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Fall 2016 Intro Courses by Faculty

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.

Courses that begin with a are Designated Writing Courses.
Courses that begin with a are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses that begin with a meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
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 General Biology I

NSC9 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

General Biology I serves as an introduction to the scientific study of life and basic biological principles. We begin the semester with an examination of the molecular, cellular, and metabolic nature of life and then explore the genetic basis for life. This course serves as the foundation course for further work in the life sciences. General Biology I is a Writing Seminar and will give you the opportunity to develop your writing skills with a literature review of  scientific articles and a research paper based on hypothesis testing and data collection and analysis.


  • Some chemistry recommended


Biological Science 4th is out of print. The Campus Store has some used copies at the price listed.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biological Science 4thFreeman9780321598202$12.95

Film/Video Studies

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 Introduction to Medieval Studies

HUM1384 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Adam Franklin-Lyons

This course provides students a broad introduction to the European world from the late Roman empire to the end of the fifteenth century. There are three major goals of the course. First, students should become acquainted with the broad changes and narratives of medieval history as well as its significance to modern European history. Secondly, as an introduction to the historical discipline, this course offers students the opportunity to learn the methods of historical research: how to use primary sources, historiography, and to formulate historical narratives and arguments. Finally, this course is a Writing Seminar; we will write something every week. Some class time will be dedicated to discussing the art of writing a clear essay, peer reviewing other students' papers, and preparing material for the Clear Wrting portfolio. The weekly readings for the course will be primary sources drawn from the diverse different forms of sources on which medieval history is based: letters, sermons, contracts, philosophical works, devotional texts and chronicles. The writing assignments of the course will involve the reading of secondary sources, allowing students to compare the primary sources of the weekly readings with modern scholarly literature on the same topics and to assess how the documents have been interpreted.


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  'Somewhere East of Suez': Asia Through Colonial Literature

HUM2369 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Seth Harter

This Writing Seminar will examine many aspects of colonialism: power, misunderstanding, sex, religion, and violence. Throughout the semester, we will write about the fraught relationships between colonizer and colonized in South and Southeast Asia as depicted in the works of Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Marguerite Duras, E.M. Forster and Rudyard Kipling. In addition to reading novels, we will examine the phenomenon of colonialism through essays, poetry, and–with the help of Jay Craven-film. Classes will alternate between discussions of the readings and exercises devoted to research, organization, writing, and revision of essays.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Passage to IndiaForster9780156711425$14.95
Lord JimConrad9780141441610$8.00
Man Who Would Be KingKipling9780141442358$15.00
Quiet AmericanGreene9780143039020$17.00

 Writing Seminar: Composing a Self

HUM848 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

“What is remembered is what becomes reality” Patricia Hampl

On a daily basis, each of us engages in an act of creation—the composition of our lives. Many authors have explored the direction, detours and contours of their own lives in autobiographies and autobiographical novels—the two genres we will be exploring in this writing seminar. We will read 20th and 21st century texts, including works by such authors as: Nick Flynn, Leslie Marmon Silko, Tim O’Brien, Lan Cao, John Wideman, Georges Perec, Sally Mann and Sandra Cisneros. In our discussions, we will explore how authors and their literary characters compose their lives, construct an identity—and create a somewhat coherent self often against enormous personal, societal, and cultural obstacles. More specifically, we will attempt to understand how memory and imagination, history and fiction, fact and invention intersect in the act of creating a self and of engaging in a meaningful relationship with the past—a past that inevitably weaves itself into the present. We will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to two 5-page papers and one 8-10 page research paper. Peer response workshops, writing conferences and in-class work on style, revision and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the texts.


Imaginary Parents is out of print and will be provided to students via a modest lab fee.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Another Bullshit Night in Suck CityFlynn9780393329407$15.95
Boys of My YouthBeard9780316085250$15.00
Running in the FamilyOndaatje9780679746690$15.00
Things They CarriedO'Brien9780618706419$15.99

 Writing Seminar: Deserve's Got Nothing To Do With It: Filmed Moralities

HUM2362 - 4 Credits - Introductory

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

Faculty: John Sheehy

It has been said that culture functions, at least in part, as a kind of social conscience: it allows us to frame, and then to reframe, our moral responsibilites to our community, to each other, to ourselves. The stories we tell, and the stories we see and hear, help us to understand and reimagine who we are and how we are to act in the world. And, arguably, the dominant mode of culture in the last century, and thus the most visible form that social conscience has taken, has been film and television. In this class we will explore the way that film has framed the ethical and moral dilemmas that have shaped the century. We will consider a range of genres--war films, films noirs, westerns, gangster films, romantic comedies--that shape or challenge our attitudes about the social and existential questions that define us: questions about race, gender, poverty, crime, charity, kindness, violence and faith. Along the way we'll consider work by Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Sofie Coppola, Katrhyn Bigelow, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee and others. And, as this will be a Writing Seminar, we will write about it a lot. Expect to write every day, wtih major papers and revisions due every couple of weeks. Discussions of films will alternate with discussions on revision strategies, style and structure.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Pocket Style Manual 7thHacker9781457642326$37.65

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