Spring 2004 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


HUM44 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

Often referred to as the placid decade, the 1950s in the United States was a period of enormous growth, energy, and variety. In politics, the onset of the Cold War and the expansion of the Red Scare coexisted with the rise to prominence of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and the modern civil rights movement. On the cultural scene, intellectuals debated the costs of mass suburbanization and white collar conformity while Jack Kerouac and the beats were setting the tone for a new generation of writers and Thelonius Monk and Charlie Parker were introducing a new kind of jazz. Popular culture celebrated the return of women to the home while an unprecedented number of married women participated in the paid labor force. This course will explore the complexities of the Cold War Era, attempting to identify the significant and enduring cultural and political shifts that were taking place beneath the sometimes deceptively calm surface of fifties America. Prerequisite: None

Consumer Culture In Historical Perspective

HUM1077 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

This course explores the historical development of U.S. consumer cultures from 1890 to the present. Topics to be covered include the development of the department store and the rise of the adverstising industry, the democratization of consumption in the post W.W. II era, and the impact of consumerism on contemporary urban space. Particular empahsis on the politics of consumption over time and on how consumer cultures shape the social construction of identities. Prerequisite None


HUM30 - Variable Credits - Advanced

  • Friday 9:30am-10:40am in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

The seminar will provide a forum in which juniors and seniors present and discuss Plan work in progress related to studies in American culture. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

For American Studies offerings, see also:



SSC414 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Nancy Muller

This course offers an overview of how anthropologists think and write about the contemporary dynamics of the peoples and cultures of Africa and the African diaspora. A diaspora is a dispersal of people who share a common origin in a particular homeland. The course will explore the cultural themes linking the peoples of Africa, North America, the Carribean and Latin America. Prerequisite None


SSC411 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Thomas Ernst

This course surveys the historical development of the English language, focusing on its phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon at each major stage of its history, from Old English (450-1100), to Middle English (1100-1500) and on to Early Modern and present-day English. The later part of the course discusses the structure of modern English in more detail, and also examines social and geographic variation in present-day English. Frequent assignments help students understand the numerous sound changes, evolution of declensions and conjugations, development of new word orders and syntactic structures, and the main lines of etymology in the language's history.


SSC394 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Thomas Ernst

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


SSC412 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Kate Jellema

In her seminal work on Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, anthropologist Katherine Verdery asked "What was socialism, and what comes next?" These two seemingly simple questions will guide our discussions in this advanced seminar, designed for students doing Plan-level work on contemporary Vietnam or other (post-) socialist countries. Drawing from anthropology, sociology, literature and economics, we will ask how revolutionary socialism was experienced by ordinary people, what combination of forces led to the reform movements of the 1980s, and how recent revnovations are transforming everything from consumer behavior to religion, political power to marriage practices. Our goal in this course will be to help one another translate our fieldwork and library research into thoughtful, well-written Plan papers. Over the course of the term, each student will be expected to circulate at least two discussions. We will also read recent articles from a variety of academic disciplines, with three goals in mind: to deepen our understanding of Renovation-era Vietnam, to situate our own research within a broader comparative framework, and to learn more about how scholars from different disciplines choose to write up their research. Our final reading list will be determined on the basis of student interests, but will likely include selections from Verdery's What Was Socialism, And What Comes Next? as well as Hue-Tam Ho Tai's Country of Memory, Robert Hefner's Market Cultures, Hy Van Luong's Postwar Vietnam, Xin Liu's In One's Own Shadow, Yun-Xiang Yan's Private Life Under Socialism and Le Minh Khue's The Stars, The Earth, The River. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

For Anthropology offerings, see also:

Art History


HUM1076 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Brian Clancy

Although people have lived in large cities since antiquity, the physical composition of those cities has changed dramatically, as new priorities and problems have generated myriad approaches to urban design. This course examines urban architecture and planning in modern Europe and the United States, from Renaissance Rome and Paris through selected Baroque and Neoclassical city plans, industrialization and its urbanistic consequences, and the challenges that have faced cities and suburbs in the last century. We will consider the motives and strategies (religious, propagandistic, aesthetic, commercial, reformist, utopian, etc.) that architects, politicians, theorists, and others have proposed for various urban contexts. The course focuses on Western cities, but we will occasionally explore relevant non-Western examples and the interaction between the two spheres. Prerequisite: Experience in Architectural History (HUM 1055) or Urban Studies highly recommended, but not essential.

