This seminar concerns the fundamental skills necessary to writing tales, short stories, and novels. Students will write descriptions, character studies, narratives and dialogues, then move on to more advanced techniques: using voice and psychic distance, plotting stories, and incorporating symbolism. The philosophy of the course is that creative writing doesn't just "happen"; like a dancer or a musician, a writer needs skills, technique, practice, and discipline. Weekly writing assignments, some illustrative reading, workshops. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

A junior level seminar which draws on the particular research interests of Plan students to explore a variety of methodological approaches and source materials in American Studies. Prerequisite: None

The seminar is organized around the different research topics of seniors doing Plan work in American Studies. Each student will assign and teach selected works in their subject area. Students will also present their own research in progress and read and critique each other's writing. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: A senior on Plan

This course offers a wide ranging exploration of the multiple and often conflicting meanings of the democratic tradition in U.S. history. Areas of inquiry include the intellectual and social milieux of the Revolutionary generation, the struggle to ratify the Constitution, the rise of mass political organizations in the nineteenth century, and the flowering of democratic expression in popular culture and the arts. Prerequisite: None

The course begins with a review of basic grammatical principles. It continues with exercises designed to increase the students' control of their prose. The second half of the semester is spent partly in revising existing papers, and partly in studying such stylistic niceties as parallel structure, rhythmic control, and felicitous presentation of research. May be a designated writing course (4 credits); otherwise, 3. NOTE: Open to students who have passed the writing requirement but desire to improve their writing for Plan. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Based on the premise that one learns to write fiction by observing the techniques of other writers, this seminar covers a variety of classic and contemporary works with an eye to ascertaining how their authors handle problems of structure, genre, voice, character, style & narrative distance. Weekly plot summaries; occasional fiction exercises; exam. Books studied will include: Ovid, Metamorphoses; The Bible (Genesis, Job, Gospel of Luke, Revelation); Cervantes, Don Quixote; Austen, Emma; Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles; Borowski, This Way to the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen,; Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita; Mulisch, The Discovery of Heaven; Ishiguro, Remains of the Day; Rhodes, Driftless, and a variety of short stories and flash fiction. May be taken as a Designated Writing Course upon request. Prerequisite: Recent perusal of Homer's Odyssey, & permission of instructor. May be taken as a Designated Writing Course upon request.

Ethnobiologists explore how people in different societies think about and use plants and animals and, as such, their discipline falls at the intersection of biology and anthropology. Historically, the work of ethnobiologists has focused in large part on human uses of plants (ethnobotany) and, in particular, the description of plant uses in "exotic" societies, often without much attention to the cultural values, social relations, and conservation issues surrounding these uses. In this class, we will consider a range of topics including taxonomies, land use, healing, and intellectual property rights and hope to go beyond "mere" description of practices to a deeper social, cultural, and biological analysis of the interaction of humans with plants and animals. Case studies will be drawn from around the world. Prerequisite: none

This course will be a hands-on step-by-step course of the complete digital workflow from the digital capture in cameras and scanners to camera raw processing, use of Photoshop CS4, color management to the fine print. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

Scientists' ability to explore, understand and manipulate DNA has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In this course we will explore the structure of nucleic acids, and the organization of genes and chromosomes. We will also examine DNA "packaging" and replication, the roles of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis, and the control of gene expression. A major theme of this course will be how experimental evidence supports our current understanding of the structure and function of genes. This course will include discussions of how these processes can be manipulated to yield powerful laboratory techniques for the study of the organization and function of genes and gene products.

The central structure of the course will be alternating lectures and discussions based on selected readings, including journal articles. We will also discuss homework assignments, and both of sets of discussions will be informed by readings from the text.


The central focus of general chemistry is the composition of matter and transformations of matter, and we will continue to focus on how these microscopic transformations underlie our macroscopic experiences. In the second half of this course we will examine in detail models of chemical bonds, reaction kinetics, acid-base equilibria, and electrochemistry. We will also explore some aspects of organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and analytical chemistry. Environmental chemistry will continue to be a secondary theme of the course as we relate all of these topics to the effects of human activity on our environment. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I, NSC158

The laboratory sessions will continue to be an opportunity for students to hone their lab skills and to explore topics and ideas discussed in class. But this semester students will begin to take more responsibility for designing their experiments. Students will work in teams to devise, conduct and analyze experiments on several topics related to in-class discussions. Students will use primary literature to provide some context for their experiments, and they will continue to focus on employing the principles of green chemistry in their lab experiments.

This course examines the life and teachings of Jalaluddin Rumi (d. 1273), one of the most influential Muslim scholars, mystics, and teachers in the Persianate Islamic world. While we will study the historical, religious, and intellectual context in which Rumi grew up, the main focus of this course is to read closely excerpts from his prose and poetry. Topics to be covered include theology, modes of human knowing, the nature of revelation, relationship between outward observances and the inner path, sanctity, and the relationship between the spiritual guide and the seeker. In the last part of the course we will focus on problems of cultural translation as highlighted by Rumi's current popularity in America. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor

An introduction to religious living through literature, original religious texts, and psychology. The assigned readings will cover a few concepts and issues of religious experience, e.g., one and the many, reason and imagination, contextualization. Prerequisite: None

The holy doctrine of separating church from state has created a climate in schools where discussion of religion and spirituality are taboo. Together we'll explore the complex intersection between faith and education: a place of synergy, a place of conflict. Through readings, movies and site visits to institutuions exploring this intersection, this course will provide participants the opportunity to reflect, to challenge and to traverse the religious and spiritual terrain of the school commons. Prerequisite: None

"Americans come to political thought," suggest Isaac Kramnick and Theodore Lowi, "because ideas have consequences." Unlike Europeans, who valued systematic thinking and the use of abstractions and formalisms, Americans have operated under the assumption that wisdom comes from experience. This class considers the various ideas of American political thinkers, from the Puritans to the postmoderns, along with their consequences. Along with primary readings, we'll also look at how one community in Roxbury, Massachusetts, used their experience during Boston's urban renewal to resist elite interests and become political actors. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

How do women talk about their lives, their social situation, their political condition? This class looks at the writings of theorists and essayists who use words to make sense of women's place in the house, the community, the law. Prerequisite: Previous work in philosophy or political theory

This writing seminar develops strategies and skills necessary for completing a Plan in political theory. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: For seniors writing a Plan in political theory

Long weekly classes devoted to an analysis and discussion of poems written for the class. Students encouraged to experiment with forms and techniques. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, based on sample manuscripts.

An exploration of the presence of Buddhist ideas and practices in poetry, including some reflection on concepts of the mind, nature, contemplation, language, and the self. Readings of selected Chinese and Japanese poetry in translation and poetry in English including work by Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch, W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass, and Mark Strand. Prerequisite: None

This is the second half of a year-long course, reading and discussion of the major works of western culture from Old Testament to Shakespeare. Heavy reading schedule, regular discussions, papers required. Prerequisite: Seminar in Religion, Literature, and Philosophy I or permission of instructor

A continuation of Ancient Chinese History and Culture, this course will examine the major trends in Chinese history from the 17th century to the present. Along the way we will consider phenomenal expansion of China's territory, population, and economy under the Manchu Qing dynasty. We will then explore the onslaught of rebellion, reform, and revolution that put an end to the imperial system. Finally, we will study the radical communism of Mao Zedong and conclude by looking at the challenges facing China today. Throughout the semester we will emphasize the centrality of the family by asking questions about gender, filiality, freedom and responsibility. Students will write response papers, two short essays, and one longer research paper. Prerequisite: None

Intermediate Spanish II is a course for students who have completed Intermediate Spanish or have been deemed to be proficient enough for this class after takng an introductory Spanish placement test and talking to the professor about prior course work. If you are taking spanish for the first time at Marlboro College, you need to talk to the professor. Intermediate Spanish II builds on and expands the language skills acquired in Intermediate Spanish. It combines an extensive grammar reveiw while focusing on all relevant language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Culture is integrated in all aspects of the program; therefore, we will have critical discussions about the culture of different countries of the Spanish speaking world. Frequent compositions, selected literary readings, class discussions, and debates on films and current events. It meets two times a week as a class and an extra 50 minuites section with a language assistant, to be arranged. Prerequisite: Two semesters of college Spanish or equivalent



After centuries of invisibility and marginalization, Latino culture and literature exploded on the American scene in the 60s. Chicanos, Cubans, Nuyoricans, and lately Dominicans and Central Americans have all contributed to create a diversified body of literature characterized by its bilingualism, biculturalism, and hybridity. This course will center on how U.S. Latino / a literature bears witness to identity formation, self-representation, and celebration of Latino culture and its people. It will explore a series of critical issues that define "latinidad" in the U.S. including language (bilingualism, Spanglish, code-switching, and "dialect"), race/ethnnicity/color, gender migration, racism, and difference. The texts in the course are representative of a great body of oral and written literature that articulates the experience of being Latina / o in the U.S. Although the course is taught in English, familiarity with Spanish is useful. This course requires the careful reading of the assigned materials, therefore, class participation, attendance and preparation is of utmost importance, continued absences and lack of preparation will reflect negatively in the grade. Prerequisite: None

Latin America is a vast region diverse in geography and culture tied together by a shared historical experience and a language. The Spanish-speaking countries are as rich and varied in their culture and historical development as they are in their geography and in the mix of peoples that inhabit them. In this course we will examine some of the most important issues in Latin America from a cultural and historical perspective: from nation building in the nineteenth century, to revolution and dictatorship, to indigenista and testimonial narratives. We will read essays, novels, and also watch films and discuss works of art. Prerequisite: Courses in Latin American literature

Second half of the year-long introductory physics sequence. Two great pre-20th century physics theories (Newtonian gravitation and the atomic theory of matter) serve as integrating themes for topics including rotational dynamics, astronomy, thermodynamics, and the structure of the atom. Prerequisite: General Physics I

Sophomore-level introduction to quantum mechanics, with applications to atomic, nuclear, particle and astro-physics as well as quantum statistical mechanics. Exact content will depend on student enrollment and interest. Prerequisite: Electricity & Magnetism (NSC427)

This course will explore oil painting through a series of projects based on the model, still life, and landscape. The class will begin by working on paper and expanding to include panel and stretched canvas. Emphasis is on close observation as well as individual response. Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructor

This course is designed to build on basic drawing skills by implementing a variety of tools and materials. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition, color and design elements will be our first basis of investigation, coupled with identification of personal directions in drawing, including working with the figure, narrative and conceptual strategies. Prerequisite: Darwing I or permission of instructor

Next year (2010) will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio. This seminar will focus on the artistic production of Caravaggio and the seemingly endless production of art historical literature that has been generated since his death. We will discuss key thematic ideas related to the interpretation of Caravaggio's paintings such as homoeroticism in his early pictures, his use of models, or psychoanalytic readings of Caravaggio's works. By reading and writing extensively about one artist, students will become intimately familiar with the art historical problems associated with one of the great masters of Western Art. Prerequisite: At least one other Art History course at Marlboro.

This course will provide an introduction to the history of mostly Western painting, sculpture, architecture and other media from the Renaissance through the present day. Emphasis will be put on cultivating the analytical skills needed to critically discuss and interpret canonical works of art and movements. Prerequisite: None

Introduces students to the phonology and script of classical/modern standard Arabic and covers the basic morphology and syntax of the written language. Emphasis on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the earliest stages. Samples of modern (contemporary) and classical styles of writing introduced, and audio-visual material from the contemporary Arabic media. Prerequisite: None

A continuation of elementary Arabic with equal emphasis on aural and oral skills, reading and writing. Selections from contemporary Arabic media are introduced and serve as a basis for reading and conversation. Prerequisite: Arabic IA

This course provides a forum for students to share their plan work with each other and to engage in critical dialogue. This semester the course will include attending the lectures in the series "Celebrating Creativity" and will require students to write and revise a "statement of purpose" regarding their work. This is a required course for seniors on plan in the Visual Arts. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts or by permission

An introduction to the language of three dimensions. Through a series of both representational and non-representational problems students will investigate the principles and techniques of sculpture -- construction, carving, and modeling. Drawing and its relationship to three dimensional art will be emphasized. Students will make presentations to the class of research done on contemporary and traditional sculptors. Prerequisite: None

Artists who create forms that move have been active since antiquity. Using simple techniques students will make kinetic sculpture that are powered by hand as well as by simple motors. Prerequisite: A college level sculpture course

This course will consist of a careful study of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Hegel's goal in the Phenomenology is the understanding of meaning and truth as it has been expressed in religion, art, philosophy, politics, and more generally, the unfolding of consciousness in human history. The Phenomenology, one of the most ambitious and significant texts in western philosophy, seeks to disclose the ways in which self-consciousness arises historically and primarily through practical relations with others. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Philosophers refer to the Early Modern period as the time between the late sixteenth and the early nineteenth centuries, when changes in European culture and scientific and political revolutions resulted in new modes of thought and practice that have come to characterize modernity. In this course we will primarily focus on the epistemological and metaphysical theories of some of the most prominent Early Modern philosophers, thinkers who sought to analyze and describe the new world that was emerging, but also contributed in significant ways to its shape. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Speaking, reading, writing, oral-aural and written excercises. Student (oral) talk performances will be recorded on digital voice recorders. Italian short stories will be read and written up. Italian soap opera on DVD will be followed and commented upon.

Integration. Area. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Applications of Integration. Integration Techniques. Problems. Transcendental Functions. Applications. Some ideas about numerical methods. Prerequisite: Calculus I

Prerequisite: Calculus II

We live in interesting and challenging economic times. The U.S. and much of the world are in prolonged recession, with high unemployment, flat or declining incomes for most people, and great suffering. These are also times of great opportunity and great transition. Collapsed credit markets need to be revived, the role of government in the economy re-imagined, the relationship between workers and employers rethought, and global economic relations reconsidered.

This course offers an historical, institutional, and theoretical introduction to the U.S. economy, its problems and prospects. You are invited to 1) become familiar with the essential features of the U.S. economy, 2) understand the basic elements of macroeconomic analysis, and 3) develop and defend policy approaches to current economic challenges. What does the Federal Reserve do? What does GDP measure? Are we all Keynesians (again?) Who pays the taxes? How did capitalism arise as a dominant form of economic organization?


This class will focus on education as a political project. We will primarily focus on works from John Dewey, Paulo Freire, and bell hooks that explore the relationship between education and social change. How do their conceptions and visions of a more democratic society influence their pedagogical theories and practices? Prerequisite: None

Acting 1 is a practical theatre course that explores the tools and techniques necessary for developing characters onstage. The course will consist of various exercises, monologue work, and scene study.

This course will begin by understanding music – all music - as a form of human behavior involving producers and consumers, apologists, and detractors. It will consider the intersection between the history of this period and its historiography. This course will look at the period between (and including) Beethoven and Gustav Mahler, and will involve one to three hours of listening per week. There is also one main verbal text – Richard Taruskin’sMusic in the Nineteenth Century. Other supplemental readings from figures as diverse as Foucault, Herder, Hegel, Peter Bürger, and Nietzsche will serve to illuminate our investigations of this wildly diverse and provocative period of artistic-political history. At the end of the semester there will be a listening exam, and students will also be expected to make a presentation on some topic relating to Nineteenth Century music, chosen in consultation with the instructor by mid-semester.

