COVID-19 Information

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New Topics and Travel Class Descriptions

We collect and post course descriptions from the faculty who are teaching these courses. If you can't find the course description you're looking for, you can email the professor of the course. We have a running list of all past courses and their descriptions at the end of this page. 

New Course, Special Topics, and Travel Course Descriptions  

Winter 2022

CIV 155 Let's Talk: Controversy with Civility
Can we talk? This course will give students the opportunity to discuss controversial current issues in a space that allows for tentative ideas, emerging opinions, gentle disagreement, and challenging assumptions. In an era of disinformation, polarization, cancel culture, and toxic politics, this course will be devoted to deliberative dialogues—a particular kind of discussion designed to engage different perspectives and foster community-building and democratic decision-making. Students will also critically examine the notion of civility and its relevance to free expression, diversity, democracy, and community. The class will include group service projects and other civic actions too. Meets CE Core requirement. 2 credits. Instructor: Stephanie Stokamer

REL/SOCWK 155 Spirituality & Wellbeing
This class will explore personal and community wellbeing through a lens of peace and spirituality. Students will have opportunities to disconnect from the digital world, experience silent contemplation, and reflect on spiritual wellbeing—not limited to formal religion—individually and as a community. Students will be exposed to different spiritual practices and techniques of self-care and other-care to foster wellbeing, and will examine the ways in which spirituality affects community life. The course will also address how spiritual wellbeing relates to both inner peace and a more peaceful world. 2 credits. Instructor: Brendan Curran

Spring 2022

PH 353: Special Topics in Public Health: COVID-19 Origins to Future Implications
The detrimental impact of COVID-19 has been felt far and wide, but none more so than in Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color, including the immunocompromised and the elderly. This course touches upon both national and international aspects of the harm the COVID-19 pandemic has had on communities. Topics could include origins of COVID-19, the harm COVID-19 has had nationally and internationally, the significance of public health interventions, and implications this pandemic has had on the future of public health.

THEA 255: Acting for Anyone
The fundamental skills of acting--listening, collaboration, presence, effective speech and movement--are useful to everyone, whether or not they intend to pursue work in theatre or the arts. These skills can be learned and improved through simple exercises and committed practice. Students in this class will work with fundamental elements of actor training to make progress toward their identified goals in a low-pressure, supportive environment.

Fall 2021

ARTST 121-02 Studio I: Printmaking
Students will develop their skills in printmaking through historical and contemporary context. Students will be encouraged to think about socially engaged art while diving into relief and screen printing processes. Printmaking was first invented to disseminate information and has the power to create change and facilitate meaningful discourse. Printmaking is embraced by artists because of its accessibility to the public, but also for the opportunities it offers for innovation and experimentation. Much of our focus will be on traditional techniques, the knowledge that comes from this meant to inspire experimentation and facilitate execution of the students’ conceptual ideas. We will cover relief and screen printing processes. We will work collaboratively on a project that focuses on social engagement in our communities.

ARTST-122-01 Studio I CE: Kitchen & Table 4 credits TTH 8:55-11:15 O‘Day
This course is an introduction to clay with an emphasis on function in the context of preparing and sharing food.  Students will try their hand at making casseroles, ferment crocks, serving dishes, tableware, and more as we work with community members to plan and serve a fundraiser meal to support local hunger organizations.  Basic course materials will be supplied; however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects. May be repeated for credit. Completes the CE requirement.

ARTST-221-01 Studio II: Painting 4 credits TTH 1:00-3:30 Anderson
In this course students will practice skills and techniques associated with acrylic painting. s. The scope of projects will range from realistic interpretation to personal expression using the traditional subject matter of still life, landscape, and portraiture. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students will  be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.

ARTST-221-02 Studio II: Ceramics Throwing 4 Credits TTH 3:30-5:50 O’Day
Students will explore a variety of ceramics techniques with a focus on the wheel. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the use of modeling software to create ceramic works on a 3D clay printer. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.

ARTST-221-03 Studio II: Sports Photography 2 credits MW 9:15-11:35 Brunn
In this course students will employ best practices in professional level still photography while on location shooting athletes in action and sporting events. Course outcomes include; planning and logistics of shooting athletes and sporting events on location, Metering, Selecting lenses and other photographic controls, identifying and pursuing quality work that is portfolio‐ready, and post-production/organization/media to manipulate images. 

ARTST-221-04 Studio II: Metals 4 credits MW 1-3:20 Epstein
This course is an introduction to the creative process in the metals studio. Students will explore their ideas in relation to individual values and aesthetics, cultural influences, societal expectations, industrial and artisanal modes of production, and environmental connections. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.

ARTST-221-05 Studio II: Photography 2 credits MW 9:15-11:35 Brunn
Studio II offers students further opportunity to explore the creative process while building skills related to a particular studio or theme. Emphasis is on developing independent thinking through deliberate practice. The properties of materials associated with paint, print, photo, ceramics, glass, metal, and other media are explored in different sections of this course. See the department website or the advising center for section descriptions. Basic course materials will be supplied; however, students may be required to purchase additional materials necessary to complete their projects. Previous art experience recommended. Counts toward core requirement: Artistic Practice & Creative Process. May be repeated for credit. 2 or 4 credits depending on the offering/topic.

CHEM-450 ST: Computational Chemistry
Please contact instructor for course description. 

ENGL-255 NT: African Diaspora Literature
In this class, we will explore African Diaspora texts that examine race and culture in relation to political and historical contexts, the struggle for equality, and gender and identity. We will investigate the ways in which these texts examine power dynamics, community and identity, individual and collective trauma, global concerns, colonization, and nationalism.  We will explore a range of texts, from Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart to Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad to James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues," and Tiphanie Yanique's Monster in the Middle. Fulfills Analyzing & Interpreting Texts and International/Diverse Perspectives core requirements. 

ENGL-320-01 Advanced Lit & HC: Mystery SciFi and Film
This course explores the intersection between the mystery and Sci Fi genres in film and literature from the nineteenth to today.  We will read and discuss both early forms of science fiction literature—like HG Wells’ The Time Machine and other short stories, and Phillip K. Dick’s short story “The Minority Report”—as well as modern SciFi mystery stories. We will also watch and discuss recent SciFi mystery films, delving into the question of why this hybrid genre has experienced a kind of renaissance in the last several years. This course will thus provide students the opportunity to learn new interpretive approaches to literature and film and to become knowledgeable about  this hybrid genres and its (often) cult appeal.  (2 credits, Fall 1st half of semester).  Counts towards the Analyzing & Interpreting Texts core requirement. 

ENGW-355 NT: Theory & Practice of Tutoring
Please contact instructor for course description. 

PACU-155 STEM Career Planning
An introductory course surveying professional careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). By creating an academic and career plan, students will learn how to turn a STEM major into a career including how to explore and procure internships, research experience as an undergraduate (REU), and work experience.  Invited speakers will discuss opportunities and challenges, educational requirements, as well as career competencies.  Pass/No Pass, 0-1 Credit. 

PACU-255 STEM College Student Success
What helps a student succeed in college? This course explores this question, providing information and techniques students can immediately apply to positively impact their educational experiences. The course introduces skill development to navigate a diverse learning environment, utilize college resources and services, and create financial and academic plans to help students develop a sense of belonging while plotting a course toward academic and personal success. Instructor permission required to register. Pass/No Pass, 1 Credit. 

KINES-155 NT: Foundations of International Surfing
Please contact instructor for course description. 

KINES-350 ST: Exercise & Mental Health
Please contact instructor for course description. 

PSY-420 ST: Social Cognition
Please contact instructor for course description. 

SOC-150 ST: Introduction to Sociology
Course description coming soon.

SOC-250 ST: Social Justice and Social Change
Course description coming soon.

Winter 2022

ARTST-121-01 Studio I:The Creative Process 2 credits MTWTHF 9-12 Brumfield
Studio I courses engage students with the creative process. Emphasis will be placed on problem-solving in relation to the theme and media of the course. Paint, print, photo, ceramics, glass, metal, and other media are explored in different sections of this course. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.

ARTST-121-02 Studio I: Pinhole Camera 2 credits MTWTHF 9-12 Brunn
Introduction to pinhole cameras, their construction and use. Process different kinds of negatives through conventional and digital means. Critical analysis of process, composition and content is emphasized.

ARTST-121-03 Studio I: Introduction to Letterpress | 2 credits MTWTHF 1-4 Gabriel
Dating back centuries, letterpress printing has gained in popularity for printing on paper in multiples. This course introduces the basics of letterpress printing and covers hand-setting type, mixing inks, image-making options and the operation of platen presses. Letterpress terminology, typography and resources will be discussed. A highlight is the print exchange when works are traded and you depart with a boxed edition of Jan Term Letterpress art cards. Gotta love ink on paper.

ARTST-221-01 Studio II: Chains & Clasps 2 credits MTWTHF 1-4 Epstein
In this course you’ll  learn about a variety of chain techniques, including braided and knitted wire, soldered and unsoldered links, rope chains and chain mail. From delicate detailed designs to bold and chunky, you’ll also be learning to design and fabricate your own unique clasps and closures. 

ARTST-223-02 Studio II SU: The Art of Paddle Carving 2 credits MTWTHF 1-4 Masterson
Description coming soon.

ARTST-221-03 Studio II: Drawing in Hawaii 2 credits MTWTHF TBA Anderson
Students will use the unique nature and culture of Hawaii as the backdrop to experiment with drawing and watercolor materials. Emphasis will be placed on learning  techniques to explore personal interpretation.  Each day the class will meet at a different location around the island of Oahu to find inspiration from beautiful vistas, majestic temples, exotic gardens and palm-lined beaches. All materials will be provided. This is a beginning level class. No experience is necessary.  Travel course to Hawaii

Spring 2022

ARTST-121-01 Studio I: Darkroom Photography    4 credits    MW    1-3:20    Brunn
The class highlights the world of film as it is today. Students will use their own film cameras of any format and vintage to explore all types of film technology - from classic Black/White/Color films that are still available to the latest retro film types recently produced. Film technology is still relevant as a medium in the commercial as well as the artistic - world. New digital equipment production and techniques are still being developed that are based on this medium. 

ARTST-121-02 Studio I: Printmaking        4 credits    MW    3:30-5:50    Miyamoto
Students will develop their skills in printmaking through historical and contemporary context. Students will be encouraged to think about socially engaged art while diving into relief and screen printing processes. Printmaking was first invented to disseminate information has the power to create change and facilitate meaningful discourse. Printmaking is embraced by artists because of its accessibility to the public, but also for the opportunities it offers for innovation and experimentation. Much of our focus will be on traditional techniques, the knowledge that comes from this meant to inspire experimentation and facilitate execution of the students’ conceptual ideas. We will cover relief and screen printing processes. We will work collaboratively on a project that focuses on social engagement in our communities.

ARTST-221-01 Studio II: Ceramics Throwing        4 credits    TTH    8:55-1`1:15    O’Day
Students will explore a variety of ceramics techniques with a focus on the wheel. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the use of modeling software to create ceramic works on a 3D clay printer. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.

ARTST-221-02 Studio Ii: Location Photography    2 credits    MW    9:15-11:35    Brunn
Planning and logistics of shooting on location. Transportation, scouting, permits and billing, in addition to lighting, metering and other photographic controls. Subjects include fashion, portraiture, product, and architectural photography. Students will participate in on-location photo shoots of various subjects, using techniques and equipment specific to each scenario. Students will be responsible for creating multi location shoots individually, and will participate in the creation of a collaborative shoot with a group of fellow students 
 

ARTST-221-03 Studio II: Metals        2 credits    TTH    1-3:20    Epstein
This course is an introduction to the creative process in the metals studio. Students will explore their ideas in relation to individual values and aesthetics, cultural influences, societal expectations, industrial and artisanal modes of production, and environmental connections. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.
 
ARTST-222-01 Studio II CE:Skin-Frame Boats    4 credits    TTH    3:30-5:50    Masterson

ARTST-222-02 Studio II CE: Mural Painting        4 credits    MW    9:15-11:35    Miyamoto
Art for all! Students will engage with community partners to collaboratively design and paint a mural on a wall or all panels, for display outside or inside. Themes will either relate to community wide ideas, or be entirely student-generated.  Students will learn basic technical aspects of painting, drawing, materials and tools used to do large scale work indoors and outdoors. Students will also learn the history of murals and it’s connection to powerful art movements. Students receive credit for community service work with this course.

CJLS-355 NT: Sex-Positive Criminology
In this course students will examine criminological issues through an intersectional sex-positive lens. Careful attention will be given to the criminalization of commercial sex and related institutional harm—often at the hands of law enforcement. The course will cover topics such as sex education in schools, reproductive justice, restrictions on sexuality in places like prisons, jails, juvenile detention, and immigrant detention facilities, the criminalization of BDSM practices, and the criminalization of young people’s sexuality. Students will also engage with numerous contemporary debates around sex trafficking, including moral panics, conspiracy theories, and philanthrocapitalism.  Prerequisite: Any one of CJLS 101, SOC-110, SOC 120, SOC- 130, SOC-150, or GSS 201. 

Travel Classes - Short-term Study Abroad

International Programs has the list of upcoming travel classes (short-term study abroad). 

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