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Generally speaking each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned.  Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required.  Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.

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American Studies

Consumer Culture In Historical Perspective

HUM1077 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

This course traces the emergence and development of a consumer oriented culture in the United States from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. We will explore the relationship between consumer culture and democracy, between places of consumption and places of production (leisure and work), between consumer goods and activities and issues of social identity, particularly relating to gender, class and race. We will also pay attention to movements and organizations which have resisted or challenged aspects of a dominant consumer culture. By the end of the course students should have an understanding of the history of consumer culture in its related economic, political, social and cultural dimensions and an ability to read critically the messages and structures of contemporary consumer society. The class is designed to allow students to pursue particular research interests throughout the semester.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Consumer's RepublicCohen9780375707377$18.95
Ladies of Labor, Girls of AdventureEnstad9780231111034$28.00

Senior Seminar in American Studies

HUM721 - 2 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Rice-Aron Library/202

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

The seminar is organized around the different research topics of seniors doing Plan work in American Studies. Students will present their research in progress and read and critique each other's writing. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

 Seminar will meet on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30.  I can't pick this time block!  I think this is a busy time.  Put me anywhere.  We often meet in the campus center.  Thanks!

 The Family In U.S. History I

HUM643 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

This course traces the history of family life in the U.S. from the time of European settlement to the end of the nineteenth century. Drawing on an interdisciplinary array of sources from popular literature to material culture, we will explore how the family both affected and was affected by the major historical developments of these centuries. Our study will include Anglo-American nuclear families as well as families and groups which did not fit the norm -- slave families, immigrant families and utopian communities. A central focus of the course will be the importance of the family in defining and reproducing gender roles and relationships. The course is recommended for students interested in Gender Studies. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Intimate Matters 3rdD'Emilio9780226923802$25.00
Charlotte TempleRowson9780195042382$14.99
City of WomenStansell9780252014819$26.00
Puritan FamilyMorgan9780061312274$14.99


Anthropology Plan Writing Seminar

SSC472 - 1 Credit - Advanced

  • Tuesday 2:00pm-3:30pm in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson, Rebekah Park

Whenever we write, we enter into a community of people sharing ideas. This seminar is intended to provide a space in which students on Plan in anthropology and related disciplines can come together to discuss their reading and writing. Prerequisite: Students doing senior Plan work in anthropology or a related discipline

 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

SSC573 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Rebekah Park

This is an introductory course to socio-cultural anthropology that provides a general intellectual history of the discipline.  The course reviews research methods and analyzes the study of culture in terms of production and critique.  This class is not meant to survey the entire field but instead aims to introduce students to basic anthropological theoretical orientations and to the importance of long-term ethnography. As such, we will read contemporary articles from leading anthropology journals and full-length ethnographies, as well as excerpts of key canonical texts, in the course to gain a better understanding of what is anthropology and how it is written.  This class will explore concepts including kinship, power, race, exchange, cultural relativism, globalization, and political economy.  Paramount to this class is the understanding that culture is a dynamic, complicated, and context-dependent concept; it is not a fixed or bounded “thing” of peoples and places. Throughout, we will employ a comparative perspective as socio-cultural anthropology rests upon this fundamental goal of making the familiar strange, and the strange familiar. While this class may engage in cross-cultural comparisons, students are also expected to draw connections between groups of people across time and space. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Devil Behind the MirrorGregory9780520249295$29.95
Europe and the People Without HistoryWolf9780520268180$29.95
Number Our DaysMyerhoff9780671254308$15.00
Sweetness and PowerMintz9780140092332$16.00
Purity and DangerDouglas9780415289955$21.95

 Social Suffering

SSC572 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Rebekah Park

This seminar will first examine a range of bearable and unbearable forms of suffering, including: war, poverty, disease, insecurity, political violence, and natural disasters. Within medical anthropology, social suffering has become an important subject of anthropological inquiry whereby ethnographers record everyday forms of suffering within communities and amongst individuals in various societies. Juxtaposing ordinary suffering of everyday life against the sudden eruption of extraordinary suffering, this seminar examines various modes of explanation, experience, humanitarianism and ethics. Some of the questions this seminar will pose include: what should ethnographers do with the disciplinary practice of cultural relativism in a world of great suffering? Is “witnessing the inhuman” enough, or do anthropologists have an obligation to help end human suffering? What is the ethical role of anthropologists in the face of human suffering? If anthropologists intervene, what assumptions of authority, power and inequality are embedded in such efforts? Additionally, this course will also require students to consider how communities and individuals survive mass violence, poverty, and “ordinary” forms of suffering or human deprivation.  Prerequisite: Familiarity with social science research


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Country of My SkullKrog9780812931297$16.00
Regarding the Pain of OthersSontag9780312422196$14.00
Humanitarian ReasonFassin9780520271173$28.95
Death Without WeepingScheper-Hughes9780520075375$36.95
In Search of Respect 2ndBourgois9780521017114$27.99
Infections and InequalitiesFarmer9780520229136$27.95
Fear of Small NumbersAppadurai9780822338635$21.95

For Anthropology offerings, see also:

Art History

 Art History Survey I - From the Ancient World to the 15th Century

HUM2336 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

The aim of this class is to introduce students to the history of art and its objects from the period of the cities and empires in the Ancient Near East up to the beginning of the European Renaissance in the 15th century. We will study works of painting, sculpture and architecture from a vast array of different cultures with an aim to developing students’ analytical capacities in looking at and understanding a work of art formally, culturally and contextually within both the History of Art and the History of the History of Art. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
History of the World in 100 ObjectsMacGregor9780670022700$45.00
Graven ImageBahrani9780812236484$59.95

 Creating Views: Design & Display from the Invention of the Museum to Today

HUM2337 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Apple Tree
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Apple Tree

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

The museum seems to be a uniquely modern institution. A place where works of art, identified as such by trained experts, are displayed for the most part outside of the original context of their making and use. Through this process these same works gain new meaning and new identities. They become representative of cultures and peoples of the past, a past that is processed, defined and sometimes created by the display itself. This class takes a critical approach to museum exhibits, to collecting and to the classification of cultures and art that goes on in curatorial studies today. Our approach will look across cultures to understand not just how display creates meaning and provides a framework for interpretation of works of art, but for the cultures that those works come to represent. This class is designed to develop the following key skills: collaboration, global competence, creativity in expression and problem solving and network and information literacy. In addition, of course, you will learn something of the history of museum display, art historical methods and practices, and issues of design and viewing that are key to the museum experience. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Museums, Media and Cultural TheoryHenning9780335214198$45.00

Asian Studies


HUM1359 - Variable Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Seth Harter

A weekly seminar devoted to the drafting, critiquing and revising of Plan papers in Asian Studies.

  Rice, Ritual, & Revolution: A Survey of Southeast Asian History

HUM2341 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Seth Harter

This course will survey the history of Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines) from the earliest written records to the present.  During the first half of the semester, we will consider Indian and Chinese influences on the region; local forms of kingship, social organization, and religious expression; and the onset of European colonialism.  In the second half, we will turn our attention to nationalist movements, the Japanese occupation during WWII, and political independence in the post-war period.  Reading will include a comprehensive textbook, historical monographs, a memoir and a novel.  Students will conclude the semester with research papers on subjects of their own choosing. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Goddess on the RiseTaylor9780824828011$27.00
In the Shadow of the BanyanRatner9781451657715$16.00
Art of Not Being GovernedScott9780300169171$25.00
This Earth of MankindToer9780140256352$16.00
Ordering PowerSlater9780521165457$29.99
Southeast Asia: A Concise HistoryHeidhues9780500283035$19.95

For Asian Studies offerings, see also:



NSC622 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

A survey of modern astronomy, designed to be accessible to non-science students. Topics include the birth, life, and death of stars; galaxies and their origin and evolution. This class will be an opportunity for you to explore fundamental physics concepts and quantitative thinking. As part of the class we will spend time conducting naked-eye observations, using binoculars, small telescopes and the MacArthur Observatory. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Astronomy Today V. 2 7thMcMillan9780321718631$95.07


Biochemistry of the Cell

NSC13 - 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

Biochemists used to debate the nature of proteins: their composition, structure, and function. Now we know many extraordinary details of the shapes of proteins and how they function. For example, how they help our bodies acquire nutrients from food, use those nutrients for fuel, and carry oxygen to our tissues. In particular, researchers have revealed the intricacies of how a protein’s structure is related to its function. In this course we will employ an evolutionary perspective as we discuss major topics such as amino acids, proteins and protein structure, bioenergetics, enzymes and enzyme function. We will also study major metabolic pathways and their key control points. Our goals are for you to develop a thorough understanding of how enzymes work and to be familiar with key metabolic pathways and how they are controlled. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I & II;  Co-requisite: Laboratory in Biochemistry of the Cell


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biochemistry 7thBerg9781429229364$262.00

Biochemistry of the Cell Lab

NSC425 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Allison Turner

This laboratory will be an introduction to techniques commonly used by biochemists, and must be taken in conjunction with Biochemistry of the Cell. Your work in the laboratory will focus on a semester-long investigation of an enzyme. This project will allow you to perform your own biochemistry research project in which you will employ the principles of chemistry and biochemistry that we study in the classroom.

The protein you will investigate is already well-characterized. That is, previous research has described in detail the properties of the enzyme. Your goal is to determine if the enzyme you isolate is the same as that described in the primary literature. To answer this question we will begin with basic laboratory procedures such as preparing reagents, chromatography, and performing a protein assay. We will then explore techniques for studying the activity of enzymes, and methods for separating proteins, such as one and two-dimensional electrophoresis. Finally we will employ immunochemical methods for the identification of proteins. Throughout this semester-long project you will also learn about the procedures for data acquisition and analysis that will allow you to draw meaningful conclusions from your results. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I & II;  Co-requisite: NSC13, Biochemistry of the Cell


General Biology I

NSC9 - 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

General Biology serves as an introduction to the scientific study of life and basic biological principles. We begin the semester with an examination of the molecular and cellular nature of life and then explore the genetic basis for life. This course serves as the foundation course for further work in life sciences. Prerequisite: Some chemistry recommended


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biological Science 4thFreeman9780321598202$213.00

General Biology I Lab

NSC174 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 220

Faculty: Allison Turner

An exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting. We will study such organisms as bacteria, yeast, molds, mammalian cell cultures including cancer cells, plants, fish, and others.  Skill in basic laboratory techniques in biology will be acquired throughout the semester. Recommended for prospective life science Plan students. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology I or permission of instructor

General Ecology & Ecology Lab

NSC140 - 5 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 220
  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

Ecology is the study of the interactions and interrelationships between organisms and their environment. In this course we will examine factors that contribute to the distribution and abundance of organisms and, hence, to the structure of biotic communities.  In the lab portion we will take a hands-on approach to learning important concepts discussed in class. You will be introduced to the methods that ecologists use to design, carry out and analyze research. This course should be taken by all students with a life-science orientation in the environmental sciences. Prerequisite: College-level Biology


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Ecology 6thMolles9780073532493$169.35

For Biology offerings, see also:


Ceramics - Topics

ART2342 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Monday 10:30am-12:50pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics
  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics

Faculty: Megan Mitchell

The aim of this course is to decipher the unique language of the ceramic surface. Students will study clays, slips, glazes, firing methods, and alternative surfaces to uncover their role in determining the character of a ceramic object. The course will include research of historical and contemporary approaches to the ceramic surface, as well as studio experimentation, concluding with an independent research project. We will also investigate possibilities for incorporating drawing, painting and printmaking methods on clay. Students will use handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques for studio projects, and the course is intended for beginning and intermediate students. Prerequisite: None

Materials fee: $95.

Ceramics II

ART102 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics
  • Thursday 6:00pm-8:20pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics

Faculty: Megan Mitchell

Focused on developing hand building skills introduced in Ceramics I, this course will begin with diverse assignments and conclude with a self-directed project. Students will develop a material understanding and their personal aesthetic choices. Ceramics history and contemporary issues will be discussed. There will be a presentation and written component. 

Prerequisite: Ceramics I or permission of the instructor
Additional Fee:$95


General Chemistry I

NSC158 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Todd Smith

Chemistry has a rich history, including ancient theories on the nature of matter and recipes for converting lead into gold. Modern research and applications are equally exciting. For example, models of chemical bonds explain why carbon dioxide and methane are greenhouse gases, and some of the colors we see in the Aurora Borealis. We will explore these topics as we learn about atomic structure and the periodic table, reaction stoichiometry, chemical bonds, molecular structure, and other concepts central to modern chemistry. Many of these topics are related to current health and environmental issues. For example, discussions of pH and reduction-oxidation reactions include research on the natural chemistry of surface waters and the effects of acid rain on aquatic organisms. Co-requisite: General Chemistry I Laboratory


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Principles of General Chemistry 2ndSilberberg9780077274320$207.35

General Chemistry I Lab - Exploration of Biofuels

NSC444 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Allison Turner

Science is a process, not a collection of facts. In this laboratory we will combine the study of chemistry with the process of science by exploring the production of biofuels. We will begin by developing some basic quantitative skills and familiarity with laboratory techniques. The activities for these early parts of the lab will be fairly structured. As you develop your ability to approach a problem scientifically the activities will be less structured and you will have more responsibility for designing and conducting your own experiments on the production and analysis of biofuels. Students will work on projects in groups but each student will keep their own laboratory notebook and write their own laboratory reports. Co-requisite: General Chemistry I



HUM286 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D15
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D15

Faculty: Sean Harrigan

An introduction to the basics of Greek grammar, vocabulary and syntax. A two-semester sequence. Prerequisite: None

 Greek IIB

HUM621 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • 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: Sean Harrigan

Continuation of Greek IIA.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price

 Latin IA

HUM36 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Sean Harrigan

This is a beginner's course in Latin. Students come to Latin for many reasons: to understand better their own and other languages; to access one of the richest bodies of literature and history in the world; or simply as an intellectual test. Latin is a demanding language, and students should be prepared for regular short quizzes to reinforce material as we go along, but consistent effort will pay rich dividends. We'll be working from Wheelock's Latin (6th edition), which introduces students to the basic elements of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and offers students original Latin thought and language as soon as possible. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Wheelock's Latin 7thWheelock9780061997228$21.99

 Latin IIA

HUM427 - 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: Sean Harrigan

Continuation of Latin IB.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Wheelock's Latin 7thWheelock9780061997228$21.99

For Classics offerings, see also:

Computer Science

Digital Arts Workshop

NSC623 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Thursday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

An open exploration of computer tools and techniques for working with images, sound, animation, video, and 3D models, aimed at anyone who wants to practice using software to make digital art. We'll be primarily using open source software such as the Gimp (images), Audacity (sound), Processing (motion capture with the Kinect) and Blender (animation). Class time will be spent looking at underlying concepts, learning software applications, and sharing ongoing work on projects. This class may be repreated for credit and may (depending on the amount of work and with permission of instructor) be taken for variable credit. Prerequisite: None

Formal Languages and the Theory of Computation

NSC543 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Matthew Ollis, Jim Mahoney

A mathematical introduction to the theory of computation. Topics include automata such as Turing machines, formal languages such as context-free grammars, and computability questions as described by "NP-complete" problems and Godel's incompleteness theorem. This is an upper level course that presents the foundations of theoretical computer science. Expect practice with lots of mathematical proofs, with programming examples to build intuition. Prerequisite: Programming experience and some prior work in formal math


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Introduction to the Theory of Computation 2ndSipser9780534950972$237.00

Introduction to Programming with Python

NSC552 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

A first class in computer programming, and as such a foundation class for further work in computer science. Much as a competency with English grammar is required for writing, an understanding of programming is required for nearly all intermediate and advanced work in computer science. A similar course is offered every fall, though the language chosen varies from year to year. Python is a modern, elegant, high level scripting language, popular at Google among other places. In addition to learning about "object oriented programming", loops, input/output and all that, expect to also learn a variety of computer skills and basics. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Python Programming 1stZelle9781887902991$40.00

Scientific Computing

NSC624 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

Numerical simulations and data techniques have become increasingly important tools for understanding physical systems. This course explores these computer approaches to doing science. Topics include computational differential equations, chaos, fourier transforms, and statistical modeling. Prerequisite: Participants must have previous programming experience, math through at least calculus, and at least one semester of physics

Cultural History

Spaces of Memory

SSC579 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Whittemore Theater/Greene
  • Friday 3:30pm-5:00pm in Whittemore Theater/Greene

Faculty: Dana Howell

A discussion of spaces significant to cultural memory, including places of commemoration, landscapes of ruins, invented sites of cultural “nostalgia,†and public spaces of ritual and display. We will combine a common reading list with readings contributed from individual Plan work. Substantial research projects and Plan writing. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
How Modernity ForgetsConnerton9780521745802$29.99

 The Soviet Era Through Film and Memoir

CDS434 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree

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: Reading-centered coursework


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
History of the Soviet Union 2ndKenez9780521682961$31.99
Revolution on My MindHellbeck9780674032316$22.00
Thaw GenerationAlexeyeva9780822959113$25.95
Journey Into the WhirlwindGinzburg9780156027519$16.95
Behind the UralsScott9780253205360$18.00
In the Shadow of the RevolutionFitzpatrick9780691019499$42.00
Russia's Sputnik GenerationRaleigh9780253218421$26.00



ART2343 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

In this class, students will explore both the art and the craft of making dances (in the modern dance tradition). Responding to specific assignments, students will create a number of dances throughout the semester, bringing a new draft to class each week. Class sessions will focus on viewing and discussing students' work, and on exploring tools for the creative process and ideas about composition.  Attention will be given to learning how to give and receive choreographic feedback, and to editing and developing existing choreography. In addition, students will study the choreographic methods of other artists through viewing videos and reading texts. This course will require students to work independently and commit a substantial amount of time outside of class to the completion of choreographic studies. Students will present their final projects in an end of the semester showing. This course may be repeated for credit; assignments, readings, and special topics will differ each semester. 

Int./Adv. Modern Dance Technique and Repertory

ART2262 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Thursday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Alison Mott

In this course, we will develop expansive, articulate and expressive dancing in a contemporary release-based idiom. Along the way, we will dip our toes into several conceptual frameworks that have developed out of Labanotation  -- including, but not limited to motif notation -- and use those tools to sharpen our physical practice, generate ideas for choreography and help us remember sequences. Each class will begin with warm up exercises designed to fine-tune proprioception, improve dynamic alignment and build strength. Center and traveling phrase work will provide ample opportunities to play with space and gravity. The repertory component will evolve out of class work, and will involve students in creating, learning and performing an original work.  In addition to improvisation and rigorous technical training in the dance classroom, students will be expected to write and to generate material from written scores outside of class-time.

Prerequisite: Prior dance experience and permission of the instructor

 Senegalese Dance

ART2344 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Elhadji Ba

This class will focus on learning both the popular and traditional dances of Senegal, West Africa. With an emphasis on Sabar and Saouruba, students will explore dances from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to Casamance, a rural village in south Senegal. Students will be taught steps in the form of short, choreographed pieces and will be accompanied by live drumming whenever possible. The course will culminate with a performance, including pieces created by students using the steps they have learned.   

For Dance offerings, see also:


Economics for the 99%

SSC581 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Zhongjin Li

Is capitalism good at meeting human needs? The “Great Recession of 2008” called attention to the inadequacies of the current economic system, as the world entered a period of economic crisis marked by negative and/or slow growth, high unemployment, increasing inequality, and dysfunctional financial systems that persist today. By framing the problems of capitalism in distributional terms as the system’s inability to meet the needs of the majority while benefiting the few, supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement and others have generated much public discourse on the possibility of building a more just and sustainable economic system. In this introductory course, we will examine and imagine alternative systems. In order to do so, we will spend a good deal of time grounding our critique in an understanding of the current economic system. If an economic system is a network of social relationships governing the production and distribution of goods and services in a society, we may ask: How do these relationships develop under capitalism? How have they changed over time, and why? Who benefits, who pays, and who decides? The first part of the course will contextualize our study of capitalism, as we turn to economic history and the history of economic ideas to learn about economic systems that have preceded it and economic thinkers that have theorized about it. In the second part of the course, we will assess the merits and problems of capitalism as a system for producing and distributing goods and services, paying particular attention to the current recession. Our assessment will include perspectives based on issues of ecology and class-, race-, gender-based inequality. In the last part of the course, we will study, design, and critique some economic alternatives.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Field Guide to the U.S. EconomyTeller-Elsberg9781595580481$16.95
Economics for EveryoneStanford9780745327501$21.00
Worldly PhilosophersHeilbroner9780684862149$21.00

Environmental Studies

Environmental Science and Policy

NSC628 - 3 Credits -

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

Course offered at BUHS for BUHS Students


Future Energy

NSC627 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: John MacArthur

We will consider options for baseload (24-7) electric power when we are forced to close down fossil fuel power plants for the sake of the planet.   

Prerequisite: Some background in the sciences

Natural History of Vermont

NSC467 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Robert Engel

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


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Summer WorldHeinrich9780060742188$14.99
Winter WorldHeinrich9780061129070$14.99

For Environmental Studies offerings, see also:


 African Cinemas: Close-up on Colonialism

ART2345 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Boukary Sawadogo

This course is designed to facilitate learning and critical analysis of how Africans revisit and treat their colonial past. In that regard, the course surveys different issues in order to acquaint students with Africa’s colonial past and the bearing of that legacy on its present and future. Those surveyed issues include violence, Africans’ portrayal by Westerners, the impact of colonialism on local communities (identity, education, language, social organization) and the present-day relationships between African countries and France. From the 1930s Hollywood movies like Tarzan and King Solomon’s Mines to African productions such as The Gods Must be Crazy or Identity Pieces, films are selected across historical and geographical boundaries to bring depth to the corpus.

In addition to screenings and discussions, coursework also includes analysis of texts.

Film/Video Studies

Comedy Screenwriting Workshop - Marble Hill

ART2347 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Jay Craven

This class will continue work started last spring for any interested writing students whether or not they participated in that class. Our plan will be to develop characters and dramatic/comedic incidents set on the campus of the small fictional New England liberal arts college, Marble Hill. Completed material that meets rigorous standards for shaping and revision will be considered for production through the on-campus production class running concurrently—and for possible TV, cable, and radio production.

Classroom sessions will include brainstorming, critique, and study of effective comedy screenwriting technique—aimed at the development of scripted scenes and sequences that shape character, theme, tone, and incident to dramatic and comedic effect. Outside scripts and produced episodes will also be studied and discussed. Students may enroll in this workshop for 2 or 3 credits, depending on the amount of work they are prepared to undertake and complete.

Film Acting, Directing, & Cinematography - Marble Hill

ART2346 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:30pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab

Faculty: Jay Craven

Students will work to produce a series of ten-minute episodes for a web-based TV comedy series, Marble Hill. Actors, directors, cinematographers, sound recordists, music composers, and others are encouraged to enroll, so that students can work in groups where they collaborate and draw on each others interests and abilities. The goal of this class is to advance production skills development and facilitate the students’ acquisition of the means to achieve more disciplined expression in narrative film. This will involve focused work in film acting, directing, script development, camera coverage, lighting, sound recording, design, and editing.

Student production teams will participate in pre-production planning, location scouting, shot listing, casting, rehearsal, production and post-production. The class will include screenings of outside material and exercises intended to sharpen students’ imaginative capacities and intuitive instincts. Completed episodes that meet rigorous technical and creative standards will be posted online through YouTube and other outlets. Prerequisite: Previous film and/or acting study or experience, or by permission of the instructor

Group Tutorial: The Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

ART2349 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Thursday 9:00am-9:50am in Serkin Center/Serkin 104

Faculty: Jay Craven

Rainer Werner Fassbinder died at the age of 37 but he made 44 films during the 16 years of his career. Fassbinder’s films helped define the ground-breaking New German Cinema of the late 1960’s and 70’s. They explore complicated relationships, historical memory in a nation still emerging from trauma, and gender roles in a time of shifting cultural mores. For this group tutorial, we’ll view Fassbinder’s monumental 15-hour Berlin Alexanderplatz and also study various of his feature films, including Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Effi Briest, In a Year of 13 Moons, Veronika Voss, and The Merchant of Four Seasons.

 All film screening will take place outside of class. Students will be expected to arrive having screened the film(s) and read the assigned text. Grades will be based on classroom participation and written analysis and critiques. Prerequisite: Admission to this group tutorial will be by permission of the instructor


  Introduction to Medieval Studies

HUM1384 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: Adam Franklin-Lyons

This course serves as a broad introduction to the Medieval European world.  There are two major goals of the course.  First, students should become acquainted with the changes and narratives of medieval history as well as its significance to modern history.  Second, as an introduction to the historical discipline, this course offers students the opportunity to learn the methods of historical research: how to use primary sources as well as historiography to formulate historical narratives and arguments.  The course will look at the medieval world through a variety of lenses, including political, religious, economic and social history as well as looking at the art, music and literature of the time. As a designated writing course, we will produce some form of text during virtually all weeks of the course, including material on primary sources, historiographic debates and a final research prospectus.  Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Short History of the Middle Ages 3rdRosenwein9781442601048$49.95

For History offerings, see also:


Anatomy of Movement

CDS564 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-12:20pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:20pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan, Jaime Tanner

An introduction to human anatomy with emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and biomechanical principles of movement. Concepts will be explored through a combination of scientific study, experiential anatomy, and dance movement. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Trail Guide to the Body 4thBiel9780982663400$58.95

Fundamentals of Non-Profit Management

NPM600 - 2 Credits - Graduate

Faculty: Kate Jellema

Students will master the fundamental elements of running a nonprofit agency. Topics include: Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Marketing, Donor Fundraising, Grants and Earned Income, Financial Management for Nonprofits, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, and Boards and Governance. The class will meet at the Marlboro College Graduate School in downtown Brattleboro on 10 Fridays during the spring term, each time from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Students will be assessed on the basis of three elements: (1) participation in the face-to-face workshops, (2) active engagement in ten time-limited online discussion forums, and  (3) submission of a 3-5 page reflective essay synthesizing the knowledge gained in the workshop and other undergraduate coursework. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a professional development certificate in nonprofit management issued by the Marlboro College Graduate School, and will be prepared to take a leadership role in any mission-driven organization.

Undergraduate enrollment in Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management will be capped at 6 students. Priority will be given first to students who were enrolled in Jim Tober's Philanthropy, Advocacy and Public Policy seminar spring 2011; then to students who were enrolled in Meg Mott's Political Theory and the Ecological Crisis course fall 2011; and thereafter to students for whom this could be a Plan course; sophomores or juniors; and students with experience working in the nonprofit sector. 

Prerequisites: Attendance of Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership Workshop, 8:45-5:00 on MLK Day 2012 (Jan 16); Enrollment by permission of instructor: please email to apply.

