A Supplementary Catalogue listing all permanent changes to the curriculum made since the publication of the 1998-2000 Catalogue.
April 13, 2000
(The updates below are correct as of this date.)
CHANGES TO THE AUGUST 1999-2000 TERM TABLE (changes marked in bold):
CHANGES IN ACADEMIC POLICY:
Adjunct Course Credit: No more than two 500-level (1/4 credit) courses may be taken in any one semester; no more than two full course credits earned in 500-level courses may be counted toward the minimum 32 course credits required for the B.A. or B.Mus. degree.
All-College Independent Study Courses: No more than four All-College Independent Study course credits (280/380 , 289/389, 290/390, 299/399 ) may be counted toward satisfying the minimum credit requirement for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degrees. No more than two All-College Independent Study course credits (380 , 389, 390, 399 ) may be counted toward satisfying the minimum of nine course credits numbered in the 300s or 400s required for the B.A. or B.Mus. degrees.
Bachelor of Special Studies Degree: requirements have been changed. For the full text of current requirements, click here.
OFF-CAMPUS COURSES TAUGHT BY CORNELL FACULTY 1999/2000:
These courses usually involve additional costs and require advance planning. Consult the course descriptions below and the course instructor for a description of the course, the prerequisites, deadlines, and cost.
CHANGES IN MAJORS AND MINORS:
Geology (major): A minimum of 11 courses, including GEO 111, 112, 212, 215, 217, 316, 319, 324; plus three elective courses at or above the 200 level, one of which must be taught in the field, as GEO 255, 329, or an accredited summer field camp. Supporting coursework in chemistry, physics, and mathematics is strongly recommended. Students planning to pursue geology at the graduate level should also take GEO 312, 315, an accredited summer field camp; CHE 121-122; MAT 141-142; and PHY 111-112 or 101-102; also an intermediate-level course in a foreign language.
Politics (major): Clarification of Major Requirements affecting students who complete internship programs in Washington, D.C.: Questions have arisen concerning the extent to which internship credits undertaken in Washington, D.C., through the Washington Center or Capital Experience programs count toward fulfilling major requirements in the Department of Politics. Students participating in semester-long programs typically earn three course credits for the internship proper and one course credit for an academic course. Not all internship experiences available through these off-campus programs are politics-related, but when they are, the Department recognizes the course credits earned as Politics course credits and counts a maximum of two such credits toward the eight course credits required for a major. Course credits earned for political internships do not fulfill the major's requirements for subfield distribution or for a minimum of four 300-level courses. Not all academic courses available through these off-campus programs are politics-related, but when a course is politics-related, the Department recognizes the course credit earned as a Politics course credit. This credit may be used to fulfill the major's subfield distribution requirement, and it will be counted toward the major's required minimum of four 300-level courses.
Russian (major): A minimum of seven course credits in Russian at or above the 300 level, which include RUS 301 and four courses in Russian literature selected from 311, 312, 341, 351, and 355. A maximum of two courses in Russian history may be applied toward the major: HIS 321 (Muscovite and Imperial Russia), HIS 322 (Revolutionary and Soviet Russia), and HIS 323 (Russia from 1941).
9-356. Advanced Topics: Medical Anthropology. Cross-cultural examination of medical systems and beliefs as systems of knowledge and as theories of reality. Symbolic, social, and political dimensions of medicine in historical and comparative perspective. Ethno-medicine, alternative medical and health systems, and shamanism. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and an additional course in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Sociology, Biology, or Psychology. FORD
4-358. Advanced Topics: Culture, Environment, and Economy: The Anthropology of American Agriculture. American industrial agriculture has devastated rural communities and the environment, while enriching a handful of large corporations. Anthropologists see American agriculture as a cultural, environmental, and economic system that lacks long term sustainability. This course will look at studies that challenge the industrial model and propose a more sustainable model for the future. The course may include a field trip to a working farm.This course should be of interest to students in anthropology, economics, and environmental studies. Prerequisites: ANT 101 or permission of instructor. ZIEGENHORN
9-337. Entomology. The evolutionary history, morphology, taxonomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, and economic importance of insects. Laboratories will focus on sampling, preservation, identification, and experimentation with insects. Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142. Alternate years. (Laboratory Science) McCOLLUM
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1-111-C. Nature Writers/Nature Writing. Students will read selected American nature writers--writers who have been concerned with our relation to the environment and who have helped us think about the many dimensions of that relation. This course will involve several kinds of writing: conventional papers, journals, and electronic newsgroups. Students will also go on "excursions," which they will record in their journals. Also offered term two. Not open to students who have previously completed ENG 111. MARTIN, R.
2-111-C. Reading Drama. An introduction to modern and contemporary drama in the forms of full-length plays, one-act plays, and television scripts. The course follows a group discussion format, with close reading of selected dramatic texts, examination of dramatic terms and thematic issues, consideration of cultural contexts, and screening of film adaptations. Because of the professor's background in writing for television, the course includes the opportunity to study contemporary drama in the form of a teleplay from a prime time network program. Also offered term nine. Not open to students who have previously completed ENG 111. RECKLING
3-111. Irish Literature and Film. This course introduces students to Irish cultural identity as expressed in the works of the Irish Literary Renaissance (1880s-1920s) and afterward. The course follows a group discussion format to analyze drama, fiction, poetry, contemporary nonfiction, and film. Having studied as an undergraduate in Dublin, the professor selects works from William Butler Yeats and others of the Irish Literary Renaissance to the contemporary dramas of John B. Keane and Brian Friel, the fiction of Frank O'Connor, Edna O'Brien and Bernard MacLaverty, the memoirs of Gerry Conlon, and current political events from The Irish Times. Numerous films are screened and discussed. Among them are The Quiet Man, Mister Johnson, The Field, Into the West, Cal, The Crying Game, In the Name of The Father, and Michael Collins. Also offered term eight. Not open to students who have previously completed ENG 111. RECKLING
4-111. Twentieth Century American Women Writers. This course focuses on fiction, poetry, and drama by such writers as Edith Wharton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Katherine Anne Porter, Susan Glaspell, Zora Neale Hurston, Elizabeth Bishop, Paule Marshall, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, and others. A published fiction wirter and poet, as well as a produced television writer, the professor offers a group discussion format, with close reading of selected texts, examination of literary terms and thematic issues, consideration of cultural contexts, and screening of film adaptations. Not open to students who have previously completed ENG 111. RECKLING
6-111-A. Romantic Hitchcock: Love and Art in the Romantic Films of Alfred Hitchcock. Alfred Hitchcock, master of . . . . romance? What kind of cupid is Hitchcock? What kind of artist? The course will consider art and romance in selected Hitchcock films, including Rebecca, Spellbound, Notorious, Suspicion, Vertigo, and others. Students will write response portfolios, reviews, film criticism, and annotated bibliographies on research articles. . Not open to students who have previously completed ENG 111. HANKINS
6-111-B. Up Close and Personal: Founders of American Confessional Poetry. The reading material will focus on four core poets: Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and D.W. Snodgrass. We also will explore the roots to their groundbreaking style and read samples of current poetry written in this vein. Student essays will include critical analyses, a short research paper, and personal essays. In addition, this course will emphasize active versus passive reading; students will maintain a Reading and Writing Journal, and keep an individualized vocabulary list. Not open to students who have previously completed ENG 111. LAU
7-111. Contemporary African-American Literature. This introductory writing course reinforces essay skills, active (versus passive) reading techniques, and vocabulary building. Experiencing writing as a several-step process -- involving pre-writing, group and instructor feedback, and revisions -- is another fundamental aspect of the course. In addition, students will read and analyze four seminal works of African-American literature: Their Eyes Were Watching Go, "Sonny's Blues," Neon Vernacular and Beloved. Not open to students who have previously completed ENG 111. LAU
8-111-A. Writing and Place. This introductory writing course reinforces essay skills, active (versus passive) reading techniques, and vocabulary building. Experiencing writing as a several-step process -- involving pre-writing, group and instructor feedback, and revisions -- is another fundamental aspect of the course. Students will also read and analyze several contemporary works of fiction, poetry, and memoir that emphasize place -- to shape the main characters, to set the mood, to create unique challenges, and so forth. These books include A River Runs Through It, American Primitive, and There are no Children Here. Also offered term nine. Not open to students who have previously completed ENG 111. LAU
9-111-C. Gender and Identity. A feminist look at history and story. Not open to students who have previously completed ENG 111. WALDNER
8-213. Writing Fiction I. This class will travel to a fiction workshop in Fort Worden Park, on the Olympic peninsula in Washington State. An additional fee of approximately $600 covering transportation and housing is required, as is permission from Prof. Waldner. Prerequisite: ENG 111 and permission of instructor. (Fine Arts) WALDNER
1-219. Special Topics: Writing Children's Books. This course in writing for children will focus on short manuscripts of 900-5000 words. Participants will read some outstanding recent books for children; read what respected authors in this field have written about writing for children; and work on manuscripts of their own. Additional topics will include manuscript submission procedures, and print and electronic resources for those interested in writing for children. Prerequisite: ENG 111 (Fine Arts) MARTIN, J.B.
5-322. Medieval and Rennaisance Drama. The class will read plays by some of the foremost Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights, among them Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, John Webster, William Shakespeare, Thomas Heywood, and Thomas MIddleton, with attention to performance and stage conditions as well as to the rich cultural environment of London in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This period saw an unprecedented flourishing of the dramatic arts in England and the audience for which these dramatists wrote was voracious in its appetite for stimulating, relevant, and juicy entertainment. We will sample various popular Renaissance genres such as the city comedy, the histsory play, the revenge tragedy, and the pastoral. No prior experience with Renaissance drama is necessary; imagination and a willingness to read out loud will be great assets. Assignments will include short informal writing, a longer paper, and group work. Prerequisite: ENG 111 (Humanities) HAUSKNECHT
1-303. French and Francophone Culture. Trip to Louisiana, third weekend of the block. See French 1-103. Costs are currently estimated at $150 per student. For more information contact the course's instructor and trip leader, Jan Boney.
5-411. Junior-Senior Seminar. If you are a junior or senior in 1999-2000 and are completing a French major, register for this course, which is taught alternating years. Required for the French major; open to all who have completed French 311. Topic to be announced. For more information, contact Jan Boney.
212. Mineralogy I: Principles. Prerequesites: CHE 121 and GEO 111 or 114.
217. Paleontology. Prerequisites: GEO 112 or BIO 141-142.
6-255. Modern and Ancient Carbonate Systems of the Bahamas. Prerequisite: any 100-level Geology course.
8-317. Paleoecology. Applications of principles of paleoecology to an understanding of the ecology of marine invertebrates that existed in eastern Iowa during Paleozoic time. Includes group research projects on various aspects of paleoecology using field- and laboratory-based studies of fossiliferous outcrops in eastern Iowa. Prerequisite: GEO 217. (Laboratory Science) GREENSTEIN
319. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. Alternate years.
1-324. Sedimentology and Stragigraphy. Prerequisite: GEO 111 and 112.
329. Geology of a Region. Prerequisites: GEO 111, 112, and 215.
512. Geographic Information Systems. (1/4 credit) Learning the fundamentals of geographic information systems (GIS) by means of tutorial exercises and exploration of selected websites. Working with user-created and imported information, each student will design a project that addresses a geographic issue (e.g. environmental, demographic) and will use ArcView GIS to help resolve it. A final written report, that will include maps, is required. Must be taken over four consecutive terms. Prerequisites: GEO 111 or 114, and at least two upper-level courses from any one of the following departments: biology, economics and business, geology, politics, or sociology/anthropology, or permission of instructor. GARVIN (CR)
*7-114. Introductory Seminar: Peasants in Early Modern Europe. This course will examine some of the conflicts, large and less-noticed, of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe from the perspective of peasant culture. In addition to the effects of the period's religious wars and land tenure changes, the course will also examine the dynamics of gender and peasant consciousness using newer cultural histories of rural Europe. Students will be assigned four short papers, a mid-term, and final. (Humanities) KREITLOW
*4-116. Introductory Seminar: The Holocaust. An introduction not only to what happened to the Jews, Gypsies and other "undesirables" under Adolf Hitler, but also a survey of the various responses and reactions to these events in the post-war period. A number of films will be shown. Several writing assignments. Open to first and second year students only, except by permission of instructor. (Humanities) CONNELL
5-257. Topics in History: Baseball-The American Game. This course will cover the history of baseball since the mid-1800s with an emphasis on how the game reflects changes and patterns in American society. The course assignments emphasize writing. (Humanities) LUCAS
8-334. Topics in European History: Twentieth Century Britain. Political, social, and cultural developments in Great Britain from the death of Queen Victoria to the present. Particular focus will be placed on the period of the two world wars, but the course will also cover post-war decolonization, integration into Europe, and the Thatcherite revolution. Prerequisite: HIS 104 or junior standing. (Humanities) SIMPSON
9-349. Topics in Latin American History: History of Brazil. (same as LAS 9-349) This course presents the general features of Brazil's history with a focus on the nation's environmental history. Warren Dean's history of the Brazilian's coastal forest with Broadax and Firebrand is the foundational text supplemented by original documents, scholarly studies and a novel. Students are required to lead certain class discussions and complete a lengthy paper drawing from assigned readings (i.e. not an original research paper). Prerequisite: HIS/LAS 141. (Humanities) KREITLOW
5-357. Seminar: The Documentary Imagination in American History. This course investigates the issues of historical truth and fiction through an examination of the documentary genre. Throughout the Twentieth Century, American writers, photographers, filmmakers, and social scientists struggled to document historical reality for the purposes of social reform, governmental policy-making, historical preservation, and the development of a cultural aesthetic. Topics will include: the methods and techniques employed by documentary makers; how the search for truth is undertaken in different documentary works, such as James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Betty Lou Valentine's Hustling and Other Hard Work: Lifestyles in the Ghetto; the ethics involved in the project to document someone else's experience; and the obstacles documentary makers faced in order to produce their representations. (Humanities) STEWART
8-315. Seminar: Public Ethics in the Deep South. A study of efforts to recover and to build public integrity in state and local governments in Mississippi and Louisiana, with special reference to New Orleans. The course will travel for 7-10 days in Jackson, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Gulfport-Biloxi. Prerequisite: POL 222, 225, or 327. (Social Science) SUTHERLAND
3-336. International Relations of the Asian-Pacific Rim. International politics in the Asian-Pacific region since World War II. Considerations include the impact of big-power rivalries, political revolution, economic development, and the globalization of capital. Prerequisite: POL 242 or 243. (Social Science) HUANG
2-337. Comparative Government of China and Japan. Comparative of contemporary China and Japan. Considerations include the synthesis of indigenous traditions and imported institutions in each country and the respective roles of China and Japan in world politics and the international economy. Prerequisite: POL 242 or 243. (Social Science) HUANG
6-358. Advanced Topics in Psychology: Women and Mental Health. This course will address issues such as: why women experience various forms of psychological distress; how mental health systems have sometimes served as a form of social control, both in the past and the present; how social trends and historical factors influence women's distress; and what types of interventions are most effective for working with diverse groups of women. Readings will include classic works on women and "madness," commentaries about the strengths and flaws of diagnostic practices and treatments, and autobiographical and biographical accounts of women's experiences with psychological distress. Prerequisite: any 200-level Psychology course (Social Science) ENNS
7-370. Memory. Research and theory about remembering and forgetting. Topics will include: models of memory (including neural network approaches), brain processes in memory, the role of images in memory, reconstructive processes in memory, memory and development, and how to improve memory. Prerequisite: PSY 161 plus any 200-level Psychology course (Social Science) ASTLEY
8-367. Topics: Neo-Darwinism, Sociobiology, and Religion. This course will examine the relationship between recent developments in evolutionary theory and in sociobiology (e.g., Wilson's Consilience) as these developments seem to have implications for religious belief. Dr. Keith Ward is Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and author of numerous books and articles on theology and on the relationship between science and religion. Dr. Ward will be at Cornell as Templeton Distinguished Visiting Professor of Science and Religion. (Humanities) WARD
7-311. Introduction to 19th Century Russian Literature. Introduction to Russian literature of the nineteenth century, with readings of works by representative writers. Lectures, readings, and discussions in Russian. Alternate years. Prerequisite: RUS 301 or 303. IKACH
312. Introduction to 20th Century Russian Literature. Introduction to Russian literature of the twentieth century, with readings of works by representative writers. Lectures, readings, and discussions in Russian. Alternate years, beginning with 2000-2001. Prerequisite: RUS 301 or 303. IKACH
5-378. Advanced Topics: Women and the Law. The relationship between women and "the law" is complex and ambiguous, in theory and in practice. The legal system -- and its ideals of equality, justice, and rights -- have sometimes been effectively used to fight and to remedy oppression of women. Yet some feminist scholars argue that "the law" and legal institutions are themselves oppressive, patriarchal structures, defining women in heterosexist terms and perpetuating male power and domination over women. This course will explore these tensions in the context of practical areas of law with particular significance for women's lives -- including family law, the law of sex discrimination and sexual harassment. We will also consider legal responses to violence against women, the legal regulation of women's reproduction, and the law as it applies to lesbian relationships. Finally, we will consider the law through the perspectives and experiences of women who participate in the legal system as lawyers and judges. Prerequisite: WST 171. IHLAN