An international focus rooted in Norbertine ideals makes our campus a stimulating place where the ancient and the modern coexist.

Infrequently Offered Courses

EDUC 300 Teaching in a Developing Country
Prospective teachers seeking elementary or secondary certification will study and teach in a developing country. During spring break students and the instructor travel to Belize, St. Vincent or St. Lucia, to teach a prescribed curriculum in that country’s schools and to tour the country – exploring the education system, culture, history, religion, ecology, geography and tourism of the country. Prior to departure, students prepare lessons to be taught. Upon returning students create a portfolio of study on the country visited to be used in their own future teaching assignments.

EDUC 348 Deaf Culture and Sign Language in America 1 (two credits)
This course is designed to increase awareness of characteristics of the deaf community as well as provide beginning skills in sign language. This course provides an introduction to historical, educational and psychosocial issues, family concerns, language and cognitive development of the deaf, social organization, resources, publications, and technology and the deaf.

ENGL 356 Postcolonial Literature – GS 11
This course studies literature of the 20th century coming from countries that have emerged only recently from colonial domination. The Postcolonial Novel will: 1) explore this literature in the form of the contemporary novel and 2) examine through selected novels, the continued effects of colonialism on the perceptions of the colonized peoples. The course will focus on novels from countries in regions that were formerly subject to the major colonial powers: Latin America/The Caribbean (Spain and the U.S.), Africa (England and France); and the Philippines (Spain and the U.S.).

GEOG 120 Physical Geography – GS 4
This course addresses the spatial dimensions of our planet, including energy transfer, air, water, weather and climate, landforms, vegetation and soils. Understanding of the interrelationships between these earth systems – and of human interaction with them – is key to forming an integrated understanding of the physical landscape and its significance to humankind. The course addresses issues of the environment and of natural hazards and includes a substantial laboratory component.

GEOL 350 Glacial and Quaternary Geology
An introduction to glacial process and environments. Emphasis is placed on the origin of landforms and landscapes produced by glaciations. Related topics covered in this course include Quaternary climate change, eolian (wind) processes, river and lake systems, and periglacial processes. Includes lectures, discussion, laboratory and field trips. Prerequisite: GEOL 105.

GEOL 354 Field Geology
This course provides an extended field experience for geology majors. Usually includes two to three weeks of travel and study of the geology and natural history of Costa Rica. The course focuses on plate tectonic processes, active volcanism, and arid sedimentary environments in a modern geologically active region. Special emphasis is placed on careful observation, description and interpretation of geologic phenomena. Prerequisite: GEOL 105 and instructor’s consent.

HUMA 280 Japanese Culture and Society – GS 7
This interdisciplinary course provides students with a framework for understanding contemporary Japan. Students will examine a wide range of topics such as education, business, mass media, sports, family life, art, language and literature in relation to such major themes as hierarchical structure, group consciousness, emphasis on form and persistence of tradition in modern society. Lectures, discussion, audiovisual aids and readings in various disciplines will be part of the class.

MATH 114 Algebra and Finite Mathematics – GS 8
Topics include algebra, functions, mathematics of finance, systems of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, probability and an introduction to graphing calculators. Prerequisite: advanced algebra in high school or MATH 102. Note: Students may not receive credit for both MATH 114 and MATH 115. A student who has received credit for MATH 124 or MATH 131 may not take MATH 114 for credit without the registrar’s consent.

MATH 243 Multicultural Mathematics Ideas
This course examines the mathematical developments and systems of diverse peoples both past and present. Reasons for particular mathematical ideas or developments are examined in the context of the culture from which they emerged. Western mathematics and the mathematics of traditional peoples are examined, compared and contrasted. The historical development of mathematical ideas involving numbers, logic, spatial configuration, and the organization of these ideas into systems or structures is explored. Prerequisite: four years of college preparatory math in high school or MATH 114 or MATH 115.

NSCI 104 Great People in Science – GS 4
The development of scientific thought from the early Greek period to modern times will be covered. The primary emphasis will be on scientists as people, analysis of their contributions, and the significance of these in the development of scientific theories. Scientists such as Galileo, Newton, Einstein and Darwin will be discussed.

PHIL 105 Critical Thinking
This course is designed to help students develop and sharpen valuable cognitive and analytical skills. Critical thinking involves evaluating and analytical skills. The course focuses on developing habits of reasonableness and objectivity, identifying fallacies, writing argumentatively, and analyzing inductive and deductive arguments. These skills will be applied to real-life cases in such fields as business, law, politics and ethics. The course does not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in philosophy.

PHIL 325 / PEAC 325 Ethics – International Issues – GS 11
This course considers a number of important international issues from an ethical perspective. These include such topics as war, human rights, world hunger, environmental deterioration and the activities of multinational corporations, particularly in the developing world. Specific topics vary from semester to semester.

RELS 268 Sexuality, Intimacy and God
What is the meaning and significance of sexuality and sex for human fulfillment? How are sexuality, sex, friendship and intimacy related? This course examines Christian scripture and tradition for major theological responses to these questions. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary discussions of the theological significance of embodiment and on the development of a spirituality that takes seriously the pivotal role sexuality plays in human experience and development. The course is interdisciplinary in nature as it draws upon and attempts to integrate the recent findings of psychology, sociology, anthropology and philosophy with current theological discussions. Specific issues addressed in the course include celibacy, marriage, homosexuality, carnal love, birth control, abortion, gender issues, and sex and authority.

RELS 338 Religion and Literature
This course will examine the religious imagination – the capacity to imagine, or not to imagine, ultimate reality. The class will study theological texts that establish what a religious imagination might be and it will also study important literary works, both traditional and modern, that exemplify forms of the religious imagination.

SOCI 234 Society, Sex and Marriage
This course examines the patterning and significance of sexual relations, marriage and family patterns in modern society. It contrasts the functions and the conflicts of dating, courtship, marriage and family life in the context of other social institutions. Marital dissolution is examined along with strains that the institution of marriage and family experience. Emphasis is on students’ reflection on their own family experience.

SOCI 235 Work in America – GS 6
This course examines social patterns, corresponding roles and expectations, meanings and impact of work in various American and cross-cultural contexts. Work is examined historically from pre-Industrial Revolution to the present. Shifts in the cultural meaning and symbolism of work are analyzed. Research findings and critiques of work and occupations drawn from industrial society, the sociology of bureaucracies, and complex organizations and other sources are studied. Careers are analyzed for their impact upon autonomy and family obligations.

SOCI 246 Issues in Archeology
This course will explore how archaeologists search for clues about prehistoric lifeways and what their work means to current Americans – both Native Americans and those of other descents. At issue are the scientific study of past lifeways, archaeo-logical recovery of ancient remains, Native Americans rights to recover their heritage, museum conservation as a means to preserve the past, and the necessity for educated Americans to become informed before making value judgments on these issues. Classroom activities will include discussion, lecture, videotapes, artifact examination and guest speakers. Off-campus opportunities will include museum visits, field site visits and optional work at selected sites.

SOCI 351 Classical Sociological Theory – GS 10
Classical sociological theory (1830-1925) was an intellectual response to the traumatic birth of modern society. The nation state, industrial capitalism and modern individualism all raised difficult questions for the inheritors of the Western tradition. What is the nature of the industrial society? What has cased it to develop as it has? Above all, what is the fate of humankind in the advanced, bureaucratic and industrial states? Students will approach these questions by way of critical reading of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim,
and Max Weber, accompanied by selections on and from Hegel, the “Utopians,” the utilitarians and the social Darwinists.

SOCI 355 Contemporary Sociological Theory – GS 10
Traces of the development of sociological theory since 1925. The course examines various meanings and functions of theory. It covers functionalism, conflict theory, exchange theory, symbolic interaction, critical theory, phenomenological and hermeneutic theories, and post-modern theories of society. Students are expected to articulate their own sociological theory.

WOLT 208 Spanish Life and Culture – GS 7
Panoramic view of the artistic and literary expression of Spanish culture through the centuries. Special emphasis is given to the environment and the style of daily life as it is reflected in the classics, in order to ultimately arrive at an understanding of the circumstances, beliefs, problems, assumptions and ideals that gave character to the culture and shaped its historical development.

WOLT 210 Soviet Dissident Literature – GS 7
This course explores 20th-century Soviet culture and society through readings of Soviet dissident literature. Besides a close reading of the literary texts, considerable attention is devoted to the history of the Soviet period, Soviet ideology, Russian culture in the former Soviet Union and abroad, and contemporary Soviet society. Authors who may be studied include Zamiatin, Babel, Olesha, Solzhenitsyn, Bulgakov, Pasternak and Brovdsky.