January Program


Courses of Study

AA223j    Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance Listed as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 223. Three credit hours. A, U. Thomas
AA297Bj    Deconstructing Daughters of the Dust: African American Origins Intensive exploration and analysis of Julie Dash's film Daughters of the Dust in order to examine Gullah/Geechee culture and its vital role in the origins of African-American culture in the United States and its connection to the African Diaspora. In addition to an introductory historical overview of the African-American experience, the film and readings invite examination of African ethnicities, family, foodways, religion, music, political activism, migration, gender, spirituality, political economy, slavery, and social change. Three credit hours. S, U. Gilkes
AA297Jj    Freedom Now and Then: The Black Freedom Struggle and Its Legacies Listed as History 297J. Three credit hours. H, U. Asch
AA338j    Field Study in African Development Listed as Government 338. Three credit hours. Seay
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. Two credit hours. Wilson
AM297Bj    Deconstructing Daughters of the Dust: African American Origins Listed as African-American Studies 297B. Three credit hours. S, U. Gilkes
AN145j    Between Revolution and Tradition: Julius Caesar and Augustus Listed as Classics 145. Two credit hours. J. Roisman
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. Three credit hours. Roth-Wells
AR131Jj    Introduction to Studio Art Provides a thorough understanding of the organizational and visual components of two-dimensional art, and introduces a working relationship with the characteristics of color. Projects, completed in a range of media, emphasize discovery through experimentation and problem solving. Students develop a variety of observational and expressive capabilities that enable them to creatively perceive, formulate, analyze, and solve visual challenges. Three credit hours. A. Bourne
AR217j    Figure Drawing and Anatomy Introduces all aspects of drawing the figure using graphite, charcoal, ink, and mixed media. Covers the hands-on applications of fundamental drawing issues, while encompassing the various historical iterations of drawing the human form. In addition to daily technical instruction pertaining to drawing the figure, image presentations give students comparative understandings of the legacy of the figure in art and help them to find their place as 21st-century visual thinkers. Previously offered as Art 297 (2015). Three credit hours. K. Engman
AR218j    Architectural Design Workshop In this intensive introduction to architectural design, students work on an active architectural site with a professional in the field. They become familiar with the vocabulary and techniques of architecture and implement them within a local, real-world context. In 2018, focuses on sustainability as an integral and organizing principle. Materials cost: $100. Three credit hours. Lock
AR230j    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 explore materials and their applications, with step-by-step demonstrations of various imaging techniques. Each student makes a portfolio of unique prints. The monotype process is accessible to students with any level of artistic experience. Materials cost: $70. Previously listed as Art 151. Three credit hours. Mitchell
AR243j    Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology Listed as Classics 143. Three credit hours. H. Jarriel
AR288j    Global Photographies Surveys photography's role in shaping world histories, cultures, and identities, and examines the impact of globalization on photographic practices since 1980. Topics include the worldwide production and dissemination of photographic images; the local and global character of specific genres, such as portraiture and photojournalism; the photographic representation of human movement and migration; and (post)colonial photographies. Presented thematically, lectures and discussions focus on photography of the Americas, Europe, Africa, East Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East in the late-20th and 21st century. Writing projects and oral presentations incorporate original artworks and a variety of research sources. Three credit hours. A, I. Instructor
AR297Bj    Introduction to Bookbinding: Techniques and Intangibles The ancient craft of bookbinding has been practiced in Eastern and Western cultures for centuries. This course provides a practical, hands-on introduction to a variety of bookbinding tools, materials, and techniques. Students learn to design and produce a selection of finished bindings. Culminates with an independent project that incorporates the techniques and principles learned. Three credit hours. Instructor
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
AY297Bj    Representing the Other Examines visual modes of representing the 'other,' in photography, museum collections, and other media. Beginning with the practice of ethnographic photography, we will analyze evolving representational practices in journalism, documentary photography, and social media as well as the emerging role of artist-activist. Learning goals include: to be able to analyze the ethics, technologies, aesthetics, and politics of photography from an anthropological perspective; to develop a critical perspective of photography and visual culture. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Three credit hours. Tate
AY297Jj    Of Beasts, Pets, and Wildlife: What Animals Mean to Humans Explores human-animal relations in cross-cultural and historical perspective to view the centrality of animals to human existence. Considers the social, symbolic, and economic uses of animals in a variety of contexts, from cockfighting in Bali to the corporate culture of Sea World to central Maine farms. Examines the history and philosophies of the animal rights movement from the anti-vivisection campaigns of 19th-century England to contemporary animal rights protests in the United States. Concludes with an analysis of human animality and animal subjectivity to arrive at a deeper understanding of both human and non-human animals. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 or Philosophy 113 or 114. Three credit hours. Menair
BI111j    Emergency Medical Technician Training Prepares students to administer out-of-hospital emergency medical care. Provides practice in patient assessment, airway management, CPR, automatic external defibrillation, oxygen delivery, dressings and hemorrhage control, splinting, spinal immobilization, childbirth, lifting and moving patients, and extrication. Also includes clinical experience in a hospital emergency department and/or ambulance service. Provides eligibility to sit the National Registry of EMT and State of Maine licensure examination. Meets the requirements outlined in the National Highway Transportation Administration EMT Education Standards and Maine EMS EMT Curriculum. Supplemental cost of $770 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 $80. Nongraded. Cannot be counted toward the biology majors. Two credit hours. Berkner
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. Cannot be counted toward the biology major. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Three credit hours. N. Marshall
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. Students cannot earn credit for this course if they have previously taken Biology 275. Prerequisite: Biology 131 or 163 or equivalent. Three credit hours. N. Klepach
BI282j    Extreme Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine The Gulf of Maine has undergone extreme climate-related changes, resulting in changes to marine population structure and instances of harmful, toxic, or otherwise undesirable species. We will explore the causes of, impacts of, and potential adaptations to climate change in the Gulf of Maine. Includes a weeklong experiment at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences using indoor seawater mesocosms to simulate rapid ecosystem change and to investigate the biological response of marine microbes. Students will be introduced to traditional and modern oceanographic data collection techniques for estimating the impacts of climate change. Previously offered as Biology 297B (Jan Plan 2016). Prerequisite: Biology 164. Three credit hours. Countway
BI297j    Biology of Vaccines Infectious disease has decimated populations throughout human history. The success of pathogen-specific vaccines evolved commensurate with our understanding of themammalian protective immune responses. This course focuses on the science of vaccinology and the development of safe and efficacious vaccines. Goals are to understand how vaccines work, to gain a practical understanding of the human immune response, and to learn the issues involved in developing new vaccines against known and emerging pathogens. Students cannot earn credit for both this course and Biology 325. Prerequisite: Biology 164. Three credit hours. Hobart
BI371j    Applied Biomedical Genomics A computation-intensive course designed to familiarize students with modern molecular, genomic, and bioinformatic approaches to biomedical research. Students will use next-generation sequencing platforms to investigate mammalian or cancer genomes, and will be exposed to clinically relevant research. One to two weeks spent at an off-campus facility (Jackson Laboratory, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory), with the rest of the time spent on campus. No prior computation experience necessary. Nongraded. Previously offered as BI397 (Jan Plan 2015). No extra student cost. Prerequisite: A 200-level biology course. Three credit hours. Tilden
BI397j    Synthetic Biology Introduces students to the latest advances in synthetic biology, genome editing, and genetic engineering. We will explore these technical advances, study practical examples, and use a marine protozoan parasite as a model system. We will also discuss and debate the role that genetic engineering is playing and ought to be playing to benefit society. Prerequisite: Biology 279. Three credit hours. Fernandez-Robledo
CI215j    The Image of Women and Men in American Film How Hollywood films of "the Sixties" (1958-1978) reflected and helped determine the vast social and psychological changes that women, men, and the country were experiencing—or were denying experiencing—during a tumultuous period of U.S. history. Topics include gender roles, race, 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. Three credit hours. Eisen
CL143j    Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology The material remains of the ancient Greeks and Romans—pottery, sculpture, monuments, temples, and other artifacts. Our inquiry will focus on construction of identity, development of religion and myth, organization of social and political structures, and components of everyday life. Our exploration of the remains of Greek and Roman civilizations from the Trojan War through the fall of Rome will take us from temples in the mountains of Greece to Roman shipwrecks in the deepest trenches of the Mediterranean Sea. The broad range of evidence will also highlight the diverse archaeological methodologies used to uncover and interpret these remains. Three credit hours. H. Jarriel
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
CL151j    Anatomy of Bioscientific Terminology Teaches the Greek and Latin word elements that combine to form most of the specialized terms in biological sciences. The student who learns the meanings of these elements and the rules of word formation will usually recognize the basic meaning of any unfamiliar word in this field. Attention is also given to misformation, common errors, and words still in use that reflect scientific theories since rejected. Two credit hours. H. Roisman
CS325j    Web Programming The art and science of building dynamic (interactive) websites. Students will learn the fundamentals of the Internet and its HTTP/TCP/IP protocols, HTML and CSS, and how to use them to create well-designed web pages that follow industry standards. They will learn to program in JavaScript to create client-side dynamic web pages, in PHP or another language to create server-side dynamic web pages, and in SQL to create, access, and modify a relational database. Finally, they will learn about XML, DOM, and AJAX, and how to use them to add Web 2.0 features to web pages. Prerequisite: Computer Science 231. Three credit hours. Skrien
EA332j    Masterpieces: Modern Japanese Novels An appreciation and examination of masterpiece novels and short stories written by eight illustrious Japanese writers, including two Nobel Prize laureates. Cultivation of the students' sensitivities to the feelings and values questioned by Japanese novelists. Examination of the novels as works of literature, aided by published scholarship in the fields of literary philosophical, psychoanalytic, historical, and socio-anthropological studies in Japan and the West. Each student will verbally express those findings to an audience, and write a high-quality analysis paper. Three credit hours. L, I. Prindle
EC117j    Introduction to Financial Decision Making 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. Previously listed as Administrative Sciences 231. Does not count toward the economics majors or minors. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Three credit hours. Largay
EC171j    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 majors or minors. Previously offered as Economics 197 (2014). Three credit hours. Atkinson
EC253j    Technology, Education, and Labor Markets Introduces students to particular theories from labor economics including the supply and demand for labor, human capital accumulation, and migration. Using these theories we will study the evolution of educational attainment in America over the 20th century and the interaction between technological progress and education. Particular emphasis will be placed on current policy debates such as higher education subsidies, the size and scope of the social safety net, and urban development programs. Prerequisite: Economics 134. Three credit hours. Lester
ED201Jj    Education and Social Justice An introduction to the relationship between education (theory, research, and practice) and social justice in U.S. schools. Goals include (1) understanding the concept of social justice, the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression, and how these dynamics shape the experience of students and teachers; (2) developing relationships with children and youth in the greater Waterville area; (3) expanding ethical capacities, including compassion, empathy, respect, responsibility, and commitment to social justice; (4) honing key academic and intellectual skills. Previously listed as Education 231. Three credit hours. S, U. Ayers
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: At least one course in education and sophomore standing. Three credit hours. Proto
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. Three credit hours. Tappan
EN115Jj    English Composition: Critical Writing We use Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a starting point for analyzing and developing student writing. We write in several different modes as we take on critical writing in several forms: writing about literature, analyzing and using primary and secondary sources, approaching the problems associated with different kinds of writing projects (argumentative essays, comparison/contrast essays, summary essays, etc.), identifying and conquering usage and grammar problems that impair clarity, using research and close reading to develop ideas and arguments. We work with an array of materials in addition to our work with the primary text. Three credit hours. W1. Osborne
EN200Jj    Foundations of Literary Studies Required for the English major, this introduction to college-level literary studies incorporates poetry, drama, and fiction, explores canon formation with a historical range of literary works, and emphasizes close reading, interpretive vocabulary, and critical writing skills. Also introduces students to critical perspectives and scholarly research. Previously listed as English 172. Prerequisite: Any W1 course or equivalent. Three credit hours. Stubbs
EN237j    Postcolonial Pastoral: Ecology, Travel, and Writing A critical examination of the pastoral as a literary genre from a global postcolonial perspective. Conducted in Kalimpong, India, enables students to work with Shiva's outreach center on biodiversity, ecology, and wilderness. Students combine their interest in civic engagement with a critical study of traditions relating to land, food, ecology, sustainability, and community, emerging in the global south. Students reflect on and write about their experiences of land and community from the perspective of informed observers, participants, and travelers. Fulfills English D requirement. Cost is $3,900. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. L, I. Roy
EN243j    Plants, Animals, and (Almost) Humans Investigates the relationship between humans and our others: first plants and animals, and then androids, aliens, and clones. From HD's harsh sea roses to the carnivorous Venus fly trap of Little Shop of Horrors, from London's narrating dog to Wallace's sentient Maine lobsters, from Butler's sensuous Oankali to Ishiguro's clueless clones, these "others" confront us with the radically dissimilar and uncannily familiar and ask us to reimagine our rigid categories of plant, animal, self, and other. Incorporates 20th-century texts from various national traditions and includes poetry, drama, fiction, comics, essays, film, and video art. Fulfills English C requirement. Previously listed as EN297J (Jan Plan 2017). Three credit hours. L. Ardam
EN297Jj    Border Crossings Focuses on literary works and movies that take on border crossings both in a geopolitical sense (physical border crossings across national boundaries) and in a metaphorical sense (social and cultural border crossings). As we analyze the cultural, ideological, and artistic implications of these works, we will take on questions such as: What are borders? What function do they play in our lives? What role do they play in organizing social life? How do our ideas about borders clash with the realities of borders? Students will engage with literary and cultural artifacts and practice close reading and cultural analysis. Fulfills English C and D requirements. Three credit hours. L. Quintana Wulf
EN479Jj    Advanced Studies in Poetry An advanced "group independent" workshop, providing a capstone experience to creative writing concentrators and minors working in poetry. Fulfills English P requirement. Prerequisite: English 379. Two credit hours. Blevins
ES143j    Sustainable and Socially Responsible Business Provides a broad overview of sustainable and socially responsible business principles and the ways in which companies incorporate them. Also introduces sustainable and socially responsible investment strategies and reviews their potential impact and effectiveness. Through a series of readings, lectures, guest speakers, and real-world case studies, students are exposed to the issues and opportunities facing green businesses. Includes small-group and individual presentations. 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. Three credit hours. L. MacKenzie
ES214Jj    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: Sophomore or higher standing. Not open to students who have completed Environmental Studies 212 or 214. Three credit hours. Gimond
ES219j    Architectural Design Workshop Listed as Art 218. Three credit hours. Lock
ES279j    Geology of Bermuda Listed as Geology 279. Three credit hours. Rueger
ES282j    Extreme Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine Listed as Biology 282. Three credit hours. Countway
ES297j    Creative Environmental Storytelling Explores the roles of awe, mindfulness, and active imagination in environmental writing. Students will be encouraged to access their "inner hermit" and explore how, as biological beings, we can create effective storytelling to envision a future where all life thrives. Students will explore the writings of others and practice writing their own stories. Introduces the idea of the evolutionary body and how it can relate to effective engagement for positive environmental change. Three credit hours. Williams
ES397j    Elephants and Environment in Sri Lanka An interdisciplinary field course introducing Sri Lanka through the theme of elephants. Students will gain experience with wildlife behavior and ecology, conservation policy, and the interaction of religion, culture, and environment. They will meet scientists and practitioners, undertake research, and complete a field journal. Students will meet at Colby for preparatory activities followed by three weeks in Sri Lanka. Includes visits to national parks, communities, and areas of cultural, economic, and environmental importance. Cost is $3,700. Financial aid is available for qualified students. Three credit hours. Nyhus
FR239j    Paris: Literary and Historical Topographies Offered in Paris, an exploration of the relationship between literary, historical, and contemporary Paris. How are Parisian spaces imagined in texts, in visual sources, and in our own mappings of today's cityscapes? Our corpus will include novels as well as historical and contemporary artifacts such as postcards and posters. Includes both traditional class sessions and student-led walking tours, which are organized around both physical space and our corpus. Provides a Francophone learning environment to French majors and other advanced French students to encourage thinking interdisciplinarily, particularly concerning the relationships between literature and history, word, and image. Cost to be determined. Prerequisite: French 128 or 131. Three credit hours. L. Davies
GE279j    Geology of Bermuda Students will learn how the island of Bermuda, subjected to a variety of geologic processes, has evolved over the past two million years. They will be exposed to the scientific method and how geologists study the Earth, its materials, and its processes. During field and laboratory observations, students will investigate how organisms, including humans, and sedimentary processes have shaped Bermuda; how sediment is formed, moved, consolidated, and lithified; and the interrelationships between geology and biology. They will gain an appreciation of the complexities of living on an island and the anthropogenic impacts on a fragile ecosystem. Cost in 2018: $2,700. Prerequisite: Geology 131, 141, 142, or 146. Three credit hours. Rueger
GK111fj    Introductory Greek Much of Western culture finds its basis in the ideas of the ancient Greeks. In this highly intensive course, students acquire Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, the basics for learning the language in which Homer, Plato, and other foundational writers expressed their thoughts. By the end of the month, students will be prepared to enroll in Greek 112. Learning goals include the ability to translate sentences, developing critical and analytical faculties, and gaining knowledge of some of the structural principles that underlie European languages from English to Russian. Three credit hours. Gillum, H. Roisman
GM252j    Mission Impossible: Multicultural German Literature and Film (inEnglish) Introduction to German-speaking literature and film by writers and filmmakers of African (Ayim, Oguntoye), Japanese (Tawada), Jewish (Celan, Honigmann), Romanian (Müller, Wagner), Russian (Kaminer), and Turkish (Özdamar, Zaimoglu, Akin) backgrounds. Emphasis on contemporary literature, with background readings from the Enlightenment through the present. Examination of creative approaches to issues of migration, exile, and globalization, with focus on language politics, identity formation, gender, history and memory, and the multicultural city. Counts toward the German major or minor. Open to first-year students. Conducted in English. Three credit hours. L, I. A. Koch
GO338j    Field Study in African Development Students will spend approximately three weeks of this global innovation course in Uganda comparing international, local, and diaspora-driven approaches to economic and social development. Through discussions with local, international, and development practitioners, observation of development projects, a rural home stay, and meetings with local and international policymakers, students will learn to identify, compare, and contrast varying theoretical and practical approaches to development in Africa, assess the effectiveness of international, diaspora-driven, and local approaches to development and its promotion in Uganda. Previously offered as Government 397 (Jan Plan 2015). Cost is $3,250. Three credit hours. Seay
HI141j    Genocide and Globalization: 20th-Century World History The terms genocide and globalization aptly describe the long 20th century in world history, which begins in the 19th century with the "opening" of China and Japan, German unification, and the onset of imperialism. By focusing on the roots and the context, the history of the 20th century as well as present tensions in the Middle East, Ukraine, South China Sea, etc. are easier to understand. The focus will shift from national (Germany, United States, China) to regional (Europe, Africa, Americas, Asia) to global perspectives. Introduces the major relevant ideologies and systems, such as nationalism, National-Socialism, fascism, communism, capitalism, social democracy, imperialism, decolonization, total war, genocide, and globalization. Three credit hours. H, I. van der Meer
HI297Aj    Into the Archive: The Politics and Practice of Archival Research Brings students into a range of archives — paper and digital, past and present — to explore how to critically analyze primary source documents and interpret evidence. Students will examine the history and politics of archives and deconstruct the narratives and silences inherent in them. They will investigate the ways in which archives have historically been used for political regimes, social movements, memory work, education, and scholarship, with an emphasis on case studies from 20th-century Latin America. Students will gain new methodological and analytical skills relevant for research in many fields. Three credit hours. H. Mack
HI297Bj    Maine in World War I In 1917, America entered World War I, an international conflict that helped to shape the United States as a global power. 35,000 Maine men served in the military, and tens of thousands of Mainers gave time and money to the war effort. We will explore the impact of World War I on Colby College, Waterville, and the State of Maine. With the goal of understanding the war through local experiences and events, primary research will be conducted using period newspapers, letters, diaries, military records, and photographs. Class lectures, films, field trips to museum exhibits, and readings about the history, literature, poetry, and art of the war will provide the broader context to the local scene. Prerequisite: Sophomore or higher standing. Three credit hours. Instructor
HI297Jj    Freedom Now and Then: The Black Freedom Struggle and Its Legacies As the nation once again convulses with racial protest, students will explore how the 20th-century black freedom struggle challenged and reshaped American politics and culture. Focusing primarily on the decades between the March on Washington Movement in 1941 and the anti-busing riots of the mid-1970s, students will explore the legal basis of freedom embedded in the Constitution, the economic freedom advocated by black labor activists, the political freedom pursued during the "classic" civil rights era, and the cultural freedom expressed during the Black Power movement. Students will examine how the freedom struggle has transformed the nation, yet failed to uproot resilient patterns of inequality. Three credit hours. H, U. Asch
IT125Tj    Italian I in Genoa 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. A full immersion environment allows students to continually practice what they learn, while enjoying the beauty of Italy. Estimated cost: $3,500. Three credit hours. Ferrando
IT153j    Modern and Contemporary Italian Fiction in Translation in Verona Held in Verona, Italy, a close study of five authors whose work spans the 20th century. Readings (translated to English) include Silvia Bonucci's Voices from a Time, Lia Levi's The Jewish Husband, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's The Leopard, Antonio Tabucchi's Pereira Declares: A Testimony, and Andrea Camilleri's The Terra Cotta Dog. Includes field trips to Venice and Italian cultural centers around Verona. Written work required: three analytical essays. Estimated cost: $3,300. Prerequisite: For more information, contact Patrick Brancaccio (pbranca@colby.edu). Three credit hours. L. Brancaccio
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. Nongraded. 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. Application required. Upload résumé, unofficial academic record including courses in progress, and cover letter describing your learning goals and the relevance of the course to your professional plans in CareerLink. 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. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Contact Daniel Camann at djcamann@colby.edu Noncredit. Camann
JP007j    Blacksmithing An intensive introduction to the fundamental processes involved in forging and forming iron (steel), taught in a well-equipped shop at the Colby-Hume Center. 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. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Prospective students should submit a brief essay outlining their interest in the course to the instructor, Steve Murdock, at scmurdock@uninets.net. 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. Noncredit. Hathaway
JP024j    Sheep to Shawl Visit a Maine sheep farm where you will skirt and wash a fleece and dye skeins of farm wool. Learn to spin and design yarn on a spindle and on a wheel. Thinking about your creative process, learn the characteristics of various fibers (wool breeds, silk, bamboo, cotton and sparkle) and design and create a fiber object using knitting, felting, crochet or other fiber technique. We will talk about the history of hand spinning in the context of the global textile industry. No previous experience is needed. Students will complete a portfolio and fiber object. Nongraded. Noncredit. Fowler
JP153j    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. (Does not earn lab science credit.) Three credit hours. N. Epstein
JP197j    Multidisciplinary Approaches to HIV/AIDS The HIV/AIDS issue is not over, nor is the obligation of college students to address it and learn of its impact in their daily lives. As professionals in medical and health settings work to understand the nature of the disease, professionals in many fields consider the problem from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We will explore many of those approaches. Along the way, students will have the opportunity to apply their own interests so that other students can benefit from their perspective and expertise. Three credit hours. Fried
JP197Bj    Exile and Belonging in Literature We will read and discuss experiences of family, both blood and chosen; strength and survival in community; madness, war, and inner peace inside different histories. Using fiction, poetry, drama, hybrid, and diaries by Leslie Marmon Silko, Chris Abani, Rebecca Brown, June Jordan, Walt Whitman, and Shakespeare, we will unpack meanings across time. We will look at our own roots; experiences of race, sexuality, gender, and class; sources of strength in community; forms of social violence and isolation; our own spirituality or faith; and the process of making art as a spiritual practice. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. L. Gates
JP197Cj    The Wide World of Story The shortest distance between two people is a story. No matter what you do in life, being a good storyteller will serve you well. In addition to being an effective way to teach, stories help us influence customers, clients, and voters and win friends. This course will help you get better at this powerful life skill. We will explore personal narratives, comedy, folk/world tales, teaching stories, ballads, and oral history. We will improve our craft, experimenting with voice, song, timing, and movement. After helping each other develop our stories in class, participants will share in at least one other setting: for children, seniors, or in a public venue. Three credit hours. A. Gillman
JP197Dj    Lawmaking, Oversight, Investigative Duties, and Powers of Congress Explains and analyzes the constitutional and other powers and limitations, duties and functions of the U.S. Congress, including legislation, appropriations, executive branch oversight, treaty ratification, executive branch and judicial nominations, constitutional amendments, vetoes and impeachment functions, as well as the work and role of the committees, staffs, lobbyists, and media. Three credit hours. S. Intriago
JP254j    Stress and the Human-Environment Interaction Explores the scientific evidence of psychological stress resulting from our interaction with the complex environment of modern Western society. Many aspects of our contemporary environment act as stressors and can lead to a wide spectrum of unhealthy stress-induced behaviors and conditions. These stressors can range from the normal (e.g., traffic noise, city lights) to the extreme (e.g., oil spills). We will examine the epidemiological and neuroendocrine evidence of environmentally induced psychological stress. Students will evaluate peer-reviewed research studies and conduct research projects to investigate their own unique areas of interest. Previously listed as JP297C (Jan Plan 2015 and 2016). Three credit hours. Buccigrossi
JP297j    Business Catalyst: A Simulated Management Experience Students serve as executives operating an emerging public company committed to building competitive advantage, growth, and corporate value. Using a sophisticated, market-leading simulation platform, student teams plan and execute a multi-year business strategy in a highly competitive and dynamic international market. Students gain insights into concepts such as market intelligence, strategic formulation, tactical execution, multi-national operations, product development, global market penetration, financial strategies, business decision-making, and being on a great business team. Invited guest executives will lead a discussion forum on a chosen business and management topic. Nongraded. Three credit hours. Instructor
JP297Bj    Economic Development in Conflict Zones Presents U.S. and NATO experience with nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan in the context of its political, cultural, economic, and security dimensions. Students will gain an understanding of economic/international development concepts and their relevance in these and other conflict zones. Introduces the various actors involved in economic and international development, their organizational and planning approaches, and how the United States and NATO integrated these entities into their whole of government approach. Three credit hours. Instructor
JP297Cj    Philanthropy at Work An academically-grounded, community-based exploration of the role philanthropy plays in powering nonprofit organizations. Through real-life case studies, guest speakers, readings, and discussion, students will consider deeply how nonprofit organizations of various sizes in our community (and beyond) leverage philanthropy to fuel their mission. Working in small teams, students will apply the strategies and tools they learn to create a resource development plan for a non-profit organization. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Three credit hours. Hallee
JS121j    Entartete (Degenerate) Musik Listed as Music 121. Three credit hours. A, I. Silver
LA297j    Into the Archive: The Politics and Practice of Archival Research Listed as History 297A. Three credit hours. H. Mack
MU091fjs    Music Lessons: Noncredit or JP 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
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. Nongraded. 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
MU153Jj    Introduction to Music Theory An introduction to the fundamental elements of music theory through analysis, composition, and improvisation. Students will learn about pieces in a variety of styles by manipulating rhythm, intervals, scales and keys, melody, harmony, and form. Primarily for students without extensive musical training. May be taken as preparation for Music 181. Credit cannot be earned for both this course and Music 154. Three credit hours. A. Helm
MU218j    Seeing, Then Hearing: Graphic Design for the Music Industry While it may seem counterintuitive, visual attraction is a central concern in the business of music. Getting music to the attention of the widest possible audience demands an increasingly refined, international visual fluency. We will look at and listen to well-known releases with an eye to the differences in the visual publicity and packaging in the European, Asian, and American markets for albums by Katy Perry, the Rolling Stones, Kanye West, and Kiss. Students will use readings in world and art history, ethnomusicology, and cultural theory, and hands-on work with Adobe Photoshop to formulate and debate answers to a number of complex multicultural design problems. Previously listed as Music 297J. Three credit hours. A. Jee
PH253j    Electronic Measurement in the Sciences Electronic measurements are used in all of the sciences as well as interdisciplinary research areas such as environmental science. Provides an introduction to experiment control and measurement instrumentation using modern electronics. Emphasizes laboratory work and includes design and implementation of electronic measurement and signal processing methods. Advanced analysis techniques will be introduced. Normally offered every other year. Prerequisite: Physics 145. Three credit hours. Tiernan
PL297Jj    Taking Philosophy Public Like other disciplines, philosophy has turned recently to urgent conversations about how we might extend what we do in the academy out to the public sphere and contribute to public life. In this humanities lab, students will first read philosophical texts about public philosophy, they will follow one or more philosophers on social media, and they will Skype with philosophers who are currently engaged in public philosophy activities. Students will then design, organize, and carry out public philosophy events or activities. Those may include a Socrates cafe, writing op-ed pieces for local papers, engaging local students or the elderly, or something else of their choosing. Prerequisite: A prior course in philosophy. Three credit hours. Gordon
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
RE242j    The Good Life What does the good life look like? What does it mean to live life well? We explore these questions through engagement with the lives and visions of founding figures from six diverse traditions of imagining a good life: the Buddha, the Hebrew Bible and Talmud, Jesus of Nazareth, Muhammad, John Stuart Mill, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Includes visits from contemporary individuals who understand their lives to be shaped by the traditions in question and an overnight retreat focused on the 'spiritual autobiographies' of students in the course. Previously offered as RE297 (Jan Plan 2017). Three credit hours. S. Nelson
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
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, architecture, and history in classroom lectures and museums. Theater and concert performances are included. Residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Required meetings on campus in the fall. Early registration required. Contingent on adequate enrollment. Cost is $3,300 plus $300 visa application fee. An optional weekend trip to Moscow costs $350. Three credit hours. Monastireva-Ansdell
RU125Jj    Elementary Russian I Intensive introductory course equivalent to RU125f. Upon successful completion of the course, students may proceed to Elementary Russian II, RU126s. Enables students to acquire a high degree of competence through communicative learning and interaction. Acquisition of grammar and vocabulary through substantial engagement in repetition, memorization, role playing, and creative communication, reinforced by listening, readings, writing, and speaking assignments outside of the classroom. Cultural practices of Russians are studied through language. Students are invited to participate in a planned trip to Moscow during Spring Break 2018. Three credit hours. Parker
SO212Jj    Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis Listed as Environmental Studies 214J. Three credit hours. Gimond
SO297Jj    The Authoritarian Mind Social psychology has a long and diverse history in the American sociological discipline. In this course, you will explore a particular linage of social psychology that is concerned with the effects of material and social conditions on how people make sense of social situations and act toward others. You will then deploy what you have learned to better understand why at certain moments in history people have become more accepting of authoritarian rule and complicit in events such as the Holocaust. We will discuss whether or not the contemporary United States has the potential to become an authoritarian state. Three credit hours. S. Mullins
ST117j    Information Use and Misuse: Big Data in America Examination of "big data" collection and mining; how the U.S. government and businesses utilize our personal, geographic, and behavioral data; and the impact on our society and government. Overview of governing policies and laws, collection technologies, and public and private use. Considers big data's impact on our everyday lives and privacy and what it means to be information literate. Discussion based. Students develop critical thinking and writing skills and understanding of the policies, terminologies, and concepts needed to examine the topic and related case studies. Previously listed as GO118 (Jan Plan 2016). Three credit hours. Kugelmeyer
ST297Jj    World History of Biology Examines the emergence and development of life sciences since 1700 by introducing major ideas, approaches, and debates about life as well as their material and cultural underpinnings and social impacts. Discussion focuses on the various understandings, modifications, and representations of them in different nations and cultures in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will develop skills in discussion, analysis, research, writing, and presentation. Three credit hours. H. Jiang
TD223j    Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance Listed as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 223. Three credit hours. A, U. Thomas
TD261Jj    Topics in Performance: Activist Storytelling Workshop Students will create original story-based performance pieces inspired by their own passion — issues such as the environment, race, poverty, reproductive justice, freedom of speech, LGBTQ+ rights, disability, diversity, access to education, etc. Students will explore a variety of writing and performance styles and techniques to engage in creative process and generate material. Culminates in a showcase presentation of solo and small group pieces at Colby and at a professional performance venue in Portland, which will require additional travel and rehearsal time the final week of Jan Plan. No previous writing or performance experience necessary. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Three credit hours. A. Weinblatt
TD264Cj    Applied Performance/Production: Lebensraum Playwright Israel Horovitz's vision of a modern day Germany, where Chancellor Stroiber attempts to atone for the holocaust "and to reduce, as much as humanly possible, the immeasurable shame we Germans feel each day of our lives." The fresh approach of this play challenges a trio of actors to breathe life into over 50 characters while remaining forever entertaining. Performances February 8-10. Students participating as stage managers, performers, designers, theater technicians, and production assistants may register for credit. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Audition. Three credit hours. Ervin
TD264Jj    Applied Performance/Production: Portland Ballet Students will spend Jan Plan in Portland, Maine where they will participate in daily company classes with the Portland Ballet Professional Company, in a new creative project with a visiting choreographer, and will have part-time internships in a variety of areas. Interested students should contact Professor Kloppenberg early in the fall and are strongly encouraged to enroll in TD116 and/or TD117 in the fall semester to be ready to work at a high level. Nongraded. Cost to be determined. Prerequisite: Audition. Three credit hours. Yanowsky
WG223j    Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance An introduction to critical race feminism and tap dance. Students will learn about the history of tap dance in the United States and abroad, black feminist thought, the concept of intersectionality, and the hypervisibility of raced bodies. Students will learn to perform and name basic tap skills and the "shim sham shimmy," a dance historically performed by African-American female tap dancers in Harlem; to perform a visual cultural analysis; to understand and think critically about concepts from critical race theory, black feminist thought, and feminist performance theory; and to know the history of tap dance and its significance to racial politics in the United States. Previously listed as WG297 (JP 2014). Three credit hours. A, U. Thomas