Asian Studies


HUM1075 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Seth Harter

A continuation of Ancient Chinese History and Culture (HUM 1052), this course will examine the major trends in Chinese history from the 17th century to the present. Along the way we will consider phenomenal expansion of China's territory, population, and economy under the Manchu Qing dynasty. We will them explore the onslaught of rebellion, reform, and revolution that put an end to the imperial system. Finally, we weill stdy the radical communism of Mao Zedong and conclude by looking at the challenges facing China today, including population control, minority policy, economic development, relations with Taiwan, and the Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangzi River. **This course will meet occasional Monday evenings 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Prerequisite None Note: Students wishing to paricipate in the college-sponsored trip to China in May-June, 2004 should take this course, its fall-term precursor (Ancient Chinese History and Culture--HUM 1052), or both.


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 systhesis, 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: Biochemistry

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology Lab

NSC420 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

Faculty: Todd Smith

This course will explore a variety of fundamental 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 wil also cover DNA and RNA purification, restriction digests fo DNA, electrophoresis, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and northern blotting. We will ephasize how these techniques would be used in the course of a research project, and students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding in these processes through written laboratory reports. Prerequisite: Biochemistry Lab



NSC224 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Bruce Abedon

An exploration of genetic principles including Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics. Prerequisite: Biology or permission


NSC508 - 2 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Robert Engel

This course will offer a few advanced students a research experience that will focus on the natural history of red fox. Emphasis will be placed on habitat preferences of the red fox as elucidated by tracking data.


NSC509 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Todd Smith

This class will focus on the essentials of normal nutrition for the health and development of individuals. We will discuss the functions, requirements, food sources and deficiency symptoms of nutrients in a healthy diet. We will also discuss the role proper nutrition takes in the prevent of disease.

Scientific Methods in Alternative Medicine

NSC369 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Allison Turner

A seminar course covering ten to twenty modalities of alternative healing. We will discuss the theoretical basis of each, read papers from the scientific literature, and discuss the scientific methods used. Students will give presentations based on scientific literature from their chosen healing modality. Prerequisite: None


NSC504 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Robert Engel

More of "not your mama's biology." Six books, emphasizing physiological and behavioral ecology. Several more projects will help us with the methods of science. Prerequisite: Topics in Biology (NSC 496), or Permission of Instructor


General Chemistry II

NSC505 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Todd Smith

The central focus of general chemistry is the composition of matter and transformations of matter. In the second half of this course we will examine in detail models of chemical bonds, reaction kinetics, acid-base equilibria, and electrochemistry. We will also explore some aspects of organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and analytical chemistry. Environmental chemistry will continue to be a secondary theme of the course as we relate all of these topics to the effects of human activity on our environment.

General Chemistry II Lab

NSC506 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Todd Smith

The laboratory sessions will continue to be an opportunity for students to hone their lab skills and to explore topics and ideas discussed in class. We will use primary literature to provide some context for our experiments, and students will work in teams to devise, conduct and analyze experiments. Also, this semester there will be a greater focus on employing the principles of green chemistry in our lab experiments.



HUM1074 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Elizabeth Lucas

How were Greek and Roman "ideals of masculinity" different? What were "gender roles" in the ancient world? We will be using a wide variety of sources from literature and medical writings to curse tablets and artwork to answer these and many other questions, as well as relating these concepts to today's world. Prerequisite: Evidence of knowledge of how to use historical or literary sources (such as a history or anthropology course) and permission of instructor.


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: Elizabeth Lucas

Further study of introductory Greek grammar, vocabulary and syntax. 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: Elizabeth Lucas

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

For Classics offerings, see also:

Computer Science


NSC500 - Variable Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

An examination of the concepts and methods in programming graphical user interfaces made up of windows and mouse clicks as well as other computer graphics such as 3D rendering and animation. The specific topics and level of the course will depend on the students. (We'll likely use Java, Perl, or C.) Prerequisite: Computer Programming


NSC499 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

A survey of how images, music, and video are created, edited, and presented with the use of computers. Topics will range from basic skills (creating a web page of digital photographs) to emerging cool tricks ( streaming video over the internet, CG animation) depending on student interests and what tools we can make available. Prerequisite: Some familiarity with computers

