Students in this class will discuss models of bilingualism and the psycholinguistic aspects of being bilingual, including: bilingual memory representation as a function of language proficiency; how bilinguals recognize words; whether the bilingual's two languages are always "active"; and how speaking two languages influences thought. This course will appeal to: juniors and seniors who are interested in language and psychology; anyone who has learned a second language and found the process interesting; people who grew up learning multiple languages; individuals studying linguistics or communication sciences; or anyone who wants to learn more about psycholinguistics or cognitive psychology. The instructor invites students interested in the course to contact her if they have additional, relevant topics that they would like to discuss in class. This course is offered in the fall 2017 term.
This interactive, one-credit course is designed for newly declared psychology majors. Course content will provide an introduction to the psychology department, an overview of degree requirements, a review of experiential learning opportunities, and discussion of graduate school and career options including sub-fields within psychology and related fields. Guest speakers, lectures, and in-class exercises will emphasize what you can do with a psychology degree and how to make the most of your time as an undergraduate students to advance along your chosen path. If you have questions about opportunities in the field of Psychology, or if you have a career path in mind but are not sure how to make it happen, this course is for you. This course is offered in the fall 2017 term.
This course is designed for students who want to acquire a nuanced understanding of contemporary deep-seated, social and public disputes while developing their small and large group oral communication and research skills. Students interested in activism, problem-solving, community, and other occasions for cooperation and relationship-building will benefit from this course. This course will equip students with knowledge and skills to help them productively—individually and jointly—respond to public and private conflicts. It is unique because it provides a semester-long opportunity for students to study a present-day controversy of interest, learn from and engage the studies of their peers on different controversies, and simultaneously hone the dialogic, rhetorical, argument, and research skills they'll need in order to learn from, and think and work effectively with, others. This course is offered in the fall 2017 term.
This class aims to be highly relevant to students' professional and personal lives, whether they're aspiring scientists, civil servants, or simply citizens in a society where science occupies an extremely prominent place. Students will be asked to think critically about how science should be regulated by the government and funded by their tax dollars; and about what kind of role we want science (and scientists) to play in public life and in the creation of policy that affects our health, economy, and environment. This course is offered in the fall 2017 term.
This course investigates theories and practices of translingual composition, which globalizes English by integrating other dialects or languages through code-switching or code-meshing. Translingualism questions the boundaries that are often assumed to segregate and standardize languages, and understands languages as always in the process of becoming—being reformed and cross-fertilized by speakers and writers. With the rise of globalization and virtual life, not only are the boundaries around nations becoming porous, the distinctions between languages are, too. This course is designed for students interested in literature, creative writing, linguistics, global studies, education and intercultural communication. Students in this course will have the unique opportunity to experiment with their writing in any genre by meshing their English with different codes including texting, emoticons, medical, military, or computer game jargon, millennial slang, or any other dialect or language in their lives. This course is offered in the fall 2017 term.
What do Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock all have in common? They are considered artistic radicals, and all three are covered in Intro to Modern Art! This course examines one of the most important and transformative eras of Western art-- the Modern period-- which extends from Courbet's radicalizing images of working classes through Warhol's no less radical appropriations of the Campbell soup can. Students who want to learn more about the major artists and debates of the modern period will enjoy this innovative course. Rather than reading from a textbook, students will learn about modern art via unique learning tools such as field trips, student-led exhibitions, and visual exercises. This course will prepare students to think like curators and art critics, and start them on their path toward internships in a museum, gallery, media art center, or other non-profit organization. This course is offered in the summer 6-week-2 session.
Students in this course will use a range of concepts, tools, and methods to understand and analyze sex, gender, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality. Through readings, multimedia/pop culture analysis, and class discussion, they will study how gender and sexuality are socially and culturally constructed. In addition, students will consider how gender intersects with other identity categories such as race, class, ethnicity, nation, age, ability, and sexuality. Taught in discussion-based style, it is a great opportunity for students to develop their written and public speaking skills. The course has no prerequisite. This course will appeal to: students in the Natural Sciences who would like to complement their learning with Social Science knowledge; students interested in gender, media, and culture, and how it impacts us all in unique ways; international students who are interested in gender identity in the US and cross-cultural understandings of sex and gender; and undergraduate looking for cutting edge curriculum and interesting course content rooted in the Humanities. This course is offered in the 6-week-1 session.