New or Changed Courses - Fall


New Course

IDS 151 Reacting to the Past (TH) (1)

In “Reacting to the Past,” students participate in role-playing games that enable them to relive important intellectual debates in three separate historical moments. In “Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.,” students draw on Plato’s Republic as well as excerpt from Thucydides, Xenophon, and other contemporary sources to debate the prospects for Athenian democracy in the wake of the Peloponnesian War. In “Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France,” students enter the intellectual and political currents that surged through revolutionary Paris in 1791. And in “Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945,” students participate in the struggle to reconcile religious identity with nation building, perhaps the most intractable and important issue of the modern world.

Course Change

ARCH 237 Intro to Global Archaeology

This course provides an introduction to the multidisciplinary field of modern archaeology. Through this course, students will be introduced to the history, theories, methods, and broader social contexts of material culture studies in the investigation of the human past. The course serves two functions. First, it provides a survey of important archaeological discoveries from around the world, placing the finds in both archaeological as well as contemporary social contexts. Second, the course demonstrates the theoretical and methodological developments of the discipline over the past century by introducing the different kinds of information that archaeologists use to interpret the past.

EXSA (Exercise Science Activity) has changed to FITS (Fitness) (.25)

EXSCI 248 Exercise Science for Special Populations (1 was .5)

The analysis of functional and organic abnormalities, assessment methodology and federal regulations that apply to the exceptional individual and the role of physical activity.

EXSCI 340 Clinical Applications and Physical Function (1 was .5)

Introduction to the field of clinical assessment of injury and illness. This course will cover the following: prevention, recognition protocols, initial and progressive management, and principles of rehabilitation. The course includes a laboratory for skill acquisition in musculoskeletal function evaluation, use of prophylactic and protective devices and emergency management procedures.

EXSCI 358 Special Topics in Exercise Science (1 was .5)

An opportunity for semester-long study of specific advanced topics within the field of Exercise Science. Topics and themes will vary by instructor. This class may be repeated for credit with different topics.

EXSCI 496W Senior Seminar in Exercise Science (now WC) (1)

A seminar course and capstone experience required of all Exercise Science majors. Students may meet this requirement by completing one of the following four options: a) an original research study, b) a literature review, c) an internship with an associated service project, or d) a community outreach project. Topics are selected in consultation with Exercise Science faculty. Regardless of the option chosen, students must present their work orally in an open meeting format and provide a final paper detailing the work to the department.

MUSC 242W Music History I (WC) (1)

Music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical Periods. Studies in the evolution of music from renaissance polyphony and modal systems to the beginning of the tonal system in the early baroque, leading to the climax of the baroque in J.S. Bach. After the high baroque, tracing the maturity of the classical style in Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Lectures and presentations supplemented by score study, performance and critical listening.

MUSC 445 Topics in Music History (1)

Advanced study in music history, topics ranging from a specialized course in one composer (e.g. Stravinsky), period (e.g. late nineteenth-century), genre (e.g. symphony), syntax and style (e.g. serialism of the 1950’s) or combination of these elements (e.g. romantic opera from Weber to Wagner). Faculty and student interests and needs will determine specific content.

"One Time Only" Courses

CCM 361: Citizenship & the Public Sphere (1)

Many formulations of rhetoric and democracy assume the existence of "the public" and theorize an ideal "public sphere." In this course we examine the idea of the public sphere and we investigate how civic engagement is shaped by this powerful concept. We also consider the future of the public sphere in light of opportunities and challenges related to new communication technologies. Building on this knowledge, course participants work together to envision and create spaces for productive civic engagement.

CS 389 Computer Science Junior Seminar (.5)

Junior Seminar will include group studies of contemporary computer science problems and research. Topics include networking and communications, data science, high performance computing. Students will research and present basic theory, implement projects and report their project outcome. Additionally, students will also examine both job opportunities and graduate schools. Topics include CS job search, resume and application preparation, as well as technical interviewing preparations.

