Summer Courses 2019

May 21-June 21

The College will attempt to offer all courses listed. Insufficient enrollment, however, or other factors beyond the College's control may dictate schedule changes.

May Term Courses


An introduction to the fundamentals of Arabic. Primary emphasis on the acquisition of basic language skills (comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing) within the context of culture and civilizations. Secondary emphasis on the cultures where Arabic is spoken. Intended for beginners with no previous experience in the language.


An examination of astronomy, its methods and history, the origin and development of the solar system, the galaxy and the universe. Prerequisite: none. Corequisite: Astronomy 151.


Corequisite laboratory to accompany Astronomy 110. Prerequisite: none. Corequisite: Astronomy 110.


A consideration, based on basic biological concepts, of the processes leading to the degradation of our environment. The course includes discussions of such topics as environmental pollution by pesticides, industrial by-products, and radioactive materials; the historical background and future prospects of the population explosion; and the need for preservation of our natural resources. Prerequisite: none.


The purpose of this course is to develop students’ ability to analyze all aspects of global commercial real analysis and investment.  Topics include, but are not limited to: Macro- and microeconomic factors; demographic influences; valuation; financing; risk mitigation; urban planning and development; governmental regulation, impact fees, and tax abatements / incentives; and real estate law.  Attention will be given to the impact of unforeseen events on real estate such as Brexit and the 2007-2008 financial crisis.  Disruptive market events such as the impact of web-based retail on the retail properties including stand-alone big boxes, shopping centers and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) investing those properties.  A special focus will be given to repurposing and renovation of existing structures.  Green construction and operation of facilities will also be addressed.  Argus Software, the most widely used commercial real estate analysis software will be used by students throughout the course."


This course is a survey of the basic concepts of chemistry as applied to the environment and current environmental issues. Topics include current issues of water, soil and air pollution; reactions controlling natural chemical species in our environment; the fates of chemical species in the soil, water, and air; and the basic chemical principles behind production and consumption of energy. In addition, the course emphasizes evaluating data and making informed assessments about the issues discussed. This course is intended for students with primary interests outside of the sciences and does not satisfy the prerequisite for requirements for any other chemistry course. Prerequisite: none.



Economic analysis of individual, team, and league sports. This course focuses not only on the market structure and industrial organization of sports leagues, but also addresses the public finance issues of municipal stadium construction and the labor issues involved with free agency and salary caps. Prerequisite: Economics 101.


ECON 285: SPECIAL TOPICS: Applied Economics  (Isaacs/Carilli)

The field of economic statistics and econometrics is rapidly changing. Increasing data availability combined with powerful computing and advanced software allows researchers to address issues of statistical inference and analysis in innovative ways. Despite these advances students must still have a strong foundation in research methods and data analysis. This course provides students with practical knowledge and skills to take advantage of these new developments. This course extends and enhances the Department’s traditional theoretical courses by introducing modern research methods and multivariate statistical tools via real-world applications. Over the course of the semester, students will learn how to use computing software like Excel and R to address issues of large data, non-experimental methods, exploratory data analysis, and visualization. Special topics in the class include methodological appropriateness, factor analysis, causality, nonlinear system modeling, multivariate time series, Bayesian statistics, and machine learning. All topics are presented in a hands-on manner and students will work through sets of examples using topic templates.



Introduces students to global processes across time. The course is thematically organized and contextually centered. It does not attempt to narrate a “history of the world;” rather, it compares hierarchal structures, cultural frameworks, and regional and global networks from the beginning of human history to 1500. It emphasizes how contingency and human agency have shaped the global past, how civilizations are mutable “works in progress,” and how texts serve as examples of authors writing within specific historical contexts.



A review of the theory, institutions, and practices of the national government in the United States. The constitutional basis of the federal system, the protection of civil liberties and citizenship, and the role of the people in politics are studied with frequent references to leading Supreme Court decisions and other primary sources. Prerequisite: none.




This course offers a hands-on introduction to basic excavation, recording, and laboratory techniques employed on historical period archaeological sites throughout the United States. The various topics covered include survey and excavation strategies, as well as the interpretation of ceramics, faunal remains, plant phytoliths and pollen deposits, and interpreting the spatial distribution of artifacts across sites and larger landscapes. Prerequisite: none.



The course will deal with the history of the Eastern Mediterranean during the Age of the Crusades, from roughly 1000 to 1400 AD; topics to be discussed include: Europe and the Near East Before 1000; Alexius Comnenus, Urban II and the First Crusade; Conditions in The Crusader States; the Muslim Counteroffensive and the Second Crusade; Frederick Barbarossa, Philip II Augustus, Richard I and the Third Crusade; the Sack of Constantinople by the Franks; Later Crusades: Why did the Crusades Succeed? Why did the Crusades ultimately Fail? The Legacy of the Crusades. Grades will be based on three in-class examinations and several short papers.



The course will explore the working relationship between humans and dogs since the slow domestication of canis lupus familiaris, through classical and medieval times to the present day. Topics to be discussed will include, but are not restricted to: the evolution of the dog from several different canid species; the role of the dog as a working partner for early hunter-gatherers; the role of the dog in the domestication of other species as livestock; dogs in war—ancient, medieval and modern; the evolution of the modern breeds and the specialization of the work of dogs.


INDS 185: SPECIAL TOPICS: The Writing On the Skin: The Culture of Russian Prison Tattoos  (Basham)

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the life of the ‘thieves in law’, greatly respected and feared members of Russian organized crime, has become a subject of immense interest to both Russians and Westerners. The detail that is attracting the most attention is the prisoners’ tattoos. Ever since the thieves in law started formally organizing and acting as leaders of prison groups in the Soviet gulags, the tattoos have been used as a powerful coded system for communication that tells the story of the prisoners’ lives, states their views on political and social issues, shows their place in the criminal world hierarchy, and decides their fate amongst their cellmates. In this class the students will learn about the history of organized crime in Russia, the Soviet gulag system, the culture that developed around the prison tattoos, and the laws and regulations issued by the authorities as a response to this culture. The students will also understand the meaning of the different categories of prison tattoos and will be able to decode the information they carry. The students will also explore the global significance of tattoos as a secret language outside of Russia by learning about the use of tattoos in ancient Greece and Rome, China, Japan, Borneo, Samoa, the Marquesas, New Zealand, France, and Italy.


Introduction to the professions of engineering and engineering physics with emphasis on developing fundamental basis of scientific exploration into engineering using physics, communication, teamwork, creativity, and analysis. Pre-requisite: None. Not open to juniors or seniors without prior consent from the professor.

PHYS 185: SPECIAL TOPICS: Physics of Rock Climbing  (Auner)

This experiential learning course is an exploration into the physics underlying the sport of rock climbing. This course is encouraged for non-science majors interested in learning about physics while experiencing it outdoors. Some possible areas of exploration include: the physics of belaying, locomotion, the climbing gear, and balance.

PHYS 185: SPECIAL TOPICS: Introduction to Biophysics  (Auner)

This course is a conceptual survey of biophysics examining many topics in this broad area from a physics perspective. This course is intended for non-science majors interested in learning about a growing field of interdisciplinary science. Some topics that will be covered include: miniature motors in the cell, how genetic information is stored compared to computer memory, locomotion (swimming, running, rock climbing), and how blood flows.



This is an entry-level course designed to introduce students to conflicting views on a variety of important issues in different areas of psychology. The focus of this course is the gulf between public opinion and empirical knowledge. Discussions about each controversy begins with a presentation of some basic information about the general topic under study (e.g., the accuracy of eyewitness testimony and the nature of human memory) and is followed by an in-depth examination of each controversy in light of what the public believes to be true and what psychologists have learned. Videotapes, web resources, and readings from the critical thinking monograph are used to supplement the primary text in this course.  Prerequisite: none.


PSYC 285: SPECIAL TOPICS: Psychology of Violent and Criminal Behavior   (Mossler)

This course will provide the student with insights about crime from a psychological perspective. Specifically, the course will focus on how different kinds of criminal offenders are influenced by multiple systems within the psychosocial environment. As we explore the origins of violent and criminal behaviors, we will focus on biological risk factors (e.g., mental illness), developmental risk factors (e.g., child maltreatment), and situational risk factors (e.g., availability of guns). We will discuss and develop different profiles for children, adolescents, and adults who commit a variety of crimes including: murder, mass shootings, sexual assault, stalking, hate crimes, bullying, and terrorism. Throughout the course, students will acquire knowledge and practice in the application of psychological methods to understanding violent and criminal behavior. Towards the end of the course, we will explore ways to reduce violent and criminal behavior in our society.



An introduction to the origins, development, and current meaning of several spiritual traditions. The course is designed to show the diversity of religious traditions, as well as to indicate the common questions that the various traditions address. The course begins with a consideration of the relation between religion and the human condition as we experience it. In the light of this introduction, several traditions chosen from the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, Muslim, and Native American are examined. Prerequisite: none.



The first component of the course is a continuation of the 101-102 sequence. Continued development of the four basic skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Emphasis on the use of Spanish in the classroom. In the second component of the course, the emphasis is on the productive skills of speaking and writing with a general grammar review. Continued practice in reading of authentic Hispanic texts, both popular and literary. Several oral presentations are required.



Western Culture 101 introduces students to the history, cultural achievements, and dilemmas of western civilization, from its roots to 1500. The course is grounded in a consideration of significant historical events and cultural questions. It examines a variety of texts – literary, philosophic, theological, and artistic – placed in historical context. Ultimately, the course aims to give a perspective on the contemporary world through an exploration of the West’s cultural legacy.


Western Culture 102 introduces students to the history, cultural achievements, and dilemmas of Western civilization, from 1500 to the present day. The course is grounded in a consideration of significant historical events and cultural questions. It examines a variety of texts – literary, philosophic, theological, and artistic – placed in historical context. Ultimately, the course aims to give a perspective on the contemporary world through an exploration of the West’s cultural legacy.



Time Course: Title: Instructor: Room:
8-10:00am HIST 385  History of the Crusades Hattox WC 201 
8-10:00am INDS 285 Writing on the Skin Basham WC 102
8-10:00am PHYS 101  Introduction to Engineering Physics Keohane Gilmer 005
8-10:00am WCUL 101 Beginning to 1500CE Dabling Morton 323
9:30-11:30am SPAN 201/202  Intermediate Spanish I/II  Palmer/DeJong  Bagby 312
10:15-12:15pm ARAB 185 Introduction to Arabic STAFF Bagby 307
10:15-12:15pm CHEM 108 Chemistry of the Environment Deifel Gilmer 220
10:15-12:15pm ECON 217 Economics of Sports Isaacs Morton 224
10:15-12:15pm  GVFA 101 Intro to American Govt Dabling Morton 323
10:15-12:15pm HIST 420 Topics in Comparative History: Man and Dog Hattox WC201
10:15-12:15pm PHYS 185 Physics of Rock Climbing Auner Gilmer 025
10:15-12:15pm RELI 103 Intro to World Religions Harris Maples 201
10:15-12:15pm WCUL 102 1500 CE to Present Keohane Gilmer 005
12:30-2:30pm SPAN 201/202  Intermediate Spanish I/II Palmer/DeJong  Bagby 312 
1:15-3:15pm ASTR 110 Introduction to Astronomy/Corequisite ASTR151 Keohane Gilmer 005
1:15-3:15pm ECON 285 Applied Economics Isaacs/Carilli Morton 224
1:15-3:15pm HIST 240 Field Methods and Practice in Historical Archaeology Pearson Morton 121
1:15-3:15pm PHYS 185 Intro to Biophysics Auner Gilmer 025
1:15-3:15pm PSYC 285 Psychology of Violent and Criminal Behavior Mossler Dupont
3:30-5:30pm ASTR 151 Astronomy Laboratory/Corequisite ASTR110 Keohane Gilmer 005
3:30-5:30pm BIOL 108 Environmental Biology Goodman ONLINE
3:30-5:30pm GCUL 103 Beginning to 1500CE Basham WC 102
3:30-5:30pm PSYC 107 Controversial Issues in Psyc  Mossler DuPont
7:00-9:00pm BUSN 285 Special Topics in Economics Levkoff ONLINE