HSA Departmental Courses

American Studies

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: An interdisciplinary introduction to principal themes in American culture taught by an intercollegiate faculty team.

    HSA Course Area: American Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Groves

    Description: Covers numerous developments in American print culture through the careful examination of both textbooks and artifacts (period books, magazines, newspapers, letters, diaries, advertisements, etc.).

    HSA Course Area: American Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Balseiro

    Description: A focus on the experience of immigrants in the United States and Americans of diverse ethnic backgrounds, as reflected in literature and critical theory. The course will weave together works that treat the lives of immigrants and minority groups in the United States with examinations of such contemporary issues as bilingual education, the conditions of migrant workers, and children as cultural and linguistic interpreters for their parents. The intentionally broad and interdisciplinary nature of the course enables exploration of cultural identities, socio-economic status, and gender-specific roles.

    HSA Course Areas: American Studies; Literature 

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

Anthropology

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: de Laet

    Description: An exploration of cultural attitudes toward life and the human body: from Melanesian origin myths to the human genome project; from the first autopsies to cloning and genetic manipulation; from early body snatchings to the trade in bodies and body parts in the global economy. The question of what constitutes life is subject to controversy, and how it is answered is informed by cultural differences in practices, knowledge, and beliefs. This course aims to help students develop a sophisticated and informed attitude towards cultural difference.

    HSA Course Areas: Anthropology; Science, Technology, & Society

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: de Laet

    Description: An introduction to science and technology as cultural phenomena and a hands-on initiation into anthropology. While applying basic anthropological methods in the academic environment, students gain an understanding of science and technology as a culturally, socially, and historically specific way of constructing knowledge. In other words, rather than taking for granted the ways in which we make knowledge, this course renders those ways of knowledge-making "strange."

    HSA Course Areas: Anthropology; Science, Technology, & Society

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: de Laet

    Description: "The wings of the butterfly—that cause the hurricane at the other end of the earth—aren't guilty, right? ... no one is." "Just the opposite," replies Faulques. "We are all a part of the monster that moves us around the chessboard." As Faulques—the painter/ war-photographer protagonist in Perez-Reverte's novel The Painter of Battles—sees it, war and destruction and their attendant personal horrors are more ordinary, more typical of human beings than peace and civil order. But while chaos has its own rules and symmetries and nothing is coincidental or happens by chance, as spectators we are complicit in the occurrences of violent upheaval about which we read each day in The New York Times. We will investigate this premise. How do we explain war; what is it for? What does war do to us—distant or not-so-distant spectators—and to others—willing or unwilling participants? Is war endemic to the human condition? Is it a necessary evil? Does it emerge from psychologi­cal and irrational "drives," or from economic, rational considerations? If we have a talent for war, do we have a talent for peace?

    HSA Course Area: Anthropology

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: de Laet

    Offered: Offered alternate years

    Description: What does it mean to be rational? Does it mean anything, to say that you are thinking rationally? This seminar takes an anthropological approach to knowledge and knowledge-making practices; it explores connections between rationality and culture. We will ask how and where, in which kinds of practices, "scientific rationality"—as we will call it for the moment—is "located." What is it about this kind of rationality that is so compel­ling? Are other kinds of rationalities thinkable, possible, or plausible? Are such other kinds of rationalities perhaps "at work" even as we speak, in parallel with, or embedded in, the ways in which scientists make knowledge? To answer these questions, we will examine objectivity and calculatory logic—the elements of "scientific rationality." Are objectivity and logic perhaps values as much as they are practices? We will then mine the anthropological literature for alternate logics than the ones we take for granted, examining magical thinking, belief, and indigenous practices that define for "us" what is "irrational." Are such practices perhaps less irrational than we assume them to be? Finally, we will take on actual scientific practices of knowledge-making, empirically and anthropologically. We may assume that rationality as we know it imbues such practices. But are they perhaps informed by alternate logics as well? Here is where subjectivity and affect come into our picture of what scientific practices are made of; we will try to give such alternate values a place in how the bodies that "do" science act, think and make knowledge.

    Prerequisites: Any introductory course in anthropology or any introductory course in science, technology, and society

    HSA Course Areas: Anthropology; Science, Technology, & Society

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

Art

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Fandell

    Description: This class is an experimental lecture style art making/art history hybrid course. Lectures will focus on art practices of the last 120 years. Students will create unconventional art projects (not papers) in response to the course material and partake in massive public pop-up exhibitions and interventions throughout the Harvey Mudd College campus.

    HSA Course Area: Art

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Fandell

    Description: Approaching the medium from an artistic perspective, students will explore a variety of photographic concepts and techniques. This course emphasizes seeing, thinking, and creat­ing with a critical mind and eye to provide understanding of the construction and manipula­tion of photographic form and meaning. The fundamentals of working with a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR), including manual controls and lighting, are covered. Students will also explore everything from cell phone cameras, web cams, and disposable cameras as equally legitimate tools for creating art. Assignments, lectures, readings, and excursions will build on each other to provide students with an overview of the history and contemporary practice of photography. $150 course fee.

    Prerequisites: ART002 HM 

    HSA Course Area: Art

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 1.5

    Instructor: Groves

    Description: This workshop introduces students to the basic vocabulary and practices of typeset­ting, typography, and printing for and on an iron hand press. Work includes a skill-building project and a student-designed semester project.

    HSA Course Area: Art

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Fandell

    Description: Embracing the contemporary idea that art is not grounded in technique or medium but driven by concepts, this course emphasizes thinking and creating within a context of historical and theoretical concerns. Students will be challenged to re-contextualize skills they already have to address questions central to twentieth and twenty-first century art making. They will be expected to work beyond traditional labels such as painting, sculpture, photog­raphy, etc. and use unexpected processes, picking those which are best suited to their ideas and push the envelope as to what is considered art.

    Prerequisites: ART002 HM 

    HSA Course Area: Art

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

Art History

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Fandell

    Description: This course explores how photographic landscape imagery has shaped our experience and ideas of the land. Examining work dating back to the invention of the medium in 1839 to contemporary artists to NASA's Mars Rover images, we will consider how photographic imagery documents and determines the topography around us.

    HSA Course Area: Art History

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

Asian American Studies

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: Viewing of films and other documentary forms by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for critique and discussion. Basic instruction in use of digital video technology to document social issues relevant to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Community-project. 

    HSA Course Areas: Asian American Studies; Media Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: See your HSA advisor

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: This course will explore various topics within Indigenous education. Through a variety of mixed methods, this seminar will examine previous and current educational policy and its effects on diverse Indigenous peoples. It will also examine education as a tool for empowerment, resistance, and healing within varied Indigenous communities. Course topics covered include: Native/Indigenous epistemology, decolonizing methodologies, settler colonialism, cultural reclamation, and critical pedagogy. In addition to the course materials, students will engage in service learning by partnering with the Saturday Tongan Education Program (STEP). Participating in STEP will allow students to actively participate in an Indigenous educational initiative that directly relates to the course content and discussions.

    HSA Course Area: Asian American Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: See your HSA advisor

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Flores

    Description: This survey course examines the history of Asian immigrant groups and their American-born descendants as they have settled and adjusted to life in the United States since 1850.  We will explore issues such as the experience of immigration, daily life in urban ethnic enclaves, and racist campaigns against Asian immigrants.  In addition, this course utilizes an ethnic studies framework that requires students to critically explore other themes such as class, community, empire, gender, labor, race, sexuality, settler colonialism, and war from the perspective of Asian Americans.

    HSA Course Areas: American Studies; Asian American Studies; History

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Flores

    Description: This course introduces students to the native/indigenous histories of Oceania with an emphasis on Aotearoa (New Zealand), Guahan (Guam), Hawai'i, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, and Tonga. These places will expose students to the global and local histories of colonialism, climate change, diaspora, empire, indigenous land and ocean stewardship, migration, militarization, nuclear testing, and tourism. In addition, this course critically explores other related themes such as environmentalism, gender, labor, race, sexuality, and war from the perspectives of Native Pacific Islanders.

    HSA Course Areas: American Studies; Asian American Studies; History

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: This course looks at the historical, cultural, social, and political issues which confront the South Asian American community today. Issues such as citizenship and transnational experiences, minoritization, economic opportunity, cultural and religious maintenance and adaptation, changes in family structure, gender roles, and generational shifts are explored

    HSA Course Area: Asian American Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: See your HSA advisor

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: Survey of contemporary empirical studies focusing on Asian American experiences in the U.S. and globally; major themes include race, class, gender, sexuality, marriage/family, education, consumption, childhoods, aging, demography and the rise of transmigration. Readings and other course materials will primarily focus on the period since 1965.

    HSA Course Areas: American Studies; Asian American Studies; Sociology

    HSA Writing Intensive: See your HSA advisor

Economics

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: An introductory course designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the national economy. Topics include theories of unemployment, growth, inflation, income distribution, consumption, savings, investment, and finance markets, and the historical evolution of economic institutions and macroeconomic ideas.

    HSA Course Area: Economics

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Sullivan

    Description: Provides methods of investigating the individual behavior of people, businesses, and governments in a market environment. Topics include elementary models of human economic behavior and resource allocation, and the evolution of market institutions and their impact upon society.

    HSA Course Area: Economics

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: This course surveys the significant contributions of a noted economist.

    HSA Course Area: Economics

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: The principles of money and banking from the viewpoint of both business person and banker. Topics include the operation of commercial banks, related financial institutions, the development of the banking system, international finance, governmental fiscal and monetary policy, and the relations of money and credit to prices.

    Prerequisites: ECON053 HM 

    HSA Course Area: Economics

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: Includes an in-depth examination of the federal budget, deficits and the debt, budget­ary enforcement, line-item spending, tax policy, and theories of the impact of government economic activity upon the rest of the economy. Monetary policy emphasizes the policies and activities of the Federal Reserve System, efforts to influence interest rates, money growth and credit, and studies of policy options.

    HSA Course Area: Economics

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: Modern financial strategy seeks to reduce market risk through the use of complex instruments called derivatives. This course introduces students to the world of futures, options, and other derivatives. Topics to be covered include a survey of the markets and mathematical models of risk and volatility.

    Prerequisites: ECON104 HM 

    HSA Course Area: Economics

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Sullivan

    Description: An introduction to research and theory in the rapidly growing field of work and family studies. Inherently interdisciplinary, the study of work/family intersections involves the literatures of sociology, anthropology, psychology, legal studies, and history, as well as economics. Topics to be considered include: the relationship between parental work and child development; the economic effects of care-giver status; gender differentials in the workplace; family-related public policy; the division of household labor, and work and health. Taught in seminar style and largely discussion-based.

    HSA Course Areas: Economics; Gender Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Sullivan

    Description: A critical introduction to the major orthodox and heterodox theories of development economics and to a selection of alternative strategies. Central objectives include identification of the determinants of economic growth and the distinction of growth from development.

    HSA Course Area: Economics

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Sullivan

    Description: An exploration of topics central to the political economy of contemporary American higher education. Organized as a seminar, the course is also a workshop in which students develop reading lists, influence the selection of subtopics, and lead discussions. Likely topics include the academic labor market, admissions and marketing issues, college sports, and the role of government funding. Particular attention will be paid to forces that shape the education of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

    HSA Course Area: Economics

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: A reexamination of the principles of macroeconomics at a more advanced level. The use of formal models for macroeconomic analysis and application to topical problems.

    Prerequisites: ECON053 HMECON054 HM is recommended

    HSA Course Area: Economics

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: An advanced treatment of micro-economic theory using formal mathematical models for analysis. Optimization models of human behavior and resource use in a market environment are developed, analyzed, and applied to a topical economic allocation problem.

    Prerequisites: ECON054 HM 

    HSA Course Area: Economics

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

Environmental Analysis

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: This course examines the history of environmental change, the environmental ramifications of economic and technological decisions, the impact of personal choices, and the need to evaluate environmental arguments critically. We will delve into questions such as: What is nature? How have ideas about nature varied across time and across different cultures? How have those ideas about nature influenced interactions with environments? Why doesn't everyone have access to a clean and safe environment?

    HSA Course Area: Environmental Analysis

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Groves

    Description: This course explores the complex network of urban communities in which we live in order that we might think more deeply about the relationship of the built to the natural environment. To complicate our conceptions of Los Angeles, we consider the city's history and infrastructure and examine the social stresses and environmental pressures that result from planning decisions. We also focus on Southern California architecture and design as a profound expression of the relationship between the built and the natural, including new urbanism and the maturation of green design. As a required experiential component, the course features a substantial number of Saturday field trips. $50 fee to cover transportation costs.

    HSA Course Area: Environmental Analysis

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

Geography

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Seitz

    Description: This course introduces students to social and cultural approaches to space and spatiality. It explores how cultural geography can open up understandings of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other modes of social difference and power. The course critically engages a number of key concepts – space, place, scale, intersectionality, performativity, and orientalism - in leading intellectual debates about place, power, and difference. It will help students develop an awareness of how processes of identity and community formation are inherently spatial, and the significance of the work of social and cultural cultural geographers to political and intellectual struggles around difference.

    HSA Course Areas: American Studies; Geography; Gender Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

History

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Hamilton

    Description: We will read works of natural philosophy from the 16th and 17th centuries, including selections by Vesalius, Copernicus, Galileo, Boyle, and Newton, individuals who have often been cast as crucial contributors to "The Scientific Revolution." Engaging with historians who debate the merits of this term, we will ask whether it is possible to unite these figures and the changes they represent into one coherent intellectual and social movement.

    HSA Course Areas: History; Science, Technology, & Society

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Hamilton

    Description: An examination of several important episodes in the history of chemistry, biology, physics, and medicine from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which new scientific theories have been developed and evaluated, to the impact of cultural beliefs about gender and race on science, and to fundamental debates within science and medicine about what counts as good evidence and proper methodology.

    HSA Course Areas: History; Science, Technology, & Society

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: An analysis of U.S. history from the Progressive Era to the present, with particular em­phasis on social, economic, and cultural developments and their relationships to political change.

    HSA Course Areas: American Studies; History

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Hamilton

    Description: This course explores the increasingly technological nature of medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries, investigating the impact of new technologies on diagnostic practices, categories of disease, doctors' professional identities, and patients' understanding of their own bodies. Technologies studied include the stethoscope, electrotherapy devices, X-rays, ultrasound, and MRI.

    HSA Course Areas: History; Science, Technology, & Society

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Hamilton

    Description: In this course, we will explore fictional texts as historical documents. Together, we will read novels from the 19th and 20th centuries in which the practice of science is central to the story being told, asking what each text reveals about cultural attitudes towards science in that time period. In addition, each student will pursue a historical research project centered on a fictional source of his or her choice.

    HSA Course Areas: History; Science, Technology, & Society

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Hamilton

    Description: An examination of the cultural and social worlds of physics in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include the relationship of experiment to theory, the development of relativity and quantum mechanics, and the role of physicists in the atomic bomb project. We will consider how structures of race, gender and colonization have shaped contributions to modern physics.

    Prerequisites: One college-level course in physics.

    HSA Course Areas: History; Science, Technology, & Society

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Spring

    Description: This seminar course introduces students to inquiry, writing, and research in HSA, through focused exploration of a particular topic selected by the instructor in each section. To encourage reflection on the place of HSA within the Harvey Mudd curriculum, the course begins with a brief unit on the history and aims of liberal arts education. Writing assignments include a sub­stantial research paper on a topic of interest chosen by the student in consultation with her or his instructor. The course ends with student research presentations in each section, followed by a Presentations Days event featuring the best presentations from across all sections.

    Prerequisites: WRIT001 HM 

    Corequisites: WRIT001E HM may serve as a co-requisite

Literature

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Plascencia

    Offered: Fall and Spring

    Description: This course is designed as an introductory workshop focusing on the writing of fiction and the discourse of craft. Through the examination of a variety of literary traditions, stylistic and compositional approaches, and the careful reading and editing of peer stories, students will strengthen their prose and develop a clearer understanding of their own literary values and the dynamics of fiction.

    HSA Course Area: Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Groves

    Description: A course for students interested in developing a basic ability to translate and pronounce Middle English. Works studied will include: the first fragment of Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales"; "Sir Orfeo"; "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"; and selections from Malory's "Le Morte D'Arthur."

    HSA Course Area: Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Groves

    Offered: Fall, alternate years

    Description: In this course, we study what poetry is and how it is used in the world. Neither strictly canonical nor historical in approach, this course introduces students to a wide range of English-language poems, most of them from the last two centuries. In most weeks throughout the semester, we focus on one or two primary poems (fourteen primary poems in all), with the support of companion poems that provide context. This course is writing intensive.

    HSA Course Area: Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Groves, Dadabhoy

    Description: Covers selected dramatic and lyric works by Shakespeare with some attention to other Elizabethan and Jacobean writers. Final project: a public performance of a Shakespeare play.

    HSA Course Area: Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Dadabhoy

    Offered: Fall

    Description: This course will approach Shakespeare's plays through contemporary social and cultural issues. We will explore and challenge the notion of Shakespeare's universality, to understand how and why this writer and his work continues to resonate with us today. Themes that we might explore in any given semester include: #MeToo, Social Justice, Imperialism and Colonialism, and Global Shakespeare. The final project for this course will engage with "public humanities," by creating either a zine, submitting writing to a blog, or creating a course conference. The topic will change/rotate every time it is offered.

    HSA Course Area: Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 4

    Instructors: Groves, Eckert

    Offered: Fall and Winter break

    Description: An intensive study of the work and literary development of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. Readings drawn from the authors' works and related critical, biographi­cal, and historical texts. Class travels to England over winter break; travel expenses are the responsibility of the student.

    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

    HSA Course Area: Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Dadabhoy

    Description: Our culture is fascinated by things that are weird, strange, horrifying, and grotesque. In other words, we're fascinated by monsters, those others that stand at the margins of human, civilized society, threatening us by their very existence. Are monsters only very scary things, or do they have a social and cultural function? In this course we will take up this and other questions as we investigate the nature of the monstrous. Moreover, we will explore the libidinal charge that the recognition of the monstrous or unnatural being evokes. Thus, we will examine both the physical and psychological permutations of monstrosity. In this course, we will consider monsters in their non-human, alien, and technological forms as well as some truly terrifying human monsters.

    HSA Course Area: Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Balseiro

    Description: A consideration of Poe's influence on the development of the fantastic short story in Latin America. Topics include: Poe's reception in Europe and in the Southern Cone, Poe's influence in the literature of magic realism in 20th-century Latin America.

    HSA Course Areas: Latin American Studies; Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Balseiro

    Description: Focuses on the relationships between gender and identity in the writings of Third-World women as well as theoretical background on Third-World feminisms. Authors include Nawal El Saadawi, Alifa Rifaat, Mariama Ba, Bessie Head, Ana Lydia Vega, and Jamaica Kincaid.

    HSA Course Areas: Literature; Gender Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Balseiro

    Description: An introduction to the interactions between literature, politics, and history in 20th-century South Africa. Readings include drama, poetry, fiction, and biography, and viewings include several films and documentaries.

    HSA Course Area: Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Balseiro

    Description: An examination of the themes of nation, exile, race, and gender in works by Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ayi Jwei Armah, Yusuf Idriss, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Nadine Gordimer, George Lamming, Jean Rhys, and Rosario Ferre, among others. Theoretical background on Third-World literature will also be covered.

    HSA Course Areas: Africana Studies; Latin American Studies; Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Balseiro

    Description: This seminar maps the literary terrain of contemporary South Africa. Through an examination of prose, poetry, and visual material, this course offers some of the responses writers have given to the end of apartheid, to major social events such as the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and to the idea of a "new" South Africa.

    HSA Course Areas: Africana Studies; Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Balseiro

    Description: This seminar is designed to introduce students to the foreignness of language through literary translation theory and its praxis. Participants will develop individual projects that will be revised and workshopped over the course of the semester. Weekly readings, including essays by theoreticians, accomplished writer-translators, and selections of multiple translations of a single text, will be used to familiarize students with a range of perspectives on translation and its relationship to writing. 

    Prerequisites: Students must have reading knowledge of at least one foreign language

    HSA Course Area: Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: Yes

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Balseiro

    Offered: Spring

    Description: This seminar is designed to introduce students to Zora Neale Hurston as an ethnographer and fiction writer. Hurston was the first African American woman to graduate from Barnard College. Born in the South, highly educated in the North, a luminary amongst the talents of the Harlem Renaissance, and buried in an unmarked grave in her native Florida, Hurston's writing and life offer a unique view onto notions of race, gender, art, and class in the aftermath of Reconstruction that reverberate to this day.

    HSA Course Areas: Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Gender Studies; Literature

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

Media Studies

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Mayeri

    Description: This course will examine representations of animals in film - wildlife documentaries, animated features, critter cams, scientific data, and video art - to address fundamental questions about human and animal nature and culture. Animal Studies is an interdisciplinary field in which scholars from philosophy, biology, media studies, and literature consider the subjective lives of animals, the representations of animals in media and literature, and the shifting boundary line between human and animal. In readings, screenings, and discussions, we will consider the cultural and material lives of humans and animals through the lenses of science, art, literature, and film. 

    HSA Course Areas: Media Studies; Science, Technology, & Society

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Alves

    Description: New technology has created exciting new opportunities in the arts of abstract film, video, and computer animation. This course will explore theories of abstraction from music into the visual arts and film, analyzing the works of such pioneers as Oskar Fischinger and John Whitney. Students will create their own computer images and animations of "visual music."

    HSA Course Area: Media Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Mayeri

    Description: Intermediate/advanced video course, exploring the creative potential of digital video techniques, such as compositing, animation, and motion graphics. Students develop digital projects and participate in critiques. Lectures, discussions, and screenings enhance students' exposure to art and cinema. $50 course fee.

    Prerequisites: MS182 HM 

    HSA Course Areas: Art; Media Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Balseiro

    Description: Emerging in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s, the notion of Third Cinema takes its inspiration from the Cuban revolution and from Brazil's Cinema Novo. Third Cinema is the art of political film making and represents an alternative cinematic practice to that offered by mainstream film industries. Explores the aesthetics of film making from a revolutionary consciousness in three regions: Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

    HSA Course Areas: Latin American Studies; Literature; Media Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Balseiro

    Description: A thematic and formal study of the range of cinematic responses to the experience of exile. Exile is an event, but how does it come about and what are its ramifications? Exile happens to individuals but also to collectivities. How does it effect a change between the self and society, homeland and site of displacement, mother tongue and acquired language? This course examines how filmmakers take on an often painful historical process through creativity. Among the authors to read are Aime Cesaire, Edward Said, George Lamming, V. S. Naipaul, Med Hondo, and Hamid Naficy; films to be viewed focus on the third world.

    HSA Course Areas: Africana Studies; Latin American Studies; Literature; Media Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Mayeri

    Description: This course is an introduction to video art through history, theory, analysis and production. The goal for this class is for students to produce meaningful, creative, expressive, innovative media for an intelligent and broad audience. In order to achieve this goal students will learn the fundamentals of video production in labs, critiques, and exercises: conceptualizing, planning, shooting, sound recording, editing and analysis. Students will also learn - through readings and discussions - about pioneers and contemporary practitioners of video art. $75 course fee.

    Prerequisites: MS 049 PO or MS 049 PZ or MS 049 SC or MS  051  PO or MS  051  PZ or MS  051  SC or LIT 130  CM

    HSA Course Areas: Art; Media Studies

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

Music

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Cubek, Kamm

    Description: In this course, the student learns elementary concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, and notation. Basic principles of sight-singing and reading music are included. No previous musical experience is required. This course, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for MUS 101 SC (Music Theory I) at Scripps College. Carries departmental credit when taught by Alves, Cubek, or Kamm.

    HSA Course Area: Music

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credit: 1

    Instructor: Alves

    Description: Performance of music of European Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music on instruments of the period. Students will be expected to learn Baroque recorder but may play other instruments as well. Prerequisite: ability to read music.

    HSA Course Area: Music

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credit: 1

    Instructor: Alves

    Description: Rehearsal and performance of new and recent compositions for synthesizers and other instruments. Instrumentation and musical styles may vary. Though some synthesizers may be provided, in most cases students will be expected to own their own instruments.

    Prerequisites: Ability to play an instrument and read music; Audition may be required for instructor permission

    HSA Course Area: Music

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credit: 1

    Instructor: Alves

    Description: Rehearsal and performance of new compositions for instruments adapted from the gamelan, a Javanese orchestra of metallophones and gongs. No prior experience on these instruments is required.

    Prerequisites: Ability to read music; approval of instructor

    HSA Course Area: Music

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Alves

    Description: The fundamentals of music and listening through a survey of traditional music around the world as well as cross-cultural influences. Neither an ability to read music nor any other background in music is required.

    HSA Course Area: Music

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Alves

    Description: An exploration of the history and aesthetics of the use of music in cinema, primarily the Hollywood film from the so-called silent era to the present. (We will not cover musicals, documentaries, or short films.) The course will include the development of skills of listening analysis and writing about music in the context of narrative film. No background in music or film history is required.

    HSA Course Areas: Media Studies; Music

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Alves, Cubek, Kamm

    Description: This course explores important works of Western art music from diverse historical epochs through listening and analysis. Elements of music, basic musical terminol­ogy, and notation are discussed. Attention is given to the relation of the arts—especially music—to culture and society. Carries departmental credit when taught by Alves, Cubek, or Kamm.

    HSA Course Area: Music

    HSA Writing Intensive: No

Special Topics and Independent Study

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: Special topics courses—one-time or occasional course offerings—are designated with the number 179. They may be offered in any discipline within the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

  • Credit: 1-3

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: Students may arrange for independent study with individual faculty members in the humanities, social sciences and the arts, subject to their permission, in order to pursue particular interests that are not covered by regular courses. Independent study courses, designated with the number 197, may be taken in any discipline within the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. See the discussion of "Directed Reading/Independent Study Courses" in the "Academic Policies" section of this catalogue for other restrictions.