Cultural History


CDS532 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Dana Howell, Stanley Charkey, Holly Derr

In the first decades of the twentieth century, artists created the foundations of "modern" art. Some were spiritual seekers escaping what Kandinsky called the "nightmare of materialism"; some saw their art as studies of physical reality; others were social radicals devoted to changing public consciousness and popular art. All joined in breaking boundaries betewen "high" and "low" art, mixing cultural sources, and drawing attention to the process of creation. They experimented in form, color, sound, space, and movement, often working in collaboration across artistic disciplines. Cubism, Neo-primitivism, Expressionism, Constructivism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Dada were "movements" of the time; Kandinsky, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Cocteau, Nijinsky, and Brecht were a few of the pathbreaking artists. Bridging World War I, these art movements absorbed the shocks of the age and changed with post-War society of the 1920s. Focussing on visual and performing arts in Europe and Russia, we will consider the proposition that modernism is a "hybrid of irrationalism and technicism" which lent itself, even contributed, to the rise of fascism.


CDS533 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Dana Howell

A seminar for students doing research projects in cultural history; the semester's work will include discussion of research design and the creation of substantial papers, with individual conferences and presentations to the seminar group. Prerequisite: Intended for Plan-level students; others only with permission of the instructor.

 The Soviet Era Through Film and Memoir

CDS434 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D25
  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D25

Faculty: Dana Howell

The Soviet era represents a great social experiment, only recently abandoned. This course is an introduction to Soviet society and post-Soviet reaction, using memoir, film, and current studies to discuss the passage from early revolutionary radicalism to Stalinism to the end of the Cold War and contemporary "normalcy" and nostalgia. Prerequisite: None

For Cultural History offerings, see also:



ART530 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Dana Holby

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

Argentine Tango

ART592 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

The Argentine Tango is an inprovised social partner dance currently popular all over the world, including here in Brattleboro. IF you've never seen it before, check out the "Tango Bar" video in our library. (You should be warned that it can be addictive; I've had people tell me that they'd spent their food money on lessons.) Prerequisite:


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: Permission of instructor


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


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


ART748 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Dana Holby

This class will explore a variety of folk dance forms better known as Belly Dancing. There will be a Graham based warm-up leading to a center floor focus on the isolation of motion within the body, developing personal style and finding a subtle, but powerful inward expression. Marlboro College student, Angela Lopez will be participating in teaching this class. Prerequisite: None


ART547 - 1 Credit - Advanced

  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Kalya Yannatos

A modern technique class for upper level dance students. Prerequisite: Prior dance experience


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


ART721 - Variable Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Dana Holby, Alison Mott

A year-long project to build a repertory, to develop performing skills to experience arts exchanges among are college dance departments. Dancers will also take part in all aspects of production including lighting, costuming, staging and advertising/publicity. Prerequisite: Audition


ART719 - 1 Credit - Introductory

Faculty: Jane LoMonaco

Pilates is a method of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates which trains the mind, the breath adn the body to work together to achieve overall fitness. The mat work enhances strength, coordination and alignment and efficiency of muscle control focusing on "the core" or abdominal muscles to promote freedom of movement in all activities. There is a strong component of body awareness and experimental anatomy involved. Prerequisite: None


ART602 - 1 Credit - Introductory

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

Faculty: Matthew Butler

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:



ART744 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Holly Derr

Performers, designers (set, costume, light, & sound), a composer, musical director, choreographer, and assistant director/stage manager will explore the culture of 1939 San Francisco and make a production of William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life. Prerequisite: None



SSC413 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Jeannette Wicks-Lim

This course will consider questions such as: Why are some people out of work? Does it matter if the government is in debt? How do we know if the economy is doing well? What can the government do if the economy is not doing well? Why do people care what Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has to say? The course, the second half of the introductory sequence in economics, focuses on understanding the structure and processes of capitalism in the United States. As will the first half, an emphasis is placed on understanding the ideological debates around economic theory and policy. Prerequisite: None


SSC415 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Jeannette Wicks-Lim

This course will consider how the U.S. economic system values different types of labor and different types of laborers. The role of labor, paid and unpaid, is an essential part of how members of American society define who they are, how they are valued, as well as determining how successful they are in meeting their material needs. Given this, understanding how we value labor is a key element to understanding American society. This course will provide an introduction to labor economics contextualized with readings about minimum wage laws, sweatshop labor, discrimination based on sexual orientation, and caring occupations such as childcare workers. We will draw from feminist, Marxist, and neoclassical economics. Prerequisite: Some background in Social Sciences, particularly Economics preferred but not required.

