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Spring 2014 Course List

Spring 2014 Final Exam Schedule

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

Book lists for courses are posted on the course list prior to the first week of each semester, when course registration takes place, in fulfillment of the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.  Lists are subject to change at any time.  Books required for courses at Marlboro are available at the College Bookstore.

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American Studies

Materials & Methods in American Studies

HUM692 - Variable Credits - Intermediate

  • Wednesday 9:00am-10:20am in Dining Hall/Dining

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

A junior level seminar that draws on the particular research interests of beginning Plan students to explore a variety of methodological approaches and source materials in American Studies. This course may be taken for 2-4 credits.  Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor

Senior Seminar in American Studies

HUM721 - 2 Credits - Advanced

  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dining Hall/Dining

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

 The Family in U.S. History II

HUM661 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

The course traces the history of family life in the US from the late nineteenth century to the present. Drawing on an interdisciplinary range of readings from History, Sociology, Anthropology and Gender Studies, we will explore how the family has both affected and been affected by the major historical developments of the past century. Topics to be examined include changing conceptions of marriage, child rearing and sexuality; the ongoing debate over family values as it relates to public policy; and the contested and shifting relationship between feminism and the family. The course is designed to highlight how cultural meanings and experiences of family life have changed over time and how those meanings and experiences have been shaped by race, class, ethnicity and gender. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Homeward BoundMay9780465010202$19.95
Immigrant Women in the Land of DollarsEwen9780853456827$15.00
Families on the Fault LineRubin9780060922290$14.99
All Our KinStack9780061319822$15.95


Anthropology Plan Writing Seminar

SSC472 - 1 Credit - Advanced

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: Senior Plan work in anthropology or a related discipline

 Introduction to Human Rights and Anthropology

SSC590 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Rebekah Park

This course will introduce students to human rights as the dominant language of social justice movements. Rather than investigating all forms of rights and protections, we will focus on three specific areas that are subjects of human rights activism: (1) environmentalism/biological citizenship, (2) Ethnic Minority/Collective Rights/Indigeneity, and (3) Migration. After discussing the theoretical foundations of human rights, we will read articles from anthropology journals on these three topics and then follow each section with readings from human rights theorists. The purpose of this course is to consider how various social issues can be framed within the discourse of human rights, and to discuss the merits and problems with applying a human rights frame to complex social and moral issues. Students will present on one of these three areas of focus and produce a research paper on a topic of their own choosing.

For Anthropology offerings, see also:

Art History

 Art History Survey II - From the 15th century to the Present

HUM2344 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Felicity Ratte

This class is a continuation of Survey I although it differs methodologically. We will focus on a select number of particular works of art each semester, thus the class may be taken more than once since the material of the class and readings will change from semester to semester. The aim of the class is to develop the skill sets introduced in the first half of the survey by looking at, analyzing and reading about specific works in depth. In addition, time will be spent discussing the different ways in which Art Historians have organized the discourse including chronological and media structures and stylistic and cultural categories.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
How to Read World History in ArtFebbraro9780810996830$35.00
100 Ideas that Changed ArtBird9781856697958$29.95
Pivot of the WorldStimson9780262693332$22.95

For Art History offerings, see also:

Asian Studies

 China's Problems Since Mao

HUM1200 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21

Faculty: Seth Harter

During the last thirty-five years, the People's Republic of China has achieved economic growth on a historically unprecedented scale. But at what cost? This class will consider some of the problems that have attended China's tremendous development: environmental degradation, ethnic conflict, and human rights. While each problem has roots that run deep in Chinese history, each also has very distinctive contemporary expressions. After a brief survey of contemporary China's political, economic, and geographic framework, we will examine the relationship between individuals, social movements, and the state through case studies on water quality, ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang, the pro-democracy movement of Tiananmen Square, and the One-Child Policy. Students will write frequent responses to the reading, and will track, over the course of the term, specific issues of interest to them using on-line resources, culminating in a presentation to the class. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
China's Environmental ChallengesShapiro9780745660912$22.95
Neither Gods Nor EmperorsCalhoun9780520211612$31.95
Taming TibetYeh9780801478321$26.95
No Enemies, No HatredLiu Xiaobo9780674072329$17.95
Governing China's PopulationGreenhalgh9780804748803$27.95


HUM1359 - Variable Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Seth Harter

Senior Plan Writing Seminar in Asian Studies

  The Nation and Its Others: Ethnicity in Asia

HUM920 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Seth Harter

What is ethnicity? How is it related to nationality? And why are the two so important? This class tries to answer these questions by looking at a wide range of case studies in modern Asia: Highlanders in Indonesia, Overseas Chinese in Malaysia, the Ainu in Japan, the various minorities in Southwest China and the Mongols in Central Asia. In each of these cases we find tensions between minority and majority populations. Who has the power to determine who belongs to which ethnic group? What resources become available through ethnic and national belonging? What responsibilities do they entail? We will look at state policy and social responses in the realms of religion, tourism, cultural preservation, economic development and language use. Students will do close readings of pieces from the contemporary media and will conclude the semester with a research paper on a subject of their choosing. Prerequisite: Previous coursework in Asian studies, anthropology, or sociology


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imagined CommunitiesAnderson9781844670864$21.95
Multi-Ethnic JapanLie9780674013582$30.00
Imperial AlchemyReid9780521694124$33.99

For Asian Studies offerings, see also:


Fundamentals of Molecular Biology

NSC415 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Gabriel Gaidos

Scientists' ability to explore, understand and manipulate DNA has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In this course we will explore the structure of nucleic acids, and the organization of genes and chromosomes. We will also examine DNA "packaging" and replication, the roles of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis, and the control of gene expression. A major theme of this course will be how experimental evidence supports our current understanding of the structure and function of genes. This course will include discussions of how these processes can be manipulated to yield powerful laboratory techniques for the study of the organization and function of genes and gene products.

The central structure of the course will be discussions based on selected readings, including journal articles, and in-class projects. We will also discuss homework assignments, and both of sets of discussions will be informed by readings from the text. Prerequisite: Biochemistry of the cell


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Fundamental Molecular Biology 2ndAllison9781118059814$207.35

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology Lab

NSC420 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117

Faculty: Allison Turner

Environmental conditions alter gene expression. For example, light intensity, soil nutrients, and pollutants in the environment can change the expression of genes in a plant. But which genes, and how much does their expression change? Until recently it was impossible to simultaneously study the expression of large numbers of genes. However, scientists now have a tool-the genechip-to rapidly assess changes in the expression of many genes. This tool consists of pieces of DNA affixed to a solid surface in a grid-like array: a microarray. Microarray analysis is a tool for rapidly examining the regulation of thousands of genes. This course is designed around a hands-on experiment in which we will study the effects of different environmental conditions on gene expression. The course will be taught in conjunction with scientists from the University of Vermont, as a service of the Vermont Genetics Network.

We will begin the course with discussions and readings to design the experiment. In the second part of the course we will purify RNA from the plants, then use cDNA synthesis, microarray hybridization and bioinformatics to analyze gene expression and assess the results of our experiment.

This course is limited to 8 students. Students with more biology and chemistry coursework and laboratory experience will be given priority. 

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Molecular Biology or consent of instructor


Biology of Mammals

NSC591 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

An exploration of the evolution, taxonomy, physiology, behavior and ecology of mammals. Identification of mammals from sign, skins, skulls and dental characteristics will be covered in the laboratory portion of the course.  Prerequisite: College-level biology or permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Mammalogy 3rdFeldhamer9780801886959$99.50

General Biology II

NSC291 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

General Biology serves as an introduction to the scientific study of life and basic biological principles. In this second semester we will explore biological concepts at the organismal and population level. Topics will include evolution, the diversity of life, plant structure and function, animal structure and function, and ecology. Prerequisite: General Biology 1 or permission by instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biological Science 4thFreeman9780321598202$230.00

General Biology II Lab

NSC292 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Allison Turner

Further exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting with independent student projects and a survey of campus vernal pool ecosystems. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology II

Mirror Neurons

NSC - 1 Credit - Advanced

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

This course will cover topics around mirror neurons and their role in brain evolution and social behavior.

 Plant Diversity

NSC41 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

Plants are spectacular in their diversity and are vital components of Earth’s biota.  Mosses, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants will be among the plants we investigate.We will explore questions such as:  How and when have these different groups of plants evolved and how diverse are they?   How does plant form relate to its function?  How do different plants reproduce?  How does the physiology of a plant influence its ecology?  We will have the opportunity to learn about plants in lab/greenhouse and field settings as well in classroom discussions.  Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biology of Plants 8thRaven9781429219617$191.00


General Chemistry II

NSC505 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 9:30am-11:00am in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Thursday 9:30am-11:00am in Brown Science/Sci 117A

Faculty: Gabriel Gaidos

Scientists' ability to explore, understand and manipulate DNA has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In this course we will explore the structure of nucleic acids, and the organization of genes and chromosomes. We will also examine DNA "packaging" and replication, the roles of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis, and the control of gene expression. A major theme of this course will be how experimental evidence supports our current understanding of the structure and function of genes. This course will include discussions of how these processes can be manipulated to yield powerful laboratory techniques for the study of the organization and function of genes and gene products.

The central structure of the course will be discussions based on selected readings, including journal articles, and in-class projects. We will also discuss homework assignments, and both of sets of discussions will be informed by readings from the text. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Principles of General Chemistry 10thSilberberg9780077274320Market

General Chemistry II Lab

NSC506 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Allison Turner

The laboratory sessions for the second semester will continue to be an opportunity for students to hone their lab skills and to explore topics and ideas discussed in class. Students will work in teams to devise, conduct and analyze experiments on the synthesis and properties of biofuels, and bio-remediation. We will use primary literature to provide some context for our experiments, and we will continue to focus on employing the principles of green chemistry in our lab experiments. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I Laboratory, Co-requisite: General Chemistry II


 Greek IB

HUM620 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D34
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D34
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Sean Harrigan

Continuation of Greek IA.

 Latin IB

HUM618 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Sean Harrigan

Continuation of Latin IA.

 Song Culture in Ancient Greece & Early 20th Century America

HUM2349 - 3 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Sean Harrigan

This course will consider ancient Greece and parts of early 20th century America as "song cultures," or societies "whose prime medium for the expression and communication of its most important feelings and ideas was song."  (Almost all suriving Greek poetry was originally song: while writing has preserved the words that were sung, we have lost the music and sometimes dance that made up equal parts of musical performances.)  We will read works of Greek poets such as Sappho, Alkaios, Anakreon, and Pindar on the ancient side; on the more modern, we will spend time with the different types of folk music in America and their overlapping offpsring, blues and jazz.   Topics to be addressed include (but in no way are limited to) performance, occasion, tradition, innovation, authorship, authenticity, and plagiarism.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Greek LyricMiller9780872202917$15.00
Exploring American Folk MusicLornell9781617032646$30.00
Old, Weird AmericaMarcus9780312572914$18.00

Computer Science

Information Theory

NSC582 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in To Be Determined/Soccer
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

An introduction to what computer scientists mean by "information", including topics in data compression (such as zip files and mp3), error correcting codes, information entropy, cryptography, and randomness. This is an intermediate course in computer science, and as such requires some background in programming as well as math through at least pre-calculus.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price

Programming Workshop

NSC490 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

This course will improve your programming skills and practice, bridging the gap between a beginner's understanding of the craft and an intermediate to advanced understanding. Expect project based work, with students or groups of students developing and commenting on each other's code, as well as assigned readings and exercises on topics such as object oriented programming, functional programming, recursion, scope, threads and forks, graphics and graphical user interfaces, version control, API's, documentation, testing, and so on. We may explore more than one programming language, depending on the background and experience of the participants. Candidate languages include Python, C, a Lisp, R, Ruby, Java, Julia, Go, and Haskell. May be repeated for credit, and taken for 2 to 4 credits. Prerequisite: Previous programming experience


NSC629 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

An open exploration of the core technologies and concepts behind the interent and the world wide web. This seminar is designed to provide a foundation for further internet related work such as web programming. Depending on their previous background, participants will work with topics such as creating web pages (e.g. HTML, CSS, hosting, graphics, design), networking (e.g. TCP/IP, DNS), content creation (e.g. WordPress, Wikipedia), web services (e.g. Google Analytics), and dynamic content (i.e. JavaScript) This course may be repeated for credit, and may be taken for 2 to 4 credits. Prerequisite: None


For Computer Science offerings, see also:

Cultural History

 Russia & The Caucasus

SSC517 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Dana Howell

"In Europe we are but parasites and slaves, but to Asia we shall come as masters," Dostoevskii wrote. The Russian empire (and the USSR) found its southern limits in the region of the Caucasus mountains, and the recent Russian-Georgian conflict is the latest in a two-hundred-year history of Russian incursions. In the 19th century Russians were inspired by the fierce resistance of the mountain people, the beauty of the land, and Orientalist fantasies of exotic cultures, creating a literary tradition from Pushkin to Tolstoi to Pasternak. By the 20th century, the Caucasus became the site of the first genocide of the twentieth century against the Armenians, a focal point of Islamic revival and armed conflict, a region of separatist wars in Armenia, Azerbiajan, Georgia, and Chechnia, and a center of oil politics (with the capital of Azerbiajan called the new Dodge City of the wild east). Considered the most culturally diverse area in the world, an ancient as well as modern crossroads, the Caucasus includes some of the oldest Christian nations, the traditional landing point of Noah's Ark and the land of the Golden Fleece, the mountains which form the wall between Europe and Asia, the birthplace of Stalin, and potentially the furthest reach of NATO and the EU. This course is an introduction to the Caucasus region, with Russian involvement as the connecting thread through the past two centuries to the present day. Prerequisite: Reading-intensive coursework. 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Hero of our TimeLermontov9780199652686$13.95
Allah's MountainSmith9781850439790$28.00
Ghost of FreedomKing9780195392395$19.95

For Cultural History offerings, see also:



ART2314 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Carrie Towle

This multi-level ballet course will review for students the basic concepts required for the proper execution of ballet technique, including alignment, turnout, articulation of the knees and feet, and port de bras.  Basic ballet vocabulary and movement phrases will be reviewed and taught and the expectations and traditions specific to the progression of a ballet class will be followed.  Students who come into the class with a more advanced understanding of ballet technique will be given opportunities for and access to more advanced content within the class.  The class will promote strength and flexibility for the overall dancer while respecting each student's unique physical capacities within the demands of classical technique.

Contact Improvisation

ART537 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

Contact Improvisation (CI) is an exploration of the movement that is possible when two bodies are in physical contact, using each other's support to balance and communicating through weight and momentum. CI was invented in the United States in the early 1970s and it has since spread all around the world, where it is practiced both as a social dance and as a component of post-modern dance performance. In this class, we will learn basic skills and concepts to enter the practice of contact improvisation. We will work to develop comfort with our bodies, to trust one another, to take risks, to make choices in the moment, and to understand the forces of physics as they apply to the body in motion. We will listen to sensation, communicate through skin and muscles, develop reflexes for falling and flying, and find access to our own strength and sensitivity. Prerequisite: None

Dance & Gender

ART2260 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:00am-9:20am in Serkin Center/Serkin 104
  • Thursday 8:00am-9:20am in Serkin Center/Serkin 104

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

This course will examine the many ways in which gender is represented, constructed, and questioned through the dancing body. American stage performance and the training of stage performers will be our primary locus of study. However, the course will also engage in some investigation of social dancing, exotic dance, and dances of other cultures. Drawing from gender theory, feminist theory, queer theory, we will build a conceptual framework to help us analyze the embedded gender narratives in the dances we see and do. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance Technique

ART2219 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

In this course, we will develop expansive, articulate, and powerful dancing through a study of principles of contemporary release-based technique. Core concepts will include weight, momentum, alignment, breath, focus, and muscular efficiency. We will work on finding center, playing off balance, moving in and out of the floor, going upside down, initiating movement clearly, and maintaining a continuous sense of flow. Through our practice, we will develop strength, range of motion, balance, flexibility, stamina, self-awareness, and coordination. This course combines intermediate and advanced level study, with students at the two levels assisting each other in learning. Prerequisite: Previous dance experience and permission of the instructorPrerequisite: Previous dance experience and permission of the instructor


Economic Principles & Problems

SSC589 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Zhongjin Li

This course is designed to demystify our economy and put useful economic tools in the hands of students fighting for social and economic justice. It will provide a comprehensive introduction to microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and political economy and acquaint you with the prevailing economic theories used by today’s policy makers and apply microeconomic and macroeconomic models to analyze the real-world economic problems.  We will appraise the strengths and limitations of simple economic models and discuss a number of alternative economic theories and perspectives, with the ultimate goal being to increase your awareness and understanding of economic issues, to improve your ability to evaluate various policy options, and to help you decipher political-economic rhetoric.  The course will help you understand basic principles of economic analysis, engage in a substantive critical analysis of our current global economic system and critically evaluate potential solutions to the major economic problems confronting contemporary society. A significant portion of our time will be devoted to studying what various economists think are the major problems confronting the US economy, and what solutions to these problems economists have to offer.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Understanding Capitalism 3rdBowles9780195138658$76.95
Introduction to Political Economy 7thSackrey9781939402066$36.95

Environmental Studies

Agroecology Seminar

NSC609 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

We will develop a common base of knowledge in alternative agriculture through a variety of readings and presentations.  Additionally, each student will engage in a research project using the Marlboro College Farm or Greenhouse as a study site.  Possible ideas for research include intercropping, soil health, integrated pest management, biodynamic farming, no-till agriculture, permaculture, agroforestry, and biodiversity in agriculture.  Credits can range from 2-4.  In addition to the seminar time slot, we will meet one additional time each week based on student/faculty schedules to support the research projects.  Prerequisite: Previous work in the life sciences or permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Restoration AgricultureShepard9781601730350$30.00
Winter Harvest HandbookColeman9781603580816$29.95
Vegetable Gardener's Bible 2ndSmith9781603424752$24.95

Finishing the Greenhouse: Collaborative Research & Action

CDS578 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Kyhl Lyndgaard, Todd Smith

Co-Instructors: Kenton Card, Don Capponcelli, Randy Knaggs

A new community designed and built greenhouse provides Marlboro with a sturdy, attractive space for year-round farm-related activities. Now what?

Join the team that will begin to answer this question. The Marlboro Community Greenhouse is largely finished. But how will it be used? The purpose of this course is to bring together a team of faculty, staff, and students to study the performance of the greenhouse and how it can be integrated into the farm. For example: How much light does the greenhouse receive? How much heat does it retain? What kinds of plants are a good match between the performance of the building and the community’s needs? The course will be rooted in collaborative and site-specific learning: i.e. place-based pedagogy. We will generate empirical data on the greenhouse, coalesce the criteria into design solutions, and construct the project(s).

Students will be expected to contribute weekly to a class blog. Students interested in this class should be able to conceptualize problems in the arts and sciences, work well in teams, and not mind getting their hands dirty.

 Inhabitations: An Introduction to Environmental Studies

CDS576 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Faculty: Kyhl Lyndgaard, Jennifer Ramstetter, Katherine Rickenbacker

Understanding the environmental challenges and opportunities of today’s world begins with careful inhabitation, or dwelling, within and upon specific places and texts. This course emphasizes local ecology and human communities through a series of visits to nearby environmental sites. Interdisciplinarity has long been a hallmark of the field of environmental studies; reflecting that tradition, "Inhabitations" is team-taught by faculty of multiple academic areas. This course is an important building block for environmental studies students and is also a designated writing course.

For Environmental Studies offerings, see also:


 Art Expeditions: Sundance Film Festival

ART2361 - 1 Credit -

Faculty: Jay Craven, Boukary Sawadogo



Our film intensive will begin when students register, settle into their dorms, and hold introductory sessions on Wednesday, January 15th.  On the morning of Thursday, January 16th, our group will travel to Park City, Utah, to attend the Sundance Film Festival.  While at the festival students will research films, navigate for tickets, wait in long lines, and strategize among each other how to access films, filmmaker events, and a variety of workshops.  Frequently, this navigation takes the form of collaborating on ticket access and arranging to rendezvous with fellow film intensive students to hand off that day’s harvest of screening tickets.

Students will largely choose their own film selections.  They will be based at the very conveniently located Chateau Apres ski dorm, located one minute from the Park City Library screening venue, two minutes from the very convenient Sundance and Park City bus shuttles, and ten-minute walk to downtown Park City.  There will be opportunities to congregate at morning breakfasts at the Chateau Apres—and at optional gatherings for simple dinners each night.  There is also a comfortable lobby area at the Chateau, with a fireplace and plenty of room for sitting around and talking.

The Sundance film festival plays host each January to more than 50,000 people who descend on this old Utah mining town to participate in more than 600 screenings and special events.  Nearby, the alternate Slamdance Film Festival is staged, with even more screenings and events.

Prerequisite: Movies from Marlboro Core Course

Cinematography: Peter and John

ART2366 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 11:00am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
  • Monday 11:00am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab
  • Wednesday 11:00am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
  • Wednesday 11:00am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab
  • Friday 11:00am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
  • Friday 11:00am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab

Faculty: James Heck



TitleAuthorISBNNew Price

Film Production: Peter & John

ART2372 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Jay Craven

Meeting Times: 7am to 7pm, Wednesdays through Sundays, March 31 through May 17

The main goal of this six-week intensive is to immerse students into the theory and collaborative practice of narrative feature film production. Based on their specific interests and faculty evaluations for their pre-production work and study, each student will be assigned to a department and position(s) that are appropriate to his/her interests and skills. These assignments will be made in the interests of maximizing each student’s learning potential and substantive participation to ensure the effective production of Peter and John. The film production will be organized into a 26-day shooting schedule for principal photography, followed by a 2 or 3 day second unit shoot, executed exclusively by students. The Peter and John crew will include 20 professionals mentoring and working alongside 30 students working as camera operators, script supervisor, sound boom operator, production coordinator, wardrobe supervisor, set dressers, editors, assistant directors, props, second assistant camera, location managers, and other vital positions.

Marketing, Fundraising, PR: Peter and John

ART2369 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 4:00pm-6:00pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab
  • Wednesday 11:00am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Friday 4:00pm-6:00pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab

Faculty: Jay Craven


Maupassant & Flaubert

ART2362 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 2:00pm-3:20pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
  • Friday 2:00pm-3:20pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Faculty: Jay Craven, Boukary Sawadogo


Considered one the fathers of the modern short story, Guy de Maupassant shares a number of literary qualities with his mentor Gustave Flaubert. Both men aspired to create meticulous and richly detailed works noted for their truthful characterization, psychological complexity, ironic treatment, and a commitment to what came to be known as literary realism, distinguished for its unvarnished depiction of contemporary life and society and the common man (and woman).  Both writers were also seen as expressing a measured pessimism about life, including how romanticism, as exemplified in Maupassant’s Pierre et Jean and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, could lead to unhappy and even tragic results. 

In Maupassant’s Pierre et Jean, which we will adapt into a New England seaside film this semester, Maupassant creates a complex psychological study of people in everyday life who face challenges when an unexpected inheritance upends family relationships and triggers questions of legacy, legitimacy, subservience to habit, perception of self and others, the values of the bourgeoisie, and the yielding to illicit passion which was in those times a crime punishable under the law.  Maupassant’s use of a seaside setting also figures prominently into his thematic expressions.

Drawing on works by Maupassant and Flaubert, the class will investigate and compare the treatment of gender and morality by both writers, as well as topics including illegitimacy, corruption, adultery, fatalism and flight from the mundane. Consideration will also be given to each writer’s relationship to 19th century realist and naturalist styles.

Assignments will include readings, in-class discussions, and papers.



TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Three TalesFlaubert9780199555864$10.95

Post-Production: Peter and John

ART2367 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Thursday 1:30pm-5:30pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab
  • Friday 10:00am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab

Faculty: Jay Craven


Production Design: Peter and John

ART2365 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-5:30pm in Persons Auditorium/PersonsGre
  • Wednesday 1:30pm-5:30pm in Persons Auditorium/PersonsGre
  • Thursday 1:30pm-5:30pm in Persons Auditorium/PersonsGre

Faculty: Jay Craven



Production design works to unify and shape the elements of set and location so that viewers are transported into a distinctive world of the film.  Within the larger framework, design personnel work to explore relationships between various scenic elements (e.g costume and setting) and to populate their created world with costumes, props, set dressing, vehicles, animals, signs, and other scenic elements.  They interact with the director and director of photography to articulate story themes—and to develop a color palette and texture to mark each scene.

Students will work with the production designer and lead art department personnel to explore the ways in which design, in all of its various applications, can create the visual world within which the filmed story takes place.   Classes will include theoretical readings and discussions, case studies of production design in notable films, and guided work assignments that will provide hands-on research to develop the visual representations that will anchor Peter and John in 1870’s Nantucket.  This period, during the island’s “ghost period,” followed the fall of the whaling industry and before the rise of tourism.  Using historical archives, period photographs, paintings, drawings, and the extensive historical collections available online and in island collections, students and professionals will have no shortage of images and artifacts from which to draw.

In addition to learning about the theory and practice of production design – and  advancing work for the film, students will also develop portfolios that showcase their work, under the mentorship of working professionals and artists.



TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Filmmaker's Guide to Production DesignLoBrutto9781581152241$19.95

Production Management: Peter and John

ART2368 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-5:30pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Wednesday 1:30pm-5:30pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Thursday 1:30pm-5:30pm in Rice-Aron Library/202

Faculty: Jay Craven



TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Producer to ProducerRyan9781932907759$39.95

Screenwriting & Directing: Peter and John

ART2364 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 6:30pm-9:30pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: Jay Craven



Effective screenwriting requires an understanding of story structure and an ability to shape character, theme, tone, and incident to dramatic effect.  A place-based screenplay or one drawing from historical period also needs to engage these additional elements to inform characters and relationships from the inside and without allowing these elements to dominate. 

A film director takes the screenplay as a starting point for understanding complex characters.  He/she uses it as a blueprint for production and works to enlarge upon the script, to tell an original story by creating conditions that facilitate each of his collaborators’ best work.  Through these interactions with actors, the cinematographer, producers, production designer, and key set personnel, the director works to draw everyone’s creative work into a unified whole.

This class will use the Peter and John screenplay – and ancillary research materials – as the starting point to analyze, discuss, and revise story and character details and plan an efficient and imaginative film production.  Each session will track new developments and discuss creative and logistical choices as we work to advance production.  Students will deliberate on script issues, based on semester screenings and their reading of Maupassant’s novel – and they will draft suggested scene revisions.  They will attend casting sessions where the first glimpses of emerging characters can be seen—and they will review location photos and the paintings, film clips, and photo images that inform discussions between director, cinematographer, and production designer, as the film’s proposed look takes shape.

Students will also read and discuss relevant critical essays and interviews with leading film writers and directors, to better understand feature film theory and the range of possible cinematic approaches.  Discussions from other film intensive classes will also be extended here, to foster an open dialogue that creates shared space for the development of our creative community.  Visiting artists will come to campus for special sessions – and students will be asked to work in small groups to develop their own short films.

Peter and John is intended as a transparent production where students and professionals share in the discussions that develop each step of the production.  This class will serve as the gathering place for those ideas—and a meeting place to better understand each step of the production.



TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Moviemakers Master ClassTirard9780571211029$16.00
Directing ActorsWeston9780941188241$26.95

Seaside Cinema & Complicated Passions

ART2363 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 9:30am-12:20pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
  • Thursday 9:30am-12:20pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Faculty: Jay Craven


Our production of Peter and John prompts a variety of thoughts about films that explore related themes, narrative constructions, characters and relationships, period, mood and tone, and sense of place.  This class will allow us to explore a number of these ideas, through our viewing and imaginative consideration of two-dozen pictures that will invite far-ranging discussion.

John Huston’s Moby Dick will take us inside a perilous adventure inspired by Nantucket’s own high-stakes whaling industry. Orson Welles’ The Stranger evokes a distinctive mood of New England noir, as Edward G. Robinson’s U.N. Nazi hunter descends on a small town hoping to determine whether local professor Charles Rankin (Welles) might be hiding a criminal past.  Frederick Wiseman’s direct cinema documentary, Belfast, Maine, takes a long unvarnished look at a contemporary small New England town.

Complicated passions abound in Francois Truffaut’s Jules and Jim and The Story of Adele H., Philip Kaufman’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Jane Campion’s Bright Star.  Seaside settings have inspired many directors to also explore thorny themes of love, loss, identity, illusion, self-examination, and the vulnerability of existence—themes we see in Peter and John.  We’ll view several of these films, including Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura, Francois Ozon’s Under the Sand, Federico Fellini’s 8 ½, Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy, Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mepris (Contempt).

Claude Chabrol’s film, Madame Bovary, explores an adultery theme, as Peter and John does, and it’s based on the celebrated novel by Guy de Maupassant’s mentor, Gustave Flaubert.  Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country is based on a Maupassant own story of the same name, and Godard’s Masculin Feminin was very loosely based on Maupassant’s short stories The Signal and Paul’s Mistress.

This class will aim to create an expanded dialogue that allows us to interrogate and re-visit each picture screened for the class — and to connect our discussion to our own planned film.  We’ll investigate place-specific characters, themes, and narratives — and the ways each director chooses to employ film language and aesthetics to express each film’s meaning. We’ll look at the roles played in each film, throughcinematography, production design, lighting, editing, and sound.Written materials, including weekly hand-outs and screenplays, where available, will be distributed to advance classroom discussion and critical writing.   


Film/Video Studies

HYBRID CINEMA: documentary and narrative filmmaking blend into a new 21st Century form

ART2371 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab

Faculty: Tim Sutton

HYBRID CINEMA: documentary and narrative filmmaking blend into a new 21st Century form

This class breaks down the barrier between nonfiction and fiction filmmaking from the invention of verite in the early 1960’s through fictional essay cinema and the invention of mockumentary to the current new wave in independent filmmaking which is presently cresting as a hybrid form of cinematic expression. Through screenings, readings, discussions as well as independent and group projects, we will explore the grey area between documentary and fiction, how the two forms creatively borrow from and influence each other and the culture at large, and how technology and new insight into storytelling are restructuring into the next wave of digital cinema.

Films to be screened (among others TBD):  Primary (Robert Drew, Richard Leacock and Albert Maysles), David Holzman’s Diary (Jim McBride), Faces (John Cassavetes), Breathless and Two or Three Things I Know About Her (Jean-Luc Godard), Coming Apart (Milton Moses Ginsberg), Man Bites Dog (Remy Belvaux), Gummo (Harmony Korine), Putty Hill (Matt Porterfield), I’m Still Here (Casey Affleck/Joachin Phoenix), The Ambassador (Mads Brugger), Snow on tha Bluff (Damon Russell), Tchopitoulas (Bill Ross/Turner Ross), Pavilion (Tim Sutton), The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer).

Additional Fee:$70

Nobody Loses All the Time: Obsession and American Crime Film

ART2370 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 4:30pm-6:20pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 4:30pm-6:20pm in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: John Sheehy

This course will be taught by Justin Harrison as part of his Plan.

What drives people to commit crimes?  Why are crimes so often the result of someone's drive to fulfill their heart's desire?  American crime film has long been interested in the intersection between crime and obsession, and that interest has lead to some of the greatest movies ever made.  This eight-week class will explore that intersection and some of those films.  Students will discuss the the content and craft of each picture both on their own and in relation to the other films being discussed.  In addition to the in class discussions, there will be short weekly writing assignments and a final paper on a film of the student's choice.  The films discussed will include work by Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese and others.

Note: Given the subject matter, most of these films deal with some heavy content.  Please keep that in mind with regard to whether or not this class is for you.

Class will meet twice a week; discussions on Tuesdays will alternate with film viewing on Fridays. Prerequisite: None

Storytelling Through Narrative Photography Workshop

ART2373 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

  • Wednesday 1:30pm-3:30pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Jay Craven

Open only to Participants in the Movies from Marlboro program

Students will be exposed to existing photographic narratives through lecture/slides/movie-viewing and discussion, as well as bi-weekly group critique of student work. This is an inter-disciplinary mini-course operating within the Movies for Marlboro Production Design Department, but open to all other MFM departments. The intention for this course is to synthesize cooperation and cross-pollination between departments, while also providing opportunities for students to practice new skills and ideas. Students will leave this course with a digital portfolio of 20 images or more that reflect an in-depth engagement with the practice of using still images as storytelling technique. In addition, student images may be chosen by Peter & John's PR and social media team for promotional purposes, affording students broad exposure and the opportunity to show their work to a larger audience.  

Taught By: Willow O'Feral


 History, Memory, and Identity in Spain and the Atlantic World

HUM2348 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Adam Franklin-Lyons, Rosario de Swanson

Students in this course will learn how to investigate the role that history plays in contemporary identity.  Focusing on Spain and Latin America will highlight several major debates about identity that revolve around events often in the distant past, but that continue to shape cultural identity into the present day: the role of Muslim culture in Spain, language and nationalism, colonialism and indigenous identity, and the shadow of the Spanish civil war - an event with resonance well beyond the Spanish speaking world.  Because cultural identity receives expression in many ways, each of these topics will cover a combination of literature and primary and secondary historical sources, as well as using art, music, and film to investigate the creation of modern identities.  In addition, the course should provide students an overview of Spanish history from the late medieval period to the end of the colonial period.  For students that have taken Spanish, some readings, discussion, and writing can be done in Spanish.

This course will be accompanied by a spring break trip to Madrid and Cordoba in Spain.  Attendance on the trip is by advanced application only.  Students may request to take the course without going on the trip, but this will depend on the number of trip applicants and specific arrangement with the faculty.  Please contact Rosario de Swanson or Adam Franklin-Lyons with further questions.  Prerequisite: By application only


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Early Modern Dialogue with IslamSosa9780268029784$45.00
We People HereLockhart9781592446810$34.00
New Spaniards 2ndHooper9780141016092$17.00

 Sex and Gender in Late Medieval Europe

HUM2354 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D34

Faculty: Adam Franklin-Lyons

In this course, we will investigate the late medieval conceptions of sex, gender identity, ideas about love, and legal restrictions on sexuality and behavior.  The course will cover four broad categories: Ideas about sex, Female identity, Male identity, and Queer identity.  Reading both primary and secondary sources across these topics, we will look at what did and did not count as sex.  We will seek to better understand the limits and acceptable rolls placed on both men and women in their participation in the family, in the medieval church, and in the institutions of society.  Readings will also cover the ways in which religious and secular institutions regulated behavior through legal and other means.  Finally, we will look at debates about sexual behavior outside the commonly sanctioned procreative sex of heterosexual marriage, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on historiographic debates about homosexuality.  The course will be run in more of a tutorial style with students often being responsible for choosing their own readings to create a general group discussion. Prerequisite: At least one introductory history course


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Gender of HistorySmith9780674002043$30.50
Sexuality in Medieval EuropeKarras9780415693899$36.95

For History offerings, see also:


 A History of Now

CDS577 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Apple Tree

Faculty: Dana Howell, Felicity Ratte

If history is a study of the past to inform the future, how do we see the present? How might we define our own era?  This course is an exploration of the contemporary world with an eye to what seems important now and what a future historian might see as characteristic of this time. We've chosen four broad categories for our discussions: urbanism (megacities, public spaces, politics of the street); mobility (tourism , displacement, diaspora);  catastrophe (climatic and political, tsunamis, terrorism); and visuality (display, digital, surveillance).  We will also touch on contemporary inclinations to engage history as a subject of cultural play.  Individual student projects and collaborative discussions. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Public Culture V. 25 No. 2Calhoun9780822367888$15.00
Murder in AmsterdamBuruma9780143112365$16.00
War TimeDudziak9780199315857$16.95

 Berlin As Collaborative Model: A Project Around-and-Between Music, Theatre, and the City of Berlin

ART2355 - 6 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 9:00am-11:20am in Apple Tree
  • Thursday 9:00am-11:20am in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein, Brenda Foley, Martina Lantin

Berlin is a fascinating, complex, and artistically innovative city. During the last century it changed from a politically and geographically cleaved place, into a space of globalized and porous borders. Music and theatre have reflected this changing reality in myriad ways making Berlin an ideal place in which to situate a class based on cross-cultural collaboration and intersecting disciplines.

The course will be taken for 6 credits, meeting twice weekly:  One 90-minute block, designated as a survey of history, culture, art, and performances/works of music and theatre in Berlin during the last century, taught in rotation by Matan, Martina, and Brenda according to their areas of specialization.  The second block, three hours in length, will be designated as an interdisciplinary/ cross-cultural exploration utilizes the city of Berlin as the locus and inspiration for the performance work. From engaged process to shared production, students will explore Berlin as place, history, muse, and performance site. Ultimately, the students together will conceive, create, and perform the Berlin-specific work, with faculty functioning as facilitators.

