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Study Abroad Opportunities, J Term and Online Classes

Study Abroad


HP 4152: A History of Science, Biomedical and Beyond, January 2018 (FULL)  J-Term 2019 recruitment will begin Spring 2018.  Instructors: Dr. Donal Skinner and Dr. Rob Field

HP 4152: Sociology of Israeli Political and Social Institutions: January 2018, Applications Due: November 1st, Instructor: Dr. Shiri Noy

Summer 2018

HP 2151: Modern Japanese Society and Culture, May/June 2018, Contact: Noah Miles for more information

HP 4154: Shakespeare in England and Italy, May/June 2018, Contacts: Dr. Duncan Harris and Dr. Peter Parolin

HP 4152: Wyoming in Scotland, May/June 2018 (FULL) Contacts: Dr. Sarah Strauss and Dr. Carrick Eggleston


Online Courses


  • HP 2152: Classical Islam, online January 2018, Instructor: Dr. Erin Abraham

This course provides a survey of Classical Islam, from the rise of the Abbasid caliphate in 750 to the Mongol conquest of Baghdad in 1285.  Often described as the Golden Age of Islam, this was a period of remarkable achievements in science, mathematics, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as law and religion. Using primary and secondary sources, we will explore the rich history of this cosmopolitan age through several themes, including religious and legal developments within Islam; inter-faith relations and diplomacy; social structures, with emphasis on status and gender; and the cultural and intellectual spheres of literature, science, philosophy, medicine, and art.   We will also examine the ways these achievements influenced the wider medieval world and the role that they continue to play in modern society. 

  • HP 3152: Modes: Mass Media and Collective Consciousness (H) Humanities, Instructor: Adrian Molina, JD

This is a topics course that addresses the following contemporary issues: the development of collective consciousness; the history of propaganda; functions of mass media; the rise of corporate media as big business; how mass media affects public opinion; journalism and ethical considerations; pop culture's relationship to American values and standards; the nature of news coverage and news filters; access to media and social justice concerns; functions of art and entertainment; critiques of mass media and pop culture; alternative forms of media, social media consumption, futurism, Afrofuturism and Indigenous futurism, and various issues surrounding technology, sustainability and humanity.  

  • HP 3153: Modes: Art and Culture of Hip Hop (H) Humanities, Instructor: Adrian Molina, JD

This course is an inter- and multi-disciplinary course that explores a culture and form of music that hundreds of millions of young people throughout the world identify with.  Hip-Hop was born in the South Bronx, NY in the early 1970s, where African-American, Latino, and immigrant populations were essentially cast off as a result of the construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway, white flight into the suburbs, and the politics of abandonment.  Hip-Hop music and culture has now spread throughout the world, and regardless of whether the discussion is about mainstream gangster rap or underground, socially and political conscious Hip-Hop, this emerging field of study has broad, cultural, social, political, and economic implications.  Students will explore the following issues in this course: race relations, racism, sexism and misogyny, class struggle, urbanization, white flight, pan-ethnicity and ethnic/cultural diasporas, civil rights era activism, post-civil rights Black and Latina/o leadership, activism through art, globalization, the commodification of art and culture in corporate America, and the perpetuation of racism and sexism through mass media. 

Spring 2018

  • HP 3152: Modes: Mass Media and Collective Consciousness (H) Humanities, Instructor: Adrian Molina, JD

See description above, NOTE: Title of course may change.

  • HP 4152: Issues and Choices: Futurism 001, Instructor: Adrian Molina, JD

This course is about the present human condition, human diversity, and the future of humanity.  Is there any question that we are living in the future?  Is there any doubt we are in times of accelerated change and shifting landscapes?  Whose future is it?  Whose imagination are we living in?  It is a time of mass movements for racial and economic justice, new gender orientations, populism and fascism, anti-fascism and mass protests.  Mixed reality.  Wearable technology.  Virtual headsets.  Artificial intelligence.  Robots.  Cyborgs.  Self driving vehicles and flying cars.  Singularity.  Questions of human survival.  Time travel.  Quantum leaps…  Future Studies 101 places students in the context of present and future times.  Most college classes and the bulk of academia revolves around the distant past or recent history,

with select courses focusing on current events.  While it is critical to study history from a multitude of perspectives, young people know intuitively that we are in different times. The social rules, norms, modes, moods, pace, and dialogue have shifted dramatically over the past decade.  Popular media, social media, and social and political movements indicate that further shifts will come in rapid succession.  Students now need to study the future as much as they study the past.  Given the multitude of present and future problems facing the human species, we have never been more in need of imagination, expansions of consciousness, and forward thinking.  Futurism 101 exposes students to various futurist movements of the past 100 years, with a focus on contemporary perspectives of Women of Color, and the futurist movements of people of color.  Course topics include: futuristic depictions in popular media and alternative media; philosophies of time and space; future cultural, social and political identities; human agency to determine future life on planet earth; and emerging strategies for social change.

  • HP 2151: Modern Japanese Society and Culture (H) Humanities and A&S Global Core, Instructor: Noah Miles

This course is designed to introduce Japanese society and culture.  The class will take a thematic approach to the study of Japan.  We will integrate history and literature from the Jomon to the Edo periods, covering a diverse range of topics including: language development, the introduction of Buddhism, poetry, classical and modern literature, traditional arts and holidays concluding with the development of popular culture.

  • HP 4153: Photo Visual Culture, Instructor: Dr. Rachel Sailor  Email for more information
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