Course Offerings

NOTE: Independent studies, courses from other ACTC schools, study abroad courses, and up to two 100-level courses may be applied toward the minor with the approval of the program director, Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury (k9chowdhury@stthomas.edu).

Fall 2016 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ACST 200 - 01 Intro to Amer. Culture & Diff. M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 JRC 126

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

JRC 126

Course Registration Number:

41371 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

David T. Lawrence

In ACST 200, students learn about the historical and theoretical foundations of Cultural Studies as an academic discipline and use cultural theory to analyze a variety of cultural products and representations. In this course, students look specifically at dominant and subversive constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, national and sexual identities, and how these constructions are deployed through cultural practices and productions such as sports, film and television, folklore and popular culture, youth subcultures, music, and so on. For example, the course may contain units on "nation" and the creation of American mythologies; the process of hero-making in American history; stereotypes and the representation of race and ethnicity in television and film; representations of gender and sexuality in advertising; as well as a section on American music from jazz, blues, folk and roots music, to rock and roll, punk, and hip-hop. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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COJO 326 - 01 Communication in Pop Culture - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

42598 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Bernard J. Armada

This course focuses on the creation and use of rhetoric in public persuasion settings, including social movements and political campaigns. The diversity of rhetorical acts examined may include campaign ads, speeches, films, advertisements, music, memorials, architecture and other nonverbal strategies. Topics of study may include: The rhetoric of domination and resistance, national identity formation, and the rhetoric of public memory. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference. This course fulfills the Human Diversity Core requirement Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor

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Location Time Day(s)
COJO 328 - L01 Comm of Race, Class & Gender - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

40663 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Dina Gavrilos

This course focuses on theories and research of the historical and contemporary correlation between gender, race, class, and communicative practices, including rhetorical practice and mass communication content. It includes the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on public speech and debate, political campaigns and communication, organizational leadership, news coverage and advertising. Topics include: gendered perceptions of credibility; who is allowed to communicate and who is silenced due to class and racial privilege; and the impact of gender, race and class stereotypes about human nature, expertise, and abilities on individuals and groups that want to participate in public culture and communication. Students analyze and evaluate their own communicative styles in light of course readings and activities. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference, Justice and Peace Studies, Women¿s Studies, and the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: COJO 211, or 212 or junior standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 116 - W01 Afr Amer Hist Glob Persp M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 MHC 202

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

MHC 202

Course Registration Number:

41887 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Anne Klejment

An introductory social history survey of African-American experience in global perspective. This course will cover developments from the beginnings of the trans-Atlantic slave trade through the present. Topics include: West African cultures; origins of the international slave trade; African American life in the colonies and during the Revolution; development of slavery in global comparative perspective; resistance to slavery; and the role of African Americans in the Civil War and Reconstruction eras; Jim Crow culture and its challengers; migration; changes during the depression and WWII; black nationalism and independent Africa; the freedom movements of the North and South; and the post civil rights era. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

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HIST 210 - 01 Modern Latin America 1800-pres - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 204

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OEC 204

Course Registration Number:

42546 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kari E. Zimmerman

This course surveys the historical and cultural developments of Latin America from Independence to the present. Select topics include: political and economic development, race relations, social power and privilege, revolution, urban and rural societies, militarism and the struggle for social justice, and the historical role of the Catholic Church. The relationship between the U.S. and Latin America is examined from a Latin American perspective. This course fulfills the Human Diversity Requirement.

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 216 - 01 Jazz in America - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 110

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

40215 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Christopher S. Kachian

The origins and history of jazz in the United States. Various phases in the development of jazz style are discussed. Blues, ragtime, Dixieland, swing, bop, cool jazz, fusion, as well as other recent developments in jazz performances are investigated. An essential part of the course is the analysis and evaluation of recorded performances by outstanding jazz musicians. Designed for non-majors as well as an elective for music majors interested in jazz. Offered fall semester. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

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Location Time Day(s)
SOCI 251 - 01 Race and Ethnicity M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 452

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OEC 452

Course Registration Number:

40296 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Buffy Smith

Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies and fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

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J-Term 2017 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2017 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ACST 200 - L01 Intro to Amer. Culture & Diff. - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 126

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

JRC 126

Course Registration Number:

