The Division of Liberal Arts offers many areas of study and a variety of classes. Below, you can explore the full list of our course offerings.
ASL-A 131 Intensive Beginning American Sign Language (4 cr.) Intensive introductory language sequence of courses. Recommended for students with prior training in American Sign Language or for prospective majors in Interpreting. Emphasis on developing basic conversational skills as well as awareness of deaf culture.
ASL-A 132 Intensive Beginning American Sign Language II (4 cr.) P: ASL-A 131. Continuation of introductory ASL language course. Emphasis on receptive and expressive ASL skills as well as awareness of American Deaf Culture.
ASL-A 211 Second Year American Sign Language I (3 cr.) P: ASL-A 132 or placement. A continuation of training in ASL conversational skills and American Deaf culture.
ASL-A 212 Second Year American Sign Language II (3 cr.) P: ASL-A 211 or language placement. A continuation of training in ASL conversational skills and American Deaf culture.
ANTH-A 103 Human Origins and Prehistory (3 cr.) A survey of human biological and cultural evolution from early pre-Pleistocene hominids through the development of urbanized state societies, with the goal of better understanding our human heritage. (Not open to students who have taken A303.)
ANTH-A 104 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.) A survey of cultural and social processes that influence human behavior, using comparative examples from different ethnic groups around the world, with the goal of better understanding the broad range of human behavioral potentials and those influences that shape the different expressions of these potentials. (Not open to students who have taken A304.)
ANTH-A 460 Topics in Anthropology: (variable title) (1-3 cr.) A conceptual examination of selected topics in the field of anthropology. May not be repeated for more than 6 credit hours.
ANTH-E 320 Indians of North America (3 cr.) Ethnographic survey of culture areas from the Arctic to Panama plus cross-cultural analysis of interrelations of culture, geographical environment, and language families.
ANTH-E 402 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 cr.) This course considers the meaning and social implications of gender in human society. Cultural definitions of "male" and "female" gender categories as well as associated behavioral and structural differentiation of gender roles will be analyzed using current anthropological concepts and theories.
ANTH-E 455 Anthropology of Religion (3 cr.) Critical evaluation of current approaches to the analysis of religious myth, ritual, and symbolism. Problems in understanding religious beliefs of other cultures. Modern development of anthropology of religion.
ANTH-E 457 Ethnic Identity (3 cr.) Nature of ethnic groups and identity viewed in cross-cultural perspective: effects of colonialism and nationalism on ethnic groups; sue of identity as an adaptive strategy; stereotypes and stereotyping; symbols and styles of ethnic identity; and retention and elaboration of local styles.
ANTH-P 396 The Rise of Civilization (3 cr.) Covers the development of complex societies in several regions of the world. The material is approached from an anthropological perspective, with emphasis on archaeological methods of data collection and analysis. Early civilizations in Iraq, India, Egypt, Rome, China, Peru, and Central America will be discussed.
HER-E 101 Beginning Drawing I (3 cr.) Students are introduced to basic drawing using a range of subjects and techniques, progressing from simple to complex forms. Students learn to express themselves through drawing and to critique, evaluate, and interpret drawings of different types. Introduces the history of drawing as a mode of human expression. No experience expected.
HER-E 102 Beginning Drawing II (3 cr.) This beginning drawing class fosters creativity and experimentation while building drawing skills. Students draw from a wide range of subjects to explore different modes of drawing with a variety of materials. Lessons include working with color, three-dimensional space, the human form, and communicating ideas visually. No prerequisites.
HER-E 105 Beginning Painting I (3 cr.) Students with little or no experience will paint from a range of subjects that begins with simple forms and progress to more complex. Lessons include mixing color, working from observation, sources of imagery, and the role of painting in art today. Students will apply their skills in a self-directed final project.
HER-H 100 Art in Culture (3 cr.) This course introduces students in any major to the visual arts through the study of history, cultures, media, processes, and concepts that artists use. Students will participate in class discussions about art's place in society, while developing an understanding of art through visits to local art galleries and museums.
COMM-C 180 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.) Examines basic verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication processes involved in interpersonal contexts. Theoretical models help clarify communication topics and illustrate the process for effective communication in family, personal, and professional situations. Concepts covered may include self-concept, relationship and conversation management, listening, conflict, and cultural/gender differences in interpersonal communication.
COMM-C 223 Business and Professional Communication (3 cr.) Introductory survey of organizational communication processes; preparation and presentation of interviews, speeches, and oral reports appropriate to business and professional organizations; group discussion and decision-making. This is an intermediate skills course with survey characteristics.
COMM-C 316 Human Communication and the Internet (3 cr.) Explores the role of digital technology in public and private human communication. The focus is on how human communication is impacted by digital technologies in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, group, health, intercultural, and organizational communication. Emphasis is placed on effectively integrating technology into human interaction.
COMM-C 328 Advanced Topics in Small Group Communication (3 cr.) This course provides an advanced examination of group communication theory and research. Emphasis is placed on groups and collaborations as tools for bringing about positive social change.
COMM-C 380 Organizational Communication (3 cr.) The application of communication theory and research to the study of communication in various types of organizations. Explores reciprocal influence between communication and organizational structures and between communication and managerial styles. Discusses communication designs, superior/ subordinate communication, conflict, information management, networks; communication vis-a-vis employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity; and communication effectiveness in organizations.
COMM-C 392 Health Communication (3 cr.) This course surveys theory and research in health communication. It focuses on how health is communicated and meanings created around health in different contexts (e.g., intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, and mass communication contexts).
