Special Studies

Special Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Each semester the College of Arts and Sciences offers Special Studies courses that are based on the interests of our students and faculty. Special Studies courses are found on each semester’s schedule under the numbers of 297, 397, 497 and Graduate Studies 597.

Due to the nature of Special Studies courses, some of them are offered for only one semester. Below is a listing of the most current offerings.

Spring 2017

  • ACSC 697 Thesis/Research –
  • ADIN 297 Anyone Can Code –a swift programming introduction for Design & Visual Art majors set up as workshop style in this one credit course.
  • ADSA 497 Special Studies: Ceramics – This course will focus on skill development, special interest topics, creating a body of work and/or contemporary art and design events with in the context of ceramics. Students will employ some of the basic processes of working with clay, including hand-building and experimental methods to create sculptural and functional work. The course will encompass basic glazing and surface treatments, as well as, and the aesthetics of form and function as they relate to works in clay.
  • ADSA 497 Special Studies: Jewelry/Metals – advanced metalsmithing courses are offered periodically based on faculty and student interests. This course will focus on skill development, special interest topics, creating a body of work and/or contemporary art and design events with in the context of metalsmithing.
  • ADSA 497 Special Studies: Painting – for advanced painting students who are beginning to assemble a consistent body of work that is thematically related. This course may be repeated for credit and may be taken for 3-6 credits. Students must be self-motivated and willing to share ideas, criticisms, and inspiration. Students must have a high work ethic in studio. There will be emphasis on developing an artistic voice in each student. Third semester students will also be encouraged to offer their knowledge and experience while working along-side of first and second semester painters.
  • COMM 597 Special Topics in Strategic Communication –
  • CRIM/SOC 297 Victimology – The course examines victims of crime, the nature of their interaction with the criminal justice system, and the response of the criminal justice system to the victim at each stage. Students will learn about the role of the victimologist, the evolution of victims’ rights, and available community resources. They will develop an awareness of current events related to victimization, the relationship between victims, and those who victimize them, and the victims’ contribution to victimization. By the end of the course, students will have a full understanding of the terminology related to victimology, incorporating it into debates, discussions, and presentations about victims of crime.
  • HIST 297 Culture of War – This course is about the effect war has on individuals and societies. We were get at this topic primarily through novels, memoirs, and social histories. In addition to focusing on the individual themes of each book, the class will also gain structure by frequent references to three central issues – How does war change individuals, how does war change societies, and are these changes permanent or reversible?
  • HIST 297 History Medicine in the West and the World – This course explores the development of western medicine in a global context. Beginning with the Hippocratic and Galenic teachings in antiquity, the course traces the evolution of medical practices in Europe and the Mediterranean to the present day. It examines the way that information exchange between Old World and New World, “western” and “eastern,” and Christian and Muslim communities made possible the rise of our modern brand of medicine. Students will study some of the greatest contagions in world history, from the Black Death to Cholera to the AIDS epidemic in the late 20th century. We will explore the developments in sanitation, medical instruments, and pharmaceuticals that changed the way medicine was understood and practiced. Students will also explore the influence that medicine and disease, as well as medical practitioners and theorists, had in shaping the culture of human societies from ancient Greece to today. Therefore, in addition to studying the key texts and discoveries that in sum produced modern western medicine, students will also examine disease and treatment in poetry and prose, in plays and in paintings, and in other forms of cultural heritage in pre-modern and modern societies.
  • MUS 297 African Drumming Ensemble
  • PSCI 397 Terrorism/National Security Studies – This course examines the central challenges to U.S. national security by considering current, historical and theoretical readings and case studies. Students will apply their learning through a series of simulations where they will be expected to address issues as if they were professionals on the National Security Council.   Through these simulations, students will be tasked with analyzing the challenge, assessing the current strategy, and identifying alternative strategies for protecting and advancing U.S. national interests.