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Below are Fall, 2017 courses that faculty members or departments would like to bring to the attention of First Year Seminar advisors.  ADVISORS: PLEASE CHECK OR REFRESH THIS PAGE OFTEN, AS THE LISTINGS CHANGE CONTINUALLY.


ENAM 201A The Poetics of Entertainment
Class Times: TR 9:30-10:45. 

No discussion sections, labs, or screenings.

Instructor: Berg

CRN: 90948

"Entertain" now means "amuse" or "divert," but long ago it could mean, more seriously, "hold together" in community. We will explore poetic "entertainment" as it evolved in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Recurring themes will include hospitality, gift-exchange, love, marriage, festival, politics, and friendship, all involving gender, class, and nationality. Our topic will also entail exploring what has made works canonical and the contribution of the canon to our own sense of community. Texts may include Beowulf, Gawain and the Green Knight, mystery and morality plays, and works by Marie de France, Chretien, Chaucer, Wyatt, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. 3 hrs. lect.


ENAM 0205A Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory
Class Times: MWF  10:10-11:00
Instructor: Baldridge
CRN: 90857

This course will introduce several major schools of contemporary literary theory. By reading theoretical texts in close conjunction with works of literature, we will illuminate the ways in which these theoretical stances can produce various interpretations of a given poem, novel, or play. The approaches covered will include New Criticism, Psychoanalysis, Marxism and Cultural Criticism, Feminism, and Post-Structuralism. These theories will be applied to works by Shakespeare, Wordsworth, The Brontës, Conrad, Joyce, and others. The goal will be to make students critically aware of the fundamental literary, cultural, political, and moral assumptions underlying every act of interpretation they perform. 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR, LIT


ENAM 206A Nineteenth Century American Literature

Class Times: MW 8:40-9:55 in AXN 229

No discussion sections, labs, or screenings

Instructor: Millier

CRN: 92192

This course will examine major developments in the literary world of 19th century America. Specific topics to be addressed might include the transition from Romanticism to Regionalism and Realism, the origins and evolution of the novel in the United States, and the tensions arising from the emergence of a commercial marketplace for literature. Attention will also be paid to the rise of women as literary professionals in America and the persistent problematizing of race and slavery. Among others, authors may include Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Douglass, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Hawthorne, and James. 3 hrs. lect./disc. 


GRMN 101A Beginning German

Class Times: TR 9:30-10:45, MWF 10:10-11:00

Instructor: Hofmann


Geared toward quick and early proficiency in comprehension and free expression. Grammatical structures are practiced through group activities and situational exercises (e.g., role-playing games and partner interviews). Active class participation by students is required and will be counted toward the final grade. Since this is an integrated approach, there will be laboratory assignments but no special drill sections. Classes meet five times a week. Students take GRMN 0102 as their winter term course. 5 hrs. sem. LNG


HARC0102 Monuments and Ideas in Asian Art

Class Times: TR 9:30-10:45
Discussion Sections (Choose ONE):
(Y) 1:45-2:35 p.m.
(Z) 2:50-3:40 p.m.

Instructor: Packert

Lecture (A): 90967
Section (Y): 90968
Section (Z): 91140

This course is an introduction to the study of Asian art history through an investigation of selected art works, considered individually and in broader contexts. This course chronicles the evolution in painting, sculpture, and architecture, and other media of Asia. It is designed for those who wish to build a broad acquaintance with the major works and ideas of Asian art in their historical settings and to develop tools for understanding these works of art as aesthetic objects and bearers of meaning for the societies, group, or individuals that produced them. Registration priority given to first and second year students. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.. AAL ART CMP HIS NOA


HARC 0349A Image, Text, Theory. Architecture

Class Times: TR 1:30 PM-4:15PM

Instructor:  Karakas

CRN: 92231

This course will examine the emergence and development of key ideas in the experience, practice, and theory of architecture. We will focus first on the reception of Vitruvius in Antiquity and the Renaissance, and then move to a consideration of the modern theorists (including Ruskin, Viollet le-Duc, Le Corbusier, C. Alexander). Emphasis will be placed on the specific historical situations and socio-cultural contexts in which those theories arose, and how they were represented within the field of architecture. By the end of this course students will acquire the literacy required to perceive and articulate the central theories, ideas, and points of view with which architects operate, and will refine their research and writing skills through research into a particular aspect of architectural history and theory.


HEBM 020 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

Class Times: MW 9:05-9:55, TR 8:00-9:15

Instructor: Aloni

CRN: 91052

This course is a continuation of HEBM 0103. Using authentic audio and visual materials, we will place emphasis on developing the skills required for intermediate-level written and communicative competence. In addition, students will gain a deeper understanding of the forms and style of Classical Hebrew, both of which are necessary for formal composition, interaction, and reading comprehension in Modern Hebrew. (HEBM 0103 or equivalent) 5 hrs. lect./disc LNG


HEBM 0411 Translating Hebrew - Theory and Practice

Class Times: MW 10:10-11:25

Instructor: Aloni

CRN: 92224

In this course students at the advanced level of Hebrew will learn about the central themes of the theory and practice of translation. Special attention will be given to the particular issues emerging from the translation of Hebrew. Keeping in mind the theoretical background, we will translate Hebrew texts of various genres and periods. We will discuss the linguistic structure of these texts as well as their cultural background. 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL, LNG, MDE 


HIST 203A US History 1492-1861

Class Times: MW 8:00-8:50

Required Discussion Times (Choose ONE):
Section Y--W 1:45-2:35;
Section Z--2:50-3:40

Instructor: Hart


Class (A)--92358
Discussion (Y)--92362
Discussion (Z)--92363

A survey of American political, social and intellectual developments from the colonial period to the Civil War. Students receiving AP credit in American history may not take HIST 0203 for credit. Pre-1800. 3 hrs. lect./disc.


MUSC 209 Music I

Class Time: TR 11:00-12:15
    Required lab: MW 1:30-2:20

Instructor: Tan

CRN: 90060

Music I focuses on the materials and grammar of music through compositional exercises. As part of these explorations, we will examine the elements of harmony (scales, triads and seventh chords), notation, rhythm, polyrhythm, binary and ternary forms, two-voice counterpoint, variation, transposition, as well as skills in conducting, analysis, ear-training, and sight-singing. Students will write short pieces for a variety of instruments and ensembles, notate their pieces, and rehearse and perform them, thereby learning about music through discovery and observation. The assignments are designed for students with or without compositional experience. (Ability to play an instrument or sing; MUSC 0160, or passing score on the MUSC 0160 placement exam) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. lab.

NOTE: you must take MUSC 160 or pass a placement exam to take this course.  If you have questions about it, please contact Prof. Tan prior to registration.

PSCI 0224 Tragedy and Order in Classical Political Thought

Class time: TR 1:30-2:45

Instructor: Harpham

CRN: 92544 

The world of ancient Athens is at once inescapably remote and enduringly familiar. It is the setting in which the Western tradition of political thought began. As we do today, its greatest authors struggled at once to probe the sources of chaos and tragedy and to imagine in their midst the conditions of lasting political order. In this course we will read closely the Iliad of Homer, the History of Thucydides, selected tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides, the Republic of Plato, and the Politics of Aristotle. (Political Theory) 3 hrs. lect. EUR PHL SOC


RELI 150A The Islamic Traditions

Class Times: MW 12:15-1:30;
  required discussion section (pick one):
  150Y (F 9:05-9:55) or
  150Z (F10:10-11:00):

Instructor: Anzali

CRNs: 92272 (150A),
          92435 (150Y)
          92436 (150Z)

What is Islam? Is it a religion, a way of life, a civilization, or a political ideology? Was Muhammad a political leader, a warrior, or an ascetic? What is the Qur’an? How did it develop as a sacred text and how does it compare to the Bible? This course is designed to provide a platform for us to explore such questions by focusing on historical, social, and intellectual developments in the wide swath of land known as the Muslim world. Special attention will be given to early developments of the Islamic community as well as the later response of different Muslim communities to modernity. AAL, PHL, MDE
RELI 180A Introduction to Biblical Literature

Class Times: TR 9:30-10:45
  required discussion section (pick one):
  180X: F 9:05-9:55
  180Y: F 10:10-11:00
  180Z: F 11:15-12:05

Instructor: Yarborough

CRNs: 92273 (180A)
           92437 (180X)
           92439 (180Y)
           92440 (180Z)

This course is a general introduction to biblical history, literature, and interpretation. It is designed for students who seek a basic understanding of the Bible on its own or as a foundation for further study in religion, art, literature, film, and other disciplines. It aims to acquaint students with the major characters, narratives, poetry, and compositional features of biblical literature and how these writings became Jewish and Christian scriptures. The course will also explore various approaches to reading the Bible, both religious and secular. LIT PHL


SPAN 220 C Intermediate Spanish II
Class Times MWF 10:10-11:00am--No discussion sections, labs, or screenings
Instructor: Baird
CRN: 90151
A course for students seeking to perfect their academic writing skills in Spanish. The course is also an introduction to literary analysis and critical writing and will include reading and oral discussion of literary texts. The course will also include a thorough review of grammar at a fairly advanced level. This course may be used to fulfill the foreign languages distribution requirement. (SPAN 0201, SPAN 0210, or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
WRPR 0100 Writing Workshop I

Class Times: TR 11:00-12:15 and T 7:30-10:25 pm

Instructor: M.E. Bertolini

CRN: 90299

In WRPR 100A, Writing Workshop 1, we work together as a team to help you grow as a writer, speaker, reader, thinker. We will demystify what it means to write an effective college essay. Along the way, we will read essays by Tan, Cisneros, Twain, White, and Marius, and Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, watch movies (Rear Window and Guns of Navarone), write papers, create a digital media project, and, I hope, have some fun, too. I will meet with each of you individually for each major paper.


WRPR/LNGT 110 English Grammar: Concepts and Controversies

Class Times: 9:30-10:45am (no labs, screenings, or discussion)

Instructor: Shapiro

CRN: 92258

In this course we will study the structure of the English language, learning key terms and strategies for analyzing English syntax. We will explore English grammar from both prescriptive and descriptive perspectives and examine its relevance to language policy, linguistic prejudice, and English education. Readings will be drawn from a variety of texts, including Rhetorical Grammar (2009), Eats, Shoots & Leaves(2006), Language Myths (1999), and Origins of the Specious (2010). This course is relevant to students wanting to increase their own knowledge of the English language, as well as to those seeking tools for English teaching and/or research.