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Division of Humanities & the Arts

Pathways: Core Requirements Course Descriptions

Fall 2014

English Composition II (EC)

ENGL 21001: Writing for the Humanities and the Arts
Course Description: This course is concerned with the humanities: students will learn to express and formulate ideas in writing about literature, art, music, drama, film, and non-fiction.  Reading, writing, speaking, and thinking are interconnected processes.  We will work throughout the semester on the practice and improvement of these skills.  Students will analyze the create expression of artists by applying various critical strategies such as cultural, formalist, feminist, and Marxist to investigate themes.

ART 21000: Writing About Art (Recommended for Art Majors)

Course Description: Practice in the styles and forms of expository writing required in the arts. Readings that acquaint students with standards of good writing about the arts.

MUS 21000: Writing about Music (Recommended for Music Majors)
Course Description: Intended to help music majors and others interested in exploring the different strategies and styles pertaining to reading, thinking, and writing about music.

ENGL 25000: Introduction to Literary Study (Recommended for English Majors)
Course Description: A practical introduction to significant works of English, American, and Anglophone literature from the late Middle Ages to the present, with special attention to literary terms, concerns, and forms, and an emphasis on close reading and on the relation of text and context.

Math and Quantitative Reasoning (MQR)

MATH 15000: Mathematics for the Contemporary World
Course Description: Bombarded by statistics, assailed by advertisers and advocates of all persuasions, the average person needs mathematics to make sense of the world. This course aims to give students the tools needed to critically examine the quantitative issues of our times. Students will learn the basics of logical reasoning, the use of graphs and algebra to create quantitative models, and the role of statistics and probability in analyzing data. We will apply these ideas to assess the quantitative claims raised in contemporary case studies commonly discussed in the media.


Life and Physical Sciences (LPS)

BIO 10004: Biology: Human Biology
Course Description: The basic properties of living systems with emphasis on human beings as functioning biological entities.

CHEM 11000: Exploring Chemistry: Energy and Environment
Course Description: This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of chemistry: measurement, atoms and atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, and energetics; and the application of these to issues of topical interest, such as ozone layer depletion, climate change, ocean acidification, and alternative energies.

EAS 10400: Perspectives on Global Warming
Course Description: This Life and Physical Sciences common core course in lecture lab format will establish a basic understanding of how the physical processes in the atmosphere and environment interact to yield the basic patterns and phenomenon observed via weather systems and long-term climate change. To establish a basic understanding of how the physical processes in the atmosphere and environment interact to yield the basic patterns and phenomenon observed via weather systems and long-term climate change.

Creative Expression (CE)

ART 10000: Introduction to Visual Arts of the World
Course Description: Concepts underlying content, formal structure and historical development of the visual arts; art as a global phenomenon from prehistory to the present; relationship of art to the natural world, the built environment, political and other human institutions, and the realm of spirituality.

MUS 10100: Introduction to Music
Course Description: Concepts underlying the understanding and enjoyment of music. Examples from around the world highlight matters of form and content. Attendance at concerts, both on and off campus, as well as guided classroom listening aid in the development of listening and communication skills.

MUS 10200: Introduction to World Music
Course Description: An exploration of music from around the world and its relation to historical, social, and cultural forces. Investigates music related to religion, ritual, politics, work, and social function in terms of musical form, style, and literary content.

MUS 14500: Introduction to Jazz
Course Description: An introduction to the important figures and diverse styles of jazz. Emphasis will be on listening to jazz and its unique characteristics including identifying various instruments and their roles in jazz ensembles. Attendance at concerts both on and off campus as well as guided classroom listening will aid in the development of listening and communication skills. The influence of folk and popular music from all related cultures will be discussed as well as social issues that affected the music’s growth and popularity.

THTR 13100: Introduction to Theatre
Course Description: The related creative arts of playwright, director, actor and designer; their collective contributions to the form of the play that ultimately evolves on stage. Discussion of the institutions in contemporary American theatre.

World Cultures and Global Issues (WCGI) – Literature

JWST 11700: The Bible as Literature
Course Description: Introduces students to selected texts from the Hebrew Bible. Students read English translations of these texts and address questions of translation, historical truth, myth, belief, and notions of contemporary relevance. Students compare these primary texts to secondary texts--works of fiction or criticism that use the Bible as a starting point. Intended to give students an awareness of how a literary understanding of the Bible can enhance their appreciation for contemporary modes of storytelling.

THTR 21100: Theatre History 1
Course Description: The development of theatre and drama from tribal origins to 1640 (including Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Medieval/Renaissance periods)

THTR 21200: Theatre History 2
Course Description:The development of theatre and drama from 1640 to 1900 (including Jacobean, Restoration, Romanticism, Early Melodrama, and Naturalism)

THTR 21300: Theatre History 3
Course Description: The study of plays an production styles prevalent throughout Twentieth Century Europe and America. This course will consider a selection of important plays and important movements such as: Symbolism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Expressionism, Theatre of the Absurd, Theatre of Images, the rise of the Broadway musical, the Off-Off Broadway movement, the rise of Afro-American and Latino schools schools of writing and production, New German Realism, Post-Modernism, etc.

WHUM 10100: World Humanities 1
Course Description: An introduction to world literature and its relationship to the traditions and societies from which it springs. Study of major works from antiquity to the seventeenth century.

WHUM 10200: World Humanities 2
Course Description: An introduction to world literature and its relationship to the traditions and societies from which it springs. Study of major works from the eighteenth century to the contemporary period.

WHUM 10312: World Humanities: Modern World Literature
Course Description: World Humanities 10312 is an introduction to literature. In the course of the term, you will develop a range of skills in literary study through careful reading, class discussion, and written analysis of a range of works by contemporary Anglophone writers.

World Cultures and Global Issues (WCGI) - History & Culture

ANTH 10100: General Anthropology
Course Description: Humankind from its prehistoric beginnings in Africa and its evolution to the present; human nature; cultural bias and fallacies of cultural and racial superiority; society, social groups (ethnic, racial, class, etc.) and social stratification; cultural change and diffusion; the cultural vs. the individual and biological; the interaction among biology, environment, and culture; conflict, culture change, and modernization; and ritual, symbol, beliefs, values, customs and language.

ASIA 10100: Asia and its Peoples
Course Description: The major factors that have shaped the Asian countries and peoples; geography, civilization, migration, and settlements of ethnic groups; philosophies, religions, historical events, leaders, and modern political and socioeconomic institutions.

ASIA 20200: Contemporary Asia
Course Description: The cultural tradition of Asia in general and of China and Japan in particular. The peoples and their psychological, educational, social, artistic, political, and economic behavior.

ASIA 20500: Contemporary China
Course Description: Historical events, political, cultural and socio-economic conditions, and foreign relations of the People's Republic of China since 1949. Analysis of the Cultural Revolution; economic growth of the People's Republic; relations with the U.S. and the former Soviet Union; Communist leadership to the present.

BLST 10200: African Heritage: Caribbean-Brazilian Experience

Course Description: Analysis of historical conditions which shaped the lives of African peoples in the Caribbean and Brazil emphasizing cultural continuities, human organization and similarities in global Black experience among Africans on the continent and in the Western hemisphere, vis-a-vis European politico-economic control and cultural impact.

WCIV 10100: World Civilizations I: Prehistory to 1500 AD
Course Description: An examination of the civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas through a comparative study of selected places and themes. The dynamics of hunter/gatherer, pastoral and agrarian societies, urbanization, trade, imperialism, slavery, feudalism, the centralization of the state, religion and secular thought are among the topics discussed.

WCIV 10200: World Civilizations II: 1500 AD to Present
Course Description: A study of the major forces that have shaped the modern world of Asia, Africa Europe, and the Americas. Selected themes include the interaction of the Western and non-Western world, the scientific revolution, capitalism, imperialism, industrialization, economic growth and stagnation, revolutions, counter-revolutions, modern political ideologies, the global crisis of the 20th century, and emerging global interdependence.

HIST 20600: Modern Europe
Course Description: An overview of social, economic, political, and intellectual developments in Europe from the Enlightenment to the present, and an introduction to the study of history. Topics include the problem of revolution, industrialization and the transformation of rural societies, the emergence of liberalism and the challenges it has faced in the twentieth century.

Individual and Society (IS)

ANTH 20100: Cross Cultural Perspectives
Course Description: Human universals and differences in family life, economics, politics, and religion in societies around the world. Insights about American life and about how the world’s peoples are interdependent. Emphasis on major controversies and issues about gender relations, economic development, inequality, violence and aggression, religion, healing, and cultural identity.

ECO 10250: Principles of Microeconomics
Course Description: This introductory course develops the basic tools and methods of microeconomics analysis. The choices of individual decision makers are analyzed in studying how markets operate. The fundamentals of supply and demand, consumer and firm behavior, and market interactions are examined. Applications to current macroeconomic issues are discussed in the course, for example, the role of government in markets.

PSY 10200: Psychology in the Modern World
Course Description: An introduction to the study of human development and learning, personality and motivation, sex differences, attitudes, aggressions, interpersonal attraction, behavior in groups and work settings, abnormal behavior and its treatment. Emphasis on the ways in which psychological theory and research can be applied to individual and social problems.

SOC 10500: Individual, Group and Society: An Introduction to Sociology
Course Description: The language of sociology, the sociological perspective, and basic areas of sociological inquiry. Topics include: culture, socialization, self and society, social stratification and social class. The family, religion, polity, community organization, collective behavior, mass culture, social order and social change.

WS 10000: Women's/Gender Roles in Contemporary Society
Course Description: An introduction to issues that arise when women's lives and gender roles become the focus of critical inquiry. How do different societies and academic disciplines define women? How do women's experiences vary in relation to factors such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, age and nationality? How have women resisted, adapted to, and transformed women's space in the United States and elsewhere?

Scientific World (SW)

ASTR 30500: Method in Astronomy
Course Description: Designed to fulfill the 30000-level core science requirement, the course covers the fundamental physical laws that underlie the motions of heavenly bodies, including Newtonian mechanics and Einstein's theory of relativity, planetary, stellar and galactic evolution; the methods, techniques and instruments used by modern astronomy, including the Hubble Space Telescope and planetary space probes.

EAS 10000: The Dynamic Earth
Course Description: Basic concepts of geology. The materials, structures, and surface features of the earth, and the processes which have produced them.

EAS 10100: The Atmosphere
Course Description: An introduction to the processes and phenomena of our atmosphere. Topics include clouds, sky color, greenhouse effect, storms, climates and Ice Ages.

US Experience in its Diversity (US)

PSC 10100: American Government and Politics
Course Description: An analysis of processes, values and problems of American government and democracy. Special emphasis is given to national political institutions and issues.

USSO 10100: US Society
Course Description: Analysis of how a powerful nation-state evolved from a tiny offshoot of European colonial expansion. Elucidates major forces that have shaped the modern world: religion, land policies, technology, industrial capitalism, democracy, nationalism, socialism, racism, sexism, and imperialism.

CLAS College Option: Philosophy Courses

CLAS College Option varies by degree (BA, BS, BFA, etc.)-Students may also be responsible for classes in foreign language or speech communications. Please meet with your advisor if you are unsure about the specific College Option for your degree.

PHIL 10200: Intro to Philosophy

Course Description: An introduction to some of the central questions of philosophy, concerning our knowledge of the external world, causation, God, mind and body, freedom, justice, and moral judgment, via analysis of classical and contemporary philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Mill, Kant, Russell, Wittgenstein and Rawls. (W)

PHIL 20200: Intro to Logic

Course Description: This course introduces students to the basics of modern logic. Topics covered include truth-tables, the rules of inference for the propositional calculus, and introduction to quantification theory. It focuses both on rules for producing formal proofs, and for translating natural language arguments into logical notation. Primarily designed as a preparation for advanced logic (Philosophy 30600: Symbolic Logic), the course would also be very useful for anyone expecting to deal extensively with complex reasoning.

PHIL 30500: History of Philosophy I: Ancient Philosophy
Course Description: A survey of early Greek philosophy, centered on the figures of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Some attention is paid to pre-Socratic philosophers (e.g. Heraclitus, Parmenides) and to at least one current of thought after Aristotle (e.g. Stoicism, Skepticism, neo-Platonism, or early Christian theology). (W)

PHIL 34905: Biomedical Ethics

Course Description: Treats issues such as abortion, euthanasia, extraordinary means, confidentiality, human experimentation, genetic control and allocation of limited life-saving therapy.

PSC 12400: Political Ideas and Issues
Course Description: The relevance of political theory in the examination and solution of current political controversies. The course will cover such themes as justice, legitimacy, civil liberties, civil disobedience, the nature of man, society and the state. Focus will be on great writings in political thought from all periods.