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Spring 2005 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

The Family in U.S. History II

HUM661 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

The course traces the history of family life in the US from the late nineteenth century to the present. Drawing on an interdisciplinary range of readings from history, sociology, anthropology and gender studies, we will explore how the family has both affected and been affected by the major historical developments of the past century. Topics to be examined include changing conceptions of motherhood and fatherhood, marriage, child rearing, and sexuality, the ongoing debate over family values and how that debate relates to public policy, and the contested and shifting relationship between feminism and the family. The course is designed to highlight how cultural meanings and experiences of family life have varied historically as well as by race, class, ethnicity and gender. Prerequisite: None


SSC73 - 3 Credits -

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

Faculty: Gerald Levy

The political, economic, cultural, and ideological sources of U.S. foreign policy, focusing on period from W.W. II to the present. What status groups, elites, and institutions make, sustain, and apply U.S. foreign policy? How is U.S. foreign policy legitimized and justified domestically? How is U.S. foreign policy applied in various global areas? What are the political, economic, and cultural consequences to U.S. foreign policy at home and abroad? These and other questions and issues will be explored. Prerequisite: None, though Sociology, Amer. Studies, Hist. & Polit. Sci. are very helpful

For American Studies offerings, see also:



SSC263 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson

In this course we will focus on Maya culture and society as these are portrayed in a variety of accounts: archaeological, ethnographic, testimonial, theatrical, and touristic. We will consider such topics as kingship, the cosmological orientation of city-states, and the myth-history of the ancient Maya as well as community, ethnicity, repression, and cultural revitalization for Maya living in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, and the United States today. A brief overview of the colonial period will give continuity to this history. Throughout the course we will pay a good deal of attention to HOW the Maya are portrayed as new data comes to light, theories change, and different people--including the Maya themselves--with different backgrounds produce a range of works for variety of audiences with variety of interests. Prerequisite: None


SSC430 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson

People see (in the double sense of perceive and understand) the material objects in their life through an elaborate web of meanings. In this class, we will examine the social lives and cultural significances of a range of objects -- from the special and precious (African sculptures and antique furniture) to the seemingly trivial (soda bottles and candy wrappers) -- considered in terms of how pieces are made, by whom, for what purposes, with what considerations, and in relation to what other relevant cultural events. To get at these questions we will consider the visual, economic, emotional, historical, and religious dimensions of culturally-significant material objects from around th world. Prerequisitie: Courses in the social sciences or history

For Anthropology offerings, see also:

Art History

 Public Art and Public Space

HUM1137 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Felicity Ratte, Kathryn Ratcliff

According to social critic Rosalyn Deutsch, democratic (public) space is space which fosters the expression and exchange of heterogeneous ideas. This class is an investigation of how public art both fosters and prevents this functioning of public space. We will look at a series of examples, both historical and contemporary, of public art and the public discourse that surrounds it in the United States, Germany and China. Topics to be investigated include the relationship between art and politics, the nature of public space vs. commerical space, the connection between the ideal of community, social place and public art, and the use of public art in the creation of collective memory and collecive identity. Prerequisite: None


HUM1138 - Variable Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm in Apple Tree

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

This is a writing based class designed for students who have passed the writing requirement and plan to do advanced work in the visual arts or art history. Although the focus of the classs will be on writing and developing skills of visual analysis, we will also read and discuss various methodological approaches to visual culture and art criticism. Prerequisities: Writing requirement passed

Asian Studies

For Asian Studies offerings, see also:


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

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


NSC526 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

Plants encounter a variety of environmental conditions ranging from the extreme heat and drought of deserts to highly saline conditions in mangrove swamps as well as conditions created by living organisms. The intersection of physiology and ecology provides an opportunity to explore how plants respond to their environment and how they obtain resources and reproduce in the face of typical environmental fluctuations and extremes. The course will include examination of these topics through text, original scientific literature, and experimental work. Prerequisite: Biology or permission of instructor


NSC522 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Friday 1:30pm-5:30pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Rosalind Yanishevsky

No other season exposes so clearly adaptations that spell the difference between life and death. Learn about physical, behavioral and physiological adaptations of animals and plants and the biophysics of the winter environment. Field trips. Prerequisite: General Biology or permission of instructor


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: A Ceramics course at Marlboro or permission of instructor


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 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: Todd Smith

Organic chemistry takes its name from the ancient idea that certain molecules--organic molecules--could only be made by living organisms. In second semester organic chemistry we will continue our study of different classes of organic compounds and their reactions. In the latter part of the semester we will turn to the original realm of organic chemistry--living systems. Several topics are included that cover organic chemistry in biological systems. For example, we will examine reactions of amines, carboxylic acids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, amino acids, peptides and proteins, and lipids. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I.


