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Spring 2015 Core Courses

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Core 1: Freshman/Transfer Seminar in Critical Thinking and Academic Literacy

IDST-1050-01:  Writing Ecologically and the Ecology of Writing
Instructor: Richard Boada     TTH 10 W 12
Poet A.R. Ammons writes, "we are not alone in language: we may be alone in words, at least, almost alone in speaking them, not alone in understanding them." The written word is itself one of the greatest barriers between the human and the non-human, and one may argue that the use of words is a defining characteristic of what it means to be human. From the moment humans began to speak and write about the natural world in which they lived, they engaged in the act of giving voice to that which had none. At the same time, language is one of our greatest tools for articulating, understanding and fostering our relationship to that which is non-human. In this course we will explore concepts of Ecology, as the study of living organisms and their relationship to environment, and we will also explore how individuals write about, talk about, and depict their relationships with the environment. This course will draw from a selection of texts, including essays, poetry, fiction and films, which challenge us to think about the human and non-human spheres writers occupy, how they locate themselves in texts, and how they use words and language to effectively write about the environment.  

Core 2-5: The Heritage Program

IDST 1128: Heritage of the West in World Perspective  MW 1-2:15  TTH 9
Beginning with antiquity and continuing to the present, this program brings together history, literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts in an integrated approach to the study of Western culture within a global context. It is the equivalent of eight semester hours each semester, and extends throughout the year. In the spring, this course examines developments in Western culture from 1500 to present in the context of world history. IDST 1128 is open only to students who have completed IDST 1118 in the fall. All students will be assigned to the same section and professor as in the fall. Heritage meets the Fine Arts requirements as well as the requirements of Core 2-5. Enrollment is limited to freshmen.
Section 01:  Instructor: Dr. Patrick Hopkins    MWF 9
Section 02: Instructor: Dr. David Davis    MWF 9
Section 03: Instructor: Dr. Anne MacMaster   MWF 9
Section 04:  Instructor: Dr. Steve Smith   MWF 9
Section 05:  Instructor: Dr. Patrick Hopkins    MWF 11
Section 06:  Instructor: Dr. David Davis    MWF 11
Section 07:  Instructor: Dr. Anne MacMaster    MWF 11
Section 08: Instructor: Dr. Steve Smith    MWF 11

Core 3: Introduction to the Pre-modem World

IDST-1300-01:  Art in Context: Renaissance Humanism and Zen Buddhism      
Instructor: Dr. Elise Smith    MTWF 9
How can we understand our own humanity more fully by considering pre-modern views of human nature, the interaction between women and men, and the relationship between humans and their God or gods?  In this course we will compare two cultures of the 15th and 16th centuries: Western Europe, with a focus on Renaissance Italy and Reformation Germany, and Japan, particularly the Muromachi and Momoyama periods. While we will look at religious, philosophical, and literary texts, we'll use the art of the period as our primary investigative tool. Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Durer, among other European artists, as well as such Japanese artists as Nobutada, Fugai, and Bankei will provide us with visual information about these two cultures.
Focus: Fine Arts and Religion

IDST-1300-02:  Diabology: The Devil and the Demonic in Medieval thought          
Instructor: Dr. Bennie Reynolds III    MTWF 9
The Devil. Satan. Mephistopheles. Beelzebub. The Prince of Darkness. These are just a few of the names we use to describe pure personified evil. For many, the figure functions as a real entity that interacts with us in the world. For others it is an idea no different than the tooth fairy. But where did the Devil come from? For the western world, the origin of the devil lies in the ancient Near East. But many of the most pervasive and influential ideas about the devil were formed in Medieval Europe. In this course we'll delve into that world and investigate how history, religion, and culture intersected to form concepts that exercise significant influence today. We'll navigate literature, art, and theology from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in our quest to understand the Devil and the Demonic.
Focus: Religion

IDST 1300-03:  Early Modern Spanish Theatre
Instructor: Dr. Judith Caballero      MWF 10 TH 8
In this class we will read in translation and analyze some of the most famous plays written during the 1500s and 1600s in Spain, for example, The Trickster of Seville (El burlador de Sevilla), Lady Nitwit (La dama boba), and Life Is a Dream (La vida es sueño). We will explore the different types of plays, theatre spaces, actors, and theatre companies that existed during that era, as well as the government's laws and censorship. We will discuss the transformation from religious, medieval theatre to the secular theatre of Early Modern Spain and how it reflects social-political changes of the nation. In addition to reading the plays, we will be performing some portions of them in class.
Foci: Literature and Fine Arts

