Special course descriptions
Spring semester 2014
COM 115 Forensics Activity (.5 hours)
Preparation for and participation in the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratory Contest and other forensics events as might be scheduled.
ENG 243 Studies in Native American Literature (3 hours)
"The word belongs to us now. We are Indians. That has nothing to do with Indians from India. We are not American Indians. We are Indians, pronounced In-din. It belongs to us. We own it and we're not going to give it back. So much has been taken from us that we hold onto the smallest things left with all the strength we have."
– from "The Unauthorized Autobiography of Me" by Sherman Alexie
Texts by Native Americans are of course a vital part of American Literature as a whole, and in turn, the classic works of American Literature have influenced Native authors – particularly those writing since 1967. But the vast body of work we refer to as "Native American Lit" has distinctive qualities that separate it from Anglo American Lit. Each indigenous tribe possesses rich, ancient traditions of language, story and myth, of ceremony, song, and chant – traditions rooted in land where the tribe has lived for hundreds or even several thousand of years. Native Lit also cannot help but draw on the recent history of the European invasion and the U.S. occupation of ancestral lands. Themes we will encounter in this class are thus directly related to tribal world-views, to histories of Anglo oppression, to the land and all its creatures.
Options to fulfill new fine arts general education requirement
one course required
ART 136: Exploring Visual Art (3 hours) NEW COURSE!!
Explore different topics in the visual arts, focusing on a particular style, theme, medium, or approach to visual art. Sample topics include: American Art, Abstract Expressionism, Art of Non-Western Cultures, or Art as a Transformative Experience. MWF/11-11:50
ART 207: Design II (3 hours)
Study and practice of the fundamental principles of design applied to three-dimensional art and crafts. Introduction to and practical experience in a variety of traditional three-dimensional media including clay, wood, metal, and glass. Projects include functional wood sculpture, small metal casting, ceramic sculpture, and kiln-formed glass. MWF/2-3:50 pm
ART 214: Watercolor (3 hours)
Specific compositional problems exploring the possibilities of design and expression in watercolor technique. Use of the figure, still-life and landscape as initial references. MWF/8-9:50 am
MUS 136: World Music (3 hours) New Course!!
Explore various world cultures through the lens of their specific musical practices and customs. Students will discover the fundamentals of music in a global perspective and explore how music functions in several specific cultures and societies: practically, socially, theologically, ideologically and/or politically. Hands-on music-making, observation and multimedia experiences will complement lectures and discussions to create a holistic understanding of music’s varying cultural roles. MWF/9-9:50 am
THE 135 Introduction to Theatre (3 hours) New Course!!
Students interested in watching, reading, analyzing, creating, and writing about theatre will enjoy this introductory course. In addition to learning about theatre as an art, a business and an expression of culture, students will work in small groups to create short performance pieces. MWF/10-10:50 am