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Courses - Fall 2016
AASP
African American Studies Department Site
AASP200
African Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
A survey of African civilizations from 4500 B.C. to present. Analysis of traditional social systems. Discussion of the impact of European colonization on these civilizations. Analysis of the influence of traditional African social systems on modern African institutions as well as discussion of contemporary processes of Africanization.
AASP298L
Special Topics in Afro-American Studies: African-American Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as ENGL234. Credit granted for AASP298L or ENGL234.
AAST
Asian American Studies Department Site
AAST233
Introduction to Asian American Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: ENGL233.
Credit only granted for: ENGL233 or AAST233.
A survey of Asian American literature with an emphasis on recurrent themes and historical context.
AAST398L
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian American Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
AMST
American Studies Department Site
AMST101
Introduction American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: AMST101 or AMST201.
Formerly: AMST201.
Introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies by examining concepts such as culture, identity, cultural practices, and globalization, as well as theories underlying these concepts. Engages key themes, especially constructions of difference and identity, cultures of everyday life, and America and the world.
AMST203
Popular Culture in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
An introduction to American popular culture, its historical development, and its role as a reflection of and influence on our culture and society.
AMST205
Material Aspects of American Life
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Historical survey of American material culture. Ways of describing and interpreting accumulated material evidence (e.g., buildings, town plans) introduced by stressing relationship between artifact and culture.
AMST298Q
Selected Topics in American Studies; U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as ENGL235. Credit granted for ENGL235 or AMST298Q.
AMST418K
Cultural Themes in America; Film and the American Landscape
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST.
ARCH
Architecture Department Site
ARCH170
Design Thinking and Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Examines conceptual, perceptual, behavioral, and technical aspects of the built environment, and methods of analysis, problem-solving, and design implementation.
ARHU
Arts and Humanities Department Site
ARHU275
Writing to be Seen: Scriptwriting for Theatre, Film, and Television
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Also offered as: ENGL275.
Credit only granted for: ENGL278D, ENGL275, ARHU319B or ARHU275.
Formerly: ENGL278D; ARHU319B.
Introduction to theory and practice of scriptwriting with opportunity to read, view, evaluate, write, and revise texts meant to be performed for spectators. Practice writing for the stage, film and television, with emphasis on critical reading of textual and visual literary models. Theory and scholarship teaching opportunities and advantages of each format. Application of scholarship to analysis and critique of plays and texts successful across two different formats. Examination of selected scripts, performances, and film and television clips as models for students' own creative work. Frequent writing exercises and use of workshop format.
ARHU298L
Critical Approaches to Traditional and Non-Traditional Literary Forms across Different Cultures
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Examines the different types of literature (Novel, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Comics, etc. ) produced by groups or individuals under diverse circumstances (cultural, historical, political, geographical, economic, philosophical, etc.). The required texts will provide the students with an opportunity to revaluate some commonly underestimated literary forms, such as flash fiction, comics orspoken word poetry and to understand the function of these manifestations in relationship to more traditional (canonical) expressions such as the novel.
ARHU319
(Perm Req)
Writers' House Second Year Colloquium: Form and Theory of Creative Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
For Writers' House students only. For further details please contact Johnna Schmidt jmschmid@umd.edu.Course will meet in Queen Anne's Library
ARTH
Art History & Archaeology Department Site
ARTH200
Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Examines the material culture and visual expressions of Mediterranean and European societies from early times until ca. 1300 CE, emphasizing the political, social, and religious context of the works studied, the relationships of the works to the societies that created them, and the interrelationship of these societies.
ARTH201
Art and Society in the West from the Renaissance to the Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Examines representative European and American works of art from the later Middle Ages to the present, highlighting the dynamic exchange between artistic and cultural traditions both within periods and across time.
ARTH250
Art and Society in the Ancient American World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Surveys major arts and architecture of the pre-Columbian world, including Mesoamerican and Andean cultures from the earliest known civilizations through European contact and conquest. Acquaints students with the monumental architecture, urban planning, painting, sculpture, and portable arts of the ancient Americas.
ARTT
Art Studio Department Site
ARTT150
Introduction to Art Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Fundamental concepts of global, philosophic, and critical art theory examined through various historic and contemporary texts, and the analysis of works of art.
CHIN
Chinese Department Site
CHIN215
Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
Additional information: Course is taught in English. No previous knowledge of Chinese philosophy and history will be assumed and no prerequisites are required.
How should one make moral choices? What is the best way to live a moral life? How should the state be organized to best encourage proper human behavior? And what happens if the state comes to be formed as an empire? What are the proper moral ways to respond? Questions such as these were at the heart of early Chinese philosophical debates (roughly fifth through first centuries BCE). This course will be study of how the early Chinese thinkers wrestled with these questions and what responses they gave. As we will quickly see, the views that arose in early China were among the most powerful and influential in human history. Regardless of whether one agrees with these views or not, they should be studied and taken seriously by anyone who cares about ethics and politics.
CHIN307
Linguistic Landscape of China
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: Must have completed CHIN204 or above; or permission of Chinese Program Advisor.
Comprehensive introduction to Chinese and other major languages in the Sino-Tibetan, Altaic, Austroasiatic, and Austronesian families, all of which are spoken in China. Taught in English.
CHIN315
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Major works of fiction and drama from 1920 to the present read in the context of social and literary change. Emphasis on western and traditional Chinese influences on the writers and their works. No knowledge of Chinese required.
CLAS
Classics Department Site
CLAS170
Greek and Roman Mythology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: RELS170.