IDST 1300-04: 1492
Instructor: Dr. Eric Griffin      MWF 11 TH 9
This course will consider the inter-relation of the three major historical events of 1492 - Columbus's landfall in the New World, the expulsion of the Jews from the Spanish kingdoms, and the fall of Muslim Granada - by observing both the long-standing cultural tensions that produce them, and the new tensions that arise in their wake. While we will consider later interpretations, most of our readings will be either from accounts written by the participants themselves, or slightly later works which both draw upon these accounts and transform them fictively. Our readings will include European voices and the voices of Europe's Jewish, Islamic, and Native American "Others." We will also consider how the Protestant Reformation complicates an already complex situation by multiplying differences within Christendom itself. Cross-listed with Latin American Studies 3750 (LAST 3750)
Foci: Literature and History

IDST-1300-05:  Fighting and Fervor in Philosophy and Literature in the Middle Ages 
Instructor: Dr. Kristen Golden  TTH 10 W 12
Despite a legacy of awesome technological achievements, America in 2014 cannot seem to avoid war and its horrors. In this, our nation and cultural fabric are certainly not unique. The theme of fighting, whether external like war and homicide or internal like personal anguish, comes up routinely in medieval texts, as does a focus on religious fervor. We will read some of the most beautiful and unforgettable literature and philosophy ever written. The texts will span the cultures of Great Britain, Europe and China and will present the human condition as a sometimes funny predicament in need of being fixed. As we address the broad question of human fulfillment, we will ask why intense feelings of love and hate seem pervasive in Medieval texts and what relationship they have to the big questions life and meaning humans continue to ask. These themes will absorb us through the course as we discover gaps and connections between medieval worlds and contemporary ones.
Focus: Philosophy

IDST-1300-06:  Power, Patronage, and Pluralism: Religion and Empire in Pre-modern South Asia 
Instructor: Dr. Emilia Bachrach TTH 2:45-4
Between the 7th and the 17th centuries CE, South Asia witnessed the rise and fall of numerous kingdoms and empires, which were often directly tied to religious traditions including Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, and Islam. In this class we will explore the dynamic connections between religious and imperial power, as well as the ways in which religious pluralism and systems of patronage deeply influenced political configurations across pre-modern South Asia: why did some ruling dynasties from southern India eagerly patronize the Jains, while others were eager patrons of Hindu communities?; why did Buddhism—a hugely popular and powerful religion in ancient India—rapidly decline on the sub-continent with the fall of the Pala Empire in the 12th c. CE?; what instigated the famous medieval battles between competing Hindu Rajput kingdoms in northern India?; what role did Islam play in the incredible prosperity and power of Mughal emperors?  In order to engage with these questions, we will draw heavily from primary sources, such as courtly and religious literature, imperial edicts, visual art, architecture, and records of trade and political economy.
Focus: Religion

Core 5: Introduction to the Contemporary World

IDST 2500-01:  Pentecostalism and Charismatic Movements
Instructor: Dr. Shelli PoeMWF 10 TH 8
Did you know that Pentecostalism is one of the fastest growing religious traditions in the world today? (And for those Methodists here at Millsaps…did you know that Pentecostal and Charismatic movements were heavily influenced by John Wesley and the Methodist Church?) In this course, we'll read about the history of Pentecostalism and Charismatic movements in the U.S. and across the globe. That history is filled with interesting stories of speaking in tongues, divine healing, being "slain in the Spirit," getting "the jerks," and "holy laughter." We'll read some Pentecostal theology to get a view of it "from the inside," and we'll also read an ethnography that records the author's personal experiences with contemporary Pentecostals in America. This course is an exercise in cross-cultural exploration. It will also help those interested in religious studies begin to think about religious traditions and how they influence one another, religious experiences and the global reach of religious claims, and how to evaluate religious claims and practices.
Focus: Religion

IDST 2500-02:  Protest, Propaganda, and the Power of Music                  
Instructor: Dr. H. Lynn Raley     MWF 11 TH 9
This course will explore how music can reflect both social justice issues and its flip side: propaganda. It will include early American song (Billings, Hopkinson, Ives), jazz (Ellington, Mingus, Abbey Lincoln's Freedom Now Suite, Marc Blitzstein, Billie Holiday), and classical (Aaron Copland, John Adams, Frederic Rzewski), as well as Chinese propaganda music (and Cui Jian's protest rock).
Focus: Fine Arts

IDST 2500-03:  Masculinity in the Twentieth Century                                 
Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Rolph      TTH 10 W 12     
The twentieth century represents a period during which the idea of immutable gender boundaries came under extreme scrutiny. The processes of industrialization, global war, woman suffrage, sexually integrated work places, sexual liberation, the Cold War and the explosion of media demanded new definitions and allowances for less rigid separations between the ideological "male" and "female." This class will focus primarily upon the process of masculinity, incorporating historical events as a guide to interpreting the changes and consistencies that appear and disappear. We will always be answering this central question: What makes a man?         
Focus: History

IDST 2500-04:   Scandal and Transgression:  Privacy, Publicity, and Breaking Norms in Europe and the Americas, c. 1600-Present 
Instructor: Dr. Amy Forbes     MW 1-2:40
This course will examine affairs, scandals, and sensational events that rocked and intrigued Europe and its empire from roughly 1500 to the present. Central to our investigation will be the question of "scandal" and politics—what makes for a scandal, and how do these events resonate in and shape the body politic? Using two prominent theoretical frameworks for understanding transgression, we will examine historical narratives of transgression over time. Major themes include the blurry boundaries of the public and private sphere; the power of sex and gender in defining scandal and politics; analyses of race and colonialism as scandal; representations of interests and identity; censorship and battles over "public morality;" the mobilization of "outrage" against political figures; the rise of mass media and its critics; the marketplace and the economy of scandal; and fears of the public and mass democracy.
Focus: History

IDST 2500-04:   Modern Theatre and Social Change Instructor: Prof. Peter Friedrich     TTH 1-2:40
This class explores theatre as a tool to communicate hard-to-discuss ideas on sexuality, violence, corruption, identity and community. In addition to performing an original theatre piece, students will study the work of groundbreaking twentieth-century theatre artists Augusto Boal, Luis Valdez, Susan Lori Parks, and Tony Kushner, among others.
Focus: Fine Arts

Core 6: Topics in Social and Behavioral Science

IDST 1610-01: Human Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Instructor: Dr. Stacy DeZutter    MW 1-2:40 
Human development permeates every aspect of our lives from our own individuation to our families, our work, and the rearing of our children. One can argue that all the compartmentalized studies of the social and behavioral sciences have as a source of origin human growth and development. It encompasses one's entire experience within this world. Human Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective demands an immediate and personal perspective, as well as a multi-disciplinary approach including such disciplines as psychology, biology, sociology, anthropology, and education.

ECON 1000: Principles of Economics
Section 01:  Instructor: Dr. Patrick Taylor  MW 1-2:40   
Section 02:  Instructor: Dr. Susan Taylor  TTH 1-2:40  
Section 03: Instructor: Dr. Patrick Taylor  W 6:30-9

PLSC 1000-01: Introduction to American Government  Instructor: Prof. Nathan Shrader  MWF 10

PSYC 1000: Introduction to Psychology   
Section 01:  Instructor: Dr. Melissa Lea  MTWF 8 
Section 02:  Instructor: Dr. Sabrina Grondhuis   MTWF 9  

SOAN 1000-01: Introduction to Sociology    Instructor: Dr. Louwanda Evans  MWF 11 Th 9

SOAN 1100-01: Introduction to Anthropology   Instructor: STAFF  MW 1-2:15

Core 7 or 9: Topics in Natural Science with Labratory

Note: This is a 4 cr. requirement. All labs (1 cr.) and lectures (3 cr.) are co-requisite courses and must be taken in the same semester.

BIOL 1003-01: Introductory Cell Biology (3 cr.)   Instructor: Dr. Brent Hendrixson  MWF 8

BIOL 1001-01: Introductory Cell Biology Lab (1 cr.)   Instructor: Dr. Brent Hendrixson  T 1-4

BIOL 1013-01: General Botany (3 cr.) Instructor: Dr. Debora Mann   MWF 10

BIOL 1011-01: General Botany Lab (1 cr.)    Instructor: Dr. Debora Mann   W 1-4 

BIOL 1023: Zoology (3 cr.)  
Section 01:  Instructor: Dr. Brent Hendrixson MWF 8
Section 02:  Instructor: Dr. Markus Tellkamp MWF 9

BIOL 1021: Zoology Lab (1 cr.)  
Section 01:  Instructor: Dr. Brent Hendrixson M 1-4
Section 02:  Instructor: Dr. C. Barnett T 1-4

CHEM 1223: General Inorganic Chemistry II (3 cr.)
Section 01:  Instructor: Dr. Timothy Ward  MWF 9
Section 02:  Instructor: Dr. Cory Toyota  MWF 10
Section 03:  Instructor: Dr. Kristina Stensaas MWF 11
Section 04:  Instructor: Dr. Lee Maggio  TTH 10

CHEM 1221:  General Inorganic Chemistry II Lab (1 cr.)
Section 01:  Instructor: Dr. Cory Toyota    M 1-4  
Section 02:  Instructor: Dr. Karen Ward  T 1-4
Section 03: Instructor: Dr. Lee Maggio  W 1-4 
Section 04:  Instructor: Dr. Karen Ward  TH 1-4

GEOL 1000-01: The Physical Earth (4 cr.)   Instructor: Dr. Jamie Harris   MWF 9 and W 1-4

GEOL 2000-01: Plate Tectonics and Earth History (4 cr.) Instructor: Dr. Jamie Harris   MWF 10 and T 1-4

ENVS 1100-01: Environmental Science (4 cr.) Instructor: Dr. Stan Galicki  MWF 11, M 1-4

PHYS 1213-01: College Physics II (3 cr.)   Instructor: Dr. Gulhan Gurdal MWF 8

PHYS 1211-01: College Physics II Lab (1 cr.)   
Section 01: Instructor: Dr. Gulhan Gurdal  M 1-4 
Section 02:  Instructor: Dr. Gulhan Gurdal  T 1-4

PHYS 2013-01: General Physics II (3 cr.)   Instructor: Dr. Shadow Robinson  MWF  10

PHYS 2011-01: General Physics II Lab (1 cr.)   Instructor: Dr. Gulhan Gurdal  W 1-4

Core 8: Topics in Mathematics (fulfills Core 8 only)

MATH 1000-01: Topics in Mathematics   Instructor: Dr. Shadow Robinson  MTWF 9

MATH 1130-01: Elementary Functions
Section 01:  Instructor: Dr. Connie Campbell  MTWF 9
Section 02:  Instructor: Dr. L. Horton  MW 1-2:40

MATH 1150-01: Elementary Statistics
Section 01:  Instructor: Prof. Gayla Dance  MTWF 9
Section 02:  Instructor: Prof. Gayla Dance  MWF 10 TH 8
Section 03:  Instructor: Staff   MW 1

MATH 1210, 1220, 2230 or 2310 (specific class information listed below)

Core 8 or 9: Topics in Mathematics, Natural Science, or Computer Science

MATH 1210-01: Survey of Calculus    Instructor:  Prof. Dr. Mark Lynch  MTWF 8

MATH 1220: Analytical Geometry & Calculus I
Section 01:  Instructor: Dr. Emlee Nicholson  MTWF 8
Section 02: Instructor: Dr. Emlee Nicholson  MTWF 9
Section 03: Instructor: Prof. Tracy Sullivan  MWF 10 TH 8
Section 04: Instructor: Prof. Tracy Sullivan  MWF 11 TH 9

MATH 2230-01: Analytical Geometry & Calculus II  Instructor: Prof. Gayla Dance   TTH 10 W12

MATH 2310-01: Intro to Advanced Math  Instructor: Dr. Connie Campbell  MWF 10 TH 8

Fine Arts Requirement

In addition to completing the requisite Core courses, all students must demonstrate proficiency in the fine arts in one of the following ways:
• Any IDST course with a Fine Arts focus;
• The two semester Heritage sequence;
• Completing four semesters of private study of voice or an instrument;
• Completing four semesters of class piano;
• Completing four hours in Singers or a music ensemble;
• Significant participation in four Millsaps Players productions;
• Any of the 4-credit courses listed below;
• Two of the two-credit fine arts courses offered by Music.

Spring 2014 Courses the Fulfill the Fine Arts Requirement

ARTS 2210-01: Beginning Painting       Instructor: Prof. Sandra Murchison M 1-4 and W 2-2:50

ARTS 2230-01: Beginning Printmaking and Book Arts     Instructor: Prof. Sandra Murchison  T 1-4 W 1-1:50

ARTS 2260-01: Beginning Digital Arts     Instructor: Prof. Kristen Tordella-Williams TH 1-4 W 3-3:50

ARTS 2520-01: Italian Renaissance Art     Instructor: Dr. Elise Smith  MWF 11 TH 9

ARTS 2540-01: Baroque Art    Instructor: Dr. Elise Smith  TTH 10 W 12

ARTS 2560-01: Modern Art     Instructor: Dr. Monica Jovanovich-Kelley  MWF 10 TH 8

MUSC 1002-01: Music at the Computer (2 cr.)    Instructor: Dr. Tim Coker  MWF 10

MUSC 2000-01: Concept and Design    Instructor: Dr. Tim Coker  MTWF 9

MUSC 2122-01: Musical World: Age of Enlightenment (2 cr.)     Instructor: Dr. Rachel Heard  MW 1-2:15

MUSC 2142-01: Musical Style - World Culture  Instructor: Dr. Lynn Raley  MW 1

THEA 2750-01: Physical Theatre   Instructor: Prof. Peter Friedrich  TTH 2:45-4