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    Catalog of Courses

    General Studies

    Applicable for the 2019-2020 academic year.


    General Studies

    GS100 Bridge Scholar Programs:

    Introduction to a liberal arts topic, covering source material in depth and stressing methodology, research, presentation, and writing. 0.25-0.5 units. Taught as a regular block prior to NSO (0.5 unit) or as adjunct (0.25 unit).

    Prerequisite: Offered as P/F Only.

    .25 unit — Chan

    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.) (Not offered 2019-20).

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

    1 to 2 units

    GS105 The Power of Data and Models

    The ability to use data and basic algebraic models (economic, biological, physical) gives you tools to investigate more deeply key concepts in a variety of disciplines. This adjunct course is designed to help students improve their skills in college algebra and precalculus skills in a context of investigating datasets and basic models. More broadly, a course goal is to help students be more successful in rigorous, gateway or required courses to majoring in math, science, and economics at Colorado College. Parts of the adjunct will involve teamwork with data and models, while other segments will be tailored to the individual’s progress in ALEKS (Assessment in LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) learning modules. 0.25 unit.

    Prerequisite: Offered Pass/Fail Only.

    .25 unit — Getty

    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 2019-20).

    .5 to 1 unit

    GS113 E.M.T. Basic

    A semester-long adjunct course including classroom, and field laboratory experience in emergency medical techniques, including but not limited to patient assessment, airway management, cardiopulmonary emergencies, bleeding and shock, medical emergencies, childbirth, environmental emergencies including a section on wilderness medicine, psychological aspects of emergency care and EMS systems. 6-10 p. m. Monday and Wednesday. Some Saturday lab sessions. No class during block breaks. Successful completion of this course qualifies the student to sit for the Colorado State E. M. T. basic Prerequisite (State Requirements): Copy of valid driver's license or birth certificate; Proof of Current (TB) Tuberculosis Test (PPD Test) within the last six months; Proof of Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccination/exposure; Proof of Hep-stat (Hepatitis B) series.

    .5 unit — Hammes

    GS118 Topics in Community Engagement

    Integrates theory and experiential learning to introduce core concepts and models of effective, equitable, and intentional engagement with communities beyond the campus. This community-based learning (CBL) course aims to deepen the perspectives and skills needed to apply a liberal arts education toward solving public problems in inclusive, democratic ways. Pass/fail only.

    .25 unit — Siracusa

    GS120 Critical Approaches to the Liberal Arts

    This course introduces students to theoretical concepts and interpretive methods deployed in analyzing the nature, structures, and practices of the liberal arts. The goal is to prepare students to participate in critical discussions about the different ways that people experience, interpret, and find meaning in the context of a liberal arts education. The course will focus on three major themes in philosophy of education: the aims of education; the practices and politics of knowing; and the nature of teaching and learning. The course also prepares students to work as mentors in the Colorado College First Year Experience program. Pass/Fail only; COI required; .25 units. (Not offered 2019-20).

    Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Pass/Fail Only.

    .25 to .5 units

    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 2019-20).

    .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 2019-20).

    .5 unit

    GS170 Rhetoric of Civil Rights

    (Not offered 2019-20).

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

    2 units

    GS198 Internship

    de Araujo

    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 or supervised work.

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

    .25 unit — de Araujo

    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 2019-20).

    Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

    .25 to 1 unit

    GS201 Advanced Written Practice in ESL

    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. Writing Intensive. (Not offered 2019-20).

    .5 to 3 units

    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 2019-20).

    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 2019-20).

    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 — Freeman

    GS206 Advanced Practice in Written and Oral Fluency in English

    Students will develop their linguistic and cultural competencies in the context of investigating contemporary social, economic, and political issues in the United States, such as immigration, American identity, and globalization. Students in this course will: 1) refine grammatical structures and syntax to provide clear communication of thought; (2) complete short oral presentations and demonstrate the ability to participate in class; (3) read primary and secondary sources and critically analyze them; and (4) create an argumentative thesis, choosing reliable sources for support. By the end of the class, students will be able to write thesis-driven, documented essays in a variety of rhetorical modes. They will develop strategies for listening comprehension, build their vocabularies, and speak confidently in class. (Not offered 2019-20).

    1 unit

    GS208 Advanced Language Practice for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

    Writing practice and support for any student whose native language is not English. Review of and practice with American academic writing conventions, mechanics, and English grammar. Short writing assignments (consisting of reflections and response papers) and one longer writing project (consisting of peer reviewed drafts) will total 15 pages of writing. This course may be taught as an adjunct or as a half block. Pass/fail. .5 unit.

    Prerequisite: Offered as Pass/Fail Only and .5 units in half block and one semester extended format. Offered year-long extended format 1.0 units.

    .5 unit — Walter

    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: Social Inequality requirement.

    1 unit

    GS211 Understanding the Holocaust

    (Not offered 2019-20).

    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 2019-20).

    1 unit

    GS214 Workshop in the Digital Liberal Arts

    This adjunct course is designed for students to work individually or in groups on a digital research project. Under the supervision of faculty, IT specialists and/or librarians, students research a focused topic grounded in their major or another field in which they have expertise and learn how digital technology can best be used in this scholarly endeavor. Course meets two times per week over the course of two blocks, two-and-a-half hours each meeting. Course may be repeated with a different research project. .5 units. Instructors: Faculty with the support of IT staff and Librarians. (Not offered 2019-20).

    .5 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 — Gilson, Hutchins

    GS217 Practice in Journalism

    A semester-long extended format course, designed and executed with faculty supervision, that combines practical experience in journalism with theoretical reading, an annotated portfolio of work completed, and a journal of reflections leading to an overview of the semester. The course can be taken twice and is limited to one unit counting towards the degree.

    Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

    .5 unit — Hayward

    GS219 Mix Media Watercolor on Paper

    (Not offered 2019-20).

    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 2019-20).

    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 2019-20).

    1 unit

    GS222 Special Topics:

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

    .25 or .5 or 1 unit — Cavin, Johnson, McKendry, Onishi

    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. (Not offered 2019-20).

    1 unit

    GS228 Human Sexual Behavior

    Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2019-20).

    1 to 3 units

    GS230 Waging Nonviolent Conflict

    An investigation into the strengths and limitations of nonviolent conflict in bringing social and political change. After a week investigating social movement theory drawing from several disciplines, students participate in a workshop in which they envision, organize and strategically guide a virtual nonviolent social movement. Class requires substantial engagement in class and group projects and a final exam. (Not offered 2019-20).

    1 unit

    GS233 Topics in Journalism:

    1 unit — Alters, Breslow, Bryant, Finley

    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: Global Cultures requirement.

    1 unit — Wade

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

    (Not offered 2019-20).

    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 2019-20).

    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 — Tucker

    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 judgments 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 2019-20).

    .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.

    .5 unit — Sartin, Schacht

    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 — Schacht

    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 2019-20).

    Prerequisite: One of the following: Art History 100, Art History 112, Art History 113, Anthropology 101, Anthropology 102, Anthropology 103, History 105, Southwest Studies 175, or consent of instructor.

    1 unit

    GS280 Creative Writing, Science Writing, and River

    (Not offered 2019-20).

    1 unit

    GS300 Theory and Practice of Peer Tutoring

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

    .5 unit — Bell

    GS302 Independent Study: Topics in Museum Studies

    An extended-format independent study for students interested in exploring specific research topics in Museum Studies. Including supervised reading, field work, and structured reflection, the Independent Study will culminate in a project that applies Museum Studies methodologies and/or philosophies to investigate a research question. Final projects may include research essays, exhibitions, and/or other creative work. A presentation to the college community may be incorporated into the independent study, but will not substitute for written work.

    Prerequisite: General Studies 247.

    .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.

    1 unit — Hutchins

    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 2019-20).

    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 — Hayward

    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.

    1 unit — Hutchins

    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.

    Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Sociology 123.

    1 unit — McKendry

    GS352 Off-Campus Study/Abroad Semester Placeholder

    (Not offered 2019-20).

    4 units

    GS390 Grant Writing

    Facilitates the development of the research skills, audience awareness, clarity of purpose, and persuasive rhetoric necessary for writing grant applications for individuals and for groups. Provides students the opportunities to write a grant for an individual project and experience aspects of the grant-writing process for an organization. Meets once per week over 4 blocks. As this course requires substantial writing, revision, and response, course seats will be capped at 12.

    .5 unit — Sartin

    GS391 Senior Thesis/Ind. Stdy Course

    Placeholder Course for students during preregistration. They should use this course at preregistration time instead of leaving the block blank! The correct version will be added to the students schedule after preregistration is over.

    1 unit

    GS392 Off-Campus Study Abroad Semester

    Placeholder for the Spring Abroad Registration during Pre-registration.

    1 unit — Bertsche

    GS395 Peer Tutoring Practicum

    Prerequisite: General Studies 300 or consent of instructor.

    .5 unit — Bell

    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.

    Prerequisite: consent of instructor 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 — Alvarado

    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 — Bell

    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 — Bell

    GS501 Liberal Arts and Sciences Institute:

    (Not offered 2019-20).

    2 units

    GS552 Experienced Teacher MAT Capstone Seminar

    (Not offered 2019-20).

    .5 unit

    GS557 College Ahead Practicum for Secondary MAT's

    .5 unit