Jan 21, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions


Courses that meet the General Education Curriculum (GEC) are so noted at the end of their individual course description.

Courses noted as “shared” are also offered at one or more of the other Vermont State Colleges.

 

Outdoor Education & Recreation

  
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    OER-4030 Wilderness Leadership Techniques

    4 credits
    Prerequisite(s): OER-2060  or equivalent; OER 2062 ; OER 3070   Junior standing
    This course provides practical applications of advanced skills of trip planning, logistics, risk management, group leadership techniques, effective instruction, expedition behavior and low-impact wilderness travel and camping practices. The course will include an extended field experience. Modes of travel used on the trips (backpacking, canoeing, snowshoeing, ski touring, etc.) will be determined by the time of year the course is offered.
  
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    OER-4710 Special Topics in Outdoor Education & Recreation

    3 credits
    The topics addressed in this course vary and are noted prior to the registration period.
  
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    OER-4810 Internship in Outdoor Education

    6-12 credits
    Prerequisite(s): OER-3010 with an earned grade of C-, Junior standing, 2.50 cumulative GPA, leadership documentation for Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership concentration only, and faculty recommendation
    Students plan and complete an approved internship in consultation with their faculty supervisor.  Internship contract required. (shared course in VSC)
  
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    OER-4830 Outdoor Education Teaching Assistant

    1-4 credits
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor required. Sophomore standing
    This Teaching Assistant (TA) course provides practical work experience related to the student’s educational and professional goals in Outdoor Education.  The TA will work closely in a mentoring relationship with the instructor of an OER course to deliver learning experiences in Outdoor Education to enrolled JSC students.  The TA experience will allow the student to develop leadership, instructional, facilitation, and/or guiding professional skills.  Depending on the specific OER course assigned, the TA may also have opportunities to practice various communication styles, group management, decision-making, program planning, logistics, and risk management.
  
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    OER-4900 Research in Outdoor Education

    3 credits
    Corequisite(s): MAT-2030  Junior standing; OED majors in Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership concentration only; faculty recommendation
    This course consists of a survey of research in the field of outdoor education, giving students a perspective on past trends as well as contemporary research themes. The connections of theory with practice will be explored. Students will design and carry out a simple outdoor education research project of their own.
  
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    OER-4910 Independent Study in Outdoor Education

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor.

Philosophy

  
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    PHI-1010 Introduction to Philosophy

    3 credits
    This course is a survey of some of major philosophical issues, including our knowledge of reality, the nature of the mind or self, the existence of God, the problem of evil, freedom and determinism, morality and the good life. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JSH (Social & Historical Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: UPR (Univeral & Philosophical Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PHI-1030 Introduction to Logic

    3 credits
    This course is a study of the principles of good reasoning, including the nature of argument and inference, deductive and inductive reasoning and informal fallacies. General Education (EDP) Course Type: UPR (Univeral & Philosophical Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PHI-1040 Introduction to Ethics

    3 credits
    This course introduces some of the major ethical theories about morally right action, the morally good person and the just society. Such theories may include ethical absolutism, ethical relativism, ethical egoism, utilitarianism, formalism and rights theory. Topics may be drawn from contemporary moral issues such as capital punishment, abortion and euthanasia. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JSH (Social & Historical Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: UPR (Univeral & Philosophical Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PHI-2910 Independent Study in Philosophy

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor. General Education (EDP) Course Type: UPR (Univeral & Philosophical Relationships)
  
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    PHI-3150 Philosophy Through Literature

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): Two semesters of philosophy or literature
    Philosophical problems and world views, as presented in literature from Greek tragedies to contemporary novels, are surveyed in this course. Particular attention is given to historical, political and scientific events that formed and changed the concept of our place in the universe. General Education (EDP) Course Type: UPR (Univeral & Philosophical Relationships)
  
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    PHI-4910 Independent Study in Philosophy

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor. General Education (EDP) Course Type: UPR (Univeral & Philosophical Relationships)

Physical Education

  
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    PED-1010 Physical Education Activities

    5 credits
    Choices include Volleyball, Aerobics: Total Body Conditioning, Yoga, Water Aerobics, Weight Training (coed), Women’s Weight Training, Martial Arts, Winter Sports Conditioning, Tennis, Spinning, Walk Your Way to Fitness, and Burning with the Bar.
  
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    PED-1150 Foundations of Physical Education

    3 credits
    This course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of the profession of physical education.  Students explore such topics as the historical and philosophical bases of physical education and related fields, the role and objectives of physical education and sport in our society, current trends and issues, career opportunities, and professional involvement. (shared course in VSC.)
  
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    PED-2030 Educational Games, Dance & Gymnastics

    2 credits
    This course introduces students to a variety of active games, dance and educational gymnastic experiences for children. Students will learn how to design, modify, present and evaluate these activities.
  
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    PED-2040 Team Sports

    2 credits
    This course provides opportunities to analyze the similarities and differences among various team sports. Students will learn how to design, modify, present and evaluate a selection of team sports activities.
  
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    PED-2110 Individual, Dual & Lifetime Activities

    2 credits
    This course introduces students to a variety of individual, dual and lifetime physical activities. Students will learn how to design, modify, present and evaluate these activities.
  
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    PED-2810 Internship in Elementary Physical Education

    0.5 credits
    Corequisite(s): EDU-3311, contract required.
    Students plan and complete an approved internship in consultation with their faculty supervisor.
  
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    PED-2810 Internship in Physical Education for Exceptional Populations

    0.5 credits
    Corequisite(s): EDU-2110, contract required.
    Students plan and complete an approved internship in consultation with their faculty supervisor.
  
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    PED-2910 Independent Study in Physical Education

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor.
  
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    PED-3070 Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education

    4 credits
    Prerequisite(s): EDU-2365; PED-1150
    Principles and methods of physical education for grades K-6 are presented. Movement, exploration, fundamental motor- skill learning and their relationship to the development of the child are studied. Early teaching experience is included in the content of the course. Spring only, even years (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PED-3120 Measurement & Evaluation

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): MAT-1080 or successful completion of Quantitative Reasoning Assessment Physical Education majors seeking teaching endorsement only, or instructor’s permission
    This course is designed to apply principles of measurement and evaluation to teaching physical education. A special emphasis will be placed on test construction, selection and administration. Additionally, the student will be presented with various assessment tools in the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains used in physical education. (shared course in the VSC.)
  
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    PED-3140 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Physical Education

    4 credits (with lab)
    Prerequisite(s): EDU-2365; PED-1150; or permission of instructor
    This course examines theory and implementation of the secondary physical education curriculum. Includes practical application in the field. This shared course may have different prerequisites at the other VSC colleges. (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PED-4910 Independent Study in Physical Education

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor.

Physics

  
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    PHY-1041 Physics I

    4 credits (with lab)
    Prerequisite(s): PLM 0003  or PLM 0004  or PLM 0005  or MAT-1020  or MAT-2532 
    This is an introductory course that explores the basic principles of physics. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JNS (Foundational Skills: Natural Science) General Education (EDP) Course Type: EWR (Environmental & World Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PHY-1042 Physics II

    4 credits (with lab)
    Prerequisite(s): PHY-1041 
    This is a continuation of PHY-1041 . Emphasis is on understanding the basic physical principles as they relate to practical situations and semiconductor physics. General Education (EDP) Course Type: EWR (Environmental & World Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PHY-2910 Independent Study in Physics

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor.
  
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    PHY-4910 Independent Study in Physics

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor.

Political Science

NOTE: Upper-level (3000/4000) courses in Political Science are offered on a rotating basis, generally every other year.

  
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    POS-1010 Introduction to Political Science

    3 credits
    This course is a survey and analysis of modern political regimes, movements, parties, governmental organizations and the relations between social interests and authority and the values and processes of government. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JSH (Social & Historical Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    POS-1020 American Politics & Government

    3 credits
    This is an introduction to key topics and fundamental issues of American politics and government, including political parties, elections, interest groups, the authority and function of the various branches and levels of government, the rights of the individual and the pursuit of justice, equality, life, liberty and happiness. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JSH (Social & Historical Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    POS-1030 Comparative Government

    3 credits
    This is an introduction to key topics and fundamental issues of American politics and government, including political parties, elections, interest groups, the authority and function of the various branches and levels of government, the rights of the individual and the pursuit of justice, equality, life, liberty and happiness. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JGP (Global Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) Spring only, even years (shared course in VSC)
  
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    POS-1040 African-American History & Politics