COMM-C 393 Family Communication (3 cr.) This course provides an overview of family communication theory and research to help students learn about how family members interact, develop, and maintain family relationships.
COMM-C 395 Gender and Communication (3 cr.) This course examines how gender is created, maintained, repaired, and transformed through communication in relational, cultural, social and historical contexts. It explores topics such as gender and verbal/nonverbal communication; gender differences in communication in public and private settings; gender and communication in families, schools, organizations, and the media.
COMM-C 482 Intercultural Communication (3 cr.) Explores the relationships between communication and culture, with special emphasis on cultural differences in communication in a variety of contexts (i.e., health, education, business). Focuses on developing intercultural communication competencies.
COMM-G 100 Introduction to Communication Studies (3 cr.) Survey course of history, theory, and practice in each of six major areas: rhetoric and public address, theatre arts, interpersonal/ organizational communication, small group dynamics, public communication, and mass media studies. For each of the areas examined, students will apply theory to practice, thereby learning to become more effective communicators.
COMM-G 201 Introduction to Communication Theory (3 cr.) A survey of theories in the field of human communication. Consideration is given to theories that explain communication behavior between pairs of people, within groups, in organizations, and in societies.
COMM-G 300 Independent Study (1-8 cr.) 45 clock hours = 1credit hour, no more than 9 credit hours of COMM G300 and COMM G491 together Research or practical experience in various departmental areas as selected by the student prior to registration, outlined in consultation with the instructor, and approved by the department.
COMM-G 310 Introduction to Communication Research (3 cr.) Methodologies and types of data analyses for investigating communication phenomena. Students will acquire knowledge and competencies that will allow them to understand and address the process of communication research and relevant communication research issues.
COMM-G 391 Seminar (1-3 cr.) Topic announced in prior semester; oriented to current topics in communication and theatre; readings, projects, and papers as indicated by the topic and instructor. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.
COMM-M 150 Mass Media and Contemporary Society (3 cr.) A critical overview of the role of electronic mass media in contemporary society. Provides an introduction to such issues as industry structure, organization, and economics; regulation, public interest, and media ethics; impact of programming on individuals; media construction of social institutions; media issues in the global village.
COMM-M 210 Media Message Design (3 cr.) Examines the process of message design in the context of institutional media use. Analyses of media messages and communication theory; analyses of the message receiver employ quantitative and qualitative audience research methods. Semester project involves planning and writing of script for use in organizational/institutional media context.
COMM-R 110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 cr.) Theory and practice of public speaking; training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content for informative and persuasive situations; application of language and delivery skills to specific audiences. A minimum of six speaking situations.
COMM-R 310 Rhetoric, Society and Culture (3 cr.) Explores the persuasion process by examining the historical development of persuasion theory and practice in the Western world, and by studying and applying rhetorical concepts in contemporary culture to our everyday lives. Students become more critical consumers and practitioners of communication.
COMM-R 321 Persuasion (3 cr.) Examines classical and current theories and research related to persuasion and social influence; considers variables affecting implementation of persuasion principles with special emphasis on media and persuasion. Designed to help students become critical consumers and effective, ethical producers and presenters of persuasive messages.
COMM-R 330 Communication Criticism (3 cr.) Course will introduce students to criticism as a method of studying persuasive messages in speeches, fiction, mass media, music, political campaigns, art, and other modes of communication in contemporary culture.
COMM-R 390 Political Communication (3 cr.) Provides an opportunity to study, understand, and participate in political communication. Topics covered include the rhetoric of politics, campaign discourse, political advertising, the role of the media and public opinion, the impact of new technology, and the place of interpersonal communication.
Classes with prerequisites can also be taken with consent of the instructor.
CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Covers the properties of single variables, the measurement of association between pairs of variables, and statistical inference. Additional topics, such as the analyses of qualitative and aggregated data, address specific criminal justice concerns.
CJUS-P 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.) Historical and philosophical background, structure, functions, and operation of the criminal justice system in the United States. Introduction to and principles of formal behavior control devices. [Previously SPEA-J 101]
CJUS-P 199 Careers in Criminal Justice (1 cr.) The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the career options available to them after completion of a Criminology and Criminal Justice degree. These options include work with a bachelor's degree both in and out of the criminal justice field. In addition, students will become familiar with a variety of graduate degrees that can be earned after completion of a bachelor's degree. Students will be familiar with campus resources for career exploration and participate in activities designed to clarify their career goals. Finally, students will learn how to design their plans of study to meet the requirements for graduation with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and at the same time, to enhance their career objectives.
