Content Area Courses

Featured Content Area Courses
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FALL 2016

ART620 Photography (3)
Introduces fundamentals of cameras, lighting, composition, basics of processing and printing black and white film, and use of photography as medium of communication and artistic expression. $25 lab fee.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ART663 Selected Topics: American Art History (3)
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

BIO641 Biochemistry (3)
Explores inner workings of cellular metabolism, starting with basic biomolecules such as amino acids and building to biosynthesis and maintenance of body homeostasis. 
$25 Lab fee. Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students. 

CHE641 Biochemistry (3)
Explores inner workings of cellular metabolism, starting with basic biomolecules such as amino acids and building to biosynthesis and maintenance of body homeostasis. 
$25 Lab fee. Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

CHE673 Selected Topics: Green Chemistry Theory and Practice (3)
Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.
$25 Lab fee. Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG676 Literary Analysis (3)
Literary analysis is the method by which we examine and understand the literature we read. Critical theory is the variety of lenses we bring to that analysis. Not surprisingly, there are multiple lenses through which scholars have viewed literature. Many of these theories reflect the social and philosophical issues of the period in which they were developed. At the same time they raise universal questions about life and its meaning. This course will allow you to understand how these different theories examine literature, and how they are similar and different from each other.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS610 Principles of Geography (3)
Tuesdays: August 30–December 13, 5–7 p.m.

HIS663 Selected Topics: American Art History (3)
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS673 Selected Topics: Origin and Growth of Colonial Massachusetts (3)
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

MAT621 Modeling Mathematics (3)
Tuesdays: September 20–December 6, 6–9 p.m.

 

WINTER 2017

ART620 Photography (3)
Introduces fundamentals of cameras, lighting, composition, basics of processing and printing black and white film, and use of photography as medium of communication and artistic expression. $25 lab fee.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

BIO601 The Forensics of Science (3)
Focuses on biological and chemical principles and processes that aid in solving crimes. Identifies chemical clues and signatures, DNA fingerprinting, decomposition and decomposer life cycles related to timing and location of crimes. Explores the use of science in the service of justice for all.
Saturdays: January 21, February 11, February 25,  & March 18    9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Additional days to be determined.
$25 lab fee

BIO625 Nutrition (3)
Explores fundamentals of current nutritional science; emphasizes physiological basis. Analyzes proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and their major functions, and importance of water. Encompasses whole person and integral role of nutrition in human health.  
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG635 Shakespeare Active in Class and History (3)
The reading and performance of Shakespeare has been part of the English classroom canon in both high school and college for many years. This course addresses both the historical context of Shakespeare’s plays and the themes within the plays. Strategies to make the reading and performance of Shakespeare’s plays are examined.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students. 

ENG636 Poetry and Literary Analysis (3)
Exploration of genre of poetry. Using literary elements, students analyze how meaning is created in poems, compare the sonnets of Petrarch and Shakespeare, and explore early roots of poetry and poetic novels of Mel Glenn and Sandra Cisneros. Practice in writing of poetry demonstrates literary concepts.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students. 

ENG676 Literary Analysis (3)
Literary analysis is the method by which we examine and understand the literature we read. Critical theory is the variety of lenses we bring to that analysis. Not surprisingly, there are multiple lenses through which scholars have viewed literature. Many of these theories reflect the social and philosophical issues of the period in which they were developed. At the same time they raise universal questions about life and its meaning. This course will allow you to understand how these different theories examine literature, and how they are similar and different from each other. 
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

CHE601 The Forensics of Science (3)
Focuses on chemical and biological  principles and processes that aid in solving crimes. Identifies chemical clues and signatures, DNA fingerprinting, decomposition and decomposer life cycles related to timing and location of crimes. Explores the use of science in the service of justice for all.
Saturdays: January 21, February 11, February 25,  & March 18    9 a.m–3 p.m.
Additional days to be determined.
$25 lab fee

CHE673 Selected Topics: Chemistry (3)
Explore concrete, real-world experiences to provide students the opportunity to deepen understanding of concepts associated with motion, mater and energy. Students will look at the periodic table, elements, compounds and mixtures, changes of state, specific heat, properties of water and air, and differentiate between physical changes and chemical changes. Practical application of chemistry and physical science concepts to life and the environment will be made.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS655 Exploring Urban Schools: Character, Culture, and Contexts (3) 
This online course is an overview and study of the character of urban schools, many of which face significant challenges in our society. The study is based upon current research in the field and the real-life narratives of urban teachers, school leaders, students, and parents. We will examine not only the areas of education and pedagogy, but also consider the significant role and impact of economics and urban poverty, culture and multiculturalism, race and racism, politics, the role of government, and social ethics. The course is structured to allow for individual pacing but will also include participation in online forums and occasional live discussions online. The goal of the course is to raise awareness of the issues and challenges of urban schools as well as to consider and develop the possibilities for renewal and reform with.
Online beginning Monday, January 23. 

MAT627 Investigating Mathematical Concepts (3)
Tuesdays: January 10–March 28, 6–9:20 p.m.
No class February 21

PHY625 Electronic Circuits (3)
Examins and explains concepts of electronics, calculating numerical quantities related to analog electronics, such quantities as voltage, current, impedance, power, bandwidth and gain.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

 

SPRING 2017

ENG632 Literature for  Adolescents (3)
In-depth examination of literature for young adults used thematically throughout middle school and secondary curricula. Draws on experience of M.A.T. students to examine cross-cultural implication of literature. 
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG636 Poetry and Literary Analysis (3)
Exploration of genre of poetry. Using literary elements, students analyze how meaning is created in poems, compare the sonnets of Petrarch and Shakespeare, and explore early roots of poetry and poetic novels of Mel Glenn and Sandra Cisneros. Practice in writing of poetry demonstrates literary concepts.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students. 

ENG638 General Linguistics (3)
Tuesdays: April 4–June 20, 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 18.

ENG673 Selected Topics: The History and Literature of the Ancient Greeks (3)
Explore literature of ancient Greece from the Trojan War to the time of St. Paul. Historical periods covered will include the Trojan War, the Dark Ages, Greek colonization, the Persian War, the Classical Period, the Peloponnesian War, the conquests of Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic era. Texts will include in whole or in part The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, The Oresteia of Aeschylus, Oedipus the King of Sophocles, The Histories of Heridotus, The Peloponnesian War of Thucydides and The Symposium of Plato.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS644 The Ancient Greek World (3)
Explores the worlds of Hesiod and Homer, Aeschylus and Pericles, Alexander the Great and Paul the Apostle. Specific topics will be arranged in consultation with students' academic and teaching interests. 
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS672 U.S. Constitution (3)
Examines the background, foundations, drafting, implementation, and subsequest 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. 
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

MAT621 Modeling Mathematics (3)
Tuesdays: April 4–June 20, 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 18.

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