Course Descriptions

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Course Descriptions

Once you've been accepted, you may register for the summer courses listed below via E-Z Arts. If you need help logging into the student portal E-Z Arts, see E-Z Arts login instructions.

Registration for Summer 2020 courses ends May 18, 2020.

ARM 1000-01: Introduction to Arts Management

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor
60049 ARM 1000-01 Introduction to Arts Management (3 Credits) Olson

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the business of the arts.  We will take a look inside arts organizations to see how they are structured, and how they operate - what makes cultural institutions run?

There are many things that have to happen in the front office in order for an artistic production to make it to the stage.  We will examine the different types of art organizations, how they are structured and managed, where the money comes from, and how we actually get audiences to come and see our productions.  We will also look at the human and financial systems that support the operation.

Text:  “Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century,” by Ellen Rosewall, Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN #: 978-0-19-997370-5. 

ENG 1200-01: Writing About: Performance Art

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor
60054 ENG 1200-01 Writing About:  Performance Art (3 Credits) MacLeod

Performance art pieces have demonstrated the form's ability to challenge the boundary between art and life, safety and danger, individualism and industry. This class will examine the works of Tehching Hsieh, Okwui Okpokwasili, Marina Abramovic, Ai Wei Wei, Laurie Anderson, Genesis Bryer P-Orridge, Trenton Doyle Hancock and many others from the past to cutting-edge contemporaries. We will look at the evolution of performance art and its intersection with politics, social norms, dissent and rebellion, and psychology.

HIS 1198-01: Topics in History: Latin American History through Film 

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor
60055 HIS 1198-01 Topics in History:  Latin American History through Film (3 Credits) Britt

Latin American cinema seems to be having a moment in the United States. In 2018 the Los Angeles Times published an article with the headline: "Latin American cinema offers untapped riches just south of the North American border." The success of films like Guillermo del Toro’s Best Picture-winning "The Shape of Water" has brought such heightened recent attention to cinema produced by, about, and (to an extent) for Latin Americans. Moving images, however, have a long and meaningful history within the region as both reflections of the times and as agents shaping social, political and cultural change. This course is a history of contemporary Latin America through cinematic representation, spanning from the first moving images projected in the region in 1896 through the present. The course will follow films that represent the region’s history beginning with the late abolition of slavery in Brazil (just seven years before films were first projected in the Americas), to revolution in Cuba, a coup in Chile, and the contemporary regional resistance movement in Chiapas, Mexico. Proceeding through films that capture monumental events and everyday moments alike, students will grapple with major themes of the region’s past: slavery and colonialism, informal urbanization, socialist revolution, shape-shifting empire, inequality and environmental devastation. The course will privilege representations of peoples of Indigenous and African descent and emphasize films produced primarily by filmmakers from Latin America.

HUM 1198-01: Topics: Language & Society 

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor
60047 HUM 1198-01 Topics: Language & Society (3 Credits) Clements

This course examines language as a social practice, focusing on different aspects of its role in social life. Topics addressed include language and social identity (including ethnicity, social class, age, and gender); variation in language (including dialects, accents, and registers); cultural and intercultural communication; and language and ideology. Students will be introduced to key concepts, theories, and methods in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology.

HUM 2101-01: Self, Society & Cosmos

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor
60008 HUM 2101-01 Self, Society & Cosmos (3 Credits) Britt

An in-depth examination of some of the fundamental texts that contribute to the conversation about the essentials of the human condition. Readings will include, but not be limited to, Plato’s Republic, selections from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, at least one important example of non-Western thought, and a challenging contemporary work, and can be drawn from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, literature, the social sciences, the natural sciences and the arts.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1102 or equivalent.

HUM 2108: Paths to the Present: American Ideas



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HUM 2108

Paths to the Present: American Ideas (3 Credits)


This course will examine the key intellectual currents in American thought from the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction into contemporary times. Students will explore developments in the areas of philosophy, science, political and social criticism, the arts and culture, and in conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality in order to better understand how American thinkers have made sense of and commented upon the modern condition. Special attention will be given to how developments in these areas have both drawn upon and found expression in the work of major American artists during the past century, as well as in the work of a variety of contemporary intellectuals who are writing and blogging today.

Prerequisite(s): HUM 2101.

LIT 2298-01: Topics: Magical Realism

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor
60036 LIT 2298-01 Magical Realism (3 Credits) Matsumoto

In this course, we’ll take a close look at texts that fall into a genre called “magical realism.” These texts incorporate fantastical or supernatural elements into narratives rendered using the tenets of literary realism—tenets that include centralization of character interiority, portrayal of the mundane, and a tendency to account for the social and structural forces that affect human lives. In magical realist texts, the extraordinary is made ordinary, often as a means of bringing into relief some social reality or human truth. These texts will bring into question our own rationalistic modes of understanding reality and contrast them with the ideologies and belief systems of other cultures.

Our texts will include one novel and several short stories, as well as works of visual art, including paintings and film. We will also make use of critical and theoretical readings that will help us understand how our texts function aesthetically, and will also shed light on the historical and sociopolitical forces to which the texts respond. Though magical realism is often associated with the Latin American Literary Boom, we will read texts by authors from around the world, including North and South America, Japan, Russia and Continental Europe. 

Prerequisite(s):  ENG 1102, ENG 1200 or equivalent.

LIT 2998-01: Topics: European & American Drama

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor
60053 LIT 2998-01 European & American Drama (3 Credits) Gabriel

"Spring Awakening," the musical. "The Visit," the musical. And Kubrick’s last film "Eyes Wide Shut." Each is based on a famous German, Swiss-German and Austrian play (or in the case of Kubrick’s film, a novella by the playwright Arthur Schintzler). Why, then, does each of these big-budget, mainstream American productions look and feel so different - and depend on such a different style of production design, acting and audience response - from its original German-language sources? This dramatic literature elective explores this question by examining these recent American adaptations alongside their original German, Swiss and Austrian sources (in English translation – no German required or expected!).

Course requirements:  Reading and preparation of texts in English, active participation in online postings and discussions, written analyses & responses/reactions. 

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1102 or equivalent.

SCI 1110: Nutrition and Personal Health

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor
60011 SCI 1110 Nutrition and Personal Health (3 Credits) Loggins

A study of the normal nutritional requirements of the human body, the relationship of diet to health, and the impact of behavior and cultural influences on food choices. Students will analyze their own diet relative to recommended standards for young adults. Whenever available, community resources will be utilized for content enrichment. The online version of this course is currently available only during Summer School sessions.