Introduction to Cartography: History, Theory and Practice

NSC621 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Matthew Ollis, Adam Franklin-Lyons

A course for those interested in creating and interpreting maps.  The course will cover the history of map making, how people currently portray spacial information, and some of the mathematical choices involved in map design.  We will work with primitive tools such as pencil and paper as well as GIS platforms for mapping and statistical information.  Students will create a variety of actual maps over the course of the semester. Prerequisite: None

TMI? Navigating information in the social and natural sciences

CDS574 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/LIBBAR

Faculty: Emily Alling

As scholars, we both consume and contribute to the body of recorded human knowledge. In this course, we'll take a look at the customs and structures underlying that body of knowledge, leading to a better understanding and more effective use of information in your work at Marlboro. We'll tackle everything from dusty print reference books to online data sets as we learn how scholarly information is structured and hone our searching and retrieval skills. We'll consider issues such as copyright, open access, and academic honesty. We'll take a field trip to another academic library (or two, or five) in the region to compare and contrast how libraries work. Students will have the opportunity to apply what we learn to an area of academic interest, completing one or more projects that could feed directly into a future tutorial or Plan paper. The course will be co-taught by the library director and a rotating group of faculty from the social and natural sciences. Highly recommended for students who anticipate writing a Plan in these areas. (This course is analogous to "Finding Stuff," which focuses on the humanities; if you've taken that one, let's talk before you register for this one.)

Your Online Presence

SSC547 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-12:00pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5

Faculty: Caleb Clark

Who are you online? How can Marlboro help you with your ideal career? More and more opportunities, from employment, to grants and graduate school will ask if you have an online portfolio. This class will help you to: 1. Start thinking about how your current work at Marlboro will prepare you for your ideal career. 2. Design, build, test, launch, and update, you own online portfolio using an authoring platform of your choice (LinkedIn, Wordpress, Google Sites, or other). Classes will alternate between career development work and online portfolio work. Students will create a polished bio, resume, and three or more work samples (such as a paper, project, photos, poems etc) with descriptions.

Caleb Clark is Chair of  the Educational Technology program at Marlboro's graduate school. He's struggled to keep his own online portfolio current since the mid 1990s at

Desha Peacock is the Director of Career Development at Marlboro College. Desha's LinkedIn profile was in the top 10% of viewed profiles in 2012.

This course will be meeting on six of the below seven dates. 

  1. Sept. 9: Explore examples of online portfolios & career development goals (Caleb, Desha)

  2. Sept. 23: Portfolio construction (Caleb)

  3. Oct. 7: Professional resume and bio creation (Desha)

  4. Oct. 21: Design and color theory,  (Caleb)

  5. Nov. 4: Usability test (Caleb)

  6. Nov. 18: Guest speaker

  7. Dec. 9. Present final portfolios and share your career intentions and one action step you’ll take towards realizing your plan. (Caleb, Desha)


 Beginning Modern Arabic IA

HUM1119 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Abdelhadi Izem

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. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Alif BaaBrustad9781589015067$39.95
Ahlan wa sahlan: Letters and Sounds of the Arabic LanguageAlosh9780300140484$36.00
Ahlan wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners 2ndAlosh9780300122725$76.00

 Elementary French I

HUM463 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Boukary Sawadogo

Students to develop the basic skills in French language competency including listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course is designed to facilitate active learning about the francophone world through study of its language and cultures. Emphasis is on vocabulary building, basic grammar structures, cultural and historical knowledge.

Required Textbook: Promenades 2nd edition (2014) by Cherie Mitschke

No reduced credits will be offered for this class.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Promenades 2ndMitschke9781618576712$161.00

 Elementary Spanish I

HUM1346 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1

Faculty: Rosario de Swanson

This is a language course for first-year students of Spanish and is designed to aid development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. It is part of a year long course that covers basic grammar along with a variety of vocabulary and cultural topics, and it prepares students for the second-semester Spanish course to be offered in Spring 2014. In addition to written work and exercises, students are expected to complete home-work assignments in the Vistas web-site. It meets three times a week for an hour and twenty minutes plus one hour extra for conversation. Prerequisite: None


Students can purchase the full text in hardcover, which will be used for two terms (ISBN 9781617670596) or they can purchase the loose-leaf volume I (ISBN 9781617673658) which will be used during the Fall term. Both versions include WebSAM access codes.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Vistas 4th V. 1Blanco9781617673658$114.00
Vistas 4th & WebSAMBlanco9781617670596$227.00

 Intermediate French I

HUM2338 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • 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: Boukary Sawadogo

Intermediate French I is designed as a second-year French course for students have completed first-year French or its equivalent. Students will strengthen their language skills and cultural competency through vocabulary, grammar and readings. You will contribute to the classroom community by using French in and out of class, collaborating with classmates, and taking responsibility for timely completion of all assignments, quizzes, compositions, projects, and tests.

Required Textbook: Imaginez 2nd edition (2012) by Cherie Mitschke

No reduced credits will be offered for this class.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imaginez 2ndMitschke9781617675676$174.00

 Intermediate Modern Arabic IIA

HUM1120 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • 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: Abdelhadi Izem

A continuation of elementary Arabic with equal emphasis on aural and oral skills, reading and writing. Selections from contemporary Arabic media are introduced and serve as a basis for reading and conversation. Prerequisite: Beginning Arabic or the equivalent

 Intermediate Spanish I

HUM1390 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1

Faculty: Rosario de Swanson

Strives for mastery of complex grammatical structures and continues work on writing and reading skills. Frequent compositions, selected literary readings, class discussions, and debates on films and current events. It meets three times a week plus 50 minutes for conversation. It also requires workbook online. Prerequisite: At least two consecutive semesters of college Spanish


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
En contacto gramatica en accion 9thGill9780495912651$166.95
En contacto lecturas intermedias 9thGill9780495908418$119.95
En contacto gramatica 9th ESAMGill9781111301101$85.95

 Practical Chinese I

HUM2334 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Grant Li

This course is for beginners. It is designed to help students develop communicative competence in the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structures used in everyday situations through various forms of oral practice. Pinyin (the most widely used Chinese phonetic system) will be taught as a tool to learn the spoken language. Students will also learn Chinese characters in order to be able to communicate effectively in real situations. While linguistic aspects of the Chinese language are the primary focus, introduction to the social and cultural background of the language will also form an important part of the course. Prerequisite: None 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
New Practical Chinese Reader V. 1 2nd TextbookLiu9787561926239$21.95
New Practical Chinese Reader V. 1 2nd WorkbookLiu9787561926222$13.95

 Practical Chinese III

HUM2335 - 4 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: Grant Li

This course is the continuation of Practical Chinese II. It continues to help students develop communicative competence in the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. While linguistic aspects of the Chinese language are the primary focus, introduction to the social and cultural background of the language will also form an important part of the course. Prerequisite: Practical Chinese II or equivalent 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
New Practical Chinese Reader V. 2 TextbookLiu9787561911297$21.95
New Practical Chinese Reader V. 2 WorkbookLiu9787561911457$12.95

Word Grammar: Introduction to Morphology

HUM2331 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Grant Li

Morphology is the study of how words are formed. This course introduces the terms and concepts necessary for analyzing words. Topics such as the mental lexicon, derivation, compounding, inflection, morphological typology, productivity, and the interface of morphology with syntax and phonology expose students to the whole of the field. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Introducing MorphologyLieber9780521719797$36.99


19th Century Novel

HUM578 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D22A
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D22A
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D22A

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

Selections from three nineteenth century authors: Dickens, Balzac, and Dostoevsky.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Hard Times 3rdDickens9780393975604$16.25
Anna KareninaTolstoy9780143035008$18.00
Mill on the FlossEliot9780393963328$20.00
Tess of the d'Urbervilles 3rdHardy9780393959031$18.12
Great ExpectationsDickens9780393960693$20.00
Cousin BetteBalzac9780199553945$11.95
Pere GoriotBalzac9780393971668$19.20

 Generators: The Literature of Energy

HUM2342 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Apple Tree
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Apple Tree

Faculty: Kyhl Lyndgaard

If you believe energy can be described solely in work units of BTUs, MPGs, and kWhs, think again, as the human generation of expression has long mirrored our use of energy. We will examine the cultural and historical roots of human conceptions of energy, quickly reading our way to the present day while taking both local and global views of this inescapable and essential topic. Poetry and nonfiction will be regularly read, although a special focus on world petrofiction is planned. Authors may include William Blake, Mary Shelley, Reza Negarestani, Abdul Rahman Munif, Ishimure Michiko, Pattiann Rogers, Christa Wolf, Alfred Crosby, David Gessner, and Helon Habila. Finally, we will watch a small number of films such as There Will Be Blood, Avatar, Gasland, and Matewan.

Prerequisite: None. Note, however, that Professor Sara Salimbeni will teach a companion course on energy from a natural science perspective in the spring. Generators is likewise not a prerequisite for that course; however, these courses taken in sequence offer a deep interdisciplinary grounding in issues of energy. 


Cyclonopedia will be available via special order prior to its assignment. Please request a copy at the Bookstore.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Children of the SunCrosby9780393931532$24.00
Cities of SaltMunif9780394755267$18.95
Accident: A Day's NewsWolf9780226905068$17.00
Lake of HeavenMichiko9780739124635$38.99
Tarball ChroniclesGessner9781571313379$16.00
Oil on WaterHabila9780393339642$14.95

Introduction to Literature: The Epic

HUM2339 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D22A
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D22A
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D22A

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

A reading of three epics from the ancient world: Homer's The Illiad and The Odyssey, and Virgil's The Aeneid.  


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Illiad of HomerHomer9780226470498$15.00
Odyssey of HomerHomer9780061244186$14.99

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

HUM783 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

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


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Collected PoemsLowell9780374530327$28.00
Selected PoemsOlson9780520212329$28.95
Selected PoemsCummings9780871401540$15.95
Collected PoemsO'Hara9780520201668$33.95
Collected Poems 1947-1997Ginsberg9780061139758$25.99
Collected PoemsPlath9780061558894$17.99
Complete PoemsJarrell9780374513054$24.00
Collected Poems 1937-1971Berryman9780374522810$25.00

Plan Seminar

HUM1503 - Variable Credits - Advanced

  • Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm in Dalrymple/D22A

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

A reading of selections from the Norton Anthology of English Literature.

 Seminar in Literary Studies

HUM2340 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

Topic: Journeys

“I tramp a perpetual journey.”  Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

Some journeys, like Homer’s Odysseus’s, end in a return home; others, like Joseph Conrad’s Kurtz’s, end with words that cannot be repeated; and still others, as Emily Dickinson suggests, can occur without stepping outdoors: “to shut our eyes is to travel.” Journeys through interior corridors and journeys through external landscapes will be our focus in this introductory literature course.  Through close reading of fiction, poetry, drama, and essays, we will think about the relationship between moving inward and moving outward, between home and exile, between identity and place.  We will enter into fictional minds and countries, reading with empathy and with openness – and acquiring a critical vocabulary to describe what we’re seeing and hearing.  This class will be writing-intensive; we will read one another’s essays offering encouragement and feedback as drafts evolve into final essays. 

Authors may include: Chaucer, William Godwin, Joseph Conrad, Michael Ondaatje, Virginia Woolf, Antonio Machada, Nadine Gordimer, Emily Dickinson, Jose Saramago, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, W.G. Sebald, Aleksandar Hemon, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich.

Prerequisite: None beyond a willingness to engage in the journey of imaginative reading.

 “Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.” Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Heart of Darkness 4thConrad9780393926361$22.05
To the LighthouseWoolf9780156030472$15.00
Running in the FamilyOndaatje9780679746690$15.00
Interpreter of MaladiesLahiri9780395927205$14.95
Song of SolomonMorrison9781400033423$15.00
No ExitSartre9780679725169$14.95



NSC515 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Julie Rana

A one semester course covering differential and integral calculus and their applications. This course provides a general background for more advanced study in mathematics and science. Prerequisite: Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus (NSC556) or equivalent.

Discrete Mathematics

NSC562 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Julie Rana

Discrete math is the study of mathematical objects on which there is no natural notion of continuity. Examples include the integers, networks, permutations and search trees. After an introduction to the tools needed to study the subject, the emphasis will be on you *doing* mathematics. Series of problems will lead gradually to proofs of major theorems in various areas of the discipline. This course is recommended for those intending to do advanced work in math or computer science. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Discrete Mathematics 3rdEpp9780534359454$355.00

Group Tutorial: Calculus 3

NSC625 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Julie Rana

Calculus 3 continues the development of the techniques of Calculus into multi-variable and vector-valued functions.  As this is a tutorial, responsibility for the precise choice of topics and deciding how the material will be covered falls mostly on the students.  Prerequisite: Calculus 2 and permission of instructor

Group Tutorial: Real Analysis

NSC626 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

Real Analysis is the study of the real number system.  In this tutorial we look at how the real numbers are built and put the results developed in the Calculus sequence on a more rigorous footing.  As this is a tutorial, responsibility will fall mostly on the students to choose the precise topics and navigate a route through the material. Prerequisite: Calculus 2 and permission of instructor


NSC514 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

A classical introduction to number theory with emphasis on the tools needed for further study of the results and techniques of analytic number theory.

Statistics Workshop

NSC574 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

  • Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

A follow-up to Statistics (NSC123) in which students acquire and hone the statistical skills needed for their work on Plan or simply pursue more advanced topics within the field. Course content is driven by the interests and requirements of those taking the class. Variable credit (1-4). May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Statistics (NSC123) or permission of the instructor

Additional individual meetings for this course may be arranged.

Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus

NSC556 - Variable Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Julie Rana

This course covers a wide range of math topics prerequisite for further study in mathematics and science and of interest in their own right. The course is divided into over 50 units (listed on the course web page). One credit will be earned for each group of 6 units completed. Students select units to improve their weak areas. There are also tailored streams for students who wish to go on to study calculus or statistics and for those who wish to prepare for the GRE exam. Over this semester and next, 42 units will be offered in the timetabled sessions. Individual tutorial-style arrangements can be made to study the non-timetabled units or to study units earlier than their scheduled session. Prerequisite: None

Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus

NSC556 - Variable Credits - Introductory

Faculty: Julie Rana

This tutorial will cover a wide range of math topics and will serve to help prepare for the GRE exam.

Writing Math

NSC534 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

We study the writing and presentation of mathematics. All skills needed for writing Plan-level math will be discussed, from the overall structure of a math paper down to the use of the typesetting package LaTeX. Much of the time will be spent working on writing proofs. Short papers, based on material in your other math classes, will be read and discussed as a group. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Concurrent course or tutorial that includes substantial mathematical content


Desires & Fulfillments in Europe’s Nineteenth Century: A Musical Point of View

ART2354 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 104
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 104

Faculty: Etan Nasreddin-Longo

This course will begin by understanding music – all music - as a form of human behavior involving producers and consumers, apologists, and detractors.  It will consider the desires and the fulfillments that music created, reflected, and represented during this wildly diverse and provocative period of artistic-political history.  This course will look at the period between (and including) Beethoven and Gustav Mahler, and will involve one to three hours of listening per week.  There is also one main verbal text – Richard Taruskin’s Music in the Nineteenth Century. Other supplemental readings from figures as diverse as, Herder, Levi-Strauss, Gilles Deleuze, and Susan McClary will serve to illuminate our investigations.  At the end of the semester there will be a listening exam, and students will also be expected to make a presentation on some topic relating to the topic of the course, chosen in consultation with the instructor by mid-semester.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Music in the Nineteenth CenturyTaruskin9780195384833$39.95

Jazz Workshop

ART2318 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein

Jazz Workshop is a two tiered course. The first, taken for 2 credits, is a weekly meeting dedicated to study and assimilation of common jazz practice -- improvising on chord changes, transcribing solos from recording, etc. The second, for an additional credit, will be a group meeting and an additional weekly session, rehearsing (and eventually performing) of jazz standards and original compositions. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required to register and a separate audition required for the ensemble portion of the class

Madrigal Choir

ART825 - 1 Credit -

  • Tuesday 4:00pm-5:20pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Faculty: Mary Westbrook-Geha

Ensemble singing for more experienced choristers. Ability to read music and sight-sing. An exploration of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary music for small choral ensemble. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Ability to read music helpful

Music Fundamentals 1

ART14 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein

A study of musical practice and theory from basic notation to species counterpoint. Work concentrates on intense practice of singing, rhythm and music reading. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Elementary Training for MusiciansHindemith9780901938169$24.95

 Senegalese Drum

ART2353 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Faculty: Elhadji Ba

This class will focus on learning the basic drum techniques and rhythms of Senegal, West Africa. With an emphasis on Sabar and Saouruba, students will explore rhythms from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to Casamance, a rural village in south Senegal. Students will learn to play on authentic drums and will accompany dancers, learning the give and take between drummer and dancer that is inherent to the musical culture of West African. The course will culminate with a live performance, including both drummers and dancers.

 Western Music in the Last Century: A Few Case Studies

ART2278 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Serkin Center/Serkin 150
  • Friday 10:00am-11:20am in Serkin Center/Serkin 150

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein

The course will make an inquiry into the last century of western music from an initial vantage point of five works, written from 1913 to 2004: Igor Stravinski's Rite of Spring; George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess; Karlheinz Stockhausen's Gesange Der Jünglinge; Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz To Come; and DJ Danger Mouse's The Grey Album. Each work will serve as a springboard for consideration of a wide range of notions that have gained special prominence in music of this time: modes of transmission and reception, developments in technology and their effect on both production and dissemination, "high brow" vs. "low brow", artisanship vs. industry, authenticity and fakeness, all inform these works in different and multifaceted ways. Course work will involve focused listening to those works and others related to them, reading of related materials drawn from both primary and secondary sources, and some on-going writing projects about music, as well as regular presentations of assigned topics as a starting point for discussion. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Rest is NoiseRoss9780312427719$19.00
Audio CultureCox9780826416155$34.95


