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AMST 101 - Topics in American Studies
These introductory courses in American Studies engage questions central to the field by focusing on how questions of power and difference shape tensions and contradictions in American culture. Students will examine American paradoxes such as the "American Dream," freedom and equality, immigration and reconstruction as well as infrastructures like consumer culture, the urban built environment, and national borders through an interdisciplinary lens. The courses also introduce students to American Studies methods through a close interdisciplinary analysis of a variety of cultural artifacts such as popular fiction, leisure, music, architecture, performance, propaganda and social practices. Readings are drawn from a range of sources including politics, history, popular culture, literature, media studies, and contemporary theory. Specific topics will vary based on the instructor. Offered each semester.

  • 01 LEC TR 1:10-2:40 PM; Mukherji
  • 02 LEC TR 2:50-4:20 PM; Mukherji

ARAB 101 - Beginning Arabic I
This course will introduce students to the Arabic alphabet and script, phonetics, and elementary grammar and conversation. Students will develop the ability to communicate in the present tense, to employ different grammatical forms, to carry out and understand basic conversations. Multimedia technologies will be employed to improve listening comprehension and oral expression. Attendance at a weekly language table is required. (Staff, offered annually)

  • 01 LEC MWF 10:50-11:50 AM 

ARAB 201 - Intermediate Arabic I
In this course students will be exposed to more complex grammar structures and they will expand their communication skills in increasingly complex and varied situations. Multimedia technologies will be employed to improve listening comprehension and oral expression. Attendance at a weekly language table is required. (Staff, offered annually)

  • 01 LEC MWF 12-1 PM

ARCH 313 - History of Modern Landscpe Architecture
This course presents a survey of landscape design from the 19th century to the present with an emphasis on the 20th century. Lectures, readings, and discussion will present and analyze specific parks, gardens, roads, planned communities, and other sites of invention. Works of landscape design will be physically contextualized through consideration of contemporary and allied humanities, especially philosophy, literature, painting, and architecture. The relationship of individual landscape projects to their topographic and social contexts will emerge as a central theme of the course. Students will learn to see, analyze, and appreciate works of landscape design, and also the historical trends and cultural forces that have shaped them. (Blankenship, offered annually)

  • 01 LEC MW 2:50-4:20 PM; Blankenship 

ARTH 206 - Greece-Greek Revival in Architecture
In this course students will study the Classical tradition in its Greek and Roman contexts, examining both free interpretation of models and rigid following of rules - whether authentic or imagined - of an always contested Classical tradition. The course will spend significant time on the introduction of the Classical tradition into German, Russian, British, and American settings where it had never existed before. Issues of historical preservation will be examined. (Tinkler, offered alternate years)

  • 01 LEC TR 8:40-10:10 AM; Tinkler

ARTH 209 - Chinese Pictures: 1000 Years
This course will explore a thousand years of Chinese pictorial arts, from 907 to the end of imperial rule in 1911, focusing on painting, calligraphy, and printmaking. Calligraphy (which has a pictorial component) and painting are regarded as the highest art forms in the earliest Chinese histories of art, while prints are often connected to the publishing industry. Material will be presented chronologically, but broader topics will include why calligraphy is regarded as art; subject matter in Chinese pictorial arts, including figural topics and landscapes; art criticism and theories on painting; social classes of artists; and artistic patronage and collecting. No prerequisites or co-requisites. (Blanchard; offered alternate years)

  • 01 LEC MWF 10:50-11:50 AM; Blanchard 

ARTH 237 - Princely Art
This course will focus on the Renaissance Court Culture of the cities of Milan, Mantua, Ferrara and Rome. The course is meant to examine art production within the strict confines of noble patronage by Italian princes. Particular attention will be paid to female patronage of Italian duchesses. All media will be taken under consideration - painting, sculpture and architecture - while paying particular attention to the ways in which artists responded to their patrons and introduced innovations eventually imitated by the merchant middle classes throughout the Italian peninsula. (Leopardi, offered alternate years)

  • 01 LEC MW 1:10-2:40 PM; Leopardi 

ARTH 282 - 20th Century American Art
This course traces the history of American art as it developed throughout the first half of the 20th century. Using a loose chronological framework, the course is a study of a series of major stylistic, technological, and ideological developments within American art and visual culture including those precipitated by the shift of the Western avant-garde art world from Paris to New York City with the onset of WWI. Spanning half of the century as well as a vast array of mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture, the aim of this course is to familiarize students with notable movements and art world figures as well as the socio-political contexts that both made their innovations possible and expanded the field of possibilities for the very definitions of art and authorship as they continue to develop into the 21st Century. (Szymanek, offered regularly)

  • 01 LEC MWF 9:40-10:40 AM; Szymanek 

ARTS 105 - Color and Composition
A perceptual approach to the study of color interaction and compositional dynamics, students work through a carefully structured series of problems designed to reveal empirically the nature of color interaction and relatedness and the fundamentals of good visual composition. Projects range from narrowly focused color problems to ambitious, expressive compositional inventions. (Ruth, offered each semester)

  • 01 LEC TR 8:55-11:40 AM; Ruth
  • 02 LEC TR 1:25-4:20 PM; Ruth

ARTS 114 - Introduction to Sculpture
A broad introduction to sculptural processes and principles. Traditional and experimental approaches to creative artistic expression in a variety of media are investigated, including carving, clay modeling, casting and construction. Materials may include plaster, wood, clay, metal, and mixed media. The history of modern sculpture is incorporated into the course through readings and discussion, as well as image and video presentations. (Aub, offered annually) 

  • 01 LEC TR 1:25-4:20 PM

ARTS 115 - Three Dimensional Design
An introduction to three-dimensional concepts, methods, and materials with an emphasis on design. Project assignments involve investigations of organization, structure, and creative problem solving. Materials generally used in the course include cardboard, wood, metals, fabric, and plexiglas. This course is offered primarily, but not exclusively, for students with an interest in the architectural studies program and they are given first priority with enrollment. (Aub, Blankenship, D'Angelo, Piersol, offered each semester)

  • 01 LEC TR 8:55-11:40 AM 

ARTS 125 - Introduction to Drawing
A basic course in visual organization and visual expression, students focus on drawing from observation and the relational use of visual elements to create compositional coherence, clear spatial dynamics, and visually articulate expression. Students experiment with a range of drawing materials and subject matter. (Aub, Yi, Ruth, offered each semester)

  • 01 LEC MW 9:40 AM-12:25 PM; Yi

ARTS 165 - Introduction to Imaging
In this studio-based course in photography, students will explore the camera as a medium for artistic expression while building a foundation of photographic skills. Topics covered include camera controls, natural and studio lighting, photographic composition, wet darkroom and digital darkroom techniques. As inspiration and to broaden our understanding of the medium, we will look at a wide range of photographic practices from the camera obscura to the photographs of living, working artists. Through discussion and critique of creative projects, we will discuss how a photographic image works to communicate visual and conceptual ideas. (Chin, offered each semester) 

  • 01 LEC MW 9:40 AM-12:25 PM; Chin
  • 02 LEC 8:55-11:40 AM; Chin

ASN 101 - Trekking Through Asia
Welcome to the "Asian Century." Asia has re-emerged as the center of the world, after a brief hiatus that started in the 18th century. With histories and religious traditions stretching back three millennia, today as we see cultures across Asia have transformed in ways to meet the demands of our rapidly changing world. China, Japan, and India are three of the world's top economies. Asia contains six of the world's ten largest countries, and is home to over half of the world's population and two of the world's major religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. For decades Asian countries have been leaders in global manufacturing, and Asian universities are now renowned centers for scientific and medical innovation. Fifty percent of the declared nuclear-weapon states are also in the region. Simply put, Asia matters a great deal! In this course, we trek through the Asian past and present, exploring this vast and vibrant region. Through writings and travelogues that documented the peoples and lands of places stretching from the Sea of Japan to Persia, and from Java to the Mediterranean Sea, we will learn about the cultural systems that helped shape Asian societies. We will consider how these traditions contributed to and were changed by historical interactions in Asia itself and in relationship to the rest of the world. Join us on the journey! (Yoshikawa, offered annually)

  • 01 LEC TR 1:10-2:40 PM; Yoshikawa
  • 02 LEC TR 2:50-4:20 PM; Yoshikawa

ASN 296 - China and the U.S.
Since the Nixon administration opened a new chapter with the People's Republic of China in 1972, China-U.S. relations have shifted from hostile relations to normalization and engagement. However, the relationship between the two countries has nosedived to the lowest point in four decades. The biggest challenge to the U.S. today is the communist China. Cooperation and competition between the two largest world's economies will determine the direction of Asia and the future of global development. The relationship between China and the U.S. has become one of the central global issues in the twenty-first century. By employing a perspective of cultural studies, this course will examine the development of China-U.S. relations since the establishment of the People's Republic of China, explore the roles of culture in shaping China-U.S. relations, discuss the relationship between characteristics of culture and the mindset of foreign policymakers, and analyze the future of China-U.S. relations and its implications to western hegemony and the international order. No prerequisites. (Zhou, offered alternate years) 

  • 01 LEC TR 2:50-4:20 PM; Zhou 

CHIN 101 - Beginning Chinese I
An introduction to modern Mandarin Chinese, the course teaches four skills, i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students acquire solid training and knowledge in pronunciation, writing, grammar, usage of words, and other fundamentals of general communication skills. The principal text is Integrated Chinese, Part 1-1, Simplified Character Edition, which introduces Pinyin Romanization System. Online learning programs, a CD, and a DVD accompanying the text are used to help students learn to read, write, and use approximately 250 characters. Students also acquire skills in Chinese word-processing and are able to use Chinese character input system to type characters and sentences. Laboratory is mandatory. (Zhou, Fall, offered annually) 

  • 01 LEC TR 10:20-11:50 AM; Zhou 
  • 11 LAB; Wu 

CHIN 201 - Intermediate Chinese I
This course continues CHIN 102 and instruction is conducted half in Chinese. Students learn an additional 400 characters on top of the 550 characters they learned at the beginning level. They speak and write frequently in class and after class, acquiring a higher level of language proficiency in all four skills. They are expected to do Chinese word-processing and electronic communication with ease. The principal text is Integrated Chinese, Level 1-2, and Integrated Chinese, Level 2-1 Traditional/Simplified Character Edition, which is used along with online learning programs as well as CDs and DVDs accompanying the text. Instruction consists of three class contact hours and two lab sessions per week. Prerequisite: CHIN 102 or the equivalent. (Zhou, Wu, Fall, offered annually)

  • 01 LEC TR 10:20-11:50 AM; Wu 
  • 11 LAB; Wu

EDUC 230 - Teaching English Language Learners
While the number of school children speaking a language other than English at home has been growing exponentially over the last few decades, their level of academic achievement has lagged significantly behind that of their language-majority peers. This course aims to contribute to preparing future teachers for working in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. One of its major goals is to give students a better understanding of the cognitive, linguistic, and emotional challenges involved in being schooled in a second language. In the first part of the course, therefore, through readings and discussions, students will become acquainted with some key theoretical frameworks for understanding second language and literacy development as well as sociocultural issues particularly relevant to the education of English language learners. The second major goal of the course is to provide students with pedagogical strategies for adjusting instruction to meet the needs of English language learners in the mainstream classroom. This goal will be achieved in the second part of the course, which will consist predominantly of lesson planning workshops and teaching demonstrations. The course will have a service learning component consisting of 15-20 hours of tutoring an English language learner, and it is required for TESOL certification in the TEP and for the TEFL certificate. (Roberson, offered alternate years) 

  • 01 LEC MW 8-9:30 AM; Roberson 

ENG 152 - American Revolutions
From Declaration of Independence to the Declaration of Sentiments, America's revolutionaries and reformers have written their own literature. This course will explore the history of politics and culture in the United States from the American Revolution to the Civil War. We will study the work of writers who were for the rights of women and against the removal of Indians from their lands, who were for the liberation of enslaved people of African descent and against the use and abuse of alcohol. We will also read the writings of the early labor and environmental movements. Like the figures we study, we will experiment with different forms to express our ideas and arguments. (Black) 

  • 01 LEC 1:10-2:40 PM; Black 
  • 02 LEC TR 2:50-4:20 PM; Black 

ENG 175 - Travel Literature
The mobilities of populations have been crucial to the ways in which human beings have been organized across the planet - in empires, in nations, on continents, in hemispheres. Several factors encourage or deter mobility or travel - technological, economic, demographic, and so on. But travel inevitably introduces an encounter with otherness. We begin and end the course with an encounter with "America." We will encounter embodiments of racial and gendered otherness, but we will also examine the encounter between the human and the machine, the technological otherness of the android. The texts typically include Shakespeare's "The Tempest," Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe," Phillip Dick's "Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," Octavia Butler's "Kindred," and George Orwell's "Burmese Days." (Basu) 

  • 01 LEC TR 12-1 PM; Basu

ENG 266 - Modern American Poetry
This course is a study of selected major early twentieth century figures, including Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, H. D., Jean Toomer, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams.

  • 01 LEC TR 1:10-2:40 PM; Babbitt 

ENG 287 - Jane Austen in Film
Because Jane Austen’s novels are essentially her own, written creations and films based on them are collaborative and characterized by sound, motion, and visual detail, the two media approach narrative in fundamentally different ways. We will consider to what extent a film version of a Jane Austen novel is an entirely new work that is artistically independent of the original. We will also examine the consequences of viewing such films as translations of Austen’s novels both for the filmmakers who approach their projects this way and for critics who read the films from this perspective. While we will certainly take into account the techniques employed by directors and screenwriters to create a coherent and effective narrative that captures the original story, according to their notions of what this means, as they strive to keep the finished film within a reasonable running time, it is important to note that this is not a film course. The focus here is on the interplay between two methods of storytelling that results when novels written by an author who deliberately avoids description are made into films. 

  • 01 LEC TR 8:40-10:10 AM; Minott-Ahl
  • 02 LEC TR 10:20-11:50 AM; Minott-Ahl

ENG 290 - Creative Writing
This course offers introductory techniques in the writing of both fiction and poetry. The workshop format emphasizes group discussion of the writings of class members. Readings of modern authors supplement discussions of form and technique. This course is normally required as a prerequisite for fiction and poetry workshops. Prerequisite: at least one other ENG course. Not open to students who have taken ENG 190. (Staff) 

  • 01 LEC MW 8-9:30 AM; Schonning 
  • 02 LEC MW 1:10-2:40 PM; Cowles  

FRN 101 - Beginning French I
For students with no French experience, or placement. This is an immersion course that teaches speaking, listening, reading, writing, and French body language through a creative combination of interactive materials that introduce students to French culture as well as language. This course uses French as the principal language of instruction in the classroom. Students will work weekly in an integrative way with interactive materials online such as online exercises, movies, music and cultural readings. It is open only to students with no prior experience and students who have been placed in FRN 101, or students who have permission of the instructor. (Offered every semester) 

  • 01 LEC MWF 9:40-10:40 AM

FRN 225 - Parlons Francais
This course is designed as an intensive training in oral expression for semi-advanced students. It course focuses on the practice of speaking and aims to help students develop pertinent vocabulary, as well as conversational or idiomatic expressions used in everyday life by French speakers. Students will gain greater fluidity and confidence and improve their oral communication skills by exploring contemporary issues in films and the media and reading and discussing short stories, plays, and articles from French and Francophone magazines and newspapers. This course will prepare students linguistically for 240-level French topics courses through a wide variety of challenging conversational activities. Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent, placement, or permission of the instructor. 

  • 01 DIS MWF 9:30-10:40 AM; Dahouda 

FSCT 210 - Rebels on Screen: Women and Freedom in American Cinema 
This interdisciplinary course explores the autonomy of women by studying movement in, out, and around the home, what scholars across fields have called the “domestic sphere.” We begin this course by examining the historical nineteenth-century construction and elevation of the concept of the home in American culture. Often, literature presented the home as a moderating force set against the modernizing, market-oriented outside world. In this construction, the home was the province of women. Many of the idealized concepts of the home and women’s place in it has persisted throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Through films from the 1940s to today, including Mildred Pierce (1945), The Rain People (1969), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Daughters of the Dust (1991), Mi Vida Loca (1994), Erin Brockovich (2000), Transamerica (2005), Revolutionary Road (2008), Carol (2015), and Tangerine (2015), students will study the movement of diverse women in and out of the domestic sphere as they weigh social expectations against personal desires. This course draws on disciplinary frameworks from history, gender studies, media studies, cultural studies, and literary analysis. Assignments will consist of three film analysis essays. For the final project, students will showcase their understanding of the themes and narratives explored throughout the semester by writing a screenplay featuring a woman from American history.

  • 01 LEC MWF 10:50-11:50 AM; Rambold  

GER 101 - Beginning German I 
German instruction endeavors to foster inter-cultural competence by infusing historical knowledge, cultural artifacts, and social structures into the very first lesson. Auf geht's!, the instructional materials for German 101 through 201, is a communicative-based text that offers many opportunities for intercultural investigation. Instruction is designed to improve all skill areas of language acquisition through level-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and oral assignments. (Offered every semester)

  • 01 LEC MWF 8:30-9:30 AM

GER 102 - Beginning German II
This course is a continuation of GER 101 and continues to pursue the goals established above. Prerequisite: GER 101 or the equivalent. (Offered every semester)

  • 01 LEC MWF 8:30-9:30 AM 

GER 301 - Introduction: German Area Studies I
This course represents students' first exposure to the field of German Area Studies. In addition to improving the students' ability to express their thoughts clearly, concisely, and correctly in spoken and written German, the class will introduce students to core issues of the field, i.e. the culture of German-speaking Europe in various forms and expressions. Besides learning about canonical texts and figures, students will also explore film, music, politics, and pop-culture as contributors to the culture of central Europe. In addition, the skills that constitute intercultural competence are also developed and honed via projects, for example the role of geography in the construction of German culture. Prerequisite: GER 202 or its equivalent, or permission of instructor. (Offered annually) 

  • 01 LEC TR 10:20-11:50 AM 

GLS 101 - Introduction to Global Studies: Alcohol
For over nine thousand years human beings have produced alcoholic drinks in various forms. While some theories say our ancestors started to do so millions of years ago in a quest for calories, now alcohol is many things to many people: indispensable beverage, religious obligation or prohibition, sign of high or low culture, curse or blessing, and more. We will consider the historical, cultural, and political roles alcohol has played in multiple contexts as we engage the question of how this substance has both driven human development and also reflects the cultures which consume (or refuse to consume) it.

  • 01 LEC MW 1:10-2:40 PM; Galloway
  • 02 LEC MW 2:50-4:20 PM; Galloway 

GLS 201 - Global Cultural Literacies
Global Cultural Literacies will examine cultural productions from around the world and the social/political/cultural forces that help shape world literature, such as socialism, anarchism, feminism, capitalism, migration, and various aesthetic movements. Students will develop an understanding of how cultural artifacts demonstrate and influence the production of meaning and worldviews. The course will present terms and techniques necessary for conducting literary analysis and offer insight into the fundamentals of language learning in languages other than English. This course is team taught by faculty from various Global Language departments. Students need either the prerequisite or the co-requisite to enroll. Pre-requisite: GLS101 or completion of any global language course at HWS -OR- Co-requisite: participation in a global language course while taking GLS 201. (Offered annually)

  • 01 LEC TR 8:30-10:10 AM; Wells 

GRE 101 - Elementary Ancient Greek
The aim of the beginning Greek sequence (GRE 101 and GRE 102) is to provide students with the vocabulary and grammatical skills necessary to read ancient Greek authors as quickly as possible. This sequence also offers an interesting and effective approach to learning about the culture and thought of the ancient Greeks. No prerequisites. (Fall, offered annually)

  • 01 LEC MWF 10:50-11:50 AM; Himmelhoch 

ITA 101 - Beginning Italian
This course is designed for absolute beginners who have never been exposed to Italian. Students will learn basic pronunciation, grammatical structures and vocabulary for everyday use. Students' exposure to the language will be enhanced by music, films, short literary texts and other authentic cultural materials. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand simple dialogues and passages and to express themselves with simple sentences using the present and past tenses. 

  • 01 LEC MWF 10:50-11:50 AM
  • 02 LEC MWF 12-1 PM; Lucci 

ITA 102 - Beginning Italian II
This course is designed for students who have already taken one semester of Italian and are able to express themselves in the present and in the past using limited vocabulary. Students will be introduced to more complex tenses (like future and conditional), as well as more advanced vocabulary. They will improve their listening and reading comprehension skills and oral proficiency. Students' exposure to the language will be enhanced by music, films, short literary texts and other authentic cultural materials.

  • 01 LEC MWF 9:40-10:40 AM 

JPN 101 - Beginning Japanese I
This course provides an introduction to modern spoken Japanese. (Klaus, offered annually)

  • 01 LEC MWF 10:50-11:50 AM; Klaus 

LAT 238 - Latin Epic (Vergil Or Ovid)
This course is a careful reading in Latin of a significant portion of the Aeneid or the Metamorphoses, with the entire poem read in English, to enable students to appreciate the poetry and Vergil's or Ovid's presentation of Augustan Rome against the background of its historical and literary heritage. Suggested prerequisite: LAT 102 or the equivalent. (Offered every three years) 

  • 01 LEC Himmelhoch 

LTAM 232 - The Latina Experience
Through the use of life stories (testimonies) and documentaries, students in this course will examine the experience Latinas in the context of the United States and the Geneva community. We will be exploring issues such as migration and immigration; biculturalism and bilingualism; labor and education, cultural production and social activism through the collection and analysis of testimonial texts, as well as the analysis and production of documentaries. 

  • 01 LEC TR 2:50-4:20 PM; Molina 

MDSC 100 - Introduction to Media & Society
This course provides an introduction to various media and their modes, methods, and themes. We will explore the role of the media in shaping social consciousness, global economies, and material culture. Examples drawn from film, television, print media, and digital environments will be contextualized, analyzed, and theorized as crucial elements of our media culture. Students will gain an appreciation for the social, cultural, economic, and political influences of global communications while performing close readings of conventional media objects. Writing assignments, exams, and projects will help to cement insights gained through close investigation of films, TV shows, advertisements, video games, music videos, and more.

  • 02 LEC MW 2:50-4:20 PM; Patti 

MDSC 130 - Introduction to Global Animation
This course will introduce students to the global culture of animation. Students will learn fundamental methods and approaches to analyze animation as an object and a culture through case studies and hands-on approaches. Overall, this course will help students to understand and appreciate the circulation of animation as a global media culture.

  • 01 LEC TR 10:20-11:50 AM; Zulkarnain

MUS 120 - How Music Works
How much of your day revolves around listening to music? Do you ever wonder why you can't stop singing the melodies to your favorite songs? What exactly are the reasons that one musical style sounds so different from another? Why do certain pieces of music evoke melancholy and nostalgia, while others make you want to get up and dance? This course seeks to answer these kinds of questions through a hands-on approach, showing students how music works by focusing on listening, analyzing, and playing music. Students 1) learn the basic elements of music and how they can be combined to form patterns and styles, 2) develop the theoretical knowledge and aural skills necessary to perceive musical details and concepts, 3) listen to music critically and play it musically, and 4) think artistically about musical form and content. By the end of this course, students will be actively integrating thinking, hearing, and playing, and they will be developing skills in musical notation, songwriting, keyboard proficiency, and musical analysis. (Offered each semester)

  • 01 LEC MWF 10:50-11:50 AM; Lofthouse, Cricco
  • 02 LEC MW 2:50-4:20 PM; Potter 

MUS 214 - Rock, Pop, & the Written Word
This course invites students into the professional world of music critics, journalists, agents, and publicists, who use language as a tool to characterize and promote music of all kinds. As emerging critics, students will learn to generate and articulate intellectually grounded responses to a variety of examples from the popular music canon, including commercial pop, indie, rock, hip hop, jazz, blues, and R&B, in dialog with the aesthetic principles studied over the course of the semester. As developing agents, publicists, and promoters, they will learn to harness the resources of social media, create one-sheets for record releases, gather content for crowdfunding, and draft press releases, bios, and website content. Through these combined efforts, students will deepen their appreciation and understanding of music, while enlisting that knowledge in a broader study of cultural and commercial enterprises that support it. (Offered annually)

  • 01 LEC MW 2:50-4:20 PM

RUS 101 - Beginning Russian I
An introduction to the Russian language designed particularly to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing. Weekly laboratory hour is mandatory.

  • 01 LEC MWF 9:40-10:40 AM; Lemelin 

SPN 101 - Beginning Spanish I
Designed for students who have not taken Spanish before, this course develops the basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the language, and introduces the student to a variety of cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. Beginning Spanish I, as well as the other courses in the beginning and intermediate levels, use a combination of three weekly master classes with the regular instructor and an additional hour of laboratory practice or the equivalent, using the multimedia materials accompanying the text. This course is the first part of the beginning sequence; students who take SPN 101 in the Fall are highly advised to take SPN 102 in the Spring of the same academic year. (Offered Fall semesters)

  • 01 LEC MWF 9:40-10:40 AM 

SPN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I
This course is designed for students who have been placed in SPN 201, or students who have completed SPN 102. The course further develops the basic language skills acquired in the beginning sequence including grammar review, conversation, writing, and reading. Cultural awareness is emphasized through an exposure to authentic materials from the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students who complete the intermediate course will meet the language criteria to apply for the department's off-campus programs in Spain and Chile. Prerequisite: SPN 102 or placement in SPN 201. (offered annually)

  • 01 LEC MWF 10:50-11:50 AM

SPN 204 - Bilingual Realities
This course will appeal to students who use Spanish in every-day life and bilingual contexts. We will study dynamic bilingual communication practices in academics, popular culture, creative writing, and public speaking. Through memoirs, manifestos, novels, music, film, and podcasts, we will explore diverse bilingual/bi-cultural life experiences and forms of expression. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, migration, education, social media, art, and activism. We will practice conversational fluency, grammatical precision, persuasive writing, and vocabulary building. Readings may include the following: De cómo las muchachas García perdieron el acento by Julia Alvarez, Spanglish by Ilan Stavans and Poet X by Elizabeth Azevedo. Prerequisite: Completion of SPN 201, or the equivalent. (Farnsworth, offered annually)

  • 01 LEC MWF 9:40-10:40 AM; Farnsworth
  • 02 LEC MWF 10:50-11:50 AM; Farnsworth 

THTR 100 - Page to Stage
This course will teach students how to analyze and break down dramatic literature in order to create a blueprint for production choices. Students will engage in the close examination of literature in varied styles, regions, and historical periods from the points of view of theatre practitioners (actors, directors, and designers), learning diverse techniques of analysis in the process. These techniques include the study of plot structure, character analysis, internal and external actions, conflict, rhythm, and idea/theme. This course encourages students to consider the links between other periods and our own, and the ways in which detailed readings of dramatic literature inform the communicative and aesthetic power of the performed text. (May, offered annually) 

  • 01 LEC MWF 10:50-11:50 AM; May 

WRRH 100 - Writer's Seminar
This course is for students in any major who want to become successful as college writers. By honing skills in critical reading and thinking, students are introduced to analysis and argumentation in order to consider their ideas within the context of academic writing and their own lives. Students develop writing techniques through composing and revising narratives, analytical essays, and guided research projects. The course focuses on writing individually and in collaboration with peers, the instructor, and other student (Writing Colleagues or CTL Writing Fellows) support through an emphasis on the process of invention, drafting, and revision. Course times and themes vary with instructor. (Repeatable, offered every semester) 

  • 01 LEC MW 1:10-2:40 PM; Hess