Courses

HUM 101. Forms and Ideas in Humanities (3)

Prerequisite: EPT score of 151 or higher or completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Introductory course provides instruction in the interdisciplinary analysis and interpretation of meaning in art, music and literature ,and in the understanding of philosophical ideas in their own right and as they influence styles and themes in works of art. (Available …

HUM 105. Cultural Eras in Humanities I (3)

Prerequisite: EPT score of 151 or higher or completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Interdisciplinary study of major eras of humanistic development from the ancient world to the 15th century through representative works of visual art, architecture, music, philosophy, religion and oral and written literature. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)

HUM 106. Cultural Eras in Humanities II (3)

Prerequisite: EPT score of 151 or higher or completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Interdisciplinary study of major eras of humanistic development from the 16th to 20th century through representative works of visual art, architecture, film, music, philosophy, religion and oral and written literature. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)

HUM 391. Cultural Theories and Methodologies (3-3)

Preparatory: HUM 105 or 106. Intensive interdisciplinary study of an age, movement, problem or theme, with emphasis on the practices and methodologies of interdisciplinary study. The topic of the seminar varies. (Cross-listed with FLIT 391.)

HUM 491. Capstone Seminar (3-3)

Preparatory: HUM 391 or FLIT 391; At least one course in intellectual history, cultural theory or critical methodologies. Intensive interdisciplinary study of an age, movement, problem or theme, with emphasis on the application of cultural theory in interdisciplinary study. The topic of the seminar varies. (Cross-listed with FLIT and LRS 491.)

HUM 497. Humanities Thesis (3)

Prerequisites: Senior standing; Permission of Humanities advisor. Writing of an interdisciplinary thesis or Senior Project on an approved topic under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Consult with the Humanities advisor as to form, length and other requirements.

HUM 498. Tutorial in Humanities (3-3)

Reading and discussion in a specific field or on a specific topic in a small group. May be repeated once for credit. Regular written assignments are required.

HUM 499A-C. Independent Study (1-3)

No course description.

LRS 100/F. Liberal Studies Freshman Seminar and Field Study (2/1)

Prerequisite: ITEP-Freshman Option students only. Recommended Corequisite: LRS 100F. Introduces first-time freshman students to University culture and expectations and to field work methodology in elementary education. Students focus primarily on themselves as management; diversity; information competence; introduction to technology; university literacy; campus-specific resources and services; and an introduction to field work methodology. Includes 15 hours …

LRS 150/F. Liberal Studies and Anthropology and Field Study (2/1)

Prerequisite: ITEP-Freshman Option students only. Recommended Corequisite: LRS 150F. Preparatory: LRS 100/F. Introduction to the study of cultural anthropology, with a focus on cultural issues that influence learning and education of multicultural populations. Students apply cultural concepts to understand themselves as learners and to children in elementary-school settings. Topics include gender, ethnicity and people who …

LRS 200F. Liberal Studies Seminar: Science Learning (1)

Recommended Corequisite: BIOL 102L. This course provides prospective elementary teachers with classroom and field experiences that examine and reflect on science learning and cognition. It is designed to provide aspiring teachers with the knowledge background on the source and nature of students’ alternative conceptions, strategies for assessing children’s existing beliefs, skills in analyzing empirical data …

LRS 250/F. Integrating Reason, Belief and Education and Field Study (3/1)

Prerequisite: ITEP-Freshman Option students only. Recommended Corequisite: LRS 250F. Introduction to the concepts essential to the identification, analysis and evaluation of arguments for students in the Integrated Teacher Education Program. Students examine the variety of sources of justification, evidence and warrant, such as argumentation, problem solving and perception. Emphasizes the application of these and learning …

LRS 300. Liberal Studies Gateway Experience (3)

Prerequisites: Course is limited to Pre-Credential and ITEP-Junior Option students; Junior Standing. Focusing on the elements required for success in integrating subject matter knowledge from multiple disciplines in preparation for a career in teaching, this course is an introduction to the academic and professional requirements for a Liberal Studies pre-credential major. Students will deepen their …

