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preachy or wonky? How can we draw broader social points out of our personal stories,
without seeming “whiny” or narcissistic? What’s the difference between writing for the
page and for a live audience? Through workshopping, class discussion, field trips, and
performance practice, we’ll move toward balancing the persuasive power of a political
speech with the delight of well-crafted essay. Prerequisite: writing designated course

(W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Fine Arts)

HISTORY

HIS 120-1. Introductory Seminar: Women in America (1600-1870 (FYS)
This seminar is an introduction to women’s history from colonial times through the Civil
War. We will examine a number of different topics such as the status of women in
different colonies, the effect of the American Revolution, slave women, the 1848 Seneca
Falls Convention, and the evolution of the women’s rights movement. Readings will
include biographies, slave narratives, and some of the most important historical
scholarship. One of the goals of the course is the improvement of writing skills, thus
there will be frequent writing assignments. (FYS)

HIS 334-1. Topic: Inquisitions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
The Inquisition's dark reputation is well known. What reality lay behind it? This course
examines the development and growth of the inquisition over time, from its origins in
the 13th century as a group of largely independent investigators of heresy, through the
establishment of its more structured forms in 15th-century Spain and 16th-century Italy.
We'll consider the procedures, goals, and motives of the inquisitors, as well as of those
who had to defend themselves before inquisitors, and the impact of the inquisitions on

European society. Prerequisite: junior standing. (Humanities) HERDER

INTERDISCIPLINARY

INT 160-1. Cell-Phones, Coffee, and Cars: Critiquing Consumption
Life, as we know it, is dependent on the everyday consumption of goods and services;
however, our consumptive practices can also have negative social and environmental
consequences. This first-year seminar combines sociological and geological perspectives
to provide a unique viewpoint on the cause and effects of our consumer society.
Sociology allows us to examine the changing meaning, practices, and social implications
of consumption, while geology provides scientific insight into the physical processes and
environmental implications of consumption. Our goal is to examine the interdisciplinary,
complex nature of sustainability through reflection, experiential learning and

collaborative problem-solving. (FYS) DAVIS and WALSH

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

LAS 236-4. Topic: Columbus revised (Bahamas)

This course introduces students to major events, which have shaped Latin America and

the Caribbean. The unique experience of studying in San Salvador, Bahamas, will allow

us to make connections between past and present. Students will be able to learn the

environment in the island and compare it with the landscape Columbus, the loyalists,

and the current inhabitants of the San Salvador Island. Students will have the
opportunity of study an interdisciplinary course abroad, re-thinking the Conquest and
Colony of the Americas, from Columbus and the Spanish ruling, to the British slavery

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