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Courses to Consider

This page is intended to promote courses with which you may not be familiar. As you prepare for registration we encourage you to consider including one or more of these courses in your spring schedule.


Indigenous People of Americas (ANTH 307; cross listed with Amst 391)
17048; T,R 3:00 pm-4:15 pm; Jan French
Because “the Americas” is a very large area with many countries, we will be choosing a limited number of locations to consider.  And because anthropology requires us to examine local circumstances with care and precision, much of the reading will be ethnographic in nature – examining a particular place, time, and people.  We will be supplementing this with historical and comparative information provided at some points by designated reading and at other points by films and the professor.  It is crucial to recall that North America was colonized primarily by the British and French and that Central and South America were colonized primarily by the Spanish and Portuguese.  These make for important differences both between North and South and between those countries colonized by different European countries.  The rights of indigenous groups are “protected” by national, international, local laws, and in North America treaties.    Over the past several centuries indigenous communities and individuals have interacted with a variety of European and African peoples and cultures with varying degrees of intensity so that by the 21st century all the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere have made cultural adaptations.  We will consider how nation-states are influencing and being influenced by indigenous populations, both internally and those who are migrating.
Prerequisite(s): Anthropology 101.

Latin America: An Ethnographic Perspective (ANTH 308)
17049; T,R 12:00 pm-1:15 pm; Jan French
Although “Latin America” only came into common discourse in the nineteenth century, today we think of it as a natural category.  In this course, we will first consider the history of Latin America, consider whether there is such a thing as Latin America in itself or if its existence can be attributed to an opposition to North America.  This is why it is crucial that we consider the experiences of people from Latin America in the United States.  We will focus on books, primarily ethnographic texts, so we can dig deeply into specific places and peoples’ lives.  By focusing on ethnographies, we will also gain a general sense of methodology and key theoretical debates in cultural anthropology and in cultural studies.
Prerequisite(s): Anthropology 101.

Classical Studies

Special Topics: Writing Systems of the World (CLSC 398:02)
17270; M,W 1:30 pm-2:45 pm; TBA
Description: Writing is arguably mankind’s most important cultural achievement. In this course, we will trace its development from Sumerian clay tablets to your messaging app. Along the way, we will consider the relationship between writing and “modern” civilization, language, law, and verbal art. We will also learn to identify the major writing systems of the world and to understand how they work.
Prerequisite(s): None


American Cultural and Intellectual History (HIST 216)
CRN 17089; TR 1:30-2:45 pm; Nicole Sackley
A survey of American cultural debates since the Civil War, from Victorianism to the culture wars. Topics will include visions of capitalism and the social order, race and pluralism, gender and sexuality, mass culture, environmentalism, and the role of science, intellectuals, and expertise in American life.
Prerequisite(s): None

Reformation Europe (HIST 233)
CRN 17090; MW 9:00-10:15 am; Sydney Watts
Five hundred years ago Luther posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg. But he, alone, did not make the Reformation. This course goes beyond the familiar reformer to examine the social movements, political struggles, and military conquests that shattered Christendom and made a pluralistic society. The class is OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS.
Prerequisite(s): None

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Contemporary Chinese Pop Culture (LLC 220)
17171; R 3:00-5:30 p.m.; Gengsong Gao
As China plays an increasingly important role in the world, its popular culture has also become part of our everyday life in the millennium. In this course, we will read pop fictions, watch blockbusters, sitcoms, and reality TV shows, and listen to songs that topped Chinese pop music list over the last twenty years. We will connect these cultural forms to current conversations and debates concerning youth culture, political participation, identity formation, intensifying globalization, and the loss of tradition. Students will also be invited to select class readings/viewings and create their own pop culture products. This course counts toward the Chinese Studies major/minor requirements and the International Studies (Asia concentration) major requirements. No prior knowledge or prerequisite is needed.
Prerequisite(s): None

Bolsheviks, Bombs, and Ballet (LLC 335)
CRN 17170; TR 10:30-11:45 a.m.; Yvonne Howell
Survey of intellectual and scientific life, artistic movements, and popular culture under communism in the Soviet Union. Interdisciplinary focus on the arts, music, science, and literature with attention to complicated relations between official and private culture.
Meets general education requirement: FSHT
Prerequisite(s): None


Speccial Topics: Global Social Change (SOC 279: 03)
CRN 17220; M,W 3:00-4:15 p.m.; Yetkin Borlu
What is globalization? You have probably head the word before since it is so commonly used in the media. It has become a buzzword used to denote both good and bad things. For some, globalization is synonymous with the spread of free market capitalism. For others, it is the source of economic domination and oppression of poor nations by rich ones. For sociologists, this focus on economics is too narrow. Globalization has economic, political, social, cultural and ideological aspects. In this class we will examine several complex and connected international issues – including global inequality, wealth and poverty, population growth, hunger, social movements, gender, and environmental degradation-within the context of the dramatic changes taking place on a worldwide level that are collectively termed globalization.
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 101.

Race and Crime (SOC 279)
CRN 17052; T,R 4:30-5:45 p.m.; Atiya Husain
This course examines the intersection of the criminal justice system and racial inequality in the United States.
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 101.