Environmental Studies

For Environmental Studies offerings, see also:

Film/Video Studies


ART679 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jay Craven

Students will work with camera, editing, and sound to make experimental videos where they explore visual and sound constructions, employing various aspects of film theory and practice. Because experimental filmmaking is an open-ended form, we will also screen and discuss a number of experimental films. In addition to making films, students will be asked to write brief statements about their work, explaining the inspiration, process, meaning, and/or form. The semester-end festival will be curated from among films produced this sememster. Prerequisite None


ART745 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Jay Craven

This course examines and compares films by leading Spanish surrealist director Luis Bunuel and a handful of pictures based on the magical realist work of Latin American writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Bunuel's surrealist films, starting in the 1920's, extend through his Spanish, Mexican, and French pictures, into the 1980's. Included among them are "Un Chien Andalou" (with Salvador Dali); "El" (This Strange Passion); "Mexican Bus Ride"; "Viridiana, Tristana" ; "Belle du Jour"; "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise"; "The Phantom of Liberty"; and "That Obscure Object of Desire". Bunuel's themes include the relationship between social and religious convention and human liberty, with special attention to sexual politics. Films made from Marquez's stories include "The Summer of Miss Forbes", "Miracle in Rome", "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings"; and "The Fable of the Beautiful Pigeon Fancier". Like Marquez's stories, the films are characterized by elements of the fantastic woven into the story with a deadpan sense of presentation. Students will be expected to attend all film screenings and to write weekly film critiques and two seven-page analytical essays. Prerequisite: None


ART2337 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jay Craven

Screenwriting students will work to develop original short narrative film scripts (thirty pages or less) that are rich in characterization, dramatic complication, and narrative meaning. Class activities will include writing exercises, critiques of student work, and discussion of assigned readings, screenings, and screenplays. Emphasis will be placed on learning through the process of re-writing, to shape and improve your work. Prerequisite: Admission to the class will be determined by the instructor, based on successfull completion of the clear writing requirement and the submission of a writing sample.



WSP1 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:50pm in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Timothy Little

The seminar will consider the role of Europe in the world from World War I to the present. Topics examined will include colonial and post-colonial relations with the developing world, the spread of European ideologies, the impact of total war, efforts at European unity and "Europe" as a great power. Prerequisite: Intro. course in history, Amer. studies, anthropology or Permission of Instructor


HUM1073 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Timothy Little

The course will examine the variety of natives, travellers, merchants, settlers, and military persons who moved along the Atlantic rim and through the Atlantic ocean between Europe and Africa and north and south America to the end of the American Revolution. Prerquisite: Some previous study of 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: Heather Clark

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 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


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

Further study of level one Italian language. By the end of the semester students should be able to communicate orally and in writing on everyday topics treated in the materials, using the new sounds, structures, and vocabulary of the language, and be able to handle an active vocabulary of over 1200 words, as well as recognize many more in speech and writing. Prerequisite: Italian I A or the equivalent


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 milieu 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


HUM1072 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 5:30pm-6:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Haiyan Hu

This course is designed for students who have taken Japanese IA, IB and IIA.


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 (Mandarin Chinese I A) 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: Tetyana Souza

A continuation of Russian I A. Prerequisite: Russian I A or the 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 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 writing 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 student 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

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.


HUM1081 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Heather Clark

A survey of contemporary Irish poets who came of age after modernism, including Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Eavan Boland, Medbh McGuckian and others. We will examine the poetry within a national and historical context, considering in particular the ways in which these poets have reacted to the political situation in Northern Ireland. The hope is that students will learn nearly as much about the recent history of Ireland as they will about contemporary Irish poetry. 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 & 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


HUM760 - Variable Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

A reading of selected novels of Marquez, Allende, Fuentes, Asturias, Vargas Llosa, and Octavio Paz. For students wishing to read the texts in the original additional credit may be earned, to be arranged with Luis Batlle. Prerequisite: None


HUM1085 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo

In the 1950's, French writers began to challenge the traditional form of the novel with the intent to renew the literary form. Many experimental novels emerged and shattered established rules of narration thereby ushering in a new era of the novel in France. This semester is devoted to exploring some of the key figures of this literary movement such as Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute, Sollers, Butor and Duras. Taught in French. Prerequisite:

 On the Shoulders of Giants: Mid-20th Century American Poetry

HUM783 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

A close reading and discussion of poets after the formidable generation of Frost, Eliot, Moore, etc. Poets whose work we will read include Robert Lowell, Randall Jarrell, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Allen Ginsberg, and Sylvia Plath. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


HUM914 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

This course will examine selected mid-twentieth century European masterpieces of literature. We will first look at two novels whose style, concerns and thematic motifs influenced the European authors. We will tehn consider the works of Camus, Malraux, Sarte,and Thomas Mann focusing on their presentation of the political and moral turbulence of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Finally, we will examine novels and films which deal directly with the holocaust experience. Prerequisite: None

For Literature offerings, see also:



NSC207 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

A continuation of calculus into topics involving several variables. Some vector calculus and linear algebra will combine with the standard topics of partial derivatives and multiple integrals. Prerequisite: Calculus II (NSC 31)

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: Matthew Ollis

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


NSC503 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

Combinatorics is the study of arranging objects to satisfy given rules. That is, we try to solve puzzles such as: a) Take a chessboard and remove a pair of diagonally opposite corner squares. Suppose we have some dominos, each of which exactly covers two adjacent squares of the chessboard. Is it possible to exactly cover this chessboard using the dominos? b) Kirkman's Schoolgirl Problem (1850): A schoolmistress takes her class of 15 girls on a daily walk. The girls are arranged in 5 rows, with 3 girls in each row, so that each girl has 2 companions. Is it possible to plan a walk for 7 consecutive days so that no girl will walk in a triplet with any of her classmates more than once? c) Suppose a region of land is to be divided into countries. How many colors do we need so that, however the region is divided, we can produce a map of the region in which no two neighboring countries are the same color? If we can show that a certain arrangement exists, then we are interested in how many possible arrangements there are. In the course we study some essential techniques of combinatorics and then look at some problems from various areas of the field. We also consider how combinatorial techniques and results apply to other fields, such as experimental design and computer science. Prerequisite: None


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: Matthew Ollis

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


NSC501 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Joseph Mazur

"When I consider the small space of my life absorbed in the eternity of all time, or the small part of space which I can touch or see engulfed by the infinite immesity of spaces that I know not and that know me not, I am frightened and astonished to see myself here instead of there... now instead of then." Blaise Pascal--Pensees This course will begin with a short history of infinity, from Pythagoras' and Plato's rejection of the concept to the twentieth century and Godel's astonishing theorem that tells us that there are statements involving arithematic that will never be proven true or false. We shall examine provacative pardoxes of the infinite, the infinitely small and large, infinities of time and space, physical infinities and mental infinities, etc.. What is infinity good for? Why is it critically important? Why is it one of the most facinating concepts of mathematics? Come find out. The preferred student composition for a course like this is a mixture of freshman who know no mathematics with upperclassmen who have studied a bit of mathematics, especially a bit of calculus. The course assumes no mathematics. Prerequisite: None

For Mathematics offerings, see also:


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

Counterpoint I (Sixteenth Century)

ART13 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

Study of counterpoint in the style of Palestrina. Two-part and three-part writing. Imitation, canon and free counterpoint will be covered. Prerequisite: Theory Fundamentals; sight-singing ability or permission


ART658 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Charles Schneeweis

The electronic music course provides an outlet for students with or without music recording experience to both explore the historical context of electronic music production and develoment as well as learn some basic recording and editing techniques. This course combines lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions, with hands-on experience in computer-based audio recording, editing mixing and mastering. It offers both a practical and theoretical foundation in electronic music history, sound production and recording, while encouraging creative expression and critical analysis. Topics covered include basic techniques, field recording techniques, basic audio production, basic digital signal processing, various sound synthesis techniques, simple microphone set-ups, use of digital audio editing software, multi-track mixing, and mastering techniques. Prerequisite: None


ART738 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Charles Schneeweis

Students will design and execute a series of projects or create a major work or research project. Prerequisite: Electronic Music--ART 658


ART758 - 2 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Charles Schneeweis

Students who have successfully completed Electronic Music I and II may enroll in Electronic Music III, where they will design and execute a series of projects or create a major work or research project.