    3 credits
    From slavery to emancipation, through the Civil Rights Movement and urban racial conflict, this course examines the cultural, economic and political dynamics of African-American life. Through books, films, essays and music, the course considers the contributions of Sojourner Truth, Dubois, Brendt, King, Malcolm X, Spike Lee, Toni Morrison and others. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JSH (Social & Historical Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-2010 Observation of the Legislative Process

    3 credits
    This course gives students an opportunity to observe the legislative process in action, by attending party caucuses, committee meetings and public hearings at the Vermont State House while the legislature is in session. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JCP (Civic Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-2040 International Relations

    3 credits
    An examination of the relations between the nations and peoples of the world, with attention to the various theoretical attempts to make sense of international relations. Topics include crisis, conflict and peace, shifting balances of power, problems of development, and the search for global and economic order. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JGP (Global Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) Spring only, even years (shared course in VSC)
  
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    POS-2050 International Economics & Politics

    3 credits
    This course examines fundamental contemporary global issues such as conflict and peace, resource and human crisis conditions, mechanisms of trade and transnational investment, shifting power balances, and problems of development. Designed to prepare students for further sophisticated investigation of international subjects, the course focuses on tools for analyzing the global vicissitudes that impinge on the lives of all citizens. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JGP (Global Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) Fall semesters, odd years
  
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    POS-2110 State & Local Government

    3 credits
    This course provides a study of the principles and problems of American government at the state and local level. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    POS-2810 Internship in Political Science

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved internship in consultation with their faculty supervisor. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-2910 Independent Study in Political Science

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-3010 Survey of Western Political Thought

    3 credits
    This course provides an examination of European/Asian views of the citizen, the state, law, justice and the nature and use of power, plus an analysis of modern global doctrines on communism, democracy, fascism, internationalism, liberalism and Nazism. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) Fall only, odd years
  
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    POS-3025 Research Design & Analysis

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): MAT-1080  or successful completion of Quantitative Reasoning Assessment
    Students gain basic knowledge and understanding of the theory and methods of social science research with a focus on political science. Students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific techniques that are used to assess political behavior and therefore improve their abilities to interpret policies. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) Fall only
  
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    POS-3030 Contemporary Political Theory: Race, Class & Gender

    3 credits
    This course focuses on contemporary issues that relate to the dynamics of race, class and gender. Specific problems are examined to demonstrate that these categories must be studied in detail in order to understand our contemporary lives and the social, political and economic institutions that affect them. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) Spring only, even years
  
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    POS-3040 The Politics of Gender

    3 credits
    This course explores the politics and philosophies of gender relationships. It examines the dynamic of power and the political forces that shape the relationships between men and women, women and women, and men and men. Of particular interest are the social institutions and activities that shape and express power relationships in everyday life. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-3050 Environmental Ethics & Politics

    3 credits
    This course explores the relationships between our natural and human environments. How do our socio-economic concerns affect our ethical relationships within this total environment? How is our ethical understanding of ourselves related to our connection with nature? The class will consider a variety of issues and problems that seek to understand ecological limits and the moral obligations that need to be confronted. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JGP (Global Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR; UPR (Social & Historical Relationships; Univeral & Philosophical Relationships)
  
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    POS-3060 Vermont Politics

    3 credits
    Students explore the electoral and political party structures, partisan activities, interest groups, the role of the media and other timely issues. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) Fall only, odd years (shared course in VSC)
  
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    POS-3070 Terrorism, Religion & the Nation-State

    3 credits
    This course provides an overview of the histories and theologies of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism - the four religions in the territories where terrorism is a major force and where regions have been divided into a myriad of artificial states. Students will explore how these regions are reacting to Western influences (democracy, capitalism, modernization) and discuss the different interpretations of “terrorism.” Is terrorism a tool and a weapon of war on par with guns and fighter-bombers? Is it anarchism? Nihilism? Cold-blooded murder? Is it a romantic throwback to some romantic notion of what some peoples’ ancestors used to do? What exactly? We will debate these issues and more. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-3130 Church & State Separation: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    3 credits
    This course examines the history, theory and application of the role of religion in forming and maintaining social values and governmental structure. The course focuses primarily on the American model of separation of church and state as the primary device that has both maintained a high sense of ethical values in public life and a high respect for divergent religious beliefs and practices. The study focuses on the growth and interrelationship among religious beliefs, ethical ideals and governmental structure as seen in western history and political philosophy leading to the creating and later interpretation of the First Amendment to the American Constitution. Student work from both primary and secondary sources including Plato, Sophocles, Aristotle, Moses, Jesus Christ, Augustine, Mohammad, Thomas Aquinas, Emanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, John Stuart Mill, John Rawls, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Teillard de Chardin, among others. Students will examine and test theories relative to the separation of church and state. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-3150 Campaigns & Elections

    3 credits
    Students examine activities of critical importance to elected officials and gain an understanding of the choices that face such officials in their dealings with the electorate. The way voters choose among candidates, factors that influence voter turnout, and campaign strategy and tactics are among topics discussed. Polls and surveys and the raising and spending of campaign funds also receive attention. Students are encouraged to work for the candidate of their choice. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-3160 Modern Politics through Drama & Fiction

    3 credits
    This course provides an intensive reading of world literature dealing with systems of government, ideologies and the vicissitudes of political power. Each student prepares an interpretation of a political situation or problem based on a literary text (read by the entire class) and on individual research. Topics vary with each offering. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-3170 U.S. Constitutional Law

    3 credits
    This course examines Supreme Court decisions, constitutional law in the United States, and the rights of state governments and of the individual. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    POS-3180 Politics in Film

    3 credits
    The course introduces students to the role films can have in representing and shaping politics. Because films can capture and sometimes shape political knowledge, the course examines the nature of propaganda. Moreover, the class uses films as a vehicle for learning fundamental political concepts. The course is designed to enhance student’s ability to interpret the political content of mass media. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) Spring only, even years
  
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    POS-3210 Canadian Politics

    3 credits
    The course surveys Canadian history as a means of assessing Canadian political culture. The class also reviews Canadian political institutions, federalism and provinces, political parties, the Canadian constitution, the importance of ethnicity, aboriginal issues, and Canadian foreign policy. The goal of the course is to outline and investigate the contours of political behavior in Canada. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JSH (Social & Historical Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-3220 Genocide: Inhumanity Across the Ages

    3 credits
    This course will study the history and geographical background of physical and cultural genocide as well as the political, economic and religious motivations for genocide. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JGP (Global Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-3230 Third World Politics

    3 credits
    Students explore the integration of life and ideology as exemplified by selected revolutionary figures of Africa, Asia and Third World America. Students are responsible for conveying to the class, in seminar style, their assessments of typical Third World leaders and thinkers, including conservative and revisionist figures. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-3270 Revolutions, Transformed Economics & Social Change

    3 credits
    Recommended: At least one political science or history course
    From 1688 to 1978 the world was wracked by a series of violent upheavals referred to as revolutions that affect our lives on a daily basis on every continent on the globe. From the English revolution in 1688, through the American in 1776 and the French in 1789, the Bolshevik in 1917, to that of Iran in 1978, the Christian and Muslim fundamentalist revolutionary movements in the 21st century. What were/what are these movements? What factors play a role in their development? What are their religious, national, psychological, economic and social consequences? Who leads and participates in them, who wins and who loses, and why? We shall study all. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-4010 American Foreign Policy

    3 credits
    Students analyze the forces behind the formulation of American foreign policy and its objectives and strategies since 1776. Particular emphasis is given to the period from World War II to the present. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) Spring only, even years
  
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    POS-4020 International Relations

    3 credits
    This seminar provides an investigation of the political and economic elements of national power, transnational interests and international organizations. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-4730 Senior Seminar in Political Science

    3 credits
    Senior Standing
    Senior-level students choose a major topic for collective investigation, complete a common core of reading and contribute individual research presentations on aspects of that topic.
  
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    POS-4810 Internship in Political Science

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved internship in consultation with their faculty supervisor. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    POS-4910 Independent Study in Political Science

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)

Psychology

  
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    PSY-1010 Introduction to Psychology

    3 credits
    This course is a survey of major concepts, issues, theories and research methods in psychology. In the process, it offers a sense of how psychological issues are involved in students’ personal lives. Course content includes such topics as states of consciousness, learning, memory, development, motivation, emotion, stress management, theories of personality, abnormal behavior, approaches to therapy, intelligence, social psychology, neurophysiology and sensation and perception. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JSH (Social & Historical Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-1035 The Psychology Major

    1 credits
    Psychology Majors only
    This course is designed to introduce students to the diverse discipline of psychology.  Students will develop basic skills needed for the psychology major, explore the subfields of psychology, investigate career options, and be introduced to advising in the psychology program.  Activities may include guest speakers, interviews, and site visits. Fall and Spring Semesters
  
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    PSY-2040 Social Psychology

    3 credits
    Recommended: Sophomore standing
    This course presents a systematic study of how people think about, influence and relate to one another. Course content includes topics such as attitudes, norms, aggression, conformity, attraction, self-justification, prejudice, group processes, interpersonal interaction and communication, altruism, conflict resolution, persuasion and impression formation. There is a broad opportunity for application of these concepts to understanding the self and interpersonal relationships, as well as to social issues of importance, such as war and peace, consumer behavior and political strategy. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-2070 Developmental Psychology

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010 
    This course focuses on emotional, cognitive, social and identity development throughout the life span with special emphasis on typical developmental processes, drawing on classic and current research in the field. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships)
  
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    PSY-2410 Research Methods in Psychology

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010   Recommended: MAT-2030 
    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the theory and practice of research in the broad field of psychology. The emphasis of the course is practical and behavioral; students design research working individually and in teams. The course acquaints students with survey research and experimental, correlational and quasi-experimental designs. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships)
  
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    PSY-2810 Internship in Psychology

    1-12 credits
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of internship coordinator
    Students plan and complete an approved internship in consultation with their faculty supervisor. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JCP (Civic Perspective) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-2910 Independent Study in Psychology

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor.
  
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    PSY-3010 Theories of Personality

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010   Sophomore standing
    This course focuses on significant theories which describe the development, structure and dynamics of personality, with an emphasis on pertinent research findings. Approaches such as psychodynamic, behavioral, social learning, biosociological, humanistic, cognitive and existential are included. Particular emphasis is placed on practical applications of personality concepts for understanding self and others. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-3030 Organizational Psychology

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010 
    This course examines the application of psychological principles to organizations. Topics studied include the individual in organizations, motivation and reward systems, leadership styles and organizational culture and communications. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships)
  
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    PSY-3065 Abnormal Behavior

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010 ; or permission of instructor. Sophomore standing
    This course introduces students to a variety of psychological disorders, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, somatoform disorders, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, psychophysiological disorders, sexual disorders and disorders of childhood and old age. An overview of methods of diagnosis is included. Students will have numerous opportunities to practice applying personality theories to explain the cause and describe the treatment of different disorders. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships)
  
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    PSY-3110 Adulthood & Aging

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010   Recommended: Sophomore standing
    This course takes a life-span approach to exploring the physiological, cognitive and psychosocial changes that take place throughout adulthood. Among topics considered are: transitional expectations of ages and stages, gender-based psychological differences, changing family configurations, work and retirement issues, personality and biological shifts, death and bereavement. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships) Available through EDP (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-3125 The Evolution of Psychology

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010   Junior standing or permission of instructor
    In this course, students explore the rich history of psychology through excerpts of original works by James, Freud, Watson, Ainsworth, Rogers, Skinner, Loftus, Seligman, Milgram and other notable contributors to the field. Historical context, significance and implications of each piece for the current state of the field are considered, as well as how contemporary issues are currently shaping the direction of the field General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships)
  
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    PSY-3140 Play & Its Role in Human Development

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-2070  
    This course will explore the role of play in human development, with primary emphasis on the first 12 years. We will examine the following dimensions of play: definition and categories of play; interplay between developmental stages and types of play; benefits of play in enhancing physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth and well-being; consideration of historical, political, cultural and gender issues; uses of play in education and therapy; the adult role in promoting play. Students will understand how to use play in their present or future work in human services/education. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships) Available through EDP
  
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    PSY-3230 Psychology of Gender

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010   Sophomore standing
    This course explores the psychological aspects of gender, particularly the process of gender socialization in childhood and the psychological significance of gender throughout the lifespan, with a focus on the feelings, attitudes and belief systems inherent in gender roles. The course explores research on both similarities and differences of males and females. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-3250 Multicultural Psychology

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010 
    This course studies the effect of culture, subculture and cultural trends on human behavior and human development. This course will extensively examine the impact and relationship of race, religion, sex and other cultural factors on the psychological development of women and men. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR; UPR (Individual & Human Relationships; Univeral & Philosophical Relationships)
  
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    PSY-3330 Psychology of Addictions

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010 
    This course is an introduction to problems associated with addiction. It is targeted at problems associated with substance abuse but also addresses issues associated with other compulsive behaviors, such as eating disorders and addictive sexual behavior. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships)
  
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    PSY-3345 The Psychology of Groups

    3 credits
    Junior Standing or OER Major with Sophomore Standing
    Students will learn about group dynamics and processes, while exploring and practicing interpersonal communication.  Students will observe how individuals are affected by group membership, with a particular focus on roles individuals serve in groups and how such roles shape an individual’s identity, behavior, and perception.  An introduction to the therapeutic, ethical, and professional issues of groups as a therapeutic intervention will also be explored. Every three semesters, beginning with Fall 2017
  
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    PSY-4010 Biological Psychology

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): 9 credits in psychology; or BIO-1210  and BIO-2011  Junior standing or permission of instructor
    This course offers a study of the physiological influences on human behavior with particular emphasis on the role of the nervous system. The instruction emphasizes current research in neurological and biochemical mechanisms as they influence memory, motivation, perception, consciousness and sensory and behavioral processes. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-4090 Controversial Issues in Psychology

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010   Junior standing or permission of instructor
    Through primary source readings, this course explores controversial issues and debates within psychology. Topics covered include the use of animals in research, measuring intelligence, mental illness as a cultural construction, the effectiveness of psychotherapy and opposing research findings on the effects of television, corporal punishment and divorce on children’s psychological health. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships)
  
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    PSY-4110 Creative Therapies

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-4151  
    This is a study of the use of art, music and movement for creative expression in counseling and psychology. The focus of the course is an exploration of theory and application of creative therapies in working with children and adults. General Education (EDP) Course Type: IHR (Individual & Human Relationships) Available through EDP (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-4151 Counseling

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010 , PSY- 2070   Junior standing
    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to both the counseling profession and the process of counseling itself.  Students learn about the relationship between counselor and client, theoretical approaches to counseling, and the application of intervention skills to facilitate client change. Available through EDP; once every three semesters (shared Course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-4330 Introduction to Clinical Skills

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010   Junior or senior standing
    This course will integrate empirical and best practice aspects of therapeutic interventions used with individuals diagnosed with serious psychiatric disorders. Students will explore the therapeutic relationship, core clinical intervention, and treatment modalities.  This course is purposefully intensive, thus students will be required to demonstrate high levels of academic and personal commitment in their learning and application of clinical skills, via out-of-class readings and assignments, in-class skills practice, and role plays. Once every three semesters
  
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    PSY-4340 Fundamentals of Community Mental Health

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010   Junior or senior standing
    This course examines the historical, consumer and family perspectives of Vermont’s community mental health system.  It provides an overview of several treatment models of community mental health including the Recovery Model, Integrated Treatment and Person-centered Treatment Planning.  The course also explores a variety of relevant ethical issues including confidentiality, mandated reporting and dual relationships. Once every three semesters
  
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    PSY-4760 Topical Seminar in Psychology

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010  Recommended: 2000- and 3000-level psychology courses
    Primarily for students concentrating in psychology, this course explores significant areas in psychology with topics varying from year to year. The seminar emphasizes presentation and discussion. Repeatable for Credit: Yes (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-4770 Senior Seminar in Psychology

    1 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010 ; PSY-2420  permission of instructor senior standing
    This course is a capstone experience for seniors and must be taken in conjunction with three credits of PSY-4810 , Internship in Psychology, which must be arranged the semester prior to when it is to take place. Students will process and discuss their learning, as well as explore current topical issues in psychology.
  
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    PSY-4810 Internship in Psychology

    1-12 credits
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of internship coordinator
    Students plan and complete an approved internship in consultation with their faculty supervisor. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JCP (Civic Perspective) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    PSY-4910 Independent Study in Psychology

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor.

Science

  
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    SCI-2910 Independent Study in Science

    1-12 credits
    Courses not included in the traditional disciplines of anthropology, psychology or sociology are designated social science courses (SSC). These multi-disciplinary courses may be used to meet degree requirements in anthropology and sociology (ANS) and/or psychology (PSY).
  
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    SCI-4910 Independent Study in Science

    1-12 credits
    Courses not included in the traditional disciplines of anthropology, psychology or sociology are designated social science courses (SSC). These multi-disciplinary courses may be used to meet degree requirements in anthropology and sociology (ANS) and/or psychology (PSY).

Social Science

Courses not included in traditional disciplines of anthropology, psychology or sociology are designated social science courses (SSC). These multi-disciplinary courses are an important component of our curriculum and may be used to meet degree requirements in anthropology and sociology (ANS) and/or psychology (PSY).

  
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    SSC-1020 Career Choices

    3 credits
    Sophomore standing
    This course is designed to help students learn and practice processes of personal exploration and decision-making which will assist them in making satisfying career choices.
  
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    SSC-1050 FYS: A Call to Action

    3 credits
    First-year students only
    Examine major movements of social action from the peace movement to the Civil Rights movement, learn tools to activate your citizenship, and learn the art of deliberative dialogue. Students will participate in a service project and learn about social issues, social activists, local community organizations and initiatives, and ways to make change in our community. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JFY (First-Year Seminar)
  
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    SSC-1060 FYS: All Grown Up? Exploring Your Quarter Life Crisis through Psychology & Literature

    3 credits
    First-year students only
    The purpose of this course is to explore young adult developmental and psychological change through characters in literature. Using their experiences and stories, we will examine the central forces in adult identity development including separation and affiliation, religion and spirituality, intimacy and sexuality, culture, work and family. Students will be encouraged to examine their own developmental challenges and opportunities by observing parallel psychological processes in literary characters. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JFY (First-Year Seminar)
  
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    SSC-3150 Sociodrama

    3 credits
    Prerequisite(s): PSY-1010 ; 2000-level PSY or ANS course or THA-2121 .
    This course is a practical and experiential introduction to sociodrama – the spontaneous role-playing methods for exploring group themes, issues and situations - and to the experiential science of sociometry, both created by Dr. J.L. Moreno. It acquaints participants with the basic techniques to facilitate role-playing and explore methods to increase individual and collective spontaneity and empathy. Discussions focus on applications for education, community action and industry. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)

Sociology

  
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    SOC-1010 Introduction to Sociology

    3 credits
    This is a systematic introduction to the study of social behavior and organization. The major conceptual tools of sociology are used to explore the structure, processes and content of social action; to provide insight into the regularity and diversity of human social behavior. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    SOC-1040 Integrative Health & Professional Series

    1 credits
    This is a weekly evening series that brings credentialed, experienced alternative health care professionals to JSC for both JSC students and the general public to conduct lecture/workshops on the history, nature, practices, technologies, career credentials and evidence for healing disease and creating wellness in people’s lives. Students attend these lectures/demonstrations, engage in critical dialog with both the public and other health professionals and critically review text material related to lecture topics. Students complete the course with a final written paper and oral presentation that reflectively evaluates the reading and experiential learning in the lecture/workshop series. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    SOC-2040 Race/Ethnicity, Class & Gender

    3 credits
    This course explores the historical and contemporary roots of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, class and gender. Issues such as culture, identity and oppression are examined. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships) (shared course in VSC)
  
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    SOC-2050 Drugs, Herbs & Society

    3 credits
    This course examines the role that legal and illegal drugs play in our society and the consequences of drug use and drug policy. The course focuses on the sociological nature of issues such as the “war on drugs” and illegal drug trafficking and concepts like addiction and deviance. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    SOC-2140 Sociolinguistics

    3 credits
    This course surveys the development of linguistics and explores how social factors such as sex, age and class affect speech, understanding and meaning at both the interpersonal and institutional levels. General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    SOC-2150 Civic Engagement: The Heart of Social Change

    3 credits
    This course explores contemporary social issues through academic research and fieldwork in the community.  Students examine the history, politics, and economics of contemporary social problems while participating in a social service organization.  Students study civic engagement through theory, literature, and media sources, reflect upon how their experiences connect self to society, and examine the power of personal engagement to spur social responsibility. General Education (on-campus) Course Type: JCP (Civic Perspective) General Education (EDP) Course Type: SHR (Social & Historical Relationships)
  
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    SOC-2810 Internship in Sociology

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved internship in consultation with their faculty supervisor.
  
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    SOC-2910 Independent Study in Sociology

    1-12 credits
    Students plan and complete an approved independent study in consultation with their faculty supervisor.
 

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