Spring 2003 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.

Courses that begin with a are Designated Writing Courses.
Courses that begin with a are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses that begin with a meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
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American Studies

For American Studies offerings, see also:



SSC128 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson

An overview of the dominant theories which have shaped anthropological research and writing in the 20th century. Paradigms to be investigated include Boasian anthropology, functionalism, French structuralism, cultural materialism, sociobiology, interpretive anthropology, feminist anthropology, historical anthropology, and reflexive anthropology. Prerequisite: background in social sciences or permission of instructor


SSC348 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson, Mario Sousa-Pena

This course provides a broad overview of the social, political and economic history of Latin America (from the conquest era to the present) and a survey of issues important throughout the region today (e.g., ones having to do with the environment, civil conflict, urbanization, and indigenous peoples). Students will have the opportunity to research and write on a particular region, country, and/or cultural group. Recommended for students contemplating an internship in Latin America. Prerequisite: None


SSC396 - Variable Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson

An overview of contemporary theoretical and ethnographic writings in anthropology during the first half of the semester followed by Plan-focused reading and writing by individual students during second half. Prerequisite: Plan work in anthropology or permission of the instructor.

For Anthropology offerings, see also:

Art History


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.


HUM1015 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

This class is a survey of art and architecture on the Indian sub-continent beginning with the Buddhist Stupas in the 1st century B.C.E. and ending with the paintings produced at the Mughal court in the 17th century C.E. The aim of the course is to act as an introduction to different artistic movements and the religious traditions of which they form a part. The nature of a survey is such that our study will not be comprehensive but will instead touch upon particular moments across this vast chronological period. We will also explore interpretations of Indian art from a post-colonial perspective, examining the works historiographically as well as historically. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor


ART718 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Huron University


ART714 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Melissa Johnson

An introduction to the history of photography from pre-photographic times to its most recent developments. This course presents an overview of major photographers and trends, technological developments, and stylistic analysis, In addition, an examination of the social and cultural contexts in which photographs are made will be addressed, as will critical approaches to photography and the relationship of photography to other art forms. Prerequisite: None

Asian Studies

 A Frog Jumps In: Seminar in Japanese History & Culture

HUM1035 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Seth Harter

The ripples of Japanese culture have reached all sides of the Pacific. This seminar will examine selected topics in the origins and development of Japanese culture from the late 8th century to the present. We will begin with a general overview of Japanese language, history and geography. We will then consider the fundamental themes of Japanese history while reading key works on Japanese literature, art, politics, religion, and contemporary society. Each student will take responsibility for leading discussion at least once, will write weekly commentaries on the reading, and will produce, by the end of the term, a 15-page research paper. Knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary, but some prior exposure to Japanese culture will be helpful. We will enjoy input from Dana Howell, Tim Little, and Hu Haiyan. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor


Fundamentals of Molecular Biology

NSC415 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Todd Smith

Scientists' ability to explore, understand and manipulate DNA has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In this course we will explore the structure of nucleic acids, and the organization of genes and chromosomes. We will also examine DNA 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 fundamental yet versatile laboratory techniques used by molecular biologists. We will begin with safety and basic laboratory techniques before learning bacterial culture and transformation of bacteria with foreign (plasmid) DNA. This course will also cover DNA and RNA purification, restriction digests of DNA, electorphoresis, northern blotting and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). We will emphasize how these techniques would be used in the course of research project, and students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of these processes through written laboratory reports. Prerequisite: Human Physiology or Biochemistry


General Biology II

NSC291 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Robert Engel, Jennifer Ramstetter

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


NSC489 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Robert Engel

An analysis of the ecology and evolution of island life forms. The course is also placed in the theoretical backdrop of the theory of island biogeography. Prerequisite: College-level Biology


NSC481 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Bruce Abedon

This inquiry-based course will teach laboratory skills and methodology for a wide variety of topics including cell biology, energy metabolism, genetics, evolution, ecology, and classification. Initially more structured, students will gradually become more independent in their approach to developing and carrying out experiments to solve biological questions. Prerequisite: None