NSC23 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

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

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 self-designed laboratory investigations. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry Lab 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: Elizabeth Lucas

An introduction to the basics of Greek grammar, vocabulary and syntax. A continuation of Greek IA. Prerequisite: Greek IA 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. Prerequisite: Latin IA or equivalent


HUM1151 - 3 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Elizabeth Lucas

In his account of the great Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, Thucydides provides us with an unparalled description of Athens in the fifth century BC, the birthplace of our Western democracies. More than just an historical narrative, his enquiries into the political figures and events of his own time, such as the famous general Pericles and the catastrophic Plague of Athens, reveal insight into the human condition worthy of his contemporaries Socrates, Sophocles and Euripides. As well as reading his own account, we will also be reading other primary sources and an acclaimed historical novel, and considering parallels between Athenian democracy and that of Marlboro and beyond. There will be short weekly writing assignments aimed at developing skills for analyzing historical sources, two papers and an option to write afinal 10-page paper for an extra credit. Prerequisites: Some study of Classics or History highly recommended.

For Classics offerings, see also:

Computer Science


NSC469 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

A close look at the classic recipes and the ideas behind them in computer science. Topics may include searching methods and data structures, hashes, sorting, randomness, Turing machines, P/NP completeness, compression, parsing, cryptography, logic resolution, and so on, depending on student background and interests. This is an intermediate level foundation course, strongly recommended for folks considering further work in computer science. The programming language used will be a combination of Perl and C, though you may be able to do some work in other languages if you so choose. Prerequisites: Previous programming experience and basic math (Elementary Math Learning System or equivalent)

Programming Workshop

NSC490 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Thursday 3:00pm-3:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

An open ended exploration of a programming project of your choice. Class time will be spent sharing what you're working on and getting feedback. Projects can include picking a new language to learn and working through an appropriate text, or pretty much anything else as long as it involves producing some kind of code. This course may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits depending on the size of the project. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Cultural History


SSC398 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Dana Howell

"Comes over one an absolute necessity to move," D.H. Lawrence wrote, "And what is more, to move in some particular direction." Traveling has always been part of human life, but how did it become a form of entertainment or leisure? Tourism today is one of the largest idustries in the world; what is its impact on the way we organize societies, create and present our cultural identities, and envision the world of others? In this course, we'll explore the history of travel for pleasure, the nature of tourist experiences, the tales we tell of travel, and the ways people are changing their lives in response to tourism-- in cultural displays, social interactions, and commercial ventures like theme parks, packaged tours, television contests, and public stories of life as an accessible adventure. 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: None


ART617 - 1 Credit - Advanced

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

Faculty: Dana Holby

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


ART23 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Friday 0:00am-0:00am in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Dana Holby

A beginning technique course requiring body/mind coordination and some creative work. Class format of center warm-up and combinations of movement phrases which will differ each week. 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


ART428 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Dana Holby

This course will touch upon many different international dance styles both by learning dances in the studio weekly and viewing the World Dance and Music Video Library. 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: Permission of instructor


ART781 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Alison Mott

The class will begin with a half hour or so of thorough warm up exercises drawn from several modern dance sources: Dunham technique, pilates and yoga. We will then take up extended movement combinations and selections from different dances. Students are required to attend both days and will have additional short readings from a variety of contemporary choreographers. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor


ART790 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Dana Holby

For all Plan students doing any portion of their Plan on dance. This seminar will inspire writing, research and final drafts, will serve as a place to present works-in-progress, and coordinate details of performance production. It will be required of all doing a dance Plan, and the time will be shared in ways advantageous to everyone. The request for advanced technical combinations will also be honored for some of the time. The three possible times are Mondays 10:00-12:50, Mondays 11:30-2:30, Tuesdays 1:00-4:00. One of these times will be chosen. Prerequisite: Must be doing a Plan on dance


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 us 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:



SSC434 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Valerie Voorheis

Globalization. It is more tna just a buzzword. This course is designed to work through the major international economic theories and debates that are at work in the world today. The course will be broken up into three parts. The first part will look at trade, from David Ricardo's theory of Comparative Advantage (the theory of free trade) to the debates and concerns about Free Trade agreements and the World Trade Organization. International finance is the second aspect of the International economy we will consider. We will look at how markets for currencies work, how they relate to economies, and the movement to regulate these markets led by a master of finance, George Soros. A consideration of the economic development of "third world" countries in an international context will finish out the semester. We will look at what it can and cannot do for people, as well as theories of how it can be applied or misapplied. This course will prepare students interested in the global dimensions of business, politics and culture and give you a backdrop for the economic interconnectedness of it all. Prerequisites: None


SSC432 - Variable Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Salehuddin Ahmed

This course focuses on the concepts, definitions and understanding of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in view of the extraordinary changes in economic, social nd political environment in the world. We live in a world of opulence and yet there is so much destitution, deprivation, poverty and oppression. NGOs are involved in various development activities such as Micro Finance, Education, Health, Capacity Building, Policy Advocacy, Linking the Poor with the Market. The Course will deal with the genesis and logic behind NGO involvement in such activities around the world. Case studies of NGOs from the South, especially the grassroots experiences of BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) will be examined in depth. The idea of development itself will also be investigated. Development has mostly been defined in terms of economic growth. However, it has been experienced and observed that economic growth is not enogh to guarantee well-being of the people in general. Poverty is not only income poverty, it is also capability poverty. The non-economic issues of development will also be considered, explored and evaluated in this course.


SSC433 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Valerie Voorheis

Consumption is a major activity and goal within society...what is it all about? This course will explore consumption from a variety of perspectives and from historical theoretical treatments to current debates. We will look at the argument of overconsumption among the majority of households in the US and contrast this with the poverty of the minority within the same realm. We will also consider the implications of this imbalance for economic overall performance. In addition, the dynamics of underconsumption and world hunger will be examined, including its interactions with overconsumption elsewhere. The debates over population and consumption will be considered, both in terms of their ecological impact, and their impact on women and families. Theorists from Malthus to Marx to Veblen will be discussed, along with contemporary contributors. Prerequisites: 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 continue a process indefinitely. In this course, we will examine the ecological basis of sustainability and examine the extent to which human beings can conduct sustainable, extractive activities in agricultural, forest, and marine systems. Human population growth adn resource use, particularyly energy use, will be investigated as well. Although numerous disciplines study sustainability, we will approach sustainability primarily from a biological persperctive. Prerequisite: None

For Environmental Studies offerings, see also:

Film/Video Studies


ART597 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Ken Peck

"A dark street in the early morning hours, splashed with a sudden downpour: lamps form halos in the murk. In a walk-up room, filled with the intermittent flashing of a neon sign from across the street, a man is waiting to be murdered." Following WWII, popular American movies from the war years were released in France all at once. French critics saw a huge change in style from the screwball comedies of the pre-war years. The stories, settings, characters and dialogue of these films from the early 1940's had a dark, cynical tone. The French gave it a name: film noir. From Hollywood "classics" through foreign and more contemporary homages to the style-tough guys and femmes fatales in tales of infidelity, betrayal, lust, greed and ruthless ambition - we will watch films, read some hard-boiled fiction, learn some classic noir dialogue, and come to terms with the dark side of American cinema. Prerequisites: None


ART772 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Ken Peck

A good story, well told, is an integral part of any good film. How often do you see a movie and feel unsatisfied at its end because the story wasn't interesting, wasn't believable, wasn't original, or just wasn't good? Too often it seems, nobody tells filmmakers that they don't know how to tell a story. Through exercises in adaptations from diverse short stories, oral storytelling, screenwriting, critiquing other students' works, and collaborative oral fiction, we will nurture, develop and hone storytelling skills. Each student will be responsible for regular writing and critiquing assignments, inclduing two short screenplays by the end of the semester, one an adaptation and one an original script. Prerequisites: None



