Topics Course Schedules

Select the appropriate term below to view the special topics courses offered at that time.

Course Title Course Information Day Time Instructor Description
Ceramics: Contemporary Clay and Sculpture ART 2994, D01
CRN 25245
TR 1:30-4:00pm Rudquist Contemporary Clay and Sculpture is an introductory ceramics/sculpture course. Students will explore the dynamic world of contemporary clay sculpture. Contemporary clay artists draw from a rich history of functional and sculptural work to push the boundaries of what has been considered clay sculpture. This studio course will introduce students to the creative possibilities of using clay and other materials. Students will learn and use a variety of hand-building and/or wheel throwing and glazing techniques. Students will be encouraged to go beyond learning the techniques toward developing their own personal expression. Assignments include studio work, readings, critiques, critical writing and self-guided visits to local galleries and/or museums.
Buddhist Art and Architecture ARTH 2994, D01
CRN 24543
MW 2:55-4:35pm Spiker This course explores Buddhist art and architecture of South, Southeast, and East Asia. Proceeding both regionally and thematically, we will examine how art and iconography responds to innovations in Buddhism, and how Buddhism itself changes to accommodate local tastes and stylistic preferences. This course will examine a variety of media such as temples, site-specific sculpture, zen ink painting, Chinese and Japanese gardens, and even contemporary comics. Aside from cultivating a general knowledge base of these features, this class should further a general appreciation for regional specificity in art and the major continuities and discontinuities in the Buddhist artistic canon as it moves through Asia. Class will consist of lecture, discussion, and kinetic/creative activities that are intended to further student understanding in a tangible way, such as practicing Japanese tea ceremony and creating a Tibetan sand mandala.
Contemporary Art and Controversy ARTH 2994, D02
CRN 25366
R 6:00-9:00pm Hamlin 2017 has been an especially controversial year for contemporary art in the United States. Dana Schutz’s painting Open Casket at the Whitney Biennial exhibition in NYC, Sam Durant’s sculpture entitled Scaffold at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and Omer Fast’s multi-media installation called August at James Cohen Gallery in NYC’s Chinatown have elicited public outrage, considerable debate, and no small amount of hand-wringing on the part of sponsoring institutions. The debates have raised numerous questions about the politics of representation and artistic autonomy, about the legacies of slavery, colonialism, and immigration, about the whiteness of the mainstream contemporary art world. Who has the right to make and exhibit artwork that surfaces the pain of historically marginalized communities in the United States? The affective power of these artworks – that is, their capacity to provoke deep-seated emotions and attitudes – is worth attending to for what it reveals about the current state of our public discourse. Are these controversies symptomatic of an erosion of faith in art institutions, or are they an indication of healthy institutional critique? Is there a space for ambivalence in such debates? They also invite reflection on long-standing questions in art history. What is the role of art in society? What is the role of the artist? The curator? The museum? The art gallery? What is the responsibility of the viewer? What is their horizon of expectations? This Topics course will begin with a brief history of art and controversy in the Western tradition. This background will set the stage for a collaborative investigation into these three episodes of 2017. Students will work together with the instructor and guest interlocutors to establish timelines and map the discourse – through annotated bibliographies – as a foundation for evaluation of each episode. The semester will culminate in a symposium in which students will share their findings with the St. Kate’s community. No prior study in art and art history is required; there are no pre-requisites. This course satisfies the fine arts Core requirement.
Public Relations Writing COMM 4994, D01
CRN 25141

CRN 25142
M 6:00-9:30pm Otto This course combines theory and practice to develop skills needed to create effective promotional and public relations messages for professional settings. Students will begin by learning to analyze audiences and assess promotional goals to plan effective public relations messages. Students will then work collaboratively and individually to produce news releases, newsletters, Web copy, brochures, and a portfolio of collected work. Special issues related to promotional writing include planning and research, appropriate grammar and mechanics, and basic publication design principles. This course has integrated service-learning into the course objectives. Questions about specific details may be directed to the faculty member and/or the Center for Community Work and Learning.
From Nudges to Nuclear War: Game Theory and Behavioral Economics ECON 2994, D01
CRN 25327

POSC 2994, D01
CRN 25046
MWF 9:35-10:40am Gorsuch In public policy, political science, and economics we frequently encounter situations of conflict and cooperation. Game theory offers tools to model these situations, including showing why groups of rational people can make bad choices. Game theory famously came into prominence during the cold war, where it offered insights to avoid global nuclear war. Today, game theory is used in in debates on a wide range of policy questions, from climate change to health insurance to employment discrimination. Recent developments in game theory include behavioral economics, which shows that people don’t always act the way economic models predict a person would. The insights from behavioral economics help design smarter policy, including “nudges” and how choices are framed. In this class, we will learn how to use game theory & behavioral economics to analyze important questions in policy, political science, & economics.
Discrimination: Economics and Politics of Race and Gender ECON 2994, D02
CRN 25328

POSC 2994, D01
CRN 25047

CRST 2994, D02
CRN 25329
MWF 12:15-1:20pm Gorsuch 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. In each section, you will learn about key theories of earnings disparities, empirical evidence supporting or refuting those theories, potential policy interventions, and political barriers to reducing disparities.
Literacy and Learning Redefined in the Digital Age EDUC 5993, G01,
Online Online Dowd Literacy, as a social practice, is in the state of continuous change. New texts and tools define the ways in which students engage within our schools and within their lives outside of schools. Students in this course will examine research on the unique demands of reading and writing online, design applications of new literacies through the use of new tools and new texts for K-12 classrooms, and empower students through the development of participatory practices in the classroom. By the end of this course, students will evaluate popular literacy and technology uses in classrooms and develop their own strategies for enacting principles of new literacies for future ready teaching and learning.
Making Change by Making Movies EDUC 5993, G02
CRN 25347
Online Online Razavi In this course teachers will learn how to tap into a booming generational craving for visual storytelling, while promoting civic engagement and leveraging an interconnected platform with global reach. Teachers will examine impactful student films--spanning civics to current events to climate to STEM and learn how to build an authentic sense of agency among students. The course will cover practices for creating scalable student-centered workflows to bolster effective ideating, storyboarding, shooting, and editing practices. Practices to enhance student use of film as a creative cognitive outlet on both a cross-curricular and co-curricular basis will be modeled. Recommended but not required prerequisite: EDUC 6720 Digital Video for K-12 Classroom Settings.
Introduction to Literary Themes: Cannibal Literature ENGL 2280, D01
CRN 25170

CRST 2280, D01
CRN 25326
TR 1:30-3:10pm Cohen This course examines the figures of the cannibal and the “Noble Cannibal,” or “Noble Savage,” in imperialist texts and adventure narratives, such as Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, to interrogate how the construction of the racialized Other has influenced modern horror imagery, and continues to produce fear and implicit bias today. We also read criticism and revisions by global authors of color in counter-point to these texts in order to understand how the sufferers of these representations have resisted and struggled against such enduring racist representations. We will trace how Crusoe’s kneejerk reaction to the native Friday as a “demon” has contemporary resonances with, for instance, the Trayvon Martin case, wherein George Zimmerman describes the figure of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as a “demon.” Using our arsenal of history, we will apply this knowledge to a call-to-action designed to dismantle these deeply embedded cultural codes. Themes to be discussed include but are not limited to: the construction of whiteness during the imperial era, English “industriousness” and middle class identity, settler colonialism and rugged individualism, racism undergirding Darwinian discourse, and the civilized versus uncivilized landscape binary.
Introduction to Literary Themes: Literary Trailblazers and Remarkable Heroines ENGL 2280, D02
CRN 25235

CRN 25240
TR 1:00-4:30pm Herzberg This is a JANUARY term course. This course will focus on the lives and literature of innovative, creative, trailblazing American women who wrote from the post-Civil War years until the 1930s. We will study the times in which they lived, the movements that influenced them and the novels, short stories, poetry and remarkable heroines they crafted in a world they hoped to change.
Introduction to Literary Themese: Literature for Growth and Healing ENGL 2280, D03
CRN 25567

CRN 25209
T 6:00-9:30pm Chavis This course explores the ways that fiction, poetry, drama, memoir and expressive writing can foster personal growth and healing and promote social justice. Students will be encouraged to imagine ways to incorporate literature and creative expression into their work within health care, mental health, educational, pastoral or business settings. Meets on the full-term hybrid calendar, on-campus dates.
Topics in Literature: The Twilight Saga Series ENGL 2994, D01
CRN 24679

CRN 24680
TR 6:00-9:30pm Coleman This is a JANUARY term course. The literature topic for this course is The Twilight Saga series by Stephenie Meyers. Students will critically read, analyze, discuss, and write about the series and its literary and contemporary written criticism and cultural value within many genre placements, intersections, and interpretations, including contemporary young adult fiction, romance, gothic, and fantasy. The Twilight Saga for this class consists of four (4) novels, and additional course content will consist of lectures, class discussions, student writings, audio visuals, and supplemental critical readings that will primarily consist of periodical articles.
Topics in Literature: Gender, Nation, and Middle Eastern Literatures ENGL 4994, D01
CRN 25239
TR 3:25-5:00pm Cohen Representations of women and gender organize our thinking towards the Middle East. Sociopolitical events come to us prepackaged with gendered media spin, interested in propagating archetypes such as the “veiled woman” and the “terrorist man.” These images are linked to a history of colonialist self-other discourses on the region. In this course, we will hold that spin up to critique while reading exigent secondary criticism by women, lesbian, and LGBT+ scholars of the Middle East and Arab Studies. Fiction and poetry by Arab, Persian, and Mizrahi women from Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and the U.S. comprise our syllabus. To animate our course theme, we will also screen films and segments of films issuing from places such as Iraq, Iran, and Palestine. All readings and films will be in English, either in their original tongue or translated. We will guide our journey through these texts by asking the following questions: How do abstract representations affect concrete policy? What people or power structures benefit from particular gendered representations? What is the relationship between colonialism and gender in this region, and how do anti-colonial and/or nationalist movements intervene? How does nationalism affect women? What are the new forms of colonialism converging on the Middle East? How do cosmopolitanism and globalization reify or restructure gender dynamics? Our hope is to get at some of these questions by framing all discussions with competing definitions of concepts such as “feminine,” “masculine,” “lesbian/gay,” “Islam,” and “neoliberalism.” Satisfies requirements in upper-division literature and Women’s Studies. Prerequisite: One lower-level literature or permission of instructor.
First Peoples in the United States, 1800-Present HIST 2994, D01
CRN 25043

CRST 2994, D01
CRN 25229
R 6:00-9:30pm Edwards-Simpson This survey of Native American history focuses on the period after 1776 to the recent past. North America's vast territory and natural resources offered diverse conditions; native cultures therefore evolved differently according to geographic region and patterns of settlement. Course lectures will focus on the impact of US Federal Indian Policy on American Indian cultures as a unifying theme. A secondary theme will consider the relationship of the past to the present for First Peoples. This course will stress the integrity and adaptability of Indian societies and the centrality of Native American identity.
World Music Ensemble: Steel Drum Band MENS 1821
CRN24464 (1 cr.)
MENS 1820
CRN24463 (0 cr.)
To fulfill the fine arts requirement with music ensembles, you must register for the 1 cr. section.
T 7:00-9:00pm Martin Join the St. Catherine University Steelband and learn to play the steelpan in a fun ensemble setting! The steelpan (sometimes called steeldrum) is made of 55-gallon oil barrels and ensembles of steelpans known as steelbands are the sound of the Caribbean. You will learn to play three to four pieces from a variety of musical genres including traditional calypso, soca, western classical, and pop and rock'n'roll. You’ll explore the various instruments of the steelband – its six “voices” that range from soprano to bass. No previous drumming or steelpan experience is needed. Ability to read music, though helpful, is not required.
Visual Merchandising MRCH 4994, D01
CRN 25306
TR 9:55-11:35am Faculty TBD This course involves the study of elements and principles of design applied to the display of merchandise in retail, online and other non-store retail/service environments. The course will delve in retail floor plan and planograms. The focus is on understanding the role of visual merchandising in relation to consumer purchasing behavior and the importance of eye appeal when creating the window, interior retail, and virtual displays. Students will learn the process of creating effective displays using the latest principles and techniques in a variety of retail and display settings. Students will create mannequin displays using unconventional materials to show the growing movement towards sustainability in the fashion industry. Prerequistes: FASH 1000, FASH 2150, FASH 3150, ART 2250 or instructor's permission.
Maternal and Child Nursing Care NURS 4992, D01
CRN 24368
--- --- Rippie This is a JANUARY term course. This course builds on all previous nursing courses and on maternal child content in NURS 2910. The focus of this course is on nursing care of the maternal child dyad. Didactic is provided in the first week of the course with precepted clinical experiences for the following three weeks. Classroom content includes care of the mother throughout labor, delivery and the postpartum period, pregnancy and postpartum complications, as well as neonatal transition and nutrition. Clinical content includes care of mother and neonate dyads in the intrapartum and postpartum period.Student nurses should contact the course coordinator and submit a written application to be considered for the limited positions in the course. Class Wed. Jan. 3; Thurs. Jan.4; Fri. Jan. 5 from 8am to 1 pm at hospital. Clinical 45 hours TBD between 1/6 and 1/26. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 4010 and 4020 or by faculty recommendation.
Introduction to the Role of the Operating Room Nurse NURS 5992, G01
CRN 25338
TWR 8:00am-1:00pm Filer/Larson This is a JANUARY term course. This elective course provides learning opportunities to introduce and apply theory and knowledge related to the operating room nurse role. Students will engage in classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences related to this professional nursing specialty. Students will be co-mentored by nurses in the practice setting and nurse faculty in the academic setting to create a rich and intensive on-site learning experience in the operating room. Coursework will focus on specific skills, knowledge and attitudes pertinent to the operating room nurse role with emphasis on and interconnection with the competencies for baccalaureate prepared nurses. Class meets off campus Jan 3, 4, 5 from 8-1 pm with clinical to be arranged. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Maternal and Child Nursing Care NURS 5992, G02
CRN 25339
TWR 8:00am-1:00pm Filer/Rippie This is a JANUARY term course. The focus of this course is nursing care of the maternal child dyad. Didactic is provided in the first week of the course with precepted clinical experiences for the following three weeks. Classroom content includes care of the mother throughout labor, delivery and the postpartum period, pregnancy and postpartum complications, as well as neonatal transition and nutrition. Clinical content includes care of mother and neonate dyads, care of women after delivery, and care of neonates. Class meets off campus Jan 3, 4, 5 from 8-1 pm with clinical to be arranged. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Fake News! Truth, Reason, and Knowledge in our Digital Age PHIL 2994, D01
CRN 24484
MW 2:55-4:35pm Johnson We find ourselves in a world increasingly divided over what we should take to be true and how we can come to know. The internet (particularly search engines and social media) shapes how and what we think in ways we haven’t seen before. It has become mainstream to think what’s true is whatever we want to believe. Propaganda is everywhere. And reason seems unable to make a difference. Philosophy can help. In this course, we’ll investigate the nature of truth and why it matters. We’ll examine the value of reason. And we’ll work to figure out what it means to know and to understand in the age of the internet.
History of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the U.S. POSC 2994, D03
CRN 25228
TR 9:55-11:35am Carroll The origins and evolution of American civil liberties and civil rights are covered from the colonial era through the 20th century civil rights and women’s rights movements. Course examines the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and the roles of the Supreme Court, federal and state governments, and rights movements in the development of civil liberties and civil rights. Also offered as HIST 3250, CRST 3250, and WOST 3251. Not open to first-year students.
The Psychology of Kindness PSYC 2991, M01
CRN 25206

CRN 25352
Online Online Biernat This is a JANUARY term course. Study of definitions, scientific findings, and theories about kindness, including the study of what psychology has found about human tendencies toward kindness and aggression, the role of kindness in families, the characteristics of kind people, the benefits of kindness for a person, and working towards kindness in groups, communities and societies.
The Psychology of Grief, Loss, and Trauma PSYC 2994, D01
CRN 24725

CRN 25069
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.
Psychology of MicroAggressions with Lab PSYC 4994, D01
CRN 25067

CRN 25234
T 6:00-7:30pm Pabon Gautier The Psychology of Microagressions will explore and strengthen your leadership in diversity and anti-bias education. Thus, it is assumed that learners will become agents of social change, advocacy, and social justice, and thereby promote societal understanding, affirmation, and appreciation of differences against the damaging effects of individual, institutional, and societal racism, prejudice, and all forms of oppression based on stereotyping and discrimination. Prerequisites: PSYC 1001, PSYC 1090 or Stats equivalent), PSYC 2060.
The Psychology of Spaces and Places with Lab PSYC 4994, D02
CRN 24514

CRN 24515


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.
Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination PSYC 4994, D03
CRN 25068
TR 3:25-5:00pm Filip-Crawford This course examines the causes and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination from a social psychological perspective. Students will explore the characteristics of individuals and social contexts that contribute to prejudice and stereotyping as well as the psychological and material consequences faced by those who are targets of prejudice. Using contemporary and historical research and theory, students will develop the tools to effectively analyze the ways in which prejudices and stereotypes can influence and shape real-world intergroup relations.
Educational Psychology PSYC 4994, D04
CRN 25360

CRN 25361
W 6:00-7:30pm Pabon Gautier In this 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. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.
Course Title Course Information Day Time Instructor Description
#Me Too: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace BUSI 2992, S01
CRN 41257
Primarily online; Meets on-campus Thursday, June 28th 9:00am-3:00pm Rand, 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.
Literary Movements and Eras: Summer Reading ENGL 3260, S01
CRN 41204
W 6:00-9:30pm Konchar Farr, Cecilia This study of a particular type of reading in American literature is also a course in U.S. cultural studies. We will pay attention to what people choose to read when they are “reading for fun” or “reading at the beach” or when they “have time to read.” We will also study how reading varies by situation, what avid readers look for when they read, how Americans choose books, and how books get delivered to readers—via agents, editors and publishers to e-readers and bookshelves—or in completely new ways.
Design Firm I INTD 4994, S01
CRN 41247
M 9:00am-5:00pm Wilwerding, Justin This course will address the concept of branded environments. This course will be significantly different from other studio courses in that it will be run as if the project were being executed in a fully functioning design firm. Students will be expected to serve in roles such as director of marketing, director of design, project manager, principle etc.. The course will be offered in a hybrid format with students meeting one full day per week in studio for the purposes of project work and online to address project and business management issues. The format of this course means that students will be expected to not only execute the programming, planning and design aspects of a design firm. Students will engage in the typical business concerns associated with projects including: The development of a project proposal, project fees, project scheduling and multi-project management, managing the project team over the course of the project, client management and construction management, project cost estimates, etc. The course will also focus on the technical concerns of interior design: integration of building systems, detailing construction and signage.
Design Firm II INTD 4994, S01
CRN 41248
M 9:00am-5:00pm Wilwerding, Justin This course will apply concepts of branded environments from a hospitality perspective and a retail angle. This course will be significantly different from other studio courses in that it will be run as if the project were being executed in a fully functioning design firm. Students will be expected to serve in roles such as director of marketing, director of design, project manager, principle, etc.. The course will be offered in a hybrid format with students meeting one full day per week in studio for the purposes of project work and online to address project and business management issues. The format of this course means that students will be expected to not only execute the programming, planning and design aspects of a design firm. Students will engage in the typical business concerns associated with projects including The development of a project proposal, project fees, project scheduling and multi-project management, managing the project team over the course of the project, client management, and construction management, project cost estimates, etc. The course will also focus on the technical concerns of interior design: integration of building systems, detailing construction and signage.
Picture Books: Exploring the Interplay of Text and Illustrations LIS 7963, G01
CRN 41081
S 8:00am-1:00pm Hammond/Nordstrom Picture books are often a child’s first introduction to art, story, and the printed word. This course will explore the relationship between text and illustrations in picture books focusing on visual literacy with regard to style, medium, design, and elements of art. Students will deepen their knowledge of picture books and the artists who create them with author/illustrator visits. The historical, social, and cultural contexts and issues influencing picture books will be examined through a critical lens.
Leading Virtual Teams ORLD 6993, T01
CRN 41147
Bailey, Lamb This advanced course will help students learn how to build and lead successful virtual, multicultural teams. The course includes six in-person sessions; all other sessions will be conducted virtually. Learning outcomes include: leading responsibly; acting with confidence; communicating effectively; and practicing global citizenship. Other outcomes include increased intercultural communication skills and skill development with virtual team technology. Prerequisite: ORLD 6200 Recommended: Completion of ORLD 6750
Course Title Course Information Day Time Instructor Description
Draping and Creative Exploration APPD 4994, D01
CRN 16513
TR 1:30-5:00pm Faculty TBD 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 8:00-11:30am Faculty TBD 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.
Introduction to the Mississippi River with Lab BIOL 2984, M01/M50
CRN 16320/16321
Online Online Faculty TBD 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.
Core Integrated Study Seminar: The Art of Biology CORE 2800, D01
CRN 16436
MW 9:35am-12:00pm Chase, Gildensoph Students in this class will examine and experience several specific areas where biology and art intersect: including biological illustration and the influence of plant and cellular structures on art. Through lecture, lab observation and studio practice, students will gain a greater understanding of biological structure and anatomy as well as studio art skills and an exposure to modern and contemporary art.
Seminar: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Mysteries of Biographical Criticism ENGL 4860w, D01
T 5:15-845pm Welch Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, wife and husband and star-crossed lovers, were also two of the most accomplished poets of the twentieth century. For the six years of their marriage they were intense collaborators in each other’s work, and Hughes was largely responsible for shaping and introducing the public to Plath’s oeuvre after her death. One objective of the course is to investigate their lives and to examine the effect of their devastating breakup on the “divine madness” that allowed Plath to write her greatest work when she was experiencing the greatest pain of her life. Another objective is to explore the legitimacy of biography. The third objective is to study Plath’s and Hughes’s poetry, comparing them to biographical and autobiographical writing, trying to figure out how close we can come to the “truth” of someone else’s life.
Revolution! Hamilton's America at Home and Abroad HIST 2400, D01
CRN 16655
TR 9:55-11:35am Neiwert Hamilton craze has swept the US and Britain since Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical debuted on Broadway in 2015. Miranda centers America's revolutionary story around the figure of Alexander Hamilton, but what if Hamilton's revolution is only one revolutionary story amongst many? In this class, we will interrogate how the American Revolution was understood in the past by different groups, including the British, women, enslaved individuals, and indigenous populations. Using Miranda's musical (there will be music!) and primary sources from around the 18th century world, this topics course will consider what defines a revolution and the causes and effects, outcomes and costs, and legacy of the American Revolution from a variety of perspectives.
Pain and Suffering: An Interprofessional Perspective IPE 2994, W01
CRN 16506
W 6:00-9:00pm Benz, Carpenter In this course you will learn about the interaction between health care and spirituality as you explore the theological responses to the problem of pain and suffering as an aspect of the practical work of caring for patients. You will discover that developing team skills is an important component of professional practice and team-based care, and that reflecting on your own understanding of the meaning of pain in human life is an important component of responding to the pain of others. You will learn communication and self-awareness skills needed to implement the concepts of interprofessionality as you explore the issue of pain and suffering through an interprofessional perspective. The course will include health-care centered principles of quality improvement, research and evidence based practice, and communication; it will also include theological reflection on the nature of the human person, the place of suffering in human life, and the ways in which communities manifest their spiritual commitments. The course is also designed to help develop comprehensive, integrative skills in using and understanding medical terminology used in clinical settings and in medical literature.
Applied Calculus MATH 2994, D01
CRN 16478
MW 12:15-1:55pm Brown This is a one-semester course covering techniques, methods and applications of differential and integral calculus in business, economics, life sciences and social sciences. Offered every fall semester. Note: This course will satisfy the Math/Stat Core requirement, but will not be counted toward the mathematics major.
Asian Philosophy PHIL 2994, D01
CRN 16376
TR 1:30-3:10pm Johnson Who am I? What’s real? How should we treat one another? Is truth relative? How should we treat the natural world? What happens to us after death? How should we live together in society? Where does suffering come from? What’s enlightenment? In this course, we’ll explore these questions and more through the lens of the great philosophical traditions of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. This course satisfies the Philosophy Core Requirement and counts toward the Philosophy Major and the Philosophy Minor.
Philosophy on the Rocks: Embodiment and Addiction PHIL 2994, D02
CRN 16377
MW 2:10-3:50pm Maloney The Western philosophical tradition has been overwhelmingly dualist or materialist since the 17th Century, but certain powerful human experiences challenge the presuppositions of both materialism and dualism. Human experience teaches us that our bodies matter, yet also teach us that human beings are not just bodies. In this course, we will examine philosophic texts, both historical and contemporary, on embodiment; we will then use those texts as a lens through which to view the experiences of addiction and death. This course satisfies the Philosophy Core Requirement.
The Politics of Global Cities POSC 2994, D01
CRN 16415
TR 1:30-3:10pm Lesinski Minneapolis has implemented a minimum wage hike that exceeds the standards of both the state and federal levels. Chicago is among hundreds of places that have declared themselves as “sanctuary cities” for undocumented immigrants. Leaders from over 7,500 urban areas across the US, Europe, and beyond pledged to work together to combat climate change despite the White House’s withdrawal from the Paris Accords. As these examples illustrate, cities are increasingly gaining power in global politics, and global cities are leading the charge. As politically-organized entities, cities are defining agendas at both the national and international levels, challenging the notion that cities are animals of the state. This course will dive into these tensions, and ask the following: What makes a city “global”? Why are the Twin Cities, Rio de Janeiro, and Berlin in a different category from New York, Paris, and Tokyo? What makes them unique? What issues do they face and address? In bypassing it, are cities really replacing the state? How are non-global cities addressing international questions?
The Psychology of Grief, Loss, and Trauma PSYC 2994, D01
CRN 16609; PSYC 2994, W01
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. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.
Psychology of Sexual Orienation PSYC 4994, D01
WOST 4994, D01
CRN 16532
MW 12:15-1:55pm Filip-Crawford 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.
Christianity in a World of Religions THEO 2994, D01
CRN 16430
TR 1:30-3:10pm Greene In our deeply inter-relational world, how should we navigate the religious differences that make misunderstandings all too easy and positive relationships all too difficult? Christianity shares this diverse planet with a breathtaking variety of religious paths and worldviews. This course seeks to help us understand how to be open, inviting, and engaging companions on life's journey with many religious others. We will explore strategies for inter-religious dialogue, and ask what it means to be open to mutual transformation in a world where ever-deepening divisions threaten the possibility of wider bonds of human connection and community. What does it mean to honor the religious commitments of others while being faithful to our own?
Intercultural Spirituality THEO 6991, G01
CRN 16329
R 6:00-8:00pm Luna Munger This course meets alternating weeks. In the spirit of practical theological methodology, this course weaves together theory, experience, skill development and practice. Inter-disciplinary theoretical sources will include contributions from theology, spirituality, ministry, and cultural studies. Intersections between contemplation and inclusion will be a primary lens for exploration. Students will address developmental shifts in interpersonal relationships through an additional lens of encounter with God, Self, and Others.
Course Title Course Information Day Time Instructor Description
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.
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.
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
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?