Course Lists

Humanistic Studies Course List

CWRT 100 Academic Writing Wkshp

Based on the dual premise that writing is a form of thinking on paper, and—like painting or sculpture—a written piece is a “made thing,” requiring structural integrity and thoughtful, original use of materials (in this case, language). Students analyze a wide range of writing, including their own, and experiment with different structural and organizational strategies, sentence-level revision techniques, research methods, and the nitty-gritty of achieving a tight, powerful final draft. Required of all incoming students. A waiver is possible for students with acceptable transfer credit or after Critical Inquiry/Art Matters faculty assessment of an academic writing sample. Students for whom the workshop is required will take a total of three elective credits.

CWRT 201 ELL Seminar

This course is recommended for English Language Learning students. Topics may change each semester.

CWRT 209 Genre Experiments

Write poems, stories, essays, and scripts while focusing on the fundamental elements of a variety of genres, learning from the examples of a spectrum of prose writers, poets and dramatists. Topics include experimenting with character and scene development, narrative strategies, dialogue, point of view, autobiography, time and space, poetic compression, form, and the documentary practices of journalist. The work familiarizes students with the many ways writers turn experience into expression and form into meaning. Visiting guest writers may offer observations in their respective crafts.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

CWRT 210 Playing with Words

Engages historic and contemporary uses of language in the arts, moving beyond words as simply descriptive tools and toward an understanding of the plasticity and contingency of language. Genres explored include automatic writing, various uses of appropriation in poetry and visual art, the artist's statement, and the interview. Texts include selections from Conversing with Cage, Dialogues with Duchamp, Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader; I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, and others.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

CWRT 226 Introduction to Poetry

This course introduces the initiate poet to the basic poetical forms and the tradition of poetry in America in English. However, it focuses on developing the student’s facility to think critically and use language in ever more innovative ways as a transferable strategy for engaging creativity as a process. The POETRY SPEAKS text and compact disc set of readings and the HANDBOOK OF POETIC FORMS are required reading along with selected local and contemporary poets’ work. Requirements include portfolio assignment poems, one analytical peer essay review, one analytical essay based on assigned texts and two copies of a ten-page chapbook of original poetry to be celebrated at two required public readings with classmates.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

CWRT 304 Writing for Performance

Designed for students who want to experience the relationship between text and performance, this workshop offers participatory experiences in scene writing, improvisation, dialogue, movement and choreography, acting, and writing for the space of digital culture. We will treat the class as an active studio: creating, critiquing, improving, re-creating, performing, and revising. The course culminates in a workshop production of scenes, monologues, movement vignettes, digital work and performances written and staged by students.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

CWRT 322 Screenwriting Workshop

Designed to provide students the opportunity to develop their creative and analytical abilities through the practice of screenwriting and to the basic formal structures common to all dramatic writing. Each week, students approach screenwriting through a new set of workshop exercises designed to both enhance your creative imagination and your understanding of the form.

Prerequisite: 3.00 credit writing course at the 200 level or above (includes CWRT 209, 226, 304, 326, 403)

CWRT 326 Intermediate Poetry Workshop

In this poetry writing course, we will collectively engage in poises—the process of making—by balancing tradition with innovation, curiosity with critical thinking, and discipline with play. As a foundation for writing, consider 20th and 21st century poems and poetry collections (with occasional poems from other time periods), along with a few works in other mediums.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

CWRT 347 Writing the Short Film

Many filmmakers begin their careers with short films. Short films allow new filmmakers to fully practice and display their craft with limited resources. But short filmmaking is a distinct form in its own right. The course will provide instruction in general screenwriting while focusing on the specific techniques used to make engaging shorts. This writing-intensive class examines the elements particular to screenwriting for short films via lectures, screenings, writing assignments and in-class readings/critiques. Topics include the history of short-films, idea generation, three act structure, creating compelling characters, and dramatic scene construction. Students will complete several writing projects and deliver a production-worthy 8-15 page screenplay by the end of the semester.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

CWRT 365 Intermediate Fiction Workshop

This workshop is for students who already possess a basic understanding of narrative writing techniques. Readings and assignments provide an opportunity to explore the craft of both traditional and experimental forms of short fiction. A significant portion of class time is devoted to sharing and discussing student work.

Prerequisite: 3.00 credit writing course at the 200 level or above (includes CWRT 209, 226, 304, 326, 403)

CWRT 403 Advanced Creative Writing

The advanced topics courses offer students opportunities to go deeply into a particular genre. Where the emphasis in introductory and intermediate writing workshops is on exploration, experiment and on developing a critical sensibility, the advanced courses invite a commitment to a specific body of work: a collection of poems; personal or critical essays; a novella or collection of short stories. Each semester faculty teaching these courses will offer specific, focused topics for their particular course.

Prerequisite: CWRT 209

CWRT 410 Read/Write Graphic Narratives

This advanced course is designed for students who are interested in contemporary literature that uses both words and pictures. Students discuss assigned works to create and workshop their own process-driven comics. Readings include five full-length comics including work by Lynda Barry, Mark Beyer, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Gabrielle Bell, Ulli Lust and Howard Cruse. These works are chosen specifically to depart from graphic novels, while representing a range of formats present in the last 30 years of comics publishing. Cultural criticism and comics theory as it applies to the texts are explored.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

FA 303 The Play's the Thing

Studio component of PERF 303.

HIST 245-IH1 The Black Death in Hist & Lit

In 1348, the disease that would be called the Black Death swept west from Central Asia to Europe, where it quickly annihilated up to a third of Europe’s population in the span of one short year. This was neither the first nor the last occurrence of this dread disease in world history. The effects of the plague on the social fabric of the societies with which it came into contact were considerable, but so were the psychic effects, and the intellectual and artistic worlds felt compelled to attempt to understand what the plague was, as well as its grander philosophical and moral implications. This course studies some of those efforts, with discussions of readings from Boccaccio, Defoe, Villon, Camus, danse macabre and grotesque literature, artistic responses, and the necessary social background of the Black Death and theories about the impact of disease in history from writers such as William McNeill, Jared Diamond, and others.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

HIST 246-IH1 Apocalypse in History & Lit

Throughout history, humans in many parts of the world have dealt with calamity and expressed their fears of the unknown through beliefs in the inevitable end of the world and its eventual radical renewal. Such eschatological imagination, accompanied by distinct imagery, came to be known as “apocalypticism.” Although ancient in origin, apocalyptic thought has had a remarkable staying power affecting both religious and non-religious sensibilities in the modern world. This course critically investigates ancient apocalyptic traditions in order to describe and evaluate their contexts, purpose, worldview, terminology, and the communities in which they originated. Using primary and secondary Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic–among others– sources, students will explore sociological, religious, and political dimensions of apocalypticism as a mindset and a literary genre with its own unique set of terminology and structure. The seminar will also address how apocalyptic anxiety manifested itself in modern history and “changed the spirit of an age.”

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

HIST 251-IH2 Arch & Soc Hist of Baltimore

In many ways Baltimore is a microcosm of the growth of the United States. The opening of the B&O Railroad linked the vast agricultural areas of the Midwest to the Port of Baltimore and the Atlantic trade system. Baltimore lay at the heart of the industrial revolution. Architecture is perhaps the art form that most closely records the economic, demographic, and political record of a city. This is especially true of Baltimore’s architecture—its churches, factories, harbors, and neighborhoods. This course explores Baltimore’s history, using architecture as a roadmap of its development.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

HIST 280-IH2 Civilization & Its Discontents

For the 10000 years since human beings first started living in complex societies, civilization has had its supporters and its detractors. For some, being human necessarily means striving to create, to build, to order, to civilize. Others have attempted to reject or critique civilization by returning to the wilderness and celebrating the natural over the constructed world. In all, defining the civilized has been a fundamental part of to defining the modern. This course investigates and interrogates the intellectual history of the concept of civilization, reading both those who have sought to define and celebrate it, and those who have, in some way, rejected it. Readings and topics may include: the pros and cons of the Agricultural Revolution, Early Christian wilderness saints, medieval Wildman legends, Norbert Elias's "Civilizing Process," Freud's "Civilization and its Discontents," living 'off the grid' and John Krakauer's "Into the Wild."

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

HIST 330-TH Social History of Commerce

Surveys the history of commerce: the exchange of goods, services, and ideas for profit concentrating on the early modern beginnings of global trade through contemporary systems of digital exchange within a supposed knowledge economy in the global North. Students investigate the social context of production and sale, including gendered, racially based, and classed forms of labor as well as negotiated conceptions of value and fair exchange and the development of influential national business systems (e.g., the East India Company, Wedgwood, Toyota). This course traces the historical genealogy of fixtures of contemporary business such as capitalism, mass production, labor migration, the notion of “the economy” as a discrete object, banking, debt, intellectual property, marketing, the “start-up,” and the “gig" economy.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

HIST 338-TH History, Memory & Imagination

Examines the contested nature of historical inquiry and narrative during the past 100 years, addressing a number of central themes: what is the nature of the historian’s craft, and what is the relationship of historical research and writing to art, literature, and the social sciences? What is the role of moral judgment in historical inquiry, and what ethical duties must historians consider in interpreting the past? What is the nature of historical “truth,” and on what basis does the historian make truth claims? What is the nature of the historical “record,” and what constitutes historical evidence? What is the relationship of theory to historical practice, and has the use of theory enhanced or hindered our understanding of the past?

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

HIST 410 Propaganda: Thought Control

It is often said that totalitarian societies are characterized by propaganda and control of symbolic productions, while democratic societies maximize freedom of belief and expression. This course begins with the opposite assertion -- propaganda and thought control are, in fact, the cornerstone of democratic societies. In societies where governments and moneyed elites cannot easily use brute force to control people, they must adopt more subtle means of control, and in the 20th and 21st centuries this has been the control of thought through carefully designed spectacles and constructed meanings of contemporary events. This is not to say that force isn’t used in democratic societies, but an important part of the constructed meaning of “democracy” is that it is not used. While totalitarian societies control bodies, democratic societies control people’s minds. This is the lesson of George Orwell’s 1984. The contest over symbols and meanings in so-called “free or open societies” is therefore more crucial than it is in “closed societies.” Thus, public relations and propaganda have merged in the 20th century with news reporting and journalism so that now they are completely indistinguishable, or, to say it another way, most major journalism is in reality public relations. One of the founders of public relations, Edward Bernays, wrote that, “The engineering of consent is the very essence of the democratic process.”

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

HMST 101 Frameworks: Themes in HMST

Previously titled Critical Inquiry, this topic-based introductory course will examine how we think about and write in our cultural landscape. Each section will be organized according to a specific and overriding theme, issue or question and will include different genres of writing. This topic will be addressed through several of these critical frameworks: Power and Inequity, Environment, Values, Borders and Margins, Self and Identity, and Evidence and Authority, which are essential for future coursework in the Humanistic Studies department. Students will pursue questions, such as how we encounter and create meaning in responses to texts of various kinds, how we understand and measure the texts' power, impact, and influence, and how we critique in forms tailored for different audiences and ends.

HMST 220 On Being Human

The first required class for majors in the Integrated Humanistic Studies exploring the question of what it means to be a human being through a review of concepts developed by thinkers and writers throughout history and in a global context on the problem of human nature. Students' build analytical reading skills along with substantial experience in research and writing. Readings include texts in literature, philosophy, history, the sciences, as well as an examination of material productions such as art, architecture, states, and nations.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

HMST 240 Global Perpectives

Explores our contemporary world and world events, especially as they relate to the interests of humanists. This course takes a "non-western" perspective, focusing on politics and history. All readings are by authors, activists and scholars outside the Euro-American nexus. Students are brought up to date on where human development and the progress of societies stand in the 21st century and introduces non-western ways of looking at the contemporary world and to the "world systems theory." The media through which so much of the world is represented and understood are also considered.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

HMST 315-TH Critical Race Theory

Critical race theory scholars have argued that racial inequality is endemic to American society. This course examines how a critical framework that initially emerged from legal studies of structural racial inequity has influenced thinking in history, sociology, and education and how elements of critical race theory have been deployed, and resisted, in public debate. Students will read classic works on race and the law, whiteness, civil rights, colorblindness, and affirmative action and recent interventions attentive to gender, class, and sexuality. Throughout the course we will consider the possibilities and limitations of critical race theory as a lens for understanding current conditions of inequity.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

HMST 325-TH Queer Memory

This course examines queer memories, histories, identities, and articulations of self through autobiography, biography, archival materials, personal essay, and memoir. Students engage with theory and methods foundational to engaging queer archives, analysis of primary-source documents, auto/biographical literature, and cultural histories. This course explores who tells queer stories, and how they are told. Students ask, whose voices and histories are heard, and uncover memories in the margins? With an emphasis on the intersections of race, socioeconomic, gender, and sexuality, students engage with materials produced by and about queer icons and significant moments in queer history, as well as lesser known figures, communities, and events. This course concludes with student produced auto/biographical projects incorporating themes and examples explored throughout the semester.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

HMST 340 Writing in Humanities & Arts

Writing is important in all Humanistic Studies classes, but this class takes a practical stance. With publication as a goal, we will write for journals, blogs, conferences, and zines. Each student will produce and refine three essays, with the help of workshop-style critiques and selected readings. We will focus our energy in particular on art and cultural criticism, taking as our subjects of inquiry selected works of visual art, film, literature, and performance, as well as certain cultural phenomena. As we read the work of influential critics and write our own essays, we will consider the purpose, value, and potential of criticism, and strive to develop our own unique critical voices.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 200 level or higher

HMST 346-TH Intro Critical Muslim Studies

An interdisciplinary area of scholarly inquiry in which Islam is not considered a religious, spiritual, or cultural tradition, but rather becomes the focal point of an area of study that explores, through a variety of disciplines and methodologies, how we produce knowledge that is no longer organized by the West/Non-West divide. Students investigate global ways of thinking and being in the world, raises questions about decolonization and postcolonial approaches to understanding the world, and critiques Islamophobia, Euro-centrism, and other forms of Xenophobia. This course introduces materials from a variety of fields, which may include Anthropology, Sociology, Literature, History, Cultural Studies, Critical Studies, and Islamic Studies.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

HMST 480 Senior Thesis I

Fall and Spring of the senior year, will be taught by a single instructor who will serve as the mentor for each student’s senior thesis project. The class will also focus on contemporary issues in Humanistic Studies. This will serve as a culmination of work done at the lower levels. The thesis project will begin very early in the fall with a written proposal by each student. Some students will choose research papers; some will choose an integrated project linking their studio work with their academic work. Students should undertake a major project that grows organically out of their three years of experience at MICA as a combined Studio Art + Humanistic Studies major.

Humanistic Studies majors and minors only

HMST 490 Senior Thesis II

Students concentrate on their thesis projects. Class presentations and group critiques take place as work progresses; students work toward a public presentation at the senior show.

Humanistic Studies majors and minors only

IHST 200-IH1 Ancient Cultures

The scope and orientation of the class is global, looking at the rise and fall of centers of cultural and humanistic activity and considering as much as possible lines of influence from earlier civilizations to later ones. While some general historical and analytical books will be assigned, the emphasis will be on reading primary sources in their entirety and books that hold something of the status as major or classical contributions to the humanities or human knowledge. This course provides a foundation that can be further developed and explored in upper level courses in art history, literature, and the humanities.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 201-IH1 "Other" People's Worlds

This is an interdisciplinary course informed by history, the visual arts, anthropology, and literature. Observation of “exotic” peoples in order to gain knowledge of humankind is as old as Herodotus. This course examines colonizers, travelers, missionaries, and explorers’ descriptions of “exotic” cultures, as well as fictional accounts and visual representations of these societies. It traces the development from "first-contact" accounts to colonial records, from arm-chair ethnography to the 'scientific' observations written by early anthropologists, to the postmodern turn and beyond. It also considers the work of artists who have imagined and depicted societies that do not exist. Such materials, read together, force us to consider what is real and what is fiction, to consider the problematic power inherent in particular forms of writing, and grapple with the constructed nature of "Otherness." In all cases, the class discovers what the observer’s statements about "the Other" reveal about them and about ourselves.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 202-IH1 The Age of Reformation

This course examines the different movements initiated for the reform of western Christendom in late medieval and early modern Europe. The course will examine the medieval, scholastic, and renaissance contexts of the reformations of the sixteenth century, as well as the thought of the leading reformers. These will include, not only the major figures of the Protestant Reformation, but also those calling for internal reform from within the Catholic Church. Particular readings will include selections from the writings of such authors as Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ignatius Loyola, as well as the decrees of the Council of Trent.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 203-IH1 Early Hist. Western Religions

This course surveys the rich culture of religions that grew in the eastern Mediterranean, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in their historical framework. We survey precursor pagan religions in Egypt, Israel, Persia, and Greece before considering the early development of Christianity and Islam. We will examine both the complex world-views of these religious traditions, and the role they played in everyday life, dealing directly with the texts, rituals, and religious symbols. Special attention will be paid in a comparative manner to the development of law derived from religious texts.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 207-IH1 Creativity and Genius

Does being human have a special meaning related to possessing the power of creation? Does human meaning come from the self’s creative and productive interactions with an external world through art and work? What is the difference between art and work? Are there dangers, both environmental and moral, to a conception of human beings as manipulators of nature? It is these questions, all spinning off of the central issue of humanity’s creative nature, that will be at the core of a new seminar. The different historical/cultural understandings of the relationship of the creative - and creating - self with other objects (nature) and other selves (society), and these differences are connected with a set of larger fundamental questions about the purpose of human life. Beginning with the Prometheus myth, continuing through readings of Mary Shelley, Marx, Arendt, Kant, Joyce, Shakespeare, neuro-scientific studies of genius, and ending with student project profiles of a creating person (artist, artisan, or worker), literary, scientific, historical, and other theoretical perspectives will be placed alongside accounts of artistic and working practices of creation - both exceptional and everyday - to provide students with a full range of the ways that different people have understood the meaning of their creative endeavors.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 209-IH1 Arab & Muslim Intellectual Hst

This course provides an opportunity to appreciate the Quran and hadith as foundational texts for multiple intellectual traditions and thinkers on theology, law, philosophy, mysticism, and political thought, from 800 AD to 1800, from Spain to North Africa to Iran, to the Indian sub- continent. As an exploration in intellectual history, we will attempt to understand social and political history through readings in literature, philosophy, and the arts. While participants in this seminar will certainly read primary texts and works that have gained the status of classics, the chief goal of this course is to introduce students to critical frameworks that will allow them to situate intellectual histories and legacies into larger processes of empire making and the attendant violence that accompanies such processes. Thus more recent texts by scholars that engage longstanding (mis)-understandings of Islam and Muslims historically will be integrated throughout the course and serve to caution students and re-orient how they can more productively engage with the intellectual legacies of another era. The class takes a decolonizing approach to exploring the intellectual thoughts of Muslims (and others) across historical time periods, and thus critical and creative thinking is required for this collective commitment. At stake throughout this course is a persistent need to interrogate the criteria for what/who gets the designation Islamic and/or Muslim, and what makes an intellectual history a Muslim one?

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 210-IH1 Mapping Empire, 1500-1800

This course examines the role of maps and cartography in the context of overseas colonization during the early stages of European imperialism (1500-1800). It addresses a number of questions and issues including: 1) the ways in which maps represented (or misrepresented) indigenous peoples and their cultures; 2) the relationship of printed maps to manuscript maps, and the importance of secrecy in overseas exploration and imperial rivalry; 3) the relationship of maps to their accompanying written texts in the articulation of geographical space; 4) the development of a "cartographical rhetoric," which used maps to articulate and assert claims of sovereignty and possession under the ius gentium or "law of nations."

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 212-IH1 Before 1492: World Systems

The course is an overview of world history from the birth of the first human civilizations to the end of the European Middle Ages. Our main emphasis will be on building a framework of major political, military, intellectual, and religious events and movements that have shaped world history from the Western perspective. As most people know, when Columbus set sail in 1492 he was not trying to find the Americas; rather he sought a sea shortcut into the vibrant Afro-Asiatic trading system and the center of the world’s wealth and culture at the time. But most people don’t know much about this world cultural center that extended for 1,000 years from the fall of Rome (ca. 400) to the rise of Europe (ca. 1500) and encompasses the land areas of Africa and Asia, a cultural and economic system centered on the Indian Ocean. This class proposes to explore the intellectual history of the Afro-Asiatic world system that attracted the interest of Europeans and gave them their intellectual and scientific foundations. It includes the empires of Mali and the Ottomans; the rise of Islam and the Islamic World; the Buddhist cultures in SE Asia and Japan.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 213-IH1 Early Western History of Ideas

This course is designed to introduce students from a non-Western educational background to key concepts of thought that shaped Western civilization from Antiquity to the Enlightenment. Using Gombrich’s A Little History of the World as the guiding textbook, reading excepts from key documents that are considered important milestones for understanding Western thought, listening to lectures and interacting with guest historians, this class will explore how history connects with ideas that shaped certain eras definitive of a Western understandings of self. The course will also introduce students to the tools of historical research–from posing a research question, to evaluating primary and secondary sources to annotating sources and compiling a bibliography, that is, students will learn the building blocks of how to approach and write a humanities research paper.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 215-IH1 Linguistics

This course is concerned with the nature of language and communication. We will consider the history of the English language, with particular emphasis on the following areas: phonology (the patterning of sounds); morphology (the structure of words); syntax (the structure of sentences); semantics (the meaning of words); pragmatics (language in context), and etymology (the origins of words). We will explore the nature of language variation (dialects and idiolects), language change over time, the psychology of language, and the science of forensic linguistics. Students will be introduced to the structure of English words of classical origin, including the common forms and rules by which their forms are derived. Students may expect to achieve substantial enrichment of their vocabulary while learning about etymology, semantic change, and the abstract rules of English word formation.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 221-IH1 Myth, Magic and Ritual

This course will focus on the origins of western philosophy and the pre-history of superstition and religion, considering the origins and tenets of hermetic belief systems such as alchemy, the occult, Kabbalah, freemasonry, and other gnostic traditions and styles of thought.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 224-IH1 Witchcraft and Demonology

Addresses the rise and decline of the witch hunt, exploring the underlying social, cultural, and intellectual changes that gave rise to the European and early American “witch craze.” During the period 1450–1750, upwards of 110,000 women and men in Europe alone stood accused of maleficia—of being in league with the devil and practicing “witchcrafts.” Almost half were convicted and subsequently executed. The belief in witches was at this time pervasive and held at all levels of society from the lowest peasantry to elite society; this included high-ranking magistrates who took the threat of witchcraft to the security of the state very seriously, producing a number of learned treatises on how it might be effectively countered. This course examines a variety of readings from the period, including treatises on witchcraft, inquisitor’s manuals, literary sources, and actual transcripts of witchcraft trials.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 228-IH1 Greeks and Persians

This course will examine the history of interactions between Greek and Persians cultures in the 6th-4th centuries BCE through the use of ancient texts and archaeological discoveries. Frequent competitors in the political arena, Greece and Persia came to represent to the clash of two civilizations, East and West. This course will examine the time period when connections and conflicts between Greece and Persia were at their highest: the 6th-4th centuries BCE. The primary focus of the course will be historical, political, religious, and cultural aspects of the Persian empire and Greece in the context of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Ancient Near East. Additionally, we will also concentrate on iconography most representative of the two entities, their literary heritage, social history as it relates to the notion of the other, as well as such issues as the status and role of women and minorities.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 234-IH1 The Problem of Evil

Takes an interdisciplinary approach to the problem of evil: If God is all good, all knowing, and all powerful, then why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? Readings will include some biblical literature, early Christian thinkers like Ireanaeus and St. Augustine, as well as selected poetry, fiction, and drama, including Voltaire’s Candide, Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man, Albert Camus’ The Plague, and others.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 238-IH1 Mythology

Myths attempt to make sense of incomprehensible and powerful forces in the world, the elements, the heavens, the realm of the dead, and human destiny. In these stories, passed through the ages from their origins as oral and communal stories, generations have witnessed the birth of gods and goddesses, immortals who reside apart from humans, procreating, waging war, and intervening in the affairs of mortals. This course examines Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology, and the continental myths of Amazonian and Native American cultures. The course will trace the enduring influence of myth on literature, art, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, opera, comic books, and film as we make the case for myth’s vital relevance to our understanding of ourselves today.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 241-IH1 The Conquest of the Americas

This course to be taught in Spanish and English. Were the Americas 'discovered' in the 15th century, or were these lands invaded and their peoples destroyed? What did contact with Europeans mean for the Western Hemisphere? When did the conquest begin, and where does it end? This course includes readings from Bartolome de Las Casas, Prescott's The Conquest of Mexico and The Conquest of Peru, Galeano's The Open Veins of Latin America, Che Guevara's Diaries, as well as writings that address the most recent issues of international trade and the self-determination of indigenous peoples.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 245-IH1 Civic Humanism

Civic humanism refers to a cluster of themes in Western political thought emphasizing the active, engaged life of the citizen and the cultivation of civic “virtue.” This course examines the development of civic humanism in Western political thought from ancient through Early Modern times, the varieties of civic humanist thought (communitarian and juridical), and the evolving attitudes of civic humanist writers towards the emergence of commercial society. Authors studied may include Aristotle, Cicero, Niccolo Machiavelli, John Milton, James Harrington, Algernon Sidney, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 247-IH1 Europe in the Dark Ages

A survey of the hidden origins of Europe in the period between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance of the 12th century. This course begins with Roman explorations into barbarian Europe (Tacitus, Agricola, and Germania) and looks at the movements and settlement of various tribes (Goths, Franks, Huns) that became the nations of Europe. It covers the great epics such as Beowulf, Song of Roland, Niebelungenlied, or Scandinavian sagas of Grettir, the Volsungs, or Burnt Njal. Religious writings running from St. Augustine (The City of God) through the pious De Contemptu Mundi of many popes and finally to the Vatican Councils are covered. Finally, this course looks at medieval science in writers such as Isidore of Seville.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 248-IH1 Chinese Intellectual History

In addition to exploring salient technological achievements such as bronze metallurgy and chariot construction, the main focus of this course is on archetypical literary genres, conventions, and themes in pre-dynastic China. Attention is paid to the origin and development of the Chinese writing system, the format and materials of early manuscripts, as well as the emergence of ink-brush calligraphy as a uniquely Sinitic art form. The beginnings of ethical thinking, sayings of Confucius, and excerpts from the books of Mengzi, Mozi, and Zhuangzi are critically analyzed. Special emphasis is placed on political theories, found in the writings of Laozi, Xunzi, and Han Feizi, which support an autocratic merit-based system of government. Required texts are Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings and Legends of the Warring States.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 249-IH1 Utopia in Literature & History

What is the relationship of the perfect and the impossible with the imperfect and the immediate world? What is the commitment of those imagining utopia to their visions? What is the purpose of utopian literature? What role has it played in the development of political thought? Intellectuals and dreamers throughout history have imagined utopias - perfect worlds in which the moral and social problems that eternally plague human societies are absent. Imaginings of utopia have produced some of the most vivid and profound religious, political and artistic literature in history, and real-world efforts to create utopia have resulted in social experiments in better living both tragic and fantastic. This course investigates many of the expressions of utopia in human history, beginning with the ancient writings of the Bible and Plato and continuing to the present day. Medieval millennia heretical movements, Renaissance political manifestos, modern revolutionary texts and poems, futurist and science fiction texts, art and films, dystopian writings, and cult, fundamentalist, and environmental beliefs also discussed. While Utopian literature has been a major theme in Western culture, similar prophetic vision movements and expressions in non-Western societies, including the Maya, in African, anti-European struggles, and in the Middle and Far East discussed. The topic of utopia allows for true cross-disciplinary study, as it combines literature, political philosophy, social science, and history; utopian writing straddles several genres and forms, such that it has become its own genre of literature.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 251-IH2 United States and the World

The United States as a political formation, physical space, and cultural ideal has been shaped by its encounters with other nations. This course examines American civilization from the late eighteenth through the twentieth centuries as it was wrought on a world stage, through dialog as well as violent conflict at and beyond its borders. It focuses on the role of ideas about the frontier, manifest destiny, and American exceptionalism in the formation of the US; the expansion of settlement and influence westward and into the Pacific; immigration; war and commercial enterprise abroad; and the symbiotic relationship between foreign affairs and domestic culture.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 257-IH2 Contemporary Russia

This course explores ways of conceptualizing the Russian experience in the 20th and 21st centuries, spanning the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. While the creation and evolution of the socialist state and the Cold War is covered, the primary focus is on the period from the 1970s onward: stagnation under Brezhnev; glasnost and perestroika in the 1980s; the economic, cultural, and political shock of transition to a market economy in the 1990s; and Russia's quasi-authoritarian landscape under Putin. Drawing on the work of sociologists, anthropologists, and historians, themes pertaining to everyday life, identity, political culture, stratification, public and private spheres, socialization, and the role of ideas, images, symbols, and rituals in relations of power are focused on. Students look at empirical studies on Russia through a sociological lens.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 259-IH2 History of Socialism

Covers the history of socialism, extending from the early Utopian socialists, to the writings of Karl Marx, to the American labor movement, and up to and including the current presidential election. This course discuss and engage in the debates within the socialist movement: between reformers and revolutionaries in the Soviet Union, during the American Civil Rights movement, and elsewhere. The course explores the possibility of a contemporary socialism that addresses the problems besetting capitalism: environmental disasters, racial and sexual oppression, and income inequality.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 262-IH2 History of African Amer Spirit

This course is an introduction to the literature, music, and ideology of African Americans as a specific culture in the New World. Beginning with the music and literature of the Slave Narrative and extending through the congregational singing of the Civil Right Movements in the 20th century and more current examples of the signature of survival. The course asks the student to read, perform, and lead discussions of historic text exploring the nature of American society's engagement with the ideals of diversity.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 265-IH2 Political Violence & Modernity

Surveys modern conceptions of political violence through direct engagement with primary texts. The course follows a broadly chronological order and considers a wide array of theoretical texts deriving from and dealing with a range of modern historical matters of political violence—from state-sponsored violence and popular uprisings to mass extermination and anti-colonial revolutions. Major themes for discussion and debate include the distinction between political violence and warfare; the relationship between violence, national identity, and the rise of modern states; the causes and consequences of violence as a form of political contestation; the rise of the police as a modern institution of violence; the dynamic interaction of terrorism and torture in modern warfare; the correlation of various ideologies (based on religious communities and texts, scientific discourses on health and hygiene, and rhetoric of progress and enlightenment, etc.) to political violence; and alternatives to violence within political discourse. Most readings come from leading modern theorists of violence. Authors whose authority stems from a personal relationship to political violence (purveyor, victim, witness) are considered. The goal of the course is to provide the student with both a general background in the modern intellectual history of political violence, and a deep understanding of the problems and challenges political violence poses for the contemporary world.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 266-IH2 Human Nature in Polit. Thought

Examines changing conceptions of self-hood and human nature and how they have informed political and moral theory since the 17th century. Is human nature constant in all times and places or is it historically contingent and the product of environment? What are the ramifications of modernity’s progressive erosion of the strong conceptions of selfhood that informed classical moral thought? Readings include Descartes, Locke, Bentham, Dostoevsky, Ortega y Gasset, Golding, Sartre, Heidegger, Taylor, Derrida, and MacIntyre.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 270-IH2 Readng Peace: Hist Nonviolence

From Aristophanes’ Lysistrata in 410 BC to the early Quakers, from The Beatitudes of Jesus to the writings of Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King, the vision of peace has been one of the great hopes of mankind. In times of war, who are the peacemakers? This course examines the seminal writings of the advocates of peace and nonviolent solutions to political conflict, from the ancient Greeks to the 21st century. The course questions the received wisdom, challenges conventional assumptions, and envisions our way toward a just and lasting realization of peaceful societies in the century to come.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 275-IH2 Thinking Women

Writing women and women’s difference into history is a contradictory project. Too often “women’s thought” is seen as separate or in opposition to men’s thought, rather than in congruence with it. Yet, when looking at the gross of intellectual history survey courses, it becomes all too obvious that women, and feminist thought, are still conspicuously absent from the canon. This course seeks to overcome the bias that there is only a marginal female intellectual tradition that remains outside of “proper” history before the advent of the contemporary women’s movement. This does not involve the exclusion of men from the ranks of liberatory thinkers concerning the woman’s question. When looking at feminist and women’s thought in Europe and the U.S. from the 18th century to the 1970s, it appears that gendered intellectual production is relational. Hence the revolutionary period of the late 18th century attracted men to write about education, citizenship, human rights, and poverty. Enlightenment ideals and the Industrial Revolution had staunch critics in figures like George Sand in France, Mary Shelley in England, and the Romantic salonières Varnhagen, Günderrode, Schlegel-Schelling, and Arnim in Germany. The 19th century has been characterized as solidifying the separation of gendered social spheres for men and women, and many women wrote about and undertook social and philanthropic work in this period. The course examines suffrage and abolitionism as feminist preoccupations in the U.S., nationalism and imperialism as forces that influenced women’s intellectual lives in Europe, and writing on gender and the conditions of the working class. Finally, the focus shifts to Simone de Beauvoir in the mid-20th century in Europe and Betty Friedan in the U.S. as advocates of an active intellectual tradition of thinking about gender and women in the West.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 277-IH2 Sex: Queer Feminist Sci Study

This course explores the biology of the body in a social world and examines constructions of sex, gender, and sexuality from a queer feminist science and technology studies perspective. Employing an inter-sectional approach, the texts and materials in this course survey the science of biological sex, scientific racism, histories of sexology and eugencies, reproductive technologies, asexuality and stigma, the medicalization of queer and trans identity, intersex traits and variations of sex development, and the psychology of sexual orientation, using methods of inquiry from feminist science and technology studies, psychology, evolutionary biology, queer theory, critical race theory, clinical research, social justice activism, and popular culture discourses.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 278-IH2 Revolutions

The violent revolutions and uprisings of the 19th and 20th centuries base many of their revolutionary ideologies in the ideas of secularism that characterized the enlightenment and informed 19th and 20th century ideology. This course traces some of the dominant ideas and movements that defined and fed revolutionary fervor and culminated in revolutionary actions from the 18th century to the present, where revolution is characterized by fragmentation, competing schools of thought, and movements, and in some cases a return to a religious order. To understand what kinds of epistemologies (knowledge-forming ideas) dominated and influenced the worldview of the writers and thinkers, scientists, artists, and activists, students immerse themselves in the intellectual climate of the time. This course is interdisciplinary and therefore looks beyond the ideas of revolutions, cultural revolutions, social movements, and the tenor of revolutionary ideas in de-colonizing nations in a variety of texts — ranging from literature, the arts, and philosophy to political and economic theory.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 282-IH2 Voices: Women of the World

This course highlights the experiences of women in a specific geographical area such as the Americas or the Middle East, based on the expertise of the instructor. It surveys a range of women’s experience, reaction and influence beginning with primary sources of writers and thinkers from diverse parts of the designated geographic area. Poems, essays, short stories, songs, videos, and autobiographies are examined in conjunction with secondary sources to anchor these women’s voices in their historical context.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 283-IH2 Age of Democracy

What is the best political state in which humans should live? What form of state delivers and protects individual freedom best? Is individual human freedom even a desirable political goal or concern in the first place? What can ensure peaceful cohabitation of diverse populations within a state? What can ensure peaceful cohabitation between nations? What political constitution is best equipped to achieve economic prosperity? Alternately, what form of state is most suited to fostering great cultural achievements? What makes for the most tolerant state? When, if ever, is political, cultural or religious tolerance excessive? These are some of the most significant and vexing questions that recur among political theorists over the past 2 centuries. In this course, we will examine the writings of modern and contemporary political theorists and consider their- and our- responses to these urgent questions, among others.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 288-IH2 History of Psychoanalysis

In this course, students study the history, origins, development and transformations of psychoanalytic theory, as handed down from Freud. It starts by examining some precursors to Freudian psychoanalysis, in Greek and Early Modern European philosophy and psychotherapy. Then, the focus shifts to Freud’s work, the basic doctrines of his theory, and its changes over his lifetime. Finally, the developments and transformations in Freudian theory in his followers and successors: Jung, Adler, Rank, Lacan, Kristeva, Klein, among others are examined.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

IHST 291-IH2 History of the Idea of Race

Recent genetic research has revealed that humans are more than 99.9 percent identical and racial categories have no meaningful basis in biology. However, race remains a powerful idea in contemporary society, contributing to our personal identities and persistent inequalities. This course examines the history of the idea of race, beginning in the late Middle Ages when Europeans first encountered the diversity of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. These initial encounters formed the basis for a “science” of race that emerged during the Enlightenment and reached its peak during the Victorian period, when the presumed superiority of white Europeans was used to justify the exploitation of non-white peoples. The course ends with a consideration of the experiences of those who were oppressed during the 19th century, as revealed in their memoirs.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 214-IH2 Literature of Empire

Serves as an introduction to Colonial literature in the canonized male and the lesser-mapped female traditions. While works such as Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, and A Passage to India have been linked with the Imperialist project of empire, works like Jane Eyre and Orlando have only recently come under similar critical scrutiny. The female Colonial legacy — in which women have traditionally held a more precarious position with respect to nation building — has perhaps been less charted because women were located on a continuum of simultaneous oppression and domination within empire-building. This course serves as an overview and introduction to Colonial texts by juxtaposing men’s and women’s Colonial writing to study how the writers represented (or omitted) Colonialism, and how the ideologies of Empire surface or are critiqued in their works. Students read and analyze the literature in its socio-political context and focus particularly on the contradictions and paradoxes of nation-building and gendered and racialized involvement in the projects of Colonialism.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 218-IH1 The Age of Shakespeare

Shakespearean drama – including history, comedy, and tragedy – serves as the anchoring focus of this course. Read and discuss Shakespeare’s playwriting alongside contemporaries such as Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson, with particular attention to the historical and cultural conditions informing their work. Explore topics like social class, familial relations, human sexuality and selfhood, as depicted in early modern literature. In turn, students consider how those representations might inform our understanding of society today.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 225-IH1 Bible as Literature & Art

Focus is the Hebrew Bible in English translation. Students become familiar with the great stories and sublime poetry of the Hebrew Bible and learn what modern scholars/ translators have to teach us about the making of the Bible, and how it can be read as literature and how it was read, through millennia, as a source for religion and art. We’ll come to appreciate the decisive significance in Western history, and in the English-speaking world in particular, of the translation of the Bible. Our translations will be the King James Version, sections of the Tyndale Bible, and contemporary literary translations by David Rosenberg, Robert Alter, and Ariel and Chana Bloch. We engage sections of Genesis, Exodus, Judges (Samson story), 1,2 Samuel (story of David), Jonah , Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and the Prophets.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 233-IH1 Chaucer and His World

Intellectual history involves the study of philosophers, intellectuals, artists, and traditions of thought in their cultural and social settings, with special attention to understanding the causes of intellectual change, the statics of intellectual traditions, and the dynamics of intellectual movements. Chaucer is often regarded as a pivotal figure in the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. He was associated with all of the major writers of his age—Machaut in France to Boccaccio in Italy. His age includes revolts among peasants against monarchy, the early Protestant reformers, the Crusades and the culture of Islam brought back into Europe, and the beginnings of modern science. The course looks back to the Medieval roots of the so-called High Middle Ages as well as forward to the Renaissance. Using the work of a single writer like Chaucer as a pivot point for investigating the whole world offers a unique and worthwhile experience.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 234 Contemporary Fiction

In this course we will read the works of salient contemporary authors who have contributed richly to the art of prose fiction. The first half of the semester will be devoted to novels and stories that engage with historical subjects in some fashion. We will consider how these books reflect the concerns and pressures of the present, what, if anything, makes them “postmodern”, and what they have to say about this country’s history and literary tradition. In the second half of the term, we will turn to fiction set more or less in the present--books that give shape to the anxieties, stresses and absurdities of contemporary life. Readings may include novels and stories by Louise Erdrich, Colson Whitehead, Don Delillo, Cormac McCarthy, David Foster Wallace, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Steven Milhauser, Sheila Heti, Susan Choi, Kiran Desai, and George Saunders.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 246-IH1 Cunning Guile & Anc Greek Cult

Why do cunning and guileful characters figure so prominently in Greek myth and epic? Does Greek philosophy begin with ruse? The purpose of this course is to explore the ancient Greek fascination with cunning and to discover its place in Greek literary and intellectual culture. Readings include myth, Homer's works, Pre-Socratic philosophy, Plato, Greek tragedy, as well as Aesop's fables.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 255-IH2 The Novel in/as History

The novel emerged in the late 1600s as a literary form for the emerging middle class (the upper class preferred poetry until the 20th century). These long prose narratives served as training manuals for the emerging middle class on matters of sex, money, class relations, and nationalism. About half of the novels written in Europe in the 1700s were written by women for mostly women readers. It was they were given the task of creating the moral world view for their class. Early novels were epistolary or written all in letters among the characters. Letter writing was the mark of an educated person and the middle class wanted to appear educated. This class will be a study of the intellectual history of the middle class through the kinds of art they produced for themselves.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 266-IH2 19th c Literature & Culture

Intellectual history involves the study of philosophers, intellectuals, artists and traditions of thought in their cultural and societal settings, with special attention to understanding the causes of intellectual change, the statics of intellectual traditions, and the dynamics of intellectual movements. This course focuses on the literature and history of the Victorian period and its importance in the modern Western intellectual tradition. In addition to poetry and literature, the course studies social and historical texts from the period, both "official" and demotic, including crime statistics, and looks at the origins of photography, the flourishing Victorian underworld, political and religious influences, and the vicissitudes of Colonialism and the power of the British Empire.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 276-IH2 Harlem Renaissance

This course surveys African American literature written during the Harlem Renaissance as a way of examining the confluence of forces that created the New Negro at the beginning of the 20th century. It is the students inquiry into the world view of Africana people living and writing during this historic period. The literature of the Harlem Renaissance represents several major Africana-based artistic movements worldwide. Beginning with the authoritative text of The New Negro, (edited by Alain Locke) discussion, writing and panel presentation assignments center on the work of Marcus Garvey, Jean Toomer, Katherine Dunham, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Dubois, Georgia W. Johnson and others. The “Rent Party” simulating a Harlem “Dark Tower” soiree and the analytical research essay tests the student’s knowledge of the overall course.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 279-IH2 Love in the Non-Western World

From the complexity of re-created Egyptian Love Spells and Rituals and the search for the Buddha in Monkey-Folk Novel of China, to the complexity of modern mating, marriage, divorce and love forever after in Memoirs of a Geisha, Jagua Nana’s Daughter, Love in the Time of Cholera, Reservation Blues, and The Dragon Can’t Dance this course uses the Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts & Tools to examine what we think about the culturally bound relationships and the implications that they have for 21st century global ethics.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 285-IH2 Modern Folklore

Today’s folklore is not restricted to rural communities but may commonly be found in cities, and, rather than dying out, it is still part of the learning of all groups from family units to nations, albeit changing in form and function. Folklore as a creative activity and as a body of unscrutinized or unverifiable assertions and beliefs has not vanished. Folklore has come to be regarded as part of the human learning process and an important source of information about the history of human life. It is a complex and subtle social phenomenon having to do with the production and transmission of narratives. In this course, we will study contemporary ideas and beliefs, traditions, narratives, legends and anecdotes from the perspectives of anthropology, sociology, psychology, linguistics, and literature.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 292-IH2 The Uncanny

In this course, using Sigmund Freud's famous essay as a springboard, students explore various manifestations of the Uncanny as it appears in fiction, aesthetics, architecture, poetry and film, with particular attention to the inflection of the Uncanny in the literary arts. In an attempt to get to the root of the question posed by the Uncanny - how can something be both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time? --we will consider phenomena that are marginal, liminal, obscure, threatening and subversive - all characteristics can be also found in familiar and apparently harmless everyday phenomena.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

LIT 307-TH The Nature of the Book

This course examines the recent literature concerning the emergence of print culture since the introduction of moveable print to Western Europe in the 15th century. Particular themes and issues explored will include the relationship of the new media of the printed book to the existing media of orality and manuscript, the social, economic, and political circumstances under which books were produced and consumed, and the evolving nature of reading practices. Authors studied will include Elizabeth Eisenstein, Adrian Johns, Anthony Grafton, Roger Chartier, Ann Blair, D. F. Mackenzie, Ken Macmillan, Carlo Ginzburg, and William Sherman.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

LIT 319-TH Reading Signs: Semiotics

Semiotics is the study of signs and sign systems. Language is the most elaborate and pervasive of sign systems, but it is far from the only one — images, clothes, advertising, sports, social behavior, in fact almost all cultural expression may be considered to be governed by an intricate network of signs out of which “meaning” and “significance” arise. This course explores a range of signs and sign systems in an attempt to understand the codes they embody and the principles that govern their creation and operation.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

LIT 324 Contemporary American Poetry

Beginning with the anti-academic reactions of Beat poetry, contemporary American poetry has often been concerned with subverting the theories and criticisms of poetry in favor of philosophically and politically charged poetry that breaks down literary canons. Such subversion has created a schism between elitist and populist poets. In this course, students read, discuss, and write about contemporary American poetry after the Second World War, focusing largely on poets, formal and avant-garde, who are living and writing today. Poets covered may include Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Sylvia Plath, Sherman Alexie, and Lyn Hejinian, among others.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 200 level or higher

LIT 325-TH Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is usually regarded as a writer of short horror stories, but his range and influence is actually far wider. He was an innovator and inventor of a number of popular genres, and his work offers us valuable insight into philosophy and psychology. Beyond this, he had a huge impact on literary and cultural history. His writing was central to the development of Symbolist poetry, modernist painting and illustration, film, psychoanalysis, and literary theory. This focuses mainly on Poe’s works of what he described as the “Grotesque and the Arabesque,” including his Gothic tales of doubling and haunting, his tales of sensation, his philosophical speculations, and selected poems and criticism. The work of his best-known illustrators, watch movies based on his works, and trace his legacy in Baltimore are also considered.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

LIT 330-TH Trans/feminism

Although both transgender theory and feminist theory foreground gender as a central category of analysis, their relationship has been anything but seamless. On the one hand, transgender scholars and activists have often seen feminists, especially second wave feminists, as biologically essentialist and thus transphobic. On the other, many radical feminists have seen the transgender movement as erasing the specificity of cisgendered women’s experience and thus contributing to the patriarchal marginalization of women. At the heart of these tensions are questions such as: What is a woman? What is sex? How does the body acquire meaning? In this course, students critically analyze the debates between transgender and feminist theory, and explore a third category of scholarship: trans-feminist theory, which seeks to reconcile the two bodies of knowledge. We will cover themes ranging from reproductive justice to immigration, incarceration, and cultural representation.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

LIT 340-TH Post Colonial Legacies

To get a sense of how our understanding of the world has been shaped by the histories and ideas of imperialist and colonial culture and knowledge production, and the kind of resistance that questioned, eroded and sometimes forcefully dislodged it, we will study some of the myriad voices that constitute the vibrant and evolving field of postcolonial and border literature, contact zone writing and subaltern studies. We will explore the tropes of hybridization, métissage and postcolonial and subaltern identities, pay close attention to the structures of border language and narration, look at the production of myths by nations vis-a-vis local and global experiences, expose ourselves to the ideas and critiques of various diasporas in critical writing, literature and films and discuss how these narratives imagine and re-imagine the legacies of the colonial impact and globalization.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

LIT 354-TH Critical Studies Seminar

Through readings, discussion, and student presentations, this seminar examines the history, theory, and practice of the following 20th century critical discourses: psychoanalysis, semiotics, structuralism, poststructuralism, Marxism, feminism, postmodernism, and cultural studies. The goal of the course is to put critical theory in context so students can read, understand, and discuss how it affects and has been affected by artists.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

LIT 358 War and Literature

In the 20th century, humanity crossed a “certain threshold” according to Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz. “Things too atrocious to think of did not seem possible, but, beginning in 1914, they proved to be more and more possible. A discovery has been made, that civilizations are mortal.” Twentieth-century warfare claimed the lives of more than one hundred million people. In this course, students read the works of writers who suffered and survived the World Wars, the American War in Vietnam, and the wars of uprising and revolution in Latin America and Africa, including the “soldier poets” of the trenches, Ernest Hemingway, Mary Lee Settle, Marguerite Duras, Kurt Vonnegut, W. B. Sebald, Tim O’Brien, and others. The course concludes with works that address the implications of war in the 21st century.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 200 level or higher

LIT 361-TH Masculinity

Examines the social history of masculinity, beginning with a survey of the goals, methods, and controversies in the growing field of gender studies and men’s studies. Students use theoretical and literary texts to analyze the construction of masculinity as a concept in relation to race, class, and sexual orientation.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

LIT 364-TH Reading Freud

This course offers a chance for in-depth study of a seminal 20th-century thinker. Texts (sometimes excerpts and sometimes entire works) include The Interpretation of Dreams, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious, Moses and Monotheism, Totem and Taboo, and Beyond the Pleasure Principle.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

LIT 368-TH Queer Literature and Theory

Examines the theoretical controversies surrounding terms like “invert,” “heterosexual”/“homosexual” (invented in the 19th century), “gay,” “straight,” “bisexual,” “lesbian,” “queer,” “transgendered,” and “transsexual” and read so-called “non-normative” literatures and other “texts” across these theories. Readings may include the works of such writers, theorists, artists, and philosophers as Oscar Wilde, Michel Foucault, Andre Gide, Freud, Jeannette Winterson, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, David Sedaris; poets may include Whitman, Ginsberg, Hemphill, Hughes, and Rich; filmmakers may include Marlon Riggs, and Michelle Parkerson; and artists may include Deborah Bright and David Wojnarowicz.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

LIT 372-TH Feminist Theories

Examines the contributions of feminist theories to the cultural understanding of power and oppression and to the struggle for social justice. Emphasis is on race, class, and gender as intersecting variables in a matrix of domination. Special attention is made to practical applications of theories for creative artists.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

LIT 383 Postwar American Fiction

Study salient works of American fiction published in the second half of the twentieth century (primarily in the fifties, sixties and seventies). Discussions consider the literature's relationship to cultural and historical currents of the era, such as the Cold War, America's imperialist projects abroad, the struggle for Civil Rights, "the sexual revolution", feminist thought, and the nation's growing affluence). Writers may include Saul Bellow, James Baldwin, John Cheever, Joan Didion, Ken Kesey, Toni Morrison, Vladimir Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, John Updike, and Alice Walker.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 200 level or higher

LIT 410 True Crime

This course focuses on mainly American and British narratives of true crime in non-fiction, essay, and documentary (as distinct from fictional crime narratives, mysteries, thrillers and detective fiction). Drawing on the earlier discourses of confession, memoir and speculation, true crime first received attention as a form of literature with the publication of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood (1966), and has since diversified into a variety of other media, including documentary film, essay, and graphic novel. In this course, students consider how these texts shed light on the process of justice and law enforcement (and their deficiencies), and investigate why stories of real-life murder and mystery strike such a deep chord in their audiences. Through the study of indicative texts and high-profile crimes from the 1950s to the present day, consider how our feelings about real-life crime can help us understand how a culture defines itself by its taboos and transgressors.

Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of 300 level or higher academic course

LIT 416 Gender/Sex in LatinX Lit & Art

Focus on 20th- and 21st-century Latinx literature and art. Students gain an understanding of evolution of the term “Latinx” to refer to an inclusive, diasporic community. Study numerous voices from Puerto Rican, Mexican, Dominican, Cuban and other Latin American migrations to the U.S. Read works by major authors such as: Toma´s Rivera, Sandra Cisneros, and Sonia Rivera Valde´s. Throughout the course, explore topics such as: identity formation, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, community, exile, resistance and assimilation, and political movements. In studying the work of other creative thinkers and the context in which they work/ed, students reflect on the influences and contexts of their own work. Ideological and aesthetic links between literature and the visual arts is explored throughout the semester, making this course particularly relevant for students majoring in any studio practice, critical studies, and art history.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 300 level or higher, or Graduate or Post-Baccalaureate standing

LIT 421 Women Writers of Global South

The question of women writing in the global south is linked to issues of difference, othering, colonization, subjugation, and religious fundamentalism, among others. This course introduces work that directly addresses the conditions of women under Islamist, patriarchal, and postcolonial rule. To gain insight into the intertwined nature of what has been called (and constructed as) the "Orient" and the "Occident," and to assess critically our own involvement in some of the issues that women in the global south face, we will read novels and explore in scholarly work the ramifications of notions such as "Orientalism" and the conditions of post- and neo-colonialism, and the emergent religious fundamentalisms that shape the ways women live and tell their stories. We will analyze the intersections of nation, religion, gender/sex/sexuality, class/caste, and race/ethnicity and study how they are represented in the readings.

Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of 300 level or higher academic course

LIT 433 Freak Lit: Rep Difference

Freak Literature will analyze poems, stories, novels, plays, memoirs, and films that in one way or another represent 'freaks'--persons whose bodies, historically, have reinforced normality by defying it. With aid of critics and theorists, students will learn about the social categories that such bodies transgressed, the various discourses and cultural rituals that made them human spectacles, the fallout stereotypes that continue to persist today, as well as the redefinition of the 'freak' as counter cultural icon. Close examination of how literature's re-staging of 'freaks' serves often politically-loaded narratives will certainly complicate our understanding of exploitation while providing radical new ways of thinking about body and identity.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 300 level or higher, or Graduate or Post-Baccalaureate standing

LIT 437 Africans in the New World

A course in Africana literature, the readings focus on developing a broad knowledge of the writers and culture of Africans in the Old World and the New World. Beginning with the ancient story of Sundiata from West Africa and the Tale of 2 Brothers from ancient Egypt, and continuing with a mix of genres between continents (that introduce modern and contemporary African American and African diaspora writers), the course introduces students to the diverse perspectives and language expressions in English of Africans globally.

Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of 300 level or higher academic course

LIT 442 Environmental Literature

Where does nature begin or end? What is the natural? What do eco-terrorism, global warming, and the poisoning of the oceans and the Earth have to do with art? Are they art? Engage with naturalists and other writers and thinkers from Aldo Leopold’s seminal work to contemporary authors like Annie Dillard, Tom Horton, Dianne Ackerman, and David Foster Wallace.

Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of 300 level or higher academic course

LIT 445 Romanticism II

In the preface to Justine, the Marquis de Sade poses a question that seems to have preoccupied the culture of the late 19th century: Is it “possible to find in oneself physical sensations of a sufficiently voluptuous piquancy to extinguish all moral affections?” This class examines the second generation of Romantics, or negative Romanticism, in order to understand the retreat of the arts from the long-held commitment to political and moral ideals. Students examine the rise of aestheticism, symbolism, and art for art’s sake. Students reads literary works and also philosophy and history, including authors such as Byron, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Nietzsche, Huysmans, Wilde, Keats, and Dostoyevsky. In them, students see the collapse of European culture begun in the Renaissance and the beginnings of the dystopia of the 20th century.

Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of 300 level or higher academic course

LIT 451 Modernity in American Lit

This seminar will survey the literary and intellectual history of America’s late nineteenth century. During this time, the abolitionist movement reached its apex, Lincoln emancipated the slaves, the North defeated the Confederacy, and Reconstruction came to the South. The country witnessed the rise of the women’s suffragist movement, the advent of Darwinian thought and great leaps in technology and industry. In short, the United States became modern in the late nineteenth century, and the nation’s writers played a vital role in advancing narratives, aesthetics and ideas that would change how Americans think. The reading list includes fiction by Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, and Henry James. Also sample recent works of intellectual history and writings by thinkers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and W.E.B. Dubois.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 300 level or higher, or Graduate or Post-Baccalaureate standing

LIT 485 Stories/Images: Latin America

This course focuses on the short story genre and explores the work of 19th through 21st century Latin American authors such as: Clarice Lipsector, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Júlio Cortázar, João Guimarães Rosa, Gabriel García Márquez, Renaldo Arenas, and Cristina Perri Rossi. The short story is the perfect literary genre for visual artists to study since it often involves the crystallization of image due to its condensed form. Students gain an understanding of historical and cultural contexts that inform the literary woks: independence from colonial rule, slavery and abolitionist movements, indigenous rights movements and land reform, feminist movements, dictatorships, peace and justice movements, and movements for economic, racial, and gender equality. In studying the work of other creative thinkers and the context in which they work/ed, students will reflect on the influences and contexts in their own work. Ideological and aesthetic links between literature and the visual arts will be explored throughout the semester, making this course particularly relevant for students majoring in any studio practice, critical studies, and art history.

Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of 300 level or higher academic course

LIT 488 The Wire & American Naturalism

Students in this seminar will consider The Wire, a "television novel" about crime in Baltimore, alongside the literary tradition of naturalism. Like the American naturalist writers of the early 20th century, The Wire suggests that individuals are captive to powerful social forces and political structures beyond their control. The program also shares with the naturalists an interest in the urban poor, abuses of power and social hierarchies. As we read from naturalists texts and view HBO's groundbreaking series, we will investigate the relationship between naturalism and political advocacy, representations of the poor by the privileged, and the intellectual underpinnings and consequences of naturalism. Possible readings include novels and stories by John Dos Passos, Richard Wright and Richard Price. We will also view the first three of the five seasons of "The Wire".

Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of 300 level or higher academic course

MCLT 237 Horror Movies

Examines the origins and development of horror cinema over the last century, with attention paid to a variety of periods including German Expressionism, American 50s horror, Gore, Japanese horror, and conceptual horror. This course looks at a variety of filmmakers from Murnau and Wiene to Warhol, Carpenter, and Nakata, to see how genre concerns are balanced with the director’s aesthetic prerogative. Students study films within cultural contexts to see how horror films are frequently a reflection of social concerns, and investigate the fine line between camp and genre excellence.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

MCLT 247 B Movies

The term “B movie” has taken on numerous definitions in recent years—some equate the phrase with “camp,” others with “cult,” and others with “inexpensive.” This class explores the origins of the B-movie as a marketing tool and its evolution into a film-type with a rough set of criteria. Aesthetic and historical examinations of films by Roger Corman, Orson Welles, Sam Raimi, as well as so-called “anonymous” directors are examined.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

MCLT 271-IH2 Censored! Art of Suppression

Artistic productions across the many disciplines that comprise the Arts provide powerful insights about the complex norms and values of the cultures from which they emerge. When these productions come under fire it is often because they challenge the way entrenched powers are wielded to institutionalize suppression and marginalize dissent. This survey takes a globalized multi-disciplinary approach to examine the nexuses of social, political, moral, and religious values that underlie censorship across diverse cultures. It considers specific examples from the 19th through 21st centuries in the fields of visual arts, dance, music, film, and theater from China, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Americas and asks students to consider their commonalities.Through these examples the course debates issues of cultural preservation, free expression, access to knowledge, obscenity, gender, and self-censorship. Students will examine reception and response theories, conduct primary-source research and produce a case study for their final project. By investigating these contexts students will also enhance their understanding of their own creative frameworks and how to articulate meaning through their work.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

MCLT 290-IH2 The Open Source Revolution

Most people have heard of Linux, a free "open source" operating system which was developed collaboratively. Prior to the advent of the internet, some ideas and designs were shared, not sold, in academia or in non-profits but lacked access to the streamlined distribution system present in the market that would allow them to be developed and tested by users in many different contexts. Now that the digital divide is closing, open source concept testing is faster and has the opportunity to circumvent the marketplace. Now used in art and manufacturing as well, this work model impacts culture, social stratification, morality, politics, and conceptions of property. In this course, we will use sociology of work literature to trace the origins of open source, identify its core elements, and begin to understand its consequences.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

MCLT 313-TH Thinking Through Cinema

This course is aimed at re-evaluating normative concepts of the body and its complex relationship with space through the unusual vehicle of Giles Deleuze’s cinema theory and its underpinning in Henri Bergson’s affect based philosophy. Close readings of key texts, film viewings in class and online discussions will lead to an interdisciplinary paper or project in which students engage their own studio practices in light of their learnings from the course.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

MCLT 317-TH Media Ethics

We live in a media-infested world; our whole lives are subjected to media transmission of some form or another: TV, film, advertisements, newspapers, the internet. In light of this fact about 21st century culture - and the significant role of artists and designers in shaping those media- it is necessary to consider the moral and political impact and influence of the various media. Do films incline us to violence? Do ads incline us to anorexia? Do newspapers incline us to Republicanism? Underlying these concerns is the larger one about the media's relation to truth and accuracy. Ought the media be objective? Can they be objective? What hidden agendas do the media betray, and how do they betray them? Also, how do the media persuade, compel ... control?

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

MCLT 355-TH Realty, Illusion, Moving Image

Through extensive screenings, readings, and discussions, this course explores the continually shifting and elusive boundary between reality and illusion in film, video, installation, and animation; identifies the ways in which the moving image constructs fantasy or reveals its self-reflexive nature, using as a theoretical framework key texts and concepts from the fields of aesthetics, semiotics, and ethics. Explorations include the structural components that connote a space of “fantasy” or “verism” and a meditation on the social dynamic that generates or bridges the distances between self and other. Our examination will be expansive and generous, ranging from Hollywood classics like Singing in the Rain to the recent emergence of the indie mumblecore movement, to documentaries, to the new realm of YouTube, and to experimental video and film.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

MCLT 356 Film as Art

In this course students will watch and study a series of films by a single director, accompanied by historical and theoretical articles which help to contextualize the movies. Students will look at such issues as the concept of the "auteur", art and film theory, audience reactions to work, reception theory, and the role of the director as artist. This course will also introduce students to analysis of the style and discourses of cinematic narratives and the complex and ever-changing relationship between studio production and audience consumption. The director whose work is selected will vary each time the course is taught.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 200 level or higher

MCLT 357-TH Theories of Material Practice

An introduction to critical thought for material practice. Far from being abstract, critical theory has always been about the materials and practices of everyday life: Michel Foucault focused on how human bodies became defined by the physical spaces they moved through, in clinics, asylums, and prisons. Jacques Derrida understood writing, and thereby human thought, through its material substrate, whether etched in stone, inscribed on paper, recorded on film, or stored in magnetic memory on a hard drive. Drawing on these thinkers and others, Theories of Material Practice provides a guide to critical theory for builders, designers, makers, and artists. It focuses on how design and artworks have factored into critical thinking: how, for instance, the separation between Van Gogh’s peasant shoes and Warhol’s Diamond Dust Shoes signaled for Fredric Jameson the shift from realism to postmodernism; how the system of camera shots in classical cinema exposed for Laura Mulvey the mechanics of patriarchal culture; and how Gilles Deleuze insisted, in general, that artists and philosophers shared in the radical act of creation.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

MCLT 379 The Culture of Games

Interactive fiction, social litmus test, provider of immersive virtual flow, source of pathological violence: as a new art form with an ever-expanding audience, the video game has been assigned any number of superpowers by the media, inspiring both fear from Luddite alarmists and Utopian hubris from fans and the tech industry. However, growing in the cracks of these extremes has been a fresh area of media inquiry–one that incorporates ludology, the study of games; investigations into race, gender and class in game narratives in the manner of critical theory; analyses of multimedia tropes and visual presentation, as in film inquiries; the study of cultures, as in anthropology and sociology; and engineering matters like interface design and end-user experiences. In this class, students will explore this world, using a variety of essays, critiques, and–yes–games to gain a working knowledge of how video games work, what their underlying ideologies teach us, how they have changed over time, how gamification has influenced the wider culture, and how games developed into the world-containing productions they have become.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 200 level or higher

MCLT 388-TH Perform Studies & Cyber Theory

This course focuses on theories of what constitutes 'performance' in everyday life, ritual, art, and cyberspace interaction. As a new and interdisciplinary field, performance studies merges anthropology, sociology, theatre, art, and new media as a way to both blur and redefine the boundaries of what is considered performative. The theoretical framework of perform-activity, whether it is looking at the everyday presentation of the self or the performance of nations and states, is a tool that enables us to critically examine the canons which produce these constructed identities. The course looks at key writers of performance studies and cyber theory in order to understand the effects of performative actions, especially in the context of the global expansion of media culture.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

MCLT 412 Gender in Film

Provides an introduction to gender as a critical tool for film analysis. Students watch films of various genres, different historical periods, and cultural backgrounds. In addition to analyzing and discussing film as cultural creation, the class reads essays on film theory and cinematic production and pays particular attention to the constructions and representations of concepts such as femininity and masculinity, and to racial, classed, and sexualized representations of otherness as they intersect with gender in film. The course also provides students with the scholarly vocabulary needed in order to critically engage with and write about film.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

MCLT 415 Avant-Garde Film

Every week, students screen films and determine (through class discussion) if the films viewed could be considered experimental, avant-garde, transgressive or subversive in some fashion. Students enhance the discussion further by examining films through various theoretical frameworks (Post-Colonial criticism, feminist criticism, Marxist criticism, etc.) Finally, possibilities for experimental film in the future, what’s on the horizon are discussed.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

NSCI 201A Scientific Readings: Astronomy

In this course, students are introduced first to the fundamentals of astronomy, and building on that foundation, and through the wonders of NASA’s Hubble Telescope, to the wild, wonderful, absolutely beautiful and profoundly mysterious nature of the universe. We shall explore its strange realities as revealed through modern physics. Supernovas, the Big Bang, neutron stars, black holes, extrasolar planets, and even our own tiny solar system. In a lucid manner suitable for the non-specialist, we will explore the impact of quantum theory, elementary particle theory and relativity on our understanding of perhaps the deepest questions of modern science: What is the origin of the universe and where, if anywhere, is it headed? Does the universe have meaning? Is there life on other planets? What is the meaning of time and eternity? Who are we and how did we get here?

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

NSCI 201C Scientific Rdgs: Climatology

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

NSCI 201F Sci Rdgs: Pollinators/Famine

This course is about birds, bees, slugs, flies, beetles, and small mammals, and the strategic plants they pollinate. Students explore the co-evolution of flowering plants and their pollinators, the idiosyncrasies of many of these core species, and their ecosystem services; provisioning food, clean water, and recycled nutrients. The loss of these symbiotic species would alter the planet and severely compromise mankind's current lifestyle. Animal behavior, botany, physics, chemistry, climate change, agricultural practice, psychology, economics, and politics is discussed. Students research and present unusual topics and observe and interact with a bee hive. Students are challenged to present a poster at a scientific conference on pollinators.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

NSCI 201G Sci. Rdngs: Materials Alchemy

This course explores materials and new media, applying basic principles in chemistry and materials science. Color, tactility, viscosity, flow, and magnetism are among the phenomena examined in materials and consider how to exploit. Students discover the art, architecture, and engineering of molecular forms, discuss the implications of molecular aesthetics, melodies, machines, and structures, and learn how to connect observable macro-scale behaviors and invisible nano-scale (molecular) and microscopic interactions. Historical and contemporary examples of artists innovating with new materials and their mutualistic relationship with chemists will be analyzed and evaluated for their influence on artists practice and impact on society.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

NSCI 205 Visual Physics

This course will introduce students to essential concepts in physics through a visually-based, but rigorous investigation of a range of topics including energy, gravity, mechanics, optics, statics, waves, special relativity theory and how they apply to the environment. This applied problem-solving approach will often be connected to questions of art and design practices. Students will learn about, and at times partially recreate, historical experiments in physics on topics such as optics, kinematics, mechanics, energy, gravity, electricity and waves, and special relativity, among others. It is a course specifically designed for art and design students, but not a "physics for poets" course - that is, the course involves investigation and analysis, rather than a simple discussion of physical concepts. The primary objective of the course is to present students with an understanding of physics, as well as an appreciation of the methodological and thematic relationship between science and art/design.

NSCI 210 Environmental Science

Promotes a comprehensive understanding of humankind’s interactions (both positive and negative) with the local, regional, and global environment. The first portion provides a tour of earth’s major environmental compartments, including the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Emphasis is placed on the interconnected nature of each compartment. The second highlights in greater depth environmental issues of current and emerging importance.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

NSCI 229 Biodiversity

An introduction to the science of biodiversity. This course examines the history of biodiversity as well as current issues, with an emphasis on building the understanding needed to be advocates for the natural world. Topics of discussion include levels of biodiversity; measuring and mapping biodiversity; dispersal and succession; the fossil record and evolution of major groups; the scope of present-day biodiversity; the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem health; species concepts, speciation, and extinction; conservation biology; and restoration ecology.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

NSCI 237 Mathematics as Experience

This course covers a range of mathematical and statistical topics needed to think critically and creatively as a consumer or producer of knowledge and information. The goal is to expand students appreciation of mathematical ideas, and facility with their application as powerful tools which have practical and aesthetic purposes. This course explores these connections for artists, creative communicators and designers through lectures, class discussion, and hands-on experience. Topics introduce students to the vocabulary of mathematics and descriptive statistics as a language and as a work of art in itself used to abstract, interpret, analyze, visualize and communicate contemporary and historical human understandings. As an applied mathematics course, it will additionally provide analytical skills that are the foundation of many social science classes in humanistic studies.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

NSCI 245 The Science of Sustainability

This course is about understanding the fundamental scientific principles upon which life flourishes as expressed in the book "The Way Life Works " by Hoagland and Dodson. In analyzing those principles by examples, students a closer look at how human beings as a biological organism, obey those principles and how some behaviors of humankind deviate from those principles, thereby stressing ecosystems, physical forces, and availability of resources. The goal is to turn our look inwardly to oneself, one's culture, one's upbringing, etc. to analyze how each of the choices we make change the planet's state of equilibrium, especially when they are multiplied by the presence of billions of people.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

NSCI 314 Art and Algorithms

This 6-credit integrated course (3 credits Interdisciplinary Sculpture/3 credits Natural Science) explores the impact of algorithmic processes on art practices and society from WWII to tomorrow. Looking through the lens of systems and a systems aesthetic, students investigate cybernetic, kinetic, electronic, digital, net-art, biological, and AI-based art practices. Students explore the ways in which the world is converted into data and how that data is then made actionable in the world. Students examine the ethical implications of algorithms in society, with consideration of the explicit and implicit intentions of the authors of these performative codes as well as the inextricable role the observer/participant plays. Students create work that is data-driven and research-based, integrating art historical, sociopolitical, and critical theory perspectives with concepts from the fields of mathematics, computer science, biology, and engineering.

Prerequisite: DR 240 or IS 320, and HMST 101 Concurrent enrollment in IS 314 required, totaling 6 credits

NSCI 315 Astro-Animation

This is a collaborative course exploring astrophysics through Animation. Meet scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and explore a concept of their choice associated with the Fermi Space Telescope to turn it into animation. Topics include dark matter, cosmic rays, black holes and more. The course starts with very basic fundamentals of astrophysics and an overview of the phenomena chosen by the students. Those concepts are to be developed and translated into animation. The last 5 weeks will be spent on animation and different ways of projections. Trip to NASA and to the Maryland science center will be part of the class.

Concurrent enrollment in AN 315 required, totaling 6 credits

NSCI 357 Ecology and the Imagination

Combines ecological studies with reading and writing in the tradition of the great naturalists. This cross-disciplinary course combines introductory field research in ecological studies (exploring the basics of food chains, habitats, ecosystem diversity, plant and animal adaptations, and human impacts on interrelated communities). Concurrent with this field research, students read the great literary naturalists, hoping to better understand the relationship between the natural world, themselves, and the wider human community—Dillard, Emerson, Teilhard de Chardin, Hopkins, Jefferson, Carson, Walt Whitman, Tom Horton, Loren Eisley, Edward Abbey, Gary Nabahn, and John Burroughs, with a focus on writers of the central Atlantic region. Students write original non-fiction essays using field studies as catalysts.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

PD 400 Support Res. for Fine Artists

This course introduces professional practices for fine artists who wish to sell, show, and have their work reviewed. Lean how to approach galleries, to research exhibition venues and grants, to create publicity packages, grant proposals, and other written materials for the marketing of your work. Practical subjects like taxes, pricing, contracts, and copyright are discussed, as well as goal setting strategies and career options for artists. Guest speakers usually include representatives from arts organizations, artists who work in an array of media and show nationally and internationally, an accountant, a lawyer, and a grants specialist.

Juniors and Seniors only

PERF 303 The Play's the Thing

Entry by audition (cast) and application/interview (tech crew) only.

PERF 310-TH Performance Studies

This course examines all types of cultural performances from a variety of perspectives that includes theatre and dance studies; anthropology cultural studies; race, ethnic, gender, and disability studies; postcolonial studies; and global studies. After a basic introduction, we will apply these frames to three specific thematic areas with implications for understanding performance, art, and the humanities in a global context: 1) technology as staging, the prosthetic body, new media and identity, 2) the cultural and natural ecologies of cities, and 3) the tasks of cultural diplomacy that asks how, as artists, we can form new alliances and create new cultural and economic opportunities in the world. In the last section of the course, we will generate a set of short performance scenarios as well as longer performance proposals/scripts that cut across the themes. Key activities will include reading and discussion studio work, fieldwork exercises, response papers, and a collaborative final research project that integrates theory and practice in relationship to topics of the students’ own choosing that are related to the three course topics.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 200 level or higher

PERF 318-TH Multicultural Theatre

Examines theaters and performances in the context of diverse cultural traditions and communities as they have manifest within and across specific geographies. The theaters will span a varied number of styles, histories, social and political frameworks, and artistic practices. The course focuses on ways in which multicultural theater in the United States can be put in conversation with a variety of global theater forms, practices, and texts. The specific content of the course will vary according to instructor expertise.

Prerequisite: one academic course at the 200 level or higher

PHIL 205-IH1 Medieval & Renaissance Phil.

This course examines ancient and early medieval philosophy primarily through the major works of Plato and Aristotle, but with Augustine and Aquinas as well. Our focus will be primarily on Plato and Aristotle as they, in many ways, set the agenda for many of the questions still thought fundamental to philosophical inquiry though they approached these questions in a distinctive spirit from that of most modern philosophers. In particular, they thought of philosophy less as a conceptual exercise and more as a way of life indeed, as the best way. The main topics we will cover in our effort to make sense of Plato and Aristotle will be: ethical virtue and its relation to the good life (happiness), the soul and its relation to the body, and the objects and nature of knowledge. The main topics to be taken up with regard to Augustine and Aquinas, who are primarily concerned with the fall and our possibility of salvation are: sex, death, time and free will. Throughout we will make an effort to flesh out the nature of the social and political climate that set the stage for these philosophers and their ideas.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

PHIL 233-IH1 Classical Greek Philosophy

Early Greek philosophers posed the fundamental questions that have dominated philosophy for the past two millennia: what is the good? What is happiness? How can I attain happiness? What is the best political arrangement for humans? Is the human soul unique and immortal? What is justice, and why is the pursuit of real justice so often inimical to everyday society? We will explore these and other essential questions in reading from Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus among others, and some of the Greek tragedians.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

PHIL 260-IH2 History of Existentialism

Examines the development of Existentialism from its roots in the 19th century with thinkers such as Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky to its emergence as a major philosophical movement in the aftermath of the First World War. Students consider the basic elements of the philosophy, its aesthetic implications, and its applications in the fields of psychology and political science as a philosophy of moral freedom. Writers studied include Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Sartre, Camus, Hemingway, Kafka,

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

PHIL 310-TH What is Beauty?

The course explores this basic question and auxiliary questions concerning the relation of beauty to subjectivity, time and the timeless, purpose and purposelessness, the relative and the universal, desire, pleasure, artifice, cosmetics, and death. Classic philosophical treatments of the nature of beauty will be encountered in Plato, Plotinus, Kant,Schiller and contemporary re-considerations of beauty in the theories of Nehemas and Sartwell. Our reflections will be deepened and provoked by the writings of Keats, Baudelaire, Mann, Stevens, Ashbery, and by pertinent films.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

PHIL 322-TH Lang. & Limit of Understanding

A course in the philosophy of language and interpretation (hermeneutics) that examines what it is to understand a language, and to address fundamental problems in the understanding of oneself, others, and beings who are “wholly other” like gods, or devils as the case may be. Some of the questions addressed: Does the fact that we speak a particular language (that we are situated in a specific culture at a certain time) preclude us from understanding persons who express themselves in a different language, persons with “conceptual schemes” that seem radically different from ours? How does a community based upon an authoritative text, like the Bible or the U.S. Constitution, handle unbridgeable conflicts in interpretation? Why would a god speak to human beings in figures, in a concealed or riddling manner? And how are we to understand such veiled language? Are there certain times when we must be unintelligible to others and even to ourselves? Are there conditions of our humanity which by their nature resist understanding? The thinkers examined may include: Heidegger, Heraclitus, Herodotus, Saint Augustine, Montaigne, and Kierkegaard.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

PHIL 329-TH Deep Ecology: Envrnmntl Ethic

Are we merely in nature, or intimately part of it? What do we owe the earth, and may we take any liberties with her? How can we figure nature and its members into our moral community, or extend moral thinking to include it? What have been the traditional obstacles of such a project, and what present challenges - practical and ideological - face it now? Students consider such questions among others in exploring literature of ecological consciousness and an emerging environmental ethic. The guides in this course include Thoreau, Lao Tzu, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Arne Naess, and Peter Singer.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

PHIL 340-TH Philosophy of Religion

Religion is a universal feature of human civilization, and a central motivating factor in much that humans do, how they live, and organize their lives. This course seeks to understand religion as a motivating force, and offer students the opportunity to evaluate it as such. This entails analyzing ideas, arguments and concepts central to religion, or at least many or most religions: the nature of the divine, the afterlife, virtue, the soul, and the like. Other issues of interest to be the interaction of philosophy and theology, the nature of religious language and practice, and the problem of evil. Naturally, a prime consideration in any philosophy of religion class will be the very existence of god, however, consider the prospect of a secular age, and whether humans may be able to live without religion.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

PHIL 348-TH Nietzsche in His Time and Ours

The course introduces students to key ideas of Nietzsche: "God is dead," Dionysian art, eternal recurrence, beyond good and evil, nihilism, the will to power, the diagnosis and overcoming of resentment, the superman. Nietzsche's influence on artists, writers, and philosophers of the last century is considered as we ask what significance Nietzsche's thought may have for us in the 21st century.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

PHIL 352-TH Infinity and the Sublime

How do you describe and picture a god who transcends all names, images, sensuous representations and attributes, and what’s so important about such transcendence? How can you grasp infinity by means of the finite imagination? This course explores the intellectual roots of this problem of the sublime in Judaic thought, in neo-Platonic philosophy and mysticism, and in the aesthetics of the sublime. We explore how different concepts of the sublime spur the poetry of Blake, Dickinson, Crane, and Stevens as well as the “ethical sublime” in post-World War II artists and thinkers such as Celan, Levinas, Rothko, and Anselm Kiefer. We also consult continental and analytic philosophers for light on the problem.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

PHIL 353-TH Bioethics

Explores the field of bioethics. Students examine basic moral theory in the writings of Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Mill, and others and review the principal philosophical concepts (autonomy, personhood, justice, beneficence) underpinning ethical considerations as they influence medical research and practice. Special attention is paid to medical ethics history, from Hippocrates to contemporary medical ethics policies and regulations. The course includes case studies and case presentations that identify ethical conflicts, present options, recommend resolutions, and defend/challenge decisions.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

PHIL 371-TH Contemporary Political Theory

Look at issues and authors prominent in 20th and 21st century political theory. Questions considered include: what is the role and place of religion in the modern liberal democracies? How shall liberal democracies negotiate multi-culturalism, and integrating not so liberal populations? What is the relationship of violence to the modern state? What roles should the government play in alleviating poverty and social ills, and what specific policies are most effective? Why does our democracy in particular suffer increasing apathy, and how does that compare to other regimes? Authors may include Charles Taylor, Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, Michael Oakeshott, Isaiah Berlin, Martha Nussbaum, among others.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

PHIL 382-TH Animal Magic

Engage with the emerging field of animal studies and considers the role played by non-humans in the field of cultural studies, social theory, philosophy and literature. In particular, the history of animal representations in the Western literary tradition, in film, and in popular culture. Also consider the social and cultural implications of pet-keeping, dog shows, animal sacrifice, scientific experimentation, taxidermy, hunting, fur-wearing and meat-eating through recent films, novels, and cultural events that reveal how our interaction with non-human animals shapes the understanding of the human.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

RELG 222-IH1 Eastern Philosophy & Religion

Examines classical texts and writings of the major thinkers of ancient India and China, with a view to understanding the intellectual foundations and development of these respective cultures. Readings include the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita, the Buddha’s Sermons and biography, Confucius’ Analects, and the Tao te Ching. This course examines the centuries-long discussion between these thinkers regarding such fundamental philosophical topics as the structure of reality, the nature of the human self, the religious issues of destiny of the soul and the existence and nature of God, and the moral and political concerns of human social duties and proper techniques of ruling. In surveying this long exchange of ideas, students consider the historical forces that shaped and prompted these ideas, and the historical influences that they in turn imparted.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

RELG 270-IH1 History of Buddhism

This course will examine the fundamental themes and principles of Buddhist philosophy, beginning with the early life experiences of Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha), continuing through the development of the Hinayana and Mahayana schools of Buddhism, and culminating in the philosophy and way-of-life of Zen Buddhism. Texts will include: The Dhammapada, The Heart of the Buddha, and Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

RELG 280-IH2 Anthropology of Secularism

Explores the genealogies of secularism, the authoritative nature of secularism and track how it has become one of the disciplining knowledge of the contemporary, and modernity, in general. The course serves to unsettle secularism as the normative mode of inhabiting the world, and instead elaborate how secularism and its power has aligned with racist and other exclusionary practices. The course will chiefly be oriented around the works of anthropologist, Talal Asad, but not only the work of Asad. Students face questions of seminal importance, such as: What happens when religion is allowed to inhabit the space of the public with regards to pluralism, difference, citizenship, and modern subjectivity? This course is a seminar format and will require very close reading of texts by students.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

RELG 369-TH Religion & Amrcn Consumerism

This course explores religion and ways of being religious through juxtaposing locative and utopian ways of inhabiting material worlds. Discussions consider the cultural distances between western and indigenous ways of life, and how religious ideas inform and shape cross-cultural modes of consumption. Readings focus on Meso-American religious rituals, Guatemalan woman's life, development of consumerism and its spaces in America, an economic hitman's confessions, and commodification of religion through popular culture. The course encourages students to think creatively about religion and to challenge themselves to think critically as well as self-reflectively about their own culture. Is consumerism a way of life? What does consumerism reveal about Western culture and its core values?

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

SSCI 202 Personal & Abnormal Psychology

Surveys personality theories, various concepts of psychological adjustment, and models of mental health. Specifically, the students examine bio-psycho-social foundations of human personality theories, and normal and deviant human behaviors. The class format includes lectures, discussions, and case studies.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

SSCI 223-IH2 Intro to Cultural Anthropology

Humanity is a puzzle: we have highly developed intellects, yet again and again we make terrible decisions; we are co-operative yet also intensely selfish. We create beautiful art yet leave the world in an ugly mess. We create technologies which generate great wealth yet most of humanity lives in abject poverty. Why is humanity like this? How does the world work? Cultural Anthropology tries to solve these puzzles of our contemporary existence. Frequently its method is comparison. By looking at other cultures we realize that much of our own taken for granted life is neither natural nor universal. In this introductory course, we trace the history of the discipline, from it origins to the present day.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

SSCI 251-IH2 Ethnographies of Neoliberalism

Explore neoliberalism historically, and its hold in contemporary society. Students read the work, primarily anthropologists, who detail in their ethnographies, the rise of neoliberalism across the world at the local level. The ethnographies of neoliberalism across the world will demonstrate how neoliberal sensibilities have become foundational to how we relate, respond to and understand topics as seemingly disparate as environmentalism, higher education, art practice, immigration, sexuality, homelessness, indigeneity, health care, globalization, non-governmental organizations, social justice activism, and humanitarianism.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

SSCI 253-IH2 History: Mind & Consciousness

How can consciousness be explained? Is conscious experience ultimately reducible to matter, to events and causes in the material world, or is mind substantially different from the material world? The first part of this course examines different accounts of subjective experience, from Descartes to contemporary neurology. We consider contemporary debates concerning whether artificial intelligence provides the right model of the human mind. In the process we ponder famous thought experiments such as “the Chinese room,” and the possibility of zombies, creatures that seem to do everything we do, only they don’t have minds. The second part of the course focuses on accounts of self-consciousness. In addition to learning theories of self-consciousness and higher order thought in the philosophical tradition, we examine important modern literary and cinematic explorations of self-consciousness. The last third of the course tests past and present interpretations of a famous mind that is super-conscious of its own consciousness, the mind of Hamlet. In groups, students learn and apply the principles of different contemporary schools of psychology in order to develop a persuasive account of Hamlet’s self-consciousness and madness.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

SSCI 275-IH2 Native American Studies

This course is an introduction to Native American studies with a particular focus on Native American religion. Like other indigenous religions around the world, Native American religions permeate the entire way of life, and their cultural expressions are enormously rich and creative. Native American religion expands usual definitions of world’s great religions by including relationships to land and spiritual dimensions of the material world. The land has religious meaning, and the natural environment is ultimately sacred. Readings focus on Mesoamerican, Lakota (Sioux) and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) traditions. Students will explore Native American cosmovisions, creation stories, giving thanks prayers, vision quests, and ceremonial culture. Readings, films, and discussions address such critical issues as colonization and its consequences for Native Americans, sovereignty, freedom of religion, land rights, responses to climate change and globalization. The course invites students to reflect upon the contentious history of inter-cultural contact between indigenous and immigrant people of the Americas.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101

SSCI 305-TH Human Development

This course is an introduction to human development across the lifespan. It is designed to cover major developmental issues in physical, cognitive, and social/emotional realms from infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood and late adulthood. Students will learn the major developmental theories in the field, as well as current “hot topics” within human development from opposing points of view. Students will be expected to use critical thinking, research, writing and presentation skills.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

SSCI 306-TH Capitalism and Its Critics

Since the fall of the Communist regimes 20 years ago, it has been taken for granted in the West that the Capitalist economic system is the best possible economic system, indeed, the best by nature, and our destiny as a species. This was not always the preponderant view. For most of its history, Capitalism was not supreme, and its supremacy self-evident, but rather, it knew significant competition—and in many parts of the world, still does. In light of the recent—and devastating—credit crisis that rocked the global economy in 2008, Capitalism’s nature, and its self-evident supremacy, very much came into question. Perhaps, critics wondered, it’s time to reconsider our embrace of bare-knuckled Capitalism in the West; perhaps it is time to consider subtler variations, compromises, hybrids—and evaluate the strengths and drawbacks of the Capitalist system anew. Perhaps it is time to admit what kind of Capitalist economy we have cobbled together—its essential problem might be that it is not in fact very ‘Capitalist’ at all! Imagine that. In this course, we will look at some of the most prominent writings in the ‘canon of Capitalism,’ as well as important contemporary voices critiquing the nature and character of the Capitalist system, and how we have allowed it to develop today.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

SSCI 310-TH Anthropology of Emotion

Have you ever felt the welling-up of rage, the tender pangs of love, or the emptiness of despair? The emotions are a tantalizing subject for examination because they appear to tell us about our true selves. Yet anthropologists suggest that the emotions are neither individual nor universal. In this course we consider a broad sweep of emotions: fear, disgust, paranoia, pride, envy, compassion, and desire, examining how they vary across the world. Why, for example, don’t Inuit people show anger? How can we explain the British "stiff upper-lip"? And does it feel the same to fall in love if you do it in Baltimore or Bali? We also consider the political economy of the emotions: when lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? When assaulted by daily acts of violence, what happens to trust?

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

SSCI 315 Intercultural Communication

This course will explore issues in intercultural communication, balancing a review of primary research and theoretical writings with practical applications for international study and work, art-making, and media production. We will move from an understanding and critique of major work in the field of intercultural studies including theories focusing on adaptations in interactions, identity, effective communication, and adjustment. Significant features of the course will be guest lecturers from fields such as anthropology and intercultural education and a community engagement project in which we will apply theoretical understanding to service projects with community organizations working with diverse populations in Baltimore city.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

SSCI 322-TH Ethno/graphic

Explore how complex anthropological concepts are conveyed through comics by reading graphic novels as a form of theoretical storytelling. Students identify key themes and narratives that emerge through the graphic novels that demonstrate the nuances and ethnographic details of anthropological fieldwork. Students formulate and create ways to tell stories through visual elements based on short fieldwork exercises at MICA and in Baltimore City using the graphic narrative format as a way of building understanding across cultural, religious, class, ideological and disciplinary divides. Students also learn how to work collaboratively as a team of anthropologists, artists and designers. Many, but not all, of the graphic novels will be based on ethnographic fieldwork in the Middle East and South Asia, thus students will learn about everyday life in these regions of the world.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

SSCI 323-TH Globalization & Its Discontent

While our world is divided into continents and nation states, our lives are influenced by factors that originate in far-away locations or that are completely de-territorialized. In this course we will investigate the multifarious interconnections that shape our world, and examine how people, places, practices, materials and ideas are linked across the globe through complex, multifaceted dynamics. This is a seminar course in which we will develop an understanding of globalization through theoretical texts as well as by reading ethnographies on global phenomena such as the ecological crisis and climate change, global migration, the wars on drugs and terror, global racial capital, and transnational indigenous activism.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

SSCI 344-TH Gender, Sexuality, and Islam

This course will introduce students to the anthropological study of the position of women in the contemporary Muslim world. Students will examine ethnographic and literary works that illustrate how the construction of gender is impacted by their participation in a lived Islam, how Islamic belief and ritual shapes gender rites, how notions of family, marriage, widowhood and modernization, nationhood, politics, reform, aid-programs, education and work affect women’s lives. One important case study will be the examination of women in Afghanistan, whose lives have been impacted in the last 30 years by wars, civil wars, and Western interventions.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

SSCI 345-TH Activism and Social Theory

Efforts to understand human society have always been linked to activist struggles to achieve social change. This course examines some of the major social theories of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Marxism, critical theory, and postmodernism. Students consider the influence of these ideas on social movements such as the labor movement, the student movement of the 1960s and the anti-globalization movement and discuss the ways in which the form, content, and goals of activist efforts evolve in connection with ideas from philosophers and social scientists.

Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, HMST 220, or HMST 230

SSCI 387 Poverty & Homelessness

This course is designed to deepen the student’s understanding of the phenomena of poverty and homelessness in the United States and internationally through critical and historical analysis of each as a social concept and human reality. Students will uncover and examine widely held beliefs associated with homelessness and explores the larger cycle of poverty from diverse interdisciplinary perspectives. This course explores the human, social and design problems presented by the intersection of poverty and homelessness as well as individual constructs with special attention to their causes and consequences. This will include global economic factors, migration patterns, and political/social crises; and governmental and NGO policies and programs. This course also provides an introduction to public policy and intervention which address the causes of poverty and homelessness and its effects on special populations as differentiated by race, ethnicity, class, gender, education, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation and family structure.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in HMST 101