Maymester: May 16 – June 1, 2018
- Earn 3 credit hours in three weeks
- Select from 60 courses
- Satisfy Foundations, Approaches, or Connections requirements
- If you enroll in a Maymester course, it is recommended that you do not enroll in another First Session course.
- Classes meet every day: 9:00 – 12:15, 11:30 – 2:45 or 1:15 – 4:30
- In the online registration system, Maymester course sections are indicated by an ‘M’ (i.e. section 01M, 02M)
- Final Exam: June 1 at the regular class time
* Add, Drop, Withdrawal dates are listed on the Summer 2018 Calendar
If you register for a Maymester and a First Session course, contact your Dean for instructions on changing your schedule.
Maymester 2018 Course List
Click here for a list of courses and General Education requirements.
AAAD 201 The Literature of Africa (3). An introduction to African literature. In addition to substantive themes, we will identify major stylistic characteristics of modern African literature with particular attention to the ways in which African language, literature, and traditional values have affected modern writing. Course flyer.
AAAD 260 Blacks in Latin America (3). The majority of people of African descent in this hemisphere live in Latin America. This course will explore various aspects of the black experience in Latin America.
AMST 278 Crimes and Punishments (3). This course explores the social history and culture of crime, deviant behavior, and punishment in America between the pre-revolutionary period and today. It traces the history of longstanding institutions; examines elements of American history from a criminal justice perspective; and seeks historical origins and continuities for contemporary problems.
ANTH 125 Canine Cultures (3). This course introduces anthropology through human-dog relations across time and space. Theories about domestication; canine versus primate cognition and perception; working and service dogs; street dogs; the development and global spread of breeds; impact of human values and politics on dog lives around the world.
ANTH 147 Comparative Healing Systems (3). In this course we compare a variety of healing beliefs and practices so that students may gain a better understanding of their own society, culture, and medical system. Course flyer.
ANTH 149 Great Discoveries in Archaeology (3). This course provides students with a detailed look at some of the most significant archaeological discoveries from around the world, including Neanderthals, Stonehenge, and the Egyptian pyramids.
ANTH 318 Human Growth and Development (3). Comparative study of human growth and development from conception through adulthood. Special emphasis on evolutionary, biocultural, ecological, and social factors that influence growth.
ARTH 279 The Arts in England, 1450-1650 (3). This course explores the visual culture of England during the reigns of the Tudors and Stuarts. This will include portraits of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Charles I by artists such as Holbein, Van Dyck, and Rubens, royal palaces, printed books, tomb monuments, heraldry, spectacles, as well as portraits of the middle classes. Course flyer.
ARTH 551 Introduction to Museum Studies (3). Introduces careers in museum and other cultural institutions. Readings and interactions with museum professionals expose participants to curation, collection management, conservation, exhibition design, administration, publication, educational programming, and fundraising. Course flyer.
ARTS 222 New Technologies in Narrative Painting (3). This course will focus on the culturally rich practice of creating a narrative painting, and emphasize integrating BeAM space technology, tools and equipment in the creative process. In the course students will create one painting through their own personal lens, addressing topics that include social, cultural or scientific themes. Narrative paintings have mirrored social and scientific advancements, such as Thomas Eakins’ medical narrative paintings The Gross Clinic, 1875, and The Agnew Clinic, 1889. Students will be guided through the creative process; from concept and design, to technological and handmade fabrication using various BeAM tools and equipment and completing the work in the painting studio at the Hanes Art Center. Course flyer.
ARTS 290 Special Topics: Intro to Social Practice (3). This course is a special topic, beginning level studio course that introduces students to the burgeoning genre of socially engaged art, or social practice art – art that seeks to bring about positive change within communities that are confronted with complex social issues. This course will engage students in a way of art making that uses the social as its material, and as such, directly engages students in social issues through collaboration and dialogue. Students will generate their own projects through fieldwork, site-specific research while using a broad range of useful skills and contemporary visual aesthetics. This project will engage students in civil discourse around pressing issues of our current moment, and allow a space for critical and productive dialogue across differences.Course flyer.
ASIA 124 Iranian Post-1979 Cinema (3). We examine the ways the medium has been used to incorporate political and social perspectives, challenge the government, and document the lives and struggles of Iranian people. Among the topics explored are Iranian culture and society, gender politics, ethnicity, attitudes about religion, role of children, and various schools of realism.
ASIA 425 Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music (3). Focuses on the various collaborations, exchanges, and mutual enrichment between Israelis and Palestinians in the realm of culture, particularly literature and cinema. These connections include language (Israeli Jewish authors writing in Arabic and Palestinian writers who choose Hebrew as their language of expression), collaborating in filmmaking, and joint educational initiatives. Course flyer.
BIOL 469 Behavioral Ecology (3). Prerequisite, BIOL 201. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Behavior as an adaptation to the environment. Optimality and games that animals play. Five lectures per week.
BIOL 474 Evolution of Vertebrate Life (3). Prerequisite, BIOL 201 or 202. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Evolutionary history of the vertebrates. Emphasis on anatomical, physiological, behavioral adaptations accompanying major transitions: the move from water to land, the development of complex integrating systems. Counts as organismal ONLY when 474 & 474L completed (474L offered in fall & spring only). Five lectures per week.
COMM 140 Introduction to Media History, Theory, and Criticism (3). An introduction to the critical analysis of film, television, advertising, video, and new media texts, contexts, and audiences. Summer Session I section also available.
COMM 422 Family Communication (3). Prerequisite, COMM 120. Growth in technologies, more frequent travel, and movements of products and people across the borders of nation states change concepts of family and community. Foregrounded by these realities, this course combines theories of family and communication with documentation of lived experience to interrogate family communication patterns in contemporary culture.
COMM 636 Interactive Media: Web Design (ARTS 636) (3). MAYMESTER. No prerequisites. Explores interactive media through creative projects that include sound, video, and graphic elements. Technical information will serve the broader goal of understanding the aesthetics and critical issues of interactive media. This summer class is an introduction to web design. Technical topics include HTML, CSS, and WordPress. Focus on principles of visual communication, design, and aesthetics. introduction to basic media making and embedding. Class will function primarily as a lab with demos.
DRAM 170 The Actor at Play (3). This course seeks to strengthen the powers of imagination, courage, spontaneity, and presence of the actor through theatre games and improvisation. This course can prove invaluable for the acting student, but also for anyone who wishes to be a more engaged, fearless, and creative human being. No pre-requisite or acting experience required.
DRAM 245 Acting for the Camera (3). The process of acting and its relationship to the technical and artistic demands of television/film production. Problems of continuity and out-of-sequence filming. Concentration and thinking on camera. Students will explore techniques to successfully navigate the invigorating chaos of a professional camera set. Each student will execute production roles from actor to cinematographer to holistically understand how to create an effective on-camera “take” culminating with an original “Pilot” in collaboration with DRAM 290 TV Writing and DRAM 300 Directing. The environment will be highly collaborative, energized, and engaging for all. No pre-requisite required.
DRAM 260 Advanced Stagecraft (3). The course provides practical applications of principles and techniques used in technical theatre. Lectures are supported by individually scheduled workshop sessions where techniques are applied to a theatrical production. Students will learn the structure, tools, and safety aspects of the scene shop. They will then apply these skills while designing and building half-size scenery for a chosen play.
DRAM 290 Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television (3). The course is designed to provide students with the essential building blocks of successful television writing and train them to act as colleagues in a simulation of a professional Writer’s Room. Our ultimate goal is to create and produce an original TV pilot acted by students from DRAM 245-Acting for the Camera and directed by students taking DRAM 300Directing. No pre-requisite required.
