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New Courses 2015-2016

The following courses have been approved during the 2015-2016 academic year:

APMU 101  Hand Drumming for Everyone (1)  A
An exploration of music associated with the hand drums and preparation for group performances.  Ensembles will meet for two 75 minute meetings weekly to develop ensemble performance skills.  In addition, students are expected to practice their individual parts and participate in active focused listening assignments on a weekly basis.  Offered each semester.  *Four semester hours must be completed to fulfill the general studies requirement.

APMU 201  Jazz Ensemble (1)  A
An exploration of music associated with the jazz ensemble and preparation for group performances.  Ensembles will meet for two 75 minute meetings weekly to develop ensemble performance skills.  In addition, students are expected to practice their individual parts and participate in active focused listening assignments on a weekly basis. 
Prerequisite: Consent.
Offered each semester. 
*Four semester hours must be completed to fulfill the general studies requirement. 

ART 220  Introduction to Glass (4)  A
An introduction to making art with glass taught through a series of hands-on projects.  In addition, the Chrysler Museum’s extensive contemporary and historical glass collection and interaction with visiting and resident glass artists are utilized.
Offered each spring.

ART/ARTH 485  Visual Arts Internship (4)
A credit-bearing internship that requires work responsibilities and reflection on those experiences.  Requires active involvement in an arts organization for a minimum of 130 hours plus meetings with a faculty mentor and submission of an electronic portfolio of materials. 
Prerequisite: junior or senior status and consent.
Offered every semester.

CHEM 425  Medicinal Chemistry (4)
A comprehensive, yet balanced introduction, to medicinal chemistry with an emphasis on the chemical and pharmaceutical principles related to understanding structure-activity relationships and molecular mechanisms of drug action. The course will cover the discovery and design of drugs, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, natural product discovery and isolation, organic synthesis, as well as drug development from the research stage through to marketing of the final product. 
Prerequisites: CHEM 222 and CHEM 330. 
Offered winter or spring of even-numbered years.

CJ 215  Study Away in Criminal Justice (4)
Explores criminal justice topics and issues beyond the classroom. Students will travel to places where criminal justice institutions, events, and/or policies have influenced the field of criminal justice; for example, a trip to San Francisco to tour Alcatraz Island Prison.
Prerequisite: consent.
Offered in summer on demand.

CJ 222  Victimology (4) 
A comprehensive understanding of victimization while also considering innovative strategies and applied solutions for victim-oriented services.  Includes 1) criminal victimization and its consequences, 2) responses to victims of crime, and 3) contemporary issues in victimology. 
Prerequisite: CJ 100. 
Offered fall of even numbered years or intermittently.

CJ 290  Extreme Murder (4) 
Studies serial homicides and investigates serial killers and mass murders.  Become knowledgeable on risk factors and basic theoretical explanations, and understand the impact of these rare events on society.  Reviews response options for criminal justice professionals. 
Prerequisite: CJ 100. 
Offered intermittently.

CJ 310  Criminology of Genocide (4)
Focuses on genocide as a crime and introduces students to the criminological aspects of genocide in the international realm. This course is designed to use criminological writings to examine genocide and the response from the criminal justice system.
Prerequisite: CJ 100, SOC 100, SOC 270 or POLS 111.
Offered on demand.

CS 470  Internship in Computer Science (2-4) 
An intensive CS project conducted in a professional setting.  Pass/Fail only. 
Prerequisites: junior or senior status, 2.5 cumulative GPA, and consent. 
Offered on demand.

ENG 372  American Realism and Naturalism (4)  W
Seminar examining literary movements of realism and naturalism in later nineteenth and early twentieth century American writing emphasizing responses to the increasing influence of industrialism, capitalism, and territorial expansion on the cultural norms of a rapidly changing population.  Authors include Twain, Henry James, Chopin, Crane, Wharton, Chesnutt, Norris, Dreiser, etc. 
Prerequisites: Any “T” course and ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. 
Offered spring of even-numbered years.

HIST 222  History of Modern Korea (4) 
An overview of Korean political, economic, social, and cultural history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Pays special attention to the impacts of colonialism and the relationship of Korea with the rest of the world during the period of globalization.  The course features a study away trip to Korea. 
Offered each spring.

INST 401  Study Abroad Re-entry Seminar (1) 
An opportunity for students to reflect on their semester study abroad experiences. Students explore the ways that study abroad has developed their personal, inter-personal, intellectual, and professional skills and knowledge.  Special attention is devoted to examining cultural competencies and global understanding in light of students’ study abroad experiences.
Prerequisite: semester study abroad.
Offered every semester.

MATH 326  Theory of Elem. Mathematics II (4) 
Develops a professional knowledge of the mathematics generally taught in elementary schools (K6).  Part II focuses on geometry, probability and statistics. Does not count as an elective in any mathematics major. 
Prerequisite: MATH 325 (grade of C or higher). 
Offered each fall.

MATH 470 Internship in Mathematics (2-4) 
An intensive mathematics project conducted in a professional setting.  Pass/Fail only.  
Prerequisites: junior or senior status, 2.5 cumulative GPA, and consent. 
Offered on demand.

MBE 360  Operations Management (4)   
Reviews essential qualitative and quantitative techniques used in business decision-making and problem solving.  Includes decision analysis, forecasting, linear programming, project scheduling, inventory cost minimization, TQM, process and queuing analysis.  Emphasizes the practical application of these techniques to production and operations management problems in both the manufacturing and service sectors.  
Prerequisites: ISP 101, MATH 210 and MBE 301. 
Offered spring of even-numbered years.

MUS 120  Music and the Brain (4)  A
Listen to and discuss a variety of music and musical styles and their connection to the brain and our emotions. Students will investigate how we understand and appreciate the aesthetic values of various genres and periods of music.  Students will also develop basic musical skills and music literacy.
Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS 318  Great Works (4)   A, W
A focused musical study of historically significant works curated within a particular topic (topics may include Popular Music, Symphonic Music, or Choral Music).  Each class will also connect the music to its place in a larger historical context.  This course may be repeated as the topics change. 
Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. 
Offered each spring.

MUS 401  Integrative Music Research (4)  I
Integrate multiple academic Frames of Reference into a research and analysis based music project.  Students will spend the semester reviewing and responding to selected readings designed to review the methods that characterize four of the seven academic Frames of Reference integral to a complete education here at Virginia Wesleyan College. Students will present a short oral presentation on each of four academic frames and will write a large research and analysis paper for the final. All Music majors are strongly encouraged to take this course the semester before they present their Senior Recital/Project. 
Offered intermittently.

POLS 202 Politics and Film (4)
A use of film to explore basic concepts within political science.  Topics include war and peace, democratic governance, and social justice. 
Offered on demand.

POLS 240  Topics in International Organizations and Diplomacy (4) 
Examine topics of contemporary relevance to the function of international organizations and diplomacy.  Topics include diplomatic leadership, international terrorism, and refugee crises. 
Prerequisite: POLS 210. 
Offered on demand.

PSY 305  Study Away in Psychology (4) 
Examine topics in psychology in cultural settings outside the classroom by traveling to a location relevant to the topic studied in the given semester.  Examples include “The History of Psychopathology in Europe.”
Offered winter and summer on demand.

RELST 329  International Religious Freedom (4)  W
Explore global issues related to limitations on religious freedom, international efforts to address religious freedom concerns, advantages and disadvantages of the American tradition of First Amendment-based religious liberty, and the difficulties inherent in geo-political and religious conflicts over religion and religious freedom. 
Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. 
Offered on demand.

WGS 350  Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (4)  W
A study of selected issues within Women’s and Gender Studies.  The course will include a variety of feminist, gender, sexuality, and/or cultural theories in the context of a particular issue or topic.  Specific topics are available before registration begins each semester.  May be repeated for credit as topics change. 
Prerequisites:
WGS 219, and ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher.
Offered intermittently.

Experimental Courses

CS 201  Introduction to 3D Printing (2) 
An introduction to 3D modeling and printing.  Several software packages are used to create and manipulate 3D models.  Topics also include a survey of current applications of 3D printing, the mechanics of basic 3D printing technology, and factors involved in achieving a successful 3D print. 
Prerequisite: sophomore status or higher; placement level B or higher, or Math 104 (grade of C or higher). 
Offered on demand.

ENG/POLS 282  Irish Literature and Politics (4)
A cross-disciplinary study away course in Ireland that explores the complex interplay between Irish people’s views of society and the “lived” Irish experience.  In particular, the course considers the ways in which social institutions and systems influence cultural literary products, while these literary products also influence social institutions and systems.  This course does not fulfill the ‘T’ requirement. 
Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. 
Offered select summer sessions.

ENG 389  American Literary History (4) 
A survey covering American literature from the colonial period to the twentieth century.  Provides students with a sense of the historical breadth of American literature.  It is highly recommended that students read the major works over the summer, as the reading list is substantial. 
Prerequisite: Any ‘T’ course.
Offered fall of even-numbered years.

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