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The non-degree Humanities and Sciences program at School of Visual Arts offers over 200 courses

  • SVA is committed to providing a well-rounded education to its artists through its offerings in the humanities and sciences
  • We offer English as Second Language courses and Peer Tutoring to assist international students
  • The Writing Resource Center offers computers, Internet access and instructors for consultation and tutoring

Request information at [email protected] to learn more about humanities and sciences college classes at SVA.

Like nature, art abhors a vacuum. Art is noisy and busy, a roiling ferment of ideas, impressions, attitudes, values and relationships. Art, in other words, doesn't just appear from your fingertips: It's made from culture.

An arts education at SVA connects your hand to your eye and your mind to the world. Out of a matrix of learning in history, politics, literature, psychology, anatomy, biology and technology, you evolve as an artist. From Chaucer to William S. Burroughs, Stravinsky to the Ramones, Karl Marx to bell hooks, you get a cultural grounding that is at once classical and contemporary, canonical and cutting-edge. You'll discover that the more you have to say, the bigger statement your art will make.

With over 200 courses and more than 100 instructors, SVA has one of the richest, deepest, most imaginative humanities and sciences curriculums of any arts college. Our teachers are anything but dry, hidebound academics. You'll study with poets, filmmakers, curators, performance artists, illustrators and veterans of federal and city governmentbusy doers who are also heavy thinkers. You'll see ideas in action, like the decorated Vietnam veteran/philosophy professor who takes his War and Morality students to a VA hospital to speak with posttraumatic stress syndrome patients.

Writing and a fluent command of English is the core of the humanities and sciences. The Writing Resource Center, with computers, Internet access and instructors on hand for consultation and tutoring, reflects our commitment to producing artists who embrace the written word as a form of expression not alien to, but supporting, the visual arts.

Good language skills will help you better understand your work as an artist, clarifying your intentions, articulating your vision.

Humanities and sciences introduces you to a multitude of great thinkers' ideas, giving you an opportunity to project your perspective through the prism of many different minds. Your point of view will open up, your eye will widenand your art will reflect the world.

General Course Listing

Foundation Requirements
HCD-1020 / HCD-1025
Writing and Literature I and II
Two semesters: 3 humanities and sciences credits per semester
The first part of this two-semester offering will help students become capable, critical and independent writers. With its focus on developing an argument, the course offers an introduction to some of the skills necessary for critical analysis of written art. It will include a review of writing basics (grammar, coherence, idea development, sentence and essay structure). Since reading widely is a foundation of good writing, course readings are drawn from a selection of premodern Western works, including drama, poetry, the narrative and the critical essay, which will be used as discussion and writing prompts. The second semester will emphasize essay development, reading and critical thinking. Students will write essays and a research paper, and continue to work on their grammar and essay development. Readings are drawn from a selection of modern works, including drama, poetry, the narrative and the critical essay.

Upper-Level Courses

Writing Program Courses
HWD-2000
Writing About Art
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
In this critical writing course, students will be immersed in the world of the arts, which spans multiple genres and styles. We will read and discuss inspiring essays by artists and critics, such as the great film editor Walter Murch, cultural critic Camille Paglia, the novelists James Baldwin and Tom Wolfe, and art grandee Dave Hickey, along with the crackling prose of artist-eccentrics such as William Blake, Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol. Students will also be introduced to autobiographical works, including William Eggleston’s film Stranded in Canton, in order to explore how the personal narrative is transformed into a sparkling art. This reading and arts immersion will guide students to write eloquently, confidently, and with an abundance of passion for their own artistic practice, as well as that of others. Students will keep journals detailing their gallery/museum visits and place writing—including their own—under the microscope.

HWD-2103
Everybody’s a Critic: Writing About Pop Culture
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Whether it’s music, movies, theater or television, all of us react to pop culture through the prism of our individual experience. But how does that process work? How do we decide what songs, shows, actors or directors we like or dislike, and what do those choices say to others about us? In this course, we will explore the individual pop aesthetic, and how to successfully articulate in writing the critical voice that everyone possesses. Through assignments, collective reviews and analysis of works by critics—including Lester Bangs (music), John Leonard (TV), Manny Farber (film) and Frank Rich (theater)—we will examine the unique challenges critics face as both arbiters of taste and as writers seeking to effectively express themselves.

HWD-2256
Words in Action: The Play's the Thing
Sharpen your critical writing skills at the theater. See live performances of works from cutting-edge playwrights in theaters Off-Broadway. Read plays by Pulitzer- prize winning authors Suzan-Lori Parks, Ayad Akhtar, August Wilson, Edward Albee, Lynn Nottage, Tony Kushner, and more. Explore how a play makes it from the page to the stage. Learn the techniques of dramatic writing: how to create characters, plot and narrative lines, as well as discovering how the director, designers and actors collaborate in the process. Students will write essays and critical reviews of assigned plays and have the opportunity to put into practice playwriting techniques by writing a 10-minute play. Tune up your ears for wit, banter, rage and chaos, and listen to the voices of contemporary writers—see their words in action.

HWD-2271
Images, Writing and Criticism
It is less useful to consider images, produced only under the name of art at a time when we are both a visual and an imagistic culture. This course looks at and analyzes a wide range of images, their power and distribution by using critical ideas about them. Many of the sources are drawn from the specific majors of class members, and will range across science advertising, mass communication—from books to photojournalism—and from fine art to social and virtual media. The aim is to improve each student’s ability to apply critical ideas through writing for both print and online venues. Students will write a series of short analyses and essays designed to move them closer to a professional level in writing critical reviews, interviews and analyses in terms of the world they inhabit. There will be several field trips to examine and question images placed in a public context with advice from other working professionals.

HWD-2323-A
How to Think and Write About Comics
This class is a formal and practical analysis of sequential art and a survey of the history of comics. We will discuss the themes that the works generate, relating them to culture and personal experience. We will read and discuss many canonical texts that have helped to create the landscape of comics, graphic novels and narrative art today. Students will write criticism and analyses on the history, culture, aesthetics and language of graphic novels and comics in response to class readings. We will discuss machinations and genealogies, to be useful for students in their current and future artistic, creative and intellectual endeavors, in addition to creating inspiration by reading some of the masters of the medium, including the work of Herriman, McCay, Hergé, Barks, Crumb, Schulz, Eisner, Tezuka, Spiegelman, Miller, the Hernande Brothers, Clowes, Ware, Burns, Satrapi, Cruse and Bechdel.

HWD-2364
Becoming a Digital Critic
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Have you ever wanted to add your voice to the world of cultural criticism online? This course will teach you how to build an online portfolio of reviews (TV, film, music, book), essays and think pieces, with a focus on developing your voice and brand, as well as navigating the world of freelance pitching. We will tackle digital literacy and digital media theory to explore and discover your own place in the digital landscape. Readings include works of contemporary media theory, such as The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online and Going Viral, focusing on what it means to be constantly consuming and synthesizing information. Practical readings will come from a variety of sites that cover cultural criticism, including Buzzfeed, Broadly, Vice, Catapult, The A.V. Club and Vulture. Students will complete this course with at least two pieces of cultural criticism ready for publication, as well as corresponding pitch letters and a list of sites best suited for each piece.

HWD-2376
Leaving/Returning Home: Narratives of Migration
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits

Migration is one of the major forces shaping today’s world. The reasons for leaving home are multiple, including the desire to study, the search for a job, the need for safety or forced removal. Whether you come from Texas or China, leaving home remains a profound experience that changes who you are. What happens to the self when you leave, and can the same self ever return home? How do immigrants meet the new land and how does it meet them? How are the recent waves of refugees affected by immigration policies in the U.S. and other places? In this critical writing course students will read a wide range of materials to investigate issues of home and belonging, identity and otherness, cultural and generational conflicts, alienation and nostalgia, assimilation and guilt, and the new dynamics of race and ethnicity in contemporary migration. Readings will include fictional excerpts from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Xiaolu Guo and Ben Marcus; memoir excerpts from Richard Rodriguez; and essays by George Orwell, Edward Said, and others. Students will be encouraged to examine their own narrative of leaving and returning home.

HWD-2379
Writing About Film: Every Movie Has a Slant
This writing course explores how film creates political meaning, the sum total of the filmmaker's attitudes, spiritual beliefs, ideological learnings, social status, cultural position, and ideas about power sharing. We will examine and define categories of film ideology through readings relevant to the films we screen and discuss in class. Readings include selections from Looking at Movies by Richard Barsam and Dave Monahan, Harry Belafonte's speech at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and Molly Haskell's critique From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies.

HWD-3001
Writing Beat
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Inspired by the literary inventiveness of The Beat Generation, this writing course in prose and poetry departs from the standard notions of story, play and poem to focus on experimentation with language. Readings from Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Kathy Acker, Diane di Prima, and others will inform student work. Intended for students from a variety of visual disciplines, this course will include the interrelationship of writing with other art forms, such as film, photography, painting and music. Students will explore such techniques as spontaneous bop prosody, sketching and unrevised prose based on the principle of “first thought, best thought,” to help students find their own voice and forms of expression in writing.

HWD-3002
Restructuring the Narrative
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Consider this course a language “work-out.” A writing workshop—with a twist, the course will expand the use of language as a creative tool. In the belief that writing is a frontier for artists, open and free methods such as automatic writing, cut-ups and fold-ins will be used to render states of consciousness in written form, and will be extended to innovative forms of storytelling, creating new narrative possibilities. We will read selections from Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, the modern haiku poets, and humorists, Hunter S. Thompson and William S. Burroughs.

HWD-3014
Storytelling and Narrative Art
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What is story and why do we love it? Why has storytelling been a basic feature of all cultures since earliest days of the human community? What role does narrative play in culture and society? In this course, we will embark on a transmedia exploration of storytelling, investigating both art and theory, and surveying narrative ideas, from evolution and neurobiology through myth, religion and psychology. Traditional art forms will be examined (literature, film, photography, painting), as well as the immersive storytelling of gaming, advertising and fan-generated narrative. Ultimately, we will address politics and history—areas of social narrative that intimately affect our lives. Authors and artists studied include: Jonathan Gottschall; V.S. Ramachandran; Spike Jonze; Frank Rose; Francesca Woodman; Frida Kahlo; James Agee; Pablo Larrain; Rebecca Solnit.

HWD-3016
Immersive Storytelling
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Immersion explores the creation of participatory storytelling experiences that cut across genres and media. The audience becomes actively involved, social and creative collaborators. The unfolding story design creates the motivation to engage with other participants, seek out other parts of the story, and contribute to the narrative by adding content. Students will work on both collaborative and individual projects, exploring how different narratives evolve in different media. This is a writing program course intended for students from all departments, and work will embrace design, gaming, photography, film, animation, and bio art, among others. We will study the work of experience designers like Lance Weiler, and we will draw from traditional disciplines, with readings such as: Elia Kazan, Kazan on Directing; Lynda Barry, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor; William Morris, Words & Wisdom; George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language.”

HWD-3111
Creative Nonfiction
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Lies, alternative facts, fake news, truth: these categories often blend in our culture. In writing, whether it is true, half-true, or complete fabrication, what matters is craft. How do you tell a story, particularly the story that you know: your own story based upon your own true experience? This writing course will focus on the language and narrative strategies of nonfiction genres: biography, autobiography, memoir, personal essay, travel essay, graphic history and the New Journalism.
 We will read selections from Truman Capote, Paul Bowles, Gay Talese, Gabrielle Hamilton, Nora Ephron, André Aciman and Mary Karr..

HWD-3222
Writing Speculative Fiction
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This workshop-based course focuses on the writing of speculative fiction. From the earliest wonderings about extraterrestrial life to the dystopian future Earth of The Hunger Games, we have always speculated on “what ifs?” Students will write stories in at least two of these genres: magical realism, science fiction, horror, dark fantasy, biopunk and paranormal. We will also read classic stories and critical essays by Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, Arthur C. Clarke, Roger Zelazny, William Gibson and Ray Bradbury; as well as recent authors, such as Kelly Link, Elizabeth Bear, Neal Stephenson and Xia Jia. Novels will include works by Aldous Huxley, Paolo Bacigalupi and Robert Sawyer. Students will complete a portfolio of stories and critical essays.

HWD-3223
Artists Write the Fantastic

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Artists are naturally drawn to the fantastic: stories of the supernatural, sci-fi, dark fantasy, dystopian and magical realism. In this workshop-based class you will have a chance to write in these genres, see which appeal to you and complement your art. We’ll read a selection of stories by celebrated fantasy authors, including Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Paolo Bacigalupi and Susanna Clarke. This course is especially helpful to graphic novelists, screenwriters, cartoonists, filmmakers,
and any artist who uses narrative elements. Come find out where your own story- telling will take you. You’ll gain a portfolio of fun, exploratory writing and a better understanding of how narrative and art intersect.

HWD-3236
The Art of Words
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
In this workshop, student assignments in poetry and short fiction will be critiqued. Content and craft will be analyzed in order to develop editing and revision skills. We will read from contemporary minimalist and impressionist writers as well as more traditional writers, to understand their history and impact on the literary world. Works by such writers as Joy Williams, Raymond Carver, Bei Dao, Tobias Wolff, Ann Sexton and Annie Proulx will be read. Student work will be submitted to the College’s literary magazine.

HWD-3244
Journals: Yours and Theirs
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
How many half-filled notebooks do you have lying around? Have you always wanted to fill up a journal but find you can’t keep it up? This course is designed to help you do just that. Everyone will write at home in his or her personal journal at least three times a week. In addition, in class you will write to suggested prompts and topics, and read that writing aloud to give you practice in sharing your thoughts and feelings, which are the stuff of journal writing. Keeping a journal is crucial to an artist because it develops a private space in which to connect your art with that of others. We will also explore journals of great writers such as Virginia Woolf, Albert Camus, Sylvia Plath, Sappho Durrell, Allen Ginsberg, Anton Chekhov, Mike Figgis, Lord Byron, Juanita de la Sorjuana and Walter Benjamin, including the logbooks of women whalers from the 19th century. The journal will be yours to keep except what you choose to share. It will not be graded or handed in. Each student will select a published journal to explore and critique.

HWD-3245
Art of the Journal/Journal as Art
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will focus on reading the journals of visual artists that will model the connection between the written and the visual. The requirements for keeping the journal are to write at least three times a week outside of class, to write to prompts in class and to read aloud in class. The journal will also include a visual component—sketches, cartoons, cut-outs, cut ups, collages—whatever you feel will add to the mood and content of the journal, which will express more of what you do and who you are. The journal will be yours, private, glanced at but not graded. You will read from journals of artists such as Wojnarowicz, Da Vinci, Warhol, Degas, Cézanne, Van Gogh, dancer Vladimir Nijinsky, musicians David Byrne and Henry Rollins. You will find an artist from your field and critique his or her work.


HWD-3354
The Digital Experience

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore writing for digital platforms, from blogs and social media to artists’ websites and online literary magazines. By examining the most beautiful, dangerous and cutting-edge work from all corners of the Internet,
we will investigate and respond to the following: How can we take advantage of the fundamental differences between traditional and digital writing? How is the relationship between visual arts and digital media evolving? What is the vast potential and what are grave perils of writing on the Internet. The focus of the course will not be on expressing ourselves, but rather on creating new digital experiences through writing in a variety of genres, including memoir, fiction, poetry, description of art, about me pages, and more. By the end of the course students will have created a personal website and portfolio, mastered the fundamentals of personal branding, improved their writing skills, and developed their understanding of online audiences.

HWD-3552
Writing, Multimedia and Performance
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The excitement of writing a poem or short fiction and sharing it with an audience can be taken to another level when music and/or visual components are added. This course invites you to write creative pieces with the intent of combining them with multimedia elements for a live performance. You will choose a topic to develop material and then add multimedia elements (music, video, photos, painting, collage), and practice reading what you write in order to sharpen your ear for language and sound. A live performance will cap the course, during which students will present their finished projects. Readings and exercises will be drawn from works by Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Margaret Atwood, Etgar Keret, Joy Harjo, Laurie Anderson and Patricia Smith, as well as critical essays, including “Imagist Poetry,” Amy Lowell; “Visual Performance of the Poetic Text,” Johanna Drucker; “The Poetics of Disobedience,” Alice Notley and “The Mind’s Own Place,” George Oppen.

HWD-3567
Writing the Chapbook

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The excitement and reward of compiling a short collection of creative writing
and seeing it published in book form is what this course is about. During the semester students will compose and piece together a group of theme-based work (poetry, flash fiction, or memoir) in order to complete a 12-page chapbook. Students will design their own book cover. Readings will include Jean Valentine’s Lucy; Matt Rasmussen’s Fingergun; Eduardo Corral’s “Border Triptych” and Natalie Eilbert’s “Imprecation.”

HWD-3990
Writing Portfolio

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits

The writing portfolio is the culmination of a student’s work in the Writing Program. With the help of a mentor, each student will create a body of work—critical, creative and, where applicable, interdisciplinary. In the fall, students should discuss their ideas with a Writing Program instructor of their choice and prepare a statement of intent. Chair approval of the project is required before the spring semester. Prerequisite: Successful completion of four Writing Program courses.

HWD-3990
Writing Portfolio
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The writing portfolio is the culmination of a student’s work in the Writing Program. With the help of a mentor, each student will create a body of work—critical, creative and, where applicable, interdisciplinary. In the fall, students should discuss their ideas with a Writing Program instructor of their choice and prepare a statement of intent. Chair approval of the project is required before the spring semester.

SVA Destinations in Writing two-week summer courses

HWD-3344
Writing in the Land of Enchantment, Taos, New Mexico.
Summer semester: 3 undergraduate humanities and sciences credits.
Immerse yourself in a two-week intensive practice of writing and multimedia while soaking up the rich, diverse culture of Taos and its surroundings. Set against the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this magical desert town became a world-renown art colony by the mid-20th century, attracting the likes of writers D.H. Lawrence, Mabel Dodge and Aldous Huxley; painters Georgia O’Keeffe, Earl Stroh and Agnes Martin; and photographers Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. Today, Taos still boasts a vibrant art community steeped in Native American and Hispanic traditions, and is a unique place of raw, natural beauty. As a program participant, you’ll write short pieces (fiction, poetry, or memoir) in response to your environment, and then give flight to your words by combining them with multimedia elements of your choice (photos, collage, drawing, music) for a final presentation. You’ll also practice the art of revision and explore ways that the spoken word is used in performance to amplify the writer’s voice. Writing is shared and critiqued in daily workshops. Musicians guide you in reading your pieces with breath and rhythm, and in collaborating with other art forms. Tours of the Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos Moderns, and local museums and galleries will serve as writing prompts. Activities also include a day trip to Santa Fe. Rafting and hiking, and the farmer’s market are among things to do on weekend free time. A performance caps the course when you present your project accompanied by live music.

HWD-2382
Writing Visual Culture in Cambridge, England
3 undergraduate humanities and sciences credits;
Visual culture is all around us. It greets us in signs, images, media, objects, architecture and technology. It has the power to influence our ideas, values and understanding of the world. As artists and designers, we have the power to inform and affect the world because we shape visual culture. To understand our own work, we will study the work of others. In this intensive writing course, you will become better observers and interpreters by writing about various visual media, including fine arts, photography, design, advertising and architecture. As a group, we will examine visual media through social and political viewpoints in order to understand how we read images. Through different writing exercises, you will learn how to communicate in written and oral form to clarify and present ideas coherently, an important asset in navigating any professional field. The knowledge and experience gained through this course will provide insight into your own studio practice as well as help enrich your creative identity. Historic Girton College in Cambridge offers the tranquility for concentrated thinking and writing, while the city’s rich cultural traditions provide a visually stimulating environment. Museum visits and tours will supplement the course.
In Cambridge these include the Fitzwilliam Museum and a punting tour; in London we will visit the Tate Modern, Design Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery and take a street art tour of the city.

Music

HDD-2188
Music in Western Civilization I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course presents a preliminary survey of masterpieces of Western music in their historical context, with an exploration into compositional techniques and concurrent developments in other art forms. Music will be selected from medieval, baroque, classical and Romantic periods, including works by Palestrina, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Liszt and Wagner, among others. Recordings; films; slides of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and live performances will be coordinated with the class sessions.

HDD-2189
Music in Western Civilization II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course presents a secondary survey of masterpieces of Western music in their historical context, with an exploration into compositional techniques and concurrent developments in other art forms. Music will be selected from late Romantic through 20th century periods, including works by Mahler, Strauss, Ives, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Henze, Cage, Stockhausen, Xenakis and Glass, among others. Recordings; films; slides of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and live performances will be coordinated with the class sessions.

HDD-2233
20th-Century Music I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Masterpieces of Western music from the first half of the 20th century are explored in this course, with a discussion of compositional techniques and their relationship to concurrent art forms. Music will be selected from the works of Mahler, Ives, Stravinsky, Satie, Prokofieff, Rachmaninoff, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and Varèse, among others. Recordings; films; slides of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and live performances will be coordinated with the class sessions.

HDD-2234
20th-Century Music II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Masterpieces of Western music from the second half of the 20th century are explored in this course, with a discussion of compositional techniques and their relationship to concurrent art forms. Music will be selected from the works of Henze, Boulez, Stockhausen, Berio, Ligeti, Xenakis, Penderecki, Cage, Reich and Glass, among others. Recordings; films; slides of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and live performances will be coordinated with the class sessions.

HDD-2334
Music in Culture I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will begin the exploration of the cultural history of popular music in 20th-century America (1920-1964), with particular emphasis on the beginnings of recorded blues and hillbilly music in the 1920s and 1930s, the evolution from rural-based genres to more urban forms such as rhythm and blues and country and western during the 1940s, the bridging of various styles into the rock ‘n roll revolution of the 1950s, the emergence of record producers, the origins of surf and soul music, and the folk revival of the 1960s. Along the way, we will closely examine the work of such seminal artists as Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Phil Spector and Brian Wilson.

HDD-2336
Music in Culture II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will continue the exploration of the cultural history of popular music in the 20th century (1964 to the present), with particular emphasis on the British Invasion and the subsequent rise of folk rock, garage and psychedelia during the mid-to-late 1960s; country rock and disco to heavy metal, punk and new wave in the 1970s; MTV and the first video generation of the 1980s; rap, grunge and other 1990s alternatives, and the return of the teen idol in the new millennium. Along the way, we will closely examine the work of such seminal artists as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Ramones, Prince, U2, Madonna, Nirvana and Eminem.

HDD-2339
Songs of Conscience: Music and Social Change
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Throughout history, music has shown itself to be a powerful force for social and political change. This course will examine the role of music in expressing the hopes, fears, attitudes and dreams of the common man and woman, and of the struggle to help the un-empowered and underprivileged of society. We will listen to, read about and discuss the works of socially and politically committed artists from all walks of music, including folk (Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan), rock (John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen), soul (Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye), rap (Public Enemy, Tupac Shakur), reggae (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh) and country (The Carter Family, Willie Nelson).

HDD-2348
History of Jazz
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will begin with an examination of the African roots of jazz and early African-American forms such as spirituals, work songs, and ragtime. We will see the beginnings of jazz as a blending of European and African elements in brass bands at the turn of the 20th century. We will then study each subsequent phase of this music through the works of representative artists such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, and attempt to place these developments in cultural perspective. Musical examples will be presented in a way that can be readily understood by anyone.

HDD-2513
Heroines of the Musical Stage
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will examine the representation and contributions of women to the pivotal musical dramas of our age. Among the works to be considered are Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s Tosca, Verdi’s La Traviata, Strauss’s Salome, Donizetti’s Lucia, Beethoven’s Fidelio and Rossini’s Barber of Seville. We will also take a look at some of the favorite female vocal characters of the American musical theater. Videos and recordings of the famed Maria Callas, Cecilia Bartoli and Teresa Stratas will be screened and aired, and the class will attend a live performance at the Metropolitan Opera or the New York City Opera. Required text: Opera: A Listener’s Guide by Jack Sacher.

HDD-2514
Opera and the Human Condition
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Through the musical exploration of traditional operatic literature, we will examine music’s ability to probe human emotions and attempt to discover why inner demons torment so many heroes who have won the admiration of audiences throughout the world. We will hear arias and recitatives of the famous characters of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Brecht’s and Weill’s Mahagonny, Berg’s and Buechner’s Wozzeck and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Original sets will be designed by students in a class presentation of an opera of their choice. Required text: Opera: A Listener’s Guide by Jack Sacher.

History

HHD-2011
Medieval and Renaissance Perspectives
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
In this course students will explore aspects of Medieval and Renaissance culture, society and politics. Moving from the turmoil of early medieval Europe to the flowering of the 12th and 13th centuries, the catastrophes of the 14th century and the new humanist vision of the Renaissance, we will examine both the great achievements of the age and its darker side of violence and persecution. In the process we will look at the lives of notable individuals and ordinary people—thus putting a human face on such developments as feudalism, chivalry, the Crusades, the Inquisition and the Black Death.

HHD-2022
Justice, Crime and Punishment in the West, from the Middle Ages to the Present

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits

How a society defines crime and punishes offenders reveals much about its values and power structures. This course will explore the changing landscape of crime and punishment in the West, beginning with the judicial ordeal of the early Middle Ages and concluding with a survey of current trends and controversies. Topics covered will include the medieval Inquisition, the great witch hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries, the symbolic and pragmatic dimensions of public executions, gender-based crimes and punishments, and the prison movement of the late 18th and 19th centuries. In the process we’ll chart the shifting relationships among social ideals and fears, state power and the rights of the individual.

HHD-2011
Medieval and Renaissance History
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
People who lived during the thousand years between the end of the Roman Empire in the West and the discovery of the “New World” did not, of course, describe themselves as “medieval.” They thought they lived in “modern times.”
We will study a selection of the topics that were once “current events” such as the last Romans, Anglo-Saxon England, monasticism, the Vikings, the Crusades, Arabic learning, the Eastern Roman Empire, the Black Death, the university, the communes, chivalry and war, and also look into popular culture phenomena such as the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin and political medievalism. Throughout the course, emphasis will be on the work and words of medieval people (primary sources). Texts include Chris Wickham’s Medieval Europe.

HHD-2051
21st-Century History: The Politics of Now
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will deepen our understanding of current events and recent social movements in the United States, and consider their interconnection to related movements worldwide. Black Lives Matter, prison abolition, transgender liberation, climate justice, and the rights of indigenous people, women, sex workers and undocumented immigrants will all be considered. We will also dive into theories
of change, strategies of community organizing, truth and reconciliation, and recent movements that helped lead us to the current moment, including Occupy Wall Street, the WTO protests of 1999, anti-war movements and the American Indian Movement. Documentaries will serve as primary texts, including 13th, Trans. in Media and First Daughter and the Black Snake.

HHD-2052
21st-Century History: The Power of Citizens and Nation
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will review issues of economic globalization and America’s declining superpower role to focus on two major trends: the shifting fate of nations and the rise of people power in defining the new world order. We will look at how national and corporate powers are emerging around technology, energy and the environment. We will also look at the growing role of people power and social movements, in conflict with both established power systems and traditional hierarchies based on race, gender, class, religion and nationality.

HHD-2112
World History: Renaissance to the 21st Century
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will survey major landmarks in world history from the 15th century
to the present. It will focus on significant political, economic, social and cultural developments from a global perspective. Topics will include: the Renaissance and the scientific revolution; the rise of Russia in Eastern Europe and Asia; modern revolutions in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas; global significance of the world wars; legacy of 19th-century thought for the present; unification of Europe and the prospects for peace.

HHD-2144
Modern Revolutions
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
A comparative examination of revolutionary movements, focusing on the large-scale political social, economic and cultural transformations in modern history will be explored. The course will begin with the American and French revolutions of the 18th century, continue with the Russian Revolution of 1917 and conclude with a discussion of the most important landmarks of the political and economic transformations in Eastern Europe today. Works by Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, Marx, Lenin, Sakharov and Havel will be discussed.

HHD-2777
United States History I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The forces behind the social, political and economic developments of American civilization—from the colonial to the reconstruction period—will be explored in this course. Readings, articles, films and documentaries will help to illustrate the growth of the United States as an empire in the West. Special topics include the motivation behind American colonialism, the Federal Union, religion, Romanticism, reform and the beginning of reconstruction. By the end of the semester, students will have gained an understanding of the details of American history as well as the role of America in the West. This course will also examine how American economic, political and social policies shaped the responses of government and ordinary citizens alike. Students will participate in special projects and research that will help them to synthesize and analyze early U.S. history.

HHD-2778
United States History II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will examine the forces behind the social, political and economic developments of American civilization and their interrelationships from the reconstruction period to present America. Special topics include the motivation behind American expansionism, the development of political parties, immigration, urbanization and industrialization, major movements and individuals; trends in the history of women and the family, and the emergence of cities. By the end of the semester, students will have an understanding of American history as well as the role of America in world affairs. We will also examine how American economic, political and social policies shape the responses of government and ordinary citizens alike. Students will participate in special projects and research that will help them synthesize and analyze U.S history.

HHD-2785
Social Life and Culture of Western Peoples
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Only a few centuries ago, most people in Western nations still lived in drafty huts, believed in witches, and saw death and disease take friends and family members in great numbers. Moreover, most of them toiled away in societies without modern political institutions or ideas of individual rights. This course will examine the social and cultural changes that brought about fundamental developments in our world during the last two centuries. Special attention will be given to the effects and consequences of the Industrial Revolution on the lifestyles, beliefs and culture at all levels of society. We will survey topics such as changes in family structure, attitudes toward work, entertainment, the role of religion, and attitudes toward new scientific theories. Lastly, we will explore institutional responses to changing social needs and examine their historical effects on people’s lives to the present day. Sources will include contemporary artifacts, both material and literary, as well as recent historical studies.

HHD-2811
Constitutional Law
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Is the Constitution under attack? Warrantless wiretaps, citizens detained without due process—are these unconstitutional attacks on our rights or the legitimate exercise of presidential power? Everyone talks about the Constitution, yet many people know little about it. What rights does it protect? What powers does it give to the Congress as opposed to the President? This course will examine what the Constitution has meant throughout the country’s history and how it may (or may not) work in the 21st century.

HHD-2990/HHD-2995
Western Civilization I and II
Two semesters: 3 humanities and sciences credits per semester
This course provides a historical overview of Western thought from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Students will explore the ways in which history and culture have interacted to shape the development of societies and individuals in the modern age. We will focus on major historical transformations such as the Renaissance and the Reformation (first semester), the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution (second semester), in order to understand how such pivotal events both condition and reflect movements in science, philosophy and the arts. The course will also provide an introduction to the assumptions, strategies and methods that inform the disciplines of history, philosophy and the social sciences. Readings include selections from: A History of Modern Europe, vols. I and II; Plato; Hobbes; Descartes; Locke; Voltaire; Kant; Mill; Marx; Nietzsche; Freud; Heisenberg; Einstein.

HHD-3011
History of Ideas: The 20th Century I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will focus on the social, political and economic background of the 20th century. We will examine Victorianism, imperialism, World War I, the Russian Revolution and other developments, through the 1920s. The ideas of Marx, Lenin, Freud, Darwin, and others will be covered in historical context.

HHD-3012
History of Ideas: The 20th Century II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course is a continuation of History of Ideas: The 20th Century I. Topics include: the Depression, New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the turbulent 1960s, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, Watergate, Irangate, the third world. The ideas of Hitler; Mao; Martin Luther King, Jr.; and the issues behind McCarthyism, totalitarianism, socialism, capitalism and communism will be discussed.

HHD-3017
Enlightenment, Reason and Modern Culture
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The Enlightenment inspired many things by emphasizing the power of human reason—things such as political equality, anti-authoritarianism, modern science, criticism of religion, and more. So profound was this development that many fundamental ideals and institutions of the modern world still base themselves on Enlightenment principles. This course will trace the trajectory of Enlightenment thought by considering its key ideas and achievements, and then by examining the ways in which these contributions have been questioned (and occasionally rejected) in the modern day. Topics covered will be wide-ranging: from religion to politics, aesthetics, philosophy and science. Our goal is to understand the continuing role of the Enlightenment in the modern world and the more recent ideas that seek to scale it back. Readings will include primary sources as well as recent historical studies.

HHD-3022
Turning Points in History: From the French Revolution to the Present
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will focus on some of the pivotal events—from the Enlightenment to the space race and beyond—that have shaped the modern world. The historical contributions of such thinkers as of Locke, Voltaire, Darwin, Nietzsche, Einstein and Ellis will be examined.

HHD-3144
Crisis and Conflict in Early Modern Europe
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
New political theories, social unrest, economic upheaval and intellectual discontent often rocked early modern Europe, resulting in a series of crises. Crisis was often accompanied by open conflict, as challenges to various forms of authority were posed by changing geopolitics, inventive minds and a growing middle class that was no longer satisfied with its place within the social hierarchy. From the wars of religion and the rise of absolutism, to the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution, we will explore the political, social and intellectual developments of the early modern European nation-states.

HHD-3226
Science and History: Ideas and Controversies
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Scientific study of the world around us has had profound effects on our modern lives, beliefs and identities. This course will survey the main ideas in the emergence of modern science, as well as the cultural contexts and conflicts involved in its development. We will take a broad overview, from the late-Middle Ages to the modern day, with a focus on key developments such as the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the remarkable discoveries of the 19th and 20th centuries. We will also cover key controversies to get a better understanding of the cultural context of science in different time periods. These controversies include Galileo’s trial, the challenge of mechanical theories to religious authority, the emergence of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and its consequences and, lastly, concerns related to modern science such as biomedical and military research. Readings will include primary sources as well as recent historical studies. Note: No prior knowledge of science is required.

HHD-3288
Historical Introduction to Philosophy
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The great thinkers of the Western world will be examined in their historical context in an attempt to explain how their thought is a reflection and transformation of their culture. Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Marx, Rousseau, Mill, Nietzsche, Freud, Sartre, among others, will be studied and related to areas as diverse as the scientific revolution, the Industrial Revolution and modernism in art.

HHD-3328
The World Since 1945
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will examine the conflicts, crises, and trends that have built our modern world. We will cover the Cold War, nuclear proliferation, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, decolonization, the European Union, the creation of Israel and the Israeli-Arab Wars, the breakup of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, and current conflicts from Darfur to Baghdad to the “War on Terror.”

HHD-3331
World War II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The social, political and military roots of the Second World War will be addressed in this course. We will then trace their development throughout the war, with a focus on American involvement. Finally, we will look at the aftermath and consequences brought about by the hostilities. Through writings and films, we will read and screen firsthand accounts of those who experienced the war.

HHD-3334
Postcolonial Africa
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Africa is said to be the cradle of human civilization. Today, it is a continent of reemerging independent nations with a complex history and a changing pattern of indigenous ways of life. This course will explore the culture and history of the African continent from the 1870s to the present, focusing on East, West and Southern Africa. Readings will include works of both European and African writers and activists. Selected videos will be screened.

HHD-3367
A People’s History of the United States I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the social and labor history of the United States. Topics such as slavery, American Indian resistance, reform movements and what it meant to be “American” will be explored. Readings include such works as slave petitions inspired by the American Revolution, Tecumseh on American Indians and land; Orestes Brownson, “The Laboring Classes”; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Declaration of Sentiments”; Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience.

HHD-3368
A People’s History of the United States II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
American history since 1865 will be examined in this course. Such topics as reconstruction, the rise of labor unions, industrialization, political parties, civil rights, the peace movement and the emergence of identity politics will be discussed. Readings include works by Chief Joseph; Eugene V. Debs; Margaret Sanger; Marcus Garvey; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Allen Ginsberg and César Chavez. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HHD-3451
Creative and Destructive Personalities in History
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Individuals can make a profound impression on history. Whether they are founding new institutions or destroying civilizations, unique personalities can be seen as a powerful source for changes in society. In this course we will look at a variety of significant people—from Buddha to the Beatles, from Julius Caesar to Genghis Kahn, and others—to see how their actions and their legacies influenced the world.

HHD-3611
History of Religion
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This historical beginning of the world's major religions--Judaism, Christianity, Islam in the Western traditon; Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism and Confuciansim in thh Eastern tradition--all based on the historical and archaeological record will be the focus of this course. Readings from the basic scriptures of each religion wil be examined and special topics drawn from history or current events will be considered during the last weeks of the semester. Texts include: The Illustrated World's Religions : A Guide to Our Widsom Traditions.

HHD-3643
Religious Fundamentalism
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Religious fundamentalism is a major force in modern societies. It increasingly affects both the domestic and international concerns of peoples around the world as fundamentalist groups seek to remake their societies according to their understanding of the divine. In this course, we will explore the forces and ideas behind the rise of fundamentalism and seek to understand the main concerns and beliefs of fundamentalists around the globe. Moreover, we will try to understand their values, thought processes and ways of life. We will also consider the consequences of fundamentalist beliefs on politics and culture from the 1960s to the present. Readings for this course will include modern scholarship on contemporary fundamentalist movements as well as selected texts produced by fundamentalists themselves.

HHD-3651
Eco-Politics: Who Rules America?
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What are the real connections between politics and the economy? We will trace the development of the free enterprise system, with special emphasis on the inherent contradictions between American capitalism and democracy. Discussion will focus on such issues as the rise and fall of traditional economic systems, ranging from feudalism to socialism; the evolution of the United States from a 17th-century agrarian society to a complex 21st-century post-industrial giant; the ideal of social equality as envisioned in the First and 14th Amendments of the American Consitution and the threats to that ideal ; the debate ove whether poverty can be eliminated in a free enterprise system; industrialism's legacy of environmental abuse and the survival of the planet. 

HHD-3766
Politics and Power in America: From FDR to the Present
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The Cold War, the civil rights movement, the 1960s, Watergate, Reagan’s “revolution” and Iran-Contra: What did each of these reveal about politics and power in American society? We’ll read and screen videos about these topics along with the Great Depression, McCarthyism, Vietnam and the future of American politics. Issues of social justice and democracy will be major themes. The course will be conducted in a lecture-discussion format.

HHD-3788
China: Past and Present
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
After a generation of isolation, the world is now in full communication with the globe’s most populous nation. The course aims to provide a broad background in China’s history and culture. We will examine the impact of Confucianism and Buddhism on China’s political and social development and China’s role in politics, industry and global relations in view of the new, major changes in Chinese communism. The scope ranges from the classic ancient dynasties of Shang, Han, Tang, Sung and Ming to contemporary times. A selection of films will supplement the lectures and study projects.

HHD-3883
From Books to Blogs: A Cultural History of Communication
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
From the invention of moveable type in the 15th century to the evolving technology of the Internet, societies around the globe have benefited from the spread of ideas, but often at the cost of profound and permanent change. This course will explore the ways in which communication technologies have shaped and continue to influence global cultures. We will not only examine the ways in which printing and other forms of information exchange changed the pre-industrial world, but we will also consider the social and cultural ramifications of more recent communications technologies such as radio, television and computers. Readings will include studies on the history and influence of communications technologies from the Renaissance to the present.

HHD-3889
Totalitarianism: Past and Present
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the social, economic and cultural circumstances that have led to the creation of totalitarian regimes as well as those forces that continue to sustain them. Various manifestations of 20th-century communism and fascism will be considered along with the development and spread of modern theocratic forms of totalitarianism. We will focus particularly on cultural developments that have fostered totalitarianism, although these will be examined within wider socio-political contexts. Our goals will be to understand the nature of historical totalitarianism and the forces that still make this a threat to modern societies. Readings will include modern studies on the nature and history of totalitarianism as well as primary sources from the cultures in question.

HHD-4041
American Interventions from Vietnam to Iraq
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
After World War II, the United States began a policy of engagement and intervention that continues to the present day. As a result, American soldiers have fought and died in controversial wars around the globe. We will examine American military interventions in Vietnam, Bosnia, Somalia and Iraq, as well as American involvement in regime changes in Iran and Chile. How did America become involved in each of these conflicts? Were they morally justifiable or in our national interests? What have been the long-term consequences of this tradition of interventionism?

HHD-4122
History of Classical Greece and Rome
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The legacy of the Greek and Roman civilizations extends into our modern world. In this survey we will examine the rise of the Greek city-states and their political and artistic development, ending with the growth of Hellenistic culture. We will then turn our attention to the growth of Rome, from its mythic roots through the Republican era, the rise of the Caesars and the political, religious and artistic achievements of the empire. The course will conclude with an investigation of the factors that contributed to the eventual decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

HHD-4288
Society and Nature: A Historical Perspective
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course explores the varied and evolving relationships between human societies and the natural environment since the Renaissance. Topics of study will include: the “meaning” of nature and our place within it; conceptions of nature in Judeo-Christian, pagan, Taoist and other belief systems; the impact of the scientific and industrial revolutions on nature and society; theories and practices of conservation and ecology in the 19th and 20th centuries; and current conceptions of environmental crisis. Related issues such as capitalism and socialism will also be considered.

HHD-4333
African-American History I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will trace the histories and experiences of African-Americans in the United States from 1619 to 1865, covering the Colonial period, antebellum period and the Civil War. It will focus on the social, historical and political development of the African-American family and community. Texts will include: Jacqueline Jones, Labors of Love, Labors of Sorrow; John Hope Franklin, From Slavery to Freedom; Joanne Grant, Black Protest.

HHD-4334
African-American History II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will begin with an examination of Reconstruction and the backlash against it. We will then explore the lives, philosophical views and major contributions of Booker T. Washington; W.E.B. DuBois; Marcus Garvey; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcolm X; Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.; Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall. The social and historical ramifications of World War I, World War II, the Depression, the Harlem Renaissance, the NAACP, CORE, SNCC, SCLS and the Black Panther Party will also be considered. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HHD-4348
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Although world peace and stability in the 21st century will depend heavily on achieving a more equitable distribution of global wealth, the disparity between the world’s rich and poor nations has never been so great, and, in fact, continues to increase even as the need to resolve this inequality grows ever more pressing. How have we arrived at this dilemma? Have first-world nations created their own wealth, or have they stolen it from others? Have some nations always been poor, or have they been impoverished? Do wealth and poverty result from decisions freely made by each nation’s political and business leaders, or are they the result of larger social, economic and cultural dynamics? Is there a way out of the deepening crisis? This course will address these and related questions in light of the historical processes that have led to the development of a world of rich and poor nations. We shall also attempt to evaluate the relative merits of various solutions that have been proposed to resolve this dilemma.

HHD-4356
Renaissance and Reformation: Challenging Authority
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
In the dazzling culture of the Renaissance and the religious agony of the Reformation lie the roots of moden life. This course will examine these two profound cultural changes in Western history. We will begin by investigating the rejection of medieval views and values in favor of more individualistic and cosmopliitan ideals, the pursuit of new forms of knowledge, and the questioning of traditional beliefs. Among these beliefs was religion, which will take us to the Reformation. The Reformation saw the breakup of Christianity into many separate churches and sects, which was a process fraught with violence and uncertainty. We will consider the impacts these changes had on various aspects of life, including politics and society. We will also consider how these changes, both cultural and religious, continue to shape modern attitudes. Readings will include contemporary sources as well as recent historical studies.

HHD-4397
Genocides
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
From the gas chambers of Auschwitz to the villages of Rwanda, the 20th century has been a century of genocides. This course will try to understand how mass extermination can ever be a goal, and why cries of “never again” have failed to stop it from reoccurring again and again. The course will cover the Nazi destruction of Europe’s Jews in World War II, the Hutu slaughter of the Tutsi in Rwanda, Serbian militias killing Muslims in Bosnia, and other examples of ethnic mass murder. We will use first-person accounts of genocide, such as Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz and Philip Gourevitich’s book on Rwanda, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, as well as secondary sources.

Literature

HLD-2042
20th-Century Literature and Culture I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will focus on the literary, philosophical and intellectual background of the 20th century. Topics for the fall semester will include Victorian culture, existentialism, social Darwinism, the Freudian tradition and the jazz age. We will discuss the works of Dostoevsky, T. S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and John Steinbeck, among others.

HLD-2043
20th-Century Literature and Culture II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course is a continuation of 20th-Century Literature and Culture I. Cultural themes and movements will include the beat generation, feminism, black nationalism, the peace movement, the global village concept and the convergence of Eastern and Western cultures. Writers will include: James Baldwin, Albert Camus, Angela Davis, Bob Dylan, Jean-Paul Sartre, John Updike, Malcolm X. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HLD-2058
Fantasy
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Shaped by our desires and fears, fantasy literature offers radical departures from consensus reality into worlds of magic, peril and delight. This course will explore the imagery, characters, themes and narrative structures of several types of fantasy fiction. We will begin by briefly examining parent genres before reading examples of modern fantasy types, including heroic, surrealist, magic realism, science fiction and feminist. In addition to the fiction, we will read some critical theory to help define and locate the subgenres of this large category of fiction.

HLD-2088
American Literature: 19th Century
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course explores the intellectual, cultural and literary roots and directions of American literature, from its Puritan, Gothic and Romantic origins through realist, transcendental and premodern tendencies late in the 19th century. We’ll read selected works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Henry James and the utopian feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman. We’ll investigate questions of style, genre, tradition and critical interpretation in relation to the blooming of American society and culture.

HLD-2089
American Literature: 20th Century
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will plot the legacies and outgrowths of modernism, from its inception with imagism, surrealism and societal critique, through the Harlem Renaissance to the wartime epic novel, reactive 1960s beat confessional, to contemporary poetry and prose, especially rich in ethnic and literary diversity. We’ll read Jack London, Robert Frost, Djuna Barnes, William Faulkner, Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, William Carlos Williams and Toni Morrison, carving out a sense of what America has been, is, or may come to be, from the perspective of its great writers. Research papers, oral reports and abstracts will focus on each student’s particular interests within this survey of distinct traditions, perspectives and possibilities.

HLD-2154
Myths and the Cosmos
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Some of the world's great myths, ancient stories of creation, the flood, the cosmos, and mankind's role within so many miracles and msteries will be studied in this course. Among the mythologies to be considered are those of the Sumerians, th Egyptians, the Greeks, the Hebrews and the Chinese. Texts include: The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's The Illiad, Plato's Symposium (which discusses the mythology of love), Greek tragedies, and readings from the Old Testament. Who am I? How did I get here? Where am I going? What happens after death? Theses are some of the questions the great religions and mths deal with. 

HLD-2161
The Beat Generation
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the beat counterculture as a post-World War II American phenomenon, a literary correlative to abstract expressionist painting and to bebop music, auguring the “era” of sex, drugs and rock & roll to follow.

HLD-2201
Drama and Society
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course traces the history of drama and the interaction of drama with the society in which it is created. The course will emphasize modern and contemporary works, but will trace the rise of drama from ancient Greece to the present day. Students will view plays, either on tape or in live performance. Among the playwrights whose works will be read are: Euripides, Plautus, Molière, Ibsen, Shakespeare, Shaw, O’Neill, Ionesco, Beckett, Kopit and Mamet.

HLD-2211
Introduction to Poetry
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
We do not like that which we do not understand. As Marianne Moore wrote: “I too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it after all, a place for the genuine.” This course will concentrate on the close reading of a wide variety of poems—ballads, nursery rhymes, sonnets and contemporary lyrics—and will attempt to focus on the genuine aspects of the poet’s craft and vision. Students will be encouraged to attend poetry readings, and guest poets will be invited to the class. Texts include: Perrine, Sound and Sense; O. Williams ed., Modern Verse; T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems.

HLD-2223
Short Fiction I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
In many respects, the short story is more like a play than a novel. Its brevity, immediacy, concentration on character and compression of plot enable it, in the hands of a master, to profoundly affect the reader. Some of the best literary work of the last century has been in the form of short stories. Writers we will study include: Leo Tolstoy, Herman Melville, Anton Chekhov, James Joyce, Franz Kafka and Ernest Hemingway.

HLD-2224
Short Fiction II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Some of the finest literary work of the last 100 years has been in the form of short fiction. In this course, we will study the short stories and novellas of such writers as Raymond Carver, J.D. Salinger, Jorge Luis Borges, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates and Tillie Olsen. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HLD-2268-R
The Power and the Pity: Brutal Tales From Latin America
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will examine works by 20th century artists and storytellers through their reaction to the violence and horrors of Latin America's brutal dictatorships. Students will explore the earth-body surrealism of the Cuban-American Ana Mendieta and the powerful war photography of Susan Meiselas and respond through critical writing. We will read the poetry of the Chilean Pablo Neruda and the heartbreaking novel One Day of Life by the Salvadoran Manilo Argueta. Students will create their own poems steeped in rebellion, bandido manifestos, mock-ups of news articles and creative dispatches that mix their own art practice with literary forms. Confronted with the stark injustice of colonization, and by immersing themselves in the blood-storm of revolutionary eras, students will emerge from this course armed with wisdom extracted from the clashing of warring bodies--in jungle terrain and smoking wastelands--and, perhaps, with the confidence necessary to face the machinery of government in their own age.

HLD-2313
Erotic Literature
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will focus on selections from the great erotic literature from ancient Greece to modern times. Topics will include social attitudes about sex; the distinction between pornography and erotica; feminist issues, including exploitation and political relationships between men and women; erotica and censorship. We will read and discuss the works of Anaïs Nin, Henry Miller, D. H. Lawrence, Marquis de Sade, Chaucer, Boccaccio and Aristophanes.

HLD-2565
American Theater
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will introduce students to key playwrights and stage artists of the American theater from the 1930s to the present. Assigned readings will include plays by Eugene O’Neill, Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, David Mamet, August Wilson, Sam Shepard and Tony Kushner. Video screenings of important productions by these authors will be included.

HLD-2677
Fiction of the 19th Century I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
We will read short stories and one or two short novels by selected writers such as Wilde, Gogol, Mérimée, Tolstoy and Hoffmann, exploring such psychological and emotional themes as love, sin, madness and death. Attention will be paid to the interrelations of the literature and art of the period—Romanticism, realism and symbolism. Videos will supplement course material.

HLD-2678
Fiction of the 19th Century II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course is a further exploration of some of the themes and movements of fiction of the 19th century offered in Fiction of the 19th Century I. Readings will include selections from the novels and short stories of, among others, Dostoevsky, Anderson, Poe, Shelley, Hugo and Hawthorne. Videos will supplement course material. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HLD-2922
Medieval English Literature
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The medieval age was a period of extraordinary literary flowering in Europe. Themes like heroism, religion, courtly love and chivalry became popular as the institutions that supported them rose and fell. The result was a literature full of contradictions, at once spiritual and bawdy, romantic and cynical. Readings will include Beowulf; selected Anglo-Saxon heroic verse; Dante’s Inferno; selections from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; John Gardner’s Grendel; and Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund.

HLD-2977
Shakespeare I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will provide the student with a selective, chronological overview of Shakespeare, the dramatist. Plays assigned will include a selection of his comedies, histories and early tragedies.

HLD-2978
Shakespeare II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will provide the student with a selective, chronological overview of Shakespeare, the dramatist. Plays assigned will include the four major tragedies and one of the final romances. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HLD-3007
Diverse Voices: Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity in the American One-Act Play
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the politics of reace, class, gender and ethnicity as they are represented in the moden American theater. We will be reading cutting-edge plays that portray both the contraditions and the possibilities of our diverse, multicultural society.Suzan-Lori Parks's Topdog/Underdog, Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced and Maria Irene Fornes's Mud are among the works that will be considered as we focus on American one-act plays that dramatize the stuggle in this country for political, cultural and creative freedoms. .

HLD-3011
The Anatomy of Hell
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
From mankind’s very beginnings, human beings have pondered the nature of the afterlife. Although the concept of heaven inspires us, it is the notion of hell that truly fires our imaginations. This course, drawing on readings ranging from the Egyptian Book of the Dead all the way to episodes from Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, will explore numerous conjectures concerning hell, the devil and the afterlife. Readings include Dante’s Inferno, selections from Milton’s Paradise Lost, Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, Sartre’s No Exit and David Mamet’s Oh Hell!

HLD-3026
Comparative Literature: Great Books
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course explores some of the more influential European and American literary and poetic works written between the turn of the 20th century and World War II. The modern period was rich for writers, stimulating participation in both political struggles of the age and its anxiety-ridden debates about progress. Class discussions will focus on how these works respond, both formally and thematically, to pervasive social transformation. We will read works by Baudelaire, Wilde, Kafka, Stein, Crane, Camus, Beckett, Levi, Baroka and Lorca.

HLD-3033
Art and Revolution I: The Working-Class Hero
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The multicultural revolution has deepened and broadened our understanding of gender, race, sexual preference and international culture. Unfortunately, we have tended to ignore one crucial factor that cuts across all areas of human experience: socioeconomic class. This course will focus on the art, literature and struggles of working-class people during the past two centuries. Readings will be selected from fictional works such as Zola’s Germinal, Gorky’s My Childhood, Sillitoe’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Wright’s Black  Boy, Tillie Olsen’s Tell Me a Riddle. In conjunction with the readings we will view and discuss the paintings of artists such as Courbet, Millet, Daumier, Kollwitz, the Russian social realists and the American Ashcan School. Selected videos will be screened and discussed.

HLD-3034
Art and Revolution II: The Rebel
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The landscape of history has periodically been illuminated by apocalyptic struggles to change society, reinvent the world and re-create human nature. In this course, we will explore the literature of social revolt and political revolution. Readings will be selected from authors such as Maxim Gorky, André Malraux, Arthur Rimbaud, Marge Piercy, Bertolt Brecht, Albert Camus, Mariano Azuela and Malcolm X. In conjunction with the readings, we will view and discuss selected works of such artists as Diego Rivera, Siquieros, Eisenstein, Orozco and Frida Kahlo. Selected videos will be screened and discussed. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.`

HLD-3051
Literature of Self-Knowledge
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course draws upon fiction, film and art to explore the romantic self, the existential self, the transcendental self, the classical view of self and the divided self in order to answer the question “Who Am I?” We will read On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Apology of Socrates, as well as view such films as The Up Series, Three Faces of Eve, Seconds and The Picture of Dorian Gray. We will also discuss art, in particular, self-portraits and “selfies.”

HLD-3341
20th-Century Italian Literature
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The Italian literary tradition didn’t end abruptly with the Renaissance. Many of the greatest novels of the last century were written by Italian authors, writers who fought for or against Fascism, participated in the desperate struggles between labor and capital, took their stand on the issues of anti-Semitism, racism and sexism. Their names may sound obscure to readers of modern fiction—Berto, Morante, D’Annunzio, Pirandello, Levi, Silone—yet we neglect them to our own detriment—politically, morally and aesthetically. This course will explore their work, together with major films of the Italian neorealist cinema.

HLD-3367
Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will examine Japanese literature of the modern period, which began with the Meiji Restoration in 1868. This dramatic period marked the end of the feudal era and Japan’s subsequent transformation into an industrialized nation that could compete with its Western counterparts. Topics will include the profound influence that this transformation has had on Japanese society and its people, the conflicts between traditional Japanese values and Western values, and the changing conceptions of identity and gender relations. We will read such works as Natsume’s Kokoro, Enchi’s The Waiting Years, Tanizaki’s Naomi, Abe’s The Face of Another, Ibuse’s Black Rain and Murakami’s A Wilde Sheep Chase.

HLD-3477
Children’s Literature for Illustrators
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Illustrators will gain an appreciation of the writer’s craft and of the various possible relations between pictures and words in a children’s book. We will read as literature works by Aesop, E.B. White, Maurice Sendak, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, Lois Lowery, Mildred Taylor, and others. Narrative voice, the visual element in language and other topics will be discussed throughout a survey of the best children’s books, past and present.

HLD-3501
Tragedy
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What are the common and unique features of tragic works? Is there a universal definition of tragedy? Is tragedy a realistic appraisal of the human condition? These and other questions will be explored as we come to grips with works that confront the underlying possibilities and limitations of the human condition. Readings will include works by Sophocles, Eurpides, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov and Beckett.

HLD-3514
Radical and Revolutionary American Literature
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will provide an overview of radical and revolutionary American literature from the American Revolution to the present day. We will read and discuss the works of such authors and artists as Thomas Paine, Allen Ginsberg, Abraham Lincoln, Malcolm X, Walt Whitman, Tillie Olsen, Jack London, Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen. A major focus will be on working-class fiction and reality in light of the economic depression and cultural diversity of the 20th century.

HLD-3521
From Aristophanes to Woody Allen: An Introduction to the Arts and Forms of Comedy
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
It is well known that dying is easy, but comedy is hard. And nothing can be more difficult than trying to explain what makes us laugh. Still we laugh, and our laughter proves us human. This course traces the history of comedy, starting in Greece with the plays of Aristophanes and concluding with a look at the contemporary scene in film, television and print. Along the way, we will read Plautus, Chaucer, Shaw, Shakespeare, Thurber, Ionesco and Beckett. Screenings will include films by Chaplin, Keaton and Woody Allen. We will read such essays as The Mythos of Spring: Comedy, Northrup Frye; The Comic Rhythm, Susanne Lange; and Comedy, Christopher Fry. We will consider comedic forms such as satire, parody, burlesque, theater of the absurd, romantic comedy, sitcoms and tragicomedy.

HLD-3553
Images of Artists: Definitions of Culture from the 19th Century to the Present
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What is culture and how do we know when we are experiencing it? What are the effects of not having access to culture? This course will look at how different depictions of the artist help shape our conceptions of what culture is and of the codes by which we identify what is “valuable” and “meaningful” in our world. We will trace various characterizations of the artist. From the conscience of society to voices of dissension and avant-gardism, artists are, variously, misunderstood or championed. Paying particular attention to biographies and novels about artists’ lives, we will examine how ideas of culture and the artist are constructed and debated through literature, film and video. Texts will include: Mary Gordon, Spending: A Utopian Divertimento; Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas; Emile Zola, The Masterpiece; Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray; short stories by Edgar Allan Poe; selections from the diaries of Frida Kahlo, Anne Truitt and Virginia Woolf; and Vincent van Gogh’s letters. Screening of films like Martin Scorsese’s Life Lessons, Ed Harris’s Pollock, Vincent Minnelli’s Lust for Life, and Robert Altman’s Vincent and Theo will be included.

HLD-3566
Civilization and Its Discontents
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course explores the themes of civilization and the discontents of individuals within modern society. It focuses on the particular role that the artist and art plays within this relationship. Theoretical writings, literature, film and art will be examined historically as well as critically and aesthetically. Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents is the primary textbook for this semester. Among additional theoretical sources are essays by Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud and Donald Kuspit. Among the literary texts and films are: The Remains of the Day, Ishiguro; The Lover, Duras; Swept Away, Wertmuller, and American Beauty, Sam Mendes. Note: Open to juniors and seniors, or with instructor's permission.

HLD-3951
Literature and Psychoanalysis I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore how an author’s unconscious memories, wishes, fears and fantasies shape his/her fictional and philosophical world. Various psychoanalytic approaches will be evaluated and applied to an understanding of the writer and his/her characters. Readings will be illustrated by clinical case material. Topics will include: pathological types and defenses, dreams and the unconscious, the history of psychoanalysis, trauma and creativity, and the relationship of the writer/artist to the work. We will read theorists such as Freud, Jung, Alice Miller and Winnicott and writers such as Camus, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Ozick and D.H. Lawrence.

HLD-3952
Literature and Psychoanalysis II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course focuses on normal psychological processes such as separation and individuation, the development of a sense of identity and the individual’s relationship to society. Readings include Mahler, Blos, Erikson and Laing, and such writers as Tennessee Williams, Woolf, Moravia, Ibsen and Strindberg.

HLD-4022
Poetry and Art
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Since Baudelaire, innovative poets have often exercised important influence on avant-garde visual artists, primarily through radical innovations of form and content in their poetry, but also as friends and, in some cases, major art critics as well. The course concentrates on the work of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Apollinaire and William Carlos Williams. Home assignments include readings to locate the poems against their literary and cultural background. There are also selected readings from the poets’ essays and art criticism. Primary emphasis is on the poetry, and the course also attempts to answer the questions: What accounts for the mutual interplay of influence between poetry and visual art? How does it work?

HLD-4044
Surrealist Literature
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Surrealism, a 20th-century movement begun by poets, attempted to unite the dream and waking worlds through art. The poets were later joined by visual artists whose works they influenced, both as critics and as friends. The course studies the manifestos and poetry of such seminal precursors as F. T. Marinetti, the founder of futurism, and Tristan Tzara, the Dada animateur. André Breton, the “pope” of surrealism, is covered in detail, with close readings of his manifestos, poetry and fiction. We also read such poets as Jean Arp, Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon and Aimé Césaire. Sessions feature surrealist plays and films, and discussions of visual artists associated with the movement. Translations by the instructor are included.

HLD-4113
The Poet as Outsider

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits

Outsider poets, by choice or history, do not fit easily into mainstream society. Both written and oral poetry reflect human, political, cultural and individual experience of exile and alienation. We will focus on renegades and outsiders who have reached “success” as well as those who have met less fortunate fates, in part due to their unwillingness to conform to societal standards. Students will write several academic papers and a poem of their own. Poets studied will include Plath, Anna Akhmatova, Rimbaud, Ginsberg, Bly, Bukowski, Bei Dao, Knott and Mos Def. Scenes from Barfly and Sylvia will be screened.

HLD-4122
18th-Century Fiction I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the age of eroticism, the birth of Romanticism and the development of the great satiric tradition in Western literature. We will read short works by great 18th-century authors such as Swift, Voltaire, Goethe, and the Marquis de Sade—the man who wrote the definitive manual of sexual depravity. Video screenings will supplement readings and discussions.

HLD-4123
18th-Century Fiction II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the themes of passion, horror, revolution and fantasy through 18th-century fiction. Readings will include: A trip to the moon with Baron Munchausen (early science fiction and fantasy), and the great 18th-century erotic novels Fanny Hill and Dangerous Liaisons. Videos will supplement readings and discussions. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HLD-4152
20th-Century Irish Literature
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore how, through literature, 20th-century Ireland has dealt with its losses and forged its identity. The course will cover the Irish Literary Renaissance, the founding of the Abbey Theater, Joyce’s efforts to give Ireland a voice and situate it within the mainstream aesthetic movements of Europe, Yeats’ delving into folklore and spirituality, as well as more recent writers’ explorations into such questions as cultural identity. We will read the work of fiction writers, playwrights, and poets such as: W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, J. M. Synge, Sean O’Casey, Flann O’Brien, Samuel Beckett, Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Mary Lavin and Tom Murphy.

HLD-4162
Existential Origins
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will investigate the literature of the artists and thinkers who fundamentally question the meaning of our existence in the absence of an absolute faith, philosophical system or political ideology—artists who believe that we share sole responsibility for our alienation and our freedom. By selecting from Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kafka, Gide and Malraux, we will examine the origins of what is retrospectively called existentialism wherein the individual acts without an ethical or metaphysical blueprint to define who one is or what one might choose, or why. This impasse, which Camus metaphorically called “the desert” and Nietzsche diagnosed conceptually as nihilism posits the vision of a world in which it is our challenge to create new truths and more life out of nothing. We will begin the course with Beauvoir’s affirmation of the existential freedom of women.

HLD-4177
French Existentialism
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The influence of French existentialism is global, but not everyone has read the novels, plays and philosophic essays that challenged the recurring myth (that we are mere victims of fate, environment or history). Existentialists maintain that we make our own lives through fundamental choices, trying to avoid self-deception and living with the anxiety (angst) of having nothing determining what we do. The stark simplicity of this philosophy, when translated into literature by Sartre, Malraux, Camus, de Beauvoir and Beckett, unites original philosophy with artistic freedom. While the Germans Husserl and Heidegger offer the first existentialist philosophic inquiry, the French gave our urban alienation a human face, enticing us back to the barricades, engaged with social justice, leading us to face the uncanniness of our struggle as individuals, despite the absurdity of our existence to create a meaning for our lives on earth.

HLD-4193
Literature of Love
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The exploration of love relationships and values of various cultures and times is the focus of this course. Beginning with an examination of ancient attitudes toward love in the works of Sappho, Plato, Aristotle and Ovid, we then consider the influence of courtly love and Christianity on attitudes of love and Christianity on attitudes of love in medieval literature. Lastly, we will address more moden conceptions of love in Chekhov, Proust and Woolf.

HLD-4199
Antiheroes and Villains in Literature
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What are villains and why do we love them so much? This course will examine the literary device of “the villain” and the emergence of the antihero in literature. We will read representative texts by such authors as: Sophocles, Shakespeare, Dante, Dostoevsky, Beckett and Hammett.

HLD-4288
Politics and Literature
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore how great writers have dramatized and/or promoted various political philosophies in their work. We will examine questions such as: What is the best form of government? What are the appropriate means to achieve political ends? and What is the relationship between elites and the masses? Readings in the course will include works by: Plato, Machiavelli, Shaw, Brecht, Orwell, Camus and Malraux.

HLD-4312
Modern Literary Survey: India and Asia
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This world literary survey will focus on the best-known and most influential writers of India and Asia. The enormous changes of the 20th century have produced literatures that uniquely blend traditional cultural forms with new styles and content. Readings will include short stories, novels and essays from such authors as Kobo Abe, Yukio Mishima, Lu Xun, Lao She, Salmon Rushdie, B. Bandopadhyay and V. S. Naipaul.

HLD-4322
20th-Century American Novel
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Throughout the 20th century, American novelists provided some of the most insightful commentary on the political, social and cultural conditions of America and the world. This course will examine such authors as Faulkner, Hemingway and Fitzgerald who dominated the literary landscape of the first half of the century. It will also examine writers of the latter 20th century such as Bellow, Barth and Morrison.

HLD-4331
Portraits of the Self in Early Modern Narrative
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What is the nature of experience? This very basic question is at the heart of how we understand ourselves, Using fiction form the 18th and 19th centuries, this couese will explore the history of our concept of experience to think about how we communicate our feeligns to others. Close attention will be paid to the ways in which literature imagines the expeience of beauty, oppression, commodification and modernization. Authors will include Austen, Defoe, Smollett,Sterne and Cleland.

HLD-4342
The Myth of Self-Creation in American Literature
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
D. H. Lawrence wrote, "She starts old, old, wrinkled and writhing in an old skin. And there is a gradual sloughing off of the old skin, towards a new youth. It is the myth of America." The idea that the past could be discarded as an old skin and that we could be better and freer by virtue of being new is a mth that defined America before there was an America. It is an idea that has had tremendous inluence on the religious and political history of this country. This myth continues to shape how Americans think about themselves and their relationship to what is still perceived as an olde and more corrupt world in spite of slavey, genocide, global profiteering, two world wars, economic colonialism and other such sins. America still sees itself as a pure and innocent force for good in a n evil world. This course will draw on a broad range of authors to show how this myth has adapted itself to different times and social conditions and yet remains recognizable as the same myth. We will focus primarily onshort stories and novels, but will also examine some poetry and essays. Readings will include works by such authors as Emerson, Whitman, Twain, Lewis, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Baldwin,Dreise, Norris and Hurston. W will also discuss some contemporary manifestations of this myth.

HLD-4372
At the Crossroads: Utopia or Dystopia?
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The term “utopia” is generally associated with Sir Thomas More whose famous work portrayed an idealized island kingdom representing what a perfect society might look like. Although, ironically, utopia stems from the Greek ou topos, which suggests “no place.” The tradition of reaching for exemplary values and the common good has been and continues to be the highest of human aspirations. Unfortunately, this ideal vision inevitably suggests the harsh contrast of the dystopia, a vision of totalitarian repression and severe limitations on the human spirit. Can there be a society of radical reform and dramatic progress? Or will this society, left unexamined and unchecked, become a dangerous and terrifying nightmare future? This course will explore this question with reference to literature and films, such as Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Robert Edwards’s Land of the Blind and Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

Social Sciences
Philosophy and Cultural Studies

HPD-2044
Art Theory: From Modernism to Postmodernism
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course is an introduction to the philosophical ideas that have shaped the practice of contemporary art and criticism in the West. We begin with an examination of some historical problems that have arisen in thinking about art. Then we survey the various systems that constitute modernist cultural “theory,” including formalism, phenomenology, Marxism, structuralism, semiotics and psychoanalysis. These modernist theories are compared to poststructuralist and feminist views of art production and reception. The overall objective is to provide the necessary background for understanding and evaluating contemporary theories of art and design. Required texts: Stephen David Ross, ed., Art and Its Significance: An Anthology of Aesthetic Theory; Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory; Harrison and Wood, eds., Art in Theory: 1900-1990.

HPD-2047
Magic, Symbolism, Modernism and Art
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What is a mystic, a magician, a seer, a charlatan, a scientist, an artist? When do poetry, art, emotion and science collide? This course explores the themes of magic and science as they relate to the movements of symbolism and modernism in 19th- and 20th-century literature, philosophy, art and art theory. We will examine Edgar Allan Poe’s definition of the infinite universe, Nikola Tesla’s scientific achievements in electrical discoveries, Harry Houdini’s sleight-of-hand tricks, the films of Georges Méliès and Jean Painleve, and the art of Pablo Picasso. Readings from literature, scientific articles, philosophy and art theory will be complemented with films and demonstrations.

HPD-2267
African Art and Civilization
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The aims of this course are to study the traditional art of specific ethnic groups and to explore artistic variations from Africa, parts of the Americas, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Haiti and the continental United States. We will examine Dogon symbols and Bobo/Bwa, Guro, Senufo, Baule, Kingdoms of life, Fon, Benin, Yoruba, Congo, Bakuba, as well as Gabon, Cameroon, Cross Niger/Igbo Nigeria. South Africa, Zimbabwe. We will also look at African contemporary art, including modern film that contrasts modernity with antiquity.

HPD-2411
The Female Gaze
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
We will look at artists whose vision has been clearly shaped by an awareness that what we see is conditioned by who we are, and that our sexuality and personal histories play significant roles in the forming of our artistic statements. We will study artists like Sofonisba Anguissola, Hannah Hoch, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Mary Kelly, Adrian Piper, Lorna Simpson, Sophie Calle, Shirin Neshat and Louisa Matthíasdóttir in light of such questions as: How does gender relate to art? How is this relationship reflected in history? What is the relationship between the rise of the women’s movement and art? What is feminist art? We will also look at the collaborative group known as the Guerrilla Girls. Language, identity and autobiographical impulses are among the topics to be discussed and integrated through readings in Ways of Seeing, John Berger, and Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. We will also examine the history of the women’s movement and the feminist art movement through selected essays by John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Linda Nochlin, Lucy Lippard, Betty Friedan and Michelle Wallace.

HPD-2422
Art and Politics
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
How do artists respond to the social upheavals of their tiems? What is the artist's responsibility to these concerns and what is the responsibility to one's craft and to the development of a personal statement? In this course, we will examine the inspiration and creation of politically focused art and literature and its role in the development of art history. We will examine a wide variety of topics, artworks, literature and videos that address the current issues of sociopolitical conern such as Diego Rivera and the Mexican muralists, Guernica by Pablo Picasso, Create Dangerously and Caligula by Albert Camus, as well as view the film Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro. 

HPD-2513 The Artist as Activist: Interpreting and Manipulating Media
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Modern life bombards us with information and misinformation. As citizens, artists and activists, we must develop the tools to understand the effects of various media, and to sort truth from lies. We will examine the media landscape and communication strategies through books such as Seeing Power, The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time and Propaganda, as well as art, articles, podcasts, apps, and films. Parallel to our media studies, we will embark on group projects in collaboration with an external organization geared toward social justice. Students may also pursue individual studio projects related to class discussion.

HPD-2514
Art, Social Justice and Technology: The Artist as Activist
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will balance lecture and discussion with studio-based work in partner- ship with an outside organization oriented toward social justice. We’ll explore the intersection of art, social justice and technology throughout history and in the modern media landscape. We’ll discuss the ways in which technology impacts the media we consume and how we consume it. Examples of how art and technology intertwine with social justice movements, for better or worse, will also be examined. Readings include The Shallows, The People’s Art History of the United States, Art and Propaganda in the Twentieth Century and In Persuasion Nation.

HPD-2687
Metaphysics
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Metaphysics is the study of the world in its entirety. The metaphysician attempts to understand reality as a kind of a whole, attempts to answer not the how’s, but the why’s of life; producing a map that, hopefully, captures with genuine insight what the seer leaves as inspired intuition. The map’s legends are identity, potentiality, universals, time, mind, beauty, freedom and their cosmological adhesion is its paper. The course is designed to introduce the intermediary student to exploratory touring of the territory with classical and contemporary maps. Texts will include: Metaphysics, Aristotle; Monadology, Leibniz; Foundations, Kant; Metaphysics, Hamlyn.

HPD-2771
Introduction to Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

In a time of great strife in the world, this course will focus on questions of peace, justice and conflict resolution. Through our readings and class discussions, we will explore such issues as religiously motivated violence and negative versus positive peace in light of the work of renowned peace philosophers and activists, such
as Mahatma Gandhi; Dorothy Day; A.J. Muste; Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Thich Nhat Hanh. As we examine the roots of violence in our culture and our world, we will identify and evaluate methods of conflict resolution, both at the micro and macro levels, in an attempt to determine whether and how conflict resolution can provide a transformative key to resolving the turbulence and confusion of our time. Hopefully, the course will challenge students to think differently about the world in which we live and our role in it. Required texts: A Peace Reader: Essential Readings on War, Justice, Non-Violence and World Order; We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now.

HPD-2931
The Mythology of War
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Perhaps an understanding of institutionalized violence and man’s inhumanity to man has never been more important than in the troubled times in which we live. In this course, we will explore the philosophical and psychological foundations of the allure of war. While many studies of war and its causes look to states and institutions, here we turn our attention to what might be called the “mythology of war.” Simply put, despite its costs—both human and economic—war and battle have an enduring appeal that defies rational understanding. Our task will be to probe the depths of the human experience in war and battle so as to better comprehend this appeal. We will consider the claim that man is by nature a warrior or, as a consequence of an innate lust for destruction, naturally driven to killing and violence. To guide us in this endeavor, we will study the insights offered in such texts as Michael Gelvin’s War and Existence, A Philosophical Inquiry; Stephen Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae; Glenn Gray’s The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle; Dave Grossman’s On Killing: The Psychological Cast of Learning to Kill in War and Society and Jonathan Shay’s Achilles in Vietnam.

HPD-2998
The Philosophy of Mind
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The philosophy of mind concerns itself with the human—and perhaps nonhuman—mental, intellectual and spiritual awareness of the “world,” broadly conceived. This course begins with an attempt to define typical mental states, such as perceiving, knowing and desiring, and then consider such issues as the mind-body problem and our knowledge of other minds. Contemporary questions will explore the relationship of thought and language, the possibility of artificial intelligence, the intelligence of animals, moral action and free will. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their thought processes as a source of phenomena that a coherent theory of mind must account for.

HPD-3013
Madness and Creativity
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
When is madness a cry for independence, a revelation of alienated creativity, or an invitation to the frontiers of human experience, and when is it a retreat into repetition, nihilism and silence? At what point do we confuse the authentic suffering of the mind with genius or originality? Does creativity include the risk madness to become what Rimbaud called a “seer” or visionary, or might this play into a dangerously conventional myth? Our project is to venture into the universe of the imagination to separate the myth of madness from the freedom to create. We will select psychological and philosophic works from Nietzsche, Freud, Foucault and Laing, as well as explore the literature of Rimbaud, Stevenson, Gogol, Gilman, Artaud and Plath. Required texts: The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche; Madness and Civilization, Foucault; A Season in Hell, Rimbaud; The Divided Self, R. D. Laing; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stevenson; The Uncanny, Freud; The Yellow Wallpaper, Gilman.

HPD-3123
The Philosophy of Human Nature

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits

Since Darwin shook the belief in divine provenance, philosophers and scientists have sought a new theory of human nature—or have denied such a thing is possible. This course begins with a study of classic sources of humankind’s picture of itself—in Plato, the Bible, the Upanishads and Confucianism. Modern theories reflect on the human being as a respondent organism, a genetic mechanism, a maker of tools, a seeker of God, a creator of art, the destroyer of its own habitat, and even as the slayer of its own species. Contemporary readings will include reflections by Marx, Skinner, Dawkins, Freud, Lorenz and Sartre.

HPD-3123
The Philosophy of Human Nature
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Since Darwin shook the belief in divine provenance, philosophers and scientists have sought a new theory of human nature—or have denied such a thing is possible. This course begins with a study of classic sources of humankind’s picture of itself—in Plato, the Bible, the Upanishads and Confucianism. Modern theories reflect on the human being as a respondent organism, a genetic mechanism, a maker of tools, a seeker of God, a creator of art, the destroyer of its own habitat, and even as the slayer of its own species. Contemporary readings will include reflections by Marx, Skinner, Dawkins, Freud, Lorenz and Sartre.

HPD-3133
Nietzsche: Nihilism and Freedom
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Nietzsche has inspired much of what is essential to 20th-century thought. Existentialists, expressionists, Freudian and Jungian psychotherapists, deconstructionists—even positivists and futurists—have claimed him as their forerunner. Yet, while key to all this ferment, Nietzsche is more than a Rorschach test for novel ideas. The confusion is understandable—Nietzsche is not only an accurate and comprehensive philosopher, but also a poet and visionary. This course will seek to interpret the core of his thought and his contribution to modern aesthetic, ethical and psychological theory, through an exploration of his statements on art, truth and perception, as well as his metaphors, humor and epigrams. We will study such works as The Birth of Tragedy, Beyond Good and Evil, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Case Against Wagner and Twilight of the Idols, to examine the interplay between metaphoric and conceptual language, and between poetry and philosophy. Our goal will be to recover Nietzsche’s ideas from his legend, and to understand a thinker who defies categorization, schools and systems, for intellectual integrity and individual freedom.

HPD-3201
Noticing and Awe
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Our consciousness is itself a “miracle.” Noticing our existence enables us to make art and be creative, but rarely are we in awe of it. This course will pose the most fundamental of questions (Why are we here?) to investigate this first enigma: How and why do we lose our fundamental gratitude for existence? And how does art reflect back to the origins of our perception to return us to wonder, to inspire to us, to notice with awe? Beginning with Taoism, Buddhism and the philosophy of Heidegger, we will explore Plato’s Phaedrus, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and the poetry of Rimbaud, Rilke and Dickinson, and discuss revealing extracts on the subject drawn from astronomy, music and the visual arts. Required texts include: Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu; The Way of Zen, Alan Watts; Poetry, Language, Thought, Martin Heidegger; Duino Elegies, Rainer Maria Rilke.

HPD-3221
Philosophy: Our Pursuit of Wisdom
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Philosophy, the love of wisdom, rose from the waking dreams of myth to challenge us to think clearly and freely as individuals, to examine and question but also to ponder and muse. From its dawn among the ancient Greeks in the West, from India and China in the East, from radically different perspectives and cultures to the present, it offers theoretic inquiry and alternative ways to live. We will choose philosophers and thinkers who seek to understand and aspire to authentic experience as a path to wisdom. From the pre-Socratics and Plato to the Roman Stoics, from the Chinese Taoists to the great essayists, including Montaigne, Emerson and Thoreau, and selections from Nietzsche, Buber, Merton, Arendt and the Dalai Lama. Finally, the course will explore how knowledge and experience suffused by intuition can illumine our contemporary global experience—in pursuit of wisdom.

HPD-3342
Philosophy of the Sexes and Racism
Wednesday 3:00-5:50
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
We will study how various art works, performances, music, films, inquiries and textual forms, including fiction and memoir, mediate ways authors, artists, audiences and scholars think about sexism, racism and heterosexism, and other kinds of power relations. Topics, texts, authors, artists include: Louis Armstrong; “male” and “female” in Western thought; films by Marlon Riggs (Black Is…Black Ain’t and Ethnic Notions); art, music and filmed performances by Ethel Waters, Nina Simone, Zora Neale Hurston, Adrian Piper; artist Pam Tom’s independent fiction film Two Lies, and related anthropological and visual analyses by Eugenia Kaw and Kathleen Zane, regarding “Asian eye” operations; Ruth Frankenberg on “color evasion”; whiteness; Paula Giddings’s The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America; critical race theory; Judith Butler; the film Who Killed Vincent Chin (1988); feminist inquiries about rape; Women of Color anti-racist feminist thinkers Patricia Williams, bell hooks, Deborah King, Aida Hurtado, Barbara Omolade; civil rights movement films; a short story by Alice Walker; and Luce Irigaray. This is a foundational course for future study of any forms of oppression. A class project will be to study, create and develop strategies of “difference thinking.” This project will be informed by our study of Women of Color feminist thought.

HPD-3343
Sexuality, Race and Representation
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Artists think through sexuality, race and representation issues embodied in art and we will study such artworks from various perspectives of anti-racist feminist thought. Framed by Fatimah Tobing Rony’s ‘third eye’ concept in her The Third Eye: Race, Cinema, & Ethnographic Spectacle, we study Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (1970) set in 1941, bell hooks’s Black Looks: Race & Representation, Julie Dash’s early film Illusions (1983) set in 1941, and related blues and swing (including Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters and Ella Fitzgerald); Helen Lee’s 1990 fiction video Sally’s Beauty Spot, the 1950s Hollywood film The World of Susie Wong and related American music in film (“As Time Goes By” in Casablanca); performances by David Mura; the Whitney Museum 1994 art exhibit “Black Male”; the 1970s feminist art movement and its legacies; women’s art, minimalism and surrealism; feminist debates about prostitution embodied in Lizzie Borden’s classic film Working Girls (1984), in feminist history, and in philosophy, engaged with Drucilla Cornell’s ‘imaginary domain’ concept. Some specific debates and ideas covered: the power of cinema, whiteness, looking and being looked at, passing, the social and aesthetic meanings of race, sex, beauty, music, performance, romantic love, good and evil, envy and hatred, stereotypes, split consciousness and resistance, fiction and truth.

HPD-3442
Semiotics I and Visual Culture I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Semiotics is the study of signs, both linguistic (speech and writing) and iconic (paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, digital images, advertising and fash- ion). Some texts will provide a background to the theory of semiotics while others will apply the theory and language of semiotics to contemporary aesthetics and current issues. Marshall Blonsky’s On Signs and Umberto Eco’s Theory of Semiotics are two main sources of essays. In addition, we will read authors and look at texts that have had great influence in visual and musical thought, such as: Ludwig Wittgenstein, Roland Barthes, Maureen Dowd, Barack Obama, Julia Kristeva, Sam Amidon, Jasper Johns, Sam Mendes, Carter Ratcliff, Steve Martin, Thomas McEvilley, Susan Sontag, Jon Stewart, Gail Collins, Bruce Nauman, Walter Benjamin, Jean Baudrillard and Dave Hickey.

HPD-3443
Semiotics and Visual Culture II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Semiotics is the study of signs and the codes that envelope them. In this course, we will examine the difference between linguistic (speech and writing) and iconic (paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, digital images, advertising and fashion) signs and focus on their cultural meaning and how they interconnect in aesthetic, political and moral sign systems. Readings will include A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments and Elements of Semiology by Roland Barthes; The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution by Denis Dutton; The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker; and Theory of Semiotics by Umberto Eco, as well as contemporary news articles. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HPD-3454
Aesthetics and the Modern Artist
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Why does art exist and what does it mean to human perception and our experience of the world? Why are we fascinated by beauty? What is the source of inspiration? What is the relationship of art to truth? This course is designed to explore the concepts of taste, beauty, expression, artistic judgment, genius and inspiration in the light of classical and contemporary aesthetic theory. Texts will include selections from philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Sartre. We will also consider the contributions of poets, musicians and visual artists. Finally, this course will probe views of the political and social significance of creativity and assess their value in terms of history and the future.

HPD-3466
Uncontrollable Beauty I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will focus on the nature of beauty, style and fashion, drawing upon contemporary critics and philosophers, and contrasts our modern notion of beauty with Victorian ideas like those of John Ruskin, Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde. We will discuss new philosophies of beauty from people like Dave Hickey, Versace, Frank Gehry, Jeremy Gilbert Rolfe and Jacqueline Lichtenstein. Uncontrollable Beauty is the primary text for the course.

HPD-3467
Uncontrollable Beauty II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What defines the nature of beauty is the focus of this course. We will draw upon the views of contemporary critics, novelists and artists, and discuss the notion of cultural relativity and the modern artist’s affinity for so-called “primitive” art. This course will also examine the practice of beauty and art-making through the essays of artists, designers and writers like Agnes Martin, Kenneth Koch, Julia Kristeva, Steven Pinker, Stephen Colbert, Alexander McQueen and Louise Bourgeois. Uncontrollable Beauty and Sticky Sublime anthologies are the primary texts for the course. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HPD-3471
Media Criticism
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What is the role of the media in our contemporary society? How does it interact with our conception of democracy? What is the difference between information and propaganda? How does thought control work in a democratic society? How can we detect bias, conflicts of interest, inaccuracy, censorship and “dumbing down”? What is the role of visual imagery in shaping our attitudes toward gender, race and class? This course will explore these questions through readings from such analysts as Noam Chomsky, Ben Bagdikian and Norman Solomon. We will also examine some alternative sources of information and visual imagery.

HPD-3479
Storytelling and the Oral Tradition in the 21st Century: From Fairy Tales to Conspiracy Theories 
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Why do people take conspiracy theories such as Pizzagate, QAnon, or the Sandy Hook Hoax seriously? This course examines the evolution of ancient oral traditions, including myths and fairy tales, as they morphed into our contemporary urban legends and conspiracy theories. New technologies have led to the emergence of increasingly dominant oral traditions. Podcasts, online videos, live chats, Twitte feeds and troll bots maintain ancient and fundamental storytelling structures, but their cultural functions have been radically transformed and the art of storytelling has been returned to the people with greater reach, power and apparent veracity. Employing a wide range of materials and media--literature, film, radio, social media--this course will explore the ways in which technology has created, defined, manipulated and trasformed oral traditions from the 5th century BCE to the present.

HPD-3484-R
The Future Now
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will strengthen our futuristic imaginations as we consider the future in the context of climate change and current social movements. What does the future hold? What clues can we extrapolate from literature and film? How could principles of social justice play out in real life? How are people designing and organizing for environmental sustainability? Readings include works by Octavia Butler, Robin D.G. Kelley, Adrienne Maree Brown, Buckminster Fuller, Marge Piercy, and Ursula K. Le Guin. Films include clips from Star Wars, The Hunger Games and Afro-futurist works. We will also consider the visionary organizing model of James and Grace Lee Boggs, and artist Mary Mattingly’s work on sustainable food systems. Discussions will be rooted in frank considerations of race, economics, climate change, transfeminism and the current political climate.

HPD-3494
Workers of the World: The Representation of Labor
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Time is money. At least that’s what we’re told. It’s strange to imagine that you could put a price on hours and minutes, but this is precisely what we do at the workplace. This course will explore literary and visual texts that challenge our assumptions about how human time and human lives should be valued. Readings from authors of philosophical and fictional works will include Marx, Orwell, Sartre, Melville and Woolf. We will also view selected films in the science fiction and magic-realist genres that imagine futuristic forms of labor, such as Brazil, Metropolis and Dark City.

Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology

HPD-3511
Archaeology of New York City
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The past surrounds us in New York City. It’s under our feet and our basements, and enshrined in our museums. This course is an introduction to archaeology as a social science, as well as an examination of New York’s history using the artifacts found during archaeological excavations in the City. Museum visits and a walking tour of lower Manhattan are included.

HPD-3520
Men and Women in the Modern Workplace
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
After a historical overview of work in pre-industrial and industrial contexts, this course will focus on the experience of work in postindustrial society. Current issues within the workplace will be addressed, including: gender roles, the impact of the computer, functioning in complex organizations and opportunities for worker satisfaction. Those working in non-bureaucratic, smaller-scale contexts, such as professionals and artists, will also be discussed. A common theme will be the potential for, and limits to, worker autonomy and participation in decision-making. Readings will be supplemented with selected videos and films.

HPD-3522
Anthropology and the Bible
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits

This course will explore the Old and New Testaments through a study of cultural anthropology. Attention will be paid to the historical and cultural framework of Biblical times, with discussions focusing on social customs as well as religious, political and economic institutions. We will also examine our perceptions of contemporary cultural diversity and the factors that shape our culture.

HPD-3530
Interpersonal Behavior
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits

This course will analyze the structures and porcesses involved in face-to-face interpersonal relationships. A variety of social and psychological perspectives will form the basis for ananalysis of love relationships, ffriendships, social and political interactions, workplace dynamics and family ties. Issues such as aggression, alienation, conformity and prejudice will also be addressed.

HPD-3531
Life Span Development: Child
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
In this course, we will focus on the extraordinary changes undergone by the developing child from conception through adolescence. We will base our study on the body of knowledge generated by theory and research in the field of developmental psychology. Our emphasis will be on patterns of physical maturation; linguistic and cognitive development; personal, social and emotional growth. Current issues in child psychology such as the working mother, popular media, neglect and abuse, drugs, and violence will also be addressed. The primary text will be Of Children: An Introduction to Child Development.

HPD-3532
Life Span Development: Adult
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Do adults develop through predictable stages or do they reach a peak in their twenties or thirties and then decline and die? Within the framework of this organizing question, we will trace predictable changes and challenges experienced by adults from young adulthood through old age and death. Central issues will include: finding a mate, bearing and rearing children, negotiating relationships with family and friends, selecting and developing a career, accommodating to changing physical capacities and health, and coming to terms with death.

HPD-3541
Introduction to Psychology
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Psychology is the science that systematically studies human behavior and experience. Within the last 100 years, psychologists have developed a significant body of knowledge in the areas of child and adult development, psychopathology, perception, cognition, memory, learning and social psychology. This course presents an overview of key topics in psychology and examines the methods that distinguish psychology from other approaches to human behavior.

HPD-3557
Income Inequality, Human Suffering and the Artist’s Perspective
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Why are the wealthy getting wealthier and the middle class and poor suffering? Does government policy contribute to inequality, and why do so many Americans seem to support policies that undermine the economic mobility, stability and growth of the middle class? What are the implications of the growing gap between the wealthy and the rest of society? This course will address the dangers posed by the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few to a nation predicated on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Racial and gender inequality as well as the attack on basic benefits, such as health insurance, unemployment insurance and public education will be explored in light of both capitalism and income inequality. Occupy Wall Street, Citizens United, the Tea Party, corporate interests, and other social and political movements will be discussed. Students will use their perspectives as artists to explore this threat to American stability and growth.

HPD-3601
The Role of Free Speech, Organized Activism and Public Opinion in American Democracy
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Have the traditional American ideals of free speech and democracy been reduced to mere rhetoric? Or do they remain a vital reality? Who really shapes U.S. public opinion? How is it formed? What role does it play in American political life? Why is the true nature of political power and policy shrouded in mystery? In this course, we will examine various theories of political and economic power as we explore the secret dynamics of American politics and public policy. The role of propaganda, activism and public opinion in current political life will be discussed in light of such issues as the presidential election, abortion, the environment, race relations and foreign policy. Assigned readings will be supplemented by salient videos and guest speakers.

HPD-3623
Art and the Psyche
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What do you reveal to your audience through your work? Is your art a free flowing stream to your unconscious? Is it a window to your own internal world or a reflection of the external? Do you strive for the content or the form? Freud argued that when making art one engages in complex mental processes. He described art as an effort at mastery as well as a regressive search for pleasure, representing both affective and cognitive expression. This course will examine three distinct theories of psychology as they apply to the relationships between art, artist and audience. The lectures will focus on drive theory, ego psychology and object-relations theory and their corresponding approaches to art analysis. We will explore selected works from Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Ernst Kris, D.W. Winnicott, Margaret Mahler, Anna Freud and Fred Pine, along with the principal authors of some alternative theories of psychology.

HPD-3627
The Psychology of Women
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Women comprise half of the human population in the world. We all know a female: we have mothers; some of us have sisters, aunts and daughters. We have colleagues and fellow students that are female. Yet, throughout most of history, the study and focus of human psychology and behavior has been largely focused on males. During the past 50 years, the field of psychology has made great strides toward the consideration of women as equal subjects of psychological inquiry. In this course we will study the role that the female gender plays in individual behavior, thoughts and experiences. We will look at the experiences that are unique to women and how these experiences influence women’s development across their lifespan. These include the understanding of psychological development, mental health and mental illness among women. We will also address various topics that include psychological theories related to gender development, cultural identity and diversity, family, work and violence against women.

HPD-3636
Protect Your Creative Assets: Legal Concerns for Visual Artists in a Digital Age
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
You have a talent—a creative ability that others desire, need and covet. A foundation for a successful career is an understanding of your legal rights and responsibilities. This course will focus on the pressing concerns for artists today, including digital media, websites and blogs. It is critical to understand the bundle of rights you have so you can protect them. Learn how much content you can appropriate without being sued and losing your precious assets. During the course of your career, contracts will be presented to you as “standard” that can strip your rights away. Learn how to negotiate contracts and include provisions that are beneficial to you. In this course, you will become familiar with legal and business issues so that you can successfully navigate them throughout your career.

HPD-3641
Abnormal Psychology I: Neurotic and Character Disorders
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will introduce students to the psychological and interpersonal conflicts that underlie obsessional, hysterical, depressive and narcissistic disorders. Treatment strategies will also be explored with reference to actual case histories. Readings include selections from such clinical theorists as Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, David Shapiro, Alice Miller, Charles Brenner, Karen Horney and Heinz Kohut.

HPD-3642
Abnormal Psychology II: Psychotic and Character Disorders
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will focus on the psychological and interpersonal conflicts that characterize schizoid and borderline personality disorders as well as psychotic mood disorders and schizophrenia. Treatment strategies will also be explored with reference to actual case studies. Readings include selections from such clinical theorists as Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, Harry Stack Sullivan, Irvin Yalom, W.W. Meissner, R.D. Laing and Peter Breggin. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HPD-3644
Deviant Behavior and Social Control
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will examine the impact that cultural norms and societal beliefs can have on human experience. In particular, we will seek to understand how people, as an essentially moral creatures, attempt to exist in a broader sociocultural framework that often utilizes fundamentally flawed methods for control and compliance. Social deviance and maladaptive behavior will be examined in a variety of forms, including an attempt to combat essentially unfair or harmful dynamics, blind obedience to cultural myths, and structural mechanisms that strengthen policies, which only serve to undermine the individual's quality of life. Specific attention will be given to the following topics, racism, sexism, homophobia, demonization of the poor, and denying equal access to education. A critique of moden American culture will examine how strongly held American beliefs contribute to social deviance and cultural decay. 

HPD-3677
Surviving into the 21st Century: A Multicultural Perspective
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
At this moment, there are approximately 40 wars on our small planet. Most are based on racial, religious or ethnic differences. With today’s weapons, it is easy to imagine omnicide, the death of everything. To move with hope in the 21st century, and the new millennium it has begun, we must learn to understand how we create “us” and “them” scenarios. We must learn to recognize ourselves as a single species. We will read some of the great writers and thinkers of many different cultures, religions and eras (Freud, Geronimo, Gandhi, Maya Angelou, Bei Dao, Neruda, Whitman, Marina Tvetayeva, Elie Wiesel, Nelson Mandela, Virginia Woolf, Malcolm X). The process of reading, writing and discussion should enable each student to raise his or her consciousness and to explore ways of eliminating prejudice in daily life, the necessary first step toward world peace.

HPD-3898
Theories of Personality I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What is a personality? How can we understand human behavior? What are the criteria according to which people can be characterized? This course will introduce students to a psychological approach to the question of what it means to be a person. It has two aims: First, it will provide an introduction to the classical personality theories of Freud, Jung, Erikson and Winnicott, as well as to current developmental perspectives on personality emerging from the ideas of Bowlby, Stern and Ainsworth; second, it will teach students to use theories of personality to inform their understanding of self and others.

HPD-3899
Theories of Personality II
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Beginning with classical psychoanalytic writers, such as Freud, Klein, Winnicott and Mahler, this course will review different theories of personality development. Contemporary relational theorists will also be studied, with an emphasis on gender development, creativity and the impact of childhood trauma on adult functioning. Note: There is no prequisite for this course.

HPD-4057
Modern Art and Psychology: The Secrets of the Soul
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What do dreams mean? What causes madness? How should society care for the insane? Is the mind a machine? With the rise of science in modern times, psychologists have become the new doctors of the soul who address these age-old questions. This course presents their fascinating answers, as well as examines the influence of psychology on culture and the visual arts. Topics include: 19th-century asylum medicine, 20th-century psychoanalysis and today’s neuroscience, as well as metaphors for the psyche in the arts. Readings from: Madness in America: Cultural and Medical Perspectives on Mental Illness until 1914 and Dreams 1900-2000: Science, Art and the Unconscious Mind.

HPD-4282
The 21st-Century Family: Alternative Lifestyles, Civil Unions, Gay Marriage
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This behavioral science course will focus on an examination of the basic functions of the family unit as well as its cross-cultural and historical forms. The course will focus on the profound changes occurring within the 21st century family unit and the reasons for these changes. Emphasis will be placed on the new American family: civil unions, gay marriage, domestic partnerships, single parent families, step-families and blended families as well as other familial units. Issues will include a discussion of the political and economic impact of the new family paradigm upon society, alternative lifestyles, family values agenda, the divorce culture and abortion. This course gives students an understanding of the history of the family unit and how these institutions have changed over the past 25 years. Students will also explore how media and cultural institutions shaped the notion of marriage and family during the past half-century and the beginning of the 21st century.

HPD-4289
Introduction to Queer/Gender Studies
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will study the transgressive activists, artists, writers, filmmakers and thinkers who have radically changed our understanding of gender and sexuality. We will first examine the categories of sex and gender and unmoor them from their vinary anchors. We will interrogate the works of artists such as Nan Goldin,Juliana Huxtable, Leslie Feinberg and Keith Haring, and events such as the Compton Cafeteria and Stonwall Riots, declassification of homosexuality as a psychiatric illness, CeCe McDonald's conviction and the Dog Day Afternoon bank robbery using interdisciplinary theories of sex and gender, as well as their understanding of themselves and their artwork.

HPD-4299
Race and Ethnic Relations
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will focus on a variety of theoretical and empirical issues related to race and ethnic relations. Topics will include the concept of “race”; minorities; social stratification and social conflict; the relationship between prejudice and discrimination; assimilation, amalgamation and cultural pluralism; race, ethnicity and ideology; patterns of segregation; and the question of racial oppression or class subordination.

HPD-4333
Man the Animal
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course in physical anthropology will cover human evolution, physical characteristics of human populations (including growth studies, human variation and forensic anthropology) and the other primates (monkeys and apes). There will be field trips to museums as well as the Bronx Zoo.

HPD-4481
Psychological Aspects of the Creative Process
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course reviews the intellectual and the emotional processes that facilitate creativity. What kind of thinking facilitates creativity and what blocks it, and how do you develop creative thinking? What kind of internalized negative voices block you from achieving your fullest creative potential? How do you carve a personal space that will best assist your art-making? We will read psychological theories as well as personal accounts of writers and artists who write about the creative process. The work of Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, will be the centerpiece of the course.

Science and Mathematics

HSD-2114
Evolution
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the origins of life on Earth as well as the evolutionary processes of microbes, plants and animals, especially humans. Focal topics will include Darwin’s theory of natural selection and Gregor Mendel’s contributions to our understanding of the diversity of life forms. Modern tools of artificial selection and the cloning of organisms will also be examined and discussed. Students will further explore these topics with microscopes and other experiments in artificial selection.

HSD-2447
The Physics of Living Organisms, Cells and Molecules

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits

Living organisms are governed by the laws of physics on all levels. The aim of this course is to relate some of the concepts in physics to living systems; therefore, the course is designed to explain certain concepts in physics using the human body as the model and devoted to the applications of physics to biology and medicine. The theory and descriptions of basic measurement and analysis techniques such as CT scan, endoscopy, MRI and fMRI imaging will be included.

HSD-2566
Biological Genetics
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Genetics has increasingly found applications in a variety of areas collectively known as biotechnology. This course will focus on providing a basic understanding of genetics and biotechnology as they relate both to biological theories and to practical applications of other sciences. Applications to be discussed will include the methods of disease diagnosis, development of new drugs and vaccines, forensic sciences, agricultural sciences and uses in ecological sciences. Students will further explore these ideas with microscopes and experiments.

HSD-2572
Biological Chemistry and Art
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will study biology through hands-on explorations of materials that are vital to life and art. An examination of artistic materials such as pigments, plastics and oils will help to reveal the distinction between mineral and organic carbon-based substances. Our initial explorations of the minerals and the methodology used to analyze them will pave the way to an in-depth exploration of the more complex organic world. Microscopic studies of both cells and chemical reactions of living and dead specimens will be included. The course is supplemented with sessions at the American Museum of Natural History.

HSD-2578
Germs and Gems
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the pigments and minerals that emerge from microbial worlds. The origins of life and production of pigments throughout the history of the Earth will be viewed through the “lens” of microscopic life. Bacteria, protists and exceptional viruses will be among the creatures discussed; they provided the first green revolution. These creatures reside in and on all life as seen by the symbiotic theories. Cell theory, germ theory, the chemistry of metals and pigments, and the laws that explain their colors will be discussed. These topics will be further examined with microscopes and other experiments with minerals and germs.

HSD-2631
Neuroscience and Culture
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will analyze the essential connections between neuroscience and culture in contemporary society and in history. We will explore general concepts about the nervous system from a variety of perspectives—structural, physiological, behavioral—and examine their resonance in today’s world. Attention will be given to cultural products that address these topics, such as literature, music, film and, especially, the visual arts.

HSD-2642
Designs of Brains and Minds
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Diverse roles of the brain in the biological world and the emergence of artificial intelligence will be explored in this course. Topics will include: evolution and development of the brain, engineering intelligence in animals, artificial organs, robotics and neural networks as the basis of artificial minds. Explorations of these topics will be supplemented with views through microscopes and by conducting other experiments into the theories of the brain.

HSD-2663
Metaphors in Science and Their Relation to Culture
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The role and significance of metaphor in cognition, particularly with respect to science and art, will be analyzed in this course. As we investigate the nature and ramifications of metaphorical thinking in scientific theory and practice, we will attempt to understand the primary cultural factors that affect this mode of thought. The influence of media on science, culture and especially the visual arts will also be explored.

HSD-2666
Our Living Planet: The Biology of Life on Earth
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the biological nature and environmental habitats of microbial, plant and animal life on earth. The origins, physiology, behavior and reproductive patterns of the planet’s various life forms will be examined in relation to their diverse natural conditions and interactions. The quest for life on other planets will also be discussed. The course will also explore this world with microscopes and cultures of a few of its creatures.

HSD-2773
Life in the Concrete Jungle: Urban Ecology
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
New York is one of the largest cities in the world, with numerous ecosystem habitats and thousands of species in its backyard. In this field and laboratory course, students will be introduced to the conceptual framework of ecology, major environmental and local ecological issues, strategies and skills needed for scientific study, and trans-disciplinary art and ecological practices. Urban ecology is broadly defined as the study of relationships between living organisms and their biotic and abiotic (non-living) environment within cities. Field trips will explore local aquatic and terrestrial habitats as well as urban tolerant and migratory floral/faunal species. Discussions will address the importance of ecology in improving environmental quality and for conserving biodiversity. Laboratory exercises will explore population impact, environmental stressors, ecological footprint, urban biodiversity, and others. Students will complete written responses to varied environmental science subjects, pursue field studies and conceptualize their ideas for making New York City more sustainable. This course will increase each student’s understanding of ecosystems and fundamental ideas of environmental science.

HSD-2774
Life in the Concrete Jungle: Urban Zoology
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Urban zoology is the study of non-human fauna in cities. In this field and laboratory course, students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts for the study of animal life. Subjects will include: physical and chemical structures of life, physiology and development, evolution and taxonomy, extinction and conservation of animal biodiversity. Subjects will be contextualized through the examination of urban animal populations. Field trips to local ecosystems will explore migratory birds, butterflies and fishes, as well as resident populations of urban mammals and herptiles. Students will complete written responses to subjects covered in class and on field trips, and perform dissections and micro-fauna laboratory manipulations. This course will increase each student’s understanding of local faunal populations and the fundamental ideas underlying the scientific study of the animal kingdom.

HSD-2862
The Science of Bugs: An Introduction to Arthropodology
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Arthropodology is the branch of science that deals with the study of arthropods such as arachnids, crustaceans and insects. From tiny water fleas to enormous ancient trilobites to new adaptions of pesticide-tolerant NYC cockroaches, such arthropods are the most diverse and abundant animals in this planet’s history. In this introductory-level course, students will learn about arthropod evolution, classification, physiology and diversity. This is a dual laboratory and field course, with trips to local NYC urban ecosystems to study insect and aquatic crustacean populations. Students will participate in the collection of data on local arthropod populations, including the analysis of terrestrial species using traps. In addition, a field trip to the American Museum of Natural History will examine the evolutionary origins (the Cambrian explosion) of modern arthropod species. Laboratory exercises will include the culturing of fruit flies and examination of developmental stages. This course will increase each student’s understanding of the scientific study of modern “bugs,” their evolution and groupings, as well as their ecological significance. Required text: Insects of New England & New York.

HSD-2863
The Biology of Feathered Dinosaurs: An Introduction to Bird Evolution and Natural History
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This introductory ornithology course will examine principles of avian biology, which include subjects such as evolution, taxonomy (classification), life cycles and conservation. It will be an integrated lecture and laboratory course, with several field trips to local urban ecosystems to study bird populations. Students will be trained as citizen scientists and participate in gathering data on migratory birds passing through New York City as part of a nationwide Audubon program. In addition, a field trip to the American Museum of Natural History will examine the evolutionary origins of modern avian species. Laboratory exercises include the examination of bird cellular material (from bones and feathers) and other analytical techniques. Students will complete reading assignments, generate several written responses to varied lab and field exercises, participate in discussions and maintain a weekly journal of bird observations. Required Text: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America (first edition).

HSD-2898
Warm and Cold-Blooded: An Introduction to the Evolutionary Relationships Among Vertebrate Species
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
How are all of the species living on Earth related? In this introductory-level course students will address the general principles about endothermic (warm-blooded) and ectothermic (cold-blooded) animals and their origins. We’ll begin with an overview of ornithology, theropod dinosaurs and the origin of modern birds as well as the oldest ectothermic vertebrate classes on the planet. How interpret the fossil record and how to read a phylogenetic tree will be covered, along with the basics of evolutionary biology and comparative anatomy. This is an integrated lecture and laboratory course with field trips to urban ecosystems and the American Museum of Natural History. This course will increase student understanding of the scientific study of animal species, their evolution and groupings as well as current threats to biodiversity.

HSD-2921
The History of Nature / The Nature of History
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What does the phrase Copernican Revolution mean? Why are humans exploring Mars when recent evidence suggests it’s a lifeless planet? Who are the field scientists studying Greenland’s polar ice sheets, and mapping the rainforests for new medicines? In this introductory course students will engage with the history of scientific discovery and construct a critical perspective about our place in the natural world. Topics will range from Aristotle to dinosaur discoveries in China. In addition, a selection of readings such as Brecht’s Life of Galileo, Mary Shelley’s The Modern Prometheus and short stories by JG Ballard will be included in order to bridge the gaps among history, literature, science and art. We will meet in the classroom and in cafes, parks, playgrounds and theaters, turning the city into a thought laboratory. As evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould once wrote, “We are storytelling animals, and cannot bear to acknowledge the ordinariness of our daily lives.”

HSD-2987
Introduction to Mathematics I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course approaches mathematics historically, emphasizing its relation to art, science and other cultural areas. We will study ancient Greek mathematics and early astronomers; number systems and geometry; algebra, projective geometry, early physics and Renaissance culture.

HSD-2988
Introduction to Mathematics II

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course is a continuation of HSD-2987, Introduction to Mathematics I. After review of material covered in the first semester, we examine an array of topics of interest: combinations and permutations, statistics and probability theory, topology, non-Euclidean geometries, and other areas of students’ interest. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

HSD-3003
Energy and the Modern World
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will examine the basic nature, forms and concepts of energy. Special attention will be paid to the importance of energy conservation and production of energy in today’s world. These ideas will be supplemented by laboratory analyses of various types of physical, chemical and biological energy as well as the methods by which they can be converted into one another.

HSD-3016
Science in the Modern World
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The triumphs of modern science have been heralded as an emancipation from the burdens of ignorance, fear, toil and disease. But have the sciences fulfilled their promise to liberate humankind? Have we truly overcome superstition and dogma, or simply replaced them with the uncertainties of a scientific “metaphysics” bristling with mysterious forces, powers, fields, waves, quarks and rays? Have we achieved the goals of knowledge and power, or have we reinvented ignorance and multiplied the dangers that surround us? In an attempt to come to grips with these questions, this course takes stock of recent scientific progress in fields such as anthropology, cosmology, ecology, subatomic physics and genetic engineering, measuring the claims of science and technology against those of the individual. Microscopes and other experiments will be used to provide students with more direct experience with these ideas.

HSD-3021
Technology, Identity and Crisis
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Technological innovation has been a major driver of fundamental cultural and socio-economic developments in society. This course will examine the development of crucial technologies affecting modern civilization from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Major topics covered will include transportation, communications, electrification and materials. We will also examine the role of modern technology in shaping who we are as individuals and as member of society. Of course, this all comes at a cost since That-Which-Makes-Us-Who-We-Are has massive consequences, often on a global scale. Our last goal is to consider the consequences of our technological lives for the environment, social stability and long-term economic growth. Readings will include an array of modern studies on various technologies and their impacts.

HSD-3044
History of the Human Body: Society, Culture and Medicine
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will survey theories of the body, the history of anatomy, the diagnosis and treatment of disease, pharmacology and the emergence of modern scientific medicine. We will also consider the social and cultural aspects of medicine, focusing on the larger beliefs and attitudes of the people who used and generated medical knowledge. Moreover, we will investigate the impact medical thought has had on aspects of modern culture. Our sources will include contemporary artifacts, both material and literary, as well as recent historical studies.

HSD-3111
Astronomy
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This is an introductory astronomy course for nonscience students. We will begin with a study of the early history of astronomy and our current understanding of the planets and other components of the solar system. The second part of the course is devoted to the study of the rest of the universe. We examine the optical tools used, spectral types, the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, the various kinds of stars and their life histories, black holes, galaxies, quasars and other celestial bodies. Cosmological theories will be discussed. Note: No science background is required for this course.

HSD-3114
Modern Art and Astronomy: The Expanding Universe
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Where do stars come from? How big is the universe? What’s inside an atom? Why is the sky blue? In the last century, scientists have given revolutionary answers to these questions, profoundly altering how modern society perceives reality. This course presents fascinating responses to these questions in plain, easy-to-understand English, along with illustrations of their impact on art and culture. Topics include Einstein’s theory of the relativity of space and time, the discovery that the universe is expanding, space travel, the splitting of the atom, and the dawning of the nuclear age, as well as scientific metaphors in the arts.

HSD-3204
Science, Technology and War
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The relationship between war, technology and science from the Renaissance to the modern day will be examined in this course. We will consider topics as important as the introduction of gunpowder, the role of industry, the frightful technologies of the 20th century, and the emergence of networked command and control. A secondary focus in this course will consider the characteristics of the societies that have made military innovation possible since a profound change in one often produces a profound change in the other. We will also address how the technologies of the modern era have fundamentally changed the nature of warfare. Moreover, we will examine the response of enemy combatants to overwhelming technological force and consider how modern conflicts evolve as a result. Readings will involve key contemporary sources as well as recent works of scholarship.

HSD-3211
The Material World
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
In this course, we will examine the way scientists and engineers look at the material world around us. At a practical level, we first examine the basic mechanical principles used in the design of cathedrals, ships and living organisms. At a more fundamental level, we ask: What do physicists know about the ultimate nature of matter? What are the ultimate laws governing the physical universe? We examine the answer to this question as it has evolved from the time of Newton to the present.

HSD-3224
Art Meets Science

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits

This course will investigate the relationship between art and science, from the early anatomy books to computer graphics and animation today. We will explore as well many of the organizations and Internet sources that link art and science. The history and significance of scientific illustration will also be examined.
How artists use science to create their art, and the benefits of a cross-disciplinary approach to learning science through art are among the topics explored.

HSD-3253
Modern Art and Biology: The Mystery of Life
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
How did the first life on earth begin? How smart were dinosaurs? Why do children look like their parents? How does the human brain remember things? Scientists gave revolutionary answers to these questions in the 20th century, profoundly altering how modern society perceived reality. This course presents fascinating responses to these questions in plain English, along with illustrations of their impact on art and culture. Topics include the theory of evolution, how cells function, deciphering the DNA molecule, and medical revolutions from antibiotics to organ transplants as well as biological metaphors in the arts.

HSD-3254
Science and Religion
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Science and religion are two of the most important forces in modern civilization, shaping both the modes of life and the worldviews of many. This course will examine the historical relations between them from the Scientific Revolution to the modern day. The focus will be on developments in Western culture, and examples from other cultures and religious traditions will be included. We will consider how science and religion have sometimes worked together to provide an understanding of the natural world, and the ways in which they have been in conflict. Some of the controversies that we will examine include Galileo’s trial, the emergence of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and its consequences, and modern debates on the teaching of evolution and other areas of science in education. A second goal of the course will be to examine the main differences between modern science and religion in terms of both philosophy and culture. Readings will include primary sources as well as recent works of scholarship. Note: No prior knowledge of science or religion is required.

HSD-3322
Environmental Studies
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Human beings are inseparable from the natural world. With a population of more than seven billion people on the planet,now more than ever scientists are considering the effects of human activities on Earth.This course stresses the basic principles of the physical sciences, as well as the social and cultural implications of human impacts onthe environment. Topics include: physical and chemical parameters of the environment, biodiversity, conservation, pollution, climate change, energy, food and agriculture.

HSD-3523
Conservation Biology
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Conservation biology is the study of the maintenance, loss and restoration of ecosystems of biodiversity. This course covers the basics of paleontology, evolution and ecology, as well as relevant issues in environmental science. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the issues involved in our current extinction crisis and to enable them to make informed decisions on both national and local levels. Special attention will be paid to current debate and controversy in this quickly growing field of study. There will also be a field trip to the American Museum of Natural History, where the students will visit a working conservation genetics laboratory. Readings include: Fundamentals of Conservation Biology by Malcolm L. Hunter and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, as well as excerpts from Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenburg and A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

HSD-3901
Human Diseases
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will survey the major human diseases, their history, causes, treatments and effects on human history. The legends and myths about diseases will be examined, and the sociological and cultural aspects of human diseases will be explored. We will also study illness related phenomena such as physical pain, psychological suffering, disability and death. Genetic disorders, neurological diseases, mental disorders, concepts of infection, immunology and epidemiology will be discussed.

HSD-4026
Art, Science and the Spiritual
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What is our place in the universe? How do we perceive the world? Students will learn how modern science has profoundly transformed modern art. The theories of Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein forever changed how artists understand reality. The rise of science also entailed the decline of organized religion, causing traditional spiritual questions to be reformulated in secular terms. At the same time, the theories proposed by psychologists—the new doctors of the soul—revolutionized modern society’s understanding of the human psyche. Artists responded to the challenges posed by science and psychology by creating new metaphors for the human condition during the first secular, scientific age in human history. We will explore the interplay between art, science and the spiritual by evaluating major scientific and religious trends of the 20th century in relation to the representative artistic movements and works of the time.

HSD-4128
Paradigm Shift: Exploring the Links Between Lab, Studio Art and Existential Experience
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
In this course, we will analyze the concept of paradigm shift. As our class focus and discussions move from lab experimentation, through studio art to life experience, we will explore important science paradigm shifts such as the discovery of neurons and the creation of the first transgenic mammals as well as important paradigmatic shifts in art and society. During the course of our studies, we will examine the connections between experience in the lab, the art studio, our personal lives and the world at large.

HSD-4129
Science, Art and Visual Culture
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will analyze the essential connections between science, art and visual culture. We will review and explore the importance of visual models in science and examine how these visual models are integrated into culture. The class will devote special attention to a variety of cultural products that address these topics such as books, music, film and especially the visual arts.

HSD-4138
Brave New Worlds: Science and Science Fiction
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the complex relationship between science and science fiction, alternatively focusing on science fiction as a source of inspiration for scientists and, conversely, the role of science as a source of inspiration for science-fiction authors and filmmakers. Students will become familiar with the historical development and far-reaching consequences of scientific discoveries and advances in scientific theory. From neuroscience through genetic engineering and nanotechnology, our work will give us a deeper understanding of how scientific research and science fiction have contributed to the generation of new ideas, social relationships and worldviews. We will read and discuss a wide variety of scientific articles and science-fiction novels such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Aldus Huxley’s Brave New World and Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics. Films such as Fantastic Voyage, Blade Runner and The Matrix will be screened. Students will be encouraged to create their own science-based artistic projects.

HSD-4204
Human Anatomy and Physiology
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
A comparative study of human anatomy in the context of vertebrate evolution is the focus of this course. Students will view tissues and cells through microscopes and with other physiological experiments. Field trips to the American Museum of Natural History and detailed discussion of the major physiological systems will be included.

HSD-4232
Light, Color and Vision
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
The basic physics and chemistry of light in a nonmathematical treatment of classical geometrical and physical optics will be examined in this course. We will discuss: refraction and diffraction; structural color; a qualitative discussion of the modern view of the nature of light and its interactions with matter; photochemistry, pigments and dyes; the principles underlying fluorescence and phosphorescence, lasers and holography.

HSD-4233
Vision, Perception and the Mind
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the biology and psychology of vision from the sensory responses to light in microorganisms and plants to the complex interplay of visual perception, thought and creativity in the human brain. Readings and discussions will be supplemented by laboratory experiments and analyses of various theories of vision and the brain.

HSD-4289
Art, Mathematics and the Mystical
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
What is infinity? Do numbers originate in our minds or in the cosmos? How do abstract patterns acquire meaning? These fascinating questions lie at the heart of mathematics, which—because of its abstractness—is the foundation of exact thought and the international language of today’s high-tech culture. But despite its pivotal importance, mathematics is often a disappointment to artists because its secrets are written in a language—mathematical symbols—that they may not understand. The goal of this course is to describe in plain English the ideas that drive mathematics—numbers, infinity, geometry, pattern, and so on—and to demonstrate how these topics have been absorbed, interpreted and expressed by modern artists. The course will also explain how mathematical ideas are conveyed in symbols, formulas, graphs and diagrams. These figures and formulas amount to a pictorial visualization of abstract concepts that have profound implications for artists who create animated patterns, abstract paintings or conceptual art. No background in mathematics is needed; the only prerequisite is a natural curiosity about numbers.

HSD-4324
Food Explorations
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
Cuisine, nutrition and the problems of our abundant food supply will be examined in this course. Topics will include the selections of crops, meats and beverages by ancient civilizations; industrialization of farming through genetic engineering, and fast-food diets. The impact of our changing taste for nutrition and our health will also be explored. Additional topics suggested by students will be addressed. Field trips to green markets and purveyors of food will provide a chance to explore the culinary arts.

HSD-4351
Eggs, Seeds and the Origins of Life

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits

This course will explore the concept of all eggs—from eggs through explorations of seeds, ova and cysts. We will begin with discussions about their origins among the spores of bacteria and the shells of animals, and where these cell types are found among the seeds of plants, ova of helminths, spores of fungi, cysts of protozoa and other eukaryotic organisms. Additional topics to be discussed will include foods based upon the eggs and their gametes. Discussions are supplemented with field trips to explore the habitats of these creatures. Laboratory exercises include using microscopes to see them in samples from their environment.

SPECIAL COURSES

SPD-2717
The Philosophy and Practice of Yoga I
One semester: 3 miscellaneous credits
In this course students will explore the philosophy and the phusical practice of yoga. We will look slosely at the relationship between the two, taking time to examine each perspective in depth. The beginning of each session will be lecture and discussion based, and will introduce various topics of yoga philosphy, as well as look at their application in daily life. The latter part of each session will be devoted to asana practice (yoga postures). We will take a detailed look at the body's alignment, layering and relationship to gravity and breath. As we expand our knowledge of yogic philosphy and increase our body consciousness, we will see that these two aspects of yoga clearly draw upon each other. Note: This course grants miscellaneous credit and does not satisfy elective credits in humanities and sciences.

SPD-2718
The Philosophy and Practice of Yoga II
One semester: 3 miscellaneous credits
This course is a continuation of SPD-2717, The Philosophy and Practice of Yoga I. See SPD-2717 for the course description. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course. Note: This course grants miscellaneous credit and does not satisfy elective credits in humanities and sciences.

SPD-2753-A
French for Artists (and Travelers)
One semester: 3 miscellaneous credits
We are constantly surrounded by things French: painting, wine, perfume, cuisine, iterature and film. Many of us wish to learn it so that we could speak easily, visit a French-speaking country and, perhaps, even sell our artwork there, but we are daunted by pronunciation. This course is designed to help students speak and read French, with a sense of humor and patience, to get over that “foreign” barrier. Starting from the beginning, we will gradually learn the language, while exploring the inspirational peaks of French culture, literature, art and film. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course. Note: This course grants miscellaneous credit and does not satisfy elective credits in humanities and sciences.

SPD-2877
Holography
One semester: 3 miscellaneous credits
Learn of the quantum properties of light through the observations of the hands-on process in the creation of holograms. This studio-oriented course will begin with an introductory discussion of the basic principles and the history of holography, followed by work in the holography studio. Students will explore light and optics with the making of single-beam transmission and reflection holograms, shadowgrams, laser-viewable masters and white light transfers. Note: This course grants miscellaneous credit and does not satisfy elective credits in humanities and sciences. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course. Note: This course grants miscellaneous credit and does not satisfy elective credits in humanities and sciences.

SPD-2909
The Art of Conflict Resolution

One semester: 3 miscellaneous credits

Conflict is everywhere, something we all experience on a regular basis. It is simply an inevitable aspect of human relationships whether in the workplace or in our interpersonal relationships. This course will take participants on a journey into
the art and practice of peaceful conflict resolution. We will explore effective and unproductive conflict strategies, as well as principled negotiation and the role
of listening in the resolution process. Class discussions will be active and students are encouraged to share personal stories as we endeavor to bring theoretical concepts into our daily practice. Turning adversaries into partners is possible. It is an art form. Texts include The Magic of Conflict: Turning a Life of Work into a Work of Art and The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course. Note: This course grants miscellaneous credit and does not satisfy elective credits in humanities and sciences.


ENGLISH and the VISUAL ARTS

The EVA/Non-Studio Program is a full-time, three semester course of study in English and the Visual Arts. Please contact Helene Rubinstein, Associate Chair, English as a Second Language Department t 212.592.2621 or email: [email protected]

EVA GENERAL COURSE LISTING

EVD-0050
Reading Strategies I
One semester: no credit
Students will develop their vocabulary and critical reading and thinking skills through discussion of essays, short stories and related media. Students will be required to keep a reading journal.

EVD-0055
Reading Strategies II
One semester: no credit
This is the second part of a two-semester course. See EVD-0050 for course description.

EVD-0060
Writing Strategies I
One semester: no credit
This course will focus on the fundamentals of essay writing using class readings and discussions as a basis for writing. Grammar, sentence and paragraph logic, idea development, organization and essay structure will be explored.

EVD-0065
Writing Strategies II
One semester: no credit
This is the second part of a two-semester course. See EVD-0060 for course description.

EVD-0070
The Language of Art I: The New York Art Scene and You
One semester: no credit
This course will highlight the art of emerging NY artists as well as famous and lesser-known artists from around the globe as a springboard for art discussion and critique strategies improvement. Students will view images by these artists, followed by in-depth discussions. They will develop critiquing skills, ask and answer thought provoking questions, and build a substantial art vocabulary. Students will also give commentary on artists of their choice and engage in critiques of their own artwork.

EVD-0070
The Language of Art I: World Culture in Character- and Time-Based Art
One semester: no credit
This course will explore character logic and continuity—what makes a good cartoon, film or animation based on elements of character, conflict and surprise, and the many ways in which artists tell their stories, from single-panel cartoons that encompass a world of meaning to longer works like graphic novels, short animations, feature-length films and high-concept movies. We’ll discuss how language affects imagery and vice-versa, how culture is reflected in visual media like cartoons, and why humor is often difficult for a non-native reader to understand. We’ll critique artworks based on questions like handmade vs. digital, low-tech vs. high-tech, and the use of manipulated vs. ‘pure’ imagery. Each session will include one or more of the following: Museum and gallery visits, presentations, peer critiques, hands-on projects, viewing and discussion of films and animation, a short reading, review and practice of important vocabulary and concepts in these major fields, and your critical and reflective writing.

EVD-0071
The Language of Art II: The New York Art Scene in Global Perspective
One semester: no credit
This course is a continuation of EVD-0070-A, The Language of Art I: The New York Art Scene and You. See EVD-0070-A for course description.

EVD-0071
The Language of Art II: Character- and Time-Based Art
One semester: no credit
In this course students will explore more exemplars and broaden the discussion of the many artistic forms of character- and time-based media. We will delve into the artistic and philosophical questions surrounding the use of manipulated imagery, and visit exhibitions and artists’ projects. Students will keep a journal or blog of their
reactions and collaborative experiences, and create a hands-on group project and an individual project for live and/or web presentation and videotaping.

EVD-0073
TOEFL Strategies
One semester: no credit
Using the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), students will study test-taking strategies, listening comprehension, grammar, reading comprehension and vocabulary. Strategies and language topics will vary each semester.

EVD-0078 / EVD-0079
Speak Fluently
One semester: no credit
Students will build fluency through acting and improvisation techniques. These exercises will help students to feel at ease with public speaking and class discussion of significant topics. Themes will vary each semester.

EVD-0081
Listening and Note-Taking Strategies
One semester: no credit
Students will enhance their academic performance by listening to, taking notes on and summarizing a variety of English language lectures and other spoken materials. Themes will include climate change, social media and future employment. Note-taking strategies, including the use of standard English symbols and
abbreviations will be presented. An overview of note-taking systems will be given throughout the course. In addition, the process of paraphrasing effectively will be discussed. Weekly written summaries of lecture topics are required.

EVD-0226
IBT TOEFL Reading Skills
One semester: no credit
This course will focus on the reading portion of the iBT TOEFL exam. Through practice in reading passages and in-class exams, students will learn strategies and vocabulary to foster the comprehension skills necessary for the iBT exam and academic material. Speed-reading techniques will also be discussed. Home assignments will be given.

EVD-0253
Literature to Film
One semester: no credit
In this course we will explore short literary scenes in classic and current written works and study how films recreated or transformed them. We will study and compare both the literary and film versions of stories for their visual and verbal content. We will also place ourselves in the director’s chair with our own suggestions for visualizing the verbal.

EVD-0256
The Studio Critique Language Experience
One semester: no credits
This course will prepare students in any major to fully participate in studio critiques. Students will practice talking about their work in an appropriate, intelligent and confident manner. Students will learn key vocabulary words essential in giving a successful critique about their own work, their classmates work and work from artists during Museum field visits. Note: This course is cross-listed with EVG-0256. Students who have already completed the English and the Visual Arts Summer Program cannot take this course to fulfill an EVA elective course requirement.

EVD-0283 / EVD-0284
Improve Your Vocabulary
One semester: no credit
This course will help you to increase your word power through TED Talks and news broadcasts, as well as participation in engaging discussions, presentations and exercises that elicit the natural use of words. You will study a wide variety of vocabulary words used in academic settings, and learn about word forms (noun, verb,
adjective, adverb). A personal vocabulary journal will be required. Themes vary each semester.

EVD-0288 / EVD-0289
Acting the Memoir
One semester: no credit
In this course, students will read published memoirs, write their own memoirs and enact them within the structure of the improvisational techniques of the famed acting technique, The Method. This multi-faceted learning experience will enrich each student’s communication and speaking skills. Readings will vary each semester. Note: This course is cross-listed with EVG-0283 and EVG-0284.

EVD-0293
The New York Museum Language Experience
One semester: no credit
This course provides an interactive way to learn about art history through New York City museum exhibits. Each week students will visit a museum to study selected works of art, building critical thinking and understanding of symbolic language. Students will write, document and photograph their discoveries, findings and thoughts. Students will relate these visits to their own artistic disciplines and learn from each other through group interactive activities. Note: This course is cross-listed with EVG-0293. Students who have already completed the English and the Visual Arts Summer Program cannot take this course to fulfill an EVA elective course requirement.

EVD-0311
Improve Your Pronunciation
One semester: no credit
Using state-of-the-art pronunciation software, students will improve their English pronunciation through interactive exercises that focus on target speech sounds, as well as acting and improvisation techniques. Presentation and discussion skills will be included.

EVD-0334 / EVD-0335
The New York Times Language Experience
One semester: no credit
Experience contemporary English language through The New York Times, one of the most respected newspapers in the United States. Immerse yourself in exciting stories and opinion pieces presented by a cross-section of opinion molders as you absorb American culture. This course is designed to boost reading comprehension,
speaking and vocabulary. Topic vary each semester. Note: This course is cross-listed with EVG-0334 and EVG-0335.

EVD-0336
English Through Popular Music
One semester: no credit
Drawing on materials from contemporary music, this course will focus on song lyrics as a means of targeting vocabulary and grammatical forms. These materials will also prompt discussions about arts and culture. The semester is divided according to genre, beginning with ballads and folk songs, and followed by classic rock & roll, hip hop and recent music hits. There will be weekly vocabulary and grammar quizzes, and each student will give a multimedia presentation of a song of his or her choice during the semester.

EVD-0338
English for Everyday Life, I
One semester: no credit
In this course, students will learn useful idiomatic vocabulary and grammar while acting out real life situations such as: shopping, a job interview, being at the airport, ordering food at a restaurant, negotiating apartment rentals in New York, etc. We will dramatize a new real life scenario in each class and students will see their communication skills grow.

EVD-0339
English for Everyday Life, II
One semester: no credit
A continuation of EVD-0338, English for Everyday I, this course will focus on useful idomatic vocabulary and grammar while acting out real life situations. We will dramatize a new real life scenario in each class and students will see their communication skills grow. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course. The spring semester will focus on differnt life situations than the fall semester course.

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