20003 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kanishka Chowdhury

In ACST 200, students learn about the historical and theoretical foundations of Cultural Studies as an academic discipline and use cultural theory to analyze a variety of cultural products and representations. In this course, students look specifically at dominant and subversive constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, national and sexual identities, and how these constructions are deployed through cultural practices and productions such as sports, film and television, folklore and popular culture, youth subcultures, music, and so on. For example, the course may contain units on "nation" and the creation of American mythologies; the process of hero-making in American history; stereotypes and the representation of race and ethnicity in television and film; representations of gender and sexuality in advertising; as well as a section on American music from jazz, blues, folk and roots music, to rock and roll, punk, and hip-hop. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 328 - 01 Comm of Race, Class & Gender - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

20672 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Dina Gavrilos

This course focuses on theories and research of the historical and contemporary correlation between gender, race, class, and communicative practices, including rhetorical practice and mass communication content. It includes the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on public speech and debate, political campaigns and communication, organizational leadership, news coverage and advertising. Topics include: gendered perceptions of credibility; who is allowed to communicate and who is silenced due to class and racial privilege; and the impact of gender, race and class stereotypes about human nature, expertise, and abilities on individuals and groups that want to participate in public culture and communication. Students analyze and evaluate their own communicative styles in light of course readings and activities. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference, Justice and Peace Studies, Women¿s Studies, and the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 334 - 01 Literary Journalism - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 318

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OEC 318

Course Registration Number:

22514 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Thomas B. Connery

A look at journalistic writing style as a literary prose form, with emphasis upon late 19th- and 20th-century American writing, and upon the tradition of literary journalism. Newspaper and magazine articles from both centuries and book-length works from the past 50 years will be read and discussed. Students will have the option of writing a research essay or a literary journalistic article for the final project. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 215 - 01 American Authors II - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 204

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OEC 204

Course Registration Number:

21870 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Andrew J. Scheiber

How did the modern warfare of World War I change those who fought and those who stayed at home? Why did so many of the best American artists flee to Paris? How did the traditionalism and stability of the 1950s lead to the radicalism and rebellion of the 60s? How has technology, from the typewriter to the internet, reshaped literature? Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework though extensive readings in American literature from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Threaded throughout the literature are themes such as progress and innovation, war, the “lost generation,” the New Woman, race, and conformity and individuality. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 465 - D01 Capstone: Viol in Am Pol Trad M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 SCB 206

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

SCB 206

Course Registration Number:

22240 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

David C. Williard

History seminars involve students (primarily, though not exclusively, majors and minors) with the methodological and historiographical dimensions of research in the seminar's topic. Students in the seminar will complete and present to other members of the class a significant research project. Prerequisites: at least three History courses numbered 200 or above, including one of the following: HIST 210, 262, 266, 268, 353, 355, 358, 366, 371, 372.

Schedule Details

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SOCI 251 - 01 Race and Ethnicity - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 204

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

MHC 204

Course Registration Number:

20673 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Jennifer L. Trost

Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies and fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

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Additional Approved Courses

J-Term 2017

COJO 370U-A01 Hawaii: Multicultural Communication in Diverse Organizations
Study Abroad Course
Dr. Debra Petersen / Dr. Tim Scully

In "Hawai’i: Multi-Cultural Communication in Diverse Organizations," we examine the concepts, theories, and realities of the way individuals and groups work and communicate in organizations where culture and multiculturalism play a primary or prominent role. We do so in Hawaii because our fiftieth state is a microcosm of multi-ethnic cultures and co-cultures, all interacting in a business, retail, nonprofit, and arts environment. Hawaii provides us with a living laboratory in which we can study and experience multicultural communication and organizations.

ENGL 217-01 Multicultural Literature (CRN# 10242)
T/W/R/F 9:00am-12:00pm
Prof. Olga Herrera
What does it mean to be labeled an African American dramatist? A Latino/a poet? A transgender novelist? An Asian American essayist? A Native American environmental writer? How do the varied experiences and backgrounds of authors writing from diverse subject positions inform, mark, and/or transform their writing? How do the works of these writers fit into, conflict with, actively resist, or even redefine the American Literary canon as it has been traditionally understood? These questions and more will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive reading of literature from: a) American communities of color; b) postcolonial peoples; c) immigrant and/or diasporic peoples; or d) LGBTQ communities. This course will focus on the literary and cultural texts of one or more of these groups with an emphasis on the cultural, political, and historical contexts that surround them. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

HIST 114-L01 Modern U.S. from Global Perspective (CRN# 10110)
T/W/R/F 9:00am-12:00pm
Prof. Anne Klejment

Social, political, cultural, and economic history of the peoples of the United States from the Reconstruction period following the Civil War to the present. Special emphasis is given to the relation of racial minorities, ethnic groups, and immigrants to the dominant culture, and to the changing role of the U.S. within its larger global context. Major themes include: Reconstruction, domestic and overseas expansion, industrialization, racism and nativism, world wars, cold war, movements of liberation and reform, and other contemporary issues. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement.

Spring 2017

COJ0 342-01 Media, Culture and Society (CRN# 22436)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Dina Gavrilos

Media, Culture and Society examines the role media play in social and cultural formations. This course looks beyond the media as transmitters of information to their broadest social and cultural effects. Students study media as agents of enlightened social modernism, as political and economic institutions, as purveyors of popular culture, and as aspects of cultural and sub-cultural rituals. History, political economy, critical studies, cultural anthropology, semiotics and sociology are among the areas from which approaches for studying the media are considered in the course. Prerequisite: COJO 211, 212, or permission of instructor.

ENGL 214-L01 American Authors I (CRN# 21494)
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Prof. Kelli Larson
Where does the popular perception of America as the “New World” come from? How could slavery flourish in a land idealizing freedom? Why were immigrants so feared and reviled? Why did expansionism push out some and make millionaires of others? Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive readings from the beginnings of the American literary tradition to the turn of the twentieth century. Threaded throughout the literature are themes such as religious identity, political reform, race, slavery, war, gender, and industrialization. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203 or 204. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement.

ENGL 325-W01 Ethnographic Writing (CRN# 22182)
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
Prof. Todd Lawrence

In this course we will investigate the difficulties, complexities, and limits of ethnography – the attempt to represent culture – by exploring questions such as: What are the limits of representation? Is objectivity possible? What are the ethical responsibilities of writing about others? How do we do ethnography without exploiting research “subjects”? Should ethnography be done at all? In pursuing these questions we will engage ethnographic theory of the last forty years from the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, and folklore, focusing on the ethical turn from ethnography’s colonialist past to a more self-aware, reflexive, and reciprocal ethnography. Theorists will include: James Clifford, George Marcus, Elaine Lawless, Clifford Geertz, Kamala Visweswaran, and others. We will also sample ethnographies of the 20th century – from Bronislaw Malinowski to Alice Goffman – paying close attention as well to experimental fiction, non-fiction, and filmed works by Zora Neale Hurston, Karen McCarthy Brown, and others – ultimately posing the questions: what counts as ethnography, and what are the possibilities for it? Student ethnographers in this course will work on community-engaged qualitative research projects during the second half of the semester. Projects will likely focus on issues of sustainability, urban farming, land access, food justice and traditions, and/or new immigrant experience. Interdisciplinary in scope, this course should be of special interest to students in COJO, Sociology, English, Social Work, Art History, Geography, and Justice and Peace Studies. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

ENGL 337-01 Latino/Latina Literature (CRN# 21873)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Olga Herrera

Latinos/as, both as a topic for debate and as a voting block, made major headlines during the recent election season. However, the richness of Latino/a culture, language, and experience went undiscussed in most stories. In reality, Latinos are as diverse a group as any major urban population--racially, ethnically, culturally, linguistically and nationally. In this class, we will read contemporary fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry by Latino/a authors that grapples with the multifaceted reality of Latino experience in the United States. As we read these texts, we will ask how authors attempt to define, negotiate, and contest American identity, and how these texts struggle with the relationship of Latinos to the nation in the context of a history of U.S. imperialism. Possible authors to be discussed include Junot Diaz, Ana Menendez, Luis Alberto Urrea, Cristina Garcia, Julia Alvarez, Daniel Alarcon, Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, Achy Obejas, Luis J. Rodriguez, Martin Espada, Josefina Lopez, and Ernesto Quinonez. Texts will be in English, with the possibility of occasional Spanish usage by individual authors. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement of the core curriculum and the Diversity distribution requirement for English majors. For English majors who started at St. Thomas in Fall 2015 or later, this course also satisfies the Context and Convergences distribution requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

FILM 350-01 American Independent Cinema (CRN# 22454)
W 6:00-9:30pm
Prof. Jim Snapko

The Rise of the Independents is designed as an introduction and survey of American independent cinema after 1959 to today. We will begin by discussing the origins of the independent film “movement” in the United States and examine the role of Hollywood in independent filmmaking. Once we establish a historical context the main focus of the course will be toward "alternative" voices in film and how filmmakers express themselves and tell stories outside the mainstream. In this light we will examine the role of gender, race, and class in these films. Students will also analyze several films from disparate eras in the context of their aesthetics, politics, and history and will be expected to complete writing assignments and group presentations on specific topics, directors, and films to demonstrate analytical writing and thought. Prerequisites: None.

HIST 114-03 Modern U.S. from a Global Perspective (CRN# 21600)
T/R 8:00-9:40am
Prof. George Woytanowitz
or
HIST 114-L04 Modern U.S. from a Global Perspective (CRN# 20377)
T/R 5:30-7:15pm
Prof. Meliha Ceric
or
HIST 114-W01 Modern U.S. from a Global Perspective (CRN# 20378)
M/W/F 8:15-9:20am
Prof. Anne Klejment
or
HIST 114-W41 HONORS: Modern U.S. from a Global Perspective (CRN# 20149)
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm
Prof. David Williard
Social, political, cultural, and economic history of the peoples of the United States from the Reconstruction period following the Civil War to the present. Special emphasis is given to the relation of racial minorities, ethnic groups, and immigrants to the dominant culture, and to the changing role of the U.S. within its larger global context. Major themes include: Reconstruction, domestic and overseas expansion, industrialization, racism and nativism, world wars, cold war, movements of liberation and reform, and other contemporary issues. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum. 

HIST 298-L02 History of Modern Brazil (CRN# 22243)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Kari Zimmerman

Political corruption in Brazil is as common as soccer and samba. Nearly two centuries since Independence, Brazil continues to straddle the first and third worlds. It’s a global economic leader and boasts one of the largest and most diverse populations. Yet the country is also characterized by a dramatic wealth gap, political corruption, and social marginalization. Exploring the major themes of Brazilian history from 1800-2010 such as slavery and abolition, patronage, industrialization, immigration, race relations, and environmentalism, the course helps us understand current political, economic, and social contradictions.

HIST 366-W01 History of American Catholic Church (CRN# 21280)
T/R 8:00-9:40am
Prof. Anne Klejment

Analysis of the American Catholic church from the mission era through the post Vatican II period, with emphasis on the diverse populations who have comprised the American Catholic church throughout its history. The focus of the course examines the changing relationship between Catholics, their church, and American society. Topics analyzed include anti-Catholicism and nativism; slavery and other forms of racial and ethnic injustice; economic justice and peace; ethnic and gendered spiritualities; the nature of the pre-Vatican II and post-Vatican II Catholic church. Extensive use of sources generated by minority American Catholics emphasize the rich thought and religious experiences of Catholics from diverse backgrounds. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum and satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Prerequisite: One 100-level history course.

IDSC 291-01 Anatomy of Violence (CRN# 20153)
Tuesdays 6:00-9:15pm
Prof. Paul Schnell
The purpose of this course is to increase the knowledge and understanding of cultural, racial and
interpersonal violence and develop a commitment to promoting a violence-free society. Emphasis is on exploration of the extent, causes and effects of violence and strategies for intervention on the micro and macro levels. Specific areas of study include domestic/partner abuse, child abuse/neglect, peer/date violence, elder abuse, sexual assault/sexual harassment, cultural violence, racism and other systemic oppression. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. 

JPST 280-01 Active Nonviolence (CRN# 20460)
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Prof. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

Active nonviolence as a means for societal defense and social transformation analyzed through case studies of actual nonviolent movements, examining their political philosophy and how this philosophy is reflected in their methods and strategies. Examples of possible case studies include: Mahatma Gandhi's movement for a free India, Danish resistance to Nazi occupation, the struggle for interracial justice in the United State, an integrated Canada-to-Cuba peace-and-freedom walk, the campaign to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas (WHINSEC), fair trade movements, and the Honeywell Project. The course emphasizes the theory and active practice of nonviolence as well as oral histories of successful nonviolent movements. Usually offered every semester. 

JPST 355-D01 Public Policy Analysis & Advocacy (CRN# 21068)
T/R 3:25-5:00pm
Prof. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

In this class students will investigate how and why particular policies are developed, proposed, adopted, and implemented; will explore how social values shape and impact public policies; and will learn how to frame issues in ways that allow for more effective advocacy. The class will examine the relative power of diverse corporate and non-profit sectors in influencing policy debates and outcomes, including the role of think tanks. Students will analyze the limitations and strengths of diverse approaches to advocacy ranging from third-party appeals and solidarity efforts to elite decision makers, as well as the prospects for a politics of agency rooted in citizen-centered politics in which people mobilize to meet the needs of their communities. The course will integrate basic theory, interaction with public policy analysts and advocates, personal experience in persuasive advocacy, and case studies focused on issues such as climate change, economic inequality, land-food-hunger, and approaches to health care. Assignments will introduce students to various tools for persuasive advocacy and allow them to develop skill sets for using them. 

JPST 375-D01 Conflict Analysis and Transformation (CRN# 21070)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Amy Finnegan

An introduction to issues surrounding conflict and the resolution of conflict in today's world focusing primarily on its contextual manifestation at the international, regional and intrastate levels. The course will explore important structural, social and psychological explanations of conflict. Attention will be given to ethnic and nationalist themes surrounding conflicts and their resolution at the intrastate and international levels. The course will examine how different types of intervention affect conflicts (the media, force, other types of third party intervention). Effective methods that foster an environment conducive to resolving or managing disputes will be studied. As part of the final task, the course will critically study how institutions such as power-sharing arrangements, federalism, and the rule of law figure into establishing a lasting basis for peaceful co-existence. For Justice and Peace Studies majors doing a concentration in Conflict Transformation, the course will complement JPST 370 Conflict Mediation, but there are no prerequisites and the course is open to students in other majors. 

MUSC 133-L01 Music of the U.S.: Aural and Written (CRN# 20451)
Thursday 8:00-9:40am
Prof. Sarah Schmalenberger
This course focuses on the study of U.S. music within its cultural context. The course, with its emphasis on listening analysis, and vocabulary development will contain 1) music of aural traditions to include jazz, popular, and ethnic music and 2) music of written traditions to include art music and jazz. Prerequisite: Music majors or permission of instructor. Please note that this is a 2-credit course.

MUSC 162-01 Roots of Blues, Rock, Country (CRN# 21621)
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
STAFF

This course traces the development of American popular music from its roots through multiple genres such as minstrelsy, jazz, big band, swing, crooning, jump blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, country, western, folk/protest, and rock 'n' roll, concluding with the British Invasion. Popular music development is critically examined through four interrelated driving forces: identity (ethnicity, gender, culture, generation), centers vs. peripheries (the established vs. the innovative), technology (impact on musical performance and listening), and business/law (commercial competition and development). Multimedia presentations include extensive audio and video support. Designed for the Popular Music minor, this course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum. 

POLS 205-L01 Citizen Participation & Public Policy (CRN# 20301)
T/R 8:00-9:40am
Prof. Angela High-Pippert
This course focuses on American politics and public policy, with an emphasis on what both citizens and governments do, why they do it, and what difference it makes. It examines aspects of the policy process, such as agenda-setting and issue attention cycles, before covering substantive public policy issues such as education, civil rights, health care, energy and the environment, defense, and immigration. The ways in which citizens influence the public policy process through elections, interest groups, and measures of public opinion will also be considered. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor. 

POLS 305-01 Congress and the Presidency (CRN# 22245)
M/W/F 1:35-2:40pm
Prof. Steven Maloney

The institutions of Congress and the Presidency will be examined in this course, both independently and in the larger policymaking context of repeated interactions. Concepts such as representation, elections, cooperation, and what “success” looks like will be discussed, both in the contemporary context and with an eye towards the institution’s historical development. Prerequisite: POLS 205 or permission of the instructor. 

SOCI 350-W01 Social Inequality: Privilege and Power (CRN# 20562)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
STAFF

This course identifies and investigates the following topics: general principles of stratification, theoretical explanations by which inequality emerges and is maintained, the relationship between social class and other forms of inequality in the United States including gender, race, and changes in social hierarchy over time. The course will explore issues such as poverty, welfare, occupational prestige, meritocracy, and class prestige. Although primary focus is on the United States, the course also examines global inequality. Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or SOCI 110 and Junior standing.

THEO 463-L01 The Bible & American Politics (CRN# 22512)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. David Landry

or
THEO 463-L02 The Bible & American Politics (CRN# 22513)
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm
Prof. David Landry

This course examines the use and misuse of the Bible and its political teachings in American political history. Readings and discussions will address the political message of the Bible, the question of whether the Bible played any substantial role in the creation of the American polity, and the way in which particular biblical passages, themes, and schools of interpretation have functioned in American political discourse and have influenced the development of American history. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115