Antigone and Philosophy

HUM2332 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: William Edelglass

The figure of Antigone has long been the focus of discussions of sexual difference, justice, ethics, competing obligations, law, and how the individual is related to the state.   Beginning with a reading of the Theban plays, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone, we will trace the themes raised by Antigone’s burial of her brother and thereby her transgression of the law.  We will also be exploring the differences and similarities between how poets and philosophers articulate their views.  Much of the course will then be devoted to careful readings of Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Poetics and Politics.  In the final weeks of the class we will turn to interpretations of Antigone by more recent thinkers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Theban PlaysSophocles9780872205857$13.00
Politics 2ndAristotle9780226921846$15.00
Republic of Plato 2ndPlato9780465069347$22.95

The Philosophy and Psychology of Happiness

HUM2333 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: William Edelglass

This course is an introduction to theories of happiness and empirical research on human well-being.  Many ancient and modern philosophers have held happiness to be the highest good, and most people seem to want to be happy.  However, there are many different notions of what happiness is.  Does happiness consist in pleasure, in virtuous character, in contentment, in augmenting passionate desires, in satisfying desires, or in extirpating desires?  And how is happiness related to goodness and reason?  Can evil people be happy?  What about those who are thoroughly deluded?  And what does the relatively young field of positive psychology tell us about the nature of happiness and how to be happy?  Can this empirical research help us understood what actually makes us happy?  And if so, how ought this empirical research bear on philosophical questions of happiness, including how happiness relates to well-being, public policy, education, empathy, the satisfaction of desires, etc.? Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

For Philosophy offerings, see also:


Crossing Photographic Genres

ART2352 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Kate Merrill

This course will explore the use of genre and camera formats within the photographic process. We will concentrate on the landscape, the documentary and the portrait; also, sub-genres such as the diaristic, the still life, the snapshot and the invented image will be explored. We will discuss and research how and why genre and camera format are essential to understanding the picture making process as a maker and as a viewer. Students will complete weekly photographic assignments and are expected to produce a final project of their own design. Prerequisite: Introduction to B/W Photography or permission of Instructor

Additional Fee: $100.

Photography Plan Seminar

ART574 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Kate Merrill

This is a seminar for all students on Plan in photography.  All seniors in the course will also be required to take Art Seminar Critique during the fall term. The Monday session will be reserved for meeting with Kate Merrill as a group. The Wednesday session will be for meetings with John Willis. Prerequisite: Plan application on file or by permission of instructor

Additional Fee: $100.


Electricity & Magnetism

NSC427 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:00am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Wednesday 9:00am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

An introduction to the physics of electric and magnetic phenomena. Topics include electrostatic forces, electric and magnetic fields, induction, Maxwell's equations, and some DC circuits.  Prerequisite: General Physics I and II, Calculus I and II (Advanced Calculus also recommended as a co-requisite)


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Physics for Scientists and Engineers V. 4 3rdKnight9780321753168$95.87

General Physics I

NSC223 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

An introductory physics class involving some laboratory work; suitable for students considering a Plan in physics, science students, or non-science students who want a physics foundation. Topics include vector algebra, kinematics, dynamics of single and many-particle systems, gravitation, energy, momentum, conservation laws, circular and rigid body motion. Prerequisite: Mathematical proficiency up through, but not necessarily including, calculus


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Physics for Scientists and Engineers V. 1 3rdKnight9780321752918$114.73


  African Politics

SSC208 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

The continent of Africa remains to most students a distant and exotic land, difficult to imagine, and even harder to understand. In this course, we will attempt to become familiar with this part of the world -- its peoples, its history, its politics, its current predicaments. By studying the many different countries and regions that make up this continent, the goal will be to better appreciate, on the one hand, that which makes African politics so unique, rich, and diverse, yet at the same time, to recognize the overwhelming similarities of the struggles of people everywhere. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Africa 14thKrabacher9780078026232$60.00
States and Power in AfricaHerbst9780691010281$35.00
King Leopold's GhostHochschild9780618001903$15.95
How Europe Underdeveloped AfricaRodney9780882580968$23.95

 American Foreign Policy: In Their Own Words

SSC575 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

In this course, the makings of modern American Foreign Policy will be examined through the writings of those who helped to determine it: Memoirs by some of our most recent Secretaries of State will provide the texts through which the contours of US Foreign Policy will be considered.  One of the main objectives of the class will be to study and critique the increasingly determinitive role of the United States in global affairs over the course of the past half century. But some of the more theoretical concerns of the course will focus on the question of agency: To what extent do individuals  shape and change such national programs and/or to what extent does foreign policy remain structurally consistent over time and why. Prerequisite: This intermediate course is a natural follow up to International Relations Theory and/or Levels of Analysis, although neither class will be considered mandatory.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
In the Stream of HistoryChristopher9780804734684$36.95
Madam SecretaryAlbright9780062265463$18.99
Sorrows of EmpireJohnson9780805077971$17.00
No Higher HonorRice9780307986788$18.00
On DiplomacyKissinger9780671510992$23.00

Spinoza and Freedom

CDS550 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D34
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Meg Mott

Branded a heretic by the Amsterdam Jewish community and a prophet by Deep Ecologists, Spinoza is not your ordinary political thinker. Rather than push for change through legislation and institutions, Spinoza encourages us to develop better encounters between our thoughts and our feelings and between ourselves and the natural world. Part of our effort, therefore, will be to develop skills in reading our emotional responses to Very Difficult Matters that make us feel powerless, such as the industrialized food system, and to figure out ways to form better alliances. This class will be useful to students interested in community organizing, civic ecology, and geometrical psychology.
Prerequisite: Some background in political theory or philosophy and permission of the instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Spinoza: Practical PhilosophyDeleuze9780872862180$12.95
Theological-Political Treatise 2ndSpinoza9780872206076$17.00
Spinoza ReaderSpinoza9780691000671$37.50

 Thinking Politically

SSC578 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Meg Mott

According to Quentin Skinner, political actors face a two-fold problem. On the one hand, they must tailor existing "normative language" to fit their projects, and, on the other hand, they must tailor their projects to fit existing normative language. The history of political theory then is the history of actors creating legitimacy for certain political projects through normative arguments and arguments gaining legitimacy through political action.

From this rich political history, several different schools of thought have emerged, such as utilitarianism, liberalism, socialism, communitarianism, feminism, and libertarianism. We will use debate, forum posts, and short essays to explore these various ideologies  and their political implications. The effort will be to make political actions more persuasive and political theory more applicable. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Applying Political TheorySmits9780230555099$43.00
Princeton Readings in Political ThoughtCohen9780691036892$49.95

Writing Political Theory

HUM1204 - 2 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Meg Mott

This writing seminar develops strategies and skills necessary for completing a Plan in political theory. May be repeated for credit.

For Politics offerings, see also:


Abnormal Psychology

SSC108 - 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

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


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Madness and CivilizationFoucault9780679721109$15.95

Brain and Behavior

SSC574 - 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

This course will survey the anatomy and physiology of the brain with an emphasis on the brain's correlation to behavior. Prerequisite: Biology course


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Brain and Behavior 3rdClark9780521142298$76.00

Child Development

SSC59 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33W

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

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


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Play, Dreams and Imitation in ChildhoodPiaget9780393001716$21.95
Evolving SelfKegan9780674272316$30.50
Child Development 3rdDavies9781606239094$67.00


 Introduction to the Comparative Study of Religion

HUM1507 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Amer Latif

This course is an introduction to the comparative study of religion based around the perennial question that faces every student of world religions: Are different religious traditions many paths that lead to the same goal?


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Vision of IslamChittick9781557785169$18.95
Magic Still DwellsPatton9780520221055$31.95
Vision of BuddhismCorless9781557782007$18.95

Plan Writing Seminar

HUM779 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 9:00am-11:00am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Thursday 9:00am-11:00am in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Amer Latif

Writing seminar for seniors completing their Plan in religious studies. This course can be taken for 2 to 6 credits. Prerequisite: Seniors on Plan in Religious Studies

 Seminar In Religion, Literature & Philosophy I

HUM5 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Amer Latif

A year-long course, reading and discussing some of the major works of Western culture from Homer to Shakespeare. Heavy reading schedule, regular discussions, papers required.


Students may choose one edition or the other of Homer's Odyssey and Plato's Republic.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Sophocles I 2ndSophocles9780226307923$12.00
Five Dialogues 2ndPlato9780872206335$9.00
Ten PlaysEuripides9780553213638$7.95
Odyssey of HomerHomer9780061244186$14.99
Republic of Plato 2ndPlato9780465069347$22.95
Handbook of EpictetusEpictetus9780915145690$5.50
Plato on LovePlato9780872207882$16.00
Republic 2ndPlato9780872201361$12.00
Way Things AreLucretius9780253201256$15.00

Sources & Methods in Religious Studies

HUM1117 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Amer Latif

Examination of available sources and current methodologies in the study of religion. Required for juniors on Plan in religion. Prerequisite: Plan in Religious Studies


Video Installation

ART2269 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 6:30pm-9:00pm in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Timothy Segar, Jay Craven

Many artists in the contemporary art world like Bill Viola, Shirin Neshat, Anne Hamilton, Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler, Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman among others are combining the arts of sculpture with video. Working collaboratively and independently, students in this course will make objects, situations, environments and videos for both large and small spaces. Both production and research skills will be engaged. Experiments in pure visual language, narrative, and public art projects will be included.