CJUS-P 200 Theories of Crime and Deviance (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Critical examination of biological, psychological, and sociological theories of crime and deviance. Examination of individual, group, and societal reactions to norm-violating behaviors. [Previously SPEA-J 201]
CJUS-P 275 Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] This course examines the influence of diversity issues such as race, ethnicity, class, and gender on crime and the treatment of the underrepresented groups throughout the American criminal justice system. [Previously SPEA-J 275]
CJUS-P 295 Criminal Justice Data, Methods and Resources (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] This course examines basic concepts of criminal justice. Students become familiar with research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offender behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness. Students will learn to critically evaluate existing research. Students will become familiar with existing sources of criminal justice data and will learn to assess the quality of that data. [Previously SPEA-J 202]
CJUS-P 300 Topics in Criminal Justice (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Extensive analysis of selected topics and themes in criminal justice. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of nine (9) credit hours. [Previously SPEA-J 260]
CJUS-P 301 Police in Contemporary Society (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Examination of the rules and responsibilities of the police, history of police organizations, relations between police and society, and determinants of police action. [Previously SPEA-J 321]
CJUS-P 302 Courts and Criminal Justice (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Structure, organization, composition, functions, and procedures of courts in the United States. Role of lawyers and judges in the criminal justice process. [Previously SPEA-J 306]
CJUS-P 303 Corrections and Criminal Justice (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Historical and comparative survey of prison confinement and the various alternatives within the scope of the criminal justice system’s policies and methods of implementation. [SPEA-J 331]
CJUS-P 304 Probation and Parole (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or consent of instructor] Study of probation, parole, and community corrections as subsystems of criminal justice, including the police, courts, and prisons. Theoretical and historical developments will be considered along with current management and research issues.
CJUS-P 305 Deviant Images/Deviant Acts (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or consent of instructor] Examines cross-cultural theories of deviance and crime. From witchcraft to social construction, study of theories of deviance in different historical and cultural contexts, this course focuses on ways in which theories explain nonconformity and justify social control.
CJUS-P 306 Drugs, Society, and Justice (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Analysis of the political, economic, social and cultural factors that shape the use of consciousness-altering substances. Consideration of the way these factors influence the social and legal response to drug use.
CJUS-P 316 Crime in the Movies (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] This course is designed to examine the way that crime and criminals have been portrayed throughout the last 80 years in popular movies. Crime has always been a favorite source of material for Hollywood, and we will be exploring the way that the depiction of criminal activity reflects the social mores of a particular era. Thus, this course draws from a variety of disciplines as we critique the films and analyze the messages they convey about crime and criminals in society.
CJUS-P 320 Foundations of Criminal Investigations (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or consent of instructor] The pertinence to criminal investigation of physical evidence, people, and documents. Discussion of ethical problems, impact of legal systems on investigative process, and elements of effective testimony. Lectures and case materials.
CJUS-P 321 Cybercrime (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Students will examine the history and complex nature of computer related crime and how societies have attempted to respond. Students will learn about the different types of cybercriminals, including motives and methods of attack. Various legal and regulatory issues in cyberspace, including surveillance, sting operations, and current and proposed legislation, will also be evaluated.
CJUS-P 357 White Collar Crime (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] White collar crime is an examination of the definitions, theories, laws, and policy responses that shape crimes by corporations, government agencies, professionals, and others engaged in legitimate occupations. [Previously SPEA-J 312]
CJUS-P 370 Criminal Law (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Definition of common crimes in the United States and factors involving the application of criminal law as a formal social control mechanism. Behavior-modifying factors that influence criminal liability and problems created when new offenses are defined. [Previously SPEA-J 301]
CJUS-P 372 Evidence (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] The rules of law governing proof at trial of disputed issues of fact; burden of proof presumptions and judicial notice; examination, impeachment, competency, and privileges of witnesses; hearsay rule and exceptions-all related as nearly as possible to criminal, as opposed to civil, process. [Previously SPEA-J 303]
CJUS-P 375 American Juvenile Justice System (3 cr.) [CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Structure and operation of the juvenile justice system in the United States, past and present. Analysis of the duties and responsibilities of the police juvenile officer, the juvenile court judge, and the juvenile probation officer. [Previously SPEA-J 305]
CJUS-P 387 Homeland Security (3 cr.) [CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Examination of the theory and research driving homeland security and emergency management measures and an analytical look at the practices and principles of homeland security from an empirical perspective. [Previously SPEA-J 387]
CJUS-P 407 Terrorism (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or consent of instructor]
Terrorism is a serious challenge today and its policing demands varied responses. In this course we study how terrorists evolve and carry out their operations. The course will analyze police responses and debate the issues of legal boundaries and systems of checks and balances using case studies.
CJUS-P 408 Mass Imprisonment (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or consent of instructor] From 1970 to 2010, the United States quintupled its prison population. This course investigates the factors (cultural, legal, political, and economic) that led to the incarceration boom and provides students with the empirical and normative tools to evaluate its causes and consequences.
CJUS–P 422 Crime in the Mass Media (3 cr.) [CJUS-P 110 or SPEA-J 101] Examination of the role of the media generally and in the criminal justice system in particular. Consideration of the construction of media images, images of crime and criminal justice in various mediums, and the ways in which the media affect beliefs about crime and criminal justice.
CJUS-P 425 Women and the Criminal Justice System (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P 100 or consent of instructor] Examines the extent of participation and the role of women in all aspects of the criminal justice system. Topics include women as offenders, victims, prisoners, parolees, probationers, and as professionals (law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges, and correction and parole officers) in the legal system. Readings are interdisciplinary and include an intersectional approach in recognition that the term "women" encompasses individuals from diverse race, ethnic, class, and sexual orientations. Professionals from criminal justice agencies may participate in class discussions.
CJUS-P 426 Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr.) [CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101] Focus on the critical analysis of the impact of significant individual, social, and institutional influences on delinquency including the family, delinquent peer groups, schools, and the community to respond to the question, "What causes juveniles to break the law?"
CJUS-P 458 Wrongful Conviction (3 cr.) [P: CJUS-P100 or SPEA-J 101] Investigates the factors associated with wrongful convictions and discusses possible remedies for minimizing such miscarriages of justice. The goal of this course is to systematically describe, explain, analyze and evaluate the factors associated with, and the consequences of, the wrongful prosecution, conviction, and incarceration of the innocent in the American criminal justice system. Includes a view of actual allegations of innocence by inmates currently in our prisons, and case-studies of wrongly convicted individuals who have been exonerated. [Previously SPEA-J 260 Wrongful Conviction]
CJUS-P 470 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 cr.) [P: Senior standing, CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101, CJUS-P 295 or SPEA-J 202, CJUS-K300 (or equivalent)] A detailed examination of the major efforts designed to control or reduce crime, a review of existing knowledge is followed by an investigation of current crime control theories, proposals and programs.
CJUS-P 481 Field Experience in Criminal Justice (1-6 cr.) Field experience with directed readings and writing.
CJUS-P 495 Individual Readings (1-6 cr.) Individual study project under guidance of faculty member or committee. Students and instructor will complete a form agreeing on responsibilities at the beginning of the relevant semester.
CJUS-P 496 Research Internship (1-3 cr.) Active participation in a research project and related activities under the direction of a faculty member. Students and instructor will complete a form agreeing on responsibilities at the beginning of the relevant semester.
ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry (3 cr.) ENG-W 131 teaches skills of critical reading, thinking, and writing to help students meaningfully engage artifacts, events, and issues in our world. The course builds students' abilities to read written and cultural texts critically; to analyze those texts in ways that engage both students' own experiences and the perspectives of others; and to write about those texts for a range of audiences and purposes as a means of participating in broader conversations. Assignments emphasize the analysis and synthesis of sources in making and developing claims.
ENG-W 206 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 cr.) Provides students with the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills, and gives them a working knowledge of the basic principles of fiction, poetry and drama.
ENG-W 207 Introduction to Fiction Writing (3 cr.) An introduction to the techniques and principles of fiction writing. Written assignments, workshop discussions of student work in progress, seminar study of classic and contemporary examples of the genre. This course may be used as a prerequisite for ENG W301, ENG W302,or ENG W305. This course is recommended for English majors pursuing a concentration in creative writing.
ENG-W 208 Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 cr.) One of three introductory creative writing courses, the course focuses on the fundamentals of poetry writing exclusively, including the image, the line, metaphor, sound play, and poetic meter. Students will practice a variety of techniques, will engage in weekly reading and writing, and will learn to revise their own poems and to help edit their classmates' work.
ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131 (with a grade of C or higher). To develop research and writing skills requisite for most academic and professional activities. Emphasis on methods of research, organization, and writing techniques useful in preparing reviews, critical bibliographies, research and technical reports, proposals and papers.
ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131 or ENG-W 140 (with a grade of C or higher). Offers instruction and practice in writing argumentative essays about complicated and controversial issues. The course focuses on strategies for identifying issues, assessing claims, locating evidence, deciding on a position, and writing papers with clear assertions and convincing arguments.
ENG-W 301 Writing Fiction (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 206 or ENG-W 207 or permission of the instructor. Further exploration in the art of fiction writing. May be repeated once for credit.
ENG-W 302 Screenwriting (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 206 or ENG-W 207, or permission of instructor. A practical course in basic techniques of writing for film and television. Covers the essentials of dramatic structure, story development, characterization and theme, scene construction, dialogue, and, briefly, the practicalities of working as a screenwriter today.
ENG-W 303 Writing Poetry (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 206 or ENG-W 208 or permission of the instructor. Further exploration in the art of poetry writing.
ENG-W 305 Writing Creative Nonfiction (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 206, ENG-W 207, ENG-W 208, or permission of the instructor. An intermediate course in the theory and practice of creative nonfiction prose, with seminar study of relevant materials and workshop discussion of student work in progress.
ENG-W 313 The Art of Fact: Writing Nonfiction Prose (3 cr.) P: At least one 200-level writing course or excellent performance in ENG-W 131 and/or ENG-W 132 (contact the instructor if you are unsure of your readiness for this course). Students will read and analyze professional and student work as they prepare to practice the art of fact by combining the tools of a researcher with the craft of a novelist. The final portfolio includes a stylistic analysis of the student's and others' nonfiction works as well as two illustrated nonfiction texts based on the student's primary and secondary research.
ENG-W 315 Writing for the Web (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher or ENG-W 140 with a grade of C or higher. Introduces students to new forms of writing (beyond word processing and desktop publishing) made possible by computers - hypertext, electronic mail, and computer conferencing - and explores what impact these new forms have on literacy skills for writers and readers of such computer-delivered texts.
ENG-W 365 Theories and Practices of Editing (3 cr.) Students will examine textual and literary approaches to editing given particular rhetorical contexts. Emphasis will be placed on how to make editorial judgments that promote editorial standards without violating authorial intent.
ENG-W 398 Internship in Writing (1-3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131 or ENG-W 140 each course with a grade of C or higher Combines study of writing with practical experience of working with professionals in journalism, business communication, or technical writing. Researched reports are required. Evaluations made by both supervisor and instructor.
ENG-W 400 Issues in Teaching Writing (3 cr.) Focuses on the content of rhetoric and composition and considers fundamental theoretical and practical issues in the teaching of writing. Reviews rhetorical and compositional principles that influence writing instruction, textbook selection, and curriculum development.
ENG-W 401 Writing Fiction (3 cr.) P: ENG-W301 and (ENG-W206 or ENG-W207) each course with a grade of C or higher Focused work in the art and profession of fiction writing. May be repeated once for credit.
ENG-W 403 Advanced Poetry Writing (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 303. Study and practice in the writing of poetry. Analysis of examples from contemporary poets accompanies class criticism and discussion.
ENG-W 411 Directed Writing (1-3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131 or equivalent or ENG-W 140 each course with a grade of C or higher Individual critical or creative project worked out in collaboration with a member of the staff who agrees before registration to serve as a consultant. May be repeated once for credit.
ENG-W 496 Writing Fellows Training Seminar (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131 and permission of instructor. Internship in University Writing Center. ENG-W 496 is an internship that prepares undergraduates to tutor in the University Writing Center.
ENG-E 398 Internship in English (3-6 cr.) P: ENG-W 131 or equivalent OR ENG-W 140, each course with a grade of C or higher A supervised internship in the use of English in a workplace. Apply during semester before desired internship.
ENG-E 450 Capstone Seminar (3 cr.) This senior capstone integrates students' undergraduate study through writing and reading projects, faculty and student presentations, and creation of capstone portfolios. Students apply linguistic, literary, and rhetorical knowledge in culminating projects and learning portfolios. The course looks back at accomplishments and forward to postgraduation planning.
ENG-Z 204 Rhetorical Issues in Grammar and Usage (3 cr.) An introduction to English grammar and usage that studies the rhetorical impact of grammatical structures (such as noun phrases, prepositional phrases, and different sentence patterns). This course considers language trends and issues, the role of correctness in discourse communities, and the relations between writing in context and descriptive and prescriptive grammars and usage guides.
ENG-L 115 Literature for Today (3 cr.) P: W131. Poems, dramas, and narratives pertinent to concerns of our times: e.g., works concerning values of the individual and society, problems of humanism in the modern world, and conflicts of freedom and order.
ENG-L 202 Literary Interpretation (3 cr.) Students in this course develop critical skills essential to participation in the interpretive process. Through class discussion and focused writing assignments, introduces the premises and motives of literary analysis and critical methods associated with historical, generic, and/or cultural concerns.
ENG-L 203 Introduction to Drama (3 cr.) Representative significant plays to acquaint students with characteristics of drama as a type of literature. Readings may include plays from several ages and countries.
ENG-L 204 Introduction to Fiction (3 cr.) Representative works of fiction; structural technique in the novel, theories and kinds of fiction, and thematic scope of the novel. Readings may include novels and short stories from several ages and countries.
ENG-L 205 Introduction to Poetry (3 cr.) A basic course that will enable students to talk and write about poetry.
ENG-L 207 Women and Literature (3 cr.) Issues and approaches to critical study of women writers in British and American literature.
ENG-L 213 Literary Masterpieces I (3 cr.) Literary masterpieces from Homer to the present. Aims at thoughtful, intensive reading, appreciation of aesthetic values, enjoyment of reading.
ENG-L 214 Literary Masterpieces II (3 cr.) This course introduces students to major Western literary works from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Texts are selected from a variety of genres and nations, with an emphasis on works that have been particularly famous and influential. Works by Cervantes, Voltaire, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Mann, Ibsen, Kafka, and others are typically included. Emphasis will be on making the literature accessible and interesting, relating it to historical events and contexts, and working on important reading and writing skills. Non-English works will be read in English translation.
ENG-L 220 Introduction to Shakespeare (3 cr.) Shakespeare's best-know plays and poems.
ENG-L 301 English Literature Survey I (3 cr.) Representative selections with emphasis on major writers from the beginnings to Swift and Pope.
ENG-L 302 English Literature Survey II (3 cr.) Representative selections with emphasis on major writers from the rise of romanticism to the present.
ENG-L 315 Major Plays of Shakespeare (3 cr.) A close reading of a representative selection of Shakespeare's major plays.
ENG-L 351 Critical and Historical Study of American Literature I (3 cr.) This course surveys a range of texts from the formative period of the republic to the end of the Civil War. Special attention paid to the shifting definitions and constructions of U.S. American national and cultural identity, as affected by issues of race, environment, transatlantic exchanges, scientific discourse, and the emergence of women writers and writers of color.
ENG-L 352 Critical and Historical Study of American Literature II (3 cr.) This course surveys American literature through the development of realism, regionalism, naturalism, and the beginnings of modernism. We consider literature's relation to social and cultural phenomena of this era, such as urbanization, industrialization, immigration, racial tensions, labor strife, changing gender roles, and the spread of mass media and consumer culture.
ENG-L 354 Critical and Historical Study of American Literature III (3 cr.) This course surveys modernist and contemporary American writers in various genres, 1914 to the present, including Frost, Stein, Faulkner, O'Connor, Baldwin, Morrison, and others.
ENG-L 376 Literature for Adolescents (3 cr.) A survey of the challenging, sometimes controversial, literature written about and for young adult readers. A wide range of readings, with discussion topics that include "problem" fiction, fantasy and escapism, and censorship. This course is for future teachers and for others interested in the complex phenomenon of coming of age.
ENG-L 378 Studies in Women and Literature (3 cr.) This course engages in an in-depth focus on major British and American authors such as George Eliot, Gertrude Stein, or Tori Morrison; groups of authors such as the Bronte sisters or recent women poets; or genres and modes such as autobiography, film, or criticism. Topics will vary by semester.
ENG-L 379 Ethnic and Minority Literature (3 cr.) A survey of representative authors and works of American ethnic and minority literature with primary focus on African American, Latinx, Asian American, and Native Americans writers.
ENG-L 382 Fiction of the Non-Western World (3 cr.) An in-depth study of selected narratives from the fiction of the non-Western world. Focus and selections vary from year to year. May be repeated once for credit. May be repeated once for credit.
ENG-L 431 Topics in Literary Study (3 cr.) Study of characteristics and development of literary forms or modes (e.g., studies in narrative, studies in romanticism). Topics vary from year to year. May be repeated once for credit.
ENG-L 433 Conversations with Shakespeare (3 cr.) An interdisciplinary and intertextual study of Shakespeare's work and its influence to the present day. Students will compare Shakespeare texts with latter-day novels, plays, poems, and films that allude to or incorporate some aspect of Shakespeare's art.
FOLK-F 101 Introduction to Folklore (3 cr.) A view of the main forms and varieties of folklore and folk expression in tales, ballads, gestures, beliefs, games, proverbs, riddles, and traditional arts and crafts. The role of folklore in the life of human beings.
FOLK-F 354 African American Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) African American culture in the United States viewed in terms of history and social change. Folklore, folk music, and oral history as means of illuminating black culture and history. May be repeated once when topics vary.
FOLK-F 356 Chicano Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) The folk traditions of Mexican Americans as a reflection of the historical experience and cultural identity of this people within the United States. Mexican heritage, Anglo and black influences, and the blending of these elements into a unique cultural entity. May be repeated once when topics vary.
FOLK-F 360 Indiana Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) Survey of folklore, folklife, or folk music of Indiana with particular attention to the persistence into the present of preindustrial culture. Students are encouraged to do fieldwork in the state. May be repeated once when topics vary.
FOLK-F 363 Women's Folklore/Folklife/Mus (3 cr.) This course identifies key issues in women’s folklore and examines the ways in which women have been represented in myths, legends, and folktales, past and present. The various ways in which visions of womanhood inform, reflect, and challenge gender roles will also be analyzed.
FOLK-F 364 Children's Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) The traditional rhymes, riddles, stories, games, folklife, or music associated with "the culture of childhood." The role these forms play in peer-group activity and in the social and cognitive development of the child. May be repeated once when topics vary.
GNST-G 400 General Studies Senior Capstone Seminar (1-3 cr.) P: ENG W270 or equivalent and senior status in BGS program. Assessment by each student of his/her Bachelor of General Studies academic program in the light of university requirements and the personal and professional goals for a degree. Development of a plan for life-long learning in the achievement of the student's personal and professional objectives.
GEOG-G 110 Human Geography in a Changing World (3 cr.) How do languages, religions, customs, and politics change from local to global scales? Learn how humans shape geographic patterns of migration, agriculture, industry, and urbanization.
HIST-H 105 American History I (3 cr.) Covers English colonization through the Civil War period. Evolution of American society: political, economic social structure; racial and ethnic groups, sex roles; Indian, inter-American, and world diplomacy of United States; evolution of ideology, war, territorial expansion, industrialization, urbanization, international events and their impact on American history.
HIST-H 106 American History II (3 cr.) 1865 to present. Evolution of American society: political, economic social structure; racial and ethnic groups, sex roles; Indian, inter-American, and world diplomacy of United States; evolution of ideology, war, territorial expansion, industrialization, urbanization, international events and their impact on American history.
HIST-H 108 Perspectives on the World to 1800 (3 cr.) Survey of major global developments to the 18th century; European voyages of discovery, colonization of western hemisphere, penetration of Mughal India, Ming China, and sub-Saharan Africa. Role of revolutions, i.e., Scientific, industrial, social and political (American and French) in the establishment of European hegemony in the western hemisphere and Asia.
HIST-H 109 Perspectives on the World since 1800 (3 cr.) Survey of major global developments from the 19th century to the present: European imperial rule in India, China, Japan, Middle East, and Africa. Chinese revolution (1912), Mexican revolutions (1911), World War I and II, end of European hegemony. The emergence of new nations in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Global inter-dependence as a basic theme of the 20th century.
HIST-K 495 Readings in History (1 cr.) By arrangement with instructor. Permission of departmental chairperson required.
MUS-E 241 Introduction to Music Fundamentals (2 cr.) Learn the basics of music reading, rhythm games, singing, keyboard skills, children's songs, and use of classroom instruments. Designed for, but not limited to, elementary education majors and others interested in using music as a learning tool.
MUS-M 394 Survey of African American Music (3 cr.) A survey and exploration of black music from its African origins to the present, with special emphasis on its social, economic, and political impact.
MUS-Z 201 History of Rock ’n’ Roll Music (3 cr.) Survey of major trends, styles, and genres of rock music of the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on the work of artists and groups who have proved to have the most enduring significance.
MUS-Z 320 Special Topics in Popular Music (3 cr.) This is a variable topics class in popular music.
MUS-Z 393 History of Jazz (3 cr.) This course is an exploration of the history of jazz with an examination of its roots, important genres and styles, historic recordings, key figures, and related materials.
PHIL-P 110 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr.) An introduction to the methods and problems of philosophy and to important figures in the history of philosophy. Concerns such topics as the nature of reality, the meaning of life, and the existence of God. Readings from classical and contemporary sources, e.g., Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, and Sartre.
PHIL-P 120 Ethics (3 cr.) An introductory course in ethics. Typically examines virtues, vices, and character; theories of right and wrong; visions of the good life; and contemporary moral issues.