DRAM 300 Directing (3). An introductory course in the principles of stage directing, analysis for concept, organization of production, and methodology of staging. This course is designed to give the director a detailed understanding of basic tools needed for storytelling, how to communicate ideas to actors, as well as ways of bringing a strong point of view and thematic vision to the forefront of their work. The goal for the class is to create and produce an original TV pilot written by students in DRAM 290-Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television and acted by students from DRAM 245 Acting for the Camera. No pre-requisite required
ECON 468 Principles of Soviet and Post-Soviet Economic Systems (3). Prerequisite, ECON 400, 310, or 410. Study of principles, design, organization, and performance of state-controlled economies relying on planning or regulated markets, with an emphasis on continuity and post-communist transition.
EDUC 390 Special Topics in Education Reading the World: Paulo Freire, Local History, and the Public Curriculum (3). This interactive and discussion oriented course will introduce Paulo Freire, critical pedagogy, and the idea of the public curriculum, the socio-cultural and historic events that surround and impact the official curriculum. Class will include field trips and explorations of components of the past and present public curriculum such as Silent Sam, Pauli Murray, current and past civil/human rights struggles among other topics.
EDUC 524 Education Learning on the Edge: Theories of Experiential Education (3). Course is designed to be an engaging and interactive course. Seminal readings in the field of experiential education serve as foundation of the course. Students will engage in experiential education in a variety of venues on the UNC campus, such as the UNC Outdoor Education Center, Battle Park, the Ackland, and Morehead Planetarium.
EDUC 871 Seminar in Education: Discourse Analysis (3). This is an intensive doctoral-level course that explores both theoretical understandings and applications of discourse in the study of the field of education. In addition, students will engage in the practical application of various tools of discourse analysis and apply these as applicable to their data. Students participating in this seminar are required to have already taken introductory courses in quantitative and qualitative research.
ENGL 129 Literature and Cultural Diversity (3). Studies in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American, Anglo-Indian, Caribbean, gay-lesbian, and other literatures written in English. The course will explore important works of US literature & important concepts in US culture such as immigration, racial & ethnic identity, sexual expression, and class consciousness. Students will explore how artists from different ethnic backgrounds and with contrasting artistic sensibilities come together to constitute the world of “American” literature. Late afternoon.
ENGL 281 Literature and Media (3). This course investigates the rich and complex relationship between literature and other mass media. Examine short fiction written between 1950 and 2000, along with films and music from the same era. Explore how media altered fiction in the second half of the twentieth century. Readings by Flannery O’Connor, James Baldwin, Thomas Pynchon, and Lorrie Moore. Watch Alfred Hitchock’s Vertigo, Billy Wilder’s The Apartment, and study the emergence of key rock songs.
ENGL 292 Depictions of Childhood in Literature and the Visual Arts (3). This course considers a range of texts, including children’s literature, to focus on the aesthetic, historical, and social factors grounding depictions of childhood. Other material includes literature and visual texts in various forms. The course stresses original student research.
We plumb the rich special collections at Carolina to focus on the depiction of childhood. How might representations of children attempt to shape the thinking or behavior of actual children? to enforce or refuse stereotypes of children? to give voice to children themselves? In what particular circumstances were these works produced: when? where? given what economic means? by whom exactly (what age? what gender? what race? what else? might their authors or artists be)?
On the first day, with the help of library specialists, you select a text about children from our archives. Then we work together, posing research questions, establishing important contexts, following up leads. By the last day, you are the expert on your text: you can explain why it is important and exactly what it tells us.
An in-depth research workshop—fast-paced original work. Seminar method: interpretive discussion (whole class; small group) and original individual research; in-class presentation of materials throughout the term and of final projects at term’s end; reading and class discussion of assigned published works and of materials discovered by class participants; extensive hands-on exploration of digital or print or manuscript texts; full class feedback, as we make discoveries together. Students earn EE credit.
ENGL 443 American Literature before 1860-Contemporary Issues (3). A junior- or senior-level course devoted to in-depth exploration of an author, group of authors, or topic in American literature to 1860. We will devote our time to an in-depth reading of selected works by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, the two major figures of the American Transcendentalist movement in literature and philosophy.
ENEC 264 Conservation of Biodiversity in Theory and Practice (GEOG 264) (3). This course will give students a multidisciplinary introduction to growing field of biodiversity preservation. This course has a mandatory week-long trip to Tampa, Fla. during the second week of Maymester (5/20 – 5/26). There is an additional fee of approximately $290 (dependent on enrollment) to cover transportation, lodging, and food during the Tampa field trip.
ENEC 490 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Studies: Energy in a Sustainable Environment (3). Advanced topics from diverse areas of environmental science and/or environmental studies are explored. This course will focus on the future of energy. The class includes a mandatory 3-4 night field trip to several locations in Eastern North Carolina. Extra program fee of ~$200.
***Canceled*** ENEC 490H Colorado River Headwater Basin Hydrology (3). The Colorado River is a major water source and economic engine for seven Western states with 90 percent of its water originating from the snow-dominated upper watersheds in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The watersheds of the Rocky Mountains, like most snow-dominated headwaters around the world, are considered especially vulnerable to climate change. Quantifying the timing, intensity, and duration of water inputs and outputs within snow-dominated watersheds is critical to understanding and predicting water delivery to streams as well as biogeochemical processes that control nonlinear riverine solute fluxes.
This short course is offered through the Rocky Mountain Biologic Laboratory (RMBL) to provide an overview of watershed hydrology to undergraduate students. Students will learn fundamental concepts by exposure to a variety of instructors, in-situ field experiments, instrument and sampling techniques, and modeling approaches.
Participation in on-site demonstrations and data collection is the primary component of this course. It will require rigorous physical activity at elevations over 9,000 feet above sea level and in potentially adverse weather conditions that are typical of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in May. Students are expected to be prepared with proper clothing, a sleeping bag, and provisions for field activity. A list of required and suggested gear will be provided after students register for the course.
Students enrolled in this course will pay a program fee of $1,600 directly to Honors Carolina. The fee will cover the cost of airport transfers, lodging, and meals. It will not cover airfare. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students should click here to provide a brief statement of interest.
EXSS 191/290 (3). This interdisciplinary course will survey scientific theories from biology, physics, and geology by embodying abstract concepts through dance. Students will learn about science concepts and view videos related to the professors’ research findings and modes of inquiry. The students will take an active role in bringing these concepts to life by using dance movement and performance structures to understand a variety of scientific concepts. Students will develop dance improvisation structures using feedback from the science professors to shape the final product. A culminating performance will test the students’ ability to communicate these findings to others and to gauge the effectiveness of using dance to communicate abstract scientific concepts.
(Science majors are encouraged to register for EXSS 191 to earn VP Gen Ed credit; EXSS majors who take EXSS 191 to meet their requirements can register for EXSS 290.01M.)
EXSS 288 Emergency Care of Injuries and Illness (3). Also in Session I. Recommended preparation, EXSS 175. Theory and practice of basic first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the acute care of athletic injuries.
GEOL 434 Marine Carbonate Environments (3). Permission of the instructor. Chemical and biological origins of calcium carbonate, skeletal structure, and chemo-mineralogy, preservation, sedimentation, and early diagenesis are studied in deep and shallow environmental settings to understand skeletal genesis, limestone origin, and carbonate facies variability. Mandatory field trip to South Florida. Housing and field activities will be arranged by the instructor and will carry a fee. Course fee is approximately $1,700 (dependent on enrollment) to cover ground transportation to and from South Florida, lodgings and accommodations, park entry fees, dive gear rental, boat rentals, and some meals. Deadline for contacting the instructor to obtain permission is March 30, 2018.
