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  • CC100 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication (4 Credits)
    Introduces basic concepts, theories, and principles of oral communication applied to speaking situations. Develops competence in oral communication through performance and critical analysis of student skills in a variety of speaking formats. Audience analysis, content discovery, communication strategies, arrangement of ideas, use of evidence and reasoning to support claims, language and style, voice and other delivery skills and ethical considerations are covered.
  • CC150 - Radio Programming & Operations (4 Credits)
    An in-depth exploration into the art and science of programming terrestrial, internet, and satellite radio entities, in both the commercial and public sectors. This course focuses on the evolution of broadcasting an audio product for entertainment and informational purposes. It examines the effects of cultural, governmental, technological, and market forces on the radio industry as a whole as well as on individual radio stations throughout North America.
  • CC160 - Interpersonal Communication Skills (4 Credits)
    Introduces the practices and principles of interpersonal communication. Focuses on perception, creative/critical listening, nonverbal communication, emotions, power, and self-disclosure. Issues of ethics, technology, and culture are woven throughout class content and discussions. Stages of relationships are explored as well as the influence of communication within and between those stages. Numerous applications to a variety of situations, including those in the family, workplace, and romantic context are undertaken as students draw from their own experiences.
  • CC201 - Evolution of Expression (4 Credits)
    Covers the development of human communication from orality to literacy to "electracy," or electronic orality, as a foundation for the exploration of issues and problems in contemporary culture concerning effective participation in society. Students learn how such development continues to revolutionize human consciousness, communication, and culture. They consider central concepts of voice and expression in forms ranging from embodied speech to dialogue to new media and technologies.
  • CC203 - Intercultural Communication (4 Credits)
    Analyzes readings in intercultural communication focusing on verbal and nonverbal customs of various cultures as information from both cultural and language perspectives. Each semester focuses on specific topics or cultures. Background in other cultures is helpful but not essential.
  • CC220 - Public Discourse in U.S. (4 Credits)
    Examines how Americans in the United States talk about important public issues including race, class, work, and foreigners. Applies theories of discourse to case studies of political communication.
  • CC221 - Global Political Communication (4 Credits)
    Provides students with a critical understanding of the role of communication in national politics in non-Western contexts as well as the increasingly important role of mediated communication in contemporary international relations and public diplomacy.
  • CC263 - Argument and Advocacy (4 Credits)
    Studies the art of advocacy. Students develop logical, organizational, and research skills that debate and other forms of oral and written advocacy require. They participate in debates about current political and legal controversies and learn how critical thinking skills are used as tools both for advocates and audiences.
  • CC264 - Oral Presentation of Literature (4 Credits)
    Oral performance of literature (poetry, prose, and drama) is used as the art of understanding and communicating a text's meaning to an audience. Explores the aesthetic dimensions of literature and its performance. Students develop critical skills interpreting texts and evaluating performed literature.
  • CC265 - Professional Voice and Speech (4 Credits)
    Trains voice to develop wide range of controls in pitch, volume, and quality to meet voice and speech needs of journalism, public speaking, and interpretation. International students are encouraged to enroll if interested in accent reduction.
  • CC266 - Conflict and Negotiation (4 Credits)
    Studies conflict theory and principles and practices of dispute resolution. Includes everyday conflict, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution systems. Emphasizes interpersonal skills development.
  • CC280 - Communication Theory (4 Credits)
    Investigates classical and contemporary theories of political communication with an emphasis on utility of theory in mass- and multi-mediated communication contexts. Discusses application of theory to these domains, including examination of how conceptions of the citizen, democracy, aesthetics, morality, and culture are established and maintained vis-a-vis different modes of communication.
  • CC303 - Politics, Advocacy, and Public Opinion (4 Credits)
    Studies the research process from problem definition to survey design, sampling, data analysis, and interpretation of results. Students develop skills in reading and interpreting social scientific research and conducting forms of research pertinent to public and political communication needs.
  • CC304 - Communicative Informatics (4 Credits)
    Studies social-shaping communication technologies. Explores central role of communication in creating and sustaining social communities online and examines web-based technology and use by people in building social networks and organizational structures. Analyzes optimal use of information technology to create social presence and cohesion in multiple contexts. Individual and/or team projects explore human communication and intersection of information technologies.
  • CC305 - Communication Research Methods (4 Credits)
    Teaches the use of social scientific methods of empirical research to investigate communication phenomena. Students learn how to become critical consumers of research and how to conduct empirical communication research. This course fuses basic research principles with theory and practice.
  • CC326 - ELL Academic Writing (1 Credit)
    Covers the structure, organization, and goals of academic English writing assignments. Through two main writing projects students concentrate on creating outlines; drafting; use and citation of sources; peer review, and revision.
  • CC330 - Management and Communication (4 Credits)
    Introduces fundamental principles of management in profit, nonprofit, and government settings. Special emphasis is placed on humanistic and systems approaches, communication skills and theory, and national and global trends. Sample topics include planning, organizing, staffing, decision making, and leading. Case method is applied.
  • CC344 - Rhetoric of Social Movements (4 Credits)
    Critically examines prominent rhetorical texts and events that shaped political processes and relationships. Applies insights to contemporary contexts and issues.
  • CC345 - Public Affairs Matrix: Media, Politics, and Advocacy (4 Credits)
    Advanced study of interplay of media, politics, policy, and advocacy. Through historical and contemporary case studies and research, students examine a variety of constituencies affecting politics and public policy and the role the media play in political, public policy, and advocacy debates. Propaganda is defined and its role in affecting public opinion is discussed. Studies the relationship between communicator, media, and key constituencies with a focus on ethical, effective use of public affairs.
  • CC350 - Media Broadcast Vocal Presentation (4 Credits)
    Course is designed to complement CC 265, Professional Voice and Speech by focusing on voice training for broadcast media specifically, including microphone technique and practice and understanding of audio and video technology.
  • CC356 - Crisis Communication (4 Credits)
    Details the importance of managing communication in crisis situations. Topics include definitions, types, classifications, phases, planning, publics, contingency events, time estimating, crisis teams, control centers, working with media, training, and follow-through. Crisis scenarios cover profit, nonprofit, and government organizations at the local, regional, national, and/or global level. Case examples are employed.
  • CC357 - Leadership (4 Credits)
    Analyzes theory and practice of effective ethical leadership in contemporary political and organizational settings; theories for organizing and motivating people; cross-cultural applications; and issues of diversity and communication skills for leadership.
  • CC372 - Topic in Communication Studies: Engaging Urban Communities in Health and Media Literacy (4 Credits)
    The Kellogg Foundation observes that, community-based participatory research is a "collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings." This course will function as an applied laboratory for learning about health and media literacy and applying theoretical constructs in the classroom that extend into the community. To help frame our mission we will offer a host of guest speakers and visitors - some from the Boston community. Students will work directly with community organizations and public school(s) to design and implement health and media literacy initiatives best suited for specific Boston schools and community programs. The course curriculum will culminate with an innovative community-based, student-developed portfolio that will address health and media issues among Massachusetts middle and high school populations. This course is crosslisted with MK371-03 and HC250-03.
  • CC372 - Top: (4 Credits)
    Theatrical performances such as the play and film Wit and digital blogs such as Suleika Jaouad's Life Interrupted have emerged as valuable locations for understanding illness narratives and become significant methods of health communication. Through guest lectures, films, readings, and performance texts, this course investigates how we script and transform our everyday lived experiences of health and illness. Additionally, the course addresses ways that new technologies such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram serve to extend illness and health narratives, and students will develop their own performative narratives of their experiences.
  • CC372 - Topics in Communication Studies: Telling Stories: the art and power of story telling (4 Credits)
    This class will explore storytelling as an art form surveying the literature and the history of this oral tradition. You will discover your own potential as a storyteller through telling stories (mythic, folkloric and personal). Through practice and experimentation of a variety of techniques you will develop a personal style. Throughout the semester you will build a repertoire of significant stories from retelling folktales, myths and legends from different cultures to ?creating your own stories. You will gain an understanding of how you can use storytelling to reveal compelling truths through narrative.
  • CC415 - Mediation, Facilitation, and Dialogue (4 Credits)
    Considers theory and practice of various forms of third-party-guided dispute resolution. Students learn to mediate conflicts, facilitate discussions, and promote dialogue among parties in conflict. Emphasis is on developing skills in leading groups.
  • CC421 - Family Communication (4 Credits)
    Examines the role of communication in various family types (e.g., single parent, multigenerational, GLBT, cohabiting marriages). Adopting a theory-practice framework, the course introduces students to several issues, themes, and challenges related to family life, including storytelling, rules, power, conflict, intimacy, self-disclosure, and violence. Discussions related to culture, television, and technology are also woven throughout the course, and students are asked to draw upon their own family communication experiences to understand and apply the information.
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy: Presidential Campaigns (4 Credits)
    Course examines the process involved in electing a President in the United States. Studies include learning how the presidential nominating process is conducted from the Caucus and Primary structures to nominating delegates to the Party Conventions. The course explores how modern campaigns inform, influence, and mobilize voters. Topics include the role of political parties and candidates, campaign strategies and issues, political advertisement and media coverage, and campaigning and governing. Students upon completion of the course will have a practical and theoretical understanding of the 2016 presidential elections.
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy: Nonprofit Management (4 Credits)
    Students will learn via texts, articles, guest lecturers and case studies different models of nonprofit management, methods of fundraising and effective strategies for engaging the public. Students enrolled in this course are required to engage in approximately 2 hours per week of service learning (SL) at an area nonprofit. Skills and information learned in the classroom will be applied in the field during this time. As a final project, you will develop a communication plan for your SL nonprofit and present it to stakeholders for feedback.
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics (4 Credits)
    Special topics in political communication. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • CC472 - Topics in Communication Studies: Sports as Soft Power (4 Credits)
    This course will examine sports as soft power (persuasion, influence and attraction) in the attempt to bridge communities and cultures and on the local, national and global stages. Case studies will demonstrate the attraction and effectiveness of sports as a communication strategy, utilized by local, national and international governments, NGO's and governments as part of a strategic communication plan, as well as its role in spontaneous grass roots movements.
  • CC472 - Professional Sports Communication and Management (4 Credits)
    Special topics in communication studies. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • CC475 - Capstone in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy (4 Credits)
    Advanced theory, research, and practice in political communication. Students develop and enhance portfolios of political communication materials, including development of two communication campaigns.
  • CC476 - Capstone in Communication Studies (4 Credits)
    Advanced theory, research, and practice in communication studies. As a key feature of the course, students complete a senior thesis or project.
  • CC608 - Public Affairs (4 Credits)
    Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, analyze, and communicate with internal and external stakeholder groups for the purpose of persuasion. Rhetorical strategies are developed for ethical, effective issue advocacy campaigns and campaigns to build identity, and enhance and protect reputation of individuals and organizations. New media developments, diverse and global stakeholder groups, and the 24/7 media environment will be addressed. Students design and produce at least one original communication campaign for a client in the private or public sector.
  • CC609 - Political Communication (4 Credits)
    Political Communication explores fundamental theories, such as agenda setting, framing, and branding. The balancing of ethical implications confronting many political communication situations is discussed through case studies. Practical communication strategy is evaluated, looking at how the media works in general, including the news (hard and soft), entertainment programs, and advertising, in order to shape political perceptions, change attitudes, and effect behavior. Students are introduced to the latest in grassroots activism and mobilization efforts, including mobile and online communication techniques, to better shape civic life, elections, and policy decisions.
  • CC610 - ELL Seminar in Pronunciation, Basic Public Speaking and American Culture (2 Credits)
    Students develop, learn and practice correct American English pronunciation skills while learning basic presentation techniques and American culture.
  • CC611 - ELL Dialogues on Global Issues (2 Credits)
    Develops confidence in public speaking through leading class dialogs on current events, conducting a speech, and working in groups to create broadcast news stories. The class will offer practical and theoretical approaches to evaluate and improve English language use.
  • CC612 - Academic Writing for International Students (2 Credits)
    Covers the structure, organization, and goals of academic English writing assignments. Through two main writing projects students concentrate on creating outlines; drafting; use and citation of sources; peer review, and revision.
  • CC613 - ELL Seminar in Leadership and Business English (2 Credits)
    Students learn and practice advanced business and academic language skills most commonly used in the United States Emphasis is on improving presentation and discussion facilitation skills
  • CC623 - Public Diplomacy (4 Credits)
    Public diplomacy is an instrument used by states and non-state actors to understand others' cultures, attitudes, and behavior; build and manage relationships; and influence thoughts and actions to advance their interests and values. Drawing on the experiences of diplomats - both state and public, and a growing academic literature, this seminar-style course will explain how public diplomacy's changing actors, techniques and practice affects the issues, methods, and mediated environments of diplomacy in the 21st centure. Case studies will highlight the strengths and challenges of this type of soft power influence.
  • CC624 - Campaign Management (4 Credits)
    Campaign Management is designed to provide individuals practical skills for participation in local, state and federal and global campaigns. Students will learn the phases of an advocacy effort including how to test the political waters, the nominating process, primary elections, general elections and constituents' services for governing. Aspects of the campaign process that will be addressed are fundraising, ballot access (signature gathering), measuring public opinion, opposition research, district analysis, media relations, development of message strategy for voter or targeted public persuasion, identification, and mobilization along with get out the vote efforts. Constitutional rights will be discussed in light of free speech, assembly, association and petitioning will be incorporated throughout the lecture including analysis of ethical case studies. Lectures and campaign simulations are used to develop and refine a participant's ability to coordinate a successful political campaign. This course will have general application for students in public relations, public diplomacy and health communication who have an interest in internal and external campaign management dynamics.
  • CC628 - Entrepreneurship and Creative Problem Solving (4 Credits)
    Entrepreneurship is the process of creating value by bringing together a unique package of resources to exploit an opportunity. Students learn about the concepts and characteristics of entrepreneurship. Students will investigate the key dimensions of entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors that include: innovativeness, risk-taking, and proactiveness. Case studies are utilized to help students employ concepts from the course and develop their own creative and critical thinking, as well as problem solving skills.
  • CC643 - Global Communication (4 Credits)
    Focuses on the management of communication with stakeholders in a world defined by globalization. Case studies, role-play workshops, and ethnographic inquiry are employed to enhance and update the student's knowledge and awareness of best-practices in contemporary business negotiations and transactions, public diplomacy initiatives, and cross-sector partnerships. Examples from small business to multinationals and from local nonprofits to global NGOs are used.
  • CC645 - Public Opinion Research and Practice (4 Credits)
    Students engage in applied research in communication management. Students develop skills in assessing and formulating problems; designing research; gathering, synthesizing, analyzing, and interpreting data; and applying the results to comprehensive communication strategies. Students learn to apply the most appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods to particular research problems in an effort to effectively address stakeholder audiences, oversee information management systems, and cultivate and manage intellectual capital. Students gain experience in surveys, polling, focus groups, interviews, communication audits, and learn how to optimize research conducted through the Internet-based research.
  • CC648 - Public Relations (4 Credits)
    Addresses in-depth the development of stakeholder relations and communication in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Topics covered include corporate relations, reputation management grassroots organizing, public policy and the media, political communication, social advocacy campaigns, and public diplomacy. Case studies of communication campaigns at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels are used. Students produce and present at least one communication campaign to affect behavior in diverse stakeholder groups.
  • CC652 - Emerging Communication Technologies (4 Credits)
    Surveys the political and social trends of the effects and uses of web-based communication, especially social media, and the shaping and reshaping of institutions. Students develop knowledge and skills in assessing and developing communication strategies for how to best reach multiple stakeholders and audiences with an emphasis on online communication. Through readings, exercises, and projects such as social media audits, students engage in strategic communication planning to best develop every aspect of an institution's communication management - from the narrowest internal communcation to the broadest public communication campaigns.
  • CC692 - Capstone Course in Communication Management (4 Credits)
    Students synthesize prior coursework and new learnings to address an important need in public or organizational life. Calling upon competencies in strategic communication planning and design, students produce and present a final professional-level project as the culmination of their course of study. Readings, case studies, and in-class activities support continued inquiry into the most current theoretical dimensions of the discipline.
  • CC695 - Sem: Prof Oral Communication (4 Credits)
    This course focuses on the development of effective, professional oral communication techniques and practices. Emphasis is on delivery (verbal and nonverbal), purposeful message creation, use of technology, organization and audience analysis. All discussions, individual and group presentations will be applicable to academic and career goals.
  • CD153 - Images of the Disabled (4 Credits)
    Studies how the disabled are portrayed in film, theatre, and literature in contrast with the realities of society. Examines the issue of disability as a culture.
  • CD162 - American Sign Language 1 (4 Credits)
    Introduces American Sign Language and American deaf culture. Students learn commonly used signs and basic rules of grammar. The course also explores information related to the deaf community, interaction between deaf and hearing people, and deaf education.
  • CD193 - Introduction to Communication Disorders (4 Credits)
    Provides an overview of the variety of communication disorders affecting children and adults from clinical, education, social, and political perspectives. Students learn to use professional terminology to describe clinical sessions during in-class guided observations. Guest speakers include speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and professionals from related fileds.
  • CD201 - Language Acquisition (4 Credits)
    Explores the theoretical and practical aspects of the language learning process and its relation to other aspects of cognitive and social development. Includes discussion of the development of speech and language skills throughout the life span, from birth to adulthood.
  • CD208 - American Sign Language 2 (4 Credits)
    Continues to expand on receptive and expressive skills in ASL with emphasis on developing use of classifiers and the role of spatial relationships.
  • CD233 - Phonetics (4 Credits)
    Studies the various aspects of speech sounds and their production with a focus on articulatory, acoustic, and linguistic bases. Students learn to discriminate, analyze, and transcribe speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The relevance of course content to clinical and other applications is discussed as students learn to use the IPA to transcribe the speech of individuals with communicative impairments and different social dialects and accents. This course may be of special interest to students interested in acting, radio, and/or television broadcasting.
  • CD234 - Speech and Hearing Anatomy and Physiology (4 Credits)
    Studies the structure of the biological systems that underlie speech, language, and hearing with an emphasis on the processes and neural control of respiration, phonation, resonance, and articulation. Clinical disorders are used to elucidate dysfunction of these normal processes as substrates for human communication.
  • CD309 - American Sign Language 3 (4 Credits)
    A continuation of American Sign Language II. Students continue to expand different grammatical features of time signs and some different forms of inflecting verbs. In addition, students continue to develop conversational strategies in asking for clarification, agreeing, disagreeing, and hedging.
  • CD312 - Survey of Speech Disorders (4 Credits)
    Provides students with a basic understanding of speech disorders including articulation and phonology, voice, fluency, neurogenic disorders, and dysphagia. Issues related to assessment and intervention are addressed. Integration of information from the literature into class discussion and written assignments is expected. Students observe diagnostic and therapy sessions toward completion of the 25 hours required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They become familiar with clinical terminology and its use in written assignments.
  • CD313 - Survey of Language Disorders (4 Credits)
    Provides students with a basic understanding of disorders of human communication associated with developmental and acquired language disorders in children and adults. Assessment and intervention are addressed. Students observe diagnostic and therapy sessions toward completion of the 25 hours required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a writing-intensive course in which students write a major term paper with revisions and learn to use the APA writing conventions.
  • CD321 - Talk About Communication (0 Credit)
    Students will participate in at least three journal club meetings to discuss research literature on communication sciences and disorders and related fields within a supportive co-curricular structure and supervised by a CSD faculty member. Students will also attend at least two special CSD events (i.e. guest lecture, clinical case rounds, film screenings) that include faculty-student discussions on the topic at hand. Through these activities, students will gain exposure to research, clinical practice, and community implications of communication disorders that will complement CSD coursework. To enhance their thoughtful participation, students will produce a portfolio of articles reviewed during journal club, one reflection paper for each special event, and an attendance log, signed by the course instructor. May be repeated. Only 4 non-tuition credits may be used toward graduation.
  • CD400 - Clinical Foundations (4 Credits)
    Introduces the clinical process and methodology that underlie observation, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders in children and adults. Students learn to plan and execute a therapy session with a selected client. Clinical writing skills are developed through a variety of written assignments such as treatment plans, data collection and analysis, and progress notes.
  • CD403 - Speech Science (4 Credits)
    Explores physiological, acoustic, and cognitive processes involved in speech production and perception. Instrumentation is also covered so that students can infer acoustic properties of the voicing and resonance features of speech sounds displayed on sound spectrograms.
  • CD409 - American Sign Language 4 (4 Credits)
    A continuation of American Sign Language III. Students continue to expand knowledge and use of advanced grammatical features and further develop conversational abilities.
  • CD467 - Introductory Audiology (4 Credits)
    Includes detailed anatomy of the ear with an overview of the physics of sound and current medical and audiologic management of hearing loss. Covers pure tone and speech audiometry, site-of-lesion testing, and audiogram interpretation.
  • CD468 - Aural Rehabilitation (4 Credits)
    Examines theories underlying habilitation and rehabilitation procedures for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults. Covers the effects of hearing loss on an individual and family, education of children with hearing loss, use of sensory aids, and design of aural rehabilitation programs for various populations.
  • CD497 - Topics in Communication Disorders (4 Credits)
    Focus on topics in the field such as current theoretical perspectives, particular pathologies, clinical methodologies or interdisciplinary issues between communication disorders and other fields.
  • CD600 - Intro to Clinical Methods (1 Credit)
    Required for graduate students from undergraduate fields other than communication disorders and introduces them to clinical practice. Through class discussion, required observation of clinical work, and community screenings, students begin to understand the dynamic interactions between clients and clinicians.
  • CD601 - Clinical Methods I (1 Credit)
    Following the completion of prerequisite coursework and observation hours, students are taught assessment procedures, treatment strategies, and clinical writing skills. The course covers policies and procedures required for on-campus clinical performance as part of pediatric group treatment experiences and/or individual treatment for persons of all ages. This course must be passed prior to enrolling in CD 602.
  • CD602 - Clinical Methods II (1 Credit)
    Focuses on assessment, intervention, documentation, and legislation related to work with school-aged children. This course must be passed prior to enrolling in CD 603.
  • CD603 - Clinical Methods III (1 Credit)
    Students learn about the role of the speech-language pathologist in clinical work with adults and issues pertinent to conducting effective assessment and treatment sessions with various communication disorders in this population. Additional topics include health care reimbursement and regulation, health literacy, and the role of other team members in adult settings. This course must be passed before enrolling in CD 604.
  • CD604 - Clinical Methods IV (1 Credit)
    Focuses on professional issues and the transition into professional practice.
  • CD605 - Clinical Practicum (1 Credit)
    As students progress through the program, they will be assigned to a variety of clinical opportunities both on and off campus. Students enroll in CD 605 for a minimum of five semesters.
  • CD609 - Research Methods and Measurements (3 Credits)
    Teaches students how to use various pieces of research (potentially complex or even contradictory) to guide evidence-based clinical practice. Students learn how to formulate relevant clinical research questions, what prior research is appropriate to answer those questions, and how to find and interpret the relevant literature. Finally, students become proficient in identifying applications and limitations of that literature for clinical decision-making. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, synthesis of information, and clear written and oral expression.
  • CD623 - Fluency Disorders (3 Credits)
    Explores the nature of stuttering from theoretical and empirical perspectives. Cluttering and neurogenic and psychogenic stuttering are also examined. Procedures for evaluating and treating/managing stuttering among children and adults are emphasized.
  • CD635 - Speech Sound Disorders (3 Credits)
    Presents normative and theoretical perspectives on speech sound development as well as assessment and treatment of the disorders of articulation and phonology. General treatment strategies and specific treatment programs are emphasized. Research in evidence-based practice is highlighted.
  • CD641 - Dysphagia (3 Credits)
    Addresses feeding and swallowing mechanisms and processes, as well as current assessment procedures and management options that occur from infancy through adulthood.
  • CD645 - Language and Literacy Disabilities (3 Credits)
    Focuses on the relationship between spoken and written language and its role in language-based learning disabilities in school-age students. It addresses the characteristics of language, reading, and spelling impairments; the subtypes of these disorders; and the different intervention approaches used with them. Various models of language and reading development and their disorders are reviewed.
  • CD650 - Motor Speech Disorders (3 Credits)
    Students learn the etiology, assessment, diagnosis, and principles of rehabilitation of speech production disorders in individuals with acquired neuropathologies. Information is presented in the context of speech production theory and (where appropriate) of the neurological disease of which the speech disorder is a symptom.
  • CD677 - Voice Disorders (3 Credits)
    Addresses the characteristics, etiology, evaluation, and clinical management of voice disorders and associated pathological conditions in both children and adults. Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of voice and speech production are reviewed.
  • CD680 - Neurologic Bases of Communication (3 Credits)
    Outlines the anatomy and functional neurophysiology of human communication and provides an overview of neurodevelopment and its processes and disorders. Although the organization of the human nervous system is presented, emphasis is placed on the relationship of this organization to the components of the various communicative, cognitive, linguistic, sensory, and motor processes that are central to human communication and to the treatment of its disorders.
  • CD684 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3 Credits)
    Provides an overview of augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC) and the process of selecting and implementing these systems for children and adults. The first section of the course concerns the basic processes of AAC: messages, symbols, alternative access, assessment and intervention planning. The second section describes issues related to people with developmental disabilities who require AAC services. The third section focuses on AAC for people with acquired communication disabilities.
  • CD686 - Preschool Language Disorders (3 Credits)
    Examines current perspectives in defining, assessing, and intervening with children with language disturbances from infancy through the preschool years. In addition, issues surrounding older individuals with language functioning in the preschool developmental age range are described. Particular attention is given to assessment and intervention techniques for children and individuals at pre-linguistic, emerging language, and conversational language levels. Additional considerations include multicultural issues, working with caregivers and peers, non-speech communication alternatives, and the diverse roles played by speech-language pathologists.
  • CD689 - Audiology in Speech-Language Pathology (3 Credits)
    Provides students with audiological information relevant to the scope of practice for speech-language pathologists. Basic testing and screening techniques, interpretation of audiometric results, and habilitative and rehabilitative methods are discussed with reference to the current literature.
  • CD690 - Aphasia (3 Credits)
    Pathophysiology, epidemiology, and prevention of aphasia, its nature, assessment, and diagnostic procedures, and approaches to intervention are presented. Issues surrounding recovery and prognosis, and treatment efficacy and outcome are also included. All areas are presented with reference to the current literature in the field and to its clinical application.
  • CD692 - Cognitive Communicative Disorders (3 Credits)
    Communication disorders consequent to dementing processes, closed head injury, and damage to the right cerebral hemisphere are covered. Pathology, assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment are addressed with reference to the current literature.
  • DA203 - Perspectives in World Dance (4 Credits)
    Focuses on learning to "see" and "hear" the form and music of the art of dance across world cultures. Students focus on specific dance ethnographies to understand cultural difference through a study of dance and human movement and to explore contemporary anthropological concerns about representation, globalization, history, and identity. Throughout their study, students focus on various theoretical models in anthropology for studying dance/performance. Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective and the General Education Global Diversity requirements.
  • DA231 - Dance Composition I: Improvisation (4 Credits)
    Guides students in the discovery, development, and exploration of their own movement and imagery. The stimuli for dances include personal experiences, abstract ideas, relationships, emotions, and a variety of real or imagined materials. Prerequisite: permission of the dance area head.
  • DA231 - Dance Composition I: Improvisation (4 Credits)
    Permission of the Dance Coordinator required.
  • DA233 - Ballet I (2 Credits)
    Dance Coordinator Permission required for registration
  • DA233 - Ballet I (2 Credits)
    Dance Coordinator Permission required for registration
  • DA233 - Ballet I (2 Credits)
    Permission of the Dance Coordinator required.
  • DA234 - Modern Dance I (2 Credits)
    Dance Coordinator Permission required for registration
  • DA234 - Modern Dance I (2 Credits)
    Permission of the Dance Coordinator required.
  • DA235 - Tap Dance I (2 Credits)
    Dance Coordinator Permission required for registration
  • DA237 - Jazz Dance I (2 Credits)
    Dance Coordinator Permission required for registration
  • DA237 - Jazz Dance I (2 Credits)
    Permission of the Dance Coordinator required.
  • DA333 - Ballet II (2 Credits)
    Dance Coordinator Permission required for registration
  • DA333 - Ballet II (2 Credits)
    Permission of the Dance Coordinator required.
  • DA335 - Tap Dance II (2 Credits)
    Students at the intermediate level concentrate on exploring more sophisticated levels of technique, style, and rhythmic structure of tap dancing. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of the Dance faculty.
  • DA337 - Jazz Dance II (2 Credits)
    Dance Coordinator Permission required for registration
  • DA337 - Jazz Dance II (2 Credits)
    Permission of the Dance Coordinator required.
  • EC203 - Principles of Economics (4 Credits)
    Introduces and focuses on the essential concepts and principles of microeconomics. Studies the allocation of resources under scarcity through decisions made by individual consumers, firms, and business. Students will examine, understand, and prioritize decisions and behaviors that affect many resources, whether financial, environmental, or human.
  • GM601 - Marketing Management in a Global Environment (4 Credits)
    Introduces the economically integrated global marketplace that addresses the global economic environment, social and cultural environments, legal and regulatory considerations, foreign exchange and financial decision-making, marketing research, strategic alternatives for global market entry and expansion, and cooperative global strategies and strategic partnerships. Emphasizes differences between domestic and global strategies when applied to product development, pricing, and distribution, and focuses on the unique role of promotion within a global marketing framework.
  • GM603 - Behavioral Economics in a Global Environment (4 Credits)
    Grounded in theories of behavioral economics, this course examines human and consumer behavior within cultures, how members of diverse cultures differ, and the criteria upon which cultural members can and cannot be compared. Cultural value systems are highlighted as they provide insight into the impact of cultural differences on individual and group processes such as decision-making, verbal and nonverbal communication styles, and organizational structure. Models of decision-making and information processing are also explored.
  • GM604 - Research Methods for Global Marketing Communication and Advertising (4 Credits)
    Provides students with an in-depth understanding of the research process, including formulation of research questions and determination of research design including data collection methods, sampling, data analysis, and interpretation. Introduces students to the world of networked information as well as the application of information technology to decision-making in a global business context.
  • GM606 - Global Marketing Communication Planning (4 Credits)
    Introduces disciplines within marketing communication and the concept and practice of integrated marketing communication planning. Describes fundamental theory and practice within advertising, public relations, sales promotion, direct marketing, e-commerce, event planning, and sponsorships. Reviews global issues and institutions in the practice of these disciplines in multinational organizations.
  • GM612 - Global Public Relations (4 Credits)
    Focuses on the role of public relations in a global setting, application of market research to public relations, the benefits and limitations of analytical frameworks applied to strategy development, and models of roles and ethical responsibilities of corporations engaged in public relations. Attention is given to the evolution and practice of public relations in major global markets.
  • GM614 - Global Advertising (4 Credits)
    Examines organizational and external environments surrounding global advertising decisions. The impact of business trends, regulatory environment, media management, agencies, and advertisers in global communication planning are discussed. Challenges such as standardizing communication strategy, choosing an agency, allocating decision responsibilities, localizing creative executions, assessing foreign buyers and media audiences, and media planning in multiple markets are examined.
  • GM620 - Global Brand Management (4 Credits)
    Examines the challenge of branding in a worldwide context and provides a systematic approach to all aspects of creating and managing brands. Students are given a comprehensive framework regarding branding alternatives, issues for segmentation and brand research, communicating brand and corporate identities, managing the mix, and organizational and legal issues. Students explore the opportunities offered through line and brand extensions using case studies.
  • GM630 - Interactive and eCommunication in Global Environments (4 Credits)
    Students learn how organizations use the Internet and other interactive technologies to communicate with consumers and the public in global environments, and to examine the differences between traditional media vehicles and the Internet within the context of strategic communication. Students explore how communication has changed given media and delivery system convergence as well as market democratization. Ethical and legal parameters of technology-based communication are also covered.
  • GM636 - Creative Thinking and Problem Solving in a Global Environment (4 Credits)
    The abundance of choices available to consumers for products and services, coupled with messages about them, necessitates that companies differentiate themselves creatively in global markets. Creativity and innovation are becoming cornerstones of business--qualities managers seek in employees and skills graduates must have to excel. This course explores the nature of creativity, creative thinking, and problem solving in a global environment. Interactive exercises, case analyses, discussions, and projects foster and enhance creativity.
  • HC200 - Principles and Practices of Health Communication (4 Credits)
    Introduces the study and application of principles and practices of health communication. This is a foundation for students in exploring what we know about our health due to the different components of communicating about health. Specifically, topics cover doctor-patient communication, the role of culture, social support, family health history, varied communication channels, technology, health campaigns, risk communication, and government policies. Case studies of health practices are used to illustrate these different topics.
  • HC250 - Topics in Health Communication: Engaging Urban Communities in Health and Media Literacy (4 Credits)
    The Kellogg Foundation observes that, community-based participatory research is a "collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings." This course will function as an applied laboratory for learning about health and media literacy and applying theoretical constructs in the classroom that extend into the community. To help frame our mission we will offer a host of guest speakers and visitors - some from the Boston community. Students will work directly with community organizations and public school(s) to design and implement health and media literacy initiatives best suited for specific Boston schools and community programs. The course curriculum will culminate with an innovative community-based, student-developed portfolio that will address health and media issues among Massachusetts middle and high school populations. Course is crosslisted with CC372-02 and MK371-03.
  • HC250 - Topics in Health Communication: Cholera, Contractption, and Condoms: Public Health Then and Now (4 Credits)
    What do seatbelts, sanitation, and sunblock have in common? They are just a few of the prevention interventions that have increased life expectancy worldwide. This class looks at U.S. history through the prism of a public health framework and reviews a number of major milestones in public health. Historical achievements such as vaccines, environmental health, and car safety as well as ethical dilemmas related to quarantine, medical testing, and eugenics will be discussed. Current hot topics will be discussed weekly.
  • HC250 - Topics in Health Communication: The War on Drugs (4 Credits)
    While the official "War on Drugs" in the United States was declared in 1971 by Richard Nixon, battles about alcohol and drug use were waged as early as the Colonia Era. This class will cover the health effects, social impacts, and legal debates of various drugs including: alcohol, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, club drugs, marijuana, and tobacco. Using documentaries, media reports, social science research, and original source material, this class will cover Prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s, the so-called "crack epidemic" of the 1980s, and modern-day debates over marijuana decriminalization and legalization. Students will be asked to evaluate and propose changes to current U.S. drug policy.
  • HC400 - Health Communication Campaigns (4 Credits)
    "Just Say No." "This is your brain on drugs." "Live Strong." "Race for the Cure." Health campaigns have influenced our perception of issues related to health and health behaviors for decades. Students learn the process of health campaigns to obtain the skills to develop, implement, and evaluate their own health campaign for a community effort. The course also discusses the role of public health, perceptions of health, and the variety of communication channels available when creating these campaigns. Cross-listed with CC 420.
  • HC601 - Applications of Communication Theory for Health Communication (4 Credits)
    Explores the role of theory, research, and practice in health communication. Investigates provider-patient interaction, social support networks, medical ethics, mass media, and health promotion and disease prevention. Covers the role of communication in health, including the role it plays in individuals' social and cultural expectations and beliefs about health, how such information influences people to think about health and effect behavioral change, and how communication may be used to redefine and change public health policy. Includes readings, projects, exams, and class interaction.
  • HC602 - Media Strategies for the Health Professional (4 Credits)
    Students develop an understanding of the strategic use of the media by health communicators in message development and communication strategy execution. Students also explore the ethical concerns of healthcare professionals who utilize the media. Students learn how to develop effective health communication campaigns that bring about behavioral change among target audiences and influence health policy issues at the local, state, national, and international level. In addition, students learn how to develop evaluation techniques for health communication strategies.
  • HC603 - Research Methods (4 Credits)
    This course is organized around the research process in which students learn how to formulate a research question and define a research problem, decide upon a research design, assess data collection methods, define a sampling frame, determine types of data analyses, interpret data appropriately, and prepare a research report. Topics in both qualitative and quantitative research methods are included. Further, students gain an understanding of the importance of research in the development of health communication strategies.
  • HC605 - Topics in Health Communication: Persuasion in Health Communication (4 Credits)
    The study of persuasion and social influence addresses the question of how messages can be used to change beliefs, attitudes, and health behaviors. In this course, students will examine how features of the sender, the message, and the receiver influence persuasive message effects. This course will provide an understanding of when persuasive health messages work, at what time, with what audience. Both classic and contemporary persuasion theory and research will be covered.
  • HC605 - Topics in Health Communication: Risk Communication (4 Credits)
    Whether responding to an unexpected crisis that is at the forefront of the news cycle or trying to draw attention to a rarely talked about health issue, public health practitioners need to simply and effectively communicate about health risk and potential impact. This class covers the psychology of risk, risk assessment, crisis communication, risk reduction and mitigation, and community mobilization. Crisis communication strategies used by the Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control will be reviewed. Care communication strategies will be presented within the framework of the Harm Reduction Model. In addition to a risk communication plan, students will gain practical experience developing media talking points and practicing public speaking during simulated media interviews. The final exam includes staffing a Twitter exam during a mock public health crisis.
  • HC610 - Applied Learning Experience (4 Credits)
    A capstone experience for students completing the Health Communication program. Students conduct research and develop and implement a communication plan to address the needs of a health-related organization in the Boston area. Projects may include the creation of training modules for health professionals, patient education, health information dissemination, policy advocacy, and the like. Students produce a final report.
  • HI102 - Western Civilization and Culture (4 Credits)
    Studies the rise of civilization from its beginnings in the Neolithic Revolution through the classical empires, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the hegemony of European and American civilization throughout the world. Explores in greater detail the influence of Judaism and Christianity in this process.
  • HI201 - Non-Western World History (4 Credits)
    Examines history in a variety of non-Western contexts. The content will vary based upon the non-Western context selected for the semester. Students will focus upon historical events and the impact of these events for civilization in Asian, African, or Middle Eastern contexts.
  • HI203 - Social Movements in the U.S. (4 Credits)
    Examines political movements of industrial and agricultural workers, the unemployed, and the poor to gain power and economic rights since the Great Depression. Chronicles movements that shaped the policies of the New Deal and the Great Society, and analyzes the ways in which these movements fostered a conservative response late in the century. Explores history in the context of the ideals of democratic liberalism, the emerging power of corporate capitalism, and the modern conservative political coalition. Students study historical texts and a variety of cultural sources (literature, films, photographs, songs, and museum exhibitions).
  • HI204 - Islam in the World (4 Credits)
    Pursues an interdisciplinary study of the origins of Islam and the role of Mohammed, the global expansion of the faith, the theology and thought of the Koran and Moslem traditions, and forms of art and architecture generated by the teachings of the prophet. Explores the impact of the renewal of Islam and its increasing role in the modern world.
  • HI211 - African American History (4 Credits)
    Survey sub-Saharan history of the pre-colonial era, and the history of African Americans from the slave trade through the Civil War to the present.
  • HI235 - History of the United States (4 Credits)
    Studies the history of the United States from its colonial beginnings to the present, focusing on the Civil War and its consequences.
  • HS101 - First-Year Honors Seminar 1 (4 Credits)
    Introduces the interdisciplinary study of literature and cultural theory, addressing issues of power and ideology in various multicultural contexts.
  • HS102 - First-Year Honors Seminar 2 (4 Credits)
    Introduces the interdisciplinary study of literature and cultural theory, addressing issues of power and ideology in various multicultural contexts.
  • HS103 - Honors Writing Symposium (4 Credits)
    Taken in conjunction with HS 102, develops skills in research, critical thinking, and writing. Stresses revision, relies on frequent workshops of student writing, and aims to sharpen ability to research, evaluate, and use evidence in a reasonable and convincing way. Write an extended research paper on a topic related to HS 102.
  • HS201 - Sophomore Honors Seminar 3 (4 Credits)
    Engages critical thinking and research about philosophical, cultural, and scientific methods of generating knowledge and their ethical implications. Different areas of inquiry are examined each year. Recent topics include environmental ethics, evolution, astronomy, and epistemology.
  • HS202 - Sophomore Honors Seminar 4 (4 Credits)
    Engages critical thinking and research about philosophical, cultural, and scientific methods of generating knowledge and their ethical implications. Different areas of inquiry are examined each year. Recent topics include environmental ethics, evolution, astronomy, and epistemology.
  • HS301 - Junior Honors Colloquium 1 (0 Credit)
    A one-credit series of workshops and special events that provide mentorship while students develop proposals for Honors theses.
  • HS302 - Junior Honors Colloquium 2 (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor.
  • HS490 - Honors Thesis (4 Credits)
    At the end of junior year or after completing the Junior Honors Seminar, students file an Honors Thesis Proposal with the Honors Program director. The proposal includes a description of the overall topic in terms of the general issue or project, the specific question or questions formulated, and the general ways in which the student will address the question(s) and accomplish the project. After a successful defense of their proposal, Honor students produce an Honors thesis in their senior year. Students work independently, but consult regularly with the thesis faculty advisor to evaluate and revise the work in progress. The final thesis represents the student's abilities and a commitment to serious intellectual work. At the time the student writes the thesis, he/she will be enrolled in and have previously taken the Honors Program Colloquia.
  • IN108 - Love and Eroticism in Western Culture (4 Credits)
    Love and eroticism were once the epicenter of philosophy. Yet, since the 19th century, love and eroticism have been secondary to "desire," which suggests more of a structure than an individuated experience. Many theorists repeatedly state that one cannot know desire. Course explores the relationship between this alienating structure and the ego-validating interpersonal encounters we call love so as to rethink the roles that love, desire, and eroticism play in our lived experiences.
  • IN110 - Culture, the Arts and Social Change (4 Credits)
    Popular culture and the arts are often regarded as sources of entertainment and escapism. Historically, however, they have also served as important vehicles for raising awareness and promoting social, political and cultural change. This interdisciplinary course explores how literature, cinema, music, and visual arts have been used in a variety of historical and national contexts to facilitate reflection and social transformation.
  • IN116 - Ways of Knowing: Philosophy in Literature (4 Credits)
    Provides introduction to reading literature by asking how literature can be used to reflect on human experience and generate new and established ways of responding to the world. Interprets philosophical and literary texts, evaluates aesthetic style, reconstructs historical context, and develops skills to respond effectively by writing about literature from a variety of perspectives.
  • IN117 - Women Artists in Cultural Contexts (4 Credits)
    How has the cultural construction of gender difference placed women at the margins of artistic practice? To what extent have philosophies of art and aesthetics sustained the paradox by which women are simultaneously doubted as artists and represented as muses? Occupying a position inside and outside the domain of artistic practice, the woman artist compels us to challenge both the meaning of gender and the nature of creativity. By engaging text drawn from feminist theory, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, memoir, and visual media, we will explore how women artists register, protest, and subvert the tension arising from pairing "women" and "artist."
  • IN123 - Top: Sovereign Power and the Death Penalty (4 Credits)
    Are executions justified morally, legally, or as deterrents to crime? What does the practice of state killing say about the ways that class, race, and power shape our legal system as a whole? In answering these questions, we will explore a variety of texts relevant to the death penalty, from legal documents to journalistic articles, to artistic representations.
  • IN123 - Top: Civic Art & Design Studio (4 Credits)
    Civic Art and Design contributes to generating social change, serving public good and/or imagining alternate collective futures. In this class we address the shifting role of the artist, designer and storyteller in a world beset by crises, inequities and global concerns. This course covers theories of Civic Art and Design as well as methods for including communities and audiences at various stages in the creation of a project. We conduct experiments in performance art, storytelling, data visualization, community art, interactive documentary and networked art in order to interrogate where, when, how and why a Civic Artist takes action in the world. Finally, we cover methods for assessing and documenting the agency of the work as it travels through the world.
  • IN123 - Top: Cyber Activism (4 Credits)
    Digital technology has not only allowed for the unprecedented global dissemination of information within the last decades, new media have become a powerful tool for social and political activists everywhere. From the MoveOn.org movement to the events of the Arab Spring, online social networks provide an influential contemporary forum for advocating for change. This course explores "cyber activism" both in theory and in practice, looking at historical examples before technology, investigating the different approaches used today to transform our virtual and real worlds.
  • IN123 - Top: Eco-Warriors: Message, Rhetoric and Impact (4 Credits)
    Environmental activists give voice to a defenseless entity, our earth. This course examines environmentalism and its relationship to communication, specifically the rhetorical methods that "eco-warriors," as well as their opponents, employ to maneuver issues of science, morality and ethics to influence the human impact on our world.
  • IN123 - Top: American Popular Culture (4 Credits)
    Popular culture is all around us, influencing how we think, how we feel, how we vote, and how we live our lives. This course will address critical issues and approaches to the study of recent American popular culture, including media, visual and material culture, sports, politics, and social life, from McDonald's to Hip Hop. We will be using our own expertise as consumers of popular culture as a starting point for exploring the various roles that it plays in our lives.
  • IN123 - Top: The Science and Psychology of Survival (4 Credits)
    The Science and Psychology of Survival What does it take to survive a life-threatening situation? This course explores the theme of survival as a gateway to understanding the complex nature of the human body and mind. Whether stranded in the high Andes, cast adrift at sea, or imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, human beings possess an extraordinary capacity for self-preservation. This course combines powerful narratives of survival with biology, anthropology, and psychology to discover why some people overcome dire circumstances and others perish. Do ancient instincts rooted in evolutionary biology help -- or perhaps hinder -- survival in the modern world?
  • IN123 - Top: Communication Revolutions (4 Credits)
    This class will provide students a broad understanding of critical current issues in media policy. Engaging in political science, economic, and cultural studies literatures, we will explore the intensely political historical foundations of American broadcast media and the Internet. We will probe the current logics of its operation, applying what we have learned to current pressing debates that should concern anyone seeking to be a media maker. Why do some issues get discussed extensively in our media and others not? What are the implications of current debates on the future of our media system-and for our democracy itself?
  • IN123 - Top: Literature of Photography (4 Credits)
    This course explores literature and theory in response to photography; works of fiction, memoir, and poetry with photography as their subject; and the interaction/interplay between literature and photography since the advent of modern photography. We will examine the way in which aesthetic movements and themes-surrealism, postmodernism, autobiography-manifest in both media. Projects and papers will be both academic and creative in nature, and will include literary analyses, photographic essays, and independent projects incorporating both image and language.
  • IN123 - Top: Living (with) Borders and Borderlines (4 Credits)
    This course is about political and cultural borders and borderlines in contemporary Europe. Beginning with the proliferation of national borders at the onset of 20th Century and finishing with the vision of a borderless European Union at the end of the Century, we will trace the political and cultural history of borders, identities, ideas, and transformations in Europe during the last century. We will pay particular attention to personal stories, through which we will see how national borders in Europe have shaped, from generation to generation, the personal narratives and identity discourses of the people close to them. Interdisciplinary in nature, this course will draw its reading from such disciplines as border studies, history, literature, ethnology, philosophy, sociology, geography, and visual and media arts.
  • IN125 - Top: Engendering Culture (4 Credits)
    How do women writers, dramaturges, photographers, and filmmakers participate in writing and rewriting history? What role do gender and culture together play in healing society, especially after periods of violence? In this course we will look at the way that women through culture, contest the logic behind genocide, apartheid, racism, religious fanaticism, and classist societies. We will look at culture across borders and throughout history, including modern Latin America, Nazi Germany, South African apartheid, the Iranian Revolution, and America's ongoing internal struggles of race and immigration.
  • IN126 - Literature of Extreme Situations (4 Credits)
    How are human identities shaped, transformed, distorted, and annihilated, or transformed by extreme personal and social experiences? How and why do people make meaning of such experiences through the creation of art, film, and literature? Reading/viewings include tales of obsession, addiction, and adventure, as told through memoir and fiction. Historic and journalistic accounts of genocide, natural disasters, cults, and other mass experiences are also explored. Primary thematic emphasis is on the integrity of the individual and the continuity of the community. Perspectives from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and philosophy provide the conceptual framework for discussion.
  • IN127 - The Politics of the Past: History, Memory, and the Arts (4 Credits)
    Moving from the micro-history of the family to the global history of war, this course examines multiple ways societies remember the past. While public memorials and monuments may tell national stories about Civil War battles, the trauma of the Holocaust, or Vietnam, students also study how personal memoirs, graphic novels, or poetry create counter-memories. Students approach these and other questions using the rich historical resources of Boston, looking for material history. Explores emergent new technologies of memory, asking how they may shape a future archive. Students produce their own creative historical projects at the end of the course
  • IN130 - Exoticism in Literature and Art (4 Credits)
    Explores the history of exoticism, the "charm of the unfamiliar" in literature and art, the specific relationship between the artist or author, the subject, and the intended audience that creates the essence of the "Other" and the fascination with the foreign. Explores colonial fascination with the exotic -- foreign landscapes, customs, cultures -- in 18th- and 19th-century fiction, nonfiction, painting; contemporary representations of exoticism, including photography and auto exoticism. Students discuss film, television, pornography, and performance art through interdisciplinary written and visual media (literature, painting, photography, advertising).
  • IN135 - Ways of Seeing (4 Credits)
    Investigates how we see and how to look. The aim of the course is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for exploring and examining visual language and visual culture. Explores the techniques used by the artist/producer to communicate meaning through visual means and the way images are received by the spectator in various cultural contexts. Focuses on how we apprehend and process visual information from our interior and exterior experience, from images as they appear in our dreams and through the lens of memory, to the kinds of images we are confronted with every day, from graffiti to photography, fine art to advertising. Students are encouraged to think critically about what makes up their visual world through mindful looking, reading, writing, and creative projects.
  • IN138 - Staging American Women: The Culture of Burlesque (4 Credits)
    Investigates and traces roles and images of women in vaudeville and burlesque of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and their offshoots. Cultural contexts, performance contents, ideas about gender performed in burlesque genre and powerful role they played in shaping dominant ideologies. Parodies, gender roles and relationships, and the highly controlled social and cultural power of the female form and demeanor forecasted a range of interwoven performative and visual arts designed to elaborate, explore, and exploit American ideologies of sex and gender. Ziegfeld girls, pin-up art of Alberto Vargas, early sexploitation films of Sonney and Freidman.
  • IN146 - Making Monsters (4 Credits)
    From origins of Western literature to contemporary blockbuster films, the monster has been a cross-genre mainstay of storytelling. Monsters represent culturally specific fears in forms from prehistoric beasts running rampant in the modern world to the terrifying results of scientific experiments gone wrong. Through a broad sampling of fiction, poetry, academic writing in anthropology, history, cultural studies, and narrative and ethnographic films, students develop the understanding that monsters do not emerge from thin air, but are manifestations of racial, sexual, and scientific anxieties. Discusses cultural and historical roots of monsters from Beowulf to Frankenstein.
  • IN150 - Creativity in Context (4 Credits)
    Why do people create? Literature, film, art, and psychology provide the conceptual framework for solving the mystery of the creative impulse. What are the hallmarks of the creative personality? Is there a causal relationship between mental illness and artistry? How does the larger community of artists -- muses, collaborators, and competitors -- inspire an individual creator? Must artists be motivated by a sense of duty to society? Orwell's Why I Write, Hemingway's A Movable Feast, Plath's journals, and interviews with artists from the Beatles to Joan Didion to Francis Ford Coppola further illuminate the inspirations, motives, and processes of great artists.
  • IN155 - Post-racial America (4 Credits)
    With so much talk about post-racial society in the United States, re-thinking conceptions of race and ethnicity has never been more important. This course examines the sociocultural construction of "race" and the historical legacy of institutional racism in the United States. It introduces students to contemporary debates about racial identities in popular culture and the media. Students discuss the complex meanings of "whiteness" and explore the critical concepts of "white privilege" and "colorblind racism." Finally, the course provides an in-depth analysis of the prison industrial complex and its impact on African Americans as well as investigates the politics of immigration on Latinos.
  • IN200 - Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (4 Credits)
    Introduces the interdisciplinary field of women's and gender studies. Topics include "common differences" uniting and dividing women and men; how womanhood has been represented in myth, literature, and media; how gender inequalities have been both explained and critiqued; how gender acquires meaning when connected to race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality; and how to address feminism's historical role in promoting gender studies. Explores central paradox of contemporary thinking: the necessity to make gender both matter and not matter.
  • IN203 - Post-Colonial Cultures (4 Credits)
    Investigates the historical, socioeconomic, and ideological contexts within which 20th-century post-colonial cultures have been produced and are negotiated. Providing geographical coverage and theoretical frameworks, it examines cultural production from formerly colonized nations. Analyzes primary material and critical contexts within which these materials can be read and understood.
  • IN206 - Introduction to Digital Media and Culture (4 Credits)
    Digital Media and Culture is designed to help students develop an informed and critical understanding of how interactive media shape and influence society and communication. Students develop a critical understanding of ideas around participatory technologies, collaborative media, social networks, mobile platforms, and digital culture. The course looks at the evolution of communication and media industries in the interactive age and explores how the future of digital culture will influence daily civic life, national agendas, and global ideas.
  • IN208 - Rainbow Nation? Race, Class & Culture in South Africa (4 Credits)
    With the end of apartheid and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president, South Africa became known as a "rainbow nation." While this "new" South Africa became a symbol of hope for the possibilities of racial reconciliation around the world, more than fifteen years after the first multiracial election inequality remains a stark reality. This course examines the intersection of economic, political, social, and cultural forces shaping contemporary South African society. Through engagement of a variety of texts (including literature, memoir, and film), students explore topics such as apartheid and Afrikaner cultural identity; black intellectual, cultural, and political resistance movements; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and hope and disillusionment in postapartheid South Africa.
  • IN210 - Topics in Global Studies (4 Credits)
    Providing geographical and historical coverage as well as theoretical frameworks, these interdisciplinary courses examine contemporary issues in post-colonial and global studies through local, national, and regional contexts. Courses focus on such issues as globalization, cultural production, politics and power, multiculturalism and identity, and migration and immigration. Past topics include: Arab Uprisings; Race, Class, and Culture in South Africa; and Borders in Contemporary Latin America. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • IN210 - Top: Living (with) Borders and Borderlines (4 Credits)
    Providing geographical and historical coverage as well as theoretical frameworks, these interdisciplinary courses examine contemporary issues in post-colonial and global studies through local, national, and regional contexts. Courses focus on such issues as globalization, cultural production, politics and power, multiculturalism and identity, and migration and immigration. Past topics include: Arab Uprisings; Race, Class, and Culture in South Africa; and Borders in Contemporary Latin America. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • IN212 - Topics in Interdisciplinary St (4 Credits)
    Rotating topics explore interdisciplinary fields such as cultural studies, women's and gender studies, and urban studies/civic engagement. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • IN216 - Top: Souls for Sale: The Sales Effort, from Snake Oil to Dividual Selves (4 Credits)
    Advertising represents but one component of the overall 'sales effort'-a diminishing one. This class will challenge students' perceptions of the sales effort and advertising itself as a cultural, economic and material practice-as well as a social choice in "subsidizing" media, even as the advertising "subsidy" is borne by consumers of the very products advertised. We will explore its historical roots and classic debates, key moments of controversy and activism, present industry structure, emergent modes of tracking, and current policy developments.
  • IN216 - Topics in Dig Media & Culture (4 Credits)
    How have emergent technologies affected politics, citizenship, our economy and governance -- and vice versa? We examine evolving relationships between digital media and culture holistically from theoretical, practical and evaluative standpoints. Students work with faculty to craft research and applied projects in contexts ranging from the local to the global, applying interdisciplinary perspectives from visual arts, journalism, communication studies, political economy, and cultural studies. Areas of exploration include neoliberalism, access, identity, serious gaming, social change, political engagement and social justice.
  • IN223 - Blacks, Whites, and Blues (4 Credits)
    Looks at U.S. social history, race relations, and blues culture as a reflection of social change. Explores historical and literary materials relevant to African American social and economic development and white American cultural and oral-expressive nature of African American culture, relationship to social experience, and influence on mainstream American culture. Topics include American social/musical culture, the plantation South, migration, urban adaptation, experience of women, New Deal and 1960s counterculture politics, and influence of blues culture internationally.
  • IN236 - Global Protests: From Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street (4 Credits)
    In the past few years, the world witnessed the emergence of global movements and revolts of unprecedented scale as a response to the deep socio-political and economic crisis. In 2011, anti-systemic movements intensified and spread to many locations around the globe. Their scale and reach is comparable to the protests of 1968 when workers, civil rights and feminist activists, as well as students, took over factories, universities and public squares to challenge the status quo. This course explores the cultural, socio-economic, and political factors that led to the new protests and their relationship with the previous waves of mobilization and contestation.
  • IN313 - Highbrow Meets Lowbrow: James and Faulkner on Stage and Screen (4 Credits)
    The fiction of Henry James and William Faulkner, viewed through the lens of interdisciplinary theories of narrative and cultural capital, reveals how popular performance media are reflected in and shape the work of these literary giants. James and Faulkner are "highbrow" canonical authors in the high art tradition, who also worked in "lowbrow" popular performance genres: James as a playwright and Faulkner as a screenwriter. The fiction of both writers has often been adapted for stage, film, and television.
  • IN319 - Feminist Cultural Theory (4 Credits)
    Considers feminist theoretical engagements with culture. Addresses issues that have become central to feminist theorizing, including "the body," "identity and difference," "technoscience," and "the gaze." Through close readings of key texts paired with uses in further theoretical work of these texts, students become familiar with feminist cultural theoretical work, learning how to read and understand it, as well as how to make use of its interdisciplinary and diverse offerings. The reading, discussion, and writing practices incorporated into the course provide students with a feminist theoretical "toolkit" for engaging with different aspects of culture -- from popular culture to technoscience to everyday life.
  • IN324 - Documenting Visual Culture (4 Credits)
    Examines art, performance, films, and television produced by minority and under-represented peoples from local and international contexts through the lens of anthropological and social theory to see how these acts of visual communication are also sites of cultural and social reproduction. Students are also encouraged to take ethnographic methodology, specifically participant observation and field writing, and incorporate it into their research practices and artistic production in their major.
  • IN326 - The Dammed Shawsheen: Blending Ecology and Economics in the Real World (4 Credits)
    Examines how to integrate ecological and economic perspectives to inform public decision-making related to natural resource management. Focuses on a proposed dam removal project on the Shawsheen River in northeastern Massachusetts. Students study the project background in the context of the history of New England, visit the current dams, and hear from different stakeholders. The course concludes with student mastery of a cost-benefit analysis that assesses the project from ecological, social-welfare, economic, and historical perspectives.
  • IN331 - Key Contempory Thinkers: Marx (4 Credits)
    This course is about Marx's theory through the writings of Karl Marx, introducing students to Marx's thought through close readings and discussions of Marx's texts. The course engages key concepts in Marx's thought, such as alienation, ideology, class struggle as well as his critique of capitalism.
  • IN332 - Key Contemporary Thinkers: DuBois (4 Credits)
    Course is crosslisted with LI304-02.
  • IN333 - Civic Media (4 Credits)
    This class not only explores the various goals that campaigns are using digital tools to meet, but also focuses on what type of citizen these tools are enabling and encouraging people to become. Students look at academic research surrounding citizenship and engagement in a digital era and cover research into many genres of civic media, from citizen journalism to hackathons. Additionally, students focus on questions of design: How best can we, as media creators, encourage certain behaviors? What type of citizens are we building when we make design choices?
  • IN370 - Adv Top: Gender, Sexuality and the Middle East (4 Credits)
    The course introduces students to some of the important theoretical and political debates about gender and sexuality in the Middle East by discussing important questions such as: Is the veil a sign of women oppression in the Arab world? Have women disappeared from public sphere? Do Muslim women need saving? Is the social construction of masculinity in the Arab world atypical? This course explores the politics of gender in the Middle East by examining the stories and everyday lives of women and men. While the focus of the course is on the Middle East, discussions will also focus on Western views and representations of Muslim and Arab women.
  • IN374 - Top: Ghosts of the Past, Specters of the Present: the Radical Right in Contempoeray Europe (4 Credits)
    Considered "remnants of the past" in Western Europe's post-war politics, radical right movements and parties made an impressive comeback after the 1990s. Their recent electoral achievements have transformed them from fringe parties to contemporary major political forces. How did this transformation take place what motivates it? Do radical right parties represent a revival of the pre-war variety linked to the legacy of fascism or do they constitute a new type of post-modern extreme right politics? Can the rise of right-wing extremism in Europe call into question the European integration or challenge the legitimacy of the continent's democratic order itself?
  • IN374 - Top: Making Space (4 Credits)
    Students will engage in an inquiry of space as a site of power, using concepts and practices of mapping, inhabiting, and creating spaces as scaffolding. Possible topics include: the space of the body, the home, the prison, the school, the city, migration, the nation, and the universe; and issues of inequality and resistance as they take shape through space.
  • IN374 - Top: Dreaming. The Self and The Play of Imagination (4 Credits)
    This course will explore a full range of perspectives on dreaming. After an emphasis on the evolution of psychoanalytic points of view on the special character of the dream experience, we will consider ways in which appreciation of dream states has informed our understanding of human development. Dreaming will be considered, further, in relation to literature and the arts, both in terms of parallels among the imaginative mental processes involved and in terms of overt representation of dream states in literature, visual arts, film and performing arts.
  • IN374 - Topics in Interdiscipl Studies (4 Credits)
    Rotating topics explore interdisciplinary fields such as European studies, women's and gender studies, and urban studies/civic engagement. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.
  • IN374 - Top: Dreaming. The Self and The Play of Imagination (4 Credits)
    Rotating topics explore interdisciplinary fields such as European studies, women's and gender studies, and urban studies/civic engagement. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.
  • IN402 - Living Art in Real Space: Multidisciplinary Art and the Collaborative Process (4 Credits)
    Examines the development and language of multidisciplinary art from the early 20th century to the present day, with reference to specific artists, trends, and movements. Lectures, slide and video presentations, museum visits, student research, reading, writing, and in-depth experiential processes address how different artistic disciplines inform one another and come together in visual art performance and installations. Culminates in final presentations of multidisciplinary work by student groups documenting and mapping the sources, methods, and process of their collaborations.
  • JR101 - Discovering Journalism (4 Credits)
    Explains how journalism has changed America and the world. Considers the role of journalism as a public service in a democratic society. Students read, view, and listen to the finest and most influential stories. They chart the news in U.S. history, from the American Revolution to today's digital revolution. Students analyze how print, broadcast, and online news have evolved and examine media from other parts of the world. They also explore ethical issues confronting the contemporary journalist and develop knowledge of the First Amendment principles.
  • JR102 - Foundations of Journalism (4 Credits)
    Prerequisite or Corequisite: JR101.
  • JR102 - Foundations of Journalism (4 Credits)
    Students appraise and apply the fundamentals of reporting, writing, and producing news. They cover stories in the Greater Boston community and learn how to develop story ideas, define the focus, and identify and evaluate sources. Students also examine and implement reporting strategies for print, broadcast, and online news stories. They incorporate journalistic standards and practices in all newsgathering and news story presentation. Students write and organize basic news stories with skill, accuracy, and clarity and develop a disciplined use of form and style in news writing.
  • JR103 - The Digital Journalist (4 Credits)
    Covers the use of audio and visual media to tell news stories. Examines modern media, analyzes still and moving images, sound, and best web practices. Students learn how to use photography, videography, and audio to tell compelling stories. They develop and report multimedia stories in and around Boston. Image and sound manipulation and other ethical challenges in the digital age are discussed.
  • JR202 - Beat Reporting Across Media (4 Credits)
    Students learn to cover a geographic or community beat, developing and producing stories in text, audio, and video about a community in Boston. Lectures emphasize the role and function of major institutions in public life, from courts to city hall to Congress; basic public records and research; interviewing; and story origination. Students are assigned to a neighborhood beat and must develop stories in specific areas of civic life, from public safety to demographics change and its impact on community.
  • JR216 - Advanced Audio-Video Journalism (4 Credits)
    Provides intense writing for visual and audio news. Students continue to develop news judgment as it relates to video and audio. They produce and write radio newscasts and reporter packages, as well as organize a video news brief and reporter packages. Students shoot, write, and edit video and audio voiceovers and soundbites for storytelling.
  • JR220 - Interactive News (4 Credits)
    Introduces the history and theory of the news media on the Internet and web and to the reporting, writing, and designing of online news. In the first half of the semester, students analyze best practices of online news publications and write their own blogs. In the second half, they report, write, and design a multimedia website.
  • JR221 - Photojournalism (4 Credits)
    Explores photography as a journalistic storytelling medium by teaching how to communicate news visually in a variety of situations. Develops skills such as shooting pictures on deadline, writing concise and compelling cutlines, and editing for impact. Through historical and contemporary examples, students learn about the power of photojournalism to document, inform, entertain, persuade, and provoke emotion. Examines the ethical and legal challenges of photojournalism.
  • JR240 - Sports Reporting (4 Credits)
    Provides real-world basis for sports coverage in print, broadcast, and online media. Students produce a range of stories in each media, learn the basics of sports beat reporting, learn the necessity of research and reporting for sports stories, deepen knowledge of sports as it appeals to media consumers, and learn how to compete for positions in the job market.
  • JR241 - Radio Journalism (4 Credits)
    Students learn how to write, report, and produce radio news including international, national, and local news. They learn the process of developing story ideas and gathering and organizing information in a way acceptable for broadcast. Students learn how different types of news stories are reported on radio in short form, breaking news, long form, and podcasting. They identify newsmakers and develop further understanding of the broadcast news field. Professionalism, integrity, and accuracy are practiced at all times.
  • JR261 - Feature Writing (4 Credits)
    Students learn to research, organize, and write feature articles for newspapers, magazines, and online media. They develop techniques for finding and focusing stories, interviewing in-depth, improving observation, structure writing, and storytelling. Students understand the variety of feature writing approaches.
  • JR292 - Public Affairs Reporting (4 Credits)
    Introduces the structure and functions of state, local, and federal government from a journalist's perspective. Students report and write in-depth stories on proposed legislation, campaign finance, and current issues in government. Students also become familiar with and make use of public records and open meeting laws, learn advanced reporting skills through readings and class lectures, and review and critique each other's stories.
  • JR318 - TV News Producing (4 Credits)
    Students experience deadline-driven television newsroom operations by producing newscasts and rotating through newsroom jobs such as tape editor, writer, producer, anchor, reporter, and videographer. They write news scripts, edit video to tell a news story, organize and produce a newscast, coordinate video elements for a newscast, and work together as a broadcast news team.
  • JR320 - Environmental Journalism (4 Credits)
    Hands-on course in which students prepare multiple stories on environmental issues, learning the topic and the skills. It is both a discussion course and a working course, embracing science and doing reporting. The course has a special focus on the story of the century: the climate change that will affect every aspect of our society. But it examines a wide range of environmental topics, from local to national to global. Discussion touches on the history of environmental reporting from Rachel Carson to the current fireworks between those who dispute global warming and journalists who report on it. Students learn how to recognize and find good stories, how to approach environmental issues; how to deal with scientists; and how to research, report, write and produce from the field. Multimedia reporting is expected.
  • JR346 - The Berkeley Beacon Lab (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • JR346 - The Berkeley Beacon Lab (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor.
  • JR347 - WEBN (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • JR347 - WEBN (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor.
  • JR354 - News Editing and Design (4 Credits)
    Students develop and practice the craft of editing: refining news copy and choosing how and where it will run in a newspaper or on a website. They learn to edit stories for content, structure, word usage, and story flow. Students write headlines and learn appropriate software needed to design pages. Explores issues of style, bias, stereotyping, fairness, and taste.
  • JR364 - Topics in Specialized Reporting: Climate Change and the Election (4 Credits)
    Climate change is arguably the most important story of the century. The consequences of climate disruption will transform the way we work, live, move around, and eat. It will bring political upheavals that alarm the Pentagon. Climate migration already has started. Yet the whole issue was barely mentioned in the last presidential campaign. This course will focus on the candidates running in this election, their positions on environmental issues, the background of those issues, the consequences of our public policies, and the reasons for the often-inexplicable public reaction to the problems. Reporting will be integral to the course.
  • JR364 - Topics in Specialized Reporting: Road to the White House (4 Credits)
    This course will focus on the 2016 presidential election, keying on the New Hampshire primary and its importance in setting the race's direction. We will report extensively in New Hampshire, following the candidates, attending at least one debate and interviewing both the experts and the voters of the state. Seniors and Graduate Students only
  • JR364 - Specialized Reporting (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of journalism. Topics may include politics, blogs and the media, the media and the presidency, war reporting, and impact and Pulitzer stories. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • JR364 - Top: Alternative Press (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of journalism. Topics may include politics, blogs and the media, the media and the presidency, war reporting, and impact and Pulitzer stories. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • JR365 - Topics in Cultural Afairs (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of culture, arts, entertainment, or sports. Topics may include music journalism, food/fashion reporting, or performing arts reporting. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • JR365 - Topics in Cultural Affairs: Cultural Criticism (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of culture, arts, entertainment, or sports. Topics may include music journalism, food/fashion reporting, or performing arts reporting. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • JR366 - Topics in Science, Technology, and Health: Health and Medical Reporting (4 Credits)
    Journalists don't need to be a medical professional to be good health reporters, but they do need to know how doctors, researchers and bureaucrats do their work, and to translate jargon into simple and useful language for audiences. In this class, you will learn how to find news value in official health documents, and how to research and write/produce interesting and accessible stories for popular media.
  • JR368 - Topics in Advanced Multimedia (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of advanced multimedia. Courses focus on producing journalism across media or the web. Topics may include investigative journalism, telling narrative or complex stories across platforms, computer-assisted reporting or multimedia editing, web design, and production. May be repeated for credit if topics differ. Students are encouraged to have completed JR 220 prior to enrolling in this class.
  • JR419 - ENG/TV News Reporting (4 Credits)
    Students work in the field to research, shoot, write, and edit video news stories. They develop reporting and interviewing skills, visual acuity, writing for the eye and ear, and general TV performance abilities. Students also learn and utilize the technical aspects of video shooting and editing.
  • JR485 - Journalism Topics: Blogging (4 Credits)
    Blogging, in less than a decade, has moved from fringes of journalism to the center of modern online media. Students in this course will conceive, design, write and maintain a blog or blogs that treat a subject in depth. Topics covered include the different types of bloggers, interactivity with an audience, writing headlines and summaries, using social media to expand a blog's audience, and working with images, video, audio, and data visualization. The course will also cover legal and ethical issues involved in blogging.
  • JR485 - Top: Global Journalism Online (4 Credits)
    Develop background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of journalism. Topics vary from semester and year and explore various aspects of journalism theory and practice. This is reserved for courses being introduced on a one-time or developmental basis.
  • JR485 - Top: Invest Consumer Reporting (4 Credits)
    Develop background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of journalism. Topics vary from semester and year and explore various aspects of journalism theory and practice. This is reserved for courses being introduced on a one-time or developmental basis.
  • JR485 - Top: Nonfiction Narrative (4 Credits)
    Develop background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of journalism. Topics vary from semester and year and explore various aspects of journalism theory and practice. This is reserved for courses being introduced on a one-time or developmental basis.
  • JR485 - Top: Travel Writing (4 Credits)
    Develop background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of journalism. Topics vary from semester and year and explore various aspects of journalism theory and practice. This is reserved for courses being introduced on a one-time or developmental basis.
  • JR490 - Online Publishing Capstone (4 Credits)
    Students create a series of multimedia stories for a personal portfolio of online journalistic work. They use advanced tools for creating interactive stories to produce immersive journalistic stories. Text, video, audio, and photos are used to produce journalistic stories that are difficult to tell in print or broadcast alone.
  • JR491 - Broadcast Jour Capstone (4 Credits)
    Refines and further develops ENG or producing skills at an advanced level with the goal of putting together a professional portfolio by semester's end. In addition to completing a body of work, students are expected to engage in in-depth research and critical analysis.
  • JR492 - Deep Reporting Capstone (4 Credits)
    In this project-based course, students pitch, research, report, write, and revise a single long-form story or a series. Work might range from long-form narrative magazine articles or mini-documentaries to multiple-part series on a topic of public importance.
  • JR493 - Backpack Journalist Capstone (4 Credits)
    Students carry out a project from start to finish, learning skills of self-employment, multimedia, marketing, self-editing, and pitching stories. They learn the basics of budgets, taxes, benefit, and legal implications of freelance and sole-proprietor journalism. Students learn about the risks and benefits of practicing journalism without the shelter, and restrictions, of a newsroom. They discover how to juggle technology, reporting, and entrepreneurial skills.
  • JR555 - Reporting Issues of Diversity (4 Credits)
    Develops the knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to function and thrive as a journalist in America's culturally diverse society. Analyzes media coverage of a wide spectrum of underrepresented groups, and challenges personal and societal stereotypes. Students learn from guest speakers, readings, and videos about the realities of different groups as well as the job of journalists trying to cover them.
  • JR561 - TV News Magazine & Documentary (4 Credits)
    Takes a behind-the-scenes look at TV news magazines and documentaries with a focus on research, reporting, and production techniques. Explores how to put together longer-form stories from the initial pitch to the final product. Examines the importance of character development and dramatic storytelling. Covers effective management practices from controlling budgets to directing personnel.
  • JR602 - Critical Perspectives (4 Credits)
    Reflects on the shifting state of journalism and its ethical challenges in a historical context. Historical examples are used to show how journalists have facilitated and contributed to civic life and change. Students explore how journalists have helped build a more just society and reflect on how they might reinvent and reinvigorate journalism's role in society.
  • JR607 - Reporting and Writing (4 Credits)
    Teaches students how to think and act like a journalist, developing the mindset, skillset, and toolset. Students practice reporting and writing skills to cover and produce stories in all media. They cultivate fundamental research and interviewing skills so that their stories are focused, adequately sourced, accurate, and thorough. Students learn to report stories quickly and ethically.
  • JR609 - Visual Storytelling and Reporting (4 Credits)
    Students develop an ability to tell stories in a visual language by studying and producing multimedia stories. They start by identifying a story focus and capturing it in a photograph. They then progress to slideshows, audio, video, and interactive works. This course discusses the rights and responsibilities of visual journalists and the emerging philosophies transforming digital media. Students build their social media audience and create an e-portfolio that is developed throughout the master's program.
  • JR612 - Advanced Reporting (4 Credits)
    Students cover communities bound by geography or common interest. Emphasis is on gaining a deeper understanding of groups largely neglected by traditional media. Students report and produce stories about issues, concerns, and events important to the communities. They build relationships and gather or analyze data about their communities. A panel of community members will give feedback on the students' journalism.
  • JR620 - Online Multimedia (4 Credits)
    Extends student learning of visuals in journalistic storytelling by developing a more sophisticated use of electronic newsgathering and presentation technologies. Students collaborate to produce news for television, web, mobile devices, and other visual media. They design graphics in ways that supplement, complement, and enhance journalistic storytelling.
  • JR623 - Data Visualization (4 Credits)
    Students organize information from existing databases and their own data collection to create graphics that help citizens explore their community, nation, and world with new depth. Using graphics software and basic programming code, students create both static and animated graphics that show proportions, visualize relationships, or display trends over time.
  • JR626 - Global Journalism Online (4 Credits)
    Studies the news media around the world and the history and implications of media globalization. What are the press systems like in other countries? How have the web and social media affected local as well as international news flow? How does shrinking international coverage influence American public opinion and policy? Students look at the development of today's international communication systems from the telegraph to social media. They examine issues of ownership and control, local culture and content, and media development: the continuing agenda to build media systems so that the disenfranchised can gain information and have a voice.
  • JR637 - Editing and Web Producing (4 Credits)
    Students learn to use language with precision and economy in journalism. A variety of stories are edited for accuracy, grammar, style, organization, fairness, and legal issues. Students work as web producers, editing copy, writing headlines and summaries, and editing photos and writing captions
  • JR664 - Specialized Reporting (4 Credits)
    Print and broadcast students enroll in a variety of specialized and beat-reporting classes such as sports reporting, investigative reporting, cultural affairs reporting, science and health reporting, political reporting, and business reporting.
  • JR688 - Capstone (4 Credits)
    The capstone experience provides master's degree students with the opportunity to demonstrate: (1) reporting, writing, and multimedia producing skills developed throughout the program; and (2) the ability to practice journalism that enables a vibrant discussion of ideas and encourages civic engagement
  • LF101 - Elementary French 1 (4 Credits)
    Stresses mastery of essential vocabulary and primary grammatical structures through a situational approach. Students perceive that language is "living" and they discover by the third week of the semester that they can already communicate in French. Class time is devoted to interactive practice. Conversational skills, pronunciation, and understanding are verified through regular oral exams.
  • LF102 - Elementary French 2 (4 Credits)
    Continuation of LF 101, this course also incorporates reading skills and exposes students to a wider range of cultural materials.
  • LI120 - Introduction to Literary Studies (4 Credits)
  • LI120 - Introduction to Literary Studies (4 Credits)
    Gives students intensive practice in literary analysis, critical writing, and related research. In discussing primary texts, considerable attention is given to elements of the different genres (e.g., narrative point of view, narrative structure, metrical and free verse), as well as to issues relevant across literary genres (e.g., form and content, voice, contexts, tone). Readings are chosen from the following genres: poetry, drama, narrative modes, and also include selected literary criticism.
  • LI201 - Literary Foundations (4 Credits)
    Surveys foundational works of Western literature in poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and drama in order to familiarize students with literary history as well as the history of our ideas of love, duty, the afterlife, virtue, and vice. Authors studied may include Homer, Sophocles, Plato, Virgil, Ovid, Dante, Boccaccio, the Beowulf poet, and Chaucer.
  • LI202 - American Literature (4 Credits)
    Introduces representative works of American literature in several genres from the colonial period to the modern by writers such as Bradstreet, Franklin, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Douglass, Melville, Dickinson, Whitman, Chopin, Twain, Crane, Hurston, Faulkner, Williams, and Moore.
  • LI203 - British Literature (4 Credits)
    Historical overview of several genres of British literature from the Renaissance to the 20th century, focusing on writers such as More, Spenser, Milton, Defoe, Bronte, Eliot, Joyce, and Beckett.
  • LI204 - Topics in Literature: Myth Literature and Theory of Myth (4 Credits)
    Explores the relationship between literature and (largely classical) mythology and seek to deepen students' understanding of both the centrality of mythology as a system of imaging humanity's and the poet's place in the cosmic order in the classical period and the ways in which modern literature has reinterpreted its developing insights into mythology as a system of cultural value and cultural critique. The first part of the course will consider literary texts from Homer, Sappho, and Pindar to Euripides, Catullus, Virgil, and Claudian in the light of work on myth from Rohde, Eliade, and Dumezil to Vernant, Loraux, and Nagy. The second part of the course will consider the use of myth in modernist and recent authors from Pound, Eliot, H.D., and Graves to Plath, Heany, Walcott, Z. Herbert, and others.
  • LI204 - Topics in Literature: Subject, Voice and Tradition pre-Romantic European poetry (4 Credits)
    The course considers the roles of classical tradition and philosophical and generic innovation in the development of post-classical, pre Romantic European poetry (late antique, medieval, Early Modern), including narrative, lyric, epigram, and satire. Beginning with a consideration of the inherited classical tradition, the course traces the evolution of implied models of poetic speaker and audience in an engagement with contemporaneous philosophical and cultural developments. The course ends with an examination of how major Romantic poets' elision of particular philosophical problems have inflected poetry since the early nineteenth century.
  • LI204 - Top: Pen, Paper, Murder (4 Credits)
    The relationship between crime and literary works, whether fictional or not, can be traced all the way back to literature's earliest accounts, when oral traditions reveled in tales of brutes, pirates, and highwaymen to entertain and enlighten a crowd. With the advent of the penny-press in the early 1830s, America's ravenous appetite for such tales grew, especially with serialized accounts of murders brought to light in the New York Herald. This course explores the intersection between criminality and artistic interpretation, particularly literature, and how that link has evolved through the ages. Course allows students to study narrative structure, puzzles and their solutions, and also to question violence and its effects, as well as society's intense voyeuristic fascination with the urban underworld and the public spectacle of crime and punishment.
  • LI204 - Topics in Literature: Subject, Voice and Tradition pre-Romantic European poetry (4 Credits)
    Through the study of the origins and transformations of fairy tales, we will explore how storytelling shapes our sense of identity. We examine the recurring motifs within these enduring tales and why and how contemporary authors have subverted these themes and lessons. Above all, we will utilize this traditional literature and its variations to explore various theoretical approaches, which define, interpret, and reflect culture.
  • LI204 - Topics in Literature (4 Credits)
    Courses focus on specific themes or topics, such as literature of the city, artists in literature, or coming of age. All topics include literature in at least three genres (selected from poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama).
  • LI208 - US Multicultural Literatures (4 Credits)
    Introduces poetry, fiction, and other genres produced in the multicultural U.S.A. Explores ways writers from disparate communities use various literary forms to articulate resistance, community, and citizenship. Literary texts are situated in their historical contexts and examine the writing strategies of each author. Also includes essays, journalism, and films to learn how diverse cultural texts work to represent America.
  • LI209 - Topics in US Multicultural Lit (4 Credits)
    Courses focus on literature produced by historically oppressed peoples in the United States and on specific themes or topics, such as slavery and freedom, American Indian multi-genre life-stories, or border identities. All topics include the study of literature in at least three genres (selected from poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama). May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • LI210 - American Women Writers (4 Credits)
    Examines fiction, poetry, and other genres by 19th- and 20th-century American women such as Jacobs, Dickinson, Chopin, Kingston, Welty, Rich, and Morrison.
  • LI212 - Black Revolutionary Thought (4 Credits)
    Traces the protest tradition and radical thinking in African American literature. Using landmark essays by W.E.B Du Bois and Alain Locke to frame the debate and then moving from David Walker to Malcolm X and beyond, this course engages questions about the development of the Jeremiadic tradition in African American literature, the role of the black artist in promoting social change, gendered differences in protest literature, and whether politics informs and elevates art or strangles it.
  • LI214 - Latino Literature (4 Credits)
    Explores the idea of borderlands or living on the hyphen by American writers who identify themselves as straddling two cultures. Students read poetry, essays, fiction and drama by authors in the following traditions: Chicano, Puerto Rican (Borinquen), Cuban and Dominican American.
  • LI215 - Slavery and Freedom (4 Credits)
    Looks at a wide-ranging survey of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century poems, plays, novels, and nonfiction narratives concerning the issue of American slavery and its aftermath. Explores slave narrative conventions across historical periods as well as themes such as identity, masking, the liberating power of literacy, and masculine and feminine definitions of freedom.
  • LI216 - Literature of the Gothic (4 Credits)
    Focuses on literary and aesthetic tradition known as the Gothic, following its various manifestations from 18th century England up to present-day America. Students read novels, poetry, short stories and plays. Students interested in postmodern expressions of the Gothic, from graphic novels to film, will be invited to bring these to the table. Is Dracula really about the anxiety of empire? What is Frankenstein saying about social theory and the dangers of Romanticism? And finally, why does Gothic material retain its fascination in the 21st century, when so many aesthetic movements lie moldering in their graves?
  • LI217 - Lit, Culture & the Environment (4 Credits)
    Examines the literature, art, and culture of Native and non-Native America and consider how these two very different traditions have affected the environment. Initially, students focus on Native Creation stories and on Genesis in order to better understand the definition of "wilderness." They then study the work of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century authors and artists who influenced and/or responded to how the environment should be managed. As students progress to the 20th and 21st centuries, they consider the work of artists, writers, and filmmakers who acknowledge and attempt to come to terms with a drastically changed and oftentimes degraded landscape in their work.
  • LI303 - The Art of Nonfiction (4 Credits)
    Examines a broad range of literary nonfiction works, present and past, paying particular attention to the craft within the nonfiction work but identifying relationships and similarities that literary nonfiction has with the novel and short story. Includes readings from such diverse forms as historical narrative, adventure travel and survival, memoir and the creative nonfiction essay, and other forms of factual writing artfully constructed.
  • LI304 - Topics in Literature: 19th Century Russian Fiction (4 Credits)
    We will read some stories and novellas by Russian writers from the 19th century who have been important for the English-language tradition, such as Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Gogol. The focus will be on narrative technique, structure and storytelling.
  • LI304 - Topics in Literature (4 Credits)
    Courses focus on specific themes or topics, such as literature of the city, artists in literature, or coming of age. All topics include literature in at least three genres (selected from poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama). May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • LI305 - Modern Poetry and After (4 Credits)
    Explores modern and postmodern traditions of poetry in the works of such 20th-century poets as Eliot, Stevens, Auden, Moore, Lowell, Bishop, Plath, Larkin, Rich, Ashbery, and, in translation, Neruda, Rilke, Herbert, Kazuk, and Tsvetaeva.
  • LI306 - Literatures of Continental Europe (4 Credits)
    Explores seminal works in the European literary tradition, with a particular focus on close reading, textual and rhetorical analysis, and aesthetic criticism. The course may include works by Montaigne, Rousseau, Flaubert, Holderlin, Novalis, Heine, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Proust, Rilke, Kafka, Borges, Bachmann, and Bernhard.
  • LI307 - The Art of Poetry (4 Credits)
    Through reading and discussion of poems from different historical periods, students learn the technical aspects of poetry (such as meter, rhyme, and structure) and how poets use these techniques to create meanings and effects, giving students a critical vocabulary for reading and practicing poetry. For students who want to enhance their ability to discuss and write about poetry by learning the essentials of the poet's art.
  • LI308 - The Art of Fiction (4 Credits)
    Explores a broad range of short stories and novels by American and international authors. Teaches students to look at fiction from the perspective of the writer's craft, and emphasizes such elements as structure, narrative, characterization, dialogue, and the differences between shorter and longer forms. Students gain an appreciation of the fiction writer's craft and an enhanced sense of the drama inherent in effective storytelling.
  • LI309 - Topics in Multicultural Literature: Literature of WEB Du Bois (4 Credits)
    W.E.B. Du Bois, an African-American intellectual who influenced the disciplines of sociology, political theory, and Africana cultural studies. This course explores Du Bois's innovations by examining a range of his writings, drawn from renowned works of political theory like The Souls of Black Folk and from lesser-known works of literature and cultural criticism. Tracing his development as a writer from the Harlem Renaissance to the Cold War and beyond, we will analyze the particular ways intellectual and literary practices address "the problem of the color line" and interrelated forms of injustice. Course is cross-listed with IN332.
  • LI313 - Novel into Film (4 Credits)
    Studies the adaptation of novels into films, and the narrative conventions that govern each medium. Texts include the works of such writers as Kesey, Burgess, Kundera, Walker, Nabokov, and Puig; films include the work of directors such as Kubrick, Forman, Spielberg, and Babenco.
  • LI323 - The American Short Story (4 Credits)
    Acquaints students with the changing thematic and stylistic concerns of the American short story and develops students' critical writing and reading skills. May include authors such as Chopin, Poe, Parker, Hemingway, Faulkner, Stafford, Bambara, Paley, Ford, Oates, and Updike.
  • LI339 - British Novel 1 (4 Credits)
    Engages in social and cultural analysis of the "rise" of the novel in England with representative works from the Restoration (1660) through the end of the 19th century. May include authors such as Behn, Defoe, Sterne, Richardson, Austen, Bronte, Shelley, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy.
  • LI340 - British Novel 2 (4 Credits)
    Studies representative works of 20th-century British fiction. May cover Modernist authors from the first half of the century such as Forster, Joyce, Ford, Lawrence, Woolf, Waugh, O'Brien, Durrell, Greene, Beckett, Lessing, Murdoch, Golding, and Fowles as well as more contemporary writers from England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland such as McEwan, Barnes, Amis, Crace, Kelman, and Carter.
  • LI361 - Native American Literature (4 Credits)
    Studies works in several genres, including consideration of how traditional myth, story, and ritual contribute to contemporary fiction and poetry, and how the literature reflects and responds to historical and contemporary conditions. May include such authors as Silko, Momaday, Ortiz, Harjo, and Erdrich.
  • LI371 - Shakespearean Tragedy (4 Credits)
    Carefully examines selected tragedies from Romeo and Juliet to Antony and Cleopatra, emphasizing the development of the tragic form.
  • LI372 - Shakespearean Comedy (4 Credits)
    Detailed study of selected comedies from A Midsummer Night's Dream to The Winter's Tale, emphasizing Shakespeare's development of the comic form.
  • LI381 - Global Literatures (4 Credits)
    Surveys contemporary world literature written in English by writers from such places as India, Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
  • LI382 - African-American Literature (4 Credits)
    Surveys African American literature (prose, poetry, and drama) from Olaudah Equiano through Toni Morrison and examines African American literature as part of the field of Diaspora studies. Also explores connections between African American and Caribbean American literatures conceived as literatures of the African Diaspora.
  • LI393 - American Novel 1 (4 Credits)
    Studies representative American novels written before the 20th century, including works by such authors as Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Twain, Chopin, Wharton, and James
  • LI396 - International Women Writers (4 Credits)
    Explores works by contemporary international women writers within their social and political contexts. Readings include work by such writers as Nadine Gordimer, Jamaica Kincaid, Michelle Cliff, Mawal El Saadawi, Bessie Head, Luisa Valenzuela, and others.
  • LI413 - The Forms of Poetry: Theory and Practice (4 Credits)
    Students study forms of poetry as used by historical and contemporary poets, and then write original poems in those forms (such as the sonnet, villanelle, haiku, sestina, syllabic, and renga), and genre forms (such as Surrealist, Expressionist, Anti-poem, Open Field, and Language poetry).
  • LI414 - After the Disaster: Post-War European Literature (4 Credits)
    Explores post-war European literary works that are marked by a profound sense of loss, disorientation, and pessimism, with a particular focus on the practices of close reading, textual analysis, and theoretically oriented criticism. Explores how the events of the war- most notably the Holocaust -affected the literature of Europe in their wake. Authors to be read include Primo Levi, Ruth Kluger, Marguerite Duras, Maurice Blanchot, Michel Houellebecq, and W.G. Sebald.
  • LI415 - Travel Literature (4 Credits)
    Home and away, placement and displacement, location and dislocation are all themes that abound not only in contemporary literature in all its forms (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama) but also in contemporary literary and cultural criticism. This course explores the theme of travel in literature across its historical terrain in order to understand not only the evolution of its forms but also its role in the construction of identities, familiar and foreign.
  • LI421 - Topics in American Literature (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in American Literature that concentrate on the study of particular authors, genres, or themes, or on topics related to the special interests and expertise of the faculty. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • LI423 - Topics in Global Literature: Latin American Short Fiction (4 Credits)
    Latin American Short Fiction considers short fiction written since the 1940s. It concentrates on major figures of the twentieth century beginning with Jorge Luis Borges who set the parameters of postmodern fiction in Latin American letters. The course centers on authors who "problematize both the nature of the referent and its relation to the real, historical world by its paradoxical combination of metafictional self-reflexivity with historical subject matter" (Linda Hutcheon, A Poetics of Postmodernism). The course will also consider how writers reach out to a global audience by engaging popular literary forms such as detective fiction, the fantastic, melodrama, new journalism and magical realism.
  • LI423 - Topics in Global Lit: Transnational Englishes: Language and Writing in the Era of Globalization (4 Credits)
    This course explores the spread and diversification of English, its interactions with other languages, and its production and use in literature, politics, and everyday life. The course considers debates about "linguistic imperialism" and the "inevitability" of English as a global lingua franca, the complicated relations of power between metropolitan and other varieties of English, and the cross-fertilizations of English and other languages as literary, political, and cultural resources.
  • LI423 - Topics in Global Literature (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in Global Literature that include such topics as Latin American Short Fiction, Postcolonial Literature, and the Hispanic Caribbean, or on topics related to the special interests and expertise of the faculty.
  • LI436 - Cultural Criticism (4 Credits)
    Surveys the dominant theoretical approaches to the study of culture. The course traces their main arguments and helps students develop a sense of what it means to be a producer and a consumer of culture today.
  • LI481 - Topics in African-Amer Lit (4 Credits)
    Studies traditions of African American literature, such as Afrofuturism, the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts Poets and Novelists, or Neo-slave Narratives. Courses may focus on Political Plays of the Sixties, The Blues as Poetry, Spirituals and Jazz as Literature, and include such authors as Wright, Petry, Baraka, Himes, Butler, Ellison and Hopkinson.
  • LI482 - Topics in Fiction (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in the novel, novella, and other modes of short fiction from various periods. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • LI612 - Top: American Poets Post WW2 (4 Credits)
    Mid to late 20th century American poetry: A seminar. American poets from Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Berryman, Brooks and Jarrell to O'Hara, Rich, Merwin, Dugan, Levine, Gluck, Ferry, Pinsky, Kumenyakaa, and others. Each student will prepare a full presentation on the work of a poet from these decades.
  • LI612 - Topics in Poetry (4 Credits)
    Intensive study of poetry, which may focus on an individual poet, a small group of poets, or a school of poetry, and/or may be defined by a single form, theme, region, or period. Topics have included Bishop and Lowell, American Narrative Poetry, Dickinson and Whitman, modern and contemporary Eastern European Poets, and Visionary Poetry.
  • LI615 - Top: Literature of Evil (4 Credits)
    An exploration of European literary works that are haunted by a sense of `evil,¨ as defined by Georges Bataille (whose Literature and Evil provides something of a framework for the course), with a particular focus on the practices of close reading, textual analysis and theoretically oriented criticism. Works include Emily Bront‰'s Wuthering Heights, Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil, Duras' Malady of Death, Houellebecq's Elementary Particles, and Sebald's Rings of Saturn.
  • LI615 - Top: Travel Literature (4 Credits)
    Home and away, placement and displacement, location and dislocation are all themes that abound not only in contemporary literature in all its forms (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama) but also in contemporary literary and cultural criticism. This class explores the theme of travel in literature across its historical terrain in order to understand not only the evolution of its forms but also its role in the construction of identities, familiar and foreign.
  • LI615 - Top Mult Genres and Hybrid Frm (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in topics that range over two or more genres, and/or focus on combining generic forms. Topics have included The Harlem Renaissance, Native American Literature, Writing on War in the 20th Century, Literature and Violence, The Writer in the Archive, and Hybrid Forms in Literature.
  • LI625 - Top: Craft & the Contemp Novel (4 Credits)
    "A writer is a reader who is moved to emulation." -Saul Bello. This is a literature class for the serious writing student. The course will operate on a simple premise: in order to learn the craft of writing, one must read and study literature with rigor and care. We'll immerse ourselves in the works of nine acknowledged masters of the novel form-among them Vladimir Nabokov, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Cunningham, and Julie Otsuka-so that we can focus on how they tell stories, create characters, use language, and employ fiction techniques. Writing exercises will be a critical component of the course
  • LI625 - Topics in Fiction (4 Credits)
    Focuses on fictional narrative. Depending on the instructor, the class may examine texts defined by geography, chronology, culture, and genre. Possible topics of discussion include such issues as craft, theory, mechanics, form, aesthetics, literary movements, and themes. Topics have included Latin American Short Fiction, Diaspora Novelists Between History and Memory, Alienation and the Modern European Novel, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, and Novel into Film.
  • LI652 - Seminar in Short Fiction (4 Credits)
    Analytical and critical study of a variety of recent American short stories, mostly modern and contemporary, exploring their approaches to form, theme, and technique.
  • LI687 - Top: 20th Century First Person (4 Credits)
    This course will examine the twentieth century, its upheavals, dislocations, and diasporas, through the study of ten memoirs from around the world. These memoirs will be explored as instances of witness to events that continue to shape the world we live in.
  • LI687 - Topics in Nonfiction (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in autobiography, biography, travel writing, nature writing, hybrid forms, and other nonfiction writing from various periods. Recent topics include the Twentieth Century in the First Person, Latin American Women's Autobiography, and the Literary Essay.
  • LS101 - Elementary Spanish I (4 Credits)
    Stresses mastery of the essential vocabulary and primary grammatical structures through a situational approach. Students perceive that language is "living" and they discover by the third week of the semester that they can already communicate in Spanish. Class time is devoted to interactive practice. Conversational skills, pronunciation, and understanding are verified through regular oral exams.
  • LS102 - Elementary Spanish 2 (4 Credits)
    Continuation of LS 101, this course also incorporates reading skills and exposes students to a wider range of cultural materials.
  • MB200 - Principles of Business (4 Credits)
    Analyzes information related to business trends, strategies, opportunities, and operations and critically assess alternatives. Through lecture, discussion, case videos, and in-class assignments, students consider external and internal factors driving contemporary business decisions. Topics include: pricing, supply and demand, the management of people, processes, resources, and organization; the globalization of business; the use of information systems to support business efforts; and basic concepts of marketing, sales, business ethics, law, accounting, and finance.
  • MB300 - Managing Business Operations (4 Credits)
    Explores the operational structure of business, theory, the practices of effective resource management and activities that produce or deliver the goods and services of a business: the management of personnel, materials, equipment, and informational resources that a business needs to produce and deliver its good and services. The course examines how businesses are organized, and how the various departments within a business such as Marketing, Sales, Production, Finance, and Human Resources work together.
  • MB310 - Finance and Accounting (4 Credits)
    Students become familiar with the language of accounting and learn to create, interpret, analyze, and evaluate financial statements (e.g., balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement). Armed with this knowledge, students then use case studies and in-class exercises to analyze how managers use data presented on financial statements to make decisions about budgeting, cost allocation, and overall company performance.
  • MB320 - The Business of Broadcasting (4 Credits)
    Examines radio from a business perspective and covers: the history of radio, networks, radio station operations, media buying, ratings, revenue streams, important legislation, and issues facing radio as an industry. Ownership regulations and the process of buying and selling radio stations are all examined.
  • MB371 - Topics in Business Studies: Building an Arts-Based Business (4 Credits)
    Teaches a strategic approach to decision making and problem solving when growing and scaling an arts-based business. Each student will be part of small, multidisciplinary teams that work hands-on through challenges that will vary from product innovation to larger issues facing humanity. Each student will walk away with knowledge in creative leadership, agile management and the ability to execute this methodology within any organization or group.
  • MB371 - Top: Building an Arts-Based Business (4 Credits)
    Various topics offering opportunities to examine contemporary and historic business issues, trends and events across the spectrum of business and entrepreneurial studies.
  • MB400 - Business Policy & Strategy (4 Credits)
    Serves as the Business minor's capstone course by introducing new levels of complexity to broad concepts learned in previous classes. Uses case studies, trade articles, and time-honored academic frameworks, as well as in-class lectures, group exercises, and discussions to challenge students to apply how legal frameworks, business and government regulations, organizational structures, diverse workforces, and customer and stakeholder expectations influence the way contemporary companies conduct business.
  • MB400 - Business Policy and Strategy (4 Credits)
    Serves as the Business minor's capstone course by introducing new levels of complexity to broad concepts learned in previous classes. Uses case studies, trade articles, and time-honored academic frameworks, as well as in-class lectures, group exercises, and discussions to challenge students to apply how legal frameworks, business and government regulations, organizational structures, diverse workforces, and customer and stakeholder expectations influence the way contemporary companies conduct business.
  • MB472 - Entrepreneurship I (8 Credits)
    Introduces and immerses students in the process of creating and launching a new venture. Students learn the history and process of entrepreneurship as they explore creative problem solving, innovative thinking, and ethics. Relevant marketing and public relations strategies are presented in addition to basic financial, business, and human resource issues. Experts in the business world provide additional mentoring and practical knowledge.
  • MB473 - Entrepreneurship II (8 Credits)
    Provides an advanced immersion in the process of creating and launching a new venture. Students learn about business planning, marketing research, sales and marketing, legal issues, negotiation practices, and business conduct and further develop public speaking and interpersonal communication skills relevant to starting and managing a business. Students prepare for the business competition at the annual E3 Exposition. Students have the opportunity to learn from experts in the business world.
  • MK120 - Communication, Media, and Society (4 Credits)
    Introduces communication theory and the fundamental relationships that exist between communication systems and society. Emphasis is placed on the social, political, and economic context in which marketing communication emerged and evolved, and the role it plays in maintaining, expanding, and articulating our way of life. Majors are required to complete this in the first year.
  • MK121 - Marketing and Marketing Communication (4 Credits)
    Explores the key types and core functions of contemporary organizations and the multiple roles marketing plays among them. Marketing's 4Ps and the "marketing mix" are examined in depth so as to understand the context in which marketing communication is practiced. Cases are introduced to acquaint students with the notion and essential elements of "strategy."
  • MK220 - Understanding Consumers (4 Credits)
    Examines people in the context of their role as contemporary consumers. Surveys theories of consumer decisionmaking and behavior and the dominant approaches used to understand consumers today. Emphasis is placed on the role and application of understanding consumers in marketing communications campaign strategy, planning and management.
  • MK221 - Messages, Media & Channels (4 Credits)
    Provides a comprehensive overview of modern media and how they are utilized for messaging in marketing communications. Media are treated at the channel (newspaper, radio, TV, magazine, web, FacebookW-O-M, www, etc.) and practice area (non-paid PR, mass paid advertising, direct marketing, and digitalmarketing) levels. Attention is also devoted to how the various media aggregate audiences and finance themselves, as well as recent changes in the ways they are purchased for use by marketing communicators.
  • MK222 - Brands, Organizations and Strategies (4 Credits)
    Establishes the notion of the brand and brand platform as the central organizing principle of contemporary marketing communications. Examines how the brand platform operates at the corporate and product, agency and campaign, and customer journey levels. Introduces the different types and dimensions of strategies used by the various players in marketing communications to link targets, media and messages in service to the brand.
  • MK230 - Marketing, Sales, and Promotion for Radio (4 Credits)
    Explores the concepts, strategies, and goals of marketing, sales, and promotion for radio, including the planning, coordination, and implementation of successful promotional campaigns. Students also become familiar with audience ratings and market research, identification of target markets, and the integration of promotional elements to promote radio stations and other audio media.
  • MK332 - Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (4 Credits)
    Introduces the scientific method and the processes of primary quantitative and qualitative research in marketing communications. Marketing problems are identified, research objectives formulated, research design determined, questionnaires developed, sampling methods designed, data analyzed and interpreted. The various uses of research in targeting, positioning, product decision-making, messaging, and media utilization are demonstrated.
  • MK333 - Ethnographic Methods & Cult An (4 Credits)
    Explores the tools and techniques of ethnography and their uses in defining and solving marketing research problems. Drawing from the traditions of participant observation in the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, and market research, the course applies ethnographic methods to the analysis of subcultures and behavioral minorities as well as transnational marketing communication. The focus throughout is on how to fathom the cultural differences that inform and impact consumer decision-making and marketing communication campaigns.
  • MK334 - Online Behavior and Web Analytics (4 Credits)
    Introduces the proliferating services and tools available to capture, measure and assess online behavior, information-gathering, decision-making, shopping patterns, and social groupings. Among these, emphasis will be placed on developing the skillful use of Google Analytics as it can be applied to optimize digital marketing communications efforts and initiatives.
  • MK342 - Breakthrough Thinking and Marketing Communications (4 Credits)
    Explores the nature of creative and critical thinking, as well as the increasing importance of creative problem solving in the context of organizations, product development, and marketing communications. Students practice critical thinking skills with written and visual communication materials. Creative thinking skills, methods, and processes are then used to think differently about original and innovative solutions to various organizational, product, and communication challenges.
  • MK343 - Global Brand Strategies and Portfolio Management (4 Credits)
    Examines how the notion of the brand can be taken to scale. Explores the uses of different types of brand architectures by different types of organizations as they grow and expand internationally. Considers the values of the brand to the conglomerate organization as it manages its portfolios of companies, products, and customer segments. Use is made of case analysis.
  • MK344 - Marketing and Sales, Distribution and Service Relationships (4 Credits)
    Analyzes and addresses how to advance the critical customer-facing relationships within an organization between marketing and the sales force, distribution networks, and customer service. Discusses the different types of arrangements that prevail among these functions in b-b and b-c organizations, and in large and small organizations. Special attention is devoted to customer service policies and to the provision of teleservices.
  • MK345 - Organizations & Brands Online (4 Credits)
    Examines the enduring elements of online presence required of companies and brands today: website(s), search profile, e-commerce capabilities, and e-crm. How are these driven by bricks-and-mortar identities established previously; what opportunities and requirements do they generate; how do they function to establish frameworks for digital marketing communications campaign activities?
  • MK346 - The Corporate Communications Function and Social Responsibility (4 Credits)
    Focuses on the scope and tasks of the communications function in large organizations. These include the intersection with sales, establishing and maintaining the corporate identity, customer intelligence and advocacy, executive coaching, and constituency relations -- carrying, or supporting, all the outward-facing activities of the organization. Often, the chief communications officer also works to align the organization with broader social trends. The leading contemporary example of this is the Social Responsibility movement, which will be analyzed in detail.
  • MK352 - Creative Concepts and Storytelling (4 Credits)
    Focuses on "the message" in marketing communications, as both the distinctive idea conveyed in a campaign and the many forms in which it is expressed. Advertising copywriting for broadcast and print is practiced, as is writing for blogs and long-form digital formats. Developing and growing stories, and provoking user-generated content to engage consumers across media platforms, is considered as well.
  • MK353 - Visual Literacy (4 Credits)
    Explores the importance and meaning of visuals in business and marketing communications, from the choice of typeface and layout to the use of images, color, symbols, style, and art direction. The application of these and related elements in logos, print, broadcast, and digital media campaigns are considered. Also discusses the mechanisms companies use to maintain consistent visual identities in their persuasive messaging, and the resources available when they consider changing their visual portrayals.
  • MK354 - Writing for PR (4 Credits)
    A survey and workshop that takes up the many forms of writing practiced in public relations. These include news releases and media kits, editorials and newsletters, brochures, white papers, stockholder and employee communications. The notions of voice and personality as well as consistency and style are emphasized.
  • MK355 - Sales Promotion and Events Management (4 Credits)
    Addresses the uses, value, and mechanics of special offers and non-recurring events in commercial and nonprofit marketing communication. Trade promotions like price and volume discounting, feature and coop advertising, and in-store displays are covered, as are consumer tactics like coupons, memberships, giveaways, and value-added offers. So too are trade shows and placed-based gatherings. Considers both business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications.
  • MK356 - Media Relations (4 Credits)
    Exposes students to a broad range of media management concepts and practices including basic marketing and management communication documents, sources, interviews, crisis communication, ethics, international media relations, interactive media strategies, and analyses of current media-related issues.
  • MK357 - Media Planning and the Customer Journey (4 Credits)
    Focuses on how channels are used in marketing communications to connect audiences with messages. The tools of media research and audience analysis are explained to inform construction of media plans, as are the skills of buying and negotiation that guide implementation of plans. The concept of "customer journeys" is introduced; it is coming to be used by the large media firms created by marketing services holding companies to guide the integrated media plans they provide.
  • MK358 - Social Media: Connectivity, Interactivity, Buzz (4 Credits)
    Social media have captured the imagination of the millennial generation, marketers, Hollywood, and now Wall Street. This course focuses on the strategic uses of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Next New Thing. It also considers how the connectivity and interactivity social media represent alter traditional concepts like "companies," "customers," "shopping, buying, and selling," what effect this has had on the strategic marcomm landscape, and why revolutions in communication often turn out to be evolutionary instead.
  • MK358 - Social Media: Connectivity, Interactivity, Buzz (4 Credits)
    This new course was previously offered as a topic class under MK471. Students who took Social Media and Marketing under MK471 are not allowed to also take this class.
  • MK371 - Topics in Marketing Communication: Design and Layout (4 Credits)
    Explores the basics of design, from its history, influence and important designers; to the use of typography, color, "white space", shape and layout principles; to the fundaªmentals of Adobe PhotoShop and InDesign. Concept sketching will be required as part of the process of developing ideas and learning the principles of good design, working toward the goal of crafting and recognizing design products that are appealing, strategic and meaningful.
  • MK371 - Topics in Marketing Communication: Engaging Urban Communities in Health and Media Literacy (4 Credits)
    The Kellogg Foundation observes that, community-based participatory research is a "collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings." This course will function as an applied laboratory for learning about health and media literacy and applying theoretical constructs in the classroom that extend into the community. To help frame our mission we will offer a host of guest speakers and visitors - some from the Boston community. Students will work directly with community organizations and public school(s) to design and implement health and media literacy initiatives best suited for specific Boston schools and community programs. The course curriculum will culminate with an innovative community-based, student-developed portfolio that will address health and media issues among Massachusetts middle and high school populations. This course is crosslisted with CC372-02 and HC250-03.
  • MK371 - Topics in Marketing Communication: Brand Films: Video Production for Web and Broadcast (4 Credits)
    This course will provide students a hands-on opportunity to understand and participate in new forms of commercial storytelling that are emerging in the digital media world. You'll learn the business dynamics and requirements that are essential to profitability and how marketing, creative, production and post-production work collaboratively to bring great work to life. We'll examine the work created by today's leading digital media producers and we'll put what we discover to use as you work collaboratively to create and produce branded narratives of your own. Cross-listed with VM420-04.
  • MK443 - Sector Application: Entertainment Marketing (4 Credits)
    Contemporary entertainment industries present special circumstances and opportunities for marketers because they are organized around "properties" that provide differential returns-on-investment for various "media expressions" across orchestrated channels over extended periods of time. This course covers recent developments in major arenas like movies, cable, games, theater, and sports, taking up issues that cut across all of them, like intellectual property, licensing, personal branding, and the life cycle of blockbusters.
  • MK471 - Adv Topics in Marketing Comm (4 Credits)
    Offers opportunities to examine cutting edge issues in marketing communications. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • MK480 - Capstone: The Integrated Marketing Communications Campaign (4 Credits)
    Provides a culminating, integrative experience for majors. Students are organized into teams and challenged to develop and execute a complete integrated marketing communications strategy and campaign plan for an existing client, organization, and/or brand. The work is presented both live and in writing, as it would be in a commercial context. The spring semester course is designed around the annual competition of the American Advertising Federation, in which a team of Emerson majors has traditionally played a significant role.
  • MK480 - Capstone: The Integrated Marketing Communications Campaign (4 Credits)
    Provides a culminating, integrative experience for majors. Students are organized into teams and challenged to develop and execute a complete integrated marketing communications strategy and campaign plan for an existing client, organization, and/or brand. The work is presented both live and in writing, as it would be in a commercial context. The spring semester course is designed around the annual competition of the American Advertising Federation, in which a team of Emerson majors has traditionally played a significant role.
  • MK604 - Introduction to Research Methods (4 Credits)
    This course is organized around the research process in which students learn how to formulate a research question, define a research problem, generate a research design, establish data collection methods, define a sampling frame, determine data analyses, interpret data appropriately, and prepare a research report. Topics in both qualitative and quantitative research methods are included. Students gain an understanding of the importance of research in the development of communication strategies.
  • MK610 - Marketing Management (4 Credits)
    Introduces the marketing management process of making decisions about products, brands, price, distribution channels, and communications plans to deliver value to consumers. Marketing concepts include research methods, consumer behavior, business marketing, customer analysis, competitive strategy, market segmentation and targeting, and product development. Students use analyses to justify managerial recommendations. Integration is emphasized - developing marketing strategies that are consistent from conception through execution. Case studies from a variety of industries are used in class.
  • MK617 - Consumer Behavior (4 Credits)
    Students investigate comprehensive multidisciplinary, theoretical views of consumer behavior, and apply them to marketing communication contexts. Integrated marketing communication plans require sophisticated consumer behavior analyses that facilitate segmentation, targeting, and positioning efforts. Students learn about the determinants of consumer behavior through the application of theories from disciplines such as communication, marketing, cultural anthropology, economics, sociology, and psychology. Case studies, exercises, and research help students to understand the complexity of consumer behavior given intrapersonal, interpersonal, and situational influences.
  • MK618 - Marketing Communication Integration Strategies (4 Credits)
    Integrated marketing communication (IMC) is a cross-functional process for creating profitable relationships with customers and publics by strategically controlling all messages sent to groups and encouraging dialogue. Students learn to integrate marketing communication elements (e.g., advertising, public relations, publicity, sales promotion, event marketing, direct marketing, e-communication, and selling) to advance an organization's success and brand equity. Case studies and exercises help students learn how to develop effective IMC plans.
  • MK620 - Public Relations Management (4 Credits)
    1 seat is available for Non-IMC students on a first come/first serve basis. Please email the department assistant in the Marketing department for information on how to register.
  • MK621 - Writing for Marketing Communication (4 Credits)
    1 seat is available for Non-IMC students on a first come/first serve basis. Please email the department assistant in the Marketing department for information on how to register.
  • MK627 - Integrated Communication Strategy in Digital Culture (4 Credits)
    Students learn how organizations use the Internet to communicate with consumers and the public, and to examine the differences between traditional media and digital media within the context vehicles and the Internet within the context of strategic marketing communication. Explores the dynamic ways that digital communication influences human behavior and the impact of new mobile and digital media platforms on consumption, participation, marketing strategy, and audience engagement.
  • MK630 - Advertising, Sales Promotion, and Publicity Management (4 Credits)
    Explores the roles of advertising, sales promotion, and publicity in IMC. Students learn to develop, manage, and evaluate advertising campaigns. In addition, they investigate how to use sales promotion to bring about behavioral change in the contexts of consumer and trade promotion. Further, they learn how to generate and manage publicity. Students evaluate the legal and ethical issues surrounding these marketing communication efforts.
  • MK636 - Creative Thinking and Problem Solving (4 Credits)
    One seat is available for Non-IMC students on a first come/first serve basis. Please email the department assistant Marketing department for information on how to register.
  • MK639 - Strategic Brand Management (4 Credits)
    One seat is available for Non-IMC students on a first come/first serve basis. Please email the department assistant Marketing department for information on how to register.
  • MK639 - Strategic Brand Management (4 Credits)
    Stresses the importance of the role of the brand in IMC strategies. Students learn why brands are important, what they represent to consumers, and what should be done by organizations to manage them properly. Students learn how brand equity can be created, how to measure brand equity, and how to use brand equity to expand global business opportunities. Brand simulations, readings, and discussions facilitate learning.
  • MK648 - Media Management Strategies (4 Credits)
    Offers an introduction to strategic decision making in advertising media planning. Provides an understanding of the challenges involved in making media decisions and executing media plans. Students are introduced to media planning tools and study the impact of changing media trends.
  • MK649 - Measuring and Communicating Investments in Marketing (4 Credits)
    An important function of the IMC manager is to optimize investments across different aspects of the marketing and communication mix. This course reviews fundamental tools of analysis used by managers, such as budgeting, forecasting demand, market and segmentation analysis, return-on-investment valuations, media expenditure planning, and evaluation of marketing communication efforts. Exercises, cases, and readings are used to provide students with exposure to the concepts and practice in applying them.
  • MK653 - Web Page Development and Management (4 Credits)
    Presents the website as an important venue for communicating with various publics and organizations, and as an integrated part of a strategic communication plan. Topics such as principles of web design, evaluation of website effectiveness, tracking user perceptions, and consolidating web page information into overall database management are covered. Topics are organized around website development, maintenance, and assessment.
  • MK695 - Special Studies in Marketing (4 Credits)
    Occasionally, courses are offered that capitalize on trends in the communication industries or address topics not covered in other courses in the program. May be repeated when topics vary.
  • MT106 - Business Mathematics (4 Credits)
    Applies mathematics to daily business experience and develops an intuitive and quantitative sense of business through a variety of topics. The theory of simple and compund interest, present/future values, and elementary annuities is emphasized.
  • MT207 - Statistics (4 Credits)
    Prepares students to use, understand, and evaluate basic statistical techniques. Introduces the most common topics and procedures in descriptive and inferential data analysis, such as measures of central tendency and variability, shapes of distributions, correlation and simple linear regression, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, effect size, statistical power, t-tests, and chi-square.
  • MU137 - Listening to Music (4 Credits)
    Intended for students with little or no experience in music who want to develop their listening skills and musical understanding. Emphasis is on a non-theoretical study of the elements and compositional principles of music, and careful listening to selected works of master composers in the context of a brief survey of classical music in its historical and social context. Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective of the General Education requirements.
  • MU139 - History of Jazz (4 Credits)
    A study of the evolution of jazz, a continuously evolving form synthesizing many different music styles. Attention is given to its African American origins, historical identifications, antisocial tendencies, political aspects, and subjective effects that have effected cultural change. Emphasis is placed on listening to the works of Armstrong, Ellington, Davis, Gillespie, Parker, Monk, Coltrane, and Mingus. Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective and the General Education U.S. Diversity requirements.
  • MU202 - History of Music: American (4 Credits)
    A survey of American music from the first American settlers to the present including the development of such forms as folk, regional, religious, ethnic, jazz, musical theater, and various popular styles. Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective of the General Education requirements.
  • MU203 - Perspectives in World Music (4 Credits)
    Investigates music-making within a variety of cultures, including societies from Africa, the Caribbean, India, the Far East, and Native Americans. Musical experience is examined from both the sonic and social perspectives, including musical form, instruments, and style, as well as music's role as a vehicle for defining and representing social values. Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective and the General Education Global Diversity requirements.
  • MU204 - Music Analysis I (2 Credits)
    An introduction to the analysis of music, especially as it appears in musical theatre. Topics include song structure, dance forms, and identification of the features in various genres and historical styles. Required for BFA Musical Theatre majors.
  • MU205 - Music Analysis II (2 Credits)
    A continuation of Music Analysis I, this course focuses on the music and lyrics of songs and shows in the musical theatre repertoire. The focus moves from basic terminology to a more detailed connection between analysis and performance. Other topics include the structure of entire shows, detailed analysis of duets and other ensemble pieces, and an increased focus on recent musical theatre repertoire. Required for BFA Musical Theatre majors.
  • MU220 - History of American Popular Music (4 Credits)
    This survey of American popular music from 1950 to the present traces the development of rock & roll, soul, disco, punk, metal, rap, hip-hop and other popular genres from their multicultural roots to the digital world of the 21st century. Students examine the cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions of these genres along with their impact on the global population and marketplace. Students also connect developments in technology (recording, production, etc.) with the enormous growth of the music industry and its effect on the consumer via means of production, distribution, and promotion. Students also address the work of female musicians, songwriters, producers, etc., and the obstacles they face in the commercial music industry.
  • MU253 - Applied Music: Voice (0 Credit)
    Permission of Department required to register
  • MU253 - Applied Music: Voice (0 Credit)
    Studio course consists of ten 60-minute lessons with a private instructor. Students may pursue this course on a non-credit basis by payment of a course fee. Available for BFA Musical Theatre majors only.
  • MU254 - Applied Music: Piano (0 Credit)
    Permission of Department required to register
  • MU254 - Applied Music: Piano (0 Credit)
    Studio course consists of ten 60-minute lessons with a private instructor. Students may pursue this course on a non-credit basis by payment of a course fee.
  • MU353 - Applied Music: Voice (2 Credits)
    Advanced work in vocal technique and development of a repertoire, consisting of ten weekly 60-minute lessons with a private instructor. Required for BFA Musical Theatre majors. No more than 8 credits of Applied Music: Voice may be counted toward credits required for graduation.
  • MU353 - Applied Music: Voice (2 Credits)
    Permission of Department required to register
  • MU354 - Applied Music: Piano (2 Credits)
    For students for whom the study of piano is relevant to their professional goals. Students have a weekly 60-minute individual lesson. No more than 8 credits of Applied Music: Piano may be counted toward credits required for graduation.
  • MU354 - Applied Music: Piano (2 Credits)
    Permission of Department required to register
  • PA101 - Languages of the Stage (4 Credits)
    Introduces students to the various means of expression available to the art of the stage. In addition to an exploration of the techniques of the written script, students are introduced to the visual forms of artistic communication, their history, and the conventions of all theatrical forms. (Performing Arts students only)
  • PA125 - Performing Improv Comedy (4 Credits)
    Explores the fundamentals of improvisation for comedic performance through the use of games and exercises in a fast-paced, challenging learning environment. Guides students through the fundamentals of short form improvisation, focusing on building trust and spontaneity, and exploring aspects and techniques of storytelling, ensemble playing, movement, developing characters (status and emotion) and using space. Students will explore other forms of improvisation, including solo performance improvisation, structured audience interactive improvisation, and longer forms of improvisation.
  • PA472 - Production Projects (2 Credits)
    Contract Required - See Department for Information
  • PA472 - Prod Proj: Acting (2 Credits)
    Students with senior standing may define project work in acting, directing, design technology, stage and production management, arts and business management, musical theatre, theatre education, dance or dramaturgy. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and department chair.
  • PA472 - Prod Proj: Design Technology (2 Credits)
    Students with senior standing may define project work in acting, directing, design technology, stage and production management, arts and business management, musical theatre, theatre education, dance or dramaturgy. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and department chair.
  • PA472 - Prod Proj: Design/Technology (2 Credits)
    Students with senior standing may define project work in acting, directing, design technology, stage and production management, arts and business management, musical theatre, theatre education, dance or dramaturgy. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and department chair.
  • PA472 - Prod Proj: Directing (2 Credits)
    Students with senior standing may define project work in acting, directing, design technology, stage and production management, arts and business management, musical theatre, theatre education, dance or dramaturgy. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and department chair.
  • PA472 - Prod Proj: Dramaturgy (2 Credits)
    Students with senior standing may define project work in acting, directing, design technology, stage and production management, arts and business management, musical theatre, theatre education, dance or dramaturgy. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and department chair.
  • PA472 - Prod Proj: Stage/Prod Mgmt (2 Credits)
    Students with senior standing may define project work in acting, directing, design technology, stage and production management, arts and business management, musical theatre, theatre education, dance or dramaturgy. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and department chair.
  • PB203 - Intro to Electronic Publishing (4 Credits)
    Explores various methods of digital publishing including e-books, digital magazines and web site creation.The course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the planning, development and management of digital content.
  • PB207 - Introduction to Magazine Writing (4 Credits)
    Introduces writing for commercial markets. Students develop, research, and write nonfiction articles and learn where to market them. May be repeated once for credit and may be substituted for one 200-level WR (writing) workshop.
  • PB302 - Copyediting (4 Credits)
    Practical course about the process of editing and preparing manuscripts for publication. Together with hands-on assignments, the course considers the relation of editor to author, the nature of copyediting in various publishing environments, and other topics.
  • PB307 - Intermediate Magazine Writing (4 Credits)
    Requires students to research and write an article or magazine feature. Students learn terms, concepts, and techniques to improve both writing and critical thinking. May be repeated once for credit and may be substituted for one 300-level WR (writing) workshop.
  • PB380 - Magazine Publishing Overview (4 Credits)
    Provides an understanding of the magazine field from the perspective of writers and editors. Looks at the similarities and differences between general interest magazines and more focused magazines, and how magazines compete with each other and with other media for audiences and revenues. Topics include how magazines carve out niches, the relationship between the business and editorial departments, and the editorial operations of magazines. The course also looks at the history of the magazine industry.
  • PB383 - Book Publishing Overview (4 Credits)
    Examines the acquisition and editing of a manuscript, its progress into design and production, and the final strategies of promotion and distribution of a finished book.
  • PB395 - Applications for Print Publishing (4 Credits)
    Students master the page layout and image creation software used in the publishing industry. Students also learn related computer-based skills, such as type and image sourcing, image acquisition, including scanning, and copyright issues. Although some design issues are addressed, the primary focus is on software skills. Course assumes students have basic Macintosh skills.
  • PB402 - Book Editing (4 Credits)
    Book editing, or substantive editing, is a highly subjective, visceral skill informed by flexibility, judgment, life experience, grammatical grace, signposts, caution lights, road maps, respect for the author, and subtle diplomacy in the author/editor relationship, all directed toward helping the writer to the intended creative goal. In other words, book editing is an art, not a science. However, an exploration of the foundations of constructive shaping, development, organization, and line-editing may release the inner shepherd/wrangler in you.
  • PB481 - Book Design and Production (4 Credits)
    Covers book and book jacket design fundamentals: design, typography, image research and assignment, and prepress and manufacturing. This is not a software instruction course.
  • PB482 - Magazine Design and Production (4 Credits)
    Course covers magazine design fundamentals: typography, image research and assignment, prepress and manufacturing, and traditional and computer-based tools and equipment. Each student produces a sample magazine through a workshop process of presentations and revisions. This is not a software instruction course.
  • PB491 - Top: Profile Writing (4 Credits)
    Students will learn how to write about other people--whether famous, ordinary, overlooked, or controversial. We will read the work of the best magazine profile writers writing today, and many of those writers will speak to the class via Skype. Students will write several profiles, including a long magazine-length final project. We will workshop the profiles in class. This class is designed for students interested in magazine writing, biography, journalism feature writing, and nonfiction writing that focuses on the lives of other people. This is an advanced course, and it is highly advised that students have already taken a 300-level writing workshop, magazine writing course, or journalism class.
  • PB491 - Top: Advanced Applications for Print Publishing (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in book, magazine, and electronic publishing. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • PB491 - Top: Ed Tech Times: Content Development and Web Design for an Online Information Hub (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in book, magazine, and electronic publishing. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • PB675 - Principles of Management for Publishing (4 Credits)
    This course will provide students with a basic overview and knowledge of how different publishing enterprises are organized and managed. Helps students develop a firm understanding of the organizational and financial skills required for a career in publishing.
  • PB676 - Magazine Writing (4 Credits)
    Gives students experience in developing magazine feature stories. Students brainstorm, report, and write their own magazine-style stories, with emphasis on the shaping and editing stage. They also read and discuss published work by professionals. Class is conducted as a writing workshop in a style that mimics a magazine atmosphere. This course may count for 1 workshop credit for nonfiction students.
  • PB678 - Magazine Editing (4 Credits)
    Course about the magazine editing process. Covers topics ranging from focus, direction, topicality, structure, sense of audience, and voice, and explores the practical application of editing skills as well as historic examples of editors and their magazines.
  • PB679 - The Editor/Writer Relationship (4 Credits)
    Examines the magazine writing and editing process, and covers topics ranging from idea generation and story selection to the mechanics of editing and how the editorial process works.
  • PB680 - Magazine Publishing Overview (4 Credits)
    Examines the magazine field from the perspective of writers and editors, and covers the editorial and business operations of magazines, the editorial mix, and magazine geography.
  • PB680 - Magazine Publishing Overview (4 Credits)
    MA Students only.
  • PB682 - Magazine Design and Prod. (4 Credits)
    Covers magazine design fundamentals: design, typography, image research and assignment, and prepress and manufacturing. Students produce sample magazines through a workshop process of presentations and revisions. Course assumes students have necessary computer skills.
  • PB683 - Book Publishing Overview (4 Credits)
    Introduction to the book publishing industry, including a detailed examination of the editorial, marketing, and design and production stages of the book publishing process. Course also looks at important developments and issues within the field, such as online publishing, and at various jobs in book publishing.
  • PB683 - Book Publishing Overview (4 Credits)
    MA Students only.
  • PB685 - Book Editing (4 Credits)
    Considers book editing skills, tasks, and responsibilities from initial review and acquisition of a book manuscript through project development. Emphasizes trade book editing, but also considers editorial work at scholarly and professional presses.
  • PB686 - Book Design and Prod. (4 Credits)
    Covers book and book jacket design fundamentals: design, typography, image research and assignment, and prepress and manufacturing. Students design a book through a workshop process of presentations and revisions. Course assumes students have necessary computer skills.
  • PB687 - Column Writing (4 Credits)
    Magazine publishing course explores the process of researching, writing, and revising magazine columns, and examines the importance of audience. This course may count for one workshop requirement for nonfiction students.
  • PB688 - Copyediting (4 Credits)
    Covers the process of editing and preparing manuscripts for publication. Together with hands-on assignments, the course considers the relation of editor to author, the nature of copyediting in various publishing environments, and other topics.
  • PB689 - Book Publicity (4 Credits)
    Familiarizes students with trade book promotion to the media. Begins with an overview of book publicity and then covers the publicity process, the type of freelance help available, crafting press material, the author/publicist dynamic, how to secure and promote bookstore events, the art of the interview, and the art of the pitch. All assignments and classroom activities are based on real-world publishing tasks so that students leave the class thoroughly prepared to promote their book or someone else's.
  • PB691 - Applications for Print Publish (4 Credits)
    Students master the page layout and image creation software used in the print publishing industry. Some design issues are addressed, but the primary focus is on software skills. Course assumes the student has basic Macintosh skills.
  • PB691 - Applications for Print Publishing (4 Credits)
    Students master the page layout and image creation software used in the print publishing industry. Some design issues are addressed, but the primary focus is on software skills. Course assumes the student has basic Macintosh skills.
  • PB692 - Electronic Publishing Overview (4 Credits)
    Introduces electronic and new media publishing formats, including but not limited to the web, online publishing, CD-ROM, and DVD. Course assumes the student has basic computer skills.
  • PB693 - Book Marketing & Sales (4 Credits)
    Course is designed as an extension of the Book Publishing Overview course for students who want to further explore the sales and marketing sides of business - where marketing and sales fit into the life of a book, the differences between the two areas, and the distinct effect that each, done well or badly, has on a book's success. It then tracks the marketing and sales process through a book's publication with specific assignments at each stage based on real-world publications tasks from sales forecasting to planning (and budgeting for) marketing campaigns to sales calls and the retailers' buying processes.
  • PB694 - Top: Launching a Women's Magazine or Website (4 Credits)
    Examines the marketplace of women's magazines and websites-the major players and the upstarts, their audience, and their business models. Students will explore the history of these publications, their role in defining women's interests and status, and their digital future. Student teams will be charged with developing a new women's magazine or website, something that meets a need not currently satisfied, and creating and pitching its business plan and prototype.
  • PB694 - Top: Educational Publishing (4 Credits)
    Presents an overview of publishing in the following areas: elementary, and secondary schools (K-12 Education), colleges and universities (Higher Education), and scholarly and professional (Ongoing Adult Education). Students are expected to gain an understanding of the structure of these areas of the industry, who the publishers are, what they produce (from books to software to material delivered via the Internet), how--and why--they produce their products, who constitutes the market in the various areas, and how the publishers reach those markets.
  • PB694 - Top in Writing and Publishing (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in writing and publishing topics. Some topics may require a prerequisite or permission from the instructor.
  • PB695 - Creating Electronic Publications for the Web and E-Readers (4 Credits)
    Focuses on the creation and design of complete texts in a variety of e-formats. Students will produce complete texts using the extensible Markup Language (XML) and .epub formats. The course covers the current trends and tools of the industry and explores how e-texts are created for e-readers and tablets.
  • PH105 - Introduction to Ethics (4 Credits)
    Introduces important theories on nature of the good in human conduct. Theories belong to Western philosophical tradition and include works of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and others.
  • PH110 - Ethics and Justice (4 Credits)
    Considers ethical theories and theories of justice, especially those related to questions of economic, criminal, political, and social justice.
  • PH112 - Religion in Eastern Cultures (4 Credits)
    Studies the origin and development of Hinduism in India; Buddhism in India, China, and Japan; Taoism and Confucianism in China; and Shintoism in Japan. Students read original texts; development of doctrine in each religious tradition; and literary, artistic, and cultural impact of each religion on Eastern civilizations.
  • PH115 - Islamic Ways of Life (4 Credits)
    Religious faith has been, and continues to be, a powerful force in human life. The Middle East gave birth to three monotheistic belief systems-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-which have had profound effect on fundamental ideas that eventually spread throughout the world. Course examines the historical contexts that gave birth to the Islam, playing particular attention to the philosophical underpinnings of Islam. Students are introduced to the ways in which each faith shapes moral, political, and aesthetic values.
  • PH116 - Christian Ways of Life (4 Credits)
    Religious faith has been, and continues to be, a powerful force in human life. The Middle East gave birth to three monotheistic belief systems-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-which have had profound effect on fundamental ideas that eventually spread throughout the world. Course examines the historical contexts that gave birth to the Christianity, playing particular attention to the philosophical underpinnings of Christianity. Students are introduced to the ways in which each faith shapes moral, political, and aesthetic values.
  • PH200 - Contemporary Ethics (4 Credits)
    Examines contemporary ethical issues of abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and affirmative action in light of major theories of ethics and morals from the history of Western philosophy.
  • PH203 - Top: Free Will, Responsibility, and Agency (4 Credits)
    This course examines a variety of theories of free will and moral and legal responsibility. Students will examine our society's evolving views on free will against the backdrop of current scientific findings across numerous fields, findings that put into question our traditional ideas concerning moral and legal responsibility. We will also examine the role of moral luck in our assessments of agent-based views of autonomy and moral and legal agency.
  • PH203 - Top: Free Will, Responsibility, and Agency (4 Credits)
    Topics announced prior to each term may include: Art and Politics, Media Ethics, Feminist Ethics, Political Philosophy, or Judaism. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • PH204 - Environmental Ethics (4 Credits)
    Considers philosophical ethics in relation to environmental issues. Topics include: religious beliefs as a foundation for environmental commitments, duties, and obligations toward other species; "deep ecology"; ecofeminism; economic imperatives versus environmental concerns; and disproportionate burden of environmental problems borne by certain groups.
  • PH205 - Virtues, Vices & Temptations (4 Credits)
    A key assumption in traditional moral philosophy is that the acquisition of a virtuous character is necessary for a good life. Experimental results in social psychology, however, indicate that situational pressures may be more reliable predictors of human behavior than presence of stable character traits. This course surveys key concepts in the history of moral philosophy and examines criticism of those concepts arising from the situationist literature and our possible responses to them.
  • PH210 - Narrative Ethics (4 Credits)
    Provides overview of classical and modern approaches to ethical theory using examples from fiction and film to show how ethical theories can be applied. Connects abstract theory with "real life" through storytelling and story analysis to understand and evaluate moral issues.
  • PH300 - Top: Genesis (4 Credits)
    The most influential text ever written had such a profound impact on our culture for the past two millennia that we rarely even bother to read the actual words underneath the layers of assumptions about their meaning. In this class we will not only examine the Genesis narrative rather closely but also encounter some of the pivotal works where its cosmic, apocalyptic, moral, sexual, and violent themes resonate most beautifully: from religion to philosophy, from poetry to literature, from science to art, from theater to film.
  • PH300 - Top: Genesis (4 Credits)
    Topics in political theoryphilosophy vary by semester and may include: Aesthetics of Everyday Life; Art and Politics; Community, Communication, and Public Policy; Liberalism and Communitarianism; Logic; Censorship, Privacy, and the Public Good. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • PH303 - Citizenship as Civic Engagement (4 Credits)
    What does it mean to be or become a citizen? Readings and discussions will include what it means to be a citizen in a local community, a national community, and, perhaps, a world community. What are the responsibilities involved in being an engaged citizen? This is a philosophy course, and we will be examining these issues on a theoretical and on a practical level. All students will be placed n a local non-profit for approximately 2-3 hours a week.
  • PL220 - International Politics (4 Credits)
    Explores the nature, techniques, and problems of interaction among states. Students understand the development of the modern state system;, the evolution of alliances and collective security; and the role of law, morality, and international organizations. They also analyze in depth the history of America's involvement in 20th century the international relations.
  • PL222 - Human Rights (4 Credits)
    Presents human rights issues in an international context, exploring major tensions such as how universal or culturally relative rights should be. From the philosophy of "the right to have rights" to contemporary policy dilemmas on immigration and ethnic minority rights, this class unpacks rights assumptions and assesses "real world" solutions. What are human rights? Who deserves them? How are they protected? What obligation do states and citizens have to ensure rights are not violated? Students review Latin American, US, and African case studies to explore the pressing human rights issues of our time.
  • PL225 - U.S. Government and Politics (4 Credits)
    Develops knowledge and understanding about the American political system including national, state, and local government. Examines constitutional foundations, citizenship, civil liberties, public opinion, political parties, the electoral system, and the legislative process as well as the judicial history of these issues.
  • PL240 - Communication, Politics, & Law (4 Credits)
    Develops an interdisciplinary understanding of the political-legal communication field with emphasis on the U.S. Constitution and the legal system as well as constructing and communicating political-legal arguments.
  • PL322 - Truth, Justice and Reconciliation (4 Credits)
    Investigates themes of post-conflict memory, truth commissions, transitional justice, human rights, political "amnesia," and the role of post conflict education. Theoretical discussions are illustrated with case studies from El Salvador, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Chile, Rwanda, and South Africa, among others. The class engages questions such as: what happens after violent conflict, and who is held accountable? Who remembers and who forgets the violence, and how do individuals, communities, and states go about rebuilding the social, political, and legal fabric in post-conflict contexts?
  • PL332 - Civil Rights (4 Credits)
    Reviews and develops an understanding of the U.S. Constitution, congressional legislation, and Supreme Court cases affecting and controlling minority rights from 1776 to the present.
  • PL333 - The First Amendment (4 Credits)
    Engages in in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws as they relate to communication. Develops an understanding of the First Amendment, the Federal Communication Commission, and political speech.
  • PS101 - Introductory Psychology (4 Credits)
    Presents topics across the range of sub-disciplines that make up the field, including the history of psychology, research methods, attention and consciousness, learning, memory, language, motivation, emotion, social perception and interaction, child and adult development, and mental illness. Students engage in discussions, presentations, and demonstrations centered on key ideas in the field.
  • PS200 - Social Psychology (4 Credits)
    Introduces the discipline of social psychology. Examines how the behavior of individuals is influenced by their social environment. Topics include impression formation, persuasion, conformity, interpersonal attraction, helping behavior, aggression, and prejudice.
  • PS201 - Abnormal Psychology (4 Credits)
    Provides an introduction to the nature, etiology, and classification of abnormal behaviors and therapeutic methods used to treat them. An explanation of the relation between mental disorder and the social and cultural setting is also provided.
  • PS202 - Developmental Psychology (4 Credits)
    Explores the stage/age-related physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of individuals. Topics include physical maturation and sensory-motor development; thinking, reasoning, and language processes; personality growth; social cognition; and interpersonal interaction. Attention is also given to the discussion of contemporary issues in developmental psychology.
  • PS203 - Cognitive Psychology (4 Credits)
    Studies the mental mechanisms and processes involved with perception, learning, memory, and thinking. Topics may include perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, decision-making, mental representation and knowledge, reasoning, creativity, and intelligence. Highlights the close relationship between modern cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience that ties cognitive processes to brain systems.
  • PS301 - Personal Growth and Adjustment (4 Credits)
    Reviews the recent shift in psychology from the classic disease or medical-model perspective to a "strengths-based" model emphasizing well-being and adjustment. Examines this theoretical development, but also explores the proposed conditions that enhance well-being, support resilience, and allow individuals and communities to thrive. Topics include intention and mindfulness, self-efficacy, self-regulation, creativity and flow, and attachment and love.
  • PS306 - Psychology of Prejudice (4 Credits)
    Explores the psychological causes and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination through an analysis of psychological theory and empirical research. By focusing on the experiences of a wide range of groups, the course examines themes such as group identity and intergroup conflict; the nature of categorization; why stereotypes persist; the personal and societal impact of prejudice; and how prejudice might be overcome.
  • PS307 - Psychology of Relationships (4 Credits)
    The psychology of relationships is the scientific study of how we initiate, develop, and maintain close relationships, including friendships and romantic relationships. Relationship researchers take an empirical approach to studying personal and social relationships, which involves carefully observing social phenomena, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on the nature of those data. Students study a variety of topics in which relationship processes are at work, including what attracts us to a potential friend or romantic partner, why we fall in love, why we feel jealous, and how we respond to relationship conflicts.
  • PS380 - Top: Psych of Relationships (4 Credits)
  • SC210 - Human Health and Disease (4 Credits)
    How is our human body designed and maintained and how is the intricate balance of this system disrupted in illness? This course explores the structure, function, and interrelationship between several body systems through the study of human disease. Several major non-infectious diseases are selected (for example, diabetes, Alzheimer's, heart disease, and lung cancer) as a platform for discussing the chemistry and anatomy of the body. Study of these diseases informs discussion on mechanisms of drug action, the nature of disease risk factors, ethics and politics of healthcare, and the role of mind-body relationships in health and disease.
  • SC211 - Food and Nutrition (4 Credits)
    Introduces food systems, diet, and nutrition. Helps students become informed consumers of food by discussing what we eat, why we eat, where our food comes from, how it is processed, and how it affects our health. Students learn principles of nutrition, including the function of nutrients, food composition and diet analysis, the workings of the digestive system, and the nutritional roots of disease. The environmental, sociological, and psychological implications of food are discussed, and emphasis is placed on dispelling common myths about food and on questioning information presented in the media.
  • SC212 - Evolution of Human Nature (4 Credits)
    Introduces the field of evolutionary biology and its application to all species, including humans. Major topics include natural selection, adaptation, and sexual selection, as well as genetics. Focuses particularly on the ancestral legacies of primate and human evolution that continue to influence modern-day society, including topics such as cooperation, jealousy, aggression, and health.
  • SC213 - The Brain and Behavior (4 Credits)
    Discusses the general structure of the human brain and perceptual, cognitive, and neurologic functions and disorders tied to various brain systems. Covers neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, basic sensory functions, brain development, mechanisms of drugs and hormones, sleep, consciousness, and investigative methods used to study the brain. Higher neurocognitive functions, including language and memory and a range of neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, and neurodegenerative disorders are also explored.
  • SC214 - Plagues and Pandemics (4 Credits)
    Infectious diseases are a leading worldwide cause of human death. This course describes and discusses the role, origins, spread, and impact of infectious diseases. By examining how the human immune system guards against infectious disease, students gain an understanding of the complex interaction between host and pathogen. This foundation is a launching point for discussion of topics such as the rise of drug-resistant microbes, advances in diagnostic and vaccine development, the socioeconomic and political factors involved in disease progression, food preservation and safety, and the use of microbes and microbial products in bioterrorism.
  • SC215 - Personal Genetics & Identity (4 Credits)
    As it becomes increasingly possible to obtain personalized versions of our individual human genomes, it behooves us to consider how much weight this information carries in generating our physical uniqueness and individual identity. This course introduces the biological basis of inheritance and human variation while considering the personal and public implications of accessibility to one's genetic information. In particular, students explore what our DNA can and can't tell us about appearance, disease, ancestry, and behavior. Students consider the marketing of genetic tests, the use of DNA databases in forensic science, regulation of the personal genomics industry, and genetic privacy.
  • SC216 - DNA and Society (4 Credits)
    Explores the structure and function of DNA and the role of the genetic code in shaping the basic cellular units of life. Covers the molecular biology necessary to understand science developments that have garnered the attention of the media and the scientific community, including those relating to biotechnology, stem cells, and genetic engineering. Students discuss this science at its intersection with art, policy, marketing, medicine, and human experience. They gain an appreciation of how molecular biology impacts our society and obtain the tools necessary to make informed decisions about the science we encounter.
  • SC220 - Energy and Sustainability (4 Credits)
    Energy has emerged as one of the most important issues facing our society, as it is increasingly clear that our current patterns of energy use are not sustainable. The course examines the ways in which we use energy, as individuals and as a society, and discusses available and future energy technologies in terms of their environmental impact and technical, economic, and political viability. Students explore various energy sources, beginning with traditional fossil fuel-based technologies, then focusing on emerging technologies, such as hydropower, wind, biomass, solar, geothermal, oceanic, fuel cell, and nuclear.
  • SC221 - Meteorology (4 Credits)
    Introduces the basic concepts involved in the analysis of weather phenomena and climate patterns at global and local scales. Major topics of discussion include: atmospheric composition and dynamics; solar radiation; temperature, moisture, and condensation; optical phenomena in the atmosphere; weather patterns; severe weather; and weather forecasting techniques.
  • SC222 - Earth Science: Natural Disasters (4 Credits)
    Focuses on natural disasters to introduce students to a range of earth-science fields, including geology, meteorology, ecology, and hydrology. Explores a variety of natural processes, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, landslides, wildfires, tornadoes, and climate change. Particular attention is paid to the impacts of natural disasters on human populations, the built environment, and natural resources.
  • SC223 - Climate Change (4 Credits)
    Climate change is a complex topic of enormous scientific interest, societal importance, and political debate. This course introduces the science of climate change and global warming, focusing in particular on: past environmental change, including abrupt changes and past intervals of warmth; the response of physical and biological systems to recent and ongoing changes in climate; future climate scenarios, forecasting uncertainties, and public-policy options; and critical evaluation of media coverage of climate-change issues.
  • SC225 - Science and Politics of Water (4 Credits)
    Explores the confluence of fundamental ecological, hydrological, and other environmental processes with policy and law at the watershed scale. Emphasis is placed on how natural pathways of the flow of water support vital freshwater ecosystem services such as clean drinking water and healthy fish populations. Students also seek insight toward improved management by weighing the trade-offs required for other valued uses such as recreation, agriculture, hydropower, and industrial uses.
  • SC226 - Plants and People (4 Credits)
    Introduces plant biology, botany, and ecology, with a particular focus on the importance of plants to humans. Explores the basics of plant structure, growth processes, and reproduction; plant diversity and evolution; the use of plants for food, medicine, and other products; the interactions between plants and the environments they live in; and the role of plants in global environmental change.
  • SC232 - Physics of Everyday Life (4 Credits)
    Examines the concepts of classical mechanics, oscillating systems, and electricity and magnetism, focusing on ways students encounter physical phenomena in daily life.
  • SC290 - Top: (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in science focused on theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, and contemporary questions in science. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • SC310 - Science in Translation: Health and Genetics (4 Credits)
    Refines and broadens students' ability to interpret scientific language and communicate critical scientific content to others. This course examines popular representations of molecular biology in various outlets such as film, fiction, and journalism. Conversation about any scientific inaccuracies provides motivation for delving deeper into the science, and discussion of creative intent provides a mechanism for discussing ethical, social, and political impact of related research. Students then apply such interpretative understandings to their own craft as they put scientific translation and communication into practice in select scenarios.
  • SC312 - Visual & Spatial Preception (4 Credits)
    Examines visual and spatial processes and the sensory, cognitive, and neurophysiologic aspects of vision and spatial perception. Reviews the anatomy and physiology of the eye and the visual system, including the brain systems responsible for processing and making sense of visual input. Focus is then given to perception of size, form, color, motion, and three-dimensional space, followed by perceptual and neurological disorders in the visuospatial realm. The course is relevant to students interested in the workings of the visual system, as well as to students in visual media or marketing interested in applied principles of visual perception.
  • SC320 - Science in Translation: Environmental Science (4 Credits)
    Refines and broadens students' ability to interpret scientific language and communicate critical scientific content to others. This course examines popular representations of environmental issues in various outlets such as film, fiction, and journalism. Conversation about any scientific inaccuracies provides motivation for delving deeper into the science, and discussion of creative intent provides a mechanism for discussing ethical, social, and political impact of related research. Students then apply such interpretative understandings to their own craft as they put scientific translation and communication into practice in select scenarios.
  • SC321 - Environoments, Ecosystems, and Cultures of the Past (4 Credits)
    Examines past environmental changes, at timescales ranging from decades to millennia, and their impacts on ecosystems and human societies. This long-term perspective provides a frame of reference for understanding modern-day ecosystem processes and helps us anticipate the consequences of future changes in climate. Also explores the ecological impacts of ancient humans to gain insights into the sustainable use of natural resources. Students will learn how various retrospective approaches, including analyses of ice cores, ocean and lake sediments, tree rings, archaeological materials, and historical documents, are used to reconstruct climate, vegetation, fire and human activities.
  • SC390 - Top: Biology of the Sexes (4 Credits)
    Why are women and men different? This course explores differences in human female and male behavior based on the intersection between evolutionary biology, physiology, and psychology. Our approach focuses on the major events of the life cycle, including puberty, mating behavior and sexual attraction, as well as parenting and reproduction. We examine the role of sex hormones and also consider such controversial topics as sex differences in aggression and cognition. Examples are drawn from both traditional and modern human societies. The course involves a mix of lecture-discussions.
  • SO150 - Principles of Sociology (4 Credits)
    Introduces key sociological concepts, methodologies that provide pivotal tools for critical analysis of structures, agents of power focusing on roles shaping relationships, and institutions in local and global communities. Explores historical biographies that shape worldviews. Brings history to bear on present to identify and shape sociological imagination. Hands-on approaches extend learning beyond classroom, ensuring theory linked to practice. Students learn and live sociology as an integral aspect of individual and community identities.
  • SO200 - Communities and Race Relations (4 Credits)
    Studies the history and sociology of racial and ethnic groups in United States, including consideration of group tensions and aggressions. Gives overview of social experiences of major ethnic groups that entered the United States and selected Native American societies. Modern issues of inter-group relations are examined.
  • SO206 - Gender in a Global Perspective (4 Credits)
    Examines gender in a comparative and global context framed by interdisciplinary perspectives from sociology, anthropology, psychology, and cultural studies. Studies social construction of gender across cultures and globalization as a web of complex forces shaping gender-construction activities and institutions. Students compare experiences with other cultures and analyze work, play, and intimacy and institutional structures, including religion, politics, military, media, and the economy.
  • SO210 - Top: Culture of Money (4 Credits)
    Do you understand money? This course examines the culture of money and finance, the morality of big money, and the role of the media in making sense of everyday economics. Finance is not simply a system but a culture and capitalism shapes moral world views. The course examines the history of money and exchange, the symbolic of money, the aesthetics of coinage, the contemporary place of markets in globalization and the nature of debt and inequality in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. Through the course students will gain financial literacy and a critical understanding of the role of money in contemporary life.
  • SO222 - Humor and Society (4 Credits)
    Explores humor as a window onto key sociological questions. What do jokes, gags, clowns, comedians, pranks and cartoons have to do with social order, conflict, inequality, identity and interactions? How does the comedy, as a sociological perspective, illuminate the humor of social organizations and of our subjective states? Students will study key sociological arguments and relate them to the humor they observe in their own lives and in the social world around them.
  • SO310 - Top: Religion & Globalization (4 Credits)
    We live in an era of global encounters from digital world tourism to corporate financial takeovers. How should we live our lives in this world? This course is a comparative anthropological inquiry into modes that various religions adopt as they encounter and engage globalization forces. Students will be encouraged to reflect on how the themes and readings covered in the course challenge their own thinking and assumptions about the ethical and the global.
  • SO310 - Top: (4 Credits)
    Topics announced prior to each term may include: Alienation and Fragmentation in the Individual; Theories of Love, Sex, and Intimacy; or Postmodern Religion and the Secularization of Society. May be repeated for credit it topics differ.
  • TH121 - Introduction to Acting 1 (4 Credits)
    Introduces the acting process to the non-performance major. Group and individual exercise work develops a relaxed instrument able to respond freely, in the body and the voice, to emotional and external stimuli. The course moves from fundamental explorations through improvisation to work on scripted material.
  • TH122 - Introduction to Acting 2 (4 Credits)
    Building on the work of TH 121, this course proceeds to careful study of acting craft through the vocabulary of intentions, actions, obstacles, subtext, and objectives.
  • TH123 - Acting 1: Movement (4 Credits)
    An intensive exploration of movement and improvisation. A variety of improvisatory approaches are employed to tap into individual creativity and to discover the power of group creation. Physical demands increase as the body is emphasized as the instrument of communication. The work includes exploration of space, energy, dynamics, rhythm, and sensory response. Actors learn to channel their physical and emotional energy into dramatic action. Prerequisite: by audition only.
  • TH124 - Acting 2: Voice and Text (4 Credits)
    Bases the actor's work in the experience of voice and language. The goal is a free voice in a free body and the ability to express thought and emotion with openness and truth. The course guides students through awareness of and release from habitual tensions and into body alignment, breathing, resonators, sound and movement, group interaction, and the exploration of individual and group creativity. Students use both scripted and improvised material as they discover the two to three octaves of the speaking voice and its connection with thoughts and words. Prerequisite: by audition only.
  • TH130 - Improvisation I (2 Credits)
    Introduces performance majors to improvisation, developing listening skills, spontaneous playing, and the art of presence. Required for all students enrolled in the Actor Training Program. Prerequisite: by audition only.
  • TH131 - Acting Fundamentals (2 Credits)
    Introductory course intended to provide the acting foundation necessary for more advanced scene study. Students apply fundamental concepts explored in first-year voice, movement, and improvisation into written scenes. The emphases are on experiential exercises: improvisations, open scenes, and basic contemporary scene work.
  • TH140 - Rendering (2 Credits)
    Structured to develop fundamental skills in observation, drawing, painting, and modeling, with an emphasis on the application of these skills to the theatrical design process. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed. This is the first course required of students in the Design/Technology concentration.
  • TH140 - Rendering II (2 Credits)
    Structured to develop fundamental skills in observation, drawing, painting, and modeling, with an emphasis on the application of these skills to the theatrical design process. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed. This is the first course required of students in the Design/Technology concentration.
  • TH142 - Stagecraft: Electrics (2 Credits)
    Offers experience in standard technical craft practices for the theatre. Students study fundamental techniques in selected technical/craft areas including, but not limited to, scenic construction and handling, scene painting, sculpture for the stage, costume and properties construction, make-up prosthetics, masks, electrics, and lighting. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed. Students may complete different Stagecraft units to a total of 8 credits. The Performing Arts core curriculum requires completion of two laboratory units, or 4 credits.
  • TH143 - Stagecraft: Properties Construction (2 Credits)
    Offers experience in standard technical craft practices for the theatre. Students study fundamental techniques in selected technical/craft areas including, but not limited to, scenic construction and handling, scene painting, sculpture for the stage, costume and properties construction, make-up prosthetics, masks, electrics, and lighting. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed. Students may complete different Stagecraft units to a total of 8 credits. The Performing Arts core curriculum requires completion of two laboratory units, or 4 credits.
  • TH146 - Stagecraft: Scene Painting (2 Credits)
    Offers experience in standard technical craft practices for the theatre. Students study fundamental techniques in selected technical/craft areas including, but not limited to, scenic construction and handling, scene painting, sculpture for the stage, costume and properties construction, make-up prosthetics, masks, electrics, and lighting. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed. Students may complete different Stagecraft units to a total of 8 credits. The Performing Arts core curriculum requires completion of two laboratory units, or 4 credits.
  • TH147 - Stagecraft: Crafts (2 Credits)
    Offers experience in standard technical craft practices for the theatre. Students study fundamental techniques in selected technical/craft areas including, but not limited to, scenic construction and handling, scene painting, sculpture for the stage, costume and properties construction, make-up prosthetics, masks, electrics, and lighting. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed. Students may complete different Stagecraft units to a total of 8 credits. The Performing Arts core curriculum requires completion of two laboratory units, or 4 credits.
  • TH150 - History of Fashion & Décor: Design Research (4 Credits)
    Explores the development of styles of Western architecture, furniture, and clothing as a demonstration of the human need to express the social, cultural, and psychological ideals of the period in which it occurs. From the Greeks to the 17th century, the period is presented within its historical-sociological context. The period visual elements are examined according to shape, style, construction, function, and evolution of appearance.
  • TH203 - Perspectives in World Theatre (4 Credits)
    Looks at theatre and performance as an essential component and expression of culture. Surveys material in select time periods and global settings to demonstrate how the various elements of theatre work to reflect and shape culture on issues such as nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and age. In order to do so, this course examines the roles and practices of directors, designers, dramaturges, and playwrights throughout the world from the classical to the postmodern period, and of varying theatrical styles. Readings include plays and historical material, as well as dramatic theory and criticism. Students attend lectures, participate in group work, view theatrical performances and videos, and talk to professionals in the field. Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective of the General Education requirements. Performing Arts majors are not permitted to ernoll in this course.
  • TH204 - Theatre into Film (4 Credits)
    Explores the artistic languages of theatre and film. Dramatic material written for the stage is read and analyzed and the process of adaptation of that material is explored. Texts include the works of such playwrights as Shakespeare, Strindberg, Williams, and Albee. Film texts include the work of directors such as Lumet, Cukor, Solberg, and Nichols. Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective of the General Education requirements.
  • TH205 - Dress Codes: American Clothes in the Twentieth Century (4 Credits)
    Examines American clothes and fashion in the 20th century, with a primary focus on the visual elements of everyday dress. Six distinct periods are studied according to the silhouette and decorative details of each. Further, each fashion period is studied within the context of its indirect influences (social, cultural, historical, technological, economical). Particular focus is given to concepts of masculinity and feminity, and gender ambiguity; challenges to gendered clothes (such as trousers on women, long hair on men); and anti-fashion (zoot suits, beatniks, hippies, punk, goth). Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective of the General Education requirements.
  • TH205 - Dress Codes: American Clothes in the Twentieth Century (4 Credits)
    Examines American clothes and fashion in the 20th century, with a primary focus on the visual elements of everyday dress. Six distinct periods are studied according to the silhouette and decorative details of each. Further, each fashion period is studied within the context of its indirect influences (social, cultural, historical, technological, economical). Particular focus is given to concepts of masculinity and feminity, and gender ambiguity; challenges to gendered clothes (such as trousers on women, long hair on men); and anti-fashion (zoot suits, beatniks, hippies, punk, goth). Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective of the General Education requirements.
  • TH215 - World Drama in Its Context 1 (4 Credits)
    Surveys theatre and drama from the Greeks through the Restoration, with a focus on the major periods of Western theatre and dramatic literature: the Greeks, Roman theatre and drama, Medieval theatre, Elizabethan drama, Italian Commedia Dell'arte, Spanish Golden Age, French Neo-Classicism, and Restoration. In addition, students survey Eastern classical theatre and drama with a particular emphasis on the Sanskrit theatre, the Chinese drama and the Peking Opera, and the classical theatre of Japan, including Kabuki, No, and the puppet theatre. There are selected readings of plays in their historical context with particular attention paid to theatrical styles of plays and production.
  • TH216 - World Drama in Its Context 2 (4 Credits)
    Surveys theatre and drama from the late 17th century to the present. The major periods of world theatre and drama, Romanticism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism are studied with particular emphasis on 20th-century theatre and drama throughout the world, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Attention is given to the work of both women and men. Theatrical conventions, innovations, and techniques developed in the Western and non-Western theatres are explored.
  • TH221 - Musical Theatre Scene Study I (4 Credits)
    This intensive acting class builds on the first-year acting courses to ensure a personal commitment in the way students approach and experience scene work and acting technique. Through exercises and improvisations, students increase awareness, strengthen the ability to talk and listen, and practice recognizing and experiencing moment-to-moment acting. They then apply these skills to dramatic scripts. Students learn how to read a play from the actor's perspective and how to break down and explore a scene in terms of given circumstances, relationships, and character needs.
  • TH221 - Scene Study 1 (4 Credits)
    This intensive acting class builds on the first-year acting courses to ensure a personal commitment in the way students approach and experience scene work and acting technique. Through exercises and improvisations, students increase awareness, strengthen the ability to talk and listen, and practice recognizing and experiencing moment-to-moment acting. They then apply these skills to dramatic scripts. Students learn how to read a play from the actor's perspective and how to break down and explore a scene in terms of given circumstances, relationships, and character needs.
  • TH221 - Scene Study I (4 Credits)
    This intensive acting class builds on the first-year acting courses to ensure a personal commitment in the way students approach and experience scene work and acting technique. Through exercises and improvisations, students increase awareness, strengthen the ability to talk and listen, and practice recognizing and experiencing moment-to-moment acting. They then apply these skills to dramatic scripts. Students learn how to read a play from the actor's perspective and how to break down and explore a scene in terms of given circumstances, relationships, and character needs.
  • TH222 - Scene Study II (4 Credits)
    Strengthens and deepens the work begun in TH 221. Students are now ready to codify their experience into a meaningful acting vocabulary. Terms such as action, objective, super-objective, obstacle, and subtext are layered into scene work from American and British realism. Students begin to use imagery in order to more fully encounter and receive the imaginary world of the play.
  • TH222 - Scene Study II-Mus Theatre (4 Credits)
    Strengthens and deepens the work begun in TH 221. Students are now ready to codify their experience into a meaningful acting vocabulary. Terms such as action, objective, super-objective, obstacle, and subtext are layered into scene work from American and British realism. Students begin to use imagery in order to more fully encounter and receive the imaginary world of the play.
  • TH240 - Drafting (2 Credits)
    Through weekly projects, students learn graphic techniques in drafting for theatrical production. The focus is on conventional symbolization, development of ground plans, sections, elevations, orthographics, isometrics, and construction drawings. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH240 - Drafting II (2 Credits)
    Through weekly projects, students learn graphic techniques in drafting for theatrical production. The focus is on conventional symbolization, development of ground plans, sections, elevations, orthographics, isometrics, and construction drawings. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH242 - Lighting Design I (4 Credits)
    Basic principles of stage lighting design are introduced, including the mechanics and optics of lighting instruments, electrical theory and practices, control systems, basic design concepts, and color theory. Controllable qualities of light are investigated and demonstrated through students' participation on a lighting crew for a department production. Design techniques are developed through a complete lighting design project. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH243 - Sound Design (4 Credits)
    Introduces the basic principles of theatrical sound design and the practices and skills required to develop a production's sound design and supportive technical documentation. Students are introduced to script analysis, system layout, effects development, source researching, and organization. The combined hands-on presentations and class assignments allow students to develop a working knowledge of the sound designer's responsibilities and skills. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH244 - Costume Construction (4 Credits)
    Introduces basic costume patterning and construction methods. Students not only study draping, drafting, and flat-patterning, but also learn terminology, equipment usage, and the skills necessary to the entire costuming process. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH245 - Scene Design 1 (4 Credits)
    Introduces the fundamental principles of design. Students learn how proficiency in a core set of design skills can lead to effective performance in a variety of theatrical and commercial production situations. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH250 - Design Essentials (4 Credits)
    Introduces the theatrical design process and personnel within the regional theatre model. Emphasis is placed on the interconnection between the various design areas and their function in the process of making theatre. Students explore script analysis from the designer's point of view, review various production styles and venues, and experience current production design approaches. This course exposes students to some of the basic skills and processes employed by theatrical designers. Students are expected to supply appropriate materials as needed and attend selected theatrical productions.
  • TH252 - Master Electrician (4 Credits)
    Studies the tools of lighting, principles of electricity, and the technical electrical skills required to become safe and proficient as a theatrical electrician as well as the process of creating paperwork, budgeting shows, and leading crews as a master electrician.
  • TH265 - Foundations of Education (4 Credits)
    Examines the basis of public education and the teaching process from a theoretical and methodological viewpoint. Multiple perspectives are employed to investigate these issues, including, but not limited to, the philosophical, historical, sociological, psychological, economic, and political. Required course for initial licensure as a Teacher of Theatre.
  • TH275 - Arts Management I (4 Credits)
    Explores the theory and practice of arts management, with particular focus on theatre management. Extensive readings in arts management provide a foundation for further work in the field.
  • TH277 - Stage Management I (4 Credits)
    The fundamentals of stage management explored through readings, discussion, written exercises, and appropriate hands-on experience.
  • TH313 - African-American Theatre and Culture (4 Credits)
    African-American drama and theater in Africa and America are studied from their origins in African ritual and in early 19th-century America to the present. Lectures and discussions focus on traditional and modern drama and theater, as well as significant periods of dramatic activity such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Federal Theatre Project, and the Black Arts Movement, and on representative works by major contemporary African and African-American dramatists. Fulfills the General Education U.S. Diversity requirement.
  • TH315 - Topics in Contemporary Theatre (4 Credits)
    Covers various topics in the aesthetics of contemporary theatre with particular focus on the history, theory, and criticism of selected contemporary performers and directors, such as Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman, Anne Bogart, Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, Julie Taymor, and Tadashi Suzuki, and groups such as Open Theatre, Living Theatre, and Mabou Mines. May be repeated for credit if topics differ. Prerequisite: junior standing. Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective of the General Education requirements.
  • TH320 - Stage Com:Close Quarter Combat (4 Credits)
    Unarmed theatrical combat techniques suitable for both stage and screen are taught, including: shared-weight illusions and grappling, contact and non-contact strikes, and falls and rolls. Another unit focuses on incorporating combat props such as knives and found objects. Scene work ranges from classical to modern to self-scripted. This is an acting class using physical lines of dialogue; students bring all of their acting, voice, and movement skills to bear on this work.
  • TH322 - Acting for the Camera (4 Credits)
    Prepares acting students for work on camera. Students explore the actor's relationship both to the camera and to the medium. Coursework includes improvisation, monologue, and scene work. A portion of the course is devoted to "the business of acting" with special attention to film and television auditioning. Technical skill for film and television performance and an introduction to the element of film production (script/story structure, editing, lighting, and cinematography) are components of the course.
  • TH324 - Dialects (4 Credits)
    Continues the actor's work of experiencing voice and language in a free body as a means to develop versatile and intelligible speech. Using specific Linklater Sound and Movement exercises as a bridge to text and as a physical connection to phonetics, students explore and expand the actor's range, stamina, and expressive ability. Students use these tools, along with Paul Meier's textbook, Accents and Dialects for Stage and Screen, to acquire British Standard (RP), Cockney, Irish, German, Russian, New York, and American Southern dialects as well as other specialty dialects as time allows. The goal of the class is to expand the actor's choices of speech and vocal expression and to acquaint her/him with the resources necessary to learn dialects.
  • TH325 - BFA Acting Studio 1 (4 Credits)
    Intensive discovery of acting technique that builds on the first two years of voice and movement/improvisation work to ensure a personal commitment in the way a student studies and experiences scene work through the vocabulary of intentions, actions, obstacles, subtext, and objectives. This studio course integrates experiences in voice, movement, and acting work through team teaching. Significant personal and group preparation is required outside of class time. At least four additional hours per week are protected in the schedule of all students to facilitate this important work. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: BFA Acting majors only who have successfully completed a faculty review, audition, and TH 222. Co-requisite: TH 326.
  • TH326 - BFA Acting Studio 2 (4 Credits)
    Continuation of the intensive studio training work of TH 325 students in the BFA program in Acting. This studio course integrates experiences in voice, movement, and acting work through team teaching. Significant personal and group preparation is required outside of class time. At least four additional hours per week are protected in the schedule of all students to facilitate this important work. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: BFA Acting majors only who have successfully completed a faculty review, audition, and TH 222. Co-requisite: TH 325.
  • TH327 - Advanced Musical Theatre Technique I (4 Credits)
    Intensive technique work in acting and musical theatre repertoire. Significant personal and group preparation is required outside of class. Semester includes specific instruction in "clean singing." Prerequisite: BFA Musical Theatre majors only who have successfully completed a faculty review, audition, and TH 222. Co-requisite: TH 329 or TH 429.
  • TH328 - Advanced Mus Th Technique II (4 Credits)
    Continuation of the intensive studio training work of TH 327 for students in the BFA program in Musical Theatre. Scenes from musical theatre and plays as well as advanced musical solo work are considered. Significant personal and group preparation is required outside of class. Semester includes specific work in dialects. Prerequisite: TH 327. Co-requisite: TH 329 or TH 429.
  • TH329 - Musical Theatre Dance Repertoire I (2 Credits)
    Students are assigned to class by skill level as determined by musical theatre and dance faculty. Students explore various styles of musical theatre dance and hone their audition and performance skills. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: BFA Musical Theatre majors only who have successfully completed a faculty review, audition, and TH 222. Co-requisite: TH 327, TH 328, TH 427, or TH 428.
  • TH340 - AutoCAD (4 Credits)
    Students learn to use the technology of computer assisted drafting (CAD) to communicate common graphical information required in theatre design and technology. This includes the creation of ground plans, elevations, section views, orthographic views, technical details, and light plots. Students produce both electronic files and printed documents that conform to accepted theatre graphics standards. The techniques of 3D modeling and rendering are also introduced.
  • TH342 - Lighting Design II (4 Credits)
    Presents approaches to lighting design and poses specific design problems for students to solve. Attention is also given to color, composition, cueing, and production through presentations and discussions in class. Students participate in department productions as assistant designers and electricians. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH345 - Scene Design 2 (4 Credits)
    Builds on the experience of fundamental level coursework. Students develop methods for solving the practical and aesthetic problems that a professional designer, working in theatre and allied fields, will encounter. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH348 - Costume Design 2 (4 Credits)
    Explores advanced design principles and processes in all areas of costume design. Students experience the complete process of designing costumes for a given project, including (a) creating and presenting the design concept; (b) developing appropriate paperwork for counting, building, and running costumes; and (c) budgeting specs and rendering final sketches. Students produce a portfolio of work and learn to communicate professionally with other members of the theatrical production team. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH372 - Topics in Stage Management (4 Credits)
    In depth exploration of Actors Equity Association agreements and practical application in the rehearsal process and performance. Cue calling theory and techniques for dramatic productions and musicals.
  • TH372 - Top: Creative Producing I (4 Credits)
    This course will focus on all of the elements necessary for being a successful producer in the context of our current opportunities and challenges for making art in our contemporary moment.We will work in the context of the artistic programming at Emerson College in the Office of the Arts, particularly as pertains to ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage, and HowlRound: A Center for the Theater Commons.
  • TH375 - Arts Management II (4 Credits)
    A detailed exploration of the theory and practice of arts management using current case studies from within the field. Exploration will include extensive readings, guest speakers, research, group discussions and writing exercises.
  • TH376 - Production Management (4 Credits)
    Explores professional production management in theatre, ranging from commercial and nonprofit regional theatre models to touring and special events management.
  • TH377 - Stage Management II (4 Credits)
    Addresses the students' needs for comprehensive intermediate instruction, primarily focusing on the position of the assistant stage manager and how he or she functions not only within the stage management team but also as a collaborator/facilitator on plays and musicals.
  • TH381 - Directing I: Fundamentals of Directing (4 Credits)
    Major principles of play directing are studied. Through comprehensive script analysis, students become familiar with the structure of a play as a basis on which the various elements of theatre can be organized to achieve dramatic unity. Laboratory application of directing practices introduces students to the techniques employed by a director to communicate with actors and audience, including principles of composition, movement, stage business, and rhythm.
  • TH388 - Playwriting I (4 Credits)
    Working from the reading and analysis of contemporary plays, from discussions of contemporary theatrical techniques, and from exercises through which the student writer gains access to personal material, the major focus of the semester is the writing and revision of several drafts of at least 1 one-act play suitable for production on stage. Pieces, scenes, and whole plays are read in class and active participation in the workshop process is a required component of the course.
  • TH402 - Living Art in Real Space: Multidisciplinary Art and the Collaborative Process (4 Credits)
    Examines the development and language of multidisciplinary art from the 20th century to the present day, with reference to specific artists, trends, and movements. Lectures, slide and video presentations, museum visits, student research, reading, writing, and in-depth experiential processes address how different artistic disciplines inform one another and come together in visual art performance and installations. Culminates in final presentations of multidisciplinary work by student groups documenting and mapping sources, methods, and process of their collaborations.
  • TH410 - Principles of Dramaturgy (4 Credits)
    Provides theoretical and critical background to the profession of dramaturgy. Explores the history of dramaturgy as well as different professional venues and the variety of tasks that dramaturges perform within a particular venue. Introduces students to the areas of dramatic criticism (theatre critics and scholars, translators, script analysts, and editors), literary office dramaturgy (new script analysis, season planning, literary management of the theatre, etc.), and production dramaturgy (working with the director, audience outreach, new play development, etc.).
  • TH411 - Top: (4 Credits)
    Various offerings in dramatic literature, theatre history, and/or criticism including, but not limited to, modern American drama, contemporary European and American drama, contemporary women playwrights, gay and lesbian drama, Shakespeare and the Greeks, the history of acting, the history of the physical theatre, and performance studies. All courses are reading, research, and writing intensive. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • TH412 - Play Analysis (4 Credits)
    Introduces students to the art and skill of play analysis, with an eye toward production and cultural significance. Students learn building blocks of dramatic structure and analyze how structure contributes to the understanding of a play. They study plays, critical essays, and performances spanning 25 centuries of Western theatrical practice. Part of the class time is devoted to mapping the structures of the plays and analyzing how these structures may be used to create textually supported interpretations both on stage and in writing. Students explore the material through lecture, discussion, videos, and group activities.
  • TH420 - Stage Combat: Historical Weaponry (4 Credits)
    Introduces three weapons commonly found in plays and films: broadsword (for example, from Richard III or The Lord of the Rings); quarterstaff (such as in Robin Hood or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); and rapier and dagger (think Romeo and Juliet or The Three Musketeers). Students explore the fundamentals of creating safe illusions of violence using footwork, distance, targeting, blocks, strikes, and simulated wounds and kills. Scene work focuses on classical material. This is an acting class using physical lines of dialogue; students bring all of their acting, voice, and movement skills to bear on this work.
  • TH421 - Advanced Acting Topics: Musical Theatre for Actors (4 Credits)
    An immersion into Musical Theatre singing in both classic and contemporary repertoire. The first half of the semester will cover "classic" musical theatre (40s, 50s and 60s), and the second will bring us up to the latest era of pop music and contemporary musical theatre that audiences are experiencing today.
  • TH421 - Advanced Acting Topics: Performance Project (4 Credits)
    This class is a joint venture with VM 440 - Advanced Studio Production: Fiction (Regge Life, Instructor). In the spirit of Masterpiece Theatre, students will mount and perform an excerpted version of Frank Higgins' Gunplay first as a stage play and then capture the performance as a television production, giving students practice in the adjustments needed to play in both mediums. Students will learn about the technical side of television production. Students will also walk away with a reel upon providing a DVD. An ensemble company of twelve to fourteen versatile, bold, chameleon-like character actors are sought to play numerous different people. Selected by interview.
  • TH421 - AdvAct: Adv Improvisation (4 Credits)
    This course builds on the fundamentals of improvisation- listening skills, saying "yes", taking risks, spontaneity, narrative, status- and explores advanced styles and forms of improvisational theatre. From Keith Johnstone's Theatresports and comedy club style improv to Mask, Story Theatre and dramatic improvisation. The course will culminate with in-house and outside performances at a public venue.
  • TH421 - Advanced Acting Topics: Voice and Text (4 Credits)
    This course is an in-depth exploration of the voice work of Kristin Linklater and her progression of exercises designed to free the natural voice. Complimentary voice exercises, such as Kristin Linklater's Sound & Movement sequence, will also be introduced to encourage the actor's ability to speak with her/his whole body and to open up all the communication channels for breath, voice, and listening. The goal of the voice work is a free voice in a free body that is able to respond to a full range of emotional and imaginative demands with openness and truth. The goal of this course is to reinforce the actor's confidence in bringing Linklater Voice work to the exploration of text.
  • TH421 - Advanced Acting Topics: Theatre of the Oppressed (4 Credits)
    This course provides an introduction to some of the sociopolitical practical techniques that make up the arsenal of the Theatre of the Oppressed. Pioneered by Brazilian artist and activist Augusto Boal, these forms were inspired by the pedagogical theories of Paulo Freire. Now they are used internationally and have been developed an adapted to countless settings around the world. This introductory level course will engage students with some of the foundational theories, as well as focus on the interactive games and exercises that form the foundation of this work. The class will focus on Games, Image Theatre, Forum Theatre, and Newspaper Theatre.
  • TH423 - Action Theater (4 Credits)
    Action TheaterT is a training system in physical theater improvisation that integrates vocal, physical, and verbal skills while connecting to the agility of the imagination. Exercises isolate the components of action -time, space, shape, and energy- so they can be examined, experienced, and altered in order to expand the expressive range and palette. The work provides tools to examine one's perceptive and responsive process, and address habits that limit one's ability to remain embodied, engaged, and in the moment. Students apply these skills to structured solo and ensemble improvisational performance.
  • TH425 - BFA Acting Studio 3 (4 Credits)
    Continuation of the intensive studio training work of TH 325 and TH 326 for students in the BFA program in Acting. Scene study problems move toward issues of style, including a range of aesthetic and acting style issues. This studio course integrates experiences in voice, movement, stage combat (including unarmed and Elizabethan rapier), and acting work through team teaching. Significant personal and group preparation is required outside of class time. At least four additional hours per week are protected in the schedule of all students to facilitate this important work. Co-requisite: TH 426.
  • TH426 - BFA Acting Studio 4 (4 Credits)
    Continuation of the intensive studio training work of TH 425 for students in the BFA program in Acting. Beyond continued scene work, significant attention is paid to audition technique and to a thorough orientation to the profession and the business of acting. This studio course integrates experiences in voice, movement, and acting work through team teaching. Significant personal and group preparation is required outside of class time. At least four additional hours per week are protected in the schedule of all students to facilitate this important work. Co-requisite: TH 425.
  • TH426 - BFA Acting Studio 4: Showcase (4 Credits)
    Continuation of the intensive studio training work of TH 425 for students in the BFA program in Acting. Beyond continued scene work, significant attention is paid to audition technique and to a thorough orientation to the profession and the business of acting. This studio course integrates experiences in voice, movement, and acting work through team teaching. Significant personal and group preparation is required outside of class time. At least four additional hours per week are protected in the schedule of all students to facilitate this important work. Co-requisite: TH 425.
  • TH427 - Musical Theatre Styles I (4 Credits)
    An intensive investigation of pop-rock styles, both in pure pop repertoire and contemporary musical theatre repertoire, in solo work and scenes. The semester culminates in individual cabaret performances, created by the students themselves. Co-requisite: TH 329 or TH 429.
  • TH428 - Musical Theatre Styles II (4 Credits)
    Senior-level BFA Musical Theatre majors continue the exploration of musical theatre genres and styles as they spend the semester working strictly on works by emerging composers. The composers are invited to visit and participate in classes, creating opportunities for networking and connecting with the artists who are creating new works of musical theatre. In addition, one class per week is devoted to preparations for the Senior Showcase, which is performed for students, families, and industry professionals during commencement weekend. Co-requisite: TH 329 or TH 429.
  • TH429 - Musical Theatre Dance Repertoire II (2 Credits)
    Students are assigned to class by skill level, as determined by musical theatre and dance faculty. Students explore various styles of musical theatre dance and hone their audition and performance skills. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: BFA Musical Theatre majors only who have successfully completed a faculty review, audition, and TH 222. Co-requisite: TH 327, TH 328, TH 427, or TH 428.
  • TH431 - Shakespeare Performance (4 Credits)
    Explores Shakespeare's poetry through the body and voice as a way not only of avoiding intellectual pitfalls but also as a path to nurture and experience this poetry through embodied vibration, sensation and image. Rhetorical structure and devices are explored as well in the manner, via the body rather than the brain.
  • TH440 - Technical Theatre Laboratory: Computer Graphics: Sketch up (4 Credits)
    SketchUp and Photoshop can be used in conjunction with each other to create quick and accurate 3-dimensional designs. This introductory class will start with SketchUp, a 3-D computer rendering program for designers and architects, then incorporate Photoshop, an image editing and painting program. Start in SketchUp by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate, paint, import textures and images to make designed spaces.
  • TH441 - Topics in Technical Design (4 Credits)
    Permission of Instructor Required
  • TH460 - Drama as Education I (4 Credits)
    Examines the philosophy behind the teaching of theatre and the use of drama as an educational tool in classroom, workshop, and production settings. Students learn to assess the learning needs of their students, develop appropriate educational goals, and design and implement teaching strategies. There are 40 hours of pre-practicum work, including observations of area theatre and drama classes from grades pre-K through 12. Course is open to any Performing Arts major and others with permission of instructor. It is required for Theatre Education majors seeking initial licensure as a Teacher of Theatre.
  • TH461 - Drama as Education 2 (4 Credits)
    Students delve more deeply into the philosophy and practice of teaching through drama and theatre. Forty hours of pre-practicum work with students from grades pre-K through 12 is required. Course is required for Theatre Education majors seeking initial licensure as a Teacher of Theatre.
  • TH463 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 Credits)
    Students concurrently enrolled in TH 465, Student Teaching Practicum, also attend this weekly seminar to explore issues, resources, questions, problems, and solutions to the teaching/learning challenges they are facing in their practicum experience. Topics pertinent to beginning teachers, including classroom management strategies and curriculum and lesson plan development are explored. Students reflect on their teaching experiences and critically examine their current and future roles as classroom instructors. Students will understand the need for a community of teachers and gain a sense of confidence about their teaching skills. Co-requisite: TH465.
  • TH465 - Student Teaching Practicum (2 Credits)
    An 8- to 14-week practicum providing supervised student teaching activities at either the elementary, middle, or high school level. Students practice teaching in a school system, which permits them to interact with students and teachers in their area of concentration. Working closely with the on-site supervising practitioner, students develop instructional units and must be engaged in 300 hours of teaching. The practicum is open only to students who have completed their education program sequence. Co-requisite: TH463.
  • TH465 - Student Teaching Practicum (2 Credits)
    Instructor Permission required.
  • TH469 - Playmaking/Teaching/Playmaking (4 Credits)
    Provides an intensive introduction and exploration of playmaking with young people, ages 8-21. Offers a variety of approaches to developing original material with students, and identifies strategies for integrating curriculum topics and playmaking, as well as social, personal, and societal exploration. The role of playmaking as a culturally relevant curriculum is addressed.
  • TH470 - Design in Practice Topics (4 Credits)
    In this advanced course of study, students develop the required practical skills necessary for the design and execution of a theatrical production design. Students further develop the ability to analyze a script, song, or score and translate the ideas therein into visual images. They learn to move a design from concept to completion under the actual "in theatre" conditions, while still maintaining a safe, constructive learning environment. They put into actual practice the equipment, methods, procedures, and skills necessary to implement a successful design. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH475 - Topics in Arts Management (4 Credits)
    This course will focus on developing and producing for the commercial and nonprofit theater. Both verticals bring their own unique sets of challenges. Throughout the semester, you will explore how to bring an idea from page to stage, all while juggling acquiring the rights, putting together a team of creatives, raising money, planning your marketing and advertising campaign, presenting a reading and finding co-producers and partners that will help you realize your theatrical show. The course will provide each student with both theoretical and practical knowledge and guidelines to pursue a successful career developing theater. From what to do in the first 10 years out of college, to how to set yourself up for success for the next 10 years in the theater industry.
  • TH477 - Stage Management III (4 Credits)
    Provides students with the additional tools, techniques, and information to build the bridge from practicing stage management in an educational environment to the professional theatre or MFA program through in-depth study of the Actor's Equity Rules, creation of complex repertory rehearsal schedules of multiple productions, and hands-on training exercises of calling musical show cues with lighting, automation, and fly to music with cue lights.
  • TH479 - Topics in the Business of Theatre: Business of Design (4 Credits)
    A comprehensive course, encompassing organizational, business, legal, accounting, marketing and job execution strategies necessary to succeed in the business side of the design arena. Course will approach issues relevant to the requirements forming a business entity, admission to and interaction with professional trade unions, and exploration of producing organizations; issues of insurance, bookkeeping, licenses, and/or permits; preparing a professional resume and portfolio, job strategies using online sources for entry-level work; entrepreneurial opportunities and interaction with allied businesses and other topics as appropriate to the class.
  • TH482 - Directing II: Theory and Practice (4 Credits)
    Extending the experiences of Directing I, this course emphasizes the application and unification of stage directing techniques and theories leading to a concept for production. Through selected scenes and projects for class presentation, students continue the exploration of materials and methods of communicating the dramatic content of a script to an audience.
  • TH488 - Playwriting II (4 Credits)
    Includes, but is not limited to, the study of dramaturgical elements in the work of contemporary and classic playwrights, as well as continued study of story development, structure, and the use of dialogue. Students present a variety of work in class, their own and the work of others, looking at plays from the perspective of the actor, director, designer and, most importantly, the audience. By the end of the semester, students complete the first draft of a newly conceived full-length play or the third draft of the one-act play begun in Playwriting I.
  • TH514 - Theatre Studies Seminar: Digital and Social Media (4 Credits)
    As more and more dramaturgs across the globe engage in online digiturgy, the future of dramaturgical outreach lies in mobile and context-driven search and networking technology. Working in collaboration with theatre and performance social networks, and local institutions, the students will learn the basic of digital and social media dramaturgy, including: audience education and outreach, content curation and community building, and dramaturgical research, writing, and archivization. The students will also explore newest forms of digital theatre making, including Twitter plays, Second Life and Video Game dramaturgy, and transmedia dramaturgy. The students will also learn the basic coding skills and podcasting.
  • TH514 - Sem: Voices of the Theatre (4 Credits)
    Covers contemporary works of theatre with an emphasis on exploring intersections between social identities like race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexuality, and class. The coursework includes selected readings of plays in their sociopolitical context with a focus on analyzing artists' aesthetic choices and innovations. Students will also engage in conversations with playwrights about their process.
  • TH514 - Theatre Studies Seminar: Contemporary Women Playwrights (4 Credits)
    Students in this course will engage in an investigation and exploration of plays written by contemporary women from various cultures and backgrounds. The course poses the following questions: 1) Is there a woman's aesthetic in playwriting? 2) If so, what is it? 3) Do women playwrights approach structure, character, and style "differently"? 4) What is the nature of critical response to plays written by women? In addition to reading material, students will also study a variety of critical responses to particular plays and to the work of women playwrights in general.
  • TH514 - Sem: (4 Credits)
    This course will examine how theatre can be used as a tool to address human rights issues and violations. Students will analyze how theatre in performance, both as an aesthetic product and as a creative process, has the potential to engage both audiences and production members in critical dialogues regarding human rights. We will critically examine dramatic literature, as text and through scene work, in an effort to develop an interdisciplinary vocabulary across human rights & theatre. Students will also have the opportunity to explore curriculum design and development in which dramatic activities are used to address diverse topics in human rights education. We will read both theoretical texts and plays to inform our study of the intersection between human rights and theatre.
  • TH521 - Ensemble Workshop Topics: Voice (4 Credits)
    Special Topics in Voice bases the actor-teacher's work in a fully embodied experience of voice and language. The goal of the course is to cultivate a free voice in a free body, and to learn how to express every subtly and nuance of thought and feeling with clarity, ease, and truth. The course guides students through an awareness of and release from habitual tensions into a more effective and economical use of the body as an instrument for human communication and expression. Additional focus will be on self-awareness, breathing, resonance, sound and movement, ensemble-building skills, and the actor-audience relationship. Classroom discussions will deal with the importance of voice training in theater education, as well as the challenges and pedagogical issues that arise when teaching the material.
  • TH540 - Puppetry (4 Credits)
    The art of puppetry and the basic methods of construction, operation, manipulation, and performance of puppets are examined. Emphasis is on the use of puppets as an educational tool. Projects include creating examples of each of the four major types of puppets: shadow, hand, rod, and marionette -- using a range of construction techniques and materials appropriate to an educational setting. The course culminates in the construction of puppets for in-class presentations. Students are expected to provide appropriate materials as needed.
  • TH562 - Theatre for Young Audiences (4 Credits)
    Introduces the scope, purposes, and history of theatre experiences for children and adolescents. Topics include play reading and analysis, the examination of formal and participatory theatre, and theatre-in-education techniques.
  • TH584 - Directing the Musical (4 Credits)
    Building on the experience of one directing class, students are instructed in the particular challenges of directing a musical theatre production: from coaching singing and acting performance to staging complex scenes that involve music and dance, from learning the skills needed to create a collaborative atmosphere to understanding the communication skills needed to work well with designers, technicians, stage managers, and all other personnel involved in the production of musical theatre.
  • TH614 - Sem: Elma Lewis Center: Theatre and Community Conversations (4 Credits)
    Class meets Tuesday 4-5:45 and additional class/work hours are scheduled with the instructor. Building on the work of Performance: Theatre and Community, students will apply their explorations of community-based theatre practices and possibilities in collaboration with a local community organization and the Elma Lewis Center to develop and facilitate a theatre performance/process. Participation in these laboratory community sessions is required. The class will explore the issues, questions, and discoveries that arise throughout the experience.
  • TH614 - Sem: (4 Credits)
    This course will introduce students to the various approaches used in designing and conducting arts-based qualitative research projects in educational settings. Students will gain hands-on experience in various qualitative methods, analysis techniques, and writing exercises, while formulating a research project related to their areas of interest. The focus of the course is on the identification and creation of hypothetical research questions, the development of designs, data collection methods, and analysis procedures to address those questions.
  • TH621 - Special Topics in Acting: Theatre of Oppressed (4 Credits)
    This course is primarily a hands-on exploration of the theatrical techniques inspired by the revolutionary work of Augusto Boal (Theater of the Oppressed). We will experience acting as an essential social art, a tool for democratic education, a channel for personal transformation, and a means of artistic liberation. Exploring the connections between the theater practitioner's life and one's role within the larger community as an A.C.T.O.R. --artist, creator, teacher, organizer and researcher, we re-discover what it is to be human. Bring with you a desire to play, learn and grow with others. We must all do theater "to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become" - Augusto Boal.
  • TH621 - Special Topics in Acting (4 Credits)
    Involves intensive explorations of specific topics.
  • TH625 - Performance: Theatre and Community (4 Credits)
    Examines the relationships between theatre and culture, where culture is understood as a process of knowing the other, of looking and listening, of creating and maintaining connection in a community. An examination of theoretical texts in economics, history, sociology, cultural studies, politics, and performance provides a foundation for exploring and experiencing various techniques of making theatre in community.
  • TH650 - Design in Production (4 Credits)
    This course is a comprehensive survey of scene, lighting, and costume design as they relate to the work of the non-design specialist. Emphasis is placed on the interconnection among the various design areas and their function in the process of making theatre. Students are expected to supply appropriate materials.
  • TH660 - Drama as Education I (4 Credits)
    Students examine the philosophical foundations of theatre, speech, and the use of drama as an educational tool. They explore the uses of creative drama/improvisation in both formal and informal learning environments. Students learn to assess needs, develop appropriate educational goals and objectives, and design and implement teaching strategies using drama. This course is required for students seeking the Initial License in Massachusetts as a Teacher of Theatre (pre-K through grade 12). Readings, class participation, and participation in laboratory teaching sessions are required.
  • TH661 - Drama as Education II (4 Credits)
    Students explore the principles of educational drama and the teaching of drama and speech. A survey of various educational resources available to drama and speech teachers is included. The role of drama and speech within the wider context of the arts in education is discussed. This course is required for students seeking the Initial License in Massachusetts as a Teacher of Theatre (pre-K through grade 12).
  • TH663 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 Credits)
    Students concurrently enrolled in TH 665, Student Teaching Practicum, also attend this weekly seminar to explore issues, resources, questions, problems, and solutions to the teaching/learning challenges they are facing in their practicum experience. Topics pertinent to beginning teachers, including classroom management strategies and curriculum and lesson plan development are explored. Students reflect on their teaching experiences and critically examine their current and future roles as classroom instructors. Students will understand the need for a community of teachers and gain a sense of confidence about their teaching skills. Prerequisite: Permission of the Theatre Education Program Director. Co-requisite: TH665.
  • TH665 - Student Teaching Practicum (2 Credits)
    Instructor Permission Required
  • TH665 - Student Teaching Practicum (2 Credits)
    Permission of Graduate Program Director required.
  • TH665 - Student Teaching Practicum (2 Credits)
    This 8- to 14-week practicum provides supervised teaching activities at either the elementary, middle, or high school level. Students practice teaching in a school system that permits them to interact with students and teachers in their area of concentration. Working closely with the on-site supervising practitioner, students develop instructional units and must be engaged in 300 hours of teaching. The practicum is open only to students who have completed their program sequence. Requirements and prerequisites may be obtained from the Theatre Education program director. Co-requisite: TH 663.
  • TH667 - Special Topics in Theatre Education (4 Credits)
    Examines such topics as theatre-in-education, puppetry, playwriting with and for youth, theatre education outreach, and the teaching of dance and movement. Subject matter varies each semester. May be repeated for credit.
  • TH669 - Contemporary Issues in Education (4 Credits)
    Students examine the critical, philosophical, historical, and sociological issues facing education in general, and communication and performing arts education in particular. Students will also evaluate current research in communication and performing arts education and apply it to practice.
  • TH680 - Directing: Theory and Practice (4 Credits)
    The directorial process is examined, beginning with textual analysis of dramatic action, and covering such areas as ground plans, pictorial composition, movement, and stage action. The relationship of the director and other theater artists is also studied. Student work includes selected scenes and projects prepared for class presentation.
  • VM100 - History of Media Arts I (4 Credits)
    This is the first of a two-semester course that explores the historical development of the media arts, including the film, broadcasting, and sound recording industries until 1965. Investigates the relationships between economics, industrial history, and social and political systems, and the styles and techniques of specific films and broadcast programs. Special attention is given to the diversity of styles of presentation in the media.
  • VM101 - History of Media Arts II (4 Credits)
    This is the second of a two-semester course that explores the historical development of the media arts, focusing on the continuing development of the film, broadcasting, and sound recording industries after 1965, as well as the development of video and digital technologies. Investigates the relationships between economics, industrial history, and social and political systems, and the styles and techniques of specific films and videos, broadcast programs, and digital media products.
  • VM105 - Introduction to Visual Arts (4 Credits)
    Investigates the visual language of communication shared among all of the visual arts, emphasizing visual analysis, understanding of materials, the history of style and techniques, and the functions and meanings of art in its varied manifestations. Provides a foundation for subsequent studies in the visual and media arts.
  • VM110 - Production Safety Workshop (0 Credit)
    A one-time lecture that empowers students to safely navigate student productions and more fully understand production safety procedures. Course is pass/fail and a passing grade is required to enroll in all 200-level production courses.
  • VM120 - Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Production (4 Credits)
    Seats held for new students
  • VM120 - Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Production (4 Credits)
    A combination of lectures and hands-on workshops examines the relationships among photography, graphics, audio, film, video, and digital media within the context of cross-media concepts, theories, and applications. Traces the creative process from conception and writing through production and post-production. Students proceed through a series of exercises that lead to completion of a final project, establishing a foundation for advanced production coursework.
  • VM200 - Media Criticism and Theory (4 Credits)
    Explores theoretical and critical approaches to the study of photography, film, television and video, audio, and digital culture. Theories and methods examine issues relating to production and authorship in the media arts, audience reception and effects, political ideology, ethics, aesthetics, cultural diversity, and schools of thought within the liberal arts. Extensive critical writing and reading in media criticism and theory.
  • VM202 - Critical Listening (4 Credits)
    Provides a study of the psycho-acoustic perception and analysis of classical and contemporary use of sound in the media. Students identify and define acoustic variables, comparing past and present recordings in all media.
  • VM203 - History of Photography: 19th Century to the 1970's (4 Credits)
    Surveys the aesthetic and technical development of photography from its invention to the 1970's with emphasis on the 20th century. A critical analysis of the medium develops an understanding of the influence and appropriation of photography today.
  • VM204 - Top: Intro to Documentary Prod (4 Credits)
    Introduces the art and technology of nonfiction storytelling through a series of workshops, screenings and hands-on production projects. Emphasizes content development, storytelling strategies and production skills in the context of relevant ethical, aesthetic and social issues.
  • VM204 - Top:Intro to Narrative Fiction (4 Credits)
    This course introduces students to the crew and the techniques of single camera narrative fiction production. Emphasis will be placed on organization and the translation of the script into a visual narrative. Students will have the opportunity to hone their production skills on a variety of creative projects. The class is intended to prepare students for advanced-level course work in narrative fiction.
  • VM204 - Top:Intro to Nattative Fiction (4 Credits)
    This course introduces students to the crew and the techniques of single camera narrative fiction production. Emphasis will be placed on organization and the translation of the script into a visual narrative. Students will have the opportunity to hone their production skills on a variety of creative projects. The class is intended to prepare students for advanced-level course work in narrative fiction.
  • VM204 - Top: Intor to Video Production for Non-MVA Majors only (4 Credits)
    This course is not open to Visual and Media Arts Majors. Introduces students to single camera video production. Topics will include the operation of equipment, the principles underlying shooting, and online distribution. Emphasis will be placed on the traditional stages of preproduction, production and postproduction, but you will also examine how video is used in other environments (such as desktop and smartphone platforms). Students will complete several individual and group projects.
  • VM204 - Topics in Media Arts: Practice (4 Credits)
    Explores various aspects of media arts practice. May be repeated for credit it topics differ.
  • VM205 - History Of Photography: 1970's to the Present (4 Credits)
    From documentary and documents of performances to the highly constructed imagery utilized by contemporary artists, students explore diverse subjects, styles, and methods that cover portrait, object, city, memory, appropriation, landscape, and narrative. The course combines weekly slide talks with theory and criticism reading discussions, field trips to exhibitions, visiting artists, research papers, and a final production project and exhibition.
  • VM208 - The Evolution of Comedy (4 Credits)
    Comedy has the broad ability to both illuminate and shape the human experience, and as times change so have the ways we apply this agent of laughter. This class explores the various forms of comedy from ancient Greece to modern 21st century America. Students learn about the role comedy plays in society, and how it evokes dialogue and social change through literature, plays, film, television and performance. "Good taste" and ethics of comedy are also considered and discussed. As a final project, students are required to complete a research paper in conjunction with the American Comedy Archives.
  • VM210 - History of Western Art I: Renaissance and Baroque (4 Credits)
    Explores Renaissance and Baroque art, beginning with Proto-Renaissance works in the 14th century, and concluding with the Late Baroque in the later 17th/early 18th century. Students study major works and artists characterizing these movements, and the critical treatment they received over the centuries.
  • VM213 - History of Western Art IV: Post World War II (4 Credits)
    Chronological study of Western contemporary art after World War II, starting with Abstract Expressionism. Considers the major styles, works, and artists, investigating numerous forms of European and American contemporary art, and their attendant criticism, in a broad contextual framework. Among the movements studied are: Pop Art, Minimalism, New Realism, Postmodernism, Conceptualism, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti, Photorealism, Earth Works, and Performance Art.
  • VM214 - History of Non-Western Art I: East Asian Arts (4 Credits)
    Investigates arts of the East Asian region, particularly the areas of present-day China, Korea, and Japan. Artworks are contextualized within indigenous traditions such as Confucianism and Chan/Zen and examined from a diversity of critical perspectives. Considers issues of identity, religion, politics, and modernization, as well as contemporary artworks such as installation and performance.
  • VM217 - History of Non-Western Art IV: Arts of the Americas and the Pacific (4 Credits)
    Investigates arts of indigenous civilizations of the North, Central, and South Americas and the Pacific before and after the arrival of Europeans. Addresses the role of art in both indigenous and adapted European traditions, and from political, religious, and economic viewpoints. Considers issues of conquest, cultural hybridity, and contemporary artistic and museum practices. Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective and Global Diversity requirements.
  • VM220 - Writing the Short Subject (4 Credits)
    Studies the writing of the short subject within the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and experimental concepts and scripts (including animation). Scripts range from 3 to 15 minutes and are suitable for production within the budget and time constraints of an Emerson College class. Students complete comprehensive revisions of their work.
  • VM222 - Writing for Television (4 Credits)
    Examines writing for television in a variety of formats, with a predominant emphasis on situation comedies and drama. The elements of each genre are analyzed, challenging students to find their own unique "voice," and new and innovative ways to write stories within established formats. Also covered are reality television and children's television, story outlining, and script formatting. Each student writes a first-draft script of an existing sitcom or drama.
  • VM230 - Introduction to Film Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces the basics of non-synchronous 16mm filmmaking, including camera operation, principles of cinematography and lighting for black-and-white film, non-sync sound recording and transfers, and picture and sound editing.
  • VM231 - Intermediate Film Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces the technical, conceptual, and procedural skills necessary to successfully complete a short double-system sync-sound 16mm film, including pre-production, production, and post-production procedures and techniques.
  • VM240 - Introduction to Video Field Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces single-camera video production. Students learn the equipment and techniques used in single-camera field production and post-production, writing, and producing a variety of projects, edited in digital non-linear mode.
  • VM241 - Introduction to Studio Television Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces studio television practice. Students learn the principles of pre-production, production, and post-production for the studio as well as control room procedures. Students prepare their own multi-camera, live-on-tape studio productions.
  • VM241 - Introduction to Studio TV Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces studio television practice. Students learn the principles of pre-production, production, and post-production for the studio as well as control room procedures. Students prepare their own multi-camera, live-on-tape studio productions.
  • VM250 - Introduction to Sound Principles and Audio Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces audio physics, sound principles,and the theory and practice of audio recording and mixing. Emphasis is on concept development for sound production, signal routing and the mixer console, analog and digital audio recording, and editing techniques.
  • VM251 - Location Sound Recording (4 Credits)
    Intensive study in the theory and practice of field/location and studio audio recording for film, video, and television. Covers techniques in the use of field/studio recorders and mixers, microphones, boom poles, and shot blocking. Also covers tape-based and hard-disk digital recorders, and time-code synchronization management.
  • VM260 - Introduction to Interactive Media (4 Credits)
    Introduces the theory and practice of interactive media. Stresses the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical concerns of interactivity. Technologies covered are HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Additional topics include semantic web design and development, graphics and imaging, interface design, user experience, project management, and the mobile web. Emphasis is on making creative works.
  • VM261 - Computer Animation (4 Credits)
    The first course of a two-course sequence, introducing students to the fundamentals of three-dimensional modeling and animation, and preparing them for the second course, VM 363 Advanced Computer Animation. Students learn to model, texture objects, compose and light scenes, animate, and add dynamics, as well as render animations into movies and compositing audio, titles, and credits in post-production.
  • VM262 - Drawing (4 Credits)
    Introduces basic techniques in drawing, exploring the use of line and image in contemporary art. The language of drawing in contemporary art and architecture will inform the practice of drawing.
  • VM263 - Drawing For Time-Based Media (4 Credits)
    Imparts key drawing skills required in pre-visualization, concept art creation, set design, storyboarding, two-dimensional media production, and post-production. Develops students' abilities to think spatially, whether constructing a plan for a set or depicting a character in action. Also focuses on anatomy, locomotion, and communication possibilities of the human form.
  • VM265 - Introduction to Photography (4 Credits)
    Hybrid section of Introduction to Photography. This course introduces the fundamentals of black-and-white photography by combining darkroom techniques with the latest digital processes. Essential comparisons between the two methods will be explored by learning camera controls, film development to darkroom printing, digital capture to print workflow, and through hybrid techniques such as making digital negatives for darkroom use. Critiques of student work will develop ¨the critical eye.¨ Students must use cameras with adjustable speed and aperture.
  • VM265 - Introduction to Photography (4 Credits)
    Introduces the fundamentals of black-and-white photography by combining darkroom techniques with the latest digital processes. Essential comparisons between the two methods are explored by learning camera controls, film development to darkroom printing, digital capture to print workflow, and through the hybrid combination of these techniques. Critiques of student work develop an aesthetic and conceptual understanding of the creative process. Students must use cameras with manually adjustable speed and aperture.
  • VM270 - Introduction to Game Design (4 Credits)
    Introduces students to game creating that explores the fundamental elements of games, emphasizing non-digital methodologies and rapid prototyping in a hands-on environment. Students engage with and make games as entertainment and communication tools, developing an understanding of play and how to induce it in others.
  • VM300 - Top: Media Law & Entertainment (4 Credits)
    This course will examine all matters related to Media and Entertainment Law including, issues in the Music Business Industry, Intellectual Property, and Copyright and Trademark counseling and representation. It will also handle issues regarding Strategic planning and Marketing in a growing Social Media and Technology-related industry, controlling the use of an Artist's image including the Right to Privacy and Right of Publicity, Consultation on IP rights and clearances in the development of motion pictures, Corporate formations and planning as they pertain to the industry, and all general business contracts and matters related therein.
  • VM300 - Topics in Vis & Med Arts: Stud (4 Credits)
    Explores various aspects of media arts history, theory, and criticism. May be repeated for credit it topics differ.
  • VM301 - Post Colonial Cinema (4 Credits)
    An examination of the historical, socioeconomic, and ideological contexts of film production, distribution, and exhibition of post-colonial films that explore and challenge Hollywood and Western notions of identity, narrative, history, and oral traditions. Films viewed are from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • VM303 - Studies in Digital Media and Culture (4 Credits)
    Examines the dramatic shift in meaning and processes of contemporary communication by investigating the social, artistic, economic, and political implications of using digital ways of working. Topics include the Internet and the web, cyberspace and censorship, games, digital film and video, multimedia and interactivity, virtual reality, person-machine interfaces, and globalization considerations.
  • VM304 - History of Documentary (4 Credits)
    Examines the history and theory of documentary media production, with attention to the economic, technological, ethical, and aesthetic concerns of documentarians.
  • VM305 - History of Experimental/Avant-garde (4 Credits)
    Examines the history and theory of experimental and avant-garde film, video, and other moving image practices and their connections to broader art and social movements. Through extensive reading and viewing, students investigate avant-garde and experimental cinema form, style, and content as well as historical and contemporary filmmakers' production methods and distribution networks in film communities and the art world.
  • VM308 - Cinema and Social Change (4 Credits)
    Throughout cinema's history, numerous filmmakers have sought to harness the power of the medium and to channel it in the service of political and social change. Have they made a difference and by what measure and what strategy: Surveying fiction and documentary, commercial and independent cinema, features and shorts, this course aims to offer a wide-ranging examination of the ways directors around the world have employed their art and their craft in the pursuit of fostering social justice.
  • VM315 - Top: Rediscovering Downtown Boston (4 Credits)
    The focus of the course is area of Boston's 19th-century commercial and cultural center -- now in Emerson College's backyard -- and depicted in a series of strip views. Following the footsteps of a cast of historic figures that include a prominent artist, an editor, an emigr‚ architect, an Irish politician, an actress, and an African-American abolitionist, we will animate these streetscapes with 19th century images, advertisements, and written accounts to show Boston as a dynamic center of culture and consumption. Final projects will include websites and walking tours that show what these men and women experienced in this section of the city, primarily with their eyes, but to the extent possible, with their other senses as well.
  • VM315 - Top: American Sixties (4 Credits)
    Studies a selected topic in art history. Emphasizes critical analyses of artworks with respect to their aesthetic, historical, sociocultural, philosophical and/or political contexts. Image lectures, museum and/or gallery visits, reading, class discussion, and project activities may be utilized to engage students in the material. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • VM315 - Top: Japanese Woodblocks (4 Credits)
    Studies a selected topic in art history. Emphasizes critical analyses of artworks with respect to their aesthetic, historical, sociocultural, philosophical and/or political contexts. Image lectures, museum and/or gallery visits, reading, class discussion, and project activities may be utilized to engage students in the material. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • VM315 - Top: Modern Chinese Art (4 Credits)
    Studies a selected topic in art history. Emphasizes critical analyses of artworks with respect to their aesthetic, historical, sociocultural, philosophical and/or political contexts. Image lectures, museum and/or gallery visits, reading, class discussion, and project activities may be utilized to engage students in the material. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • VM320 - Writing the Feature Film (4 Credits)
    Examines the fundamentals of writing for narrative feature-length film. Investigates structure, character, conflict, scene writing, and dialogue, taking students from ideation through to the development of a detailed outline. Students write the first 25-30 pages of a screenplay.
  • VM322 - Comedy Writing for Television (4 Credits)
    Examines writing television comedy with an emphasis on sitcoms. Areas of study also include sketch writing and writing for late-night TV. Students learn how to writie physical comedy, how to write for existing shows and characters, sitcom structure, format, and joke writing. Each student writes a script for an existing sitcom that will be workshopped.
  • VM323 - Writing Primetime Drama (4 Credits)
    Examines writing for primetime television drama, including study of the history of television drama and the difference between plot-driven dramas and character-driven dramas, writing effective protagonists and antagonists, and writing for existing dramas and characters. Students write a script for an existing primetime television drama that will be workshopped in class.
  • VM324 - Top: Writing Primetime Drama (4 Credits)
    Examines writing for primetime television drama, including study of the history of television drama and the difference between plot-driven dramas and character-driven dramas, writing effective protagonists and antagonists, and writing for existing dramas and characters. Students write a script for an existing primetime television drama that will be work shopped in class.
  • VM324 - Top: Thriller! Mystery! Suspen (4 Credits)
    From Fritz Lang's M to Strangers On A Train, to Se7en and Black Sawn, thriller, mystery and suspense movies continue fall among the most popular genres. This class will trace genre commonalities, studying theory, form and content as well as narrative strategies. In this course, we will move beneath the surface of writing technique to study and explore the underpinnings and the expectations of the thriller, mystery and suspense genres. Issues of pacing, timeline, antagonist and protagonist psychology and dramatic tension will be considered. Students will learn how to write with high stakes stories with maximum tension and to take your audience to their emotional and psychological edge. An original outline for a feature film, character bios and a minimum of thirty pages of the screenplay will be written.
  • VM324 - Topics in Screenplay Genres (4 Credits)
    This class will be taught from the Los Angeles Campus by Diane Lake and available to Boston via teleconferencing - 1/2 the students for the lcass will be in LA and 1/2 in Boston.
  • VM324 - Topics in Screenplay Genres (4 Credits)
    Studies a given genre from the perspective of the screenwriter. Working in a specific genre, students write a treatment, an original outline for a feature film, and up to the first half of a script in the specific genre. Honing critical skills, students engage in analytical and aesthetic discourse about their own work, as well as material written by others. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • VM325 - Writing the Adaptation (4 Credits)
    Focuses on the process of analyzing material from another medium (e.g., novels, plays, comic books) and translating into a screenplay. Students write one original first act of a public domain property, as well as one analytical paper.
  • VM329 - Topics in Television Writing (4 Credits)
    Examines how to write comedy for late night television, with a heavy emphasis on joke writing, monologue writing, sketch writing, current events and satire. In addition to working on individual assignments, students with also learn how to write effectively as a team. The final project will require students to collectively create and write an innovative show designed for late night television.
  • VM329 - Topics in Television Writing (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in varying areas of television writing. Topics may include webisodes, reality television, and comedy writing for late night. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • VM331 - Top: Behind the Screen (4 Credits)
    Introduces students to the elements of running a successful art house cinema. This course will offer a combination of lectures, opportunities to shadow various cinema agents (working in projection, programming, print traffic and promotion) and article readings on the current and constantly changing field of cinema exhibition. Students will be spending one night per week working in the cinema and experiencing the challenges and rewards of creating a communal movie viewing environment. Course work includes weekly journals including reading responses, a short research paper and will culminate in a project proposed by the student according to their area of interest. Experiential hours will be scheduled on Tuesday's and/or Thursday's form 6:00-10:00 pm. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor required, e-mail anna_feder@emerson.edu.
  • VM331 - Top: Production Design (4 Credits)
    This course introduces students to the work of the production designer, the creative individual responsible for the overall "look" of a production. Topics include: developing and implementing the design concept; developing strategies for working on location and in a studio or sound-stage; and creating or obtaining sets, props and other design elements.
  • VM331 - Top: Video Shorts Competition (4 Credits)
    This is an intense workshop in producing video shorts of 30-60 seconds. Students will learn to produce compelling stories in very short form - stories that connect emotionally with their audience and cover topics of contemporary importance: the environment, alternative energy, sustainability. Students will research what makes the short format work, how and why some videos succeed and others don't, and will come up with a social marketing plan. Working in small teams, students will compete for a $25,000 scholarship that comes from NRG eVgo, a corporation partnering with Emerson to explore how to best communicate to a new, green-oriented audience: early adopters of electric vehicles, millennials -- young people brought up on YouTube and GoPro videos. The competition deadline is December 1, 2015.
  • VM331 - Topics in Vis & Med: Practice (4 Credits)
    Explores various aspects of media arts practice. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • VM332 - Production Management (4 Credits)
    Introduces the budgeting and logistical organization of film and television productions, reviewing the roles of Associate Producer, Production Unit Manager, First Assistant, Second Assistant Location Manager, and other members of the producer's and director's teams.
  • VM335 - Alternative Production Techniques (4 Credits)
    Intermediate-level 16mm production workshop in the use of unorthodox, non-computer driven methods and processes for developing and producing motion pictures. Provides an overview of historical methods of formal exploration of the basic materials of film as a projection medium, including camera-less filmmaking, direct animation, and loop projections, as well as alternative mechanical processes such as xerography, hand-process, and alternative-camera tools and techniques. Primary emphasis is on creative invention and exploration.
  • VM337 - The Emerson Channel (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM337 - The Emerson Channel (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor.
  • VM340 - SPEC (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM340 - SPEC (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor.
  • VM341 - Emerson Records (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM341 - Emerson Records (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor.
  • VM342 - Frames Per Second (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM342 - Frames Per Second (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor.
  • VM343 - WERS (FM)/WECB (AM) (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM343 - WERS (FM)/WECB (AM) (0 Credit)
    Specified assignments in the College radio stations. The instructor awards credit after term-end evaluation. May be repeated for up to 4 credits for any combination of other 300-level non-tuition credit courses. Course is offered Pass/Fail and does not count toward the Visual and Media Arts major.
  • VM344 - National Broadcasting Society/AERho (0 Credit)
    National organization bridging the gap between student and professional, supporting student work in all areas of television, radio, and film. AERho is the Honors Level of NBS, available to seniors with a high grade point average. Instructor awards credit after term-end evaluation. May be repeated for up to 4 credits for any combination of other 300-level non-tuition credit courses. Course is offered Pass/Fail and does not count toward the Visual and Media Arts major.
  • VM344 - National Broadcasting Society/AERho (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM345 - Film Arts Society (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM345 - Film Arts Society (0 Credit)
    Student publication Latent Image and the cinema-the-que Films from the Margin. The instructor awards credit after term-end evaluation. May be repeated for up to 4 credits for any combination of other 300-level non-tuition credit courses. Course is offered Pass/Fail and does not count toward the Visual and Media Arts major.
  • VM346 - Women in Motion (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM346 - Women in Motion (0 Credit)
    Student-operated film production group with an emphasis on activities and creative work related to women. The instructor awards credit after term-end evaluation. May be repeated for up to 4 credits for any combination of other 300-level non-tuition credit courses. Course is offered Pass/Fail and does not count toward the Visual and Media Arts major.
  • VM347 - Emerson Independent Video (0 Credit)
    Modeled on a professional television station, students learn all aspects of television production ranging from concept development to post-production. Instructor awards credit after term-end evaluation. May be repeated for up to 4 credits for any combination of other 300-level non-tuition credit courses. Course is offered Pass/Fail and does not count toward the Visual and Media Arts major.
  • VM347 - Emerson Independent Video (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM348 - EVVYs (0 Credit)
    Preparation and staging of Emerson's annual awards show in conjunction with other end-of-year events and presentations. Instructor awards credit after term-end evaluation. May be repeated for up to 4 credits for any combination of other 300-level non-tuition credit courses. Course is offered Pass/Fail and does not count toward the Visual and Media Arts major.
  • VM348 - EVVYs (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM349 - Developed Images (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • VM349 - Developed Images (0 Credit)
    Student-organized and -produced photography magazine. Work is submitted, reviewed, and selected by students for annual publication. Instructor awards credit after term-end evaluation. May be repeated for up to 4 credits for any combination of other 300-level non-tuition credit courses. Course is offered Pass/Fail and does not count toward the Visual and Media Arts major.
  • VM350 - Sound Design (4 Credits)
    Introduces the art of inventing sounds and composing soundtracks for visual media such as film, video, computer animation, and websites. Focus is on audio post-production and the roles of the supervising sound editor and the sound designer. Post-production techniques include sound recording, sound editing, and sound mixing in stereo and surround sound.
  • VM352 - Studio Recording (4 Credits)
    Explores the principal tools of the professional audio production studio and how they can be used for creative productions. Includes instruction in multi-track recording and sound processing equipment.
  • VM360 - Film Animation (4 Credits)
    Introduces film animation in which short animated exercises and individual sequences are located within a survey of animation as an art form and commercial product. Students employ a range of media, exploring and developing ideas and skills in producing 16mm animated sequences, culminating in a final project.
  • VM362 - Motion Graphics (4 Credits)
    Covers the practice and art of motion graphics and visual effects, including the design process, artistic concepts, and technologies. Production techniques range from title sequences for film, to compositing of real and virtual worlds and a myriad of digital time-based art forms. Students make a series of projects using post-production and compositing software.
  • VM363 - Advanced Computer Animation (4 Credits)
    The second course in the two-course computer animation sequence, introducing students to advanced three-dimensional modeling and animation techniques and preparing them for independent computer animation production work. Continues to develop skills acquired in computer animation, including modeling, texturing objects, composing and lighting scenes, animating, dynamics, rendering, and post-production compositing.
  • VM364 - 3D Computer Gaming (4 Credits)
    Provides students with the fundamentals of game design and theory. Students learn to create and import assets, develop objectives, script behaviors and action, and build game levels. Students complete the course with an original portfolio-ready single player game.
  • VM365 - Darkroom Photography (4 Credits)
    An intermediate-level course in black-and-white photography designed to explore a variety of "ways of seeing" as well as demonstrate techniques that further enhance the photographic image. Assignments build on one another (tone, time, frame, point of view, scale, and sequence). Critical viewing and seeing as well as guest artists and gallery visits are encouraged as students begin to form their personal photographic vision.
  • VM366 - Digital Photography (4 Credits)
    A hands-on production class created especially for the photography student who is interested in the digital darkroom. It is designed to give students a basic introduction to the elements of digital capture, manipulation, and output. The course addresses the digital tools within the context of the aesthetics of photography. Photoshop is used as another photographic tool.
  • VM370 - Business Concepts for Modern Media (4 Credits)
    Focuses on strategic thinking, planning, organization, and implementation of media projects from conception (pre-production) through release/distribution/exhibition (theatrical, non-theatrical, digital, web). Includes acquiring fundamental skills and a working knowledge of business math, business plans, intellectual property and copyright basics, grant writing and resources, and current trends in advertising, marketing, and press package materials.
  • VM371 - Alternative Media Production: Out of the Box (4 Credits)
    Fosters an exploratory approach to making media projects by providing unorthodox conceptual frameworks in which students conceive and execute short projects using both conventional and unconventional acquisition devices in a variety of media. Students work individually or collaboratively throughout the course to develop ideas and acquire material for assignments.
  • VM372 - Directing Image and Sound (4 Credits)
    Department Permissin Required
  • VM372 - Directing Image and Sound (4 Credits)
    Examines a director's preparation in detail, with particular emphasis on forming creative approaches to the script, as well as image and sound design. Production and postproduction strategies are also addressed.
  • VM373 - Directing Actors for the Screen (4 Credits)
    Develops skills in directing actors in dramatic performances for the screen. Students are taken step by step through the directing process with a particular emphasis on research and visualization, as they learn how to plan and direct narrative sequences. Classes will be offered in conjunction with Acting for the Camera classes in Performing Arts.
  • VM375 - Advanced Interactive Media (4 Credits)
    Continues to explore interactive media, including consideration of conceptual, aesthetic, and technical concerns. Technologies covered include interactive web elements, databases, mobile development, and an introduction to programming. Emphasis is on making creative works.
  • VM376 - Editing for Film and Video (4 Credits)
    Furthers understanding of and ability to work with medium- to long-format post-production processes through editing assignments in film and video, along with critical examination of completed motion pictures.
  • VM377 - Documentary Production Workshop (4 Credits)
    Develops skills necessary to produce documentary productions in video or film. Covers production processes from story development through all the production phases. Practical considerations of production are balanced with theoretical debates on the legal and ethical responsibilities of those who document others.
  • VM378 - Basic Cinematography and Videography (4 Credits)
    Introduces basic elements of the aesthetics, technology, and craft of cinematography and videography. Students gain a working knowledge of 16mm and digital video cameras, as well as basic lighting design and equipment, with an emphasis on crew relations and organization. Includes a comprehensive exploration of the work of significant cinematographers.
  • VM378 - Basic Cinematography and Videography (4 Credits)
    Introduces basic elements of the aesthetics, technology, and craft of cinematography and videography. Students gain a working knowledge of 16mm and digital video cameras, as well as basic lighting design and equipment, with an emphasis on crew relations and organization. Includes a comprehensive exploration of the work of significant cinematographers.
  • VM380 - Media Copyright and Content (4 Credits)
    Copyright is the legal foundation that gives value and property rights to any creative work. This includes music as well as books, films, television shows, choreographed work, architectural designs, plays, paintings, maps, photographs, video games, and computer software. Students look at the history, development, and purpose of copyright and other intellectual property law. They also explore the purpose and value of fair use and of the public domain, and alternative views of copyright such as the "Creative Commons."
  • VM400 - Top: Film on the Margin (4 Credits)
    Over the past few years, a number of online platforms have emerged for the digital distribution and theatrical exhibition of independent films. Some of these are crowdsourcing sites-like Gathr, Tugg and Open Indie-for what is being called theatrical-on-demand viewing. Other sites, like NoBudge and Simple Machine are curation platforms for digitally archiving, promoting and distributing (primarily for non-theatrical viewing) independent films, most of which are never screened for public audiences after they play at festivals. These and many other platforms, like Indies Lab, Distribber, Vyer, Fandor and others represent a growing and potentially thriving network of alternative outlets for the digital exhibition, distribution and curation of independent film. This course includes an examination of such platforms/networks and the filmmakers who have exploited them in recent years to create what independent film producer Ted Hope calls a "truly free film culture." An examination of American independent film history, including the evolution of the label-from "independent," to "indie" to "indiewood"-provides crucial context for understanding the current crisis in film distribution and why such platforms have arisen in the first place.
  • VM400 - Top: Understanding the Whedonesque (4 Credits)
    This course will use the career of Joss Whedon to introduce students to the variety of positions in the entertainment industry and their potential for fulfilling and creative work. Whedon's career spans the many production lines in the American Dream Factory: TV series staff writer, script doctor, film screenwriter, TV creator in a wide variety of genres, Internet series creator, comic book writer and creator, niche genre film director, and blockbuster filmmaker. By examining his work at various stages, students will better understand auteur theory, modern industrial entertainment production, and artistic production across media. Works covered include: Roseanne, Alien: Resurrection, Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a film and TV series, Angel, Firefly and Serenity, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, Buffy: Season Eight, and Astonishing XðMen.
  • VM400 - Topics in Visual and Med Arts (4 Credits)
    Explores various aspects of visual and media arts history, theory, and criticism. Course may be repeated for credit if topics vary.
  • VM402 - Sem: Global Television (4 Credits)
    Although we like to call it American TV, television is global. We need rethink the dominance of American TV in an international context. For example The Voice, American Idol and Big Brother are not American programs. They are Americanized versions of international formats. National and regional distinctions exist but television companies must have an international focus in order too survive. The first objective of this course is that the students become global citizens by exploring what globalization means. The second objective is to acquaint students with television across the world and how it inter works. Third we will come to understand how systematically different national networks such as China's CCTV, Britain's BBC, and US's ABC are. And last analytical tools will be introduced to help students to think about the media and their social and economic contexts on a conceptually complex level. Finally, the course aims to help students think and write logically and clearly about the media.
  • VM402 - Sem: The Hollywood Renaissance (4 Credits)
    Amid the death of the sunny idealism of the 1960s counterculture and the decline of the studio system, a new age of Hollywood filmmakers led an awakening of cinema culture. These artists assaulted, revised and reexamined the genres that formed the bedrock of Hollywood's economic and aesthetic success. This course will explore this "Hollywood Renaissance" through the works of filmmakers like Arthur Penn, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and many others, and how the radical ideas of this era became mainstreamed into American life and culture.
  • VM402 - Sem: (4 Credits)
    Explores the complex history of sexually oriented moving images in the United States from Thomas Edison's "The Kiss" to contemporary mobile media culture in forms ranging from simple loops and cheesecake films, to Hollywood narratives, to educational films, to sexploitation and pornography. Among the issues we will address are how sexuality and gender have been represented on screen, the ways in which sexuality and "power" have been historically intertwined, how sexual minorities have been portrayed, how censorship, self-regulation and politics have influenced image making, the ways in which content has created controversy and, conversely, how controversy has changed content. With a special focus on the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s and '70s, this seminar will invite students to engage with a wide range of historical, social, political and ethical issues surrounding moving images that have had a direct impact on the lives of Americans for over a century.
  • VM402 - Sem: (4 Credits)
    Focuses upon ethical issues in media such as privacy, exploitation, deception, security, pornography, and issues of cultural diversity such as discrimination, racism, gender bias, homophobia, and myth-representation. As a media seminar the course includes much discussion, debate, screening, and case studies. While philosophical classical ethics forms a back-bone, emphasis is upon more contemporary applied ethical issues in all primary media including film, television, Internet, audio, and photography and in several career areas including production, entertainment, journalism, advertising, and documentary.
  • VM402 - Sem: Gangster Films (4 Credits)
    From "The Musketeers of Pig Alley" (1912), to the classic Warner Bros. movies of the 1930s, to The Sopranos and recent releases such as Gangster Squad (2013), the gangster film has been one of the American entertainment industry's most enduring genres. This course will track the development of the gangster film in the United States from its inception in the 1910s to the present. In addition to exploring a variety of classic and lesser-known films and television shows, we will examine how the genre has contributed to the discourse on a variety of issues including crime and punishment, race and ethnicity, the changing urban landscape, immigration policy, and representations of the "American Dream." All students will engage in an in-depth research project.
  • VM402 - Sem: (4 Credits)
    From the late 1910s until the coming of sound in the late 1920s, the Hollywood film industry reached unprecedented commercial and artistic success. SILENT HOLLYWOOD chronicles the development of the industry during x this crucial ten-year period and examines the careers of many of its key filmmakers
  • VM402 - Sem: Cinephilia & the Auteurs (4 Credits)
    In his review of Bitter Victory (1958), Jean-Luc Godard declared: "the cinema is Nicholas Ray." In his study The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968, Andrew Sarris placed Ray beneath the "Pantheon Directors" in a lovely named but secondary grouping he called "The Far Side of Paradise." This course will dive into just such nuances from this fascinating period of film criticism and cinephilia (the 1950s and 1960s). By examining the French response (Bazin and Cahiers) to the American cinema (mainly of the 1940s and 1950s), and by looking at films by directors like Ray and Howard Hawks, we will explore the French influence on American and British critics.
  • VM402 - Sem: Sound as Fine Art (4 Credits)
    Surveys the world of auditory art from the oral tradition to contemporary art works of sound and noise/music composition. The course examines the influences of culture, society, and the arts and sciences on the movements and conceptual constructs existing within the culture of sound art. The seminar's focus is on Post World War I, Twentieth & Twenty-First Century experiments and explorations into sound, noise and radio; the avant-garde in sound & experimental music; aleatory forms of composition & performance; computer generative works; visual elements in sound performance; installation art; and the aesthetics of silence.
  • VM402 - Sem: (4 Credits)
    The Western genre was once a staple of the American motion picture industry and the most popular programming in the first two decades of American television. The Western has all but disappeared as a predominant story type, but the impact of the genre's representation of American westward expansion, American masculinity, and race and gender continue to be felt in public discourse and in public life. This course will investigate the history of the Western in film and television, its conventional formulation, and various innovative instances of the genre. Conducted as a seminar, discussion and student presentations of material will be the format for the class.
  • VM402 - Sem: "D" is for Desire: Video Art and Theory (4 Credits)
    The objective of this course is to survey the politics and aesthetics of the moving image in order to gain a better understanding of contemporary art strategies and methods. In this course students will have the opportunity to analyze influential art videos, films and theory, in order to learn new ways of seeing and enhancing their visual literacy. Students will also have the opportunity to work on short video projects to define and express their own desired aesthetic.
  • VM402 - Sem: (4 Credits)
    This course will survey queer film and video from social-historical, aesthetic, and theoretical perspectives. Subjects include: Weimar German films (among the first lesbian and gay films); classical Hollywood and queer fandom, authorship, and stereotyping; subcultural coding and camp sensibility; the 1960s Underground cinema movement; network television and Hollywood films of the 1960s and 1970s; lesbian and gay liberation cinema of the 1970s; the AIDS activist video movement and the New Queer Cinema and Video movement of the 1980s and 1990s; LGBTQ representations on television in the 1990s and 2000s; and transgender films and television programs of the 2000s.
  • VM402 - Sem: (4 Credits)
    This seminar focuses on the historical, cultural, and critical analysis of animated films and Directors. The seminar will study five films produced or co-produced on the West Coast: Walt Disney's Fantasia; United Production America's Gerald McBoing Boing; Tim Burton and Henry Selick's, Nightmare Before Christmas; Pixar's Toy Story; and Hayao Miyasaki's Spirited Away. A participation-intensive, research-intensive and writing-intensive seminar to identify, study, and critically analyze the historical and cultural threads that weave the fabric of these five cinematic cartoons, the animated mode as an experimental art form, the animation industry, and the Directors who gave rise to their genesis. The seminar will also take a tertiary look at the influences of higher educational institutions that fostered a culture of innovation for the Directors being researched, discussed and critically analyzed.
  • VM402 - Sem: Animation Histories: Jules Engel and Experimental Animation (4 Credits)
    Through lectures, screenings, research and critical writing, we will study the European roots of experimentation in animation history leading to Walt Disney's Fantasia. Jules Engel (1909-2003), an historical linch-pin inside early animation industry in America, substantially changed the lens for understanding a cinematic history in animation, the role of higher education in fostering critical art histories, and the development of a singular mode of cinematic art in America, experimental animation. This is a research-intensive, critical writing-intensive and critical thinking-intensive seminar in animation history that culminates in the development.
  • VM402 - Sem: (4 Credits)
    explores the life, work, and legend of Alfred Hitchcock whose films remain as popular as ever with critics, film historians, and the public. We will approach his career in four phases: as a director in the beleaguered British film industry in the 1920s and '30s, as a contract director in Hollywood in the 1940s, as an independent producer/director from the late 1940s into the 1970s, and as a force in a wide range of media from the 1950s until his death in 1980. Hitchcock's ability to negotiate different modes of production while "branding" and marketing himself in the changing entertainment landscape will be assessed. His films will be considered from a formal standpoint, with emphasis on how suspense is created through cinematography, editing, and sound; they will be examined through various theories that have been brought to bear on the work. Question of authorship and biography will be explored as will Hitchcock's continuing legacy as the "Master of Suspense".
  • VM409 - Sem: Revolution to Renaissance: African-American Art (4 Credits)
    This course surveys African-American visual artists from the American Revolution to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, examining slave crafts, the influence of the slave system on early African-American portrait painters, the blossoming of African-American art with Abolitionist patronage, and the response to pervasive racial discrimination following Emancipation.
  • VM409 - Sem: New Media: From Postwar New Technology to Digital Media (4 Credits)
    This course will survey the development of new media art surveying the historical new technology art work in the early twentieth century, then focusing on the post-World War II period through to contemporary multimedia and digital visual art. This course will be divided into two parts. During the first half we will learn about historical new media art from the early twentieth century through the post-World War II period, the so-called Art & Technology movement. Then, the second half will be an extended research project on contemporary new media and digital art.
  • VM409 - Sem: New Media: From Postwar New Technology to Digital Media (4 Credits)
    Provides a study in a selected area of art and art history with emphasis on the development of analytical and theoretical approaches to the understanding of works of art. Presentation of independent research and participation in the evaluation of the research work of seminar members is expected. Fulfills the Aesthetics perspective of the General Education requirements. Course may be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • VM410 - Sem: (4 Credits)
    An exploration of modern and contemporary Latin American Art in its political, social and cultural contexts. The course is divided into four parts: 1) Reality, Politics and Culture: The Mexican Muralists; 2) The Fantastic and Beyond; 3) Archetypes: Icons, Images and Symbols in Latin American Art; and 4) Contemporary Visions and Border Crossers. Our study centers on the work of important artists who represent identity, culture, and politics as the complex and multifaceted expression of the experience of living within and between nations and cultures in an age of globalization. Through lectures, videos, slide presentations, artist talks, discussions, student research presentations and workshops, we will explore the common themes, disparate perspectives and changing visions of artists from the "other" Americas.
  • VM412 - American Film Comedy (4 Credits)
    A historical approach to the development of American film comedy explores theories of comedy and their value to the critical interpretation of comic films. Also considers the varying ways spectators are addressed, and the impact of performers and directors on various comedy styles.
  • VM418 - Transnational Asian Cinemas (4 Credits)
    Asian "national" cinemas are examined and problematized in the contexts of media and economic globalization, including: the politics of transnational film practices; issues surrounding filmic representation and diasporic identities; the construction and negotiation of national, gender, and genre differences; local-regional-global dynamics; and questions of the postcolonial in Asian contexts.
  • VM420 - Top: Studios and Independents: Navigation the Motion Picture Industry (4 Credits)
    The course will allow students to study the screenplays of a variety of film musicals from the beginning of the genre to the present. In addition to focusing on the writing of the musical film, the manner in which song assists in telling the story will be of particular interest. Working in teams of two, students from Emerson will complete an outline and first act of an original screenplay, and music students from Berklee will compose the songs that will help tell that story. The semester will culminate in a staged reading, with music, performed by students from both Berklee and Emerson. Prequesites: Junior standng and permission of the instructor. Students must email Diane_lake@emerson.edu a PDF version of a writing sample - play, screenplay or teleplay up to 15 pages in length for consideration. Students from every department, who are interested in writing, are invited to apply.
  • VM420 - Top: Studios and Independents: Navigation the Motion Picture Industry (4 Credits)
    This course provides an in-depth examination of the mechanics of the contemporary motion picture industry and is ideally suited for seniors prior to graduation or prior to attending the LA program. Topics covered include exploring the organizational structures and hierarchies of studios and production companies, examining how executive and staff positions function and what projects are acquired, developed and distributed; understanding customary industry terminology and references; how to work with talent and literary agencies, management companies and entertainment attorneys; and examining the role of guilds for above-the-line talent. The course will also explore how opportunities within the industry are expanding and changing --particularly in the form of theatrical film--and will help to prepare students for the landscape which is continually evolving.
  • VM420 - Top: Brand Films: Video Production for the Web and Broadcasting (4 Credits)
    This course will provide students a hands-on opportunity to understand and participate in new forms of commercial storytelling that are emerging in the digital media world. You'll learn the business dynamics and requirements that are essential to profitability and how marketing, creative, production and post-production work collaboratively to bring great work to life. We'll examine the work created by today's leading digital media producers and we'll put what we discover to use as you work collaboratively to create and produce branded narratives of your own. Cross-listed with MK371-01.
  • VM420 - Topics in Media Arts: Practice (4 Credits)
    Explores various aspects of media arts practice. Course may be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • VM423 - Writing Television Pilots (4 Credits)
    Examines how to create a television series, including developing an original premise, and writing convincing, multi-dimensional characters, and intriguing, character-specific dialogue. Students write an entire television pilot script to be workshopped in class, along with a pilot package that includes a logline, series synopsis and a 13-week episode guide with character and story arcs.
  • VM428 - Feature Writing Workshop (4 Credits)
    Working from detailed outlines developed in VM 320 Writing the Feature Film, students complete a first draft of a feature-length screenplay. Students read each other's work, write a critical analysis of each segment, and engage in discussion of aesthetics, craft, and form.
  • VM429 - Comedy Writer's Room (4 Credits)
    Emulates a Hollywood comedy writing room. Students collectively create and write an original pilot script for a TV comedy. Students write character sketches, a comprehensive story outline, the first draft of the script and all subsequent drafts, and participate in an extensive punch-up. Participants gain a keen understanding of how a Hollywood comedy writers' room works, how to write under deadline, how to pitch jokes, and how to write comedy as a team.
  • VM440 - Advanced Studio Production: Fiction (4 Credits)
    Provides the opportunity for specialized work in fiction television genres that include a studio component, such as drama series, soap operas, and situation comedies. Students create projects and produce, direct, light, and crew them.
  • VM441 - Advanced Studio Production: Nonfiction (4 Credits)
    Provides the opportunity for specialized work in nonfiction multi-camera television genres, including talk shows, live performance, and public affairs programming. Emphasis is on designing, producing, directing, lighting, and studio crewing.
  • VM450 - Advanced Sound Design (4 Credits)
    Advanced studies in audio post-production, with emphasis on expanding students' conceptual framework and refining creative audio post-production skills in surround sound mixing and applications in film, video, and digital media.
  • VM465 - Documentary Photography (4 Credits)
    Provides the foundation for an intense photographic investigation of an issue-cultural, political, ideological, or personal. Develops greater competence in negative making and black-and-white printing, with emphasis on strongly informative images. Assignments require the student to discover narrative possibilities while creating strong individual images. The course's technical components are supplemented by considerations of the history of documentary photography.
  • VM470 - Advanced New Media Projects (4 Credits)
    Provides an opportunity for senior VMA students working in computer animation, interactive media, motion graphics, digital photography, networked performance, audio, or other forms of new media to create advanced portfolio work. Projects, both collaborative and individual, are developed in the context of peer-based critique and analysis. The focus is on using new technologies for creative self-expression. Students complete the course with an original portfolio-ready project. May be repeated once for credit if projects differ.
  • VM471 - Topics in Documentary:Practice (4 Credits)
    Advanced documentary production workshops in varying areas of professional practice. Topics may include personal documentary, filmmaking and the environment, or social and community action; there may be future offerings proposed under this designation (subject to review of the curriculum committee)- for example, a course in Developing Cross-Platform Documentary. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • VM475 - Creative Producing for Film (4 Credits)
    Explores the ways in which a creative producer engages with a project from conception through completion with a focus on the development process. It will discuss original ideas, source material (books, stories), pitching, creating log lines, script coverage, the notes process and assembling the creative team. It will cover customary business affairs including chain-of-title, copyright, talent and option agreements. Key issues in finance, marketing and distribution will also be examined.
  • VM476 - Editing for Advanced Film and Video (4 Credits)
    This advanced-level 16mm film and video post-production workshop is designed to assist in the editing and completion of students' advanced-level projects. Technical procedures as well as aesthetic and conceptual issues endemic to post-production of motion picture projects are examined with an eye to their practical application to students' work on their projects.
  • VM478 - Advanced Cinematography and Videography (4 Credits)
    Offers advanced-level exploration of aesthetics, technology, and craft of cinematography and videography. Students gain a working knowledge of the advanced level of cameras in the department and are expected to develop complex lighting and shot designs. Emphasis is on aesthetic use of the technical elements of motion picture acquisition. Includes significant collaboration with other courses in the curriculum including BFA and BA Production Workshop.
  • VM490 - BFA Production Workshop (4 Credits)
    Note: Registration for this course requires completion of one specialization-level production course and approval by the faculty BFA committee based on application.
  • VM490 - BFA Production Workshop (4 Credits)
    Provides the means for students to produce portfolio work. BFA students are required to take two consecutive semesters of the workshop, 4 credits per semester. Work may be produced in teams, partnerships, or individually. Projects must be proposed in the semester preceding the semester in which the work is to be produced (see section on BFA requirements above). Students may also apply to serve as non-BFA participants for a single semester and for 4 credits only, serving as crew members or staff on another student's project. Prerequisites: Completion of one specialization-level production course, and approval by the faculty BFA committee based on application.
  • VM491 - BA Capstone Project (4 Credits)
    Students are admitted by application to produce portfolio work as a Capstone Project. Applications must include a detailed description of the proposal for consideration by a faculty panel. The proposal can be for either a creative project based in any area of the program, including film, TV, animation, sound design, or digital art and games; or a significant research project in media studies. Provides an opportunity to produce a significant piece of creative or scholarly work.
  • VM492 - Photo Practicum (4 Credits)
    Designed to integrate, enrich, and solidify a student's photographic skills building on past productions. Emphasis is placed on developing a portfolio representative of a personal vision.
  • VM600 - Business of Modern Media (4 Credits)
    Focuses on strategic thinking and implementation of media projects from conception (pre-production) through release/distribution/exhibition. Material covered includes business plans; grant resources, writing, and package preparation; acquiring rights associated with production; preparing for feature production (optioning literary property, pitching ideas, offerings, prospectus); legal issues (rights, copyright, and intellectual property); insurance considerations; advertising; and marketing. Students are required to conduct database web research on the industry and festivals in addition to following current trends in global markets, financing, advertising, and marketing.
  • VM604 - Topics in Media Production (4 Credits)
    Examines the development of image-and-sound-based installation art from the late 20th century through the contemporary period. Multimedia installation-expressed in site-specific public works, artist films, single and multichannel video, sculpture and performance, and new media and interactive forms-has become a vital art form in the 21st century. You will have an opportunity to produce multi-media installed works of your own design and will be introduced to the unique properties and parameters of the form. The culmination of the course will be a collaborative multi-site presentation of the work created in the class, staged as a 21st-century "Happening." No prerequisites
  • VM604 - Top: Fundametnals of Fiction Film Directing (4 Credits)
    This class provides an overview of the role of the fiction film director from script development through post-production. It will examine each phase of the director's process with emphasis on the methodologies necessary to realize the dramatic possibilities of a cinematic story. Students will create several short exercises and analyze the works of master directors.
  • VM604 - Topics in Media Production (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in the area of media studies and production.
  • VM605 - Graduate Writing Short Subject (4 Credits)
    Introduces the three genres of short form--nonfiction, experimental, and fiction. Students learn the differences and components of each genre and acquire an understanding of the art, craft, and discipline of each process from a writer's point of view. Emphasis is on developing the writer-s individual personal vision.
  • VM610 - Media Pedagogy (4 Credits)
    Explores approaches to teaching and learning in college level media production courses. Reviews key components of academia and an academic career: types of institutions, rank, tenure, teaching, service, scholarship, professional organizations, and compensation. Students analyze and design media production courses and investigate components of effective lecture, discussion, demonstration, and critique sessions as well as investigate ethical issues related to teaching. Each student leads a class session and produces a statement of his/her teaching philosophy.
  • VM611 - Principles of Sound Production (4 Credits)
    An introductory course in audio physics, sound principles, and the theory and practice of audio recording and mixing. Emphasis is also placed on concept development within sound production concurrent to the study of signal routing and the mixer console, analog and digital audio recording and editing techniques.
  • VM612 - Graduate Sound Design (4 Credits)
    An introductory course on the art of the sound designer and the processes and theories applied to composing and editing sound tracks for visual media such as film, video, computer animation, and websites. Areas of focus are in audio postproduction techniques and in the roles of the supervising sound editor and the sound designer. Postproduction techniques include dialog correction and automated dialog replacement (ADR), Foley session recording, sound effects acquisition and editing, and the mixing and localization theories and practices for stereo and surround-sound. The theoretical focus of the course is on the voice in film and visual media, as speech, as song, and everything that remains afterward with an ongoing theoretic investigation into the relationship between sound and image.
  • VM613 - Foundations of Image and Sound Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces the aesthetics and practice of image and sound production. Topics include visual composition, preproduction skills, lighting, basic directing, camera operation, lens theory, and editing. Students create projects using digital still photography and video.
  • VM618 - Interactive Media (4 Credits)
    Provides an introduction to the theory and practice of interactive media production. Stresses the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical concerns of interactive digital media, emphasizing creativity and familiarity with the material. Areas include introductions to web-based interaction, user input, animation, design and development, as well as project management, interface design, and user experience. Students produce creative works based on instruction in the technical aspects of the material.
  • VM621 - Documentary Production Workshop (4 Credits)
    Introduces the practice of documentary video production. Emphasizes documentary strategies, research, budgeting, production, and postproduction. Students produce a documentary short.
  • VM623 - Advanced Documentary Production (4 Credits)
    Affords student documentarians the opportunity to examine in depth a broad array of "voices" or approaches to the documentary while developing their own voice through the production of a 20-25 minute project. In addition to the training on documentary production, students have the opportunity to develop substantive research and fundraising skills and deepen their understanding of the historical, social, and aesthetic framework within which documentary work is created.
  • VM624 - Graduate Directing Actors for the Screen (4 Credits)
    This is a workshop-style class that focuses on the director-actor interaction. John Cassavetes said that acting is the essential discipline for moviemakers, and in this intensive course, students learn the language of acting and the techniques of directing actors in dramatic productions.
  • VM625 - Computer Animation 1 (4 Credits)
    This is the first course in the two-course computer animation sequence, introducing students to the fundamentals of three-dimensional modeling and animation and preparing them for the second course, Computer Animation II. Students learn to develop concepts, produce storyboards, model, texture objects, compose and light scenes, animate, and add dynamics. Finally, they learn to render their animations into movies and to composite movies, audio, titles, and credits in postproduction. In addition to these production skills, students develop their conceptual understanding as well as their critical and creative thinking about the practice of computer animation.
  • VM628 - Experimental Media Production (4 Credits)
    This is a project-based course for students who are interested in experimental analog and digital media. Along with project assignments open to a wide range of processes in various media, students examine ways that audiovisual media can be used to question mainstream genres, either through the invention of new forms or by subverting and hybridizing those forms. Students also look at how alternative venues and audiences shift the meaning and orientation of production. Technical topics include innovative uses of film, video, audio, and software, for example, direct animation or contact recording. Other topics include: the medium as metaphor, alternative representations of politicized subject matters, ordering systems other than the narrative, non-camera-based visual production, installation art and media as object, media's use of performance and anti-performance, image appropriation, the macro and the miniature within the frame, the long take, repetition and feedback loops, and other generative strategies for media makers.
  • VM631 - Graduate Cinematography (4 Credits)
    Introduces the art of cinematography on both an aesthetic and technical level. Students learn how to shoot on both film and digital formats. They also learn fundamental lighting skills using an array of professional lighting units. Emphasizes the learning of creative techniques for visualizing narrative scripts and exploring the emotional subtext of the cinematic image.
  • VM632 - Advanced Editing (4 Credits)
    Provides a framework for advanced digital editing skills like large-scale media management, off-beat and innovative cutting techniques, emerging individual editing styles, and cutting long-form projects.
  • VM640 - MFA Production Workshop (4 Credits)
    MFA students only.
  • VM640 - MFA Production Workshop (4 Credits)
    This is an intensive workshop for second-year MFA students to concentrate on the main body of their artistic output. Students present their own work and critique the work of others, as well as work on their current projects. Centered on the self-directed production schedule and the collaborative nature of critique in an MFA program, this course prepares students to become lifelong artists. Course to be repeated three times during matriculation.
  • VM651 - Studies in Narrative and Media History (4 Credits)
    Offers a historical survey of media art from the perspective of narrative studies. Exposes students to a wide array of narrative structures historically evident in media art, including conventional and unconventional fictional narrative forms, as well as varying types of narrative evident in documentary and experimental media works. In addition, students are introduced to the role of visual images in media narratives, as well as the impact of digital technologies on narrative forms. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the role of narrative structure in effecting emotion and in communicating ideas.
  • VM652 - Theories of Integrated Media (4 Credits)
    MFA students only.
  • VM652 - Theories of Integrated Media (4 Credits)
    Media are no longer discreet forms of expression. Digital technology has created an integrated environment where even analog media are most often produced and/or viewed in a digital context or with digital tools. This course is an intensive introduction to theories of producing and consuming film, video, photography, and sound, both in isolation and couched within digital technologies. Students are given a background in traditional approaches to media criticism and encouraged to question how the new digital context has altered those approaches and changed the conditions under which the creative expression and consumption of media takes place.
  • VM655 - Top: Visual Ethnograph (4 Credits)
    The aims of this course are three-fold: to introduce students to the anthropology of visual communications through photography, films, documentation of performance, and texts; to help them evaluate how sites of exhibition (museums, theaters, television, cinema and the web) are also sites of cultural and social reproduction; and to help them incorporate ethnographic methodology, specifically participant observation and field writing into their artistic practice. To do this we will spend the first half of the semester analyzing ethnography in visual productions and scholarship and the second half conducting our own research projects.
  • VM655 - Topics in Media Studies (4 Credits)
    Special offerings in the area of Media Studies.
  • WR101 - Introduction to College Writing (4 Credits)
    Introduces college writing, focusing on cultural analysis that appears in academic work and in the public intellectual sphere. Emphasizes how writers work with texts (including images, film, music, and other media) to develop writing projects. Through four main writing projects that concentrate on drafting, peer review, and revision, students learn to be constructive readers of each other's writing and to understand the rhetoric of intellectual inquiry.
  • WR101 - Introduction to College Writing (4 Credits)
    Introduces college writing, focusing on cultural analysis that appears in academic work and in the public intellectual sphere. Emphasizes how writers work with texts (including images, film, music, and other media) to develop writing projects. Through four main writing projects that concentrate on drafting, peer review, and revision, students learn to be constructive readers of each other's writing and to understand the rhetoric of intellectual inquiry.
  • WR101 - Introduction to College Writing (4 Credits)
    Introduces college writing, focusing on cultural analysis that appears in academic work and in the public intellectual sphere. Emphasizes how writers work with texts (including images, film, music, and other media) to develop writing projects. Through four main writing projects that concentrate on drafting, peer review, and revision, students learn to be constructive readers of each other's writing and to understand the rhetoric of intellectual inquiry.
  • WR121 - Research Writing (4 Credits)
    Research-based writing course that explores how rhetorical situations call on writers to do research and how writers draw on various types of writing to present the results of their research. Through four main writing projects, students develop an understanding of the purposes and methods of research and a rhetorical awareness of how research-based writing tasks ask them to consider their relation to the issues they are researching and to their audiences.
  • WR121 - Research Writing-Application (4 Credits)
    Research-based writing course that explores how rhetorical situations call on writers to do research and how writers draw on various types of writing to present the results of their research. Through four main writing projects, students develop an understanding of the purposes and methods of research and a rhetorical awareness of how research-based writing tasks ask them to consider their relation to the issues they are researching and to their audiences.
  • WR121 - Research Writing: Bilingual (4 Credits)
    Research-based writing course that explores how rhetorical situations call on writers to do research and how writers draw on various types of writing to present the results of their research. Through four main writing projects, students develop an understanding of the purposes and methods of research and a rhetorical awareness of how research-based writing tasks ask them to consider their relation to the issues they are researching and to their audiences.
  • WR211 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction (4 Credits)
    This course focuses on the basic vocabulary, techniques, and traditions in Fiction and includes the discussion of published work. Students practice their writing craft through exercises and other assignments, many of which will be shared with the class in an introductory workshop setting. This course may be repeated once for credit.
  • WR212 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry (4 Credits)
    This course focuses on the basic vocabulary, techniques, and traditions in Poetry and includes the discussion of published work. Students practice their writing craft through exercises and other assignments, many of which will be shared with the class in an introductory workshop setting. This course may be repeated once for credit.
  • WR216 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Nonfiction (4 Credits)
    This course focuses on the basic vocabulary, techniques, and traditions in Nonfiction and includes the discussion of published work. Students practice their writing craft through exercises and other assignments, many of which will be shared with the class in an introductory workshop setting. This course may be repeated once for credit.
  • WR311 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction (4 Credits)
    Original Fiction is written and presented in class for criticism and discussion. Students will also read and discuss published work in the genre. This course may be repeated once for credit.
  • WR312 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry (4 Credits)
    Original Poetry is written and presented in class for criticism and discussion. Students will also read and discuss published work in the genre. This course may be repeated once for credit.
  • WR313 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Drama (4 Credits)
    Original Drama is written and presented in class for criticism and discussion. Students will also read and discuss published work in the genre. This course may be repeated once for credit.
  • WR315 - Intermediate Comedy Writing; Sketch Troup Writing (4 Credits)
    This course will allow the student to explore many different aspects of comedy writing, including sketch comedy, and improvisation. In addition there will be class discussions on the ethics of comedy, brainstorming sessions and discussions of current industry events and trends. The class will act as a comedy sketch troupe and will write, produce and perform a full sketch show.
  • WR315 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Comedy (4 Credits)
    This course will allow the student to explore many different aspects of stand-up comedy writing, including generating material, character development, improvisation, and performance technique. In addition there will be class discussions on the ethics of comedy, brainstorming sessions and discussions of current industry events and trends. Each student will write a stand-up comedy routine, which will be revised, and presented at a comedy club.
  • WR315 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Sketch Troup Writing (4 Credits)
    This course will allow the student to explore many different aspects of comedy writing, including sketch comedy, and improvisation. In addition there will be class discussions on the ethics of comedy, brainstorming sessions and discussions of current industry events and trends. The class will act as a comedy sketch troupe. They will write, produce and perform a full sketch show.
  • WR316 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction (4 Credits)
    Original Nonfiction is written and presented in class for criticism and discussion. Students will also read and discuss published work in the genre. This course may be repeated once for credit.
  • WR317 - Top: Noir Fiction (4 Credits)
    Students write noir and neo-noir fiction: dark, gritty stories in which the protagonist is not a detective but the perpetrator, the victim, the suspect; someone destined to lose, trapped in a web of lust, betrayal, and paranoia. Reading published noir and neo-noir short fiction encompassing a variety of genres (for instance, crime thrillers, Westerns, and speculative fictions) will help define the elements essential to a noir sensibility.
  • WR320 - Travel Writing (4 Credits)
    The best travel writing takes readers on a journey that is not only geographic, but also narrative. This intermediate course in literary travel writing introduces writers to key ways to transform their experiences in the world- be it a far-flung travel destination or one's hometown- into compelling narratives in the form of short essay or memoir. In addition to short reading and writing assignments, students complete three polished travel essays: two to be workshopped and one to hand into the instructor on the last day of class.
  • WR405 - Advanced Seminar Workshop in Poetry (4 Credits)
    Advanced writing workshop in poetry with in-class discussion of original poems by students already seriously engaged in writing poetry. The course pays special attention to getting published and students are encouraged to submit their work to magazines. May be repeated once for credit.
  • WR407 - Advanced Seminar Workshop in Fiction (4 Credits)
    Extensive fiction writing of short stories and/or novels coupled with in-class reading for criticism and the craft of fiction. May be repeated once for credit.
  • WR408 - Writing the Novella (4 Credits)
    This workshop is designed to help students write novellas of at least 60 pages during the semester. There is also a significant reading component, as students discuss selected published novellas in the service of helping them plan and write their own drafts. The course is aimed at serious writing students wishing to explore a form that allows for more extended development of plot, theme and character than in the traditional short story, without making the elaborate structural demands of a full-length novel. The fantasy genre is discouraged.
  • WR415 - Advanced Seminar Workshop in Nonfiction (4 Credits)
    Advanced writing workshop in various nonfiction forms, such as memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, or other narrative nonfiction writing. Students will already have completed at least one nonfiction workshop, have a project in development, and be capable of discussing such techniques as characterization, point of view, and narrative structure as they appear in literary nonfiction forms.
  • WR416 - Top: Short Prose Workshop (4 Credits)
    This genre-busting creative writing workshop will explore the history and practice of the prose poem, the shaped or concrete poem, flash fiction, erasures, playlets, lyric essays, and unfilmable screenplays. We will read work by Anne Carson, Cathy Park Hong, Mary Ruefle, Julio Cort zar, and Suzan Lori-Parks, among others. Assignments will challenge students to try their hand at writing in hybrid forms. Experimentation is required!
  • WR440 - Advanced Seminar Workshop in Screenwriting (4 Credits)
    Advanced workshop in feature film writing in which students learn how to work with characters, dialogue, and dramatic structure through story development, mini treatments, and scene breakdown. Students beginning new scripts produce at least half of a screenplay and a solid, outlined second half. Students continuing a work-in-progress script revise and polish. Course also includes study and discussion of successfully produced film/TV scripts. May be repeated once for credit.
  • WR600 - Teaching College Composition (4 Credits)
    Introduction to composition history, theory, and pedagogy that prepares students to teach college writing courses. Examines debates and practices in college composition and their conceptual foundations and introduces rhetoric as a productive art and means of analysis. In preparation to teach writing, students learn how to design writing assignments, to run writing workshops, to respond to and evaluate student writing, and to produce a syllabus for a first-year composition course.
  • WR605 - Poetry Workshop (4 Credits)
    In-class discussions of original poems aim to help students learn strategies for generating and revising work. The workshop asks students to consider their work in light of the essential issues of the poet's craft, and to articulate their individual sensibilities as poets.
  • WR606 - Fiction Workshop (4 Credits)
    Uses student manuscripts as its main texts, supplemented by published stories, to illustrate the fundamental aspects of fiction, mainly in the short story form. Explores the complexities of narration, characterization, scene, dialogue, style, tone, plot, etc. Emphasis is on the generation of fictional works and on their revision.
  • WR608 - Top: The Short Short Story (4 Credits)
    The focus of this class is student work in the short-short story form-stories from 250 words to 3 pages. A "short-short" is not a condensed long story, but a story that requires this length and particular form. Students will be given a topic or form for each story due, so please note that each student will be generating all new work for this workshop. (For example, one assignment might be to write a one-sentence story that has urgency and forward movement similar to Molly Lanzarotta's "One Day Walk Through the Front Door.") In addition, we'll read and discuss short stories by a variety of writers whose work appears in Flash Fiction, one anthology of microfiction, and various magazines that welcome the short short story.
  • WR613 - Nonfiction Workshop (4 Credits)
    Stresses the writing of many forms of nonfiction, such as informal essays, autobiography, profiles, travel writing, or literary journalism, coupled with reading assignments of relevant texts.
  • WR652 - Novel Workshop (4 Credits)
    A workshop in structuring and writing the opening chapters of a novel. Explores story premise, stylistic approach, point-of-view, and other structural parameters, as well as revision.
  • WR655 - Writing the Nonfiction Book (4 Credits)
    Workshop on the extended narrative, with discussions of organizing the research, developing an outline and devising a structure, carrying out the plan, and writing the book proposal. Students submit their own work and also examine various approaches of nonfiction books.