NSC487 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Robert Engel

This course is designed to teach students the basic identification skills involved in interpreting mammal and bird track and sign. Students will learn various techniques, such as: field journaling, weather journaling, naturalist inventories, and mapping skills. Students will spend most of their class time in the field; however, information will also be covered in the classroom. Prerequisite: None


NSC21 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

This course examines physiological processes which enable plants to survive, grow, and reproduce. Topics will include mechanisms of water and nutrient uptake and transport, photosynthesis and respiration, and the role of plant hormones. We will emphasize these physiological processes in the context of the widely differing environmental conditions in which plants occur. Prerequisite: College-level Biology or Permission of Instructor


NSC486 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Todd Smith, Robert Engel

Scientists have developed an array of techniques for studying DNA structure and function, and these tools have supported impressive advances in physiology and medicine. But these tools have also been applied with great success in ecology and conservation biology to produce a new sub-discipline: conservation genetics. The goal of this course is to illustrate how techniques for studying DNA can be used to answer questions of interest to conservation biologists. We will explore the connections between theory, fieldwork and laboratory work by reading journal articles and learning molecular genetics techniques in the laboratory. In particular, we will study the theory behind the behavior of genes in small populations, read a range of papers which attempt to evaluate genes and their frequencies in these populations, and then try to recreate the studies in the new DNA lab. The format for the course is a combination lecture/seminar and laboratory course that meets twice per week: one session for discussion and one session in the laboratory. Prerequisite: General Biology I & II

For Biology offerings, see also:


Ceramics II

ART102 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Michael Boylen

Intermediate work in ceramics based on wheel throwing and/or handbuilding; critical analysis of three-diminsional form; readings in the history and technical literature of ceramics. Prerequisite: Ceramics I at Marlboro


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



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.



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

Further study of introductory Ancient Greek: a continuation of Greek I A. Prerequisite: Greek I A or equivalent


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

Further study of introductory Latin: a continuation of Latin I A. Prerequisite: Latin I A


HUM1013 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Emily Pillinger

Democracies invite comic expression of both political and social viewpoints. In the Athenian democracy we see the production of some of the funniest (and most offensive) dramatic comedies, mocking contemporary politics, philosophy and art. As the democracy declines we see a turn towards less controversial comedy based around parodies of social norms, which themes are then copied in the early dramatic comedies in Rome. Finally we see the same techniques put to use in the great political orations of the final years of the Roman republic, when the lawyers adopted theatrical themes to entertain (and convince) their jurors. We will look at the works that reflect this transition over the 500-year period, reading, in English translation, works by Aristophanes and Menander (Greek), and Plautus, Terence and Cicero (Latin). Students should be prepared to discuss the language of the plays/speeches and their cultural significance. Prerequiste: Sense of Humor

For Classics offerings, see also:

Computer Science

Artificial Intelligence

CDS34 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D29B

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

An examination of the methods used in problems encountered in trying to teach computers to "think." Topics covered will be among the following: representation of knowledge, learning, game theory, perception, neural networks, cellular automata, cognitive modeling, and natural language processing. Most people who work in AI, program in Lisp, and so we will probably learn it along the way--but that shouldn't be the main focus of the course. This is an intermediate course in computer science which will assume that you already have some programming skills. Prerequisite: Knowledge of a programming language.


NSC477 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

How does the internet work? How do I make a web page? Does WWW really stand for World Wide Wait? This course will look at some of the technologies behind the internet, including HTML syntax and some JavaScript, programming as well as help you practice some basic computer skills with images, text and files. We will also do some reading on the history and culture of the 'net, and see what folks are doing with it. Prerequisite: Some familiarity with computers.

Cultural History


CDS524 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Dana Howell

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, five new states appeared on the map in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Created as Soviet socialist republics, they are now pulled between East and West, as Muslim countries hosting Western oil companies and U.S. troops for the conflict in Afghanistan and, possibly, Iraq. Some say the Americans represent the latest of a long series of great empires built on the sands of Central Asia, like those of Alexander the Great, the Mongols, Tamerlane, the Russians, and the Soviets. In the midst of these empires lay the ancient Silk Road between China and the West, with the great oasis cities of Bukhara and Samarkand, surrounded by the largest nomadic societies in the world. This course is an introduction to the history and cultures of Central Asia, from ancient to contemporary times, with special attention to the cultural influences of the Silk Road, the impact of great nomadic conquests, and the questions of nationalism and identity in Central Asian societies today. Prerequisite: None

For Cultural History offerings, see also:



ART685 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Kim Greenberg

This 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


ART20 - 1 Credit - Introductory

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

Faculty: Carrie Buettner

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 experience or permission of instructor.


