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IS126f    The Green Cluster      A three-course cluster on environmental ethics, activism, and biological science. See Biology 131 (lab B is designated for this cluster), English 126, and Environmental Studies 126 for course descriptions. Satisfies the Literature, Natural Science with lab, Social Science and Composition (English 115) distribution requirements.     Twelve credit hours.  N,W1,Lb.    BEVIER, CARLSON, CHRISTENSEN, STOKES
IS129s    Islands in the Sun      A three-course cluster with a focus on islands as lands of special origin and biological richness—lands that, as settings, give their own special twist to literature and film as well. Special attention will be paid to the scientific importance of the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. See Biology 129, English 129, and Geology 129 for course descriptions. Satisfies the Composition (English 115), Lab and Non-lab Natural Science requirements.     Twelve credit hours.  N,W1,Lb.    BURKE, NELSON, WILSON
IS136f    America in the Postwar World: 1945-1970      The United States in the postwar era waged a Cold War with the Soviet Union that verged on full-scale nuclear war, and it experienced upheaval in race, gender, and ethnic relations, politics, and culture. Explores connections among these developments. How did music, literature, and film document and comment on the social and political rebellions that defined the era? How did changing opportunities of African Americans and women reshape cultural expression? And how did the development of a new consumer culture transform the nation? See American Studies 136A, American Studies 136B, and Music 136 for course descriptions. Satisfies the Arts, Historical Studies and Composition (EN115) area requirements and the U.S. Diversity requirement.     Twelve credit hours.  A,W1, U.    LISLE, MACHLIN, MCFADDEN
IS137s    America in the 1930s      The devastating crash of the U.S. economy in 1929 caused many Americans to question their faith in capitalism, and their values, ways of organizing family life, sense of community, and understanding of the social contract between citizens and their government. Americans used art, film, photography, literature, material culture, design, and other creative forms to represent their views and to reinvent and re-imagine a vibrant new America from the ruins of the old. We explore these cultural responses to economic and political crisis, paying special attention to the ways different groups contended to define the complexities of the Depression years and shape the national future. See American Studies 137A, American Studies 137B and Philosophy 137 for course descriptions. Satisfies the Arts, Composition (English 115), History and Social Science distribution requirements.     Twelve credit hours.  L,W1.    LISLE, MCFADDEN, PETERSON
[IS141]    China: The Pursuit of Happiness      A two-course cluster (both required). During the Communist period, religion and spirituality were criticized and suppressed. More-open policies were instituted after the death of Mao, and soon there was an explosion of spiritual practices and practitioners, traditional and nontraditional forms of religion throughout China. More recently China's economic reforms gave birth to a nation of new consumers. An exploration of how these different "pursuits of happiness" coexist, are accommodated, and are redefining this great power. See Anthropology 141 and East Asian Studies 141 for course descriptions. Satisfies the Social Science area requirement and International Diversity requirement.     Eight credit hours.  
[IS157]    Creating the Digital Age of Theater and Music, 1983-2010      The year 1983 saw the release of the Yamaha DX-7, the first commercially successful all-digital synthesizer, as well as the first feature film with completely digital special effects (The Last Starfighter). Time magazine's Jan. 3, 1983, cover featured the computer as "the machine of the year." This cluster gives students opportunities to express their creativity, learn the fundamentals of design and abstraction, and take their first steps into the technical knowledge required to make their own contributions to the merging of digital technology and the creative arts. See Computer Science 157, Music 157, and Theater and Dance 157 for course descriptions. Satisfies the Arts and Quantitative Reasoning distribution requirements.     Twelve credit hours.  A.  
IS175f    Ancient Greece: Nature and Culture in Classical Athens      An interdisciplinary introduction to the world of ancient Greece. A three-course cluster focusing on historical, philosophical, scientific, and literary texts to examine how the Greeks made sense of themselves and their social and natural worlds. See Anthropology 175; Philosophy 175; Science, Technology, and Society 175 for course descriptions. Satisfies the Historical Studies, Literature, and Social Science distribution requirements.     Twelve credit hours.  L.    BARRETT, GORDON, PETERSON