International Summer Study Courses

The core of our program centers around academics. International Summer Study offers you more than 50 course options to learn something new or build upon what you already know. Program students enroll in two courses, with an option to add-on a bonus one-credit course, earning up to 7 units of credit at the end of the program. Explore the course options available for both Session A and Session B below.

Session A Courses (June 7 - July 13, 2019)

International Summer Study offers a variety of academic courses that allow you to discover, innovate, and broaden your horizon. Students admitted to Session A will select two (2) courses from the list of options below. Expand the subject sections below to review details about each course offering.

African & African-American Studies

James Baldwin: Life, Letters & Legacy 
L90 3422, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

In his 1972 essay No Name in the Street James Baldwin recounts that he could never in good conscience just write, because he had never been just a writer. Indeed, Baldwin saw himself as a "public witness to the situation of black people," compelled to speak truth to power in whatever form he deemed necessary. Baldwin as: black, gay, man, American, author, activist, and so much more, has served as an essential figure in theorizing alterities of the presumed rigidity of these very concepts. In this respect, this course will center Baldwin the thinker as much as Baldwin the author. We will examine his classic novels and essays as well as his work across many less-examined domains - theatre, sermon, dialogue, film, short story. Moreover, while committing ourselves to close reading methods, we will situate Baldwin's works within socio-historical context and consider how he shaped, and was shaped by, events beginning with the Civil Rights Era through our precarious contemporary moment in which he remains, often tragically, a timely voice.

American Culture Studies

Religion and American Society
L98 2010, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

This course explores religious life in the United States. We will focus our study on groups and movements that highlight distinctive ways of being both "religious" and "American," including the Americanization of global religions in the US context. Major themes will include religious encounter and conflict; secularization, resurgent traditionalism, and new religious establishments; experimentalism, eclecticism, and so-called "spiritual" countercultures; the relationship between religious change and broader social and political currents (including clashes over race, class, gender, and sexuality); and the challenges of religious multiplicity in the US. You will: 1) acquire knowledge of the disparate religions practiced in North America during the twentieth century and beyond; 2) examine some of the chief conflicts as well as alliances between religion and the American social order in a global context; and 3) develop interpretive tools for understanding religion´s present and enduring role in the US and the world.


Race and American Popular Music
L98 220, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

In 2018, opposition ads attacked Antonio Delgado, an African American New York congressional candidate, for his past performances as a rapper. In response, Delgado's supporters accused his critics of racism, pointing out that his prior musical career should have no bearing on his ability to represent his constituents. In the process both sides highlighted the means by which one of the most popular musical genres of the last 40 years remains indelibly racialized. The interrelated histories of race, popular music, and power in American life reverberate through Delgado's story and through the everyday cultural lives of Americans. This course surveys American popular music through the lens of race. Weighted toward the twentieth century, we will study the role of genre marketing, segregation, migration, and other factors on the production and reception of popular music. Our study will consider both the cultural systems that generate and maintain racialization in American society and notable figures who have operated within and upon those systems, including artists such as Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, and Miley Cyrus. We will explore multiple popular genres including minstrelsy, jazz, rock, soul, country, and hip-hop. While our course will primarily cover the musical conduits between black and white Americans, we will also touch on the music of other ethnicities and immigrant groups. Our analysis will incorporate methods from the fields of musicology, history, and cultural studies. Student assignments will include reading, listening, online discussion, and in-class discussion components. The ability to read music is not required for this class. Attendance is mandatory during the first week.

Anthropology

Introduction to Human Evolution 
L48 150, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m - 12:45 p.m.

This course is a survey of the fossil evidence for human evolution. The course includes discussion of the genetics of human variation and evolution, the study of living nonhuman primates, and the fossil record and its interpretation. An evolutionary perspective is used in an attempt to understand modern humans from the naturalistic point of view.


Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
L48 160B, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

This course covers the basic concepts and theoretical principles of sociocultural anthropology. Course material is presented from Asia, Africa, Melanesia, Latin America, and North America.

Art History & Archaeology

History of Western Art, Architecture & Design
L01 113, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.

