The courses listed in this section have been chosen by the designated departments as having special interest for students who are not majoring in that particular subject but who might find courses in that discipline both enjoyable and beneficial. For more information, contact the department directly.
- American Language Institute (ALI)
- School of Architecture (ARCH)
- Art History (AHIS)
- Marshall School of Business (BAEP, FBE, IOM)
- Chemistry (CHEM)
- School of Cinematic Arts (CTAN, CTCS, IML, CTIN, CTPR, CTWR)
- Comparative Literature (COLT)
- Earth Sciences (GEOL)
- East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC)
- Roski School of Fine Arts (FA, PAS)
- Geography (GEOG)
- Davis School of Gerontology (GERO)
- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies (HP)
- Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML)
- Journalism (JOUR)
- Kinesiology (EXSC)
- Linguistics (LING)
- Thornton School of Music (MUCO, MUEA, MUJZ, MUEN, MUHL, MUIN, MPGU, MPKS, MPPM, MPST, MPVA, MUSC)
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Physical Education (PHED)
- School of Policy, Planning, and Development (PPD)
- Political Science (POSC)
- Slavic Languages and Literature
- School of Theatre (THTR)
American Language Institute
Description: Specialized tutorial classes in listening, speaking, reading, or writing. A maximum of 4 units may be counted toward a degree. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Required for international students whose oral skills are assessed to be at the advanced level by the International Student English Examination (ISE) or previous ALI course. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Required for international students whose writing skills are assessed to be at the advanced level by the International Student English Examination (ISE) or previous ALI course. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Introduction to the ways architecture is created and understood, for minors and non-majors. Hands-on discussion and laboratory session with some drawing and model building. Not available for credit to architecture majors.
Description: Introduction for the non-programmer to the uses of the computer in architecture, including the application of existing programs and their implications for design. Overview and use of software types. Lecture and laboratory.
Description: History of building and cities, social, political, technical, formal, aesthetic dimensions in western and non-western traditions: a: antiquity through the Middle Ages.
Description: Investigation of issues, processes, and roles of individuals, groups and communities in relation to present and future shelter needs and aspirations.
Description: Main topics include building information modeling, geometric and analytical modeling, among other applications in digital design. Lecture and laboratory. Recommended preparation: ARCH 207 or equivalent computer experience.
Description: Major theories of modern architecture are presented by studying the work of masters such as: Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Corbusier, and Kahn.
Description: Lectures, comparative studies and exercises on international architectural sustainability rating and certification systems.
Description: Perceiving and documenting the built environment through the perspective and frame of the camera. Abilities with 35mm and large format cameras, lighting, and black and white lab techniques will be developed. Recommended preparation: knowledge of 35mm camera.
Description: Post-industrial revolution urban environments and dynamic relationships in cities such as Manchester, Paris, St. Petersburg, New York, and Los Angeles, as revealed in novels, architecture, and urban forms.
Description: Lectures, laboratory exercises and field trips introducing basic knowledge of the continually transforming landscape as a base for human settlement.
Description: Lectures, discussion, and individual research on the physical, formal, and spatial characteristics of historical urban centers.
Description: Assessing existing conditions and site repair imperatives; opportunities for reestablishment of natural system continuities; alternative techniques for soil remediation, regrading, and stabilization; selection of materials and methods of construction for site development.
Description: Concepts and techniques for building conservation including identification of treatments, recordation and research, material properties and behavior, building forensics, and implementation of preservation projects.
Description: Survey of basic guidelines and standards for documentation in historic preservation, including cultural resource surveys, historic structures reports and Historic American Building Survey and Historic American Engineering Record recordation.
Description: A comparative study of design theories of the physical, formal and spatial characteristics of historic city types from ancient to modern.
Description: Course focuses on the World Wide Web as a teaching tool. Students will construct a Web site as a final project, utilizing a hands-on computer laboratory. Not available for degree credit. Graded CR/NC.
Description: A survey of the art, architecture, and archaeology of the diverse array of peoples and cultures in ancient Mesoamerica and the South American Andean Mountains.
Description: An introduction to Italian Renaissance art with emphasis on the role of gender and sexuality in the creation of "masterpieces."
Description: Comprehensive exploration of particular aspects of the history of art.
Description: The intimate issues of entrepreneurship. Internalization of the key decisions that an individual needs for creating and building the entrepreneurial organization.
Section #1: Entrepreneur Seminar with Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko’s
Section #2: Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries, seminar with Jessica Jackley, founder of Kiva.org
Entrepreneurship is a spark that produces an impactful force for societal change. It produces significant value on many levels from basic job to the establishment of lasting institutions. This course profiles visionary entrepreneurs and the companies they have launched in countries across the globe.The students will be given opportunities to become familiar with the most crucial themes and elements that have led to success for entrepreneurial ventures in key regions around the world. Students will examine the stages of development of any entrepreneurial venture, and explore the unique adjustments, exceptions, challenges and opportunities that exist in each of these stages across cultures and country boundaries. Students will leave the course with a greater understanding of what it takes for entrepreneurial ventures to thrive anywhere on the globe.
FINANCE AND BUSINESS ECONOMICS
Description: Comprehensive survey of employment and labor law topics arising in the contemporary American workplace.
Description: Introductory course on the legal and regulatory environment of international business transactions.
INFORMATION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
Description: Computer-based management of data including data structures, conceptual data modeling, logical data modeling, structured query language (SQL), and physical optimization of high performance databases.
Description: Global markets for products, services, and strategies enabled by technology; spans businesses ranging from financial services, media and entertainment, and technology to specialized manufactured products.
Description: Topics related to project management in a variety of industries such as real estate projects, new product launch, plant location, etc.
Description: Selected topics reflecting current trends and recent developments in information systems, operations management, and statistics
Section title: The Business of Interactive Digital Media (4 units)
Description: A range of issues where chemistry impacts society will be explored. Topics such as global warming, pollution, energy utilization and genetic engineering will be covered. Not available for credit for chemistry or biological sciences majors.
Description: Introduction to the expanding field of visual effects; topics include magic lanterns shows, stop-motion fantasies and animation combination films employing the latest digital technologies.
Description: Survey of contemporary concepts and approaches to production in the current state of film and video effects work. Digital and traditional methodologies will be covered, with a concentration on digital exercises illustrating modern techniques.
Description: Gateway to majors and minors in cinema-television. Technique, aesthetics, criticism, and social implications of cinema. Lectures accompanied by screenings of appropriate films.
Rated one of the top six "USC classes you cannot afford to miss" (Saturday Night Magazine, 2004), this course explores the formal properties of cinema, such as literary design, performance and film design. Films include "Raging Bull," "Sunset Blvd.," "Singin' in the Rain," “All About Eve,” and "No Country for Old Men."
Instructor: Drew Casper
Description: Exploration of the economic, technological, aesthetic, and ideological characteristics of the television medium; study of historical development of television and video including analysis of key works; introduction to TV/video theory and criticism.
Are we doomed to a future of wall-to-wall reality television? Will YouTube replace network TV? This course studies television as a unique dramatic form. Screenings will run the gamut from "I Love Lucy" to "Weeds" to "Mad Men."
Instructor: Tara McPherson
Description: The development of international cinema from World War II to the present. Lectures, screenings, and discussions.
Instructor: David E. James
Description: Explores the visual, dramatic and social conventions of Japanese animation in film and television. Examines anime fan communities, manga and their impact.
The course studies the impact of fan communities on the production and distribution of anime in a global context as well as the visual, dramatic, and narrative conventions of Japanese animation in television series and film, and their relationship to Manga. Directors highlighted include Kon, Miyazaki, Takahata and Oshii. TV Screenings include "Bleach," "Serial Experiments Lain," "Paranoia Agent," and "Fullmetal Alchemist."
Instructor: Ellen Seiter
Description: Rigorous examination of film and/or television genres: history, aesthetics, cultural context, social significance, and critical methodologies.
The Film Musical
Bodies dance in rhythm and hearts beat in rhyme as the boy gets the girl, the show gets on the road, and name, fame, and fortune are around every corner. Screenings may include: "Sweeney Todd," "Shall We Dance?" "The King and I," and "Funny Face."
Instructor: Drew Casper
Rock 'N' Film: The Pop Musical
This course will consider the way American and British popular music and the rituals and personalities connected with it have been represented in film and television since the 1950s; the way popular music has been recruited by cinema and television to underline or supply the meaning of the visuals; and any other connection between popular music and film/television.
Instructor: David E. James
Description: Lectures and readings on creative problems in the motion picture industry; current films; interviews with visiting producers, directors, writers, performers.
View Hollywood films before their theatrical release and meet with the creators for Q&A sessions led by film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. Past semesters featured "Crash," "300," "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Casino Royale," and guests Alexander Payne, Billy Bob Thornton, Guillermo del Toro, and Forest Whitaker.
Instructor: Leonard Maltin
Description: Lectures and readings on creative problems in the television industry; study of current and historical trends, interviews with producers, directors, writers and performers.
An exciting counterpart to Theatrical Film Symposium focusing on the television industry and taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Howard Rosenberg. View selected TV programs and engage in a Q&A with their creators. Past guests include Damon Lindelof ("Lost"), Jenji Kohan ("Weeds"), and Doug Ellin ("Entourage").
Instructor: Howard Rosenberg
Description: Intensive study of the style of an auteur, studio, film or television making mode in terms of thematic and formal properties and their influences upon the art of film.
RKO and the Studio System
Using RKO Radio Pictures as our test case, this course will examine the relationship between art and commerce during the studio system era. Katharine Hepburn, David Selznick, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Orson Welles, Val Lewton, Robert Mitchum and Howard Hughes are a few of the famous figures who shaped the history of RKO. Among the films to be screened: "King Kong," "Swing Time," "Gunga Din," "The Magnificent Ambersons," "Cat People," and "Out of the Past."
Instructor: Rick Jewell
What makes a film “unforgettable?” Why do certain movies leave an indelible mark on your memory, while others fade faster than the taste of popcorn leaves your mouth? This class builds students’ skills in the art of critical examination, regardless of style or genre. Screenings will range from bona fide masterpieces to campy cult classics, from lavish musicals to no-budget horror, and from highbrow art cinema to lowbrow comedy.
Instructor: Rene Bruckner
Description: Critical vocabulary and historical perspective to analyze and understand experiences with interactive entertainment; students imagine and articulate their own ideas.
Lectures will address the cultural history and theories of videogames. Students will play, analyze, interpret and discuss works from 1961 to the present, while cultivating a critical language for videogame aesthetics.
Description: Concepts and methods of usability assessment. The emphasis will be on understanding the issues surrounding game interfaces, and utilizing usability assessment methods.
As games become more sophisticated in their visual design, features and cultural impact, the study of how we interact with them and understand them becomes an essential aspect of our media literacy. The emphasis will be on understanding game interfaces and translating them into design recommendations, but the class will also address the development of interfaces as both a cultural and aesthetic practice.
Description: Introduction to the techniques, terminology, and implementation of sounds in games, including establishing a sense of place and concepts of realistic sound.
Audio is one of the most important elements in selling a game's vision to the player. In our final project, we apply the concepts covered in the course to fully sonify a game from start to finish.
Description: Theory and evaluation of interactive game experiences and principles of game design utilizing the leading software approaches and related technologies. Recommended preparation: CTIN 309, CTIN 483.
Students will experience the fundamentals of game design through the study of classic games in both traditional and electronic form as well as design their own games. They will play/test and critique fellow students' games. Designed to provide the foundation of knowledge for becoming a professional game designer.
Description: Use of motion picture camera equipment; principles of black-and-white and color cinematography. Individual projects. The magic of creating images on film from using cameras, lenses and filters to photographic processes and the role of the cinematographer in interpreting story. Hands-on projects put theory into practice.
Description: Theory, techniques, and practices in picture editing; use of standard editing equipment; individual projects.
Exploration of aesthetics, theory, history and procedures of motion picture editing for many styles of film. Students view award-winning shorts and sections of features to illustrate different editing styles and edit a series of scenes using the latest Avid Express DV equipment.
Description: Basic procedures and techniques applicable to production of all types of films; demonstration by production of a short film from conception to completion.
Motion picture production from writing of the script to planning, shooting and completion of a movie. The class will write, direct and shoot a digital video.
Description: Television production laboratory course covers operating cameras, creating graphics, technical operations, controlling audio and floor-managing live productions. Students plan and produce actual Trojan Vision programs.
Get hands-on experience at Trojan Vision, USC's TV channel that produces local and network programming. Work in the state-of-the-art Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts to learn all aspects of television production and create your own shows with professionals from the Hollywood television industry.
Description: To provide students with basic working knowledge of both the skills of the motion picture set and production operations through classroom lectures and hands-on experience.
Learn the fundamentals of episodic TV drama and participate in the shooting of an episode written and directed by students. Positions available in producing, camera, sound, production design or editorial.
Description: Introduction to the formal elements of writing the short film.
Learn the basic building blocks of any screenplay – visualization, character, dialogue, scene structure, conflict and sequence. After writing short premises, students will progress to combining scenes into sequences and a short script.
Description: Cultural dimensions of issues in globalization: migration, diaspora, terrorism, communications, climate change, collectives, production and technology, money and exchange.
Description: Examines literature and film as distinct modes of representation, narration, and structuring of time, language, memory, and visuality.
Description: Introduction to works of major women writers from the Middle Ages to the 20th century in their literary, social, and cultural contexts.
Description: Geologic structure and evolution of planet earth. Principles of plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, processes of mountain building, continent and ocean formation, earthquakes, volcanism, development of landforms by running water and glaciers. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours. One all-day or two-day field trip required.
Description: Physical, chemical, and geological character of the oceans and ocean basins. Origin of the oceans. Ocean processes and agents. Economic value of the oceans. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours. One all-day field trip required. Not available for major credit to earth or geological sciences majors.
Description: Climate systems from the beginning of earth history to the present; tools and techniques used to reconstruct prehistoric climate records; effects of climate variations on development of life forms on earth. Not available for major credit to earth or geological sciences majors.
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Description: Introduction to the major humanities traditions of China, Japan, and Korea through an examination of representative works drawn from literature, aesthetics, philosophy, religion, and historical writing.
Description: Introduction to the history of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ethical thought; perspectives on human nature, historical writing, religious options, and aesthetic implications. Conducted in English.
Description: Introduction to the civilization, art and literature of pre-modern China through the lens of the cultural products of identity.
Description: Survey of the main characteristics and development of art, literature, philosophy, religion, political and social institutions through different periods. Conducted in English.
Description: a: An introduction to drawing, both skill and perception oriented, as the basic tool for all the visual arts.
Description: Introduction to the basic elements and processes of visual communication and design. Instruction includes studio projects, lectures and readings. Various media used.
Description: Practical introduction to oil and acrylic pigments, painting equipment, processes, and media. Also, primary experience in: color, composition and perception through representational and abstract painting.
Description: Practical and theoretical introduction to sculpture as dimensional manipulation. Primary exploration of form, mass, gravity, surface, structure and associative recognition in three-dimensional art.
Description: Practical and theoretical exploration of the nature of surface, form, volume and mass as fundamental elements of clay sculpture and the ceramic object.
Description: Introduction to plaster mold making using clay and wax for both ceramics and sculpture. Exploration of casting materials.
Description: An experiential and critical survey of the cultural phenomena that make up Los Angeles: dance, music, theater, film; emphasis on visual arts. Not available for major credit to fine arts majors. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Studio practice to develop standards of judgment and appreciation of the visual arts. Not available for credit to studio majors.
Description: Studio practice to develop standards of judgment and appreciation of the visual arts. Not available for credit to studio majors.
Description: A course in digital imaging, which through studio practice and critical inquiry, explores the implications and potential of digitally-based image making.
Description: An interdisciplinary course between art and engineering that addresses creative thinking in the manipulation of media and the communication of ideas.
PUBLIC ART STUDIES
Description: Critical frameworks and theoretical perspectives of contemporary public art issues explored through case studies and discussions with artists, architects, and designers engaging the public realm.
Description: Alternative approaches to understanding the city and urban growth. Technical and political characteristics of urban environmental problems and sustainable approaches to urbanization and urban life.
Description: Cities as geographic phenomena: location, size, spacing, structure, functions, form, and shape; regional variations; urban areas as central places.
Description: Type study of a region; distribution of physical and cultural phenomena; delimitation into natural regions; analysis of human-environment interaction in regions of the state. Field trips.
Description: Theory and techniques for the evaluation of water resources. Details of the hydrologic cycle, water use, and hazards. Emphasis on problem solving.
Description: Computer-based map design principles, especially for statistical maps; use of maps in geographical, social scientific, and environmental research.
Description: How Americans' political values affect public policy. Studies of landmark legislation to explore the social contract between generations and role of governments in social welfare.
Description: Exploring diversity in the older population and variability in the human aging process.
Description: Explores nutritional needs and the physiological, psychological, and sociological relationships to nutrition. Laboratory experiments in assessment and evaluation.
Description: Physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of exercise. Laboratory involvement in assessment and evaluation of fitness.
Description: Age-related changes in nervous system structure and function; relationship of brain changes to changes in cognitive function and perception; Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: BISC 212L or BISC 221L.
Description: Physiological, psychological, and social health problems of adults as they are impacted by health choices throughout life.
Description: Introduction to autobiography as a source of individual psychological development, with emphasis on integration of cognitive, emotional, and decision processes.
Description: Introduction and critical survey of the current issues, concepts, and research of the social and psychological aspects of death and dying.
Description: Biomedical ethical issues that are encountered in working with geriatric patients. Examination of ethical theory and the application of theory to clinical settings.
Description: Overview of the concepts, characteristics, skills, and clinical issues of case management in a variety of settings serving older persons.
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies
Description: Current critical issues in healthcare delivery; strategies to succeed in medical school and as physicians. Graded C/NC.
Description: Health issues of women of childbearing age from pre-pregnancy through the postpartum period, and of children from their development in utero through early adolescence. Recommended preparation: PSYC 100.
Description: Provides a broad examination of issues in HIV/AIDS, including behavioral, social, biological, clinical and ethical dimensions of the pandemic in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Institute for Multimedia Literacy
Description: An introduction to the expressive range of screen languages in their cultural, historical, and technological contexts.
Description: An intermediate level blend of theory and practice that approaches scholarly multimedia work in the context of its cultural and technological environment. Open to all students. Recommended Preparation: IML 101, IML 104 or MDA 140.
Description: Individual research and production. Not available for degree credit. Prerequisite: IML 101 or IML 104.
Description: Understanding news today. A survey of how news is gathered, weighed, and disseminated and how historical events have shaped news in the 20th century.
This course offers a comprehensive look at the evolution of news and development of journalism in America.
Description: Introduction to broadcast newsroom production; preparation and treatment of form and content; procedures, problems, ethics, and practice in planning and producing a nightly newscast. Open to non-journalism majors only. Not available for degree credit to journalism majors. Graded CR/NC.
This class is taught in conjunction with the production of Annenberg TV News, USC's student-run nightly news operation.
Description: Emphasis on fundamental skills necessary for photojournalism including camera techniques, story ideas and digital darkroom.
Students will learn the basic principles and ethics of visual journalism, with an eye toward the diverse perspectives existing throughout our community. Students should have access to a 35mm film or digital camera.
Description: History and development of advertising; basic advertising campaigns showing relationships of marketing, creative, print and electronic media.
Students study many areas of advertising, including television, radio, print, out-of-home interactive, campaign development and production to execution.
Description: Production of advertising materials; emphasis on the creation and design of advertising elements. Prerequisite: JOUR 340.
Students will learn the visual elements of the creative process, concept, typography, color, design, headlines, theme lines and tag lines. Students also will gain knowledge in the art of logo development and icons.
Description: Theories, processes, and techniques involved in planning and implementing programs designed to influence public opinion and behavior through socially responsible performance and mutually satisfactory communication.
Students participate in analyzing public relations programs for both the profit and non-profit sectors. Team case presentations, brainstorming and a term paper examining the public relations functions of a specific organization are integrated into the class.
Description: Ethical questions in television journalism; the application of these moral dilemmas to prepare students for dealing with similar issues in their lives.
By exploring specific decisions in the reporting of news events, and on what basis these decisions were made, students will be able to examine the moral values of those who work in television journalism and other forms of journalism and determine how the ethics of the profession dominate what events are covered and are not covered, how they are covered and why they are covered.
Description: An inside look at the symbiotic relationship of sports and the media – from the interdependence of sports and media, to the coverage of sports in newspapers, magazines, radio and television. The economic and ethical issues involved, the conflicts of interest, the history and current status of sports coverage in American media today.
Students will get an opportunity each week to interact with some of the most accomplished, respected and influential figures in sports and the media today.
Description: An examination of the symbiotic relationship of the entertainment business and the media; press coverage of the entertainment industry; Hollywood's relationship with news media.
Guests will include entertainment executives, celebrities, publicists, journalists and other media experts.
Description: Emphasis on photographic storytelling in print, video and Web-based media; understanding of visual thinking and imagery techniques.
Students should have access to a digital camera.
Description: Principles and practices of public relations as a basic component in the promotion and marketing of goods and services; regulatory considerations; consumerism. Prerequisite: JOUR 350.
Description: Introduction to the field of sports information and promotion, including lectures, media assignments, role-playing, and presentations by sports professionals. Junior standing.
The course will look at the television, team, newspaper, radio, agency and Internet aspects of the sports public relations field.
Description: Understanding of the history and application of celebrity in public relations, focusing on the entertainment industry and the notoriety attached to politics and the media.
