University to offer courses throughout J-term
December 01, 2020
December 01, 2020
The following is the recommended course offerings, organized by school. J-term runs from January 4-22:
BMS-162 Human Health & Disease (3 Credits)
This course, which is designed for nonscience majors, describes human disease from a biological viewpoint, and presents human health concerns and issues for discussion. Historical and sociological perspectives on human disease as well as the scientific investigation of disease processes are included. The role of molecular biology and biotechnology in approaching human disease is discussed.
ED-140 Intro to Public Education/Teaching (1 Credits)
This course is open to all first-year students and sophomores who are interested in public education in the United States. The course is required for students who plan to enroll in the five-year dual-degree MAT program, as it provides basic knowledge of public education and the teaching profession including current functions, trends and future expectations. The course also addresses issues related to the teaching profession including licensure, interstate certification, dual and cross-endorsements and teacher and pupil demographics across the U.S. Finally, the course provides opportunities for applicants to practice and refine writing skills essential for success in the dual-degree MAT program. Course is graded pass/fail.
ED-250 Diversity & Multiculturalism (3 Credits)
This course examines the social, economic and political organization of public education in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the implications for historically marginalized populations. This course is required for all dual-degree MAT students. The course explores diversity and multiculturalism on the individual as well as institutional level, with a focus on concepts such as privilege, discrimination, racism and social transformation.
SPED-545 Intro to Exceptional Child (4 Credits)
This course provides students with a broad overview of exceptional learners. It is a basic overview/survey of all areas and categories of special education. The purpose is to provide an introduction to students with exceptionalities for education as well as noneducation majors. Target subject areas include: knowledge of categorical labels, educational law, program planning and terminology used in the field. (Master's programs: take Fall or Spring) (Certificate program: take January or Summer)
AN-104 DE – Bones, Genes and Everything In Between
In this course, students explore human origins and modern human diversity from a holistic, biocultural evolutionary perspective. Participants begin with the processes of evolution and natural selection, along with the mechanisms of genetic inheritance at the molecular level and its role in modern human diversity. Next they focus on our closest living relatives, the non-human primates, and then discuss the evidence for primate and human evolution found in the fossil record. The course concludes by exploring the origins of modern humans and their dispersal across the globe.
Lab for AN 104 (1 cr.)
Lecture and lab must be taken together.
DR 101 DE – Understanding Theater
This course presents an introduction to the practices and purposes of theater through attending plays, readings in theater history, dramatic theory and stage production work.
EC 111 DE – Principles of Microeconomics
This course examines scarcity and choice, demand and supply, government price setting and taxes, elasticity, production and cost, and the theory of the firm. A writing component is required.
GDD 175 DE – Special Topics In Game Design: Pixel Art
Courses of particular interest to game design students offered on an occasional basis. These courses have no prerequisite. See the Special Topics Bulletin on the Registrar's website for specific course descriptions.
GP 323 DE – Human and Economic Geography
The course provides an introduction to human and economic geography through conceptual models and theories, practical application of geographic principles, and the study of the current state of the world. With regard to human geography, the course introduces students to the basic concepts involved in geographic study, including the study of human populations, the connections between human society and the natural world, and the idea of culture as a geographic construct. The course then turns to a consideration of economic aspects of geography, particularly the study of resource industries, manufacturing, and the service sector of the economy.
HS 122 DE – Modern World History
This course examines key developments in world history beginning in roughly 1300 with the rise of the Turco-Mongol Empires and ending with the nationalist and independence movements of the 20th century. Students examine and analyze major events that occurred in the non-Western world. Special attention is paid to South Asia, East Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Students gain a better understanding of the history and culture of these regions, as well as how the non-Western world has impacted the global community, both past and present
HS 111 DE – The Rise of the West
Beginning with the origins of Western civilizations in the ancient Near East, students examine the development of Western culture and society from its beginnings through the 16th century, with emphasis on the nature and values of three successive polities: the classical world of Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, and the origins of the modern world in the Renaissance/Reformation. Consideration is given to the idea of "the West" and its interaction with and contact with non-Western cultures and peoples.
HS 112 DE – The West in the World
Beginning with the emergence of the modern state in the 16th century, students examine the social, political, economic and cultural developments of Western civilization and its interaction with the rest of the world. Emphasis is on the growth of science and technology in the 17th century, the emergence of the Enlightenment in the 18th century, the age of industrialization, nationalism and imperialism, social upheaval in the 19th century, the domination of the West over the worlds and challenges to that domination during the 20th century.
HS 132 DE – U.S. History Since Reconstruction
This course explores the evolution of the American people and their nation through the major political, social and economic changes of the late 19th century to the present. Key themes include changing expectations of governance, the quest to achieve the full promise of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. ascent to global hegemony.
HS 210 DE – Contemporary America
This survey of American history from 1945 to the present focuses on both social and political matters. Students study topics including the McCarthy era and the nuclear age, the civil and women's rights movements, Nixon and the Watergate crisis, gay liberation, the Reagan revolution and end of the Cold War, and the era of American global dominance and its challenges. Particular attention is given to the impact of the diverse cultures and peoples that have emerged in contemporary American society.
IRST 150 DE – Irish Myths and Legends
This course examines the evolution of Irish folklore, myths, history and legends through the examination of key myths and legends, including The Children of Lir, Cuchulainn, the giant Finn Mac Cool, The Selkie (a beautiful sea creature, who features in the legends of other sea-faring nations), and Tír na nÓg (the land of the young), and many other legends. We also examine the role of fairies, banshees, goblins and leprechauns (who are mean and devious) in Irish culture. Finally, we look at how the early Christian church co-opted many pagan practices, some of which continue to this day (Halloween, for example). Students gain an insight into a unique and ancient culture through examining myths and legends that are distinctive, yet remain universal in the messages at their core, and which are often shared by other indigenous peoples.
LE 101 DE – Introduction to the American Legal System
Students are introduced to the American system of law and legal structure, and gain an overview of several areas of law. Topics include basic legal concepts, the structure of the American court system, as well as legal theory and procedure.
MA 110 DE – Contemporary Mathematics
This course introduces students to the study of mathematics as a discipline and also presents topics that are applicable to students' everyday lives. Topics include logic, probability and statistics and financial mathematics. The course also covers two topics from the following list: geometry, set theory, number theory, measurement, problem solving, mathematical systems, scientific applications, history of mathematics. Topics are chosen by the instructor. Students should check the mathematics requirements for their major before selecting their first course in mathematics. MA 110 is not designed to be a prerequisite for any calculus course. Prerequisite: A math placement level of 2 or above, or successful completion of MA 100.
SO 101 DE – Introduction to Sociology
Our society and culture influence who we are, how we feel about ourselves, and how we interact with others. This course investigates the ways in which our social institutions such as the family, the government, politics, religion, health care and others shape our experience. Students also look at the ways in which gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity and social class affect their life. The differences that characterize a stratified society in opportunity, reward, achievement and social class are discussed.
WS 101 DE – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
This interdisciplinary course uses lively discussion and compelling readings to consider women's and gender studies and its relevance to people of all genders, sexual identities and expressions. Students discuss the social construction of gender and sexualities; sexuality, economic and political power; issues of embodiment and beauty; the psychology of gender; and the development of feminism and feminist theory through course materials that may include novels, social science research, poetry, historical writings and political manifestos. Please be advised that this course may cover topics that some students may find difficult, such as eating disorders, sexual assault and harassment.
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Registration closes January 3.
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Courses cost $800 per credit, for a total cost of $2,400 for a three-credit course. Course registration is based on course availability and satisfying course pre-requisites. Enrollment limitations are strictly enforced.
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