GSLL 284 Philosophy and the Arts (3). This course examines the different ways in which philosophical texts and works of art presuppose, articulate, and call into question cultural norms and values, with a special emphasis on conceptions of selfhood in various philosophical movements (for example, in Existentialism, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, etc.). The subtitle of this summer class is Romanticism, Existentialism, and the Films of Christopher Nolan. This course specifically will examine the films of Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar, etc.) in the context of philosophical romanticism and existentialism. In addition to discussing many of Nolan’s films, we will read texts by Nietzsche, Kleist, Kierkegaard, Kafka, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Novalis, Deleuze, among others. Readings and discussions in English. Course flyer.
GLBL 450 Social Change in Times of Crisis (3). There is no doubt that the present is characterized by unprecedented crises and uncertainty—economic, environmental, social, cultural, and political. The cracks and fissures in the entire edifice of Liberal Capitalist Modernity are increasingly evident. However, this course departs from the premise that, in contrast to the frameworks and mindsets dominant in social science and popular consciousness, uncertainty need not necessarily be a bad thing. In fact it provides opportunities to re-evaluate, elaborate, and create other concepts and perspectives about the relationship between theory and the practice(s) and politics of change. Uncertainty poses the possibility of forms of knowing and doing that are more dynamic, reflexive, and multiple—eschewing the universalizing, anthropocentric, and colonizing tendencies of the dominant epistemological frameworks under-girding Liberal, Marxist, poststructuralist, and most critical visions available in the academy at present. This course will explore Postcapitalist, Post-Liberal, Post-Secular, and Post-Patriarchal practices and imaginaries currently being elaborated and developed by social movements and other social actors engaged in social change work. This includes work with art, culture, science, and even food. We will look at a series of local and global cases.
In particular, we will be taking advantage of the Maymester format to have guest speakers, field trips, and assignments that explore the work of current projects that can be considered to fall into this non-traditional vision of social change. Course flyer.
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HIST 130 Modern African History (3). An overview of major developments in sub-Saharan African history since the late 19th century, focusing on colonialism, nationalism and decolonization, social change, and current issues, and drawing upon fiction, film, and primary sources.
HIST 273 Water, Conflict and Connection in the Middle East (PWAD 273) (3). Water has played many pivotal roles in the societies and politics of Middle Eastern peoples. “Water, Conflict and Connection in the Middle East” will survey the history of water in the region, including its uses in agriculture and ritual, transport and technology. We will explore water’s impact on public health and the effects of water pollution on local societies. Finally, the course will focus on the effects of the region’s water scarcity in cross-border political conflicts. This course combines STEM fields with historical analysis and a Middle East focus. Course flyer.
HIST 432 The Crusades (HIST 432) (3). Students in this course will examine Christian attitudes toward holy war, crusading and other forms of coercive violence from the 11th until the 15th centuries, with a focus on the major crusades to the Holy Land. ***Canceled***
HNRS 350 Startup Bootcamp: From Idea to Actionable Business Plan (3). This class will bring out your inner startup ninja. Over the course of three weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to create an idea for a startup and transform it into an actionable business plan. Specially designed for non-business majors, Startup Bootcamp welcomes all students and aspiring entrepreneurs with a hunger to learn.
Students will utilize a business plan creation model to develop the foundational skills to get a startup idea off the ground. This class will meet at UNC’s 1789 Venture Lab, where you will collaborate and ideate with other first-time entrepreneurs in a purpose-built startup environment. Students majoring or minoring in business are not eligible.
Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students should click here to provide a brief statement of interest.
The class will be taught by Kurt Schmidt, a serial entrepreneur, investor, board member, and advisor to startups from Silicon Valley to Shanghai and Sydney. Mr. Schmidt regularly attends Y Combinator and 500 Startups investment pitches and other investor events. He has his finger on the pulse of the global startup community and will share with you his insight and experience.
