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).

Spring 2016 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ACST 200 - 01 Intro to Amer. Culture & Diff. - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 210

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

MHC 210

Course Registration Number:

20003

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:

20728

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 213 or junior standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 340 - 01 Television Criticism - - - R - - - 1800 - 2130 MHC 210

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2130

Location:

MHC 210

Course Registration Number:

20983

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kevin O. Sauter

This course will provide students with the opportunity to understand television as a text situation in a cultural context. It will examine television from a critical perspective, review a wide variety of program genres and incorporate several theoretical orientations to the qualitative analysis of TV. Students, along with reading about and discussion of critical perspectives, watch programs such as comedies, dramas, news, advertisements, miniseries, etc., and write several critical analyses of the programs.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 430 - 01 Society, Culture and the Media - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

22500

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Dina Gavrilos

Society, Culture and the Media examines the role media play in social and cultural formations. The 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 213, or permission of instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SOCI 251 - 01 Race and Ethnicity M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 209

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OEC 209

Course Registration Number:

20729

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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Summer 2016 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2016 Courses

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

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

41371

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 326 - 01 Modern American Rhetoric - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

42598

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

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:

40663

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 213 or junior standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 338 - 0 Political Communication - - W - - - - 1800 - 2130 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2130

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

42601

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Debra L. Petersen

Political Communication is a survey of how politicians use various communication strategies, particularly during campaigns, in local, state and national elections to influence public and legislative audiences. Examination of oral presentations, electronic media, written materials, and web-based appeals will be central to the course. Students will apply theory to specific political situations and candidates, will conduct interviews, and will write papers and make presentations on their findings. Prerequisite: COJO 212 or junior standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 430 - 01 Society, Culture and the Media - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

41538

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Dina Gavrilos

Society, Culture and the Media examines the role media play in social and cultural formations. The 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 213, or permission of instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 215 - L01 American Authors II M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40579

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Olga L. Herrera

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 116 - PW1 Afr Amer Hist Glob Persp M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

Course Registration Number:

41541

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; African American culture; migration; black nationalism and independent Africa; the freedom movements of the North and South; and African American popular culture. This course fulfills the general education requirement in historical studies.

Schedule Details

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

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

Course Registration Number:

41887

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; African American culture; migration; black nationalism and independent Africa; the freedom movements of the North and South; and African American popular culture. This course fulfills the general education requirement in historical studies.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 210 - 01 Modern Latin America 1800-pres - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42546

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kari E. Zimmerman

A survey of the historical and cultural developments of Latin America from the movement for Latin American independence to the present. Selected topics include: the struggle for social justice, political instability, economic dependence, race relations, revolution, rural societies, militarism and the relationship between the United States and Latin American countries. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

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

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.

Schedule Details

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

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40296

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SPAN 332 - 01 Latin Amer Cult & Civil M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

Course Registration Number:

41207

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Paola B. Ehrmantraut

Physical and human geography. History of Latin America from pre-Hispanic civilizations through modern times. Political problems. Rural Latin America. Latin American society, cultural values. Religion. Economic problems. Offered in spring semester. Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 300, 301, 305 or their equivalents with a C- or better in each course

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Additional Approved Courses

Fall 2015

COJO 332-01 Documentary: American Culture (CRN# 42814)
M 6:00-9:30pm
Prof. Luann Lippold
This course provides an overview of documentary television and film as part of American culture. Class sessions will focus on how to analyze and interpret claims particular documentaries make, while providing a foundation for understanding aesthetic, rhetorical, and political economic conventions that help shape the meaning of each documentary. To this end, this course will center on current theoretical dilemmas and debates in documentary filmmaking, including questions of how to define documentary, what constitutes the ethical treatment of documentary subjects and subject matter, and how documentaries construct and position audiences. We will explore the concepts of reality, truth and authority, through a variety of readings and viewings.

ENGL 217-01 Multicultural Literature (CRN# 40449)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Todd Lawrence
This course will focus on extensive reading of a broad selection of authors drawn from the literature of one of the following: (a) American communities of color; (b) postcolonial peoples; (c) diasporic peoples. Students will engage in close analysis of literary texts from at least one such literary tradition, with some attention to historical and cultural contexts. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

ENGL 371-01 19th-Century American Literature (CRN# 42429)
M/W/F 12:15-1:20pm
Prof. Laura Zebuhr
This course offers an intensive focus on selected aspects of American literature from the early Romantic movement (approximately 1820) to the turn of the twentieth century. Attention will be given to the diverse literary, cultural, and historical contexts that inform the literature being studied, as well as to relevant critical approaches and issues. Possible authors studied include Emerson, Fuller, Douglass, Clemens, Dickinson. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

HIST 298-01 Women and Family in the Americas (CRN# 42477)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Kari Zimmerman
This course examines how seemingly impersonal forces are historically associated with personal changes for women and the family across the Americas. We will analyze how women and the family intersected with the economy, politics, and society. A comparative approach allows for consideration of national circumstances and social norms regarding race, ethnicity, and class. Examining the history of women and the family throughout the Americas also highlights similarities and differences within the reciprocal relationship between private lives and public policy. Topics include working women and the family economy, slavery, political rights and protective legislature, social movements, youth culture and immigration. Understanding the history of women and the family helps explain current contentions over women’s roles and modern family structure. Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

IDSC 455-458 Writing for Social Change (Contact UST Study Abroad Office to Register)
NOTE: This course is 16 credits; 8 credits may be applied towards the American Culture & Difference minor.
HECUA Faculty, Taught at off-campus location
Writing for Social Change is based on the longstanding tradition in Western culture of using literature as a tool for social critique, as a means of calling for social change and justice, and as a tool for social transformation. The program combines traditional methods of literary and cultural analysis with creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and makes use of HECUA’s approach to interdisciplinary, reflective critique. The program explores the ways creative writers and literature impact communities, and examines the role creative writers and literature play in addressing pressing social issues. Writing for Social Change combines critical, analytical seminars, creative writing workshops, field study, and a professional internship with a Twin Cities nonprofit, literary arts organization, or K-12 school in need of reading/writing tutors, to give students an integrated, experiential learning opportunity. For additional information, check out the HECUA website.

JPST 280-01 Active Nonviolence (CRN# 40572)
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 365-01 Leadership for Social Justice (CRN# 41586)
T/R 3:25-5:00pm
Prof. Michael Klein
Leadership for Social Justice examines the arc of leadership through the process of creating, sustaining, then institutionalizing positive social change. The course examines models and case studies of authoritative, positional, influential and situational leadership in diverse settings such as community organizing, social movements, social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. The course also explores approaches to ethical leadership and provides opportunities for students to develop the skills and vision needed to become ethical leaders for social justice. Students will analyze the role of leadership in the tensions between preserving order and promoting transformation. They will develop a critical approach to the dynamics of power in order to effect systemic change.

MUSC 162-01 Roots of Blues, Rock, Country (CRN# 40812)
M/W 1:35-3:10
Prof. Mark Schroepfer
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 205-01 Intro to American Public Policy Process (CRN# 40296)
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Prof. Angela High-Pippert
A survey of the way public policy is made in the American political system including agenda-setting, formulation of alternative policy choices, representation of interests and selection and implementation of policy options. Public policy case studies will be used as illustrations. Students also will be introduced to data analysis as a tool for policy evaluation. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor

POLS 275-01 Intro to American Political Thought (CRN# 40298)
M/W/F 12:15-1:20pm
Prof. Steve Hoffman
The course offers a survey of important American political themes, essays, and writers. Critical foundational documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as debates and speeches central to American political thought, including the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, and great political speeches of the 20th century, are examined. Mainstream writers such as Jefferson, Thoreau, Dewey, Debs, Mencken, and Walzer are reviewed as well as generally overlooked women and minority writers such as Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady-Stanton. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 301-01 American Political Behavior (CRN# 42483)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Angela High-Pippert
An examination of the political attitudes and behavior of the public, as well as the linkages between the public and their government. Topics include: public opinion; political psychology; political participation; voting; elections; political parties; interest groups; and the mass media. The emphasis is on the American system, but comparisons will be made with other democratic systems. Attention also will be paid to survey research as a principal method by which these topics are studied. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor

SOCI 110-01 Social Problems (CRN# 40319)
M/W/F 8:15-9:20am
Prof. Buffy Smith
OR
SOCI 110-02 Social Problems (CRN# 42451)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Buffy Smith
Contemporary society is confronted with a number of serious problems that are often global in their impact. This course explores the causes, effects, and proposed solutions to some of these major social issues. Special attention is given to issues of inequality (such as racism, sexism, and poverty) and problems in core institutions (such as family violence, unequal educational opportunities, and unemployment). This course meets a requirement in the Justice and Peace Studies program and fulfills the Social Analysis and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

SOCI 350-01 Social Inequality: Privilege and Power (CRN# 40323)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Buffy Smith
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.

J-Term 2016

ENGL 217-01 Multicultural Literature (CRN# 10242)
T/W/R/F 9:00am-12:00pm
Prof. Shandi Wagner
This course will focus on extensive reading of a broad selection of literature by women authors of American communities of color. Students will engage in close analysis of literary texts from this literary tradition, paying some attention to historical and cultural contexts. Texts will include selections from the nineteenth and twentieth century and represent a range of communities, including memoirs and fiction by African-American, Hispanic-American, and Asian-American women. Possible texts include Anzaldua's BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA, Butler's KINDRED, Kingston's THE WARRIOR WOMAN and Jacob's INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum and satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Spring 2016

ENGL 214-01 American Authors I (CRN# 22300)
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
Prof. Andrew Scheiber
The study of significant American authors from the beginnings of American literature to the turn of the twentieth century. This survey course will consider the diverse literary, cultural, and historical contexts from which the American literary tradition has arisen. Possible authors studied include Hawthorne, Douglass, Jacobs, Fuller, Dickinson, Clemens, Jewett, Cooper, Wheatley, Whitman, and Native American voices. Prerequisites: ENGL 201,202, 203, or 204

ENGL 304-EW1 Analytical and Persuasive Writing (CRN# 21189)
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm
Dr. Lucia Pawlowski

Writing is not just about describing our world, but changing our world, and in ENGL 304: Analytical and Persuasive Writing, we will use "community writing" to change our world. In this course, students will write for social justice by partnering with one of four non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities to make this change. Are you committed to fighting misogyny, racism, heterosexism, and cycles of poverty? If so, ENGL 304 is for you. Students who write for the Domestic Abuse Project will interview and write profiles of therapists and advocates in the organization. Other students will write blog entries for Aeon, an organization committed to affordable housing; or use social media writing to find ambassadors for the Dining Out for Life event on April 24 hosted by the Aliveness Project, an organization that provides community and programs to those affected by HIV/AIDS; or write a “Mythbuster” web page for Jeremiah’s Hope for Change, an anti-bullying organization. Throughout the semester, students will read scholarship to see examples of writing throughout the 20th century that forged social change (such as Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING, Betty Friedan's THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE, and Michelle Alexander's THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS); students will interrogate their own privilege (class, race, gender, and sexuality) in the service learning situation; and finally, students will gain basic interpersonal skills (emailing, scheduling meetings, following-up, etc.) to work in the non-profit world. Students should not expect this course, even given its service learning component, to exceed the amount of time they would regularly spend on a rigorous 300-level class; that is, although students will need to make 2-3 site visits to their service learning site over the course of the semester, the service learning component is fully integrated into the course and not an extra requirement added on to the 4 credit course load. This course counts towards the writing distribution requirement for English majors and satisfies the core curriculum Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Please be advised that this course does not count towards the UST core literature and writing requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

ENGL 324-L21 Genre: Rise of the American Novel (CRN# 21890)
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Dr. Heather Bouwman
In this course we'll read several novels, tracing the development of the American novel from its beginnings in the late 1700's through the so-called "American Renaissance" of the 1850's, finishing with the move to realism and naturalism in the late 1800's/early 1900's. We'll read and discuss popular fiction as well as literary fiction, from a broad sampling of authors, looking also at the ways that the novel as a form developed over the long 19th century, and also looking at the way the novel as a physical object--and as a commodity--changed over the years. This course satisfies both the Early and the American Literature distribution requirement for English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

HIST 114-W02 Modern U.S. from a Global Perspective
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. David Williard
or
HIST 114-W03 Modern U.S. from a Global Perspective
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
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.

HIST 366-W01 History of American Catholic Church (CRN# 21451)
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# 20162)
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# 20500)
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# 21157)
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# 21159)
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 133-01 Music of the U.S.: Aural and Written (CRN# 20489)
Wednesdays 5:30-7:00pm
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# 22459)
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 104-01 American Government in Comparative Perspective (CRN# 20610)
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm
Prof. Steven Maloney
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POLS 104-02 American Government in Comparative Perspective (CRN# 20611)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Arijit Mazumdar
An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum. 

POLS 205-L01 Intro to American Public Policy Process (CRN# 20301)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Steven Maloney
A survey of the way public policy is made in the American political system including agenda-setting, formulation of alternative policy choices, representation of interests and selection and implementation of policy options. Public policy case studies will be used as illustrations. Students also will be introduced to data analysis as a tool for policy evaluation. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor

POLS 302-01 Women and Politics (CRN# 21430)
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm
Prof. Angela High-Pippert
An examination of the political involvement of women. Topics include: the representation of women, feminism as a social movement, the campaign strategies and styles of women candidates, the election of women to local, state, and national office, and the differences that women make in public office. Emphasis is on women in the United States, but comparisons will be made with women in other countries. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor

POLS 404-D01 Seminar in American Politics (CRN# 22305)
M/W 3:25-5:00pm
Prof. Angela High-Pippert
This course is designed as a capstone experience in American politics.  Since the readings cover diverse aspects of American politics, you will be able to use what you have learned in other political science courses about public opinion, political participation, political parties, political institutions, and public policy to enhance your understanding of this material.  An additional aspect of this seminar includes empirical analysis of public opinion data, which will not only enhance your citizenship skills, but also your ability to market your political science skills on the job market.  POLS 404 also includes a professional development aspect, which will allow you to begin translating your academic experiences in political science into more applied settings.

SOCI 350-W01 Social Inequality: Privilege and Power (CRN# 20609)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Buffy Smith
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.

SPAN 490-D01 Topics: Spanish in U.S. (CRN# 22591)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Susanna Perez Castillejo
This course covers the development and contemporary use of Spanish in the United States. Students will examine the major varieties of Spanish in the US and the effects of the linguistic contact between Spanish and English (code-switching, loan words). Topics discussed include bilingualism, language acquisition, language maintenance and loss, ‘Spanglish,’ the Official English movement, linguistic ideology and language attitudes, and the interaction between language, gender, ethnicity, race and social class. Class discussion will be entirely in Spanish and readings (articles and book chapters) will be mostly in Spanish, and some in English. Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 300, 301, and 305 or their equivalent with a C- or better in each course.