ART660 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Alison Mott

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


ART716 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

  • Friday 8:30am-9:50am in Persons Auditorium/Persons

Faculty: Alison Mott


ART715 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Gershom Moore, Brendan Crowley


ART711 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Sarah Grasso


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


ART707 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Alison Mott

The premise of this course is that choreographers benefit from showing and discussing their work in a cooperative setting with others similarly engaged, and that the articulate dancer is in a better position to disseminate and promote the artform. Our time will be about equally divided between inventing/structuring movement phrases and describing/interpreting what we see. We will try on several strategies for critical response and observe the ways each intersects with the reiterative process of dance-making. Participants in the course will be expected to engage in active dance-making outside of class and to write on a regular basis about the works they are seeing and creating. Class times will be reserved for problem-setting, problem-solving and discussion. Prerequisite: Coursework in dance technique and improvisation or permission of the instructor


ART710 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 8:30am-9:50am in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:50am in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Alison Mott

Class will begin with a vigorous warm-up rooted in the Dunham technique, and will focus on building strength and solid alignment. During the second part of the class, students will practice movement combinations in a variety of modern jazz idioms. Prerequisite: Class work in the Dunham technique or permission of instructor


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 physical 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


"What's So Funny?" A Seminar on Comedy

CDS16 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Paul Nelsen

"What's so Funny?" Studies in the craft, practice, and dynamics of comedy. Investigations will include reading essays on the theory of comedy and dramatic scripts, viewing and analysis of performance on video; and preparation of original projects on comedy. Prerequisite: None


ART706 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Holly Derr

Development of a new play through workshop to production based on a professional model. Opportunities to act (by audition), stage manage, design, assistant direct, and dramaturg. The class is open to all students and everyone who takes the class will have an integral role in the work. We will rehearse Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Class time will take the form of source work, production and design meetings, and analysis of rehearsals. Prerequisite: None

For Drama offerings, see also:



SSC38 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: James Tober

This course surveys the current state of the natural environment, develops a conceptual framework for understanding the environmental choices that face us, and examines the policy setting within which those choices are presently made. Although primary focus is on the U.S., considerable attention is paid to global problems and policies. A fifth credit may be earned by preparation of a substantial term paper applying the perspectives of the course to a policy issue. Prerequisite: Prior work in social or environmental science, or permission of instructor


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

For Economics offerings, see also:

Environmental Studies


NSC483 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

Sustainability is a widely used term suggesting the ability of a system to maintain itself or a process to continue indefinitely. In this course, we will examine the ecological basis of sustainability and explore questions such as: Is sustainable development a contradictory phrase? Can any system that humans use or create be sustainable? How can we evaluate the relative sustainability of systems? We will include topics such as sustainable agriculture and forestry and topics of your choice. Although numerous disciplines study the concept of sustainability, we will approach sustainability from a biological perspective. Prerequisite: None

For Environmental Studies offerings, see also:

Film/Video Studies


ART709 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Bess O'Brien

This class will explore the theory and practice of documentary film production. Students will work with digital min-DV cameras to make short films utilizing techniques of direct cinema, documentary interviews, mock documentary, found footage, "reality" filmmaking, and reflexive cinema, where the filmmaker is revealed as part of the practice. Readings, screenings, and class discussion will include considerations of documentary production techniques; social, ethical, and philosophical issues surrounding non-fiction film; the role of film in constructing and defining cultural history and memory; and other topics. TEXT: Directing the Documentary by Michael Rabiger. 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


ART708 - Variable Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Dana Howell, Geoffrey Eads

