Arts

MUSIC 3344: Film Music

This course will give you a detailed understanding of how music has functioned in film across its century-long history, as produced in Hollywood and in other countries, and by filmmakers independent of the studio system. We will analyze more than a dozen movies and film scores, from D.W. Griffith to Quentin Tarantino to Wes Anderson. Musicians will include Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Bernard Herrmann, and Erich Korngold.

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School of Music Ensembles

The School of Music invites all university students to participate in its ensembles. Some have open enrollment (no audition required) and variable credit options. Bands, orchestras, jazz and choirs, for both the experienced performer and the hobbyist.

ART 4201: New Media Robotics

Approaches to new media; electronic and digital control of objects, projections and sound in interactive installations, performances and exhibitions.

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ARTEDUC 2367.03: Criticizing Television

The department's most popular GE course, a second-writing that also fulfills social diversity requirements, students are introduced to a full range of critical analysis skills related to television. Developing strong writing skills and analytical thought are important components to this course's overall goals.

ART 2555: Photography I - Digital Camera

Introduces photographic theory, practice, and aesthetics with image production, commercial lab prints and critiques. 

ART 4401: Computer Animation

Students in this course learn and practice 3D animation and modeling with the completion of a 2 min 3d animation and a 3-8 min animation/artwork. Animation and cinematography is the main focus and Cinema 4D and Adobe Aftereffects along with sound editing software will allow compositing and full production.

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DESIGN 2750: Design History

A history of design as affected by technology, science, and cultural world view.

THEATRE 2367.02: African American Theatre History

Examination of aesthetic and sociological evolution in America of African American theatre, literature, and film.

ARTEDUC 1600: Art and Music Since 1945

A survey of the visual arts and music in the western world since 1945, based on live and recorded performances and exhibitions.

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ART 2524: Painting I

Introductory painting emphasizing fundamentals and their utilization as a basis for individual development; student initially works from still life; subsequent projects increase in complexity.

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DESIGN 3105: Exploring Design Thinking

An overview of concepts, processes and modes of identifying problems and proposing effective solutions from a design-oriented perspective.

Dance 3402: Dance in Global Contexts

Surveys dance forms from around the globe, offering insights into the religious, social, and political functions of dances in their historical and contemporary practices.

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DANCE 2171: Pilates Mat I

Introduction to Pilates mat for non-majors; includes survey of the history, theory, and/or literature of Pilates.

Music 3364: Musical Citizenship: Activism, Advocacy and Engagement in Sound

Musical Citizenship explores the varied relationship between music and politics in the world today. The course invites students to carefully examine the essential role music plays in the political lives of local organizations, communities and states in a variety of cultures and societies.

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Humanities

GERMAN 2256: Fan Fiction: From Homer to Harry Potter

Readers of Harry Potter write sequels, prequels, and spinoffs online every day. But fan fiction is far from new. In this course, we’ll investigate the surprising history of this literary form. Beginning in classical antiquity and ending with Rowling, we'll analyze works of fan fiction and the debate they inspires.

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CLAS 3956: Black Cultures and Classical Education

Ancient Greek and Roman culture has inspired imperialist oppression of black communities and creative forms of anti-colonial resistance. Explore ancient theories of race, modern manipulations of classical legacies and the power of classics to oppress and liberate. Special guest, Pulitzer-winner and US Poet Laureate, Rita Dove.

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FRENCH 1801: French Existentialism: Sartre, Coffee and Cigarettes

French existentialism was an attitude that defined an era and led to a world-wide revolution in youth culture starting in the cafés of Paris. This course examine works that founded the movement, and the cultural revolution it inspired. Works by Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus, Vian, and films by Cocteau, Godard and Varda.

English 3372: Science Fiction and/or Fantasy—Tolkien’s Monsters

What is a monster and what do monsters mean? What are the relationships between Tolkien’s monsters and the elves, dragons, and trolls of folklore and medieval literature? How have Tolkien’s ideas about race affected subsequent fantasy literature and games? In looking at monsters, we’ll examine the boundaries of the human and explore the violent language of dehumanization.

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MEDREN 2666: Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

A study of the history of witchcraft and magic from 400 to 1700 C.E. within sociological, religious, and intellectual contexts.

History 2701: History of Technology

From fire, stone tools, the wheel and the stirrup and to drones, self-driving cars, social media and automation, human history is inexplicable without understanding technology. This course provides an introductory overview of the multiple ways in which technology has shaped human practices throughout from prehistory to today.

WGSST 4403: Gender and Leadership

We rely on leaders to exercise influence and responsibility in the execution of tasks and projects. However, research shows gender has affected access to leadership positions and people’s influence as leaders, among other effects. This class will explore these effects, and how gender intersects with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.

Russian 2335: Magnificence, Mayhem, and Mafia: Russian Culture

Russian culture from its foundations to the 21st century through analysis of literature, film, music, visual arts, beliefs, and customs. Taught in English.

WGSST 3320: Be a Man! Masculinities, Race & Nation

"Man up!" "Yas, queen!" Do these phrases clash? From Rambo to RuPaul to Mulan, we’ll examine many different masculinities, and ask how cultural ideas about masculinity change over time. We’ll explore how these masculine ideas both harm and advantage men, while interacting with race, national identity, and sexuality.

GERMAN 3351: Democracy, Fascism and German Culture

Explore the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany through the literature, film, music, visual arts and design produced between 1918-1945. We'll uncover the roots of fascism and look at its echoes in post-Nazi Germany. Were the 1920s the golden age of German cinema? How did the arts change after the Nazis came to power?

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MEDREN 2618: Travel and Exploration

Intercultural contact between Europe (Spain, Portugal and other nations) and the 'New Worlds' is explored through early modern narratives of travel, conquest, shipwrecks, and captivity.

English 4523: Special Topics in Renaissance Literature & Culture—Literature, Politics & Religion in the Reign of Henry VIII

King Henry VIII is possibly England’s most recognizable ruler — enshrined in popular lore for marrying six, and beheading two, wives. But the significance of Henry and his reign reaches far beyond marital politics. To understand this period of remarkable change, we will consider many different texts — from Henry’s own writing, to Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, to recent fiction and film. 

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HISTORY 2204: Modern European History

We will study European politics, war, economics, intellectual thought, culture, and society from the French and Industrial Revolutions to the present: how Europeans dominated the planet; how they revolutionized political ideas; the origins and consequences of the industrial transformation in Europe.

Linguistics 3802: Language and Computers

What makes Siri tick? How does Google Translate make sense of 100+ languages? In this course, you will be given insight into the fundamentals of how computers are used to represent, process and organize textual and spoken information, discussing both how language technology works and why it often doesn’t.

Italian 3051: The Crossroads of Romance: Tales of Heroes and Monsters from the Odyssey to Star Wars

Arthurian knights, wild-west gunslingers, intergalactic swashbucklers — these heroic archetypes are linked by the narrative strategy and ideological structures of romance. This course will familiarize students with medieval and renaissance romance storytelling and investigate its abiding influence on how stories are told and communities are represented in contemporary literature and film.

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PORT 2331: Portuguese Culture and Society

An overview of popular music production in Portugal since the 1974 Carnation Revolution and the end of Europe's oldest African empire. Genres, protagonists, venues and its impact in Portugal's European identity.

HISTORY 2720: Big History

Big History is history in the widest possible sense, from the beginning of the universe to the end. In this course, we’ll explore human story in its evolutionary, geological, and cosmological context. Along the way, students will get a non-technical introduction to how we know what we know about the galaxy, planet, life and our species.

PERSIAN 2241: Persian Culture

This course considers Iranian society and culture from the point of view of history, geography, life style, supplemented by insights provided through fiction, film, and scientific articles. Topics will include rural society, urban life, women issues, everyday life, religious beliefs, national rituals and their interactions. The course will emphasize the subject of diversity in Iran.

Russian 2345: Russian Fairy Tales and Folklore

What does Baba Yaga, the Russian witch, represent? Where are we most vulnerable to the devil’s invasions? Why is it dangerous to shake hands or hug over a threshold? This course addresses these questions as it analyzes Russian demonology and fairy tales, which reflect the values and aspirations of a historically colorful culture.

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Italian 2055: Mafia Movies

This course explores the myth of the Mafia that is so widespread in America, and traces its history and function as it passes across time and through multiple cultures on big and small screens.

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COMPST 3679: Popular Culture and World Religion

Rather than taking the approach of mechanically decoding religious symbols circulating in popular visual culture, this course will concentrate on the ways that religious institutions and actors formulate their own questions of ultimate concern through popular visual culture, and the ways that popular visual cultures have given rise to new kinds of religious iconography and imagination.

English 4564.03: Major Author in American Literature to 1900—The Inescapable Orbits of Walt Whitman

This class is centered on the greatest American poet: Walt Whitman. The operative thesis is that Whitman essentially created what we now know as American literature — his fingerprints can be seen on just about everything that's happened in our literature since ~1850. To this end, we will be looking at Whitman’s published work and how it is related to a broad cross-section of literature in the intervening century and change since his death.

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PHILOS 2340: The Future of Humanity

An exploration of philosophical and ethical issues concerning the future of humanity. Topics will include climate change, sustainability, population growth, automation and its implications for unemployment, human enhancement and transhumanism, biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and the risk of human extinction.

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COMPST 3608: Representations of the Experience of War

Representations of war in works of literature, religious texts, and film from diverse cultures and time periods.

Linguistics 3801: Codes and Codebreaking

This course covers the making and breaking of codes and ciphers, discovered in the midst of the fires of history where secure, secret communication literally meant the difference between life and death. Students (aka Agents) will then prove their ingenuity in covert Nerf (yes — you use a Nerf gun!) operations.

LING 3502: ConLangs: The Linguistics of Constructed Languages

Constructed languages (like Esperanto and Klingon) may seem frivolous but have a long intellectual history. In the process of creating our own languages, we study the mechanics of language, how languages relate to the cultures that they come from, and the diversity and possibility of both natural and constructed languages.

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

ASTRO 1141: Life in the Universe

Life in the Universe is an introduction to Astrobiology for non-science majors. Astrobiology touches on Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, and the Earth and Planetary sciences. We will learn about our ongoing quest for scientific answers to some of the most fundamental human questions, chief among them: Are we alone in the universe?

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STAT 1350: Elementary Statistics

This is a statistical literacy course designed to help students become thoughtful and critical consumers of statistics in everyday life. Students will learn about how data is produced, organized, and summarized. They will also learn about how samples of data can be used to make inferences about populations.

EEOB 2410: Biological Invasions: The Ecology and Evolution of Species Introductions

Invasion ecology is the study of introduced species and the factors that sometimes lead to their population explosions and negative ecological impacts in the new region. We will make explicit connections between concepts in ecology and evolutionary biology, topics specific to invasion ecology, and details surrounding particular invasive species.

CHEM 1100: Chemistry and Society

This course explores significant social, political, economic and ethical issues involving chemistry. Topics include climate change, recycling plastics, GMOs, fracking, alternative energy and forensics. 

ASTRO 1101: From Planets to the Cosmos

Astronomy 1101 is an overview of astronomy from our solar system to the universe as a whole, presented in three interconnected themes: The Long Copernican Revolution, The Lives of Stars, and The Cosmos. Weekly labs feature presentations in the Arne Slettebak Planetarium and activities designed to reinforce ideas from lectures.

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BIO 1105: Human Biology in Cinema

Human Biology in Cinema will show that mainstream films with a core biological theme can be entertaining and educational and that having some basic biological insights will enhance your comprehension and appreciation of these films. Lectures and discussions will cover basic principles in biology that will help elucidate the content of each film. 

EARTHSC 2210: Energy, Mineral Resources, and Society

This course covers energy resources of the past, current, and future as well as the critical mineral and natural resources that we rely on in society including water and precious metals. The course also discusses the global economy and the potential of natural resources to impact international relations.

MOLGEN 3300: General Plant Biology

Plant structure and function; growth and development; diversity, reproduction, and evolution of lower and flowering plants; people, the biosphere, and plant diversity

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Physics 1104: World of Energy

Physics 1104 is a GE course that gives non-science majors information on sustainable practices for our planet: what effect does our energy use have on the environment? How can we reduce the effects of climate change? Should we continue to use nuclear energy? We explore these ideas and more with hands-on activities.

MATH 1149: Trigonometry

Trigonometric functions and their properties. Vectors, polar coordinates and complex numbers. 

MICRO 3704: HIV: From Microbiology to Macrohistory

This course examines the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as both a scientific phenomenon and a historical entity. The course is interdisciplinary and encourages students to take intellectual risks in asking questions and trying to learn new methodologies. The course aspires to convey broad and differing perspectives as a means of demonstrating the interconnectivity of scientific and humanistic learning.

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EARTHSC 1105: Geology of the National Parks

Geologic processes, materials, and history revealed in geologic settings of the National Parks.

Physics 1110: The Physics of Sports

This course examines the physics behind athletics. A wide variety of sports and topics are covered, including the forces exerted in a football tackle, the aerodynamics of a curve ball, and the power of a tennis serve. 

