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  • ANTH-A 103 Human Origins and Prehistory (3 cr.) A survey of human biological and cultural evolution from early pre-Pleistocene hominids through the development of urbanized state societies, with the goal of better understanding our human heritage. (Not open to students who have taken A303.) 
  • ANTH-A 104 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.) A survey of cultural and social processes that influence human behavior, using comparative examples from different ethnic groups around the world, with the goal of better understanding the broad range of human behavioral potentials and those influences that shape the different expressions of these potentials. (Not open to students who have taken A304.) 
  • ANTH-A 460 Topics in Anthropology: (variable title) (1-3 cr.) A conceptual examination of selected topics in the field of anthropology. May not be repeated for more than 6 credit hours. 
  • ANTH-E 320 Indians of North America (3 cr.) An ethnographic survey of native North American culture areas and ethnic groups.
  • ANTH-E 402 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 cr.) This course considers the meaning and social implications of gender in human society. Cultural definitions of "male" and "female" gender categories as well as associated behavioral and structural differentiation of gender roles will be analyzed using current anthropological concepts and theories. 
  • ANTH-E 455 Anthropology of Religion (3 cr.) Critical evaluation of current approaches to the analysis of religious myth, ritual, and symbolism. Problems in understanding religious beliefs of other cultures. Modern development of anthropology of religion.
  • ANTH-E 457 Ethnic Identity (3 cr.) A cross-cultural analysis of the nature of ethnic groups and identity, including the effects of colonialism and nationalism on ethnic groups, stereotyping groups, ethnic symbols and styles, and persistence and change in ethnicity.
  • ANTH-P 396 The Rise of Civilization (3 cr.)

    Covers the development of complex societies in several regions of the world. The material is approached from an anthropological perspective, with emphasis on archaeological methods of data collection and analysis. Early civilizations in Iraq, India, Egypt, Rome, China, Peru, and Central America will be discussed.

  • HER-E 101 Beginning Drawing I (3 cr.) Introduction to drawing as a mode of communication and an art. Students develop basic drawing skills using a range of subjects and techniques, progressing from simple forms to complex objects in space. Students learn to express themselves through drawing, and to critique, evaluate, and interpret drawings of different types. No prior training expected. 
  • HER-E 102 Beginning Drawing II (3 cr.) Introduction to drawing as a mode of communication and an art. Students develop basic drawing skills using a range of subjects and techniques, progressing from simple forms to complex objects in space. Students learn to express themselves through drawing, and to critique, evaluate, and interpret drawings of different types. No prior training expected. 
  • HER-E 105 Beginning Painting I (3 cr.) Introduction to the techniques of painting. Aspects of pictorial composition; wide range of media. Painting from still life and live model. 
  • HER-H 100 Art In Culture (3 cr.) This course introduces students in any major to the visual arts through the study of history, cultures, media, processes, and concepts that artists use. Students will participate in class discussions about art's place in society, while developing an understanding of art through visits to local art galleries and museums.
  • HER-H 205 INTRO TO CONTEMPORARY ART (3 cr.) The course is a survey of 20th and 21st century art from the 1950s into the second decade of the 21st century.  Students will encounter works organized by form and type (e.g. Minimalism), political intent (e.g. feminism), artist (e.g. Robert Rauschenberg) adn period.  Many topics are organized thematically rather than strictly chronologically.
American Sign Language
  • ASL-A 131 Intensive Beginning American Sign Language (4 cr.) First course in the introductory sequence of language courses. Emphasis on developing basic conversational skills as well as awareness of Deaf culture.
  • ASL-A 132 Intensive Beginning American Sign Language II (4 cr.) P: ASL A131 or by placement. Second course in the introductory sequence of language courses. Emphasis on developing basic conversational skills as well as awareness of Deaf culture. 
  • COMM-C 180 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.) The study of human dyadic interaction, including topics such as perception processes, verbal/nonverbal communication, theoretical models of communication, conflict, and interpersonal communication in various relationships. Course covers applications of interpersonal communication theory/research, including communication competence. PUL=5
  • COMM-C 223 Business and Professional Communication (3 cr.) Preparation and presentation of interviews, speeches, and oral reports appropriate to business and professional organizations; group discussion and parliamentary procedure. This is an intermediate skills course with survey characteristics. PUL=1A
  • COMM-C 316 Human Communication and the Internet (3 cr.)

    Students learn how interpersonal, group, mass, public, and organizational communication modes are mediated in Internet environments. Students practice message preparation in different modes and contexts. 

  • COMM-C 328 Advanced Topics in Small Group Communication (3 cr.)

    Theories of small group communication processes. Explores group communication across cultures, groups in organizations, group decision making, conflict management in groups, and assessing competence in group communication. 

  • COMM-C 380 Organizational Communication (3 cr.)

    The application of communication theory and research to the study of communication in various types of organizations. Explores reciprocal influence between communication and organizational structures and between communication and managerial styles. Discusses communication designs, superior/subordinate communication, conflict, information management, networks, communication vis-a-vis employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity; and communication effectiveness in organizations.

  • COMM-C 392 Health Communication (3 cr.)

    Exploration of the communication competencies needed by health care professionals. Emphasizes interviewing; verbal and nonverbal skills; group interaction; and intercultural, interprofessional, therapeutic, and organizational communication. Analyzes communication problems encountered in health care and the development of coping strategies. 

  • COMM-C 393 Family Communication (3 cr.)

    Theory/research on the role of communication in creating and maintaining marriages and families. Topics include communication and family life cycles, different family forms, family race/ethnicity, power, and conflict. Covers application of family communication theory/research. 

  • COMM-C 395 Gender and Communication (3 cr.)

    Examines the meaning of gender in contemporary American culture and its interaction with and relationship to communication. Explores topics such as gender and verbal and nonverbal communication; gender differences in public and private settings; gender and communication in families, schools, organizations, and the media. 

  • COMM-C 482 Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)

    Cognitive, affective, and behavioral learning about intercultural and intracultural communication to increase understanding of the centrality of communication in the social, psychological, and environmental aspects of culture. 

  • COMM-G 100 Introduction to Communication Studies (3 cr.) Survey course of history, theory, and practice in each of six major areas: rhetoric and public address, theatre arts, interpersonal/ organizational communication, small group dynamics, public communication, and mass media studies. For each of the areas examined, students will apply theory to practice, thereby learning to become more effective communicators. 
  • COMM-G 201 Introduction to Communication Theory (3 cr.)

    A survey of theories in the field of human communication. Consideration is given to theories that explain communication behavior between pairs of people, within groups, in organization, and in societies.

  • COMM-G 300 Independent Study (1-8 cr.) Research or practical experience in various departmental areas as selected by the student prior to registration, outlined in consultation with the instructor, and approved by the department. If a practicum experience, it must represent a minimum of 45 clock hours of practical application per credit hour. A student shall take no more than a total of 9 credit hours of G300 and G491.
  • COMM-G 310 Introduction to Communication Research (3 cr.) Methodologies and types of data analyses for investigating communication phenomena. Students will acquire knowledge and competencies that will allow them to understand and address the process of communication research and relevant communication research issues.
  • COMM-G 391 Seminar (1-3 cr.) Topic announced in prior semester; oriented to current topics in communication and theatre; readings, projects, and papers as indicated by the topic and instructor. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.
  • COMM-M 150 Mass Media and Contemporary Society (3 cr.) A critical overview of the role of electronic mass media in contemporary society. Introduces such issues as industry structure, organization, and economics; regulation, public interest, and media ethics; impact of programming on individuals; media construction of social institutions; media issues in the global village.
  • COMM-M 210 Media Message Design (3 cr.) Examines the process of message design in the context of institutional media use. Analyses of media messages and communication theory; analyses of the message receiver employing quantitative and qualitative audience research methods. Semester project involves planning and writing of script for use in organizational/institutional media context.
  • COMM-R 110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 cr.) Theory and practice of public speaking; training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content for informative and persuasive situations; application of language and delivery skills to specific audiences. A minimum of six speaking situations. 
  • COMM-R 310 Rhetoric, Society and Culture (3 cr.) Development of theory of oral discourse; the influence of public address; historical and current problems in rhetoric of conflict, in freedom of speech, and in propaganda and persuasion. 
  • COMM-R 321 Persuasion (3 cr.) Motivational appeals in influencing behavior; psychological factors in speaker-audience relation-ship; principles and practice of persuasive speaking.
  • COMM-R 330 Communication Criticism (3 cr.) Course will introduce students to criticism as a method of studying persuasive messages in speeches, fiction, mass media, music, political campaigns, art, and other modes of communication in contemporary culture. 
  • COMM-R 390 Political Communication (3 cr.)

    Provides an opportunity to study, understand, and participate in political communication. Topics covered include the rhetoric of politics, campaign discourse, political advertising, the role of the media and public opinion, the impact of new technology, and the place of interpersonal communication. 

Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.)

    Historical and philosophical background, structure, functions, and operation of the criminal justice system in the United States.  Introduction to and principles of formal behavior control devices.  [Previously SPEA-J 101]

  • CJUS-P 199 Careers in Criminal Justice (1 cr.)

    The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the career options available to them after completion of a Criminal Justice degree. These options include work with a bachelor's degree both in and out of the criminal justice field. In addition, students will become familiar with a variety of graduate degrees that can be earned after completion of a bachelor's degree. Students will be familiar with campus resources for career exploration and participate in activities designed to clarify their career goals. Finally, students will learn how to design their plans of study to meet the requirements for graduation with a degree in Criminal Justice, and at the same time, to enhance their career objectives.

  • CJUS-P 200 Theories of Crime and Deviance (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101

    Critical examination of biological, psychological, and sociological theories of crime and deviance. Examination of individual, group, and societal reactions to norm-violating behaviors.  [Previously SPEA-J 201]

  • CJUS-P 275 Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice (3 cr.) P: P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101

    This course examines the influence of diversity issues such as race, ethnicity, class, and gender on crime and the treatment of the underrepresented groups throughout the American criminal justice system.  [Previously SPEA-J 275]  

  • CJUS-P 295 Criminal Justice Data, Methods and Resources (3 cr.) P: P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101

    This course examines basic concepts of criminal justice.  Students become familiar with research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offender behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness.  Students will learn to critically evaluate existing research. Students will become familiar with existing sources of criminal justice data and will learn to assess the quality of that data.  [Previously SPEA-J 202]

  • CJUS-P 300 Topics in Criminal Justice (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101

    Extensive analysis of selected topics and themes in criminal justice.  Topics vary each semester.  May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of nine (9) credit hours.  [Previously SPEA-J 260] 

  • CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101

    Covers the properties of single variables, the measurement of association between pairs of variables, and statistical inference.  Additional topics, such as the analyses of qualitative and aggregated data, address specific criminal justice concerns.

  • CJUS-P 301 Police in Contemporary Society (3 cr.) P: P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101

    Examination of the rules and responsibilities of the police, history of police organizations, relations between police and society, and determinants of police action.  [Previously SPEA-J 321]

  • CJUS-P 302 Courts and Criminal Justice (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101

    Structure, organization, composition, functions, and procedures of courts in the United States.  Role of lawyers and judges in the criminal justice process.  [Previously SPEA-J 306]

  • CJUS-P 303 Corrections and Criminal Justice (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101

    Historical and comparative survey of prison confinement and the various alternatives within the scope of the criminal justice system’s policies and methods of implementation.  [SPEA-J 331]

  • CJUS-P 306 Drugs, Society, and Justice (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101

    Analysis of the political, economic, social and cultural factors that shape the use of consciousness-altering substances.  Consideration of the way these factors influence the social and legal response to drug use.

  • CJUS-P 316 Crime in the Movies (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 This course is designed to examine the way that crime and criminals have been portrayed throughout the last 80 years in popular movies.  Crime has always been a favorite source of material for Hollywood, and we will be exploring the way that the depiction of criminal activity reflects the social mores of a particular era.  Thus, this course draws from a variety of disciplines as we critique the films and analyze the messages they convey about crime and criminals in society.
  • CJUS-P 320 Criminal Investigation (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or consent The pertinence to criminal investigation of physical evidence, people, and documents.  Discussion of ethical problems, impact of legal systems on investigative process, and elements of effective testimony.
  • CJUS-P 321 Cybercrime (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 Students will examine the history and complex nature of computer related crime and how societies have attempted to respond.  Students will learn about the different types of cybercriminals, including motives and methods of attack.  Various legal and regulatory issues in cyberspace, including surveillance, sting operations, and current and proposed legislation, will also be evaluated.
  • CJUS-P 357 White Collar Crime (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 White collar crime is an examination of the definitions, theories, laws, and policy responses that shape crimes by corporations, government agencies, professionals, and others engaged in legitimate occupations.  [Previously SPEA-J 312]
  • CJUS-P 370 Criminal Law (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 Definition of common crimes in the United States and factors involving the application of criminal law as a formal social control mechanism.  Behavior-modifying factors that influence criminal liability and problems created when new offenses are defined.  [Previously SPEA-J 301]
  • CJUS-P 372 Evidence (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 The rules of law governing proof at trial of disputed issues of fact; burden of proof presumptions and judicial notice; examination, impeachment, competency, and privileges of witnesses; hearsay rule and exceptions-all related as nearly as possible to criminal, as opposed to civil, process.  [Previously SPEA-J 303]
  • CJUS-P 375 American Juvenile Justice System (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 Structure and operation of the juvenile justice system in the United States, past and present. Analysis of the duties and responsibilities of the police juvenile officer, the juvenile court judge, and the juvenile probation officer.  [Previously SPEA-J 305]
  • CJUS-P 387 Homeland Security (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 Examination of the theory and research driving homeland security and emergency management measures and an analytical look at the practices and principles of homeland security from an empirical perspective.  [Previously SPEA-J 387]
  • CJUS-P 408 Mass Imprisonment (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 From 1970 to 2010, the United States quintupled its prison population. This course investigates the factors (cultural, legal, political, and economic) that led to the incarceration boom and provides students with the empirical and normative tools to evaluate its causes and consequences.
  • CJUS-P 422 Crime in the Mass Media (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 Examination of the role of the media generally and in the criminal justice system in particular.  Consideration of the construction of media images, images of crime and criminal justice in various mediums, and the ways in which the media affect beliefs about crime and criminal justice.​
  • CJUS-P 426 Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 Focus on the critical analysis of the impact of significant individual, social, and institutional influences on delinquency including the family, delinquent peer groups, schools, and the community to respond to the question, "What causes juveniles to break the law?".
  • CJUS-P 458 Wrongful Conviction (3 cr.) P: CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101 Investigates the factors associated with wrongful convictions and discusses possible remedies for minimizing such miscarriages of justice.  The goal of this course is to systematically describe, explain, analyze and evaluate the factors associated with, and the consequences of, the wrongful prosecution, conviction, and incarceration of the innocent in the American criminal justice system.  Includes a view of actual allegations of innocence by inmates currently in our prisons, and case-studies of wrongly convicted individuals who have been exonerated.  [Previously SPEA-J 260 Wrongful Conviction]
  • CJUS-P 470 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 cr.) P: Senior standing, CJUS-P 100 or SPEA-J 101, CJUS-P 295 or SPEA-J 202, CJUS-K300 (or equivalent) A detailed examination of the major efforts designed to control or reduce crime, a review of existing knowledge is followed by an investigation of current crime control theories, proposals and programs.
  • CJUS-P 481 Field Experience in Criminal Justice (1-6 cr.)

    Field experience with directed readings and writing.

  • CJUS-P 495 Individual Readings (1-6 cr.)

    Individual study project under guidance of faculty member or committee.  Students and instructor will complete a form agreeing on responsibilities at the beginning of the relevant semester.

  • CJUS-P 496 Research Internship (1-3 cr.)

    Active participation in a research project and related activities under the direction of a faculty member.  Students and instructor will complete a form agreeing on responsibilities at the beginning of the relevant semester.

Division of Liberal Arts
  • DLA-L 110 First Year Student Success Seminar (2 cr.) Introduces key information and campus resources you need for academic success.  When you take this course, you will have opportunities to make important connections with faculty, staff, and fellow students.  The small classroom format will show you how to develop competencies in oral and written expression and introduce you to some of the disciplines in the Division of Liberal Arts.  Our goal is to ensure you have plenty of opportunities for open inquiries and dialog through seminar discussions.
English and Literature
  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry (3 cr.)

    Teaches skills of critical reading, thinking, and writing to help students meaningfully engage artifacts, events, and issues in our world. The course builds students' abilities to read written and cultural texts critically; to analyze those texts in ways that engage both students' own experiences and the perspectives of others; and to write about those texts for a range of audiences and purposes as a means of participating in broader conversations. Assignments emphasize the analysis and synthesis of sources in making and developing claims. 

  • ENG-W 206 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 cr.) An introduction to the techniques and principles of creative writing. Written assignments, independent work, and workshop discussions of the fundamentals of fiction, poetry, and drama. This course may be used as a prerequisite for all 300-level courses in creative writing.
  • ENG-W 207 Introduction to Fiction Writing (3 cr.) An introduction to the techniques and principles of fiction writing. Written assignments, workshop discussions of student work in progress, seminar study of classic and contemporary examples of the genre. This course may be used as a prerequisite for ENG W301, ENG W302, or ENG W305.  This course is recommended for English majors pursuing a concentration in creative writing.  
  • ENG-W 208 Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 cr.) Offers students an introduction to the craft and practice of poetry writing: how to find subjects for writing; how to create images, similes, and metaphors; how to make rhyme sound natural; how to produce both metered and free-verse poetry. Part of the class will be a workshop in which students learn to revise their poems and those of fellow students. This course can serve as a prerequisite for W303 or W305. This course is recommended for English majors pursuing a concentration in creative writing. 
  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.) P: ENG W131 with a minimum grade of C. Focuses on expository writing for the student whose career requires preparation of reports, proposals, and analytical papers. Emphasis on clear and direct objective writing and on investigation of an original topic written in report form, including a primary research project. Evaluation is based on student projects. 
  • ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing (3 cr.) P: ENG W131 with a minimum grade of C.

    Offers instruction and practice in writing argumentative essays about complicated and controversial issues. The course focuses on strategies for identifying issues, assessing claims, locating evidence, deciding on a position, and writing papers with clear assertions and convincing arguments. 

  • ENG-W 301 Writing Fiction (3 cr.) An intermediate course in the theory and practice of fiction writing with seminar study of relevant materials and criticism of student work in class and conference. May be repeated once for credit.
  • ENG-W 302 Screenwriting (3 cr.) A practical course in basic techniques of writing for film and television. Covers the essentials of dramatic structure, story development, characterization and theme, scene construction, dialogue, and, briefly, the practicalities of working as a screenwriter today. 
  • ENG-W 303 Writing Poetry (3 cr.) An intermediate course in the theory and practice of poetry writing with seminar study of relevant materials and criticism of student work in class and conference. 
  • ENG-W 305 Writing Creative Nonfiction (3 cr.) An intermediate course in the theory and practice of creative nonfiction prose, with seminar study of relevant materials and workshop discussion of student work in progress.  
  • ENG-W 313 The Art of Fact: Writing Nonfiction Prose (3 cr.) Students will read and analyze professional and student work as they prepare to practice the art of fact by combining the tools of a researcher with the craft of a novelist. The final portfolio includes a stylistic analysis of the student's and others' nonfiction works as well as two illustrated nonfiction texts based on the student's primary and secondary research. 
  • ENG-W 315 Writing for the Web (3 cr.) Introduces students to new forms of writing (beyond word processing and desktop publishing) made possible by computers--hypertext, electronic mail, and computer conferencing -- and explores what impact these new forms have on literacy skills for writers and readers of such computer-delivered texts.
  • ENG-W 365 Theories and Practices of Editing (3 cr.) Instruction and practice in the mechanical, stylistic, and substantive editing of English nonfiction prose, from a wide variety of genres and on a wide variety of subjects. 
  • ENG-W 398 Internship in Writing (1-3 cr.) Permission Required. Combines study of writing with practical experience of working with professionals in journalism, business communication, or technical writing. Researched reports are required. Evaluations made by both supervisor and instructor.
  • ENG-W 400 Issues in Teaching Writing (3 cr.) Focuses on the content of rhetoric and composition and considers fundamental theoretical and practical issues in the teaching of writing. Reviews rhetorical and compositional principles that influence writing instruction, textbook selection, and curriculum development. 
  • ENG-W 401 Writing Fiction (3 cr.) Study and practice in the writing of fiction. Analysis of examples from contemporary literature accompanies class criticism and discussion. May be repeated once for credit.  
  • ENG-W 403 Advanced Poetry Writing (3 cr.) Study and practice in the writing of poetry. Analysis of examples from contemporary poets accompanies class criticism and discussion. 
  • ENG-W 411 Directed Writing (3 cr.) Individual projects determined in consultation with instructor. Credit varies with scope of project. 
  • ENG-W 496 Writing Fellows Training Seminar (3 cr.) Internship in Academic Resource Center. Focuses on the writing of students using the ARC. Emphasis on questioning, strategies, problem solving, and self-analysis. Apply in spring for fall enrollment.
  • ENG-L 115 Literature for Today (3 cr.) Poems, dramas, and narratives pertinent to concerns of our times: e.g., works concerning values of the individual and society, problems of humanism in the modern world, and conflicts of freedom and order. 
  • ENG-L 202 Literary Interpretation (3 cr.) Close analysis of representative texts (poetry, drama, fiction) designed to develop the art of lively, responsible reading through class discussion and writing of papers. Attention to literary design and critical method. 
  • ENG-L 203 Introduction to Drama (3 cr.) Representative significant plays to acquaint students with characteristics of drama as a type of literature. Readings may include plays from several ages and countries. 
  • ENG-L 204 Introduction to Fiction (3 cr.) Representative works of fiction; structural technique in the novel, theories and kinds of fiction, and thematic scope of the novel. Readings may include novels and short stories from several ages and countries. 
  • ENG-L 205 Introduction to Poetry (3 cr.) Kinds, conventions, and elements of poetry in a selection of poems from several historical periods. 
  • ENG-L 207 Women and Literature (3 cr.) Issues and approaches to critical study of women writers in British and American literature. 
  • ENG-L 213 Literary Masterpieces from Homer to 1600 CE (3 cr.)

    Aims at thoughtful, intensive analysis; appreciation of aesthetic values; and enjoyment of reading. 

  • ENG-L 214 Literary Masterpieces After 1600 CE (3 cr.) Aims at thoughtful, intensive analysis; appreciation of aesthetic values; and enjoyment of reading.
  • ENG-L 220 Introduction to Shakespeare (3 cr.) Rapid reading of at least a dozen major plays and poems. May not be taken concurrently with ENG-L 315. 
  • ENG-L 301 Critical and Historical Survey of English Literature I (3 cr.) Representative selections with emphasis on major writers from the beginnings to Swift and Pope.
  • ENG-L 302 Critical and Historical Survey of English Literature II (3 cr.) Representative selections with emphasis on major writers from the rise of romanticism to the present. 
  • ENG-L 315 Major Plays of Shakespeare (3 cr.) A close reading of a representative selection of Shakespeare's major plays. 
  • ENG-L 351 Critical and Historical Study of American Literature I (3 cr.) American writers to 1865: Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, and two or three additional major writers. 
  • ENG-L 352 Critical and Historical Study of American Literature II (3 cr.) American writers, 1865-1914: Twain, Dickinson, James, and two or three additional major writers.
  • ENG-L 354 Critical and Historical Study of American Literature III (3 cr.) Study of modernist and contemporary American writers in various genres, 1914 to the present, including Frost, Stein, Faulkner, O’Connor, Baldwin, Morrison, and others. 
  • ENG-L 376 Literature for Adolescents (3 cr.)

    An examination of the nature and scope of adolescent literature. Wide reading of contemporary literature, with emphasis on the value of selections for secondary school students and appropriate modes of study.

  • ENG-L 378 Studies in Women and Literature (3 cr.) British and American authors such as George Eliot or Gertrude Stein; groups of authors such as the Bronte sisters or recent women poets; or genres and modes such as autobiography, film, or criticism. Topics will vary by semester. 
  • ENG-L 379 Ethnic and Minority Literature (3 cr.)

    Analysis of literature by and about immigrants from diverse cultures about groups such as African Americans, Appalachians, Hispanics, Native Americans, Irish, from a historical and thematic perspective. 

  • ENG-L 382 Fiction of the Non-Western World (3 cr.)

    An in-depth study of selected narratives from the fiction of the non-Western world. Focus and selections vary from year to year. May be repeated once for credit. 

  • ENG-L 431 Topics in Literary Study (3 cr.) Study of characteristics and development of literary forms or modes (e.g., studies in narrative, studies in romanticism). Topics vary from year to year. May be repeated once for credit. 
  • ENG-L 433 Conversations with Shakespeare (3 cr.)

    An interdisciplinary and intertextual study of Shakespeare’s work and its influence to the present day. Students will compare Shakespeare texts with latter-day novels, plays, poems, and films that allude to or incorporate some aspect of Shakespeare’s art.

English for Academic Purposes
  • ENG-G 10 ESL for Academic Purposes I (4 cr.) This course introduces and reviews basic English grammatical structures; presents basic reading strategies and vocabulary development; provides practice in pronunciation of English consonant and vowel sounds, stress, rhythm, and intonation; and focuses on functional language use and study skills.
  • ENG-G 11 ESL for Academic Purposes II (4 cr.) This course provides practice in and clarification of higher-level grammatical structures and development of academic reading skills. The objective is to help non-native speakers of English develop their academic communication skills, primarily in the comprehension, interpretation, and analysis of texts, and their critical thinking skills, including the ability to analyze and synthesize readings. Students will be provided opportunities to use and practice their grammar and reading skills in written assignments, which include responses to and analyses of readings and journals used as models for academic writing. 
  • ENG-G 12 Listening and Speaking for Academic Purposes II (3 cr.) This course focuses on developing speaking and listening skills that are essential to academic life, encouraging participation in group discussion, improvement in presentation strategies, and development of questioning and answering skills. It provides community involvement to help students better understand American culture and language use. Reading skills, vocabulary development, oral communication and presentation skills for the academic context are emphasized. 
  • ENG-G 13 Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes (3 cr.) This course is designed primarily for graduate ESL students. Its purpose is to develop reading comprehension skills through the use of academic subject area materials and to teach the writing skills necessary to complete academic work. Assignments are completed using materials from the students’ academic disciplines. 
  • ENG-G 20 Communication Skills for Graduate Students and International Teaching Assistants (3 cr.) This course for graduate International Teaching Assistants provides instruction on basic teaching strategies and helps students develop the oral language skills necessary to present academic materials in English to a student audience. Pronunciation, listening comprehension, and classroom interaction skills are practiced. Regular conferences focus on individual pronunciation needs. 
  • ENG-Z 204 Rhetorical Issues in Grammar and Usage (3 cr.) An introduction to English grammar and usage that studies the rhetorical impact of grammatical structures (such as noun phrases, prepositional phrases, and different sentence patterns). This course considers language trends and issues, the role of correctness in discourse communities, and the relations between writing in context and descriptive and prescriptive grammars and usage guides. 
Internship and Capstone
  • ENG-E 398 Internship in English (3-6 cr.) A supervised internship in the use of English in a workplace. Apply during semester before desired internship. 
  • ENG-E 450 Capstone Seminar (3 cr.) P: ENG W131 with a minimum grade of C and English Major. This senior capstone integrates students' undergraduate study through writing and reading projects, faculty and student presentations, and creation of capstone portfolios. Students apply linguistic, literary, and rhetorical knowledge in culminating projects and learning portfolios. The course looks back at accomplishments and forward to post-graduation planning. 
  • FOLK-F 101 Introduction to Folklore (3 cr.) A view of the main forms and varieties of folklore and folk expression in tales, ballads, gestures, beliefs, games, proverbs, riddles, and traditional arts and crafts. The role of folklore in the life of human beings. 
  • FOLK-F 354 African American Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) African American culture in the United States viewed in terms of history and social change. Folklore, folk music, and oral history as means of illuminating black culture and history. May be repeated once when topics vary. 
  • FOLK-F 356 Chicano Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) The folk traditions of Mexican Americans as a reflection of the historical experience and cultural identity of this people within the United States. Mexican heritage, Anglo and black influences, and the blending of these elements into a unique cultural entity. May be repeated once when topics vary. 
  • FOLK-F 360 Indiana Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) Survey of folklore, folklife, or folk music of Indiana with particular attention to the persistence into the present of preindustrial culture. Students are encouraged to do fieldwork in the state. May be repeated once when topics vary.
  • FOLK-F 363 Women's Folklore/Folklife/Mus (3 cr.) This course identifies key issues in women’s folklore and examines the ways in which women have been represented in myths, legends, and folktales, past and present. The various ways in which visions of womanhood inform, reflect, and challenge gender roles will also be analyzed. 
  • FOLK-F 364 Children's Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) The traditional rhymes, riddles, stories, games, folklife, or music associated with "the culture of childhood." The role these forms play in peer-group activity and in the social and cognitive development of the child. May be repeated once when topics vary.
General Studies
  • GNST-G 400 General Studies Senior Capstone Seminar (1-3 cr.) P: ENG W270 or equivalent and Senior Standing in BGS program. Assessment by each student of his/her Bachelor of General Studies academic program in the light of university requirements and the personal and professional goals for a degree. Development of a plan for life-long learning in the achievement of the student's personal and professional objectives.
  • GEOG-G 110 Introduction to Human Geography (3 cr.) An introduction to the principles, concepts, and methods of analysis used in the study of human geographic systems. Examines geographic perspectives on contemporary world problems such as population growth, globalization of the economy, and human-environmental relations. 
  • HIST-H 105 American History I (3 cr.) Colonial period, Revolution, Confederation and Constitution, national period to 1865. II. 1865 to present. Political history forms framework, with economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history interwoven. Introduction to historical literature, source material, and criticism.
  • HIST-H 106 American History II (3 cr.) Colonial period, Revolution, Confederation and Constitution, national period to 1865. II. 1865 to present. Political history forms framework, with economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history interwoven. Introduction to historical literature, source material, and criticism.
  • HIST-H 108 Perspectives on the World to 1800 (3 cr.) Emergence of civilizations in the Near East, sub-Saharan Africa, pre-Columbian America. Role of revolutions, i.e., geographic, scientific, industrial, social, and political (American and French) in establishment of European hegemony in Asia and the Western Hemisphere.
  • HIST-H 109 Perspectives on the World since 1800 (3 cr.) Rise and fall of European imperial rule in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Special focus on impact of World War I, Chinese, Mexican, Russian revolutions. Independence movement in India, World War II, Cold War, new nations in Asia and Africa, struggle for solidarity in Latin America.
  • HIST-K 495 Readings in History (1 cr.) By arrangement with instructor. Permission of departmental chairperson required.
  • MUS-E 241 Introduction to Music Fundamentals (2 cr.) Learn the basics of music reading, rhythm games, singing, keyboard skills, children's songs, and use of classroom instruments. Designed for, but not limited to, elementary education majors and others interested in using music as a learning tool. 
  • MUS-M 394 Survey of African American Music (3 cr.) A chronological survey of sacred and secular African American musical traditions in North America from the African past to the present. Emphasis placed on context for evolution, musical processes and aesthetics, inter-relationships among genres and musical change, issues of gender, and music as resistance. 
  • MUS-Z 201 History of Rock ’n’ Roll Music (3 cr.) Survey of major trends, styles, and genres of rock music of the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on the work of artists and groups who have proved to have the most enduring significance.
  • MUS-Z 393 History of Jazz (3 cr.) Jazz was America's first worldwide popular music. This course emphasizes Jazz as a means to better understand the history and culture of America through examining the influences, styles and major performers and composers from Armstrong and Ellington to Coltrane and Marsalis.
  • PHIL-P 110 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr.) An introduction to the methods and problems of philosophy and to important figures in the history of philosophy. Concerns such topics as the nature of reality, the meaning of life, and the existence of God. Readings from classical and contemporary sources, e.g., Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, and Sartre. 
  • PHIL-P 120 Ethics (3 cr.) An introductory course in ethics. Typically examines virtues, vices, and character; theories of right and wrong; visions of the good life; and contemporary moral issues.
Political Science
  • POLS-Y 101 Introduction to Political Science (3 cr.) For any student interested in better understanding the political world in which we live. The course explains some fundamental political concepts such as power, conflict, authority, and governments. It may also include an overview of the major subfields of political science: comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy.
  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3 cr.) Introduction to the nature of government and the dynamics of American politics. Origin and nature of the American federal system and its political party base.
  • POLS-Y 324 Women and Politics (3 cr.) Analysis of women in contemporary political systems, domestic or foreign, with emphasis on political rules, participation, and public policy.  Normative or empirical examination of how political systems affect women and the impact women have on the system(s).
  • REL-R 111 The Bible (3 cr.) A critical introduction to the major periods, persons, events, and literatures that constitute the Bible; designed to provide general humanities-level instruction on this important text. 
  • REL-R 133 Introduction to Religion (3 cr.) Introduction to the diversity of traditions, values, and histories through which religion interacts with culture. Emphasis on understanding the ways the various dimensions of religion influence people’s lives.
  • REL-R 173 American Religion (3 cr.) A consideration of American religion, with particular emphasis on the development of religious diversity and religious freedom in the context of the American social, political, and economic experience.
  • REL-R 180 Introduction to Christianity (3 cr.) Survey of beliefs, rituals, and practices of the Christian community with a focus on the varieties of scriptural interpretation, historical experience, doctrine, and behavior. 
  • REL-R 212 Comparative Religions (3 cr.) Approaches to the comparison of recurrent themes, religious attitudes, and practices found in selected Eastern and Western traditions. 
  • REL-R 301 Women and Religion (3 cr.) A critical examination of the roles of women in religion, looking at a range of periods and cultures in order to illustrate the patterns that characterize women’s participation in religious communities and practices.
  • SOC-R 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.) P: ENG W131 with a minimum grade of C or permission. Consideration of basic sociological concepts, including some of the substantive concerns and findings of sociology, sources of data, and the nature of the sociological perspective. 
  • SOC-R 121 Social Problems (3 cr.) Selected current ‘‘problems’’ of American society are analyzed through the use of basic sociological data and the application of major sociological frameworks. Policy implications are discussed in light of value choices involved in various solutions.
  • SOC-R 240 Deviance and Social Control (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. An introduction to major sociological theories of deviance and social control. Analyzes empirical work done in such areas as drug use, unconventional sexual behavior, family violence, and mental illness. Explores both lay and official responses to deviance, as well as cultural variability in responses to deviance.
  • SOC-R 295 Topics in Sociology (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. Exploration of a topic in sociology not covered by the regular curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester. Topics to be announced. 
  • SOC-R 312 Sociology of Religion (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. Examination of religion from the sociological perspective. Religious institutions, the dimensions of religious behavior, the measurement of religious behavior, and the relationship of religion to other institutions in society are examined. 
  • SOC-R 314 Families and Society (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. The family is a major social institution, occupying a central place in people's lives. This course explores formation and dissolution of marriages, partnerships, families; challenges family members face, including communication and childrearing; reasons for and consequences of change in American families; and how family patterns vary across and within social groups. 
  • SOC-R 315 Political Sociology (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. Analysis of the nature and basis of political power on the macro level—the community, the national, and the international arenas. Study of formal and informal power structures and of the institutionalized and non-institutionalized mechanisms of access to power.
  • SOC-R 320 Sexuality and Society (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. Provides a basic conceptual scheme for dealing with human sexuality in a sociological manner.
  • SOC-R 321 Women and Health (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. A review of the relationships among cultural values, social structure, disease, and wellness, with special attention focused on the impact of gender role on symptomatology and access to health care. Selected contemporary health problem areas will be examined in depth. Alternative models of health care delivery will be identified and discussed. 
  • SOC-R 325 Gender and Society (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. A sociological examination of the roles of women and men in society, analysis of the determinants and consequences of these roles, and assessment of forces likely to bring about future change in these roles. Although focus will be on contemporary American society, cross-cultural variations in gender roles will also be noted. 
  • SOC-R 327 Sociology of Death and Dying (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. This course examines inevitable and salient features of the human condition. Historical evaluation of images and attitudes toward death, the medicalization of death, the human consequences of high-tech dying, the role of the family in caring for dying loved ones, the emergence and role of hospices, the social roles of funerals, grief and bereavement, euthanasia and suicide, the worlds of dying children and grieving parents, and genocide are major issues that are addressed. Two of the major themes of the course revolve around the idea that the way we die is a reflection of the way we live; and, that the study of dying and death is an important way of studying and affirming the value of life.
  • SOC-R 333 Sports and Society (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. This course will examine the importance sports and leisure activities play in society. From local examples such as Indiana motorsports and high school basketball, to international examples such as the Olympics and World Cup, we will examine sports from the perspective of athletes and fans, look at sports as an increasingly important business, and discuss how sports have been a significant agent for social change (including Title Nine, and the integration of major league baseball). 
  • SOC-R 335 Sociological Perspectives on the Life Course (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. Focuses on the human life course as a product of social structure, culture, and history. Attention is given to life course contexts, transitions, and trajectories from youth to old age; work, family, and school influences; self‐concept development, occupational attainment, and role acquisition over the life course.
  • SOC-R 344 Juvenile Delinquency and Society (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. Legal definition of delinquency, measurement and distribution of delinquency. Causal theories considered for empirical adequacy and policy implications. Procedures for processing juvenile offenders by police, courts, and prisons are examined. 
  • SOC-R 345 Crime and Society (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. Examination of the creation, selection, and disposition of persons labeled criminal. Emphasis on crime as an expression of group conflict and interest. Critique of academic and popular theories of crime and punishment. 
  • SOC-R 346 Control of Crime (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. History, objectives, and operation of the crime control system in relation to its socio-political context. Critical examination of philosophies of punishment and programs of rehabilitation. 
  • SOC-R 351 Social Science Research Methods (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission and Sophomore Standing. A survey of methods and techniques used by sociologists and other social scientists for gathering and interpreting information about human social behavior. 
  • SOC-R 355 Social Theory (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. This course covers several traditions of classical, contemporary, and post-modern social thought (e.g., social Darwinism, conflict theory, functionalism, symbolic interactionism, critical theory, and feminist theory). The social context, construction, and application theories are included.
  • SOC-R 381 Social Factors in Health and Illness (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. Examines the social aspects of health and illness, including variations in the social meanings of health and illness, the social epidemiology of disease, and the social dimensions of the illness experience. 
  • SOC-R 385 AIDS and Society (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. This course examines the HIV/AIDS epidemic from a sociological perspective. Students will explore how social factors have shaped the course of the epidemic and the experience of HIV disease. The impact of the epidemic on health care, government, and other social institutions will also be discussed. 
  • SOC-R 410 Alcohol, Drugs and Society (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. This is a survey of the use and abuse of alcohol, including extent of use, history of use and abuse, ‘‘biology’’ of alcohol, alcoholism as a problem, legal actions, and treatment strategies. 
  • SOC-R 415 Sociology of Disability (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. An examination of current models of disability and of disability at the interpersonal and societal level. Topics include recent legal, social, and educational changes; the ways in which people with disabilities interact with the nondisabled; the role played by relatives and caregivers; and the image of people with disabilities in film, television, and other media. Recommended for students in nursing, education, physical and occupational therapy, and social work, as well as for the medical sociology minor. Available for graduate credit.
  • SOC-R 425 Gender and Work (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. This course examines the changing roles that women and men play in paid and unpaid work, and how these roles are socially constructed through socialization practices, social interaction, and actions of social institutions. The interaction of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class on individuals’ involvement in work will also be explored. 
  • SOC-R 461 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. Comparative study of racial, ethnic, and religious relations. Focus on patterns of inclusion and exclusion of minority groups by majority groups. Discussion of theories of intergroup tensions—prejudice and discrimination—and of corresponding approaches to the reduction of tensions. 
  • SOC-R 485 Sociology of Mental Illness (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 or permission. A survey of current problems in psychiatric diagnosis, the social epidemiology of mental illness, institutional and informal caregiving, family burden, homelessness, and the development and impact of current mental health policy. Cross-cultural and historical materials, derived from the work of anthropologists and historians, are used throughout the course. 
  • SOC-R 494 Internship Program in Sociology (3-6 cr.) P: SOC R100, 9 credits of sociology with a B (3.0) or higher, Junior Standing. This course involves students working in organizations where they apply or gain practical insight into sociological concepts, theories, and knowledge. Students analyze their experiences through work logs, a paper, and regular meetings with the internship director.
  • SOC-R 495 Topics in Sociology (3 cr.) P: SOC R100 and variable with topic. Exploration of a topic in sociology not covered by the regular curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester. Topics to be announced. 
  • SOC-R 497 Individual Readings in Sociology (3 cr.) P: 9 credit hours of sociology courses with a B (3.0) or higher. Investigation of a topic not covered in the regular curriculum that is of special interest to the student and that the student wishes to pursue in greater detail. Normally available only to majors through arrangement with a faculty member. 
  • SPAN-S 131 First-Year Spanish I (4 cr.) Introductory language sequence of courses. Emphasis on developing basic speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills as well as awareness of Hispanic cultures. 
  • SPAN-S 132 First-Year Spanish II (4 cr.) P: SPAN S131 or by placement. Continuation introductory language sequence of courses. Emphasis on developing basic speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills as well as awareness of Hispanic cultures.
Women's Studies
  • WOST-W 105 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 cr.) This introductory course examines both the relation of women’s studies to other disciplines and the multiple ways in which gender experience is understood and currently studied. Beginning with a focus on how inequalities between women and men, as well as among women, have been explained and critiqued, the course considers the impact of social structure and culture on gender. The intersections of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and age are investigated in both national and international contexts. 
  • WOST-W 300 Topics in Women’s Studies: (variable title) (1-3 cr.) An interdisciplinary study of selected themes, issues, and methodologies in women’s studies. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. 
  • WOST-W 499 Senior Colloquium in Women’s Studies (1 cr.) This is a culminating interdisciplinary course for advanced students who are prepared to present the results of an original major research effort on a topic in women’s studies. Participants will be expected to read and evaluate the presentations of other students and participating faculty.