Topics Course Schedules

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Course Title Course Information Day Time Instructor Description
Integrated Three-Dimensional Design ART 2994, D02
CRN 25573
MW 10:55am-1:20pm Rudquist Integrated 3D Design is a team taught, project based, hands-on studio art and art history course. Students will be introduced to the core concepts and methods of the visual arts through topical projects. Major topics will be drawn from the concerns of the individual students. The course features multi- disciplinary 2D and 3D studio- based exercises and projects and class critiques of studio work. Slide- illustrated lectures and readings supplement assigned studio problems as a means of understanding concepts and acquiring skills in visual literacy. Art and art making can provide opportunities to understand the world through a combination of discovery, visual analysis and collecting of ideas that cannot be found elsewhere. All needed skills that can apply to many disciplines outside of the Arts. This course satisfies the ART1010 3D Design requirement for studio art and art history majors, and some studio art minors. Recommended for all majors who want to learn visual thinking and problem solving skill.
Advanced Black and White Photography ART 2994, D04
CRN 25476
MW 2:10-4:30pm Deutsch This course is a continuation of ART2360 with greater independence, emphasizing advanced work in analog and digital black and white photography. Students are expected to pursue a semester-long project of their own design in consultation with the instructor. Offered in conjunction with ART2360. Pre-requisite: ART2360 or permission of instructor.
Core Integrated Study Seminar: Reading the Bible with the Dead CORE 2800, D01
CRN 25565
TR 9:55-11:35am James, Neiwert For a long period of time, the Biblical text was one of a very few books that people were reading. Although there was not a great deal of diversity in reading material, there was a lot of diversity in how people read and interpreted this text. This course will examine the ways that different religious groups interpreted Biblical texts, how women used Biblical texts to change their position in society, and how historical context shaped these interpretations. While we will consider the work of professional “readers” of the Bible (theologians) we will also give a good deal of attention to the kinds of “readings” offered by artists, creative writers, and other non-specialists. Overall we will work to build both historical and theological awareness and sensitivity. This class meets both the history and theology core requirement.
Implementing Critical Literacy in P-12 Education EDUC 5993, G03
CRN 25609
Online Online Quigley Implementing Critical Literacy Education will foster reflection on, and engagement with, literacy (broadly construed). Literacy forms the foundation for effective participation in (and critique of) society. Each of us will consider our own role in fostering our learners ability to "read the world" and reflect on the ways we can help our learners succeed by effectively integrating culturally relevant literature and helping our students to give words to the ways their world has been socially constructed. By facilitating effective use of spoken and written language in your curriculum, we enhance students' lives and their ability to influence the world. You will have an opportunity to plan engaging instruction that explicitly fosters critical literacy as a method to promote anti-bias/anti-racist education. The emphasis in this course is on scientifically-based theories and best practices for critical literacy through choosing highly engaging, socially important literature for students and using it to support language development, personal development, and academic learning.
Topics in Literature: Minnesota Women Writers of Color ENGL 2994, D01
CRN 24679
TR 1:30-3:10pm Coleman ENGL2994 (Minnesota Women Writers of Color) will critically explore the literature, criticism, theory, contexts and intersections of race, gender, nationality, place, and other historical, social, economic, political and cumulative identity positions and experiences as conveyed and read within the literature texts and their mutable perspectives as written by women writers of color who reside and/or have resided in the state of Minnesota.
Fashion Merchandising and Design in Europe FASH 4994, D01
CRN 25728
N/A N/A Gage, Mager This study abroad course will provide a study of the global inter-connectedness of the fashion industry especially as it pertains to European markets. The study tour will begin in London with particular emphasis on historic influences, present styles, and future trends in fashion. The Paris visit will focus on haute couture, specialty fabrics and trims in addition to historical museum visits. The last portion of the trip will center on knits, fragrances, and accessories in Florence. Continued in-depth study will observe, analyze, critique, contrast and compare current fashion operations in different venues such as design, sourcing, manufacturing, merchandising and retailing institutions. The course participants will have a breadth of experiences from industry appointments, professional speakers and inspirational visits. This course meets the FASH 3150 requirement for majors.
Panda Diplomacy: International Relations and Conservation History in China HIST 2994, D01
CRN 25043
MW 12:15-1:55pm Downs This course examines Chinese history through a surprising pair of lenses: foreign policy and conservation efforts. We begin with Chinese views on the human relationship to nature, from Daoist reverence for the natural world, through Mao's "war on nature," to contemporary efforts to balance economic development with environmental protection. Then we will turn to China's remarkable history of foreign policy, beginning with the traditional tributary system, moving on to the Century of Humiliation, and ending with China’s current central role in the international order. Finally, we will look at the best-known exemplar and intersection of the two themes of the course: since the 1970s, the iconic Giant Panda has not only been a key diplomatic tool, but the most visible symbol of China’s wildlife and conservation efforts.
Nurses, Teachers and Mothers: Women, Work, and Respectability in Modern European History HIST 2994, W01
CRN 25502;
WOST 2994, W01
CRN 25693
Online Online Neiwert In the nineteenth century, two movements converged for women in powerful ways. The first was a movement to professionalize arenas of women's work including nursing, teaching, and child-rearing. The second was the women's suffrage movement. Women used arguments about professionalization to justify their claims for citizenship. In this class, we will look at the arguments that women made, the successes and limitations of these arguments, and how these historical arguments echo in our world today.
Real Analysis MATH 4994, D01
CRN 25048
MWF 12:15-1:20pm Pelatt In this course we rigorously study sequences, series, and functions of a single real variable. We study topics such as the Monotone Convergence Theorem, the Cauchy Criterion, uniform convergence, continuity, differentiation, and the topology of the real numbers. Pre-requisites: MATH 1800 and MATH 1140.
Technology and the Good Life PHIL 2994, D01
CRN 24484
MWF 10:55am-12:00pm Johnson In this course we’ll draw on philosophical traditions from around the world to explore questions about what it means to live well with emerging technologies. We’ll take on questions about social media, privacy and surveillance, artificial intelligence, automation, and more.
Islamic Philosophy PHIL 4994, D01
CRN 25461
TR 9:55-11:35am Hilden In this course, we will study primary texts from Islamic Philosophers, written from the 7th century until the present. We will also center our studies on the voices of women within Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Feminism, and Islamic Biomedical Ethics.
Psychology of Eating with Lab PSYC 4994, D01
CRN 25067;
PSYC 4994, D50
CRN 25700
TR; T 9:55-11:35am; 1:30-3:10pm Mitra This course will explore the psychological, cultural, environmental and biological factors that influence our eating behaviors. Topics that we will cover include the neurobiological regulation of energy intake and expenditure, how we regulate and fail to regulate our food intake, eating disorders (over and under-eating), issues of stress and comfort eating, the global obesity epidemic (and how it may look different in different socioeconomic settings), economic factors which influence who has access to what food, the influence of media on our food choice, and cultural norms and differences in our eating behaviors. This course counts as Psychology Lab credit or a Psychology Elective for majors and minors. Pre-requisites: General Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods.
Educational Psychology PSYC 4994, D02
CRN 25721;
PSYC 4994, W02
CRN 25361
Online Online Pabon Gautier Educational Psychology you will explore the theoretical and applied aspects of learning, motivation, human development, assessment, and diversity in the educational setting. You will study learning theories as well as cognitive, emotional, and social learning processes that underlie education and human development. The focus will be placed on diversity and developing skills to better understand learners to foster improved learning, influence and manage classroom learning, and recognize and consider individual differences. The course emphasizes the development of skills for increasing awareness, perceiving, believing, evaluating, and behaving in different educational settings. Thus, the course provides educational tools to help learners become more responsive to human rights and the impact of historical, systematic, institutional and individual perceptions and bias on the psychological, emotional and social well-being of students, especially those from marginalized communities. This course counts as a Psychology elective or the Research and Educational Psychology CFA PSYC Track course requirement for majors. Pre-requisite: General Psychology.
Race, Class, Gender and the School-to-Prison Pipeline SOCI 2994, D01
CRN 25487;
CRST 2994, D01
CRN 25488;
WOST 2994, D01
CRN 25489
MW 2:55-4:35pm Heitzeg SOCI 2994 will emphasize the role of race/ethnicity, class, gender sexual orientation and ability in shaping the contours of the school-to-prison pipeline. Topics to be covered include: 1. The definition and emergence of the school-to-prison pipeline. The current situation of public education and the extent to which double-segregation and high-stakes testing contribute to the pipeline. 3. Larger social forces that impel the pipeline: racial stereotyping and implicit bias in an era of colorblindness; mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex; the rise of the medical model of deviance and double standards of control. 4. The particular significance of zero tolerance disciplinary policies and police/SROs in the schools. 5. The discriminatory impact of the pipeline on students of color, Black girls, :GBTQ students, and students with disabilities. 5. Reforms and transformational alternatives designed to disrupt and end the school-to-prison pipeline. Meets Critical Studies of Race Ethnicity, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and/or Women's Studies.
Research Practicum STAT 4994, D01
CRN 25433
TR 1:30-3:10pm Roith This course consists of various supplementary statistical topics not covered in current offerings including but not limited to Bayesian, nonparametric, meta-analysis, and time series. Students also get experience with real data with projects through the Statistical Collaborative Center. This course supports student research through their own major program and requires independent or extra statistical analyses to existing research capstone project. Pre-requisite: Stat 2080, Stat 2090, or equivalent coursework.
The Spiritual Exercises: Theory and Practice THEO 6992, G01
CRN 25395
R 6:00-9:15pm Stabile This course meets alternating weeks. The course will examine the theological themes underlying the pattern of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the key elements of the Spiritual Exercises, the various movements associated within each of the segments of the Spiritual Exercises, and the ways of praying Ignatius encourages for those making the Exercises. Through study of the primary text along with secondary readings, students will come to more fully understand the content and structure of the Spiritual Exercises as well as their application in different settings and in different formats, and to different audiences. The course will also help students understand and practice with various ways of incorporating the Spiritual Exercises into retreats. Students will be expected to present material drawn from the Exercises in various retreat contexts.
Course Title Course Information Day Time Instructor Description
#Me Too: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace BUSI 2992, S01
CRN 41307
Online; plus *Thursday, 6/27 Online; plus *9:00am-3:00pm Nelsen, Henderson This course will examine current organizational strategies in place to address sexual harassment in the workplace and explore the impact of the #ME Too Movement. Students will develop an awareness of managerial, legal, ethical, and cultural issues related to sexual harassment and learn about what organizational leaders can do to foster safe workplace environments. This course has online meetings, except for one face-to-face mandatory session Thursday, June 27th from 9:00am-3:00pm.
Special Education for the General Education Teacher EDUC 5993, G01
CRN 41289
Online Online Pickle This course will begin with an introductory overview of special education and the characteristics and specific needs of K-12 learners with exceptionalities. The course will facilitate teacher collaboration with special educators, families and other community support services to enhance the experience and outcomes of the learner with exceptionalities in an academic setting. Over the 7 week course, students will create processes and tools to use in the upcoming school year to manage their ability to track their responsibilities for students with special needs and increase their level of collaboration with available partners such as SPED teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists and counselors,case workers, and family members. The classroom teacher will gain deeper knowledge of the formal policies and procedures around inclusive education practices, including the responsibility of implementing the IEP or 504 Plan.
Growing Up Girl: Historical Perspectives on Girlhood in Modern European History HIST 2994, S01
CRN 41278;
WOST 2994, S01
CRN 41279
Online Online Neiwert Go to the mall and look in a children's clothing store and you can find a plethora of shirts with slogans empowering girls. What do these slogans mean and where do they come from? In this class, we will consider girlhood as an historical experience shaped by particular localities and experiences, asking questions like how does being a girl impact an individual's experience of colonialism, war, work, and consumer culture? How do race and class impact the construction and experience of girlhood?
Soul Care for Lay and Ordained Ministers THEO 6992, G01
CRN 41294
MR 6:00-9:15pm Faculty TBD Lay & ordained ministers are available to others in numerous professional and personal capacities. Yet, how much commitment is there to one’s availability to God? This introductory course focuses on nurturing one’s own soul. It is through soul care work that one encounters Sacred Presence, yet it requires that one engage in the necessary hard work and pay attention to the Holy One’s movements in their life experiences with self, others, and all creation. The course is designed for all who are preparing to serve or who currently serve in lay and ordained ministries, and for anyone desiring to deepen their awareness of the Holy One’s presence in their lives.