In this course we'll work on improving your programming skills and practice, bridging the gap between a beginner's understanding of the craft and an intermediate to advanced understanding. Expect some project based work, with students or groups of students developing and commenting on each other's code, as well as assigned readings and exercises on topics such as object oriented programming, functional programming, recursion, scope, threads and forks, graphics and graphical user interfaces, version control, API's, documentation, testing, and so on. We will likely use more than one programming language, depending on the background and experience of the participants; likely candidates include C, Python, Perl, Ruby, Java, lisp, or one of their variations. Prerequisite: Previous programming experience

Virginia Woolf describes the essay as a form that "must lap us about and draw its curtain across the world." But what, she questions, "can the essayist use in these short length of prose to sting us awake and fix us in a trance which is not sleep but rather an intensification of life - a basking, with every faculty alert, in the sun of pleasure?" Her answer is a simple one: "He must know - that is the first essential - how to write." From David Quamman's "The Face of the Spider" to Scott Russell Sanders' "Looking at Women" to Wallace Stegner's "The Town Dump" to Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels" to George Saunders' "The Braindead Megaphone," we will explore how contemporary essayists - in personal essays, nature writing, literary journalism, and science writing - look closely at everyday objects, practices and experiences. We will analyze what makes these essayists effective, entertaining, and enlightening. And, of course, we will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to two 4-6 page papers and one 8-10 page research paper. Peer response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision, and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the essays. Prerequisite: None

This class is designed as an introduction to the multiple performance arts in Japan. As preparation for the faculty/student  trip to Japan in May and June 2010, the class will explore ancient  and contemporary Japanese performance traditions including, but not limited to, Noh, Kabuki, Bunraku, Nihon Buyo, and Butoh. Scholarly texts, essays, plays, and films of dance and theatrical  performances will be supplemented by lectures and studio classes with guest instructors who specialize in Suzuki theatre, elements and applications of Japanese storytelling, Non-Western performance traditions, Nihon Buyo, and cultural ethnography. Students will pursue their own research interests throughout the semester and participate directly in designing the itinerary for the time abroad in Japan. Prerequisite: Inclusion in the Japan trip 2010

This course provides advanced electronic music students with an opportunity to use real analog subtractive synthesizers to develop an electronic music portfolio of analog synthesis studies in the form of an independent CD production. Students will investigate the architecture, history and development of several versions of subtractive analog synthesizers. They will have a chance to experiment with sound creation techniques as they familiarize themselves with some of the following models: Yamaha CS01; Paia "Fatman"; Arp Axxe; Realistic Concertmate MG-1 (Moog built); Akai AX60; Technosaurus Microcon II; Moog Voyager. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission and successful completion of Electronic Music I

This course prepares students for finding (primarily international) internships that support academic and professional work. It includes a self inventory of interests, skills and experience, writing effective resumes and cover letters, job search and interviewing skills. Students will also learn proposal writing for their independent study and examine cross-cultural considerations. Guidelines are provided for relating your internship experience with research and Plan work. (Pass/Fail grade) Prerequisite: None

Advanced Beginner Ballet will expose the student to the basic concepts required for the proper execution of ballet technique, including alignment, turnout, articulation of the knees and feet, and port de bras. The class will promote strength and flexibility for the overall dancer while respecting each student's unique physical capacities within the demands of classical technique. The student will learn basic ballet vocabulary and movement phrases along with the expectations and traditions specific to the progression of a ballet class. Selected readings, video viewings and written work will support the work in the studio.

This course will be an introduction to black and white photography with an emphasis given both to visual communication and technique. Students will learn basic procedures of camera operation, film exposure and development and enlargement of the image, while exploring the visual and expressive qualities of the medium. Prerequisite: None (a camera capable of full manual operation)

This is a continuation of Latin IA, a beginner's course for those wishing to study the Latin language. We will continue to work from Wheelock's Latin and will hopefully branch out into passages of original Latin by the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Latin IA

This is a continuation of Greek IA. We will complete Greek to GCSE before moving on to the second part. We may branch out into passages of original Greek by the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Greek IA

This course is a continuation of Greek IIA. We will complete the second part of Taylor's Greek to GCSE before moving on to read passages of original Greek from the Cambridge Greek Anthology. Prerequisite: Greek IIA


This course is a continuation of Latin IIA. We will complete Wheelock's Latin before moving on to read passages of original Latin from the Cambridge Latin Anthology. Prerequisite: Latin IIA

Homer, Hollywood and Tank Girl?! This course aims to explore the extensive dialogue between ancient and contemporary literature. Focusing primarily on the myths surrouunding Troy, the course will encompass drama, poetry, prose and film. Included in the syllabus will be a diverse reange of material, from Logan's War Music to Atwood's Penelopiad. Examination of the texts will be interspersed with film, including Kakogiannis' "Iphigenia", Joel Coen's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and, of course, "Troy". We will also take a look at the theory that underpins reception, translation and understanding. Prerequisite: None

Statistics is the science--and art--of extracting data from the world around us and organizing, summarizing and analyzing it in order to draw conclusions or make predictions. This course provides a grounding in the principles and methods of statistics. Topics include: probability theory, collecting and describing data, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, and analysis of variance. Two themes running through the course are the use of statistics in the natural and social sciences and the use (and abuse) of statistics by the news media. Prerequisite: Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus, or the equivalent

Throughout the history of geometry, great advances have been made through radical reconceptualizations of the entire subject: Euclid's axiomatic geometry; the analytic geometry of Descartes, et. al.; the projective geometry stemming from Renaissance art; the unification of geometry and number through complex numbers, quaternions and linear algebra; the discovery of non-Euclidean geometries by Gauss, Lobachevsky and Bolyai; the group theoretical synthesis of geometry of Felix Klein's 1872 Erlanger Programm. We will focus on conceptual aspects of these points of view and see how each shift addressed fundamental issues left unresolved by existing theories. Prerequisite: None

Effective screenwriting requires an understanding of story structure and an ability to shape character, theme, tone, and incident to dramatic effect. TV writing is similar, but tends toward a shifting tone and smaller story arcs where ongoing characters can engage smaller challenges and obstacles. TV story resolutions are also different, since the producers want to "pick it up next week." This class will focus on the regular practice of film and television writing-and will also give students a chance to try their hand at writing four and a half-minute radio sketches for possible broadcast. Activities will include writing exercises, character research, narrative construction, and regular revision aimed at producing scripts that can be produced, using available resources. Prerequisite: previous film study, creative writing experience or permission of the instructor.

Plants are vital components of life on earth and spectacular in their diversity. In this course, we begin by exploring plants ranging from mosses and ferns to conifers and flowering plants. We then use our understanding of plant diversity to examine qustions of the morphology, reproduction, ecology and evolution of these groups of plants. Prerequisite: None

Ensemble singing for more experienced choristers. Ability to read music and sight-sing. An exploration of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary music for small choral ensemble. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of instructor

The seminar will survey the history of higher education in the United States. After the spring break, the focus will shift to the history of Marlboro College as example and as exception. Prerequisite: None

Intermediate Ceramics; throwing, glazes and firing.

James Joyce is considered by many to be the greatest novelist of the 20th century, yet his works--particularly "Ulysses" and "Finnegan's Wake"--remain misunderstood. During the course of the semester, we will try to demystify Joyce by closely examining his language, themes and narrative style. Through close readings, we will unravel the various strands of Joyce's thought, and come to an understanding of how his work helped change the face of modern literature. In particular, we will consider Joyce's complex relationship with Ireland and Irish nationalism. Why did Joyce write so obsessively about the city he abandoned? Shoud we read Joyce as a modernist or postcolonial writer? In what ways did Joyce use modernist devices to subvert the authority of the colonizer's language? Is "Ulysses", as one critic has suggested, "the text of Ireland's independence"? Though we will tend to focus on matters relating to Irish identity, nationalism and modernism, you are free to pursue any angle that interests you. The main objective of the course is to read Joyce with confidence.

Comic trailblazer Charlie Chaplin appeared on movie screens within ten years of the medium's birth and before film was even considered an art form. But Chaplin broke new ground on many fronts, rendered unique and poignant moments in American history, and achieved global popularity as the first "world figure," recognized in all continents for his trademark, the Little Tramp. The former music hall comedian also survived the advent of sound movies, because he owned his own studio, and he produced some of his most enduring cinema when other silent film actors were out of work.

This class will include screenings of The Unknown Chaplin (1983), that explores the filmmaker's working methods - and the major Chaplin shorts, including Easy Street (1917), Shoulder Arms (1918), The Pilgrim (1923), and The Immigrant (1917). Also, the Chaplin features: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Limelight (1952), and A King in New York (1957).

The class is open to all interested students and has an enrollment cap of 12.


The social, psychological and historical construction of the basis for and impediments to "empathy." Empathy between nation states, regions, religions, social classes, status groups, ethnic cultures, and in families, genders, ages, and in interpersonal relations will be explored. Prerequisite: None

This course will attempt to examine the major contending theories in the field of international relations today. The philosophical origins and traditions of contemporary realist, pluralist, and globalist approaches will be considered, as will be their more current formulations and contributions. Prerequisite: Social Sciences background or permission of instructor

This course is the continuation of Elementary Chinese I. Students will continue to develop communicative competence in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structure for use in essential everyday situations through various forms of oral practice. While linguistic aspects of the Chinese language continues to be the focus, introduction to the social and cultural background of the language will still form an important part of the course. Prerequisite: Elementary Chinese I or permission of the instructor

A research methods seminar for sophomores and juniors thinking about plan work and/or going abroad to study. The course will focus on "levels of analysis" when approaching research issues and topics. We will examine relevant theoretical considerations and consider applied, empirical representations through student presentations of their case studies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

The major ideas, theories, and methodologies of some of the European and American founders of sociology. The works of Marx, Weber, Simmel and Veblen will be evaluated in relation to the evolution of industrial society. Prerequisite: Introductory course in sociology or permission of instructor; history and/or philosophy helpful

A course intended for musicians interested in exploring music composition. Students should have facility on an instrument (or voice) and have some sight reading ability. Short compositions will be written and performed every week. Musical structure, notation, etc. will be discussed in relation to the student's work. Prerequisite: Ability to read music, basic theory, ability to play an instrument

A study of music from non-western cultures and "folk" traditions of Europe and the United States using contemporary ethnomusicological concepts and procedures. Goal: To give the student an understanding of approaches to the study of music of western and non-western and/or traditional cultures through a series of case studies from a variety of regions and cultures. Ongoing journal of listening and observations (twice weekly), a final Project, and class presentation. This course entails a great deal of listening. Prerequisite: None

An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. If interested see Stan Charkey. Woodwind, string, brass instruments welcome. Prerequisite: Ability to play an instrument and read music

Creation and building of choreographic material ending with a final production. Pieces will be both solo and group works, and some ideas will be explored through the framework of the course "Choreographing for Groups."

This course is the continuation of Intermediate Chinese I. Students will continue to learn more essential skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing for daily communication. A broad variety of expressions and complicated sentence structures will be taught so that students can participate in conversations on various topics related to modern Chinese society. While equal emphasis will be given to both characters and structures, students will be guided to write more Chinese essays. Activities related to the broad spectrum of Chinese culture will be organized to facilitate language learning with knowledge and analysis of the cultural background of the language. Prerequisite: Intermediate Chinese I or permission of the instructor

The course begins with a review of basic grammatical principles. It continues with exercises designed to increase the students' control of their prose. The second half of the semester is spent partly in revising existing papers, and partly in studying such stylistic niceties as parallel structure, rhythmic control, and felicitous presentation of research. May be a designated writing course (4 credits); otherwise, 3. NOTE: Open to students who have passed the writing requirement but desire to improve their writing for Plan. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor