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General Studies

Applicable for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Courses

General Studies

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).

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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 2021-22).

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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.

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Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Summer only 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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This introduction to the study of Africana Studies boldly centers the notion that the lives, thought, culture, politics, and economics of the people of Africa and the diaspora can be examined as a free-standing academic endeavor. In the main this tradition is constituted by thinkers, artists, political figures, and others who have elaborated a complex set of ideas broadly concerned with race and its consequences in the African diaspora. 1 unit. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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.

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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.

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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 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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Since the dawn of civilization, mythology has fascinated peoples from all cultures. Until recently, the study of mythology was considered an important feature of a liberal education. The present era is rediscovering the joy and instructive value of mythology. This course provides students an opportunity to experience the joy and explore the mystery of mythology. In particular, the course enable students to acquire skill in the analytic interpretation of myths and fairytales. Myths from Western and Polynesian cultures will be reviewed and selected fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm will be examined. (Summer only 2021-22).

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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.

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Regular meeting with instructor to provide aid for those whose backgrounds make formal college writing difficult; practice in expository prose. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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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)

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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 2021-22).

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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. (Not offered 2021-22).

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An interdisciplinary exploration of the relation of scientific and religious ways of knowing and understanding the world and our role in it, emphasizing the communal character of science and religion, and analogies in their methods of inquiry. Examination of significant scientific/religious issues confronting society, such as 'creation science,' abortion and genetic engineering; and how they might be resolved.) (Summer only 2021-22).

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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. Meets the Equity and Power: EPUS requirement. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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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.

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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. (Not offered 2021-22).

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An intermediate course in the behind-the-camera arts of lighting, set design, cinematography, and sound recording. The focus will be on film and vidoe making in a studio environment. Scenes will be staged and shot to demonstrate the effects of various approaches to scene design and cinematography. (Summer only 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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

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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 2021-22).

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Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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What is “Europe”? What does it mean to be “European”? Who gets to define the boundaries of Europeanness, and what groups have been included or excluded, centered or marginalized as a result? This course seeks to answer such epistemological questions by unraveling and deconstructing some of the central, naturalized, imposed, and often monolithic narratives that have been projected onto and out from Europe. Examining these mechanisms from a critical perspective, students will look at the diverse cultural, linguistic, national, religious, ethnic, racial, and other factors that have continued to shape Europe throughout its history. They will consider debates around issues of identity and ideology, including the histories and legacies of colonialism, imperialism, fascism, and racism, and learn to view Europe as a place of multiplicity and difference, changing institutions, and ever-shifting borders. Taking a transdisciplinary approach that includes literary studies, art history, race and ethnic studies, film and media studies, cultural studies, history, and geography, among other fields and theoretical frameworks, “Unraveling Europe” unsettles the common assumption that Europe is and always has been fundamentally European. Meets the Equity and Power: EPG requirement.

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What is “Europe”? What does it mean to be “European”? Who gets to define the boundaries of Europeanness, and what groups have been included or excluded, centered or marginalized as a result? This course seeks to answer such epistemological questions by unraveling and deconstructing some of the central, naturalized, imposed, and often monolithic narratives that have been projected onto and out from Europe. Examining these mechanisms from a critical perspective, students will look at the diverse cultural, linguistic, national, religious, ethnic, racial, and other factors that have continued to shape Europe throughout its history. They will consider debates around issues of identity and ideology, including the histories and legacies of colonialism, imperialism, fascism, and racism, and learn to view Europe as a place of multiplicity and difference, changing institutions, and ever-shifting borders. Taking a transdisciplinary approach that includes literary studies, art history, race and ethnic studies, film and media studies, cultural studies, history, and geography, among other fields and theoretical frameworks, “Unraveling Europe” unsettles the common assumption that Europe is and always has been fundamentally European. Meets the Equity and Power: EPG requirement.

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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. (Not offered 2021-22).

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Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Summer only 2021-22).

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This course will examine the complex set of ideas concerning politics, history, literature, and various aspects of human culture that are characteristic of the interdisciplinary tradition of Africana Studies. The emergence of a tradition of African and diasporic thinkers is one of the most significant events of modernity’s colonial and post-colonial experience and marks a major turn in the history of thought more generally. (Not offered 2021-22).

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Stuart Hall asks in the title of a classic 1993 essay, “What is this ‘Black’ in Black Popular Culture?”. Building from foundational texts that seek to define the Africana aesthetic, this course will examine the variety of aesthetic practices—sonic, visual, written, culinary, etc.—that make up Africana expressive culture. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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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.

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This semester-long extended format course combines theoretical and museological study with the execution of a project within the Fine Arts Center museum. The course provides opportunities to engage with objects, examine scholarship, develop interpretative strategies for broad audiences, and design mechanisms for inclusive knowledge production. In addition to class meetings and discussions, students will engage with the production of a public exhibition, program, or project focused on the FAC collection. The course will engage students in deep collaboration with FAC staff as well as other CC classes and community members. The course includes weekly meetings in addition to independent research, collaborations, and project work.

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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 2021-22).

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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. Meets the Writing in the Discipline requirement. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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.) Meets the Writing Enhancement requirement. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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 2021-22).

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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.

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This seminar brings together various methodological and theoretical approaches to interpreting Africana life, culture, thought, and politics. Focusing largely on emergent scholarship, we will examine a selection of humanistic and social scientific studies of various local, national, and international contexts. These texts demonstrate the ways in which innovative interdisciplinary methods are crucial for understanding the complexity of the Africana world. The key question guiding the seminar is, “How do scholars of Africana Studies come to devise their research questions and why are these questions important for humanistic and social scientific inquiry?” (Not offered 2021-22).

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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.

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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 2021-22).

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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.)

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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.

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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 2021-22).

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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.

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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.

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Placeholder for the Spring Abroad Registration during Pre-registration. (Not offered 2021-22).

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Placeholder for the Spring Abroad Registration during Pre-registration. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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