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ARB 328 Gender & Sexuality in Syrian Television Drama
CIS 150 Revolutionary Literature & Politics
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Rigger

Globalize your semester with a collaborative, comparative look into the history of two world-changing historical events:  the Russian Revolution (100 years old in October 2017) and Japan's 19th century Meiji Restoration.  While the material we will study comes from the past, the course will use cutting-edge digital tools borrowed from the information revolution that is reshaping our world today. 

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

CIS 230 Seminar in Applied Research Design and Data Analysis
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Sellers

In this course students will work with an external partner on an applied research project and explore how that work can strengthen and deepen their liberal arts education. The projects will vary in nature and involve a combination of the following: helping the partner figure out questions to ask about a product, topic, or market; collecting data for a particular project or question; organizing or cleaning messy data; analyzing data with a range of statistical methods; and presenting the results of analysis through visualization or other methods.

Teams of 3-4 students will work on each partner's project. This work will use students' existing skills and knowledge, but also require students to learn new abilities. Indeed, a central course goal is teaching students how to learn on their own and respond nimbly to unexpected needs and challenges - which will definitely arise while working on the external partner's project. During the semester, students will also improve their ability to collaborate with their team and the external partner. By the end of the semester, each student team will produce a concrete product for the external partner, such as a market analysis with research questions to explore, an original dataset with accompanying summary, or a visualization of sophisticated data analysis.

The course is also intended to help students understand and experience how some of the core attributes of a liberal arts education - critical thinking, creativity, intellectual dexterity, appreciation of competing viewpoints, effective communication - can be applied, strengthened, and deepened in their work beyond campus. The external partner projects will require students to use these attributes in multiple ways. In addition, two assignments will require students to reflect on this interaction between the project work and a liberal arts education. These reflections will deepen the students' learning, while helping the College understand how these applied research experiences can enhance a liberal arts education.

While no specific courses are required as prerequisites, students enrolling in the seminar should have some prior experience in designing research projects, creating data sets, conducting statistical analysis, or visualizing data.

CIS 230-250 Special Topics Classes
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Topics and course numbers announced in advance of registration.

CIS 292 Collective Memory (= PSY 292)
Prerequisites & Notes

Spring 2019: This course is one of five interlinked Memory Studies Courses*

Instructor
Multhaup

Remembering is a social as well as cognitive experience.  For example, we reminisce with others, select which details we share and don't share based on who those others are, and which portions of memories we rehearse and silence affects what we later remember. Students in this course will explore current theory and research regarding collective memory, primarily from a psychological perspective. We will explore questions raised by Boyer and Wertsch's (2009) influential book (e.g., How do we build shared collective memories? How does memory shape history?  How does memory shape culture?) and related issues (e.g., silencing of memories, borrowing others' memories, how culture influences memory).  Our study will be grounded in cognitive psychology and draw upon additional subfields (e.g., social psychology, cross-cultural psychology) and intersections with related fields (e.g., sociology, cultural studies, museum studies).

Provides elective credit toward the Psychology major.
​Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.

*Interlinked Memory Studies Courses
Five different courses that engage with phenomena of memory will link up once a week for common readings and discussions. Students will meet one day a week with their course instructor to engage in the discipline-specific study of memory. On the other day each week, students and faculty members in all five courses will meet together to compare and share different disciplinary and personal ideas about the study of memory; the creation and effects of memory; the representation of memory; and the social, cultural, and personal creative processes that make memory.  Participating courses are:

AFR 320 / EDU 320 / SOC 320 (Kelly) Growing Up Jim Crow
CIS 292 / PSY 292 (Multhaup) Collective Memory
ENG 204 (Parker) Introduction to Writing Fiction
GER 433 / HIS 433 (Denham) The Holocaust and Representation
​HIS 287 (Mortensen) Memory and Identity in the People's Republic of China

CIS 330 Special Topics Seminar (CIS 330-350)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Topics and course numbers announced in advance of registration.

CIS 331 Applied Values Theory
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Layman

In this hands-on course, students will examine different notions of "value" and apply them through a final product design project.  Guest speakers, including professors and practitioners across disciplines and industries, will guide the class through critical analyses of economic, cultural, aesthetic, political, social, sentimental, and other forms of value.  Students will debate which value systems have historically and currently taken precedence in various communities.  After a survey of these value systems. students will work in teams to collaboratively design a product of their choosing and will receive mentors from the community to assist in maximizing a project's value.

CIS 395 Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

CIS 495 Thesis/Capstone
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Kelly

Required weekly common meetings for all CIS majors.

CIS 496 Thesis/Capstone
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Kelly

Required weekly common meetings for all CIS majors.