Course Title Course Information Day Time Instructor Description
Draping and Creative Exploration APPD 4994, D01
CRN 16513
TR 1:30-5:00pm Mager Develops skills in draping that uses fabric manipulation to create designs leading to pattern development. You will engage in creative exploration, innovation & design thinking through a variety of exercises. Prerequisites: FASH 2050, FASH 2100; APPD 2500 or 4050.
Advanced Pattern Making APPD 4994, D02
CRN 16514
TR 9:30-11:00am Mager An advanced course in patternmaking and development exploring complex pattern design in various apparel categories. Zero Waste pattern design is introduced. You continue developing expertise in body measurement and fitting methods. Prerequsites: APPD 3050 and APPD 3150.
Advanced Digital Storytelling ART 2994, D01
CRN 17135
MW 10:55am-1:20pm Deutsch This course is a continuation of ART2370 Photography and Digital Storytelling. In the course you will expand the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical skills used to create time- based media. You will pursue a sustained project of your own design. Exercises, critiques, and discussions support the development of an advanced understanding of digital media design and execution appropriate to your project. This course can be taken to fulfill a photography course requirement for the studio art major with a concentration in photography and the studio art photography minor. Offered in conjunction with ART2370 Photography and Digital Storytelling. Prerequisite: ART 2370.
Art and Power ARTH 2994, D01
CRN 16806
R 6:00-9:30pm Hamlin This project-based service-learning course will explore the multiple intersections of art and power by considering the histories and meanings of objects on display in the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (hereafter Mia). It will ask the following questions: What is the history of museums? What is the history of this museum? What purpose(s) does the museum serve, historically? Why is this object in this collection? Why does it look the way it does? What is the social location of the intended (and unintended) viewer? What is the object’s relationship to power? What are the viewers’ relationships to power? Students will choose an artwork on view at the Museum and work closely with the instructor, as well as with Nam Provost (Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Mia) and Museum librarians, to excavate the history of the chosen object and compose a literature review and short analysis of the object that takes as their point of departure that “museums are not neutral.”* Ultimately, these texts may serve as reference for an emerging cultural competency curriculum for Mia Museum staff. This course satisfies the fine-arts requirement. CRST and Writing-Intensive approval pending. No pre-requisites. All students are welcome. n.b. Between 4 and 5 of the class meetings will take place at the Museum. Those dates will be provided in advance on the syllabus, and carpooling will be provided. *This phrase was coined by art historians and activists La Tanya Autry, Teressa Raiford, and Mike Murawski. See https://artstuffmatters.wordpress.com/museums-are-not-neutral/
Introduction to the Mississippi River with Lab BIOL 2984, M01
CRN 16320
BIOL 2984, M50
CRN 16321
Online Online Buttenhoff In this introductory science course, students will learn principles of environmental science and gain an understanding of complex systems by examining multiple disciplines (chemistry, geology, biology, ecology, etc). The Upper Mississippi River System and the Mississippi River Gorge will be utilized as unique, local laboratories throughout the course as students explore the complex interactions within this ecosystem. Students will develop an understanding of scientific reasoning and will practice critical analysis. Critical reading and thinking are integral to the course.
Discrimination and Disparities: Economics and Politics of Race and Gender ECON 2994, D01
CRN 17006;
CRST 2994, D01
CRN 17007;
POSC 2994, D01
CRN 16415
F 1:35-4:35pm Gorsuch In this course, we will investigate an important set of questions in public policy: Why do average earnings vary dramatically by race and sex in the Unites States? What policies worsen or alleviate these disparities? This course will be split into five thematic sections: the political and economic context of race and gender, the role of education and human capital, childcare and time allocation, discrimination, psychological theories of bias. The course balances economic theory with real world public policy applications. Students will also develop their Excel skills to prepare them to conduct basic data work in government, advocacy, business, and industry settings.
Hands on STEM: Animation EDUC 5993, G01
CRN 16906
Online Online Faculty TBD In this online graduate course for practicing teachers and librarians you will learn how to bring the exciting practices of animators into your work with K-12 students. Learn how you can model concepts and principles from Science (light, neurotransmitters, chemistry); Technology (from simple machines to complex algorithms); Engineering (from balancing a spinning circle or creating a stop motion set ); Art (stick figures, paintings, narratives, and graphic design); and, Math (from scale to image speed to algorithms that create the wonder of Pixar like images). Animations can captures the imaginations of students of all ages, and is used across all realms of human communication today. Your students can learn how to use animation to tell a story, create art, explain a concept, or persuade people of something important. This class will begin with building models that simulate historic technologies used to create the sense of a moving image and advance to modeling modern tools used to tell visual stories in a digital medium. You will be prepared to bring the power and magic of animation to your classroom, for any age or disciplinary background. Pre-requisite: EDUC 6420 Technology Integration Fundamentals or Program Director permission.
Holistic Heath in Communities of Practice HHS 4994, W01
CRN 17065
Online Online Faculty TBD In this course, students will explore the holistic health paradigm as it relates to their community of practice. Students will develop skills to enhance well-being for self and others, promote positive collaborative relationships and contribute to their community of practice. Students will have opportunities to reflect on meaning and purpose/ health and learning through a greater understanding of self-care, coherence in relationships and interconnections in community. Teaching and learning will be experienced through a holistic transformative pedagogy that is inclusive of multiple ways of knowing and learning. The course will include dialogue, creative expression, experiential exercises and critical thinking to allow for a rich exploration of the content.
Journeys of Death and Dying HHS 6982, G01
CRN 17104
R 6:00-9:30pm Geisler In this course, we examine the historical, social, cultural, political, spiritual, and ethical context of the dying process, death rituals, care of the body, the grieving process and bereavement from a holistic perspective. Using theories, research, personal experiences, reflection, critical thinking, intuition, art, writing, and collaborative learning strategies, we examine the emotions, behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, symbols, rituals, and meaning-making related to death and dying. We will explore multifaceted roles (e.g. dying person, caregivers, family member, friends, professionals) and discuss how these roles contribute to the understanding of, preparation for, and coping with death and dying.
Plants, Culture and Healing HHS 6992, G01
CRN 17046
R 6:00-9:30pm Geisler This course focuses on the holistic healing relationship between humans and plants. We explore this relationship from a number of historical, philosophical, and cultural backgrounds by learning how plants and humans interact for mutual healing, ritual/ceremony, and meaning making. We encourage students to engage in their own ethical relationships with plants to develop a deep, holistic appreciation for the natural world and better understand myriad pathways of plant healing. We practice both the science and art of identifying, communicating with, gathering, preparing, storing, and using plants through hands on class experiences such as making plant remedies, plant identification walks, and field trips.
Understanding Structural Inequity INTP 6993, G01
CRN 17156
Online Online Robinson Disability, as a conceptual and analytical framework, offers important interventions in our understanding of contemporary structural inequities in U.S. society. This course introduces you to the genre of historical writing, the usage of both primary and secondary sources in scholarship, and develops critical awareness of the roots of contemporary social inequities. Using a historical lens, this course encourages you to build connections between Disability Studies and Interpreting Studies as interdisciplinary fields. Themes in this course intertwine disability history with the histories of the carceral state, colonialism and imperialism, social reform movements, immigration, and language policy. This course draws from multiple types of media and sensory materials. Such materials include podcasts, movies, public historical scholarship, academic articles and monographs, and historical primary source materials like photographs, newspaper articles, film clips, and proceedings. A nuanced, keen understanding of structural inequities, offers you an expanded toolbox in which you can have critical, difficult conversations about equity, power, and privilege.
Applied Computing I MATH 2994, D01
CRN 16478
MW 2:10-3:50pm Pelatt This course is the first of two sequential, semester-long computer science and data science courses, Applied Computing 1 (Foundations of Python Programming) to be followed by Applied Computing 2 (How to Think like a Data Scientist). At the close of the sequence, students will have developed problem solving and programming skills, specifically in Python, and will have learned to analyze and visualize data in order to drive well-informed decisions, no matter the student’s major or course of study.
Data Science I MATH 2994, D02
CRN 17003
R 6:00-9:30pm Faculty TBD Introduction to database management skills and SQL (Structured Query Language).
Buying and Sourcing MRCH 4994, D01
CRN 16865
TR 1:30-3:10pm Faculty TBD Buying and sourcing is a course focused on supply chain management in today's agile industry. It will cover global factors, CSR and sustainability, sourcing, buying, assortment, category management, planning, data, logistics and financing and profit. Course will utilize case studies and simulations. Pre-requisites: MRCH 3200 Technical Garment Analysis, MRCH 3850 Retail Math.
Native American Philosophy PHIL 2994, D01
CRN 16376
TR 8:00-9:40am Johnson In this course, we’ll make our way through much of the groundbreaking collection of essays American Indian Thought, edited by Anne Waters (Seminole). This volume brings together the perspectives of philosophers from a number of different tribes and nations on questions about knowledge, experience and reality, ethics, social and political philosophy, and more. We’ll pair readings on each of these themes with selections from How It Is, a collection of writings by V. F. Cordova (Apache). This course satisfies the Philosophy Core Requirement along with the requirements for the Philosophy Major and the Philosophy Minor.
Philosophy of Madness PHIL 2994, D02
CRN 16377
MWF 12:15-1:20pm Hawthorne Embracing the label “mad” is akin to embracing the label “gay”—a move to empower people so labeled and to reduce stigma. In this course, we will study narratives, news, and editorials to attempt to understand perspectives of people who are “mad” or who have a mental illness, and the stigma, lack of knowledge, and injustice that often confront them. We will consider these insights in a philosophical way, studying the phenomenology (what is it like?), epistemology (what do we know?), and ethics and justice (what is the right thing to do?) involved in current approaches to madness or mental illness. This is a writing intensive course, giving opportunity to carefully understand others’ views, arguments for and against them, and to develop your own well-crafted arguments and conclusions in written formats. This courses meets the philosophy and writing intensive core requirements.
The Psychology of Grief, Loss, and Trauma PSYC 2994, D01
CRN 16609;
PSYC 2994, W01
CRN 16610
M 6:00-9:30pm Karim This course will provide an understanding of the effects of grief and loss on individuals. Students will explore theories around grief and loss, types of losses, the bereavement process, and treatment approaches. Special attention will also be given to understanding trauma and grief-related concerns such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complicated grief. Pre-requisite: PSYC 1001.
Psychology of Sexual Orientation with Lab PSYC 4994, D01
CRN 16425
PSYC 4994, D50
CRN 17024;
WOST 4994, D01
CRN 16532
WOST 4994, D50
CRN 17026
Online (D01); W (D50) Online (D01); 4:05-5:45pm (D50) Filip-Crawford Also offered as WOST. This course examines contemporary and historical perspectives and research related to the lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Topics will include identity development, “coming out” processes, stereotypes and sexual prejudice, health disparities, and current LGBT-relevant public policy issues. Students will participate in laboratory exercises and design and execute a group research project. Pre-requisites: PSYC 1001, PSYC 1090, and PSYC 2060.
Psychology of Spaces and Places with Lab PSYC 4994, D02
CRN 17027
PSYC 4994, D51
CRN 17028
TR (D02); R (D51) 1:30-3:10pm (D02); 3:25-5:00pm Barnes You are always somewhere, surrounded by spaces and places that impact our emotions and behaviors, and in turn our behaviors can impact those same environments in profound ways. This course offers an introduction to the area of environmental psychology. We will explore how environments can both improve or diminish our health and well-being, the impact of design on emotions and behavior, and examine attitudes and behaviors related to sustainability. As part of the course you'll gain skills related to research design and implementation, analyzing problems from an environmental psychology perspective, and tools to understand and improve the spaces around you. Pre-requisites: PSYC 1001, PSYC 1090, and PSYC 2060.
Nonparametrics STAT 2994, D01
CRN 16817
TR 9:55-11:35am Faculty TBD Traditional statistical tests break down for small samples or when underlying assumptions are not met, and these situations are explored in this course. Various tests and confidence intervals that may be used when probability distributions are unknown. Including one and two sample tests for location, goodness of fit, and tests of independence. Procedures covered will include Wilcoxon, Kruskal-Wallis, Friedman, and Kendall among others. Pre-requisite: ECON/HLTH/PSYC/STAT 1090.