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AAS/THTR 059: West African Dance (2 credits)
Explore the dance movement and rhythms of West Africa, including African-based dance technique, characteristics, and the fundamental connection between the drums and the dance.

AAS/THTR 066: Hip Hop Dance (2 credits)
Techniques, vocabulary, and history behind the various elements of the Hip Hop Movement. Focus upon the cultural influence of Hip Hop dance styles, and the overall social influence of the Hip Hop Movement.

ARAB 001: Elementary Arabic I (4 credits)
The general objective of this course is to familiarize students with the sounds and the letters of Arabic, along with basic communication skills. Students are required to use Arabic in class discussion. Attendance and class participation are necessary to achieve the above-stated goals. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to read, write, speak, and understand Arabic at the elementary level.

ARAB 011: Intermediate Arabic I (4 credits)
Development of communication skills and cultural awareness through reading materials and viewing films. Grammar is presented in context. Emphasis on communicative ability in oral and writing skills, and on the use and cultural aspects of the language through authentic materials. Students learn how to communicate effectively and appropriately while satisfying their intellectual curiosity to learn about the civilization and culture, current as well as historical dimensions. Prequisite(s): ARAB 002

ARCH 034: Digital Drawing and 3D (4 credits)
In our increasingly visual world we often need to present ideas in realistic, expressive, and engaging ways. This introductory course presents the basics of digital drawing and rendering through the lens of architecture, but is intended for students of all disciplines interested in visual communication. This project-based course focuses on the essentials of AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Revit supplemented with V-Ray and Photoshop for rendering.

ART 001: Art and Architecture History: Ancient to Medieval (4 credits)
Survey of art and architecture around the globe, from the world's earliest artistic and architectural production through the 14th century. European, Middle Eastern, African, Asian and Central and South American works are covered. The course also serves as an introduction to the vocabulary, concepts, and methods of art and architectural history.

ART 003: Two-Dimensional Design (4 credits)
This class will present the foundations necessary to understand, discuss and create in the two-dimensional visual world. Using variety of materials and techniques and digital media, students will explore the concepts of line, form, shape, value, texture, space and color. Required for all Architecture, Art, Art History and Design majors.

ART 004: Three-Dimensional Design (4 credits)
An introduction to the basic elements and principles of design. involves use of various materials to solve 3D design problems in studio and computer lab. Problem solving in variety of materials for 3D design including assemblages, models, constructions, and conceptual forms. Required for all majors in department.

ART 007: Digital Photography I (4 credits)
Intensive work in photography as fine art using digital input and output. Lectures, demonstratons, critiques.

ART 011: Drawing I (4 credits)
Concepts and practice of drawing, both traditional and contemporary. Includes drawing from life and an introduction to materials and techniques.

ART 035: Painting I (4 credits)
Painting in oil beginning with color mixing and basic layering techniques. Students learn the basic mechanisms for creative expression. Emphasis on understanding the physical nature of the materials. Studio Prequisite(s): ART 003 OR ART 004 OR ART 011

ASIA/THTR 055: Indian Classical Dance (2 credits)
Introduction to the history and practice of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance style of India. Understanding basic footwork, hand gestures, and body movements, and how they are combined to convey emotion, meaning, and imagery. Traditional repertoire, music, terminology, and the spectator's experience of the dance. Course fee of $270. Class will be held in Zollner Arts Center room 121

ASIA/HIST/MLL 096: Scandal and Sensation in Modern China (4 credits)
In this course students will read provocative literature and watch controversial movies from China in the last 100 years. The objectives are to probe the gray areas of morality, propriety, and legality; to evaluate the competing forces of speech and censu

CHIN 001: Beginning Chinese Reading and Writing I (2 credits)
Introduction to the Chinese writing system and beginning character acquisition; reading practice with pinyin transcription system. (Fall) Non-heritage speakers are strongly encouraged to take the Spoken of the same level during the same semester as this Reading and Writing course.