HUM1147 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Timothy Little

The seminar will survey the history of higher education in the United States. After the spring break, the focus will shift to the history of Marlboro College as example and as exception. Prerequisite: None


HUM1136 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Rice-Aron Library/202

Faculty: Timothy Little

The course explores the British Empire during the long nineteenth century, c. 1785-1914. While students will have the opportunity to focus on areas of their particular interests, the reading will emphasize the metropolis, South and Central Asia and Southern Africa. Prerequisite: Some prior courses in history helpful


HUM1143 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Kate Jellema

After a brief survey of ancient history, this course will examine Vietnam's modern revolution and resoration. What gave a small group of radicals in a backwater colony the strength to organize against dominant occupying forces, and mobilize popular support in order to win not just one punishing war but two? To what extent did the ideologies of nationalism, communism, democracy and humanism inspire Vietnamese leaders? How did ordinary Vietnamese villagers experience colonization, war and revolution? In the second half of the course, we will turn to the problems of post-war restoration. What were the political, economic and environmental consequences of the revolution? We will seek to understand Vietnam's postwar transformation from a shell-shocked world of collective farming, ration cards and international isolation to a dynamic market society on the fast track to WTO membership. This course will be open to all but may be modified later to better match the research interests of the faculty and students participating in the Spring 2005 college trip to Vietnam. Prerequisite: None

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

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



HUM1142 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Touria El Oudiyi

Introduces students to the phonology and script of classical/modern standard Arabic and covers the basic morphology and syntax of the written language. Emphasis on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the earliest stages. Samples of modern (contemporary) and classical styles of writing introduced, and audio-visual material from the contemporary Arabic media. There will be more emphsis on speaking and listening. Prerequisite: Beginning Modern Arabic IA


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

This course is a continuation of an introduction to German. It covers essential grammar and syntax; it seeks to encourage communication skills. Prerequisite: German I A or equivalent or permission of the instructor


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

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


HUM1114 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 4:00pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D34
  • Thursday 4:00pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Joseph Callahan

Further study of Irish Gaelic, spoken and written. Prerequisite: Gaelic II A,B

 Intermediate Modern Arabic IIB

HUM1133 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Touria El Oudiyi

A continuation of Intermediate Modern Arabic IIA with equal emphsis on aural and oral skills, reading and writing. Selections from contemporary Arabic media are introduced and serve as a basis for reading and conversation. There will be more writing assignments and an emphasis on fluency by encouraging small discussions. Prerequisite: Beginning Modern Arabic or its equivalent or permission of instructor


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: Luis Batlle

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


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. Prerequisit: Japanese IA


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: Mandarin Chinese IA


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: Luis Batlle

By the end of the semester, students should have mastered many of the basic features of the sound system, be able to use with confidence many basic structures of the language, and be able to handle an active vocabulary of over 1200 words, as well as recognize many more in speech or in writing. They should be able to communicate orally and in writing on everyday topics treated in the materials, using the new sounds, structures, and vocabulary. Prerequisite: Spanish I A


HUM190 - 2 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: Luis Batlle

Further study of intermediate Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish II A or the equivalent

For Languages offerings, see also:



HUM1139 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: Heather Clark

This class provides an introduction to the colonial and postcolonial literature of Africa, India and the Caribbean. We will read these literatures in relation to one another in order to establish a dialogue between the colonizer and the colonized, and then ask ourselves the following questions: How did European and American writers in Africa, India and the Caribbean use the native population to define themselves? In what ways did they influence modern conceptions of race? How did African, Indian and Caribbean writers "write back" as they challenged these colonial texts and the concepts they espoused? Novels we will examine in dialogue include Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Bowles's The Sheltering Sky, Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Coetzee's Foe, Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, Kincaid's Annie John, Walcott's Collected Poems, Forster's A Passage to India, Rushdie's Midnight's Children, Roy's The God of Small Things, and finally, Durrell's Justine and Mahfouz's Children of the Alley. We will also read parts of Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark, Edward Said's Orientalism, and David Cannadine's Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire. Prerequisite: At least one literature class or permission of instructor


