Course Descriptions Fall 2007

ART 389-A 3-D Computer Graphics – Vectorworks

A 3-D studio course that will explore the design and rendering of 3 Dimensional interactive environments in computer space using Vectorworks on a Macintosh platform. Familiarity with Mac's strongly recommended.

ENGL 289-A Special Topics: Healing Fictions: Literature and the Care of the Soul

The great malady of our time, says a popular contemporary spiritual writer, is "loss of soul." When we stop caring for the soul, he says, obsessions, addictions, violence, and loss of meaning are the result. In this course we will look at literary works from the past and present that look at—and attempt to enhance—the care of the soul. This is not a psychology class; we won’t be looking at ways to cure psychological "illness." And it’s not a religion class; this isn’t about religious doctrine or teaching. Rather, we’ll be using literature to look at the world in the way Romantic poet John Keats described it: "Call the world if you please ‘The vale [valley] of Soul-making.’ . . . I say Soul as distinguished from Intelligence—There may be intelligences or sparks of the divinity in millions—but they are not Souls till they acquire identities, till each one is personally itself." Our reading list will likely include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Twelfth Night as well as a number of contemporary novels (Myla Goldberg’s Bee Season, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and others).

ENGL 489-A Special Topics: Charles Dickens

The capstone course for English majors, will focus on the works of Charles Dickens, perhaps the greatest and most popular novelist in the English language.  In the course we will examine the evolution of Dickens, from a struggling reporter to the great comic novelist of the Victorian age.  Works may include Oliver Twist (1838), David Copperfield (1850), Bleak House (1853), Hard Times (1854), Great Expectations (1861), and A Christmas Carol (1843).  The course will be discussion-based, modeled after the seminar format.  Students will write 2 shorter critical essays and one longer seminar paper..

HIST 389-A Philippine Culture and Society

The course has four main areas: Philippine History, Philippine Culture Through Literature and the Arts, Philippine Politics and Economic Development, and Philippine Cultural and Physical Geography. Each of these four areas will be covered in a broad survey of Philippine culture and society, but the course sill be specially designed by each Visiting Exchange Professor from the University of the Philippines to take advantage of his or her area of expertise. Hence one of the four areas will predominate as the focus of each instance of the course. The focus will act as a lens through which to study the other three major areas. The course will commence with the history and physical geography of the Philippines as the background necessary to situate the discussion of the other areas.

JAPN 389-A Special Topics: Intensive Intermediate Japanese

This course will focus on the four language skills of the Japanese language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Prerequisite: JAPN 102

MATH 489-A Special Topics: Mathematical Modeling

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and techniques of applied mathematics through the construction and analysis of mathematical models for mechanical vibrations and population dynamics. The mathematical skills developed will involve ordinary differential equations, nonlinearities, equilibrium solutions and stability, linearization, and phase plane analysis. Prerequisite: MATH 233 (Calculus III) or consent.

Note: Skilled science students with successful completion of MATH 132 (Calculus II) are qualified candidates.

POLI 489-A Special Topics: Asian Politics
An indigenous perspective will be used to present an overview of the governments and politics of Asian countries. The course examines the structure and culture of Asian political institutions and their interactions with other Asian and non-Asian countries.

SOCI 400-A Advanced Research Seminar

This course expands students’ experience with social research by developing specific projects created in SOCI 300 – Social Research Methods. Students will refine their research skills and develop a paper for presentation at professional conferences. In addition, students will read and discuss literature related to the process of social research. Prerequisite: SOCI 300 and permission of Instructor.

SPAN 400-A Senior Capstone Seminar

THEA 101-A Introduction to Live Performance

Introduction to Live Performance introduces students to first identify, describe and analyze various ways in which they encounter live performance in their daily lives (sporting events, church attendance, school assignments, party games, rock concerts etc.) in order to begin to understand and develop standards of criticism. Additionally, basic theatrical forms will be introduced as a way of describing and expanding students awareness of how live performance influences recorded media.

THEA 150, 250, 450 Performance and Production Labs

The P/P labs employ the unique opportunity of working on productions to advance the synthesis of theory and practice. The P/P labs give students the opportunity to experience the creation of theatre holistically, and critically self-reflective. The process of producing theatre can too often induce students to jump into production without the ability to discuss the process or learn from others. Students during this process, learn to frame their experience as a learning tool. All student members of any theatre production are required to enroll in a P/P lab as a class.

THEA 150-A Performance and Production Lab: Crew 0 semester credits

Crew: All production running crews and small acting roles. Repeatable.

THEA 250-A Performance and Production Lab: Management 2 semester credits

Management: Stage & House Management, Props Master, Master Electrician, Scenic Artist, Costume Manager, medium size roles. Repeatable.

THEA 389-A 3-D Computer Graphics – Vectorworks

A 3-D studio course that will explore the design and rendering of 3 Dimensional interactive environments in computer space using Vectorworks on a Macintosh platform. Familiarity with Mac's strongly recommended.

THEA 450 Performance and Production Lab: Artistic

Artistic: Costume/Scenic/Light/Sound design, major roles, directing. Repeatable.