Changes to the 2006-2007 Catalogue and Special Announcements for Fall term 2006
(updated to )

For accurate and up-to-date information, please see "Recent Changes" and the course listing on the University Registrar's web page at http://registrar.wlu.edu/ .  

by academic discipline:

Accounting Environmental studies Physical Education
African-American Studies French Physics
Anthropology Geology  Politics
Art  German Portuguese
Biology History Poverty & Human Capability
Business Administration Interdepartmental  Psychology
Chemistry Italian Public Speaking
Chinese Japanese  Religion
Classics Journalism & Mass Comm. Russian
Computer Science Latin Russian area studies
Dance Lit in Translation  Sociology
East Asian studies Mathematics Spanish
East Asian Langs. & Lits. Medieval & Renaissance Theater
Economics Military Science/ROTC University Scholars
Education   Music Women's studies
Engineering Neuroscience  
English  Philosophy  

Accounting (ACCT)

Accounting 330 (3) - Cost Accounting - Cancelled

African-American Studies (AFAM)

African-American Studies 130 (3) - Introduction to African-American Studies. This interdisciplinary course introduces students to several of the major topics, approaches, problems, and achievements in the traditions of African-American culture. The aim is to immerse students in several problem areas of African-American Studies; for example, three weeks might be devoted to the slave narrative and the experience of slavery in literature, art, and history; three weeks to the Harlem Renaissance, focusing on poetry, visual art, and music; three weeks to the 1950s and 1960s, treating the Civil Rights movement and the emergence of Black Nationalism; and three weeks to contemporary issues in African-American politics, culture, and art.  In addition, students encounter several arguments about the methods, purposes, and aims of African-American Studies.  Led by a single professor, this course incorporates multiple guest lecturers from the faculty to supplement the instructor's own area of expertise.  The goal of this course is to prepare students to explore the range, diversity, and power of African-American culture. Syllabus (GE4B) Conner

Anthropology (ANTH)

Anthropology 252 (3) – Linguistic Anthropology – newly scheduled course

Anthropology/Religion 285 (3) - Introduction to American Indian Religions. This class introduces students to some of the dominant themes, values, beliefs, and practices found among the religions of North America's Indian peoples. The first part of the course explores the importance of sacred power, landscape, and community in traditional Indian spiritualities and rituals. It then examines some of the changes that have occurred in these traditions as a result of western expansion and dominance from the 18th through early-20th centuries. Lastly, the course considers some of the issues and problems confronting contemporary American Indian religions. (GE4 in history). Markowitz.

Anthropology 290A (3) - Feminism and Anthropology - topical description - This course covers the complex and sometimes "awkward" relationship between feminism and anthropology. We explore topics such as the place of feminist theory and politics within the discipline of anthropology, the problems involved in being a feminist and an anthropologist, and the creation of a feminist ethnography. Goluboff

Anthropology 290B (3) - Grave Matters: On Death and Burial - topical description - When we shuffle off this mortal coil, what happens to our physical remains, our bodies? The answer to this question depends on how we died and on cultural attitudes regarding the dead. This course explores: beliefs about the dead across time and space; the transformations our physical bodies undergo after death; how archaeologists investigate human remains to interpret past peoples; and how forensic scientists investigate human remains, especially those that died under mysterious circumstances. Warning: This class includes graphic depictions of the deceased. Means

Art (ART)

Art 140 (3) – Asian Art – cancelled

Art 160 (3) - Photography I. Lab fee of $50.

Art 251 (3) – Italian Renaissance Art – cancelled

Art 261 (3) – History of Photography – cancelled

Art 380 (3) – Seminar in Art History – cancelled

Biology (BIOL)

Advisers please note: The Department of Biology has replaced our two-course sequence with included laboratories, BIOL 111 (4) and BIOL 112 (4), with a new single-term offering: BIOL 111 (3) lecture + BIOL 113 (1) laboratory, offered both fall and winter terms. This pair of courses serves as the entry into the biology major, and counts as GE5a credit for non-majors. Course descriptions are given below. The four sections of BIOL 111 and 113 in the fall term will be reserved for incoming freshmen. There will be two sections offered in winter term for current students.

Biology 111A (3) - Fundamentals of Biology: Bacterial Genetics - topical description - Corequisite: Biology 113. An intensive investigation of scientific thought and communication, examined in the context of major concepts such as evolution, regulation, growth, and metabolism. Since Frederick Griffith's discovery in 1928 that nonpathogenic bacteria could transform and become pathogenic, many strains of bacteria have evolved resistant to antibiotics, resulting in the emergence and re-emergence of bacterial diseases. We discuss the way bacteria use DNA to become pathogenic, to become resistant to antibiotics, and to cause disease. (GE5a with Biology 113) Simurda

Biology 111B (3) - Fundamentals of Biology: The Human Genome - topical description - Corequisite: Biology 113. An intensive investigation of scientific thought and communication, examined in the context of major concepts such as evolution, regulation, growth, and metabolism. One of the most stunning achievements of modern science was the publication of the complete human genome. We will examine the foundations of molecular genetics, the science behind the Human Genome Project, and how genomic information is changing life sciences and our understanding of health and medicine. (GE5a with Biology 113) Cabe

Biology 111C (3) - Fundamentals of Biology: Biodiversity Conservation - topical description - Corequisite: Biology 113. An intensive investigation of scientific thought and communication, examined in the context of major concepts such as evolution, regulation, growth, and metabolism. We explore the following questions: What are the genetic and evolutionary processes responsible for diversity? What are the main patterns of diversity above the species level? What are the causes and ramifications of extinction? How can we conserve diversity? (GE5a with Biology 113) Knox

Biology 111D (3) - Fundamentals of Biology: Homeostasis and Human Physiology - topical description - Corequisite: Biology 113. An intensive investigation of scientific thought and communication, examined in the context of major concepts such as evolution, regulation, growth, and metabolism. Homeostasis, the maintenance of the steady state, is a unifying principle which underlies biological functioning at every level. We explore the centrality of homeostasis in five body systems: nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary. (GE5a with Biology 113) Wielgus

Biology 220 (3) – Genetics – cancelled

Biology 221 (1) – Genetics Laboratory – cancelled

Biology 245 (4) – Ecology – cancelled

Biology 255 (3) – Reproductive Physiology – newly scheduled course

Biology 295A (1) - Medicinal Botany - topical description - Prerequisites: Biology 111 and 113, junior standing and departmental permission. From Taxol to Vitamin C plants provide important medicinal products for physicians as well as shamans. We discuss how humans use plants for medicinal purposes. Hamilton

Biology 295B (1) - He-men and Hormones - topical description - Prerequisites: Biology 111 and 113, junior standing and departmental permission. In most human and animal societies, males are more likely than females to be aggressive and socially dominant. We examine the hypothesis that testosterone is responsible for these sex differences. Gibber

Biology 295C (1) - Conservation of Biological Diversity - Cancelled

Biology 320 (3) - Modern Genetic Analysis – newly scheduled course

Biology 355 (4) – Microanatomy – cancelled

Biology 365 (3) – Developmental Biology – cancelled

Biology 398 (3) - Ecology and Conservation - topical description - Prerequisites: Biology 220 Research in ecology is no different that research in any other area of biology, except that the laboratory is frequently much larger. We investigate the link between academic ("pure") ecological research and the applied area of conservation biology, through critical examination of the primary literature. Hurd

Business Administration (BUS)

Business Administration 195 (3) - Art in Business - topical description - This course is an investigation of the multiple roles that art and design play in the business world, covering all key areas of marketing communications. Among topics studied are the art and design elements of the logo; branding, packaging, and advertising; and the retail arena. Attention is focused on monetary allocations for the various methods of design and advertising; selected case studies; and aesthetic and psychological issues, past and present. MacDonald

Business Administration 305 (3) – Seminar in International Business – topical description - This course is a survey of the challenges encountered by managers in the context of a global business environment, with particular emphasis on China. A broad range of perspectives are covered, including the following: economic, financial, legal, political, and cultural. Pirkle.

Business Administration 315 (3) – Management Info Systems – newly scheduled course

Business Administration 340 (3) – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management – newly scheduled course

Business Administration 355 (3) - Cases in Corporate Finance – newly scheduled course

Business Administration 364 (3) – Cross-Cultural Issues in Marketing – newly scheduled course

Chemistry (CHEM)

Chemistry 100 (4) – Modern Descriptive Chemistry – cancelled

Chemistry 133 (3) - Describing Nature - newly offered course - This writing‑based seminar considers how scientists describe natural phenomena and express scientific theories in terms of mathematics, graphical representations, and prose. Students examine a collection of topics from physics, chemistry and biology and examine how accepted explanations of these phenomena in terms of mathematical models are verified by experiment and then translated to concepts using ordinary language. In essence, if a scientific theory is expressed as an equation, how can we understand it in terms of pictures and words? Topics include entropy, the uncertainty principle, and definitions of life. (GE5c) Desjardins.

Chemistry 261 (4) – Physical Chemistry I – cancelled

Chemistry 266 (1) – Physical Chemical Measurements – cancelled

Chemistry 493 (3) – Honors Thesis – cancelled

Chinese (CHIN)

Chinese 311 (3) – Advanced Chinese I – newly scheduled course

Classics (CLAS)

Classics/Literature in Translation 201 (3) – Classical Mythology – cancelled

Computer Science (CSCI)

Computer Science (4) – Fundamentals of Programming II – newly scheduled course

Dance (DANC)

Dance 110 (1) - University Dance - newly offered course - Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Participation in a university dance production for a minimum of 24 hours of rehearsal and performance. A journal recording the rehearsal/performance process is required. May be repeated for up to nine degree credits. Staff. Fall, Winter, Spring

Dance 120 (3) - Introduction to Contemporary Modern Dance - newly offered course - Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This course combines the exploration of individual and ensemble artistic expression in contemporary modern dance with the study of the history of modern dance. The course culminates in a performance presentation. (GE4a) Staff. Fall

Dance 220 (3) - Dance Composition - newly offered course - Prerequisite: Dance 120 or permission of the instructor. A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to group choreography. This course focuses on creating a finished performance piece for presentation. (GE4a) Staff. Fall, Winter

Dance 292 (2) - Applied Ballet - newly offered course - Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This studio course is devoted to the practice of classical ballet technique and to the exploration of classical and contemporary ballet in performance. The course culminates in a performance presentation. This course may be repeated for degree credit with permission. Staff. Fall, Winter, Spring

East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL)

East Asian Studies (EAS)

Economics (ECON)

Economics 102 (3) – Principles of Macroeconomics – newly scheduled course

Economics 205 (3) – Economics of Social Issues – newly scheduled course

Economics 240 (3) – Government and Business – cancelled

Economics 272 (3) – Japan’s Modern Economy – cancelled

Economics 370 (3) – International Trade - cancelled

Economics 395 (3) - Industrial Organization - topical description - Prerequisite or corequisite: Economics 210 or permission of the instructor. This course provides an introduction to industrial organization economics. It begins with an overview of the structure, conduct, and performance paradigm that dominated the industrial organization literature until the 1970s, and then turns to more recent developments, covering topics such as the theory of the firm, normal and extensive form games, oligopoly and collusion, horizontal mergers, the relationship between market structure and technological innovation, and strategic entry deterrence. Smythe

Education (EDUC)

Education 210 (1-3) - Practicum - cancelled

Engineering (ENGN)

Engineering 100 (1) – Computing in Physics and Engineering – cancelled

Engineering 101 (3) – How it Works, How it is Made – newly scheduled course - An introduction to the engineering and science behind devices that students use or are exposed to everyday. Contemporary equipment and technology along with their applications are presented first, gaining familiarity with a subject before studying the underlying scientific aspects. By investigating "how it works," students become aware of fundamental physical principles. Examining "how it's made," students are exposed to the engineering design criteria which govern all manufactured objects. (GE5c) Kuehner. Fall 2006 and alternate years

Engineering 395 (3) – Heat Transfer – topical description

English (ENGL)

English 101A (3) - Expository Writing: International Issues - topical description - This section is designed for non-native speakers of English and provides extensive group and individualized help with reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. We study some international issues and compare life in other countries with contemporary life in the United States. The course also involves students teaching us about their native countries. (GE1) Smout

English 101B (3) - Expository Writing: Human Values and Beliefs - topical description - Beginning with Man's Search for Meaning, a classic description of the mental experiences of concentration camp inmates, students in this section read two books and several essays about the role of values and beliefs in human life, especially on the life of college students. This section is intended for students who are native speakers of English. (GE1) Smout

English 105A (3) - Composition and Literature: Literary Twins and Doubles - topical description - This discussion-based, writing-intensive course investigates the portrayal of biological twins and ideological doubles in a wide variety of literary texts. We take it for granted that differences can create conflict between individuals, but what about similarities? Literary twins often raise interesting philosophical questions about the ways sameness can pose a challenge to the concept of individual identity. Readings may include Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors and/or Twelfth Night, Marie de France's "Le Fresne," Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson, Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things, and Zadie Smith's White Teeth. Our discussions and writing assignments are designed to facilitate three major objectives: to acquaint you with the questions and rewards generated by the major literary genres; to sharpen the analytical skills you need in order to understand, enjoy, and critique different forms of literature; and to provide you with the opportunity to improve your argumentative writing skills. (GE1) Pickett

English 105B (3) - Composition and Literature: Coming of Age - topical description - This course examines a number of literary works that deal with the process of coming of age -- the fundamental human movement from youth to adulthood, naiveté to awareness, innocence to experience. In discussions and essays, we focus on the tensions, pains, joys, myths, and realities of this transition. Major questions include: what are the crucial stages involved in coming of age? How do issues such as authority, rebellion, and conformity affect one's coming of age? How does the process differ for men and women? What roles do sexuality and desire play in this process? What larger patterns - mythic, religious, social, economic - are reflected in this movement? How is coming of age related to love? to death? What happens if the "normal" pattern is broken? Readings include Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Jamie O'Neill's At Swim, Two Boys, the poetry of William Wordsworth, and Toni Morrison's Paradise. (GE1) Conner

English 105C (3) - Composition and Literature: The Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road - topical description - Americans are in love with driving, travel, and taking off to parts unknown; novelists and filmmakers have reflected our national obsession with getting on the (mostly male) road. But the allure of wandering, as seductive as it is, is also complicated by issues of gender in ways we don't often consider. In the last few decades, women have chronicled journeys with an increasingly wider range of experiences. In this course, we examine travel narratives from a female point of view in an attempt to answer a series of questions: "Why does Louise throw her lipstick out the window when she so obviously needs touching up?" "What kind of motorcycle does Erika ride and what is a Flaming Iguana?" "Where does Lauren think she's going with a backpack and a head wound in the middle of a riot?" and "What on earth do I pack for a road trip to meet my mother for the first time?" Or, if you prefer to be analytic, "What rhetorical techniques do these various authors and creators use in order to communicate a woman's vision of travel? What function does the Road Trip serve as a trope in feminist literature? What kinds of border-crossings does this genre enact or prohibit? How have North American women writers used the Road Trip as a vehicle for cultural transformation of gender roles?" (GE1) Miranda

English 105D (3) - Composition and Literature: Thieves and Geniuses: Literary Collaborations - topical description - Students in this section focus on the sources of literary art and the processes by which it is produced and transmitted, with an emphasis on 20th-century poetry and fiction. In a series of discussions and essays, we examine how inspiration, mentoring, editing, and co-authorship contribute to the total piece. Students have opportunities to work collaboratively on various projects but will not be required to do so, beyond the workshops that are standard in writing courses. (GE1) Wheeler

English 105E (3) - Composition and Literature: Country and City - topical description - In this course we read literary works that explore ideas about place. What makes a place significant? How does place function in creating personal and communal identities? How do representations of place change according to historical and linguistic contexts? We read works in a variety of genres, periods, and national traditions. Some representative writers could include Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Whitman, Dickinson, Bishop, Linda Hogan, Tom Stoppard, Aldo Leopold, Barry Lopez, Rick Bass, and Pattiann Rogers. (GE1) Warren

English 105F (3) - Composition and Literature: The Problem of the National Author - topical description - What combination of factors explain how some writers rise to the level of being regarded as great, almost heroic figures of national significance? Public persona, private virtue, themes, content, genre, and, of course, the perception of success all seem to play a role in making a writer into a figure of national greatness. This course explores both theories and case studies of this phenomenon. It places particular emphasis upon a comparative approach that considers questions of genre, gender, and history and therefore focuses upon novels, poetry, and films from the three leading nation states of modern liberalism: France, England, and the United States. Likely authors include Victor Hugo, Dickens, Woolf, Colette, and Dos Passos (novelists); Whitman, Dickinson, Tennyson, Baudelaire, and Longfellow (poets); and Jean Renoir, John Ford, Orson Welles, Hitchcock, and Spielberg (film-makers). (GE1) Adams

English 105G (3) - Composition and Literature: Life's Little Ironies - topical description - Every high school student learns that "The Gift of the Magi" exploits irony. The complex of effects that fall into the category of "irony" receives full exploration in a study of poetry and short fiction, beginning with the volume of stories in which Thomas Hardy originates the phrase "Life's Little Ironies." Works include Thomas Hardy, Life's Little Ironies and Selected Poetry, John Cheever, Stories of John Cheever, Flannery O'Connor, The Complete Stories, and Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh and Other Stories. (GE1) Keen

English 105H (3) - Composition and Literature: Misfits, Rebels, and Outcasts - topical description - The title of the course leaves out a lot. If extended, it might include strangers, visionaries, fanatics, prophets, artists, lovers, criminals, transients, deviants, freaks, monsters, and so on. We read stories, poems, and plays about individuals challenging the status quo, either directly or indirectly, consciously or unconsciously. We consider, among other things, what happens to the individual in the process, and what happens to the status quo. (GE1) Oliver

English 105I (3) - Composition and Literature: Detectives & Detection - topical description - In this course, we study and practice the skills of textual analysis, analytical writing, and critical thinking by reading literature about detectives and/or acts of detection. As we work on developing sophisticated written arguments that offer an original analysis of well-collected evidence, we read stories, novels, poems, and drama that address the practice of discovering clues, evaluating and interpreting evidence, and constructing solutions to mysteries. Requirements include intensive writing of argumentative essays, critical analysis of fellow students' arguments, revision, and engaged class participation. (GE1) Matthews

English 105J (3) - Composition and Literature: Gossips & Con Artists - topical description - This writing-intensive course explores the nature and influence of two prominent social discourses: gossiping and conning. Through critical reading, discussion, and argumentative writing, we explore diverse characterizations of the gossip and the con artist in a variety of genres and texts, ranging from Shakespeare's Othello to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. We analyze the various schemes and rhetorical strategies that these manipulative power brokers employ in the texts to exert social influence, their understanding and exploitation of the status quo, their motivations and rewards, and their effects upon both the individual and the larger community. To further our practice of sound argumentative writing, we juxtapose the discourses of gossip and con artistry with our own modes for persuading readers. In addition, we think critically about our personal susceptibility to the influences of the gossip and the con as well as our inclinations to (sometimes?) play their roles. (GE1) Wall

English 105K (3) - Composition and Literature: Literary Animals - topical description - In this course, we read and write about literary representations of animals: poetry, plays, stories, and novels that take animals as characters, contemplate the relation between humans and other animals, and/or attempt to consider animals on their own terms. From classic to contemporary literature, our texts invite us to think about animals as companions, as possessions, as food, as competitors, as deities, as reminders of the limits of human knowledge or experience, as metaphors for ourselves. These questions give us occasion to focus on the central work of this course: building students' writing skills, particularly the ability to develop complex analyses and communicate them in clear, sophisticated prose. (GE1) Braunschneider

English 105M (3) - Composition and Literature: Wicked Women - topical description - This section begins with Chaucer's Wife of Bath and ends with recent essays on Hillary Clinton. We look at witchcraft, femme fatales and prostitutes as a way of considering literary approaches towards women and men's power and sexuality. The course is not for women only - for instance, our discussion of witchcraft and wizardry will run from Miller's The Crucible through excerpts from Harry Potter. (GE1) Brodie

English 105N (3) - Composition and Literature: Dead People - topical description - The course focuses on literary representations of spirits and the afterlife. Texts may include: Henry James, The Turn of the Screw; A. S. Byatt, The Conjugal Angel; W. P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe; Jean-Paul Sartre, No Exit; Thornton Wilder, Our Town; Toni Morrison, Beloved. (GE1) Gavaler

English 204 (3) - Beginning Creative Writing: Poetry - topical description - Prerequisite: Completion of GE1 composition requirement. A course in the practice of writing poetry, involving workshops, literary study, and critical writing. May be repeated for degree credit with permission and if the topics are different. In this course we read the works of various poets, practice free-write exercises to stretch and strengthen our poetry muscles, study and explore poetic forms, workshop and critique with peers. We learn to see and celebrate what poet Al Zolynas calls the "grey sacrament of the mundane," or the everyday, and explore those daily events closely. In other words, we're taking lots of risks, both academic and personal, with the ultimate goal of using language to survive and enrich the world. You are expected to complete assignments as rough drafts or revisions of poems for each class session, and produce a portfolio of your work by semester's end. (GE4 as fine art) Miranda

English 230 (3) – Poetry – cancelled

English 233 (3) – Film – cancelled

English 250 (3) – British Literature: Medieval & Early Modern – cancelled

English 253 (3) – Southern American Literature – cancelled

English 261 (3) – Reading Gender – cancelled

English 262 (3) - Literature, Race, and Ethnicity: "Literature of the Testimonio: Women's Writing of the Americas" - topical description - How do women of the Americas tell their own stories? The Testimonio is a literary form that emerges out of the intersection of nationality, history, and gender as they meet in the lives, identities and literature of contemporary women of the Americas. What is most different about this course is that non-United Statesian/non-European women's literature moves from a historically marginal position in the curriculum to the center of our attention. In our course readings, you hear the voices of women who are normally silenced or unheard. This change in focus transforms what you know about our shared cultures and societies. It would be impossible to cover every country in the Americas in a single term, so our readings, discussions, and writings take us on a journey up the West Coast of the South, Central and North Americas - as ways to look at identity, diversity, resistance and celebration in the histories, experiences and writings of the women who live there. Beware: some of this writing is extremely discomforting, because often it is knowledge we would rather not have, or at least would rather not spend time thinking about. Sometimes the voice of a woman writer stirs controversy, pain, anger, frustration, and deep empathy. Ask yourself at every turn: what is this woman trying to articulate? To what, exactly, does she testify? And why should I care? (GE3) Miranda

English 299 (3) - Seminar for Prospective Majors: Aphra Behn in Context - topical description - Long regarded as the first British woman to earn a living as a writer, Aphra Behn (1640?-1689) was a playwright, poet, translator, editor, international traveler, royal spy, and author of many prose narratives that influenced the early development of the novel in English. In this course, we study a broad selection of Behn's works - in which we encounter tales of murderous nuns, enslaved princes, incestuous courtiers, hermaphroditic lovers, cross-dressing prostitutes - as well as some contemporary verse and drama by other important writers of the Restoration period. Focusing on the booming interest in Behn over the last decade, we also familiarize ourselves with the history of scholarship on Behn, reading literary criticism that approaches her work from a variety of perspectives: some focused on her aesthetic accomplishments, some on the relation between her biography and her creative output, some on the ways Behn's work engages Restoration political culture, some on the ways her writings represent the relation between gender and authorship. Ultimately, this course aims to train students in the research skills necessary for English majors and to guide students through the process of planning and writing a seminar paper. (GE3) Braunschneider

English 312 (3) - Dante, Chaucer, Langland: Vision and Life - topical description - Prerequisite: three credits in English. A study of the major visionary narratives of the late Middle Ages, which, springing out of personal crisis, imagine other worlds in order to explore urgent social, political, religious, and philosophical issues. Readings deal largely with justice within the legal and chivalric system, social justice (especially economic justice), and diving justice. Malory's "Book of Sir Lancelot" and "Tale of Sir Gareth," from Le Morte d'Arthur, Langland's Piers Plowman, the Gawain-Poet's Pearl and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer's House of Fame and Parliament of Fowls, Henryson's beast fables, and Dante's Inferno. (GE3) Craun

English 318 (3) – Medieval and Renaissance Drama – cancelled

English 326 (3) – 17th Century Poetry – cancelled

English 342 (3) - Modern Epic - cancelled

English 353 (3) – 20th Century British Poetry – cancelled

English 380 (3) – Advanced Seminar – cancelled

English 413 (3) - Senior Research and Writing: Drama and Performance Criticism - topical description - According to critic Jonas Barish, a deep antitheatrical prejudice pervades Western culture. The first half of this capstone course asks how resistance to that prejudice - by taking playing seriously - might affect our theories of meaning and interpretation. How, for example, does the collaborative nature of dramatic performance complicate notions of authorial intention? How does the embodied nature of theater threaten textuality's stability and centrality? The second half of the course examines how performance studies might also affect our theories of identity and authenticity. Theoretical readings ask where we should draw the line between stage and world. What counts as a performance: a play? a soccer match? Fancy Dress Ball? your Facebook profile? If identity is performative, however, does that mean it is also insincere? Or, is Shakespeare's Jacques right when he claims that "all the world's a stage"? Is there, in the end, anything other than performance? Although no drama background is presumed, an eagerness to scrutinize cultural events, including your own college experience, is beneficial. Students pursue one of any number of research avenues - analyzing a dramatic tradition; applying performance theory to a novel or poem; exposing the construction of gender, sexuality, or race in a cultural text - in final projects of individual interest. Pickett

Environmental Studies (ENV)

French (FREN)

French 331 (3) - Études thématiques:Le mariage à travers les siècles - topical description - Prerequisite: French 273 or equivalent or permission of instructor. This course focuses on French women writers from the middle ages to the present. We read and discuss plays, poems, essays, correspondences, and novels in which women writers, through the overarching theme of marriage, examine their status and role within their families and larger societies. Authors studied include: Christine de Pisan, Marguerite de Navarre, Mme de Sévigné, Marie‑Jeanne Riccoboni, Olympe de Gouges, Marguerite Duras. (GE3) Kamara

French 342 (3) - La France moderne: La poésie moderne - topical description - Prerequisite: French 273 or permission of the instructor. An examination of French poetry from the late 19th century to the present. We study the evolution of poetry and of the "mission" of the poet from Baudelaire to Char, linking themes and poetics to the cultural and intellectual issues of the times: urban life, depth psychology, linguistics, visual arts, etc. Emphasis is on understanding and appreciation of the texts: music, rhythm, images. (GE3) Frégnac‑Clave

Geology (GEOL)

Geology 197 (3) - Tectonics: The Science of Mountain Building  - topical description - Broadly defined, tectonics is the branch of geology dedicated to the study of the large-scale structure of the earth’s crust. This course, open to non-science students, provides an introduction to mountains and mountain building processes. The class traces the evolution of ideas about mountains, from the early fixist concepts of the 18th century to modern perspectives that emphasize horizontal motions. Special emphasis is placed on the plate tectonic revolution of the 1960s and how it revolutionized geologists’ understanding of mountain belts. The geology and large-scale structure of mountains are described in the context on their plate tectonic setting. Modern concepts are illustrated with many natural examples, including the Appalachians, the European Alps, the Himalaya, the Andes, and the Basin and Range Province of the southwestern United States. Rahl

Geology 247 (3) – Geomorphology – cancelled

Geology 350 (4) – Structural Geology – newly scheduled course

German (GERM)

German 320 (3) – German Literature of the 17th and 18th Centuries – cancelled

Greek (GR)

Greek 303 (3) – Old and Middle Comedy – newly scheduled course

History (HIST)

History 130 (3) – Survey of Colonial Latin America – cancelled

History 195 (3) - China: From the Origins of Empire to the Reforms of the People's Republic - topical description - Prehistoric origins to 1600: Pre-modern Chinese civilization arguably invented and certainly re-invented the theory and practice of empire. The first half of the course follows the ebb and flow of imperial political, economic and cultural power across China and as it periodically spilled over into Southeast Asia and Inner Asia to include parts of the histories of Mongolia, Vietnam, and Korea. Themes include the inventions of Confucianism; the popular culture of the civil service exam; Mongol apartheid; relating to the barbarians; keeping Chinese men and women in their places; Chinese Buddhism's Silk Road; traditional religion and popular revolt; pre-modern bureaucracy in action and stagnation. Modern China under Construction, 1600-1989: As domain of imperial dynasties, target of imperialist aggression, dissident member of the cold war Communist bloc and current regional superpower in East Asia, China’s history embodies the full range of modern historical experience. The second half of the course tracks the transitions in political and social organization that, among other things, terminated history’s longest lasting monarchical system, ignited two of its largest revolutions, began World War II and produced the most populous nation on earth. Themes include ethnic relations during the Ming and Qing dynasties; gender relations in transition from tradition to modernity; the opium traffic and the Opium Wars; the Taiping Rebellion; Sino-Japanese conflicts from 1894-1945; Mao's communist revolution; Deng's market reforms. (GE4) Bello

History 309 (3) - Europe, 1870-1918 - Cancelled

History 311 (3) - Europe Since 1939 - Cancelled

History 329A (3) - The Politics of Memory in Europe: World War I to the Present - topical description - This seminar focuses on the role of memorialization (museums, monuments, films, and photographic exhibits) in the creation of a national consensus (an official and public memory) around historical events. We examine the memorialization of World War I, the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the Holocaust in Germany and France, and the wars in the 1990s that led to the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia. (GE4) DiCaprio

History 329B (3) - Modern France: 1940 to the Present - topical description - Beginning with the French capitulation to Nazi Germany in 1940, this course examines World War II and the Holocaust in France, postwar justice, the development of the welfare state, the wars of liberation in Indochina and Algeria, feminism in the 1960s, and current debates about the meaning of multiculturalism. (GE4) DiCaprio

History 329C (3) - Europe Since 1945 - topical description - This course examines the divergent histories of Eastern and Western Europe since 1945, the remarkable economic recovery of the 1950s and '60s, the loss of empires, the challenges of reintegrating the continent after the revolutions of 1989 and the search for a new role in the modern world. (GE4) Mason

History 369A (3) ‑ Seminar in American Indian Ethnohistory - topical description‑ Ethnohistory is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to uncover the understandings that non‑western peoples have of their own histories. This seminar introduces students to the theoretical and methodological principles of ethnohistorical research and their application to North American Indian peoples. Participants first study American Indian conceptions of time and their relationship to the criteria by which tribal communities selected and comprehended the events comprising their histories. Seminar members then examine how Indian tribes from different parts of North America, including the Plains, Southeast, Northeast, and Southwest, interpreted, evaluated, and responded to their encounters with colonial and the United States governments. (GE4) Markowitz

History 369B (3) ‑ Building a Suburban Nation: Race, Class and Public Policy in Postwar America - topical description - African American urban culture; origins and consequences of Suburbanization; making of the white middle class; War on Poverty and Great Society; the "busing" crises of the 1970s; welfare and taxpayers "rights" movements; the civil rights revolution and "black power;" and how popular culture (movies, television, literature) engaged race and class, cities and suburbs.(GE4)  Michelmore

History 383 (3) – China’s Imperial Shadow:Prehistoric Origins to 1600 - cancelled

History 389 (3) - The Historical Struggle over China’s Environment - topical description - Select pre-modern and modern periods of China’s so-called “3,000 years of unsustainable growth” are explored in order to understand how this enormous population and vast territory interacted to maintain or reverse this growth, which has profound implications for the future of both China and the rest of the globe. (GE4) Bello

Interdepartmental (INTR)

Interdepartmental 431 (1) – Tutorial:Trial Preparation and Procedure – newly scheduled course

Interdepartmental 493 (3) – Honors Thesis – cancelled

Italian (ITAL)

Italian 111 (4) - Beginning Italian - newly offered course

Japanese (JAPN)

Journalism (JOUR)

Journalism 152 (3) – Photojournalism – cancelled

Journalism 190 (1) – Bibliographical Resources – cancelled

Journalism 203 (3) – Introduction to News Media – cancelled

Journalism 225 (3) – Crisis Communication - cancelled

Journalism 231 (3) – Communication Theory – newly scheduled course

Journalism 295 (3) - Race, Religion and Media - cancelled

Journalism 296 (3) - Discovering Early American Newspapers - topical description - An introduction to media history using the Farrar Collection of historical newspapers in Special Collections. A journalism elective open to non-majors with previous American history credit, the course engages interested students in doing historical research using 18th- and 19th-century newspapers as primary sources. Cumming.

Journalism 318 (3) – Literature of Journalism – cancelled

Journalism 319 (3) – Mass Media and Society – cancelled

Journalism 353 (3) – Contemporary Issues – newly scheduled course

Latin (LATN)

Latin 395 (3) - Latin Elegy - topical description - This seminar focuses on three poets of the Augustan period who wrote collections of short, personal poems in an elegiac meter addressed to mistresses constructed as characters in the poems. Readings include selections from Propertius, Tibullus, Sulpicia, and Ovid, as well as a sampling of secondary scholarship on these authors. (GE3) Carlisle

Literature in Translation (LIT)

Literature in Translation/Classics 201 (3) – Classical Mythology – cancelled

Literature in Translation 221 (3) - Japanese Literature in Translation - topical description - This course provides an introduction to the major works and trends in Japanese poetry and prose literature from the earliest times to the modern period. It includes a broad range of genres across more than a  thousand years of Japan's literary history, from the earliest poetry and the beginnings of prose tale literature, to medieval folk tales and military chronicles, to the popular woodblock printed works of the early modern period, and finally to the beginnings of Japanese modern literature. Throughout, the focus is on both continuity, as later authors and poets draw on the conventions of earlier works; and change,  as those conventions are adapted or subverted for changing times and audiences with new expectations. (GE3) Robinson

Literature in Translation 223 (3) - Food and Tea in Japan - topical description - This seminar explores the distinct theme of food and tea in Japanese culture and literature. We examine three broad categories throughout the term; kaiseki, bento, and common fare. In addition to three hours of lecture, this unique course requires a "cultural lab" where students master the rudimentary procedure of the tea ceremony in the new Japanese tea room in the Watson Pavilion. The lab is scheduled for three hours in the tea room in order to accommodate two 90‑minute lab sessions. Students are required to schedule one of the two lab sessions. (GE3) Ikeda

Literature in Translation 225 (3) – Poetry and Drama of Japan - cancelled

Literature in Translation 261 (3) – Modern German Literature in Translation – cancelled

Literature in Translation 263(3) - 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation – cancelled

Literature in Translation 295 (3) - Literature in the Age of the Samurai - topical description - For almost seven hundred years, from the 12th to the 19th century, Japan was ruled by the samurai warrior class. However, the values that defined that class shifted radically as they were forced to adapt to changing circumstances. This class examines the ever‑changing and often contradictory roles of the samurai through the lens of Japanese literature, from the early view of warriors as uncultured brutes inferior to the refined aristocracy, to their seizing of political power in the Kamakura period, to their transformation into a class of bureaucrats in the Edo. The course also focuses on the way in which the samurai have been mythologized and transformed into an ideal of virtuous behavior, both at the time of their ascendance and well into the modern period. (GE3) Robinson

Mathematics (MATH)

Mathematics 383 (3) – Seminar – cancelled

Mathematics 401-01 (1) - Problem Solving - topical description - Pass-Fail only. Problem-solving techniques and strategies for mathematics contests as well as the GRE subject test in mathematics. Bourdon

Mathematics 401-02 (1) - Dynamics of One-Dimensional Processes. Applications of the bethe ansatz to the dynamics of one-dimensional lattice exclusion processes. Weickert

Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MRST)

Medieval and Renaissance Studies 110A (3) - Medieval and Renaissance Culture: Chivalry - topical description - This interdisciplinary course examines how chivalry -- with its social values of loyalty, courtesy, honor, generosity, and justice -- emerged in the course of medieval culture to become a dominant institution. We read first about the heroic code that developed during the early Middle Ages (the Nibelungenlied and the Song of Roland), then about the chivalric life of feudal Europe, both in Arthurian story (Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d'Arthur) and in a romance of the Holy Grail (Parzival). Finally we read two texts about how romantic love subverted and modified male-centered chivalry: Marie de France’s Lais and Gottfried von Strasburg’s Tristan. Periodically we focus on how Westerners imagined Moslem warriors in combat with Western knights and how Western knights discovered the cultural integrity and worth of the Islamic world, especially through travel and military service to Islamic leaders. All texts are read in modern English translation, except for Malory, which is written in early modern English. Students write three response papers of 1200 words, take reading quizzes, and write essay examinations at midterm and finals. (GE3) Craun and Crockett

Military Science (MS)

Music (MUS)

Music 221 (3) – History of Jazz – cancelled

Neuroscience (NEUR)

Philosophy (PHIL)

Philosophy 102 (3) – Problems of Philosophy – cancelled

Philosophy 108 (3) – Ethics and the Environment – newly scheduled course

Philosophy 265 (3) - Nietzsche - Cancelled

Philosophy 270 (3) – History of Ethics – newly scheduled course

Philosophy 313 (3) – Philosophy of Mind – cancelled

Philosophy 395 (3) - Distributive Justice - topical description - Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Sophomores may be admitted with permission of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. How should the product of social cooperation be distributed in a just society? Is wealth redistribution through taxes fair? Is it a fair distribution of wealth that a just society depends on, or is distributive justice more complicated than that? Should we have welfare programs, and if so, what should they be like? Our studies include John Rawls' political liberalism, Robert Nozick's libertarianism, Ronald Dworkin's equality of resources, Amartya Sen's capabilities approach, Stuart White's justice as fair reciprocity, and criticisms of the distributive paradigm by Iris Young, Elizabeth Anderson, and Martha Fineman. (GE4) Bell

Physical Education (PE)

Physical Education - IMPORTANT -- Read the instructions for PE registration at

and the departmental information at

Students may express a preference for up to three skills courses as part of web registration. These preferences will be examined after the academic schedule is set and, if open and not in conflict with the academic courses, one may be placed in the schedule. Changes or additional sections may still be handled during the drop/add period.

The following Physical Education courses have an additional charge, billed to the student's account after registration: PE 151 Golf; PE 170 Horsemanship; PE 178 Ballet; PE 179 Modern Dance; PE 195C, FlyFishing; PE 304 First Aid/CPR.

Physical Education 152 (0) – Football – cancelled
Physical Education 160 (0) – Volleyball – cancelled
Physical Education 174 (0) – Backpacking – cancelled
Physical Education 195A (0) – Outdoor Activities: Rock Climbing – topical description
Physical Education 195B (0) – Outdoor Activities: Kayaking - topical description
Physical Education 195C (0) – Outdoor Activities: Fly Fishing - topical description

Physics (PHYS)

Physics 100 – Computing in Physics and Engineering – cancelled

Physics 211 – Experiments in Physics – cancelled

Politics (POL)

N.B.: Students interested in taking Politics 105 (3), Global Politics, who have already taken Politics 101 OR Politics 104 may not take or receive additional degree credit for Politics 105.

Politics 295A (3) - Theory of International Politics: The English School - topical description - No prerequisites. Open to majors and non‑majors of all classes. Meets the global politics field requirement or elective credit in the politics major. This course introduces the student to the "English School," a traditional approach to international-relations theory which emphasizes the concept of state systems and their evolution over time and across civilizations. The approach is intensively historical, realistic, and is concerned with the role of international law. We analyze the rise and development of state systems from ancient Sumer, India, and China down through the modern European state system. The contemporary evolving international state system and "international society" are addressed. Concepts such as sovereignty, anarchy, use of force, war and peace, diplomacy, and international law are explored. Parallels between the contemporary English School and traditional 18th- and 19th-century United States perspectives are considered. Kiracofe

Politics 295B (3) – Latin American Politics - topical description - This course focuses on Latin American politics during the 20th and 21st centuries. Major topics include: democracy and authoritarianism; representation and power; populism, corporatism, and ideology; and poverty, inequality, and economic growth. The course places particular emphasis on the Cuban and Mexican Revolutions, as well as other selected countries. In addition, we examine at length relations between the United States and Latin America. Dickovick

Politics 295C (3) - Special Topic: Political Dynamics- topical description - No prerequisites. Open to majors and non-majors of all classes. Meets the global politics field requirement or elective credit in the politics major. Recommended for students interested in near-term risk-assessment, political forecasting, public policy planning. Introductory explanation and prediction of time-dependent outcomes throughout politics, including transitions over time to more v less democracy; civic well-being; institutional efficiency; electoral participation; and political stability. Cases cover both national and international levels of analysis across discrete equal-interval time. An independent research exercise applies dynamic analysis to near-term predictions. Syllabus via e-mail on request from mccaughrinc@wlu.edu . McCaughrin

Politics 330 (3) – Congress and Legislative Process - cancelled

Politics 375 (3) – Methods of Social Inquiry – cancelled

Portuguese (PORT)

Poverty and Human Capability (POV)

Students interested in Poverty and Human Capability Studies should plan to take Interdepartmental 101 (3), Introduction to Poverty and Human Capability, in the spring. This course meets the requirement for credits (but not for one of the two areas) under GE 4. A list of courses from other departments that qualify for the Poverty and Human Capability Studies transcript recognition appear on the program Web site: http://shepherd.wlu.edu/ .

Psychology (PSYC)

Psychology 112 (3) – Cognition – cancelled

Psychology 114 (3) – Introduction to Social Psychology – cancelled

Psychology 150 (3) – Psychoactive Drugs and Behavior – newly scheduled course

Psychology 265 (3) – Developmental Psychopathology – cancelled

Psychology 351 (3) – Directed Research in Cognition – cancelled

Psychology 355 (3) – Directed Research in Cognitive Neuroscience – cancelled

Psychology 361 (3) – Directed Research in Socioemotional Development – cancelled

Psychology 395 (3) - Special Topics in Psychology: Stress, Work, and Gender - topical description - Prerequisite: At least junior standing, three credits in psychology, and permission of the instructor. An examination of the causes of, and consequences of exposure to, stressful stimuli, from physiological, epidemiological, and organizational perspectives. Special emphasis is placed on the role of gender in understanding the causes and effects of stress. The workplace is used as a model system for conceptualizing the impact of short‑ and long‑term stressors on individuals and groups. Topics addressed in this seminar may include: reactions to stress and the General Adaptation Syndrome; cross‑cultural factors influencing experiences of stress; variability in individuals' responses to select stressors; gender differences in the behavioral and health consequences of exposure to stress; Type A/Type B behavior patterns; burnout and resilience; stress management. The syllabus includes relevant readings from psychology, management, and women's studies literatures. J. Silveira Stewart

Public Speaking (PSPK)

Public Speaking 203 (3) – Forensic Seminar – cancelled

Religion (REL)  

Religion 195 (3) – Visionary and Mystical Traditions in Christianity – cancelled

Religion 271 (3) - Judaism: Sages and Mystics - Cancelled

Religion/Anthropology 285 (3) – Introduction to American Indian Religions – newly scheduled course - This class introduces students to some of the dominant themes, values, beliefs, and practices found among the religions of North America's Indian peoples. The first part of the course explores the importance of sacred power, landscape, and community in traditional Indian spiritualities and rituals. It then examines some of the changes that have occurred in these traditions as a result of western expansion and dominance from the 18th through early-20th centuries. Lastly, the course considers some of the issues and problems confronting contemporary American Indian religions. (GE4 in history). Markowitz.

Religion 299 (3) – Directed Study in Sanskrit – newly scheduled course

Religion 431 (3) – Senior Thesis Preparation – cancelled

Russian (RUSS)

Russian Area Studies (RAS)

Sociology (SOC)

Sociology 190 (1) – Bibliographical Resources – cancelled

Spanish (SPAN)

Spanish 211 (3) – Spanish Civilization and Culture – newly scheduled course

Spanish 212 (3) – Spanish- American Civilization and Culture – cancelled

Spanish 314 (3) – Modern Spanish Prose Fiction – cancelled

Spanish 316 (3) – Modern Poetry – cancelled

Theater (THTR)

Theater 237 (3) – Scenic Design – cancelled

Theater 250 (3) - Women in Contemporary Theater – cancelled

Theater 397 (3) – Seminar in Theater Topics – cancelled

University Scholars (UNIV)

University Scholars 201A (3) - Humanities Seminar: Film Adaptation-Theory and Practice - topical description - N.B. Students who took the Winter 2006 course Literature in Translation 295B, German Film Adaptations are not eligible for this course. This course examines both the theory and practice of film adaptation by studying how directors such as Ang Lee, Stanley Kubrik, and Werner Herzog treat and transform major literary works by Jane Austen, Vladimir Nabokov, and Georg Büchner into moving pictures. (GE3). Kramer

University Scholars 201B (3) - Humanities Seminar: Modern European Theater and Politics - topical description - This course consists of reading, discussing, and analyzing some of the most prominent works of 20th‑century European drama, examining especially their connection to the politics and socio‑historical movements of their respective periods. Using a cultural studies approach to the texts and their authors, students explore the many interactions between literary, aesthetic, and dramatic forms and political events and ideologies. We examine the ways in which modern European playwrights have used dramatic form, language, and character creation to subvert oppressive ideologies; to resist and remember historical tragedies such as World War I and World War II, the Holocaust, and the Bosnian War; or as a catalyst for social revolutions, for the emancipation of women, or for emphasizing the rights of workers in capitalist societies. Among the texts required for the course are Sartre’s The Flies, Camus’ Caligula, Brecht’s Mother Courage, Churchill’s Top Girls, Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and Arrabal’s The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria. Students prepare oral presentations, research papers, and an extensive final project. (GE3) Radulescu

Women's Studies (WST)

Women's Studies: Students interested in Women's Studies should plan to take Interdepartmental 120 (3), Introduction to Women's Studies and Feminist Theory, in the spring. This course now meets the requirement for credits (but not for one of the two areas) under GE 4. A list of winter term courses from other departments that qualify for Women's Studies credits appear on the program Web site: http://womensstudies.wlu.edu/ .

Women’s Studies 396 (3) – Advanced Seminar in Women’s Studies – newly scheduled course, topical description - The course theme is Marriage and Family. The books we read in their entirety are McClain's The Place of Families and Hirshman's Get to Work. Other readings likely include chapters of Susan Moller Okin's Justice, Gender and the Family, Linda McClain's The Place of Families, Marriage Proposals (edited by Anita Bernstein); and articles by Martha Fineman, Iris Young, Claudia Card and Cheshire Calhoun. Radulescu