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AD231j    Introduction to Financial Decision Making      Does not count toward the administrative science minor. Five topical areas: (1) planning, including career planning, financial budgeting, and personal federal taxes, (2) consumer credit, costs of credit, and identity theft, (3) major purchasing decisions including housing and automobiles, (4) insurance such as property, health, disability, and life insurance, and (5) investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds for now and retirement.     Three credit hours.    LARGAY
AM115j    The Image of Women and Men in American Film      How Hollywood films of a particular era reflected and helped determine the vast social and psychological changes that women, men, and the country were experiencing—or were denying experiencing—during tumultuous time periods of U.S. history. Topics include gender roles, genre, directorial style, historical background, the effects of camera placement, movement and lighting, and the function of narrative—how to "read" a film. January 2011 topic: "The Image of Men and Women in American Film: The Sixties" (1958-1978). Prerequisite:  First-year standing or permission of instructor.     Three credit hours.    EISEN
AM117j    Fundamentals of Screenwriting      An introduction to the craft of writing film scripts, with a strong emphasis on screenplay format and the three-act structure. Besides studying films and screenplays, students will complete exercises in character development, scene construction, dialogue, and description. The final project will be a complete script for a short (no longer than 30 pages) three-act feature film. Formerly offered as American Studies 197.     Two credit hours.    WILSON
AM297Jj    History of Television      Listed as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 297.     Three credit hours.  H, U.    GRIFFIN
AM335j    American Independents: Their Art and Production      The conception, content, and production of independent films. On-campus examination of classic independents from the past will be followed by attendance at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January, where attendance at selected film showings will be supplemented by class meetings. Upon return to campus students will report on and synthesize their observations and experiences. Cost in 2011: $2,600 for travel and lodging; tickets and food not included. Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor.     Three credit hours.  A.    MANNOCCHI
AM375j    Seminar: Representing Difference in American Visual Culture      Asks how American visual culture helped construct racial categories in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Examines painting, sculpture, photography, minstrelsy, spectacles, and early film. Considers how ideologies of class and gender intersect with constructions of blackness, whiteness, Native American, and Asian-American identity. Emphasizes skills of visual analysis. Prerequisite:  Junior or senior standing.     Three credit hours.  U.    SALTZ
AN145j    Between Revolution and Tradition: Julius Caesar and Augustus      Listed as Classics 145.     Two credit hours.    J. ROISMAN
AN197Jj    Digging for Homer: The Archaeology of the Iliad and Odyssey     Listed as Classics 197J.     Three credit hours.    SWAN
AR114j    Pottery      An introduction to forming clay by pinching, making slabs and coils, and wheel throwing; decorating and glazing; and firing in an electric kiln. Historical and theoretical issues will be discussed. Nongraded. Cost for materials: $60.     Two credit hours.    N. MEADER
AR151j    Art of the Monotype: Methods for Painterly Printmaking      Exposes students to the monotype, a one-of-a-kind print created by transferring an image to paper that has been painted or drawn on a plate made of metal, plexiglass, or another material. Transfer is accomplished either by hand rubbing or on an etching press, resulting in painterly textures and surface effects. Monotypes offer direct, immediate images, and also lend themselves to layered, successive printings that are built up over time. We will explore materials and their applications, and there will be step-by-step demonstrations of additive and subtractive imaging techniques. Each student will make a portfolio of unique images. Estimated materials cost: $125. Prerequisite:  Art 131.     Two credit hours.    MITCHELL
AR197j    Architectural Design Workshop      An intensive introduction to architectural design through modelmaking, drawing, and collage. Through a sequence of large group, small group, and individual projects, students re-examine Colby College and understand it in a new way. Installations, drawings, writings, and documents by significant architects are examined. Students identify an architectural agenda, outline a brief, and propose a design that articulates their architectural intentions. Final presentations are discussed by invited critics and displayed through a public viewing. Nongraded.     Two credit hours.    RANDZIO
AR375j    Seminar: Representing Difference in American Visual Culture      Listed as American Studies 375.     Three credit hours.  U.    SALTZ
AY119j    The Anthropology of Utopias      Examines classic utopic and dystopic literature, philosophy, anthropology, art, and film from Plato to the present. Utopian literature involves anthropological reflection about the range of possibilities for human community and related anthropological themes of human social and cultural variability, conflict, and cooperation. Critically explores different utopian and dystopian discourses as vehicles for thinking about a world in crisis and its possible futures, as well as the effects these have on contemporary debates about politics and governance, citizenship, new technologies, media, family, and more.     Three credit hours.  S.    HRISKOS
AY176j    Greece: Ancient Sites and Their Visitors      The sites (and sights) of ancient Greece have held enormous significance for visitors, from ancient times through the modern era. Explores the range of meanings that Greek antiquity has held for different groups historically and up to the present. Through an intensive, month-long study, students will consider a variety of sites in Athens and nearby centers such as Delphi, Olympia, Epidauros, and Mycenae. Includes travel to Greece. Examines a variety of questions related to the experience and representation of classical Greek sites. Part of the Integrated Studies Program. Prerequisite:  Integrated Studies 175 or permission of the instructor.     Three credit hours.  H.    BARRETT, MILLS
AY212j    Human Rights and Social Struggles in Global Perspective      Listed as Global Studies 211.     Three credit hours.    FRIEDERIC
AY297Jj    Environmental Issues in Latin America      Listed as Global Studies 297J.     Three credit hours.    BURKE
BC297j    Pills, Potions, and Poisons      Natural products have a long history of use as medicines and poisons. A survey of the use and abuse of some of these compounds with respect to their mode of action, including aspects of pharmacology and toxicology. Students will also be introduced to basic concepts of microbiology, immunology, anatomy, and biochemistry. Of particular interest to those interested in a career in medicine, both clinical and research. Fulfills non-lab science requirement. Prerequisite:  Biology 163 or Chemistry 141.     Three credit hours.  N.    ANTONIELLO
BI118j    Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems      Agriculture is a fundamental way in which humans interact with their environment and is at the nexus of ecological, social, and economic systems. An introduction to the ecological bases, practicalities, and philosophies of food and agricultural systems. Provides a foundation in such concepts as agroecology, sustainable soil management, pest and weed control, and organic farming. Also considers social, economic, and public-policy issues. Field trips to local farms and other agricultural institutions. Satisfies the non-laboratory science distribution requirement. Cannot be counted toward the biology major. Formerly offered as Biology 197A.     Three credit hours.  N.    MARSHALL
BI259j    Plants of the Tropics      An intensive three and one half week course that will focus on tropical plant biology in Costa Rica. Emphasis will be on the physiology and ecology of plants in both wild and agricultural settings. The importance of plants and agriculture for tropical Latin American cultures will also be addressed. We will visit two distinct environments in Costa Rica: a lowland tropical rain forest (La Selva Biological Reserve), and a tropical dry forest (Santa Rosa National Park). Students will complete a field research project during the final week. Cost: $2,300. Limited scholarship funds may be available. Prerequisite:  Biology 164 and permission of the instructor.     Three credit hours.    JOHNSON
BI265j    Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology      Designed especially for students interested in health professions (e.g., physician, nurse, allied health, dentistry), and for anyone who wishes to learn more about how the human body works. Students will understand how physiological functions are performed by specific anatomical structures, and that these functions follow physical and chemical principles. They will also learn anatomical terms used to describe body sections, regions, and relative positions, and about the organ systems in the human body and how these systems work together. Credit cannot be earned for both this course and Biology 275. Fulfills non-lab science requirement. Prerequisite:  Biology 131 or 163 or equivalent.     Three credit hours.  N.    DARLINGTON
BI281j    Marine Microbiology: From Viruses to Whales      Listed as Environmental Studies 281.     Three credit hours.  N.    EMERSON
BI283j    Introductory Bioinformatics      Listed as Computer Science 283.     Three credit hours.  Q.    MCCLELLAN
BI297j    Pills, Potions, and Poisons      Listed as Biochemistry 297.     Three credit hours.  N.    ANTONIELLO
BI358j    Ecological Field Study      Listed as Environmental Studies 358. Prerequisite:  Biology 131 or Biology 164.     Three credit hours.    COLE, RUEGER
BI474j    Neuroscience Research      A laboratory-intensive course designed to familiarize students with modern cellular and molecular approaches to neuroscience research. Two weeks spent at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, with the rest of the time spent on campus. Prerequisite:  Biology 274 and permission of the instructor.     Three credit hours.    TILDEN
CH151j    K-8 Chemistry Outreach Activities      Development of hands-on activities to fulfill physical science goals required by the Maine Learning Results. Students create age-appropriate science experiments that illustrate the relevance of chemistry to society and implement these activities in area classrooms and on campus. Communication skills are enhanced through the development of teacher kits (written) and interaction with schoolchildren (oral). Lecture only. Prerequisite:  Chemistry 112 with laboratory or 118 with laboratory or 141.     Three credit hours.  N.    MILLARD, MILLER
CH255j    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance      The theory and practice of one- and two-dimensional NMR, infrared spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. Examples include complex organic species and biological macromolecules, including proteins. Laboratory exercises include sample preparation and common two-dimensional NMR experiments, including polarization transfer (DEPT), chemical shift correlation (COSY, TOCSY, HMQC, HMBC, Adequate), and nuclear Overhauser effect (NOESY) spectroscopy. Skills developed include the ability to sift through incomplete and sometimes conflicting data to reach a logical conclusion based on available evidence. Offered in alternate January Programs. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite:  Chemistry 241.     Three credit hours.    MORIN
CL145j    Between Revolution and Tradition: Julius Caesar and Augustus      How Julius Caesar and Augustus both contributed to the crisis of the Roman republic and tried to resolve it. Topics include conflicts between republican traditions and a monarchical regime, Caesar's dictatorship, his image, the Ides of March, Augustus's attainment of sole power, his relationship with senators, commoners, and slaves, the Roman games, and society and literature in the Augustan age.     Two credit hours.    J. ROISMAN
CL197Jj    Digging for Homer: The Archaeology of the Iliad and Odyssey     Where does a story end and history begin? Homer's epic tales of war and homecoming, the Iliad and the Odyssey, are cornerstones in the canon of Western literature—but they also depict a world where mythology meets history and fact meets fiction. We seek out the physical remains of the Trojan War in order to understand the Bronze Age culture and society of legendary Greeks like Helen, Achilles, Agamemnon, and Odysseus, and their Trojan counterparts. We will read excerpts from the Iliad and the Odyssey alongside publications about archaeological research that has taken place around the Mediterranean since the 19th century.     Three credit hours.    SWAN
CS283j    Introductory Bioinformatics      An introduction to bioinformatics methods and theory for students with a basic understanding of molecular biology. Topics will include genetic databases, sequence alignment, phylogenetic methods, structure prediction, genome assembly and annotation, protein structures, and gene expression analysis. A research project with a final oral presentation and term paper is required. Previously offered as CS297J (January 2010). Prerequisite:  Biology 163 or Computer Science 341.     Three credit hours.  Q.    MCCLELLAN
CS297j    Interactive Digital Media      Digital forms of text, sound, images, and video enable rapid communication and manipulation of large amounts of information. Digital sensors provide easy access to information about the environment. Connecting sensors with digital media enables the creation of artistic installations with dynamic narratives that respond to a user's actions. Students will learn to manipulate digital media and collect sensor data using both applications and their own computer programs. By combining the two, they will create their own artistic installation and demonstrate it at the end of the term. Prerequisite:  Computer Science 151 or 231.     Three credit hours.  A.    MAXWELL
EA252j    Hell on Earth? Chinese Writers on Modern Chinese Society      An examination of how Chinese writers used literature and film to address the political and social crises their country faced during the 20th century. Through close readings of literary and cinematic works, students will reflect critically on the experiences of the Chinese people as they struggled to modernize and reform society. Students will reflect on what these experiences might teach us about our own society as well as contemporary China, and they will develop their ability to express insights both orally and in writing.     Three credit hours.  L, I.    BESIO
EC254j    The Economics of Women, Men, and Work      An examination of the past, present, and future economic status of women. Topics include the implications of changing economic and social roles of women for the division of labor in the family; the allocation of time of husband and wife between the household and the labor market; the impact of rising female labor force participation on marriage, childbearing, and divorce; and economic explanations of gender differences in earnings and occupation, including the role of labor market discrimination in observed gender differences in market outcomes. Prerequisite:  Economics 133.     Three credit hours.  U.    BARBEZAT
EC297Bj    Economics of Migration      Migration has become a predominant labor market alternative for many individuals, especially those from developing countries. Focus is on the economic underpinnings of the migration decision. Topics include who migrates and why; development impacts of migration; the effects of migrant inflows on destination-country labor markets; and current debates surrounding migration policy. Students will be expected to synthesize economic concepts and current policy discussions through both written policy briefs and oral debates. Students will develop an understanding of economic selection in the context of migration. Prerequisite:  Economics 133.     Three credit hours.    THEOHARIDES
EC297Cj    Economics of Education Reform      An examination of a number of popular approaches to education reform, using economics as the lens to understand the impetus and potential impact of each. Goals are for students to (1) become familiar with the basic arguments and evidence relating to major education reform strategies, and (2) develop the analytical skills necessary to critically evaluate such strategies and provide policy recommendations through written memos and oral presentations. Topics include school choice, class-size reduction, early-childhood interventions, test-based accountability, teacher labor markets, and topics in higher education. Prerequisite:  Economics 133.     Three credit hours.    HYMAN
ED197j    Multicultural Literacy      Introduces students to areas of knowledge and life skills necessary to communicate effectively across areas of difference, enabling them to live and work productively in multicultural environments. Provides students with tools for understanding and respecting differences based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, religion, and ability. Provides opportunities for students to become self-aware of their own attitudes toward difference and challenges them in the analysis of theoretical concepts that inform contemporary work on diversity and social justice. Through a variety of innovative exercises, students will improve their abilities for critical thinking, managing conflict, and communication through writing and public speaking. Fulfills both the International and U.S. Diversity requirements, so is an exception to the requirement that students complete two courses for diversity.     Three credit hours.  I, U.    HOWARD, RAAG, SASAKI, TAPPAN
ED221j    Creating Media for Social Change      Explores how to create entertaining and educationally effective digital media for youth (pre-school to high school), with an emphasis on socially charged curricular areas such as conflict resolution and cultural tolerance. Through extensive screening of media from around the world, lecture, and discussion, students learn to create their own goal-driven media projects. This will include working in small teams to 1) create a short film as part of a collaboration with an Iraqi youth peace initiative, and 2) develop a multi-media, series treatment that addresses an issue that targets American youth.     Three credit hours.    PIERCE
ED297j    Economics of Education Reform      Listed as Economics 297C.     Three credit hours.    HYMAN
ED351Jj    Practicum in Education      Provides opportunities to serve as assistant teachers, tutor students, work with students individually, observe professional teachers, and prepare and present lesson plans to whole classes in an elementary, middle, or high school. Placement in the Waterville area will be arranged by the professor; students will be responsible for arranging placements in other areas. Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor and at least one course in Education.     Three credit hours.    LINVILLE
ED437j    Student Teaching Practicum      Students serve full-time as student teachers in a local secondary school, working under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and making use of lesson plans, assessments, and unit plans developed in Education 431. Students manage classrooms and complete administrative tasks associated with secondary teaching. Faculty members observe students in the classroom and note their progress toward meeting Maine's Standards for Initial Certification of Teachers and applying the framework of teaching for social justice. Faculty members meet weekly with students to discuss practical aspects of acquiring teacher licensure as well as topics selected jointly by the students and faculty member. Nongraded. Prerequisite:  Education 433.     Three credit hours.    KUSIAK
EN115Jj    English Composition      Frequent practice in expository writing to foster clarity of organization and expression in the development of ideas. Assigned reading will vary from section to section, but all sections will discuss student writing. Required for first-year students. Students with an Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5 are exempted. Descriptions of the individual sections can be found on the registrar's website.     Three credit hours.  W1.    N. HARRIS, MILLS
EN174j    Introduction to Public Speaking      The fundamentals of effective presentation for an audience, integrating vocal production, strategies for physical relaxation and poise, research, writing, memorization, argument building, rehearsal, debate and persuasion, supported by critical-thinking skills. Individual and collaborative exercises in each student's major or area of interest, as well as practices from other disciplines. Culminates in a written portfolio and oral performances open to the larger community.     Two credit hours.    DONNELLY
EN197j    Reading and Writing the Graphic Novel      An exploration of the graphic novel genre, with an emphasis on the memoir. We will study the roots and history of comic art over the past 100 years, leading to the present popularity of the graphic novel. Reading and analyzing seminal works in the genre, such as Spiegelman's Maus and Satrapi's Persepolis, we will study the interplay between text and graphics and learn how the graphic novel is particularly well-suited to exploring the self. Students examine their own life stories, and by combining writing and illustration, chart an outline for their own graphic memoir and draft several pages of their story.     Two credit hours.    CHAISON
EN335j    American Independents: Their Art and Production      Listed as American Studies 335.     Three credit hours.  A.    MANNOCCHI
EN351j    Contemporary American Poetry      A study of three important contemporary poets: Frank O'Hara, C.K. Williams and Haryette Mullen. These poets reflect different aesthetic, social, moral and metaphysical stances both toward their art and toward the age in which we live. Close, analytical readings of the poetry are supplemented by historical and aesthetic documents that contextualize the ramifications of their artistry. Prerequisite:  English 172.     Three credit hours.  L.    SADOFF
ES214j    Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis      An introduction to Geographic Information Systems' (GIS) data management and visualization capabilities as well as the theory and application of spatial analysis techniques. Topics covered include spatial data representation in a GIS, effective map making, coordinate systems and projections, exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA), and spatial statistical analysis. Prerequisite:  Not open to students who have completed Environmental Studies 212.     Three credit hours.    GIMOND
ES259j    Plants of the Tropics      Listed as Biology 259.     Three credit hours.    JOHNSON
ES281j    Marine Microbiology: From Viruses to Whales      Introduction to marine microbiology. The diversity of marine microbes, including single-celled algae, protozoa, archaea, viruses, with special focus on bacteria. The relationship of oceans with microbial communities, which are the basis of the marine food web. How tools of science, including genomics, are used to study this invisible world and its evolution. Effects of climate change on marine microbes and effects of microbes on oceans and human health. Biotechnological potential of marine microbes. The essentiality of microbes to planetary health. Prerequisite:  Biology 131 or 163 or Environmental Studies 271.     Three credit hours.  N.    EMERSON
ES297Jj    Environmental Issues in Latin America      Listed as Global Studies 297J.     Three credit hours.    BURKE
ES358j    Ecological Field Study      The biological diversity and ecological relationships among the fauna and flora of selected tropical ecosystems in Belize. Qualitative and quantitative field investigations of the ecology of coral reefs and tropical rainforests and of the environmental challenges impacting these ecosystems. Identification of flora and vertebrate fauna indigenous to the area. The culture and environmental ethic of Kekchi and Mayan Indian villages. Lectures, films, and discussions of assigned readings during the first week will be followed by a 20-day field trip. Cost to be determined. Financial aid is available for qualified students. Prerequisite:  Biology 131 or 164 or Environmental Studies 118, and permission of the instructor.     Three credit hours.    COLE, RUEGER
FR127Jj    French III (Paris)      The last of the required language sequence (French 125-127) that develops communication skills in a careful progression over three semesters. In addition to working on the four traditional skills of speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing, students are encouraged to build their personal and cultural knowledge and to develop their critical-thinking skills through language learning. As students move towards greater fluency in French, they begin to do analytical work in the language. Students are also expected to adapt to an immersion environment. Estimated cost: $3,030. Prerequisite:  French 126 or equivalent.     Three credit hours.    DAVIES
GE153j    Meteorology      Using text and real-time data, students discover how the basic principles of meteorology are used to understand weather systems and learn how to forecast weather patterns using these principles. A field trip allows those enrolled to interact with working meteorologists and discuss how forecasts are made for the public and private sectors. Students present their own meteorological research efforts, demonstrating their understanding of the principles and practices presented during Jan Plan. Satisfies the non-lab science requirement.     Three credit hours.  N.    EPSTEIN
GM151j    Dungeons and Dragons: The Middle Ages in German Literature (in English)     A selection of readings from the Middle Ages to the present. Particular focus on representations of medieval popular topics such as knightly adventures, magic, and voyaging, as well as changing cultural notions of class, gender, and love. Poetry and prose readings, alongside selections of popular operatic and filmic adaptations. Conducted in English. Formerly offered as German 197.     Three credit hours.  L.    H. KOCH
GO116j    News Literacy      An exploration of various news media—traditional newspapers, online news organizations, blogs, network television, cable outlets, and others—seeking to understand how news is gathered and how the media differ in terms of news gathering techniques, emphasis on fairness and reliability, and interpretation.     Three credit hours.    OFFER
GO197j    Whose Land Is It?: Aboriginal Land Rights in Maine      In 1968, Maine's Passamaquoddy tribe sued the state to regain lands it claimed under a 1794 treaty; eventually, the Maine Tribes asserted claims to more than half the territory of the state. Examines issues surrounding land ownership and sovereignty and analyzes state-tribal and U.S.-tribal relations through the lens of the Maine Indian Lands Claim case, following the case through the courts, the Congress, and the White House. Readings are drawn from scholarly and journalistic articles, case law, law review articles, and materials from Native American sources. Students conduct a simulation, playing the roles of the parties, planning strategies, and arguing their case. Grades are based on oral and written work in the simulation and exams.     Three credit hours.  U.    MERRILL
GO216j    Political Rhetoric      An introduction to the theory and practice of political rhetoric through the study of historically significant political speeches and the composition and delivery of original addresses, including intensive practice in persuasive writing and public speaking. Topics include the moral status of rhetoric and the identification and use of rhetorical figures and modes of persuasion. Works studied include the funeral oration of Pericles, speeches from Shakespeare such as Antony's subversive "Friends, Romans, countrymen," Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and King's "I Have a Dream." For the culminating exercise, students will compose and deliver their own political speeches.     Three credit hours.    REISERT
GO243j    Politics of Subnational Culture and Identity in Europe      Examines the varieties of regional identities, social movements, and political parties in Europe. Explores questions such as, "Where are regional identities the strongest and why?" Considers whether the rise of regional movements and the devolution of power in many countries challenge the primacy of the nation-state in Europe. To what extent is the European Union a "Europe of the regions," where subnational political actors can find new opportunities to shape the political agenda?     Three credit hours.  I.    YODER
GO483Jj    Honors Workshop          Noncredit.    MAISEL, REISERT
GS211j    Human Rights and Social Struggles in Global Perspective      Human rights have become one of the primary frameworks for understanding justice and injustice in the world today. Anthropology, however, with its longstanding commitments to exploring diversity and highlighting social inequalities, has often been uneasy with the universalism of human rights advocacy. A critical examination of such issues as relativism, women's and indigenous rights, and genocide. Involves a significant service learning component centered on the Oak Human Rights Fellowship. Students research candidates, develop reports, compare candidates, and nominate finalists to the selection committee. Assignments include written and oral modes of analysis. Strong emphasis on discussion and collaborative debate. Prerequisite:  Anthropology 112 and sophomore or higher standing.     Three credit hours.    FRIEDERIC
GS243j    Politics of Subnational Culture and Identity in Europe      Listed as Government 243.     Three credit hours.  I.    YODER
GS297Jj    Environmental Issues in Latin America      Departing from the premise that ecological problems are always also social problems, examines some of Latin America's most pressing environmental issues and the vast range of proposed solutions from a social science (and, especially, anthropological) perspective. Each week we will focus on one particular environmental issue. Over the course of the term, we will critically analyze grassroots, market-based, governmental, and transnational responses to environmental problems, considering their underlying premises, the scales at which they operate, their sensitivity to key social and environmental factors, and their likely impacts. Prerequisite:  Anthropology 112, Environmental Studies 118, or a course on Latin America.     Three credit hours.    BURKE
GS483Jj    Honors in Global Studies          Noncredit.    FRANKO
GS484Jj    Honors in Global Studies      A year-long research project for senior majors, resulting in a written thesis to be publicly presented and defended. Prerequisite:  A 3.40 grade point average and permission of the advisory committee.     Noncredit.    FRANKO
HI275j    Strongmen and Populism in Modern Spain and Latin America      A cross-disciplinary study of the historical factors behind the creation of Trujillo's dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, the rise of Getulio Vargas's Estado Novo in Brazil, the role of Zapata as an agrarian warlord in the Mexican Revolution, the failure of the Spanish Republic and the emergence of Franco's regime, and the crises that have brought populist regimes and caudillos, or charismatic strong leaders, to power.     Three credit hours.  H, I.    FALLAW
HI297j    Russian Empire in the 19th Century: Reform, Reaction, Revolution     Explores the history of Russia's long 19th century, from the reign of Catherine the Great to the outset of World War I. This period witnessed Russia's expansion into a multiethnic empire, which was engaged on the European political stage, yet found itself unable to reconcile the demands of its modernizing society with the traditional autocratic prerogatives of the tsars. Students will learn to analyze the causes and consequences of the major events in this period and consider the relationship of sources to broader historical trends through a combination of lecture, discussion, and written assignments.     Three credit hours.  H.    MURPHY
IT125Jj    Italian I in Sicily      Basic comprehensive course for students with little or no previous knowledge of Italian. Focus is on developing the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills needed to gain fluency in Italian and on familiarizing students with basic aspects of Italian culture and geography. Learning in the classroom takes place entirely in Italian and is task based, involving group activities, interviews with fellow students, and role-playing exercises. Conducted in Italy. Cost: $3,550.     Three credit hours.  
IT153j    Modern and Contemporary Italian Fiction in Translation in Verona     A close study of six authors whose work spans the 20th century. Readings include Gabriele D'Annunzio's The Flame of Life, Silvia Bonucci's Voices from a Time, Luigi Pirandello's The Late Mattia Pascal, Giorgio Bassani's The Garden of the Finzi Contini, Leonardo Sciascia's The Day of the Owl, and Andrea Camilleri's The Terra Cotta Dog. Includes field trips to Italian cultural centers around Verona and short classes in survival Italian. Written work required: three analytical papers. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Italian required. Cost: $3,000.     Three credit hours.  L.    BRANCACCIO
JA125j    Elementary Japanese I      Introduction to the spoken and written language to provide a solid grounding in all the language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will have a comfortable command of hiragana, katakana, and basic sentence patterns and will become familiar with about 60 kanji and their combinations.     Five credit hours.    HOYE, PRINDLE
JP002j    Emergency Medical Technician Training      Basic life support skills. An introduction to patient assessment skills including training in the maintenance of intravenous lines and use of automatic external defibrillation devices as required by the Maine Office of Emergency Medical Services for licensure at the basic EMT level. Meets National Standard Curriculum for EMT - Basic Education. Supplemental cost of $665 covers materials, uniform shirt and a required CPR course, but not text and workbook. Students are required to wear the uniform shirt and dark blue chinos to class. In addition, there is a national registry fee of $70. Students are required to find their own transportation to off-campus clinical sites in Waterville, including the emergency department. Prerequisite:  Due to limited space, please submit a paragraph stating the reasons you want to take this class to the contact person, Jennifer Riddle FNP,     Noncredit.    RIDDLE
JP003j    Premed Academy      Students will be paired with MaineGeneral-affiliated physicians in the Waterville area for intensive job shadowing and clinical observation. They will also develop and complete a project of benefit to the practice of the supervising physician and spend time reflecting on their experiences through group discussions centered on relevant readings. Previously offered as JP097 (January 2011). Prerequisite:  Biology 163 and 164, or Chemistry 141 and 142, or 145; sophomore or higher standing; and significant interest in medicine as demonstrated through previous volunteer work or job shadowing.     Noncredit.    BERKNER
JP006j    Furniture Making      An introduction to the basic techniques and design skills that will enable students to create fine furniture. Hand and power tool techniques taught in a well-equipped shop at the Colby-Hume Center. Required reading: Peter Korn's Woodworking Basics: Essentials of Craftsmanship. $100 lab fee. Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor. Contact Daniel Camann at     Noncredit.    CAMANN
JP007j    Blacksmithing      An intensive introduction to the fundamental processes involved in forging and forming iron (steel). Primary focus will be the development of the skills and understanding necessary to complete assigned exercises using fire, hammer, and anvil. Students will also work individually with the instructor to design and execute a final project. Materials fee: $100. Prerequisite:  Prospective students should submit a brief essay outlining their interest in the course to the instructor, Steve Murdock, at Final selection will be by personal interview.     Noncredit.    MURDOCK
JS121j    Entartete (Degenerate) Musik      Listed as Music 121.     Three credit hours.  A, I.    SILVER
JS297Jj    Jewish Theology      Listed as Religious Studies 297J.     Three credit hours.    ISAACS
LA275j    Strongmen and Populism in Modern Spain and Latin America      Listed as History 275.     Three credit hours.  H, I.    FALLAW
LA297Jj    Environmental Issues in Latin America      Listed as Global Studies 297J.     Three credit hours.    BURKE
MA102j    Calculus with Pre-calculus II      A continuation of Mathematics 101. Successful completion of both Mathematics 101 and 102 is equivalent to completion of Mathematics 121. Prerequisite:  Mathematics 101.     Three credit hours.  Q.    RHODES
MA110j    Statistical Thinking      Statistics is the science of learning from data; it provides tools for understanding data and arguments based on data in many diverse fields. Students will learn to describe data in basic terms and to verbalize interpretations of it. Topics include graphical and numerical methods for summarizing data, methods of data collection, basic study design, introductory probability, confidence intervals, and statistical inference. Does not count toward any major or minor. Credit may be received for only one of Mathematics 110, 212, or 231.     Three credit hours.  Q.    WELCH
MU091j    Lessons: Noncredit (or January Program)      Noncredit instruction in voice and instruments for qualified students. Regular offerings include violin, viola, violoncello, piano, voice, flute, guitar (classical, American traditional, and jazz), and selected brass and woodwind instruments. One 30- or 60-minute lesson weekly in fall and spring; two 45-minute lessons weekly in January. For an application (required) and additional information concerning fees and scheduling, see the Music Department secretary.     Noncredit.    FACULTY
MU114j    Jazz Improvisation      Basic jazz theory and improvisation, including melody-, scalar-, modal-, and chord-based improvisation. Introduction to arranging for jazz groups and interactions between soloists and background musicians; jazz style and performance practices. Includes semiprivate instruction and performances in large groups and smaller combos. Listening assignments include jazz greats. Instrumentalists and vocalists welcome. Prerequisite:  Ability to sing or play major scales.     Three credit hours.  A.    THOMAS
MU116j    Introduction to the MIDI Studio      Introduces techniques for creating music using the hardware and software affiliated with the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), which is central to most modern electronic music production. Students will gain an understanding of what MIDI is and its purpose in contemporary music; learn the basic functions of electronic music studio software and hardware, including keyboards, synthesizers, sequencers, samplers, and effects processors; and use this knowledge both analytically and creatively in electronic music compositions. Students will spend at least four hours in the lab each week. Final works will be presented in a short concert. Formerly offered as Music 197A. Prerequisite:  Some experience with written music is recommended.     Three credit hours.  A.    DE KLERK
MU118j    African Music      An introduction to the music of Africa, an integral and defining aspect of the culture of Africa. Hands-on experience with various instruments (e.g., drums, rattles, bells), as well as singing and dancing, to provide important insights into the cultures of Africa. Various African music themes will be explored through films and recordings. Culminates in a final performance by the class.     Three credit hours.  A.    BENISSAN
MU121j    Entartete (Degenerate) Musik      "Degenerate Music" was the term Nazis applied to any music influenced by jazz, the avant-garde, or written by composers of Jewish descent. This music was banned, its composers driven into exile and/or murdered in concentration camps, creating a lost generation that altered the direction of 20th-century musical development. Now there is a worldwide effort to find a historical place for these artists, and this course contributes to that effort. Topics include German anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic thought in works of Wagner, Nazi racial laws targeting Jewish musicians, official agencies and cultural policies, performers and composers as victims and survivors.     Three credit hours.  A, I.    SILVER
PH416j    Physics and Astronomy Research      Continuation of research begun in Physics 415. Prerequisite:  Physics 415.     One or two credit hours.    FACULTY
PL253j    Skepticism East and West      For as long as there have been philosophers engaged in passionate pursuit of knowledge, there have been skeptics critical of the entire enterprise. Can we really know the Truth about anything? For that matter, how important is it for us to know the Truth? Skeptical thinkers have appeared in all times and cultures. We will engage with three venerable texts: the Chuang Tzu from ancient China, Nagarjuna's writings on the Middle Way from ancient India, and the Outline of Skepticism by Sextus Empiricus from ancient Greece. Our goal is to put these authors into dialogue and then join in that dialogue. Prerequisite:  A prior course in philosophy.     Three credit hours.    COHEN
PS231j    History of Brain and Behavior      An exploration of philosophical, technological, and historical viewpoints on the relationships between the nervous system and behavior, from prehistory through the 20th century. Emphasis on ways in which advances in understanding the nervous system are related to shifts in thinking about human nature and the bases of cognition, emotion, and action. Consideration given to attempts to account for both normal and abnormal behavior in terms of the nervous system from neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and neuropsychological perspectives. Includes class presentations by students on selected topics as well as related written assignments. Prerequisite:  Psychology 111.     Three credit hours.    YETERIAN
PS484Jj    Honors Research- JP          Noncredit.    GLENN
RE121j    Catholic Church and Hollywood      Explores various ways in which the histories of the Catholic Church and Hollywood intersect: in the works of God/church-obsessed directors (e.g., Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, and Mel Gibson); in Hollywood's treatment of Catholic teachings and ritual and of pivotal moments in the Catholic community's history; and in the Catholic hierarchy's attempt to act as Hollywood's censor. Designed to increase students' understanding of Catholic history and culture; provide practice in the art of discussing controversial religious topics; refine students' writing through brief, focused essays on Catholic films; and prepare students to reach their own conclusions about Catholics and Hollywood.     Three credit hours.  H, U.    CAMPBELL
RE275j    Contemporary Wicca: Formalists, Feminists, and Free Spirits      History, historicity, and practice of contemporary Wicca. One of the fastest-growing religions in North America, Wicca, often erroneously confused with Satanism, is an Earth-based religion centered on Goddess (and God) imagery stressing the sacredness of individuals and all life. Readings, videos on thea/ology, rituals, practices, and political activism of Wiccans. Experiential components (discussions with Wiccans, ritual design, participation in an open circle, personal use of divination) and questions: How does feminine divine imagery affect the development, structures, practices? How has feminism shaped Wicca in North America? Why are many Wiccans activists? Why is there public resistance to, discrimination against Wiccans?     Three credit hours.    PUKKILA
RE297Jj    Jewish Theology      An introduction to the multiple Jewish answers to life's big questions. We will explore how to live the good life, the role of God in determining our fate, the meaning of suffering in our lives, and the relationship between politics and faith. We will interrogate ideas found in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish liturgy, rabbinic texts, and works of modern thinkers such as Hermann Cohen, Mordecai Kaplan, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Abraham Isaac Kook.     Three credit hours.    ISAACS
RU113j    The Literature and Art of St. Petersburg      In St. Petersburg, Russia. Students read Pushkin, Dostoevsky, and other major St. Petersburg writers and learn about the city's art and architecture in classroom lectures and museum visits. Theater and concert performances are included; residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Cost in 2012: $3,200. Required meetings on campus in November and December. Early registration required.     Three credit hours.  
RU114j    Russia's Transition Economy      In St. Petersburg, Russia. Daily class lectures and planned site visits introduce students to the Soviet centralized economy and its evolution since the 1950s. Topics include militarization, industrialization, collectivization, budgets and taxation, inflation and currency reforms, banks, investment, the new Russian entrepreneur, stock markets, the oligarchs, and "natural" monopolies. Cultural program included; residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Cost in 2011: $3,000. Required meetings on campus in November and December. Early registration required.     Three credit hours.  
RU115j    Russian Ethnography      In St. Petersburg, Russia. Class lectures and discussions, field trips to the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography and to the Russian Ethnographical Museum, and day excursions outside the city introduce students to many of the Russian Federation's minority ethnic groups, including the indigenous peoples of Siberia, Russia's northern peoples, Jews, Cossacks, and others. Lectures will contrast tsarist policy to Soviet ethnic policy of the 20th century. Cultural program included; residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Cost in 2012: $3,200. Required meetings on campus in November and December. Early registration required.     Three credit hours.  
SO118Jj    Individuality and World Traveling      What does it mean to live in a world that many have characterized as postmodern? What does postmodernity imply in terms of attitude toward selfhood, toward interpretation and knowledge gathering, toward crossing boundaries of cultural differences and, finally, toward envisioning social justice? A mixture of scholarly texts, fiction, and film will be employed to explore these questions. Emphasis on cultivating students' skills of critical thinking and expression.     Three credit hours.  S.    BLAKE
SO197j    Self and Society in the Digital Age      Students will explore how digital technologies are changing how we work, play, and interact. They will use contemporary social theories to identify and assess opportunities and the challenges afforded by new communication technologies. Using sociological techniques they will investigate how these technologies are reshaping not only how we communicate but the content of information we share. Finally they will discuss implications of these changes for themselves as individuals and as citizens of a large democracy.     Three credit hours.    MAYER
SO397j    Special Topics in Health and Medicine: Substance Use and Abuse      An exploration of the world of drug and alcohol addiction. Uses a number of perspectives (e.g., social-psychological, economic, pharmacological, political, historical, legal) to examine and critique the central issues. Includes a mixture of advanced readings in addictions research as well as popular treatments. Key topics include a brief history of drug prohibition, the science of neurotransmitters, temperance movements, self-help support groups, drug markets, the treatment industry, decriminalization, adolescent drug and alcohol use, and dysfunctional family systems. Students will gain a true appreciation for the complexity and salience of substance use and abuse.     Three credit hours.    ARCHIBALD
SP127Jj    Intermediate Spanish I      A grammar review at the intermediate level with continued emphasis on interactive communication and cultural awareness, to be offered at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies in Quito, Ecuador. Estimated cost in 2012: $2,500. Prerequisite:  Spanish 126 with a grade of B+ or better and permission of the instructor.     Three credit hours.    SASAKI
TD013j    Introduction to the Alexander Technique      The Alexander Technique is an educational method that focuses on teaching individuals efficient, coordinated use of their bodies in everyday activities. Whether standing, sitting, bending, or lifting, students learn to accomplish activities from a place of balance and support. Enhances performance in music, dance, theater, and sports as it minimizes effort, tension, and fatigue. Simple principles realign the body for maximum health and function, thereby reducing stress and injury and improving mental acuity and physical appearance.     Noncredit.    SIEGLER
TD197j    Solo Performance Workshop: From Folktale to Your Tale, on Stage      Students will develop original solo performance pieces based on folktales from their own cultural/religious/ethnic backgrounds, writing new material to illuminate the connections between ancient folk wisdom and personal experience. Once working scripts are complete, the focus will shift to acting and storytelling techniques culminating in a public performance. Students will gain a deeper understanding of their folk heritage, learn basic elements of script writing and adapting source material for performance, use their voices and bodies to bring text to life, engage in a full creative process, and develop the confidence to connect with an audience.     Two credit hours.    WEINBLATT
WG297j    History of Television      Students learn to see television as a technology, industry, and site of cultural debate; gain a nuanced understanding of its place in U.S. cultural history — especially its role in sex, gender, and race politics; develop skills to trace the development of television, especially the evolution of program genres and the ways that minorities are envisioned by producers; develop a language for considering the ways that the medium represents identity difference; understand the impact of technological shifts and changes in the U.S. economy on programming; study the role of television in the mundane activities of its users and key events in U.S. social and cultural history.     Three credit hours.  H, U.    GRIFFIN