01: Artwork/Teamwork. Opie.

4 semester hours; Arts & Humanities; CAS Art majors and minors. Prerequisite: one 200 or 300 level ARTS class.

‘Artwork/Teamwork’ is a one-time only advanced class in which we will work as a team to execute one-another’s large-scale installation, photographic, video, and/or performance works. Both on and off campus sites can be utilized. Each enrolled student will have one week as the ‘artist in residence’ during which they will have the rest of the class as the crew to execute their idea and create high quality documentation. This class is a unique opportunity to gain large-scale production experience and to focus on developing team leadership and team collaboration skills.

02: Figure Painting. Moore.

4 semester hours; Arts & Humanities; CAS Art majors and minors. Prerequisites: ARTS 116 and ARTS 135.

Figure Painting is a one time only advanced art course. This course focuses on rendering the human body through paint. Students will study anatomy, light, color theory, and learn to work from a live model both nude and clothed. In addition to building technical skills, this class will explore the conceptual territory of portraiture and the body in historical and contemporary contexts.


01: Climate, Race Economy. Boring and Maltz

4 semester hours; Arts & Humanities; History, PPLE, Environmental Science, Economics, and PHEAL majors and minors. Instructor Consent required -- Please mail a brief statement of interest, including year, major(s), and school affiliation to Professors Maltz and Petersen-Boring. 

Climate change, economic inequity, and racial injustice are indicators of a systems wide failure in our economic, political, and cultural arenas. Solutions will require bold thinking to create new pathways and alternative models. What does it really mean to “change the system?” How can we imagine new possibilities? And what will our role be in creating them? The purpose of the class is to engage students in understanding systems change and how they can contribute to creating a more equitable, sustainable future. Topics will include: rethinking capitalism and neoliberalism; paradigm shifts and systems change in the past and present; emerging models for economic, political, and social organization; the intersection of climate crisis and systemic and racial injustices; and the role creativity, critical thinking, and our unique passions and imagination can play in envisioning where we can create change. The course is deliberately multi-disciplinary and multi-level and will center project-based learning-- students from all majors and schools at WU are encouraged to enroll. Team-taught by Elliot Maltz (AGSM, emaltz@), and Wendy Petersen-Boring (CAS, wpeterse@).


01: Brazil, From Samba to Street Art. Nouwen.

4 semester hours; Arts & Humanities; Global Cultural Studies and Latin American Studies majors and minors.

From the end of slavery and monarchy in the 1880s to the current debates over corruption, racial and gender equity, and how to face a post-pandemic world, Brazil has always charted its own course. By tracing some of the key moments in Brazilian history, this class aims to examine how cultural forms including music, visual arts and movement of various kinds (dance, sport, martial arts) have played central roles in creating new national narratives and making room for those often left at the margins.



01: Climate Justice Workshop. Lorenzen.

4 semester hours; Social Sciences; Sociology major and minor. Prerequisite: Complete one 100 level Sociology course.

This course involves exploration of climate justice policies and action at the state and local level. We will focus on debates over how to best take action to address climate change and what a Just Transition away from fossil fuels would entail. Students will engage in solidarity work with a local environmental justice organization, participate in local events, talk to people advocating for climate justice, and lobby to support bills about equity and climate in land use, farmworker overtime, and the just enforcement act to fight wage theft. This course is about taking action against the crisis of racial injustice as it intersects with the climate crisis.



Off campus: see website for Office of International Education.

On campus: 
These intensive courses are offered remotely only, attached to the 21/spring semester as postsessions. Email to register, and consult with the offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounts for billing information. 

LW 226 01R, Environmental Justice
.25 WU credits/1 Semester Hour. May not take concurrently with LW 227.
May 3-7, 9:00am - 12:00pm, MTWThF.

Our society places systematic and disproportionate environmental burdens on marginalized communities and vulnerable individuals (including children, poor people, immigrants, and Native American, Latinx and African American communities). These injustices have given rise to the environmental justice movement. Although environmental justice was once a niche topic in environmental law, it has become the driving force in environmental and natural resources policy. This course will examine several aspects of environmental justice from both historical and current events perspectives, including issues such as the failure to protect children and Native Americans in setting standards, siting polluting facilities in poor and African American communities, the climate justice issues of market-based air pollution regulation, and the failure to take appropriate enforcement action to protect these communities. There is no final, but students will develop and present a project on a particular environmental justice issue on their final day in class.

LW 227 01R, Law of College Sports: NCAA Governance and Compliance
.25 WU credits/1 Semester Hour. May not take concurrently with LW 226.
May 3-7, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, MTWThF.

This course provides a brief overview of sports law issues along with an in-depth look at NCAA rules, governance, legislative process, major infractions, and waiver requests. It will also review the string of antitrust cases against the NCAA, especially on the issue of student-athlete use of name, image and likeness. This course will also train students on statutory interpretation by applying practical scenarios to NCAA rules and policy. Prof. Jake Garlock is the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Services & Compliance at Utah State University. He has been the senior athletics compliance administrator for all sports at USU since 2006. In his role, he is on the Athletics Executive Staff team, oversees the Athletics Academic Services unit and the men's & women's Tennis programs, and serves on the Student-Athlete Wellness and Athletics Title IX Committees. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Mountain West Conference Legislative Working Group. Jake grew up in Salem and still considers Oregon home. He completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Management at Brigham Young University prior to attending Willamette College of Law (2005).

LW 228 01R, The Reconstruction Amendments
.25 WU credits/1 Semester Hour. May not take concurrently with LW 229.
May 10-14, 9:30am - 12:30pm, MTWThF. 

This seminar will explore the history, meaning, and interpretation of selected aspects of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which are known as the Reconstruction Amendments. The seminar will explore the historical periods of Pre-Reconstruction (1789 - 1865) and Reconstruction and the Gilded Age (1865 - 1896), the rise and refining of Congressional Power to "Enforce" the Reconstruction Amendments, the Discriminatory Purpose Requirement, the Privileges or Immunities Clause, and the Abortion Cases. A short research paper will be required that will be due one week following the end of the course.

LW 229 01R Wine Law
.25 WU credits/1 Semester Hour. May not take concurrently with LW 228.
May 10-14, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, MTWThF.

Oregon has over 900 wineries and even more vineyards. In addition to being evocative and artistic, wine adds to Oregon's economy, producing direct and indirect economic benefits in the billions. Wine is, however, more than a business and a charming avocation - alcohol is a highly-regulated commodity under international treaty, the  United States Constitution, federal law, state statutes and assorted regulations. This class will present an overview of the laws that the alcohol industry faces on a daily basis. We will discuss the history of the role of alcohol in the early days of the United States until Prohibition; and then how the Repeal Amendment shifted the moral and economic perspective of winemakers. Although winemakers must face a variety of ancillary laws, such as land use, administrative law, and agricultural law, the fifth day of this intersession will focus on employment law.

LW 252 02R, Constitutional Law II
.25 WU credits/1 Semester Hour. PPLE major & minor.
No prior Con. Law coursework required.  
May 17 - July 9, 11:30am - 1:30pm, TWTh. 

Study of the following issues arising under the  United States Constitution: freedom of expression and association; religion clauses (free exercise of religion; bar on establishment of religion); equal protection clause (suspect and semi-suspect classifications; fundamental rights); state action doctrine; and congressional enforcement of civil rights.


ANTH 299 01: Tourism, Indigeneity, and Sustainability. Takahashi.
4 credits; Social Sciences distribution; Anthropology, Global Cultural Studies majors & minors.

Do you like to travel? Why do people become tourists? Is tourism positive or negative? This course explores the tourist experience and tourism industry from the perspective of both tourists themselves and those whose worlds are being displayed. Through an examination of the issues of authenticity and cultural identity, politics of cultural and natural heritage management, negotiation and commodification of ethnicity and indigeneity, and sustainable tourism development, we will fully analyze and interpret current tourism practices and cross-cultural encounters, and their impacts on peoples, cultures, and environments. The class also analyzes post-pandemic prospects of global tourism.


ARTS 399 01: Topics in Art Studio: Printmaking Carnival
4 credits; Arts & Humanities; Studio Art major and minor.

‘Print Carnival’ is a one-time only Printmaking course expanding the boundaries of Printmedia!  We will transform spaces through Printstallation (Printmaking + Installation Art)!  We will infuse prints throughout campus and integrate them into Willamette’s visual culture!  We will stage a large-scale collaboration and exhibition with Advanced Photography!  Come join the fun!


CCM 360: Communicating Self and Society
4 credits;

This course introduces students to autoethnography--a qualitative research method that incorporates lived experience, personal narrative, and cultural analysis. Communicating Self and Society features a diverse range of personal narratives, which engage the intersectional nature of identity while interrogating social injustice and reimagining transformative ways of being together. In Communicating Self and Society, students learn to examine the cultural meanings of their own lived experiences through the latest research regarding autoethnographic approaches. Further, students learn to communicate their enriched understandings through narrative analysis, peer review, and practice with various forms of self-expression.


CS 451: Topics in Computing
4 credits; 
01: Cybersecurity. Deutschbein

Cybersecurity can be understood as a mindset or approach rather than a subfield of computer science, such as secure mobile computing, network and operating system security, secure data bases, and secure cryptography algorithms. This course prepares a general computer science audience familiar with writing and understanding code to incorporate security concepts and ethics into the systems they develop or manage. Students should complete CS 141/151 and CS 241 before enrolling in this class.


ENGL 101W Reading Literature and Culture
4 credits;
01: Climate Change. Michel.

Climate Justice frames the problems of the current environmental emergency as including matters of ethics and social justice, and foregrounds the need to center the voices, needs, and insights of those who have done least to cause the crisis and yet suffer some of the first and worst effects, among them Indigenous peoples, migrants, people of color, women, and poor people. We will read, discuss, and write about works that address the emotional, social, cultural, and political dimensions of climate change, including poetry, essays, and fiction. We will attend centrally to questions of literary form, strategies of reading, and the nuances and complexities of language in these representations. This course is Writing-Centered, and informal writing will be a primary mode of learning. In addition, the course requires three formal essays (and drafts thereof) along with several short written assignments. Brief in-class and at-home writing assignments and peer editing will contribute directly or indirectly to the development of the essays.


02: Music and Literature. Chasar.

This course will use a mixture of poetry, song lyrics, short stories, and essays to study questions like: How does literature make music? How does literature treat music as theme or subject matter? How do pieces of literature get adapted into music? What does music offer literature, and what does literature offer music? Readings will include materials by or from Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Beyoncé, Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, Bob Dylan, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Joyce, Tupac Shakur, Kanye West, Virginia Woolf, and much more!


03: Literature of Place and Identity. Avery.

From the open prairies and rolling mountains of Wyoming to the bougainvillea framed beaches of Jamaica, spaces and places exhibit cultural values and tell stories about people who shape and inhabit them. In this class, we will examine not only how the rhetoric of a place reflects the values of its inhabitants and participants, but also how this rhetoric changes, adapts, and grows. We will closely attend to form and structure in our readings to examine how gender, sexuality, and race interact with the rhetoric of place. 