This course examines the development of publicity, public relations and promotions industry, and how the celebrity is produced, promoted and traded within the American mass media.
Description: History and growing importance of Latino print and broadcast news media in covering immigration, discrimination, culture, social differences and other aspects of U.S. Latino life.
Description: Reporting and portrayal of people of color in the United States; impact of racial diversity on media, employment and access, and development of media for individuals and communities of color. Open to non-majors.
Description: Selected Topics in journalism.
News Media and War (4 units)
Given the pervasiveness of conflict and the public’s reliance on the news media’s coverage of it, journalists should understand that their responsibilities extend beyond the mechanics of combat reporting. They should also be able to analyze the political context of conflict; be familiar with the history of news coverage of wars and lessons from past coverage; recognize attempts to manipulate the news media; understand “objectivity” and its limits; consider journalists’ humanitarian duties; and other such matters that are the foundation of conflict coverage. This course will address these and related topics by studying historical and policy-oriented facets of covering conflicts ranging from global war to localized terrorism.
Description: Fundamental knowledge of proper nutrition for optimal health performance. Concepts of weight loss, gain; understanding of cardiorespiratory functioning. Laboratory experiments; body composition evaluation, energy metabolism. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.
Description: Principles and theories related to exercise prescription; programs of weight-training, circuit-training, aerobics, flexibility, high and low-intensity training guidelines; safeguards and effectiveness. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.
Description: Examination of the individual in a social environment related to sport and physical activity; personality, motivation, attitude, and group behavior viewed in physical activity contexts.
Description: Words as a gateway to the human mind. How words are stored, comprehended and retrieved. How words are constructed. Words and concepts. Word and social constructs. The processing and the acquisition of words in normal and atypical children and adults.
Description: Discourse patterns among diverse social groups in institutional and interpersonal settings; interrelationships among language practices and gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity; social structures and cultural values as reflected in language policies and practices. Concurrent enrollment: WRIT 140.
Description: Introduction to current Arabic; oral practice, hearing and reading comprehension; the grammar necessary for simple spoken and written expression. Lecture, classroom drill, laboratory practice.
Description: Empirical study of the sounds and structures of human language; syntax and semantics; language change; linguistic universals.
Description: Language within cognitive science: speech physiology and acoustics, language acquisition, reading, language disorders, perception and mental representation of words, linguistic diversity and computer analysis of speech.
Description: An introductory course in music theory required for those majors in need of remedial training, and available to the general student who wishes to develop music writing skills. Not available for credit to B.M. and B.A. music majors. Recommended preparation: ability to read music.
Description: Introduction to music theory; scales, intervals, principles of common practice and popular music harmony; melodic, harmonic, and structural analysis; 20th century developments. Not available for credit to Bachelor of Music students except Performance (Popular Music) majors.
Description: Introduction to the composition of concert music. Includes set exercises, free composition, study of selected compositions. Intended for interested, qualified students not majoring in composition. Not available for degree credit to composition majors. Recommended preparation: MUCO 130bx, MUCO 133b.
Description: Electronic music procedures in a multi-track studio.
Description: Gateway to the minor in Jazz Studies. Historical evolution of jazz from its origins to present day; elements of musical structures and jazz styles revealed through the study of recorded examples, live performances and video. Not available for credit to jazz studies majors.
Description: Development of beginning improvisational skills, including modal and the ii-V7-I chord progression, through instrumental performance. Recommended to non-jazz majors. Not available for credit to jazz studies majors. Recommended preparation: demonstration of major scales of eighth notes at a tempo of 120 mm.
Description: An examination of the music, culture, and mythology of jazz revealed through the study of jazz fiction, film, poetry, and recorded examples.
Description: Development of intermediate jazz improvisational skills, starting with dominant seventh chords and progressing through the minor ii-V7-I chord progression. Not open to Jazz Studies majors. Prerequisite: MUJZ 150x.
Description: Study and performance of vocal ensemble literature from the Jazz idiom, with emphasis on improvisational techniques. Open to all students by audition. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of choral literature from all periods of music history. Open to all students. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire from all periods written for male voices. Open to all students. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Performance of choral works of all styles and periods. Open to all students by audition. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of advanced chamber music written for women's voices. Open to all students by audition. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of orchestra repertoire. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Audition not required. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of standard repertoire. Open to all students by audition. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Study and performance of vocal ensemble literature from the Jazz idiom, with emphasis on improvisational techniques. Open to graduate students by audition.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of choral literature from all periods of music history. Open to all graduate students.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire from all periods written for male voices. Open to all graduate students.
