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Curriculum Changes

(since the 2013-14 catalog)

NEW Courses:

ART 210. Children's Book Illustration
In this course students will develop, draw, and paint characters and creatures as illustrations for a children's book that they will product. Source materials will include folk tales, contemporary children's books, and films for children.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 103 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours. Alternate years.
Instructor: K. Muehlemann

ASTR 101. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System
An introduction to astronomy, including naked-eye astronomy, the historical development of astronomical models, and basic astrophysical principles with a focus on our solar system and the growing number of examples of extrasolar systems.
Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.
General Education: IID.

ASTR 101L. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System Laboratory
Laboratory work and exercies related to topics studies in Astronomy 101. No previous laboratory experience is assumed.
Hours credit: 1. Alternate years.
General Education: IID

ASTR 103. Introductory Astronomy: Cosmology
An introduction to astronomy, indlucing naked-eye astronomy, the historical development of astronomical models, and basic astrophysical principles with a focus on astronomy outside of our solar system including surveying the stars, galactic dynamics and the beginnings and fate of the universe.
Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.
General Education: IID

ASTR 103L. Introductory Astronomy: Cosmology Lab
Laboratory work and exercises related to topics studied in Astronomy 103. No previous laboratory experience is assumed.
Hours credit: 1. Alternate years.
General Education: IID

BIOL 351. Topics in Biology
This course is intended to develop and enhance student research skills through analysis of primary literature, presentation, class discussion, and written assignments. Research papers will be analyzed through a global lens and real world ramifications will be discussed.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: two courses in biology at the 200 level.

BIOL 386. Marine Biology
This introduction to the marine environment emphasizes the occurance and distribution of marine organisms. Oceanographic principles are discussed, and special consideration is given to the biology of common plants inhabiting beaches, estuaries, and near-ocean waters in Atlantic, Caribbean, and Bahamian biota.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: two courses in biology at the 200 level, including BIOL 201-201L.
ONE TIME ONLY.

COMM/HIST 274. Museums, Memorials and Memory: Britain and the World Wars
During the spring course, students will read books and scholarly articles about the historical context for the two World Wars as well as rhetorical theory regarding monuments and memorials. The class will visit Monument Terrace and the D Day Memorial as sample war memorials. Students will complete one short critical essay and a research paper. The final paper will be accomplished by a presentation to the class.
Hours credit: 1. Open only to students enrolling in COMM/HIST 274S during Summer 2014.
One time only.
General Education: IIA1 or IIB1.

COMM/HIST 274S. Museums, Memorials and Memory: Britain and the World Wars
During the summer travel seminar, which will be based in Reading, students will visit sites in London, including the Imperial War Museum, Churchill's War Rooms and various monuments. The class will also travel to other memorials in the surrounding area such as Portsmouth, Bletchley Park, Coventry, and Dover. Students may also travel to Flanders to visit the important war memorials there. Students will keep a journal of their reflections and will make a presentation on a memorial of their choice to the class. A final reflection paper will synthesize the travel experience with the course material studied in the Spring. All course work will be due no later than the fourth week of the fall semester following the travel seminar.
Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: COMM/HIST 274.
One time only.
General Education: IIA1 or IIB1.

COMM 288S. Peru: Media Industries and Cultural Production
A study-travel seminar which includees a pre-trip component, a two-week trip, and a post-trip written component and public presentation to the college community that must be completed by the fourth week of the fall semester. Students will experience the media of Peru with visits to media industries, such as a film studio, a television network, an advertising company, and a national newspaper. Topics include local and global media economics, the work of media professionals, and the cultural production of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, national politics, and cultural identity. cultural context will be explored through visits to cultural sites in Lima and Cuzco.
Hours credit: 3.
One time only. Offered Summer 2014.
General Education: IIIB3.
Applicable to the Latin American Studies minor.

ECON/MATH 273. Game Theory
An introduction to game theory and its applications to economic analysis. The course will provide a theoretical overview of modern game theory and how it is applied in the analysis of strategic behavior in various contexts. Applications include trade, advertising, competition, and collusion.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ECON 101 and 102. This course does not count toward a major or minor in mathematics.
General Education: IB.
ONE TIME ONLY.

ECON 288. Women in the Global Economy
This course will explore issues that women face in both developed and developing countries. The specific goals of this course are 1) to discuss the economic impact of each issue not only on women but on entire countries as well, 2) look at what has been done to address these issues, and 3) explore new ways to improve women's status in the global economy.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: ECON 101 and 102.
One time only.
General Education: IIIA

ECON 385. Industrial Organization
This course focuses on the structure, conduct and performance of the American industry using concepts and techniques of economic analysis. Different market structures such as perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly and monopolistic competition will be addressed, as well as topics like industry performance, information, advertising, antitrust policy, and regulation.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ECON 206.
General Education: IB
ONE TIME ONLY

ENGL 140. Classics of African-American Literature
A historical survey of artistically and culturally significant works by writers such as Equiano, W. W. Brown, Jacobs, Douglass, Keckley, Dunbar, B. T. Washington, DuBois, A. Grimke', J. W. Johnson, and various contributors to the Harlem Renaissance.
Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.
General Education: IIA1 or IIIB1
Instructor: Kunz
 

ENGL 265. Intermediate Creative Nonfiction
Intensive work in the writing of creative nonfiction. Reading of theory along with examples from contemporary writers as models. Primary focus on the workshopping of students' essays.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ENGL 261.
General Education: IIA2

MUSC 285. Vocal Literature: German and Italian
An in-depth study of German and Italian vocal repertoire, with an emphasis on developing familiarity with the repertoire as well as its major composers and poets. Some emphasis will be placed on differtiating between opera and oratorio repertoire. Attention will be given to form, use of motifs and text painting, repertoire lists for resumes, and recital programming.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MUSC 131 or permissions of the instructor.
One time only.

PHIL 351. Philosophy of Mind
An advanced study of the views of contemporary philosophers on the mind and its place in nature. Topics include the mind-body problem, consciousness, and the problem of other minds. Students will also reflect on the relationship between scientific and philosophical investigation of the mind. the nature of representation, free will, concepts, emotions, perception, and the self may also be discussed.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: six hours of philosophy and/or psychology (excluding PSYC 227).

PHYS 125. Matlab and Labview
This course covers beginning and intermediate programming in the Matlab and Labview computer languages. Students will learn the basics of computer programming as well as the specifics of programming in Matlab and Labview including data input/output, code structuring, coding best practices and limitations, data acquisition and beginning GUI development. This course is project based with projects taken from real world computing problems.
Hours credit: 3.

PHYS 216. Statics
This course focuses on external (both applied and reactive) and internal forces on rigid bodies or particles that are stationary or moving with constant velocity. These concepts are applied to simples trusses, frames, and machines.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PHYS 115.

PSYC 209. Sensation and Perception
How do we come to learn about the world around us? How do we construct a conception of physical reality based on sensory experience? This course will cover the basic theories and methods of studying sensation and perception. The major emphasis is on vision and audition, although other modalities may be covered. Representative topics include reception function and physiology, color, motion, depth, psychophysics of detection, perceptual constancies, adaptation, pattern recognition, and the interaction of knowledge and perception.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

PSYC 211. Cognative Psychology
This course is an introduction to human cognition and will cover how humans learn to deal with information from the environment. Students will concentrate on the classic topics including memory, attention, categorization, problem solving, languge, reasoning, and decision making. Included is a discussion of the established theories and findings of cognitive psychology, how they relate to brain structure and functions, how these findings can be applied to real world problems, and how different methods of cognitive research can be used to understand mental processes.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

PSYC 251. Biological Bases of Behavior
This course presents a survey of the biological bases of human behaviors. The first part of the course consists of an introduction to structure and functions of the nervous system including the role of hormones in that function. The latter part of the course explores the application of those concepts to explanations of behavior with a special focus on humans.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 292L. Experimental Psychology Lab
Students learn how to critically evaluate published psychological research from the major sub-divisions of the discipline, design and conduct experiments, analyze data using SPSS, and write research reports in APA style. Students design and carry out an experiment and present it in conference-style presentation.
Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 228.

PSYC 343. Psychopharmacology
This course presents a look at the ways that drugs can affect behavior. The course will include an in depth review of neurotransmission including neurotransmitter systems and functions of the synapse. The effects of both recreational drugs and psychotherapeutic drugs on those systems will be presented along with discussion of behavioral consequences of using those drugs. Primary source readings will be used to explore the methodology of research in this area. Historical and contemporary social and medical policy for use and misuse of these drugs will also be considered.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 228.

PSYC 349. Forensic Psychology
This course presents the interface between psychology and law by examining how psychological finding are relevant to the criminal justice system. Students will explore the application and science of psychology as it relates to the legal system addressing questions such as: Do lie detectors lie? Can confessions be coerced? How accurate is eyewitness testimony? Are children reliable witnesses? How do jurors decide on guilt and innocence during the deliberation process? Can jurors really disregard information if instructed to do so? How is it determined that someone is not competent to stand trial or cannot stand trial based on the insanity defense?
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 228.

PSYC 362. Advanced Topics in Psychology
Exploration of a focused research area of psychology through primary source readings and discussion. Topics will vary from year to year.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 228.

PSYC 388. Clinical/Counseling Psychology
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of clinical and counseling psychology. The class will cover theory, research, and practice of psychotherapy, focusing primarily on adults. Specifically, objectives for the course are: (1) To provide an overview of the history, practice, and current topics in the field of clinical/counseling psychology; (2) To orient students to the range of theories that influence how psychotherapists approach their work including assessment, prevention/intervention, and research; (3) To teach students the methods of development, dissemination, and research on evidence-based psychotherapies and how to critically evaluate these; (4) To inform students about the educational requirements for various clinical/counseling jobs and review career paths for helping professions; (5) To aid students in applying their knowledge to develop treatment plans for fictional clients.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: PSYC 213 or 228 or junior standing.
One time only.
General Education: IIC

RELG 218. Buddhism in Film
This course explores the themes and treatment of Buddhism through international cinema. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Rotating.
General Education: IIB2
Instructor: Bessenger

RELG 267. Buddhist Saints
This course critically examines the phenomenon of sainthood in Buddhism, paying particular attention to the practices of writing, about both self and other, in Buddhists contexts. Beginning with life stories of Buddha Shakyamuni, students use a selection of translated Buddhist auto/biographies as lenses through which to examine what is considered an exemplary "Buddhist" life.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Rotating.
General Education: IIB2
Instructor: Bessenger

RELG 348.  Gendering Enlightenment
"Religious experience is the experience of men and women, and in no known society is this experience the same." Carolyn Bynum. This interdisciplinary course examines the role and status of women in historical and contemporary Buddhist cultures of India, Tibet, East Asia, and the United States, using scholarship from the fields of religious studies, anthropology, and gender studies.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
General Education: IIB2 or IIIA
Instructor: Bessenger

SOC 222. Human Populations and Contemporary Issues
The most challenging problems in the world are tied to changes in human populations and the future quality of life on our planet depends on how people address those demographic changes. This course is an introduction to population processes such as fertility, rapid world population growth and migration, and to human geography. Issues addressed include globalization, urbanization, human trafficking, conflict, geopolitics, and environmental change.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or one course in sociology.
General Education: IIIA or IIIB4

THTR 218. Costume Technology
An introduction to costume construction techniques for the stage. Topics include basic sewing, identification and use of costume shop tools and equipment, stop safety and protocols, and professional wardrobe practices. Work on department productions is required.
Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

 

New Majors/Minors:

 

Changes in Major/Minor Requirements:

  • Art Studio Major: 1) Drop specific requirements of ART 244, ART 257, and ART 264; 2) Add ART 105 as option in Art History selections (chose three).
  • Curricular Studies Major: 1) Add ASTR 101-101L and ASTR 103-103L as science options; 2) Reduce hours for major 29.5.
  • Engineering Physics Major: 1) Replace PHYS 252 with PHYS 216 as major requirement; 2) Add PHYS 125 as option with computer science.
  • English Creative Writing Major and Minor: Add ENGL 265 as option for major (chose 2) and minor (12 hours).
  • English Creative Writing and Literature Majors:1) Add ENGL 113 and ENGL 341 to "Author(s)" section; 2) Add ENGL 113 and ENGL 351 to "Genre or Mode" section; 3) Add ENGL 113 and ENGL 331 to "Period or Topic or Movement" section.
  • Environmental Science BS: Change the requirement to MATH 149 and either MATH 150 or MATH 227.
  • Health Services Major: 1) Change the MATH 227 requirement to PSYC 227; 2) Change Psychology Track requirements to PSYC 228, PSYC 229L, two 200 or 300 level courses.
  • MAT Curriculum & Instruction (Elementary Track): 1) Add EDUC 605 as requirement; 2) Increase hours for degree to 37.
  • MATH BS Major: Change the requirement of "Two Physics courses and labs at or above PHYS 115" to "Two from the following: CHEM 307-307L, CHEM 308-308L, PHYS 115-115L, PHYS 116-116L, PHYS 216, PHYS 251, Physics courses at the 300 and 400 levels".
  • Music BA, BFA, and Minor: 1) Change MUSC 493, 494 Senior Seminar, Senior Paper from 2 credits to 3 credits; 2) Delete MUSC 317; add 1 credit of MUSC 172R as an ensemble choice; 3) Change to BFA: "Students accepted to the degree perform both a sophomore and a senior recital"; 4) Total credits needed for BA: 33-35; BFA: 61-62; 5)For minor, clarify that the additional music course excludes MUSC 103.
  • Physics Major: 1) For BS: add PHYS 125 as option (with MATH 420 and computer science); 2) Change major requirements to reflect 1 or 3 credit options for PHYS 494.
  • Psychology Major and Minor: 1) Add PSYC 292L to core program for major; 2) Add PSYC 209, 211, 251 as options for major and minor (chose one); 3) Add PSYC 343, 349, 361 as options for major (chose 2) and minor (one 300-level course); 4) Delete PSYC 240, 304, 311-311l, 330L as major requirements; 5) New prerequisite for PSYC 351 is to include 12 hours in psychology and junior standing or permission of the instructor; 6) New prerequisite for PSYC 493 is to be PSYC 228, 292L and senior standing or permission of the instructor.
  • Sport and Exercise Studies Major: Changed to include BIOL 103-100L as an alternative to BIOL 108-100L.

 

Other Changes:

Art Department
Make ART 106, 323, 324, 423, and 424 repeatable for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

Communication Studies Department
Change General Education for COMM/ART 382 to IIA2 or IIIA.

Education Department
Change credit hours of EDUC 314P from 2 to 1.

English Department
Remove the General Education IIIA designation from ENGL/THTR 277 Shakespeare.

Environmental Studies Department
EVST 101 has been renamed Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions.
EVST 102 has been renamed Sustainability: Principles and Practice.
BA requirements changed to "Two of the following humanities courses, one of which must be either EVST 326 or PHIL 361."
BA changed to include HIST 137 North American History Ice Age to Present as a Humanities elective.

Physical Education Department
P ED 163 has been renamed Concepts of Fitness and Nutrition and the IV general education designation has been removed. The revised course description is: The course will look at general nutrition with special emphasis looking at how food intake choices relate to exercise performance. Special issues such as diabetes, food allergies, protein, vitamin and mineral supplementation, weight control, and fad diets will be discussed.

Physics Department
Change course number of PHYS 252 to PHYS 302.

Political Science Department
POL 226 has been renumbered to POL 326.

Religious Studies Department
General Education changed to IIB2 or IIIB3.

Statistics Courses
Students may take up to two of POL 231, MATH 227, PSYC 227, or SOC 396 for credit.
NOTE: Each major and minor will require their discipline specific course with the understanding that the rare unusual situations will be handled on a case by case basis.

Theatre Department
Make THTR 127 Voice & Diction repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.

 

Course & Major/Minor Deletions:

ART 204 Renaissance Painting Techniques
ASTR 102-102L. Introductory Astronomy and Laboratory
BIOL 328-328L. Plant Diversity, Evolution and the Environment and Laboratory
CRST 307 Civics and Economic Instruction
Drama Minor
EDUC 604 Civics and Economics Curriculum & Instruction
ENGL/THTR 380 Playwriting Workshop
Fiction Minor
Poetry Minor

Updated 5/16/2014