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New Courses 2014-2015

The following courses have been approved during the 2014-2015 academic year:

BIO 300  Plant and Fungal Evolution (4)
An investigation into the evolution of fungi and plants, including related algae, from cellular to organismal perspectives.  The laboratory involves morphological observation of vegetative and reproductive structures critical to the understanding of how these organisms complete their life histories and interact with the environment.  Prerequisite: BIO 131 with a grade of C or higher. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

BIO/EES 375  Topics in Tropical Biology (4)
An intensive field experience in neotropical ecosystems (rainforests, coral reefs, mangroves, caves, etc.).  Descriptive studies of local flora and fauna will be combined with an in-depth investigation of a topic of interest.  Field activities will include moderately strenuous exercise under a variety of weather conditions.  Destinations may include Belize, Costa Rica, Trinidad, or other tropical sites.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: BIO 131 or consent. Offered in select Winter Sessions.  Previously BIO/EES 435.

BIO 412  Chemical Ecology (4)
A study of how organisms use chemicals to mediate interactions within and between species.  Students will gain experience interpreting primary research articles as varying topics are discussed, such as plant-herbivore interactions, coral chemical defenses, and insect semiochemicals.  Lecture three hours per week.  Prerequisites: BIO 131, BIO 132, any 200-level CHEM class, and junior/senior status.  Offered each fall.

COMM 450  Documentary Film Production (4)
A guided individual study with primary focus on the production of a documentary short film.  The production work will be supplemented by guided study in the history and theory of documentary film.  Course enrollment is limited to one student per semester.  Prerequisites: COMM 250 and consent.  Offered select semesters.

CSRF 312  Servant Leadership Internship (2)
An integrative experience that includes both academic and experiential elements, along with the development of specific skills related to mediation and community building.  The field experience may be with government agencies, non-profits, religious organizations, or specific ministries.  Course may be repeated for credit.  Prerequisites: Sophomore status, 2.4 cumulative GPA, placement, and consent.  Offered each semester.

ENG 305  Postcolonial Literature (4)  W
Introduces postcolonial literature and the historical forces and literary influences shaping writers from countries with a history of colonialism or writers who have migrated from formerly colonized countries.  Course may focus on a selected region, movement, tradition, or theme, and features Anglophone literature and, occasionally, works in translation.   Prerequisites: Any “T” course, and ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher.  Offered each spring.

ENG 370  Early American Literature (4)   W
Seminar beginning with pre-contact indigenous texts and contact between Europeans and Native Americans and moving through colonial, Revolutionary, and Federalist periods to roughly 1820.  Emphasis includes non-fiction texts, the Revolution and the founding of the United States.  Attention is also given to Spanish-American and other literatures of exploration.  Prerequisites:   Any “T” course, and ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher.  Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

ENG 371  Making America: American Literature 1820-1865 (4)  W
Seminary exploring the literary creation of what we consider America today – from the period shortly after the formation of the political entity of the United States, through the great test of this union in the American Civil War.  Major authors include: Emerson, Hawthorne, Poe, Stowe, Thoreau, Douglass, Whitman, Melville, and Dickinson.  Prerequisites: Any “T” course, and ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

ENG 375  Africana Literature (4)  W
Seminar focusing on selected topics in African-American and literature of African diaspora, including works from the Caribbean, South America, Europe and other locations where blacks dispersed from Africa. Some topics may give consideration to forms of expression other than literature.  Prerequisites: Any “T” course, and ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher.  Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

FR 320  French through Film and Literature (4)
Provides language learning and intensive practice in advanced-level reading, listening, speaking, writing, and culture through recent French films and canonical literary works.  Taught in French. Prerequisites: FR 213 or consent. Offered on demand.

MBE 317  Advanced Taxation (4)
A comprehensive study of income tax problems relating to business entities.  Topics include flow-through taxation (partnerships and limited liability companies), double-taxation (corporations), either/or taxation (estates and trusts), and other derivations from the three fundamental approaches.  Additional topics may include tax administration and the Federal estate tax.  Prerequisite: MBE 216.  Offered each spring.

MUS 336  Arts Management (4)
Essentials of arts management including organizational and audience development, fundraising, program planning, and public relations.  Designed primarily for students in the performing and visual arts, this class will complement their training as artists, teachers, and practitioners, and lay the foundation for participation in arts organizations as leaders, participants, or supporters. Offered each year.

PHIL 204  Philosophical Fiction (4)   T
What futures are opened and what foreclosed by choices we make now? What assumptions constrain our thinking about what is ultimately real, meaningful, just or good? A course of reading, discussing and writing about famous stories that explore different possibilities and imagine realms where different assumptions shape perceptions.  May be repeated for credit as the topic varies.  Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered intermittently.

POLS 200  Topics in Political Science (4) An examination of selected topics in political science.  Offered on demand.

POLS 300  Topics in Comparative Politics (4)
An examination of selected topics in comparative politics.  Course topics may include Asian Pacific Rim, South Asia, Latin America, Contemporary Africa, or the Middle East and North Africa. Course may be repeated for credit as topics vary.  Offered each semester.

PSY 370  Sensation & Perception (4)         
Explores how we perceive and understand the world around us based on physical energy, neural activity, and knowledge, and how our perceptions can be flawed. Broadly explores philosophical, neurological, cognitive, and clinical approaches.  Interactive demonstrations will allow students hand/eyes/ears-on experience analyzing and interpreting data.  Prerequisites: PSY 101, PSY 102, or equivalent. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

RELST 308  Lobbying & Religious Advocacy (4)    S
Examines how – through approaches to lobbying and political advocacy – different religious communities engage in American politics, how their religio-historical views play a role in that engagement, and how their socio-historical context often have determined (or continue to determine) their level of access in the political realm.  Offered in Winter Session.

RELST 365    Extreme Religion & Religious Freedom (4)           
After examining the roles and functions of ecstatic and extreme experience within world religion today, this course focuses on the meaning and significance of these experiences for the practitioners of these religions. In addition, students will engage in individual research on specific controversies relating to individual practices and issues relating to religious freedom. Prerequisite: sophomore status and consent. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.


HIST 338  History Internship (4)
History internships allow students to gain hands-on experience and test career possibilities in a museum, archival collection, or other public setting.  Interns work 130 hours off campus at a sponsoring site, complete a project to be outlined in the internship contract, daily journals, and a final paper.  Prerequisites: HIST 337 and consent.  Offered once every other year.

MBE 222  Introduction to Financial Management (2)
An introduction to Financial Management for students not majoring in Business, the course provides students with the basic tools of financial analysis and planning – leading to better decision-making in both their professional and personal lives.  Topics include analysis of financial statements, the time value of money, and capital budgeting.  Prerequisites:  ENG 105 with a C or higher, and MATH 104 or MATH Placement level H, A or B.  Offered Winter Session 2015 only.

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