HNRS 353 Silicon Revolution (3). Silicon Valley is celebrated as a global capital of high-tech innovation and transformative economic development. Business leaders and politicians in other regions have attempted to reproduce that accomplishment, almost always with limited success. Why has the task been so difficult? What magic combination of institutions, public policy, people, and geography transformed the lettuce fields of Santa Clara County into the epicenter of a new knowledge economy? And what lessons can Silicon Valley teach us about the roles that government, universities, and private capital might play in inventing the future? These are the questions this course sets out to explore. We’ll use the first week of class to immerse ourselves in the history of Silicon Valley. Then we’ll spend a week in San Francisco and Palo Alto, where we’ll visit with UNC alumni working in small start-ups, technology giants such as Google and Cisco, and a number of venture capital and private equity firms. When we return to Chapel Hill, we’ll use our last week to take the measure of what we’ve learned and to connect lessons from Silicon Valley to the challenges of economic development in North Carolina.
In addition to Summer School tuition, students will pay a program fee of $1,500 directly to Honors Carolina. The fee will cover the cost of airport transfers, lodging at the Cardinal Hotel in downtown Palo Alto, and lunch and evening meals. It will not cover airfare, the cost of other meals, or incidental personal expenses. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students should click here to provide a brief statement of interest.
MASC 220 North Carolina Estuaries: Environmental Processes and Problems (ENEC 220) (3). North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s most productive, most scenic, and most threatened estuaries. This class will use the Neuse River estuary as a case study to examine both natural processes and human impacts on estuarine systems. The course is heavily “hands-on” and blends field research, laboratory analysis, data synthesis and interpretation. Suitable for both science and non-science majors. Students spend one week at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Morehead City. They participate in a cruise on the R/V Capricorn to the Neuse River estuary in which they actively engage in research using state-of-the art techniques. On non-cruise days, students work on laboratory analysis, data synthesis, and group reports and have afternoon seminars conducted by IMS faculty and graduate students. In addition, students will tour other estuarine research facilities such as National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration and National Estuarine Research Reserve. Course has an extra fee for the off-campus component.
MASC 490 Scientific Diving and Underwater Experimental Design (3). This class trains scuba divers to collect scientific data and conduct experiments underwater. The class provides the elements required for certification as a Scientific Diver with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, including DAN First Aid for Professional Divers and PADI Rescue Diver, plus training in conducting scientific experiments and surveys, and deploying scientific equipment underwater. Class also includes PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Nitrox certifications. Students must have Open Water Diver certification prior to taking the class and pass a dive medical exam and swim test. Class takes place at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City and meets from May 16-June 1. Students must arrive in Morehead City on May 15. Course fee is $2,500, in addition to tuition, and includes accommodation and dive gear rental. Students are responsible for their meals, transportation to/from Morehead City, and incidentals. Permission of instructor is required to be enrolled in the class. Deadline for contacting the instructor to obtain permission is March 30, 2018. Course flyer.
MEJO 376 Sports Marketing and Advertising (3). Examines the range of promotional techniques being used in the modern sports industry. Topics include sponsorships, advertising, merchandising, and the effects of commercialization.
MEJO 475 Concepts of Marketing (3). MAYMESTER. Designed to provide the larger business context for students anticipating careers in advertising, public relations, and other media industries, the course teaches the vocabulary and basic concepts of marketing as it will be practiced.
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Main Problems (3). An introduction to philosophy focusing on a few central problems, for example: free will, the basis of morality, the nature and limits of knowledge, and the existence of God.
PHIL 185 Introduction to Aesthetics (3). The nature of art and artworks and their aesthetic appraisal.
PLAN 375 Real Estate Development (3). Rigorous examination of real estate development from the entrepreneurial and public perspectives. Emphasis on risk management and the inherent uncertainties of development. The four dimensions of real estate are addressed: economic/market, legal/institutional, physical, and financial. Previously offered as PLAN 575.
PLCY 101 Making Public Policy (PWAD 101) (3). Overview of the policy-making process and of major public policy issues. Study of policy and political challenges in areas such as economic and tax policy, the social safety net, income support and the minimum wage, health care, education, environment and energy, foreign policy and national security, and homeland security.
PLCY 110 Global Policy Issues (PWAD 110) (GLBL 110) (3). Global issues are challenges whose sources, impacts, and solutions extend beyond the borders of any one country. This course introduces students to some of the most pressing issues facing populations around the globe and to possible policy responses. Honors version available.
PLCY 210 Policy Innovation and Analysis (3). There is a need to define innovative solutions to public policy problems, to provide analysis of different alternatives, and to create a course of action that would benefit the largest number of stakeholders. This course focuses on the process of constructing, evaluating, and deciding among alternatives based on their ability to satisfy society’s goals.
PLCY 330 Negotiation and Mediation: The Practice of Conflict Management (PWAD 330) (3). Students will learn about meeting their interests when in conflict with another individual, organization, or government, redefining the meanings of “winning” and “power,” and coping with stress, discomfort, and emotions when in conflict. Students will learn new negotiation and mediation skills, build upon existing ones, and challenge assumptions regarding conflict.
POLI 150 International Relations and World Politics (PWAD 150) (3). The analysis of politics among nations.
POLI 217 Women and Politics (WGST 217) (3). A comparison of men and women as political actors at the mass and elite level in America. Topics considered include the “gender gap,” the women’s movement, abortion, and the Equal Rights Amendment.
POLI 288 Strategy and Politics (3). Offers an introduction to positive political theory, the application of rational choice analysis (or economic models) to the study of political phenomena. Topics include social choice theory, legislative voting, problems of cooperation and collective action, and the public choice theory. Encourages students to think about politics from a critical vantage point.
POLI 432 Tolerance in Liberal States (3). This course will compare the theory and practice of tolerance in the United States and Europe, with particular attention to Great Britain and France.
PSYC 222 Learning (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in Pavlovian and operant (instrumental) conditioning, learning theory, higher order cognitive learning, and application of those principles to mental-health related situations.
PSYC 501 Theoretical, Empirical Perspectives on Personality (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. An in-depth coverage of the traditional clinically based personality theories of the early 20th century contrasted with more recent empirically based perspectives.
PSYC 503 African American Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. This course examines race and culture in the psychological processes and behavior of African Americans.
PSYC 566 Attitude Change (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 260, and 210 or 215. A detailed consideration of the theoretical issues in attitude and belief change.
RELI 140 Religion in America (3). An introduction to the history, themes, and issues in American religion from the precolonial period to the present. ***Canceled***
RELI 235 Place, Space, and Religion (3). In Place, Space, and Religion, we will think about what it means to occupy and to experience “sacred space” through hands-on making and 3D modeling. The course will be divided into sections that explore ideas of “sacred space,” including ancient cosmologies, mapping, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Throughout the course we will talk about what it means for a space or objects to become “sacred” and how people have interacted with spaces and objects considered “sacred.” (VP)
RELI 246 Supernatural Encounters: Zombies, Vampires, Demons, and the Occult in the Americas (3). This course examines accounts of supernatural beings such as zombies and vampires and aims to understand them as popular ways of making sense of the world in the context of uneven and frequently unsettling processes of modernization, neoliberalism, and globalization.
SOCI 274 Social and Economic Justice (3). Covers theory and practice of social and economic justice, including analysis of racial, gender, sexual, class, national, and other forms of justice, the history of influential movements for justice, and strategies of contemporary struggles. Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 273 and SOCI 274.
SPAN 351 Spanish Interpretation I (3). Prerequisite, SPAN 300. Introduces the profession of interpreter: main interpretation models, history and theory, use of cognitive processes in developing skills, ethical standards, and best practices. Emphasis on expanding communicative and cultural competency while applying strategies in business, conference interpretation, education, health care, law, and law enforcement.
SPAN 361 Hispanic Film and Culture (3). Prerequisite, SPAN 300, 326, 340, 344, or 345. Study of contemporary cultural, historical, and aesthetic issues through narrative film, documentary, and other media from Latin America and Spain.
WGST 101 Introduction to Women Studies (3). An interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality in American society and internationally. Topics include: work; sexuality, gender relations, and images of women in literature, art, and science; and the history of feminist movements. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences.