Course Descriptions

Summer College Online
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 2021 courses ends May 7, 2021.

ENG 1200-01: Writing About: Performance Art

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60054 ENG 1200-01 Writing About:  Performance Art (3 Credits) MacLeod M, Puc K, Wilcox D

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 (s)
60055 HIS 1198-01 Topics in History:  Latin American History through Film (3 Credits) Britt A, Puc K, Wilcox D

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(s)
60047 HUM 1198-01 Topics: Language & Society (3 Credits) Wilcox D, Puc K

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 A, Puc K, Wilcox D

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 2112: Paths to the Present: Sexuality and History



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HUM 2108

Paths to the Present: Sexuality and History (3 Credits)

Koch-Rein A

In this course, we study the historical emergence and transformation of sexual identities, their cultures, and LGBTQ political movements within the broader context of changes in social constructions of sexuality, as well as cultural, social, political, and economic transformations. We pay particular attention to the ways in which gender, race, ethnicity, class, and disability have shaped sexuality in different historical periods. We also discuss links between links to artistic practice and representation.

Prerequisite(s): HUM 2101.

LIT 2102: American Literature II

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60059 LIT 2102 American Literature II (3 Credits) Puc K, Wilcox D

This course studies literature written in the United States of America from the mid-nineteenth century to recent times. Works are chosen to represent diverse ethnic, racial, and social groups in historical, political, and economic contexts for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character. Representative works may include Realist and Naturalist literature, immigrant and Native American experience, classic works from the WWI and WWII eras, and feminist expression, among others.

Prerequisite(s):  ENG 1102, ENG 1200 or equivalents

SCI 1110: Nutrition and Personal Health

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60011 SCI 1110 Nutrition and Personal Health (3 Credits) Loggins J, Wilcox D, Puc K

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.

WRI 2710: Fiction Workshop

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60060 WRI 2710 Fiction Workshop (3 Credits) Matsumoto S, Puc K, Wilcox D

This creative writing workshop examines story, plot, point-of-view, characterization, voice and description and narrative strategies. Students share work with the instructor and one another, getting feedback, guidance and support for writing, and learning to critique and revise. Sketches, character pieces, diverse narrative forms and other exercises lead to at least one final short story.

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