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General Studies Courses

GS100 Society and Identity

Investigates those social, political and psychological forces that shape how young people define who they are and how they interact with their families, peers and communities. Questions include: How do youth engage with media and technology to express themselves, forge social networks, and effect social change? What are the psychological processes of identity formation, and how do media and culture influence identity formation? (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 to .5 units

GS101 Freedom & Authority

The conflicts of individual freedom and institutional authority in ethics, politics, science and religion. Readings emphasize the development of these conflicts in Western culture, from antiquity to modern times, and are related to the decisions which students must make concerning the central values in their lives. Freshmen only. Students may receive separate grades for each block of this course, but must be enrolled in all the blocks in order to receive credit. (Cannot be taken for credit after General Studies 301.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

Prerequisite: First Year Experience Course. 1st Years Only.

Also listed as Classics 115.

2 units —

GS108 Distinctively English

An introduction to aspects of contemporary English life which distinguish English culture for its North American variations. Topics include: the geographical setting, demographic realities, social and moral values, food, humor, and the role of tradition. (Not offered 2014-15).

.5 to 1 unit

GS125 The College Experience

An examination of the problems of moral, psychological, and social development in college life. A discussion of the kinds of development needed during the college years for the self to move from adolescence to adulthood. Readings will be from authors such as Allan Bloom, Erik Erikson, Lawrence Kohlberg, Heinz Kohut, George Vaillant, and David Norton.) (Not offered 2014-15).

.5 to 2 units

GS128 Studies in Portuguese

For students interested in acquiring an elementary speaking and reading knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese. The course is intended only for students who have already reached intermediate levels in another romance language. Oral drills, reading, grammar, tapes, Brazilian music and Brazilian film. (Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

GS170 Rhetoric of Civil Rights

(Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: First Year Experience Course. 1st Years Only.

2 units

GS199 Internship

Students are provided with a significant learning experience outside the classroom setting, usually being placed with a company, non-profit or community-based organization . The internship represents an educational strategy that links classroom learning with the application of knowledge in an applied work setting. Students participate in an internship for at least four weeks and no less than 40 hours of supervised work. Taken under the pass/fail grading option only. Only 1/2 unit total credit (two 1/4 unit internship) will count toward the degree. Does not meet the divisional distribution requirement.

Prerequisite: Sophomore, Junior or Senior status & a proposal approved by the Registrar.

.25 unit —

GS200 Practice in Writing

Regular meeting with instructor to provide aid for those whose backgrounds make formal college writing difficult; practice in expository prose. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.25 to 1 unit

GS201 Advanced Written Practice in English as Second Language, I

Language practice and support for any student whose native language is not English. Review of and practice in American academic writing conventions, mechanics, and English grammar.

.5 unit —

GS202 Advanced Oral Practice in English as Second Language, II

Strengthening of oral fluency skills through pronunciation practice, vocabulary development, and review of idiomatic expressions and two-word verbs. Students will also participate in classroom discussions and oral presentations.

.5 unit —

GS203 Morality in War

The relevance of moral concepts to the analysis of war; moral justifications for war and terrorism; personal responsibility in war; the responsibility of citizens and public officials; the moral basis of nonviolent action and conscientious objection. Application to conflicts from ancient times to Vietnam. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

GS204 Spirit and Nature: Religion and Science

Come and explore the realms of spirit and nature, and within those realms the human spirit and human nature. Examine where good and evil are to be found. Study the parallels and differences between religion and science. Discover meaningful relationships between 1)the natural and the supernatural; 2)natural history and natural theology; 3)immanence and transcendence; 4)the animate and the inanimate; 5)the sacred and the secular. Consider how a person of integrity can be both religious and scientific. Explore our world in both natural and religious settings. Become aware of the diversity of life, and of religions, and look for ways to nurture and protect both diversities. Come away looking at our world and all its components, including the spiritual and the natural, in new and different ways. The course will trace the development of the theory of evolution in 19th century Victorian England by both Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace and consider the response to the theory in both scientific and religious circles, both then and now. There will be re-enactments of meetings of the Royal Society of England in response to the publication of The Origin of Species and debates in those meetings. We will explore faith and the plurality of religions through Paul Tillich's Dynamics of Faith and Diana Eck's Encountering God, consider The Sacred Depths of Nature with Ursula Goodenough, reflect on human-human and human nature interactions and the nature of evil with the aid of Rosemary Reuther's Gala and God and Lance Morrow's Evil: An Investigation, experience different religious communities, and read and recite nature poetry. Field projects (with on-and off-trail hiking) will include exploring 1)bio-diversity in the San Luis Valley, and 2)the geologic history of the Garden of the Gods and Queen's Canyon. We will be participating in a community service learning project surveying parts of the newly-developed Cheyenne Mountain State Park for signs of wildlife. Class will be held at the Baca campus for one week during Block 1. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 to 2 units

GS205 Reading Practicum

This 0.25 credit course develops active reading strategies and skills necessary for students to read successfully at the college level. The course will be taught primarily in a workshop format, using group discussions, directed readings, small group activities, and written reading-response assignments. Students at all levels of reading proficiency are encouraged to enroll in order to improve reading comprehension and speed, expand critical reading skills, and enhance reading proficiency across the liberal arts curriculum. (2 consecutive blocks)

.25 unit —

GS210 Foundations of Nonviolence

Religious and philosophical foundations of nonviolent thought and actions: episodes of nonviolence in historical context; the future of nonviolence. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit —

GS211 Understanding the Holocaust

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

GS212 Minds, Machines & Mammals

Can machines think? Do animals think? What are our criteria for ascribing intelligence to any system, including the human mind? This course explores these questions and others in an effort to understand the nature of intelligence. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

GS216 Introduction to Journalism

Basic skills of the discipline, focusing primarily on news, analysis, feature and editorial writing (including research, fact-checking, interviewing), but dealing also with editing, layout, journalistic ethics, libel laws.

1 unit —

GS217 Practice in Journalism

(Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.25 to .5 units

GS219 Mix Media Watercolor on Paper

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 to 3 units

GS220 Blacks & the Cinema NOW FS 220

An introduction to the relationships Blacks have had to the American cinema: as filmmakers, performers, audiences and as 'characters' whose image have formed a critical vocabulary for American race relations. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

GS221 Italy after Fascism

A study of present-day Italian society through its history, literature and film. The starting point of the course is Neorealism, a revolutionary movement in cinema which became the repository of partisan hopes for social justice in the postwar Italian state. A selection of texts and films produced between 1945 and 1985 will attempt to show in what ways Italian society has fulfilled, and disappointed, the promise of Neorealism. This course will also serve as the culminating experience for the Italian Minor. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

GS222 Special Topics:

Selected topics will be discussed and will vary from year to year.

Also listed as English 280 and Environmental Science 261 and Southwest Studies 200.

1 unit —

GS223 Politics, Ethics and Journalism (with Emphasis on Writing)

Survey of the influence of the news media in American Politics with particular attention to the ethical problems faced by working journalists. Emphasis on the conflict between the public's right to know and the individual's right to privacy. Jointly taught by a professional journalist and a member of the Colorado College faculty.

1 unit —

GS228 Human Sexual Behavior

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 to 3 units

GS233 Topics in Journalism:

Also listed as Film and New Media Studies 200 and Political Science 203.

.5 or 1 unit —

GS234 Issues in Contemporary Africa:

A survey of African history followed by discussion of current political, social, and environmental issues in southern Africa. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.

1 unit —

GS240 The 18th Century: Theatre, Music, Art, Science and Revolution

(Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Taught at the Newberry Library in Chicago - EXTRA $$.

1 unit

GS242 Woof and Warp: The Weave of Science and Literature

What are the interrelationships between science and literature? In what ways does literature mirror, reject, distort, or even anticipate changes in scientific views of the earth and the cosmos? By relating scientific essays and demonstrations to literature, we will explore how authors such as Thomson, Wordsworth, Pynchon, Stoppard, Whitemore, Borges and Calvino have employed scientific concepts. (May be offered with Emphasis on Writing.) (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

GS247 Introduction to Museum Studies

Bridging theory and practice, the course considers museum history, philosophy and operations, exhibition planning, design, interpretation, and conservation. Students will explore how cultural attitudes, institutional policies, and social expectations have historically influenced, and continue to shape, the development of the modern museum, while undertaking projects relating to collections research, exhibition development, and object interpretation. The course includes field trips to museums to view exhibitions and to meet with museum professionals.

1 unit —

GS255 Reading and Rhetoric in the Liberal Arts: Envir Politics

This half-unit (0.50 credit) course focuses on readings in contemporary environmental politics and the rhetoric of these readings. We will examine how the environment is mobilized as a political device and how public opinions and policies may be shaped by particular rhetorical strategies. The course will be taught in a workshop format, using group discussions, directed readings, small group activities, individual meetings, and a series of written reading-response assignment. One of Colorado College's foremost objectives as a leading liberal arts institution is to prepare its students 'with mental agility and the skills of critical judgement's essential to learning (2006-2007 Colorado College Catalog of Courses, p. 15). Reading is one of the principal means by which we expose students to a variety of ideas, data, disciplines, and epistemologies. This course attends to reading in both theory and practice to challenge students to engage with texts more critically and actively. By focusing upon critical readings of environmental politics, students will develop strategies and knowledge that translate across the liberal arts curriculum. (Offered as a half-block and extended format course.) (Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

GS257 Topics in Reading and Rhetoric in the Liberal Arts

This course examines what it means to read on both a theoretical and practical level. Focusing on readings concerning the transactional theory of reading, students will consider the influence of the background knowledge and beliefs they bring to texts as well as the way in which the text can prompt transformations in their thinking and believing. In the process of reading and discussing the assigned materials, the students will also develop and polish college level reading skills. This course will be taught in a seminar fashion, with small and whole group discussion, assigned readings and reading-response short papers. (Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

GS260 Writing Enhancement

Provides an opportunity for students to improve their writing skills through practice and criticism. This course must be taken in conjunction with a Writing in the Disciplines course if taken in fulfillment of the Writing Proficiency Requirement. (Must be taken on a P/NC basis: first taught in academic year 2010-11.)

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

.5 unit —

GS273 Museum Collections Management: History, Ethics and Practice

Examines historical and philosophical origins of museums and their collections. Students will explore how the acquisition, preservation, and display of museum collections reflect shifting ethical, political, and philosophical priorities, cultural values, and ideologies. The course includes field trips to museums to view exhibitions, research facilities, and collections storage, and to meet with museum professionals. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

GS280 Creative Writing, Science Writing, and River

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

GS300 Theory and Practice of Peer Tutoring (Pass/Fail Only)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Must apply during 2nd block.

.5 unit —

GS309 Independent Study:

Supervised reading and structured reflection following a student's participation in a Colorado College Student Exchange or Affiliated study abroad program, culminating in a research essay and/or extensive creative work plus a reflective journal/portfolio on the international experiences. A presentation to the college community may be incorporated into the independent study, but will not substitute for written work.

.5 to 1 unit —

GS312 Advanced Filmmaking NOW FS 312

A course designed to prepare students for doing advanced independent projects in film or video. The course is a prerequisite for doing senior projects and deals with the creative and practical disciplines required to do festival-quality work. Activities include hands-on experience shooting and editing 16mm film and digital video. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: General Studies 112.

1 to 2 units

GS314 Independent Study in Journalism

This course has two components: a practicum in journalism and an integrated project designed to accompany the student's course work in the minor. The student's work in the practicum will be evaluated by the on-site supervisor; the supervisor's reports will be reviewed by the minor advisor. The project should be designed by the student in consultation with the minor advisor and course instructor(s). The project should involve a critical component: it should enable the student to explore and critically reflect upon the construction of newsworthy material, the formal and generic constraints of journalistic writing, and the shaping ideologies, both subjective and institutional, of specific instances of journalism. (Only open to students who are pursuing the Thematic Minor in Journalism.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Must be pursuing Thematic Minor in Journalism & General Studies 216 & either English 280 'Journalism as Literature' or General Studies 223.

1 unit —

GS320 Independent Study

Supervised readings or in-field investigations in areas of interest to the students that are interdisciplinary in nature and cross divisional lines within the college. The readings and/or investigations will be followed up with discussions and written reports. Must be approved and supervised by two faculty members from different divisions of the college.

.5 to 1 unit —

GS330 Urban Investigations

Guided exploration of a topic in urban studies chosen with the instructor's approval. Satisfies the integrative experience requirement for the Urban Studies thematic minor. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Sociology 123.

1 unit

GS395 Peer Tutoring Practicum Pass/Fail Only

Prerequisite: General Studies 300 or consent of instructor.

.5 unit —

GS399 Topics in Advanced Writing Projects

This course will provide students with strategies for approaching advanced writing projects, such as senior thesis papers, grant and scholarship applications, and essays for graduate and professional schools. Students will learn methods for research, invention, drafting, organization, and revision. By the end of the class, students will have produced a significant piece of writing for a class or an independent project. As this course requires substantial writing, revision, conferencing, and response, course seats will be capped at 12. COI and Pass/Fail grade track only. Either .25 units in two block adjunct format or .5 units in half-block (1.0 units maximum credit in any given year)

.25 unit —

GS400 Senior Thesis I

Thesis subject of integrative project to be developed by the student with the approval of the advisor. For liberal arts and sciences majors or students doing the integrative project of Thematic Minors. Offered any block of the year.

1 unit —

GS401 Senior Thesis II

Completion of the senior thesis and oral defense with faculty sponsors. Liberal Arts and Sciences majors only. Offered any block after 400 Senior Thesis I.

1 unit —

GS501 Liberal Arts and Sciences Institute:

(Not offered 2014-15).

2 units

GS552 Experienced Teacher MAT Capstone Seminar

(Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

GS557 College Ahead Practicum for Secondary MAT's

.5 unit —