Akira Kurosawa was one of the leading film directors of the 20th century. His films reflect both Japanese and international cultural influences, and his work provokes and inspires a variety of artistic and poplular responses. We will consider his films as cinematic art, expressing his engagement with visual narration, history, literature, and the political issues of his time. Other Marlboro faculty members will participate in the discussion of individual films. Weekly written comments and three short papers; one additional credit for substantial research projects. Tuesdays: Film Showings Thursdays: Discussions (tentative; see instructor if you have a conflict) Prerequisite: None

For Film/Video Studies offerings, see also:



HUM1027 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Kate Jellema

Urging the Vietnamese people to stand up and fight, charismatic leader Ho Chi Minh cried out to them: "Nothing so precious as freedom and independence." These deceptively simple words point to the driving questions of modern Vietnamese history: Freedom for whom, for what and from what? Independence under which flag? What price are we willing to pay, in lives lost and happiness foregone, for these precious ideals? And finally, what is the relationship between individual rights and the collective good? In this class, we will draw on sources such as No Other Road to Take, the memoir of a peasant girl who followed the revolution; Ho Chi Minh's manifestos and his poetry; a novel about life on an agricultural collective written by one of the most controversial Vietnamese writers alive today; and a haunting short story about the moral bancruptcy of life after war. The class will cover the colonial experience and the anti-colonial struggle, 1858-1954 (4 weeks of class time); the American War, 1954-1975 (3 weeks); and postwar recovery and reform, 1975-present (6 weeks). Students in this class will be required to attend approximately five Monday evening lectures over the course of the term by experts on modern Vietnam. Students planning to participate in the Spring 2003 Marlboro College trip to Vietnam are required to take either this class or its prequel, "Behind the Bamboo Hedge" (offered Fall 2002). Prerequisite: None


CDS113 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Friday 1:30pm-3:50pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Timothy Little

A weekly seminar for juniors on Plan and sophomores anticipating a Plan in history or historical anthropology. A selection of recent works representing new approaches to historical writing and research will be discussed. Students will also do research and writing exercises designed to develop skills for further work in history. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


HUM1018 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Timothy Little

The Spanish Armada or the "Enterprise of England" in 1588 marked a critical moment in the wars of religion which convulsed Europe and the broader world from the 1540s to the 1640s. Working outwards from 1588 we will touch on the origins of the Netherlands, the French Wars of Religion, the exploration of the New World and the origins of English Settlement in North America. Prerequisite: College-level History helpful

For History offerings, see also:


 Seminar in Religion, Literature, & Philosophy II

HUM1026 - 6 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, Meg Mott

This is the second half of a year-long course, reading and discussion of the major works of western culture from Old Testament to Shakespeare. Heavy reading schedule, regular discussions, papers required. Prerequisite: Seminar in Religion, Literature, and Philosophy I



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 I A in the fall may still be eligible to take this class with permission of instructor.


HUM616 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo

Continued study of the French language. Prerequisite: French II A or equivalent


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 I A


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 the equivalent


HUM613 - 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: Italian I A


HUM89 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 6:30pm-8:30pm in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Edmund Brelsford

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


HUM1020 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • 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: Haiyan Hu

A continuation of Japanese I A, 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: Japanese I A or equivalent


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: Haiyan Hu

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


HUM19 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D34
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D34
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm 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 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 writig on everyday topics treated in the materials, using the new sounds, structures and vocabulary. Prerequisite: Spanish I A


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

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 IA & IB (two terms) or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor


HUM1021 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Joseph Callahan

A continuation of Welsh II A. Students who have successfully completed Welsh II A or its equivalent may continue their study of contemporary spoken and written Welsh in this course. Prerequisite: Welsh II A

For Languages offerings, see also:



HUM1023 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Heather Clark

This survey course provides introductions to several 20th century poets from the British Isles, among them Yeats, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Dylan Thomas, Stevie Smith, Keith Douglas, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Geoffrey Hill, Tony Harrison, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian, and Eavan Boland. We will situate the poems in their historical and cultural contexts, then focus intensely on the language. Issues to consider include WWI, WWII, modernism, the "Movement," feminism, and the Northern Ireland "Troubles." By the end of the course, you should be able to analyze poetry with confidence; you should also have a good understanding of the political and aesthetic debates which have helped shape modern poetry in Britain and Ireland. Prerequisite: None


HUM1016 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

Ethical choice in three novels: Lord Jim (Conrad), Beloved (Toni Morrison), Absalom, Absalom (William Faulkner). The class will meet the first six weeks only. A focus on the authors' literary techniques/narrative voice, metaphor, plot, setting. Prerequisite: None


HUM977 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Edmund Brelsford

A survey of Spanish-American literature beginning with literary fragments preserved in Spanish from pre-Columbian cultures (Mayan, Aztec & Incan) 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


HUM1034 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo

Ce cours explorera les ecrivains du debut du XXeme siecle: Proust, Breton, Bernanos, Sartre, Camus, Malraux, et Celine. Prerequisite: Advanced language coursework or other literature classes.


HUM1029 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

An exploration of American an Vietnamese literature describing and coming to terms with the American War in Vietnam. We will read novels, poetry, and memoirs from a variety of personal and cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: None


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 of Irigaray, Cixous, Kristeva and the radical ethnography in The Black Atlantic by Paul Gilroy, in relation to certain modern novels from Africa, New Zealand, the Caribbean, India, England and the United States 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 Ondaatje and The Bone People by Keri Hulme, which are politically inflected in terms of race, gender and cultural hybridity. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor


HUM1017 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

An examination of Shakespeare's presentation of Kingship and authority. Plays included are Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, and his English history plays. Prerequisite: None


HUM1024 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Heather Clark

Many critics have argued that Sylvia Plath has attracted more attention, and from a broader readership, than any other English or American poet of the post-war period. Unfortunately, such attention tends to derive from an interest in her life (and death) rather than an understanding or appreciation of her work. Yet Plath possessed one of the century's most original and startling poetic voices; to consider her work only in light of her biography is both reductive and misguided. Together, then, we will deconstruct "the Plath myth," as we read her prose and poetry in detail. We will pay close attention to the themes of rebirth and the double, as well as Plath's status as a feminist icon. We will also discuss the collaborative relationship between Plath and her husband, the British poet Ted Hughes. Lastly, we will consider the ways in which Plath was both the creator and creation of her art. Prerequisite: None


HUM1031 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: John Sheehy

This course will pick up, roughly, where Apocalyptic Hope left off last year: out of the American Renaissance, into the Gilded Age, the Modernist period, and through the two world wars, tracing the development of the "American" as it faces, often reluctantly and anyway never without a fight, the inevitability of the modern. We will begin with Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" - a book Hemingway once famously called the beginning of all American literature; from there we'll go on to consider the works of writers and poets as various as Theodore Dreiser, Stephen Crane, T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O'Connor, Ralph Ellison, Carson McCullers, Joseph Heller and others. The point of this course, like that of its sister course, Apocalyptic Hope, is to read as much as we can; to develop as broad an understanding as possible of both canonical and non-canonical 20th century literature, and to consider how that literature has helped to shape not just the literature that followed it, but who we are in the 21st century. NOTE: this will NOT be a writing seminar: it will involve way too much reading for that. Consider this fair warning: the reading load for this class will be heavy- averaging 250 pages a week. Students still working on the Writing Requirement, or students taking another heavy reading or writing course, should take this course another time. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; must have passed the writing requirement.

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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 Permission of 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


NSC338 - 8 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Joseph Mazur

A course in invention and discovery. We shall be looking at examples of knots to search for patterns and the reasons behind those patterns. Students will develop their own mathematical ideas. Prerequisite: None

Linear Algebra

NSC164 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Joseph Mazur

Basic matrix theory and linear algebra, emphasizing topics useful in other disciplines, including systems of equations, vector spaces, determinants, eigenvalues, similarity, and positive definite matrices. Prerequisite: Solid algebra background. Some knowledge of calculus helpful.


NSC479 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Joseph Mazur

Come explore the difference between plausible reasoning and deductive reasoning by examining examples from science and mathematics. Come read some of the great works on the subject from Poincare to Mazur. Major emphasis will be "hands on" work in making conjectures based on numerous examples from number theory, theories of infinity, and geometry. Prerequisite: None

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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.

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: Junko Watanabe

Study and performance of some of the great choral literature from all periods, ranging from medieval to contemporary. Performance given during week prior to exams. Opportunities for solo work. Rehearsals will emphasize interpretation, as well as good vocal production. Grade based on attendance. Although an audition is required for those without choir experience, everyone is admitted. Prerequisite: None


ART330 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

Study of contrapuntal techniques of the 18th century. Two-part invention, chorale elaborations and fugue in the style of Bach will be covered. Prerequisite: Harmony and Theory Fundamentals


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

Medieval & Renaissance Music

ART82 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

A study of the development of both sacred and secular forms and styles in music and its relation to social and cultural conditions of the time. Prerequisite: None


ART489 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

A course intended for musicians interested in exploring music composition. Students should have facility on an instrument (or voice) and have some sight reading ability. Short compositions will be written and performed every week. Musical structure, notation, etc. will be discussed in relation to the student's work. Prerequisite: Ability to read music; basic theory; ability to play an instrument, permission of instructor


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: Luis Batlle

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


ART421 - 3 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: Luis Batlle

Further work towards proficiency in reading bass and treble clefs; sight-singing, dictation, simple and compound rhythms, including all intervals, alterations, and rhythms in two voices. Prerequisite: Solfege I A or permission of instructor


ART713 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

Preparation for the Vietnam Music Project, to take place in May. Prerequisite: Participation in the Vietnam Trip

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HUM795 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Huron University

This required course combines further practice in academic research, reading, and writing, with an introduction to informal logic and rhetoric. Its objectives include: to improve students' information gathering, reading and writing skills; to introduce students to basic strategies of thought and persuasion; to give students practice in the construction and assessment of arguments.


HUM452 - 4 Credits -

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

Faculty: Neal Weiner

A close reading of the Critique of Pure Reason and the Foundation of the Metaphysics of Morals. Prerequisite: Modern Philosophy; Descarte, Hume


CDS523 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Travis Norsen, Neal Weiner

A historical study of the scientific method, analyzing both the methodolgy used by practicing scientists and the questions about that methodology which have been raised by philosophers. Topics include: the roles of deduction and induction, the formation and evaluation of theories, and the ontological status of theoretical entities. Discussion of these issues will emerge from reading on Plato's cosmology, Aristotle's biology, the Copernican revolution in astronomy, the development of the atomic theory of matter, and Darwin's theory of evolution. Prerequisite: One previous Science course, one previous Philosphy course, or Permission of Instructor

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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 II

NSC262 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Travis Norsen

Continuation of the year-long introductory physics sequence. Topics include waves and oscillations, acoustics, rotational dynamics, and a bit of thermodynamics. Lab component of course will meet at a day/time TBA. Prerequisite: General Physics I


NSC446 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Travis Norsen

Work on a physics-related project of your choice and design. Projects can be experimental work in mechanics, acoustics, electronics, etc.; a theoretical study of some area of physics or astronomy; or even a guided reading of a historically-important scientific text. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

For Physics offerings, see also:

Political Science


SSC304 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 6:30pm-8:00pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 6:30pm-8:00pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

A research methods seminar for juniors and seniors on plan. The course will focus on "levels of analysis" when approaching research issues and topics. Each student will be expected to explore their own particular subject matter through various "frames" or "lenses," ranging from the individual level through the most systemic of aggregations, or presented through common readings and as considered through weekly theoretical discussions. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


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.


HUM1014 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Meg Mott

The human body has always held a central place in political theory. In the Middle Ages, it served as the pre-eminent metaphor for the well-ordered state (Aquinas). In the Early Modern Era, its foibles diminished the transcendental status of the king and his court (Montaigne). More recently, political theorists have used the body to describe the alientation of labor (Marx) and to locate technologies of power (Foucault). The readings for this class are not particularly easy. First, there is the nature of theory: it demands mental gymnastics. Second, there is the subject matter: some of the readings deal with torture. We will be using reflective writing assignments to make sense of the ideas and to alleviate some of the psychic and somatic tension. Those writings will provide fodder for a final paper, the goal of which is to incorporate these ideas into our physical lives. Prerequisite: A willingness to engage with difficult materials.

For Political Science offerings, see also:


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SSC60 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Apple Tree
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Apple Tree

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

An examination of the works of Carl Gustav Jung and the Post-Jungian movement. The course addresses the impact of his thought on psychology and on literature. Prerequisite: None


SSC399 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

An intermediate course in social psychology that focuses in depth on topics like: self, aggression & altruism, attitude change. Prerequisite: Background in Social Sciences



HUM1028 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Adrienne Major

Perceptions of Islam: Perceptions of Islam seeks to understand the fundamentals of Islam through a study of its religious texts, history and philosophy, and to integrate the conversation about Islam and culture through a study of classical and contemporary literature. At this point in our history, with our own belligerent posturing against Iraq, the peace process between Israel and Palestine in bloody tatters, "rogue states" understood as a cipher for Islamicist militancy, our misunderstandings of Islamic culture exacerbated by our own war against terrorism, it is vitally important that we broaden our understanding of the nature and the culture of Islam and its teachings. To that end we will read, study and discuss the Qur'an, selections from the Hadith and from modern Islamic theologians as well as analyze highly controversial contemporary literature written both within and against the Islamic tradition. These include Moroccan, Pakistani, Egyptian, Persian and Ottoman traditions, and span the centuries from the seventh to the twentieth. This course stresses independent reading, class discussion, oral presentation, and three longer papers as its graded student responses. Prerequisite: None


Sculpture II

ART552 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 9:00am-11:30am in Perrine/Perrine
  • Thursday 9:00am-11:30am in Perrine/Perrine

Faculty: Timothy Segar

This is a course in the identification of and action on sculptural ideas. Projects in conceptual development, figure modeling, and the interaction of drawing and sculpture will be given. Technical areas such as waste-mold making will be introduced. Prerequisite: Sculpture I or permission of instructor



SSC302 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Gerald Levy

An exploration of the economic, political and cultural roots of U.S. foreign policy focusing on the period from World War II to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on the international and domestic consequences of U.S. foreign policy in the post 9/11 epoch. Prerequisite: None


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


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

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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.

Intermediate Acting

ART702 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Holly Derr

This course will apply psychological theater and the Viewpoints composition techniques to a variety of forms, including Greek drama, Expression, Epic theater, and post-modern collage. It will include an introduction to other acting techniques, including Linklater and Brecht. Students must have experience with Stanislavksy's System and the Viewpoints. Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting or permission of instructor


ART703 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Holly Derr, Timothy Little

In this course we will study four revolutionary play-forms (Euripedes, Buchner, Brecht, and the post-modern collages of Heiner Mueller and Charles L. Mee, Jr.) in the context of the government, politics, and economics of their times (Athens 5th Century B.C., Germany 1830s, Berlin 1920s, Germany & U.S. 1950s and 80s). Plays will be considered for revolutionary structure and subversive content in relation to the dominant ideologies surrounding their creation. Prerequisite: None


ART699 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Paul Nelsen

Studies in composing, shaping, and refining scripts for the stage and screen. Participants will complete a series of exercises including writing action without dialogue, crafting dialogue, voice and character, place and atmosphere, puzzling out structure, and achieving closure. Students will also read and analyze model scripts and examine lessons in dramaturgical craft. Prerequisite: None


ART503 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Paul Nelsen, 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: Holly Derr

This is not a conventional course. "Projects" covers work by actors, directors, and stage managers on the development and production of a new full-length play. 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: Cathy Osman, Michael Boylen

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


ART726 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Michael Boylen


ART717 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Huron University

Fundamental drawing techniques are taught using various tools and materials with the subject matter taken from nature, still life, manufactured forms, the model and imagination. Emphasis is plaaced on creative problem-solving in wet, dry, and mixed media.


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: Timothy Segar

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


ART704 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Cathy Osman

This course will focus on drawing the figure. In-class work will concentrate on direct observational drawing, examining line, value, proportion, mass, anatomy as they relate to the human form. Extensive outside of class drawing will encourage abstraction, thematic development and a personal drawing language. Prerequisite: Drawing 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


ART366 - Variable 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: Drawing I and Painting I


ART701 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Timothy Segar, John Willis

The histories of photography and, more recently, sculpture/ installation art, are rife with examples of artists who are not content to simply observe reality as it exists but who find it necessary to construct their own. This course will focus on the conjunction of the disciplines of sculpture and photography and provide a venue for students to make work that reflects their own constructed reality. The end product of the work of this class will sometimes be photographs and, in other projects, sculpture. Both skills will be employed in each. Objects and spaces will be transformed and become the subject of new work. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively. Prerequisite: Photo I or permission of instructors

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World Studies Program


WSP71 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Mario Sousa-Pena, Meg Mott

This course is intended to offer a comprehensive overview of contemporary Mexico, with a special emphasis on democracy, security, violence, drugs, human rights, and relations with the United States. The object of this course is to encourage students to be better informed of hemispheric transformations. ****This course will meet only until Spring Break. Prerequisite: None

 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.

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.


WSP67 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Lynette Rummel, Mario Sousa-Pena

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

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

This 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


HUM1032 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: John Sheehy, Laura Stevenson

This seminar concerns the fundamental skills necessary to writing creative non-fiction (roughly defined as memoir, lyric and personal essay, meditation, cultural critique, nature and travel writing). Students will begin by doing weekly exercises in description, interview, dialogue, character study, and literary presentation of research; gradually, they will progress towards longer works: weekly writing assignments, illustrative reading, and workshops. A portfolio of all work written and revised is due at the end of term. Prerequisite: Passage of the Clear Writing Requirement; completion of six classic works of CNF prior to the beginning of the course: Truman Capote,In Cold Blood; John McPhee,Control of Nature; Ivan Doig,The House of Sky; Anne Fadiman,The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down; Norman Maclean,A River Runs Through It; and Richard Rodriguez,Days of Obligation; permission of instructors. Seminar limited to 10 students.

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 writing samples.

Writing Seminars


NSC488 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Todd Smith, Laura Stevenson

In 1953 biologists James Watson and Francis Crick first deduced the structure of DNA, and since then the advances in molecular biology have been staggering. Scientists can make plants resistant to pesticides. Doctors can cure children born with no immune system. Stem cell technology may someday lead to permanent cures for a variety of diseases. But DNA science also raises serious ethical questions. For example, should we release genetically engineered organisms into the environment, and should gene therapy trials be halted after the death of a 17-year old patient in one such trial? In this course we will explore advances in human understanding of DNA, and the promises and perils associated with scientists' ability to manipulate genetic material. We will examine the personalities driving DNA research, as well as the politics and financial incentives involved. We will read four books (including Genom, by Matt Ridley, and Lords of the Harvest, by Daniel Charles) and several articles, and students will write four papers. Prerequisite: None


HUM852 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: John Sheehy

This will be a "linked" writing course -- that is, the course 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: You must be registered for one of the following: HUM 1018-The Spanish Armada and the Wars of Religion, HUM 1015-Religious Art in India, HUM 1014-The Body Politic.


HUM1019 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

In this writing seminar, we will read autobiographies that create a self in language and in photographs, considering how text and image interact and reflect on one another. Existing on the border between fact and fiction, autobiographical writing often conceals as much as it reveals. Within the context of autobiography, we will explore the point at which photographs enter the text and examine how they act to undercut or reinforce the written narrative. Beginning with Christa Wolf's Patterns of Childhood, we will examine an autobiography where the narrator attempts to reconstruct her childhood by creating mental images of photographs that were lost at the end of WWII. We will then read autobiographies in which words and images work together: Micheal Ondaatje's Running in the Family, N. Scott Momaday's Names, Eudora Welty's One Writer's Beginnings and Wright Morris's Home Place. 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 response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision, and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the texts. Prerequisite: None


HUM1022 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

In Twice Told Tales, we will be reading paired texts (novels, plays and short stories) and watching film versions (classic and contemporary) of each of the longer works. Our discussions will explore the dialogues that contemporary authors create with the past--dialogues that transgress the boundaries of time and support Virginia Woolf's suggestion that "books continue each other, in spite of our habit of judging them separately." We will be making connections among the works that move us both forward and backward, juxtaposing familiar and unfamiliar texts in ways that will stimulate readings of both. Texts will include Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Valerie Martin's Mary Reilly, William Shakespeare's King Lear, Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, and Michael Cunnigham's The Hours. 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 response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision, editing will alternate with our class discussion of the texts. Prerequisite None