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


ART106 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Luis Batlle

A study of the relationship between music and ideas in the 19th century. Emphasis on instrumental music. Also study of opera and nationalistic schools. 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: 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


ART611 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

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

For Music offerings, see also:



HUM166 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:00pm in Dalrymple/D21
  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:00pm in Dalrymple/D21

Faculty: Neal Weiner

Close readings of basic texts from Husserl and Heidegger (Being and Time). Prerequisite: Schopenhauer and Neitzsche or Kant

For Philosophy offerings, see also:


Introduction to Black & White Photography

ART9 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: John Willis

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

Photography Plan Seminar

ART574 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: John Willis

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


General Physics 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 rotational dynamics, waves and oscillations, acoustics, and a bit of either thermodynamics or special relativity. Prerequisite: Quantum 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 an historically-important scientific text.


NSC502 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Travis Norsen

This non-mathematical introduction to quantum physics will survey the historical development of the theory and explore its scope and implications. Specific topics will include: experimental evidence for wave-particle duality, the structure of the atom, Schrodinger's cat and the Einstein-Bohr debates, Bohm's hidden-variable theory, and Bell's Theorem and non-locality. Assignments will consist of weekly readings and several papers. Prerequisite: None

For Physics offerings, see also:

Political Science


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

For Political Science offerings, see also:



CDS530 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Meg Mott

How do we talk about equality? Whence cometh freedom? Why was slavery a part of the Home of the Free? This class follows the development of political thinking in the United States from the Federalists to Cornel West. Prerequisite: None


CDS531 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Meg Mott

How do women talk about their lives, their social situation, their political condition? This class looks at the writings of theorists and essayists who use words to make sense of women's place in the house, the community, the law. Prerequisite: None


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:



SSC196 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 3:30pm-5:30pm in Dalrymple/D34
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

An examination of the family and the emerging adolescent in the family. Prerequisite: None


SSC50 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

A study of the physiology and psychology of perception, the means by which we maintain contact with and obtain knowledge about the environment. Participants will be required to conduct a series of empirical projects throughout the semester. Prerequisite: A year of Psychology, Sociology, or Biology, or permission of instructor


SSC226 - Variable Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

A study of aggression in our society with emphasis on child abuse. Fourth credit requires a major research paper. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor



HUM1088 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Amer Latif

This course introduces students to the academic study of religion through focusing on the Abrahamic religious traditions. We will study topics such as monotheism, scripture, authority, and worship and ritual in order to try and grasp the self understanding of each tradition. These topics will aslo provide the basis for comparative analysis at the end of the course. Prerequisite: None


HUM1089 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Amer Latif

This seminar provides an overview of the teachings of Muhyiddin Ibn al-'Arabi (d.1240), one of the most influential figures in the Islamic religious and intellectual tradition. He is most known for detailing a metaphysics of imagination and his writings are an encyclopedia of various Islamic sciences weaving together topics such as thoeology, jurisprudence, visionary experiences, and philosophy in an exposition characterized by subtlety of thought. We will read Ibn al-'Arabi's biography and cover the following topics: theology, ontology, epistemology, hermeneutics, and soteriology. Highly recommended for students preparing to do a Plan in religion. Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor



SSC6 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Gerald Levy

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


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


SSC402 - 2 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Gerald Levy

A seminar for seniors on plan in sociology. Participants will discuss issues in sociology related to their plan projects and critique each other's work. Prerequisite: On Plan in Sociology

For Sociology offerings, see also:



ART667 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Paul Nelsen

This intermediate level acting course will explore and examine how processes of speaking words of text mediate meaning through modes of expression. We will investigate voice and techniques of how to use it. We will also experiment with alternative ways of acting on words. Assignments will include substantial memorization of text. Prerequisite: None


ART518 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-5:20pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Faculty: Paul Nelsen

Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Richard III, Pericles and Hamlet. Close readings of these six of Shakespeare's plays complemented by examination of intepretive choice revealed in performance (on video). Readings will include critical commentaries as well as the scripts themselves; homework will also include some viewing of full-length videos. Classes will examine critical issues of the texts as well as explore a range of interpretation evident in performance. Students in this seminar will be expected to prepare to participate in lively discussion of issues at each session. There will be mid-term and final exams (take home). Prerequisite: None


ART502 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Paul Nelsen

This is not a conventional course. "Projects" covers work on theater productions supervised by faculty. Prerequisite: None

For Theater offerings, see also:

Visual Arts


ART211 - 3 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Michael Boylen

Advanced work in ceramic materials and processes. Development of skills in handbuilding or wheel throwing, based on student's interest and previous experience. Critical observation and analysis of natural and created forms. Prerequisite: Ceramic I, Wheel Throwing I


ART359 - 2 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: John Willis, Cathy Osman, Timothy Segar, 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. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts or by permission


ART747 - 2 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: John Willis, Cathy Osman, Timothy Segar, 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. May be repeated. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts; by permission; or who has successfully passed ART 359.


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

Painting I

ART8 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Cathy Osman

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


ART743 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Cathy Osman

This is a seminar for students on Plan in painting and drawing. Prerequisite: Drawing I, Painting I


ART540 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Timothy Segar

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


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 at Marlboro College or Permission of Instructor


ART756 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

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 at Marlboro College or permission of instructor


ART606 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Cathy Osman

With an emphasis on process students will be encouraged to explore collage, mixed media, three dimensional relief and monoprinting as a way of generating opportunities for the unexpected; of subject matter, process and rethinking the definitions of working with and on paper. Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructor

For Visual Arts offerings, see also:

World Studies Program

 Designing Fieldwork

WSP3 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Seth Harter

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

Finding an Internship

WSP50 - 1 Credit -

Faculty: Carrie Weikel, Heidi Fischer

This course prepares students for finding cross-cultural internships that support their academic and professional plans. It includes self-assessment of interests and experiences; writing effective resumes and cover letters; job search skills; and interviewing techniques. Students will define career objectives in the international field and have an opportunity to interview a professional on the job. A session focuses on funding independent study abroad. Guidelines are provided for relating the junior-year internship to the senior Plan. (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: Robert Engel, Holly Derr

An examination of the major historical events fo the twentieth century and the roles they have played in shaping our world. The treatment of women and the environment during the period will be major undercurrents in our analysis. This is a required course for WSP students, and is open to others, space permitting. Prerequisite: None


WSP10 - 1 Credit - Advanced

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

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

Faculty: Brian Mooney

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 LIMITED TO 15 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 and the Teaching of Writing

CDS491 - 3 Credits - Introductory

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

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 teaching writing. Over the course of the semester, we will examine a range of composition theory, and we will try to turn that theory into practice. The course will require a fair amount of writing--a journal and several short papers--but it will center around the act of teaching itself: participants in the course will be asked to teach specified elements of the writing process to the class, and much of our time will be spent developing one-on-one tutoring skills. All participants in the 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. Prerequisite: Must Have Passed the Clear Writing Requirement This course is a prerequisite for students interested in becoming writing tutors.


HUM1007 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

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

Writing Seminars


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 COREQUISITES: The Atlantic World in the 18th Century, American Culture in the Cold War, Quantum Physics: Concepts and Controversies, Latin American Novel (permission of instructor required)


HUM1061 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Brian Mooney

In this class we will read some of the best stories written in the last hundred years, and we'll discuss them as if we're mechanics taking engines apart and putting them back together again. The classroom will be our garage, and we'll get oil and grease under our nails as we figure out what makes each story work, paying particular attention to context, theme, plot, style, tone and angle of vision (point of view), and the many tricks of the writer's trade. We will look at stories by Kate Chopin, Anton Chekov, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O'Connor, J.D. Salinger, James Baldwin, John Barth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, Grace Paley, John Edgar Wideman, and others. As you read and think about these stories, you should always be asking yourself, "How can this story make my own writing better?" Plan on at least four major papers and weekly short commentaries, as well as conferences, workshops, and discussions of your papers' style and structure. Prerequisite None


HUM957 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

In this writing seminar, we will be reading novels (and a few short stories) told from the perspective of a child or young adult. Beginning with Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we will explore each child's mysterious, beautiful, and often painful journey into adulthood. Central to our discussion will be a consideration of how each child narrator/protagonist creates a self/constructs an identity often against enormous personal, societal, and cultural obstacles. We will consider how particular cultural moments and pivotal historical events shape these children, and are, in turn, shaped for us, the readers, by the lens of their young eyes. We will also consider the literary and cultural needs to which the coming -of-age novel, the Bildungsroman, responds. Films may supplement some of the readings. 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. Prerequisite: None