Course # Section
888R Introduction to Dance & Culture 3 Dr. Penelope Cole T TH 9:30-10:45 Literature and Arts-LD S205
888R Biology: A Human Approach 2 + 3 Dr. Robert Buchwald T TH 3:30-4:45 Natural Science sequence
888R General Biology 2 ++ 3 Dr. Robert Buchwald MWF 9:00-9:50 Natural Science sequence S205
888R American Ethnic Literatures 3 Dr. George Moore MWF 2:00-2:50 Human Diversity S200C
888R Modern and Contemporary Literature for non majors 3 Dr. George Moore MWF 1:00-1:50 Literature and Arts-UD S200C
888R Place, Power, and Contemporary Culture 3 Dr. Abby Hickcox T TH 2:00-3:15 Contemporary Societies S200C
888R History of US to 1865 3 Dr. Steven Dike MWF 9:00-9:50 US Context S200C
888R History of War and Society (for non majors) 3 Dr. Steven Dike MWF 11:00-11:50 Historical Context S205
888R Ethics of Ambition 3 Dr. Paul Strom T TH 8:00-9:15 Ideals and Values S205
888R Open Topics: US Civil Rights and Democracy 3 Dr. Paul Strom T TH 11:00-12:15 Elective S200C
888R Nutrition for Health & Performance 3 Dr. Mary Beth Lynch MWF 11:00-11:50 Natural Science nonsequence 888R Calculus I 5 Dr. Divya Vernerery MTWTHF 1:00-1:50 Quant Reason & Mathamatical Skills S205
888R Music in American Culture (for non majors) 3 Dr. Dan Jones MWF 10-10:50 US Context S200C
888R American Film Musical 1926-1954 (for non majors) 3 Dr. Penelope Cole T TH 2:00-3:15 Literature and Arts LD S205
888R Christian Traditions 3 Dr. David Valeta T TH 3:30-4:45 Historical Context S205
888R Disabilities in Contemporary American Society 3 Dr. Oliver Gerland MWF 2:00-2:50 Contemporary Societies or Ideals & Values S205
888R Adv. 1st-Year Writing & Rhetoric: Honors * 3 Dr. Olivia Miller MW 3:00-4:15 Written Communication LD S205
888R Topics in Writing: Travel Writing ** 3 Dr. Christine Macdonald T TH 12:30-1:45 Written Communication UD S200C
888R Writing on Science & Society *** 8 spots for Honors RAP students 3 Dr. Rolf Norgaard MW 3:00-4:15 Written Communication UD S200C
888R Honors RAP Practicum: Flock Leadership 1 Dr. Oliver Gerland TH 5:00-5:50 LRVN N101
+ EBIO 1040 is recommended for nonscience majors: Prereq., EBIO 1030
++ EBIO 1220: Prereq., EBIO 1210 or equivalent.
Written Communication: 2 courses (one lower division and one upper division) are required to fulfill the Arts & Sciences core requirement.
* WRTG (Writing) 1250: Advanced 1st-Year Writing & Rhetoric Note: students will get credit for lower division writing 1150 or 1250 if:
– AP score of 4 in English Lang & Comp = 3 credits of WRTG 1150.
– AP score of 5 in English Lang and Comp = 6 credits for both WRTG 1150 and WRTG 1250 in which case 1250 would be considered a repeat course for no credit.
– Enrollment in WRTG 1250 may be taken to fulfill elective credits, fyi
**WRTG (Writing) 3020 – Topics in Writing: Travel Writing
Student must have taken WRTG 1150 or WRTG 1250, or have AP score of 4 or 5 in English Lang & Comp, in order to register for WRTG 3020.
*** WRTG (Writing) 3030: Writing on Science & Society
Open to 2nd year & above students only. Restricted to students with 57-180 credits.
Recommended for the following majors but not restricted to these: Engineering, MCDB, EBIO, GEOL, ASTR, IPHY, PHYS, ENVS, MATH, ECON, BCHM, CHEM or PSYC
Introduction to Dance & Culture
Dr. Penelope Cole
Core: Literature & the Arts
What does the way you dance say about you? About where you come from and what you believe? From hip hop to tap, ballroom to ballet, Native American pow wow dances to Islamic women’s dance, the Highland Fling to the hula, dance is found in nearly every community on every continent on the planet. Dance, physical movements that are shaped into specific and evocative sequences, is a complex and virtually universal human behavior. Through dance we see the literal embodiment of culture; how a society understands ideas of order, gender, social interaction, religion, morality, ethics, and a connection to the larger world is found embedded in the unique dance forms of that society.
In this course we will begin to explore how to decode dance in a way that allows us greater understanding of individual cultures, including our own; how dance both reflects and enforces a specific world view; and the way in which dance has changed over the centuries in response to political and social pressures, at times challenging those pressures. We will read about dance, watch film and video, attend dance concerts and spend a great deal of time on our feet “trying out” the dances of other cultures and time periods. No previous experience in dance is required and you don’t have to be proficient in any way in dance. You do need to come to class with an open mind and a willingness to move. Top ↑
Biology: A Human Approach 2
Dr. Robert Buchwald
Core: Natural Science
Did you know that poor oral health can make you more susceptible to heart disease? Did you know that severe allergies to peanuts have been steadily increasing in the United States but are virtually non-existent in the developing world? This course (EBIO 1040 – Biology: A Human Approach) focuses on the biology of the human body and is intended for non-science majors. We will employ a combination of diagrams, models, movies, podcasts and animations to learn about the various systems of the human body and, ultimately, to understand why amazing facts like those listed above are true. As we discuss each body system and study its function, we will then apply our newfound scientific knowledge to more interactive topics like Lance Armstrong’s Lungs, Meditation & Metabolism, Veganism, and ‘Roid Rages. Throughout the semester, students will also give formal presentations on topics in modern biology, such as the pervasiveness and safety of pharmaceuticals, childhood obesity, and the effects of exposure to hormone-like compounds in our environment. Guest speakers and field trips will round out our exploration of human anatomy and physiology.Top ↑
General Biology 2
Dr. Robert Buchwald
Core: Natural Science
Are humans currently evolving? Should you be concerned about eating genetically modified plants? What, exactly, is a cephalopod? We will answer all these questions and more in EBIO 1220 – a concentrated introduction to evolution, the diversity of life, and ecology & conservation biology. As an honors class, we will also incorporate several outside readings, critical thinking exercises and presentations, such as “Biology in the News,” “Nutrition Myths, Truths & Quackery,” and “Natural Selection Misconceptions.” This course is intended for EBIO (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) majors, other science majors (such as Psychology, Kinesiology, Biochemistry, etc.), as well as other majors for which biology is a requirement. EBIO 1240 (laboratory) is a co-requirement for potential EBIO majors and as specified by your particular major (please see your departmental advisor if you have questions). Students who simply need to satisfy the Natural Sciences core requirement should consider taking EBIO 1030, 1040, & 1050, “Biology—a Human Approach,” which are lecture/lab courses for non-Biology majors. If you have questions about this, please see me or your departmental advisor. Although it is not a pre-requisite, this course assumes that you have taken EBIO 1210 or its equivalent, since lectures in EBIO 1220 often rely on knowledge gained from EBIO 1210. If you have not taken EBIO 1210 or the equivalent or are concerned about your background, please see me. Top ↑
American Ethnic Literature
Dr. George Moore
Core: Human Diversity
American Ethnic Literature explores the many different American viewpoints on the world and culture, and also delves into experimental works of fiction by Native American, Latino and African American authors. Beginning with the only novel by a Native American ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn, we discuss the struggle for self and nation among American Indians. African American author, Edward P. Jones’ Pulitzer winning novel, The Known World, explores slavery in the 19th century from a new perspective of personal power, gender difference, and black/white love relations. Other works commonly taught in the course are by authors like Richard Wright, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, Art Spiegelman, Maria Amparo Escandón, Anna Castillo, Jessica Hagedorn, Junot Diaz, and Louise Erdrich. The classes are discussion based, with online components and the chance for students to develop their reading and critical skills. Top ↑
Modern and Contemporary Literature
Dr. George Moore
Core: Literature & the Arts, upper division
Modern and Contemporary Literature explores the connection between the great experimental writers of the Modernist Period, including names like William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and Langston Hughes, with contemporary and postmodern authors like Jeannette Winterson, Toni Morrison, J. M. Coetzee, Jorge Luis Borges, Art Spiegelman, August Wilson, and others, working in fiction, drama, the graphic novel and poetry. The course is a survey of some of the most important writers of the last century and recent years, developing techniques of flash fiction, stream-of-consciousness, graphic media, ethnic and cultural expression, postmodernism and pop culture. The classes are discussion based, with online components and the chance for students to develop their reading and critical skills. Top ↑
Place, Power, and Contemporary Culture
Dr. Abby Hickcox
Core: Contemporary Societies
Place, power, and culture are dynamics that shape our social structure and our daily life. This course takes a geographic approach to place, power, and culture, examining different ways to understand each and how the three relate to each other to shape our society and ourselves. It presents a radical reexamination of the geography of culture, asking whether culture is a thing with causal powers or a way of understanding how we experience the world and what that experience means to us. The course explores how the globalization of economics, politics, and culture shapes local cultural change and how place-based cultural politics both assist and resist processes of globalization. The first half of the course introduces key terms such as culture, place, power, globalization, mobility, identity, and difference and explores their relationships with one another. The second half of the course focuses on specific contemporary cultures, such as the culture of things (material culture), American car culture, food culture, sports culture, and music culture. Seeing culture as both a way of life and a lens through which to understand the world, we will consider not only the uniqueness of American music, for example, but also the way that music shapes American people, politics, and life. Top ↑
History of the United States Since 1865
Dr. Steven Dike
Core: US Context
This course studies the history of the United States since 1865, with emphases on the history of war, working people, racial and ethnic minorities, the history of ideas, and social and political change. We will incorporate memoirs, film, and music into our study of American history for the last 150 years. Top ↑
History of War and Society
Dr. Steven Dike
Core: Contemporary Societies or US Context
This course examines 20th century warfare in a global context. We will study several of the conflicts of this bloodiest century in human history through books, articles, and films. Questions we will address include: What causes war? What connects citizens to soldiers, the home front to the battlefront, and how did the wars of the 20th century blur those distinctions? How have people dreamed of a world without war?
Students should be prepared to write several papers, to undertake an independent research project, and to report their findings to the class. Top ↑
Ethics of Ambition
Dr. Paul Strom
Core: Ideals & Values
Styles of Choosing in an Armed World
Through selected readings in classical literature on ethics (including Aristotle) and through more contemporary expressions, including the Woody Allen film, Crimes and Misdemeanors, students will have the opportunity to acquire the language and skills of critical ethical analysis, and to exercise these skills by examining the ambitions and the alternative styles of choosing between courses of action in our dangerous world.
Our primary resources will be the experiences and remembrances of people as recorded in biographies and autobiographies. We will identify national and generational ambitions, insights from feminist perspectives, consider the ethics of ends and means, examine competing ambitions in a pluralistic society, and analyze the ambitions of visionaries and public personalities. We will also hear from women mountaineers about their ambitions and how they assess the risks of climbing in the collection of essays, Rock and Roses.
Students will present their analysis and insights to the class from the reading of a biography or autobiography of their choice. Top ↑
Open Topics: US Civil Rights and Democracy
Dr. Paul Strom
“My feets is tired, but my soul is rested.”
This is a marvelous and profoundly articulate account typical of a great collection of heroes in the young history of the United States, who marched and stood and went to jail and died and, despite generations of brutality, came to the rescue of the country and its visions of “a more perfect union.” The black-led, pro-democracy, nonviolent struggle for our collective freedom and democracy, commonly called the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968, is the focus of this course. We will access the historical records, the documentaries, the music, and the testimonies in order to better understand the Movement and the possibilities of democracy. Top ↑
Nutrition, Health, and Human Performance
Dr. Mary Beth Lynch
Core: Natural Science non-sequence
This course is designed to promote critical thinking related to topics of nutrition and health. The course aims to educate students about basic nutrition principles and how to implement these principles into an overall healthy lifestyle. Basic principles of nutrition and exercise physiology will be discussed along with the latest “hot topics” in the field. Discussions will include the following general topics: What is healthy nutrition? How does the human body utilize nutrients? What foods should I buy and eat? What is metabolism and energy balance? What are the special nutritional needs of athletes? How can I tell the fads from the true nutrition principles? What do consumers need to know about food safety? What personal choices do I have related to food selection?
Special emphasis will be placed on exploring the differences in ideology between the fast food industry and the newly-emerging slow food movement. Other popular topic will include: obesity in the U.S., fad diets, weight loss, nutritional quackery, functional foods, genetically-engineered foods, organic foods, body image and eating disorders.
There is no doubt about it, nutrition is an exciting topic of discussion these days. There is mention of health and nutrition everywhere – on television, in magazines, on the radio and on the internet. Through our class discussions and critical thinking exercises, students should become capable of determining their own, individual dietary needs. One primary goal of the course is to assist students in interpreting the almost constant bombardment of nutritional articles and advertisements, to help them become better-informed consumers.
Texts: (1) The Science of Nutrition by Janice Thompson, Melinda Manore and Linda Vaughan, First Edition, copyright 2007 (2) CD: My Diet Analysis – available at CU bookstore second week of classes. Top ↑
Dr. Divya Vernerey
Core: Quant Rsn & Mathematical Skills
Calculus is the mathematics of change. In particular, calculus is a tool for understanding change in physical quantities that depend on each other. The dependance of a given quantity upon another is described mathematically by a function. Thus, the heart of calculus is the study of functions and how they change. Differential calculus (Calc I) studies the instantaneous change of a function as quantities vary; integral calculus (Calc II) measures the cumulative effect of the change of a function.Top ↑
Music in American Culture
Dr. Daniel Jones
Core: U.S. Context
This course is a survey of various folk and popular musics of the United States. This is a non-majors class; no prior knowledge of music or cultural studies is expected.
Our main goal in the first 1/3 of the course is to get a working sense of what folk culture is and how it operates in people’s (including our own) lives. We will also briefly survey some main strands of folk culture that form the basis of “American” (in this case, U.S.) culture. In the remaining 2/3 of the course, we will first explore the nature of popular culture and then undertake a chronologically-based survey of various United States popular music styles from roughly 1840 to the present.
Throughout the course, music is regarded to be one aspect of culture—part of a complex of outer activities and practices that expresses and reinforces inner concepts and beliefs. To place musical examples in cultural context, we will combine multiple evaluative approaches—e.g., sociological and historical as well as purely musical—in attempt to explore the “meaning” of musical examples.
Class activities and assignments are designed to give students opportunities to go beyond fact gathering/reiteration, to explore and experience for themselves how American folk and popular musics operate as part of everyday cultural life. Top ↑
American Film Musical 1926-1954
Dr. Penelope Cole
Core: Literature & the Arts
In 1927, The Jazz Singer, the first full-length feature film to use recorded song, stunned audiences. From these not so humble beginnings the American Film Musical was born. From the dulcet tones of Jeanette MacDonald, to the extravaganzas of Busby Berkeley’s enormous choruses, to the athletic grace of Gene Kelly and the ballroom fantasies of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, to the croon of Bing Crosby, this uniquely American art form continues to entertain, inspire, and reflect a distinctive American outlook on life. In this course we will watch and listen to a multitude of films, examining the relationship of these films to the American society from which they were born. We will discuss themes, images, political and social content, technological developments of film and the use of song and dance. While this is not a performance class we may incorporate moments of song and dance in our explorations of the films leading to the final project for which the class will write its own musical. Top ↑
Dr. David Valeta
Core: Historical Context
Did you know that there are over 2 Billion Christians in the world today? This class examines the diversities of Christianities with an emphasis on the cultural manifestations of this tradition throughout the centuries. Music, art, literature, film, architecture and more are some of the ways we will explore this vibrant religious tradition. Top ↑
Disabilities in Contemporary American Society
Dr. Oliver Gerland
Core: Contemporary Societies or Ideals & Values
This course provides students with an overview of the disability studies field. Students gain introductory knowledge about disabilities as social, cultural, historical, medical, legal, and political phenomena. Drawing from interdisciplinary scholarship and the views of people with disabilities, students are introduced to different definitions of disability, its cultural meanings and representations, its relation to social justice and human rights issues, and its role in current bio-ethical debates. Top ↑
Adv. 1st Year Writing & Rhetoric: Honors
Dr. Olivia Miller
Core: Written Communication, lower division
This course offers an introduction to college writing through the exploration of rhetorical analysis, critical reading, argument, inquiry, and information literacy/research techniques. In this course we will focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking and researching practices vital to the establishment of rhetorical knowledge. The course challenges students to become actively engaged in establishing writing practices that you can continue to develop and use in a variety of communities throughout your academic careers, and in whatever discipline you choose to pursue beyond your time here. Thematically, we will consider the rhetoric of culture, class, and race in this course. Top ↑
Travel Writing: Honors
Dr. Christine Macdonald
Core: Written Communication, Upper Division
“Wherever you go, there you are.” This cliché implies that people cannot change themselves or their perspective by changing their location. In this course we will explore the potential and limitations of travel as a means to facilitate different types of journeys: physical, cultural and psychological. We will study theories of “place,” and the interplay between the viewpoints of traveler, “native,” writer, and reader. In addition to writing critical analyses of the readings, students will write their own travel narratives. You need not have traveled extensively to take this course. Readings may include works by Jon Krakauer, Herman Melville, Annie Dillard, Bill Bryson, Paul Theroux, Homer, and others.
*Prereq. You MUST have WRTG 1100, 1150 or WRTG 1250 or AP score of 4 or 5 in English Language & Composition. Top ↑
Writing on Science and Society (Honors)
Dr. Rolf Norgaard
Core: Written Communication, Upper Division
Public understanding of science and engineering has never been more important to our society than it is today. And never has it been more important for science and engineering majors to communicate well themselves—not just to other experts but to a range of audiences in the public sphere.
“Writing on Science and Society” is a rhetorically informed technical and professional writing course intended for juniors and seniors in the College of Engineering and in science-related degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The course draws on broad rhetorical principles for cogent writing and speaking, and applies them to the demands of communicating in the fields of science and engineering and in the work environments of organizations.
A particular focus of the course is to write about scientific and engineering issues in ways that suit the needs and concerns of varying audiences, and to understand how science and engineering are discussed in public opinion and public policy forums. The course will acquaint students with a range of scientific and professional genres.
The course will open with a series of shorter assignments, leading up to a larger project that students can design based on their own disciplinary and professional interests
*Open to 2nd year & above students only.
*Recommended for the following majors but not restricted to these: Engineering, MCDB, EBIO, GEOL, ASTR, IPHY, PHYS, ENVS, MATH, ECON, BCHM, CHEM or PSYC. Top ↑