A history of the visual arts, including architecture, sculpture, painting, and design, from the ancient world to the present with emphasis on the relationship of art to society and to political and cultural events.

Biology

Introduction to Problem-Based Learning in Biology
L41 112, 3 units
MWF, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This course is for students who are interested in learning how scientists discover the underlying mechanisms of human diseases leading to the development of cures and therapies. In this course, students take responsibility for their own active, inquiry-based learning on biological problems that puzzle modern scientists. Instructors will guide students in researching issues of biological importance using primary literature as their principal resource. Learning how to read and interpret existing research articles from scientific literature is emphasized. Topics covered in this class have included cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, the gut microbiome, and stem cell therapy. Students should have a strong background in general biology and be curious and willing to try an active, non-traditional educational experience. The students will be challenged to use their critical and creative thinking in both independent and group work. Prerequisite: High school biology, preferably an Honors or AP course.


Principles of Biology I
L41 2960, 4 units
M-F, 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.

An introduction to biological molecules and biochemical strategies employed by the three domains of life. The flow of genetic information within cells is discussed in the context of cellular structure, organization, and function. Investigation and manipulation of genetic information by molecular genetic technologies, such as recombinant DNA, forms the final phase of the course. Labs reinforce concepts from lectures and explore common laboratory techniques and computer-based resources. Prerequisites: Chem 111 and Chem 112 (concurrently).

Business

Design Thinking: Human Centered Approaches to Making the World
U44 290, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

This course provides an overview of approaches to design thinking: a process of identifying, creating, and implementing solutions. Through an experiential approach, students learn methods for understanding users' needs, synthesizing complex information, identifying directives for design, generating ideas, prototyping, and communicating solutions. Methodologies will reflect multiple areas, including design, engineering, business, and anthropology. The class operates collaboratively tackling a locally relevant problem, such as active transportation or waste management. Students also explore the role of this process in business, organizations promoting social change, and education through readings, case studies, lectures, guest speakers, discussion, and written exercises. No previous experience in design is required.

Chemistry

General Chemistry I
L07 111A, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Fundamental chemical principles and their applications. Atomic and molecular theories. Law of chemical combination. Periodic classification of the elements. Properties of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions. Prerequisite: two years of high school mathematics and one year each of high school chemistry and physics. Exams at which attendance is required will be given on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00 pm.


General Chemistry I with Lab
L07 151, 4 units
T&Th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (class)
MWF, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lab)

This course provides an introduction to basic laboratory techniques, the experimental method, and the presentation of scientific data, as well as direct experience with chemical principles and the properties and reactions of substances. The topics and experiments in this course complement the material covered in the Chem 111A lecture course.


Organic Chemistry I with Lab
L07 261, 4 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 p.m. (class)
T&Th, 12:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lab)

The first part of a two-semester survey of organic chemistry lecture and lab. The course will include an introduction to organic structures, reactions, and reaction mechanisms. The laboratory is an introduction to methods in organic chemistry including separation and methods of purification of organic compounds. Exams at which attendance is required will be given from 7:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday evenings.

Chinese

Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
L04 342, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

An introduction to the major writers and works of Chinese literature from the turn of the 20th century to the present, including fiction, poetry and film. We look at these works in their relevant literary, socio-political, and cultural contexts (including Western influences). Required for all Chinese majors, and recommended for all Japanese and East Asian Studies majors. No prerequisites; all readings in English translation.

Economics

Introduction to Microeconomics
L11 1011, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Determination of prices; distribution of national income; theory of production. For a thorough introduction to economics, Econ 1021 (104B) also should be taken.


Introduction to Macroeconomics
L11 1021, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Business fluctuations: inflation, recession; monetary and fiscal policy; economic development. For a thorough introduction to economics, Econ 1011 (103B) should also be taken.

English Literature

Banned Books: From The Giver to Lord of the Flies
L14 245, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

In this course we will read a number of Young Adult novels that have been banned and examine what leads to the banning of a book. Why are YA novels particular targets of censorship, and why does society attempt to sanitize narratives about adolescence? The novels we will cover, by Toni Morrison, Stephen Chbosky, William Golding, and Lois Lowry, among others, have been banned in the United States on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. We will gain insight into the controversies these novels started and also consider the themes and questions raised by the texts and their moral implications. In written assignments and class discussion, we will explore what, if anything, these novels have in common and what they may contribute to the study of literature. Students will be asked to engage critically with the texts they encounter and to hone their close reading skills while also considering historical and cultural contexts of the novels. Readings: "The Lord of the Flies," William Golding; "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," Stephen Chbosky; "The Bluest Eye," Toni Morrison; "The Giver," Lois Lowry; "The House on Mango Street," Sandra Cisneros.

English Composition

Exposition: Exploring Culture Identity
U11 204, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

This class explores writing as a means of responding to significant cultural encounters (traveling abroad, reading narratives rooted in national, regional, or ethnic identity, observing local sub-cultures, etc.). The course will consider a broad range of strategies for describing such transformations of cultural identity, including those used both in the humanities and the social sciences. Coursework will include critical and creative responses to texts, events and cultures as well as various forms of ethnographic, autobiographical, and researched writing.

General Studies

Biology of the Brain
L43 120, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

This course is for students who wish to learn about the biology of the nervous system, and the scientific process of understanding how it works. Biology of the Brain will include lecture, discussion, and analysis of cutting edge research, so active participation will be important. We will discuss the gross anatomy and cellular composition of the brain. We will analyze how the brain develops, changes with experience to create memories, and recovers from injury. Along the way, we will discuss nervous system dysfunction a range of contexts such as Addiction, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease.

Legal Studies

American Politics
L84 101B, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.

This course is meant to introduce students to the study of American Politics. We will analyze the origins, developments, actors, institutions, and processes of the American political system. In addition to the three branches of government, we will also cover topics such as public opinion, the media, campaigns and elections, political parties, civil right and liberties, and more. By the end of the class, students should become more careful and insightful consumers of political knowledge.


Biomedical Ethics
L84 233F, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.

A critical examination, in light of contemporary moral disagreements and traditional ethical theories, of some of the moral issues arising out of medical practice and experimentation in our society. May include euthanasia, genetic engineering, abortion, medical malpractice, the allocation of medical resources, and the rights of the patient.

Linguistics

Introduction to Linguistics
L44 170D, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Language is one of the fundamental capacities of the human species, and there are many interesting and meaningful ways in which it can be studied. This course explores the core components of linguistic theory: speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and meaning (semantics). It also provides an overview of interdisciplinary ideas and research on how language is acquired and processed, its relation to the mind-brain and to society, and the question of whether the essential properties of language can be replicated outside the human mind (specifically, in chimpanzees or computer programs).

Mathematics & Statistics

Elementary Probability and Statistics
L24 2200, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

An introduction to probability and statistics. Discrete and continuous random variables, mean and variance, hypothesis testing and confidence limits, nonparametric methods, Student's t, analysis of variance, regression, and contingency tables. Graphing calculator with statistical distribution functions (such as the TI-83) may be required. Prerequisite: Math 131


Matrix Algebra
L24 309, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.

Theory of matrices and vector spaces from a concrete, computational point of view. Topics: row reduction (pivot method), rank and dimension, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and diagonalization of symmetrical matrices. Prerequisite: Math 132.

Philosophy

Biomedical Ethics
L30 233F, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.

A critical examination, in light of contemporary moral disagreements and traditional ethical theories, of some of the moral issues arising out of medical practice and experimentation in our society. May include euthanasia, genetic engineering, abortion, medical malpractice, the allocation of medical resources, and the rights of the patient.

Political Science

American Politics
L32 101B, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.

This course is meant to introduce students to the study of American Politics. We will analyze the origins, developments, actors, institutions, and processes of the American political system. In addition to the three branches of government, we will also cover topics such as public opinion, the media, campaigns and elections, political parties, civil right and liberties, and more. By the end of the class, students should become more careful and insightful consumers of political knowledge.


Introduction to Comparative Politics
L32 102B, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m

One of the primary goals of a course in comparative politics is to familiarize students with a broad array of political systems. The approach taken in this course can best be characterized as the active acquisition and use of a set of tools for looking at the political world. In other words, instead of putting emphasis on what textbook writers think political scientist know, in this course the emphasis is on "how we know what we know" and on building knowledge. This approach equips students with a set of tools to use long after the course is over. These comparative tools are focused on historical, recent, and current events, and students are provided the opportunity to delve more deeply into a study of the parts of the world most they find most interesting.

Psychology & Brain Sciences

Introduction to Psychology
L33 100B, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Survey and analysis of concepts, research, and theory covering the areas of learning, memory, motivation, personality, social, abnormal, clinical, and biological psychology. Introduces the diversity of questions, areas, approaches, research, and theories that compose the study of mind and behavior.


Experimental Psychology
L33 301, 3 units
M-Th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This course provides training in the logic and techniques of psychological research so as to provide students with experience in the design of psychology experiments and interpretation of results. Topics include experimental design and control, library research, quantitative treatment of data, graphical presentation of results, and clarity of scientific writing. Lectures focus on general principles of experimentation, whereas the laboratory sections provide an introduction to a range of psychological phenomena through hands-on experience in experimentation. Each student also completes an independent research project. Declared Psychology majors will have priority. Limited to 10 students per section. Prerequisites: Psych 100B and 300.

Religion & Politics

Religion and American Society
L57 201, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

This course explores religious life in the United States. We will focus our study on groups and movements that highlight distinctive ways of being both "religious" and "American," including the Americanization of global religions in the US context. Major themes will include religious encounter and conflict; secularization, resurgent traditionalism, and new religious establishments; experimentalism, eclecticism, and so-called "spiritual" countercultures; the relationship between religious change and broader social and political currents (including clashes over race, class, gender, and sexuality); and the challenges of religious multiplicity in the US. You will: 1) acquire knowledge of the disparate religions practiced in North America during the twentieth century and beyond; 2) examine some of the chief conflicts as well as alliances between religion and the American social order in a global context; and 3) develop interpretive tools for understanding religion´s present and enduring role in the US and the world.

Sociology

Social Problems & Social Issues
L40 206A, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Through a sociological lens, this course examines the causes and consequences of pressing social problems in America, including drug abuse, crime, poverty and inequality, "modern" racism and sexism, the health care crisis, globalization, and environmental degradation. Interventions guided by sociological paradigms will be offered. This course will be of special interest to those interested in graduate work and career goals in sociology, medicine and health care, social service, health professions, law, public policy, and non-profit and NGO management.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Intro to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
L77 100B, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course will provide an introduction to the major and concepts in the interdisciplinary field of women, gender and sexuality. We will examine the meanings attached to terms such as "man," "woman," "gay," and "sex." Topics discussed may include the history of feminist movements, masculinity, biological frameworks for understanding gender, intimate violence, sexual identities, and intersectionality.

Session B Courses (July 12 - August 16, 2019)

International Summer Study offers a variety of academic courses that allow you to discover, innovate, and broaden your horizon. Students admitted to Session B will select two (2) courses from the list of options below. Expand the subject sections below to review details about each course offering.

American Culture Studies

The American City
L98 276, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

The American city has multiple forms: as a place to live and work, as a measure of economic vitality, as an architectural creation, as a political setting for both the promise and peril of democracy, and as a mythic backdrop for fictive struggles of identity formation and personal liberation. This course will begin a student's exploration of American culture and politics, with St. Louis serving as field laboratory for investigations that will also present the lives of New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia and other cities. American cities carry material evidence of the economic and political reasons that they exist, the transportation networks that shape them, the street plans that give them form, the governments that provide the public good, the people who call them home, the role of public transportation systems, the geography of racial segregation, and the histories of immigrant communities. At the same time, the role of the American city has changed significantly in the 21st century when most Americans now live in suburbs surrounding older cities. Throughout the semester, this course will analyze the material and social culture of American cities through a series of lectures, films and field trips.

Anthropology

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
L48 160B, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

This course covers the basic concepts and theoretical principles of sociocultural anthropology. Course material is presented from Asia, Africa, Melanesia, Latin America, and North America.


Introduction to Archaeology
L48 190B, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Archaeology plays a critical and unique role in understanding the human past. Through study of the methods and theories of archaeology, and a survey of important firsts in the human past, this course introduces students to the way archaeologists use material culture to reconstruct and understand human behavior. Chronologically-ordered case studies from around the globe are used to look at social, ecological, and cultural issues facing humans from the earliest times to the present. Students gain practice reconstructing the past through hands-on participation in two 1-hour labs focusing on lithics and animal bones. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to think critically about how the past is presented, and why, and the importance of the past as it relates to the present and future.


Culture and Environment
L48 361, 3 units
M-F 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

An introduction to the ecology of human culture, especially how "traditional" cultural ecosystems are organized and how they change with population density. Topics include foragers, extensive and intensive farming, industrial agriculture, the ecology of conflict, and problems in sustainability.

Archaeology

Introduction to Archaeology
L52 190B, 3 units
M-F 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Archaeology plays a critical and unique role in understanding the human past. Through study of the methods and theories of archaeology, and a survey of important firsts in the human past, this course introduces students to the way archaeologists use material culture to reconstruct and understand human behavior. Chronologically-ordered case studies from around the globe are used to look at social, ecological, and cultural issues facing humans from the earliest times to the present. Students gain practice reconstructing the past through hands-on participation in two 1-hour labs focusing on lithics and animal bones. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to think critically about how the past is presented, and why, and the importance of the past as it relates to the present and future.

Art History & Archaeology

History of Western Art, Architecture, and Design
L01 113, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

A history of the visual arts, including architecture, sculpture, painting, and design, from the ancient world to the present with emphasis on the relationship of art to society and to political and cultural events.

Biology

Introduction to Problem-Based Learning in Biology
L41 112, 3 units
MWF, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This course is for students who are interested in learning how scientists discover the underlying mechanisms of human diseases leading to the development of cures and therapies. In this course, students take responsibility for their own active, inquiry-based learning on biological problems that puzzle modern scientists. Instructors will guide students in researching issues of biological importance using primary literature as their principal resource. Learning how to read and interpret existing research articles from scientific literature is emphasized. Topics covered in this class have included cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, the gut microbiome, and stem cell therapy. Students should have a strong background in general biology and be curious and willing to try an active, non-traditional educational experience. The students will be challenged to use their critical and creative thinking in both independent and group work. Prerequisite: High school biology, preferably an Honors or AP course.


Principles of Biology II
L41 2970, 4 units
MWF, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MWF, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (lab option 1); or
MWF, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (lab option 2)

A broad overview of genetics, including Mendelian assortment, linkage, chromosomal aberrations, variations in chromosome number, mutation, developmental genetics, quantitative genetics, population genetics, mechanisms of evolution, and phylogenetics. Three lectures and three laboratory periods each week. Exam dates 6:30-8:30 PM on July 26, August 7, and August 16. Prerequisite: Bio 2960, or permission of instructor.


General Biochemistry
L41 451, 4 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
MWF, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

A study of structure-function relationships as applied to carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids; intermediary metabolism of principal cellular components; and general aspects of regulation. Prerequisites: Biol 2970, Chem 252 and permission of department. Recommended for students who have achieved grades of B or better in the prerequisites.

Business

Design Thinking: Human Centered Approaches to Making the World
U44 290, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

This course provides an overview of approaches to design thinking: a process of identifying, creating, and implementing solutions. Through an experiential approach, students learn methods for understanding users' needs, synthesizing complex information, identifying directives for design, generating ideas, prototyping, and communicating solutions. Methodologies will reflect multiple areas, including design, engineering, business, and anthropology. The class operates collaboratively tackling a locally relevant problem, such as active transportation or waste management. Students also explore the role of this process in business, organizations promoting social change, and education through readings, case studies, lectures, guest speakers, discussion, and written exercises. No previous experience in design is required.

Chemistry

Topics in General Chemistry
L07 102, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

This course provides a general introduction to topics including the nature and structure of the atom, quantum chemistry, and the nature of bonding. Students gain familiarity with the way in which a rigorous college chemistry course is taught and receive a realistic exposure to the nature of quizzes and exams. Problem sets, selected readings, and group problem-solving strengthen skills and facilitate learning. Prerequisites: one year of high school chemistry, 2 years of high school algebra.


General Chemistry II
L07 112A, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Continuation of Chem 111A that covers chemical equilibria, ionic equilibria, galvanic cells, chemical potential, and the Laws of Thermodynamics. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I. Exams at which attendance is required will be given on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.


General Chemistry II with Lab
L07 152, 2 units
T&Th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
MWF, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Topics and experiments complement material covered in Chem 112A lecture course.


Organic Chemistry II with Lab
L07 262, 4 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
T&Th, 12:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A course covering certain areas of organic chemistry in more detail than the prerequisite course, with special emphasis on the mechanisms and the synthetic applications of organic reactions and on the organic chemistry of biological compounds. The laboratory includes organic synthesis and spectroscopic techniques. Prerequisite, Chem 261.

Drama

Improvisation
L15 233, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of improvisation. Students are provided with the tools and techniques to develop their artistic voice, both individually and within an ensemble, through various theatre games, exercises, and techniques. Students will build self-confidence, develop creativity, hone presentation skills, and have fun through working collaboratively in an ensemble. Both actors and non-actors are encouraged to take this class.

Earth & Planetary Science

Introduction to Global Climate Change in the 21st Century
L19 111, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Global climate and global climate change and their impacts on life and civilization. Integrated view of global climate and the diverse forces that can alter global climate. Historical and potential future consequences of global climate change on human life, our industrial civilization, and its sustainability.

Economics

Introduction to Microeconomics
L11 1011, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Determination of prices; distribution of national income; theory of production. For a thorough introduction to economics, Econ 1021 (104B) also should be taken.


Introduction to Macroeconomics
L11 1021, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Business fluctuations: inflation, recession; monetary and fiscal policy; economic development. For a thorough introduction to economics, Econ 1011 (103B) should also be taken.

English Composition

Principles of Writing
U11 101, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

This course is about reading well and writing deliberately and sees those two acts as intimately related. Students will read as writers, studying the strategies that writers use to write persuasively, and practicing those strategies in their own writing. The course offers a method for close reading (based on finding meaningful patterns); it offers practice linking claims with evidence for those claims and it offers practice organizing papers using such skills as well-written summaries, theses, transitions, topic sentences, and paragraphs.

English Literature

Illustrating Difference: Young Adult Identity in Graphic Novels
L14 243, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Since its emergence in the 1950s as a distinct literary genre, young adult literature has been tasked with representing the coming-of-age story: this distinct moment in which society imagines young people "find themselves" and construct an identity. But how does one express oneself when there aren't words to describe that self, because of racial, sexual, gendered, abled, or classed differences with American society? How might illustrated texts or graphic novels engender alternative means of expression? Further, how does the intertwining of illustration and text enable the transition from children's literature to adult literature? This course explores these questions through an archive of recent YA graphic novels, comic books, and web comics to consider how this genre confronts, explores, and shapes contemporary identity categories available to young people in America. Whether in the mostly dialogue-less story of deaf children in Wonderstuck, in the ethnic diversification of superheroes with the Muslim Ms. Marvel or Afro-Latino Spiderman, or in the queer kinship in Nimona's fantasy world of shapeshifters and mad scientists, these works enable us to think about this form's storytelling possibilities: to tell kinds of stories not "illustrated" in other genres.

Entrepreneuership

Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts
L62 286
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

It is a little known truth that more entrepreneurs come out of the Arts & Sciences than any other college. This course will begin by exploring why this is so, examining in particular the creative and innovative qualities developed in liberal arts that are crucial to the success of the entrepreneur. We will then move on to examine entrepreneurs in action, hearing from those in the field and reading of others, learning how the liberal arts proved instrumental in various ways to their development and ultimate success as entrepreneurs.

History

The Second World War in History
L22 164, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course is an introduction to World History that uses World War II as a lens to examine the methodologies, approaches and sources historians employ to understand and analyze historical periods. The class will explore the global connections and interactions which characterize World History. The emphasis of this course will be on digging into topics traditionally neglected: the impact of the war on race, gender, family and children; daily life; and daily ethical decision making.


