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Class Listings - Summer 2014

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Anthropology

ANTH 303
The Gambia Field Study Program
This course is designed to provide participants with first-hand learning experiences in The Gambia. Over the course of seven weeks, participants study various aspects of Gambian language, social life, and history to gain the requisite knowledge and skills to pursue research on a topic selected with the instructor. The combination of directed research and other personal experiences provides the basis for participants to better understand and appreciate the achievements of African people in general and The Gambia’s civilizations in particular.
Roberts, O'Donnell, & Gijanto
8 credits
May 20 - July 9

ANTH 336
The Cultured Body
This course explores historical and cultural variations of the body and embodiment used to construct and contest identities that reflect ideas about the self, family, gender, nation, nature and the supernatural documented from a sample of cultures around the world.
Ford
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M, T,W,R 1:00-5:10 pm
Location: Kent 316

ANTH 352.01
The Anthropology of Stuff: Popular Culture and Consumption
In this seminar we will explore the power of material culture—human made objects and artifacts—to better understand our culture and our world. We will apply theoretical models to analyze objects that reflect identity, authenticity, and globalization, and reveal how we are shaped as much by material culture as we are by our social relationships. We will address the links between consumption, gender, ethnicity, and class, and explore the materiality of media. Finally, we will address the unprecedented scale of contemporary materialism and consumption: Do the things we make and own, make and own us? Is materialism destroying our families, eroding civic virtue, and undermining the collective good?  Why *do* we wear our bling on our sleeves?
Ford
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M, T,W,R 8:00 am-12:10 pm
Location: Kent 316

ANTH 352.02
Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
This course provides an overview of anthropological perspectives on gender and sexuality, drawing from all four sub-fields (cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology) to help students examine how ideas about sex, gender, and sexuality are culturally constructed. By learning about gender and sexuality roles through cross-cultural comparisons, students will be encouraged to critically think about how cultural value systems influence people's understandings of gender and sexuality norms. The class will draw on examples from different cultures and different parts of the world to better understand how contemporary and historical notions of gender, sexuality, bodies, desire, and identity contribute to the world(s) in which people live. Students will engage with readings and films to identify and critically think about taken-for-granted notions about gender and sexuality. The readings will be a mixture of theoretical discussions and ethnographic studies, as well as works of fiction. Students will conduct a short ethnographic research project about gender and sexuality.
Irvine
4 credits
June 9 - 27
M, T,W,R 8:00 am - 12:10 pm
Location: Kent 120

ANTH 410
Historical Archaeology Field School
Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC), in association with St. Mary’s College of Maryland, announces its 2014 field school in historical archaeology. The goal of this summer’s excavations is to better understand the yards and structures around the Calvert House. Built in the first decade of Maryland’s settlement by Leonard Calvert, the first Governor, it served as the statehouse of the Province until 1676. The program is an intensive, 10 week experience in Colonial archaeology. The first week includes lectures on history, archaeological methods and material culture studies. Students learn artifact identification by working with one of the best archaeological collections of Colonial material in the country.  During the following weeks, students participate in excavation, recording and analysis. Students have the rare opportunity to learn about and help sail the MARYLAND DOVE, a replica of a 17th‑century, square-rigged tobacco ship.  Admission by application only. For specific questions about the course, email: tbriordan@smcm.edu.
Riordan
8 credits
May 27-August 2
Field trip fee: $60
Cross-listed with HIST310
Location: HSMC

 

Art & Art History

ART 206/306
Introduction to Painting/Advanced Painting
This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.
O'Connell
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M, T,W,R 8:00 am-12:10 pm
Location: Montgomery 132

ART 212/312
Introduction to Photography/Advanced Photography
This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.
Forsgren
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M, T,W,R 1:00 - 5:10 pm
Location: Montgomery 049

ART 233.01
Practicum in Community Art
This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Experiencing Liberal Arts in the World.

This course explores pedagogical concerns in teaching studio art to children in the classroom.  In collaboration with St. Mary's County Public Schools, students will design, prepare, and implement a six day art camp that will serve up to sixty public school children.  No prior teaching or studio art experience is required.  
Patterson
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M, T,W,R 3:00 - 7:10 pm
Location: Montgomery 129

ART 233.02
Digital Photography
This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.

This course explores both conceptual and practical principles of digital photography.  The technical emphasis of the class is on file management, digital imaging, and digital editing.  Students learn current practices in photographic workflow using Adobe Photoshop and Bridge.  Operation of DSLR and MILC cameras are considered, as well as output using inkjet printers and color management.  The class includes an overview of photographic history with an emphasis on the impact of digital technology on contemporary art. 
Forsgren
4 credits
June 9-27
M, T,W,R 1:00 - 5:10 pm
Location: Montgomery 049

ART 233.03
Graphic Design
This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.

This course will investigate components of visual communication and practical skills for creating compelling visual narratives.  Students will build fundamental technical skills in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver and use these applications to create print-ready and web friendly images.  By crafting brand identity, organizing layouts, experimenting with typography, and studying color theory students will demonstrate their design prowess.  Beginners are welcome! This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts and the ART 214 requirement for the Art Major.
Cutrona
4 credits
June 9-27
M, T,W,R 6:00 - 10:10 pm
Location: Montgomery 049

 

Biology

BIOL 101
Contemporary Bioscience with Laboratory: Biology of Our Changing Planet
This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Natural Sciences with Laboratory.

This course introduces fundamental biological concepts, with a focus on the biological and environmental challenges we are currently facing. Global changes from climate change, alterations in nutrient cycling and invasive species are accelerating the rate at which our world is changing. This poses a number of important challenges for ecosystems. This course will introduce some of the major challenges and teach students how scientists are studying them. Biological topics cover all scales of biological study from cells, individuals, populations, species, ecosystems through to global systems, with an applied focus on how we can respond to these changes. This course meets the requirements for the ENST minor (Contemporary Bioscience with an Environmental Focus) as well as the Core Curriculum requirement in Natural Sciences with Laboratory.
Rauschert
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M,T,W,R 8:00 am – 12:10 pm
Lab: M,W 1:00  – 4:00 pm
Location: Schaefer 132 & 112

 

 

Educational Studies

EDUC 206
The Child in America: Social Foundations of Education
This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Experiencing the Liberal Arts in the World. 

A foundations course that is multidisciplinary in content and method, this course involves the examination of childhood and the world of children from the diverse perspectives of school, family, and societal influences, combining a historical overview with an investigation of the world and lived experiences of children from diverse backgrounds today. A required field experience component is built into this course, in addition to time spent in class.
Johnson & Warner
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M,T,W,R 3:00 - 7:30 pm
Field placement: F 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Goodpaster 237

 

English

ENGL 130/365
Southern Literature
This course, taken as ENGL130, satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.

This course will be a brief, yet representative, introduction to what is known as "Southern Literature" in American literary study.  We will read mostly short fiction, but will also read some poetry and drama.  Some of the writers (note the variety) you will encounter include Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Katherine Anne Porter, Tennessee Williams, Maya Angelou, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, James Agee, Molly Ivins, James Dickey, Alice Walker, Fanny Flagg, William Styron, and more.  We will examine issues (self, race, religion, region) and aspects (humor, dialect, grotesque, female/male personae) of what constitutes "Southernness" by reading primary texts, watching film (adaptations of written texts), listening to music (ballads, gospels, blues, and work songs), and having rousing discussions about all of the above.  There will be daily "festivals of learning" (quizzes), one major "celebration of your knowledge" (a mid-term), and one short "what'd I say" (paper/presentation).  The reading and graded requirements for this condensed summer course will be extremely manageable.

This course, taken as ENGL 130, satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in the Arts.  It may also be used to fulfill elective credit for the English major.
Click
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M,T,W,R 1:00-5:10 pm
Prerequisite: ENGL 102, CORE 101, or CORE 301 for 130. One 200-level ENGL lit class for 365.  All prerequisites can be waived with permission of the instructor.
Location: Library 115

ENGL 395
Chesapeake Writers' Conference Seminar in Creative Writing
This unique course will be rooted in the intensive experience of the Chesapeake Writers' Conference (July 6-12, 2014), during which students will immerse themselves in the art and craft of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction.  In addition to attending a daily three-hour workshop in your genre, you will be required to attend all other conference literary events, including daily readings, lectures, craft talks and panel discussions (approximately two to three events each day).

Other requirements will include daily journal responses to conference events, and thoughtful, constructive responses to your workshop peers' submissions.  You will work out with the professor a short reading list in your genre to be used as a touchstone for your work.  Finally, you will work with the professor via email post-conference in revising the work produced in and for your workshop.  This, along with the other assignments and an introductory reflection essay on the work, will be due in a portfolio approximately one month after the conference ends.
Gabriel
2 credits
July 6-12 (on St. Mary's campus) and correspondence with professor post-conference.
Prerequisite: One 200-level ENGL writing course or permission of the instructor.
Location: TBD

Environmental Studies

ENST 350
Saving the Bay: Environmental Science and Justice for the Chesapeake
This three-week summer course will examine the current health of the Chesapeake Bay as well as moral, social and political implications related to the impact of bay health on local communities. Students will learn about the types of environmental markers used to monitor the bay, including pollution levels, wildlife populations and climate cycles associated with bay ecology. Having established a framework for measuring of bay health, students will go on to explore how we should think about environmental value, what it means to work for environmental sustainability, and the moral considerability of the health of the bay and the resulting effects on current and future generations.  Though this course will focus on the Bay in particular, students will acquire conceptual tools which will enable them to think about and work for environmental justice in other contexts.
Emerick & Rauschert
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
T,W,R,F 1:00-5:10 pm
Location: Margaret Brent 109

 

Geology

GEOL 130
Introduction to Geology
This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Natural Sciences with Laboratory.

This course will explore the world of geology, both physical and historical, with emphasis on its relevance to other major disciplines. Basic principles of the geosciences will be examined and used to illustrate some of the important contributions geology has made to our knowledge and understanding of the world today. Lecture and laboratory.  
Linn
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M,T,W,R 6:00-10:10 pm
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in Mathematics.
Location: Schaefer 256

 

 

History 

HIST 310
Historical Archaeology Field School
Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC), in association with St. Mary’s College of Maryland, announces its 2014 field school in historical archaeology. The goal of this summer’s excavations is to better understand the yards and structures around the Calvert House. Built in the first decade of Maryland’s settlement by Leonard Calvert, the first Governor, it served as the statehouse of the Province until 1676. The program is an intensive, 10 week experience in Colonial archaeology. The first week includes lectures on history, archaeological methods and material culture studies. Students learn artifact identification by working with one of the best archaeological collections of Colonial material in the country.  During the following weeks, students participate in excavation, recording and analysis. Students have the rare opportunity to learn about and help sail the MARYLAND DOVE, a replica of a 17th‑century, square-rigged tobacco ship.  The course is for 8 credit hours and there is a $60 fee for the field trip.  To apply, email: tbriordan@smcm.edu.
Riordan
8 credits
May 27-August 2
Field trip fee: $60
Cross-listed with ANTH410
Location: HSMC

HIST 393
Greece Study Tour
St. Mary's College's Greece Study Tour offers participants an opportunity to gain knowledge of the layerings of history in this part of the world the influence of which so greatly outstrips its modest size.  Offered as either HIST 393 or PHIL 380.  For more detail see the tour website:
http://www.smcm.edu/greece/
Hall & Taber
4 credits
May 31 - June 24

 

Mathematics

MATH 131
Survey of Mathematics
This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Mathematics.

This course will include study of both theoretical and applied aspects of mathematics. Topics will vary from section to section and may include the following: number systems, mathematical modeling, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, projective geometry, group theory, graph theory, mathematical logic, sets and infinity, topology, the concepts of calculus and the history of mathematics. The course is recommended for students of the liberal arts who wish to obtain a general view of contemporary mathematics.
Kose
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M,T,W,R 1:00-5:10 pm
Location: Schaefer 161

 

Music

MUSC 112
Music as Communication
This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.

Designed for the general student, this course will explore the way that music functions as a form of communication. While the specific content of the course will vary, depending on instructor, it will include an introduction to Western music notation, some exposure to music from non-Western cultures, and some component of original music composition. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.

For this summer, there will be an emphasis on the creative side of music expression, including the use of computer programs (in college computer labs). There will also be an introduction to critical/analytical listening.

There are no pre-requisites, and there is no expectation of any musical (or computer) background.
Froom
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M,T,W,R 6:00-10:10 pm
Location: Montgomery 118

 

Philosophy

PHIL 380
Greece Study Tour
St. Mary's College's Greece Study Tour offers participants an opportunity to gain knowledge of the layerings of history in this part of the world the influence of which so greatly outstrips its modest size.  Offered as either HIST 393 or PHIL 380.  For more detail see the tour website:
http://www.smcm.edu/greece/
Hall & Taber
4 credits
May 31 - June 24

 

Political Science

POSC 303
Law, Courts, and Judges
This course is designed to familiarize the student with central concepts in legal theory; with the structure and operation of trial and appellate courts in the United States, especially in terms of the role of the courts in the larger political process; and with basic legal terminology and research methods.
Grogan
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M,T,W,R 8:00 am-12:10 pm
Location: Kent 312

POSC 348
Parties and Elections
This course examines political parties, interest groups, and elections (including campaigns and voting behavior) within the broader context of American politics. It represents a part of the traditional political science inquiry into the question: "Who governs?"
Grogan
4 credits
June 9-27
M,T,W,R 8:00 am-12:10 pm
Location: Kent 212

POSC 450
The Washington Program
This program offers students the chance to combine rigorous academic study and internship experiences in Washington DC.  The program tour includes two weeks of intensive instruction.  The first week directly follows the end of the semester and consists of an overview of political actors and groups in Washington.  These daylong sessions cover policymaking in the U.S. government, the role of advocacy and pressure groups, policy analysis, and international relations.  In addition, this week will give students some analytical tools to prepare them for their internships, including experience with policy briefs and policy analysis.  The second week occurs directly before the start of the fall semester and offers the students a chance to reflect on their experiences in an academic setting. 

This program is open to any student with an interest in politics and policy, broadly defined, including the fields of history, sociology, environmental science, political science, economics, journalism, and foreign languages.  Working with faculty advisors, students will find internships in Washington that meet their specific interests.  Students participating in the program will be mentored by St. Mary's graduates working in Washington.  These mentors will assist the students in getting the most out of their internship experience. 
Fehrs & Shafqat
8-12 credits
May 19-23, August 25-29
M,T,W,R,F 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
Location: Kent 212

 

 

Psychology

PSYC 301
Psychological Statistics
The analysis of experimental data, including data from both laboratory and natural settings. Parametric analysis through two-way analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics.
Bailey
4 credits
May 19 - June 6
M,T,W,R 1:00 - 5:10 pm
Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Not open to students who have received credit for PSYC 201.
Location: Goodpaster 72

 

Summer Study Tours

ANTH 303
The Gambia Field Study Program
This course is designed to provide participants with first-hand learning experiences in The Gambia. Over the course of seven weeks, participants study various aspects of Gambian language, social life, and history to gain the requisite knowledge and skills to pursue research on a topic selected with the instructor. The combination of directed research and other personal experiences provides the basis for participants to better understand and appreciate the achievements of African people in general and The Gambia’s civilizations in particular.
Robers, O'Donnell, & Gijanto
8 credits
May 20 - July 8

HIST 393/PHIL 380
Greece Study Tour
St. Mary's College's Greece Study Tour offers participants an opportunity to gain knowledge of the layerings of history in this part of the world the influence of which so greatly outstrips its modest size.  Offered as either HIST 393 or PHIL 380.  For more detail see the tour website:
http://www.smcm.edu/greece/
Hall & Taber
4 credits
May 31 - June 24