LRS 333. Perspectives on Literacy (3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 301. Corequisites: LRS 433/F. This course examines topics related to the development of reading and writing—what people frequently refer to as literacy. These topics range from how the organization of the human brain integrates its design for language with the cognitive demands of representing language in print to understanding the roles of human …

LRS 401. Research in the Digital Age for Professionals (3)

This course will teach students methods of finding, interpreting, and evaluating information for research in the digital age. Students will explore the steps necessary to develop workplace-related research topics, find and evaluate relevant information for their research, and hone their presentation skills appropriate to the occasion and the audience. The following information literacy skills are …

LRS 402. Cultural Literacies in Career Contexts (3)

Cultural Literacies in Career Contexts is designed to teach students to be culturally competent in increasingly diverse career contexts. Students examine assumptions about cultural norms, analyze what culture is and study how power and difference intersect with cultural beliefs. The course addresses the intersectionality of gender, race, class and sexuality in developing students’ cultural literacies …

LRS 433/F. Practicum in Early Literacy (2/1)

Prerequisite: ENGL 301. Corequisite: LRS 333. This is a practicum designed to extend information and concepts presented in LRS 333. The focus of this course is on the application of research in language, development and early literacy. The role of early intervention in the prevention of learning difficulties and concepts related to individual differences in …

LRS 451. Language Arts Capstone (3)

Recommended Preparatory Courses: Lower Division writing requirement, ENGL 301, 305, LING 417. Students in LRS 451, the capstone course in the Language Arts concentration, will immerse themselves in a variety of texts, explicitly connecting the language and structures of these to their meanings, purposes and audiences, and practicing both how to discuss such phenomena and …

LRS 452. Mathematics Capstone (3)

Prerequisites: MATH 311, 312. Recommended Preparatory Course: MATH 331. The capstone course will integrate problems from arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and probability and statistics content areas for students in the mathematics specialization. Through their own problem solving and case studies and video episodes of children working on mathematics problems relating to the four content areas, LRS …

LRS 454. Social Science A: Places, Cultures, Histories Capstone (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of course 1 and course 2 of Social Science Places, Cultures, Histories specialization. The capstone course will utilize historical and various social-science disciplines in an extensive case study of a single topic or theme, such as civil rights. By focusing on a single topic or theme from a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives, students will …

LRS 455. Social Science B: Diverse Communities Capstone (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of course 1 and course 2 of Social Science: Diverse Communities specialization. Students explore and practice the design, development, and implementation of K-6 Social Studies programs that incorporate and reflect community diversity, history-social studies skills and content, and social justice themes. Students examine in depth how pedagogy and content may be used to …

LRS 456. Science Capstone (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of course 1 and course 2 of science specialization. Recommended Preparatory Courses: PHYS 170, GEOL/GEOG 106LRS. The capstone course will emphasize concepts from the physical science, earth science and life science content areas with an emphasis on scientific investigation and problem solving. Students will integrate crosscutting themes across the sciences such as patterns, …

LRS 457. Arts Integration and Inquiry Capstone (3)

Prerequisites: ART 380, KIN 314/L, MUS 361/L, TH 371/L. This capstone course will engage students in the understanding and practice of how the arts can be used in co-equal integration across the multiple disciplines of the K-6 curriculum to connect knowledge and enhance Language Arts literacy.

LRS 491. Capstone Seminar (3-3)

Preparatory: FLIT 391 or HUM 391. Intensive interdisciplinary study of an age, movement, problem, or theme, with emphasis on the application of cultural theory in interdisciplinary study. The topic of the seminar varies. Students will complete a senior project, such as a research paper or a creative performance that demonstrates the integrated knowledge, understanding and …

RUSS 101. Elementary Russian I (4)

Not open to students who have attended schools where Russian was the language of instruction. Study of the fundamentals of Russian grammatical structures, reading, practice in the spoken language. May not be challenged. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

RUSS 102. Elementary Russian II (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of RUSS 101 or equivalent. Not open to students who have attended schools where Russian was the language of instruction. Continuation of the study of the fundamentals of Russian grammatical structures, reading, practice in the spoken language. May not be challenged. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