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Comm 3513: Video Games and the Individual

Who plays video games? Industry data indicate that more than 155 million Americans play video games. The average age is 35 and 44% are women. Video games are part of our shared culture. This class focuses on social scientific investigations into the effects (good and bad) associated with video games.

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Anthro 3452: Archaeology of the Pacific Islands

Explore the culture and ancient past of the Pacific Islands! Students in this class will learn about Polynesian voyaging, how distant islands were settled and farmed, and the rise of chiefdoms and states in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii, and Tahiti. The course includes the study of cultural anthropology and archaeology.

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SPHHRNG 3350: Speech-Language Communication Across the Life Span

Exploration of the development of communication skills throughout the life span and the consequences of communication disorders for individuals, their families, and their communities.

Comm 3332: Risk Communication

From hurricane preparedness to disease prevention, risk communication is an essential task for public communicators. This course will provide you with the skills to effectively communicate risk and build a risk communication plan. We will investigate why some risks feel “risky” and others don’t, and evaluate risk communication campaigns.

Soc 2345: The Social Structure of American Society

Sociology 2345 is an exploration of the social structure of contemporary American society. We will focus our exploration on urban settings in general, and the role of mass incarceration in particular. And we will use two books, a set of related articles, and episodes from the third season of The Wire; the HBO series that ran from 2002 to 2008. The city of Baltimore, MD and the shows characters, relationships and storylines will function, in essence, as a fictional case study.

GEOG 2500: Cities and their Global Spaces

Globalization and urbanization; urban economies, spaces, and societies; function, form, and pattern in developed and developing world cities.

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Comm 4240: Science Communication

Designed specifically to be accessible for non-communication majors, the course introduces core concepts underlying strategic science communication to the general public by experts, the media, and science centers. The format of the class is a new hybrid design with 2 hours of classroom instruction combined with one hour of either online or field instruction each week. The class will also involve a series of field trips during the course of the semester to field sites of science communication practice.

GEOG 3701: The Making of the Modern World

The geographies of modernity and their formation: the world market, the global polity, diasporas and constructing difference, colonialism, the transformation of nature, Eurocentricity, post-modernity. 

PSYCH 3331: Abnormal Psychology

Examination of current theories and empirical findings regarding the major forms of psychopathology and treatment.

Econ 4553: Economics of Population

Introduces an economic approach to demographic processes like fertility, mortality, marriage, and divorce. Questions we’ll answer: Why is the dating market so difficult? Why are more people having children outside of marriage? As you will see, the answers to many of these questions will surprise you.

SPHHRNG 4530: Introduction to Autism

This course provides an overview of the identification and diagnosis of autism, scientific perspectives on etiology, and the neurobiological underpinnings of autism, as well as treatment components of autism. Guest speakers provide additional insights into clinical interventions and parental perspectives on autism.

ANTHRO 3334: Zombies: The Anthropology of the Undead

Life is divided between the living, the dead and the undead (zombies). Using films, readings and “becoming a zombie” for in-class competition, we explore the meaning, popularity and cultural importance of zombies in social life and why they are so often associated with cannibalism, disease and witchcraft.

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SOC 2211: Corrections: An Inside-Out course

This experiential-based learning course is composed of various approaches and interdisciplinary modes of inquiry into U.S. models of corrections, including classical debates and contemporary issues. The program brings college students and incarcerated individuals together in a classroom setting to develop a partnership between institutions of higher learning and prison systems nationally.

INTSTDS 2250: Russia: From Communism to Capitalism

Learn about Vladimir Putin's Russia, how it compares to its predecessor, the Soviet Union, and where its immediate future lies. The course will focus on the Soviet political model, the meaning of the Soviet experience, the collapse of the Communist system, the Cold War and current U.S.-Russian relations.

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PoliSci 4127: Governing Urban America

In this course, students will watch HBO's "The Wire" and complete readings that address the key themes of the show. In particular, we will focus on: (1) the major problems facing urban communities; (2) the economic, social and political forces that have shaped their development; (3) the structure and role of government in addressing urban problems; and (4) the major participants and stakeholders in city politics.

Psych 1200: Applied Psychology: Human Behavior in the Wild

This class examines how psychological concepts and phenomena are applied in real world contexts, such as the domains of law, medicine, education, sports, business and engineering.

GEOG 2200: Mapping Our World

Introduction to the power of maps, covering spatial representation, visual literacy, and geographic information technology in a global society.

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