Credit only granted for: CLAS170 or RELS170.
Additional information: This course cannot be taken for language credit.
An introduction to the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome. This cours is particularly recommended for students planning to major in foreign languages, English, history, the fine arts, or journalism. Taught in English.
CMLT
Comparative Literature Department Site
CMLT235
Black Diaspora Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: CMLT235 or ENGL235.
Examination of key works by writers of the African Diaspora. Relationship among black people across multiple geographic spaces; Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Specific historical, cultural, and literary contexts; themes such as gender, sexuality, migration, slavery, freedom, and equality. Readings may include literary texts (fiction, poetry, drama), music and film. All readings in English, but drawn from multiple languages of the black diaspora, including English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
CMLT270
Global Literature and Social Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Comparative study of literature through selected literary works from several non-Western cultures, viewed cross-culturally in light of particular social, political, and economic perspectives.
CMLT275
World Literature by Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: WMST275.
Credit only granted for: CMLT275 or WMST275.
Comparative study of selected works by women writers of several countries, exploring points of intersection and divergence in women's literary representations.
CMLT277
Literatures of the Americas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Comparative study of several North, South, and Central American culture with a focus on the specificities, similarities, and divergences of their literary and cultural texts.
Also offered as ENGL278L.
CMLT280
Film Art in a Global Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Comparative study of a variety of film traditions from around the world including cinema from Hollywood, Europe, Asia and developing countries, with a stress on different cultural contexts for film-making and viewing.
EDCI
Curriculum and Instruction Department Site
EDCI246
Good Stories: Teaching Narratives for Peace and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Through the study and use of oral storytelling and digital technologies explore qualities and characteristics of what makes a good story and how stories can be used to advance peace and justice on both individual and social levels.
EDCI288M
Special Topics in Teacher Education; You Say You Want a Revolution: Music as Protest and Social Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
EDCI466
Literature for Adolescents
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Restriction: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75; and permission of EDUC-Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership department.
Reading and analysis of fiction and nonfiction; methods for critically assessing quality and appeal; current theory and methods of instruction; research on response to literature; curriculum design and selection of books.
EDCI488G
Selected Topics in Teacher Education; Teaching Residency
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVCC
EDCI488J
Selected Topics in Teacher Education; Language Variation and Multilingualism in Elem. Classrooms
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVCC
EDPS
Education Policy Studies
EDPS210
Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Education
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: EDPL210 or EDPS210.
Formerly: EDPL210.
An examination of illustrative historical and philosophical examples of the interplay of ideas and events in the shaping of educational aims and practices from ancient cultures to modern technological societies.
ENEE
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Site
ENEE200
Social and Ethical Dimensions of Engineering Technology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
What makes a technology socially responsible? At UMD, the Fearless Ideas campaign asks us to aim our enthusiasm for technology at big real problems. At the same time, we are coming to appreciate the increasingly complex nature of technological systems as they become integrated into all forms of infrastructure, we realize they may be unpredictable, interdependent on social and biological systems, and have unintended consequences. In this midst of this complexity, people make decisions with far reaching impacts. How then do we follow our passion for technology and innovation but also stay skeptical in a way that allows us to consider the potential and shortcomings of technology? Designed for both engineering and non-engineering students wishing to explore and assess the impact of engineering technology on society and the role of society in generating that technology.
ENGL
English Department Site
ENGL130
Race and the Cultural Politics of Blood: A Historical Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Credit only granted for: ENGL130 or ENGL237.
Formerly: ENGL237.
Exploration of race, as term and concept, at three different historical times and from three different perspectives, through the reading of three stories: William Shakespeare's drama Othello, Aphra Behn's novella Oroonoko, and the short story Benito Cereno by Herman Melville. Exploration of the importance of context in interpretation. Study of how a concept for rationalizing human difference appears and adapts, fuses and fades away, relocates and is repurposed. How understanding of the particular situation of the concept, its context, changes our reading of the story.
ENGL140
American Fictions: Cross-Examining U.S. Literature, History, and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Credit only granted for: ENGL140 or ENGL289Y.
Formerly: ENGL289Y.
Major works of American literature explored in relation to major texts and developments of U.S. history, culture and politics. Special attention to global contexts and complications of "American" literature and history. Key historical and political issues include human rights, democratic principles, independence, revolution, slavery, removal, immigration, free speech, labor rights, civil rights, feminism, environmentalism, economic globalization, technology and digital innovation, and the role literature and the humanities may play in fostering various forms of responsible citizenship.
ENGL150
Uncanny Technologies: Monsters, Droids, and Vampires
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Credit only granted for: ENGL150 or ENGL289T.
Formerly: ENGL289T.
Explores dark, uncertain borders between human and nonhuman, natural and unnatural, life and death. What literature teaches about new technologies that seek to represent or replicate human experience. Examination of a series of nineteenth-century American, French, German, and British novels and stories from Frankenstein (1818) to Dracula (1897) featuring recently introduced media and inventions such as photographs, phonographs, automata, and motion pictures that are concerned, like works of literature, with recording and reproducing human consciousness and human body.
ENGL201
Inventing Western Literature: Ancient and Medieval Traditions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Wide range of texts, genres, and themes from ancient and medieval Western traditions. Study of cultural, historical, and artistic forces shaping traditions, and the influence and relevance of those traditions to life in twenty-first century.
ENGL206
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: ENGL205, ENGL206, or ENGL289I.
Formerly: ENGL205.
Shakespeare's poems, history plays, comedies, and tragedies as investigations into language use, governance, sexuality, ethics, and mortality.
ENGL211
English Literature: Beginnings to 1800
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Surveys medieval and early modern literary works written in England. Readings may include Beowulf, Chaucer, Spenser, Mary Wroth, Milton; eighteenth-century satire, drama, novels.
ENGL222
American Literature: 1865 to Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Surveys American writing from the Civil War through the Cold War. Authors such as Clemens, Frost, Hurston, Bellow.
ENGL233
Introduction to Asian American Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Restriction: Must not have completed AAST233.
Also offered as: AAST233.
Credit only granted for: AAST233, AAST298L, or ENGL233.
A survey of Asian American literatures with an emphasis on recurrent themes and historical context.
ENGL234
African-American Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
An exploration of the stories black authors tell about themselves, their communities, and the nation as informed by time and place, gender, sexuality, and class. African American perspective themes such as art, childhood, sexuality, marriage, alienation and mortality, as well as representations of slavery, Reconstruction, racial violence and the Nadir, legalized racism and segregation, black patriotism and black ex-patriots, the optimism of integration, and the prospects of a post-racial America.
Also offered as AASP298L. Credit will be granted for one of the following: AASP298L or ENGL234.
ENGL235
U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Poetry, prose, and theater of Latina/o communities in the United States from origins in Spanish colonization of North America to ongoing development in the 21st century. How authors use literary form to gain insight into human experience, including mortality, religious belief, gender and sexuality, war and peace, family, language use, scientific inquiry, cultural tradition, ecology, and labor. How Latina/o literary traditions have shaped and been shaped by broader currents in American literature. Connections between Latina/o literature and social and artistic developments in other parts of the world, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean. Authors may include Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Eulalia Perez, Juan Nepomuceno Seguin, Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Jose Marti, Arthur A. Schomburg, Jesus Colon, Julia de Burgos, Cesar Chavez, Ariel Dorfman, Gloria Anzaldua, Junot Diaz, and Cristina Garcia.
Additional Note: Also offered as AMST298Q. Credit granted for ENGL235 or AMST298Q.
ENGL243
What is Poetry?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
An exploration of arguably the most complex, profound, and ubiquitous expression of human experience. Study through close reading of significant forms and conventions of Western poetic tradition. Poetry's roots in oral and folk traditions and connections to popular song forms.
ENGL244
The Play's the Thing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Exploration of drama through a consideration of plot, narrative flow, analytical flow, staging, performance, manuscript and printing history, text and textual change over time, and interpretation. Plays will be approached as public attempts to understand what it means to be alive.
ENGL245
Film Form and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Restriction: Must not have completed FILM245.
Also offered as: FILM245.
Credit only granted for: CMLT214, CMLT245, ENGL245, or FILM245.
Formerly: CMLT214.
Introduction to film as art form and how films create meaning. Basic film terminology; fundamental principles of film form, film narrative, and film history. Examination of film technique and style over past one hundred years. Social and economic functions of film within broader institutional, economic, and cultural contexts.
ENGL250
Reading Women Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: WMST255.
Credit only granted for: ENGL250 or WMST255.
Explores literary and cultural expressions by women and their receptions within a range of historical periods and genres. Topics such as what does a woman need in order to write, what role does gender play in the production, consumption, and interpretation of texts, and to what extent do women comprise a distinct literary subculture. Interpretation of texts will be guided by feminist and gender theory, ways of reading that have emerged as important to literary studies over the last four decades.
ENGL255
Literature of Science and Technology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: ENGL255 or ENGL278T.
Formerly: ENGL278T.
Examines science and technology through the lens of British and America literature, primarily between 1800 and the present. Readings from early natural and experimental philosophers of the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment. How literary works represent the ethics of science and technology; beneficial developments of science, and also heavy toll of industrialization. Writers studied may include Francis Bacon, Mary Shelley, Charles Darwin, H.G. Wells, Albert Einstein, Aldous Huxley, Richard Feynman, Philip K. Dick, Octavia Butler, Michael Frayn, and Tom Stoppard.
ENGL256
Fantasy Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
How fantasy employs alternate forms of representation, such as the fantastical, estranging, or impossible, which other genres would not allow. Through novels, short stories, graphic novels, and film, traces fantasy's roots in mythology and folklore, then explores how modern texts build upon or challenge these origins. Examination of literary strategies texts use to represent the world through speculative modes. How to distinguish fantasy from, and relate it to, other genres such as science fiction, horror, fairly tales, and magical realism. Fantasy's investment in world-building, history, tradition, and categories of identity such as race, class, and gender. How fantasy, as a genre, form, and world-view, is well-suited to our contemporary reality.
ENGL257
Children's Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Literature of the nineteenth through the twenty-first century concerned with, and written for, children and young adults. How such narratives speak to themes of changing social, religious, political, and personal identity. Through poetry, novels, graphic novels, and film, explores how children's tales encapsulate and reflect on human existence, while pushing boundaries of what constitutes "children's literature" and what exactly defines the "child." Considers questions of literary classification through investigation of political and religious issues, gender politics, animal rights, social justice, race, war, and what it means to "grow up."
ENGL262
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: JWST262.
Credit only granted for: JWST262, HEBR223, or ENGL262.
Formerly: HEBR223.
An exploration of the origins and compositional history of biblical literature. Critical study of texts and socio-historical analysis of their background.
ENGL265
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Restriction: Must not have completed LGBT265.
Also offered as: LGBT265.
Credit only granted for: ENGL265 or LGBT265.
Exploration of literary and cultural expressions of sexuality and gender. Study of a range of historical periods and literary genres, such as essay, poetry, novel, drama, film. Topics include sexual norms and dissidence, gender identity and expression, the relationship between aesthetic forms and sexual subjectivity. Interpretation of texts particularly through the lens of queer theory. Examination of how sex and gender intersect with other forms of difference, including race and class.
ENGL275
Writing to be Seen: Scriptwriting for Theatre, Film, and Television
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Also offered as: ARHU275.
Credit only granted for: ENGL278D, ENGL275, ARHU319B, or ARHU275.
Formerly: ENGL278D; ARHU319B.
Introduction to the theory and practice of scriptwriting with an opportunity to read, view, evaluate, write, and revise texts meant to be performed. Students will practice writing for the stage, film, and television and also examine selected scripts, performances, and film and television clips as models for their own creative work. Students will complete frequent writing exercises, participate in workshops, and learn to apply scholarship to the analysis and critique of scripts.
Also offered as ARHU275.
ENGL280
The English Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Introduction to the structure of English and its historical development with a focus on techniques of linguistic analysis. Major topics include the sound systems of English and its patterns of word formation and sentence structure, and the ways these have changed over time and vary around the world.
ENGL282
Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Examines how persuasion functions and influences our lives and perception, focusing on a variety of contexts: business, politics, media, law, and entertainment. Students learn persuasive and argumentative principles to understand what rhetoric is, how it works, and what it does, and to apply the knowledge to produce effective communication appropriate for their purpose, audience, and context. A wide range of persuasive media, genres, and forms will be studied to help students sharpen how they interpret and practice persuasion.
ENGL293
Writing in the Wireless World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Recommended: ENGL101.
Credit only granted for: ENGL278Z or ENGL293.
Formerly: ENGL278Z.
A hands-on exploration of writing at the intersection of technology and rhetoric. Students will learn to read, analyze, and compose the kind of multimodal documents (combining text, image, and sound) that constitute communication in our digital world.
ENGL294
Persuasion and Cleverness in Social Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Prerequisite: Must have satisfied Fundamental Studies Academic Writing requirement.
Exploration of various persuasive media encountered in daily life through the lens of rhetorical and critical theories. Principles of rhetoric and analysis of how persuasion functions across media. Invention of effective multimedia works appropriate to purpose, audience, and context. Concepts from cultural studies used to develop critical awareness about power and ideology and how they influence the way people produce and understand messages. By integration of technology, rhetoric, and cultural studies, students become more critically-rhetorically informed thinkers, authors, and audiences of arguments and culture in the digital age. Writing intensive course. No prior multimedia experience is expected.
ENGL295
Literature in a Wired World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: ENGL278W or ENGL295.
Formerly: ENGL278W.
An introduction to the changing nature of books, texts, and narrative in Information Age. Role of book in relation to other media, history of computers and writing, influence of computing on contemporary literature and culture, emerging forms of digital narrative and reading. Practical skills taught range from how to find digital literature and other texts online to using Web media to create literary works.
ENGL296
Reading and Writing Disability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Rhetoric-based course that locates and analyzes disability in various settings, modes, and texts. Investigates material and cultural effects of the language, stories, and myths of disability. Exploration of the many definitions and frameworks of disability. Disability as dynamic lived experiences, as a political identities, as a rich culture, as socially constructed barriers, and as an oppressed minority group. Social, medical, political, cultural, and personal definitions of disability; how disability is portrayed, controlled, stereotyped, and celebrated.
ENGL304
The Major Works of Shakespeare
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Restriction: Must not have completed ENGL403 or ENGL404.
Representative early, middle, and later works, including comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances. Historical and cultural contexts.
ENGL362
Caribbean Literature in English
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as ENGL362. Credit granted for ENGL362 or LASC348E.

Political and literary traditions that intersect in the fiction, poetry, and drama written in English by Caribbean writers, primarily during the 20th century.
Also offered as LASC348E. Credit granted for ENGL362 or LASC348E.
FILM
Film Studies Department Site
FILM245
Film Form and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Restriction: Must not have completed ENGL245.
Also offered as: ENGL245.
Credit only granted for: CMLT214, CMLT245, ENGL245, or FILM245.
Formerly: CMLT214.
Introduction to film as art form and how films create meaning. Basic film terminology; fundamental principles of film form, film narrative, and film history. Examination of film technique and style over past one hundred years. Social and economic functions of film within broader institutional, economic, and cultural contexts.
FILM298A
Special Topics in International Film Studies; Masterpieces in French and Francophone Cinemas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as FREN243. Credit granted for FREN243 or FILM298A.
FILM336
Soviet Cinema and Empire
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: RUSS336.
Credit only granted for: RUSS336, FILM336 or RUSS398K.
Formerly: RUSS398K.
Examination of the concepts of "empire" and "nation" through their representation in Soviet cinema. Taught in English.
FILM421
Francophone African Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: FREN421.
Credit only granted for: FREN421 or FILM421.
Imaginary and Memory in the Reality of Francophone African Film from 1960-present. Taught in English.
FREN
FREN243
Masterpieces in French and Francophone Cinemas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
This course, taught in English, will present a large array of films directed by famous French directors (Jean Renoir, Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda, etc..) and Francophone filmmakers (Arcand, Sembene) who were internationally known in their time and have had a considerable influence on today's filmmakers in the U.S. (Tarantino, Lynch, Lee, etc..) and abroad (Sissoko, Angelopoulos, VonTrier, ect..).
Additional Note: Also offered as FILM298A. Credit granted for FILM298A or FREN243.
FREN250
Introduction to Cultural and Textual Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: FREN204; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of French.
Credit only granted for: FREN250 or FREN250H.
Introduction to cultural and textual analysis of selected readings from various genres in French literature. Taught in French.
Also offered as FREN 250H.
FREN250H
Introduction to Cultural and Textual Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: FREN204; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of French.
Credit only granted for: FREN250 or FREN250H.
Introduction to cultural and textual analysis of selected readings from various genres in French literature. Taught in French.
For general honors students only. Also offered as FREN 250.
FREN421
Francophone African Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: FILM421.
Credit only granted for: FREN421 or FILM421.
Imaginary and Memory in the reality of Francophone African Film from 1960-present. Taught in English.
FREN421H
(Perm Req)
Francophone African Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: FILM421.
Credit only granted for: FREN421 or FILM421.
Imaginary and Memory in the reality of Francophone African Film from 1960-present. Taught in English.
GERM
Germanic Studies Department Site
GERM255
Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: GERM255 or GERM289G.
Formerly: GERM289G.
Additional information: Course is taught in English.
A critical examination of how fairy tales and folklore pervade and influence diverse facets of Western culture, ranging from issues of politics and national identity, ethics and morality, violence and fear, education and pedagogy, to gender and sexuality in the establishment and regulation of social norms. Taking the German tales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm as its focal point, the magical and often terrifying world of fairy tales within the German, European, and American cultural traditions from Romanticism to today will be explored.
GERM282
Germanic Mythology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
An introduction to the religious beliefs of the pagan Germanic peoples. Comparison of Germanic myths with those of other Indo-European peoples. The conversion of the Germania to Christianity and the preservation of pagan beliefs in superstition and literature. Taught in English.
GERM322
Highlights of German Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: GERM302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Selected literary masterworks, social and cultural issues, and historical events in German-speaking countries from the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Junges Deutschland, Realism, Naturalism and its counter currents, Expressionism to the present. Taught in German.
Taught in German. Also offered as GERM322H.
GERM322H
Highlights of German Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: GERM302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Selected literary masterworks, social and cultural issues, and historical events in German-speaking countries from the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Junges Deutschland, Realism, Naturalism and its counter currents, Expressionism to the present. Taught in German.
Taught in German. Also offered as GERM322.
HEBR
HEBR313
Conversation and Composition I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: HEBR212; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
A practical language course recommended for all students continuing with Hebrew. Review of grammar and composition. Selected readings. Oral and written exercises.
HHUM
Honors Humanities Department Site
HHUM105
Honors Humanities: Introduction to the Arts and Humanities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
Restriction: Must be an entering freshmen in the Honors Humanities Program.
Credit only granted for: ARHU105 or HHUM105.
Formerly: ARHU105.
Introduction to the university, the different fields of the arts and humanities, and the history of how the university and the humanities have evolved across the world from ancient times to the present. Primary emphasis on reading and discussion of literary artifacts to assess the meaning and social status of the arts and humanities in the past and their personal and social value for the future.
HIST
History Department Site
HIST110
The Ancient World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Interpretation of select literature and art of the ancient Mediterranean world with a view to illuminating the antecedents of modern culture; religion and myth in the ancient Near East; Greek philosophical, scientific, and literary invention; and the Roman tradition in politics and administration.
HIST120
Islamic Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: RELS120.
Credit only granted for: HIST120 or RELS120.
Introduction to society and culture in the Middle East since the advent of Islam: as a personal and communal faith; as artistic and literary highlights of intellectual and cultural life; and as the interplay between politics and religion under the major Islamic regimes.
HIST134
Spies, Assassins, Martyrs, and Witches: Famous Trials in American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Examination of some of the most famous trials in American history and their enduring hold on the imagination.
HIST134S
Spies, Assassins, Martyrs, and Witches: Famous Trials in American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Examination of some of the most famous trials in American history and their enduring hold on the imagination.
Restricted to students in College Park Scholars-Justice and Legal Thought program.
HIST200
Interpreting American History: Beginnings to 1877
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU
Credit only granted for: HIST156 or HIST200.
Formerly: HIST156.
The United States from colonial times to the end of the Civil War. Establishment and development of American institutions.
HIST201
Interpreting American History: From 1865 to the Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: HIST157 or HIST201.
Formerly: HIST157.
The United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. Economic, social, intellectual, and political developments. Rise of industry and emergence of the United States as a world power.
HIST205
Environmental History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU
An exploration of the way different societies have used, imagined, and managed nature. Includes examination of questions of land use, pollution, conservation, and the ideology of nature, especially but not exclusively in Europe and North America.
HIST287
Why the Jews? Historical and Cultural Investigations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Restriction: Must not have completed HIST282, HIST283, JWST234, or JWST235.
Also offered as: JWST233.
Credit only granted for: HIST287 or JWST233.
Examines the history and culture of the Jews from the thirteenth century BCE/BC to the present through an examination of significant themes or problems (such as "religion" or "diaspora") that shape our understanding of the Jewish people. A primary focus in the course will be on texts, artifacts, and other cultural products by Jews and others that illustrate the history of the Jews help understand their cultural heritage.
HIST289R
Pocketbook Politics: A History of American Buying and Selling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
HIST289Y
Zombies, Fear, and Contagion: A Cultural History of Public Health, Medicine, and Technology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
HIST419Q
Special Topics in History; Jews of Eastern Europe, 1580-1939
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as JWST370. Credit granted for HIST419Q or JWST370.
HONR
HONR208L
Honors Seminar; Justice Matters: Law, Literature, and Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
HONR208M
Honors Seminar: Utopia and Dystopia: Reality and Relevance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR217
Life, The Multiverse and Everything: Developing an Individual Cosmovision
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
In this Honors seminar, students pursue personal cosmologies in light o our contemporary core "Western" scientific world-view and a selection of other ancient and indigenous cosmographies for comparison including those of Mesoamerica, the Inca, the Egyptians or the Chinese.
HONR218B
Honors Seminar; Making a Difference: The Lives and Words of Leaders Who Shape Our Time
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
HONR218L
Honors Seminar: Language and Mind
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR218P
Honors Seminar; Immigration: Personal Stories and Policy Changes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
HONR218T
Honors Seminar; Political Theater: On Stage and in Washington
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR218Y
Honors Seminar; How to Think Like da Vinci, Montaigne, and Shakespeare
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR229C
Honors Seminar; Contemporary American Culture as Seen from Abroad: A Transatlantic Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR229F
Honors Seminar; New Media Frontiers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
HONR238D
Honors Seminar: The Contemporary American Musical Theatre: From Hair to Hamilton -- and Beyond
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR238P
Honors Seminar; Memory, Imagination, Invention: A Creative Writing Workshop
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR239B
Honors Seminar: New York City and the American Dream
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
HONR258T
Honors Seminar: Tools of Fiction: Literature and/as Creative Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR279L
Honors Seminar; The Problem of Prejudice: Overcoming Impediments to Global Peace and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
HONR279Q
Honors Seminar; The Boy Who Lived, All Grown Up: Assessing the Harry Potter Books and their Adaptations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR279R
Honors Seminar; Faith and Values in Public Life
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
ISRL
Israel Studies
ISRL282
Introduction to Israeli Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
An overview of Israeli cinema, with attention to the distinctive themes politics, and problems that distinguish Israeli film-making. Taught in English.
Also offered as FILM298I and JWST219I. Credit granted for ISRL282, FILM298I, HEBR298I, or JWST219I. Students with a strong background in Hebrew are encouraged to also enroll in HEBR499I.
ISRL349Z
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Beyond Black and White: Jews and Representations of Race
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as JWST319M. Credit granted for ISRL349Z or JWST319M.

An examination of Western constructions and representations of 'race' from medieval times to the modern rise of Zionism and the founding of Israel, with a focus on how Jews utilized the racial discourses of each period to negotiate their position within Western history.
ITAL
Italian Department Site
ITAL215
Behavior of the Rich and Powerful
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: ITAL215, HONR218K, or SLLC299P.
Formerly: SLLC299P, HONR218K.
Through the study of XV and XVI century courtesy literature, we will explore the various forms of behavior of the rich and powerful of the Italian Renaissance, an era that is much closer to our contemporary world than we might initially think, especially in regard to the way political and influential figures act in social situations and the image of themselves they present to others. What can we learn from observing and comparing the behavior of the rich and powerful of the past and present? In the public arena of these two worlds, does appearance matter more than truth? Taught in English.
JAPN
Japanese Department Site
JAPN221
Radical Transformations in Japanese Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
Since the early modern period, Japanese cultural forms have reflected the innate instability of contemporary social structures. Focusing on Noh drama, Matsuo Basho's haiku travelogue Oku no hosomichi, popular fiction by Ihara Saikaku, the movement for vernacular literature in the late 19th century, the rise and fall of Marxists and feminists in early 20th century Japan, a variety of perspectives on WWII and its legacy, as well as Japanese pop culture, we will consider the way cultural works developed as part of Japan's radical transformations in the last four centuries. A major film component increases students' direct exposure to the work of Japan's cultural producers, and students' suggestions and interests will help shape the final unit of the course about Japan today. Taught in English, and all readings are in English translation.
JOUR
Journalism Department Site
JOUR289J
Probing War: Investigative Narratives and American Conflicts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
In this course, we will explore the realities of war through the work of journalists who pushed beyond the daily headlines, some risking life and limb, to challenge official versions and document uncomfortable realities about American conflicts.
JOUR456
Literature in Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: JOUR673.
Credit only granted for: JOUR456 or JOUR673.
From Truman Capote's In Cold Blood to Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down, students will examine how literary works can help writers approach a subject in a different way than more traditional forms of journalism, including the advantages and limitations of the style.
JWST
Jewish Studies Department Site
JWST233
Why the Jews? Historical and Cultural Investigations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Restriction: Must not have completed HIST282, HIST283, JWST234, or JWST235.
Also offered as: HIST287.
Credit only granted for: JWST233 or HIST287.
Examines the history and culture of the Jews from the thirteenth century BCE/BC to the present through an examination of significant themes or problems (such as "religion" or "diaspora") that shape our understanding of the Jewish people. A primary focus in the course will be on texts, artifacts, and other cultural products by Jews and others that illustrate the history of the Jews help understand their cultural heritage.
JWST250
Fundamental Concepts of Judaism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: PHIL234, RELS250.
Credit only granted for: JWST250, PHIL234, or RELS250.
A conceptional introduction to Judaism, analyzing its fundamental concepts from both analytical and historical perspectives. Discussion of "normative" Judaism as well as other conceptions of Judaism. Topics include: God, the Jewish people, authority, ethics, the sacred and the profane, particularism and universalism.
JWST262
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: ENGL262.
Credit only granted for: JWST262, HEBR223 or ENGL262.
Formerly: HEBR223.
Origins of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), with attention to literary formations, archaeology, and social-political settings. Explorations of major questions, including who wrote the Bible, and when; relationships of the biblical tradition to the mythology and religious structures of ancient Israel's near eastern neighbors; and dynamics of politics, religious leadership, and law.
JWST289J
Jerusalem in Antiquity: The History of Sacred Space in a Holy City
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Also offered as RELS289J. Credit will be granted for JWST289J or RELS289J.

The questions of sacred space through the topic of Jerusalem are explored. The study of Jerusalem's history as a holy city reveals the many ways by which sacred space is constructed. It will also examine the development of places that continue to hold great sanctity in Judaism (the Western Wall), Christianity (the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Mount of Olives), and Islam (the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Haram ash-Sharif).
JWST319M
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Beyond Black and White: Jews and Representations of Race
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as ISRL349Z. Credit granted for ISRL349Z or JWST319M.

An examination of Western constructions and representations of 'race' from medieval times to the modern rise of Zionism and the founding of Israel, with a focus on how Jews utilized the racial discourses of each period to negotiate their position within Western history.
JWST347
Tradition and Change: Jewish Religion in the Modern World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: JWST419E, JWST347, HIST429X, JWST419R, or RELS419R.
Formerly: JWST419E, JWST419R.
An exploration of the history of the different modern Jewish religious movements that developed in Europe, starting with messianic movements and ending with Reform and Orthodoxy. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of the academic study of Judaism on the development of modern Jewish religious ideologies and practices.
Also offered as HIST429X and RELS419R.
JWST430
Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Prerequisite: Must have completed one JWST course or one RELS course; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies.
Also offered as: RELS430.
Credit only granted for: JWST429Q, JWST430, RELS419Q,or RELS430.
Formerly: JWST429Q.
A study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in their ancient and modern settings, and in terms of contemporary scholarly interpretations of their meaning. Interpretations of the historical significance of these documents, their connections to ancient Jewish sectarian movements, and their implications for our understanding of Judaism, Christianity, and the history of the Bible.
LARC
Landscape Architecture Department Site
LARC160
Introduction to Landscape Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
History, theory, philosophy and current practice of the profession of landscape architecture. Explores the interactive relationship between humans and their environment by examining people's perceptions of and changing attitude towards the landscape, as well as, an examination of how these are related to ecological and cultural influences.
Restricted to students with less then 30 credits.
LASC
Certificate in Latin American Studies
LASC234
Issues in Latin American Studies I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: SPAN234, PORT234.
Credit only granted for: LASC234, SPAN234, or PORT234.
Interdisciplinary study of major issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Latin America's cultural mosaic, migration and urbanization. Democratization and the role of religions. Taught in English.
LASC234H
Issues in Latin American Studies I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: SPAN234, PORT234.
Credit only granted for: LASC234, SPAN234, or PORT234.
Interdisciplinary study of major issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Latin America's cultural mosaic, migration and urbanization. Democratization and the role of religions. Taught in English.
LGBT
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Studies
LGBT265
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Restriction: Must not have completed ENGL265.
Also offered as: ENGL265.
Credit only granted for: ENGL265 or LGBT265.
Exploration of literary and cultural expressions of sexuality and gender. Study of a range of historical periods and literary genres, such as essay, poetry, novel, drama, film. Topics include sexual norms and dissidence, gender identity and expression, the relationship between aesthetic forms and sexual subjectivity. Interpretation of texts particularly through the lens of queer theory. Examination of how sex and gender intersect with other forms of difference, including race and class.
LING
Linguistics Department Site
LING240
Language and Mind
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Additional information: Required for Linguistics majors and recommended for students in related fields.
The study of language as a cognitive phenomenon. Focus on mastering the concepts and technical skills required for further courses in linguistics. Ways of representing people's knowledge of their native language, ways in which that knowledge is attained naturally by children, and how it is used in speaking and listening. Additional topics may include: animal communication, language and the brain, language and thought.
MUSC
School of Music Department Site
MUSC130
Survey of Music Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Restriction: Must not be in any of the following programs (Music (Professional Program); Music Education).
A study of the principles upon which music is based, and an introduction to the musical repertory performed in America today.
MUSC130H
Survey of Music Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Restriction: Must not be in any of the following programs (Music (Professional Program); Music Education).
A study of the principles upon which music is based, and an introduction to the musical repertory performed in America today.
For general honors students only.
MUSC130S
Survey of Music Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Restriction: Must not be in any of the following programs (Music (Professional Program); Music Education).
A study of the principles upon which music is based, and an introduction to the musical repertory performed in America today.
Restricted to College Park Scholars - Arts.
MUSC205
History of Popular Music, 1950-Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
A historical survey of rock music (blues, rock, soul, metal, rap, etc.) from circa 1950 to the present, with emphasis on popular music as music and popular music as social history.
MUSC210
The Impact of Music on Life
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: MUET210 or MUSC210.
Formerly: MUET210.
Music as a part of culture. Materials drawn from traditions throughout the globe to illustrate issues of historical and contemporary significance, including the impact of race, class and gender on the study of music.
MUSC215
World Popular Musics and Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: MUET200 or MUSC215.
Formerly: MUET200.
Focus on popular musics in different cultures with an emphasis on cross-cultural comparisons and analysis of how musics and identity intersect.
MUSC220
Selected Musical Cultures of the World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: MUET220 or MUSC220.
Formerly: MUET220.
A survey of selected musical cultures of the world, such as India, Japan, China, Indonesia, West Africa, Eastern Europe and the Near East.
PERS
Persian Department Site
PERS283
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Introduction to Iranian cinema, society, and culture. Taught in English
PERS371
Introduction to Persian Literature in Translation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Introduction to classical and modern canons of Persian literature in historical, esthetic, and social context. Taught in English.
PHIL
Philosophy Department Site
PHIL100
Introduction to Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
An introduction to the literature, problems, and methods of philosophy either through a study of some of the main figures in philosophic thought or through an examination of some of the central and recurring problems of philosophy.
PHIL140
Contemporary Moral Issues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
The uses of philosophical analysis in thinking clearly about such widely debated moral issues as abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, reverse discrimination, the death penalty, business ethics, sexual equality, and economic justice.
PHIL209B
Investigating Darwin's Dangerous Idea
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU or DSSP, SCIS
PHIL209I
Philosophical Issues: Spooky Action at a Distance: Where Physics meets Metaphysics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Einstein believed physics should represent a "reality in space and time,free from spooky action at a distance" and worried that quantum theory failed that test. This course will investigate whether Einstein was right.
PHIL209J
Philosophical Issues: The Rights and Wrongs of Killing People
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
This course raises some very simple, basic questions: Why is killing usually wrong? What makes it wrong? When is it permissible to kill? Is it ever permissible to kill an innocent human being intentionally?
PHIL233
Philosophy in Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Reading and philosophical criticism of fiction, poetry, and drama, dealing with issues of moral, religious, and metaphysical significance.
PHIL234
Fundamental Concepts of Judaism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: JWST250, RELS250.
Credit only granted for: JWST250, PHIL234, or RELS250.
A conceptional introduction to Judaism, analyzing its fundamental concepts from both analytical and historical perspectives. Discussion of "normative" Judaism as well as other conceptions of Judaism. Topics include: God, the Jewish people, authority, ethics, the sacred and the profane, particularism and universalism.
PHIL236
Philosophy of Religion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: RELS236.
Credit only granted for: PHIL236 or RELS236.
A philosophical study of some of the main problems of religious thought the nature of religious experience, the justification of religious belief, the conflicting claims of religion and science, and the relation between religion and morality.
PHIL261
Philosophy of the Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: HONR218F or PHIL261.
Formerly: HONR218F.
An evaluation of different kinds of arguments for the claim that the natural environment should be preserved. Perspectives cut across the disciplines of philosophy (environmental ethics and philosophies of nature); economics (cost-benefit analysis); and biology (evolution, ecology, environmental studies).
RELS
Religious Studies
RELS120
Islamic Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: HIST120.
Credit only granted for: HIST120 or RELS120.
Introduction to society and culture in the Middle East since the advent of Islam: as a personal and communal faith; as artistic and literary highlights of intellectual and cultural life; and as the interplay between politics and religion under the major Islamic regimes.
RELS170
Greek and Roman Mythology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: CLAS170.
Credit only granted for: CLAS170 or RELS170.
Additional information: This course cannot be taken for language credit.
An introduction to the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome. This cours is particularly recommended for students planning to major in foreign languages, English, history, the fine arts, or journalism. Taught in English.
RELS236
Philosophy of Religion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: PHIL236.
Credit only granted for: PHIL236 or RELS236.
A philosophical study of some of the main problems of religious thought the nature of religious experience, the justification of religious belief, the conflicting claims of religion and science, and the relation between religion and morality.
RELS250
Fundamental Concepts of Judaism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: JWST250, PHIL234.
Credit only granted for: JWST250, PHIL234, or RELS250.
A conceptional introduction to Judaism, analyzing its fundamental concepts from both analytical and historical perspectives. Discussion of "normative" Judaism as well as other conceptions of Judaism. Topics include: God, the Jewish people, authority, ethics, the sacred and the profane, particularism and universalism.
RELS289J
New Explorations in Religious Studies; Jerusalem in Antiquities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Also offered as JWST289J. Credit will be granted for JWST289J or RELS289J.

The questions of sacred space through the topic of Jerusalem are explored. The study of Jerusalem's history as a holy city reveals the many ways by which sacred space is constructed. It will also examine the development of places that continue to hold great sanctity in Judaism (the Western Wall), Christianity (the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Mount of Olives), and Islam (the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Haram ash-Sharif).
RELS419R
Advanced Topics in Religious Studies; Tradition and Change: Jewish Religion in the Modern World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as HIST429X and JWST347. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST429X, JWST347, or RELS419R. An exploration of the history of the different modern Jewish religious movements that developed in Europe, starting with messianic movements and ending with Reform and Orthodoxy. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of the academic study of Judaism on the development of modern Jewish religious ideologies and practices.
RELS430
Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Credit only granted for: JWST429Q, RELS419Q, or RELS430.
Formerly: RELS419Q.
A study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in their ancient and modern settings, and in terms of contemporary scholarly interpretations of their meaning. Interpretations of the historical significance of these documents, their connections to ancient Jewish sectarian movements, and their implications for our understanding of Judaism, Christianity, and the history of the Bible.
RUSS
Russian Department Site
RUSS221
Masterworks of Russian Literature I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Introduction to the classics of Russian literature in translation, beginning with Pushkin in the early 19th century and concluding with works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy in the latter part of the century. Taught in English.
RUSS336
Soviet Cinema and Empire
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud