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AMH1091w The African-American Experience in the U. S. (3) - Examines, both chronologically and thematically, the experience of African-Americans in the United States and their role in shaping the nation’s history.

AMH2010w A History of the United States (3) - Survey of United States history with emphasis on social, economic, and political issues through the Civil War. May not be taken by students with test credit in American History.

AMH2020w A History of the United States (3) - Survey of United States history with emphasis on social, economic, and political issues of the 20th century. May not be taken by students with test credit in American History.

AMH2095w The American Indians and the United States (3) - A survey of American Indian relations with the people and government of the U. S., from the 1760’s to the present. Examines the Indians’ diplomatic and military struggles to retain territories.

AMH2096w Black Women in America (3) - Examines (using a chronological and thematic approach) the unique experience of the African-American woman in the U. S. and the role that black women have played in shaping U. S. history.

AMH2097w Nationality, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States (3) - History of immigration in the U. S.; evolution of ethnic cultures; role of race, acculturation, and assimilation; and conflict from colonial times to the present.

ASH1044w Middle Eastern History and Civilization (3) - An introductory course on Middle Eastern history and culture with considerable emphasis on the impact of religion: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Primary emphasis will be to understand the historical and cultural background of the major problems facing the Middle East today.

ASH3100w History of Asia (3) - An introduction to the political, cultural, and economic Asian history from antiquity to the present. It places emphasis on the study of important Asian kings and leaders and the various religions which originated in Asia.

CLA2010w Introduction to Greek and Roman Civilization (3) - Survey of classical literature, art, and philosophy with readings in translation from outstanding Greek and Roman authors. Two midterms and a non-cumulative final; mostly objective. Short essay or paper required.

CLA2110w Debates about the Past: Greek Civilization, History, & Culture (3) - A survey of the daily life and the cultural and political achievements of the ancient Greeks from Homeric times to Alexander the Great. Literature and its intersection with society will be of key interest. Two midterms and a non-cumulative final. Short essay or paper required.

CLA2123w Debates about the Past: Roman Civilization, History, & Culture (3) - A survey of daily life and the cultural and political achievements of ancient Rome, especially during the period of Caesar and Cicero through the Imperial period down to the fall of Rome. Literature and its intersection with society will be of key interest. Two midterms and a non-cumulative final; mostly objective. Short essay or paper required.

EUH2000w Ancient and Medieval Civilizations (3) - Western traditions from the beginnings in the eastern Mediterranean through Greece and Rome to Western Europe in the Middle Ages. Emphasis is on institutions and attitudes most distinctive for the Western tradition. The requirements of the course normally include essay examinations and brief papers.

EUH3205w 19th Century Europe: A Survey (3) - European history from the close of the Napoleonic Wars to the turn of the century, a period in which Europe was at the height of its power. Midterm, final, and two short papers.

EUH3530w England, Empire, and Commonwealth: 18th Century to Present (3) - A history of Great Britain and the Empire - Commonwealth since 1783 and developments within the Commonwealth itself. Some consideration is given to post–World War II changes within Britain and to Britain’s foreign affairs. Midterm, final, and two short papers.

HIS2050w The Historian’s Craft (3) – Conducting research in primary sources—e.g., old newspapers and magazines, census records, diaries, letters, or data collected at a given time—and making sense of it is a skill that every professional needs. This course is designed to train you to do historical research (pose questions, find and analyze appropriate sources, and synthesize information) and present your research findings in writing and orally. Research paper, assignments, and oral report.

HIS3464w History of Science (3) - Students will gain insights into the major ideas, institutions, and people that have created Western science from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Topics include: the Darwinian Revolution, scientific constructs of race and gender, the eugenics movement, the relationship between science and religion, Einstein and New Physics, nuclear weapon development, and the environmental movement. Midterm, final, and 3,000-word paper

HIS3491w Medicine and Society (3) - A broad survey of the history of medicine and public health in the United States. Quizzes, midterm, final, and two 1,500-word papers.

HIS3505w Perspectives on Science & Mathematics (3) - Examines themes from the history of science and mathematics from the Babylonians to ancient Greeks and thence to the present day, placing these developments into social, cultural, political, and religious contexts. Quizzes, two exams, final, a 3,000-word paper, and several small written assignments.

LAH1093w Latin America: A Cross-Cultural History (3) - The course will focus on women, Native Americans, African-Americans, mestizos, and mulattos in the historical context of Latin America as a society dominated by men, primarily European-Americans. The course will not attempt to cover all aspects of Latin America and its history but will use a problem-oriented approach to touch upon major eras and regions.

REL2121w Religion in the United States (3) - The purposes of this course are: to acquaint students with the scope and nature of religious movements and institutions in the USA; to examine the ways in which religious communities have related to the wider American culture; to awaken in students an appreciation for the impact of religion on American life; and to provide the opportunity for students to relate their own experiences to the wider patterns of American religious life. Written assignments, a critical book review, and essay examinations are required.

WOH1023w The Modern World to 1815 (3) - Origins and development of political, economic, social, and intellectual antecedents of the modern world from the end of the Middle Ages to 1815. Students with college credit in Western Civilization or World Civilization courses covering the same general chronological period cannot receive credit for WOH1023.

WOH1030w The Modern World since 1815 (3) - Continuation of WOH1023 from 1815 to the present. Students with credit in Western or World Civilization courses covering the same general chronological period cannot receive credit for WOH1030.

AFA3101w Theory and Dynamics of Racism and Oppression (3) - A comparative, historical, and multi-disciplinary analysis of racism and other forms of oppression (e.g., sexism), with special emphasis upon their belief, value systems, and institutional components and how these are expressed in the modern U.S. context. Performance on unannounced quizzes, assigned readings, a midterm, and a final examination are used to determine grades.

EVI1012w The Blindness Experience (3) - Explores society’s reaction to blindness and how lenses of gender, race, class, religion, and ethnicity shape views of blindness. In the Blindness Experience, participants will meet many people with a visual impairment, learn about their lives and personal stories, as well as have opportunities to experience being visually impaired themselves, learning that blindness does not change the ability to be independent, and that disability doesn’t prevent anyone from being an equal player in our society.

CLA3501w Gender and Society in Ancient Greece (3) - Examines the role and status of women in ancient Greek society as depicted in its literature, art, law, and religion. Midterms and non-cumulative final; short paper.

CLT3370w Classical Mythology (3) - A survey of Greco-Roman myth and legend, readings from ancient authors in English translation, approaches to the study of ancient myth. A short paper is required. Essay and objective tests.

CLT3378w Ancient Mythology, East and West (3) - Introduces the mythological traditions from a diverse group of ancient cultures, including those of Greece and Rome, the Near East, Northern Europe, India, China, Africa, and the Americas, examining both narrative threads that appear in very differing cultures and larger questions about how various cultures create the stories they live by. Exams, assignments, and a final project.

AML2010w American Authors to 1875 (3) - Major figures and works in the American literary tradition, from colonial era through romanticism and the decade following the Civil War. Typically includes Franklin, Irving, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson. Midterm and final will consist of short answer and essay questions. One or two analytical essays outside of class.

AML2600w Introduction to African-American Literature (3) - A survey of African-American poetry, fiction, and prose from the mid-eighteenth century to the present in the context of African-American social and intellectual history. Readings include the slave narrative, abolitionist oratory, writers in the Harlem Renaissance, and the Black Aesthetic Movement of the sixties and seventies. Typically includes Douglass, Chesnutt, Hurston, Wright, Ellison, Baldwin, Morrison, and Walker.

AML3041w American Authors Since 1875 (3) - Major figures and works in the American literary tradition from the post-Civil War realists and the local colorists through the literary naturalists and more contemporary writers. Typically includes Twain, James, Crane, Eliot, Hemingway, Frost, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Baldwin, Morrison, and O’Connor.

AML3311w Major Figures in American Literature (3) - A study of the writings of selected major American authors. Tests and critical papers required.

AML3630w Latino/a Literature in English (3) - Introduction to landmark Latino/Latina works written in English.

AML3682w American Multi-Ethnic Literature (3) - Introduction to cross-cultural literary traditions looking at historical rationales and interconnections and differences among communities. Tests and critical papers will be required.

ENL2012w British Authors: Beginnings to 1790 (3) - A survey of English Literature from its beginnings to 1790 with primary attention given to leading writers of the major periods and movements. Among authors typically considered are Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton. Midterm, final essay examination, and/or papers.

ENL2022w British Authors: Early Romantics to the Present (3) - A survey of English literature from 1790 to the present with primary attention given to the leading writers of the major periods and movements. Among authors typically considered are Wordsworth, Dickens, and Conrad. Midterm, final essay examination, and/or papers required.

ENL3334w Introduction to Shakespeare (3) - Introduction to the study of Shakespeare at the college level. Consideration of representative genres - comedy, history, tragedy, tragicomedy - drawn from throughout the playwright’s career. Tests and critical papers will be required.

LIT2010w Introduction to Fiction (3) - The course builds a working vocabulary of literary analysis and will cover such narrative elements as: point of view, characterization, setting, theme, and symbolism. Midterm, final, one annotated bibliography, two 5-7 page papers, one 10-12 page research paper.

LIT2020w Introduction to Short Story (3) - Tone, narration, form, and theme in representative short stories. One or two papers required. Frequent tests on the stories. Tests will consist of short answer and essay questions.

LIT2030w Introduction to Poetry (3) - An introduction to the art of reading and analyzing poetry. Covers the essential elements of poetry such as line, stanza, meter, rhyme, and figurative language. Midterm, final, quizzes, two 5-7 page papers.

LIT2081w Contemporary Literature (3) - An introduction to representative fiction, poetry, and drama of America and Europe from 1914 to the present. Midterm and final are comprised of short answer and essay questions. One or two critical papers.

LIT2230w Introduction to Global Literature in English (3) - This course will cover literature from “Third World” countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean that were formerly colonies of England, and where the medium of expression is still English. Midterm, term paper, and final exam.

LIT3043w Modern Drama (3) - A study of various texts representing major developments in modern writings for the theatre from O’Neill, Pirandello, Miller, and Theatre of the Absurd to the present. Tests and critical papers.

LIT3383w Women in Literature (3) - An examination of the representation of women in literature. Tests and critical papers will be required.

HUM2210w Humanities: Pre-History to Late Antiquity (3) - To provide the student with an awareness of and appreciation for the lasting contributions made to western civilization by the Greek, Hebrew, Roman, and Medieval cultures through a study of values and arts produced by these cultures. Evaluation will be by examinations and papers.

HUM2235w Humanities: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (3) - Offers the student an overview of western humanities from 1300 to 1800 through a study of architecture, the arts, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and the major cultural movements in that period. Evaluation will be by means of examinations and papers.

HUM2250w Humanities: Eighteenth Century Romanticism to Post Modernism (3) - This course offers an overview of western humanities in through a study of architecture, the arts, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and the major cultural movements. Evaluation is by means of examinations and papers.

FOW3240w Literature and Sexuality (3) - Focuses upon novels that explore the social and personal implications of sexual identity. Three 5 page essays and a final exam.

FRT3561w French Women Writers (3) - Issues of race, gender, and class in a selection of works written by prominent French/Francophone writers. Taught in English.

GET3130w Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation (3) - Provides students the opportunity to read German literary works in English translation. The focus is on major literary texts and movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. A midterm exam and essay final are required.

ITT3430w Masterpieces of Italian Literature in Translation (3) - After a brief overview of the history of Italian literature, this course offers discussion and analysis of English translations of novels, short stories, and plays by such figures as Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Goldoni, Alfieri, Manzoni, Pirandello, Deledda, and Moravia.

ITT3500w Italian Culture and Civilization: From Origins to the Age of Romanticism (3) - The course will focus on Italy’s culture and civilization during pre-Roman times, the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and on to the age of Romanticism and the dawn of Modern Italy. Midterm and final examinations will include essay questions; other requirements include a term paper.

ITT3501w Modern Italian Culture: From the Unification to the Present (3) - This course will examine the cultural developments and socio-political changes in modern Italy. Midterm and final examinations will include essay questions; other requirements include a term paper.

ITT3520w The Italian Experience in Literature and Film (3) - Students will analyze the experiences of Italian Americans from a historical, cultural, literary, and cinematic perspective. Midterm and final examinations will include essay questions; other requirements include a term paper.

RUT3110w Russian Literature in English Translation (3) - Readings and discussion of major Russian literary works (in English). Written work is expected. Two midterms, an oral presentation, and a final exam are required. Thirty percent of the final grade will be class participation.

SPT3130w Latin-American Literature in Translation (3) - Reading and study of some of the outstanding modern writers of Latin America such as Azuela, Carpentier, Borges, Rulfo, Fuentes, Garcia Marquez, Machado de Assis, and Amado. Does not count toward a major or minor in Spanish. Taught in English. Attendance and participation, midterm, and a final.

PHI3882w Philosophy in Literature (3) - Metaphysical ideas such as freedom and determinism, time and eternity, appearance and reality, essence and existence, and moral ideas such as a person’s relation to the state are analyzed not as content but as structural elements of fictional or dramatic worlds. Short essays or term papers and essay exams are required.

REL2210w Introduction to the Old Testament (3) - An examination of the history and religion of Biblical Israel as known primarily through the literature preserved by that community. Regular written assignments; exams include short essay questions.

REL2240w Introduction to the New Testament (3) - The purpose of this course is to understand writings of the New Testament in the context of historical development of the early Christian church. A paper utilizing the methods of historical-critical interpretation of texts; examinations with some essay questions.

REL3112w Religion and 20th Century Fantasy Literature (3) - An overview of theological and anti-theological elements in twentieth and twenty-first century fantasy literature from a variety of authors.

THE3214w World Theatre History II (3) - This course explores the staging practices and dramatic literature from the 19th century to the present. Specific units include romanticism, melodrama, the rise of realism, avant-garde theatre movements (both American and European), European innovations 1960s–1990s, and contemporary dramatic theory.

AFA2000w Introduction to the African-American Experience (3) - An interdisciplinary examination of African-American culture. Students submit “reaction” papers in which they record and assess their response to issues and experiences. Unannounced quizzes, assigned readings, a midterm, and a final examination.

ART2003Cw Survey of Studio Art Practices (3) - Explores the way artists work in a variety of media. Classroom demonstrations are augmented by films and slide presentations, discussions of historical and contemporary issues, and exercises in visual perception. Quizzes and assigned projects.

ARH3056w History and Criticism of Art I (3) - An introduction to the development of art and architecture from the prehistoric to the late medieval cultures. A term paper and three non-cumulative tests will include essays designed to test the student’s ability to recognize the basic formal components of the work of art, as well as to identify its place in the history of art.

ARH3057w History and Criticism of Art II (3) - An introduction to the developments of Western European art and architecture from the early Renaissance through the Baroque to the present modern art movements in America. Tests and term paper as in ARH 3056.

ARH3130w Survey of Greek Art and Archaeology (3) - A survey of Greek art from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period and important archaeological discoveries in Greek lands.

ARH3150w Art and Archaeology of Ancient Italy (3) - A study of Etruscan, early Italian, and Roman art and archaeology crucial in the formation of the Western humanistic tradition. A short paper is required. Essay and objective tests.

ARH3530w The Arts of Asia (3) - A general introduction to the visual arts of Asia covering primarily India, central Asia, China, and Japan. The course is organized along thematic lines with topics such as the ancient world, Buddhism, Chinese aesthetic theory and painting, and native and foreign currents in Japanese art.

ARH2090w Great Discoveries in World Archaeology (3) - Introduction to archaeological techniques and ideas through the examination of selected discoveries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Three exams and a paper.

CLA3012w Homosexuality in Antiquity (3) - Combines methods of social history and literary criticism to examine attitudes toward homosexuality in Greek and Roman culture and the influence of the Greek ideal in later literary and artistic culture.

CLA3502w Women, Children, and Slaves in Ancient Rome: The Roman Family (3) - Examines the Roman family in its various facets. The focus will not only be on the nuclear family but also on the broader concept of family which includes slaves and dependents. Midterm and non-cumulative final; project required.

CLT2044w Word Building: Greek and Latin Elements in English Vocabulary (3) - A study of Greek and Latin roots in English with a view toward improving vocabulary, word skills, sensitivity to language, and understanding of backgrounds and origins of English. Various projects in short written form. Essay and objective tests.

CLT3510w The Ancient World in Film (3) - The course examines modern representations of the ancient Greco-Roman world in television and film, how these representations adapt and diverge from their classical counterparts, and how they are used to explore contemporary issues. Essays, quizzes, midterm, and a final exam.

DAN2100w Introduction to History and Appreciation of Dance (3) - A survey of the development of dance in human culture with specific emphasis on its evolution as an art form. Designed to deepen the appreciation of dance as it functions in society. Class experiences include readings, discussions, films, observation of live performances, movement laboratories, and group choreographic projects. No dance experience required. For non-majors.

DAN3185w African-American Dance (3) - Using African-American dance as a central focus, this course examines how cultural and artistic expression can both integrate and divide groups of people along lines of race and class. Requirements include a midterm and final exam, and a final research paper.

DAN3144w History and Philosophy of Dance (3) - Origins and development of dance from early man’s primitive cultures through the late Middle Ages with specific emphasis upon the relationship between dance and its societal influences. Written examinations, short essays, and a final term project.

DAN3145w History and Philosophy of Dance (3) - Evolution of dance as a theatrical art form; ballet history. Mid-term and final written examinations consisting of approximately 200 questions, an essay, and a term paper.

DAN3146w History and Philosophy of Dance (3) - Development of dance in the 20th Century; the concept of modern dance, its precursors in the late 19th century and its relationship to the established position of ballet; the evolution of social forms and trends in today’s theatre dance as manifestations and catalysts of contemporary thought. One midterm exam, a take-home final exam, and a term paper.

ENG3310w Film Genres (3) - An analytic and interpretative study of the codes and characteristics of one or more American film genres, such as comedy, gangster, western, detective, Film Noir, musical, war, and horror. Includes required film viewings. PREREQUISITE: ENC1101 and 1102, or equivalent.

HPS3320w Screening the Scientific Life: Cinema and the Cultural Image of Science (3) - Examines how film has provided a framework for wrestling with the implications of the modern science enterprise. Written assignments and an oral presentation.

HUM3321w Multicultural Dimensions of Film and Twentieth Century Culture (3) - Explores diversity within Western culture by focusing on film as a key medium for shaping social and cultural attitudes and values. Primary emphasis will be on developing an awareness of how questions of race and gender affect the making, reception, and role of film in modern Western culture. Examinations and papers.

GET3524w German Cinema (3) - Study of the contextual and stylistic features of German cinema from its classical period in the 1920s to the New German Cinema of the 70s and 80s. Focus is on methods of film analysis and film criticism.

ITT3523w Italian Cinema (3) - Study of modern Italian cinema from political and social realism to postwar New Wave.

JPT3391w Japanese Film and Culture (3) - For students interested in Japanese film and culture in translation; introduces classics by Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu, to Japanese New Wave in the 1960s, to recent Hayao Miyazaki's animated film. The course will rethink various aspects of postwar Japanese culture through an analysis of fifteen films after 1945. Two film critiques, 1 research paper, and a class presentation.

MUH2011w Introduction to Music History-Music Appreciation (3) - An introduction to the materials of music; e.g., melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, timbre, dynamics, formal organization, and aspects of musical styles within the context of music as practiced in the Baroque, Classic, and Early Romantic periods. For non-majors.

MUH2012w Music in Western Culture, 19th and 20th Centuries (3) - A survey of great music literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, the master composers who created this literature, their music, its relation to the other arts and historical events of the times, and the milieu in which this music literature was created. Three equal tests; extra credit can be obtained by writing critiques of concerts, operas, musicals, etc. For non-majors.

MUH2051w Music Cultures of the World I (3) - Music of Africa, Asia, and the Near East with emphasis on the role of music within its cultural context. Several essays are required. For non-majors.

MUH3053w American Roots Music (3) - A study of the diverse music of North American minority groups with emphasis on Native American, African-American, Latin-American, Asian, and Jewish traditions. For non-majors.

PHH3130w Plato and his Predecessors (3) - Ancient Greek philosophy from its beginnings to the work of one of its greatest practitioners. Pop quizzes, midterm exams, short papers, and a final exam.

PHH3140w Aristotle to Augustine (3) - Philosophy from the “Master of Those Who Knew” (Aristotle) through to the end of the ancient world and the dominance of Christianity. Topics include: the structure of the World-Order, God, Man’s place. Pop quizzes, midterm exam, short papers, and a final exam.

PHH3400w Modern Philosophy (3) - A critical study of the theories of 17th and 18th century western philosophers through a careful examination of representative texts from both the empirical and rationalist traditions. The primary method of evaluation will be short papers or a term paper and essay exams.

PHI2010w Introduction to Philosophy (3) - An entry level course in philosophy; a systematic introduction designed to show not only the range of problems philosophy deals with but the variety of methods and styles with which these problems can be addressed. Evaluation is based on short papers, in-class assignments, and final exam.

PHI2100w Reasoning and Critical Thinking (3) - An introductory logic course intended to provide students with an understanding of and practice in using reasoning to support conclusions and decisions. The course emphasizes acquisition of the skills necessary to draft clear, persuasive arguments and is particularly useful for those planning their studies in fields such as Law or Business. Quizzes, papers, and a final exam.

PHI2620w Environmental Ethics (3) - Identifies and evaluates the ethical foundations and philosophical debates in the environmental movement: whether or not we should extend moral status to non-human entities, such as environments and non-human animals; whether sustainability is possible; whether starving people should take priority over ecological degradation; are restored natural places as valuable as untouched natural places; what is the value of wilderness. Graded assignments will include at least 10 quizzes or short assignments, three 500 word essays, and three exams.

PHI2630w Ethical Issues and Life Choices (3) - An entry level course in philosophy. The course will explore the major ethical issues that one faces as one makes decisions about the kinds of activities to engage in and the kind of life to lead. Issues such as those involving life and death (e.g. abortion, euthanasia, animal rights) and social justice will be examined. Short papers and essay examinations are the primary basis for evaluation.

PHI2635w Bioethics (3) - The course is an examination of the philosophical foundations of bioethical theory and an exploration of the trenchant issues in contemporary bioethics with a concentration on discussions of race, gender, and vulnerable populations (e.g., the poor, immigrants). Two critical evaluation papers, two exams, and a non-cumulative final.

PHI3162w Logic and the Law (3) - The course is an in-depth examination of the application of logic in a legal context, with special emphasis on methods of inductive reasoning, such as analogical and causal reasoning. The focus of the course is on the construction and presentation of written arguments and the evaluation of arguments from both historical and contemporary legal decisions. Three short papers, midterm exam, final written project.

PHI3400w History and Philosophy of Science (3) - A close look at some of the crucial philosophical problems of the sciences as they have developed throughout history from Aristotle through Galileo, Pasteur, and Einstein. Includes what methods count as scientific, along with a consideration of how science has changed the world and the role of values. Quizzes, papers, a midterm exam, and final exam.

PHI3800w Philosophy of the Arts (3) - An introduction to central issues in philosophy of the arts and aesthetics. Topics may include the nature of beauty, the nature of art, realism in painting, interpretation in literature, the nature of dance, and expressiveness in music. Short in-class assignments, short papers, a long paper, and a final exam.

PHM2300w Introduction to Political Philosophy (3) - An entry level course in philosophy. An introduction to the main issues in political philosophy: the justification of political authority, role of law, political obligation, neocolonialism, disobedience, revolution, rights, the appropriate ends of government, patterns of distribution, and justice. The primary method of evaluation will be short papers or a term paper and essay examinations.

PHM3123w Philosophy of Feminism (3) - A comprehensive survey of the most important schools of thought and issues in feminist philosophy with emphasis on feminist politics and ethics. Liberal, socialist, Marxist, and radical feminism and their differing views about equality and subjection are discussed. Criticisms of now traditional theories from women of color and of “difference” theorists are analyzed. Also considered are problems of particular concern to feminists: the family, sexuality, occupational freedom, harassment, rape, pornography, and domestic violence. Class participation, quizzes, reaction papers, and a final paper are required.

REL1300w Introduction to World Religions (3) - A survey course to acquaint students with the history, beliefs, and practices of the major living religious traditions on our planet. Essay examinations, and short papers.

REL3145w Gender and Religion (3) - A consideration of the impact of gender on religion. Includes cross-cultural studies, theoretical works, and gender issues within religious traditions. Essay exams and short papers.

REL3170w Religious Ethics and Moral Problems (3) - Discussion of contemporary moral problems such as deception, sexual relations, and capital punishment from the perspective of major religious traditions. Essay examinations and paper(s).

REL3431w Critics of Religion (3) - An introduction to the major thinkers and texts in the critique of religion as it developed in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the west (Schleiermacher, Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche and Freud). We will explore the meaning of a critique of religion, the structure of religious consciousness, the place of religion with respect to other forms of culture, the problem of religion and alienation, and the possibility of a 'critical' faith.

REL3505w The Christian Tradition (3) - The major beliefs, practices, and institutional forms of Christianity in historical perspective. Writing requirements will be met by means of essay examinations and a short paper.

REL3607w The Jewish Tradition (3) - A survey of the varieties of institutional structures, beliefs, and religious practices of post-biblical Judaism in their historical contexts. Two short papers, essay exams.

THE2000w Introduction to Theatre (3) - Historical development of the theatre and various elements that go into the creation of a theatrical experience in order to gain a critical appreciation of the art. Application of critical and interpretive concepts to actual theatrical performances. For non-majors.

WST3251w Women in Western Culture: Images and Realities (3) - Examines women’s roles in the development of western civilization from pre-history to the present focusing in particular on women’s contributions to religion, art, music, drama, dance, literature, and philosophy. The course examines popular ideas about women and gender roles and political, economic, and legal factors that shaped women’s lives. Three short essays on required readings and an exam consisting of a combination of essay questions, short identification items, and matching or multiple choice questions. Participation in class discussions and regular attendance is required.

CLA2810w Ancient Science (3) - Introduces students to the history of science, mathematics, medicine, and technology in the ancient Near East, the Greco-Roman world, the world of late antiquity, and the Early Middle Ages. Portfolio and quizzes.



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