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Elective Course Suggestions 

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  • ARPL 101 Introduction to Architecture

    This course introduces students to the world of design and architecture, its concepts, theory, language, practice, and ethics, and to associated and related fields (such as interior, landscape, graphic, and industrial design, to planning, construction, and development). It also introduces them to the world of the architectural student and intern and to management of the demands it will make of them. Students will learn to raise their powers of observation and design awareness, and increase their sensitivity toward the quality of the designed environment. (This course counts as a general elective in the School of Arts and Sciences; it does not fulfill a humanities distribution requirement.)

    ARPL 211 History of Architecture I

    This course explores the history of world architecture and city planning from its beginnings to the end of the Romanesque period (Carolingian). Examples will be discussed with respect to aesthetic principles, symbolism and cultural meaning, site and urban design, spatial sequence, detailing, and construction and systems technology, and in the context of their behavioral, cultural, political, religious, ecological, and economic environments.

    ART 101 Fundamentals of Design I

    Introductory studio art course; primary goal is the development of an awareness and appreciation of the visual experience and of the limitless possibilities for making things of beauty and delight. Learning based largely on a conscious amassing of visual experiences and the development of seeing, upon which, eventually, to realize one's own visual language and visual value judgments. Studio exercises and lectures consider two-dimensional work and color. Studio, six hours per week. Students enrolled in this course will have a $30 course fee assessed to their student accounts.

    ART 201: Drawing and Composition I

    Exploration of drawing as an art form for the novice or for those with some experience. Emphasis on the development of visual awareness, appreciation, and discrimination. Various media and techniques employed in drawing from life and in varied visual exercises. Studio, six hours per week.

    ART 211 History of Art: Prehistory to the Middle Ages

    A survey of Western art from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Assists the student in a visual and critical understanding of the art of the past. The Western tradition investigated, with emphasis on such art forms as sculpture, painting, and architecture.

    ART 232 Introduction to Digital Art: Photo Manipulation and Digital Painting

    This course concentrates on drafting, painting, masking and compositing features and capabilities using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter. This course serves as a detailed introduction to the unparalleled possibilities for creating and manipulating images in digital formats. Students will learn and master the use of basic tools, multiple-step techniques, digital asset and workflow management along with an overall review of fundamental concepts of visual art and design.

    ART 317: Greek Art and Architecture

    Surveys the art, architecture, and archeology of Greece from its Minoan and Mycenaean antecedents through the late Hellenistic era, with emphasis on the Classical period. Readings and slide lectures/discussions emphasize the relationship of the arts to their broader cultural context and introduce a variety of art-historical methods.

    DR 101 Theater I

    Introduction to Drama examines how language can be manipulated to enhance the depth and understanding of human communication through live performance. The course focuses on how that communication can be used, modified, and reinforced as a medium of artistic expression. This is an introductory humanities course designed for students from all university disciplines interested in live theatre as a performance art in the 21st century. Students focus on the creation of theatrical experiences through the structure and balance of a play’s components. These include text, performance, direction, design, and presentational space. The plays studied within the course address many social issues of contemporary society. Attendance of live theatrical performances is an integral part of the course structure.

    DR 206 Acting I

    Self discovery. Acting I is an introduction to the basic elements of the Stanislavski system. Students train in exercises to develop concentration, imagination and life observation. Improvisations will encourage physical freedom and a sense of truth. This beginning work will teach stage craft, "moment to moment" spontaneity and a specific approach to researching and rehearsing a contemporary scene and monologue.

    ENG 231 The History of English Lit I

    A general survey and analysis of selected works from the beginnings of English literature to the present, delineating general historical patterns that provide a foundation for subsequent study. 231 starts with the Middle Ages and goes through the eighteenth century; 232 begins with the Romantic movement and closes with the moderns. Covers a broad range of materials, also pauses at regular intervals to consider individual works in depth.

    FREN 220 Pirates of the Caribbean in Atlantic Literature

    Whether as freebooters, buccaneers, corsairs, privateers, marauders, swashbucklers or sea rovers, pirates have long captured the Atlantic imagination. But why? This course interrogates the concept of piracy from its earliest manifestations to our present day. We will focus primarily on the "golden age" of Atlantic piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries and its artistic re-imagining in the 19th and 20th centuries. Taught in English.

    HUM 101 Classics in Conversation

    Explores fundamental human questions through great and greatly influential works of literature from the Western tradition. In small classes you will read and discuss some of the world’s most beautiful and profound poetry, drama, and prose. Essential reading for those seeking self-knowledge or insight into war and peace, nobility and baseness, heaven and hell and the here-and-now, death, forgiveness, the limits of human knowledge and power, or our restlessness and yearning and our chances of settling down and finally finding satisfaction.

    MDIA 201 Intro to Media Studies

    Students learn basic media literacy by developing conceptual tools to think critically about cinema, television, advertising, print journalism, the internet, etc. The course focuses on the process of reading media texts from distinct rhetorical perspectives--in terms of a text's form and in terms of its relationships to audiences, authors, and the real world--in order to explore how the mass media shape and convey meaning.

    PHYS 103 Astronomy

    A descriptive course in astronomy and scientific cosmology intended for non-concentrators. Observing nights and field trips are an integral part of the course.

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  • ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology: Cultures in a Global Society

    An ideal course for first year students, this course helps you understand your place in the world. Students think critically and systematically about the diversity of people and cultures. As we read about and discuss contemporary individuals in their families and societies, we consider how lives are affected by media images and information, transnational markets, consumer desires, global ecology, conflicting aspirations, religious revivals, and rewritten histories. Through a global perspective, we look at individuals in society by learning about their worldviews, ways of making a living, social arrangements, and belief systems. It establishes the foundations for ANTH 200 and 201, including concepts and methods of cultural anthropology, especially the concept of culture and the logic and practice of fieldwork.

    ANTH 105 Human Evolution

    How do archaeologists use science to reconstruct the past? How do we find important archaeological sites, and how do we study them? The answers to these and related questions are explored as you learn about scientific approaches to data collection; how artifacts and other remains are studied and interpreted; as well as basic field, laboratory and dating techniques. Part of this introductory course allows you to learn how the past shapes the present, how archaeology sheds light on the past where history is absent or silent; why archaeology is relevant to contemporary society, the importance of cultural heritage; and the good, the bad and the ugly about Indiana Jones!

    ANTH 108 Introduction to Archeology

    As an introduction to scientific Human Evolution this course focuses on how Homo sapiens sapiens developed biologically and culturally using the latest scientific evidence from genetics, comparisons with non-human primates and the incredible fossil and archaeological record of our evolution.

    The class begins with the interesting history of evolutionary thinking from a diverse group of Europeans that provided the basic ideas of our modern scientific approach. Next, we consider heredity, how we acquire our unique set of biological traits. To understand heredity, students are introduced to cell and population genetics. In an effort to explain our unique behavioral developments, students consider living non-human primates as our closest ancestors. Lastly, the course traces the fascinating fossil and archaeological evidence of our earliest ancestors and tracks the rapid spread of Homo sapiens across the globe.

    ANTH 214: Anthropology of Food

    With almost 6 billion people to feed and unprecedented levels of human impact on the environment, many cultural, social, and environmental questions surround the supply of food. Are there ethical and non-ethical ways to produce food? How does food production relate to a healthy environment? What happens to food as it moves from the farmer to the dinner plate? How does food become an expression of our social selves? This course uses an anthropological perspective to assess these and related questions in the production, processing and consumption of food.

    ARAB 101: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic

    This introduction course to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) uses video-based course materials and focuses on developing proficiency in the standard written Arabic language, as well as formal spoken Arabic understood by educated speakers across the Arab world. The course begins with learning the script and the sound system using Alf-Baa as a core text. The book simultaneously introduces vocabulary so that students can begin performing dialogues and other activities from the first week. After the alphabet is covered, students complete the first chapters of Al-Kitaab Part 1 in which more grammar and vocabulary are introduced at a faster rate to build the foundation for general communicative competence and greater cultural awareness.

    ARPL 211 History of Architecture I

    This course explores the history of world architecture and city planning from its beginnings to the end of the Romanesque period (Carolingian). Examples will be discussed with respect to aesthetic principles, symbolism and cultural meaning, site and urban design, spatial sequence, detailing, and construction and systems technology, and in the context of their behavioral, cultural, political, religious, ecological, and economic environments.

    ART 211 History of Art: Prehistory to the Middle Ages

    A survey of Western art from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Assists the student in a visual and critical understanding of the art of the past. The Western tradition investigated, with emphasis on such art forms as sculpture, painting, and architecture.

    ART 317: Greek Art and Architecture

    Surveys the art, architecture, and archeology of Greece from its Minoan and Mycenaean antecedents through the late Hellenistic era, with emphasis on the Classical period. Readings and slide lectures/discussions emphasize the relationship of the arts to their broader cultural context and introduce a variety of art-historical methods.

    CHN 101: Beginning Mandarin Chinese I

    This beginner's course is designed for students who desire to study Chinese systematically. The course uses video-based material to introduce the language in real-life settings. Pinyin and simplified characters are used. Accurate pronunciation, tones, and grammatical expressions are the main focuses for this semester.

    CLAS 205: History of Ancient Greece

    A chronological survey of the political and social history of Greece from "Agamemnon to Alexander to Augustus." Covers the period from the late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic era, beginning with the Mycenaean kingdoms and concluding with the conquest of Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, by the future Roman emperor Augustus (31 BC). Focusing in particular upon the construction of Greek identity as shaped by such factors as geography, warfare, economy, and intercultural contact, the course will employ a textbook, primary sources read in English, and maps and other images to explore important issues in the evolution of Greek society. Subjects treated will include the rise of the Greek polis (city-state), the Greek colonization of the eastern and western Mediterranean, the development of diverse governmental and constitutional structures ranging from tyranny to democracy to monarchy, the blossoming of Greek artistic and intellectual life during the classical period and the conflicts between Greeks and Persians and between Athens and Sparta, the expedition of Alexander the Great, and the relationships of the Hellenistic kingdoms with Rome.

    CLAS 211 Greek and Roman Mythology

    The myths of the Greeks and Romans are ways of thinking about the relationship between man and the gods, the forces of nature, and the universe. This course invites you to think about familiar stories in new ways, and to learn new stories, too. Subjects studied will include creation myths, the divinities and heroes, and the stories of the Trojan War. Excerpts from ancient literature and examples from ancient art help to show how ancient peoples represented and talked about their beliefs.

    ECON 100 Fundamentals of Economics

    A one semester introduction to the principles of both micro- and macroeconomics. Microeconomics topics will include the basics of supply and demand, the behavior of consumers and businesses, and how markets operate. Macroeconomic topics will include the fundamental components of gross domestic product(GDP), the problems of inflation and unemployment, the impacts of government fiscal and monetary policies, and economic growth.

    ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics

    An introduction to the study of open economy macroeconomic principles. It is concerned with the behavior of the economy as a whole. It studies the foundations of macroeconomic theory and their application to domestic and international macroeconomic policy. It is useful for students concentrating in other fields.

    ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics

    An introduction to microeconomic principles. Students will be introduced to the analytical tools of microeconomic analysis used to examine the behavior of consumers and producers, and how they interact in various types of market structures to determine prices and outputs. Students are also introduced to market failures and to alternative policies that may be implemented to deal with them.

    ENG 206: Grimms' Fairy Tales in European Context

    This course engages with fairy tales in the Western intellectual tradition by analyzing literary fairy tales from continental Europe written between 1600 and 1900. Although the focus is on literary tales, the course is interdisciplinary and also looks at modern literary and film adaptations of the Grimms' tales. Students will explore fairy tales as a genre and its links to socioeconomic class, family conflicts, gender, politics, economics, society, and cultural life in early modern and Enlightenment Europe. The Grimms' tales will be read using literary theory as well as cultural and media studies. This course prepares students to write an academic, analytical essay and to become familiar with academic discourse and library resources.

    ENG 231 The History of English Lit I

    A general survey and analysis of selected works from the beginnings of English literature to the present, delineating general historical patterns that provide a foundation for subsequent study. 231 starts with the Middle Ages and goes through the eighteenth century; 232 begins with the Romantic movement and closes with the moderns. Covers a broad range of materials, also pauses at regular intervals to consider individual works in depth.

    EURO 310: The Idea of Europe. European Integration Since 1914

    After WWII, and in the context of the Cold War, Europeans witnessed the transnational integration process that resulted in the foundation of the European Union (EU) in 1992. However, the road to the EU was long and cumbersome, and beset by conflicts and perpetual crises. This course takes a historical approach by putting the process of European identity building at the center of its attention. The first part of the course provides an overview of the history of European integration since 1914. This part is followed by a second that focuses on more current issues related to the problem of creating an EU identity.

    FREN 220 Pirates of the Caribbean in Atlantic Literature

    Whether as freebooters, buccaneers, corsairs, privateers, marauders, swashbucklers or sea rovers, pirates have long captured the Atlantic imagination. But why? This course interrogates the concept of piracy from its earliest manifestations to our present day. We will focus primarily on the "golden age" of Atlantic piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries and its artistic re-imagining in the 19th and 20th centuries. Taught in English.

    GER 230: Grimms' Fairy Tales

    The course, which is taught in English, engages with Grimms' fairy tales in the Western intellectual tradition by analyzing literary fairy tales from continental Europe written between 1600 and 1900. Students explore fairy tales as a genre and its links to socioeconomic class, family conflicts, gender, politics, economics, society, and cultural life. The tales will be read using literary theory as well as cultural and media studies. All readings and class discussion are taught in English.

    HIST 140: Travel and Tourism in Latin America

    Many North Americans first experience Latin America through tourism and travel, whether during a boisterous spring break trip to Cancun, a forbidden visit to Havana, or an adventurous trek to the heights of Machu Picchu. This course will examine the long history of travel and tourism in Latin America, in order to understand the ways that the region has been shaped by encounters, interactions, and conflicts between travelers/"outsiders" and Latin Americans. Covering the period between the arrival of Columbus in 1492 and the present day, we will examine and analyze narrative accounts, maps, photographs, paintings, travel posters, and films in order to look at the ways that travelers experienced and described the racial, cultural, and political complexities of the region. We will also assess the costs and opportunities created by travel and tourism in the region, particularly in the latter half of the course, when we will discuss how modern Latin American governments created a tourist industry that continues to export an exotic and commercialized vision of the region for popular consumption.

    HIST 205: History of Ancient Greece

    A chronological survey of the political and social history of Greece from "Agamemnon to Alexander to Augustus." Covers the period from the late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic era, beginning with the Mycenaean kingdoms and concluding with the conquest of Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, by the future Roman emperor Augustus (31 BC). Focusing in particular upon the construction of Greek identity as shaped by such factors as geography, warfare, economy, and intercultural contact, the course will employ a textbook, primary sources read in English, and maps and other images to explore important issues in the evolution of Greek society. Subjects treated will include the rise of the Greek polis (city-state), the Greek colonization of the eastern and western Mediterranean, the development of diverse governmental and constitutional structures ranging from tyranny to democracy to monarchy, the blossoming of Greek artistic and intellectual life during the classical period and the conflicts between Greeks and Persians and between Athens and Sparta, the expedition of Alexander the Great, and the relationships of the Hellenistic kingdoms with Rome.

    HIST 235 Medieval World

    This course offers a broad survey of medieval Europe (ca. 500-1500), a formative period in western society known for its soaring gothic cathedrals, the culture of chivalry, church and state power struggles, the crusades, the Black Death, Dante, and the emergence of the inquisition. We will examine western Christendom in the making by tracing the growth of its central institutions alongside its encounters with others—Pagans, Jews and Muslims—as it sought to expand its horizons and borders. Readings will emphasize primary sources in translation. No previous knowledge of the Middle Ages is assumed.

    HIST 257 The Making of America, 1607-1877

    The United States we know today was forged through centuries of hard-fought struggles. This course provides an overview of American History in the first 270 years. It surveys early contests between indigenous peoples and European empires, colonists' rebellion in the American Revolution, and political conundrums in the early United States. It also explains divisive economic transformations and immigration patterns, conflicts during westward expansion, women's and African Americans' demands for inclusion, reform efforts to overcome social ills, new religious awakenings, and struggles over slavery and the country's economic future. The course concludes with the accelerating centrifugal forces that brought on the Civil War, and how Americans began rebuilding the fractured nation into a new society.

    IRSH 101: Irish Language and Culture I

    Introduction to the Irish language and to Irish culture. There will be a second semester course offered in the spring. Irish language and culture courses do not fulfill the university's language requirement. They present an introduction to Irish culture through the Irish (Celtic) language.

    PHYS 103 Astronomy

    A descriptive course in astronomy and scientific cosmology intended for non-concentrators. Observing nights and field trips are an integral part of the course.

    SOC 102 Global Social Problems and Social Justice

    Sociological analysis of selected social problems. Discussion of the causes of social problems, the processes by which they are brought to public attention, and evaluation of attempts to solve them.

    SOC 320 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

    This course introduces students to the historical and current terrorist threats at both national and international levels. Terrorists organizations, their motivations, strategies, tactics and targets will be discussed. The various national and international counter terrorism measures past and present will also be presented in the course.

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  • ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology: Cultures in a Global Society

    An ideal course for first year students, this course helps you understand your place in the world. Students think critically and systematically about the diversity of people and cultures. As we read about and discuss contemporary individuals in their families and societies, we consider how lives are affected by media images and information, transnational markets, consumer desires, global ecology, conflicting aspirations, religious revivals, and rewritten histories. Through a global perspective, we look at individuals in society by learning about their worldviews, ways of making a living, social arrangements, and belief systems. It establishes the foundations for ANTH 200 and 201, including concepts and methods of cultural anthropology, especially the concept of culture and the logic and practice of fieldwork.

    ANTH 105 Human Evolution

    How do archaeologists use science to reconstruct the past? How do we find important archaeological sites, and how do we study them? The answers to these and related questions are explored as you learn about scientific approaches to data collection; how artifacts and other remains are studied and interpreted; as well as basic field, laboratory and dating techniques. Part of this introductory course allows you to learn how the past shapes the present, how archaeology sheds light on the past where history is absent or silent; why archaeology is relevant to contemporary society, the importance of cultural heritage; and the good, the bad and the ugly about Indiana Jones!

    ANTH 108 Introduction to Archeology

    As an introduction to scientific Human Evolution this course focuses on how Homo sapiens sapiens developed biologically and culturally using the latest scientific evidence from genetics, comparisons with non-human primates and the incredible fossil and archaeological record of our evolution.

    The class begins with the interesting history of evolutionary thinking from a diverse group of Europeans that provided the basic ideas of our modern scientific approach. Next, we consider heredity, how we acquire our unique set of biological traits. To understand heredity, students are introduced to cell and population genetics. In an effort to explain our unique behavioral developments, students consider living non-human primates as our closest ancestors. Lastly, the course traces the fascinating fossil and archaeological evidence of our earliest ancestors and tracks the rapid spread of Homo sapiens across the globe.

    ANTH 214: Anthropology of Food

    With almost 6 billion people to feed and unprecedented levels of human impact on the environment, many cultural, social, and environmental questions surround the supply of food. Are there ethical and non-ethical ways to produce food? How does food production relate to a healthy environment? What happens to food as it moves from the farmer to the dinner plate? How does food become an expression of our social selves? This course uses an anthropological perspective to assess these and related questions in the production, processing and consumption of food.

    ARAB 101: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic

    This introduction course to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) uses video-based course materials and focuses on developing proficiency in the standard written Arabic language, as well as formal spoken Arabic understood by educated speakers across the Arab world. The course begins with learning the script and the sound system using Alf-Baa as a core text. The book simultaneously introduces vocabulary so that students can begin performing dialogues and other activities from the first week. After the alphabet is covered, students complete the first chapters of Al-Kitaab Part 1 in which more grammar and vocabulary are introduced at a faster rate to build the foundation for general communicative competence and greater cultural awareness.

    ARPL 211 History of Architecture I

    This course explores the history of world architecture and city planning from its beginnings to the end of the Romanesque period (Carolingian). Examples will be discussed with respect to aesthetic principles, symbolism and cultural meaning, site and urban design, spatial sequence, detailing, and construction and systems technology, and in the context of their behavioral, cultural, political, religious, ecological, and economic environments.

    ART 211 History of Art: Prehistory to the Middle Ages

    A survey of Western art from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Assists the student in a visual and critical understanding of the art of the past. The Western tradition investigated, with emphasis on such art forms as sculpture, painting, and architecture.

    ART 317: Greek Art and Architecture

    Surveys the art, architecture, and archeology of Greece from its Minoan and Mycenaean antecedents through the late Hellenistic era, with emphasis on the Classical period. Readings and slide lectures/discussions emphasize the relationship of the arts to their broader cultural context and introduce a variety of art-historical methods.

    CHN 101: Beginning Mandarin Chinese I

    This beginner's course is designed for students who desire to study Chinese systematically. The course uses video-based material to introduce the language in real-life settings. Pinyin and simplified characters are used. Accurate pronunciation, tones, and grammatical expressions are the main focuses for this semester.

    CLAS 205: History of Ancient Greece

    A chronological survey of the political and social history of Greece from "Agamemnon to Alexander to Augustus." Covers the period from the late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic era, beginning with the Mycenaean kingdoms and concluding with the conquest of Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, by the future Roman emperor Augustus (31 BC). Focusing in particular upon the construction of Greek identity as shaped by such factors as geography, warfare, economy, and intercultural contact, the course will employ a textbook, primary sources read in English, and maps and other images to explore important issues in the evolution of Greek society. Subjects treated will include the rise of the Greek polis (city-state), the Greek colonization of the eastern and western Mediterranean, the development of diverse governmental and constitutional structures ranging from tyranny to democracy to monarchy, the blossoming of Greek artistic and intellectual life during the classical period and the conflicts between Greeks and Persians and between Athens and Sparta, the expedition of Alexander the Great, and the relationships of the Hellenistic kingdoms with Rome.

    CLAS 211 Greek and Roman Mythology

    The myths of the Greeks and Romans are ways of thinking about the relationship between man and the gods, the forces of nature, and the universe. This course invites you to think about familiar stories in new ways, and to learn new stories, too. Subjects studied will include creation myths, the divinities and heroes, and the stories of the Trojan War. Excerpts from ancient literature and examples from ancient art help to show how ancient peoples represented and talked about their beliefs.

    ECON 100 Fundamentals of Economics

    A one semester introduction to the principles of both micro- and macroeconomics. Microeconomics topics will include the basics of supply and demand, the behavior of consumers and businesses, and how markets operate. Macroeconomic topics will include the fundamental components of gross domestic product(GDP), the problems of inflation and unemployment, the impacts of government fiscal and monetary policies, and economic growth.

    ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics

    An introduction to the study of open economy macroeconomic principles. It is concerned with the behavior of the economy as a whole. It studies the foundations of macroeconomic theory and their application to domestic and international macroeconomic policy. It is useful for students concentrating in other fields.

    ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics

    An introduction to microeconomic principles. Students will be introduced to the analytical tools of microeconomic analysis used to examine the behavior of consumers and producers, and how they interact in various types of market structures to determine prices and outputs. Students are also introduced to market failures and to alternative policies that may be implemented to deal with them.

    ENG 231 The History of English Lit I

    A general survey and analysis of selected works from the beginnings of English literature to the present, delineating general historical patterns that provide a foundation for subsequent study. 231 starts with the Middle Ages and goes through the eighteenth century; 232 begins with the Romantic movement and closes with the moderns. Covers a broad range of materials, also pauses at regular intervals to consider individual works in depth.

    ENG 235 American Literature I

    Reading in works by major authors from the colonial period through the 19th century.

    FREN 220 Pirates of the Caribbean in Atlantic Literature

    Whether as freebooters, buccaneers, corsairs, privateers, marauders, swashbucklers or sea rovers, pirates have long captured the Atlantic imagination. But why? This course interrogates the concept of piracy from its earliest manifestations to our present day. We will focus primarily on the "golden age" of Atlantic piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries and its artistic re-imagining in the 19th and 20th centuries. Taught in English.

    HIST 140: Travel and Tourism in Latin America

    Many North Americans first experience Latin America through tourism and travel, whether during a boisterous spring break trip to Cancun, a forbidden visit to Havana, or an adventurous trek to the heights of Machu Picchu. This course will examine the long history of travel and tourism in Latin America, in order to understand the ways that the region has been shaped by encounters, interactions, and conflicts between travelers/"outsiders" and Latin Americans. Covering the period between the arrival of Columbus in 1492 and the present day, we will examine and analyze narrative accounts, maps, photographs, paintings, travel posters, and films in order to look at the ways that travelers experienced and described the racial, cultural, and political complexities of the region. We will also assess the costs and opportunities created by travel and tourism in the region, particularly in the latter half of the course, when we will discuss how modern Latin American governments created a tourist industry that continues to export an exotic and commercialized vision of the region for popular consumption.

    HIST 205: History of Ancient Greece

    A chronological survey of the political and social history of Greece from "Agamemnon to Alexander to Augustus." Covers the period from the late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic era, beginning with the Mycenaean kingdoms and concluding with the conquest of Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, by the future Roman emperor Augustus (31 BC). Focusing in particular upon the construction of Greek identity as shaped by such factors as geography, warfare, economy, and intercultural contact, the course will employ a textbook, primary sources read in English, and maps and other images to explore important issues in the evolution of Greek society. Subjects treated will include the rise of the Greek polis (city-state), the Greek colonization of the eastern and western Mediterranean, the development of diverse governmental and constitutional structures ranging from tyranny to democracy to monarchy, the blossoming of Greek artistic and intellectual life during the classical period and the conflicts between Greeks and Persians and between Athens and Sparta, the expedition of Alexander the Great, and the relationships of the Hellenistic kingdoms with Rome.

    HIST 235 Medieval World

    This course offers a broad survey of medieval Europe (ca. 500-1500), a formative period in western society known for its soaring gothic cathedrals, the culture of chivalry, church and state power struggles, the crusades, the Black Death, Dante, and the emergence of the inquisition. We will examine western Christendom in the making by tracing the growth of its central institutions alongside its encounters with others—Pagans, Jews and Muslims—as it sought to expand its horizons and borders. Readings will emphasize primary sources in translation. No previous knowledge of the Middle Ages is assumed.

    HIST 257 The Making of America, 1607-1877

    The United States we know today was forged through centuries of hard-fought struggles. This course provides an overview of American History in the first 270 years. It surveys early contests between indigenous peoples and European empires, colonists' rebellion in the American Revolution, and political conundrums in the early United States. It also explains divisive economic transformations and immigration patterns, conflicts during westward expansion, women's and African Americans' demands for inclusion, reform efforts to overcome social ills, new religious awakenings, and struggles over slavery and the country's economic future. The course concludes with the accelerating centrifugal forces that brought on the Civil War, and how Americans began rebuilding the fractured nation into a new society.

    IRSH 101: Irish Language and Culture I

    Introduction to the Irish language and to Irish culture. There will be a second semester course offered in the spring. Irish language and culture courses do not fulfill the university’s language requirement. They present an introduction to Irish culture through the Irish (Celtic) language. No prerequisites.

    MDIA 201 Intro to Media Studies

    Students learn basic media literacy by developing conceptual tools to think critically about cinema, television, advertising, print journalism, the internet, etc. The course focuses on the process of reading media texts from distinct rhetorical perspectives--in terms of a text's form and in terms of its relationships to audiences, authors, and the real world--in order to explore how the mass media shape and convey meaning.

    POL 111 Introduction to American Government

    An introduction to the basic institutions and principles of American government with particular attention to constitutional foundations, historical development, and the linkages between those institutions and the public.

    PSY 216 Psychology of Religion

    Religion is one of the most powerful forces driving individual experience and the larger society and world. This course will explore the psychology underpinning this force. Beginning with introductions to classic writings by William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow, the course will explore why people become committed to religious beliefs and the ways in which religious institutions interact with individuals and groups. The course will examine religious fanaticism and terrorism through empirical, phenomenological and sociological approaches.

    SOC 102 Global Social Problems and Social Justice

    Sociological analysis of selected social problems. Discussion of the causes of social problems, the processes by which they are brought to public attention, and evaluation of attempts to solve them.

    SOC 208 Sociology of Delinquency

    A presentation and evaluation of theories of delinquency. Comprehensive coverage of empirical research on diverse forms of delinquent activity. Special focus on the effects of religiosity on delinquent behavior.

    SOC 226: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

    The sociological perspective on the interdisciplinary field of peace studies and conflict resolution, which has emerged in the last twenty years. The study of contemporary global and regional wars, local conflicts and violence, and the most recent theories pertaining to these phenomena. The study of nonviolent social movements and their strategies. A required introductory course in the Peace and World Order Studies concentration.

    SOC 315: Crimes in Urban America

    This course examines crime in pre-industrial, industrial and modern societies. Criminal justice and social welfare responses to crime will be discussed as well as the role of the police, courts, and prisons.

    SOC 320 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

    This course introduces students to the historical and current terrorist threats at both national and international levels. Terrorists organizations, their motivations, strategies, tactics and targets will be discussed. The various national and international counter terrorism measures past and present will also be presented in the course.

    SOC 340 Catholic Social Doctrine and Social Justice

    This course provides an introduction and examination of global applications of Catholic social thought (CST), featuring 1) an introduction to the main principles of CST through a reading of the major CST documents; 2) an exegesis of the most recent and prominent focuses, on global development and a civilization of love; and 3) application to specific social concerns such as hunger, inequality, water rights, gender, AIDS, immigration, over/under population, or other pertinent topics.

    SSS 101 Introduction to Social Work

    An overview of the profession of social work within the institution of social welfare. Basic definitions, historical development, trends in social welfare and social work. May include guest lecturers. Twenty-four (24) hours of volunteer experience during the semester is required.

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  • ANTH 108 Introduction to Archeology

    As an introduction to scientific Human Evolution this course focuses on how Homo sapiens sapiens developed biologically and culturally using the latest scientific evidence from genetics, comparisons with non-human primates and the incredible fossil and archaeological record of our evolution.

    The class begins with the interesting history of evolutionary thinking from a diverse group of Europeans that provided the basic ideas of our modern scientific approach. Next, we consider heredity, how we acquire our unique set of biological traits. To understand heredity, students are introduced to cell and population genetics. In an effort to explain our unique behavioral developments, students consider living non-human primates as our closest ancestors. Lastly, the course traces the fascinating fossil and archaeological evidence of our earliest ancestors and tracks the rapid spread of Homo sapiens across the globe.

    ARPL 101 Introduction to Architecture

    This course introduces students to the world of design and architecture, its concepts, theory, language, practice, and ethics, and to associated and related fields (such as interior, landscape, graphic, and industrial design, to planning, construction, and development). It also introduces them to the world of the architectural student and intern and to management of the demands it will make of them. Students will learn to raise their powers of observation and design awareness, and increase their sensitivity toward the quality of the designed environment. (This course counts as a general elective in the School of Arts and Sciences; it does not fulfill a humanities distribution requirement.)

    ART 101 Fundamentals of Design I

    Introductory studio art course; primary goal is the development of an awareness and appreciation of the visual experience and of the limitless possibilities for making things of beauty and delight. Learning based largely on a conscious amassing of visual experiences and the development of seeing, upon which, eventually, to realize one's own visual language and visual value judgments. Studio exercises and lectures consider two-dimensional work and color. Studio, six hours per week. Students enrolled in this course will have a $30 course fee assessed to their student accounts.

    ART 201: Drawing and Composition I

    Exploration of drawing as an art form for the novice or for those with some experience. Emphasis on the development of visual awareness, appreciation, and discrimination. Various media and techniques employed in drawing from life and in varied visual exercises. Studio, six hours per week.

    ART 232 Introduction to Digital Art: Photo Manipulation and Digital Painting

    This course concentrates on drafting, painting, masking and compositing features and capabilities using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter. This course serves as a detailed introduction to the unparalleled possibilities for creating and manipulating images in digital formats. Students will learn and master the use of basic tools, multiple-step techniques, digital asset and workflow management along with an overall review of fundamental concepts of visual art and design.

    CHEM 103 General Chemistry I & CHEM 113 Chem Lab

    General Chemistry I begins the exploration of the field of chemistry beginning with the atom and atomic structure and progressing to molecules, molecular bonding descriptions and interactions between molecules. The lab course provides experiential demonstrations of principles covered in lecture and is a co-requisite of the lecture course. It satisfies a science distribution course for any major. The class assumes no prior HS chemistry, but does assume familiarity with algebra. CHEM 103, taken with the laboratory course - CHEM 113, is the first course in chemistry for chemistry, environmental chemistry, and biochemistry majors. This is also the first course in the chemistry sequence required for students planning to apply to medical or dental school.

    CSC 104 Introduction to Computers I

    Elementary programming in a high-level language intended for liberal arts majors who want an introduction to computing history, computer concepts, hardware, software, and application software such as operating systems, graphics, word processing, databases and spreadsheets. Introduces general problem-solving techniques including the concepts of step-wise refinement applied to the development of algorithms.

    CSC 106 Introduction to Computer Programming for non-Engineers

    Students will be provided with the basic knowledge and practical experience to understand computer programming. This will be accomplished by having the students learn the Python programming language. The course is intended to be beneficial to non-technical majors with little to no knowledge of computer programming but may also be useful to students with some programming experience that would simply like to learn Python. The course will help form a mental framework for students so they can not only understand some of the basic tools used by computer scientists but also how to use those tools themselves. By taking the course, students will understand basic computer science concepts such as variables, expressions, statements, functions, conditionals, recursion, strings and more. These concepts will be developed in a deep and significant way as students create their own programs using the popular and freely available Python programming language.

    DR 205: Introduction to Speech Communication

    Theory and exercises in speech communication, emphasizing perception, language (verbal and nonverbal), and interaction. Students apply principles in a variety of transactions.

    DR 206 Acting I

    Self discovery. Acting I is an introduction to the basic elements of the Stanislavski system. Students train in exercises to develop concentration, imagination and life observation. Improvisations will encourage physical freedom and a sense of truth. This beginning work will teach stage craft, "moment to moment" spontaneity and a specific approach to researching and rehearsing a contemporary scene and monologue.

    PHYS 103 Astronomy

    A descriptive course in astronomy and scientific cosmology intended for non-concentrators. Observing nights and field trips are an integral part of the course.

    SSS 101 Introduction to Social Work

    An overview of the profession of social work within the institution of social welfare. Basic definitions, historical development, trends in social welfare and social work. May include guest lecturers. Twenty-four (24) hours of volunteer experience during the semester is required.

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  • ANTH 105 Human Evolution

    How do archaeologists use science to reconstruct the past? How do we find important archaeological sites, and how do we study them? The answers to these and related questions are explored as you learn about scientific approaches to data collection; how artifacts and other remains are studied and interpreted; as well as basic field, laboratory and dating techniques. Part of this introductory course allows you to learn how the past shapes the present, how archaeology sheds light on the past where history is absent or silent; why archaeology is relevant to contemporary society, the importance of cultural heritage; and the good, the bad and the ugly about Indiana Jones!

    ANTH 108 Introduction to Archeology

    As an introduction to scientific Human Evolution this course focuses on how Homo sapiens sapiens developed biologically and culturally using the latest scientific evidence from genetics, comparisons with non-human primates and the incredible fossil and archaeological record of our evolution.

    The class begins with the interesting history of evolutionary thinking from a diverse group of Europeans that provided the basic ideas of our modern scientific approach. Next, we consider heredity, how we acquire our unique set of biological traits. To understand heredity, students are introduced to cell and population genetics. In an effort to explain our unique behavioral developments, students consider living non-human primates as our closest ancestors. Lastly, the course traces the fascinating fossil and archaeological evidence of our earliest ancestors and tracks the rapid spread of Homo sapiens across the globe.

    ARPL 211 History of Architecture I

    This course explores the history of world architecture and city planning from its beginnings to the end of the Romanesque period (Carolingian). Examples will be discussed with respect to aesthetic principles, symbolism and cultural meaning, site and urban design, spatial sequence, detailing, and construction and systems technology, and in the context of their behavioral, cultural, political, religious, ecological, and economic environments.

    ART 211 History of Art: Prehistory to the Middle Ages

    A survey of Western art from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Assists the student in a visual and critical understanding of the art of the past. The Western tradition investigated, with emphasis on such art forms as sculpture, painting, and architecture.

    CLAS 205: History of Ancient Greece

    A chronological survey of the political and social history of Greece from "Agamemnon to Alexander to Augustus." Covers the period from the late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic era, beginning with the Mycenaean kingdoms and concluding with the conquest of Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, by the future Roman emperor Augustus (31 BC). Focusing in particular upon the construction of Greek identity as shaped by such factors as geography, warfare, economy, and intercultural contact, the course will employ a textbook, primary sources read in English, and maps and other images to explore important issues in the evolution of Greek society. Subjects treated will include the rise of the Greek polis (city-state), the Greek colonization of the eastern and western Mediterranean, the development of diverse governmental and constitutional structures ranging from tyranny to democracy to monarchy, the blossoming of Greek artistic and intellectual life during the classical period and the conflicts between Greeks and Persians and between Athens and Sparta, the expedition of Alexander the Great, and the relationships of the Hellenistic kingdoms with Rome.

    CLAS 211 Greek and Roman Mythology

    The myths of the Greeks and Romans are ways of thinking about the relationship between man and the gods, the forces of nature, and the universe. This course invites you to think about familiar stories in new ways, and to learn new stories, too. Subjects studied will include creation myths, the divinities and heroes, and the stories of the Trojan War. Excerpts from ancient literature and examples from ancient art help to show how ancient peoples represented and talked about their beliefs.

    DR 101 Theater I

    Introduction to Drama examines how language can be manipulated to enhance the depth and understanding of human communication through live performance. The course focuses on how that communication can be used, modified, and reinforced as a medium of artistic expression. This is an introductory humanities course designed for students from all university disciplines interested in live theatre as a performance art in the 21st century. Students focus on the creation of theatrical experiences through the structure and balance of a play’s components. These include text, performance, direction, design, and presentational space. The plays studied within the course address many social issues of contemporary society. Attendance of live theatrical performances is an integral part of the course structure.

    ENG 206: Grimms' Fairy Tales in European Context

    This course engages with fairy tales in the Western intellectual tradition by analyzing literary fairy tales from continental Europe written between 1600 and 1900. Although the focus is on literary tales, the course is interdisciplinary and also looks at modern literary and film adaptations of the Grimms' tales. Students will explore fairy tales as a genre and its links to socioeconomic class, family conflicts, gender, politics, economics, society, and cultural life in early modern and Enlightenment Europe. The Grimms' tales will be read using literary theory as well as cultural and media studies. This course prepares students to write an academic, analytical essay and to become familiar with academic discourse and library resources.

    ENG 231 The History of English Lit I

    A general survey and analysis of selected works from the beginnings of English literature to the present, delineating general historical patterns that provide a foundation for subsequent study. 231 starts with the Middle Ages and goes through the eighteenth century; 232 begins with the Romantic movement and closes with the moderns. Covers a broad range of materials, also pauses at regular intervals to consider individual works in depth.

    ENG 235 American Literature I

    Reading in works by major authors from the colonial period through the 19th century.

    FREN 220 Pirates of the Caribbean in Atlantic Literature

    Whether as freebooters, buccaneers, corsairs, privateers, marauders, swashbucklers or sea rovers, pirates have long captured the Atlantic imagination. But why? This course interrogates the concept of piracy from its earliest manifestations to our present day. We will focus primarily on the "golden age" of Atlantic piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries and its artistic re-imagining in the 19th and 20th centuries. Taught in English.

    GER 230: Grimms' Fairy Tales

    The course, which is taught in English, engages with Grimms' fairy tales in the Western intellectual tradition by analyzing literary fairy tales from continental Europe written between 1600 and 1900. Students explore fairy tales as a genre and its links to socioeconomic class, family conflicts, gender, politics, economics, society, and cultural life. The tales will be read using literary theory as well as cultural and media studies. All readings and class discussion are taught in English.

    HIST 140: Travel and Tourism in Latin America

    Many North Americans first experience Latin America through tourism and travel, whether during a boisterous spring break trip to Cancun, a forbidden visit to Havana, or an adventurous trek to the heights of Machu Picchu. This course will examine the long history of travel and tourism in Latin America, in order to understand the ways that the region has been shaped by encounters, interactions, and conflicts between travelers/"outsiders" and Latin Americans. Covering the period between the arrival of Columbus in 1492 and the present day, we will examine and analyze narrative accounts, maps, photographs, paintings, travel posters, and films in order to look at the ways that travelers experienced and described the racial, cultural, and political complexities of the region. We will also assess the costs and opportunities created by travel and tourism in the region, particularly in the latter half of the course, when we will discuss how modern Latin American governments created a tourist industry that continues to export an exotic and commercialized vision of the region for popular consumption.

    HIST 205: History of Ancient Greece

    A chronological survey of the political and social history of Greece from "Agamemnon to Alexander to Augustus." Covers the period from the late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic era, beginning with the Mycenaean kingdoms and concluding with the conquest of Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, by the future Roman emperor Augustus (31 BC). Focusing in particular upon the construction of Greek identity as shaped by such factors as geography, warfare, economy, and intercultural contact, the course will employ a textbook, primary sources read in English, and maps and other images to explore important issues in the evolution of Greek society. Subjects treated will include the rise of the Greek polis (city-state), the Greek colonization of the eastern and western Mediterranean, the development of diverse governmental and constitutional structures ranging from tyranny to democracy to monarchy, the blossoming of Greek artistic and intellectual life during the classical period and the conflicts between Greeks and Persians and between Athens and Sparta, the expedition of Alexander the Great, and the relationships of the Hellenistic kingdoms with Rome.

    HIST 235 Medieval World

    This course offers a broad survey of medieval Europe (ca. 500-1500), a formative period in western society known for its soaring gothic cathedrals, the culture of chivalry, church and state power struggles, the crusades, the Black Death, Dante, and the emergence of the inquisition. We will examine western Christendom in the making by tracing the growth of its central institutions alongside its encounters with others—Pagans, Jews and Muslims—as it sought to expand its horizons and borders. Readings will emphasize primary sources in translation. No previous knowledge of the Middle Ages is assumed.

    HUM 101 Classics in Conversation

    Explores fundamental human questions through great and greatly influential works of literature from the Western tradition. In small classes you will read and discuss some of the world’s most beautiful and profound poetry, drama, and prose. Essential reading for those seeking self-knowledge or insight into war and peace, nobility and baseness, heaven and hell and the here-and-now, death, forgiveness, the limits of human knowledge and power, or our restlessness and yearning and our chances of settling down and finally finding satisfaction.

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  • ANTH 105 Human Evolution

    How do archaeologists use science to reconstruct the past? How do we find important archaeological sites, and how do we study them? The answers to these and related questions are explored as you learn about scientific approaches to data collection; how artifacts and other remains are studied and interpreted; as well as basic field, laboratory and dating techniques. Part of this introductory course allows you to learn how the past shapes the present, how archaeology sheds light on the past where history is absent or silent; why archaeology is relevant to contemporary society, the importance of cultural heritage; and the good, the bad and the ugly about Indiana Jones!

    CHEM 103 General Chemistry I & CHEM 113 Chem Lab

    General Chemistry I begins the exploration of the field of chemistry beginning with the atom and atomic structure and progressing to molecules, molecular bonding descriptions and interactions between molecules. The lab course provides experiential demonstrations of principles covered in lecture and is a co-requisite of the lecture course. It satisfies a science distribution course for any major. The class assumes no prior HS chemistry, but does assume familiarity with algebra. CHEM 103, taken with the laboratory course - CHEM 113, is the first course in chemistry for chemistry, environmental chemistry, and biochemistry majors. This is also the first course in the chemistry sequence required for students planning to apply to medical or dental school.

    MATH 121 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

    Coordinate systems, functions, graphs, one-to-one and inverse functions; composition of functions; lines and slopes; limits, continuity, maximum and minimum, derivative of a function of one variable; differentiation of polynomials, chain rule; derivatives of trigonometric functions and their inverses; implicit differentiation; antiderivative and definite integral; fundamental theorem of calculus. Not open to students who have had 111. Prerequisite: Placement.

    PHYS 103 Astronomy

    A descriptive course in astronomy and scientific cosmology intended for non-concentrators. Observing nights and field trips are an integral part of the course.

    PSY 201 General Psychology

    Why do you do what you do? Feel what you feel? Think what you think? Psychology explores what causes human behavior -- everything from brain activity to childhood experiences, from interpersonal relations to individual motivation. General Psychology introduces students to the core aspects of human functioning: biological bases of behavior, learning, development, sensation and perception, social behavior, and cognitive processes. Additionally, this course seeks to explain why many individuals struggle with their thoughts and emotions to the point where they experience obsessive anxiety, suicidal depression, or antisocial behavior, as well as how such problems can be treated with psychotherapy.

    PSY 216 Psychology of Religion

    Religion is one of the most powerful forces driving individual experience and the larger society and world. This course will explore the psychology underpinning this force. Beginning with introductions to classic writings by William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow, the course will explore why people become committed to religious beliefs and the ways in which religious institutions interact with individuals and groups. The course will examine religious fanaticism and terrorism through empirical, phenomenological and sociological approaches.

    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

    Analysis of the social forces, past, present, and future, that govern behavior and determine social life. Study of major social institutions (family, religion, government, education) and processes(social change. gender, race, class socialization).

    SOC 102 Global Social Problems and Social Justice

    Sociological analysis of selected social problems. Discussion of the causes of social problems, the processes by which they are brought to public attention, and evaluation of attempts to solve them.

    SSS 101 Introduction to Social Work

    An overview of the profession of social work within the institution of social welfare. Basic definitions, historical development, trends in social welfare and social work. May include guest lecturers. Twenty-four (24) hours of volunteer experience during the semester is required.

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  • ANTH 105 Human Evolution

    How do archaeologists use science to reconstruct the past? How do we find important archaeological sites, and how do we study them? The answers to these and related questions are explored as you learn about scientific approaches to data collection; how artifacts and other remains are studied and interpreted; as well as basic field, laboratory and dating techniques. Part of this introductory course allows you to learn how the past shapes the present, how archaeology sheds light on the past where history is absent or silent; why archaeology is relevant to contemporary society, the importance of cultural heritage; and the good, the bad and the ugly about Indiana Jones!

    ARPL 211 History of Architecture I

    This course explores the history of world architecture and city planning from its beginnings to the end of the Romanesque period (Carolingian). Examples will be discussed with respect to aesthetic principles, symbolism and cultural meaning, site and urban design, spatial sequence, detailing, and construction and systems technology, and in the context of their behavioral, cultural, political, religious, ecological, and economic environments.

    CLAS 205: History of Ancient Greece

    A chronological survey of the political and social history of Greece from "Agamemnon to Alexander to Augustus." Covers the period from the late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic era, beginning with the Mycenaean kingdoms and concluding with the conquest of Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, by the future Roman emperor Augustus (31 BC). Focusing in particular upon the construction of Greek identity as shaped by such factors as geography, warfare, economy, and intercultural contact, the course will employ a textbook, primary sources read in English, and maps and other images to explore important issues in the evolution of Greek society. Subjects treated will include the rise of the Greek polis (city-state), the Greek colonization of the eastern and western Mediterranean, the development of diverse governmental and constitutional structures ranging from tyranny to democracy to monarchy, the blossoming of Greek artistic and intellectual life during the classical period and the conflicts between Greeks and Persians and between Athens and Sparta, the expedition of Alexander the Great, and the relationships of the Hellenistic kingdoms with Rome.

    DR 205: Introduction to Speech Communication

    Theory and exercises in speech communication, emphasizing perception, language (verbal and nonverbal), and interaction. Students apply principles in a variety of transactions.

    ECON 100 Fundamentals of Economics

    A one semester introduction to the principles of both micro- and macroeconomics. Microeconomics topics will include the basics of supply and demand, the behavior of consumers and businesses, and how markets operate. Macroeconomic topics will include the fundamental components of gross domestic product(GDP), the problems of inflation and unemployment, the impacts of government fiscal and monetary policies, and economic growth.

    ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics

    An introduction to the study of open economy macroeconomic principles. It is concerned with the behavior of the economy as a whole. It studies the foundations of macroeconomic theory and their application to domestic and international macroeconomic policy. It is useful for students concentrating in other fields.

    ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics

    An introduction to microeconomic principles. Students will be introduced to the analytical tools of microeconomic analysis used to examine the behavior of consumers and producers, and how they interact in various types of market structures to determine prices and outputs. Students are also introduced to market failures and to alternative policies that may be implemented to deal with them.

    ENG 324: Introduction to Linguistics

    An introductory study of linguistics, with concepts and applications from the traditional areas of analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) as well as from first- and second-language acquisition and development.

    EURO 310: The Idea of Europe. European Integration Since 1914

    After WWII, and in the context of the Cold War, Europeans witnessed the transnational integration process that resulted in the foundation of the European Union (EU) in 1992. However, the road to the EU was long and cumbersome, and beset by conflicts and perpetual crises. This course takes a historical approach by putting the process of European identity building at the center of its attention. The first part of the course provides an overview of the history of European integration since 1914. This part is followed by a second that focuses on more current issues related to the problem of creating an EU identity.

    FREN 220 Pirates of the Caribbean in Atlantic Literature

    Whether as freebooters, buccaneers, corsairs, privateers, marauders, swashbucklers or sea rovers, pirates have long captured the Atlantic imagination. But why? This course interrogates the concept of piracy from its earliest manifestations to our present day. We will focus primarily on the "golden age" of Atlantic piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries and its artistic re-imagining in the 19th and 20th centuries. Taught in English.

    HIST 140: Travel and Tourism in Latin America

    Many North Americans first experience Latin America through tourism and travel, whether during a boisterous spring break trip to Cancun, a forbidden visit to Havana, or an adventurous trek to the heights of Machu Picchu. This course will examine the long history of travel and tourism in Latin America, in order to understand the ways that the region has been shaped by encounters, interactions, and conflicts between travelers/"outsiders" and Latin Americans. Covering the period between the arrival of Columbus in 1492 and the present day, we will examine and analyze narrative accounts, maps, photographs, paintings, travel posters, and films in order to look at the ways that travelers experienced and described the racial, cultural, and political complexities of the region. We will also assess the costs and opportunities created by travel and tourism in the region, particularly in the latter half of the course, when we will discuss how modern Latin American governments created a tourist industry that continues to export an exotic and commercialized vision of the region for popular consumption.

    HIST 205: History of Ancient Greece

    A chronological survey of the political and social history of Greece from "Agamemnon to Alexander to Augustus." Covers the period from the late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic era, beginning with the Mycenaean kingdoms and concluding with the conquest of Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, by the future Roman emperor Augustus (31 BC). Focusing in particular upon the construction of Greek identity as shaped by such factors as geography, warfare, economy, and intercultural contact, the course will employ a textbook, primary sources read in English, and maps and other images to explore important issues in the evolution of Greek society. Subjects treated will include the rise of the Greek polis (city-state), the Greek colonization of the eastern and western Mediterranean, the development of diverse governmental and constitutional structures ranging from tyranny to democracy to monarchy, the blossoming of Greek artistic and intellectual life during the classical period and the conflicts between Greeks and Persians and between Athens and Sparta, the expedition of Alexander the Great, and the relationships of the Hellenistic kingdoms with Rome.

    HIST 235 Medieval World

    This course offers a broad survey of medieval Europe (ca. 500-1500), a formative period in western society known for its soaring gothic cathedrals, the culture of chivalry, church and state power struggles, the crusades, the Black Death, Dante, and the emergence of the inquisition. We will examine western Christendom in the making by tracing the growth of its central institutions alongside its encounters with others—Pagans, Jews and Muslims—as it sought to expand its horizons and borders. Readings will emphasize primary sources in translation. No previous knowledge of the Middle Ages is assumed.

    HIST 257 The Making of America, 1607-1877

    The United States we know today was forged through centuries of hard-fought struggles. This course provides an overview of American History in the first 270 years. It surveys early contests between indigenous peoples and European empires, colonists' rebellion in the American Revolution, and political conundrums in the early United States. It also explains divisive economic transformations and immigration patterns, conflicts during westward expansion, women's and African Americans' demands for inclusion, reform efforts to overcome social ills, new religious awakenings, and struggles over slavery and the country's economic future. The course concludes with the accelerating centrifugal forces that brought on the Civil War, and how Americans began rebuilding the fractured nation into a new society.

    MATH 114 Probability and Statistics

    Designed for students in the social sciences, to acquaint them with the techniques of elementary statistics. Emphasizes computation and interpretation of data. Topics include calculation and graphing methods, measures of central tendency, measures of variation, measures of association and correlation; sampling and hypothesis testing.

    MATH 168 Mathematics in the Modern World

    Intended for liberal arts students. Explores mathematical ideas and current applications of these ideas. Topics include mathematical applications in the management sciences and social sciences and applications of geometry to physics, astronomy, chemistry, and biology.

    MATH 175 Mathematics in Politics

    This course, intended for liberal arts students, explores the mathematics involved in political concepts and applications. Topics include social choice, voting procedures and their inherent paradoxes, contributions of Arrow and Codorcet; yes/no voting and the Banzhaf and Shapley-Shubik power indices; apportionment of the House of Representatives relating the procedures of Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams, Webster and Hill-Huntington and their inherent paradoxes; fair division, including cake-cutting and inheritance division procedures.

    POL 111 Introduction to American Government

    An introduction to the basic institutions and principles of American government with particular attention to constitutional foundations, historical development, and the linkages between those institutions and the public.

    PSY 201 General Psychology

    Why do you do what you do? Feel what you feel? Think what you think? Psychology explores what causes human behavior -- everything from brain activity to childhood experiences, from interpersonal relations to individual motivation. General Psychology introduces students to the core aspects of human functioning: biological bases of behavior, learning, development, sensation and perception, social behavior, and cognitive processes. Additionally, this course seeks to explain why many individuals struggle with their thoughts and emotions to the point where they experience obsessive anxiety, suicidal depression, or antisocial behavior, as well as how such problems can be treated with psychotherapy.

    PSY 216 Psychology of Religion

    Religion is one of the most powerful forces driving individual experience and the larger society and world. This course will explore the psychology underpinning this force. Beginning with introductions to classic writings by William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow, the course will explore why people become committed to religious beliefs and the ways in which religious institutions interact with individuals and groups. The course will examine religious fanaticism and terrorism through empirical, phenomenological and sociological approaches.

    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

    Analysis of the social forces, past, present, and future, that govern behavior and determine social life. Study of major social institutions (family, religion, government, education) and processes(social change. gender, race, class socialization).

    SOC 102 Global Social Problems and Social Justice

    Sociological analysis of selected social problems. Discussion of the causes of social problems, the processes by which they are brought to public attention, and evaluation of attempts to solve them.

    SOC 208 Sociology of Delinquency

    A presentation and evaluation of theories of delinquency. Comprehensive coverage of empirical research on diverse forms of delinquent activity. Special focus on the effects of religiosity on delinquent behavior.

    SOC 226: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

    The sociological perspective on the interdisciplinary field of peace studies and conflict resolution, which has emerged in the last twenty years. The study of contemporary global and regional wars, local conflicts and violence, and the most recent theories pertaining to these phenomena. The study of nonviolent social movements and their strategies. A required introductory course in the Peace and World Order Studies concentration.

    SOC 315: Crimes in Urban America

    This course examines crime in pre-industrial, industrial and modern societies. Criminal justice and social welfare responses to crime will be discussed as well as the role of the police, courts, and prisons.

    SOC 320 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

    This course introduces students to the historical and current terrorist threats at both national and international levels. Terrorists organizations, their motivations, strategies, tactics and targets will be discussed. The various national and international counter terrorism measures past and present will also be presented in the course.

    SOC 340 Catholic Social Doctrine and Social Justice

    This course provides an introduction and examination of global applications of Catholic social thought (CST), featuring 1) an introduction to the main principles of CST through a reading of the major CST documents; 2) an exegesis of the most recent and prominent focuses, on global development and a civilization of love; and 3) application to specific social concerns such as hunger, inequality, water rights, gender, AIDS, immigration, over/under population, or other pertinent topics.

    SSS 101 Introduction to Social Work

    An overview of the profession of social work within the institution of social welfare. Basic definitions, historical development, trends in social welfare and social work. May include guest lecturers. Twenty-four (24) hours of volunteer experience during the semester is required.

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  • ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology: Cultures in a Global Society

    An ideal course for first year students, this course helps you understand your place in the world. Students think critically and systematically about the diversity of people and cultures. As we read about and discuss contemporary individuals in their families and societies, we consider how lives are affected by media images and information, transnational markets, consumer desires, global ecology, conflicting aspirations, religious revivals, and rewritten histories. Through a global perspective, we look at individuals in society by learning about their worldviews, ways of making a living, social arrangements, and belief systems. It establishes the foundations for ANTH 200 and 201, including concepts and methods of cultural anthropology, especially the concept of culture and the logic and practice of fieldwork.

    ART 232 Introduction to Digital Art: Photo Manipulation and Digital Painting

    This course concentrates on drafting, painting, masking and compositing features and capabilities using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter. This course serves as a detailed introduction to the unparalleled possibilities for creating and manipulating images in digital formats. Students will learn and master the use of basic tools, multiple-step techniques, digital asset and workflow management along with an overall review of fundamental concepts of visual art and design.

