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ART613 Advanced Painting: Landscape (3)
This course will be a predominantly self-directed study that explores landscape painting. Each student will prepare and create a series of paintings done from observation and photo reference. Formal concerns such as composition, color, value and space will accompany critical discourse related to expression, and choice of subject. Lab fee.
July 7, July 22, August 12, and August 26; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

ART620 Digital Photography (3)
Emphasizes development of personal photography portfolio; explores landscape, portrait and experimental/digital techniques. Students should have access to a digital camera that allows for manual adjustments and shooting modes (e.g. a DSLR or advanced point and shoot). Lab fee.
Saturday June 21, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; June 28, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; July 26 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; additional classroom time to be arranged.

ART673 Selected Topics: Ceramics (3) 
Create stoneware functional pieces on the pottery wheels in addition to crafting unique hand-built pieces (pinch pots, coil pots, slab pieces). Finish pieces from a selection of over 25 high fire glazes. Small classes focus on individualized attention. All clay and materials are provided. Lab fee due at the end of the session to the professor is a firing charge of $4.50/lb. of finished, glazed pots. Thursdays, 6-9pm from July 3 through August 21.  In Rockport.

BIO630 Marine Biology (3)
The ocean is a complex environment and as such the field of Marine Science is interdisciplinary by its very nature. This course will provide an overview of the four main disciplines of oceanography: geological, chemical, physical, and biological oceanography both in the classroom and lab, out in the field, and out on the water.
Fridays: July 11, 18, 25, August 8, and 15; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

BIO635 Environmental Science (3)
This course will focus on the broad range of science concerning the environment. Topics will be selected that are relevant to teaching and that will provide necessary background to understand science and the environment for primary and secondary education. The focus will be conservation biology, ecology, global human food and water needs, population, disease and sustainable energy.
Mondays: July 14, 21, August 4, 11, and 18; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

ENG632 Literature for Adolescents (3)
In-depth examination of literature for young adults used thematically throughout the middle school and secondary curricula. July 2 - August 4.

ENG634 Survey of British Literature (3)
This course will examine literary texts through the prism of literary periods, movement, and major authors of British literature.  Authors such as Chaucer, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Milton as well as works by women and ethnic minorities will be studied.  June 30-July 28.

ENG644 Survey of American Literature (3)
This course is a critical survey of the diverse literature of the United States.  Beginning with poetry and stories, students are exposed to the various periods of American literature and the ideas and forces that shaped the writing of those times.  Significant attention will be given to the writings of women and minorities.  The course focuses on historical as well as literary themes through reading, writing, listening/viewing, and speaking.  June 30-July 28.

ENG675 Advanced Writing (3)
This course will help teachers focus on themselves as writers and increase their skill and confidence. We will examine the stages of the writing process and learn a variety of strategies for overcoming difficulties. Participants will compile a portfolio containing a series of short papers along with reflective writing. They will give and receive support to each other as they develop these papers. We will consider some of the problems in teaching writing and how to deal with these; participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences and concerns so as to give each other practical ideas for use in the classroom.  June 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; July 28, July 31, August 4, August 6, August 11 and August 14, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  

EDU678 Using Museums in Your Classroom (3)
HIS678 Using Museums in Your Classroom (3)
This course is designed to expose educators to the educational programs and resources of science, art, and history museums.  Its purpose is to broaden the teacher's awareness of what is available through cooperative interaction with museum education departments and their staff.  Classes will visit a variety of local leading museums, and participate in training workshops led by the area's foremost museum educators.
Weekdays: July 28–August 1, 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

FRE613 Advanced French Writing (3)
The goal of this course is to develop an advanced knowledge of the French language, and French and Francophone cultures. This knowledge will be developed in five areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural competence with a stress on written skill development.  June 24, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; June 28, 1-4 p.m.; July 2, 2:30-5:30 p.m. and July 4, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

FRE660 Francophone Civilization (3)
The goal of this course is to develop an advanced knowledge of the French language, and Francophone cultures. The knowledge will be developed in five areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural competence. Students will practice and improve their oral and written communication skills in the target language while learning facts about contemporary Francophone countries and using higher thinking skills in their analyses of cultural differences. They will be able to contrast French and Francophone cultures and religions and compare them with their own cultural habits. June 27, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; June 30, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; July 3, 2:30-5:30 p.m. and July 8, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

HIS639 History of the U.S. in World War II (3)
This course will cover the period from the rise of Nazi Germany and the expansion of Imperialist Japan to the surrender of Japan in 1945. Attention will be paid to the underlying causes for the war; the periods of conquest by the Axis powers and the intervention of the U.S. following the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. From 1941 to 1945 the class will examine the American role in the European Theater, the Pacific Theater and the home-front for the American people. Classes will include lectures, discussions, brief media excerpts and at least one field trip to the new Patton Museum in South Hamilton. Readings will be drawn from both secondary and primary source materials including newspaper accounts of the period.
July 15-18; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

HIS672 U.S. Constitution: Origins and Applications (3)
Examines the background, foundations, drafting, implementation, and subsequent history of the U.S. Constitution.  Core texts include the Constitution itself and America's Constitution: A Biography, by Yale law professor Akhil Reed Amar.  This course examines major sections of the Constitution separately, and considers how it can be incorporated into individual classroom settings. 
June 27, 9 a.m.-noon; July 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; July 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m; and July 25, 9 a.m.-noon.

PHY625 Electronics (3)
Analysis of analog circuits including complex algebra and phasor methods, network theorems, resonance, electronic devices, power supplies, operational amplifiers, transistor amplifiers and oscillators.  Includes introduction to digital electronics.  Please contact the if you are interested in this course.

PHY639 Electric and Magnetic Fields (3)
Theory of electrostatics, dielectics, magnetostatics, dia-, para-, and ferromagnetism, induction, and Maxwell’s equations. Lab included.
Weeknights: June 24 and June 26, 6-9 p.m.; August 20 and August 22, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday: June 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

PHY641 Optics (3)
Includes geometrical and physical optics includes reflection, refraction, aberrations, interference, diffraction, polarization and dispersion. 
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SPN636 Latin American Poetry (3)
A study of representative Latin American poets. Conducted in Spanish.  Please contact the if you are interested in this course.

SPN647 Latin American Narratives (3)
A study of representative short stories and at least two novels from Latin America. Conducted in Spanish.  July 1, July 3, July 8, July 10; 2-4 p.m.  Additional time to be arranged.


FALL 2014

ART612 Painting: The Figure in Context (3)
A studio painting course exploring the use of human figure in narrative, social commentary, religious iconography and other contexts. Model fee.
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ART613 Advanced Painting (3)
Explores and extends personal visual language and promotes greater sophistication of painting technique and theory. Lab fee.
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HIS610 Principles of Geography (3)
Instructs students to think geographically about the world. Covers historical development, terminology and major themes of geography; current geographical issues in world’s regions. Special emphasis placed on skill of teaching geography and geography’s role in education.
Tuesdays: August 27–December 18; 6–8 p.m.
No class Tuesday, November 11.

HIS646 Roma Aeterna: History and Language of the World’s Greatest Empire (3)
Focuses on the 200 years from 100 BC to 100 AD. Readings provide significant historical and cultural insights into daily Roman life. Connections to modern English will be made at every opportunity. Spoken Latin will be incorporated as well through engaging pedagogical discussions for teachers interested in incorporating some Latin (or English derivatives) into their curriculum. Instruction will be differentiated according to prior knowledge of the language.
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