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New Courses 2013-2014

The following courses have been approved during the 2013-2014 academic year:

ART 420  Advanced Topics: Medium (to be announced) (4)
Advanced, in-depth study of one studio art medium, developing content and technical skills in the context of aesthetic and historical considerations.  Topics may include: mixed media, jewelry, prints, fibers, installations, raku, glass, public art, etc.  May be repeated for credit as topics change.  Prerequisites: ART 350 and consent.  Lab fee.  Offered on demand.

BIO 308  Molecular Plant Physiology (4)    W
A study of the molecular nature of how plants survive and respond to their environment.  Topics include hormone regulation, carbon metabolism, plant cell identity, fluid transport and response to stress.  Common techniques used in molecular biology will be introduced.  Groups will design a short research project utilizing these techniques.  Prerequisites: BIO 131, BIO 132 and ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher.  Corequisite: BIO 311.  Offered on demand.

EDUC 230 Observation in School Settings (1)
An observational field experience designed to acquaint potential education candidates with the role of teachers and the workings of schools.  Placements are in diverse school settings.  Required for admission to the Education Program.  Offered each semester.

ENG 360 Contemporary British Literature (4) W
Seminar examining how British writers responded to the end of empire, globalism, and changing views on racial, national, and gendered identities in 20th century and contemporary literature.  Authors may include Churchill, Larkin, Lessing, McEwan, Phillips, Pinter, Rushdie, Smith, Stoppard, and Winterson. Prerequisites: a “T” course and ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

ENG 373 American Modernism (4) W
Seminar investigating the range of experimental and innovative literature produced by America authors in the wake of the First World War in response to the cultural dislocations of modernity.  Authors includee Cather, Eliot, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Pound, Stein, Stevens, and Williams.  Prerequisites: a “T” course and ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

ENG 374 The Postmodern (4)  W
Seminar exploring the variety of texts that have been identified as "postmodern" and the debates that continue to surround that term.  Topics include postmodernism's engagement with modernism, race, gender, technology, and economics.  Authors include Pynchon, Vonnegut, Reed, Acker and DeLillo.  Prerequisites: a “T” course and ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

POLS 347  Model United Nations (4)
Participation in the National Model UN conference in New York City (NMUN) is the focus of this class.  NMUN conferences replicate the rigorous process international leaders must go through to find agreeable solutions to major problems in the world today.  Prerequisite: Consent.  Offered every spring.

EXPERIMENTAL COURSES

HIST 239  Digital History (4)
This course explores the burgeoning field of digital history.  Students will study how scholars are increasingly applying the tools of the online, digital world to historical study.  They will learn how to evaluate digital tools and apply these tools to a variety of collaborative, digital, and historical projects.

HIST 337  Methods in Public History (4)
This course introduces students to the ideas, methods, and practices used by public historians who work in museums, archival collections and historic preservation, among other fields.  Students will be introduced to practitioners of public history and explore the ways history is “used” in the public arena, including its importance to individual, regional and national identity.

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