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Selected Topic Course Descriptions

The courses described below are offered under "Selected Topics" course numbers. Departments offer Selected Topics only occasionally and the selection is different every semester. Selected Topics courses do not repeat material presented by regular semester courses.

All Semesters

Fall 2013


AH 497 Section 01The Clothed Body

Tattooed or costumed, the body is transformed by how it is covered up. This seminar will explore the clothed body in art and fashion as a form of communication and gender expression

AH 597 Section 01 The Clothed Body

Tattooed or costumed, the body is transformed by how it is covered up. This seminar will explore the clothed body in art and fashion as a form of communication and gender expression. We will also do an exhibition.

CWL 448 Section 01 Lit & Photography

Since its invention in 1839, the camera has profoundly influenced the way we perceive events. This interdisciplinary course focuses on the relationship between image and text, specifically the intersection of photography and literature from 19th-20th centuries.

CWL 449 Section 01 Writers of Extreme Situations

This course examines works of the twentieth and twenty-first Century novelist and playwrights (Europe, North America, and Africa) whose brilliant creations excelled at portraying humans operating, either metaphorically or literally, in extreme situations: manmade adversities, natural disasters, incest, and social collapse.

CWL 548 Section 01 Lit & Photography

Since its invention in 1839, the camera has profoundly influenced the way we perceive events. This interdisciplinary course focuses in the relationship between image and text, specifically the intersection of photography and literature from 19th-20th centuries.

CWL 549 Section 01 Writers of Extreme Situations

This course examines works of the twentieth and twenty-first Century novelist and playwrights (Europe, North America, and Africa) whose brilliant creations excelled at portraying humans operating, either metaphorically or literally, in extreme situations: manmade adversities, natural disasters, incest, and social collapse.

ENGL 681 Section 01 Jane Austen

Jane Austen was an innovative author who revolutionized the novel genre by combining the omniscient narrator of Fielding with the first-person perspective of Richardson. In six major novels, Austen explored the culture and society of her time in sophisticated ways.

RGR 490 Section 01 Intercomprehension: Read and Understand Five Romance Languages

Speakers of one Romance language learn strategies to read and understand up to four other Romance languages by reading a variety of short texts in five languages. Meets once per week for 2 hours and has one-hour online component.

R/ST 590 Section 01 Pedagogy in the Study of Religion

An examination of theories and approaches to teaching religion within the Liberal Arts traditions. Interdisciplinary and global approaches to teaching religion in the public university will be emphasized, to include comparative, historical, textual, social scientific, as well as topical/thematic.

CLA 490 Section 03 Pre-Law Advising

Intensive instruction for students considering law school.  Topics include: deciding on a legal career, law school realities, choosing law schools, academic and non-academic preparation.  LSAT, application timeline/process, and admission decisions.  Also includes individual assistance with applications.

ED P 590 Section 01 Special Topics Seminar: School-Wide Reform

Seminar will focus on different processes and procedures for successfully engaging in school-wide reform initiatives at a school site.  Various models of school reform as well as scaling-up of scientifically-based educational practices will be discussed.  Credit/No Credit only.  Fieldwork component required (2 hours a week).

THEA 490 Section 08 Theatre and Media

Introduction to multimedia and its uses in the performing arts.

THEA 490 Section 09 Theatre and Media

Introduction to multimedia and its uses in the performing arts.