RUSS 200. Beginning Russian Conversation (3)

Prerequisite: RUSS 102 or instructor consent. Not open to students who have attended schools where Russian was the language of instruction. Designed to develop the aural-oral skills of students of Russian, and to improve their fluency in spoken Russian. May not be challenged. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

RUSS 201. Intermediate Russian (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of RUSS 102. Brief review of grammar and study of more advanced grammatical concepts. Introduction to the reading of literature. May not be challenged if principal schooling has been in Russian. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

RUSS 202. Intermediate Russian Reading (3)

Prerequisite: RUSS 201. Continuation of study of fundamentals and introduction to Russian literature. May not be challenged if principal schooling has been in Russian. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

RUSS 310. Composition and Conversation I (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of Lower Division courses or instructor consent. Development of active use of oral and written Russian.

RUSS 380. Russian Civilization (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement or instructor consent. Study of the background of the salient features and institutions of contemporary Russian society.

RUSS 390. Russian Folklore: Slavic Myths and Traditions (3)

Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Epic ballads of early Russia, fairytale and folk tale, modern ballads and folk songs, folklore, with emphasis on the role of the folk element in Russian literature, art, and music.

RUSS 407. Advanced Commercial Correspondence (3)

Prerequisite: RUSS 307. Builds on the skills acquired in RUSS 307 and enables students to conduct business correspondence in Russian on a professional level.

RUSS 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Russian Literature (3)

Selected topics in Russian literature, with course content to be determined.

SUST 111/L. Understanding Climate Change and Lab (3/1)

Corequisite: SUST 111L. Severe global climate change will have disastrous consequences for Earth’s population. This course will develop the basic science behind the predictions for Earth’s climate, and explain why human activities, primarily the emission of greenhouse gases, is the main driver of global warming. Course topics include the causes of climate change, its impacts, …

SUST 300. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sustainability (3)

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to help students understand concepts of sustainability from multiple perspectives. Students will build skills to apply theories to real-world problems of sustainability, and develop the ability to apply sustainability principles and critical thinking skills to their personal and professional decision-making processes. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)

SUST 310. Best Practices in Sustainability (3)

In this course, students will learn current and best practices for planetary sustainability on an individual, institutional, regional and global level. Topics focus on reducing carbon emissions and pollution, and supporting a healthy and sustainable planet.  These will include clean-energy technology, water conservation, agricultural-based strategies for sustainable farming, management and preservation of natural resources, natural building …

SUST 401. Applied Sustainability (3)

Prerequisite: SUST 310 or permission of instructor. Preparatory: SUST 300. This course offers a practical application of sustainability knowledge and practices to address a community problem. Environmental, equity and economic impacts must be considered in performing situation analyses and developing recommendations. Course provides the opportunity to apply sustainability knowledge in a consulting capacity and evaluate …

SUST 500. Foundations of Sustainable Systems (3)

This course will teach the foundations of sustainability from a broad, systems-level approach. Topics include human impacts on the environment, ecological systems and natural resources; world views and carrying capacity; food and agriculture; energy, water and waste; transportation and the built environment; corporate social responsibility; and the psychology of change. Case studies and research are …

SUST 510. Resource Use and Management (3)

Preparatory: SUST 500. In this course, students will learn current and best practices for resource use, monitoring and management. Discussions will focus on energy and water consumption and sources, waste and emissions. In the course we will evaluate alternative practices for use and supply of energy and water taking into account technical, environmental, economic and social …

SUST 520. Regulatory Framework for Sustainability (3)

Preparatory: SUST 500. This course examines the law and regulatory policy governing the operation of businesses and organizations and their impact on sustainability. Topics include an examination of sustainable business practices in light of international and U.S. federal and state law governing environmental policies and practices; implementation of law and policy to further environmental sustainability; compliance …

SUST 540. Sustainable Business Practices (3)

Preparatory: SUST 500. An interdisciplinary exploration of strategic issues in sustainability. Uses various frameworks such as systems thinking to analyze opportunities and threats sustainability creates for organizations. May include lectures, readings, case studies, computer simulations, experiential exercises, guest speakers, field trips, and student projects.