The History of the Civil Rights Movement: Jamestown to Ferguson
U16 3510, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

This course examines the origins, evolution, and impact of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement beginning with the North American slave trade in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, through civil disobedience and race riots in the mid-twentieth century, to the response, locally and nationwide, to Michael Brown's violent death in Ferguson. Special emphasis is placed on tracing its impact and continuing legacy on contemporary ideas and social policies about race, ethnicity, culture and national origin.

Legal Studies

American Politics
L84 101B, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course is meant to introduce students to the study of American Politics. We will analyze the origins, developments, actors, institutions, and processes of the American political system. In addition to the three branches of government, we will also cover topics such as public opinion, the media, campaigns and elections, political parties, civil right and liberties, and more. By the end of the class, students should become more careful and insightful consumers of political knowledge.


Introduction to Logic and Critical Analysis
L84 105G, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course is an introduction to first-order logic. Logic is the study of the formal properties of arguments. In this course we learn how to make arguments precise by formalizing sentences and applying methods of deductive reasoning to prove conclusions. We also discuss the relations between logical reasoning and informal reasoning, and logic and rationality. Why study logic? Logic gives you principles and techniques to distinguish good forms of reasoning, helps you to construct correct arguments, and (to some extent) think orderly. Additionally, logic is essential in other fields that you might also be interested in studying (e.g., mathematics, computer science, linguistics, and analytic philosophy). And of course, logic is a fun and interesting subject in its own right. The course presumes no background in philosophy or logic.


Biomedical Ethics
L84 233F, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

A critical examination, in light of contemporary moral disagreements and traditional ethical theories, of some of the moral issues arising out of medical practice and experimentation in our society. May include euthanasia, genetic engineering, abortion, medical malpractice, the allocation of medical resources, and the rights of the patient.

Linguistics

Introduction to Linguistics
L44 170D, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Language is one of the fundamental capacities of the human species, and there are many interesting and meaningful ways in which it can be studied. This course explores the core components of linguistic theory: speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and meaning (semantics). It also provides an overview of interdisciplinary ideas and research on how language is acquired and processed, its relation to the mind-brain and to society, and the question of whether the essential properties of language can be replicated outside the human mind (specifically, in chimpanzees or computer programs).

Mathematics

Differential Equations
L24 217, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Introduction to ordinary differential equations: first-order equations, linear equations, systems of equations, series solutions, and Laplace transform methods. Computer-aided study of numerical solutions and graphics phase planes. Prerequisite: Math 233 (may be taken concurrently).


Elementary Probability and Statistics
L24 2200, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

An introduction to probability and statistics. Discrete and continuous random variables, mean and variance, hypothesis testing and confidence limits, nonparametric methods, Student's t, analysis of variance, regression, and contingency tables. Graphing calculator with statistical distribution functions (such as the TI-83) may be required. Prerequisite: Math 131.


Matrix Algebra
L24 309, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Theory of matrices and vector spaces from a concrete, computational point of view. Topics: row reduction (pivot method), rank and dimension, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and diagonalization of symmetrical matrices. Prerequisite: Math 132.

Philosophy

Logic and Critical Analysis
L30 100G, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course is an introduction to first-order logic. Logic is the study of the formal properties of arguments. In this course we learn how to make arguments precise by formalizing sentences and applying methods of deductive reasoning to prove conclusions. We also discuss the relations between logical reasoning and informal reasoning, and logic and rationality. Why study logic? Logic gives you principles and techniques to distinguish good forms of reasoning, helps you to construct correct arguments, and (to some extent) think orderly. Additionally, logic is essential in other fields that you might also be interested in studying (e.g., mathematics, computer science, linguistics, and analytic philosophy). And of course, logic is a fun and interesting subject in its own right. The course presumes no background in philosophy or logic.


Great Philosophers
L30 125C, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

What is real beyond perception? What are the limits of human knowledge? What does it mean to act freely? What makes a person good? What makes an act right? And what ultimately matters? In this class, we will confront some of the most puzzling questions we as humans face through discussion of classic philosophical works by some of the greatest minds of all time, including Descartes, Hume, Anscombe, Aristotle, Kant, and Mill.


Biomedical Ethics
L30 233 F, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

A critical examination, in light of contemporary moral disagreements and traditional ethical theories, of some of the moral issues arising out of medical practice and experimentation in our society. May include euthanasia, genetic engineering, abortion, medical malpractice, the allocation of medical resources, and the rights of the patient.

Philosophy - Neuroscience - Psychology (PNP)

Cognitive Neuroscience
L64 3604, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

A general introduction to the underlying principles and mechanisms of brain function that give rise to complex human cognitive behavior. Emphasis will be placed on how emerging methods and approaches from both neuroscience and cognitive psychology have been integrated to yield new insights into the organization and structure of higher mental processes. Topics include perception, attention, memory, language, and executive control. Prerequisite: Psychology 100B.

Political Science

American Politics
L32 101B, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course is meant to introduce students to the study of American Politics. We will analyze the origins, developments, actors, institutions, and processes of the American political system. In addition to the three branches of government, we will also cover topics such as public opinion, the media, campaigns and elections, political parties, civil right and liberties, and more. By the end of the class, students should become more careful and insightful consumers of political knowledge.


International Politics
L32 103B, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Globalization, the accelerating rate of interaction between people of different countries, creates a qualitative shift in the relationship between nation-states and national economies. Conflict and war is one form of international interaction. Movement of capital, goods, services, production, information, disease, environmental degradation, and people across national boundaries are other forms of international interactions. This course introduces the study of global political-economic relations. We focus upon building a toolkit that will help us understand the micro-foundations of the globalization of material and social relations.

Psychology

Introduction to Psychology
L33 100B, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Survey and analysis of concepts, research, and theory covering the areas of learning, memory, motivation, personality, social, abnormal, clinical, and biological psychology. Introduces the diversity of questions, areas, approaches, research, and theories that compose the study of mind and behavior.


Cognitive Neuroscience
L64 3604, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

A general introduction to the underlying principles and mechanisms of brain function that give rise to complex human cognitive behavior. Emphasis will be placed on how emerging methods and approaches from both neuroscience and cognitive psychology have been integrated to yield new insights into the organization and structure of higher mental processes. Topics include perception, attention, memory, language, and executive control. Prerequisite: Psychology 100B.

Sustainability

Foundations and Practice of Sustainability
U19 205, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

This interdisciplinary course serves as an introduction to sustainability concepts, sustainability practice, and systems thinking. Students in this course will develop and articulate a common understanding of foundational sustainability concepts, including definitions, global challenges, human impacts, and approaches to sustainability solutions. Students will also start to understand and develop the competencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes) needed for success as a sustainability advocate or practitioner in professional settings, including systems thinking, strategic planning, group collaboration, and communicating the case for sustainability to various and specific audiences.

One-Credit Bonus Courses

Extend your academic exposure by adding on a one-credit course. The options below may be added as a seventh credit (to a two-class, or six-credit academic load) at no extra cost.

Dance

Tap Dance: Beginning (Available in Session A and Session B)
U31 225, 1 unit
M&W, 5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Introduction to basic tap steps and rhythms. Development of awareness of varied tap dance styles. No previous dance training required.


Body Conditioning (Available in Session A only)
U31 104
M&W, 5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

This course improves flexibility, alignment, muscle strength, and movement awareness through a combination of methods derived from yoga, Pilates-based work, and basic dance techniques. Includes comparison of breathing techniques in yoga and the Pilates method. Students should bring a mat and be prepared for rigorous work. No prerequisites.

Music

How to Listen to Popular Music (Available in Session B only)
U24 1061, 1 unit
M&W, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Learn to talk and write about popular music. We will consider all kinds of popular music: American and not, from the entire history of recorded sound. Issues of technology, the music industry, genre, musical form and style, gender, sexuality, and social class will all be considered. Coursework includes listening to and reading about music, writing in various online-friendly formats, and making short videos and podcasts.

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