ECON 372 The Political Economy of Oil (1)

This course will examine oil’s influence on the global economy. Topics to be discussed will include: the institutional structure of the oil industry, the market for oil and energy derivatives, and how oil abundance has influenced the institutional structure of some of the largest oil exporters such as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela, Iran, Russia and Norway.

"One Time Only" Courses with MOI Designation

"One Time Only" Courses with Writing-Centered Designation

Special Topics Courses

ARTH 121W Art Historical Inquiry (WC) (1)

"What is Art about?"

>This course intends to provide an introductory set of concepts, paradigms, and methods of interpretation that will allow students to undertake an historical analysis of works of art. By examining the variable definitions of “art” over time –from ancient philosophical disquisitions, such as Plato’s and Aristotle’s, to Postmodern categories, such as “deconstruction” – the course aims to offer a stimulating frame of conceptual references, so students will be able to explore, and better understand, the multiple functions and roles played by art within different societies.

ARTH 225W Monographic Studies in Art History (WC) (1)

"Marcel Duchamp"

This course introduces students to the biography, artwork and artist writings of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), while simultaneously taking into account aspects of the various Modern art movements he associated with, from Cubism, to Dadaism, to Surrealism and beyond in a post-World War II context. Together we will explore a sampling of the robust scholarly discourse devoted to Duchamp's work, focusing our conversations upon the application of various theoretical approaches and methods of modeling monographic research. This discussion-based class will feature in-depth analysis of artworks and other media by Duchamp, primary and secondary texts, as well as interdisciplinary and multimedia considerations of what has been called the "Duchamp Effect" in culture at large. Through two short research papers, a formal presentation, and co-leading class discussions, students will practice essential Art History skills at intermediate level.

HIST 131 Historical Inquiry (TH) (1)

B - "The Crusades"

This course will examine the phenomena of the medieval Crusades from 500-1500 CE through close engagement with primary texts and the comparison of a variety of historical interpretations. Our focus will be on the historical causes and consequences of the Crusades; the Crusades as seen through Christian, Jewish, and Muslim eyes; Jerusalem as literal destination and as imaginative and theological construct; crusading logistics; knighthood and chivalry; the role of the crusades in the creation of medieval identity; and comparative histories of the crusades, medieval and modern.

HIST 131 Historical Inquiry (TH) (1)

"The Pacific War"

World War II in the Pacific was engaged most directly in 1937 and 1941, when China and then the United States declared war against Japan. However, for many people in East Asia, the conflict was engaged as early as 1931, when Japan occupied and colonized NE China (Manchuria). The war came to a dramatic close in 1945 with the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. This course engages the Pacific War from the Asian viewpoint, focusing in particular on the experiences of the people involved, soldiers and civilians alike. It will also consider how memories of the war, differently constructed on different sides, have shaped contemporary histories of Pacific Rim nations.

HIST 131 Historical Inquiry (TH) (1)

C - "Middle East and the West: a Cultural Encounter"

This course examines encounters between the East and the West during the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on the Ottoman Empire/Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan on one hand, and Britain, Russia and the United States, on the other. Topics include diplomacy, travel, spies and intelligence, war and imperial hegemony, nationalist responses, the Cold War geopolitics, political Islam and anti-Westernism. The course also studies cultural dialogues and confrontation between the modern Middle East and the West and their significance for our time; western images of the Orient and discourse of Orientalism; Middle East as a modern construct; and impact of colonialism and territorial conflicts. Readings include historical studies and primary sources, travelogues and memories, by both easterners and westerners. 

HIST 131 Historical Inquiry (TH) (1)

C - "Muslim Minorities in Postwar Europe"

Mass migrations that followed in the wake of the Second World War brought millions of people from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to the countries of central and western Europe.  One of the most significant effects of these postwar migrations was the development of Muslim communities in largely secular and culturally Christian Europe.  In this course, we will explore the history of these communities by analyzing the primary sources, creative narratives, and scholarly works that seek to tell their stories and make sense of their histories.

HIST 131 Historical Inquiry (TH) (1)

C - "Transnational Migrations in the 20th Century"

Wars, natural disasters, technological advances, economic restructuring—these are just a few of the developments that spurred millions of people from every corner of the twentieth-century world to seek a better, safer, or more prosperous life far from the place they were born.  In this course, we will examine the push factors that drove people to move from their homes, the pull factors that drew them to certain places, and the dynamics of their settlement and incorporation into the host societies.

HIST 221W History Workshop (WC) (1)

A - "Social History"

History Workshop introduces students to the methodologies employed in the discipline of history. Particular attention is given to historical research process, the use of evidence, and historical writing. The Social History section focuses on how historians have uncovered the experiences of women, working people, and people of color in the American West. Course readings allow students to engage with monographs that use a variety of approaches to studying western history "from the bottom up," with particular attention to their use of primary source materials. Students will closely engage a series of primary sources of their own choosing as they build individual projects.

HIST 271 Modern Middle East

This course is an introduction to the history of the Modern Middle East from the 18th century to the present. Topics will include Empires; first contacts with the West; imperialism and colonization; democratic ideas, revolutions and constitutionalism; the Middle East during the two World Wars; and contemporary economic, social and political situation of the region. Primary sources will include excerpts from the writings and speeches by politicians, text of treatises, manifests and media reports. The objective is twofold: to become familiar with the main narrative of the history of the Middle East in the modern period and to question some of the basic assumptions of that narrative — by the East or the West.

HIST 342 Studies in American History (1)

"American Conservatism"

The rise of conservatism has been one of the most significant political phenomena of the post-WWII era, and a phenomena that will continue to play itself out this November as the nation elects a new president. This course will examine the many different (and often conflicting) varieties of conservatism that have emerged in modern America, tracing their roots to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. What has it meant to call oneself a "conservative" at different times in American history? Some interpreters regard American conservatism as a philosophically rich thread of the American political tradition that emphasizes personal freedom and limited government, while others regard it as a movement focused primarily on preserving the historical privileges of the dominant class, race, and gender. We will interrogate these different interpretive claims by studying the conservative movement in several different contexts.

HIST 343 Studies in European History (1)

"The Bolshevik Revolution"

This course examines the Bolshevik Revolution from 1917 to 1941. After analyzing the genesis of the Bolshevik Party and its struggle to survive in Tsarist Russia, it focuses on the party’s victory in October and its consolidation of power first under Lenin and then under Stalin. In addition to an examination of the evolution of Soviet society in the twenties and the onset of Stalin’s “Revolution from Above” in 1928-29, attention will be paid to the effects of the Revolution internationally and its long-term influence on world affairs.

HIST 344W Studies in East Asian History (WC) (1)

"Rebellion and Resistance in East Asia"

This course will examine rebellion and resistance in comparative perspective, focusing on China, Japan, and Korea in the 18th-20th centuries. We will study a wide range of protest events, from large-scale movements to everyday acts of resistance. We will utilize a variety of theoretical perspectives on collective action as a means of explaining popular rebellion and resistance in East Asia. 

POLI 315 Topics in Politics (1)

GMOs, Gene-Editing, and Nano-bots: the Ethics and Public Policy of Scientific Controversies

Advances in scientific knowledge and technological innovations - such as GMOs, synthetic biology, gene editing, nuclear power, vaccines, nanotechnology, and cyborgs - raise unsettling issues for modern society due to their profound impacts on human health, wellbeing and the environment. Debate and decision making in these controversial domains seems to be getting ever more complex as scientific and technological change foster economic inequities (winners and losers), environmental crises (climate change) and bio-ethical conundrums (changing notions of human nature). By mapping several major public scientific controversies, this course will help students understand the ethical dimensions, stakeholder positions, and policy dynamics relevant to effective, democratically- informed decisions in these contested domains.

REL 333 Topics in Contemporary American Theology (1)

"American Heretics: How Religious Dissent has Shaped American Culture"

American Heretics explores how a reputedly secular nation has responded to dissenting religious voices and how religious dissent has in turn shaped American culture.  It will consider, using both a chronological and thematic approach, the impact of groups such as evangelicals, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, etc., on the larger culture.