ANTHROPOLOGY: CULTURES OF THE WORLD: Human societies exhibit tremendous variation. Explore, contrast, compare, and understand cultures like those of the Amazon rain forest, China, Japan, Alaska, India, Central America, and urban America. View their lifestyles, politics, kinship, economics, and religions through readings, discussion, and film.
ANTHROPOLOGY: INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY: Biological evolution, human variability, prehistoric humans and early cultures, ethnography, language and cultural growth, applied anthropology.
ART: ART APPRECIATION: Survey of the visual arts of western and non western cultures with emphasis on understanding art through form, content, and cultural context. Art Appreciation discusses the background, meanings, symbolism, trends and styles of Art.
BIOLOGY: LIFE SCIENCE: This course studies the principles of cellular biology, including respiration and photosynthesis, and then genetics, including population genetics and evolution.
CHEMISTRY: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY: The chemical view of matter, atomic structure and theory, chemical bonding, oxidation reduction and solutions.
CLASSICS: CLEOPATRA: Survey of representations of Cleopatra in art, music, film, literature, and culture from ancient to contemporary times.
CLASSICS: GREEK MYTHOLOGY: Typical myths related to religion, custom, ethics, philosophy, art, literature.
COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS: COMPUTER LITERACY: This course is a broad introduction to the use of computers as tools for creativity, communications and organizing information. Designed to expose students to a broad view of computer science, by examining computers at different levels: from hardware and theory to history and societal impact.
FRENCH: BEGINNING FRENCH I: The goal of this course is to develop the student’s ability to understand spoken and written French as well as his or her ability to communicate in basic situations, both orally and in writing.
FRENCH: BEGINNING FRENCH II: This course continues to develop listening and reading strategies with an emphasis on oral and written forms of communication.
FRENCH: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II: Continued emphasis on listening and speaking skills with an increased emphasis on reading and writing skills through the study of short selections of French literature.
GEOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY: Physical Geography studies the processes at work in the physical environment–its weather, climate, rocks, landforms, soils, and ecosystems. This course examines the impact of the physical environment upon people and the impact of people upon their physical environment.
HISTORY: US THROUGH THE CIVIL WAR ERA: American experience with colonialism, revolution and nation building.
HISTORY: WORLD CIVILIZATION TO THE BEGINNING OF THE MODERN ERA: This course examines the history of early human societies. The course begins with Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures and their transformation into ancient urban civilizations. It continues with the development of the classical civilizations and the major world religions, and the interaction of impulses from these, down to the European transoceanic voyages around the year 1500 A.D. Secondary themes include evolution of societies around the world, the contrast of urban and sedentary and nomadic strategies for societies, and the development of technology
MATHEMATICS: COLLEGE ALGEBRA: The course includes an in-depth study of linear equations and inequalities; integer exponents and their properties; operations on polynomials, including factoring; an introduction to graphing linear functions and interpreting graphs; solving quadratic equations; and applications
PHILOSOPHY: INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC: Arguments are central to intelligent discourse and debate, and this course involves the study of a very important aspect of arguments - their logical structure. An argument with true premises (reasons) isn’t worth much unless those premises lead logically to the conclusion, so a good understanding of logic is required for a good understanding of arguments. Logical methods are very helpful in determining whether a conclusion really follows from a set of premises, and whether a set of claims is consistent or not.
PHYSICS: COLLEGE PHYSICS: This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter and the universe.
POLITICAL SCIENCE: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: An introduction to Political Science, American government and politics. The class is structured to promote political and analytical understanding and thinking regarding American politics and government.
PSYCHOLOGY: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: This general education course presents concepts and principles of psychology, the science concerned with understanding and explaining mental processes and behavior. Topics include: human learning, thinking, motivation, sensation and perception.
SPEECH: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: This course will allow students to learn the building blocks of successful public speeches. Each student will have the opportunity to learn the basic elements of successful public speaking by giving speeches and by learning to evaluate others.
ENGLISH HONORS ESSAY: Directed by Dr. Elizabeth Sklar, my English Honours essay discussed the illustration of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Arthurian poems and places the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron in context with other Tennyson illustrators.
ENGLISH HONORS SEMINAR: Arthurian literature in medieval England and France; contemporary uses of Arthurian legend, particularly in mass or popular culture.
ENGLISH LITERATURE TO 1700: This course surveys the development of English literature from its beginnings during the Anglo- Saxon period through 1700. Along the way, we will observe not only how the English language changed over time to become modern English, but we will also consider the development of English as a literary language in relationship to cultural shifts like the feudal system, the English Reformation, and the Civil War. Finally, we will discuss the formation of the English canon by also considering women writers like Margery Kempe and Elizabeth Cary, who have only recently joined the canon.
ENGLISH LITERATURE AFTER 1700: This course is a survey of British literature after 1700. What we will study in the course is a broad overview of major authors–some canonical and some not, of watershed moments, of specific genres that developed during these two centuries. We will also study the interaction between literature and the pressure that historical events such as the French Revolution, historical developments such as industrialization and colonization, and scientific revolutions such as the theory of evolution.
FOLKLORE AND LITERATURE: Identification and analysis of the interrelations of folklore and literature.
INTERDEPARTMENTAL HONORS SEMINAR: Seminar with a focus on Utopian literature.
INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE: Introduction to the study of the oral literatures, customs, traditional beliefs and practices of selected folk communities.
INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDIES: An introduction to the study of literature for English majors, this course takes up a variety of texts in literature, visual media, and theory. Students are introduced to literary and critical texts from a wide range of genres, periods, and literatures, to enhance their ability to engage unfamiliar and challenging texts and to expand their comprehension as readers and their versatility as writers.
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S STUDIES: Drawing on multiple disciplines - such as literature, history, economics, psychology, philosophy, political science, anthropology, media studies and the arts - to examine cultural assumptions about sex, gender, and sexuality. Integrates analysis of current events through student presentations, aiming to increase awareness of contemporary and historical experiences of women, and of the ways sex and gender interact with race, class, nationality, and other social identities.
SHAKESPEARE: This introductory course will cover eight plays that span the duration Shakespeare’s career (Titus Andronicus, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, I Henry IV, Hamlet, Othello and The Tempest), in addition to Shakespeare’s sonnets. Together, these extremely varied texts will help us to develop an idea—or several conflicting ideas!—of Shakespeare’s career as an author, poet and playwright.
SURVEY OF AMERICAN FOLKLORE: Survey of the oral literatures, the tall tale, customs, traditional beliefs and practices of selected folk communities of the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean in relation to American culture and society. In this course, we will examine traditional cultural practices of a variety of “American” people, including their verbal arts, social folk customs and material culture.
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE: Historical survey of American literature from the colonial period through the twentieth century with emphasis on nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
TOPICS IN LITERARY AND CULTURAL THEORY: Study of literary and cultural theory in various contexts–urban, metropolitan, ethnic, global–with reference to primary texts.
TOPICS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES: This course looked at the thematic and critical study of women and literature, with a focus on British, American and Continental women writers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE: Selected works in all genres from 1900 to the present.