Prerequisite: A course in either sculpture or film/video
Additional Fee: $75.00


Food, Waste, and Justice

SSC577 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Katherine Rickenbacker

This course will explore the politics of food and waste systems from an environmental justice lens. Topics covered will include the food justice movement, systems of food production, distribution, and consumption, globalization and the export of environmental hazards, social and ecological injustice, and the polluter-industrial complex. Prerequisite: Introductory course in the Social Sciences or Sociological Theory


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Big NecessityGeorge9780805090833$16.00
Cultivating Food JusticeAlkon9780262516327$27.00

Prisons: Racism, Reform, and Restorative Justice

SSC580 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Katherine Rickenbacker, John Sheehy

Student-Taught by Daniel Kalla

Faculty Sponsors: Katherine Rickenbacker, John Sheehy 

This course is an introduction to the racial history of prisons in the U.S., to prison reform, and to restorative justice.  The U.S. prison population today is about 2.4 million people, larger than that of any other country both in absolute terms and per capita, and it has a higher proportion of racial minorities than that of any other country.  This mass incarceration is a very recent historical development: four decades ago, it was about one eighth the size it is today and shrinking, and most experts in criminology had expected prisons to disappear as a form of punishment.  At the same time as the prison population has grown, the prison abolition movement has gained more support and restorative justice has started to be implemented worldwide, including in the Vermont Department of Corrections.  This course will start with an introduction to various issues surrounding prisons, with a focus on their anti-black racial history and some attention to the prison abolition movement.  It will then examine six reforms in prison history, specifically their intent and impact, and then look at restorative justice principles and practice.  The final part of the course will be focused on student interests relevant to restorative justice and prisons. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Are Prisons Obsolete?Davis9781583225813$11.95
Changing LensesZehr9780836135121$15.99

Social Justice and Education

SSC583 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Janaki Natarajan

Course Focus


What do we learn? From where do our ideas come? Who chooses and shapes our learning?

What links are there among larger social formations, schools, cultures, educational systems, and the political economy?

What are our connections with schools now? Do schools reproduce social divisions from generation to generation?

How do the State, policy and laws affect the organization and culture of the school?


 We examine our own historical intellectual experiences and create an inventory of future practices. In order to do this, insightful descriptions and analysis are needed; critical tools must be sharpened. We operate within world views and within the consequences of contemporary forces, all inescapably historical in nature. We focus on how to organize ourselves as individuals and as collectivities.  Educational practices/activities can become the source for deepening not only the thinking about social justice but also creating a foundation for long range changes, for organizing around immediate community issues linking them to worldwide struggles. During our first meetings we will discuss themes and topics of central interest to the participants in the class which can shape and reshape our thinking. 

Sociological Theory

SSC576 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Tuesday 9:00am-10:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 9:00am-10:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102

Faculty: Katherine Rickenbacker

This course will explore the classical texts of sociological theory and examine how they manifest in contemporary sociological theory. This course is required for anybody who wishes to do a Plan in Sociology. Prerequisite: Introduction to Sociology or Introduction to Anthropology


All students will need Social Theory Re-Wired and Protestant Ethic. Some will need Will to Empower, and others Women Without Class. Students should wait until the course is underway to purchase either of those two books. Recommended, but not required, is Social Theory 5th by Charles Lemert, 9780813346687, $59.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Women Without ClassBettie9780520235427$27.95
Social Theory Re-WiredLonghofer9780415886543$75.95
Protestant EthicWeber9780486427034$9.95
Will to EmpowerCruikshank9780801485992$23.95

The Politics of Education

SSC563 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Gerald Levy

A seminar on the relationship between political and educational  institutions, focusing on the ways in which students are socialized to both participate in and resist mainstream society. Prerequisite: Introduction to Sociology, Classical Sociological Thought, or permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Higher Learning in AmericaVeblen9781560006008$27.95
Enigmatic AcademyLevy9781439907849$31.95

WHIP - Exploring the Health and Wellness of College Students

SSC546 - 1 Credit - Introductory

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

Faculty: Xenia Markowitt Pedone, Jodi Clark

Alcohol and other drug use. STIs. Eating disorders. Stress. Relationship violence. On their own, these issues of health and wellness can be difficult to discuss, but when placed within the context of a college campus, they take on an entirely different meaning. This course will allow participants to explore and reflect on the concepts of health and wellness through the lens of both their own experience as well as their peers around them. As we meet only once a week, attendence at all sessions is required. Prerequisite: None

For Sociology offerings, see also:


Acting 1

ART54 - 3 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Brenda Foley

Acting 1 is a practical theatre course that explores the tools and techniques necessary for developing characters onstage. The course will consist of various exercises, monologue work, and scene study. This class will also have a one-hour lab meeting on Wednesday, time TBD. Prequisite: None

Performing Addiction

ART2351 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Liza Williams

This course takes a look at the changes in the way alcoholism and addiction have been portrayed on the American stage. Between the temperance movement that dominated the social activism of the nineteenth century and the war of drugs, the image of what alcoholism and addiction are has changed, and in many ways served social needs for scapegoating. The power of the portrayals of addiction has shaped social attitudes and public policy, and has undergone radical shifts both in the way we see the addict, in our ideas about how to deal with the problems that surround addiction and who in fact is cast into the role of addict at all. This course will examine the changing social history and corresponding theatrical portrayals from the middle of the nineteenth century until the present day.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Altering American ConsciousnessTracy9781558494251$28.95
Long Day's Journey into NightO'Neill9780300093056$12.95
Seven PlaysShepard9780553346114$16.00
Water by the SpoonfulHudes9781559364386$14.95
This is Our YouthLonergan9781585670185$14.95
August: Osage CountyLetts9781559363303$14.95
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Albee9780451115870$7.99
Bill W. and Dr. BobShem9780573691744$12.25
Cat on a Hot Tin RoofWilliams9780811216012$13.95
Mammary PlaysVogel9781559361446$16.95
Drinking in AmericaLender9780029185704$20.95
Motherfucker with the HatGuirgis9780822225485$8.00

 Staging the Apocalypse

ART927 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Whittemore Theater/Greene
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Whittemore Theater/Greene

Faculty: Brenda Foley

In this course we will explore the ways in which contemporary playwrights portray a vision of the secular apocalyptic. As with Vaçlav Havel's assessment of Absurdism, apocalyptic plays can be read as "not scenes from life, but theatrical images of the basic modalities of humanity in a state of collapse."  We'll take an expansive perspective on the definition of "apocalyptic" and use as a frame works from other disciplines such as Margaret Atwood's novel Oryx and Crake, the poetry of Japanese women following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in White Flash/Black Rain, and the BBC docudrama Threads. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Oryx and CrakeAtwood9780385721677$15.95
White Flash, Black RainVance-Watkins9781571314024$12.95
In the Heart of America and Other PlaysWallace9781559361866$18.95
Mercy SeatLaBute9780571211388$14.00
Landscape with WeaponPenhall9780713688054$14.95
Journal of the Plague YearDeFoe9780140437850$11.00
Far AwayChurchill9781559361996$12.95
Les BlancsHansberry9780679755326$15.95

The Director/Designer Collaboration

ART2350 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater
  • Friday 10:30am-12:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Faculty: Liza Williams

By way of a series of projects, this course will explore the creative relationship between directors and designers, including how directors can adapt their directorial concepts to accommodate designer visions, and also how designers can find a vision that helps the production move toward unity. The course will help work through stages and aspects of negotiation, designer/director dramaturgy, and inspirational research that help both directors and designers nurture their creative processes. The course will also examine how each design area corresponds to a specific directing tool, and how to create a design with the director’s staging needs in mind.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Alchemy of TheatreViagas9781557836984$29.95

Visual Arts

Art Seminar Critique

ART359 - 2 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: John Willis, Kate Merrill, Megan Mitchell

This course provides a forum for students to share their Plan work with each other and to engage in critical dialogue. This semester the course will include attending the lectures in the series "Celebrating Creativity" and will require students to write and revise a "statement of purpose" regarding their work. This is a required course for seniors on plan in the Visual Arts. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts or by permission

Note:  The meeting time will be 4:00 - 8:00 pm. for the five days there will be visiting artists

Form & Place - The Art Of Site-Specific Sculpture

ART607 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 9:00am-11:20am in Perrine/Perrine
  • Thursday 9:00am-11:20am in Perrine/Perrine

Faculty: Timothy Segar

As sculpture moved off the pedestal in the first half of the 20th century it found new relationships to its place in the world. The development of earth art, installation art, and site specific sculpture have created a realm of activity for sculptors which has been varied and rich. Through a series of projects and investigations of places and objects, including light and sound, mapping, indoor and outdoor installations, and modelmaking, students will create a series of works. Prerequisite: Sculpture I and at least one other art course or permission of instructor

Additional Fee: $60

Landscape Painting & Drawing

ART724 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Baber Art/Baber-Up
  • Thursday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Baber Art/Baber-Up

Faculty: Cathy Osman

The core of this course will be working outside directly from observation, investigating our perception of the landscape through experimentation with various approaches and materials. Initially we will use drawing materials moving into water-based materials and color. Emphasis will be placed on individual response supported by directed assignments. Periodically we will frame our work towards environmental issues. Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Studio Art or permission of instructor
Additional Fee: $50

