Coordinator: Robert M. Midkiff Jr. (Associate Provost)

University Courses

These are intended to provide an opportunity to examine problems, programs of research, plans of study, and methods of learning that may not be wholly appropriate in existing departmental curricula. Thus, University Courses are interdisciplinary and cross-departmental in character. Normally University Courses are open as to size, as well as method of instruction, and meeting times.

University Courses may be limited to first-year or upperclass students. Prerequisites for admission may or may not be designated depending upon the objectives of the particular course. The courses may be taught by one or more instructors.



Internship Credit (I, II; S) Quarter credit.

Partial credit for non-paid internship experiences. Requires submission of proposal to the UNIV 1NT coordinator and approval of proposal prior to enrollment. May only be repeated once for a total of .5 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the coordinator.


Integrative Perspectives Course (I or II; 3, 0)

Team-taught interdisciplinary course. Topics vary.


An Examination of the Daily Press in the U.S. (I; 3, 0)

A practical methods course that examines the broad range of coverage of daily newspapers - from international news to sports - and establishes criteria of journalistic excellence.


Legal and Ethical Issues of the Press (I; 3, 0)

A course on the press that focuses on more theoretical concerns, for example, First Amendment interpretations, libel, ethical issues, influences on the press and by the press. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Introduction to American Studies (I; 3, 0)

This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, emphasizing key texts and methods for understanding American culture, values, peoples, and issues. Crosslisted as GEOG 229.

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Israel: Literature, Film, Culture (AII; 3, 0)

Course explores Israeli culture in its historical, ethnic, religious, linguistic, and geographical context through literature, film, political discourse, photography, and other texts. Crosslisted as HEBR 236.


Working with Writers: Theory and Practice (I or II; 3, 0)

An exploration of the social and intellectual dynamics of the writing and tutoring process.


The Art of Structural Engineering (II; 3, 0)

Study of the development of the forms of buildings and bridges from scientific, social, and symbolic perspectives using historical and modern examples. Students will analyze and critique structures through writing exercises, simple calculations (no calculus), and construction of physical models. Crosslisted as ARTH 240.


Political Economy of Global Resources (I or II; 3, 0)

A study of environmental and energy economics in the context of global resources and politics. The theme of sustainable development will be linked to the new realities of international relations. Prerequisite: ECON 103. Crosslisted as IREL 252.


Film Experience: Intro to Cinema (S; 2, 2)

Tracing the film history from 1896 to the present, the course approaches cinema as art and discusses major elements of film and its genres.


Star Power: Hollywood Films — 1920s –1950 (I, II, or S; 3, 2)

The course examines the role of acting in Hollywood cinema during its Golden Age. It discusses such issues as "film stardom", acting in the film, "genre acting", etc.


Nazi Culture (I; 3, 0)

A study of Nazi attitudes towards the arts, science, education, mass media, work, morality, sex, war, and religion. In English. Crosslisted as GRMN 261.


Sustainable Building Design (II; 3, 0)

Environmental, social and economic perspectives on the impacts of buildings throughout their life-cycle. Introduces fundamental concepts related to materials, energy, water, indoor environmental quality, siting.


Jewish-American Literature (I or II; 3, 0)

Examines the literary and cultural production of American Jews through the study of diverse series such as novels, short stories, plays and film. Crosslisted as ENGL 268.


Mindful Consumption (II; 3, 0)

The study and practice of mindful consumption, from Buddhist (Thich Nhat Hahn) and Christian (Saint Benedict) traditions, applied to food, energy, electronics, and education.


Technical Prospectives: Life, the Universe, and Engineering (I or II; 3, 0)

Technical and critical evaluation of issues in our society using principles of mass and energy conservation and engineering design methodology. Issues may include: global warming, disposal of hazardous waste, product advertisements, pharmaceutical development and testing, product manufacturing, successes and failures.


Orientalizing the Landscape of England (I; 3, 0)

This interdisciplinary course will explore the impact of the Orient on British perceptions, from the Middle Ages until the 18th century in all aspects of British culture.


The Male Body in Judaism (II; 3, 0)

Investigates the male body from Jewish and comparative perspectives: the body of athletes; Jewish/Black relations; theories of masculinity; the body of soldiers; stereotyping; human and divine bodies. Prerequisites: junior or senior status and permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as RELI 411.


Transnational Queer Identities (I; 3, 0)

This course examines, critiques, and interrogates notions of what is Queer as constructed in, and through, France and North America. Readings and discussion in English. Crosslisted as WMST 341.


Impact! Exploring Innovation (I or II; 4, 0)

The goal of innovation is POSITIVE CHANGE, to make someone or something better. This class will examine innovation from an interdisciplinary and integrative perspective. We will explore both what makes something innovative and how innovation happens. Crosslisted as MECH 480 and MIDE 387. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Leadership: Theory, History, and Practice (I or II; 3, 0)

Leadership is a phenomenon studied by numerous social sciences and humanities. Their different perspectives are compared in a search for the determinants of successful leadership. Prerequisite: senior status, or (with permission of the instructor) junior status.

Courses offered occasionally

205 Federal Budget Deficits and Debt, 219 Peace Studies, 223 Editing for Careers in Publishing, 232 Peace and Society, 233 The Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolence, 245 AIDS, 307 Post-biblical Literature, 315 Waging War on Wall Street, 335 Practicing Democracy: Active Citizenship, Community Engagement, and Social Change, 375 Should we start this company?


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