Description: Performance of choral works of all styles and periods. Open to all graduate students by audition.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of advanced chamber music written for women's voices. Open to all graduate students by audition.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of orchestra repertoire. Open to all graduate students. Audition not required.
Description: Preparation and performance of advanced literature for jazz chamber groups. Open to graduate students, by audition.
MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE
Description: Gateway to the B.A. degree in music. Western and non-Western music in its sociocultural context. Not available for credit to B.M. majors. Ability to read music highly recommended.
Description: A survey of the technology used to create, prepare, perform, and distribute music, with an emphasis on recording, MIDI, music production, mastering, and Internet technologies. Not available for major credit to B.M. and B.S. music industry majors.
Description: Economic considerations of home, studio and location recording. Equipment, labor, facilities, media, legal and tax considerations will be explored.
Description: A survey of the major elements that support the music industry. History, copyright, music contracts, radio, record companies, managers, music publishing and communication. Not available for major credit to B.M. and B.S. music industry majors.
Description: A survey of the presentation of the live musical experience. Both classical and popular concert presentation will be examined including venue selection, promotion and security.
Description: An in-depth study of radio studio technical operations. Topics include consoles, microphones, transmission considerations, networks, satellites, and digital and analog production situations. Prerequisite: MUIN 275ab.
Description: Techniques and applications of recording and editing sound on personal computers. Hardware, software, editing for song, sound effects and dialog for film.
Description: An exploration of the effects of new technologies, laws, economic models, media (Internet, mobile, satellite), the decline of traditional broadcasting, and convergence with the music industry. Recommended preparation: MUIN 360 or MUIN 372bx.
Description: Introduction to the performance technique of pop/rock guitar as well as music theory fundamentals, exploring repertoire by artists such as The Beatles and Dave Matthews.
Description: Basic fingerstyle guitar, learned through the study of such pieces as "Greensleeves," "Malaguena," and "Minuet" (Bach); song accompaniment patterns and music notation for the beginner.
Description: Techniques of classical guitar applied to the study of five to eight Beatles songs, from "Hey Jude" to "Blackbird." No guitar or background music required.
Description: Techniques of performance, note reading, and basic musicianship. Not open to music majors.
PERFORMANCE (POPULAR MUSIC)
Description: A weekly lecture series addressing a wide range of special topics and issues confronting the popular musician. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Study of musical elements appropriate to the performance of popular music in a collaborative, interactive environment.
Description: Beginning and elementary instruction in drum set techniques.
MPPM 250 Keyboard Proficiency for the Popular Musician (2 units)
Description: Critical examination of the lyrics, structure, associated mythology, technology, and evolving styles of popular music reflecting the turbulent societal changes during the Sixties and Seventies.
Description: Study of the creation and performance of Holocaust-related music from 1933 to the present, including interaction with other arts.
Description: Continuation of Songwriting I and II with emphasis on the development of performance skills of original popular music in preparation for songwriting showcases. Prerequisite: MUSC 355.
Description: An exploration of the social and cultural impact of music written for, popularized by, or exploited by American television from the 1950s through today.
Description: Introduction to theoretical concepts concerning the relationship of engagement in activities (occupations) to health and well being. Application of these perspectives to students' own lives.
Description: Introduction to concept of occupation and overview of human drive for meaningful activity; impact of occupations on health and well-being; analysis of personal occupational patterns; selected therapeutic applications.
Description: Theories and practice of the creative process in varied media, genres and occupations. Explores creativity in the arts, sciences, professions, evolution, daily life, and culture. Not available for major credit to occupational therapy majors.
Description: The complex nature of human occupation is covered from an interdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis is on how occupation contributes to human experience in a lived world.
Description: Hormonal and contextual (social, physical, and temporal) correlates of human occupations and psychological states; collection and interpretation of field data using innovative research methods.
Description: Critically examines ethical issues central to the world of sports that range from matters of fair play and cheating to performance-enhancing drugs and gene-doping. Not available for major credit for occupational therapy students.
Description: a: Improvement of body shape, muscle endurance, and muscle strength; understanding of weight training and nutrition principles that can be utilized for future weight training development.
Description: a: Basic instruction of self-defense for beginners; strategies for standing and ground fighting situations with and without weapons. b: Intermediate instruction involving more advanced fighting strategies and techniques.
Description: a: Improvement in cardiorespiratory endurance, body composition, muscle endurance and flexibility; running, circuit training, resistance exercises; fitness principles and nutrition to develop individualized program.
Description: a: Instruction and practice in basic strokes for beginners and intermediate swimmers; elementary springboard diving; water safety techniques; endurance training as a fitness program.
Description: a: Introduction to meditation, breathing techniques and postures as a means towards relaxation; increase muscle strength and flexibility; understanding of basic anatomy and nutritional guidelines. (Duplicates credit in former PHED 120.) b: A continuing study of intermediate and advanced yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation as a means toward relaxation and stress-reduction.
Description: a: Aerobic exercise focusing on cardiorespiratory endurance encompassing a variety of training methods such as high/low impact aerobics, body sculpting, circuit training and nutritional guidelines.
Description: Development of physical fitness components through step aerobics; total body workout utilizing step movements and body sculpting exercises.
Description: a: Introduction to beginning and intermediate volleyball skills, rules, game tactics, and strategies. Emphasis on the development of: passing, setting, hitting, serving, blocking, and digging. b: Advanced techniques; focus on offenses and defenses used in game situations.
Description: a: Fundamental instruction of basic strokes for beginners and intermediate players; rules, scoring, court etiquette, strategies; singles and doubles; practice and match play. b: Reinforcement of basic strokes and instruction of advanced strokes; advanced strategies; singles and doubles; practice and match play.
Description: Fundamental instruction of basic strokes for beginning and intermediate players; rules, scoring strategies; singles and doubles; practices and match play.
Description: a: Development of basic skills for beginners, intermediate and advanced players; rules, positioning elements of play, small group and team tactics; full field scrimmages.
Description: Basic skills development and knowledge in stance, grip and swing mechanics; course strategy; use of woods, irons and putting; history rules and etiquette.
Description: a: Basic skill development in dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense; rules, history, and etiquette; drills and full court games.
Description: Instruction on the effects of stress as it relates to work, sport and academics; coping strategies are discussed and applied through physical conditioning interventions.
Policy, Planning, and Development
Description: Gateway to the B.S., Planning and Development. The transition from traditional to modern cities in the developing world. Primacy and dualism; comparative urbanism as an expression of cultural variation; contrast in Western cities.
Description: Introduction to graphic design, photodocumentation, and geographic information systems as employed in planning, policy, and development. Visual explanations. Computer and by-hand applications.
Description: Concepts and determinants of health and illness; health care delivery organizations and programs; the role of the administrator; issues in health care financing and access; quality evaluation; future trends.
Description: Current transportation planning and policy critiques. Transportation planning: the relationship to urban structure; conventional and para-transit modes; analysis of local plans.
Description: Contemporary management theory; the nature of complex organizations; organizational and intergovernmental arrangements; roles and responsibilities of managers; managerial and organizational effectiveness; organizational structure and dynamics.
Description: Planning as shaped by sustainability theories; sustainability indicators; topics include water resources, air quality, land use regulations, environmental design, carrying capacity, ecological footprint analysis.
Description: Modern political ideologies; their assumptions, perceptions, and prescriptions regarding political stability and social injustice: anarchism, communism, socialism, liberalism, conservatism, and fascism.
Description: Interaction between law and politics; overview of the American legal system; value conflicts and public policy questions which arise within it. Concurrent enrollment: WRIT 140.
Description: Comparative analysis of theories of power and leadership; application to leaders from western democracies, Third World, and socialist countries. Societal consequences of their policies.
Description: Intensive experience in governmental and political offices. Minimum time requirement; evaluation by office and intern report required. Prerequisite: permission of Director of Institute of Politics and Government.
Description: Roles and behavior of major legal and political participants in the criminal justice system including the police, the legal profession, judges, and the public.
Description: Analysis of political content of mass media. Audience response to alternative sources of political information. Consideration of the institutional and economic as well as political aspects of the mass media.
Description: Jurisprudential approach to the study of cultural differences. Consideration of circumstances under which law should accommodate cultural diversity in the United States and abroad.
Description: An examination of debates and controversies surrounding the nature and scope of civil rights and civil liberties. Recommended preparation: POSC 340 or POSC 440.
Slavic Languages and Literature
Description: Analysis of significant chess games, reflecting societal attitudes towards science, competition, art, gender, psychology, politics, and technology. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Studies in selected areas of theatre art. Intensive practice in role and script interpretation and its psychological relationship to the audience.