PHIL-P 162 Logic (3 cr.) A study of the principles of logic. The course covers a variety of traditional topics, selected for their practical value, within formal and informal logic. Among the topics typically covered are fallacies, syllogisms, causal hypotheses, logic diagrams, argument analysis, and truth-functional reasoning.
PHIL-P 265 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3 cr.) A study of the most important and widely applicable parts of modern symbolic logic: propositional logic and predicate logic.
PHIL-P 394 Feminist Philosophy (3 cr.) A study of one or more philosophical topics in feminist thought. Examples: feminist ethics; feminist critiques of science; and feminist perspectives on motherhood, sexuality, and reproductive technology.
HPER-E 190 Yoga (1 cr.) Introduction to the basic principles and techniques of yoga.
REL-R 111 The Bible (3 cr.) A critical introduction to the major periods, persons, events, and literatures that constitute the Bible; designed to provide general humanities-level instruction on this important text.
REL-R 133 Introduction to Religion (3 cr.) Introduction to the diversity of traditions, values, and histories through which religion interacts with culture. Emphasis on understanding the ways the various dimensions of religion influence people's lives.
REL-R 173 American Religion (3 cr.) A consideration of American religion, with particular emphasis on the development of religious diversity and religious freedom in the context of the American social, political, and economic experience.
REL-R 180 Introduction to Christianity (3 cr.) Survey of beliefs, rituals, and practices of the Christian community with a focus on the varieties of scriptural interpretation, historical experience, doctrine, and behavior.
REL-R 212 Comparative Religions (3 cr.) Approaches to the comparison of recurrent themes, religious attitudes, and practices found in selected Eastern and Western traditions.
REL-R 301 Women and Religion (3 cr.) A critical examination of the roles of women in religion, looking at a range of periods and cultures in order to illustrate the patterns that characterize women's participation in religious communities and practices.
SOC-R 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.) Consideration of basic sociological concepts, including some of the substantive concerns and findings of sociology, sources of data, and the nature of the sociological perspective.
SOC-R 121 Social Problems (3 cr.) Selected current problems of American society are analyzed through the use of basic sociological data and the application of major sociological frameworks. Policy implications are discussed in the light of value choices involved in various solutions.
SOC-R 240 Deviance and Social Control (3 cr.) An introduction to major sociological theories of deviance and social control. Analyzes empirical work done in such areas as drug use, unconventional sexual behavior, family violence, and mental illness. Explores both "lay" and official responses to deviance, as well as cultural variability in responses to deviance.
SOC-R 295 Topics in Sociology (3 cr.) Exploration of a topic in sociology not covered by the regular curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester. Topics to be announced.
SOC-R 312 Sociology of Religion (3 cr.) Examination of religion from the sociological perspective. Religious institutions, the dimensions of religious behavior, the measurement of religious behavior, and the relationship of religion to other institutions in society are examined.
SOC-R 314 Families and Society (3 cr.) The family is a major social institution, occupying a central place in people's lives. This course explores formation and dissolution of marriages, partnerships, families; challenges family members face, including communication and childrearing; reasons for and consequences of change in American families; and how family patterns vary across and within social groups.
SOC-R 315 Political Sociology (3 cr.) Analysis of the nature and basis of political power on the macro level--the community, the national, and the international arenas. Study of formal and informal power structures and of the institutionalized and non-institutionalized mechanisms of access to power.
SOC-R 320 Sexuality and Society (3 cr.) Provides a basic conceptual scheme for dealing with human sexuality in a sociological manner.
SOC-R 321 Women and Health (3 cr.) A review of the relationships among cultural values, social structure, disease, and wellness, with special attention focused on the impact of gender role on symptomatology and access to health care. Selected contemporary health problem areas will be examined in depth. Alternative models of health care delivery will be identified and discussed.
SOC-R 325 Gender and Society (3 cr.) A sociological examination of the roles of women and men in society, analysis of the determinants and consequences of these roles, and assessment of forces likely to bring about future change in these roles. Although focus will be on contemporary American society, cross-cultural variations in gender roles will also be noted.
SOC-R 327 Sociology of Death and Dying (3 cr.) An analysis of historical, social and psychological forces influencing human mortality. Topics include: changing images of death and dying, technology's dehumanization of dying, hospices, funerals, grief, widowhood, children's death, suicide, genocide, and the social structure's influence on the death and dying process.
SOC-R 333 Sports and Society (3 cr.) This course will examine the importance sports and leisure activities play in society. From local examples such as Indiana motorsports and high school basketball, to international examples such as the Olympics and World Cup, we will examine sports from the perspective of athletes and fans, look at sports as an increasingly important business, and discuss how sports have been a significant agent for social change (including Title Nine, and the integration of major league baseball).
R335 Sociological Perspectives on the Life Course (3 cr.) Focuses on the human life course as a product of social structure, culture, and history. Attention is given to life course contexts, transitions, and trajectories from youth to old age; work, family, and school influences; self-concept development, occupational attainment, and role acquisition over the life course.
SOC-R 344 Juvenile Delinquency and Society (3 cr.) Legal definition of delinquency, measurement and distribution of delinquency. Causal theories considered for empirical adequacy and policy implications. Procedures for processing juvenile offenders by police, courts, and prisons are examined.
SOC-R 345 Crime and Society (3 cr.) Examination of the creation, selection, and disposition of persons labeled criminal. Emphasis on crime as an expression of group conflict and interest. Critique of academic and popular theories of crime and punishment.
SOC-R 346 Control of Crime (3 cr.) History, objectives, and operation of the crime control system in relation to its sociopolitical context. Critical examination of philosophies of punishment and programs of rehabilitation.
SOC-R 351 Social Science Research Methods (3 cr.) [P:SOC R100 or permission and Sophomore Standing.] A survey of methods and techniques used by sociologists and other social scientists for gathering and interpreting information about human social behavior. PUL=5
SOC-R 355 Social Theory (3 cr.) A survey of methods and techniques used by sociologists and other social scientists for gathering and interpreting information about human social behavior.
SOC-R 381 Social Factors in Health and Illness (3 cr.) Examines the social aspects of health and illness, including variations in the social meanings of health and illness, the social epidemiology of disease, and the social dimensions of the illness experience.
SOC-R 385 AIDS and Society (3 cr.) This course examines the HIV/AIDS epidemic from a sociological perspective. Students will explore how social factors have shaped the course of the epidemic and the experience of HIV disease. The impact of the epidemic on health care, government, and other social institutions will also be discussed.
SOC-R 410 Alcohol, Drugs and Society (3 cr.) P: SOC-R 100 or consent of instructor. This is a survey of the use and abuse of alcohol, including extent of use, history of use and abuse, "biology" of alcohol, alcoholism as a problem, legal actions, and treatment strategies.
SOC-R 415 Sociology of Disability (3 cr.) P: SOC-R 100 or consent of instructor. This course examines disability from the point of view of a variety of sociological perspectives and theories, concentrating on that of symbolic interaction. Attention will also be given to disability in history and the media and to the disability rights movement.
SOC-R 425 Gender and Work (3 cr.) P: SOC-R 100 or consent of instructor. This course examines the changing roles that women and men play in paid and unpaid work, and how these roles are socially constructed through socialization practices, social interaction, and actions of social institutions. The interaction of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class on individuals' involvement in work will also be explored.
SOC-R 461 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.) P: SOC-R 100 or consent of instructor. Comparative study of racial, ethnic, and religious relations. Focus on patterns of inclusion and exclusion of minority groups by majority groups. Discussion of theories of intergroup tensions--prejudice and discrimination--and of corresponding approaches to the reduction of tensions.
SOC-R 485 Sociology of Mental Illness (3 cr.) P: SOC-R 100 or consent of instructor. A survey of current problems in psychiatric diagnosis, the social epidemiology of mental illness, institutional and informal caregiving, family burden, homelessness, and the development and impact of current mental health policy. Cross-cultural and historical materials, derived from the work of anthropologists and historians, are used throughout the course.
SOC-R 494 Internship Program in Sociology (3-6 cr.) P: SOC-R 100, 9 credits of sociology with a B (3.0) or higher, junior standing with consent of instructor. This course involves students working in organizations where they apply or gain practical insight into sociological concepts, theories, and knowledge. Students analyze their experiences through work logs, a paper, and regular meetings with the internship director.
SOC-R 495 Topics in Sociology (3 cr.) [P:SOC R100 and variable with topic. ] Exploration of a topic in sociology not covered by the regular curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester. Topics to be announced.
SOC-R 497 Individual Readings in Sociology (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor and 9 credit hours of sociology courses with at least a B (3.0) or higher. Investigation of a topic not covered in the regular curriculum that is of special interest to the student and that the student wishes to pursue in greater detail. Normally available only to majors through arrangement with a faculty member.
SPAN-S 131 First-Year Spanish I (4 cr.) Introductory language sequence of courses. Emphasis on developing basic speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills as well as awareness of Hispanic cultures.
SPAN-S 132 First-Year Spanish II (4 cr.) [P:SPAN S131 or placement.] Continuation introductory language sequence of courses. Emphasis on developing basic speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills as well as awareness of Hispanic cultures.
SPAN-S 203 Second-Year Spanish I (3 cr.) P: SPAN-S 132, or 8-10 credit hours of college-level Spanish or placement by testing. Intensive drill reviewing important structural and vocabulary problems, coordinated with literary readings. Practice in composition
SPAN-S 204 Second-Year Spanish II (3 cr.) P: SPAN-S 203 or 10-14 credit hours of college-level Spanish or placement by testing. Intensive drill reviewing important structural and vocabulary problems, coordinated with literary readings. Practice in composition.
TESM-T 208 Tourism Geography (3 CR.) Explores principal geographic features, population centers, and attractions including travel destinations across the world.
TESM-T 234 Cultural Heritage Tourism (3 CR.) Analyzes the integration of visitor interests/needs and the protection of cultural and heritage resources. Elements examined include the various cultural and heritage assets operable as tourism attractions in addition to the link between quality cultural heritage tourism and community development. Emphasis is placed on Indiana cultural and heritage tourism.
WOST-W 105 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3 cr.) Students will learn concepts from the perspectives of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, beginning with a focus on how inequalities between women and men, as well as among women, have been explained and critiqued. This course explores how the intersections of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability/disability, and age influence interpersonal, national, transnational, and international contexts.
WOST-W 300 Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: (variable title) (1-3 cr.) n interdisciplinary study of selected themes, issues, and methodologies in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.
WOST-W 499 Senior Colloquium in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (1 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Must be approved by the WGSS Director prior to the semester in which the student plans to take the course. Reserved for students who are pursuing a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor. This is a culminating interdisciplinary course for advanced students who are prepared to present the results of an original major research effort on a topic in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Participants will be expected to read and evaluate the presentations of other students and participating faculty.