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Summer Pre-College

Pre-College Course Descriptions

Summer Session 2: July 3 – August 4, 2017

*All course placements are subject to approval by the Pre-College Director

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Morning Courses

Course # • Course Title • Credits • Instructor • Lab Fee (if any)
Course Days (R designates Thursday) • Class Time 

*All course placements are subject to approval by the Pre-College Director

AR-101 • Intro to Painting • 3 • Jeffrey Fichera• Lab Fee: $60
AR-101Z • Intro to Painting Workshop • 0 • Jeffrey Fichera• Lab Fee: $60
M/T/W/R/F • 9:40 AM – 12:30 PM
An introduction to painting as a medium of visual expression. Emphasis is placed upon exploration of formal and technical concerns. Basic studies include drawing and will explore a variety of subject matter and media directed toward the organization of the two-dimensional plane.

AR-264H • Paper Print Press • 4 • Terry Conrad • Lab Fee: $100
AR-264Z • Paper Print Press Workshop • 0 • Lab Fee: $100
M/T/W/R/F • 9:40 AM – 12:30 PM
Starting with the creation of their printing papers students will explore different traditional paper making and printmaking techniques. Both Nepalese style and Western style, paper-making will be taught along with relief, chine colle, and letterpress printing techniques. This course will have the student consider the image they make, as well as the surface it sits on, the paper. While the skills are traditional, the ideas explored for the projects completed in class will be contemporary. No Prerequisites.

EX-111 ● Introduction to Exercise Science ● 4 ● Sarah Herrick
M/T/W/R/F • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
An introduction to the scientific basis of physical activity. Emphasis is placed upon the study of the physiological change and adaptions that occur as a result of the stress of exercise.  Students will be active participants in laboratory experiments that examine the body’s response to exercise. 

PY-109 • Physics: Sound and Music • 4 • Jill Linz
M/T/W/R/F • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The physical principles of sound—how it is produced, propagated, and perceived. Illumination of principles will emphasize examples from music. Mechanisms used to produce different types of musical sounds will be discussed as well as the physical principles behind the reproduction of music in its many forms such as radio, tape recorders, and CD players. The laboratory component will include measurement of the speed of sound, frequency analysis of musical instruments, and sound recording.

RE-103 • Religion and Culture • 4 • Thomas Davis
M/T/W/R/F • 9:30 AM – 11:55 AM          
An introductory study of the nature of religion, the interaction of religion and culture, and the function of religious belief in the life of the individual. Consideration will be given to such phenomena as myth and ritual, sacred time and space, mysticism, evil, conversion, and salvation. Readings will be drawn from classical and modern sources.

SO-101 • Sociological Perspectives • 3 • Phil Lewis
M/T/W/R • 9:30 AM – 11:45 AM
The basic concepts and principles of major sociological perspectives. Attention is given to how these perspectives have been developed and used by social scientists to explain social phenomena. Recommended as an introduction to the discipline.   


 Early Afternoon Courses

Course # • Course Title • Credits • Instructor • Lab Fee (if any)
Course Days (R designates Thursday) • Class Time

*All course placements are subject to approval by the Pre-College Director

AR-133 • Drawing • 4• Kathy Hemingway-Jones • Lab Fee: $50
AR-133Z • Drawing Workshop • 0 • Lab Fee: $50
M/T/W/R/F • 1:30 PM – 5:15 PM
This course builds on basic drawing experiences, refining skills in observation, organization, interpretation, and critical analysis. Studio work introduces a range of traditional drawing tools and materials while exploring a variety of approaches to image making and visual expression. 

AR-264I • Casting • 4 • John Galt • Lab Fee: $100 
AR-264Z • Casting Workshop • 0 • Lab Fee: $100
M/T/W/R/F • 1:30 PM – 5:15 PM
An intensive five-week course in theory and practice of casting sculpture. Traditional methods for molding and casting sculpture are covered: plaster and rubber molds for wax, clay slip, plaster, metal and other materials are covered. Mold making for metal casting is addressed and may include plaster investment, greensand, ceramic shell and baked clay. Students focus on small-scale sculpture in order to cover major casting materials and processes. Finished works may include sculpture in plaster, wax, bronze, iron and aluminum. Slide lectures and field trips dealing with contemporary and traditional methods of casting provide context for studio experience. No Prerequisites.

BI-170 • Human Genetics • 4 • Bernard Possidente • Lab fee: $80
M/T/W/R/F • 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
An introduction to the principles of genetics and their application to human biology. Topics include the history of genetics; the structure, function, and inheritance of genes; medical genetics; and genetic engineering. 

MF-220 • Introduction to Media and Film Studies • 4 • Aaron Pedinotti
M/T/W/R1:30 PM – 4:25 PM
An interdisciplinary introduction to the questions re: Human dilemmas in the context of an increasingly technology and media saturated culture. The course begins with close consideration of the nature and structure of human communication and an historical overview of communications and media. Students will study media from both psychological and societal perspectives and will consider the impact of media on politics, government, community, and consumer behavior. Special attention will be paid throughout the course to the personal and social impact of current and emerging forms of communication and media.


 Late Afternoon Courses

Course # • Course Title • Credits • Instructor • Lab Fee (if any)
Course Days (R designates Thursday) • Class Time

*All course placements are subject to approval by the Pre-College Director

EN-103 • Writing Seminar I • 4 • Andy Fogle
M/T/W/R • 3:45 PM – 6:10 PM 
Introduction to expository writing with weekly writing assignments emphasizing skills in developing ideas, organizing material, and creating thesis statements. Assignments provide practice in description, definition, comparison and contrast, and argumentation. Additional focus on grammar, syntax, and usage.

EN-105 • Writing Seminar II • 4 •  François Bonneville, Thaddeus Niles
M/T/W/R • 3:45 PM – 6:10 PM
This seminar immerses students in the process of producing finished analytical essays informed by critical reading and careful reasoning. Special attention is given to developing ideas, writing from sources, organizing material, and revising drafts. Additional emphasis is on grammar, style, and formal conventions of writing. Students respond to one another’s work in workshops or peer critique sessions. 



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