Painting I

ART8 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 9:00am-11:30am in Baber Art/Baber-Up
  • Thursday 9:00am-11:30am in Baber Art/Baber-Up

Faculty: Cathy Osman

This course will explore oil painting through a series of projects based on the model, still life, landscape and self directed projects. 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
Additional Fee: $75

Studio Art I

ART2 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Martina Lantin

Like stretching before the big race, this course is designed to get our creative juices flowing.  Focused on the formal elements of line, texture, shape, space and structure in a variety of materials, students will be asked to delve into developing a personal aesthetic vocabulary.  This is a foundation course for the visual arts designed to provide a base for further work in the visual arts curriculum. Prerequisite: None

Additional Fee:$75

World Studies Program

 Designing Fieldwork

WSP3 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D21

Faculty: Seth Harter

Required for WSP students; Open to non-WSP students. This course is designed to acquaint students who are preparing for independent research with a diverse range of fieldwork methods.  We will consider matters of epistemology, access, observation, interviewing and surveying, collecting, note taking and reporting.  Cross-cultural challenges and the ethics of fieldwork will also feature in our discussions.  Over the course of the semester, students will develop Internship Proposals that describe their academic and professional goals, explaining what they expect to learn; the methods of their independent work; resources found and still needed; and how the work will be evaluated. These proposals function as learning contracts for their academic sponsors, requests for funding for scholarship organizations, and presentation pieces for hosting organizations.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Research Methods in Anthropology 5thBernard9780759112421$67.95

 TESOL Certificate: Introductory Course

WSP75 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1

Faculty: Beverley Burkett

This course will introduce participants to the field of TESOL. They will explore the role of English in the world today, including socio-political factors that affect English language learning in other countries. They will identify the main factors that affect second language acquisition, and the practices that facilitate and support language learning and cross cultural communication. They will build a foundation in English pronunciation, lexicon and grammar so that they understand the particular challenges English language learners face. They will learn to design lessons for children and adults that use a communicative, interactive approach. They will implement these lessons in peer teaching sessions in class.  

The certificate is designed for people who may wish to teach English abroad or to tutor language learners in the US, or who may undertake an internship abroad and who could apply the knowledge and skills in the communities in which they will be living and studying. In order to earn the certificate, participants must take both the TESOL Certificate courses I & II (Fall & Spring), complete a teaching internship (Teaching Practice- spring) and compile a portfolio.

Required text: Snow, Don. 2006. More Than a Native Speaker, an Introduction to Teaching English Abroad [Paperback] Revised Edition. Publisher: TESOL International Association.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
More Than a Native SpeakerSnow9781931185325$39.95

 World Studies Program Colloquium

WSP53 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Wednesday 4:00pm-5:20pm in Dalrymple/D21

Faculty: Seth Harter

A forum for discussion of cross-cultural experience and international work, with participation by faculty, visiting professionals, alumni and current students. The sessions include an introduction to international resources at Marlboro and SIT, with discussion of area studies, internships, and Plans in international studies. All students are welcome; required for new WSP students.

Course time may change based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll.

For World Studies Program offerings, see also:


EAP (English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes)

HUM1511 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Friday 1:30pm-3:30pm in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Beth Neher


Fiction Workshop

ART6 - Variable Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

Offered every fall, this class is devoted to student writing of original work in various literary genres. Most commonly, students are writing short stories or literary non-fiction, but occasionally someone may be working on a novel, week to week. Members of the class read each other's submissions extremely closely and offer critiques and suggestions during our weekly classes. The class may include 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. Students are expected to produce new work for class steadily and to participate in class discussions. Admission to the class is on the basis of manuscripts. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, based on manuscripts. Offered for variable credit (2-5).


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Narrative DesignBell9780393320213$18.95

Forms of Poetry

ART528 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

An introduction to poetic form, both for those who wish to develop their own skills in formal verse, and for those who want to cultivate an analytical sensitivity to formal elements in poetry.  Those in the first category will attempt poems in a variety of forms; those in the second will write short papers about poems in each form.  We will explore various principles of rhythm in organizing lines -- meter, syllable count, rhyme, free verse, refrains, prose -- and a broad range of traditional and not-so-traditional stanza structures -- sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, haiku, double-dactyls, nonce forms, and so on. The aim is not to complete polished poems and papers, but to engage technical matters in poetry seriously through exercises and analysis.  May be taken in conjunction with Poetry workshop or independently. Prerequisite: None 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Poem's HeartbeatCorn9781556592812$15.00

Writing Seminars

 Tell it Slant: Varieties of Nonfiction Writing

HUM1476 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: John Sheehy

Most writing is nonfiction. "Academic essays" aside, the category covers a huge range of genres: personal essays, memoirs, journalism, "new" journalism, reporting, nonfiction novels. . . the list could go on. In this course, we will both read and write in a variety of nonfiction modes: we'll read essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marilynne Robinson and James Baldwin, short and long journalistic pieces by Hunter Thompson, Malcolm Gladwell and others, and books by Terry Tempest Williams and Truman Capote. And along the way, we'll write -- essays, character studies, journalistic pieces and longer analyses. The goal, everywhere, will be to do what all nonfiction writers do: to tell the truth, to tell it deeply, and to be interesting about it.

This is a writing seminar, so expect a lot of reading and a lot of writing. Work with texts will alternate with work on revision, clarity and style. A good time will be had by all. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
River Runs Through ItMacLean9780226500669$12.00
In Cold BloodCapote9780679745587$15.00
Writing Creative NonfictionForche9781884910500$18.99
Pocket Style Manual 6thHacker9780312542542$29.50

 Writing Seminar: Crime & Punishment

HUM1279 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: John Sheehy

Great Britain's incarceration rate is quite high by world standards: 142 of every 100,000 Britons are currently in jail. That number in China is 118 per 100,00, in France 91, in Japan 58, and in Nigeria 31. The U.S. currently imprisons almost 800 of every 100,000 citizens. In other words, one out of every 135 Americans is currently serving time in jail or prison.

Nearly half of the resulting U.S. prison population -- which now numbers almost 2.5 million -- is African American, while African Americans make up only 12% of the U.S. population. And according to a United Nations study, in all the prisons in the world outside the U.S., there are currently 12 minors serving life sentences. In U.S. prisons today there are more than 2,000.

In this seminar we will examine the reality of crime and punishment in the United States. We will begin by studying cases, to build a sense of the principles and practices behind criminal law and criminal sentencing. Then we will move to the deeper level: we will examine the reasoning for and against the death penalty as decisions on death penalty cases. We will then examine the criminal justice system itself, asking a simple question: How did the U.S. find itself with the highest incarceration rate in the world? How are we to judge the costs and benefits of American crime and punishment?

As in any writing seminar, we will write about all of it: expect at least three major papers, culminating in a research paper of your own design, and weekly shorter writing assignments. Discussions of the text will alternate with work on writing: conferences, writing workshops and discussions of style and structure. Prerequisite: None



TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Illustrated Guide to Criminal LawBurney9781598391831$24.95
Are Prisons Obsolete?Davis9781583225813$11.95
Would You Convict?Robinson9780814775318$24.00
Pocket Style Manual 6thHacker9780312542542$29.50

 Writing Seminar: The Art of the Essay

HUM1217 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

Virginia Woolf describes the essay as a form that "must lap us about and draw its curtain across the world." But what, she questions, "can the essayist use in these short length of prose to sting us awake and fix us in a trance which is not sleep but rather an intensification of life - a basking, with every faculty alert, in the sun of pleasure?" Her answer is a simple one: "He must know - that is the first essential - how to write." From David Quamman's "The Face of the Spider" to Scott Russell Sanders' "Looking at Women" to Wallace Stegner's "The Town Dump" to Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels" to George Saunders' "The Braindead Megaphone," we will explore how contemporary essayists -- in personal essays, nature writing, literary journalism, and science writing -- look closely at everyday objects, practices and experiences. We will analyze what makes these essayists effective, entertaining, and enlightening. And, of course, we will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to two 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 essays. Prerequisite: None

 Writing Seminar: Writing like a Mountain

HUM1496 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Apple Tree
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Apple Tree
  • Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Apple Tree

Faculty: Kyhl Lyndgaard

This writing seminar will climb mountains. Throughout the semester, we'll hike through a range of texts that explore what the significance of mountains is to writers from many different traditions. Authors that may be on the reading list include Gary Snyder, Petrarch, Dogen, and Miriam Underhill. We'll write analytically about these texts and creatively about the actual mountains we live amid. Finally, we'll foray to some mountains. Did you know Henry David Thoreau climbed Mt. Wantastiquet while visiting Brattleboro? Have you read fire lookout tower poetry while in a tower? We'll make at least one group ascent of a mountain, adding our voices and footsteps to the peaks.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Contact: Mountain Climbing and Environmental ThinkingMcCarthy9780874177466$24.95
Curious ResearcherBallenger9780205172870$59.80
Danger on PeaksSnyder9781593760809$14.00
Walking with ThoreauThoreau9780807085554$16.00

For Writing Seminars offerings, see also: