ANTH 206 I (4 credits)


M/W/F 1:15-2:20          Instructor: Boglioli

This class is an interdisciplinary exploration of war and violence.  Some of the questions we will discuss include: Are humans innately violent?  What are the origins of war? What is ‘senseless’ violence? Is the world more or less violent today than it was in the past?  What important relationships exist between gender and violence? Why and how do genocides occur? How do the meanings of violence and warfare vary cross-culturally? Due to the remarkable breadth of these questions we will turn to an equally wide selection of theoretical and methodological approaches in an attempt to answer them: history, biology, archaeology, anthropology, literature, and the visual arts.  Upon completion of this course, students will not only possess a deeper appreciation for, and understanding of, the complexities of war and violence, but will also be better equipped to carry out independent interdisciplinary research.

BST 350 E (4 credits)


M/W 10:40 – 12:05     Instructor: Kohn

This course is about the interactions between organizations and the people they serve: businesses and consumers; non-profit agencies and clients; government and constituents. Market strategy and marketing is a two way street. Marketers don’t merely craft and distribute messages for others to digest or not. In order to devise and implement successful strategies, organizations have to identify their customers, get information and products to them, observe what they say and do, and increasingly in our era of “big data,” know how to analyze and interpret what happens. Interacting effectively with customers is an iterative process that involves working collaboratively with ALL parts of organizations from research & development to production, distribution, customer service, human resources, legal and finance. We will take a holistic look at organizations and explore the variety of organizational roles and structures that incorporate so called “marketing” functions.

CLAS 260 J (4 credits)


T/Th 1:15-2:30          Instructor: Lenz

This course explores the civilization of Classical Athens and Sparta. Athens in the fifth century BCE gave us the idea of freedom, radical democracy, history-writing, all the Greek tragedies, Socrates, jury-trials, and the Parthenon. “What else has Classical Athens done for us?” Athens, however, also had many slaves; women had little freedom; and its often unpopular empire dominated many smaller Greek cities. Sparta represented the alternative: a rigidly military society built for victory and stability. These two cities first fought off the Persian Empire (as in “the 300” etc.), and then built their own empires that clashed in a conflict of values and a long war. Historically, they have passed down two alternative traditions to Western politics. This course is based on the study of the original sources from ancient Athens and Sparta. We use archaeology, histories, biographies, tragedy, law court speeches, and works of philosophy to explore society, thought, history, literature, and politics. The study of classics is interdisciplinary and timely.

ENG 209 L (4 credits)


Th, 4-6:30                Instructor: Jaising

What is the role of cinema in social justice struggles? How does political climate affect cinematic culture and vice versa? What is the significance of independent media, and how do we understand the relationship between media and democracy? We will try to address these questions by analyzing a range of films that have been integral to campaigns for social justice, from anti-war activism to human and environmental rights movements. Some films will be shorts and others feature-length, including works by prominent directors like Errol Morris and Michael Moore. We will end the semester by thinking about what a revolutionary cinema might look like in the era of the Internet.

ENG 324 D (4 credits)


T/Th 10:25-11:40     Instructor: Samuels

In this course we will look at literary texts in relation to letters and diaries. We will then look at how biographers and literary critics used those same letters and diaries to say something about the author’s life or writings. After reading some essays by biographers about the challenges that they have faced in their work, students will attempt to compose an argument of their own by drawing on letters, diaries, or other primary sources.

HON 202 D (4 credits)


T/Th 10:25-11:40     Instructor: Rosan, et al.

Drew University is the home of the Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE). RISE members have had distinguished careers as research scientists at major industrial companies such as Merck, Novartis, Schering Plough, Telcordia Technologies and Bell Labs in fields such as parasitology, microbiology, biochemistry, data analysis, drug discovery, and bioinformatics. Each year they guide Drew undergraduates in research projects in the natural sciences and mathematics. In this seminar, students will engage in readings and class discussions with RISE members, and will work independently, under the direction of a RISE mentor, on a semester long project. Through these experiences, students will develop an understanding of the nature and process of scientific discovery. The seminar will also expose students to the many opportunities for participation in scientific research, both during their years at Drew and beyond.

HON 203 D (4 credits)


W/F 10:40-11:55     Instructor: Lakin

The ability to communicate effectively is essential to success in contemporary society. However, what most people don’t realize is that much of our communication with other people happens nonverbally. This course will explore all aspects of this important communication medium, including the roots of nonverbal behavior, the environment in which nonverbal communication occurs, the various cues that actually communicate information (e.g., eye movements, facial expressions, gestures, posture, touch, paralanguage, proxemics, and chronemics), and how nonverbal communication shapes our daily interactions. Because nonverbal communication is a focus of study in several social science disciplines, we will also be able to think about the relative merits of different approaches to studying this topic. Prerequisites: None

HON 204 J (4 credits)


T/Th 1:15-2:30      Instructor: Kavaloski

The monsters that haunt our nightmares are traditionally ascribed to ancient legends or irrational fantasy. This course re-contextualizes monsters by understanding them as products of the modern mind. Texts will include select fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, ETA Hoffmann’s The Sandman, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There will also be a few films with required Monday-night screenings.

HON 299 (1-2 credits)


Honors students may take any course in the general curriculum as an Honors course with the prior agreement of the instructor by adding a one or two credit module to the course in which the student completes additional work beyond the assigned work in the course. The additional work may consist of reading, writing, research, experimental or creative work as appropriate. The availability of this option for any course is at the discretion of the faculty member.

HON 300 (2-4 credits)


Honors students may propose to count an independent study as one of their Honors courses. The independent study may involve research, intensive reading, studio or performance as appropriate to the field or discipline.

HUM 203/ ANTH 205 K


T/Th 2:40-3:55     Instructor: Anderson; Boglioli

The spectacular cultural explosion that began when Europeans landed and settled in the Americas gave rise to ongoing cultural change and exchange. Focusing on seminal events and texts, as well as current anthropological studies, we will explore this legacy as it has been and is manifest in Native American history and culture. The course will take the form of an interdisciplinary treatment driven by the twin pints of view of anthropology and philosophy. We explore concepts of power, spirituality and ceremonialism; ethical systems; and culturally based ways of knowing.

HUM 213 B


T/Th 8:45-10:15     Instructors: Anderson, Keane

The courses in the Western Humanities sequence offer rich possibilities for study. While the time frame for each course (Classical period, Middle Ages, Renaissance to Enlightenment, Modernity) is a constant, the emphasis on specific themes and materials will be determined by the faculty who currently teach the course. CLA-Breadth/Humanities, CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary

MUS 231 K (4 credits)


T/Th 2:40-4:10     Instructor: Bishop

A broad survey of the world of opera and the musical theatre from the standpoint of the stories, historical context, singers, libretti, stage designs, costumes, and music that are considered masterpieces. Emphasizes exploration and analysis of representative works on videotape. Students create/present/perform a scene from a specified work and prepare a historical/analytical project. The class visits Lincoln Center and has the opportunity of attending a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera. Prerequisite: An introductory music course or permission of instructor.

PSCI 228 F (4 credits)


T/Th 11:50-1:05     Instructor: Keyser

China, the world’s largest country and one of the few remaining nominally communist nations, is undergoing unprecedented social, economic, and political chance. This course surveys China’s contemporary political history, the reform movement, and China’s transition from communism. CLA-Breadth/Social Science, CLA-Diversity International

REL 240 K (4 credits)


T/TH 2:40-3:55     Instructor: Hamilton

This course considers one of the most influential authors in the Western world. We will take the entire spiritual journey from hell to heaven and of Dante’s Divine Comedy and consider it in Dante’s medieval intellectual, literary and political context. In addition to the Comedy, we read other selections from Dante, Aquinas, Boccaccio’s Life of Dante, and Dino Compagni’s Chronicle of Florence. This course is a seminar emphasizing class discussion and written research assignments of different lengths. The course employs a student-generated “geographic database” as a research tool. This database of primary texts and images allows the students to rapidly immerse themselves in Dante’s contemporary Florence and better understand how Dante used the particular details of his surroundings to build poetic image and metaphor. CLA-Breadth/Humanities, CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary

REL 320 K (4 credits)


T/Th 2:40-3:55     Instructor: Labendz

What was Jesus’s religion? What was he reading and experiencing in 1st century Palestine that led to his new ideas? What social and political realities did he face, and how did they come to be? This course will cover the Jewish background that led up to the lifetime of Jesus and the advent of Christianity. It will then follow Jewish and Christian history for several centuries afterwards, giving students a rich context for understanding both early Judaism and early Christianity.