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Archaeology - Spring 2017

ART 101A
Studio Foundations: Two-Dimensional Design

4 credit hours
Prebys, Crispin - Koch Hall

No prerequisites. This course is required for all art majors, but it is open to non-art majors.
Should be taken freshman year. Course will deal with the underlying principles basic to all visual experience. The course will contain, but not be limited to, color theory, line, shape, visual perception and the nature of creativity.

This is a studio course that includes lectures on basic theory and production assignments that coincide with text material. Course meets general education requirement in fine, performing and literary arts.

There is a $225 materials fee for this course.

ART 285A
Handbuilt Ceramics I

4 credit hours
Dooley, Scott - Koch Hall
No prerequisites.  Open to non-art majors.
This is a specialized course devoted to clay construction without the potter’s wheel. Students will use slab, coil and pinch techniques to create projects. Content of projects will range from functional pottery to sculpture.

It should be noted that this course requires extensive work beyond the regular class period, and no student should register for the class unless s/he has the time available for outside work. A $150 materials fee will be charged to cover glaze, clay and tools.

SUGGESTED TEXTS: Peterson, Craft and Art of Clay or Speight, Hands in Clay

ART 292A
Ceramics I

4 credit hours
Dooley, Scott - Koch Hall
No prerequisites.  Open to non-art majors.
In Ceramics 292A emphasis is placed upon the use of the potter's wheel. Throughout the term there will be lectures and demonstration about materials, throwing, decorative glazing and firing techniques. The focus for the course is the creation of functional pottery.

It should be noted that this course requires extensive work beyond the regular class period, and no student should register for the class unless s/he has the time available for outside work.

There will be a $150 materials fee charged to cover glaze, clay and tools.

SUGGESTED TEXTS:  Peterson, Craft and Art of Clay or Speight, Hands in Clay

BIOLOGY 125B
Basic Human Physiology

4 credits
Stathopoulos, Andrea
In this course students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the major body systems to gain an understanding of how the body works. Students will also develop critical thinking skills, study current health issues, and be given an opportunity to reflect upon the knowledge they learn. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the nature of science.

BIOLOGY 180B
Concepts of Biology

5 credits
Collier, Matthew; Yoder, Jay
Open to all students planning to major in Biology
A survey of concepts common to most areas of the biological sciences. Topics including the scientific method, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, energy flow, flowering plant and animal biology, and the evolution of diversity will be covered. Prerequisite (with BIOL 170) to all other major courses.

GEOL 260
Sedimentology

5 credits
Zaleha, Michael
Prerequisite: Geology 150B, 160B or 170B, or one course from the Geology 110B-116N Series.
This course is a process-based approach to the study of sediments and sedimentary rocks. The first part of the course will investigate the physical processes of sediment erosion, transport, and deposition. These principles will then be applied to the study of modern depositional environments and processes as they relate to the interpretation of ancient deposits. Emphasis will be on siliciclastic and carbonate depositional environments and rocks. Labs include flume work, identification of important sedimentary structures, lab and field methods, and field trips.

GEOL 411
Sedimentary Petrography

3 credits
Zaleha, Michael
Prerequisites: GEOLOGY 230 (or concurrent enrollment) and GEOLOGY 260 (or concurrent enrollment).
Detailed microscopic and hand sample study of sedimentary rocks. Emphasis on the identification and origin of features in siliciclastic and carbonate rocks. Alternate years.

HIST240H  1W
Medieval England

4.00 Credits
Livingstone, Amy
Prerequisite: None
From the grubby peasant to men in tights to corpulent kings, images of “Merrie Olde England” abound in popular culture. This course will examine the history of England from the time of King Arthur through the fourteenth century (roughly 500-1400 AD). Modern interpretations will be paired with medieval sources to examine the authenticity of their depiction of England’s medieval centuries. Students will be expected to master the history of medieval England, but also to sharpen and develop their critical thinking skills as they interact with popular depictions, the interpretations of scholars and the voices of medieval people. As a writing intensive course, assignments will be sequenced to help students develop their writing skills. Modes of evaluation will include, quizzes, essay exams, papers and class discussions. This course counts toward the PAST minor.

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum:  CLAC
CLAC modules offer students the opportunity to earn an additional credit towards their majors and minors in French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. You must either have completed or be enrolled in a 3rd semester language course (any language course numbered above 260).

In the CLAC program, you will work with your professor and a member of the language department to design and complete a project directly related to what you’re learning in the course and tailored to your skill level in the language. CLAC offers you the chance to use your knowledge of another language to further your study of another discipline. You’ll discover that even with an intermediate knowledge of a foreign language (i.e. one course beyond 112), you can make discoveries about whatever you’re studying and share insights from the research you do in your target language with your colleagues in other disciplines. CLAC offers you the opportunity to use your language skills in a real world setting and to gain insight into how culture and language intersect with the academic disciplines that interest you. The CLAC module will be listed on your transcript and indicate in which course you had your CLAC experience. Your transcript will demonstrate to potential employers or graduate schools that you have used your knowledge of a foreign language to engage in meaningful work in a discipline. CLAC modules also count toward the language requirement for International Studies majors and minors.

POLI 211R 01
Ancient & Medieval Political Philosophy

4 credits
Wright, Heather
This is a challenging and thought-provoking course which explores the history of political philosophy from ancient Greek drama to medieval thought through a combination of primary textual analysis and interpretive commentary. What is political philosophy? Simply put, it is the quest for knowledge about the nature of politics. Ancient and medieval political philosophers sought knowledge about many of our most compelling and vital human questions. What is the nature of human beings? What is nature itself? What is justice? How can we begin to understand power? What is the good life for human beings? What is the best form of political rule? What is the proper relationship of philosophy to politics? On what basis might we construct our ethical life? Are men and women different, and if so, how might this impact the political? Not surprisingly, political philosophers have thought and continue to think very differently about these topics. 10/16

RELI 134C/R 01
Chinese and Japanese Religious Traditions

4 semester hours
Oldstone-Moore, Jennifer

Prerequisite: None
Some Chinese and Japanese religious traditions may have familiar names: Shinto, Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Others—especially their vibrant and surprising popular traditions—permeate Chinese and Japanese cultures and affect family traditions, East Asian cuisine, literature, political structures, the work place, and even practices like feng shui and acupuncture. We will look at all these traditions, and the way that they connect to the rich cultures and histories of Japan and China. Our sources will include the great classics, personal narratives, studies by outsiders, newspaper clippings, and video clips. Course work includes exams, a short paper, and a project with the option of modified monastic living.

RELI 213R/C 01
Religion and Medicine

4 semester hours
Oldstone-Moore, Jennifer

Prerequisite: None
Medicine and religion are core resources for human wellbeing, for tending body and spirit.  Religion and medicine can work together to heal or be at cross purposes and cause harm; the relationship between the two is ever-changing. This course investigates the intersection and interaction of medicine and religion from a wide variety of perspectives.  We will see how religious assumptions shape the way diseases like small pox are identified and mapped; we will also see how the experience of some diseases, like the plague and measles, have changed religious beliefs. From another angle, we’ll look at the work and commitments of both Buddhist and Christian medical missionaries. And from still another perspective, we’ll consider the importance of cultural and religious competence in taking medical case histories and delivering medical care. Finally, we will look at non-Western medical traditions and their religious framework, particularly that of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Overall, students will develop the capacity to identify fundamental values and assumptions about the ways our bodies, minds, and spirits work together. Course includes exams, short papers, and a research project.

Religion 333 C/R
Buddhist Thought and Scriptures

4 credits
Oldstone-Moore, Jennifer
Prerequisite: None
This seminar studies the teachings and practices of schools of the Buddhist tradition through close consideration of pivotal Buddhist scriptures. We will consider sutras and other texts from Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana Buddhism in their historical and cultural contexts, and within the framework of central themes and beliefs of Buddhism.  Class requirements include tests, a seminar presentations, short response papers/questions for seminar, and a term paper. Writing intensive. 

SOCI 110C/S 02
Cultural Anthropology

4 Credits
Staff
Prerequisite: None
What is culture? Where is it located? How does it make meaning in our lives? In this course, we explore the diversity of human society by examining culture and the innumerable ways it permeates all facets of life.  In our readings we travel around the world looking at cross-cultural diversity in order to understand what culture is and to engage in the questions that cultural anthropologists ask.  From glimpsing into the world of ritual to understanding local, socially constructed meanings of gender and race, we will consider how meaning is constructed in particular, social contexts. Other topics we will examine include kinship, language, emotion, and medicine and healing. Understanding the cultural diversity in our world sheds light on our own practices and systems of meaning. With this in mind, we look abroad in order to understand our own practices here in the United States.

SOCI 277C/R 01
Islam and Society

4 Credits
Rahim, Naseem
Prerequisite: None
What is Islam and how is it related to Judaism and Christianity? After its birth in 610 AD in Arabia, Islam spread rapidly through the ancient Byzantine and Sassanian empires, Spain, the Indian peninsula and as far away as China and Mongolia. How did Islam interact with these very different cultures and societies? Today Islam is a global religion and one of the fastest growing faiths. Together we will explore how Islam is lived around the world, and how do Muslims express their unity, while retaining diverse cultural identities. Finally, what does it mean to be an American Muslim? Drawing from current academic and empirical resources in the fields of Islamic studies, comparative sociology, history, philosophy, literature, and other arts and sciences, we will construct a modern day understanding about lived Islam.

Spanish 150F
Intermediate Spanish

4 credits
Garcia, Victor
Prerequisite: Spanish 112 or placement.
This course is designed to offer students at the intermediate level an opportunity to acquire communicative skills, improve their formal knowledge of the language, and develop an awareness and appreciation of Hispanic cultures.  Lab component may be completed through an optional Service Learning Program tied to the course.  Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

 

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