Sep 24, 2020  
Undergraduate Record 2014-2015 
    
Undergraduate Record 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Course Descriptions


 

Accounting

  
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    ACCT 2010 - Introductory Accounting


    Designed to introduce students to the language of business, the course begins with the role of financial data in contemporary society, proceeds to develop the accounting model for capturing financial data, and finishes with the problems of measuring and reporting income, assets, liabilities, and equities.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ACCT 2020 - Introductory Accounting II


    Continuation of ACCT 2010. Approximately one third of the course deals with additional financial accounting topics, emphasizing managerial considerations and financial analysis. Cost accumulation, allocation, and product cost methods are studied in a manufacturing setting. Matters such as evaluation of performance planning, cost behavior, and special decisions are emphasized. Prerequisite: ACCT 2010.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ACCT 3110 - Intermediate Accounting I


    An intensive study of the generally accepted accounting principles for asset valuation, income measurement, and financial statement presentation for business organizations, and the processes through which these principles evolve. Prerequisite: ACCT 2020.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ACCT 3120 - Intermediate Accounting II


    Continuation of ACCT 3110, emphasizing accounting for the equities of a firm’s investors and creditors. Covers special problem areas in financial accounting including accounting for leases, pensions, and income taxes. Prerequisite: ACCT 3110.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ACCT 3140 - Cost Accounting


    Addresses analysis of cost behavior and volume profit relationships; responsibility accounting and reporting flexible budgets; and the use of standard costs to guide and control performance. Prerequisite: ACCT 2020.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ACCT 4450 - Federal Taxation I


    An analysis of the federal income tax law and its application to individuals. A study is made of problems covering personal and business tax situations. Several cases are assigned for which the student prepares illustrative tax returns. Prerequisite: ACCT 2020 or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3

African-American and African Studies

  
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    AAS 1010 - Introduction to African-American and African Studies I


    This introductory course surveys the histories of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean from approximately the Middle Ages to the 1880s. Emphases include the Atlantic slave trade and its complex relationship to Africa; the economic systems, cultures, and communities of Africans and African-Americans in the New World, in slavery and in freedom; the rise of anti-slavery movements; and the socio-economic systems that replaced slavery in the late 19th century.



    Credits: 4
  
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    AAS 1020 - Introduction to African-American and African Studies II


    This introductory course builds upon the histories of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean surveyed in AAS 1010. Drawing on disciplines such as Anthropology, History, Religious Studies, Political Science and Sociology, the course focuses on the period from the late 19th century to the present and is comparative in perspective. It examines the links and disjunctions between communities of African descent in the United States and in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. The course begins with an overview of AAS, its history, assumptions, boundaries, and topics of inquiry, and then proceeds to focus on a number of inter-related themes: patterns of cultural experience; community formation; comparative racial classification; language and society; family and kinship; religion; social and political movements; arts and aesthetics; and archaeology of the African Diaspora.



    Credits: 4
  
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    AAS 2224 - Black Femininities and Masculinities in the US Media


    This course, taught as a lower-level seminar, will address the role the media has played in creating images and understandings of ‘Blackness’ in the United States, particularly where it converges with popular ideologies about gender.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 2450 - The Health of Black Folks


    An interdisciplinary course analyzing the relationship between black bodies and biomedicine both historically and in the present. The course is co-taught by Norm Oliver, M.D. (UVa Department of Family Medicine), and offers political, economic, and post-structuralist lenses with which to interpret the individual and socio/cultural health and disease of African-Americans. Readings range across several disciplines including anthropology, epidemiology/public health, folklore, history, science studies, political science, sociology and literary criticism. Topics will vary and may include: HIV/AIDS; reproductive issues; prison, crime and drugs; and body size/image and obesity; the legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Trials. Cross listed as ANTH 2450.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 2700 - Festivals of the Americas


    Communities throughout the Caribbean, and South, Central and North America celebrate festivals which are rooted in religious devotion, and which serve to mark sacred time and and to assert claims about religious, ethnic, and national identities. The class will read ethnographic accounts and listen to musical recordings of signature religious festivals–such as Saint Patrick’s Day in Boston, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and Carnival in Brazil.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3000 - Women and Religion in Africa


    This course examines women’s religious activities, traditions and spirituality in a number of different African contexts. Drawing on ethnographic, historical, literary, and religious studies scholarship, we will explore a variety of themes and debates that have emerged in the study of gender and religion in Africa. Topics will include gendered images of sacred power; the construction of gender through ritual; sexuality and fertility; and women



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3157 - Caribbean Perspectives


    Breaking with popular constructions of the region as a timeless tropical paradise, this course will re-define the Caribbean as the birthplace of modern forms of capitalism, globalization, and trans-nationalism. We will survey the founding moments of Caribbean history, including the imposition of slavery, the rise of plantation economies, and the development of global networks of goods and peoples.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3200 - Martin, Malcolm and America


    An intensive examination of African-American social criticism centered upon, but not limited to, the life and thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. We will come to grips with the American legacy of racial hatred and oppression systematized in the institutions of antebellum chattel slavery and post-bellum racial segregation and analyze the array of critical responses to, and social struggles against, this legacy.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3231 - Rise and Fall of the Slave South


    A history of the American South from the arrival of the first English settlers through the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Cross-listed with HIUS 3231.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3240 - Plantations in Africa and the Americas


    Comparative analysis of plantation culture, economy and polity in Africa, the US, and the Caribbean. Prerequisite: ANTH 1010 or permission of instructor.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3250 - MotherLands: Landscapes of Hunger, Futures of Plenty


    This course explores the legacy of the “hidden wounds” left upon the landscape by plantation slavery along with the visionary work of ecofeminist scholars and activists daring to imagine an alternative future. Readings, guest lectures, and field trips illumine the ways in which gender, race, and power are encoded in historical, cultural, and physical landscapes associated with planting/extraction regimes such as tobacco, mining, sugar, and corn.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3280 - Reading the Black College Campus


    Historically Black Colleges and University campuses are records of the process of democratizing (extending to excluded social groups such as African-Americans) opportunities for higher education in America. Through landscapes, we trace this record, unearthing the politics of landscapes via direct experience as well as via interpretations of representations of landscapes in literature, visual arts, maps, plans, and photographs.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3351 - African Diaspora Religions


    This seminar examines changes in ethnographic accounts of African diaspora religions, with particular attention to the conceptions of religion, race, nation, and modernity found in different research paradigms. Prerequisite: previous course in one of the following: religious studies, anthropology, AAS, or Latin American studies.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3356 - Culture, Race and World Politics


    This course explores the role of culture and race in international politics. Cultural and ethnic factors have long influenced international relations, especially in the post Cold War era. These “identity” issues raise new questions about the role of national sovereighty and the prospects for democracy in countries around the world. We focus on several broad themes structured around the pivot of identity and otherness.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3400 - Changing Worlds, Making Tradition: Culture and Identity in South Africa


    Students will have a unique opportunity to explore another culture that of the Venda region in South Africa with linguists from that region. Students will work with visiting faculty to consider the forces shaping Venda culture today. In particular, we will discuss the ways in which indigenous knowledge is constructed and contested in contemporary Africa, and the intersections of this practice with post-colonial thought.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3456 - The Supreme Court and the Civil Rights Movement


    This course explores the role of the United States Supreme Court in defining the legality of racial distinctions in the United States in the post-Civil War era. Special attention is paid to the role of the court’s landmark 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education. The class will be taught in a discussion format based upon assigned readings.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3457 - Issues in Civil Rights Law


    An exploration of critical issues in modern civil rights law. We engage competing visions of racial equality through law by examining topics such as school desegregation, affirmative action, urban policymaking, and the crisis of mass incarceration. This course will also highlight the limitations of civil rights law and consider the ways in which the law is often complicit in perpetuating race, gender and class hierarchies.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3471 - History of American Labor


    This course examines the economic, cultural, and political lives of the US working classes from the end of the Civil War to the present.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3500 - Intermediate Seminar in African-American & African Studies


    Reading, class discussion, and written assignments on a special topic in African-American and African Studies Topics change from term to term, and vary with the instructor. Primarily for fourth-year students but open to others.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3652 - African American History since 1865


    This course surveys the major political, economic, and cultural developments in black America from the end of the Civil War to the present. Through an engagement with various primary and secondary texts, and multimedia, students examine African Americans’ endeavors to build strong families and communities, create socially meaningful art, and establish a political infrastructure capable of bringing into existence a more just and humane world.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 3749 - Food and Meaning in Africa and the Diaspora


    This course investigates the traditions and symbolics of food and eating in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora – wherever people of African descent have migrated or have been forced to move. This course will help students to investigate the way the foods people eat’ or don’t eat’ hold meaning for people within a variety of cultural contexts.Topics will include symbol, taboo, sexuality, bodies, ritual, kinship & beauty, among others.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 4070 - Directed Reading and Research


    Students in the Distinguished Majors Program should enroll in this course for their first semester of thesis research.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 4080 - Thesis


    Second-semester DMP students should enroll in this course to complete their theses.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 4109 - Civil Rights Movement and the Media


    Course examines the crucial relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and mass media from 1950s through early 1970s, looking at a variety of media forms: Hollywood cinema, network television, mainstream newspapers, photojournalism, the black press, and news as primary documents that can tell us something about American race relations during this period and how the nation responded to challenges posed by a powerful social change movement.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 4500 - Advanced Seminar in African-American and African Studies


    Reading, class discussion, and research on a special topic in African-American and African Studies culminatiing in the composition of a research paper. Topics change from term to term, and vary with the instructor. Primarily for fourth-year students but open to others.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 4501 - Advanced Research Seminar in History & AAS


    Reading, class discussion, and research on a special topic in African-American and African Studies culminating in the composition of a research paper. Topics change from term to term, and vary with the instructor. Primarily for fourth-year AAS and History students–double majors and others. Crosslisted with the History major seminar.



    Credits: 4
  
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    AAS 4570 - Advanced Research Seminar in African-American & African Studies


    Reading, class discussion, and research on a special topic in African-American and African Studies culminating in the composition of a research paper. Topics change from term to term, and vary with the instructor. Primarily for fourth-year students but open to others.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 4845 - Black Speculative Fiction


    This course seeks to explore the world of African American ‘speculative’ fiction. This genre of writing largely includes science fiction, fantasy fiction, and horror. In this class, we will read, watch, and discuss narratives by black writers of speculative fiction to better understand the motivation, tone, and agenda in the work of black writers. We will also consider the role of black culture and representation in the larger field.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AAS 4993 - Independent Study


    Allows students to work on an individual research project. Students must propose a topic to an appropriate faculty member, submit a written proposal for approval, prepare an extensive annotated bibliography on relevant readings comparable to the reading list of a regular upper-level course, and complete a research paper of at least 20 pages.



    Credits: 1 to 12

Air Science

  
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    AIRS 100 - Leadership Laboratory


    A mandatory laboratory in leadership and followership development for AFROTC cadets. As a complement to the air science classes, this laboratory focuses on applying leadership principles and understanding leaders’ responsibilities while emphasizing the benefits of practical experience. (2 hrs.)  Prerequisite: Enrollment in Air Force ROTC.



    Credits: 0
  
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    AIRS 101 - AFROTC Physical Training


    Fulfills weekly physical training requirement for AFROTC cadets. Emphasis is placed on increasing cardio-vascular endurance through various forms of exercise, including, but not limited to, calisthenics, circuit training and running.



    Credits: 0
  
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    AIRS 1100 - The Foundations of the U.S. Air Force


    Introduces the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Topics include mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, Air Force officer career opportunities. Corequisite: AIRS 100. (2 hrs)



    Credits: 1
  
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    AIRS 1200 - The Foundations of the U.S. Air Force


    Introduces the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Topics include Air Force core values, leadership team building and communication skills. Corequisite: AIRS 100. (2 hrs.)



    Credits: 1
  
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    AIRS 2100 - The Evolution of Air and Space Power


    Examines general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective, from the first balloons and dirigibles through the Korean War. Presents historical examples of the development of Air Force capabilities and missions to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today’s USAF air and space power. Investigates several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension (e.g., Principles of War and Tenets of Air and Space Power). Considers the general element and employment of air and space power from institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspectives. Discusses the importance of Air Force core values using operational examples and historical Air Force leaders. Continues to develop communication skills. Corequisite: AIRS 100. (2 hrs.)



    Credits: 1
  
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    AIRS 2200 - The Evolution of Air and Space Power


    Examines general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective, from the Vietnam Conflict to the space-age global positioning systems used in today’s conflicts. Presents historical examples of the development of Air Force capabilities and missions to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today’s USAF air and space power. Investigates several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension (e.g., Principles of War and Tenets of Air and Space Power). Considers the general element and employment of air and space power from institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspectives. Discusses the importance of Air Force core values using operational examples and historical Air Force leaders. Continues to develop communication skills. Corequisite: AIRS 100. (2 hrs.)   



    Credits: 1
  
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    AIRS 3100 - Concepts of Air Force Leadership and Management


    Focuses on the study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. Prerequisite: Officer Field Training attendance; corequisite: AIRS 100. (2 hrs.)



    Credits: 3
  
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    AIRS 3200 - Concepts of Air Force Leadership and Management


    Focuses on the study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership, core values, and military ethics as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. Prerequisite: Officer Field Training attendance; corequisite: AIRS 100. (2 hrs.)



    Credits: 3
  
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    AIRS 4100 - National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty


    Examines the national security process, constitutional provisions, advanced leadership ethics, joint operations, and Air Force doctrine. Topics include the military as a profession, officership, civilian control of the military, and current issues affecting the military. Emphasizes refining communication skills through cadet briefings. Prerequisite: AIRS 3100 and/or 3200; corequisite: AIRS 100. (2 hrs.)



    Credits: 3
  
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    AIRS 4200 - National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty


    Examines military law, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Topics include the military as a profession, officership, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting the military. Emphasizes refining communication skills through cadet presentations. Prerequisite: AIRS 3100 and/or 3200; corequisite: AIRS 100. (2 hrs.)



    Credits: 3

American Sign Language

  
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    ASL 1010 - Elementary American Sign Language I


    Introduces receptive and expressive American Sign Language skills, including basic vocabulary, sentence structure, classifiers, use of space, non-manual type indicators, and fingerspelling. Examines signing deaf people as a linguistic/cultural minority.



    Credits: 4
  
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    ASL 1020 - Elementary American Sign Language II


    Introduces receptive and expressive American Sign Language skills, including basic vocabulary, sentence structure, classifiers, use of space, non-manual type indicators, and fingerspelling. Examines signing deaf people as a linguistic/cultural minority. Prerequisite: ASL 1010 or successful completion of placement exam.



    Credits: 4
  
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    ASL 2010 - Intermediate American Sign Language I


    Continues training in American Sign Language, with focus on more complex sentence types, signs, and idioms. Considers ASL literary forms such as poetry, theater, and storytelling, as well as deaf history and other related topics. Prerequisite: ASL 1020 or successful completion of placement exam.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ASL 2020 - Intermediate American Sign Language II


    Continues training in American Sign Language, with focus on more complex sentence types, signs, and idioms. Considers ASL literary forms such as poetry, theater, and storytelling, as well as deaf history and other related topics. Prerequisite: ASL 2010 or successful completion of placement exam.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ASL 2300 - Women and Gender In The Deaf World


    Examines the roles of deaf women inside and outside of the signing Deaf community. Using an interdisciplinary approach, considers such topics as language and cultural barriers, violence against women, sexuality, race, class, education, and work. Investigates disparities between deaf and hearing women and the choices available to d/Deaf women, individually and collectively, in contemporary culture. No prior knowledge of ASL is required.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ASL 2450 - Deaf People, Society, and the Law


    This course will explore the Deaf community, discrimination, and laws affecting Deaf people in the United States. We will consider the experiences of Deaf people before and after such measures as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 to gain insight into how the law affects social perceptions and people’s everyday lives. No prior knowledge of ASL or Deaf culture is required for this course.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ASL 3010 - Conversational ASL


    Continues language and cultural instruction with emphasis on everyday conversation. Topics include common idioms and slang, explaining rules, discussing finances and major decisions, and storytelling techniques such as role-shifting and narrative structure. Students will be required to interact with deaf signers. Prerequisite: ASL 2020 or successful completion of placement interview.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ASL 3081 - History of the American Deaf Community


    This new course will examine the history of deaf people in the United States over the last three centuries, with particular attention to the emergence and evolution of a community of Deaf people who share a distinct sign language and culture. We will read both primary texts from specific periods and secondary sources. We will also view a few historical films. Prerequisite: none (thought a previous class in History or ASL is recommended)



    Credits: 3
  
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    ASL 3450 - Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English


    English Language and Literature



    Credits: 3
  
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    ASL 4112 - Psychology and Deaf People


    This course will consider the psychological development and psychosocial issues of deaf people. Topics covered will include cognition, education, hearing and speech perception, impact of family interaction and communication approaches, influence of etiology/genetics, language development, literacy, mental health, social and personality development, interpersonal behavior, and current trends.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ASL 4115 - Multiculturalism in the Deaf Community


    Explores cultural influences on identity development, family systems, linguistics, engagement with educational and community agencies, and resilience within the Deaf community. The interaction of culture, identity and language will be highlighted and applied to future trends for groups within the Deaf community, such as children of Deaf adults, GLTB community members, ethnic minority groups, women, and persons with disabilities.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ASL 4750 - Topics in Deaf Studies


    Examines such topics as American deaf history; ASL linguistics; deaf education; cultural versus pathological views of deaf people; controversies over efforts to eliminate sign language and cure deafness; ASL poetry and storytelling; deafness in mainstream literature, film, and drama; deafness and other minority identities; and the international deaf community.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ASL 4810 - Deafness in Literature and Film


    Studies representations of deaf people in literature and film over the last three centuries. Takes a contrapuntal approach, juxtaposing canonical literature and mainstream films with works (in either English or American Sign Language) by relatively unknown deaf artists.



    Credits: 3

American Studies

  
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    AMST 2001 - Introduction to American Studies


    This course introduces students to American Studies, the interdisciplinary study of US culture. Students will be exposed to the three main categories of American Studies methods, historical analysis, close analysis, and fieldwork and to a broad variety of cultural forms, including films, photographs, music, sermons, journalism, fiction, speeches, court decisions, government documents, and web-based materials including social media sites.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 2100 - Introduction to Asian American Studies


    An interdisciplinary introduction to the culture and history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in America. Examines ethnic communities such as Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Asian Indian, and Native Hawaiian, through themes such as immigration, labor, cultural production, war, assimilation, and politics. Texts are drawn from genres such as legal cases, short fiction, musicals, documentaries, visual art, and drama.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 2210 - Arts of the Harlem Renaissance


    Studies the literature, painting, photography and prints produced by New York artists based in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, and examines their relation to concurrent social, cultural, and aesthetic issues.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 2220 - Race, Identity and American Visual Culture


    Surveys popular visual material (advertisements, cartoons, films, paintings and photographs) and its representation of race in the united States from 1850 to 1950.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 2300 - Introduction to U.S. Latino Studies


    A small lecture course (35) AMST 2300 offers students close study and analysis of significant texts or cultural artifacts that are printed, visual, oral or musical representing the perspective and contributions of the main Latino populations in the United States. These works include, but are not limited to, cultural manifestations from Puerto Rican, Chicano, Dominican, Central American and Cuban American origin.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 2420 - Cultural Landscapes of the United States


    This course introduces the study of everyday landscapes as cultural spaces that illuminate the history of social and political developments in the U.S. It encourages a broad understanding of landscape across genres—painting, photography, fiction, journalism.  Particular focus will be paid to the political economy of landscapes to explore the connections between landscape and public policy from multiple vantage points.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 2422 - Point of View Journalism


    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 2460 - Language in the U.S.


    Through diverse academic/theoretical readings and spoken, written, and visual material, students will learn to analyze, evaluate, and construct arguments as related to critical linguistic and cultural analysis of primary and secondary source material. This course examines complex relationships among American language and cultural practices, American history, race, gender, and class ideologies, and social identities.    



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 2462 - Language & New Media


    This course investigates the interactional relationship between language and American society with a focus on New Media contexts. More specifically, it considers how language both shapes and is shaped by society in email, texting, Facebook, blogging, online gaming, YouTube, and more. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students examine how social constructions are created by, and are realized in New Media genres.     



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 2470 - Disney


    This discussion course examines the cultural role of Disney and its effects on the visual arts in the 20th and 21st centuries. It considers a range of material to interrogate how Disney as both a corporation and a cultural icon promotes and reinforces national ideals. Presented both chronologically and thematically, students engage with aesthetic, ideological and theoretical concerns regarding history, identity, space/place, and popular culture.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 2500 - Major Works for American Studies


    Topics vary according to instructor. The goal of the course is to introduce students to interdisciplinary work in American Studies by juxtaposing works across disciplinary boundaries and from different methodological perspectives.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 2711 - American Environmental History


    Explores the historical relationship between people and the environment in North America from colonial times to the present. Topics include the role of culture, economics, politics, and technology in that relationship. Prerequisite: first-year writing course (e.g. TCC 101, ENWR 101)



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 2753 - Arts and Cultures of the Slave South


    This interdisciplinary course covers the American South to the Civil War. While the course centers on the visual arts- architecture, material culture, decorative arts, painting, and sculpture- it is not designed as a regional history of art, but an exploration of the interrelations between history, material and visual cultures, foodways, music and literature in the formation of Southern identities.



    Credits: 4
  
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    AMST 3001 - Theories and Methods of American Studies


    This seminar course will introduce majors to various theories and methods for the practice of American Studies. The three goals of the seminars are (1) to make students aware of their own interpretive practices; (2) to equip them with information and conceptual tools they will need for advanced work in American Studies; and (3) to provide them with comparative approaches to the study of various aspects of the United States. Prerequisites: American Studies Major



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 3180 - Introduction to Asian American Studies


    An interdisciplinary introduction to the culture and history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in America. Examines ethnic communities such as Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Asian Indian, and Native Hawaiian, through themes such as immigration, labor, cultural production, war, assimilation, and politics. Texts are drawn from genres such as legal cases, short fiction, musicals, documentaries, visual art, and drama.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 3460 - Reading America at Home and Abroad


    This course explores ideas of America, as they are constructed both at “home” in the United States, and “abroad,” in and through a number of global locales.  It considers a range of representations, in literature, art, film and music, and also the everyday life of American culture.  In asking how America has seen itself and how others have seen America, we will effectively theorize the concepts of both nation and globality.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 3462 - Harlem Stories: Literature and Culture of the Modern World


    This course examines the multiplicity of Harlem, in global and historical contexts.  It considers how Harlem represents itself and how representation shapes the experience of place, the ways that stories of Harlem are simultaneously lived and circulating, and how different disciplinary techniques offer different renditions of Harlem.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 3491 - Rural Poverty in Our Time


    This course will use an interdisciplinary format and document based approach to explore the history of non-urban poverty in the US South from the 1930s to the present. Weaving together the social histories of poor people, the political history of poverty policies, and the history of representations of poverty, the course follows historical cycles of attention and neglect during the Great Depression, the War on Poverty, and the present.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 3641 - Native America


    This course will introduce students to deep history of Native North America. Using primary and secondary sources, we will cover such topics as mutually beneficial trade and diplomatic relations between Natives and newcomers; the politics of empire; U.S. expansion; treaties and land dispossession; ecological, demographic, and social change; pan-Indian movements; legal and political activism; and many, many others.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 4401 - Literature of the Americas


    This course explores a wide range of (broadly defined) fictions from and about the Americas, from writings by Columbus and the conquistadors through modern and contemporary novels, novellas, and short stories. Students consider the intersection of fiction and history through topics that include New world “discovery” and conquest; borderlands and contact zones; slavery and revolution; and the haunting of the global present by the colonial past.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 4403 - Transamerican Encounters


    This comparative, interdisciplinary course focuses on the encounter between the U.S. and the wider Americas as represented in literature, history, and film. Working across a range of historical periods, it explores the varied international contexts underpinning narratives of U.S. national identity and history. It also considers how cultural forms access histories and perspectives outside of official accounts of the past and present.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 4410 - Censorship


    This course examines the social, legal, aesthetic, and theoretical issues raised by censorship of art, mass media, literature, film, and music in the U.S. While censorship is usually associated with explicit sexuality, we will also look at cases involving racial stereotyping, violence, social disorder, and religion. Our cases will center around novels, art, film, music, mass media, and other cultural phenomena.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 4430 - Documentary Film and the South


    This course explores how documentary filmmakers have represented the US South from the 1930s through the end of the twentieth century and the place of films made in and about the region in the history of documentary film.  Students will conduct original research, shape their findings into paper, and make their own documentary short about a topic of their choosing.     



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 4440 - Visions of Apocalypse in American Culture


    This course examines how Americans have envisioned the end of the world. Through religious and cultural history and contemporary cultural studies, it considers the ways social, political, and economic tensions are reflected in visions of the apocalypse.  It explores the impact of imagined futures on previous generations, and how religious and secular ideologies of apocalypticism have shaped social movements, politics, and popular culture.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 4470 - American Film Noir


    This seminar examines the phenomenon of American Film Noir produced during the 1940s and 50s.  Using urban culture to frame debates about films noir, it explores the ways in which “the city” is represented as a problematic subject and a frequent resource immediately before and after World War II.  The course also discusses the influences of early twentieth-century photography, American Scene art, and Abstract Expressionist painting.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 4472 - Hollywood Cinema’s Golden Age: The 1930s


    This course examines American cinema produced in Hollywood during the 1930s. While the Great Depression serves as an important backdrop to our investigation, we will interrogate how issues such as ethnic/racial representation, shifting gender roles, sexuality, and urbanity are mediated in popular cinema in this decade. The course also considers the studio system, the Hayes Code, stardom, and changes within narrative and film techniques.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 4474 - Stardom and American Cinema


    This course examines the role of stardom and star performance in American cinema from the silent era to the present.  Using social history, cultural studies and film criticism theory, we will explore topics such as the cultural patterns of stardom, constructions and subversions of star identity, and the ways in which issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality affect the star image both inside and outside cinema.



    Credits: 3

  
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    AMST 4500 - Fourth-Year Seminar in American Studies


    This seminar is intended to focus study, research, and discussion on a single period, topic, or issue, such as the Great Awakening, the Civil War, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, or the 1960s. Topics vary.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 4893 - Independent Study in Asian Pacific American Studies


    An elective course for students in the Asian Pacific American Studies minor. Students will work with an APAS core faculty member to support the student’s own research. Topics vary, and must be approved by the APAS Director. 



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 4993 - Independent Study


    An elective course for American Studies majors who have completed AMST 3001-3002. Students will work with an American Studies faculty member to support the student’s own research. Topics vary, and must be approved by the Program Director. Prerequisite: AMST 3001, 3002.



    Credits: 3
  
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    AMST 4999 - Distinguished Majors Thesis Seminar


    This workshop is for American Studies majors who have been admitted to the DMP program. Students will discuss the progress of their own and each other’s papers, with particular attention to the research and writing processes. At the instructor’s discretion, students will also read key works in the field of American Studies. Prerequisites: admission to DMP.



    Credits: 3

Anthropology

  
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    ANTH 1010 - Introduction to Anthropology


    This is a broad introductory course covering race, language, and culture, both as intellectual concepts and as political realities. Topics include race and culture as explanations of human affairs, the relationship of language to thought, cultural diversity and cultural relativity, and cultural approaches to current crises.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ANTH 1050 - Anthropology of Globalization


    Anthropology of Globalization



    Credits: 3
  
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    ANTH 1090 - Colloquia for First-Year Students


    Colloquium designed to give first-year students an opportunity to study an anthropological topic in depth in a small-scale, seminar format. Topics will vary; may be repeated for credit.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ANTH 1401 - Your Heritage Language


    This course introduces students to the fields of structural linguistics, social approaches to the study of language, and language policy through a focus on the traditional languages or heritage languages spoken more or less actively within students’ own families and home communities, either at present or in recent generations.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ANTH 2120 - The Concept of Culture


    Culture is the central concept that anthropologists use to understand the striking differences among human societies and how people organize the meaningful parts of their lives. In this course we explore this diversity, examine its basis in neuroplasticity and human development, and consider its implications for human nature, cognition, creativity, and identity. By learning about other cultures, we gain new understanding of ourselves.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ANTH 2150 - Introduction to Classical Archaeology


    Introduces the history, theory, and field techniques of classical archaeology.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ANTH 2153 - North American Indians


    Ethnological treatment of the aboriginal populations of the New World based on the findings of archaeology, ethnography, linguistics, biological anthropology, and social anthropology.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ANTH 2156 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa


    Studies African modernity through a close reading of ethnographies, social histories, novels, and African feature films.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ANTH 2190 - Desire and World Economics


    This course offers an insight into the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services practiced by peoples ignored or unknown to classic Western economics. Its principle focus will open upon the obvious differences between cultural concepts of the self and the very notion of its desire. Such arguments as those which theorize on the “rationality” of the market and the “naturalness” of competition will be debunked.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ANTH 2210 - Marriage and the Family


    Compares domestic groups in Western and non-Western societies. Considers the kinds of sexual unions legitimized in different cultures, patterns of childrearing, causes and effects of divorce, and the changing relations between the family and society.



    Credits: 3
  
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    ANTH 2230 - Fantasy and Social Values


    Examines imaginary societies, in particular those in science fiction novels, to see how they reflect the problems and tensions of real social life. Focuses on ‘alternate cultures’ and fictional societal models.



    Credits: 3
 

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