RESULTS:College of Arts & Sciences, Summer Term 2024

American Studies

A general survey of the political, constitutional, economic, and social history of the United States.

Art History

This survey course introduces the art and architecture of ancient, colonial, modern, and contemporary Latin America spanning approximately 4000 years (c. 2000 BCE- 2000 CE) and two continents (North, Central, and South America from Mexico to Brazil). We examine the style, iconography, and context of key works of art and consider enduring regional legacies and the adaptation of outside influences.

Asian Studies

Short-term intensive study abroad in Asia examining transnational topics from interdisciplinary perspectives such as art history, religious studies, history, and literature.

Biology

A study of ecology, evolution and biological diversity, with an emphasis on scientific investigations in the natural areas in and around the university. The course, which is scheduled for one afternoon each week, meets the general education requirement for a natural science course but does not fulfill the requirement for a laboratory science course.
A study of fundamental principles of heredity including molecular aspects and evolutionary implications of these concepts.
This interdisciplinary field course combines the study of geology, oceanography, marine biology, botany, and wildlife behavior in a single coastal island ecosystem.

Business

The instructional objective is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts that are fundamental to the use of accounting. Students will focus on the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements, including balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flows, as well as on the use of financial ratios. A decision-making approach is employed which involves critical evaluation and analysis of information presented. Analytical tools are integrated throughout the course
This course examines legal principles, considerations, and structures affecting managerial decisions. The course initially focuses on the anthropological underpinnings of the legal concepts of “liability”, “limited liability”, and “corporate” form with readings coming from Yuval Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. With that background in place, the course then examines legal parameters and constraints through corporate, tax, and securities laws impacting managerial decisions in the areas of “choice of entity” (with a focus on sole proprietorships/tax-disregarded entities, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations, both “C” and “S”), taxation, management structure, intellectual property, capital infusions, mergers, and acquisitions.
This course examines business trends and business structures in emerging markets located in the region of focus through field applications of cross-cultural travel and business interviews. This field applications course discusses the evolution of conglomerate enterprises and business networks through first-hand study and consultation with business and government leaders. It introduces students to examples of corporate organization and management of these enterprises, and elaborates how these structures impact the success of companies from the region of study. The course will examine the policies and case examples of new start-up business development and entrepreneurship, and how economies in the region are adapting structures to shape an innovation economy. The faculty-led travel /study-away course will also explore business practices in the countries of study, providing students with a first-hand understanding of business culture, protocol, and business customs.
A selection of topics are explored depending on interest. This course may be repeated once for credit when the topic differs.

Classical Studies

This course offers an on-site consideration of the Greco-Roman tradition in modern Britain, and will include field trips in London and other archaeological sites.

Community Engaged Learning

A selection of topics are explored depending on interest. This course may be repeated once for credit when the topic differs.
An introductory course focusing on a topic or issue in psychology, designed for students who do not plan to pursue psychology as a major/minor.

Economics

The course introduces students to the field of economics, and explores a variety of topics spanning both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Using basic algebraic and graphical techniques, it lays the foundation for how economists model the world using mathematics to study how individuals, firms and governments make choices and how they affect the world around us. Microeconomic topics include consumer theory, producer theory, behavior of firms, externalities, and the role of the government in the economy. Macroeconomic topics include determination of output, unemployment, interest rates, inflation, monetary and fiscal policies, and economic growth.
This course is an introduction to econometrics, a field of economics that facilitates the understanding of economic literature and pursuit of empirical research in economics. It covers the use of basic statistical methods, probability theory, sampling theory, estimation, hypothesis testing, and linear regression. Students practice the application of these techniques by collecting, organizing, and analyzing real-world economic data using the statistical software STATA.
This course provides an introduction to economic applications of statistics, including descriptive statistics, probability theory, distributions, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression, and the application of these statistics to economic research. Students will use econometric software and real-world data to study economic questions. Open only to students pursuing majors in Economics or Finance.

English

An examination of several masterpieces of Western literature, including Homer's Iliad and Dante's Divine Comedy. Some sections are writing-intensive.

Environmental Sciences

This interdisciplinary field course combines the study of geology, oceanography, marine biology, botany, and wildlife behavior in a single coastal island ecosystem.

Environmental Studies

An introduction to the basic concepts and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Topics include geographic data acquisition, data management, cartography, and methods of geospatial analysis. Laboratory exercises and projects focus on applications of GIS in understanding and managing the environment. Laboratory course.
An introduction to the basic concepts and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Topics include geographic data acquisition, data management, cartography, and methods of geospatial analysis. Laboratory exercises and projects focus on applications of GIS in understanding and managing the environment. Laboratory course.