HUM1135 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

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, through the two world wars and into the Civil Rights era of the 1960's. Beginning with Mark Twain's, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we will go on to consider the works of novelists, poets and playwrights as various as Edith Wharton, Sherwood Anderson, Robert Frost, Eugene O'Neill, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O'Connor, Ralph Ellison, Adrienne Rich and Toni Morrison. In exploring a range of 20th century literature--richly diverse and original, radically experimental--we will consider the writers' attempts to respond to major social, economic and political events that shaped their lives. NOTE: This will NOT be a writing seminar. The reading load will be heavy, averaging 250 pages a week. Students still working on the Writing Requirement should take this course another time. Prerequisite: Must have passed the writing requirement


HUM1148 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Laura D'Angelo


HUM1145 - Variable Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, Dana Howell

Though the arts of the Soviet era are often equated with "socialist realism" independent voices survived through the creation of lasting works of literature. Writers responded to the historical events of their time--from revolution to Stalinist terror, to the siege of Leningrad in World War II, to the "sovietization" of the countryside--with satiric, poetic, and nationalist narratives. We will read stories by Babel, Solzhenitsyn, and Chukovskaia, a memoir by Lydia Ginzburg, a nostalgic novel of Siberia by Valentin Rasputin, and one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Bulgakov's Master and Magarita. Our focus will be on literary art as an expression of historical experience and cultural tradition. Prerequisite: None


HUM1144 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Jaysinh Birjepatil

This course is designed to introduce students to some of the seminal texts of Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, Jameson and Bakhtin, which mark a shift from structuralism to poststructuralism and modernism to postmodernism in literature and cinema. We shall also read selected works of feminist critics such as Kristeva Cixous and Irigaray and poststructural film theory of Lacan, Deleuze and Zizek. We shall explore the significance of these theoretical works to the study of a few major literary texts and movies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


HUM1158 - Variable Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

For the first part of the semester, each senior will present his/her writings; 80% of the Plan will be presented. Other students must read the work under consideration. These works will be plays from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Faulkner's Light in August and Absalom, Absalom; Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov; the Book of Job; Housekeeping; Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude. The last six weeks will consist of readings from selected works of criticism: 1. selections from the Norton Anthology of Criticism; 2. Foucault's essay on discourse; Bachelard's Poetics of Space, Aristotle's Poetics. Each student, in addition, will make presentations from his/her annotated bibliography, which is due on April 1st. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


HUM1140 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Heather Clark

This survey course provides introductions to the poetry of Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Morris, W.B. Yeats, and others. We will also read essays by Thomas Carlyle, John Ruskin, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Huxley, Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde. We will situate these works in their historical contexts, paying particular attention to the Pre-Raphaeliate Movement, the notion of the sublime, Darwinian concepts of evolution utilitarianism, the Gothic, Victorian social codes, and the rise of the British Empire. Issues of class and gender will also be explored. Prerequisite: None

For Literature offerings, see also:


Algebraic Structures

NSC618 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

An investigation of the properties of groups, rings, fields and vector spaces. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, facility with vectors and matrices, several math courses


NSC384 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

A study of ordinary differential equations and their solutions, including power series solutions and numerical techniques. We also look at many applications, from population dynamics to the detection of art forgeries. Prerequisite: Calculus oe Calculus II


NSC442 - Variable Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: 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


NSC525 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 3:00pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Jim Mahoney, Robert Engel, Todd Smith, Jennifer Ramstetter, Travis Norsen, Matthew Ollis

Science is a way of knowing the world around us. This course will help students to become scientists by asking them to work in small groups on five open-ended scientific problems. The projects will involve multiple disciplines and may combine elements of physics, biology, computer science, chemistry, and and/or mathematics. Each will require creative experimental design, data collection and analysis, and probing thought about the confidence with which the results can be claimed as knowledge. In addition to honing their statistical skills, students will gain facility in the written and oral defense of scientific results. This is a required course for sophomores likely to do Plan work in any area of the Natural Sciences, and will be open to other students at the discretion of the instructors. Prerequisties: One year of college level sciences/mathematics

Linear Algebra

NSC164 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

Linear Algebra is important for its remarkable demonstration of abstraction and idealization on the one hand, and for its applications to many branches of math and science on the other. We will focus our study on n-dimensional real space, considering notions such as spanning sets, linear independence and transformations and their matrix representations. The final two weeks will be given over to students to purseue a topic of interest further. Possibilities include connections to the Differential Equations course, the matrix representations of symmetries and consideration of complex or finite spaces. Prerequisite: EMLS or equivalent


NSC523 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202

Faculty: Joseph Mazur

This course is about motion, how early philosophers thought about it and modern scientists work with it. The course will explore the true meaning behind Zeno's motion paradoxes and what they meant for mathematics from Euclid to Einstein, paying particular attention to contributions by historical figures and their important discoveries. This has so many interesting cross-reference topics--the rise of the calculus, infinity, a history of time, and special relativity, just to name a few. The course assumes no mathematics. No conventional mathematics will be used. The preferred student composition for a course like this is a mixture of freshmen who know no mathematics with upperclassmen who have studied a bit of science and mathematics. Prerequisite: None


NSC123 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

An introduction to the concepts and methods of statistics as it's used in various disciplines. Topics covered will include probability, hypothesis tests, regression and correlation, and learning how what percentage of Marlboro students have taken a course in the Science building. Prerequisite: basic math--the Elementary Math Learning System or equivalent

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: Stanley Charkey

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


ART791 - Variable Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Charles Schneeweis

This course is designed for students interested in creating a series of electronic compositions that trace the development of electronic music. Movements and developments studied will include Musique Concrete, synthesizers and sequencers, Krautrock, samples, Ambient, Loop Electronica, and Industrial. Through weekly assignments, members of the class will give brief presentations of these topics as well as share their versions of them through audio projects. We will use two analog modeling synthesizers as well as software-based synthesizers, sequencers and audio editing software to create our audio projects. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ART 658, Electronic Music I, or instructor's permission


ART673 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

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


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

For Music 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

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. Prerequisites: Same term Art Seminar Critique and either the Preliminary or Final Plan application must be on file (including some photography)


Classical Mechanics

NSC607 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Travis Norsen

An intermediate level course covering the motion of particles and extended massive objects, beginning with basic Newtonian dynamics, then on to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian reformulations using the calculus of variations. Topics include oscillations, gravi

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 oscillation, acoustics, and special relativity. Prerequisite: General Physics I

Modern Physics

NSC470 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Travis Norsen

Sophomore-level introduction to quantum mechanics, with an emphasis on the experimental origins of the quantum theory. Also covers Schroedinger's equation and application to atomic, nuclear, and astro-physics. Prerequisite: Electricty and Magnetism

Political Science


HUM1134 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Meg Mott

In terms of the development of political theory, the medieval era was anything but a Dark Age. Christian, Islamic, and Jewish scholars wove ancient philosophy into the various strands of each tradition's Abrahamic belief creating a metaphysical map of God's blessed kingdom. This course considers the works of major medieval thinkers who help us remember what it was like when reason and faith, as well as poetry and politics, relied on each other's good company. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

For Political Science offerings, see also:


Abnormal Psychology

SSC108 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D33W

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

An analysis of the major approaches to abnormal psychology and the resulting theories of personality. Prerequisite: Child Development, Self in Social I, Persistent Problems in Psychology


SSC153 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D33W

Faculty: Thomas Toleno


SSC225 - Variable Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D33W

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

An introduction to some of the discussion which psychologists have made to the study of religion. Some emphasis will be placed on the debate around "pure consciousness" (e.g. James, Katz, Forman), and the questions of "evil in the world." Fourth credit requires a major paper. Prerequisite: Social science/religion

For Psychology offerings, see also:



HUM1146 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Seth Harter, Amer Latif

This course is an introduction to two Chinese schools of thought and practice: Confucianism and Daoism. We will read the foundational texts in each school. Discussion will focus on idea of morality, social relations, self-cultivation, good government, and nature. We will also consider the historical context of the primary texts as well as their influence on religious practice and art. Students will engage in a close analysis of key terms through tests and short papers. Prerequisite: None


HUM1132 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Amer Latif

This course examines the life and teachings of Jalaluddin Rumi (d. 1273), one of the most influential Muslim scholars, mystics, and teachers in the Persianate Islamic world. We will study the historical and religious context in which Rumi grew up, his family history, his educational background, the writings of figures who played a key role in his transformation into a "friend of God," and excerpts from his prose and poetry. After attempting to understand Rumi within his own cultural context we will examine the place of Rumi in contemporary American culture where he has become a best selling poet. Topics to be covered include theology, modes of human knowing, the importance of revelation, relationship between outward observances and the inner path, sanctity, and the relationship between the spiritual guide and the seeker. In the last part of the course we will focus on problems of cultural translation as highlighted by Rumi's current popularity. Prerequisites: Permission of the Instructor

For Religion offerings, see also:


For Sociology offerings, see also:



ART782 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Holly Derr

Acting and directing scenes from the plays of William Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, and Richard Foreman, culminating in a public performance. Prerequisite: Acting I


ART789 - Variable Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Munson Hicks

This course will explore improvisational techniques for the enhancement of character development, performance dynamics, and script analysis for the actor and writer. Studies will include the use of improvisation as a rehearsal tool for the actor in creating a character; they will also serve as a guide to improvisational performing. (To earn a fourth credit, students will do additional writing, performing, or a combination of both.) Prerequisite: None


CDS535 - 2 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Holly Derr

Developed by Brazilian director and playwright Augusto Boal, Theater of the Oppressed techniques seek to break the barrier between the audience and performer and to empower oppressed people. Boal has adapted the techniques to draft legislation, and in this course we will create a legislative theater piece to be performed at Marlboro, as well as an Invisible Theater piece to be performed in Brattleboro. Prerequisites: None


ART780 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater
  • Thursday 10:30am-12:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Faculty: Holly Derr

Production of an adaptation of the novel Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. Prerequisites: Audition and interview


ART788 - Variable Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Holly Derr

Students will participate in a student-directed production of an adaptation of The Glass Menagerie call Blue Roses for 1 credit; or work on production and complete writing assignments for 2 credits. Prerequisites: None


ART786 - Variable Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Paul Nelsen

Rehearsals, preparations, and performance work associated with the development and presentation of a variety show. Prerequisite: None


ART787 - Variable Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Holly Derr

Students will work on a student-directed production of an adaptation of Shakespear's Macbeth for 1 credit; or work on the production and complete writing assignments for 2 credits. Prerequisites: None

Visual Arts


ART784 - 4 Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Timothy Segar

Sculptors and architects share a language of three dimensions that leads to diverse points of contact between their art forms. This course will be an artist's look at buildings and sculpture from various cultures and periods of history. Responses will be in three forms: written research projects, sculpturer and building designs. Fee: TBA Prerequisite: None

Art Seminar Critique

ART359 - 2 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: John Willis, Timothy Segar

Group critique of students' work on Plan. Methodology and goals will be discussed as well as short readings on art and current issues. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. May be repeated. MEETS ALTERNATE TUESDAYS. Students are required to attend 6 public lectures by visiting artists on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 pm followed by a critique session from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts or by permission


ART747 - 2 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: John Willis, Timothy Segar

Group critique of students' work on Plan. Methodology and goals will be discussed as well as short readings on art and current issues. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. May be repeated. MEETS ALTERNATE TUESDAYS. Students are required to attend 6 public lectures by visiting artists on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 pm followed by a critique session from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts or by permission


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. Fee: $35 Prerequisite: None


ART783 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Brian Cohen

This course will guide the creation of interpretative and expressive artwork in printmaking and will assist students in the discovery and exploration of themes and images of personal significance. The semester is shaped around four main techniques of intaglio printmaking, and culminates in an ambitious independent undertaking in etching. For each section of the class students will complete an edition of prints. Throughout the semester, the instructor will offer examples, presentations, and demonstrations of prints and approaches, and the group will discuss each other's work with an aim to share experiences, define successful elements of a print, review technical approaches, and encourage individual efforts. In addition to an in-depth exploration of intaglio processes in metal, we will emphasize the development into print form of imagery and ideas through frequent drawing. Prerequisite: None


ART513 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: John Willis

The intermediate photography class is intended to give more technical and visual breadth to the students understanding of the medium of photography. Students will work on three differing photographic genres over a five week period each. The class will explore the medium and its possibilities as an art form. We will discuss issues and methodologies concerning contemporary photographers. Prerequisite: Introduction to photography on the college level 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 (WSP 50) or permission of instructor

Finding an Internship

WSP50 - 1 Credit -

Faculty: Mariette van Tilburg

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: Gerald Levy

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


WSP10 - 1 Credit - Advanced

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

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

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: Laura Stevenson

The course begins with a review of basic grammatical principles. It continues with exercises designed to increase the students' control of their prose. The second half of the semester is spent partly in revising existing papers, and partly in studying such stylistic niceties as parallel structure, rhythmic control, and felicitous presentation of research. May be a designated writing course (4 credits, otherwise 3). NOTE: Course is closed for Spring 2005. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, generally a semester in advance.

Fiction Workshop

ART6 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Brian Mooney

In this class you will read your classmates' stories extremely closely and offer critiques and suggestions. You will also generate new material by doing exercises geared towards improving your attention to such things as character, plot, rising and falling action, voice, tone, angle of vision, and point of view. You will be expected to steadily produce new work for class and participate in class discussions. Novelists take note: this workshop will focus exclusively on the short story. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


ART445 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Laura Stevenson

This seminar concerns the fundamental skills necessary to writing tales, short stories, and novels. Students will write descriptions, character studies, narratives and dialogues, then move on to more advanced techniques: using voice and psychic distance, plotting stories, and incorporating symbolism. The philosophy of the course is that creative writing doesn't just "happen"; like a dancer or a musician, a writer needs skills, technique, practice, and discipline. Weekly writing assignments, some illustrative reading, workshops. Prerequisite: Freshman status; others by permission only (limited to 10)


HUM848 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

On a daily basis, each of us engages in an act of creation--the composition of our lives. Many authors have explored the direction, detours, and contours of their own lives in autobiographies and autobiographical novels--the two genres we will be exploring in this writing seminar. We will read a range of 19th and 20th century texts, including works by Tim O'Brien, Lan Cao, Joy Kogawa, Dave Eggers, Lauren Slater, John Edgar Wideman, Elie Wiesel and Annie Dillard. In our discussions, we will explore how authors and their literary characters compose their lives, construct an identity--and create a somewhat coherent self often against enormous personal, societal, and cultural obstacles. More specifically, we will attempt to understand how memory and imagination intersect in the act of creating a self. We will be writing about all of these in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to three 4-6 page papers and one 8-10 page research paper. Peer response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision, and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the texts. Prerequisite: None

Writing Seminars


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 Anton Chekov, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Carver, John Edgar Wideman, Sherman Alexie, Edwidge Danticat, and many, many 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. Prerequisites: None


CDS534 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Laura Stevenson, Todd Smith

In 1953 scientists James Watson and Francis Crick first deduced the structure of DNA, and since then the advances in molecular genetics 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 researchers use human embryos as a source of stem cells? 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. Prerequisite: None


HUM1060 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Brian Mooney

In this class we will explore several significant cases of censorship and suppression in the United States. Beginning with James Joyce's Ulysses (banned in 1921 by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, and burned in 1922 by the United States Post Office), we will look at the changing definitions of "obscenity" and the implications of our First Amendment right to free speech. Milestones will include the McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist, the obsenity trial of Lenny Bruce, and the NEA imbroglios of the 1980's and 1990's, just to name a few. Some of the questions we will ask as we examine works suppressed on sexual, social, religious, and political grounds are: Who are the censors? What forms can censorship take? Is there an intersection of commerce and censorship? Are there materials that should be censored? We will, of course, write about all of this. Plan on at least three major papers and weekly short commentaries, as well as conferences, workshops, and discussions of style and structure. Prerequisite: None

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