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AA297j    Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance      Listed as WG297.     Three credit hours.  A, U.    THOMAS
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
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
AM368Jj    Great Books by American Women of Color: from Hurston to Danticat     Through both literary and cultural studies lenses, we will read well-recognized, often ground-breaking literature by American women of color who have created new perspectives on American women's lives. Readings will include selections by Hurston, Walker, Morrison, Danticat, Lahiri, Kingston, Alvarez, and Silko. We will address topics such as marginalization versus assimilation, changing attitudes toward family and heritage, the search for a language and a room of one's own, challenges to traditional views of gender roles, class, race, romantic love, marriage, sex, and sexuality, and women's struggles for equality and social justice.     Three credit hours.  L, U.    MANNOCCHI
AM483Jj    Senior Honors Project          Noncredit.    ARELLANO
AN145j    Between Revolution and Tradition: Julius Caesar and Augustus      Listed as Classics 145.     Two credit hours.    J. ROISMAN
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
AR117j    Introduction to Art Conservation and Preservation      An exploration of the issues and practices of the conservation and restoration of works of art. Theoretical discussions will be balanced by practical examples. The role of conservators, the systems they employ, and the relationship between art and science will be explored. Students will be responsible for case studies, many of which will involve examination of original works of art in the galleries and storage areas of the Colby College Museum of Art. Also includes visits to local museums and Colby chemistry labs. No prerequisite, but interest in art history or studio art is advantageous.     Two credit hours.    ROTH-WELLS
AR134j    Creating Your Own Photographic Book      In addition to learning the history and contemporary practice of photographic bookmaking, students will become proficient in the creating, sequencing, and layout of their own work. They will learn the basic hardware tools involved — scanning and designing on a computer — as well as the necessary software involved, including Adobe Photoshop. Central to the course and the learning goals is the understanding of the literature of photography; how one photograph informs another and how the sequencing and layout of pictures creates the overarching content of the book. Nongraded.     Two credit hours.    GREEN
AR151j    Art of the Monotype: Methods for Painterly Printmaking      Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints created by transferring to paper an image that has been painted, drawn, or photocopied on a plate made of plexiglass or another material. Transfer is accomplished by using an etching press, hand rubbing, and other techniques. Direct, immediate, and often surprising images result. Students will explore materials and their applications, and there will be step-by-step demonstrations of various imaging techniques. Each student will make a portfolio of unique prints. The monotype process is accessible to students with any level of artistic experience. Nongraded. Materials cost: $70.     Two credit hours.    MITCHELL
AR293j    Asian Museum Workshop: Asian-American Art at Colby      A hands-on, collaborative workshop in which students create a museum or virtual Web exhibition. In the first week, students learn about the topic through readings, lectures, presentations, and writing assignments. They then begin their collaboration, with the entire class making all decisions; students jointly produce a grant proposal, press release, object labels, catalogue, and educational component. The exhibition opens on the last day of Jan Plan with a student-led presentation for the public. The scale of the project and the student-driven process demand a greater commitment of time and energy than most Jan Plan courses, but the long hours yield a tangible product that remains on display for weeks, months, or years.     Three credit hours.    WEITZ
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
AY297j    The New African Americans      African immigrants to the United States come from extremely diverse backgrounds and their experiences here vary. Offers perspectives on the experiences of particular groups of African immigrants in the United States through film, fiction, autobiography, guest speakers, and academic scholarship. We will study the experiences of Africans who come as refugees, who are second generation (children raised here with African immigrant parents), who are 'third culture' students (Africans attending U.S. universities), and who are artists who work primarily in the United States.     Three credit hours.    BESTEMAN
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
BI152j    Human-Microbe Connection      Presents an overview of the diversity of microorganisms and the impacts they have on our daily lives and activities. The role of microbes in medicine and human health, the food industry, and sustaining our environment will be discussed. Students will gain a basic understanding of what microorganisms are, their activities, and how they function in medical, practical, and environmental applications. They will learn fundamental concepts related to medical, food, and environmental microbiology that will help them make reasoned decisions throughout their lives. Cannot be counted toward the biology major. Previously offered as Biology 197 (January 2013). Prerequisite:  Students with prior credit for Biology 133 or 248 may not receive credit for Biology 152.     Three credit hours.  N.    CHILDERS
BI265j    Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology      Designed especially for students interested in health professions (e.g., physician, nurse, dentist, allied health), 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. Lecture and laboratory. Credit cannot be earned for both this course and Biology 275. Prerequisite:  Biology 131 or 163 or equivalent.     Three credit hours.  N.    KLEPACH
BI287j    Impact of Climate Change on Ocean Life      Listed as Environmental Studies 287.     Three credit hours.  N.    EMERSON
BI297j    Diversity and Function of Life in Marine Ecosystems      The diversity and biological activities of oceanic life will be explored for a broad range of functional groups across contrasting marine ecosystems: open oceans, coastal oceans, polar seas, deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and coral reefs. Major course themes will include 1) the role of biodiversity in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems, 2) linkages between the microbial world and higher trophic levels, 3) management of living marine resources, and 4) development of 'blue' (ocean-based) biotechnology. Participants will gain a working knowledge of the major forms and functions of marine life, the biological processes they carry out, the ecosystem services they provide, and emerging opportunities in 'blue' biotechnology. Prerequisite:  Biology 131 or 163.     Three credit hours.  N.    COUNTWAY
BI358j    Ecological Field Study in Belize      Listed as Environmental Studies 358.     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.    SHATTUCK
CH297j    Green Chemistry      Intended to provide students with an introduction to green chemistry, not a specific field of its own, but instead a broad philosophy urging for the reduction or elimination of the use or generation of hazardous substances in chemical design, manufacturing, and application. Students will examine the principles of green chemistry used on the research and industrial scales, after gaining a general background in toxicology, ecology, and the historical context that led to the search for safer chemicals and methods. Prerequisite:  Chemistry 241.     Three credit hours.    HUDSON
CI215j    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. Focus in 2014: "The Sixties" (1958-1978). 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. A few additional required screenings will be scheduled and some class meetings may be extended for longer films or double features. Previously offered as American Studies 115 and 215. Prerequisite:  First-year standing.     Three credit hours.    EISEN
CI251j    History of International Cinema I      The first of a two-semester survey of the history of global cinema, providing a broad overview of the development of cinema as an art form from the beginning of cinema (c. 1890) to 1945. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the historical, national, economic, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of films produced and received by international audiences in the first half of cinema history. They will also gain proficiency in written and oral communication and develop their skills in critical thinking. Offered as English 298 in spring 2011.     Three credit hours.  A.    KELLER
CI297j    Short-Form Digital Storytelling      Through hands-on learning and analysis, students will critique current popular short-form videos and create their own short-form digital stories. We will learn the basics of production (lighting, shot composition, and audio), storytelling (scriptwriting, storyboarding, timing, and pacing), and editing. Students will produce a 1-2 minute documentary portrait, 1-2 minute visual narrative, and 5-minute video in a style of their choosing. They will also be the "crew" and "editing assistants" for other student productions. In addition to essential reading, students will write entries on the course blog.     Three credit hours.    MURPHY
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
CL197j    Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology      Classical archaeology focuses on the "old things"—-the material remains—-from ancient Greeks and Romans, two peoples whose cultures comprise an enormously influential chunk of human development. We study Greek and Roman archaeology because it provides a series of time-capsule views of peoples living in a deeply material world, within complicated, class-riven societies surprisingly similar to our own. We will address such large questions as: how did political life affect religious practices? how did the spread of literacy affect society? did ethnicity matter? who had status, and how was it communicated?     Three credit hours.  H.    CRAWFORD
EA275Jj    Cultured Tough Guys: Samurai Devotion, Music, Poetry, and Art      Listed as Music 275.     Three credit hours.  A.    NUSS
EC197j    Global Financial Markets      An investigation of global financial markets and their effect on the world's domestic economies. We will define and explore the primary components of global financial markets, analyze the roles of the public and private sectors in the markets, and develop recognition of the linkages between financial market events in disparate markets to underlying non-financial economies. We will also provide an introduction to esoteric financial instruments and techniques such as credit default swaps, securities lending, and others. Does not count toward the economics major or minor.     Three credit hours.    ATKINSON
ED135j    Multicultural Literacy      Introduces students to the knowledge and skills that constitute multicultural literacy, including: 1) understanding and respecting differences based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, religion, and ability; 2) being aware of one's own culture/background and biases and how these may shape one's interaction with those who are different; 3) mastering key theoretical concepts that shape and inform contemporary approaches to diversity and social justice; and 4) communicating effectively across differences, managing conflict in positive ways, and intervening in negative situations. Prerequisite:  First-year standing.     Three credit hours.  U.    FACULTY
ED221j    Creating Media for Social Change      Explores how to create entertaining and educationally effective digital media for youth (preschool 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 multimedia, series treatment that addresses an issue that targets American youth.     Three credit hours.    PIERCE
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. Nongraded. Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor and at least one course in Education.     Three credit hours.    FOWLER
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
EN151Jj    Reading and Writing About Literature      Writing intensive. Students will have the opportunity to develop expository writing skills through frequent writing and revision and through conferences with the professor. Because close reading is such a crucial component of clear thinking and cogent writing, class discussions will model how reading carefully, thinking clearly, and writing convincingly are all key elements in the study of literary texts. Particular topics and readings will vary from section to section.     Three credit hours.  L,W1.    N. HARRIS
EN162j    Creating Fiction from Life Stories      This writing workshop will mine your own life experiences through innovative prompts and guide you away from the land of autobiography into fiction, where your own voice is subverted and your past only serves to enhance the stories you have invented on the page. Along the way we will explore the relationship between the structure of your story and its content. We will write during every class and discuss other published pieces of fiction. We will also work hard to arrive at moments in your writing when you really know your characters and can allow them autonomy on the page, signaling your trust in these new voices you have created. Previously offered as English 197 (January 2013).     Three credit hours.  A.    CONLEY
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
EN238j    Art of Fly Fishing: Maine and Bishop, California      Fly fishing classics and instruction in casting, knot and fly tying. Week three is spent fishing the Lower Owens River near Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Reading of literary classics (including Thoreau, Hemingway, Izaak Walton), critical essays, and blog required. Includes analysis of online nature writing; acquisition of fly fishing techniques: gear choice, knot and fly tying, casting, fly selection and nymphing; and writing a fishing blog that promotes awareness of and respect for the natural environment. Beginners and experienced fly fishers welcome: students must apply to instructor for admission. Course cost: $1,800 to $2,000 depending on gear owned. Previously offered as English 297J. Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.     Three credit hours.  L.    SUCHOFF
EN251j    History of International Cinema I      Listed as Cinema Studies 251.     Three credit hours.  A.    KELLER
EN279Jj    Poetry Writing I      Students will learn to identify and internalize the fundamental techniques and strategies of poetry. Each week students will read the work of published poets, write their own poems, read poems aloud, and critique the work of their peers. To help hone writing abilities and aesthetic judgment, there will be practice in revision and in analytic craft annotation. By semester's end, students will produce a portfolio of revised poems and a statement of what they have learned about their creative process, their aesthetic preferences, and their growing mastery of craft. No prior experience with poetry presumed. Prerequisite:  English 115 or equivalent.     Three credit hours.  A.    P. HARRIS
EN351j    Contemporary American Poetry      A study of the two branches of contemporary American poetry: lyric poets Louise Gluck and Olena Kalytik Davis, and narrative poets C.K. Williams and Yusef Komunyaaka. 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 occasional historical and aesthetic documents that contextualize the ramifications of their artistry. Prerequisite:  English 120 or 172.     Three credit hours.  L.    SADOFF
EN368Jj    Great Books by American Women of Color: from Hurston to Danticat     Listed as American Studies 368J.     Three credit hours.  L, U.    MANNOCCHI
EN397j    Multiethnic American Literature      Moving between literary, cinematic, and historical texts, we will address how the interaction of multiple cultures has led to the shaping of the United States over the centuries following initial European contact. The central groups we will focus on include Native Americans of several tribal backgrounds, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and Euroamericans. We will consider aesthetic expressions arising out of these groups alongside the historical conditions from which those texts emerge, contemplating efforts to establish, maintain, and refine cultural self-definition in the context of a nation historically envisioned as a melting pot. Prerequisite:  English 115 or equivalent.     Three credit hours.  L.    BURKHART
EN413Hj    Author Course: Henry James and Edith Wharton      How biographical information and critical responses aid in understanding the key themes, literary projects, and central problems of major works by two of the most famous writers of the American literary tradition, Henry James and Edith Wharton, and how their close friendship may have affected their work. Several filmic adaptations of their texts will also be considered.     Three credit hours.  L.    STUBBS
ES143j    Sustainable and Socially Responsible Business      Provides students with a broad overview of sustainable and socially-responsible business principles and the ways in which companies have incorporated them into their organizations. Through a series of readings, lectures, guest speakers, and real-world case studies, students will be exposed to the issues and opportunities facing "green businesses". Includes small group and individual presentations.Previously offered as Environmental Studies 197A (January 2013).     Three credit hours.    PENNEY
ES151j    Landscapes and Meaning: An Exploration of Environmental Writing      An exploration of the works of selected 20th-century environmental writers and how their life experiences contribute to a sense of connection with and action on behalf of the Earth. Through readings, film, writing assignments, group discussion, and journaling, students will develop critical thinking and communication skills while reflecting on their own personal relationship with nature. Previously offered as Environmental Studies 197C (January 2010, 2013).     Three credit hours.  L.    MACKENZIE
ES265j    Global Public Health      An introduction to the principles and measures of global health, disease burdens, and environmental determinants of health, including poverty, climate change, pollution, population, violence, and lack of safe food, clean water, and fuels. We will also study international health institutions, key actors, and environmental regimes for the regulation of environmental health hazards. Through small-group presentations and discussion we will explore global case studies that highlight the complex relationship between human health and the environment. Prerequisite:  Environmental Studies 118 or one course in the natural sciences.     Three credit hours.  I.    CARLSON
ES287j    Impact of Climate Change on Ocean Life      The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere recently passed 400 parts per million, the highest level seen in three million years. Increased CO2 is causing the oceans to warm and become more acidic. We will explore the connections, past and present, between the oceans and climate and will examine how current changes impact marine life. Emphasis is on microbial ecosystems that form the base of marine food webs and have a major impact on ocean health. Students will explore the primary scientific literature and work on written and oral presentation skills. Can be repeated once for additional credit. Prerequisite:  One semester of mathematics or science; a biology course is highly recommended.     Three credit hours.  N.    EMERSON
ES297Bj    Diversity and Function of Life in Marine Ecosystems      Listed as Biology 297.     Three credit hours.  N.    COUNTWAY
ES358j    Ecological Field Study in Belize      This field course emphasizes the biological diversity and ecological relationships between the flora and fauna of selected tropical ecosystems in Belize. Students will conduct qualitative and quantitative field investigations to study coral reef and tropical rainforest ecology and the environmental challenges. They will learn to identify indigenous flora and vertebrate fauna, and explore 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. Prerequisite:  Environmental Studies 118, or Biology 131 or 164, 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
GE297j    Hydrogeology      An introduction to the fundamental principles of hydrology combined with basic knowledge of geophysical logs collected in water wells. Provides students with tools necessary to characterize groundwater systems. Geophysical logging has traditionally been applied in the oil industry, but a new generation of tools has been designed specifically to evaluate aquifer properties. Topics include the hydraulic properties of rocks (matrix and fracture), the analysis of pumping tests to quantify aquifer transmissivity, and a review of geophysical tools and techniques used to investigate fluid flow through the subsurface. Includes lectures, interpretation of pumping-test data, analysis of a variety of geophysical logs, and equipment demonstrations. Prerequisite:  Geology 141 or 146, and Mathematics 121 or 122.     Three credit hours.    MORIN
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.     Three credit hours.  L.    H. KOCH
GO113j    Overview of the U.S. Legal System      A discussion-oriented study of constitutional, criminal, and civil law, through readings, legal research, outside speakers, attending court, and visiting a maximum-security prison. Some field trips last all day. The fourth meeting of the week may vary between Thursday and Friday, depending on speaker availability. A $75 fee covers the cost of transportation to off-campus events.     Three credit hours.    LEE
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    Information Use and Misuse: Big Data in America      Examination of "big data" (data collection and mining); how both the American government and businesses utilize our personal, geographic, and behavioral data; and the resulting impact upon our society and government. Overview of the policies and laws that govern big data use, the technologies that make it possible to collect vast amounts of data, and its applied use in the public and private spheres. Considers big data's impact on our everyday lives and our experience of privacy in America, and what it means to be information literate in the 21st century. Discussion-based. Students develop critical thinking and writing skills, and the understanding of policies, terminologies, and concepts needed to examine the topic and related case-studies.     Three credit hours.    KUGELMEYER
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
GO297j    Legal Writing and Legal Argument: Through and After Law School      Provides students with the writing and oral presentation tools needed in law school. Taught by a Colby alumnus who is a practicing attorney. Introduces students to the skills needed for a law degree and the wide variety of post-law school career options. Includes a variety of assignments and guest lecturers with experience in an array of legal fields. Designed to give those considering law school an introduction to legal writing and analysis, oral presentation, and advocacy in a variety of contexts facing law students and practicing attorneys.     Three credit hours.    HIGGINS
GO397j    Politics of Natural Resources      Focuses on the politics of natural resources and their governance, including oil, water, minerals, and clean air. Students will learn to identify key theories of resource politics (primarily focusing on the resource curse and its critiques), compare and contrast resource governance regimes across time and geographic space, and produce a research paper on some aspect of international or comparative research governance.     Three credit hours.  S.    SEAY
GO483Jj    Honors Workshop          Noncredit.    MAISEL, REISERT
GS483Jj    Honors in Global Studies          Noncredit.    FRANKO
HI275j    Strongmen and Populism in Modern Spain and Latin America      Listed as Latin American Studies 275.     Three credit hours.  H, I.    FALLAW
IM483Jj    Independent Major Honors Program          Noncredit.    TAPPAN
IT125Jj    Italian I in Siena      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 Siena, Italy. Estimated cost: $3,550.     Three credit hours.  
IT153j    Modern and Contemporary Italian Fiction in Translation in Verona     Held in Verona, Italy, a close study of six authors whose work spans the 20th century, including Silvia Bonucci's Voices from a Time, Cesare Pavese's The Moon and the Bonfires, Leonardo Sciascia's To Each His Own, and Giuseppe Lampedusa's The Leopard. Field trips to Venice and Italian cultural centers around Verona. Written work required: three analytical papers. Cost: $3,300.     Three credit hours.  L.    BRANCACCIO
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 $720 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 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. $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
JP021j    Integrating Mindfulness into Work, Health, Play, Relationship      Mindfulness is the study and practice of paying attention to what is happening right here, right now, before judgment, and responding to the situation from the place of balance and center rather than reacting from old patterns. We will study the history and neuroscience research of mindfulness with emphasis on techniques for everyday life. With lightheartedness we will study the mind/body connection. Our study and practice comes from the work of Nancy Hathaway, founder of the Center for Studying Mindfulness, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and director of the Mindfulness Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Nongraded. Previously offered as JP097 (January 2013).     Noncredit.    HATHAWAY
JP136j    Introduction to Behavioral Medicine      Basic health psychology theory and principles applied to health-care settings and the influence of stress on health and disease. Topics include an overview of the influence of behavior on health and health-care consumer behavior, and the development and dissemination of evidence-based behavioral and cognitive interventions that improve health outcomes. Interventions range from prevention to end-of-life care. Students will complete a class presentation, readings, quizzes, class discussion, and a final paper. Previously offered as JP197 (January 2013). Prerequisite:  Biology 163 or Psychology 111.     Two credit hours.    FERGUSON
JS097j    Kitchen Judaism: Jewish Identity Formation Through Cooking      How does food—and more specifically, the act of cooking—shape identity? Meeting in Beth Israel congregation's kitchen in Waterville, we will examine Jewish dietary laws and history before cooking dishes from a range of geographically diverse Jewish cuisines. Students will read food-related memoir and first-person accounts, and each session will begin with a roundtable conversation and brief lecture. After that, we hit the kitchen!     Noncredit.    WEISS
JS121j    Entartete (Degenerate) Musik      Listed as Music 121.     Three credit hours.  A, I.    SILVER
JS387j    Jews and Muslims in Christian Thought      Listed as Religious Studies 387.     Three credit hours.    FREIDENREICH
LA275j    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
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.    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
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
MU197j    Music Industry Seminar      A broad overview of the recording and music industry. Students will learn the structure of, and relationship between, the recording, music publishing, marketing, and live performance industries. In addition, students will learn about different career and income opportunities, how to develop a strategy to break in and succeed in the industry, and to understand the business aspects involved in producing, manufacturing, marketing, and distributing musical content. To the extent possible, project opportunities will be aligned with students' individual interests.     Three credit hours.    RENARD
MU275j    Cultured Tough Guys: Samurai Devotion, Music, Poetry, and Art      The samurai, known as the warrior class of medieval and early modern Japan, have a long history in the Western imagination. Through internationally famous Japanese warrior movies of the 1950s and 60s, and more modern images of crafty ninjas in video games and Western print and visual media, the samurai are often depicted as one-dimensional automatons ready to fight and die at a moment's notice for their superior's cause. A combination of historical readings and experiential learning activities offers a more refined view of the samurai and their elegant contributions to every aspect of the visual, literary, and musical arts of Japan.     Three credit hours.  A.    NUSS
PH416j    Physics and Astronomy Research      Continuation of research begun in Physics 415. Prerequisite:  Physics 415.     One or two credit hours.    FACULTY
PL212j    Philosophical Paradoxes      There can be an air of paradox when thinking about thinking, as if thought gets its own way. We will tackle these "antinomies of reason" to help us develop strategies that can be applied to other, more traditional philosophical problems. In order to untangle these knots, we will need to learn important analytic techniques and strategies. Finally, we will discover something about the nature of philosophy from these peculiarly and characteristically philosophical problems. Credit cannot be earned for both this course and Philosophy 112.     Three credit hours.    COHEN
PS234j    Theories of Learning      A comparative examination of the scientific study of learning from the perspectives of classical conditioning, instrumental learning, and operant conditioning theorists: Watson, Thorndike, Skinner, Hull, Pavlov, Guthrie, Estes, Tolman, and others. Consideration of philosophical and historical antecedents, current issues, and applications to animal and human behavior. Includes critical reading and discussion of classic and modern scientific and popular articles, and related written assignments and oral presentation. Prerequisite:  Psychology 111.     Three credit hours.    YETERIAN
PS483Jj    Honors Research I          Noncredit.    COANE
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 and Clint Eastwood); 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
RE277j    Religious Responses to Harry Potter      Close reading of the Harry Potter novels will uncover some of the religions and ethics that have contributed to the world of Hogwarts. Students will research the principal voices in the discussion, develop an understanding of both Christian and contemporary Pagan religious expressions, and write their own evidence-based analysis of the question, what are the religious influences in the Harry Potter novels?     Three credit hours.    PUKKILA
RE297j    Religious Influences of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr.      Examines the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the context of a significant interreligious interchange. The intellectual-activist relationships between King, Mahatma Gandhi, Howard Thurman, Malcolm X, and Abraham Joshua Heschel will be explored. The contemporary significance of their work and the relationship between mutual inspiration across religious lines and the pursuit of social change will be examined.     Three credit hours.  U.    NELSON
RE387j    Jews and Muslims in Christian Thought      The Christian tradition has a rich history of ideas about both Jews and Muslims. How do these ideas relate to one another? How did these intertwined ideas evolve during the Middle Ages and into modern times? What can we learn from the similarities and differences in these ideas about Christianity itself? Participants in this humanities lab course will together explore these questions, which have yet to receive sufficient scholarly attention. Through collaborative research, we will further the bounds of academic knowledge about Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim relations.     Three credit hours.    FREIDENREICH
RU113j    The Literature and Art of St. Petersburg      In St. Petersburg, Russia. Students read major St. Petersburg writers (Pushkin, Dostoevsky), and learn about art and architecture in lectures, museum visits, and city walking tours. Theater and concert performances are included. Residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Cost in 2014: $3,300. Required meetings on campus in the fall. Early registration required.     Three credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU114j    Russia's Transition Economy      In St. Petersburg, Russia. Students study the Soviet centralized economy (militarization, industrialization, collectivization) and post-Soviet economics (taxation, inflation, currency reforms, banks, investment, oligarchs, entrepreneurship, stock markets, and foreign investment). Lectures and site visits; cultural program included. Residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Cost in 2014: $3,300. Required meetings on campus in the fall. Early registration required.     Three credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU115j    Russian Ethnography      In St. Petersburg, Russia. Study of contemporary Russia and minority ethnic groups, including indigenous peoples of Siberia, the Russian north, Jews, and Cossacks. Field trips to ethnographical museums and urban neighborhoods; cultural program included. Residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Cost in 2014: $3,300. Required meetings on campus in the fall. Early registration required.     Three credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU125Jj    Elementary Russian I      Introductory course enables students to acquire a high degree of competence in elementary Russian through communicative learning and interaction. Acquisition of grammar and vocabulary through substantial engagement in speaking repetition, memorization, role playing, and creative communication, which are reinforced by listening, readings, writing, and speaking assignments outside of the classroom. Cultural practices of Russians are studied through language.     Three credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
SO219j    Self and Society in the Digital Age      Students explore how digital technologies change the ways that we work, play, and interact. They use contemporary social theories to identify and assess opportunities and challenges afforded by new communication technologies. Using sociological techniques they investigate how these technologies are reshaping not only how we communicate but the content of the information we share. Finally, they will discuss implications of these changes for themselves as individuals and as citizens of a large democracy. Previously offered as Sociology 197 (2012) and 119 (2013).     Three credit hours.  S.    MAYER
SO361j    Special Topics in Health and Medicine: Substance Use and Abuse      Using a sociological framework, we examine a number of perspectives in the study of substance use and abuse (e.g., social-psychological, economic, pharmacological, political, historical/ legal). Key topics include the nature of addiction, substance abuse and the brain, drug markets, the treatment industry, prohibition and temperance movements, decriminalization, adolescent drug and alcohol use, and dysfunctional family systems. Students will demonstrate understanding through in-class exercises (individual and group problem solving), participation in general discussion, and weekly response papers. Previously offered as SO397. Prerequisite:  A lower-level social science course.     Three credit hours.    ARCHIBALD
SP483Jj    Senior Honors Thesis          Noncredit.    ALLBRITTON
SR492Jj              Noncredit.    MAZZEO
ST297Bj    The Automobile in American Life      The automobile and its close cousin, the motor truck, were deeply involved in the transformation of American life during the 20th century, in business and industry, in labor and the economy, in geography, land use, and the environment, and in our national obsession with mobility. We will examine these multifaceted transformations and end with a brief look at the auto's uncertain future.     Three credit hours.    REICH
ST297Jj    Democracy and Technology in the Contemporary World      Explores the impact of technology on politics in the United States and Western Europe, with counterexamples from authoritarian regimes especially in the former Soviet Union. Combining historical analysis and political theory to explore important STS issues, we will analyze technological innovations that both threaten democratic institutions and provide new stimuli for their development (nuclear power and computers to name two). We will consider the ways in which technological developments have both enabled and undercut democratic movements and values, and have troubling implications for disasters and risk.     Three credit hours.    KASPERSKI
ST361j    Special Topics in Health and Medicine: Substance Use and Abuse      Listed as Sociology 361.     Three credit hours.    ARCHIBALD
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
TD064Cj    Applied Performance/Production: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson     Students may register without credit for working on Theater and Dance Department faculty-directed productions (as actors, dramaturges, stage managers, and theater technicians). May be taken up to eight times. Prerequisite:  Audition.     Noncredit.    COULTER
TD131j    Theater Production      An introduction to basic theatrical engineering, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and technical planning. Students help build a show from the ground up and will apply this knowledge while collaboratively inventing and drawing technical solutions to theoretical scenery. No previous experience is necessary, but students who have taken Stagecraft will find this an excellent companion course.     Three credit hours.  A.    ERVIN
TD197Jj    Acting Wilde: British Stage Dialect      Focusing on Oscar Wilde's comedic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, students will explore basic acting techniques and learn the mechanics of the standard British stage dialect. Includes an introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet and its use as a tool for learning key sound substitutions as well as research assignments about Wilde and the play's social/historical context. Culminates in a staged reading of the entire play for the Colby community in which students will demonstrate strong articulation and enhanced listening skills, effective production of a stage dialect, and clear physical and vocal choices for the performance of classic stage literature. Nongraded.     Three credit hours.    WEINBLATT
TD264Cj    Applied Performance/Production: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson     Using Jan Plan's intensive schedule to delve into the practice of theater making, we will develop, rehearse, and perform Timbers and Friedman's musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson which tells the story of America's first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States—who cares if he didn't have permission? The musical recreates and reinvents the life of "Old Hickory," from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? Performances will be February 6-8. Nongraded. Prerequisite:  Auditions on October 7-8 at 6 pm. Contact Todd Coulter ( for more information.     Three credit hours.  A.    COULTER
WG297j    Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance      An introduction to critical race feminisms and tap dance. We will examine the history of tap dance, black masculinity, the black performing body, minstrelsy in American culture, and current debates in feminist critical race theory and performance theory. Specific attention will be given to the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality as manifested through performance and tap dance. We will also learn basic tap dance skills and the classic "Shim Sham Shimmy." Tap shoes are required.     Three credit hours.  A, U.    THOMAS