Cultural Analysis(CA)


Provost Lauren Bowen - ext. 3123

Interdisciplinary Colloquia (IC) and (CA)

Students will need to choose one course from a listing of courses known as Interdisciplinary Colloquia (IC) and one course from a listing known as Cultural Analysis (CA).  In the IC course, faculty from different disciplines work with students in a team-taught and interdisciplinary setting to tackle a significant topic while developing writing, discussion, close reading, and critical thinking skills.   The CA courses focus on some aspect of culture or offer an introduction to a culture by using both scholarly and primary texts from that culture and are also committed to developing writing skills. 

The IC and CA courses require sophomore standing and above and can be taken  in any order or  even at the same time.  The Interdisciplinary Colloquium and Cultural Analysis requirement will be waived for students who successfully complete a world language course beyond the 210 level in the target language and a semester or more of study abroad in the  target language and culture.  Please note that the credits (7  to 8 credits) need to be earned elsewhere to earn the needed 120 for graduation.

PLEASE NOTE:  To find Interdisciplinary Colloquia courses and Cultural Analysis that are offered in the home department, please use CLASS SCHEDULES and look under SKILLS.

Interdisciplinary Colloquia Courses:

IC-202   Shaping the American Mind (Fall; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; IC) Beginning in the seventeenth century scientific revolution, continuing with a look at the enlightenment thinkers that brought notions of liberty, economics and pluralism to the United States, this course uses the history of ideas to ask why we Americans are and what ideas helped make us this way. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109.

IC-204   Evolution and American Culture (Spring; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; IC) The Darwinian Revolution, based on Darwinian evolutionary theory, is one of the greatest and most profound human achievements. But today, more than 150 years after the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, we still have not come to terms with its mind-boggling implications and not fully explored its awesome explanatory power in transforming our thinking of many big issues (e.g. sex and marriage, family, gender, race, morality, human nature, religion, meaning of life, etc.). This course will accomplish something far more interesting than to debate or argue for the truth of evolution theory or how to accommodate our traditional religious beliefs to the framework of evolution and science. To accomplish our objective, we will first trace the development of Darwinian evolutionary theory and reconstruct the Darwinian paradigm. We will then study and explain the nature of the conservative religious and other forms of cultural reactions to Darwinian theory in American culture. And finally, we will investigate the many culturally significant and profound implications of the Darwinian Revolution in our society. Prerequisites: EN-110 or EN109.

IC-205   Modern Knowledge & the Self (Spring; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; IC,CW) Who are we? In what kind of world do we live? What can we know about the world and ourselves and how? This course examines how the modern has changed our answers to these and other questions. Particular attention will be paid to modern and post-modern understandings of scientific and narrative knowledge as well as cultural transformations in the comprehension of the self. Materials include films, novels, essays, and the visual arts. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109.

IC-208   The History of God (Spring; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; IC,CONN) This course will give students an introduction to the concept of God in western culture and how our understanding of God has changed from the ancient Hebrews to the modern era. Topics will include how concepts of God have been influenced by politics and culture; the interrelationship between popular and intellectual religion; and how religious belief influences, and is influenced by power. Prerequisite: EN110 or EN109.

IC-210   Comics and Culture (Spring; Variable; 4.00 Credits; IC) This course will explore the rule of comics in shaping and reflecting American culture. It will explore the basic structure of comics and graphic novels, the historical birth and evolution of the American comic book, and the counter culture response to these comics. Students will write and draw a short story in comic book format as well as write short assignments and a research paper. Prerequisite: EN110 or EN109. A special fee for supplies and a field trip will apply.

IC-220   Interpreting the Bible & Constitution (Spring; Variable; 3.00 Credits; IC) Both the Bible and the Constitution have been interpreted very differently at different times and by different people. How can we know which interpretations are right? Is there even such a thing as a " right " interpretation? This course examines the art of interpretation and critically evaluates some common and conflicting interpretations of the Bible and the Constitution. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109.

IC-223   Islam: Real and Imagined (Spring; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; IC) This course is designed to introduce students to Islam and to the political and cultural heritage of the Islamic world, both in practice and in theory, and from the perspective of both insiders and outsiders. It includes the basics of Islam and the history of the Islamic world's interaction with the West in the recent past. Throughout the course, we will connect the topics and themes of the early era with the concerns of our own era. Focus will not just be on the Middle East, but will also include Islam in the United States and around the world.

IC-229   Spanish & Service in Guatemala I (Spring; Even Years; 1.00 Credit; IC,SW-GE) This spring module serves as extended orientation and preparation for the two-week intensive Spanish and service learning module, IC-230, that will take place immediately following commencement. Students must have intermediate Spanish proficiency equivalent to four semesters of college Spanish or enroll concurrently for a fourth-semester Spanish course. Prerequisites: Completion of SP-230 or a Spanish course beyond SP-230 taught in the target language. Corequisite: IC-230.

IC-230   Spanish & Service in Guatemala II (Summer; Even Years; 2.00 Credits; IC,SW-GE) This two-week summer module in Guatemala follows IC-229, the spring module that provides extended orientation and preparation for this intensive Spanish and service learning experience. Students must have successfully completed IC-229 and have intermediate Spanish proficiency equivalent to four semesters of college Spanish to participate in the course. Prerequisites: Completion of SP-230 or a Spanish course beyond SP-230 taught in the target language. Corequisite: IC-229.

Cultural Analysis Courses: