In keeping with the University’s educational mission, the General Education Curriculum emphasizes the values of what historically has been known as a liberal education – namely, learning to read, write and think critically and acquiring a basic understanding of human society in all its dimensions. These courses provide a solid and broad education that will equip students to compete and adapt to the rapidly changing contemporary world and complement more focused study in the major.
Undergraduate students who enter the University in the 2007-2008 academic year will complete 41 term hours of academic coursework that will include a two-credit Wellness Program. The five components of the GEC are listed below. Rather than a checklist of requirements, they should be viewed as individual parts of the larger project of becoming a broadly educated person. Please take time to consider how each of these components contributes to that objective.
Science/Technology -- 6 hours (at least 3 hours must be in a natural science)
Perspectives -- 15 hours
Cultural Formations -- 6 hours
Human Diversity -- 3 co-curricular hours
Total 41 hours
For exemptions and exceptions to General Education requirements, see below.
Fundamentals courses assure that students read and write critically, possess basic mathematical skills, and are familiar with information technology and its place in contemporary society. In today’s rapidly changing world, a university education must provide students with the tools to embark on a lifetime of learning. In addition, such skills are essential for a successful college experience. Therefore, with the exception of students who begin their Written English Program with ENGL 1302 (see below), the 12 required term hours in Fundamentals should ideally be completed within the first year (see page 38 regarding Academic Probation and Suspension.
Written English (6 term hours)
Students must successfully complete a two- or three-course sequence in Written English. Most students will satisfy this requirement by taking ENGL 1301 (Introduction to College Writing) in the fall, and ENGL 1302 (First-Year Seminar in Rhetoric: Contemporary Issues) in the spring; students scoring a 4 on the Advanced Placement Test will place out of 1301; those students scoring a 5 on the Advanced Placement Test will place out of 1301 and 1302. In either case, the first-year writing seminars allow students to work closely with faculty in small classes focusing on topics of mutual interest.
All seminars share the goal of assisting first-year students in the development of skills in critical reading and expository writing. Students must be enrolled in each term and may not drop an appropriate writing course until completing the Written English requirement. A minimum grade of C- is required to pass each course.
The following guidelines govern the placement of students in Written English courses:
Mathematical Sciences (3 term hours)
One of the following courses is required to ensure that students possess the necessary skills in mathematics and quantitative reasoning. The list of mathematics courses offered per term can be accessed at the Registrar's web site. For class descriptions, see the Mathematics or Statistical Science sections of this catalog.
MATH 1307 Introduction to Mathematical Sciences
MATH 1309 Introduction to Calculus for Business and Social Science
MATH 1337 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
STAT 1301 Introduction to Statistics
Information Technology (3 term hours)
Any course from this category will introduce students to emerging informational technologies and familiarize them with the design and operation of personal computers and networked systems, the fundamentals of computer programming, and the use of important software applications. Each of these courses must also include components on the impact of computers on society, and on ethics and information. The list of IT courses offered per term can be accessed at the Registrar's web site. For class descriptions, see the Engineering section of this catalog.
CSE 1340 Introduction to Computing Concepts
CSE 1341 Principles of Computer Science I (typically attracts majors)
EMIS 1305 Computers and Information Technology
EMIS 1307 Information Technology in Business
ITOM 2308 Information Systems for Management (available to pre-Business and Business majors only)
ME 1305 Information Technology and Society
MSA 1315 Mass Media and Technology
Associate Professor Peter Gifford, Director
Associate Professors: Peter Gifford, Bryan Robbins, Lynn Romejko Jacobs; Wellness Lecturers: Birdie Barr, David Bertrand, Piotr Chelstowski, Christin Carter, Mike Dunst, Brian Fennig, Ted Gellert, Donna Gober, Mandy Golman, Gloria Hook, Rhonda Trietsch, Anne Weil, Arthur Zwolski.
This requirement recognizes that education should also serve to enhance the physical and mental well-being of students at SMU. The Department of Wellness aims to provide leadership and facilities for helping students become more aware of the comprehensive nature of wellness; to identify personal relationships with wellness; to provide techniques to help students respond positively to any imbalances in their lifestyle; to familiarize students with campus wellness facilities, equipment and services; to promote a lifetime of physical fitness; to promote the learning of a lifetime physical activity; and to provide opportunities and promote action in a variety of wellness areas.
Each student must complete a CHOICES I and CHOICES II class as part of the General Education Curriculum. The list of Wellness courses offered per term can be accessed at the Registrar's web site.
CHOICES I Classes
Designed to be taken during a student’s first year, CHOICES I classes (WELL 1101) are part of the General Education Curriculum and, therefore, are required for graduation. The class is called Concepts of Wellness, and students are introduced to a broad range of personal experiences with the seven elements of wellness (social, physical, environmental, occupational, intellectual, emotional and spiritual), which the CHOICES for Living program addresses.
Interaction occurs in a relaxed, small group environment that features a series of lectures, discussions, personal assessments and other action-oriented activities. Registrants are also expected to complete approximately seven hours of out-of-class experiences under the guidance of their instructor.
WELL 1101 Choices I: Concepts of Wellness
CHOICES II Classes
Designed to be taken during a student’s second year, successful completion of a CHOICES II class is a requirement for graduation. A variety of physical activity offerings are made available each semester. Students are guided in a fun, nurturing environment through the skills, rules and competition of a given activity with the primary objective to increase the likelihood of participating in the activity for a lifetime.
A special fee is charged to help defray the extra cost involved in some CHOICES II classes: Fencing ($90); Golf ($125); Scuba ($150); Mountain Sports (Taos Campus $475); Beginning Marathon Training ($75); Rock Climbing ($50); and Spinning ($10).
WELL 2109 Bench Aerobics
WELL 2110 Jogging
WELL 2111 Weight Training
WELL 2112 Weight Training for Women
WELL 2113 Fitness Activities
WELL 2114 Walking
WELL 2115 Beginning Triathlon
WELL 2116 Beginning Marathon Training
WELL 2117 Spinning
WELL 2118 Group Fitness
WELL 2119 Pilates
WELL 2122 Rock Climbing
WELL 2129 Golf
WELL 2131 Mountain Sports
WELL 2132 Racquetball
WELL 2135 Table Tennis
WELL 2136 Tennis
WELL 2139 Fly-Fishing
WELL 2140 Badminton
WELL 2141 Swimming
WELL 2142 Ballroom and Folk Dance
WELL 2144 Scuba Diving
WELL 2145 Beginning Swimming
WELL 2146 Lifeguard Training Today
WELL 2147 Power Yoga
WELL 2148 Aikido
WELL 2149 Karate
WELL 2150 Judo
WELL 2151 Self-Defense
WELL 2153 Fencing
WELL 2161 Basketball
WELL 2170 Volunteer Activities
WELL 2190-2191 Wellness Practicum
WELL 2322 Inward and Outward Bound
WELL 3144 Advanced Scuba
WELL 3341 Techniques of Athletic Training
WELL 3342 Advanced Techniques of Athletic Training
WELL 3343 Therapeutic Modalities/Rehabilitation
In today’s world, students should be aware of the meaning and methods of science and technology, and the ways that both have shaped the world around us. To assure that this is the case, students must take two courses in Science and Technology; at least one must be from Category A, the fields of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics or ENCE 1331, and no more than one may be from the other Science and Technology fields designated in Category B below. Each course must include a minimum of four contact hours per week, at least one of which must be a lab.
The list of Science and Technology courses offered per term can be accessed at the Registrar's web site. For class descriptions, see the Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Earth Sciences or Physics sections of this catalog
Fields of Biology/Chemistry/Earth Sciences/Physics/ENCE 1331
Three to six (3-6) term hours required
BIOL 1303 Essentials of Biology
BIOL 1304 Essentials of Biology
BIOL 1305 Our Natural Environment
BIOL 1308 Plant Biology
BIOL 1310 Aquatic Biology
BIOL 1401 Introductory Biology
BIOL 1402 Introductory Biology
CHEM 1301 Chemistry for Liberal Arts
CHEM 1303/1113 General Chemistry
CHEM 1304/1114 General Chemistry
GEOL 1301 Earth Systems
GEOL 1305 Oceanography
GEOL 1307 The Solar System
GEOL 1308 Evolution and Life History
GEOL 1313 Earthquakes and Volcanoes
GEOL 1315 Introduction to Environmental Sciences
GEOL 2320 Southwestern Environment: A Geological Approach
ENCE 1331 Meteorology
PHYS 1301 The Ideas of Modern Physics
PHYS 1303/1105 Introductory Mechanics
PHYS 1304/1106 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 1307/1105 General Physics (combines PHYS 1307/1105)
PHYS 1308/1106 General Physics (combines PHYS 1308/1106)
PHYS 1311 Elements of Astronomy
PHYS 1313 Fundamentals of Physics
PHYS 1314 The Physical Perspective
PHYS 1320 Musical Acoustics
Zero to three (0-3) term hours required
ANTH 2315 Human Evolution: Biological and Social Beginnings of Humankind
ANTH 2363 The Science of Our Past: An Introduction to Archaeology
CSE 1331 Introduction to Web Programming
EE 1301 Modern Electronic Technology
EE 1382 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
ENCE 1301 Environment and Technology: Ecology and Ethics
ENCE 1378 Transportation Infrastructure
ME 1301 Machines and Society
ME 1202/1102 Introduction to Engineering
ME 1303 Energy, Technology and the Environment
Interpretation of contemporary society requires an understanding of how different disciplines in the Western intellectual tradition have organized and constructed knowledge. Perspectives courses have two objectives: to illustrate the evolution and contingent nature of knowledge and what is considered to be knowledge, and to provide students with a broad intellectual framework in which they may locate their major field(s) of study.
Perspectives courses must be introductory in nature and either fundamental to, or otherwise characteristic of, their disciplines. Moreover, they must meet the same pedagogical standards typically required of courses in their respective departments, divisions and schools. They must be critical in approach and introduce students to primary sources. Where appropriate, they must be writing-intensive. Finally, they must be interactive, a requirement that may be fulfilled in a variety of ways (see General Rules Items 12 to 15), ideally by the end of the second year.
Asterisks indicate courses that will also satisfy the Human Diversity Co-Curricular Requirement. Classes marked with an asterisk (*) fulfill the Human Diversity requirement. The list of Perspectives courses offered per term can be accessed at the Registrar's web site.
A category that introduces students to the practice or study of various arts of expression, performance and communication and their traditions.
Meadows School of the Arts
Division of Art
ASCE 1300 Ceramics – Introduction to Studio I
ASDR 1300 Introduction to Studio – Drawing
ASDR 1310 Drawing in Italy
ASDS 1300 Introduction to Studio – Design I
ASPH 1300 Basics of Photography
ASPT 1300 Introduction to Studio – Painting
ASSC 1300 Introduction to Studio – Sculpture I
Division of Cinema-Television
CTV 2332 American Popular Film
CTV 2351 International Film History
CTV 2364 History of Cinema-TV Comedy
CTV 3300 Film/TV Genres
CTV 3310 Screen Artists
CTV 3311 Great Directors
Division of Dance
DANC 1301-1302 Beginning Ballet (Nonmajors)
DANC 1303-1304 Beginning Modern Dance (Nonmajors)
DANC 1305-1306 Beginning Jazz Dance (Nonmajors)
DANC 2301-2302 Intermediate Ballet (Nonmajors)
DANC 2303-2304 Intermediate Modern Dance (Nonmajors)
DANC 2305-2306 Intermediate Jazz Dance (Nonmajors)
Division of Music
MUHI 1321 Music: The Art of Listening
MUHI 2310 The Broadway Musical: Vaudeville to Phantom
MUHI 3339 Music for Contemporary Audiences
*MUHI 3340 Jazz: Tradition and Transformation
*MUHI 3341 Women and Music: “Like a Virgin”: From Hildegard to Madonna
MUHI 3342 Music, Musicians, and Audiences in 19th-Century Paris
Division of Theatre
THEA 1380 Dramatic Arts: Mirror of the Age
THEA 3311 The Art of Acting
THEA 4373 Creative Dramatics
A category that presents the roles, functions, and traditions of the imagination within a variety of national traditions.
Department of English
ENGL 1320 Chivalry
ENGL 1330 The World of Shakespeare
*ENGL 1360 The American Heroine: Fiction and Fact
ENGL 1362 Crafty Worlds: Novels in Our Time
ENGL 1363 The Myth of the American West
*ENGL 1365 Literature of Minorities
ENGL 1370 Tragedy and the Family
ENGL 2310 Imagination and Interpretation
ENGL 2312 Fiction
ENGL 2313 Drama
ENGL 2314 Doing Things with Poems
ENGL 2361 Fortune, Fame and Scandal: The American Dream of Success
ENGL 3320 Topics in Medieval Literature
ENGL 3330 Topics in Early Modern Literature
ENGL 3331 British Literary History I: Chaucer to Pope
ENGL 3332 Shakespeare
ENGL 3335 Transatlantic Encounters I
ENGL 3340 Topics in British Literature in the Age of Revolutions
ENGL 3341 British Literary History II: Wordsworth to Yeats
*ENGL 3344 Victorian Gender
ENGL 3345 Transatlantic Encounters II
ENGL 3346 American Literary History I
ENGL 3347 Topics in American Literature in the Age of Revolutions
ENGL 3350 Topics in Modern and Contemporary British Literature
*ENGL 3354 Non-Western Culture and Literature
ENGL 3355 Transatlantic Encounters III
ENGL 3360 Topics in Modern and Contemporary American Literature
*ENGL 3362 African-American Literature
*ENGL 3363 Chicana/Chicano Literature
ENGL 3366 American Literary History II
*ENGL 3373 Masculinities: Images and Perspectives (FL 3359)
ENGL 3375 Expatriate Writers: The Invention of Modernism
ENGL 3376 Literature of the Southwest
*ENGL 3377 Literature and the Construction of Homosexuality
Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
*CHIN 4381 Readings in Chinese Literature and Culture
*CHIN 4382 Chinese Culture and Society in Film
*FL 3306 The Heart of Aztlán: Chicano Literature of the Southwest
FL 3308 Introduction to General Linguistics
*FL 3312 Women in Modern China
*FL 3331 Survey of Russian Literature in Translation
FL 3340 Semiotics and Interpretation
FL 3350 Existentialism and Literature
*FL 3359 Masculinities: Images and Perspectives (ENGL 3373)
FL 3391 Special Topics: Italian Literature in Translation
FL 3393 Dante’s Poetic Vision
FREN 4371 Survey of French Literature: From the Middle Ages to the Revolution
FREN 4372 Survey of Literature in French: From Romanticism to the Present
*SPAN 4395 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
A category that introduces students to the practices of thought, reflection, criticism and speculation in matters of belief, value and knowledge.
Department of Philosophy
PHIL 1300 An Introduction to Practical Reasoning
PHIL 1301 Elementary Logic
PHIL 1305 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1306 Introduction to Philosophy: Minds, Machines and Persons
PHIL 1316 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 1317 Business Ethics
PHIL 1318 Contemporary Moral Problems
PHIL 3302 Problems in the Philosophy of Religion (RELI 3302)
PHIL 3351 History of Western Philosophy (Ancient)
PHIL 3352 History of Western Philosophy (Modern)
Department of Religious Studies
RELI 1301 Ways of Being Religious
*RELI 1303 Introduction to Eastern Religions
RELI 1304 Introduction to Western Religions
*RELI 1305 Introduction to Primal Religions
RELI 1311 Judaism, Christianity and The Bible
RELI 3302 Problems in the Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 3302)
*RELI 3306 Introduction to the Hindu Tradition
*RELI 3307 Introduction to Buddhism
RELI 3310 The Social-Scientific Study of Religion (SOCI 3320 – only counts for Group III)
RELI 3319 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
RELI 3326 Introduction to the New Testament
*RELI 3329 Introduction to Islam
RELI 3330 The History of Christianity
*RELI 3360 The History of Judaism
*RELI 3366 Magic, Myth and Religion Across Cultures (ANTH 3366 – only counts for Group III)
A category that introduces students to the study of events and processes within time by stressing a contextual analysis of the voices and artifacts of the past through primary and secondary sources. This category also offers credible accounts and explanations of the actions and intentions of the people of the past.
Meadows School of the Arts
Division of Art History
ARHS 1303 Introduction to Western Art, Part I: Prehistoric through Medieval
ARHS 1304 Introduction to Western Art, Part II: Renaissance through Modern
ARHS 1306 Introduction to Architecture
*ARHS 1307 World Art Traditions: A Survey
*ARHS 1308 Epic of Latin America
ARHS 1315 Medieval Messages: Symbol and Storytelling in Medieval Art
ARHS 1331 Nineteenth Century European Art
ARHS 1332 Twentieth-Century Art: Sources and Styles of Modern Art
ARHS 3306 Mummies, Myths and Monuments of Ancient Egypt: Art of Expression of Eternal Egypt
ARHS 3311 Mortals, Myths and Monuments of Ancient Greece (CLAS 3311)
ARHS 3320 Medieval Art
ARHS 3331 Art and Culture of the Italian Renaissance
ARHS 3333 Art and Architecture in Italy
ARHS 3338 Baroque Art in Italy, Spain and the New World
ARHS 3347 Eighteenth-Century European Art and Theater: Staging Revolution
ARHS 3367 History of Photography
ARHS 3373 American Art and Architecture to 1865
ARHS 3374 American Art and Architecture, 1865 to 1945
*ARHS 3382 Arts of Andean Tradition: Chavin to Inca
*ARHS 3383 The Ancient Maya: Art and History
Department of History
*HIST 1301 World Cultures and Civilization I
*HIST 1302 World Cultures and Civilization II
HIST 1303 Millennialism Through the Ages
HIST 1321 First-Year Seminar in American History
HIST 1322 First-Year Seminar in European History
HIST 1323 First-Year Seminar in Non-Western History
HIST 2311 Out of Many: U.S. History to 1877
HIST 2312 Unfinished Nation: U.S. History Since 1877
HIST 2321 Philosophical and Religious Thought in the Medieval West
HIST 2339 A History of Technology in the United States
*HIST 2355 History of the Ancient Near East and Egypt
HIST 2365 Europe in the Modern World: Renaissance to 1760
HIST 2366 Europe in the Modern World: 1760 to the Present
*HIST 2379 A History of Islamic Empires
*HIST 2392 Modern Africa
*HIST 2394 China Before 1850
*HIST 2395 Modern East Asia
HIST 2398 American Politics and Culture: FDR to Bush
HIST 3307 The U.S. and the Cold War, 1945-1989
*HIST 3312 Women in American History
*HIST 3313 African Americans in the United States, 1607 to 1877
*HIST 3314 African Americans in the United States, 1877 to the Present
HIST 3318 The Human History of Natural Disaster in the United States
*HIST 3320 The Spanish Frontier in North America, 1513-1821
*HIST 3321 The American Southwest
*HIST 3324 The Mexican Americans, 1848 to the Present
*HIST 3340 The Revolutionary Experience in Russia, 1900 to 1930
*HIST 3341 Soviet/Post-Soviet Society and Politics, 1917 to the Present
HIST 3350 Life in the Medieval World, A.D. 306 to 1095
HIST 3351 Life in the Medieval World, 1095 to 1350
HIST 3354 Warfare and Diplomacy in Antiquity
HIST 3360 English Society in the Age of Elizabeth the Great
*HIST 3362 Searching for the American Dream: U.S. Immigration/Migration
HIST 3370 The American Revolution
*HIST 3372 The South in American History
*HIST 3390 The Modern Middle East: From the Ottoman Empire to OPEC
A category that introduces students to the applications of scientific methods to the study of institutional practices of transaction, organization, and rule.
Department of Economics
ECO 1310 Exploring Economic Issues
ECO 1311 Principles: Consumers, Firms, and Markets (Microeconomics)
ECO 1312 Principles: Inflation, Recession, and Unemployment (Macroeconomics)
Department of Political Science
PLSC 1320 Introduction to American Government and Politics
PLSC 1340 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PLSC 1360 Introduction to Political Theory
PLSC 1380 Introduction to International Relations
A group of courses (anthropology, sociology, psychology) that introduces students to the scientific study of human thought, behavior and records of human cultural organization.
Department of Anthropology:
ANTH 1321 First-Year Seminar in Anthropology
*ANTH 2301 Introductory Cultural Anthropology
*ANTH 2302 Peoples of the Earth: Humanity’s First Five Million Years
ANTH 3302 Monkeys and Apes: The Non-Human Primates
*ANTH 3303 Psychological Anthropology
*ANTH 3304 North American Archaeology
*ANTH 3311 Mexico: From Conquest to Cancun
*ANTH 3312 Meso-American Archaeology
*ANTH 3313 South American Indians of the Past and Present
*ANTH 3314 Peoples of Africa
*ANTH 3316 Cultures of the Pacific Islands
*ANTH 3317 Peoples of Southeast Asia
*ANTH 3318 Prehistory of the American Southwest
*ANTH 3319 Human Ecology
ANTH 3323 East Asia: Cultural Traditions and Transformations
*ANTH 3344 Cultural Aspects of Business
*ANTH 3346 Culture and Diversity in American Life
*ANTH 3353 Indians of North America
*ANTH 3354 Latin America: Peoples, Places and Power
ANTH 3355 Society and Culture in Contemporary Europe
ANTH 3356 Before Civilization
*ANTH 3361 Language in Culture and Society
*ANTH 3376 Caribbean Transformations
*ANTH 4309 Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, and Nation States
Department of Psychology:
PSYC 1300 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 3332 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 3341 Social Psychology
Department of Sociology:
SOCI 2300 Social Problems
SOCI 2310 Introduction to Sociology
*SOCI 3340 Global Society
SOCI 3363 Crime and Delinquency
*SOCI 3370 Minority-Dominant Relations
*SOCI 3371 Sociology of Gender
Although the academic disciplines outlined in the preceding Perspectives categories educate students in the ways individual fields of knowledge in the Western tradition attempt to understand human society, the investigation of many topics requires a combination of disciplinary approaches. Such inter- or multidisciplinary ways of knowing and comprehension reach beyond the boundaries of a single field. Cultural Formations (CF, CFA, CFB) courses allow students the opportunity to study interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge within the humanities and the social sciences, and the natural sciences when related to either of these other two areas of knowledge. CF courses value new and unusual combinations of study and are intended to encourage faculty innovation and creativity.
CF courses go beyond disciplinary training to develop awareness of the complex formations of values, traditions and institutions that constitute cultures, and to examine the paradoxes such formations pose. These courses have three major purposes: 1) to introduce students to broad maps of human culture and to the fact that they, as the heirs of all that has gone before, need to assess a long past and a global present; 2) to reveal the interrelatedness of problems of knowledge amid shifting intellectual boundaries; and 3) to make points of reference along those boundaries and so begin to form intellectual communities that embrace the varied schools and disciplines at SMU.
CF courses must be interdisciplinary. These courses explore how the approaches and materials of more than one discipline can be brought to bear on the study of complex social, cultural and institutional formations. Teaching in teams is strongly encouraged to realize these interdisciplinary goals. Courses must be broad in scope – whether historically over time or more immediately in the contemporary world. They may include emphasis on global awareness, interculturalism and ethnic diversities as well as engage problems of ethics and value. CF courses must be critical in approach, writing-intensive and focus on primary sources.
CF courses must be taken at SMU, either on the Dallas campus, at SMU-in-Taos or through the Study Abroad International Programs. Courses transferred from other institutions may not receive CF credit under any circumstances. CF credit will only be given for courses taken at SMU that bear the CF, CFA, or CFB prefix.
Cultural Formations may also carry departmental co-listings; if the course is taken with the departmental number, it will not be given Cultural Formations credit. Similarly, a course taken with a CF number will not also count as a departmental course. Please note that the departmental co-listing of a CF course may NOT receive Perspectives credit. Cultural Formations and Perspectives are mutually exclusive categories; one cannot count for the other.
Students must complete two CF courses between their sophomore and senior years. The list of CF courses can also be accessed at the Registrar's web site.
Cultural Formations Courses (CF)
Most CF courses are cross-listed within various academic departments. Descriptions of these courses may be found under the individual department sections in this catalog. Asterisks indicate courses that will also satisfy the Human Diversity Co-Curricular Requirement.
*CF 3300. Race, Gender and Culture in the African Diaspora. A comparative analysis of the historical, economic, social and cultural experiences of peoples of African descent in societies in the Western hemisphere.
CF 3302 (ENGL 3329, MDVL 3329). The World of King Arthur. This course will investigate Britain’s greatest native hero and one of the world’s most compelling story stocks: the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table. This course will explore the early Arthurian materials in chronicle, history, archaeology and folklore, as well as the later romance, epic and artistic traditions.
CF 3303 (PLSC 3387). Political Geography. This course examines topics in international political rivalries within the nation-state system. Major emphasis will be given to the adaptations within that system since 1850 for spatial distributions of physical terrain, populations, economic resources and activities, and political and social divisions.
CF 3304. France-Amérique Between the World Wars: Making a New Culture. This course will explore the political, economic, ideological, cultural relationships and exchanges between France and America during the Interwar period and their impact on the modeling of our contemporary world.
CF 3305 (ENGL 3383). Literary Executions: Imagination and Capital Punishment. This course studies the literary treatment, in different forms and periods, of capital punishment. Its aim is to locate a social issue of continuing importance within literary traditions that permit a different kind of analysis from that given in moral, social and legal discourse. The literary forms include drama, lyric, novel and biography; the periods of history range from the English Reformation and the Renaissance to the English Civil War, the French Revolution, and contemporary America. The course emphasis falls upon literary techniques of imaginative participation and distancing.
*CF 3306 (HIST 3363). The Holocaust. This course examines the destruction of the European Jews emerging from pre-World War I anti-Semitism and Nazi racism. It considers Jewish responses to genocide, behavior of bystanders and possibilities of rescue.
CF 3307 (PHIL 3374). Philosophy of Law. An examination of central questions in philosophy of law. Topics vary, but the following are representative. What is law? What is the relationship between law and morality? To what extent may or must judges make value judgments in deciding what the law is? To what extent can or should “legislative intent” or “original meaning” constrain judicial interpretation of constitutional provisions? Whom should we punish, why should we punish them, and how much should we punish them?
CF 3308 (PHIL 3363). Aesthetic Experience and Judgment. This course examines basic questions in the understanding and appreciation of art: What is beauty? What is art? What characteristics make something a good work of art? What is the correct way to interpret the meaning of a work of art? Are there ways to establish or prove that something is beautiful or that a work of art is good? Some issues pertaining to particular art forms, such as music and literature, will also be examined. Classical writers such as Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Nietzsche will be discussed, as well as contemporary authors.
CF 3309 (HIST 3306). Colony to Empire: U.S. Diplomacy, 1789 to 1941. This course begins with the diplomacy of the American Revolution and ends with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It will examine the expansionist tendencies of early American foreign policy, Indian removal, the Mexican War and the relationship between continental expansion (“Manifest Destiny”) and the crisis over slavery. It will also address the movement toward an overseas empire in the Caribbean and the Asian Pacific, climaxing with the war against Spain and the Open Door. Policy constitutes the next unit of study. The issues surrounding American involvement in the two world wars are the chief concerns of the final portion of the course.
*CF 3310 (HIST 3326). The Venture of Islam. A survey of Islamic civilization from Muhammad to the modern era through readings in Islamic history and society, arts and letters, science and philosophy, and the legal order to present a broad picture of the dynamics and achievements of Muslim civilization.
*CF 3311 (HIST 3316). History of Sex in America: An Introduction. This course will test the hypothesis that gender and sexuality are constructed categories. Readings in anthropology, history, literary criticism and psychiatry will be utilized.
CF 3312 (HIST 3368). Warfare in the Modern World. This course explores the nature, origins and evolution of the phenomenon of total war from the late democratic and industrial revolutions of the late 18th and early 19th centuries through World War II, giving particular emphasis to questions of doctrine and theory; problems of organization and command; and the scientific, technological and psychological dimensions as well as the impact on modern culture.
CF 3313 (HIST 3358). The Renaissance. A history of culture in the Renaissance from the perspective of advances in scholarship and science and, above all, in appreciation of social and political contexts.
CF 3314 (HIST 3376). Social and Intellectual History of Europe. This course will examine the intellectual in modern European society. It will explore major intellectual and social issues raised by and affecting a number of figures instrumental in shaping the European world of the 19th and 20th centuries. In a fundamental sense, however, the themes developed will be outside time and place. Consequently, they should interest those concerned with the relationship of their values and ideas to the society in which they live today.
*CF 3315 (HIST 3387). Asia and the West. Goods, ideas, religions, artistic styles, technologies, soldiers and diseases have long traveled between East and West. Scholarship, primary sources, literature and film illuminate the material and ideological effects of the exchanges.
CF 3316 (RELI 3318). The Hero in the Bible and the Ancient Near East. An examination of the concepts of the hero in the literatures of ancient Mesopotamia, Canaan and Israel, with special attention to the nature of traditional narrative and to the relationship between the hero, society, and the self.
*CF 3317 (HIST 3301). Human Rights: America’s Dilemma. The study of human rights requires intellectual history and moral courage, for no nation or society in human history has been totally innocent of human rights abuses. This course will examine certain violations of human rights within their historical contexts and will also focus on America’s human rights record, with regard to its own policies and its relationship to human rights violations in other countries. Attention will also be given to the evolution of both civil and human rights as entities within global political thought and practice.
*CF 3318 (HIST 3305). The Hispanos of New Mexico, 1848-Present. History of the Mexican-American subculture of New Mexico, with a brief overview of the Indian, Spanish and Mexican periods, so that events, after formal U.S. possession in 1848, are seen in context. The course, however, focuses on the era after the Mexican Cession and stresses the indigenous background of the “Indo-Hispanos.”
*CF 3319 (ANTH 3327). Culture Change and Globalization: Social Science Perspectives. Introduction to anthropological perspectives on global transformations: world economic integration, Third World development and sociocultural change, ethnic resurgence and nationalism, population migration, and changes in women’s roles and statuses.
*CF 3320 (HIST 3308). History of Hispanics in the U.S. Through Film. In this course, selected events and developments in the histories of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and other Latinos are examined, as depicted in film, video and television. The objective is to understand how these powerful media have shaped society’s view of Hispanic participation in the history of the United States. While learning to recognize distortions and stereotypes, students will also learn to recognize positive depictions of Latino history.
CF 3321 (MDVL 3321). The Birth of the Individual. This course examines several basic notions pertaining to selfhood, including consciousness, cognition, motivation, personal identity and decision, as found in medieval texts.
*CF 3322 (HIST 3329). Women in Early Modern Europe. A study of the influence of women in European society and intellectual movements from the Renaissance through the French Revolution.
*CF 3323 (THEA 4381, 4382, 4383, or 4384). Gender in Performance (Studies in Theatre, Drama, and Performance). This course will explore and discuss performed gender through historical periods and contemporary theatre. Students will be expected to have a high level of participation and will be assigned projects that add to class dynamics and challenge “traditional” thinking about gender stereotypes in dramatic literature, history, and performance.
CF 3324. An Archaeology of Values: The Self and Ethics From Kant to Baudrillard. Following a line of writers from Kant to Freud to Baudrillard, the course explores the rocky development of the self in relation to history, economic and moral values, and rapidly transforming social relations in the modern period.
*CF 3325 (HIST 3355). Class and Gender in Ancient Society. An examination of class and gender in the ancient world with special emphases on changing definitions of masculinity and femininity in Greek and Roman culture and the position, rights and interaction of different groups (e.g., free and slave, citizen and foreigner, soldier and civilian).
CF 3326. Utopia: Voyage Into a Possible Future. Through the study of major literary works on the topic of social ideals and communal experiments, this course focuses on the value systems and the social realities these works reflect.
CF 3327 (HIST 3373). Science, Religion and Magic in Early Modern England. This course studies the interaction between three ways of thinking about nature and the place of human beings within nature – science, magic and religion. Early modern England is the focus of this course because all three ways of thinking are prevalent, contested and can be set in a rich cultural context. Some of the great figures of English science, like Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton, were practicing alchemists. Others, like Francis Bacon, looked to the new science as a way to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ. The religious divisions of the English Reformation and the Civil Wars brought about political dissension and produced many competing views of nature and society.
CF 3328 (HIST 3374). Diplomacy in Europe: Napoleon to the European Union. This course examines the evolution of the European state system and the idea of “Europe” from the post-Napoleonic settlement of 1815 through the end of the Cold War and the creation of the European Union. Some themes considered are the changing art of diplomacy, the relationship of domestic structure to foreign policy, the impact of war, the role of ideology, technological change, economics and the expansion of European great power politics to a worldwide framework.
CF 3329. The Mathematical Experience. The variety of mathematical experience presented through discussion of its substance, its history, its philosophy and how mathematical knowledge is elicited. The course will focus on questions regarding the roles of proof, rigor and institution in mathematics and the limits and applicability of mathematical knowledge.
CF 3330 (HIST 3391). From Pew to Bleacher: American Culture and Institutions. This course introduces students to American culture and civilization. The course considers the formation of five sets of cultural institutions that have shaped American life: the Church; print culture; museums, galleries, and libraries; theatre, Hollywood, and television; and amateur and professional sports. Students will read autobiographies, novels and synthetic histories; they will view Hollywood movies, MTV excerpts and sporting events; and they will visit museums, fairs and parks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Students will emerge from the course with an understanding of the central features in the formation of culture in 19th- and 20th-century America.
CF 3331 (RELI 3305). Religion as Story. An interpretation of stories as modes of religious discernment as well as means of religious communication. Special attention is given to selected narrative forms such as myth, fairy tale, novel and autobiography.
*CF 3332 (RELI 3321). Religion and the Holocaust. A study of responses to the Holocaust by Jews and Christians. The course will begin with an overview of the history of the Holocaust as it affected the Jewish communities of Central and Eastern Europe. Readings will include personal memoirs of survivors of ghettos, concentration camps and Nazi Germany. Postwar responses will include questions of faith after the Holocaust. Christian responsibility for modern anti-Semitism, the impact of the Holocaust on the creation of the State of Israel and Middle East politics today, and postwar relations between Jews and Germans will be considered.
CF 3333. Clash of Cultures, 1450-1850. This course is an examination of how the global equilibrium of 1450 gave way to a clash of cultures and eventual European domination. The Western Church was reformed; business grew; new states were created; families were uprooted. Colonialism, modern warfare, nationalism and Marxism appeared on the world stage.
CF 3334 (ANTH 3334). Fantastic Archaeology and Pseudoscience: Lost Tribes, Sunken Continents, Ancient Astronauts and Other Strange Ideas About the Past. Did ancient astronauts visit the Earth? Are there secrets of the Maya calendar that archaeologists aren’t revealing? Is creation a scientific alternative to evolution of humanity? This course investigates these and other claims about our past, and how archaeologists respond to them.
CF 3335 (FL 3335, HIST 3335). One King, One Law: France 1500-1789. This course studies the culture of France through its history and literature. It emphasizes the historical developments, ideas and literary texts that define the period and illuminate both French classicism and Absolutism. The course focuses on the early modern period because then France both set cultural tone and made significant contributions to the transformation of Western civilization.
CF 3336 (HIST 3397). Modernity and Crises of Identity: The Reorientation of the West. Drawing on the works of major intellectuals and artists, this course explores crises of identity in Western culture during the decades prior to World War I.
CF 3337. Nuclear Physics and Society. How do applications of nuclear physics affect society? Topics include nuclear weapons and proliferation, nuclear power generation, and nuclear waste management – issues relevant to current public-policy challenges.
*CF 3338. Defining the Southwest: From the Alamo to Hollywood. An interdisciplinary seminar designed to introduce students to the idea of regionalism in American life, to identify the distinctive features that make the Southwest a region, and to suggest the variety of ways in which different disciplines understand the regional distinctiveness of the Southwest.
*CF 3339 (RELI 3365). Understanding the Self: East and West. This course provides an examination of several basic notions pertaining to selfhood, including consciousness, cognition, motivation, personal identity and decision, as found in Eastern and Western sources.
CF 3340 (MDVL 3327). The Unicorn: Understanding Varieties of the Truth in the Middle Ages. As moderns, we make distinctions between what we see as verifiable reality (history) and what we see as created, imaginative reality (fiction). This course investigates the question of how history and fiction were perceived in the Middle Ages.
CF 3341 (PHIL 3362). Creativity, Discovery and Science. This course considers central issues in the history and philosophy of science with a special emphasis on the nature of creativity and discovery in scientific thought. General questions are: what is science, and what is the nature of scientific method? What is the nature of evidence and explanation in science? The course will address in some detail the question of how new ideas - such as theories and problem solutions - are produced and assessed in scientific thinking. Is creativity essentially a random or blind process, or is it rule governed in some way? What is the nature of a scientific discovery? This course will combine literature in the history and philosophy of science together with psychological literature on the nature of creativity to answer these and other questions. No previous coursework in science is required, but students with some science background will be well equipped to appreciate the relevant issues.
CF 3342 (PHIL 3371). Social and Political Philosophy. This course will examine some of the basic questions in these fields, and the most important answers that have been given to them. Topics may vary, but typical questions include the following: What forms of government are most reasonable and morally defensible? Are citizens in a modern state normally obligated to obey the law? What is justice, and how might it be embodied in a system of government? Are there such things as ‘natural rights’ and how do we know about them? What is the basis for saying that we have rights to freedom of speech and religion? When, if ever, is it legitimate for a state to go to war? These questions have been asked since antiquity, and we will be looking at the important answers that have been given to them since then.
*CF 3343 (RELI 3375). Wives, Lovers, Mothers, Queens: Expressions of the Feminine Divine in World Religions and Culture. This course is a historical and cross-cultural overview of the relationship between feminine and religious cultural expressions through comparative examinations and analyses of various goddess figures in world religions.
*CF 3344 (RELI 3376). Constructions of Gender: Sexuality and the Family in South Asian Religions. This course will provide a comprehensive historical overview of gender issues as represented in the great textual traditions of South Asia. These categories include Vedic materials, medical literature, treatises on law and sexual behavior, and texts that outline the great debates over questions of gender identity and salvation preserved in certain Jaina and Buddhist materials. To make these classical texts more relevant, readings in recent anthropological studies of religion will also be included to enable the student to trace recurring themes, images and symbols. This will allow the student to gain a sense of the continuity of traditions and attitudes as well as innovation and contemporary variants.
CF 3345 (ENGL 3374). Literature of Religious Reflection. This course will examine issues of faith and doubt in British and American literature, drawn from texts reflecting Christian humanism, secular rationalism, individualistic romantic faith, scientific modernism and other modern alternatives.
*CF 3346 (RELI 3352). Love and Death in Ancient Mythology. This course presents an exploration of love and death in the mythologies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, Greece and India. The interaction of these twin themes will be pursued as a key to the religious and philosophical perspectives of these ancient peoples. The significance of ancient mythology for modern reflection will be a central concern throughout the course.
*CF 3347 (FL 3363, WS 3347). Figuring the Feminine. The feminist inquiry of France from the Middle Ages to the present. The course introduces students to a large body of French texts (in translation) by and about women that bear witness to women’s struggle for civil, social and political adulthood. Contemporary feminist theory and feminist action in France constitute an attempt to rethink the very terms and the goals of human enterprise.
CF 3348. 21st Century Property Issues. Not a course in “how to do law” but a study of how (and how well) law and economics, history and philosophy do in resolving current property issues ranging from fighting over Barry Bonds’ baseball, to selling human organs. Readings include substantial law decisions to law journal articles.
*CF 3349 (FL 3349, HIST 3392). The African Diaspora: Literature and History of Black Liberation. Black literature played an important role in bringing on the collapse of the European colonial order, and it remains a major force in the struggle against neocolonial- ism today. This course explores links between literature and politics, literature and history, thought and action in 20th-century Africa, the Caribbean and North America.
CF 3350. Introduction to Media Literacy: Semiotics and the Myths of Our Time. Society is a complex social text. We are bombarded daily with countless intertwining messages, in many different languages, some of them verbal, most not. Only some enter our awareness, yet all affect the way we think of ourselves and the world. The students will learn how to read a variety of verbal and nonverbal languages and texts, from advertising to network news, and from fashion and cuisine to sitcoms and gender roles.
CF 3351 (MDVL 3351). The Pilgrimage: Images of Medieval Culture. This course presents an exploration of the medieval world through one of its own literal and metaphorical images. Moving from Jerusalem, the earthly and heavenly city, students set out through time and space on a pilgrimage to Constantinople, the exotic empire of New Rome. From there, they travel to Rome itself and flow across the map of Europe on the pilgrimage roads of the Middle Ages, investigating the pleasures of the way: the music, art, monuments and literature of that thousand years of human experience called the Middle Ages.
*CF 3352 (MDVL 3352). Ideas and Ideals of Gender in the Middle Ages. This team-taught course will focus on the status of women in the Middle Ages, the emergence of sacred and secular law and ideology regarding women, and the impact of ideas regarding the feminine on the development of (mostly) Western thought.
CF 3353 (MDVL 3353). Medieval Ideas. The goal of this course is to present some of the classic achievements of the medieval mind, focusing on developments of continuing interest; where advisable, comparisons and contrasts will be drawn with methods of thinking and solving problems in use in later times. While the main focus will be on Medieval Europe and the adjacent Muslim world, wherever possible, students’ attention will be drawn to developments in other culture areas.
CF 3354 (THEA 4351). Historical Cultures Within Theatrical Design. Using the elements of design, the course will focus on the exploration of political, social, economic and artistic influences of various cultures in history, and how the designer uses this information to create a theatrical production, film, or opera.
CF 3356 (RELI 3337). Christianity and American Public Life. The objectives of this course include the following: 1) to acquaint students with some recent criticisms of the dangers of individualism permeating American understanding and life; 2) to propose the communitarian dimensions of human existence from the Christian perspective; and 3) to help students enter more critically into the dialogue about the role of religion in pluralistic contemporary American society.
CF 3357 (RELI 3317). Human Meaning and Value in Personal Life. This course explores the two positive marks of a productive life – love and work – and the two threats to an abundant life – suffering and death.
CF 3358. Culture of Oaxaca: A Sense of Place. Learning adventure in Oaxaca: exploration of multilayered cultural history through field trips to artists’ workshops, museums, archaeological sites, and religious fiestas. Focus on art, art history, folklore and religion. (SMU-in-Oaxaca)
*CF 3359 (ENGL 3359). American Narratives of Discovery. This course focuses on the generic process of culture and integrates tools and methods from anthropology, philosophy, geography, history and literature. It engages value issues that are both aesthetic (analyzing the narrative strategies employed by authors formulating an intercultural dialogue) and ethical (Was the Conquest a criminal act? Should modern day Indian tribes be left to their own devices?).
CF 3360. The North American Great Plains: Land, Water, Life. In the late 19th century, the North American Great Plains, which extend from central Canada to West Texas, was mapped as the Great American Desert, a place to be crossed, not settled. This course looks across disciplinary boundaries to see what geology, ecology, climate studies, archaeology, ethnology and history reveal of past, present and (perhaps) the future of life of European Americans and Native Americans on the Great Plains.
CF 3361 (RELI 3309). Bioethics From a Christian Perspective. This course studies bioethics from a Christian ethical perspective with special attention to different methodological approaches, to the significant themes and realities involved (e.g., life, health, suffering, death), and to the most important issues faced today.
CF 3362. The Europeans: A Case Study of Two Nations. This course examines the national identity and cultural configuration of France and Germany within the European context, with frequent references to other European nations. It looks at “European consciousness” – how Europeans think about themselves as citizens of their respective countries and of Europe.
*CF 3363 (ENGL 3371, HIST 3357). Joan of Arc: History, Literature, and Film. This course considers the life and later reception of the extraordinary peasant girl, Joan of Arc (ca. 1412 to 1430 May 1431), who in two years changed the course of European history before she was burned at the stake.
CF 3364 (ENGL 3367). Ethical Implications of Children’s Literature. This course will examine children’s literature from an ethical perspective, particularly the construction of notions of morality and evil in the works with emphasis upon issues of colonialism, race, ethnicity, gender and class.
*CF 3365 (FL 3325). Perspectives on Modern China. A survey course on the social and cultural history of modern China, from the perspectives of literature and cinema.
CF 3366 (HIST 3336). Cultural History of the United States. An interdisciplinary study of American literature, painting, architecture, music, theatre, popular amusements and social customs viewed against the major currents of American intellectual history from 1877 to the present.
*CF 3368 (RELI 3368). Wholeness and Holiness: Religion and Healing Across Cultures. This course explores various ways in which human beings in different times and cultures have understood the relationship between religion and healing. Drawing on a wide range of ethnographic examples and theoretical perspectives, we will investigate the interface between medical and religious models of health. Through reading, films, lectures, classroom discussion and in-class activities, we will examine the religious and medical implications of such phenomena as out-of-body experiences, prayer, diet, massage, visualizations, meditation, acupuncture, herbs and martial arts; we will delve into the healing functions (physical, psychological, and social) of trance, possession, exorcism and shamanic journeys; we will explore the religious dimensions of contemporary holistic healing; and we will investigate the models of selfhood implied by different religious healing modalities.
CF 3369 (FL 3369). Perspectives on Modern Germany. This interdisciplinary inquiry focuses on Germany’s quest for identity as a European nation-state, on the circumstances leading to two world wars and the Holocaust, and on the country’s recent experience of reunification within the framework of the European Union.
*CF 3370 (ENGL 3364, WS 3370). Women in the Southwest. A study and exploration of women writers artists, and thinkers in the American Southwest, and their vision of this region as singularly hospitable to women’s culture.
CF 3371 Ideas of Enlightenment in Western Culture. Explores Plato, Augustine and Kant on “What is enlightenment?” Their three different, competing ideas shape our contemporary understandings of the educated, virtuous and free person.
*CF 3372 (RELI 3364). Native-American Religions. An investigation of the mythologies of North America, centering on Southwestern cultures (especially Pueblo and Navajo) and Northern Plains cultures (especially Lakota). Native texts will be approached by way of modern theories of the interpretation of myth, ritual and religion. Topics will include the cultural history of the regions, theories of myth, creation myths, culture heroes, trickster tales, sacred music and dance, and rites of healing and passage. An important dimension of the course will be interaction with the local Pueblo culture through field trips and guest speakers.
CF 3374 (ANTH 3374). Cultures and Environments of the Southwest. This course examines patterns of land-use and resource-use in prehistoric and early historic times in the Southwest. Focus is on the mutual influence of cultures and resources in the northern Rio Grande. The course draws on archaeological, archival, ethnographic and ecological evidence. Comparisons involve Pueblo and Plains Indians, Colonial Spanish, Territorial U.S. and U.S. Forest Service.
*CF 3375 (ARHS 3377). Art and Architecture of Hispanic New Mexico. This course examines the artistic and cultural legacies of colonial New Mexico: Spanish city planning and church design; retablos, santos and their place in religious experience; art in the secular life of towns; and haciendas of colonial and postcolonial New Mexico. Field trips. (SMU-in-Taos)
*CF 3376. Southwest Ethnic Diversity. This interdisciplinary course examines the way in which the three cultures of the American Southwest have coexisted. Students are introduced to the history of the Spanish colonial period and American frontier, and the range of Native American cultures and lifestyles as a context for contemporary ethnic relations. Native and Hispanic arts and crafts are studied as an expression of ethnicity. The course explores the factors that support or discourage the formation and persistence of ethnic identity and the fluidity of cultural boundaries.
CF 3377 (THEA 4381, 4382, 4383, or 4384). Ritual, Festival and Theatre (Studies in Theatre, Drama, and Performance). This course will examine how theatre has been connected to the performance of both ritual and festival, examining the common connections as well as the differences between these three public forms of expression: sites of performance, community values, power and control, subversion, and cultural comparison.
CF 3378 (THEA 4381, 4382, 4383 or 4384). Solo Performance (Studies in Theatre, Drama and Performance). This course surveys major figures and issues in contemporary solo performance and performance studies, acquainting students with artists, forms and venues ranging from the mainstream to the alternative. We will view videos and video documentation of the work and read performance texts, performance theory and interviews/writings by and about the artists and their work. The two major assignments are a research and analysis paper examining an issue related to the course and a brief original piece applying in performance what we have studied.
CF 3379. German Culture in Weimar. The course traces German culture using Weimar as the location to study literature, music and film in their historical context from Goethe’s Weimar, the Weimar Republic, through National Socialism and the recent Unification.
CF 3380 (ENGL 3380). The Literature of Vision. An examination of how shamans, prophets and imaginative writers seek to communicate “things invisible to mortal sight,” whether as a confirmation of or a challenge to the leading ideas of their time.
*CF 3381 (ARHS 4371, WS 3381). Modern Myth-Making: Studies in the Manipulation of Imagery. This course examines the quest for enduring cultural heroes and projection of changing social messages as reflected in images from past epochs to modern times. Examples traced range from politician to musician, from the fine arts to television.
CF 3382 (THEA 4381, 4382, 4383, or 4384). American Dramatic Literature (Studies in Theatre, Drama and Performance). This course will provide an opportunity for in-depth study of texts in a variety of genres and styles by looking at popular literature. Students will work with scripts as organic markers of political and aesthetic taste, events, and world view, learning to use practices of performance studies and anthropology to look closely at the authenticity of live performance in its relationship to audience values.
CF 3383. Contemporary Urban Problems. This seminar is designed to introduce students to conceptualizing social problems and to the distinctive conditions defined and treated as social problems in the American Southwest. The course aims to improve students’ skills in critical reasoning and evaluative writing on the alleviation of social problems.
*CF 3385 (SOCI 3383). Race, Culture and Social Policy in the Southwest. This interdisciplinary seminar introduces students to applying the concepts of race and culture to social problems and policy in the American Southwest. The course combines lectures, readings, field trips, survey research and documentary films to focus on special topics on the Southwest.
CF 3387. Order Out of Chaos. Deterministic chaos, fractal structures, self-organization and nonlinear dynamics comprise an approach to the study of complicated realistic systems common to a great diversity of natural and social sciences. Students will study the significance of the relatively new science as well as relationships and applications to medicine, the natural sciences, economics, history, philosophy and the social sciences.
CF 3388 (PLSC 3342). Making Democracy Work. This course aims to answer the fundamental question that mankind has asked since ancient Greece of why does democracy thrive in some nations, while it struggles in others and in many more has yet to take root?
CF 3389 (PLSC 3389). International Political Economy. The course introduces students to international political economy, focusing on the development of regimes for international trade and finance. The objective is to understand how nation-states manage international economic relations.
*CF 3390 (FL 3310). Transnational Chinese Cinema. This course will introduce students to the subject of Asian cinema through films produced in the People’s Republic, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In considering cinema as a system for the construction of meaning, this course examines national identities in film aesthetics.
CF 3392 (ARHS 3318, HIST 2353). Currents in Classical Civilization. The interdisciplinary study of the art, literature and history of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, including ideals of democracy, individualism, immortality, heroism, justice, sexuality nature, etc.
CF 3393. Evolution and Creationism as Public School Issues. An in-depth examination of controversies concerning organic evolution from social, educational and legal perspectives. Discussion includes alternative philosophies of science and evidence from fossil and living organisms.
CF 3394 (HIST 3344). The Oxford Landscape, From the Stone Age to the Tudors. This course studies the historical landscape of the upper Thames Basin and Oxford, the region’s urban focus for over a millennium. Students can read this history on site, using resources from anthropology, history, architecture, city planning, political and social organization, and imaginative literature. Readings and trips concern local Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age (Celtic) cultures as well as the historical phases of regional experience from the first Roman probe of 55 B.C. to the start of the Tudor Dynasty in A.D. 1485.
*CF 3395. A Cultural Journey to China. Suzhou, in China’s cultural heartland, hosts this course on the development of Chinese culture: religion, literature, cinema, art, architecture and history. Trips complement readings centered on self, family and state.
CF 3396. Rome and the Italians: History, Culture and Politics. This course, taught in Italy, explores the cultural and political identity of Italy as it evolved from antiquity to present day.
CF 3397. Science and Politics in a Nuclear Age: Change and Resolution of Conflict. Investigation of societal changes associated with the development of scientific discoveries such as nuclear energy. Consideration is given to resulting conflicts and their resolution at local, national and international levels.
*CF 3398 (ENGL 3365). Jewish American Literature and Culture. An interdisciplinary introduction to Jewish culture through literature, especially in the American environment, as well as to the issues in studying any distinctive ethnic and cultural literature.
*CF 3399 (RELI 3377). Cultural History of Tibet. A critical study of Tibetan history, culture and religion and how they relate to the representation of Tibet in travel, scholarly and popular literature.
*CF 3401 (HIST 3401). The Good Society. This course will focus on the historical construction of the concept of the “good society” in Western culture. Although the term did not enter our literature until Graham Wallas published The Good Society in 1915, we can clearly distinguish its origins in the religious, political and intellectual traditions of Europe and the United States. Affiliated with the Center for Inter-Community Experience.
CF 3402. Divided Loyalties: The Problem of Identity in a Global World. Focusing on questions of individualism, citizenship and public identity, this course investigates tensions among localism, nationalism and globalism within contemporary literature and culture. In order to enhance understanding of course readings, students will participate in Center for Inter-Community Experience (ICE) programs in the multiethnic, multinational East Dallas community of Garrett Park East.
*CF 3403. Imagined Communities: Place, Nation and Construction of Cultural Identity. The flagship course of the Center for Inter-Community Experience, “Imagined Communities” investigates from historical and contemporary perspectives the forms of local, national and transnational identities that characterize American life. In order to enhance understanding of course readings, students will participate in Center for Inter-Community Experience (ICE) programs in the multiethnic, multinational East Dallas community of Garrett Park East.
CF 3404. Social Class and the Democratic Public Sphere. This course explores the concept of class in American life and investigates the effects of class differences and tensions on American democratic institutions. In order to enhance understanding of course readings, students will participate in Center for Inter-Community Experience (ICE) programs in the multiethnic, multinational East Dallas community of Garrett Park East.
*CF 3405. Troubled Youth. This course explores American adolescence from contemporary and historical perspectives, covering the period from the eighteenth century onward, and focusing on the period between the Civil War and the present.
*CFA 3300 (ARHS 4300). Calligraphy and Culture: Vision, Line and Design in World Artistic Traditions. A multidisciplinary inquiry into the cultural history of calligraphy and line in several major cultural traditions of the world: readings and discussions will encompass philosophical, anthropological, archaeological, materialist, cultural-historical and art-historical perspectives on line and cultural signification in the visual arts.
*CFA 3301 (ANTH 2321, CLAS 2321, ENGL 2371). The Dawn of Wisdom: Ancient Creation Stories From Four Civilizations. Explores the visions of the cosmos expressed in the art, archaeology and literature of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greco-Roman civilization and the New World, emphasizing the role of human beings as central and responsible actors therein.
*CFA 3302 (WS 2322). Women: Images and Perspectives. An examination of the constant and changing understanding of women reflected in myths, research, and theories of biology, history, religion, the social sciences, literature and language.
*CFA 3303 (WS 2380). Human Sexuality. This course explores the biosocial aspects of human sexuality and sex behaviors. A multidisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective will address a wide range of theoretical and pragmatic sexual issues.
*CFA 3304 (PLSC 4341). Comparative Rights and Representation. This course will explore the tension that exists between rights and democratic representation. Issues explored include judicial social policy making, individual vs. collective rights, aboriginal rights and affirmative action.
CFA 3305. Literature and Film: Adaptations by Italian Directors of Literary Texts. Through the study of major literary works and their cinematic adaptations, the course focuses on the value systems and the social realities the works reflect. The analogies and the differences that exist between literary and cinematic approaches will be explored by reading the texts and confronting them with their filmic renderings.
CFA 3306 (RELI 3316). Religion and Science. An exploration of how religion and science understand such topics as the origins and destiny of the universe and the evolution of life.
CFA 3307 (RELI 3371). Religion and Culture in the Greco-Roman World. This course investigates the intersections of political history, social history, philosophical thought and religious belief and practice in the ancient Greco-Roman world, with particular attention to Judaism and Christianity in their Greco-Roman context.
*CFA 3308 (WS 2308). Revisions: Woman as Thinker, Artist, and Citizen. This course is designed to discover how an emphasis on the particular experiences of women can enhance and complicate traditionally conceived areas of scholarship and critical endeavor. It will also explore areas of women’s experience traditionally undervalued, such as friendship, sexuality, motherhood and old age.
*CFA 3309 (WS 2309). Lesbian and Gay Literature and Film: Minority Discourse and Social Power. The exploration through literature and film of the struggles by gay men and lesbians to create social identities and achieve human rights. Study of key cultures and pivotal historical periods in the West from ancient Greece to contemporary America. Authors include Sappho, Plato, Michelangelo, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Audre Lord, Adrienne Rich and Tony Kushner. Cinematography includes Pedro Almodovar, Derek Jarman, Maria Luisa Bemberg, Sally Potter and James Ivory.
*CFA 3310 (ETST 2301, SOCI 3305). Race and Ethnicity in the United States. An interdisciplinary seminar designed to introduce students to the analysis of race and ethnicity in the United States within a global context.
CFA 3311 (CLAS 2311). Myth and Thought in the Ancient World. The goal of this course is to explore the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of ancient understandings of reality in Western and non-Western cultures. The materials for investigation will be primarily textual, including myths, epics, tragedies and philosophical discourse in ancient Greece. Key points of concern will include concepts of the human condition; the nature of the good life; the problems of death, evil and misfortune; the relationships between humans and gods and between the individual and society; and the difference between illusion and reality. The relationship between modern thought and ancient thought, both Western and non-Western, will also be a recurring theme.
CFA 3312. Making History: Representations of Ethical Choices. Interdisciplinary course examining ethical issues associated with the writing of “historical fictions” and the production of historical exhibits. Students will complicate conventional distinctions between disciplines and genres by looking at how playwrights, novelists, filmmakers and museum curators/directors shape their productions from the raw materials of historical data. They will explore the ways in which historical memory is created and represented, further developing and refining their own engagements with texts, films and museums.
*CFA 3313 (ARHS 3392). Islamic Art and Architecture: The Creation of a New Art. This course will treat issues significant to the creation and expansion of Islamic art from the 7th to the 15th century. Topics to be discussed include cultural and political exchange and conflict between Muslims and Christians; religious concerns and the artistic forms created to meet them; the importance of the book in Muslim culture; the distinctions between religious and secular art; and the appropriation of sacred space in Muslim architecture.
CFA 3314 (DANC 2370). Movement as Social Text. The course will look at ways in which movement and dance have meaning in different cultural, social and historical contexts. Examinations of examples of dance in a cross-cultural context, encompassing both Western and non-Western dance forms, will be included. Emphasis will be placed on the nature of movement, its unique properties, the ways in which it conveys meaning, and its relationship to culture.
*CFA 3315 (WS 2315). Gender, Culture and Society. An interdisciplinary study of gender ideology stressing anthropological and literary perspectives, this course will analyze gender difference as a structuring principle in all societies and explore some of its representations in literature, film and contemporary discourse.
*CFA 3316 (ANTH 3333). The Immigrant Experience. An interdisciplinary focus on the issue of immigration in the United States. The course explores historical, ethical, social, cultural and political dimensions of the immigrant experience, as well as America’s attitudes toward the immigrant. Controversial issues, such as bilingual education and illegal immigration, will be examined.
CFA 3317. Global Perspectives on Environmental Issues. Many of the major environmental issues our planet faces – greenhouse climate changes, air and water pollution, acid rain and related atmospheric problems, ozone shield destruction, toxic and radioactive waste disposal, land-use management, energy resource development, geologic hazards, population growth and food supplies – will be examined from scientific as well as cultural, political and ethical viewpoints.
*CFA 3318 (HIST 2384). Latin America: The Colonial Period. An introductory survey covering the development of Latin American society from prediscovery to the early 19th century.
*CFA 3319 (HIST 2385). Latin America in the Modern Era. An introductory survey beginning with the 19th-century wars of independence from Spain and Portugal and emphasizing the 20th century as the new nations struggle for political stability and economic independence.
*CFA 3320 (FL 3323, HIST 2323). Russian Culture. Significant aspects of Russian thought and culture at its various stages of development are presented and illustrated by examples from literature, folklore, prose, drama, journalism, architecture, the fine arts and music.
CFA 3321. Ways of Thinking in the Ancient World. Distinctions between heaven and earth, divine and human, “spirit” and “matter,” living and living well, mind (language) and “reality,” are categories of thought explored in this course. This is a course in how thinking gets done, as well as in some of what human beings have thought.
CFA 3322 (RELI 3358). Psychology of Religion. Covers the psychological, biological and social foundations of religion and its consequences. Topics include mystical experience, conversion, prayer, cults and the effects of religion on health, prosocial behavior and prejudice.
CFA 3323. The Emergence of the Modern Mentality of the West. This course examines some of the major changes in philosophical thought and religious life that took place between the end of the Middle Ages and the Industrial Revolution. It focuses on contrasts between magic and science, the rise of the capitalist spirit, and conflicts between traditional beliefs and modern skepticism.
CFA 3324 (THEA 4385). English Theatre, Restoration to the Present (Studies in Theatre, Drama and Performance). Surveys English theatre, Restoration to today. Focuses on selected scripts and social contexts: audiences, society, theatrical forms, modes of production, theatre architecture, and broader historical, economic and political forces and influences.
*CFA 3325 (HIST 3379). A Cultural History of New Mexico. This course, taught only at SMU-in-Taos, explores the struggles between the state’s dominant ethnic groups – Native Americans, Hispanos and Anglos – over rituals, spaces and objects.
*CFA 3326 (PLSC 4322). Latino Politics. An analysis of contexts, causes and consequences of Latino political participation. The focus is on Latinos in the Southwest with some attention to other racial and ethnic groups elsewhere in the U.S.
CFA 3327. Environmental Problems and Policy: A European Perspective. As the threats of local, regional and global environmental problems grow, so does the public political and scholarly debate about the remedies to control them. A study of current issues, options and politics from the European perspective.
CFA 3328 (FL 3309). Contemporary France. This course will provide an interdisciplinary immersion in the main concerns of France today. It will explore its institutions, social issues, and intellectual and cultural interests as they relate to the past and strive to meet the challenge of the 21st century, particularly the making of Europe.
CFA 3329 (FL 3307). The Belle Epoque and the Birth of Modernity. Through its focus on the Belle Epoque, this course will give students the opportunity for in-depth study of one of the richest periods in the history of French culture. Through a variety of cultural objects, they will study the shift of civilization that occurred at the turn of the 20th century based on major changes in concepts of the individual, space, and time, and learn how they gave birth to our modern civilization and culture.
CFA 3330 (FL 3303, SPAN 3373). Spanish Civilization. Through lectures, readings, study trips and audiovisual presentations, this course presents an interrelated overview of Spanish culture and thought, especially as related to contemporary Spain. This course addresses from multiple disciplinary (anthropology, history, sociology, Spanish literature, etc.) perspectives a vast array of interrelated social and cultural practices and beliefs.
*CFA 3331 (ANTH 2331). The Formation of Institutions: Roots of Society. With illustrations from the prehistoric past, the earliest recorded civilization and “contemporary ancestors” (bands and tribes of the present), this course will trace the development of familiar notions like the family, property, and the state, resulting in an appreciation of the fundamental questions posed by our common life on Earth and the variety of answers that human societies have given to those questions.
*CFA 3332 (CLAS 2332). Society Expanding – Polis and Empire. This course presents a case-study approach to the development of cities, civilizations and empires from the appearance of urbanism in Mesopotamia to the end of the European Middle Ages, with special reference to political, economic and religious institutions.
CFA 3334 (PLSC 4323). The Politics of Change in America, 1930-2000. Focusing on American politics and society from 1930 to the present, this course will examine how America has changed, explain why change occurs, and assess the consequences of these changes.
*CFA 3336 (ANTH 3336). Gender and Globalization: Cultural and Ethical Issues. An analysis of the impact of globalizing forces on women’s lives and identities, as well as on patterns of gender relations and ideology in various cultures around the world.
CFA 3337 (DANC 3374). 20th-Century Musical Theater. This course will examine the significance of dance in the American musical as a medium for reflecting the cultural evolution in America from a social and historical perspective.
CFA 3338 (RELI 3338). Christ as Cultural Hero. An exploration of the impact of Jesus on the history of Western culture, not only in religion and philosophy, but also in the fine arts, literature and politics.
CFA 3339 (RELI 3339). The Puritan Tradition in England and America. An examination of the religious, political, scientific, economic and literary dimensions of the Puritan movement in Tudor-Stuart England and in colonial New England.
CFA 3340 (ARHS 4350, CTV 4351, THEA 4381-4384). Mapping Modernism: Artistic Collaborations in Paris and Moscow, 1890-1940. This class examines early 20th-century modernism through the lens of fertile collaborations and exchanges in art, dance, film, music and theatre in Paris and Moscow between 1890 and 1940.
*CFA 3341. Native Americans in Western Legal Thought. A survey of Spanish and Anglo-American legal treatment of native North Americans from first contact to the present, comparing and contrasting versions of Western jurisprudence and examining whenever possible Native American responses.
CFA 3342. British Studies I. This course is an interdisciplinary, writing-intensive course within the humanities and social sciences taken at a British or Irish university. It can be taken only by students in the yearlong SMU-in-Britain program.
CFA 3343. British Studies II. This course is an interdisciplinary, writing-intensive course within the humanities and social sciences taken at a British or Irish university. It can be taken only by students in the yearlong SMU-in-Britain program.
*CFA 3344. Tradition, Community and Identity in Black African Cinema. An introduction to film by black African filmmakers. The course explores African film’s relationship to history, African identity, the African political context and African oral tradition.
*CFA 3348 (HIST 3348). American Families: Changing Experiences and Expectations. Explores changes in American family life from the colonial period to the present. Seeks to understand how family ideals, structures and roles have shaped and been shaped by social and historical change.
*CFA 3350 (ANTH 3350). Good Eats and Forbidden Flesh: Culture, Food and the Global Grocery Market. A cultural perspective on food that blends biological and medical information about human nutrition and development with an exploration of the global market of eating.
CFA 3352. French Cinema, 1895-1945. An introduction to French cinema’s major works, filmmakers and trends from 1895 to 1945, with an emphasis on film’s unique manner of constructing and transmitting culture.
CFA 3353. French Cinema, 1945-Present. An introduction to French cinema’s major works, filmmakers and trends from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on film’s unique manner of constructing and transmitting culture.
CFA 3355 (PLSC 4355). Comparative Political Economy of Industrialized Democracies. This course examines the nature and workings of the political economies of industrialized democracies of North America, Europe and the Pacific in comparative perspective.
*CFA 3358 (ANTH 3358). Indians of the Southwest, 16th Century-Present. An introduction to the non-Pueblo and Pueblo peoples of the Greater Southwest, with a focus on Indian-Indian and Indian-Euro American relations and the resultant transformations. Topics will include class of cultures, tourism, gambling, legal rights and urbanism.
CFA 3359 (PLSC 3359). From Communism to Democracy. An interdisciplinary survey of the rise and fall of communist regimes, followed by an analysis of the successes, obstacles and consequences of the democratic transition in the former Eastern Europe and Soviet Union. Particular attention will be paid to cultural, social, economic and political influences that affect divergent paths to democracy.
CFA 3360 (FL 3360). The Ethics of Colonization in Latin America. Through a study of literary, philosophical, historical and religious texts, this course considers how the humanist ethics of the Renaissance were debated and carried out in the colonization of Latin America.
*CFA 3362 (CTV 2362). Diversity and American Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality. Historical survey of representations of race-ethnicity, class structure, gender and sexual orientation in American cinema, as well as the opportunities for minorities within the industry.
CFA 3363 (PLSC 4363). Religion and Politics in the Western Tradition. Analysis of the relationship between religious faith and civil government in the Western tradition. Focuses on thinkers and controversies from the late Roman empire to the contemporary United States.
*CFA 3365 (ANTH 3365). The Rise and Fall of Superpowers: The Dynamics and Ethics of Empire. A comparative introduction to institutions and organizational dynamics of three ancient empires (Roman, Chinese, Inca), with discussions of the lessons that these civilizations can teach American citizens about our own society.
*CFA 3368. Orient and Occident: Encounters Between the Middle East and the West in the Modern Era. This course exposes students to the broad dimensions of Islamic belief and practice, major themes in relations between the countries and cultures of the Middle East and Western Europe from the early modern era to the present, beginning with Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798.
*CFA 3370. Australian Aboriginal Studies. This course provides an understanding of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of Australia in a way that makes students more interested in, and sensitive to, the history and culture of indigenous peoples.
*CFA 3371. Inventing Americas I: Explorations and Encounters. A comparative, interdisciplinary examination of literary, ethnographic, artistic and cinematic texts reflecting cultural encounters in the Americas during the colonial period.
*CFA 3372. Inventing Americas II: Identity Formations. A comparative, interdisciplinary examination of literary, ethnographic, artistic and cinematic texts reflecting the formation of individual, group, and national identities in the Americas since the 19th century.
CFA 3373. Narrative, Religion and the Construction of Belief. This course explores narrative as a foundation of religion and as primary agent in the construction of belief, comparative reading and analysis of texts from a wide variety of religious, philosophical and literary traditions.
CFA 3374 (ENGL 3348). History of the Book in America, 1620-1900. A multidisciplinary survey of print culture in the United States, exploring literary, historical, technological, legal and sociological factors that shaped the formations, uses and dynamics of print in our society.
CFA 3375 (CTV 3375). Postwar European Cinema, 1945-Present. Presents an overview of postwar European cinema focusing on major films, directors and national movements, with particular emphasis on Italian film. Considers cultural and stylistic features that differ from Hollywood genre models.
CFA 3377 (PHIL 3377). Animal Rights: The Ethics of Human Treatment of Animals. An examination of the moral status of nonhuman animals and its implications for the common use of animals as food and experimental subjects for humans.
CFA 3378 (ENGL 3368). Literary and Artistic Taos: The Town Seen Through Multiple Lenses. Survey of the literary and artistic heritage of early 20th-century Taos, centered on the Native Americans, the artistic and literary salon of Mabel Dodge, and D.H. Lawrence.
*CFA 3379 (ENGL 3379). Literary and Cultural Contexts of Disability: Gender, Care and Justice. This course examines issues of disability from literary, cultural and philosophical perspectives. It grapples with current debates in disability studies, providing the student with a variety of contexts in which to examine them.
*CFA 3380 (HIST 2380). Ethnic Regions in the “Western World.” This interdisciplinary course examines the ways regional ethnic minorities – such as the Basques, Quebecois and Chicanos – have functioned within larger societies in Western Europe and North America.
CFA 3381 (PLSC 3381). Current Issues in International Relations. An interdisciplinary survey of contemporary issues and challenges in the international arena. The student will research and propose solutions, taking into account the multidimensional aspects of these international challenges.
*CFA 3382 (WS 3382). Women’s Body Politics. A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary exploration of the cultural and ideological work that women’s bodies perform, as reflected in literature, art, medicine, philosophy and political discourses from the Classical era to today.
*CFA 3384 (ANTH 3384). Paradise Lost? The Archaeology and Ethics of Human Environmental Impacts. Interdisciplinary archaeological, anthropological and historical examination of human impacts on the environment around the world over the last 50,000 years.
CFA 3386 (THEA 4386). European Theatre, 1879-1953. A survey of major figures and movements in European theatre beginning with the premiere of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and culminating with the premiere of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.
CFA 3388 (ANTH 3388). Warfare and Violence: The Anthropology and Ethics of Human Conflict. This course provides an examination of the origins and development of human aggression, violence and warfare using interdisciplinary data and theories from prehistory, ethnology, history and political science.
CFA 3390 (ME 3390). German Technoculture. Fundamentals of German contemporary culture within the context of technology and study abroad experience. Emphasis is placed on reading and communication (writing and oral) skills. Field trips are an integral part of the course.
*CFA 3399 (ANTH 3399). Ice Age Americans. The first Americans came here from northeast Asia and Siberia over 12,000 years ago, when North America was in the grip of an Ice Age. Their story, being pieced together by disciplines as different as archaeology, linguistics and molecular biology, is revealing how these pioneers faced the challenge of adapting to a world without other people, which became increasingly exotic as they moved south, and was itself changing as the Ice Age came to an end. This is the story of the first discovery of America, when it truly was a New World.
*CFB 3301 (ANTH 3301, SOCI 3301). Health, Healing and Ethics: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Sickness and Society. A cross-cultural exploration of cultures and organization of medical systems, economic development and the global exportation of biomedicine, and ethical dilemmas associated with medical technologies and global disparities in health.
CFB 3302 Contemporary East Asian Cinema, 1997-Present. The course will be divided into four sections, one on each of the national cinemas we will be studying; Hong Kong cinema after the Colony’s return to the People’s Republic of China as a Special Administrative Region; the cinema of Thailand after the Asian Economic Crisis and the massive devaluation of the bhat; South Korean cinema after the bailout of the Korean Stock Exchange by the International Monetary Fund and the extensive corporate restructuring which followed; and the Japanese cinema in the stagnant late nineties as Japan struggled to overcome the economic and cultural hangover from the burst bubble of the 1980s economic boom.
CFB 3309 (HIST 3309). North American Environmental History. This course surveys North American environmental history since pre-Columbian times. It expands the customary framework of historical inquiry by focusing on the interaction of human beings and the natural world.
*CFB 3310 (ANTH 3310). Gender and Sex Roles: A Global Perspective. This course compares the life experiences of men and women in societies throughout the world. Discussion will include the evidence regarding the universal subordination of women and examine explanations that propose to situate women’s and men’s personal attributes, roles, and responsibilities in the biological or cultural domain. In general, through readings, films, and lectures, the class will provide a cross-cultural perspective on ideas regarding gender and the ways societies are organized in relation to gender.
CFB 3311 (ANTH 3385). Sustainable Living. Seminar focused on environmental challenges facing society and strategies for achieving a more sustainable existence. From global warming and climate change to extinction and the loss of biodiversity, it is clear that our world is changing and that we humans are responsible for much of this deterioration. Environmental issues are highly politicized and polarized, often broken into black and white divisions (e.g., liberal vs conservative), but it remains clear that the future of our planet is something that we must all be concerned about. This course examines the state of our environment and the place of humans in nature, focusing on aspects of sustainable living. With a critical eye, we will evaluate the state of knowledge on numerous environmental issues, and the ways that, as everyday Americans, we can lessen our environmental impact and work towards a more sustainable future.
CFB 3312 (CLAS 1312). Classical Rhetoric. Readings in the Ancient Sophists, Plato, Aristotle, Isocrates, Cicero, Quintilian, Longinus and St. Augustine; study of the intellectual foundations of the Western world.
CFB 3313. Genetic Determinism and Free Will: The Impact of Human Genetics and Biotechnology on Human Choice. Students will be introduced to human genetics and biotechnology , with philosophical analysis of its impact on genetic determinism and free will. Related societal issues will be examined.
*CFB 3322 (HIST 3322). Native American History. This course examines the roles Native Americans played in the history of North America (excluding Mexico) from 1500 to the present.
CFB 3333 (PHYS 3333). The Scientific Method: (Debunking Pseudoscience). This course provides students with an understanding of the scientific method sufficient to differentiate experimentally verifiable scientific fact and theories from pseudoscience in its many guises: paranormal phenomena, free-energy devices, alternative medicine and many others.
CFB 3337 (HIST 3337). Ethical Dilemmas in a Global Age. This course is a cross-cultural exploration of major ethical problems emanating out of the radically changing context of human existence in recent decades.
CFB 3351 (ANTH 3351). Forensic Anthropology: Stories Told by Bones. Introduction to the identification of human remains, including conditions of preservation and decay. Estimating sex, stature, age, ethnicity. Identifying pathology, trauma and other causes of death.
*CFB 3353 (RELI 3353). Borderlands: Latino/a Religions in the United States. An introduction to Latino/a religions and religious practices in the United States, with a special emphasis on social constructions.
CFB 3375 (MNO 3375). Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Leadership. This course is designed to develop the student’s capacity to recognize and evaluate ethical issues related to business management, including: a) quandaries faced by individual managers; b) issues concerning corporate structure, policies, and business culture; c) more systemic issues related to the role of business in a democratic society and the conduct of business on the international scene. The cross listing of CFB 3375 and MNO 3375 is subject to the same rules that restrict credit for all other CF, CFA, and CFB courses that are cross-listed with departmental courses (see General Education Rules 9 and 10). In addition, students who take either CFB 3375 or MNO 3375 (formerly OBBP 3375) may not take ACCT 3391, nor may students taking ACCT 3391 take either of the other two courses for credit. Students seeking accounting certification should note that ACCT 3391 is a gateway course for eligibility to take the CPA examination.
*CFB 3384 (RELI 3384). Hinduism and Colonial Encounters. A critical study of the history of colonialism in India and its impact on social, religious, and political discourse.
CFB 3386 (ARHS 4386). Patrons and Collectors. A social history of art from the point of view of its consumers. Art patronage and collecting are examined from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on the modern period.
*CFB 3390 (ANTH 3390). The Plundered Past: Archaeology’s Challenges in the Modern World. This course will provide and interdisciplinary understanding of the importance societies place on knowing, preserving and altering evidence of the past. Special emphasis is placed on archaeology’s role in understanding and preserving the past.
CFB 3399 (ARHS 3399/ARHS 6399). The Medieval Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Art and Text. Examines the mutual perceptions, conflicts and commonalities among medieval European Christians and Jews, as reflected in works of visual art and in philosophical, theological, legal and literary texts.
One Human Diversity Co-Curricular course (three term hours) dealing with non-Western and/or race-, ethnicity-, or gender-related issues must be completed by every graduating student. This requirement may be satisfied by any course within the University’s undergraduate curriculum, including courses in Perspectives and Cultural formations, as long as that offering is designated as a Human Diversity course.
Throughout this section of the General Education Curriculum, any course marked with an asterisk is one that will satisfy the Human Diversity requirement. In addition, a wide offering of elective courses that meet this Co-Curricular requirement is available.
The list of Human Diversity courses offered per term can be accessed at the Registrar's web site.
The Council on General Education recognizes two broad categories of exemptions to General Education requirements: individual exceptions and formal exemptions. Students may petition for an individual exception to a General Education requirement, normally with the substitution of a specific alternative course to satisfy that requirement. All General Education student petitions must be approved by the student’s academic adviser and the Associate Vice Provost for General Education. Appeals may be made to the Vice Provost of the University.
The Council on General Education has approved formal exemptions that apply to specific groups of students, as follows:
1. Beginning with Fall 1997 entry, any student who matriculates with forty-two (42) or more term-credit hours in transfer will be exempt from any six (6) hours from the combination of Perspectives and Cultural Formations. Transfer students majoring in any engineering program who have already satisfied the Perspectives/Cultural Formations requirement on entering the University are exempt from the Human Diversity Co-Curricular requirement.
Additionally, transfer students majoring in an engineering program who have completed a yearlong course, both semesters of which satisfy the same single Perspectives category, will be allowed to count that sequence toward two different Perspectives categories. This exception may extend to, at most, two yearlong courses so long as a minimum of three Perspectives categories is satisfied overall.
2. When the total number of hours required to satisfy the General Education and major requirements for a single major, along with the major’s supporting course requirements, exceeds 122 term-credit hours, students in such majors will be exempt from three (3) hours of Perspectives and an additional three (3) hours taken from either Perspectives or Cultural Formations. Free electives – courses that do not satisfy any General Education, major, or supporting course requirements – are not included in this calculation.
Majors that qualify for this exemption are:
3. Students graduating with an undergraduate engineering degree from the School of Engineering who take a second major in a Dedman College program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree will be allowed to fulfill the General Education requirements for the Dedman College program as the General Education requirements apply to the engineering degree alone. In particular, all individual and formal General Education requirement exemptions that are allowed for the engineering program (see qualifying degrees in Item 2 above) will be allowed for the Dedman College program.
4. Each student may qualify for one six-hour exemption. For example, if a student transfers in with 42 or more credit hours, qualifying for a six-hour exemption, and then also declares an Engineering or Fine Arts major that qualifies for a six-hour exemption, the student may only receive a six-hour total exemption.
1. Credit earned by examination may be used to fulfill requirements in the Fundamentals, Science/Technology and Perspectives categories.
2. With the exception of Wellness, courses taken to fulfill General Education requirements may not be taken Pass/Fail.
3. With the exception of the Co-Curricular component, a single course may satisfy only one General Education requirement.
4. Following SMU matriculation, students must meet the English, Mathematical Sciences and Information Technology Fundamentals requirements through SMU coursework.
5. The following requirements for Fundamentals should be followed:
a. Students must be continuously enrolled in the appropriate English course each term until completion of the Written English Fundamentals requirement. Students who do not enroll in the appropriate English course each term will be subject to suspension. However, certain students who begin their Writing Requirements with ENGL 1302 may defer their initial enrollment for one term. Students may not drop these courses; if they do, a W grade will be changed to a grade of F.
b. Students who have not completed the Fundamentals Mathematical Sciences requirement within their first year must be enrolled in an appropriate math course each term thereafter until completion of the requirement. Students who do not meet this standard will be subject to suspension.
c. University academic progress policy requires that full-time regular students have completed the English and Mathematics requirements by the end of their fourth regular term of enrollment (the second term for full-time students transferring in 15 or more units from another institution). Part-time regular students have 48 credit hours to complete these requirements; part-time transfer students have 24 credit hours to complete them. Students who do not meet this standard will be subject to suspension.
6. A minimum grade of C- is required in each Written English Fundamentals course.
7. A student who uses a writing-intensive departmental course to satisfy the Written English requirement beyond ENGL 1302 may not also use that course to satisfy the Perspectives or Cultural Formations requirements.
8. Ideally, the Science and Technology requirement should be completed within the first 90 hours of undergraduate work.
9. Cultural Formations courses will carry CF, CFA, or CFB numbers and may also carry departmental numbers. However, if such a course is taken with a departmental number, it will not be given Cultural Formations credit. Similarly, a course taken with a CF number will not also count as a departmental course. (Please note that the departmental co-listing of a CF course may not receive Perspectives credit. Cultural Formations and Perspectives are mutually-exclusive categories; one cannot count for the other.)
10. CF courses must be taken at SMU, either on the Dallas campus, at SMU-in-Taos or through the Study Abroad International Programs. Courses transferred from other institutions may not receive CF credit under any circumstances.
11. Students must complete two Cultural Formations courses between their sophomore and senior years.
12. The Perspectives requirement may NOT be satisfied by courses in the department or program of the student’s major; by courses applied to fulfill requirements for a student’s interdisciplinary major or by the co-listing of a CF course (see Item 9 above). (“Program” here refers to division, center, school or other academic unit designated for a course of study in the University bulletin.)
13. A Perspectives course may double count toward a student’s minor or second major.
14. No single course may be listed in more than one Perspectives category.
15. No department or program may list its courses in more than one Perspectives category. (“Program” here refers to division, center, school or other academic unit designated for a course of study in the University bulletin.)