    BIO 103: General Biology I

    An examination of the human body in health and disease. After examining the normal physiology of the body, the processes and symptoms of a variety of diseases will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the factors responsible for these diseases and their prevention. For non-concentrators only. Note: Biology 103 and 104 may be taken in any order.

    CSC 106 Introduction to Computer Programming for non-Engineers

    Students will be provided with the basic knowledge and practical experience to understand computer programming. This will be accomplished by having the students learn the Python programming language. The course is intended to be beneficial to non-technical majors with little to no knowledge of computer programming but may also be useful to students with some programming experience that would simply like to learn Python. The course will help form a mental framework for students so they can not only understand some of the basic tools used by computer scientists but also how to use those tools themselves. By taking the course, students will understand basic computer science concepts such as variables, expressions, statements, functions, conditionals, recursion, strings and more. These concepts will be developed in a deep and significant way as students create their own programs using the popular and freely available Python programming language.

    ECON 100 Fundamentals of Economics

    A one semester introduction to the principles of both micro- and macroeconomics. Microeconomics topics will include the basics of supply and demand, the behavior of consumers and businesses, and how markets operate. Macroeconomic topics will include the fundamental components of gross domestic product(GDP), the problems of inflation and unemployment, the impacts of government fiscal and monetary policies, and economic growth.

    ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics

    An introduction to the study of open economy macroeconomic principles. It is concerned with the behavior of the economy as a whole. It studies the foundations of macroeconomic theory and their application to domestic and international macroeconomic policy. It is useful for students concentrating in other fields.

    ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics

    An introduction to microeconomic principles. Students will be introduced to the analytical tools of microeconomic analysis used to examine the behavior of consumers and producers, and how they interact in various types of market structures to determine prices and outputs. Students are also introduced to market failures and to alternative policies that may be implemented to deal with them.

    EDUC 101 Introduction to Teaching (1 credit)

    A one-credit course for any student interested in becoming an early childhood, elementary, or secondary school teacher, or interested in exploring courses available through the Education Studies program. Introduces students to the Catholic University Teacher Education Program's philosophy and requirements. Course content designed to help students clarify whether they have the disposition to be good teachers and want to consider teaching as a career goal.

    EURO 310: The Idea of Europe. European Integration Since 1914

    After WWII, and in the context of the Cold War, Europeans witnessed the transnational integration process that resulted in the foundation of the European Union (EU) in 1992. However, the road to the EU was long and cumbersome, and beset by conflicts and perpetual crises. This course takes a historical approach by putting the process of European identity building at the center of its attention. The first part of the course provides an overview of the history of European integration since 1914. This part is followed by a second that focuses on more current issues related to the problem of creating an EU identity.

    HIST 140: Travel and Tourism in Latin America

    Many North Americans first experience Latin America through tourism and travel, whether during a boisterous spring break trip to Cancun, a forbidden visit to Havana, or an adventurous trek to the heights of Machu Picchu. This course will examine the long history of travel and tourism in Latin America, in order to understand the ways that the region has been shaped by encounters, interactions, and conflicts between travelers/"outsiders" and Latin Americans. Covering the period between the arrival of Columbus in 1492 and the present day, we will examine and analyze narrative accounts, maps, photographs, paintings, travel posters, and films in order to look at the ways that travelers experienced and described the racial, cultural, and political complexities of the region. We will also assess the costs and opportunities created by travel and tourism in the region, particularly in the latter half of the course, when we will discuss how modern Latin American governments created a tourist industry that continues to export an exotic and commercialized vision of the region for popular consumption.

    MATH 168 Mathematics in the Modern World

    Intended for liberal arts students. Explores mathematical ideas and current applications of these ideas. Topics include mathematical applications in the management sciences and social sciences and applications of geometry to physics, astronomy, chemistry, and biology.

    MATH 175 Mathematics in Politics

    This course, intended for liberal arts students, explores the mathematics involved in political concepts and applications. Topics include social choice, voting procedures and their inherent paradoxes, contributions of Arrow and Codorcet; yes/no voting and the Banzhaf and Shapley-Shubik power indices; apportionment of the House of Representatives relating the procedures of Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams, Webster and Hill-Huntington and their inherent paradoxes; fair division, including cake-cutting and inheritance division procedures.

    MDIA 201 Intro to Media Studies

    Students learn basic media literacy by developing conceptual tools to think critically about cinema, television, advertising, print journalism, the internet, etc. The course focuses on the process of reading media texts from distinct rhetorical perspectives--in terms of a text's form and in terms of its relationships to audiences, authors, and the real world--in order to explore how the mass media shape and convey meaning.

    POL 111 Introduction to American Government

    An introduction to the basic institutions and principles of American government with particular attention to constitutional foundations, historical development, and the linkages between those institutions and the public.

    PSY 216 Psychology of Religion

    Religion is one of the most powerful forces driving individual experience and the larger society and world. This course will explore the psychology underpinning this force. Beginning with introductions to classic writings by William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow, the course will explore why people become committed to religious beliefs and the ways in which religious institutions interact with individuals and groups. The course will examine religious fanaticism and terrorism through empirical, phenomenological and sociological approaches.

    SOC 102 Global Social Problems and Social Justice

    Sociological analysis of selected social problems. Discussion of the causes of social problems, the processes by which they are brought to public attention, and evaluation of attempts to solve them.

    SOC 208 Sociology of Delinquency

    A presentation and evaluation of theories of delinquency. Comprehensive coverage of empirical research on diverse forms of delinquent activity. Special focus on the effects of religiosity on delinquent behavior.

    SOC 226: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

    The sociological perspective on the interdisciplinary field of peace studies and conflict resolution, which has emerged in the last twenty years. The study of contemporary global and regional wars, local conflicts and violence, and the most recent theories pertaining to these phenomena. The study of nonviolent social movements and their strategies. A required introductory course in the Peace and World Order Studies concentration.

    SOC 315: Crimes in Urban America

    This course examines crime in pre-industrial, industrial and modern societies. Criminal justice and social welfare responses to crime will be discussed as well as the role of the police, courts, and prisons.

    SOC 320 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

    This course introduces students to the historical and current terrorist threats at both national and international levels. Terrorists organizations, their motivations, strategies, tactics and targets will be discussed. The various national and international counter terrorism measures past and present will also be presented in the course.

    SOC 340 Catholic Social Doctrine and Social Justice

    This course provides an introduction and examination of global applications of Catholic social thought (CST), featuring 1) an introduction to the main principles of CST through a reading of the major CST documents; 2) an exegesis of the most recent and prominent focuses, on global development and a civilization of love; and 3) application to specific social concerns such as hunger, inequality, water rights, gender, AIDS, immigration, over/under population, or other pertinent topics.

    SSS 101 Introduction to Social Work

    An overview of the profession of social work within the institution of social welfare. Basic definitions, historical development, trends in social welfare and social work. May include guest lecturers. Twenty-four (24) hours of volunteer experience during the semester is required.

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  • ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology: Cultures in a Global Society

    An ideal course for first year students, this course helps you understand your place in the world. Students think critically and systematically about the diversity of people and cultures. As we read about and discuss contemporary individuals in their families and societies, we consider how lives are affected by media images and information, transnational markets, consumer desires, global ecology, conflicting aspirations, religious revivals, and rewritten histories. Through a global perspective, we look at individuals in society by learning about their worldviews, ways of making a living, social arrangements, and belief systems. It establishes the foundations for ANTH 200 and 201, including concepts and methods of cultural anthropology, especially the concept of culture and the logic and practice of fieldwork.

    BIO 103: General Biology I

    An examination of the human body in health and disease. After examining the normal physiology of the body, the processes and symptoms of a variety of diseases will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the factors responsible for these diseases and their prevention. For non-concentrators only. Note: Biology 103 and 104 may be taken in any order.

    DR 206 Acting I

    Self discovery. Acting I is an introduction to the basic elements of the Stanislavski system. Students train in exercises to develop concentration, imagination and life observation. Improvisations will encourage physical freedom and a sense of truth. This beginning work will teach stage craft, "moment to moment" spontaneity and a specific approach to researching and rehearsing a contemporary scene and monologue.

    ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics

    An introduction to microeconomic principles. Students will be introduced to the analytical tools of microeconomic analysis used to examine the behavior of consumers and producers, and how they interact in various types of market structures to determine prices and outputs. Students are also introduced to market failures and to alternative policies that may be implemented to deal with them.

    EDUC 101 Introduction to Teaching (1 credit)

    A one-credit course for any student interested in becoming an early childhood, elementary, or secondary school teacher, or interested in exploring courses available through the Education Studies program. Introduces students to the Catholic University Teacher Education Program's philosophy and requirements. Course content designed to help students clarify whether they have the disposition to be good teachers and want to consider teaching as a career goal.

    HUM 101 Classics in Conversation

    Explores fundamental human questions through great and greatly influential works of literature from the Western tradition. In small classes you will read and discuss some of the world’s most beautiful and profound poetry, drama, and prose. Essential reading for those seeking self-knowledge or insight into war and peace, nobility and baseness, heaven and hell and the here-and-now, death, forgiveness, the limits of human knowledge and power, or our restlessness and yearning and our chances of settling down and finally finding satisfaction.

    MATH 187 Introduction to Mathematical Thought

    Intended for liberal arts students. Topics chosen from among: basic logic, number theory, infinite sets and cardinal numbers, symmetry and finite groups, graph theory and polyhedra, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, and others.

    PSY 201 General Psychology

    Why do you do what you do? Feel what you feel? Think what you think? Psychology explores what causes human behavior -- everything from brain activity to childhood experiences, from interpersonal relations to individual motivation. General Psychology introduces students to the core aspects of human functioning: biological bases of behavior, learning, development, sensation and perception, social behavior, and cognitive processes. Additionally, this course seeks to explain why many individuals struggle with their thoughts and emotions to the point where they experience obsessive anxiety, suicidal depression, or antisocial behavior, as well as how such problems can be treated with psychotherapy.

    PSY 216 Psychology of Religion

    Religion is one of the most powerful forces driving individual experience and the larger society and world. This course will explore the psychology underpinning this force. Beginning with introductions to classic writings by William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow, the course will explore why people become committed to religious beliefs and the ways in which religious institutions interact with individuals and groups. The course will examine religious fanaticism and terrorism through empirical, phenomenological and sociological approaches.

    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

    Analysis of the social forces, past, present, and future, that govern behavior and determine social life. Study of major social institutions (family, religion, government, education) and processes(social change. gender, race, class socialization).

    SOC 102 Global Social Problems and Social Justice

    Sociological analysis of selected social problems. Discussion of the causes of social problems, the processes by which they are brought to public attention, and evaluation of attempts to solve them.

    SOC 208 Sociology of Delinquency

    A presentation and evaluation of theories of delinquency. Comprehensive coverage of empirical research on diverse forms of delinquent activity. Special focus on the effects of religiosity on delinquent behavior.

    SOC 226: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

    The sociological perspective on the interdisciplinary field of peace studies and conflict resolution, which has emerged in the last twenty years. The study of contemporary global and regional wars, local conflicts and violence, and the most recent theories pertaining to these phenomena. The study of nonviolent social movements and their strategies. A required introductory course in the Peace and World Order Studies concentration.

    SOC 315: Crimes in Urban America

    This course examines crime in pre-industrial, industrial and modern societies. Criminal justice and social welfare responses to crime will be discussed as well as the role of the police, courts, and prisons.

