The following courses are available for Spring 2014 registration.

Find a complete list of courses offered in other years here.

Literature & Cultural Studies

Ethics and the Environment in American LiteratureEthics and The Environment in American Literature

How are environmental problems linked to social justice? What roles does literature play in these cultural, political, and ethical debates? This course looks at how social categories such as race, class, nationality, and gender shape diverse encounters with the environment. more

taught by Jill Gatlin

Women and LiteratureWomen and Literature

This course examines the writing of British, American, and Indian women writers within specific social, cultural, and historical contexts. We’ll explore surprising historical changes and continuities in women’s societal roles and literary works from the Middle Ages to the present. more

taught by Jill Gatlin

The Revolutionary Theatre of Bertolt BrechtThe Revolutionary Theatre of Bertolt Brecht

Many of the artistic and literary trends of our own time, as well as our moral and political dilemmas, are exemplified in the life and work of 20th century playwright Bertolt Brecht.  This course will examine Brecht’s remarkable dramatic contributions, such as his experiments in Expressionist drama, his concept of Epic Theatre and the ‘alienation’ effect, his innovative incorporation of multimedia effects, and his musical collaborations with Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau.  more

taught by Patrick Keppel

“The Enamored Mage: Translation #6,” Jess (1965)Contemporary American Poetry

This course will examine various styles, methods of writing, and groups of poets that have made contemporary poetry ‘contemporary,’ including the ways in which contemporary poetry records the workings of the mind and the ways it breaks down the hierarchies of language. more

taught by Ruth Lepson


History & Cultural Studies

Origins and History of DramaOrigins and History of Drama

Theater is a part of the developing story of every human culture, an inherent paradox—the attempt to explore psychological depths, spiritual mysteries, and social conflicts in a controlled yet power-releasing scheme. This course examines the origins of European drama and traces its development through key transitional periods from Oedipus to Endgame. more

taught by Patrick Keppel

The Travels of Marco PoloThe Travels of Marco Polo

A close reading of The Travels of Marco Polo, an iconic text in world history and literature, is a journey of discovery. Through Marco Polo’s eyes students will encounter the cultures along the Silk Road as they were at the end of the 13th century. more

taught by Peter Row

Wassily Kandinsky's Composition VII (1913)‏Art History

The Expressionist painter Wassily Kandinsky and the composer Arnold Schoenberg shared the idea that art and music should express the “inner necessity” of the soul and collaborated on a book, Toward the Spiritual in Art.  This course will examine the relationships between art and music from the 17th century Baroque period through contemporary performance art. more

taught by Linda Cutting

Romantic LiteratureThe Romantic Movement

This interdisciplinary course will focus on the literary styles and statements of Romanticist writers concerned with passionate individualism, spontaneous expression, the power of the imagination, the sublimity of nature, the mysteries of the human mind, the grotesque and monstrous, and the great hopes and hostilities of heroism, nationhood, liberty, tyranny, and oppression. more

taught by Jill Gatlin

Copyright and CreativityCopyright and Creativity: Who Owns Music?

Musicians find themselves faced with dilemmas regarding what music they can and cannot use in new arrangements, compositions, or performances. Using several landmark legal cases as a backdrop, we will study notions of ownership and fair use in the U.S., and then explore a number of the main issues of music use across cultures. more

taught by Felicia Sandler

Science and Mathematics

Energy in the 21st CenturyEnergy in the 21st Century

Our goal will be to debunk misinformation while maintaining a positive tone, and develop energy expenditure calculations on the regional, national, and international levels that could enable us to make individual, societal, and national choices that would benefit the world at large. more

taught by Malcolm Pringle


AcousticsAcoustics: Theory and Practice

Students will apply theoretical principles to real-world situations and develop strategies for maximizing musical quality in a variety of acoustical environments.  Mathematics will be used as a common language for communicating the many dimensions of information represented in music. more

taught by Andrew Carballeira


Creative Arts

The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt BrechtDrama Workshop II

Drama Workshop II shares many of the same objectives as its prerequisite, Drama Workshop I:  the creation of a truly collaborative, “serious-play” space where students can take risks and explore the dramatic art form in order to become better actors and better musicians. more

taught by Patrick Keppel

dash vis artsVisual Arts Studio

In this course we will examine what enables us to be artists, creating an environment that encourages us to take pleasure in intellectual risk-taking. The Museum of Fine Arts provides an unexpected, informal setting—a playful arena for considering particular elements of composition and improvisation or for grappling with pressing issues in the world today. more

taught by Robin Dash



Italian II

The second part of the year-long introductory course. more

taught by Francesca Santovetti


engraving of the Arc de Triomphe, ParisFrench II

The second part of the year-long introductory course. more

taught by Anne Squire


German IIGerman II

The second part of the year-long introductory course. more

taught by Sia Liss Stovall


German IIIGerman III: Communicating in the Real World

German III is an intermediate level German language course emphasizing conversation and comprehension.  In an interactive classroom format, students listen to and role-play dialogues, participate in group discussions, and speak before the class. more

taught by Sia Liss Stovall