Over March Break the students and faculty will travel to Berlin to engage with the city fac-to-face, and spend time at the Berlin University of the Arts, where they will take classes with their Berlin counterparts, have practice space, receive feedback and critique from faculty of both institutions on the work-in-progress, and experience music, theatre, and art in Berlin first hand. The visit will culminate in a performance workshop. Both the in-country faculty-directed rehearsals and performance will be documented on film.  Prerequisite: Application procedure required for acceptance into the class

Application for Berlin Course


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Threepenny OperaBrecht9780143105169$11.00

Facilitating Council: An Experiential Training in Deep Listening and Guiding Dialogic Processes

SSC591 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • Monday 6:15pm-8:30pm in Apple Tree

Faculty: Kirstin Edelglass

This course explores the practices of empathic listening and group facilitation, primarily through the structure of “council” – a dialogic process in which every voice is welcomed into a “listening circle.” Council is a communication practice that stimulates compassionate understanding in a wide variety of contexts including schools, universities, prisons, non-profit organizations, businesses, and social change movements. In addition to reading and writing about listening and group dynamics, students will gain experience facilitating various forms of council both in and out of class.

Finding Stuff: Research Methods in the Humanities

CDS567 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Adam Franklin-Lyons, Amber Hunt

This course will cover a wide variety of research techniques and develop the students' knowledge of the many databases and search platforms available at the college. We will also spend some time looking at persistent questions in research such as the role of online information, plagiarism, and others. This course can compliment any year of course work.  Much of the practice use of databases and search systems can be used directly for work being done in other courses - it is our hope that this course will generally make your life easier. Prerequisite: None

Fundamentals of Non-Profit Management

NPM600 - 2 Credits - Graduate

  • Friday 8:30am-3:30pm in To Be Determined/TBD

Faculty: Kate Jellema

This intensive four-month series offers nonprofit leaders and staff the opportunity to gain and refine the essential skills needed to strengthen their organizations and achieve their missions. The Certificate course provides immediately-applicable training in all the core competencies of nonprofit management. It is intended for people who want to make a serious investment in their not-for-profit careers.

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.

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.

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. These Fridays are January 31, Febuary 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11. 



HUM1142 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Abdelhadi Izem

In this course, the focus is on vocabulary building, basic grammar structures , and some cultural and historical knowledge . The course is also designed to primarily develop conversation skills. Prerequisite: Prior Arabic instruction


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price

Elementary French II

HUM1516 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Boukary Sawadogo

This course is the continuation of Elementary French I. This course builds on and expands language and cultural skills learned in the first semester. So, students will continue to develop their 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, and cultural and historical knowledge. Prerequisite: Elementary French I or permission of instructor

No partial credit is offered for this class.

Textbook: Promenades 2nd edition, Volume 2, (2014) by James Mitchell, Cherie Mitschke and  Cheryl Tano


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Promenades 2ndMitschke9781618576712$161.00

 Elementary Spanish II

HUM1439 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Monday 10:00am-11:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
  • Wednesday 10:00am-11:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
  • Friday 10:00am-11:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1

Faculty: Rosario de Swanson

Offers a dynamic and interactive introduction to Spanish and Spanish American cultures. The course covers the basic grammar structures of the Spanish language through extensive use of video, classroom practice, and weekly conversation sessions with a native-speaking language assistant. It is a continuation of Spanish I.  Prerequisite: One semester of Spanish or some prior Spanish


Students may purchase either the complete hardcover text or the loose-leaf Volume 2 which contains Chapter 10 forward. Both have the WebSAM access code.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Vistas 4th & WebSAMBlanco9781617670596$227.00
Vistas 4th V. 2 & WebSAMBlanco9781617673719$120.00

 French Conversation and Writing

HUM1500 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Faculty: Boukary Sawadogo

In this course, the emphasis will be to improve one’s speaking and writing skills on both a formal and informal level. In that regard, there will be a variety of reading, listening and speaking activities for students to build their language competencies. The course will also provide opportunities to review some tenses and to master more complex syntactical structures of the French language. In addition, the class will watch short films and current news as a way to foster cultural competency.

No partial credit will be offered for this class.

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


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imaginez 2ndMitschke9781617675676$174.00

 Intermediate Modern Arabic IIB

HUM1133 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • 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

This course is the continuation of Intermediate Arabic I. Students will continue to learn more essential skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing for daily communication. A broad variety of expressions and complicated sentence structures will be taught so that students can participate in conversations on various topics related to Arabic society. More emphasis will be given to speaking, structures, and writing. Students will be guided to write more paragraphs. A language table will take place twice a week to help learners improve their communication skills. We will continue using the same book we had for the fall semester in addition to the material I provide for every class.


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


HUM1403 - 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

Intermediate Spanish II builds on and expands the language skills acquired in Intermediate Spanish. It combines an extensive grammar reveiw while focusing on all relevant language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Culture is integrated in all aspects of the program; therefore, we will have critical discussions about the culture of different countries of the Spanish speaking world. Frequent compositions, selected literary readings, class discussions, and debates on films and current events. It meets three times a week as a class and an extra 50 minuites section with a language assistant, to be arranged.

Intermediate Spanish II is a course for students who have completed Intermediate Spanish or have been deemed to be proficient enough for this class after taking an introductory Spanish placement test and talking to the professor about prior course work. If you are taking Spanish for the first time at Marlboro College, you need to talk to the professor. Prerequisite: Two semesters of college Spanish or equivalent


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
En Contacto Gramatica en Accion 9thGill9780495912651$169.00
Como agua para chocolateEsquivel9780385721233$15.00
El lobo, el bosque y el hombre nuevoPaz9789684113442$18.95
En contacto lecturas intermedias 9thGill9780495908418$86.95
Felices dias, Tio SergioGarcia Ramis9781567580051$14.95
En Contacto Gramatica Quia eSAM Access CardGill9781111301101$59.95

 Introduction to Portuguese as a World Language

HUM2350 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1

Faculty: Rosario de Swanson

This course offers introductory exposure to the beautiful language that is Portuguese. In this course the students will learn essential conversational skills used in everyday situations (restaurants, stores, offices, etc.). Additionally, we will read a small selection of short poems from different writers as a preview of what the portuguese cultural landscape has to offer. 

Note: Portuguese is the language of Portugal and Brazil as well as of the autonomous regions of the Azores (Açores in Portuguese spelling) and Madeira. Additionally, it is the official language of Mozambique (Moçambique), Angola, Guinea-Bissau (Guiné-Bissau), São Tomé e Príncipe, the Cape Verde Islands (Cabo Verde), and East Timor. It is also still spoken in Macau and Goa. Over four million Portuguese who have emigrated to various countries retain their first language. Galician, spoken in northwestern Spain, is very similar to Portuguese. 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Practice Makes Perfect Basic PortugueseTyson-Ward9780071784283$14.00

 Practical Chinese II

HUM2345 - 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 is the second term Chinese language course. It aims to help you develop communicative competence in Chinese, focusing on the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structures for use 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. You will also learn Chinese characters in order to be able to communicate effectively in real Chinese 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: Practical Chinese I or consent of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
New Practical Chinese Reader 1 Text/MP3 2ndLiu9787561926239$21.95
New Practical Chinese Reader V. 2 2nd WorkbookLiu9787561928936$15.95
New Practical Chinese Reader 1 Workbook/MP3 2ndLiu9787561926222$13.95


20th Century Novel

HUM1409 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

Great novels of the 20th century: Woolf, Thomas Mann, Faulkner, Camus, Bulgakov, Babel, Calvino, Segald and Toni Morrison.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Master and MargaritaBulgakov9780141180144$15.00
Red CavalryBabel9780393324235$14.95
Survival in AuschwitzLevi9780684826806$15.00
To the LighthouseWoolf9780156030472$15.00
Absalom, AbsalomFaulkner9780679732181$15.00
Light in AugustFaulkner9780679732266$15.00
Mrs. DallowayWoolf9780156030359$15.00
Mr. Sammler's PlanetBellow9780142437834$16.00

 Apocalyptic Hope: the Literature of the American Renaissance

HUM979 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: John Sheehy

This course will center on the "American Renaissance"--that period between, roughly, 1830 and 1870 that witnessed the burst of intense intellectual and artistic energy that produced some of the most memorable and enduring American literature. We will examine as much of that literature as we can, in a range of genres: slave narratives from Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, essays from Emerson and Thoreau, novels from Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others, poetry from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Our goal in examining these works will always be double: on the simplest level, we will be interested in how these writers interpreted and responded to the places and times in which they lived; on a deeper level, though, we will consider how each of these works--and all of them together--attempts to create something we might call now an "American consciousness," attempts to invent, or re-invent, America. The point of the course is to read as much as we can, more than anything else--to develop a firm understanding of both canonical and non-canonical 19th century American literature, and to consider how that literature has helped to shape not just the literature that followed it, but the way we think about ourselves as Americans. This will NOT be a writing seminar: it will involve far too much reading for that. Students, though, will be expected to write about what they read on a regular basis, to lead discussions on a rotating basis, and to write a seminar paper at the end. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, and must have passed the writing requirement.  Otherwise, a love for the written word and at least a liking for American literature.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassDouglass9780393969665$18.50
Incidents in the Life of a Slave GirlJacobs9780674035836$20.00
Moby Dick 2ndMelville9780393972832$22.75
Scarlet LetterHawthorne9780393979534$19.90
Twelve Years a SlaveNorthup9780143125419$16.00
Final Harvest: PoemsDickinson9780316184151$14.99
Walden and Civil DisobedienceThoreau9780451532169$5.95
Uncle Tom's Cabin 2ndStowe9780393933994$21.30
Portable Walt WhitmanWhitman9780142437681$20.00


HUM666 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • 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

An exploration of the presence of Buddhist ideas and practices in poetry, including some reflection on concepts of the mind, nature, contemplation, language, and the self. Readings of selected Chinese and Japanese poetry in translation and poetry in English including work by Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch, W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass, and Mark Strand. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Beneath a Single MoonJohnson9781570626029$29.95
Essays in Zen BuddhismSuzuki9780802151186$16.95
Reasons for MovingStrand9780679736684$17.00
Field GuideHass9780300076332$17.00
Moment to MomentBudbill9781556591334$14.00
Myths & TextsSnyder9780811206860$12.95
Zen and the Birds of AppetiteMerton9780811201049$13.95
Ring of BoneWelch9780872865792$17.95
One Hundred Poems from the JapaneseRexroth9780811201803$14.95
Spirit of ZenWatts9780802130563$14.95

 Shakespeare: Selected Comedies, Histories, Tragedies and Problem Plays

HUM1525 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

Our reading will include Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Othello, Coriolanus, and Anthony and Cleopatra. We will focus on the themes of genre definitions, gender issues, freedom and authority. Consideration will also be given to scenic structure, use of metaphor, characterization and setting.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
King Henry IV Pt. 2Shakespeare9781904271062$17.00
Midsummer Night's DreamShakespeare9781903436608$17.00
Merchant of VeniceShakespeare9781903436813$17.00
Twelfth NightShakespeare9781903436998$17.00
Troilus and CressidaShakespeare9781903436691$18.00
King Henry IV Pt. 1Shakespeare9781904271352$18.00

Telling and Retelling: Contemporary Responses to Familiar Fictions

HUM2347 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

Through close reading of paired texts, we will explore the dialogues that contemporary authors create with the past – dialogues that transgress the boundaries of time and support Virginia Woolf's suggestion that "books continue each other, in spite of our habit of judging them separately" (A Room of One's Own). Important to our discussion will be the nature of the fictional re-workings: a change in narrative perspective; a de-centering of familiar themes and motifs; an exploration of the boundaries generated by gender, race, and class; a blurring of the line between fact and fiction. We will be making connections among the works that move us both forward and backward, juxtaposing familiar and unfamiliar texts in ways that will stimulate readings of both. Pairings may include: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day; Shakespeare’s King Lear and Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres; Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and J.M. Coetzee’s Foe; Samuel Coleridge’s “Christabel” and A.S. Byatt’s Possession; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Peter Ackroyd’s The Case of Victor Frankenstein; Robert Louis Stevenson Jekyll and Hyde and Valerie Martin’s Mary Reilly; Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea; E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End and Zadie Smith’s On Beauty.  Prerequisite: Must have passed the writing requirement


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Jack MaggsCarey9780679760375$15.95
Mister PipJones9780385341073$15.00
Book of JobMitchell9780060969592$12.99
In the ImageHorn9780393325263$13.95
King LearShakespeare9780451526939$4.95
Great ExpectationsDickens9780141439563$9.00
Howards EndForster9780553212082$4.99
Thousand AcresSmiley9781400033836$16.00
On BeautySmith9780143037743$16.00


Calculus II

NSC212 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Julie Rana

We build on the theory and techniques developed in Calculus. Topics include integration techniques, applications of integrals, series of real numbers, power series, Taylor series, parametric equations and differential equations.  We may cover some other topics if time permits. Prerequisite: Calculus I or equivalent

Combinatorics Study Group

NSC630 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

Combinatorics is a broad subfield of math concerned with discrete, often finite, structures.  It is unusual in that it is possible to engage seriously with difficult questions in the field without an extensive list of prerequisites.  That's exactly what we'll do here.  Likely objects of study include graphs, Latin squares (sudoku puzzles being a well-known example of these) and combinatorial designs, enumeration problems and integer sequences.  The goal of the course is not to give an account of the main tools or topics of combinatorics, although we'll do some of this in passing, but to get a taste for some of the many aspects involved in the creation of mathematics, including imagination, frustration, collaboration, bewilderment, hard work, insight, luck and maybe even joy.  May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Previous math courses, ideally including Discrete Math or something similar. Programming experience is useful but not required.

Math and Art

NSC620 - 2 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Julie Rana

Math for artists and art for math-ists. In the first half of the course, we will create mathematically accurate one-, two-, and three-point perspective drawings and learn about how artists interpret perspective. Time permitting, we will also study fractals. In the second half of the course, guest lecturers will help us look at math from an artist's viewpoint. Possible topics may include the golden mean, mathematical sculptures, the history of the use of perspective in art, and more, depending on students' interests.

Set Theory & Logic

NSC632 - 3 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

After a review of various notions from logic and set theory that will be mostly familiar from previous courses, we study a variety of topics that form the foundation of mathematics. The exact list of topics depends on the interests of the class, but some natural candidates are: cardinals and ordinals, propositional and first-order logic, axiomatic set theory, models, constructions of number systems, and categories. Students may take this course for three or four credits. Those students taking the class for four credits will undertake an extensive investigation into an additional topic. 

Prerequisite: Several math courses, preferably including either Real Analysis (NSC626) or Formal Languages and the Theory of Computation (NSC543)


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Classic Set Theory for Guided Independent StudyGoldrei9780412606106$79.95


NSC123 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

Statistics is the science--and art--of extracting data from the world around us and organizing, summarizing and analyzing it in order to draw conclusions or make predictions. This course provides a grounding in the principles and methods of statistics. Topics include: probability theory; collecting, describing and presenting data; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression; and analysis of variance. Two themes running through the course are the use of statistics in the natural and social sciences and the use (and abuse) of statistics in the news media.  We will use the open source statistical computing package R (no prior computing experience is assumed). Prerequisite: Some of Topics in Algebra, Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry, or the equivalent (a reasonable level of high school math is fine)

Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus

NSC556 - Variable Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Julie Rana

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 8 units, listed on the course web page. One credit will be earned for each unit completed. Students select units depending on their interest and need. The course is especially designed for students who plan to study calculus or statistics, would like to prepare for the GRE exam, or just want to learn some math. Over the semester, 3-4 units will be offered in the timetabled sessions. Individual tutorial-style arrangements can be made with students who want to study the non-timetabled units, or who want to study units at their own pace. Prerequisite: None

For Mathematics offerings, see also:


Chamber Music

ART496 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. Woodwind, string, brass instruments welcome. Prerequisite: Ability to play an instrument and read music. Course may be repeated for credit.

Electronic Music: Cultures, Concepts and Practice

ART2288 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/ElecMusic
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/ElecMusic

Faculty: Matan Rubinstein

The course will provide an introduction to concepts, techniques, history and ideological frameworks informing electronic music. Designed as equal parts hands-on practice and academic enquiry, the course will alternate between readings and listening to works done in various genres of electronic music and practicing basic techniques of sequencing, sampling, synthesis and recording. Course work will constitute on-going etudes, a final project + paper, and weekly readings and listening assignments.

The course is designed primarily for students who are or plan to engage with music or sound design as part of their on-going course of study at Marlboro.  Prerequisite: Music Fundamentals 1 or permission of instructor

Madrigal Choir

ART825 - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

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


ART824 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

This semester the workshop will emphasize compositions for small choir or vocal ensemble. Students will write compositions weekly which will be performed by fellow students in workshop. Prerequisite: Theory fundamentals, ability to read music


ART611 - 4 Credits -

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

A study of music from non-western cultures and "folk" traditions of Europe and the United States using contemporary ethnomusicological concepts and procedures. Goal: To give the student an understanding of approaches to the study of music of western and non-western and/or traditional cultures through a series of case studies from a variety of regions and cultures. Ongoing journal of listening and observations (twice weekly), a final Project, and class presentation. This course entails a great deal of listening. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Thinking Musically 3rdWade9780199844869$37.95
Music in South IndiaViswanathan9780195145915$34.95

For Music offerings, see also:


Heidegger's Being & Time

HUM2343 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: William Edelglass

This course will begin with two weeks on Descartes, Kant, and Husserl to help understand some of the background of Heidegger’s work.  The rest of the semester will then be devoted to a close reading of Being and TimeBeing and Time is a notoriously challenging and often deeply rewarding text, and is widely regarded as the most important work in twentieth century European philosophy.  It is most famous for its phenomenological inquiries into questioning; interpretation; being-with-others; being-in-the-world; facing death; authentic and inauthentic existence; freedom; meaning; conscience; and care. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Being and TimeHeidegger9781438432762$18.95

Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics

HUM1438 - 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 the most significant philosophical issues raised by the production and experience of art: the nature of art, aesthetic experience, aesthetic properties, taste, beauty, imagination, art and truth, aesthetic judgment, aesthetic interpretation, expression, representation, aesthetic objects, art and emotion, art and ethics, art and society, art and nature, art and economics, art and culture, etc. We will address these issues through careful readings of some of the most important texts in the history of Western philosophy of art as well as significant contemporary writings in philosophical aesthetics. The final part of the course will be specifically devoted to the nature and questions raised by contemporary art. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Art and Its Significance 3rdRoss9780791418529$31.95

Philosophy of Poetry

HUM2356 - 1 Credit - Introductory

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

Faculty: William Edelglass

The course will acquaint students with selected important texts on the philosophy of poetry, beginning with Socrates and eventually moving to the work of contemporary philosophers. Students will also examine poetry, including some of their own choosing, to consider how these philosophical ideas can enrich - or problematize - our feelings about poems and our interpretations of them. The course's materials will sometimes straddle the line between "philosophy" proper and literary criticism, providing an opportunity for students interested in both subjects to explore the boundaries between disciplines. (Student taught course by Adam Halwitz.) Note: This is not a poetry writing course. Prerequisite: None


Introduction to Photography

ART2263 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: John Willis

This course will be an introduction to  photography with an emphasis given both to visual communication and technique. Students will learn basic procedures of analog and digital photography including; camera operation, exposure of film and digital images, development and enlargement of the image, while exploring the visual and expressive qualities of the medium. 

Additional Fee: $100


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Reframing PhotographyModrak9780415779203$65.95


Classical Mechanics

NSC607 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

The goal of this tutorial is to examine physics on a scale that isn't too small and with things that don't move too fast in a mathematically rigorous manner. The main topics covered will be Newtonian, Hamiltonian, and Lagrangian mechanics.


NSC631 - 3 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

An introduction to the physical principles behind energy, energy uses and their effect on the environment, suitable for science students and non-science students. Some of the included topics are: mechanical energy, conservation of energy, heat and work, production of energy (e.g solar, fossil fuels, biomass).  Prerequisite: High school algebra


Students may purchase either the 4th or the 5th edition.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Energy 4thHinrichs9780495010852$218.95
Energy 5thHinrichs9781111990831$245.95

General Physics II

NSC262 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

Second semester of the introductory physics class, suitable for students considering a plan in physics, science students, or non-science students who want a physics foundation. Topics include  fluids, thermodynamics, oscillations, waves and optics.  Prerequisite: General Physics I or approval from the teacher


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Physics for Scientists and Engineers 3rd V. 3Knight9780321753175$42.80
Physics for Scientists and Engineers 3rd V. 2Knight9780321753182$42.80

Modern Physics

NSC470 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

A sophomore-level introduction to quantum mechanics, including special relativity, wave-particle duality, the Schrodinger equation and its application to the structure of atoms, and other topics.


Theories of Development

SSC556 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

This course will examine the process of theory building and paradigm change during the first three qenerations of 3rd World development scholarship.  In particular, the three major schools of modernization, dependency, and post dependency theory will be analysed in light of their comparative contributions and limitations.  Theoretical discussions will be grounded in the empirical context of real life 3rd World development challenges. Prerequisite:  Social Sciences background or permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Stages of Economic Growth 3rdRostow9780521409285$52.00
Encountering DevelopmentEscobar9780691150451$24.95
Theories of Development 2ndPeet9781606230657$46.00

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:



SSC196 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • 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

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


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Identity Development 2ndKroger9780761929604$74.00
Identity in Adolescence 3rdKroger9780415281072$46.95

Psychology and Literature: a psychological look at the short stories of science fiction

SSC587 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • 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 examine the early short stories that were put into collections during the 50s, 60s, 70s.  The questions is to find how and by what means the authors make use of psychological concepts in the stories.


SSC441 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • 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

Major theories of personality are discussed and compared. The emphasis is on the underlying assumptions regarding persons and the therapies and psychotherapies which have emerged. Prerequisite: Abnormal Psychology or permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Theoretical Models of CounselingFall9780415994767$59.95
Beginning Psychotherapists's CompanionWiller9780199931651$65.00


SSC221 - 4 Credits - Advanced

Faculty: Thomas Toleno

This tutorial is a multidisciplinary approach to the function and concept of cognition through author's in the fields psychology and philosophy. The topics included memory, language, and thinking.


Eastern Orthodox Christianity

HUM2353 - 2 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

An introduction to the theology, ritual, and contemplative practices of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Way of a PilgrimPokrovsky9781893361317$15.99
Mountain of SilenceMarkides9780385500920$14.95
For the Life of the WorldSchmemann9780913836088$18.00

Plan Writing Seminar

HUM779 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • Wednesday 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


HUM2352 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Amer Latif

This class considers the Greater Western tradition from the Hebrew Bible through Montaigne. Along with the Bible and the Qur'an, we will consider works by Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, Ghazali and other medieval authors. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Holy Bible King James Versionnone9780452010628$18.00
Selected EssaysMontaigne9781603845953$13.00
Treatise on LawThomas9780895267054$12.95
Canterbury TalesChaucer9780140422344$20.00

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


American Society in the Post 9-11 Era

SSC586 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

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

Faculty: Gerald Levy

An exploration of the relationship between domestic and foreign policy after 9-11 with a particular focus on class, bureaucracy, religion, race and gender. How did the U.S. develop and how does it sustain the present economic, political and cultural crisis it is embroiled in?


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Winner-Take-All PoliticsPierson9781416588702$15.00
Washington RulesBacevich9780805094220$15.00

Research Methods

SSC584 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Katherine Rickenbacker, Rebekah Park

This course provides an introduction to research methods often employed in anthropology and sociology. Through a mix of readings and fieldwork, students will learn the basics of survey design, participant observation, interviewing techniques, evaluation analysis, and ethnography. We will also discuss the ethical considerations fundamental to conducting research with human participants. Each student will leave this course having crafted a research proposal for use in their Plan, study abroad work, a fellowship, or a research paper, and run this proposal through IRB.

All students wishing to pursue Plan work in Sociology or Anthropology are required to take this course. Prerequisite: Introductory level work in the social sciences


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price


Borders, Boundaries, & Crossings

ART2356 - 4 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: Brenda Foley

Which presentation of myself

Would make you want to touch

What would make you cross the border

Savage/Love, Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin

This class will be an exploration of the ways in which we construct and perform narratives of identity. Employing perspectives from performance, gender, and global studies we will combine theory and practice through a series of workshop projects, including classes led by renowned Cuban-American performance artist Carmelita Tropicana who will be in residency at Marlboro this spring. The class will culminate in a workshop showing of student written performance pieces.  Prerequisite: intermediate performance class and permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
I, Carmelita TropicanaTroyano9780807066034$19.00
O, Solo HomoHughes9780802135704$17.50
Knowing BodySteinman9781556432026$20.00

Directing I

ART2357 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Liza Williams

This is a beginning play directing class. Through in-class exercises, outside of class rehearsals and in class presentations, students will develop the basic building blocks of how to structure a scene, how to compose pictures on stage, how to incorporate movement patterns and actor business into a scene. Students will also learn basic playscript analysis and other helpful ways of looking at a script. In addition students will learn how to set blocking that also helps motivate action and basic strategies for working with actors. Class attendance will be critical to successful progress in this class. 


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Backwards and ForwardsBall9780809311101$17.95

Drama of Diversity

ART2358 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:50am in Whittemore Theater/Greene
  • Friday 10:30am-11:50am in Whittemore Theater/Greene

Faculty: Liza Williams

This course will explore the history of the way underrepresented groups in the United States have historically been depicted or stereotyped and then look at the creative ways that many theater artists (primarily playwrights) have responded to this history through their plays or performances. We will read performance texts and relevant theory, we will watch pertinent video and carry on discussions about, and write responses to this material. My intent is to foster a classroom where we can broaden our understanding of what theater can represent, how difficult it can be to untangle character and story from stereotype and the legacy of depiction and to show how theater can be used to foster understanding of our differences and can effectively forward social change.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Good BodyEnsler9780812974737$12.00
Fires in the MirrorSmith9780385470148$15.00
Laramie ProjectKaufman9780375727191$14.00
M. ButterflyHwang9780452272590$13.00
Raisin in the SunHansbury9780679755333$7.50
Clybourne ParkNorris9780865478688$16.00
Fat PigLaBute9780571211500$14.00
Last Sunday in June and Other PlaysTolins9780802141361$13.00

Visual Arts

Art Seminar Critique

ART359 - 2 Credits - Advanced

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

Faculty: John Willis, Timothy Segar

This course provides a forum for students to share their Plan Work with each other and to engage in critical dialogue. Student will share work and writing as well as present on artists of influence.  An overview of professional practices will also be included.  

This is a required course for seniors on plan in the Visual Arts. 

The class meets Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:30 except the five days there will be visiting artists when the meeting time is 4:00 - 8:00. Prerequisite: Plan application on file or by permission of instructors

Functional Ceramics Intensive

ART2275 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics

Faculty: Martina Lantin

This workshop will examine all the components of a table service. Focusing on continuity and diversity within their designs, students will make settings that create a visual and functional feast. Making methods will not be limited to wheel-throwing. Readings will be drawn from Material Culture Theory, contemporary Craft Theory and Philosophy to expand the foundation of ideas functional production may draw from. There will be a written component and field trips required in this class. Prerequisite: Two ceramics classes or permission of the instructor

Additional Fee: $100

Printmaking Intensive

ART2339 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Cathy Osman

This course will introduce students to a range of printmaking techniques including relief, intaglio, and monoprinting. In addition there will be opportunity to experiment with alternative  processes such as collagraph and large scale work. The class will work from direct observation to include still life, landscape, the figure as well as  a range of historical and contemporary sources. Active parallel work in drawing will be required. This class requires collaboration, ability to focus and sustain work outside of class time. Some experience with drawing is helpful. 

Additional Fee: $100


ART540 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Timothy Segar

In this class the students will be introduced to the language of sculpture through the use of traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques. Much of our time will be spent on sculpture assignments and independent work in the studios.

We also will visit exhibitions, artists’ studios, view relevant films, and create PowerPoint presentations to explore aspects of sculpture from the time of the cave-dwellers to today’s most innovative artists. Through rigorous discussion and debate, we will learn to evaluate our own place as makers of things, and above all, discover and develop our own sensibilities in a lively and safe environment.

Topics - A project-based semester of visual arts instruction

ART2360 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:29pm in Woodard Art/Classroom
  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:29pm in Woodard Art/Classroom

Faculty: Timothy Segar, Martina Lantin, Cathy Osman, John Willis

This semester the Visual arts faculty will accept proposals from all students for projects in ceramics, sculpture, installation, video, photography, painting, drawing and printmaking. We have two themes that will frame the work of the semester.

1.      Work that explores issues of time, transition and sense of place

2.      Work that explores the human figure

Readings, visual presentations, and discussion sessions held though out the semester will form the context for these themes.

To register for this special semester, please fill out the application form: You will need to indicate the theme on which you will focus and the credit level you intend (2-3-4 or more by faculty approval) and write a paragraph describing your medium (s) and project and its basis in ideas. During intro-class period in January the faculty will review and help refine these proposals.

Once each week (Mondays 1:00 – 3:20) students will meet with a mixed-medium group of other students working within their chosen theme and a lead faculty member(s) for critique and instruction. The other session (Thursdays at 1:00pm) will be a medium-specific meeting i.e. photographers meeting together, ceramics together etc. or individual meetings to help with processes.

In addition the arts faculty will offer introductory courses for those who wish to begin working within a medium they have never attempted. This course is offered for variable credit.

Sculpture  – Segar
Printmaking – Osman
Photography – Willis
Ceramics – Lantin 

Prerequisite: A working knowledge of the medium of your project

World Studies Program

Finding an Internship

WSP50 - 1 Credit -

  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5

Faculty: Chelsea Ferrell

 Origins of the Contemporary World

WSP73 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

An introductory seminar designed to help students begin to think historically, culturally, and geographically. We will cover a handful of theoretical approaches to contemporary history as well as trace the historical threads of a number of major events outwards in time and space.  Students will select a region of the world to focus on, and provide presentations identifying the influence or resonance of these events on their area.  The theoretical approaches will allow us to consider major themes of the recent past including: colonialism, genocide, human rights, socialism, globalization, and environmental change.  Required for WSP students; Open to non-WSP students. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Something New Under the SunMcNeill9780393321838$19.95
Global CapitalismFrieden9780393329810$19.95

TESOL Certificate II

WSP76 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5
  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5

Faculty: Beverley Burkett

The TESOL certificate  course continues with a focus on understanding the nature of and teaching the four skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing), lesson planning, classroom management and inter-cultural communication. Lesson planning will involve using frameworks and a communicative, interactive approach. Micro-teaching sessions will provide opporutnties to implement these lesson plans and to receive and give constructive feedback. In addition students will prepare for teaching practice by gathering information about their teaching context and preparing some materials. After spring break the focus will be on what they have learned about themselves and their learners as cultural beings and about intercultural communication, about teaching and about themselves as teachers. They wil put together a portfilio that includes lesson plans as well as teaching amterials and resources and their rationale for the relevance to their potential students. Prerequisite: TESOL Certificate I


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
More Than a Native SpeakerSnow9781931185325$39.95

TESOL Certificate teaching practice

WSP77 - 1 Credit - Intermediate

Faculty: Beverley Burkett

Teaching practice for the TESOL Certificate will take the form of an internship in an ESOL context during the Spring Break. It is required in order to qualify for the certificate. Participants will complete a total of six hours of observed teaching practice. They will participate in post-teaching feedback sessions and will observe other English classes. They will attend workshops on topics that will be determined by the trainers based on what they observe in the teaching practice. In addition students will compile a portfolio of revised lesson plans and learning reflections.

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 they will be living and studying in. In order to earn the certificate, participants must take both the TESOL Certificate courses (Fall & Spring), complete a teaching internship and compile a portfolio. The course complies with internationally recognized standards as an entry-level qualification in the field of TESOL.  Prerequisite: TESOL Certificate I & II


EAP (English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes)

HUM1511 - 2 Credits -

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

Faculty: Beth Neher

Forms of Poetry

ART528 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

An introduction to poetic form, exploring 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 structure, sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, haiku, double-dactyls, nonce forms and so on. The aim is to engage technical matters in poetry seriously through exercises and analysis.

Other Voices

HUM2357 - 3 Credits -

Faculty: Kyhl Lyndgaard

This course is an opportunity to take English 3 or 4 for both high school and college credit. Students will utilize the writing process from brainstorming, peer editing, and conferencing to compose multiple draft papers. Be expected to write narratives and college essays (classification, compare/contrast, process, descriptive, cause/effect, and research.) Readings will be comprised of books, essays, articles, short stories, and poetry by a variety of American authors from diverse cultures. Discussions include: The real story about the slave trade in the North, Was Abraham Lincoln gay? Where are the sweat shops in the U.S. located? What did the hard of hearing do before interpreters? Is the wall being built between the U.S. and Mexico really on the border? Some general topics explored would be gay/lesbian/transgender culture, Deaf culture, African Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, Asian American Culture, Latinos and many others. Assembling a portfolio each quarter is a requirement of the course. 

Poetry Workshop

ART56 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

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

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

Long weekly classes devoted to an analysis and discussion of poems written for the class. Students encouraged to experiment with forms and techniques. Prerequisite:permission of the instructor, based on submitted manuscripts.  Prerequisite: Permission based on manuscripts

Writing Seminars

 Writing Seminar: Writing Across the Disciplines

HUM2351 - 3 Credits - Counselor

  • Tuesday 3:00pm-4:20pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Friday 3:00pm-4:20pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: John Sheehy

This will be a "linked" writing course -- that is, the course will be linked to several classes taught in various areas of the curriculum, and you will draw your ideas, your primary reading and the topics for your long papers from those classes. In our seminar, we'll focus on academic writing itself. We will consider what an "argument" really is: what arguments are made of, what they're supposed to do, what they look like when other people make them, and how to make them for yourself. We'll go on to consider other aspects of academic writing -- voice, grammar, structure, and above all, how to make academic writing your own, in whatever field you write in. 

You should expect to do a lot of reading for the class, over and above the readings for the linked course, and you should expect to do a lot of writing: we'll workshop and draft three formal papers for the linked course, but I'll also ask you to do weekly informal writing assignments and in class writing. Co-requisite: HUM1525 (Shakespeare — Geraldine), HUM920 (The Nation and its Others — Seth), NSC41 (Plant Diversity — Jenny), HUM661 (Family in U.S. History II -- Kate)


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Elements of Argument 10thRottenberg9780312646998$89.50
Pocket Style Manual 6thHacker9780312542542$35.50
Imaginative ArgumentCioffi9780691122908$29.95

 Writing Seminar: Ways of Telling - Reading Written & Visual Narratives

HUM1394 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

"The mind is its own place, the visible world is another, and visual and verbal images sustain the dialogue between them."   Wright Morris

 When we think about narratives, we most often think of prose words that tell a story.  But what happens when writers, novelists, memoirists, and nonfiction writers integrate images into their narratives: photographs archived in history museums, personal photographs, or evocative graphics that merge with the written text?  In this writing seminar, we will investigate the elusive dialogue between words and visual images, and consider how we "read" or interpret both prose and pictures.  Beginning with Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a genre-bending autobiographical novel that explores the convergence of  memory and imagination, we will explore Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close  (a child's wild vision and wild hurt in confronting the cataclysm of  9/11), Josh Neufeld's nonfiction comic, A.D.  New Orleans After the Deluge (the story of seven Katrina survivors), Natasha Trethewey's Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (a collection of poems, essays, letters, and photographs that tell the story of Katrina's effects on Trethewey's family and on the black community in which she grew up), Wright Morris's memoir The Home Place (a photo-text that takes us back to a single day in Wright�s boyhood home in Nebraska), and Lynd Ward's Vertigo (a wordless novel of the Great Depression in woodcut prints). We will consider the point at which images enter the texts and examine how they act to undercut, reinforce, and/or expand the written narrative. Through lots of practice in writing, critiquing, and rewriting, we will work toward two of our main goals, to help you find a writing process that works well for you and to allow you to experience the value of language as a tool for thinking deeply and clearly. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Things They CarriedO'Brien9780618706419$14.95
Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseFoer9780618711659$14.95
Beyond KatrinaTrethewey9780820343112$18.95
Home PlaceMorris9780803282520$14.95