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  • ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology: Cultures in a Global Society

    An ideal course for first year students, this course helps you understand your place in the world. Students think critically and systematically about the diversity of people and cultures. As we read about and discuss contemporary individuals in their families and societies, we consider how lives are affected by media images and information, transnational markets, consumer desires, global ecology, conflicting aspirations, religious revivals, and rewritten histories. Through a global perspective, we look at individuals in society by learning about their worldviews, ways of making a living, social arrangements, and belief systems. It establishes the foundations for ANTH 200 and 201, including concepts and methods of cultural anthropology, especially the concept of culture and the logic and practice of fieldwork.

    ANTH 105 Human Evolution

    How do archaeologists use science to reconstruct the past? How do we find important archaeological sites, and how do we study them? The answers to these and related questions are explored as you learn about scientific approaches to data collection; how artifacts and other remains are studied and interpreted; as well as basic field, laboratory and dating techniques. Part of this introductory course allows you to learn how the past shapes the present, how archaeology sheds light on the past where history is absent or silent; why archaeology is relevant to contemporary society, the importance of cultural heritage; and the good, the bad and the ugly about Indiana Jones!

    ANTH 108 Introduction to Archeology

    As an introduction to scientific Human Evolution this course focuses on how Homo sapiens sapiens developed biologically and culturally using the latest scientific evidence from genetics, comparisons with non-human primates and the incredible fossil and archaeological record of our evolution.

    The class begins with the interesting history of evolutionary thinking from a diverse group of Europeans that provided the basic ideas of our modern scientific approach. Next, we consider heredity, how we acquire our unique set of biological traits. To understand heredity, students are introduced to cell and population genetics. In an effort to explain our unique behavioral developments, students consider living non-human primates as our closest ancestors. Lastly, the course traces the fascinating fossil and archaeological evidence of our earliest ancestors and tracks the rapid spread of Homo sapiens across the globe.

    ANTH 214: Anthropology of Food

    With almost 6 billion people to feed and unprecedented levels of human impact on the environment, many cultural, social, and environmental questions surround the supply of food. Are there ethical and non-ethical ways to produce food? How does food production relate to a healthy environment? What happens to food as it moves from the farmer to the dinner plate? How does food become an expression of our social selves? This course uses an anthropological perspective to assess these and related questions in the production, processing and consumption of food.

    ARAB 101: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic

    This introduction course to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) uses video-based course materials and focuses on developing proficiency in the standard written Arabic language, as well as formal spoken Arabic understood by educated speakers across the Arab world. The course begins with learning the script and the sound system using Alf-Baa as a core text. The book simultaneously introduces vocabulary so that students can begin performing dialogues and other activities from the first week. After the alphabet is covered, students complete the first chapters of Al-Kitaab Part 1 in which more grammar and vocabulary are introduced at a faster rate to build the foundation for general communicative competence and greater cultural awareness.

    ARPL 101 Introduction to Architecture

    This course introduces students to the world of design and architecture, its concepts, theory, language, practice, and ethics, and to associated and related fields (such as interior, landscape, graphic, and industrial design, to planning, construction, and development). It also introduces them to the world of the architectural student and intern and to management of the demands it will make of them. Students will learn to raise their powers of observation and design awareness, and increase their sensitivity toward the quality of the designed environment. (This course counts as a general elective in the School of Arts and Sciences; it does not fulfill a humanities distribution requirement.)

    ARPL 211 History of Architecture I

    This course explores the history of world architecture and city planning from its beginnings to the end of the Romanesque period (Carolingian). Examples will be discussed with respect to aesthetic principles, symbolism and cultural meaning, site and urban design, spatial sequence, detailing, and construction and systems technology, and in the context of their behavioral, cultural, political, religious, ecological, and economic environments.

    ART 101 Fundamentals of Design I

    Introductory studio art course; primary goal is the development of an awareness and appreciation of the visual experience and of the limitless possibilities for making things of beauty and delight. Learning based largely on a conscious amassing of visual experiences and the development of seeing, upon which, eventually, to realize one's own visual language and visual value judgments. Studio exercises and lectures consider two-dimensional work and color.

    ART 201: Drawing and Composition I

    Exploration of drawing as an art form for the novice or for those with some experience. Emphasis on the development of visual awareness, appreciation, and discrimination. Various media and techniques employed in drawing from life and in varied visual exercises. Studio, six hours per week.

    ART 211 History of Art: Prehistory to the Middle Ages

    A survey of Western art from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Assists the student in a visual and critical understanding of the art of the past. The Western tradition investigated, with emphasis on such art forms as sculpture, painting, and architecture.

    ART 232 Introduction to Digital Art: Photo Manipulation and Digital Painting

    This course concentrates on drafting, painting, masking and compositing features and capabilities using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter. This course serves as a detailed introduction to the unparalleled possibilities for creating and manipulating images in digital formats. Students will learn and master the use of basic tools, multiple-step techniques, digital asset and workflow management along with an overall review of fundamental concepts of visual art and design.

    ART 317: Greek Art and Architecture

    Surveys the art, architecture, and archeology of Greece from its Minoan and Mycenaean antecedents through the late Hellenistic era, with emphasis on the Classical period. Readings and slide lectures/discussions emphasize the relationship of the arts to their broader cultural context and introduce a variety of art-historical methods.

    BIO 103: General Biology I

    An examination of the human body in health and disease. After examining the normal physiology of the body, the processes and symptoms of a variety of diseases will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the factors responsible for these diseases and their prevention. For non-concentrators only. Note: Biology 103 and 104 may be taken in any order.

    CHEM 103 General Chemistry I & CHEM 113 Chem Lab

    General Chemistry I begins the exploration of the field of chemistry beginning with the atom and atomic structure and progressing to molecules, molecular bonding descriptions and interactions between molecules. The lab course provides experiential demonstrations of principles covered in lecture and is a co-requisite of the lecture course. It satisfies a science distribution course for any major. The class assumes no prior HS chemistry, but does assume familiarity with algebra. CHEM 103, taken with the laboratory course - CHEM 113, is the first course in chemistry for chemistry, environmental chemistry, and biochemistry majors. This is also the first course in the chemistry sequence required for students planning to apply to medical or dental school.

    CHN 101: Beginning Mandarin Chinese I

    This beginner's course is designed for students who desire to study Chinese systematically. The course uses video-based material to introduce the language in real-life settings. Pinyin and simplified characters are used. Accurate pronunciation, tones, and grammatical expressions are the main focuses for this semester.

    CLAS 205: History of Ancient Greece

    A chronological survey of the political and social history of Greece from "Agamemnon to Alexander to Augustus." Covers the period from the late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic era, beginning with the Mycenaean kingdoms and concluding with the conquest of Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, by the future Roman emperor Augustus (31 BC). Focusing in particular upon the construction of Greek identity as shaped by such factors as geography, warfare, economy, and intercultural contact, the course will employ a textbook, primary sources read in English, and maps and other images to explore important issues in the evolution of Greek society. Subjects treated will include the rise of the Greek polis (city-state), the Greek colonization of the eastern and western Mediterranean, the development of diverse governmental and constitutional structures ranging from tyranny to democracy to monarchy, the blossoming of Greek artistic and intellectual life during the classical period and the conflicts between Greeks and Persians and between Athens and Sparta, the expedition of Alexander the Great, and the relationships of the Hellenistic kingdoms with Rome.

    CLAS 211 Greek and Roman Mythology

    The myths of the Greeks and Romans are ways of thinking about the relationship between man and the gods, the forces of nature, and the universe. This course invites you to think about familiar stories in new ways, and to learn new stories, too. Subjects studied will include creation myths, the divinities and heroes, and the stories of the Trojan War. Excerpts from ancient literature and examples from ancient art help to show how ancient peoples represented and talked about their beliefs.

    CSC 104 Introduction to Computers I

    Elementary programming in a high-level language intended for liberal arts majors who want an introduction to computing history, computer concepts, hardware, software, and application software such as operating systems, graphics, word processing, databases and spreadsheets. Introduces general problem-solving techniques including the concepts of step-wise refinement applied to the development of algorithms.

    CSC 106 Introduction to Computer Programming for non-Engineers

    Students will be provided with the basic knowledge and practical experience to understand computer programming. This will be accomplished by having the students learn the Python programming language. The course is intended to be beneficial to non-technical majors with little to no knowledge of computer programming but may also be useful to students with some programming experience that would simply like to learn Python. The course will help form a mental framework for students so they can not only understand some of the basic tools used by computer scientists but also how to use those tools themselves. By taking the course, students will understand basic computer science concepts such as variables, expressions, statements, functions, conditionals, recursion, strings and more. These concepts will be developed in a deep and significant way as students create their own programs using the popular and freely available Python programming language.

    DR 101 Theater I

    Introduction to Drama examines how language can be manipulated to enhance the depth and understanding of human communication through live performance. The course focuses on how that communication can be used, modified, and reinforced as a medium of artistic expression. This is an introductory humanities course designed for students from all university disciplines interested in live theatre as a performance art in the 21st century. Students focus on the creation of theatrical experiences through the structure and balance of a play’s components. These include text, performance, direction, design, and presentational space. The plays studied within the course address many social issues of contemporary society. Attendance of live theatrical performances is an integral part of the course structure.

    DR 205: Introduction to Speech Communication

    Theory and exercises in speech communication, emphasizing perception, language (verbal and nonverbal), and interaction. Students apply principles in a variety of transactions.

    DR 206 Acting I

    Self discovery. Acting I is an introduction to the basic elements of the Stanislavski system. Students train in exercises to develop concentration, imagination and life observation. Improvisations will encourage physical freedom and a sense of truth. This beginning work will teach stage craft, "moment to moment" spontaneity and a specific approach to researching and rehearsing a contemporary scene and monologue.

    ECON 100 Fundamentals of Economics

    A one semester introduction to the principles of both micro- and macroeconomics. Microeconomics topics will include the basics of supply and demand, the behavior of consumers and businesses, and how markets operate. Macroeconomic topics will include the fundamental components of gross domestic product(GDP), the problems of inflation and unemployment, the impacts of government fiscal and monetary policies, and economic growth.

    ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics

    An introduction to the study of open economy macroeconomic principles. It is concerned with the behavior of the economy as a whole. It studies the foundations of macroeconomic theory and their application to domestic and international macroeconomic policy. It is useful for students concentrating in other fields.

    ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics

    An introduction to microeconomic principles. Students will be introduced to the analytical tools of microeconomic analysis used to examine the behavior of consumers and producers, and how they interact in various types of market structures to determine prices and outputs. Students are also introduced to market failures and to alternative policies that may be implemented to deal with them.

    EDUC 101 Introduction to Teaching (1 credit)

    A one-credit course for any student interested in becoming an early childhood, elementary, or secondary school teacher, or interested in exploring courses available through the Education Studies program. Introduces students to the Catholic University Teacher Education Program's philosophy and requirements. Course content designed to help students clarify whether they have the disposition to be good teachers and want to consider teaching as a career goal.

    ENG 206: Grimms' Fairy Tales in European Context

    This course engages with fairy tales in the Western intellectual tradition by analyzing literary fairy tales from continental Europe written between 1600 and 1900. Although the focus is on literary tales, the course is interdisciplinary and also looks at modern literary and film adaptations of the Grimms' tales. Students will explore fairy tales as a genre and its links to socioeconomic class, family conflicts, gender, politics, economics, society, and cultural life in early modern and Enlightenment Europe. The Grimms' tales will be read using literary theory as well as cultural and media studies. This course prepares students to write an academic, analytical essay and to become familiar with academic discourse and library resources.

    ENG 231 The History of English Lit I

    A general survey and analysis of selected works from the beginnings of English literature to the present, delineating general historical patterns that provide a foundation for subsequent study. The course starts with the Middle Ages and goes through the eighteenth century.

    ENG 235 American Literature I

    This course surveys major authors of American literature from the colonial period through the end of the 19th century. Representative writers include Franklin, Poe, Thoreau, Melville, Douglass, Whitman, Dickinson, and Mark Twain. Works are examined in aesthetic and cultural contexts, including Puritanism, nation-building and American identity, Romanticism, slavery and reform, women's roles, and American humor.

    ENG 324: Introduction to Linguistics

    An introductory study of linguistics, with concepts and applications from the traditional areas of analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) as well as from first- and second-language acquisition and development.

    EURO 310: The Idea of Europe. European Integration Since 1914

    After WWII, and in the context of the Cold War, Europeans witnessed the transnational integration process that resulted in the foundation of the European Union (EU) in 1992. However, the road to the EU was long and cumbersome, and beset by conflicts and perpetual crises. This course takes a historical approach by putting the process of European identity building at the center of its attention. The first part of the course provides an overview of the history of European integration since 1914. This part is followed by a second that focuses on more current issues related to the problem of creating an EU identity.

    FREN 220 Pirates of the Caribbean in Atlantic Literature

    Whether as freebooters, buccaneers, corsairs, privateers, marauders, swashbucklers or sea rovers, pirates have long captured the Atlantic imagination. But why? This course interrogates the concept of piracy from its earliest manifestations to our present day. We will focus primarily on the "golden age" of Atlantic piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries and its artistic re-imagining in the 19th and 20th centuries. Taught in English.

    GER 230: Grimms' Fairy Tales

    The course, which is taught in English, engages with Grimms' fairy tales in the Western intellectual tradition by analyzing literary fairy tales from continental Europe written between 1600 and 1900. Students explore fairy tales as a genre and its links to socioeconomic class, family conflicts, gender, politics, economics, society, and cultural life. The tales will be read using literary theory as well as cultural and media studies. All readings and class discussion are taught in English.

    HIST 140: Travel and Tourism in Latin America

    Many North Americans first experience Latin America through tourism and travel, whether during a boisterous spring break trip to Cancun, a forbidden visit to Havana, or an adventurous trek to the heights of Machu Picchu. This course will examine the long history of travel and tourism in Latin America, in order to understand the ways that the region has been shaped by encounters, interactions, and conflicts between travelers/"outsiders" and Latin Americans. Covering the period between the arrival of Columbus in 1492 and the present day, we will examine and analyze narrative accounts, maps, photographs, paintings, travel posters, and films in order to look at the ways that travelers experienced and described the racial, cultural, and political complexities of the region. We will also assess the costs and opportunities created by travel and tourism in the region, particularly in the latter half of the course, when we will discuss how modern Latin American governments created a tourist industry that continues to export an exotic and commercialized vision of the region for popular consumption.

    HIST 205 Ancient Mediterranean Up to Julius Ceasar

    Surveys the ancient Mediterranean world from the eighth through first centuries B.C. Discusses the history of Greece, Rome, Carthage, and neighboring regions, including Persia, Israel, Egypt, and the Celtic lands. Analyzes the spread of Greek culture and the growth of the Roman Empire in a Mediterranean context. Focuses on economic, social, and political themes. Readings consist of primary and secondary sources, with emphasis on critical interpretation.

    HIST 205: History of Ancient Greece

    A chronological survey of the political and social history of Greece from "Agamemnon to Alexander to Augustus." Covers the period from the late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic era, beginning with the Mycenaean kingdoms and concluding with the conquest of Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, by the future Roman emperor Augustus (31 BC). Focusing in particular upon the construction of Greek identity as shaped by such factors as geography, warfare, economy, and intercultural contact, the course will employ a textbook, primary sources read in English, and maps and other images to explore important issues in the evolution of Greek society. Subjects treated will include the rise of the Greek polis (city-state), the Greek colonization of the eastern and western Mediterranean, the development of diverse governmental and constitutional structures ranging from tyranny to democracy to monarchy, the blossoming of Greek artistic and intellectual life during the classical period and the conflicts between Greeks and Persians and between Athens and Sparta, the expedition of Alexander the Great, and the relationships of the Hellenistic kingdoms with Rome.

    HIST 257 The Making of America, 1607-1877

    The United States we know today was forged through centuries of hard-fought struggles. This course provides an overview of American History in the first 270 years. It surveys early contests between indigenous peoples and European empires, colonists' rebellion in the American Revolution, and political conundrums in the early United States. It also explains divisive economic transformations and immigration patterns, conflicts during westward expansion, women's and African Americans' demands for inclusion, reform efforts to overcome social ills, new religious awakenings, and struggles over slavery and the country's economic future. The course concludes with the accelerating centrifugal forces that brought on the Civil War, and how Americans began rebuilding the fractured nation into a new society.

    HUM 101 Classics in Conversation

    Explores fundamental human questions through great and greatly influential works of literature from the Western tradition. In small classes you will read and discuss some of the world’s most beautiful and profound poetry, drama, and prose. Essential reading for those seeking self-knowledge or insight into war and peace, nobility and baseness, heaven and hell and the here-and-now, death, forgiveness, the limits of human knowledge and power, or our restlessness and yearning and our chances of settling down and finally finding satisfaction.

    IRSH 101: Irish Language and Culture I

    Introduction to the Irish language and to Irish culture. There will be a second semester course offered in the spring. Irish language and culture courses do not fulfill the university’s language requirement. They present an introduction to Irish culture through the Irish (Celtic) language. No prerequisites.

    MATH 111 Calculus for Social-Life Sciences I

    Functions and their graphs; linear functions; functional models; derivative, rate of change and marginal analysis; approximation by differentials; chain rule, implicit differentiation and higher-order derivatives; curve sketching: relative extrema, concavity; absolute extrema; exponential functions and natural logarithms and their derivatives; compound interest. Not open to students who have had 121. Prerequisite: Placement.

    MATH 112 Calculus for Social-Life Sciences II

    The concept of antiderivative; integration by substitution, by parts, and by use of tables; definite integral; area under a curve; applications to business and economics; definite integral as the limit of a sum; improper integrals; probability density; numerical integration; linear and separable differential equations; functions of several variables, partial derivatives, chain rule and total differential; relative extrema; Lagrange multiplier methods; the least square approximation. Not open to students who have had 122. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or better in 111.

    MATH 114 Probability and Statistics

    Designed for students in the social sciences, to acquaint them with the techniques of elementary statistics. Emphasizes computation and interpretation of data. Topics include calculation and graphing methods, measures of central tendency, measures of variation, measures of association and correlation; sampling and hypothesis testing.

    MATH 121 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

    Coordinate systems, functions, graphs, one-to-one and inverse functions; composition of functions; lines and slopes; limits, continuity, maximum and minimum, derivative of a function of one variable; differentiation of polynomials, chain rule; derivatives of trigonometric functions and their inverses; implicit differentiation; antiderivative and definite integral; fundamental theorem of calculus. Not open to students who have had 111. Prerequisite: Placement.

    MATH 122 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

    Antiderivative and definite integral; integration by parts and by substitution; integration of rational functions, powers of trigonometric functions, and rational functions of sin and cos; logarithms and exponential functions and their derivatives: application to computing area, volume; center of gravity and work; polar coordinates, parametric equations; arc length and speed on a curve; area of a surface; curvature; sequences and series; convergence tests; Taylor's formula. Not open to students who have had 112. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or better in 121.

    MATH 168 Mathematics in the Modern World

    Intended for liberal arts students. Explores mathematical ideas and current applications of these ideas. Topics include mathematical applications in the management sciences and social sciences and applications of geometry to physics, astronomy, chemistry, and biology.

    MATH 175 Mathematics in Politics

    This course, intended for liberal arts students, explores the mathematics involved in political concepts and applications. Topics include social choice, voting procedures and their inherent paradoxes, contributions of Arrow and Codorcet; yes/no voting and the Banzhaf and Shapley-Shubik power indices; apportionment of the House of Representatives relating the procedures of Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams, Webster and Hill-Huntington and their inherent paradoxes; fair division, including cake-cutting and inheritance division procedures.

    MATH 187 Introduction to Mathematical Thought

    Intended for liberal arts students. Topics chosen from among: basic logic, number theory, infinite sets and cardinal numbers, symmetry and finite groups, graph theory and polyhedra, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, and others.

    MDIA 201 Intro to Media Studies

    Students learn basic media literacy by developing conceptual tools to think critically about cinema, television, advertising, print journalism, the internet, etc. The course focuses on the process of reading media texts from distinct rhetorical perspectives--in terms of a text's form and in terms of its relationships to audiences, authors, and the real world--in order to explore how the mass media shape and convey meaning.

    PHYS 103 Astronomy

    A descriptive course in astronomy and scientific cosmology intended for non-concentrators. Observing nights and field trips are an integral part of the course.

    POL 111 Introduction to American Government

    An introduction to the basic institutions and principles of American government with particular attention to constitutional foundations, historical development, and the linkages between those institutions and the public.

    PSY 201 General Psychology

    Why do you do what you do? Feel what you feel? Think what you think? Psychology explores what causes human behavior -- everything from brain activity to childhood experiences, from interpersonal relations to individual motivation. General Psychology introduces students to the core aspects of human functioning: biological bases of behavior, learning, development, sensation and perception, social behavior, and cognitive processes. Additionally, this course seeks to explain why many individuals struggle with their thoughts and emotions to the point where they experience obsessive anxiety, suicidal depression, or antisocial behavior, as well as how such problems can be treated with psychotherapy.

    PSY 216 Psychology of Religion

    Religion is one of the most powerful forces driving individual experience and the larger society and world. This course will explore the psychology underpinning this force. Beginning with introductions to classic writings by William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow, the course will explore why people become committed to religious beliefs and the ways in which religious institutions interact with individuals and groups. The course will examine religious fanaticism and terrorism through empirical, phenomenological and sociological approaches.

    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

    Analysis of the social forces, past, present, and future, that govern behavior and determine social life. Study of major social institutions (family, religion, government, education) and processes(social change. gender, race, class socialization).

    SOC 102 Global Social Problems and Social Justice

    Sociological analysis of selected social problems. Discussion of the causes of social problems, the processes by which they are brought to public attention, and evaluation of attempts to solve them.

    SOC 208 Sociology of Delinquency

    A presentation and evaluation of theories of delinquency. Comprehensive coverage of empirical research on diverse forms of delinquent activity. Special focus on the effects of religiosity on delinquent behavior.

    SOC 226: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

    The sociological perspective on the interdisciplinary field of peace studies and conflict resolution, which has emerged in the last twenty years. The study of contemporary global and regional wars, local conflicts and violence, and the most recent theories pertaining to these phenomena. The study of nonviolent social movements and their strategies. A required introductory course in the Peace and World Order Studies concentration.

    SOC 315: Crimes in Urban America

    This course examines crime in pre-industrial, industrial and modern societies. Criminal justice and social welfare responses to crime will be discussed as well as the role of the police, courts, and prisons.

    SOC 320 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

    This course introduces students to the historical and current terrorist threats at both national and international levels. Terrorists organizations, their motivations, strategies, tactics and targets will be discussed. The various national and international counter terrorism measures past and present will also be presented in the course.

    SOC 340 Catholic Social Doctrine and Social Justice

    This course provides an introduction and examination of global applications of Catholic social thought (CST), featuring 1) an introduction to the main principles of CST through a reading of the major CST documents; 2) an exegesis of the most recent and prominent focuses, on global development and a civilization of love; and 3) application to specific social concerns such as hunger, inequality, water rights, gender, AIDS, immigration, over/under population, or other pertinent topics.

    SSS 101 Introduction to Social Work

    An overview of the profession of social work within the institution of social welfare. Basic definitions, historical development, trends in social welfare and social work. May include guest lecturers. Twenty-four (24) hours of volunteer experience during the semester is required.

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