CHIN 003: Beginning Spoken Chinese I (2 credits)
Introduction to Mandarin Chinese pronunciation, the pinyin transcription system, and modern colloquial Chinese; emphasis on oral proficiency. Not open to native speakers. Students are strongly encouraged to take Reading and Writing course of the same level during the same semester as this Spoken course.

CHIN 011: Intermediate Chinese Reading and Writing I (2 credits)
Continued focus on vocabulary/character acquisition and text-based reading and writing exercises using Chinese characters. Non-heritage speakers are strongly encouraged to take the Spoken course of the same level during the same semester as this Reading and Writing course.

CHIN 013: Intermediate Spoken Chinese I (2 credits)
Further development of communicative skills in Chinese using situational dialogues and class discussion; emphasis on oral proficiency. Not open to native speakers. Students are strongly encouraged to take Reading and Writing course of the same level during the same semester as this Spoken course.

CLSS/ENGL 056: Myth and the Hero: Homer's Odyssey and Dante's Inferno (4 credits)
Classical literature in translation, including themes or specific periods in Greek or Roman literature. This course will examine how myth is used to portray Odysseus (later known as Ulysses) as the greatest hero of intelligence and cunning. We will begin by analyzing seminal myths of Homer's Odyssey, such as the entrapment of Ares and Aphrodite, the song o

DES 040: Product Design I: Form, Process and Concept (4 credits)
Introduction to the field of Industrial Design. Through research, analysis, drawing and prototyping, students will acquire an understanding of the various aesthetic, technological, and business issues a designer must consider when creating a product. Consent of department required. Prequisite(s): (ART 003 OR ART 011) AND ART 004

DES 053: Introduction to Graphic Design (4 credits)
This course serves as an introduction to the graphic design process, with a primary focus on concept development and craft. Students examine how to identify and resolve visual problems and learn the basics of design and typography. Creative solutions will be encouraged for projects with practical applications. Topics include logo development and execution, professional typography, image basics and resolution, print production, studio skills and professional practices. Digital applications include Photoshop, Illustrator and In-design. Prequisite(s): ART 003

DES 070: Web Design I (4 credits)
Introduction to the design and fabrication of web pages. Students will learn how to create pages using HTML and web fabrication software, with an emphasis on aesthetic and structure. Prequisite(s): ART 003

DES 096: Graphic Design for the Non-Design Major (4 credit)
Students will develop foundational software competencies related to the design and output of graphic and visual communication design. These skills have wide applications across disciplines outside of art and design, and will add breadth to the student’s c

CLSS/ENGL 056: Myth and the Hero: Homer's Odyssey and Dante's Inferno (4 credits)
Classical literature in translation, including themes or specific periods in Greek or Roman literature. This course will examine how myth is used to portray Odysseus (later known as Ulysses) as the greatest hero of intelligence and cunning. We will begin by analyzing seminal myths of Homer's Odyssey, such as the entrapment of Ares and Aphrodite, the song o

ENGL/THTR 060: Dramatic Action (4 credits)
How plays are put together; how they work and what they accomplish. Examination of how plot, character, aural and visual elements of production combine to form a unified work across genre, styles and periods. Recommended as a foundation for further studies in design, literature, or performance.

ENGL 096: Poetry Matters (4 credits)
This course will teach you why poetry matters in the 21st century--why it matters today, perhaps more than ever in a 24-hour virtual world of emoticons, internet memes, and streaming videos. How do poems enable us to protest injustice? How do they help us

FREN 001: Elementary French I (4 credits)
Multimedia approach to the study of French. Introduction to French conversation, grammar, and culture.

FREN 011: Intermediate French I (4 credits)
Further acquisition of the fundamentals of French conversation, writing, and culture. Multimedia approach.

GERM 001: Elementary German I (4 credits)
Fundamentals of German; reading and simple texts; simple conversation and composition; vocabulary building.Three class hours plus one laboratory or drill hour each week. No previous German required.

GERM 011: Intermediate German I (4 credits)
Review of grammar, composition, reading of intermediate texts, vocabulary building.

HEBR 001: Elementary Modern Hebrew I (4 credits)
Class instruction will focus on the introduction of the Hebrew alphabet and basic vocabulary. Instruction will also emphasize the basics of Hebrew listening comprehension, vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar and speaking. Class activities are planned for an inclusive approach to different styles of learning. No previous study of Hebrew required.

HIST 043: The United States Since 1941 (4 credits)
World War II; Cold War at home and abroad; Civil Rights movement; the 1960s: Vietnam, the welfare state and social upheavals; new forms of cultural expression; feminism; rise of neoconservatism.

ASIA/HIST/MLL 096: Scandal and Sensation in Modern China (4 credits)
In this course students will read provocative literature and watch controversial movies from China in the last 100 years. The objectives are to probe the gray areas of morality, propriety, and legality; to evaluate the competing forces of speech and cens

HMS/REL 002: Death/Dying: Rel & Ethical Per (4 credits)
Introduces students to the study of religion, world religious traditions and ethics through an exploration of death and dying. Rituals, practices and texts focused on death provide the basis for comparative study of Asian and Western religious approaches to the meaning and mystery of death as it confronts individuals and communities. Attention will also be given to moral justification for deaths brought about by human actions (i.e., killings). Specific issues include suicide, war deaths, abortion, euthanasia and state-sponsored execution.

JPNS/JPNS 001: Elementary Japanese I (4 credits)
This course introduces the basic grammatical structures commonly found in daily situations in Japan. All four aspects of language skills are introduced. Hirangana, Katakana, and approximately 50 Kanji are introduced.

JPNS 011: Intermediate Japanese I (4 credits)
Continuation of JPNS 002. This course introduces more complex grammatical structures and develops all four aspects of language skills. Slightly more emphasis on reading and writing. Approximately 100 Kanji are introduced. Prequisite(s): JPNS 002

LAT 001: Elementary Latin I (4 credits)
Fundamentals of grammar and syntax. Emphasis on language structure and vocabulary building.

LAT 011: Intermediate Latin (4 credits)
Readings in Latin prose or poetry. Consolidation of reading ability; introduction to literary analysis. Students should have completed two semesters of elementary Latin or the equivalent.

ASIA/HIST/MLL 096: Scandal and Sensation in Modern China (4 credit)
In this course students will read provocative literature and watch controversial movies from China in the last 100 years. The objectives are to probe the gray areas of morality, propriety, and legality; to evaluate the competing forces of speech and cens

MUS 003: Keyboard Harmony II (1 credit)
Continuation of MUS 2. Diatonic progressions in major and minor and more advanced sight reading. Students may test out upon examination. Prequisite(s): MUS 011

MUS 007: Aural Skills (1 credit)
Sight singing, rhythm exercises, and ear training through dictation exercises. Prequisite(s): MUS 011

MUS 010: Basic Skills in Music (2 credits)
Rudimentary skills in listening, and in reading and writing musical notation provide a vocabulary for describing music. By applying these skills in a brief survey of classical music, students develop an ability to think critically about music and to write intelligently about a wide range of musical experience. Intended for those not planning to major in or minor in music.

MUS 022: Wind Ensemble (0-1 credits)
Admission by audition.

MUS 024: Jazz Ensemble (0-1 credits)
Up to six credits may be used for graduation credit in CEAS and CBE. Admission by audition.

MUS 027: Jazz Orchestra (0-1 credits)
Student/community/professional musicians performing classic, contemporary and original big band literature.

MUS 031: University Choir (0-1 credits)
Admission by audition.

MUS 032: Choral Union (0-1 credits)
No audition required for admission.

MUS 033: Glee Club (0-1 credits)
Admission by audition.

MUS 034: Freshman Lab Choir (0 credits)
Admission by audition.

MUS 035: Dolce Women's Choir (0-1 credits)
Women from university choir sing treble music.

MUS 048: Chamber Music Collegium (0-1 credits)
Admission by audition.

MUS 049: Small Jazz Ensembles (0-1 credits)
Admission by audition.

MUS 061: Philharmonic Orchestra (0-1 credits)
Admission by audition.

MUS 065: Class Guitar for Beginners (0-1 credits)
Beginning techniques and skills for guitar, either acoustic or electric. For students with less than a year of guitar instruction. Students supply their own instruments. Fees associated with course.

MUS 066: Beginner Voice Class (0-1 credits)
Group instruction for beginning students of voice, including breathing and vocal production techniques; diction; beginning solo pieces. Fees associated with course.

MUS 067: Class Drum Set for Beginners (0-1 credits)
Rudiments of drum set playing for students with less than a year of drum instruction. Fees associated with course.

MUS 068: Class Piano for Beginners I (0-1 credits)
Instruction for beginning piano students, including rudiments of musical notation in relation to the keyboard; beginning pieces for solo piano and the group. Fees associated with course.

MUS 071: Private Piano Study (0-1 credits)
Up to six credits may be used for graduation credit in CEAS and CBE. Fees associated with course.

MUS 072: Private Vocal Study (0-1 credits)
Private instruction. Fees associated with course.

MUS 073: Private String Study (0-1 credits)
Private instruction. Fees associated with course.

MUS 074: Private Woodwind Study (0-1 credits)
Private instruction. Fees associated with course.

MUS 075: Private Brass Study (0-1 credits)
Private instruction. Fees associated with course.

MUS 076: Private Percussion Study (0-1 credits)
Private instruction. Fees associated with course.

MUS 077: Private Organ Study (0-1 credits)
Private instruction. Fees associated with course.

MUS 078: Private Accoustic Guitar (0-1 credits)
Private instruction. Fees associated with course.

MUS 079: Private Electric Bass Guitar (0-1 credits)
Private instruction. Fees associated with course.

MUS 079: Private Electric Guitar Study (0-1 credits)
Private instruction. Fees associated with course.

MUS 082: Harmony I (3 credits)
Exercises in writing in four-part chorale style. This includes all diatonic chords and non-harmonic tones. Prequisite(s): MUS 011

MUS 084: Private Drumset Study (0-1 credits)
Private Instruction. Fees associated with the course.

MUS 096: Music, Art and Social Action (3 credits)

PHIL 004: Belief, Knowledge, and Action: An Introduction to Philosophy (4 credits)
Through reading selected texts in philosophy, from the ancient period to the modern Enlightenment and Romantic reaction, we shall introduce ourselves to some of the central epistemological, ontological, ethical, and socio-political positions developed in relation to their historical and material contexts. A unifying theme thus will be the emergence and evolution of rational thought and its relation to belief, knowledge, and action. Course not open to seniors.

PHIL 006: Conduct and Character: An Introduction to Philosophy (4 credits)
How should we live our lives? How should we act? What kinds of persons should we be? What should we care about? These are among the central questions of philosophy because they are among the most central questions of human existence. This explores answers that have been proposed by thinkers throughout history and across cultures. Course not open to seniors.

PHIL 014: Reasoning and Critical Thinking (4 credits)
Most intellectual endeavors involve reasoning. Whether in everyday discussion about right and wrong, friendly political disagreements, ordinary explanations of natural phenomena, and short letters to editors, or in sophisticated legal debates, national political campaigns, complex treatises, and intricate scientific theories, reasons are constantly invoked to support or criticize points of view. This course develops skills needed to reason well, to analyze and critique others’ reasoning, to distinguish reasoning from mere rhetoric, and to become a savvy consumer of information.

HMS/REL 002: Death/Dying: Rel & Ethical Per (4 credits)
Introduces students to the study of religion, world religious traditions and ethics through an exploration of death and dying. Rituals, practices and texts focused on death provide the basis for comparative study of Asian and Western religious approaches to the meaning and mystery of death as it confronts individuals and communities. Attention will also be given to moral justification for deaths brought about by human actions (i.e., killings). Specific issues include suicide, war deaths, abortion, euthanasia and state-sponsored execution.

REL 007: What Is Religion? (4 credits)
The word "religion" is fairly recent in origin, its linguistic roots unclear, and the phenomena that it has been used to designate both vast and amorphous. This course explores some of the most prominent attempts to define "religion," definitions produced both by religious thinkers and by critics of religion. We will examine some of the methods used by scholars to study religion. Finally, we will ask how the meaning of the word may be shifting in a modern, secular age.

RUSS 001: Elementary Russian I (4 credits)
Classroom and laboratory, audio, and video introduction to the fundamentals of conversational and grammatical patterns; practice in pronunciation, simple conversation, reading, and writing.

RUSS 011: Intermediate Russian I (4 credits)
Classroom and laboratory practice in conversation. Development of reading and writing skills.

SPAN 001: Elementary Spanish I (4 credits)
Basic conversational Spanish illustrating essential grammatical principles. Reading of simple texts and writing.

SPAN 002: Elementary Spanish II (4 credits)
Continuation of SPAN 1.

SPAN 011: Intermediate Spanish I (4 credits)
Limited review of elementary grammar concepts and introduction to more advanced grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on discussion, reading, and writing about short literary works and current topics in the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 012: Intermediate Spanish II (4 credits)
Continuation of SPAN 011.

THTR 011: Introduction To Acting (4 credits)
Preparation for scene study and characterization.

THTR 020: Stagecraft I (2 credits)
Introduction to the art of scenic construction and technical theatre. Scenic construction materials, techniques, tools, rigging and safety. Practical experience in executing scenery for the stage.

THTR 022: Stage Properties and Decoration (2 credits)
Creating props and decor for the stage. Production assignment as assistant property master.

THTR 023: Basic Scene Painting (2 credits)
Painting for the stage. Production assignments painting with scenic artist.

THTR 025: Costume Construction I (2 credits)
Introduction to the art of costume construction. Costume construction materials, techniques, tools and safety. Practical experience in executing costumes for the stage.

THTR 027: Lighting Technology and Production I (2 credits)
Introduction to the art of lighting technology and production. Lighting techniques, tools and safety. Practical experience in executing lighting for the stage.

THTR 028: Lighting Technology and Production II (2 credits)
Specialty equipment, methods and problem solving. Practical experience in programming the lighting console for production. Assignment as light board operator on a production.

THTR 030: Sound Technology and Production I (2 credits)
Introduction to the art and technology of sound reinforcement. Audio theory, methods and practice. Practical experience in executing audio technical support for the stage.

THTR 035: Performance (2 credits)
Performing in a department-approved production.

THTR 045: Stage Management (2 credits)
Organization, scheduling, coordination of various production specialties. Production assignment as assistant stage manager. First class meeting: Wed, 8/30/16 from 4-5:30 pm. Room TBA. (Actual class schedule TBD at this first meeting)

ASIA/THTR 055: Indian Classical Dance (2 credits)
Introduction to the history and practice of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance style of India. Understanding basic footwork, hand gestures, and body movements, and how they are combined to convey emotion, meaning, and imagery. Traditional repertoire, music, terminology, and the spectator's experience of the dance. Course fee of $270. Classes will be held in Zoellner Arts Center room 121

AAS/THTR 059: West African Dance (2 credits)
Explore the dance movement and rhythms of West Africa, including African-based dance technique, characteristics, and the fundamental connection between the drums and the dance.

ENGL/THTR 060: Dramatic Action (4 credits)
How plays are put together; how they work and what they accomplish. Examination of how plot, character, aural and visual elements of production combine to form a unified work across genre, styles and periods. Recommended as a foundation for further studies in design, literature, or performance.

AAS/THTR 066: Hip Hop Dance (2 credits)
Techniques, vocabulary, and history behind the various elements of the Hip Hop Movement. Focus upon the cultural influence of Hip Hop dance styles, and the overall social influence of the Hip Hop Movement.

THTR 067: Stage Crew (2 credits)
Production run crew assignment.

THTR 077: Ballet (2 credits)
Classical ballet for beginners and those who have had some training. Fee required. Course fee of $270. Class will meet in Zoellner Arts Center, room 121.