure. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition and design elements will be our basis of investigation. Prerequisite: None


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 or permission of instructor


ART576 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Woodard Art/Classroom
  • Friday 10:30am-12:50pm in Woodard Art/Classroom

Faculty: Cathy Osman

Monotype is a unique process of developing a one-of-a-kind image utilizing a wide variety of materials and techniques. The course will investigate the 2 basic methods of working a plate. The additive and subtractive technique as well as employing a more experimental approach with the use of color, relief and collage. Limited enrollment of 7 students. Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructor


ART669 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: John Willis

Successful photography is a fine balance of technical skills with the aesthetic and visual expression. This course will be an exploration of more advanced photographic controls. Throughout the term we will investigate various photographic methods through demonstrations and hands on lab work. Technical procedures covered will include camera techniques including view camera use, The Zone System, lighting controls and darkroom processes including , liquid light, enlarged negatives, Cyanotypes, Platinum Prints, as well as creation of digital negatives and prints. While experimenting with the various processes we will also view historical photographic works and discuss the artist's choice of methodology in relationship to the intended visual communication. Prerequisite: Introduction to Photography


ART553 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Timothy Segar

This course eplores the language of objects. We are surrounded by things and take them for granted, but each item was made by a process of design. In a series of problems, students will be asked to design and build a chair, a package, and a game. Problems will focus on structure, presentation, and invention. The development of design styles will be studied as well. While Sculpture I explores the language of three dimension from a representational and expressive point of view, this course approaches the same language from the point of view of a problem solver. The inventive artistic result of this problem solving is often remarkable. Prerequisite: None


ART564 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Michael Boylen

This course focuses on two dimensional and low relief work in clay for tiles and panels. The study of ceramic materials, technical processes, and relevant history is included. Prerequisite: Painting, Studio Art, or permission of instructor

For Visual Arts offerings, see also:

World Studies Program

 Designing Fieldwork

WSP3 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson

In collaboration with faculty sponsors, students write Internship Proposals that describe their academic and professional goals, explaining what they expect to learn; the methods of their independent work; resources found and still needed; and how the work will be evaluated. These proposals function as learning contracts for the academic sponsors, requests for funding for scholarship organizations, and presentation pieces for the hosting organization. A midterm review of the draft proposal by all faculty sponsors provides guidance on methodology and feasibility of the proposed internship and independent study. The finished proposal is due upon completion of the course. Additional sessions cover workplace expectations, health and safety on internship, professional ethics, and cross-cultural adjustment. Prerequisite: Finding an Internship (WSP50)

Finding an Internship

WSP50 - 1 Credit -

Faculty: Carrie Weikel

This course prepares students for finding an internship in a culture other than their own. It includes self-assessment of interests and experiences; writing effective cover letters and resumes; job search and networking skills; and interviewing techniques. Students will also become skilled at the latest techniques for creating and sending eResumes to national and international organizations. In the course of the semester, students will have a chance to meet and learn from returned WSP students, interview professionals in their chosen field, and interview someone who has experience in the country they have chosen for their internship. A session focuses on the basics of intercultural communication and workplace dynamics. (Pass/Fail grade) Prerequisite: None


WSP67 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gerald Levy

An introductory seminar for World Studies students. The course is designed to help students situate themselves in time and place, and to begin to think historically, culturally, and geographically. We will discuss concepts and issues relevant to the contemporary world and to historical experience, in global and comparative contexts. Prerequisite: None


WSP10 - 1 Credit - Advanced

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson

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.

For World Studies Program offerings, see also:


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

Poetry Workshop

ART56 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:20pm in Dalrymple/D43

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. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, based on manuscripts.

Writing and the Teaching of Writing

CDS491 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: John Sheehy

What do we do when we write, and how do we learn to do it? This is the question that will drive our inquiry into both the theory and the practice of teachiing writing, and we will conduct that inquiry with an eye toward learning something not only about the teaching of writing, but also about our own writing processes. During the first third of the course, we'll read and discuss various writing "bibles," beginning (of course) with Strunk and White, and moving to some more radical statements about writing. In the second third of the course you will teach each other how to write: as a class we will design an assignment, and teach that assignment to each other. In the final third of the course, we will apply what we've learned to a different kind fo writing teaching: peer tutoring. The course will involve tutoring on several levels, and we may spend some time working with local high school students. This is not a writing seminar, so if you haven't yet passed the writing requirement, this should not be the only writing course you take this semester. All participants in this course should be enrolled in at least one other course that requires frequent writing, since we will use your own writing as a basis for many of our in-class exercises. This course is a prerequisite for tutoring at Marlboro. Prerequisite: Must have passed the Writing Requirement


HUM848 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

On a daily basis, each of us engages in an act of creation -- the composition of our lives. Many authors have explored the direction, detours, and contours of their own lives in autobiographies and autobiographical novels -- the two genres we will be exploring in this writing seminar. We will read a range of 19th and 20th century texts, including works by Frederick Douglass, Kim Chernin, Tim O'Brien, Maxine Hong Kingston, and others. In our discussions, we will explore how authors and their literary characters compose their lives, construct an identity -- and create a somewhat coherent self often against enormous personal, societal, and cultural obstacles. More specifically, we will attempt to understand how memory and imagination intersect in the act of creating a self. We will be writing about all of these in several formats: in -class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to three 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 texts. Prerequisite: None

Writing Seminars


HUM852 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: John Sheehy

This will be a "linked" writing course -- that is, the couse will be linked to three other classes in the curriculum, and you will draw your ideas, your reading and your paper topics from one of those classes. In the writing seminar, we'll focus on the writing itself, and we'll cover every aspect of it, from idea to structure to grammar. The course will involve a great deal of formal and informal writing and lots of in-class and out-of-class exercises designed to move you toward your larger papers. The writing work we do in class will alternate with work on the papers you do for your other classes: you'll take every paper through a series of drafts before submitting it in the linked class, and we'll spend time doing peer reviews, workshopping drafts, and working one-on-one in writing conferences. Prerequisite: None COREQUISITE: Must be concurrently enrolled in ONE of the following: HUM661- The Family in U.S. History: 1880-Present NSC459- Ethnobotany HUM974- Foundations of Chinese Thought II

  Writing Seminar: The Art of the Tale

HUM975 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

"Unlike the novel" says author Jorge Luis Borges, "a short story may be, for all purposes, essential." What is essential about the short story, with its singular purity and magic, its focus on those seemingly fleeting moments in human life? To attempt to answer this question, we will be examining a range of nineteenth and twentieth century short stories. Stories will include classic tales by Edgar Allen Poe and Anton Chekov, modern stories by William Faulkner and Willa Cather, and contemporary selections from the work of writers such as Louise Eldrich, Isabel Allende, Raymond Carver, and Ben Okri. Though thematic topics will be important to our class discussions, our close textual readings will also help us to examine the subtleties of character development, the creation of plots and subplots,and the inventive narrative devices that each writer uses in creating the world of her/his story. We will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to three 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 texts. Prerequisites: None