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Spring 2019 Course List

Spring 2019 Intro Course 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.

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Courses marked with mode_edit are Designated Writing Courses.
Courses marked with hearing are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses marked with public meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
Course Categories

World Studies Program

Conflict and Identitypublic


The focus of this course is intercultural relations with an emphasis on the links between identity and intercultural conflict. It explores the significance of cultural diversity and difference, values, and identity as communities manage or fail to resolve the issues of tolerance and coexistence. The exploration includes both interpersonal and intergroup relations within the US and internationally. Students connect personal histories to theoretical material.  This is a course that has been taught at S.I.T. and is currently a requirement for World Studies students but all are welcome.

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-112

Experiential Learning Collaboration with the Oglala Lakota People of Pine Ridge Reservation

John Willis

This course is designed to offer students across Marlboro College’s liberal arts curriculum the opportunity to create a community engagement collaboration with Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. There will be a spring break experiential learning trip the reservation where we will learn from and collaborate with a number of Lakota educational organizations and non-profits. Prior to spring break the class will focus on learning about the cultural, historical and economic complexities the tribe faces as they work to keep true to their traditional values while bettering life for the people. We will do so through reading texts, watching films and skyping in with Lakota people. During this time we will be working with potential partners in SD to discern what collaborative projects we can focus on during spring break. After spring break the group’s attention will be on evaluative reflection of the experience and how to improve upon such a working process, as well as, how we might continue to assist each other from afar. The goal is to evaluate the community engagement process and serve everyone involved.  Students will keep ongoing journals throughout the course and create their own final qualifying research project.  Interested students will attend an information session and then apply to participate. The class travel will greatly be subsidized by Marlboro College's  Global Learning Initiative Grants. There will be a relatively small cost to students for the travel. If students do not have the funds they should apply anyway, as the class will work together to raise funds needed or the group project. We do not want any accepted student to be left behind for financial reasons. 

Additional Fee:$0

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-101
  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-101
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Wrong Kind of IndianMehta1942545479$14.98
Neither Wolf Nor DogNerburn1577312333$11.52
Power of FourMarshall III9781402748813$34.91

Finding an Internship


While in this class, students will be asked to reflect on their personal and professional skills, values, interest and goals in order to prepare themselves to identify and pursue an internship or job that will be meaningful to them. Students will explore and identify themselves as an individual, as a member of a shared culture, and within the context of a foreign culture, as it relates to skills needed to succeed professionally and personally while crossing cultures. Expected outcomes of the course are a professional resume and cover letter, improved networking and interview skills and proposal writing preparation, as well as strategies for dealing with culture shock and professional differences in a multicultural workplace. This course is applicable to non-WSP students as well.The course consists of 8 classes, which each meet for 1.5 hours.

  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Johnny BunkoPink9781594482915$16.00

Origins of the Contemporary Worldpublic


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.  Student work will include presentations identifying the influence or resonance of the major events of the course.  The theoretical approaches will allow us to consider major themes of the recent past including: colonialism, genocide, human rights, socialism, globalization, and environmental change.

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Something New Under the Sun: An Enviornmental History of the Twentieth Centure WorldMcNeill9780393321838$13.50

Presidential Seminar on Engaging the Worldpublic


This joint Marlboro College and Windham World Affairs Council "Engaging the World Series" will include five Wednesday afternoon/evening seminars (February 6th, 13th, 20th, March 27th and April 3rd).  There will be an afternoon classroom discussion with the lecturers led by President Kevin on campus in advance of five evening lectures. The public lectures will be held in Brattleboro from 7-8pm and transportation will be provided for class participants. This course is for one credit and will require a five-page paper on a topic related to one of the lectures.  The five guest speakers bring a wealth of experiences and diverse perspectives on how to engage in the world. They include:  Samuel Farr, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer/Former Member of Congress; Michael Gilligan, President of the Henry Luce Foundation; Joel Rosenthal, President, Carnegie Council of Ethics and International Affairs; Sharon Stash, International Public Health Advisor and Professor, Georgetown University; and Kirk Talbott, Expert Adviser on Transparency/Corruption, The World Bank. 

  • Wednesday 4:30pm-5:30pm in Rice-Aron Library/102

World Studies Senior Seminarpublic

Jaime Tanner

The World Studies Senior Seminar is required for World Studies Program students but is open to all students who are returning from significant fieldwork and need to consider how best to convert these experiences into Plan. Time: TBD Room: Library 202.

For World Studies Program offerings, also see:

Elementary French II
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
International Political Economy
Presidential Seminar on Engaging the World
Writing Seminar: Race, Language, and Justice