Introduction to Course Offerings

Course Credit

All courses listed in this catalog are three-credit-hour courses unless noted otherwise following the course title. Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours.

Course Numbering

Courses are numbered on the following basis:

101-198: Introductory courses normally taken by first-year students and sophomores.

199: Summer research preparation course, one credit hour, offered on a pass/unsatisfactory basis. Offered in the spring term by invitation to students participating in summer research with a faculty member.

200/201: Directed study/independent study at the beginning/intermediate level.

203-299: Intermediate courses with or without prerequisites normally taken by sophomores and juniors.

301-399: Advanced courses normally offered on a regular basis, often with specified prerequisites (courses, class standing, or special permission) normally taken by juniors and seniors. Students may be admitted to advanced courses if they have met the prerequisite or have the approval of the instructor.

400/401/402: Directed study/independent study/research participation at the advanced level.

403-498: Advanced courses, often special topics not offered regularly, with or without prerequisites.

499/500: Advanced seminars, usually open only to majors in the program, typically taken in the senior year.

Individual Study Courses

Courses numbered 400, 401 and 402 are courses organized for individual study in one of the following three manners:

400 Directed Study

An individualized course in a special topic in which the student meets regularly with a faculty member to receive instruction.

401 Independent Study

An individualized course or project in which the student proceeds immediately in his or her study, meeting with a faculty member (a limited number of times) to report progress and to receive suggestions.

402 Research Participation

An individualized course in which the student conducts research in an area which is part of a faculty member’s own area of research interest and competence.

Registration in individual study courses requires program committee approval and permission of the Associate Dean of the College. Normally, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher to register for individual study. Normally, students may register for only one independent/directed study in any single term. Regularly offered courses normally may not be taken as independent study. Exceptions to independent study policies may only be approved by the Associate Dean.

Internship Credit

Internship credit is recorded as INT 400. Internships constitute a supervised program of work and study under the leadership of a faculty sponsor and an on-site supervisor in the workplace. Academic credit can be awarded only when a substantive academic component can be demonstrated. Normally, an internship can carry a maximum of three hours credit and is graded on a Pass/No Credit basis. A maximum of six hours of internship credit may be applied toward the total number of hours required for graduation. Registration for internship credit requires an approved internship contract (available from the Center for Career and Professional Development).

Academic Program Abbreviations

Disciplinary program abbreviations used throughout the course descriptions are as follows:

AAS African and African American Studies FYS First-Year Studies
AES Aerospace Studies GER German
AMS Army Military Studies GLC Global Commerce
ANT Anthropology GNS Gender Studies
ARH Art History GRK Greek
ARS Studio Art
HIS History
ASN Asian studies
HUM Humanities
BMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
INT Internship
BIO Biology
IST International Studies
BNS Behavioral Neuroscience
JPN Japanese
CHE Chemistry
LAS Latin American Studies
CHN Chinese
LAT Latin
CHP Chemical Physics
LIN Linguistics
CLA Classical Studies
MAT Mathematics
CRW Creative Writing
MUS Music
CSC Computer Science
NSC Natural Science
DRA Dramatic Arts
PHI Philosophy
ECO Economics
PHY Physics
EDU Education
POL Politics
ENS Environmental Studies
PSY Psychology
ENG English
REL Religion
FLM Film Studies
SOC Sociology
FRE French
SPA Spanish

Note: The College reserves the right to change degree requirements, major/minor requirements, and course offerings, and to cancel any course not elected by a sufficient number of students at the time offered. Catalog course listings reflect recent offerings and are not necessarily an indication of future offerings.

Note: All academic program committee members listed in Major/Minor Programs are for 2017-2018. There are student members on all major program committees.