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    Why choose Colorado College this Summer?

    Courses taught by Colorado College faculty

    Small class sizes of 5-20 students

    Experience the Block Plan's singular ability to immerse you in a class - you might not want to go back to a regular semester system.

    Block A
    Block B
    Blocks A & B
    May 29-June 21
    June 24-July 18
    May 29 - July 18

    Block A & Block B

    CL 111   Latin for Beginners   Kendra Henry & Frank Gumerlock

    Introduction to the structure of classical Latin; reading of short texts to provide practice in literary and rhetorical reading and initiation in major areas of western thought. Attention to the history of the language and its relation to ancient, medieval and modern culture.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 2

    PY 202   Research Design   Emily Chan & Andrew Abeyta

    Introduction to basic statistics and to research methods in the context of psychological research. Principles of experimental designs and analysis will be taught, especially the use and interpretation of inferential tests. Also included will be psychological topics that rely on correlation and linear regression, and principles of psychological testing. Students design, conduct, and write up their own experiment.

    Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning, Writing Intensive          Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: Psychology 100 or 101 or 111                                         Units: 2

     

    Block A: May 29 - June 21

    AS 110   Book Arts and Letterpress   Lucy Holtsnider

    This course provides an introduction to designing, printing, and binding artists’ books and related ephemera. The ability of artists’ books to enable the interweaving of technologies that would otherwise be isolated by arbitrary partitions of time or culture will be a point of focus. The course will also include visiting artist talks and a day-long field trip to the Rocky Mountain Land Library in South Park, Colorado.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                      Units: 1

    AS 211   Fiber Arts   Jeanne Steiner

    This course will explore both on and off loom fiber art process: weaving on floor looms, dyeing yarns and fabrics, felting wool, and printing methods for cloth.  Students will learn the basic techniques with an emphasis on the exploration of such concepts as transparency, texture, form, pattern, and color.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A                                     Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: 100 Level Art Studio Course          Units: 1

    BE 344   Scanning Electron Microscopy    Ronald Hathaway

    Individual instruction on learning to operate a state-of-the-art digital scanning electron microscope.  Delve into the fascinating world of minute detail of biological specimens at magnifications and resolution that will simply amaze you.  Additionally you will learn how the microscope works, fundamentals of electron optics, and digital photography.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A                  Program Fee: N/A           Units: 1

    Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and demonstrated interest (through previous coursework) in the natural sciences or COI

     

    EC 201   Economic Theory 1   Mark Smith

    The objective of this course is to develop your skills in using microeconomic analysis through the investigation of the fundamental economic problem – constrained optimization. The over-arching concept that we will use throughout the course is marginal analysis; that is, analysis of decisions that consumers and producers make at the margin which will reveal important insight into how resources should be used or consumed. We will examine the conditions for efficient economic allocation and ask whether these conditions are fulfilled in fact.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A              Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: Calc 1                      Units: 1

    EN 280   Rewriting the Beats    Tracy Santa

    This course examines the work of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Joyce Johnson and others who challenged and continue to challenge the orthodoxy of American letters and culture.  Study will focus on the historical context, stylistic innovations, and cultural significance of these writers and their work, will consider connections between writing, art, film, and music of this period (roughly mid-1940s to the early 1960s), and address contentious issues regarding the role of gender, sexual orientation, and spiritual practice in the generation, reception, and legacy of this body of work.

    Critical Perspectives: Writing Intensive          Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                           Units: 1

    FM 206   Melodrama in the World   Baran Germen

    This course promotes a reevaluation of melodrama as an indispensable narrative mode of world cinema raising and addressing crucial questions about class, race, gender, and sexuality. From women’s films, postwar family melodramas, and male weepies, to race melodramas, Bollywood features, and Mexican cabaret films, we will track melodrama’s itineraries across time, space, genres, and traditions. While taking note of its shifting formal characteristics shaped by particular historical, social, and industrial circumstances, we will attend to the worlds melodramas imagine and project.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A                    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                Units: 1

    Class Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    FM 202   Screenwriting    Ligiah Villalobos

    Examines the fundamentals of screenwriting: theme and meaning, structure, narrative, dialogue, character development, and revision. Students will read, analyze, and discuss the screenplays for produced films; develop and pitch their own story ideas; and plan, write, and revise, by the end of the course, a significant screenplay project.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    GS 216   Introduction to Journalism   Corey Hutchins

