Learning Perspectives course descriptions 2020
Perspective on the Arts (PA)
ARHI-161 Global Art in Perspective (PA, G) Works of art from around the world examined thematically and chronologically as visual evidence of cultural heritage.
ART-101 Drawing (PA) Fundamentals of drawing such as value, line, form, space and composition, exploring abstraction as well as traditional subject matters through observational studies. Theory and practice through a variety of drawing media including use of color. $40.00 lab fees
ART-102 Drawing Inquiry (PA) Fundamentals of drawing, including introductory life drawing, for art majors and minors. Form, space, color and composition explored in a variety of drawing media through contemporary and historical lenses. For students with drawing experience; highly recommended for art majors and minors in place of ART 101. $40.00 lab fee.
ART-123 Design: Two Dimensional (PA) Theories of basic design, with emphasis on both formalism and expression in art. Design fundamentals of color, texture, shape, line, value and principles of balance, repetition, variety, harmony and unity explored. A variety of media will be investigated. $40.00 lab fee
ENCW-201 Writing Poetry (PA) Practice in writing poetry with an introduction to poetic form, voice and techniques. Emphasis will be on generating, critiquing and revising student work, but students will also study the work of published poets.
ENCW-202 Writing Fiction (PA) Practice in writing with introduction to the basic techniques of fiction writing, emphasizing the conventions of the modern short story and the revision process.
ENCW-203 Writing Creative Nonfiction (PA) Practice in writing with an introduction to the various forms the genre assumes (memoir, profile, literary journalism, nature writing, spiritual autobiography) and emphasis on techniques writers use to translate personal and researched experience into artful nonfiction. The class stresses drafting, workshopping, and revising.
GRD-225 Intro to Graphic Design (PA) Overview of graphic design, its techniques and applications. Basic principles of page layout and composition, design skills, typography, and color application. Emphasis on critical thinking and process development. This studio-based course examines the field of design as fundamental communication tool in both digital and analog contexts. $40.00 lab fee
MUSC-101 Introduction to Music (PA) Exploration of the fundamental elements, various forms and styles of music. Includes listening to and thinking about music in various cultural and historical contexts and the live concert experience. Does not apply to major in Music.
MUSC-107 Music in Worldwide Perspective (PA, G) Music in Worldwide Perspective. Introduction to ethnomusicology and survey of indigenous music of the various regions of the world. Does not apply to major in music.
MUSC-111 Musicianship I (PA) An introduction to the study of music and related skills: score-reading, sight singing, text analysis, conducting, composition, research, and writing. Primary focus is given to the development of notated music in Europe and America from the middle ages to the present day, with additional study of popular and non-western music.
THEA-100 Intro to Theatre (PA) Introduction to Theatre. Theatre as a collaborative, vital and multi-faceted art form that reflects and impacts culture and society. Through study of theatre practice and various dramatic texts from Ancient Greece to contemporary times, this course will examine how the written word is translated into action and images on stage.
THEA-240 Acting I (PA) Introduction to the acting process through study of its basic principles and development of fundamental performance skills. Studio work includes improvisational exercises, scene study and various performance projects. Emphasis on the use of creative imagination in the context of performance.
Perspective on Human Values (PH)
COMM-260 Communication and Culture (PH, G) Examines how communication helps create culture and how culture constrains communication, reasoning, and morality; introduces similarities and differences in understanding self and other in cultural contexts.
ENGL-125M Literature and Medicine (PH) A literature course for students interested in those who suffer with injuries or illness, and those who care for such people: doctors, nurses, aides, even pastors and counselors. Readings will include classic and contemporary novels, stories, poems, and other genres concerning professional ethics and philosophical-religious commitments amid suffering, death, and recovery. For First Year and Sophomore students only.
MJMC-215 News Literacy (PH) Examines forces that shape news today and how the news media have changed. Prepares students to understand journalism and critically evaluate news sources as well as analyze their own roles as news consumers and communicators using current events as a backdrop. Assignments and discussion focus on topics such as: news values, detecting bias, source credibility, journalistic constraints, and media economics.
PHIL-101 Knowing and Being (PH) Introduction to central topics in philosophy, such as ethical theory, metaethics, knowledge and skepticism, theology, free will, personal identity, and the nature of meaning. Attention is paid to the careful formation and critical evaluation of arguments.
PHIL-105 Life and Death (PH) An introduction to ethics, approached through an examination of the ethics of living, letting die, and killing. The course will introduce students to major theories of morality, such as utilitarianism and Kantian ethics, and apply these theories to issues that may include euthanasia, abortion, capital punishment, and just war.
Perspective on the Individual and Society (PS)
COMM-220 Communication and Social Relationships (PS) Examines how family, peer and cultural socialization influences communication in close relationships. Consideration of race, class, gender and sexual orientation as they relate to communication in diverse relationships.
COMM-240 Advertising and Consumer Culture (PS) Traces the evolution of the persuasive strategies, effects and messages in commercial discourse, from its origins in colonial America to today, with special emphasis on portrayals of race, class, family and gender in contemporary America. Course assignments will incorporate instruction on media content analysis and textual analysis as research methods.
CSD-100 Human Communication and Its Disorders (PS) The focus of this course is to examine linguistic, behavioral, physiological, and multicultural aspects of human communication and its disorders. Methods for observing communication behaviors and identifying disordered communication will be examined. Etiologies characteristics for a range of communication disorders will be presented. Non-CSD majors only.
ENVR-101 Sustainability: Social Dimension (PS) In-depth interdisciplinary examination of complex sustainability problems (water, food systems, climate change, forests, etc.) including their systemic structure, dynamics, future development, and normative issues. In-depth examination of the major components of human well-being and their relationship to ecosystem services. Emphasis on formulating an interdisciplinary model to understand the adaptive capacity and vulnerability of complex social-ecological systems (SES) to disturbances and stresses and using such model to assess the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of local and regional sustainability problems. Introduction to key methods used to identify, analyze, and solve the social dimensions of such problems including stakeholder identification and assessment, social capital and power, and social network analysis. Students will complete a socially-oriented campus-based sustainability project. The culminating project and case study will require students to place the social component of such systems within the context of the entire SES by emphasizing the two-way interactions (dependence of human well being on ecosystem services and influence of human pursuits of well-being on such services) between the ecological and social components.
GEOG-120 Human Geography of Global Issues (PS, G) Human geography focuses on social, economic, political, cultural, and human-environment processes and patterns and how they change over space and time. This course examines the interconnections between places around the world and how global flows intersect in our local communities. Major topics include economic globalization, geopolitics, the spatial aspects of population growth and distribution including international migration, health, urbanization, cultural differentiation and the spread of ideas and innovation, and the environmental impacts of development. The course aims to engender a critical geographical perspective on the past, present and future development of the social world.
PHIL-103 Social Ethics (PS) The course begins with a survey of some influential ethical theories-utilitarianism and deontological theory, primarily-and then examines a variety of social justice issues through the lens of those theories. Some of the topics are of enduring concern, and others are related to significant current events: for example, censorship, discrimination, privacy, prostitution, global economic justice, and environmentalism.
PSYC-100 Introduction to Psychology (PS) A survey course of the major areas of interest within the field of Psychology (physiological, cognitive, clinical, and social), including fundamental principles and theories about human behavior as well as the scientific methods used by psychologists to draw these conclusions.
POLS-101 American Government (PS) A study of constitutional principles and their implementation to create a functioning national government. Development of basic institutions —presidency, Congress, courts, bureaucracy. Analysis of Political Behavior — political parties, campaigns, and interest groups. Examples from public policy are used to show the institutions and groups in action.
POLS-103 Global Perspectives (PS, G) Examination of major issues of world politics from various theoretical and country perspectives. Considers issues-war and peace, international law and organization, economic globalization, climate change, nuclear weapon proliferation and human rights — which pose questions of justice or represent threats to the peace or to global survival.
POLS-105 Comparative Politics (PS, G) Comparative politics is devoted to the study of countries not called the United States. It involves the comparative examination of important concepts in political science (culture, forms of government, regime types, conflict, human rights, poverty, identity, among others) and their application to both Western and non-Western nations.
PUBH-100 Introduction to Public Health (PS) This course introduces the interdisciplinary field and application of public health. Students will explore the social, political, and environmental determinants of health, and will be introduced to the institutions that shape health outcomes at the local, national, and global levels. This course will also help students understand how public health impacts the health of populations on a daily basis. Course activities will examine a diverse range of topics such as community health organizations, ethics in public health practice, maternal and child health, control of chronic and infectious disease, health through the lifespan, mental health, nutrition, and more.
SOAN-101 Introduction to Sociology (PS, D) A general introduction to society and culture, socially learned patterns of human behavior, formal and informal organization, collective behavior and social change. The course will also discuss how a social justice-orientation on structured inequalities is central to both sociology and anthropology.
SOAN-102 Introduction to Anthropology (PS, G) A general introduction to society and culture, diverse cultural systems and groups of people from around the globe, and a holistic examination of the many parts of culture. Students will learn the tools, methods and key concepts anthropologists use to study humanity.
WGSS-130 Introduction Gender Studies (PS) Concentrates on gender in US, or internationally, queer studies, etc. Special attention is paid to ways in which gender, race, class, age and sexual orientation converge to form systems of oppression.
Perspective on Literature (PL)
COMM-230 Communication, Politics, and Citizenship (PL) Addresses issues of communication effects and ethics as they impinge on citizens of a free society, with a focus on political discourse in the public sphere. Features rhetorical tactics, communication strategies and argument patterns in political campaigns, public policy, and the media.
ENGL-235 Science Fiction and Fantasy (PL) An introduction to the alternative worlds of myth, fantasy, utopia and dystopia. Students will develop the close-reading skills and vocabulary of the discipline as they explore deeper meaning, ambiguity, and complexity in classic and contemporary works of fantasy and science fiction.
Perspective on the Past (PP)
AFSP-201 Introduction to Africana Studies (PP, G) Examination of histories and experiences of African peoples and their descendants throughout the globe. Exploration of the commonality of experience across the African Diaspora, examining global slavery, emancipation and the different ways Africans and their descendants continue to creatively survive and thrive in, and shape their new environments. Discussion of the various methodologies used to study these communities.
ARHI-165 Survey World Art I: Prehistoric-Medieval (PP, G) A chronological survey of the art and architecture from around the world from Paleolithic cave paintings to medieval cathedrals and mosques. Students learn to analyze the formal elements of works of art and architecture, examine works within the original cultural and historical contexts, and compare art across cultures and from different time periods.
ENGL-260 History of British Literature (PP) English literature and social history from Beowulf and the Middle Ages to Virginia Woolf and the modern world. This course will introduce students to the study of literature, emphasizing the aims, methods, and tools of the discipline. Students will become familiar with critical vocabulary, with selected authors and with genre and historical context in a way that will carry over to more advanced classes.
ENGL-265 History of American Literature (PP) American literature and social history from 1620 to the present. This course will introduce students to the study of literature by emphasizing the aims, methods and tools of the discipline. Students will become familiar with critical vocabulary, with selected authors, and with genre and historical context in a way that will carry over to more advanced classes.
HIST-115 Europe 1300-1800: Renaissance to Revolution (PP, G) Europe 1300-1800: Renaissance to Revolution This course will address foundational moments in early modern Europe, including the Renaissance, the Reformation, voyages of global exploration, absolutism, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and revolutions against absolute monarchies. Special emphasis will be placed on developing students' ability to write their own historical interpretations through a critical use of eyewitness accounts. For part of the course students will engage in an extended role-playing game, using the pedagogy of Reacting to the Past, to explore complex issues of causality and the limited freedom of individuals to choose their own directions in the flow of history.
HIST-120 Social Histories of the "New" World (PP, G) Social Histories of the "New" World, 1492-1820 In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain for the Indies, initiating a major sea change in world history that would see peoples from the Americas, Europe, and Africa come together in unprecedented ways. This class uses the lens of social history to survey the rich tapestry of the new societies that emerged in modern-day Latin America from the eve of European exploration to the stirrings for independence. Studying four units — the pre-colonial Atlantic World, encounter and conquest, the establishment and maturation of colonial society, and the crises of the late colonial period — course participants will explore themes such as conquest myths, conversion, honor, bigamy, revolt, rape, and murder, while paying close attention to race, class, gender, religion, and their intersections.
HIST-130 Rethinking American History, to 1877 (PP) Almost everything most people know about American history is at worse, wrong, and at best, oversimplified. This course examines enduring problems, powerful stories, and common misconceptions about the American past. Students will learn a set of problem-solving skills that historians use to make sense of the past, so that they can reach their own conclusions and recognize sense from nonsense.
HIST-150 East Asian History to 1600 (PP, G) The history of East Asia to roughly 1600 through a combined chronological and thematic approach. Beginning with Confucian thought as a worldview and political ideology, the course will then examine histories of the environment, of women, and of trade and commercial culture in the region. Taking for granted that it is impossible to adequately survey thousands of years of history in a single semester, the course takes as a central concern why certain historical narratives are given priority while others are marginalized or excluded. Guided by input from course participants, any given section may explore additional topics such as Buddhism, military history and material culture.
PHIL-201 Classical Philosophy (PP) Study of the beginnings of philosophical thought in Classical Greece, with particular attention to the fragments of the pre-Socratics, the dialogues of Plato, and the treatises of Aristotle. Topics will include early physics and metaphysics, theories of knowledge, human nature, happiness and virtue ethics.
SCAN-250 Vikings to Volvos (PP, G) Scandinavian History. A swashbuckling introduction to the history, literature, and culture of Scandinavia and the Nordic region, from the Viking age (700s) until the modern era (iconically represented by the Volvo automobile). Includes discussion of Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, and well as Svalbard and Greenland. Course materials will address literature, the arts, cinema, indigenous cultures, and popular culture of the region. Taught in English.
Perspective on the Natural World (PN)
ASTR-135 Planets (PN) A non-calculus course intended for all majors on planets and planetary systems. Topics include the history of planetary astronomy, formation and evolution of the solar system, solar system physics, properties of solar system objects and the discovery of extrasolar planets. Results of recent space discoveries and the methods and tools used by astronomers will be emphasized. Evening observing sessions in the Carl Gamble observatory will be required. Suggested prerequisite: A math-index score of 840 or higher is recommended (pre-calc ready).
CHEM-131 General Chemistry I (PN) Atoms, Ions, and Molecules This course introduces the fundamentals of bonding to form ions and molecules from atoms, as well as how atoms and molecules interact with each other resulting in the properties of matter. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding theories, symmetry as it pertains to chemical equivalence, coordination compounds, gases, intermolecular forces, and colligative properties. Lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly.
CHEM-235 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry (PN) This course is an alternative to the one year of general chemistry (CHEM 121 and 122) curriculum. Students with a strong preparation in high school chemistry, such as credit for AP Chemistry (or equivalent) or two years of high school chemistry are encouraged to take this course. Topics covered include: atomic structure, periodic properties, descriptive inorganic chemistry, ionic solids, bonding theories, symmetry, electrochemistry, and coordination chemistry. Lecture and 3 hours of laboratory weekly. Credit may not be earned for CHEM 235 and 131. In order to have a full year of chemistry as required by many professional schools students may have to take another CHEM course (see the chair of the chemistry department) in addition to this course.
ENVR-100 Ecologic Dimension (PN) In-depth interdisciplinary examination of complex sustainability problems (water, food systems, climate change, forests, etc.) including their systemic structure, dynamics, future development, and normative issues. In-depth examination of human dependence upon and alteration of supporting (biodiversity, disturbance regimes, soil resources, hydrological cycle, and nutrient cycles), regulating, provisioning, and cultural ecosystem services. Emphasis on formulating an interdisciplinary model to understand the resilience and vulnerability of complex social-ecological systems (SES) to disturbances and stresses and using such model to assess the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of local and regional sustainability problems. Introduction to key methods used to identify, analyze, and solve the ecological dimensions of such problems. Students will complete an ecologically-oriented campus-based sustainability project. The culminating project and case study will require students to place the ecological component of such systems within the context of the entire SES by emphasizing the two-way interactions (dependence of human well being on ecosystem services and influence of human pursuits of well-being on such services) between the ecological and social components. Includes one two-hour lab per week that focuses on a campus or local sustainability problem.
GEOG-106 Landforms and Landscapes Dynamics (PN) An introduction to the forces that shape Earth's landforms, landscapes, and water resources and the benefits and hazards that our dynamic planet poses to human society. This course uses theoretical principles and field experiences to analyze and understand the character, behavior and evolution of landforms and considers the responses of these systems to human disturbance. Topics include a study of tectonic forces, erosion and deposition by water wind and ice, and humans as agents of change. Includes one two-hour lab per week and a weekend-long field experience. Course includes a field trip fee.
GEOL-101 Physical Geology (PN) Introduction to Earth materials (minerals and rocks), structures, composition and dynamic processes (e.g., volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, weathering, erosion, mountain-building) of the Earth. Includes a weekly 2-hour lab. Lab study involves specimens in the Fryxell Geology Museum collections and field trips. Gateway course to the geology major.
PHYS-151 Principles of Physics I (PN) This course is an algebra-based introduction to fundamental concepts in physics for non- majors. Topics include mechanics, fluids, waves, and thermodynamics. Problem solving techniques, conceptual thinking, and basic quantitative experimental skills will be developed. Lectures and two-hour lab weekly.