ENGL 450 Advanced Studies in Authorship: Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes
4 credits; English major

It is reported that, on his first trip to Africa, the twentieth-century African-American poet Langston Hughes threw all of his books overboard except his copy of Walt Whitman’s poetry collection Leaves of Grass. This class will focus on the writings of those two towering figures often linked in U.S. literary history for their groundbreaking styles, democratic idealism, public profiles, and political subject matter. Frequently credited with pioneering free verse and for being America’s first publicly “out” queer poet, Whitman wrote about and served as a nurse during the U.S. Civil War (1861-65) while trying to imagine a way through many of the nineteenth century’s political divisions and injustices including slavery, immigration, gender hierarchies, and extraction-based views of the environment. The most prominent poet of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and 1930s, Hughes was a civil rights activist whose poetry—ranging from traditional literary forms to experimental jazz—similarly sought to confront the legacies of slavery and gender and class hierarchies while also countering the rise of fascism. Hughes called Whitman “the greatest expression of the real meaning of democracy” and the “Lincoln of our Letters.” At the same time, he responded to his literary forebear with revision and critique. Befitting a 400-level class in English, students will do intensive reading and research on both authors and complete independent projects revolving around any aspects of their writing or related subjects.


ENVS 374: Special Topics: The Oak Salvage Oral History Project
4 credits; Environmenal Science major.

The February 2021 ice storm killed numerous Oregon white oaks, a critical biodiversity tree in urban areas and a fast-disappearing component of the native oak savanna managed by the native Kalapuyans. In partnership with the City of Salem and hundreds of local citizens, Profs. Karen Arabas, Dave Craig and Joe Bowersox have spearheaded the Oak Salvage Project and to date we have collected cross-sections from over 100 downed oaks. The growth rings will enable us to learn about the climate conditions of the past 300 years and to investigate how site conditions may have contributed to mortality. While getting the Oak Salvage project off the ground we have encountered an unexpected and very rich source of information: people’s stories about their oak trees and the varied natural, cultural, political, and economic landscapes in which they exist. Recognizing the importance of people’s voices and memories of their trees and the devastating impacts of the ice storm on them, we will gather and analyze their oral histories.  Students will create a virtual and interactive oral history exhibit linking these voices and memories to the tree ring findings (developed concurrently by students in Dendrochronology (ENVS 380) and Forest Mgmt and Policy (ENVS 382)). The course may be of interest to History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Civic Communications and Media majors and others. Instructor consent required.


GCS 105: Introduction to Global Cultural Studies
4 credits; Power, Diversity, and Equity; Cultural Values. Global Cultural Studies major & minor.

This course provides a broad introduction to the comparative study of peoples, cultures, and languages from major regions of the world. Topical themes may include health, the environment, language, religion, ritual, class, inequality, power, race and racism, gender and sexuality, internal and transnational migration, ethnicity and (trans)nationalism, and kinship, family and marriage. Students will explore varied ways of learning about cultural similarities and differences, as well as local, regional, national, and international interconnections and power dynamics among groups. They will examine how divergent sources of popular and academic literature, news, film, and ethnographic works represent cultures and provide—or do not provide—political-economic context. Through mini field assignments, students will be introduced to basic theoretical foundations and methods of field research used to collect and analyze cultural data, including observational practices, interviews, and surveys.


HIST 131W: Historical Inquiry
4 credits; Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences; Writing Centered; Power, Diversity, and Equity.

01 and 02: After the Civil War: Reconstruction, Jim Crow & the Lost Cause. Eisenburg.

Centering the experiences of African Americans, this course traces the tumultuous transformation of the late 19th century American South, from a society built on slavery into a short-lived, interracial democracy, and then back into a white-supremacist, apartheid state. Beginning immediately after the Civil War, we will explore how African Americans seized their newfound freedom, participating in and shaping the “radical” reforms of the Reconstruction Era. We will then turn to the reassertion of white supremacy that toppled Reconstruction governments and, over the next several decades, constructed the Jim Crow system of segregation, with a focus on Black resistance to this crusade. Finally, we will study the battle over the historical memory of the Civil War and Reconstruction period, examining the long-term impact of “Lost Cause” mythology on the memorial landscape and mainstream understandings of the era, and Black efforts to counter these narratives.

HIST 221W: History Workshop: History of the Far Right in the United States from 1920 to 2020
4 credits; Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Writing Centered. History and PPLE majors & minors.


HIST 378: The Rise of Capitalism. Smaldone. 
4 credits; History, Economics, and International Studies majors and minors.

This course studies the history of capitalism from its origins in the Middle Ages to the present.  Drawing on a wide variety of materials, including recent historical texts, primary sources, film, and fiction, it examines the emergence of the capitalist order in Europe, its expansion into a global system, and its impact on the social hierarchy, intellectual life, politics, and the environment.

IDS 299: TA Professional Development
2 credits; Instructor Consent.

Teaching assistants in the Biology Department or other STEM disciplines will enroll in this professional development course during the semester they participate as TAs. Students will learn technical skills in field, laboratory, and computational techniques used in STEM courses as well as the management software used to support administration of classes. Through workshop activities, reflections, and STEM pedagogical readings, students will learn professional conduct, improve their communication and interpersonal skills, explore the ethics of working with peers including FERPA and academic dishonesty, and understand policies related to the lab, field and classroom. In order to build a working understanding of how social identities, implicit bias, and cultural structures set up group dynamics, we will be introducing specific bystander training and intervention practices. Finally, students will develop metacognitive skills and ways to effectively and equitably work with diverse students and how to support active learning and listening.

IDS 399: Pre-Health Career Perspecitves II. Duncan.
1 credit

The course is intended to supplement academic advising for students planning health care careers with support in career discernment and professional preparation. Topics may include identifying and applying for experiential opportunities, choosing professional programs, and practical preparation for post-graduate applications including personal statements and application essays, practice interviews, and post-Willamette planning. The course will include exposure to healthcare fields through visiting speakers, in-class exercises, informational interviews, and readings intended to help build understanding of issues in healthcare practice.


JAPN 199 01: Japanese Pop Culture and Media. Takahashi.
4 credits; Arts & Humanities distribution; World Engagement: Culture & Values; Anthropology, Global Cultural Studies, CCM majors and minors; Japanese Studies major; Asian Studies minor.

While large areas of Japanese pop culture remain inaccessible to those unable to speak or read the language, this course covers a wide swath of popular texts, products, and media that make up much of mainstream and alternative culture in Japan today. We will study visual, musical, and multi-media products of the Japanese culture industry with an eye towards making meaningful comparisons with the flow of the popular in different countries. The study of Japanese popular culture using the insights from art, anthropology, economics, literature, media and film studies, and sociology illustrates not only the role and impact popular culture has on Japanese and international societies, but also the changing character of media, capitalism, fan communities, and culture. Taught in English.


JAPN 299 01: Samurai Spirit. Takahashi.
4 credits; Arts & Humanities distribution; World Engagement: Culture & Values; Anthropology, Global Cultural Studies majors & minors; Japanese Studies major; Asian Studies minor.

This course explores the samurai tradition from the beginning to the end to survey changing roles and philosophy behind its existence. The survey of the samurai will be extended to modern periods to analyze why concepts of samurai still get popularity, how and why the stereotypical images of the samurai were created through media and school education, what kind of roles the samurai as a cultural icon played in reconstructing national identity after WWII, etc. The course separates the samurai tradition into four periods and employs ancient war tales, historical documents and paintings, maps, literary books, different genres of samurai films/anime, and videos to fully examine one of the most popular Japanese cultural icons. Taught in English. JAPN299 is repeatable for credit when the course content/topic differs


MATH 239: Statistical Learning with R


MATH 429: Applied Topology. Johnson. 
4 credits; 

This course is an Introduction to Applied Algebraic Topology, a new discipline sitting at the intersection of mathematics, computer science and statistics.  Broadly speaking, topology is the study of properties of a shape that are preserved under continuous deformations.  A main idea in applied topology is to use topological techniques to study the geometric properties of high-dimensional and complex data.  This course starts with a study of metric space topology and builds to develop a main tool in topological data analysis called persistent homology. Real-world applications will be included and data analysis will be implemented using Ripser or other TDA software.  

MUSC 187: Music Virtuosity Across Cultures


PPLE 330: 


PSYC 410: Professional & Career Planning in Psychology II


SOC 399: Education, Power, Resistance

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