The following courses are available for Spring 2015 registration.

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

Cultural Studies

BioculturesBiocultures: Nature, Gender, and Sexuality

This course examines three recent Cultural Studies trends: Green Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Queer Theory. These fields investigate how nature, gender, and sexuality are “natural” and/or socially constructed, working toward more complex understandings of binaries including nature/culture, nature/nurture, and biological/cultural. more

taught by Jill Gatlin

Food for Thought

Although food is an essential element of daily life, fulfilling a basic biological need, we often ignore its many cultural meanings. This course examines the artistic, cultural, personal, and political significance of food on local and global scales. more

taught by Jill Gatlin


“Make it new!” demanded modernist poet Ezra Pound. Responding to shattered truths, fractured moral standards, shifting social norms, and rapid technological changes, modernists endeavored not only to record cultural change but also to make a stylistic break from the past. This interdisciplinary course will focus on the “new” literary styles and statements of modernist writers such as Pound, H.D., Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, Langston Hughes, and William Faulkner. more

taught by Jill Gatlin

Cultural Capital: Paris, 1848 - 1919

Cultural Capital: Paris, 1848–1919: Culture, Politics, and Society in the Belle Epoque studies the life of Paris, the social, cultural, and artistic center of the 19th century European world. Listening to Debussy and Satie, reading Baudelaire and Zola, looking closely at works by Manet and Pissarro, we will examine the physical, social, artistic and political revolutions that transformed Paris – and that came to shape our ideas of the modern world. more

taught by James Klein


Kafta (1 credit, first half)

This 1-credit course examines the shorter works of Franz Kafka, whose intriguing body of work helped define the complex anxieties of life in modernity. We will examine the stories' contemporary relevance—How does the world reduce people to insects and what is the antidote?  Is injustice and even cruelty latent in any ordered society? more

taught by Patrick Keppel

The Tempest (1 credit, second half)

This 1-credit course is a critical and creative study of The Tempest, William Shakespeare’s most lyrical and musical of plays.  Not only does The Tempest represent Shakespeare’s poignant farewell to his remarkable dramatic career, it is also highly original, one of the very few plays he wrote that is not an adaptation of a previous work or history. more

taught by Patrick Keppel

Modern Drama

Modern Drama reflects a time of great stress and change in European and American culture when deeply entrenched social, political, and psychological structures were being challenged or shattered—a world that seemed at once to be teetering on the edge of chaos or rebirth. 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 & Politics

Wealth and Poverty

Wealth and Poverty of Nations: we read about the issues every day: globalization; the housing crisis; inflation and unemployment; the environment; energy and its costs; financial leverage; income inequality; personal, corporate, national and – for most of us – even student debt. What does it all mean? more

taught by James Klein

China and Japan

Students will explore the political, social, and cultural transformation of China and Japan in the 20th century, tracing the rise of those nations from traditional, insular societies threatened by the West to great economic and political powers with imperial ambitions of their own. more

taught by James Klein

Philosophy and Religion

History of Western Philosophy II

This course on the history of modern philosophy will deal with the opposition between rationalism and empiricism from the 17th to the 20th century, taking into account the scientific and religious frameworks in which European philosophy developed during this time period. more

taught by Jacob Vance

The Buddha

This course explores the life and teachings of the Buddha through the study of significant parts of two major and very early Buddhist writings (composed in the 1st century A.D.), Ashvagosha’s Buddhacarita and the Sanskrit Dharmapada, as presented in English translation by Edward Conze,  as well as a more recent compilation of Buddhist writings edited by Donald Lopez. more

taught by Peter Row

Science & Mathematics

Topics in Science: Our Cosmic Origins

This course will examine the rich history of the Universe, from a single event in the depths of space to the creation of atoms and molecules, from the formation of stars and planets to the emergence of life on Earth.  We will chronicle how the first light atoms formed stars and how heavier atoms were cooked in stars and scattered in space, creating dust grains and organic molecules. more

taught by Jennifer Cole

Creative Arts

Creative Writing

In the Creative Writing workshop, students explore the various ways to create a successful short memoir, story, or ten-minute play by understanding how to use point of view, concrete details, figurative language, plot, character, motivations, conflict, and dialogue.  more

taught by Patrick Keppel

Sculpture Studio

We will explore and articulate how compositional ideas can be brought into objecthood.  Studio sessions will offer the time and space to construct ideas that generate object-making.  Likewise, we'll structure objects in order to originate new ideas. 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