    American journalism is rapidly changing as technology, economics and culture continue to disrupt the ways in which people produce and consume the news. The fundamentals of journalism, however, have not changed. Students in this class learn to think like a journalist, learn how to generate, research, and develop story ideas, conduct interviews, gain an understanding of how the news cycle works, and acquire the skills journalists use to produce accurate and responsible journalism. Consider this class your gateway drug to becoming a news junkie.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    HK 204   Introduction to Human Anatomy   Dan Miska

    A lecture and human cadaver-based lab course designed to help students gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of the structure of the human body. The course will include regional study of the major organ systems. This course is designed to meet the needs of students interested in graduate studies & allied health fields. This course does not involve dissection, but human cadavers that have previously been dissected will serve as learning tools for students, in addition to various anatomical models and digital resources.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A             Program Fee: N/A               Units: 1

    Prerequisites: EITHER 1 unit of Organismal Biology and Ecology 105, 106, or 107, Molecular Biology 131, or Human Biology and Kinesiology 130, or Psychology 297, or consent of instructor. Sophomore Standing or higher.

    HY 200   Topics in History: American History, American Film    Bryan Rommel-Ruiz

    Films can tell great stories. They can even tell engaging narratives about our past. But are films history—that is, are they efforts to tell the past “as it actually happened?” This course addresses this question as it examines the challenge of representing history in the Hollywood film. This class will focus upon the American West and American Dream in particular, as they are historical subjects steeped in American myth. We will watch an array of movies in the genres of the Hollywood Western and Gangster film such as The Searchers, The Unforgiven, The Godfather, Gangs of New York among others.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    MU 228/FM 225   Song Writing & Film Scoring: Finding Our Inner Voice    Ofer Ben-Amots

    MU228 - Song Writing & Film Scoring: Finding Our Inner Voice, will combine creativity and technology. Students will be able to take the film music track, focus on songwriting, or  zoom in on both. Together we will explore effective ways of fitting melodies and harmonies to selected lyrics, examine the vital role music fills in feature films and documentaries. By analyzing specific visual examples and their respective soundtracks we will try to understand the dramatic, aesthetic, and functional role music plays in the screen and stage industry. Among other explorations, we will compare the art of film scoring with other musical dramatic genres such as musical theater and opera.  Students will use the Finale music notation software as well as Logic Pro at the Packard Music Recording Studio, and will study a range of basic to more advanced scoring techniques.  Finally, the class will complement the theoretical exploration with a portfolio of creative exercises while learning to score their own lyrics as well as several visual sequences of their original soundtracks.  Taught by J. Jirasek  and O. Ben-Amots.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    MU 398   Advance Topics: On the Road: American Bluegrass   Keith Reed

    A small ensemble of students (6) will travel to Nashville, tour the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Gruhn’s
    Guitars, and Carter Vintage instruments. Along the way they will see and experience the music scene on the famous strip and jam with
    professional musicians. Students will also attend long weekends at Bill Monroe’s bluegrass festival and the Cherokee music festival in
    North Carolina. Day stops will include Asheville, North Carolina and the Carter Fold. The conclusion of the course will be in the studio to cut a number of songs and instrumentals that the students have been working on during this course/tour

    Critical Perspectives: N/A            Program Fee: $1,750

    Prerequisites: MU 169                  Units: 1

    PC 133   Astronomy    Juan Burciaga

    In this introductory course in astronomy, students will investigate the history of astronomy and the nature, formation, and structure of the stars and universe. Possible topics will include planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy and the nature of the universe.  Much of the course time will be spent at night under the stars or in the laboratory exploring the basis of astronomical knowledge. Laboratory work will include learning to use telescopes, taking photographs of the sky, and using a spectroscope. Students will take at least one extended trip to either the Baca Campus or the Colorado College mountain cabin.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A             Program Fee:$60

    Prerequisites: N/A                          Units: 1

    PS 209   Introduction to International Relations    Andrew Price-Smith

    This course provides an introduction to international relations with a focus on the processes and perils of globalization in the modern era. This course covers the theory and contemporary history of global politics from an international relations perspective, examining relations between the USA, China, Russia and Iran. Subject matter includes: the Russian/Ukrainian conflict, the rise of China, cyberwarfare, causes of war, terrorism, and peace; epidemic disease and environmental destruction; complex interdependence, state failure and ethnic warfare. We cover the central axioms of IR theory including the various levels of analysis, contrasting dominant theories such as Realism, Liberalism, Bureaucratic/Domestic level, and Political Psychology.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    RM 200   Introduction to Indigenous Studies    Dwanna McKay

    Provides an overview of the histories, governance structures, economies, relationships to place and other beings, and cultures of Indigenous and Native Peoples of the US, from a decidedly indigenous perspective. Places special emphasis on historical and contemporary indigenous resistance and resilience to racial oppression and violence perpetrated for the last six centuries by settler societies. Examines issues related to representation of American Indians, particularly image and stereotype creation as well as concerns about self-representation and authenticity.

    Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality             Program Fee: $90

    Prerequisites: N/A                                              Units: 1

    Block B: June 24 - July 18

    CP 341   Topics in Computer Science: Robotics and Computer Vision   Mathew Whitehead

    Construction and programming of a small robot over the course of a semester. Introduction to algorithms and techniques for navigation, planning, and error correction.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    CP 115   Computational Thinking   Dan Ellsworth

    Introduction to the encoding of information as data and the automation of quantitative reasoning with computer programs. This course covers the basics of the Python programming language with examples drawn from many fields (e.g. chemistry, biology, linguistics, art, music). This is the first course for those interested in computer science.

    Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning                 Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                                             Units: 1

    ED 250   Street Law: Law Teaching Program   Fred Galves

    College students will be trained in general legal concepts in order to then teach law topics and practical legal skills to low income students in Colorado Springs. Legal concepts include constitutional law, criminal law, and trial advocacy. The program seeks to teach legal literacy skills and instill an expectation toward justice to the high school students and practical teaching and leadership skills to the college student-instructors. The course provides the opportunity for college students to provide support and role modeling to underprivileged youth. The course includes instruction in the law and coaching high school students in a criminal mock trial.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    EN 280   Topics in Literature: The 20th Century Short Novel in English  George Butte

    This class will explore great 20th c. short novels and how they experiment with narrative form across many cultures:  texts will vary from Conrad (“Heart of Darkness”) and D.H. Lawrence (“The Fox”) to Katherine Ann Porter (“Flowering Judas”), Toni Morrison (“Sula”), Don DeLillo (“Pavko at the Wall”), Nadine Gordimer (“Something Out There”) and Sandra Cisneros (“House on Mango Street”).  Since this will be a Writing Intensive class, students will have one-on-one tutorials on each paper, after which they will revise and rewrite the paper

    Critical Perspectives: Writing Intensive              Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                               Units: 1

    EV 260   Topics in Environmental Social Sciences: Food Agriculture & the Environment    Steve Harris

    This course will examine food policy through the lens of the 2018 Farm Bill, with particular attention paid to the regulation of agricultural pollution, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), food safety, and organic farming, and a focus on Colorado agriculture and the competition for water between farms and cities. 

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    FM 206   Melodrama in the World   Baran Germen

    This course promotes a reevaluation of melodrama as an indispensable narrative mode of world cinema raising and addressing crucial questions about class, race, gender, and sexuality. From women’s films, postwar family melodramas, and male weepies, to race melodramas, Bollywood features, and Mexican cabaret films, we will track melodrama’s itineraries across time, space, genres, and traditions. While taking note of its shifting formal characteristics shaped by particular historical, social, and industrial circumstances, we will attend to the worlds melodramas imagine and project.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A              Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                           Units: 1

    Class Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    FM 102   Basic Filmmaking    Meredith Mantik

    Examines the fundamentals of filmmaking – planning, shooting, and editing – via numerous short projects that culminate in a final public screening. Topics include framing and composition; cinematography, lighting, and sound; storyboards and shot diagrams; editing tools and techniques; digital workflow; and the process of analysis, evaluation, and revision.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    GY 135   Geology of the Pikes Peak Region   Vikki Crystal

    In this course we will be taking advantage of our fabulous and geologically intricate surroundings to explore the core concepts of geology. Geology is a science that draws on many other sciences (chemistry, physics, even biology) and the range of topics covered in this course are similarly diverse. The overall goal here is to give you some broad basic knowledge of geosciences, and more importantly, to set you up with the tools needed to make observations and interpretations in a scientifically valid manner.
    This class fulfills the Introductory Geology requirement for Geology majors.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World                Program Fee: $150

    Prerequisites: N/A                                                                                           Units: 1

    HK 321  Human Physiology   Dan Miska

    Provides an integrative approach to understanding normal physiological relationships of major organ systems in the human body through lectures and laboratory experiences. Information is presented from the cellular to the organismal level. Designed to meet the needs of students interested in pre and allied health fields when taken in conjunction with HK 204.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A              Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: HK 204                     Units: 1

    HY 200   Topics in History: American History, American Film   Professor Bryan Rommel-Ruiz

    Films can tell great stories. They can even tell engaging narratives about our past. But are films history—that is, are they efforts to tell the past “as it actually happened?” This course addresses this question as it examines the challenge of representing history in the Hollywood film. This class will focus upon the American West and American Dream in particular, as they are historical subjects steeped in American myth. We will watch an array of movies in the genres of the Hollywood Western and Gangster film such as The Searchers, The Unforgiven, The Godfather, Gangs of New York among others.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    MB 101   The Science of Ethics and Genetics   Ralph Bertrand

    The course covers some of the basic principles of classical and molecular genetics preparing students to develop an informed opinion on genetic issues that impact the social, medical, legal, and biological disciplines. Some of the ethical discussions include privacy and confidentiality, online ancestral information, direct to consumer  genetic testing, artificial reproductive technology, genetic determinism, forensic analysis, vaccines, scientific research, gene therapy, genetic counseling, genetically modified organisms, and genome editing.

    Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning, Scientific Investigation of the Natural World

    Prerequisites: N/A             Program Fee: N/A                    Units: 1

    MU 398   Advance Topics: On the Road: American Bluegrass   Keith Reed

    A small ensemble of students (6) will travel to Nashville, tour the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Gruhn’s
    Guitars, and Carter Vintage instruments. Along the way they will see and experience the music scene on the famous strip and jam with
    professional musicians. Students will also attend long weekends at Bill Monroe’s bluegrass festival and the Cherokee music festival in
    North Carolina. Day stops will include Asheville, North Carolina and the Carter Fold. The conclusion of the course will be in the studio to cut a number of songs and instrumentals that the students have been working on during this course/tour

    Critical Perspectives: N/A             Program Fee: $1,750

    Prerequisites: MU 169                   Units: 1

    PA 250   Topics in Asian Studies: Buddhism, Society and Ecology   Asoka Bandarage

    At the root of contemporary global environmental and social collapse is a world view and a social system based on human domination of nature and of each other. There is now a growing recognition that environmental sustainability and human well-being require a shift from the prevailing system of domination and extremism to a global consciousness and a socioeconomic system based on interdependence and partnership. In this course we examine the contribution that the teachings of the Buddha can make to this global scientific and ethical discourse and the movements for psycho-social transformation.
    This interdisciplinary course draws upon a broad range of fields including global political economy, sociology, philosophy, ecology and Asian Studies. The course will provide an overview of interrelated contemporary crises of climate change, economic inequality and violent conflict; introduce the ethics and basic philosophical concepts of Buddhism, such as, impermanence, interdependence, non-violence and the Middle Path: explore ecological and ‘socially engaged Buddhism’ in Asia; and engage students in the discourse and efforts for personal and collective change.

    Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures, Social Inequality            Program Fee: $90

    Prerequisites: N/A                                                                        Units: 1

    PC 120   Cosmology, Antigravity, and the Runaway Universe   Shane Burns

    Recent observations made using the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories have revolutionized our understanding of the origin, evolution, and fate of the universe. We now have answers to questions that humans have pondered since our ancestors first looked up at the night sky. Did the universe have a beginning? If so, how old is it? Will it come to an end? We know the answers to many questions, but we are also confronted with a universe that is made mostly of mysterious “dark energy” and “dark matter.” Dark energy seems to produce an antigravity effect that causes the universe to expand at an ever-increasing rate, yet we know almost nothing about it.  

    During this course, we will discuss our current understanding of cosmology and, perhaps more importantly, how we know what we know. We will examine the latest observations taken with the Hubble Space Telescope and explore what these observations tell us about the nature of the universe. We will supplement these observations with our own observations using the Colorado College Observatory.

    Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning, Scientific Investigation of the Natural World

    Prerequisites: High School Algebra            Program Fee: N/A                Units: 1

    PS 270   Liberty and Equality   Eve Grace

    Explores the question whether there is a fundamental justification for democratic rule by analyzing diverse defenses and critiques of the claims that democracy is founded on the truth of human equality and best provides for individual liberty.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    SO 190   Topics in Sociology: From Title IX to "Me Too": Gender Based Harassment and Assault  Gail Murphy-Geiss

    A sociological examination of gender-based harassment and assault in law (such as Title IX) and culture (such as the "Me Too" Movement), with a focus on the United States. Specific areas of focus include college campuses, sports, workplaces, politics, religion, and the military.

    Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                        Units: 1

     

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