This program offers students the opportunity to intern in Washington DC, learn about policymaking, and receive mentoring from a St. Mary’s alumni. The coursework focuses on the policymaking process and how different actors seek to push various solutions to political problems in the United States. The course examines the influence and importance of Congress, the executive, courts, business, non-profits, and the media. Combining coursework and the internship, students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the policymaking process. Students apply for the program in January and are selected by the directors. Prerequisite: POSC 100 or consent of the instructor.
Development of philosophical writing and reasoning skills, including knowledge of logical concepts, their relations, and their expression in formal notation and informal argumentation. Systems to be studied include the propositional calculus and natural deduction. The relations of these systems to the syntax and semantics of natural language will be examined, with an emphasis on application of logical reasoning to arguments in philosophical and non-philosophical writing. Students will construct their own logical arguments in a term paper that incorporates library research and demonstrates appropriate use of secondary sources.
This course explores the relationship between human societies and the natural environment. The course will review the history of natural resource use, pollution resulting from human activity, the limits that environments have placed on societies, the impact of human production and consumption on the environment, and social movements motivated by concern for the environment. Prerequisite:SOCI 101.
This 3-credit course is an examination of intellectual and other developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and others. Discusses identification, treatment, education, classroom interventions, and social supports with an end toward understanding intellectual and developmental disabilities as both biological and social phenomena.
This 3-credit course will consider the perception of disability in a variety of settings. Of primary consideration is how schools and the community at large acknowledges and responds to the needs of people with disabilities so that they can be full members of school and community. Additionally, the course will address how to meet the instructional, social, and emotional needs of special education students in the general education classroom including strategies for providing modifications, accommodations, and specially-designed instruction.
The Senior Topics Seminar is a capstone course for the Mathematics major centered around an in-depth study of an important field and/or open question in mathematics. Each seminar will have a small number of students who will work together to investigate an advanced topic that builds on their prior mathematics courses. Every student in the course will generate, either in a group or individually, two final products from the seminar: a public presentation in a form designated by the instructor, and a written report on the work to be kept by the department for the benefit of future students.
A detailed topic description will be available in the online “Schedule of Classes” before registration. May be repeated for credit if the topic is not repetitive. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
An introduction to music notation using computer software programs. The course is designed as a logical partner with MUSC 203, Music Theory I. Formerly offered as part of MUSC 310. Students who have completed MUSC 301 have satisfied this music major requirement and are not eligible for this course. Prerequisite: demonstrated ability to read music.
An overview of the possibilities opened to people seeking to create music through digital technology. The course will include an introduction to music sequencing, the creation and use of loops and sampled sounds, and digital sound editing, all of these applied to music creation. May be repeated once for credit. This course, if taken twice, fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement in the Arts.