Course Descriptions


Freshman Year Experience

CLAS 1103 Freshman Year Experience 2 Credits

This course is designed to assist students in the academic and social transitions associated with college life. The development of specific success skills such as financial literacy, time management, note-taking and study strategies, critical thinking, effective communication, and career and academic guidance activities will be included in this class.

 

Africana Studies

AFRS 3212 African-American Oral Literature 3 Credits

Studies African-American folklore, preaching and speaking, and the lyrics of spirituals, blues, and rap in relation to African roots, historical conditions, and literary practice. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

AFRS 3213 African Literature (Also ENGL 3213) 3 Credits

An introduction to the ―orator and literatures (Anglophone and, in translation, vernacular, francophone, Swahili, and Arabic) of sub- Saharan Africa. Includes such writers as Achebe, Soyinka, Armab, Okri, Ngugi, Senghor, Beti, Oyono, Fagunwa, and Salih. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

AFRS 3216 African-American Poetry (Also ENGL 3216) 3 Credits

A survey of African-American poetry from the nineteenth century through the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary poetry, examining its relationships to the oral tradition and to literary, social, and political influences. Includes such writers as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Rita Dove. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

AFRS 3218 African-Caribbean Literature (Also ENGL 3218) 3 Credits

An introduction to the literature of the Caribbean produced by writers of African descent.Includes such writers as Walcott, Braithwaite, Lamming, Marshall, Kincaid, Cesaire, and Guillen.

 

AFRS 4211 African American Drama (Also ENGL 4211) 3 Credits

A study of the development of African American theater from minstrels to modern theater workshops and the plays of such writers as Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Amira Baraka, Ntozake Shange, and August Wilson.

 

AFRS 4217 African American Fiction (Also ENGL 4217) 3 Credits

A critical survey focusing on leading themes and techniques in the short stories and novels of such authors as Charles Chestnut, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ishmeal Reed, Alice Walker and Gloria Naylor.

 

AFRS 4218 African-American Nonfiction (Also ENGL 4218) 3 credits

A survey of African-American nonfiction from the early slave narratives to the present, including W.E.B. DuBois, Alex Haley, Alice Walker, and others. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

Art History

ARTH 3601 African American Art 3 Credits

Study of African-American Art of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century.

 

ARTH 4600 African Art 3 Credits

This course reviews the history of African Art from 10,000 B.C. through the twentieth century. The course includes the role of art in Africa, its culture and the people who produce the art and use it. Particular interest will be given to art and culture of West Africa.

 

ARTH 4602 Art History I 3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the arts of the ancients through the 1600's. Students study great moments, the cultural background, and the persistent themes of western art through slides lectures, reading, and assigned exercises and discussion. Students will learn how archeologists and art museums work and the ways in which they teach us to understand the past.

ARTH 4603 Art History II 3 Credits

This course is a continuation of ARTS 4602: Art History I, and covers from 1700 through today. Students study the great monuments, the cultural background, and the persistent themes of western art through slide lectures, readings, and assigned exercises and discussion.

 

ARTH 4604 Contemporary Art 3 Credits

This course will study recent literature in American Art/ Visual Culture and related social and cultural history from 1880 to present day. The course will address works in historical, institutional, and methodological contexts. As a case study rather than a survey seminar, there are several overlapping themes: tradition and realism, versus abstract modernism in representation, ad, as social issues of gender, class, domesticity, labor, and consumer culture.

 

Art

ARTS 1101 Introduction to Art 3 Credits

An exploration of the basic elements and principles of two- and three-dimensional art. A look at how artists apply the elements, principles, materials, and techniques to create their own style. The works of contemporary African American artists are highlighted.

 

ARTS 1010 Drawing I 3 Credits

Basic drawing materials and techniques. Elements and principles of art are studied through still life and nature subject matter. Introduction to computer drawing is optional.

 

ARTS 1011 Drawing II 3 Credits

An introduction to the study of landscape and the human figure. Elements and principles of design will be reviewed. The course explores various materials and techniques. Basic introduction to computer drawing is optional. Prerequisite: ARTS 1010

 

ARTS 1030 3 - D Design 3 Credits

Three-dimensional design is a course designed to develop a fundamental understanding of a variety of techniques, processes, and styles used in traditional and contemporary approaches in sculpture. With special consideration to spatial concepts, students will utilize the elements and principles of art to create three-dimensional objects. As well as practical application of techniques, each student will learn to critically write and speak about their own work and the work of other artists. Throughout this course students will be challenged to become sensitive to formal and conceptual concerns in art, while investigating the technical aspects of three-dimensional media.

 

ARTS 1060 Color/Composition 3 Credits

Designed for students to study and explore the basic elements, principles, materials and techniques of two-dimensional visual art. The course also includes explorations and discussion of color and color theory. The course allows students to study the critical components of two-dimensional design and the role of color within a composition.

 

ARTS 2800 New Media Design 3 Credits

Provides experiences in significant design media. Through the exploration of various digital media applications students will learn to navigate vast digital environments in order to isolate the tools needed to solve design dilemmas.

 

ARTS 3012 Life Studio 3 Credits

This course studies drawing and painting of the human figure form. The course will study advanced problems in drawing and composition of the human figure. Following initial review, the student may choose an individual medium of study with the approval of the instructor. Prerequisites: ARTS 1010, 1011

 

ARTS 3101 Painting I 3 Credits

Painting media and techniques of oil, acrylic, or watercolor. Prerequisite: ARTS 1010

 

ARTS 3122 Painting II 3 Credits

A continuation of Painting I with an emphasis on development of individual expression, problem solving and style in composition: figure, landscape, portrait and still life. Painting II is an exploration of content issues in art. Students will be expected to work consistently and independently each week. Class sessions will provide individual and class critiques, painting demonstrations, museum visits, and lectures on artists and painting concepts. An observational approach will utilize the human figure, still-life, and landscape, however, different directions in both form and content will be discussed, and can be explored in many of the projects. Prerequisite: ARTS 3101

 

ARTS 3201 Photography I 3 Credits

An introduction to photographic processes through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, assignments and critiques, with an emphasis on creative use of camera controls, exposure and digital imaging software. Students learn to see photographically through an exploration of the basic tools, techniques and aesthetics of traditional and digital photography, and an awareness of the African American contribution to photography.

 

ARTS 3211 Photography II 3 Credits

Building on the foundations of Photography I, students are challenged to build their vocabulary of photography through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and critiques, with an emphasis on creative use of camera controls, exposure digital imaging software and hybrid techniques. Students have the opportunity to pursue more individual concerns in tandem with class directed assignments. In conjunction with increased technical proficiency, students will expand critical awareness through the investigation of conceptual, historical and contemporary art issues, ultimately increasing professionalism and the development of a personal aesthetic.

Prerequisite: ARTS 3201 or permission from instructor with portfolio samples

 

ARTS 3212 Forensic Photography 3 Credits

This course will examine the techniques, methods, and ethical issues of photographic applications in forensic science, focusing on practical investigative applications as well as historic photography analysis and documentation. Students will gain experience through hands-on studio/lab and field assignments. Prosumer SLR camera and flash system required. Prerequisite: ARTS 3201

 

ARTS 3301 Printmaking I 3 Credits

An introduction to printmaking processes and equipment with equal emphasis on concept and technique. No prior printmaking experience required. This course provides the opportunity to explore various forms of print media for those who are interested in gaining a basic understanding of printmaking. Demonstrated methods include various approaches in each media.

 

ARTS 3311 Printmaking II 3 Credits

Continuation of printmaking processes and equipment covered in Printmaking I with equal emphasis on concept and technique. This course provides the opportunity for students to enhance their proficiency of print processes, and a further investigation of the Southern African American Printmaker. Demonstrated methods include various approaches in each media. Course will be limited to 15 students. Prerequisite: ARTS 3301

 

ARTS 3401 Sculpture I 3 Credits

Comprehensive course designed to develop a basic understanding of a variety of techniques, processes, and styles in sculpture. Each student will be challenged to become sensitive to formal and conceptual concerns in sculpture, while investigating the technical aspects of art. In conjunction with various techniques, students will utilize formal and conceptual concerns found in art to gain practical experience in producing work. As well as the hands on exploration of the medium, each student will learn to critically write and speak about their work and the work of other artists. Demonstrated methods include basic carving, molds making, casting, and welding.

 

ARTS 3411 Sculpture II 3 Credits

Building on the foundation of Sculpture I, students are challenged to expand their vocabulary of sculptural form and concept. Intermediate sculpture encourages the student to develop a personal direction in tandem with class directed assignments which have an emphasis on expanding technical and conceptual possibilities. In conjunction with increased technical proficiency, students will expand critical awareness through the investigations of conceptual, historical and contemporary art issues, ultimately increasing professionalism and the development of a personal aesthetic. Prerequisite: ARTS 3401

 

ARTS 3601 Illustration I 3 Credits

Exploration of illustration as a means of communicating ideas in nonverbal/pictorial ways. A variety of drawing styles, techniques, and materials will be explored in creation of drawings and illustrations for this class.

 

ARTS 3611 Illustration II 3 Credits

Continuation of concepts and techniques covered in ARTS 3611. Students will continue to explore various materials and techniques used in illustration, with an emphasis on development of a personal artistic style. Students will have the opportunity to create illustrations for multiple purposes, including projects that focus on illustration as a storytelling, educational and emotional medium. Prerequisite: ARTS 3601

 

ARTS 3701 Ceramics I 3 Credits

A comprehensive course designed to develop a basic understanding of a verity of techniques and processes in clay. Each student will be challenged to become sensitive to the inherent qualities of clay, become proficient in glazing techniques and will be exposed to firing processes. In conjunction with these various techniques, student will utilize formal and conceptual concerns found in art to gain practical experience in producing work. As well as the hands on exploration of the medium, each student will learn to critically write and speak about their work and the work of other artists. No prior ceramics experience is required. Demonstrated methods include basic throwing, various hand building techniques, kiln firing, and glaze application.

 

ARTS 3711 Ceramics II 3 Credits

Building on the foundation of Introduction to Ceramics, students are challenged to expand their vocabulary of ceramic form and texture. Hand building and wheel throwing techniques will be explored for both vessel and sculptural work. Technical understanding of surface treatments, firing techniques, glaze formulation and ceramic processes are emphasized as tolls used toward formal and conceptual success. Students have the opportunity to pursue more individual concerns in tandem with class directed assignments. In conjunction with increased technical proficiency, students will expand critical awareness through the investigation of conceptual, historical and contemporary art issues, ultimately increasing professionalism and the development of a personal aesthetic. Prerequisite: ARTS 3701

 

ARTS 4900 Issues in Studio Art 3 Credits

This course will address fundamental, theoretical, and practical questions that result from ones participation in the arts. Participants will examine their own views and others' aesthetic values as a means of understanding the arts through a multicultural and cross-cultural perspective. Students will also investigate the issues that affect arts organizations within the immediate community and issues relating to current, national and international events in which human values are materialized in art. Emphasis will be placed on field trips to local art institutions and participation at events as well as thinking and writing critically about the arts. Prerequisite: ARTH 4603

 

Dance

DNCE 1501 Dance Fundamentals 3 Credits

This developmental course builds upon the techniques of dance. The course is designed to further implement modern and jazz technique using contemporary ballet, jazz and modern principles. The class will be taught as an intensive to proper dance structure, balance, fluid movement and physical development. Students must successfully accomplish all outcomes based on goals and objectives.

 

DNCE 2501 Modern Dance Performance & Technique 3 Credits

This course is designed to teach students with basic to advanced skills techniques of modern dance that lead to performances. This course introduces students with beginner level to advance levels elements of dance that are necessary in order to improve their dance skills. Each student will develop a better appreciation for this art form. It is helpful if students who take this class already have some dance training.

 

DNCE 2502 Advanced Modern Dance Performance & Technique 3 Credits

This class is designed for the intermediate to advanced level student. Students will expand on the principles of modern dance using the influence of a variety of dance and movement techniques to include ballet, jazz, various ethnic styles, and modern dance fusion. Prerequisite: DNCE 2501

 

DNCE 2661 Ballet I 3 Credits

This course teaches beginning level contemporary ballet technique. The class will stress proper alignment, basic ballet positions, body strengthening, balance, and technique specific to developing dance presentation.

 

DNCE 3501 Dance History I 3 Credits

This course surveys dance cultures in America and the relationship of dance to the identity and expression of different groups in the United States. Jazz, modern, ballet, and multi-cultural dance forms will be the focus of the class. The course includes guest lectures, film, videos, performing artists, reading, discussions, research papers and attending a dance performance.

 

DNCE 3502 Dance History II 3 Credits

This course surveys the history of dance from an anthropology perspective. Students will explore the recorded beginnings of dance from West Africa, including expansions from the slave trade that created Caribbean and South American cultures. Students will also explore dances of North Africa and the Middle East; East Asia, to include China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Java islands.

 

DNCE 3503 African-Caribbean Dance 3 Credits

Beginning with Dunham Techniques, the course introduces the rich dance cultures of the Caribbean. Students will learn the different dances of Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, and Trinidad as they relate to their function in secular and religious culture. Students will also study the Dunham Dance Techniques as codified by distinguished dancer Katherine Dunham. Prerequisites: DNCE 1501

 

DNCE 3662 Ballet II 3 Credits

This course increases development and intermediate level contemporary ballet technique. Prerequisite: DNCE 2661

 

DNCE 3850 Performance Dance Ensemble I 3 Credits

Beginning with Dunham Techniques, the course introduces the rich dance cultures of the Caribbean. Students will learn the different dances of Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, and Trinidad as they relate to their function in secular and religious culture. Students will also study the Dunham Dance Techniques as codified by distinguished dancer Katherine Dunham. Prerequisites: DNCE 2501

 

DNCE 4500 Dance Composition 3 Credits

This course is an accelerated advanced/intermediate level dance composition course. Students must already have intermediate level skill in Modern dance, Jazz dance, Ballet and other forms of dance performance. The class will develop skill in dance composition and choreography utilizing a variety of venues and incorporating various mixed media. Students will collaborate with other art genres to enhance choreography and composition creativity. Students will be responsible for designing and choreographing a full production.

 

DNCE 4501 Dance Theory 3 Credits

This course is an exploration of contemporary theories of movement as they relate to dance and how those theories shaped that development of different dance technique. The course also looks at the impact ballet had on dance and the development of different dance forms that were derived from ballet. Students study the theory behind Horton Technique, Graham Technique, Dunham Technique, as well as other techniques. This class will consist mainly of lecture, with some laboratory. Prerequisites: DNCE 2501 and 3501

 

DNCE 4504 Interpretive Dance & Performance 3 Credits

This class is designed for the advanced, skilled performer. Students will learn the basic principles of choreography, and the theory and practice of interpretive dance. Prerequisite: DNCE 2501

 

DNCE 4850 Performance Dance Ensemble II 3 Credits

This course is a continuation of Performance Dance Ensemble I. The class prepares Black Diamond Dance Ensemble through advanced performance technique. Students will also increase in dance pedagogy. Prerequisite: DNCE 3850

 

English

ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3 Credits

A course designed to develop college-level reading and writing skills. Focuses on vocabulary, analysis of readings, grammar, mechanics, and the steps of the writing process. Introduces documented research and various patterns of organization and development. Minimum passing grade is ―C.‖ Prerequisites: Regular admission or exit from ENGL 0099 and READ 0099

 

ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3 Credits

A course designed to further develop college-level reading and writing skills. Includes analysis of literary texts and specialized application of the research and writing skills learned in ENGL 1101. Minimum passing grade is ―C.‖ Prerequisite: ENGL 1101

 

ENGL 2104 Advanced Composition 3 Credits

Extensive practice in composition forms and stylistic techniques. This course requires peer and self-evaluation and frequent conferences with the instructor to guide extensive revision of compositions. Students develop a final portfolio illustrating their expertise in writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2105 Introduction to Literary Criticism 3 Credits

An introduction to theories and techniques of literary analysis, with practice in reading literary and critical texts, in writing critical essays, and in doing literary research. Includes a survey of critical approaches to literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2110 World Literature 3 Credits

Survey of important works of world literature from ancient times through the present. The course emphasizes examining works for their value both as artistic achievements and as cultural artifacts.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2121 British Literature I 3 Credits

A survey of important works of British literature from the Old English period through the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2122 British Literature II 3 Credits

A survey of important works of British Literature from the Romantic period to the present.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2131 American Literature I 3 Credits

A study of the main currents of literary thought and expression in America from the colonial period to 1865. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2132 American Literature II 3 Credits

A study of the main currents of literary thought and expression in America from 1865 to the present.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2222 Introduction to African American Literature 3 Credits

A survey course designed to give an overview of a broad body of works, beginning with the oral tradition of displaced Africans in America. The course includes representative works from major historical periods, including the era of the Slave Trade and Diaspora, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement and Urban Realism.

 

ENGL 2521 Introduction to Film Appreciation 3 Credits

Introduction to reading and interpreting the language of film through an understanding of filmmaking techniques, cinematic conventions and active viewing practices. The influence of key genres, movements, and figures, both American and international, will also be discussed.

 

ENGL 3012 Renaissance British Literature 3 Credits

Literature primarily of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, with emphasis on the transition from medieval to modern ideas, the rise and flowering of English drama, and the emergence of contrasting prose styles and schools of poetry. Includes such writers as Marlowe, Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Bacon, and Milton.

Prerequisite: ENGL 2121 or consent of the instructor

 

ENGL 3014 Romantic British Literature 3 Credits

The genesis of Romantic theory and the beginning of the Romantic revolt in English; significant literary aspects of the movement as shown in the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats; in the prose writing of Hazlitt, DeQuincey, Hunt, Lamb, and Scott. Prerequisite: ENGL 2122 or consent of the instructor

 

ENGL 3015 Victorian British Literature 3 Credits

Literature during the reign of Queen Victoria, showing the merging of the Romantic tradition into the era of modern doubt. Includes such writers as Carlyle, Tennyson, the Brownings, Arnold, Ruskin, Meredith, the Rossettis, Swinburne, Pater, Hopkins, and Wilde. Prerequisite: ENGL 2122 or consent of the instructor

 

ENGL 3016 Modern British Literature 3 Credits

Literature from the Edwardian period through the two world wars and decolonization to the present. Includes such writers as Hardy, Shaw, Conrad, Yeats, Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, Eliot, Graves, Auden, Thomas, Beckett, Osborne, Pinter, and Stoppard.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2122 or consent of the instructor

 

ENGL 3121 The Bible as Literature I (Also RPHS 3121) 3 Credits

Critical survey of the various forms of literature found in the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3122 The Bible as Literature II (Also RPHS 3122) 3 Credits

An introduction to the literature of the New Testament and to the religious writing contemporary with the Bible known as the Apocrypha. Using the tools of literary and rhetorical analysis, we will explore the meanings the Biblical and Apocryphal texts held for their communities, and the strategies by which the texts construct and convey those meanings. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3212 African-American Oral Literature (Also AFRS 3212) 3 Credits

Studies African-American folklore, preaching and speaking, and the lyrics of spirituals, blues, and rap in relation to African roots, historical conditions, and literary practice. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3213 African Literature (Also AFRS 3213) 3 Credits

An introduction to the ―orature‖ and literatures (Anglophone and, in translation, vernacular, francophone, Swahili, and Arabic) of sub- Saharan Africa. Includes such writers as Achebe, Soyinka, Armab, Okri, Ngugi, Senghor, Beti, Oyono, Fagunwa, and Salih. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3216 African-American Poetry (Also AFRS 3216) 3 Credits

A survey of African-American poetry from the nineteenth century through the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary poetry, examining its relationships to the oral tradition and to literary, social, and political influences. Includes such writers as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Rita Dove. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3218 African-Caribbean Literature (Also AFRS 3218) 3 Credits

An introduction to the literature of the Caribbean produced by writers of African descent. Includes such writers as Walcott, Braithwaite, Lamming, Marshall, Kincaid, Cesaire, and Guillen. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3321 Introduction to Language Study 3 Credits

A general survey of linguistics, with emphasis on sociolinguistics, the historical development of the English language, and the structure of contemporary English. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3416 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing 3 Credits

Guided practice in the writing of various forms of nonfiction (memoir or autobiography, personal essays, travel writing, cultural criticism) that are distinguished by the use of personal perspectives and literary techniques. Students will study and discuss examples by professional writers and other students, submit frequent writing projects, and hold frequent conferences with the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3417 Introduction to Poetry Writing 3 Credits

An introductory course with an emphasis on the craft of poetry writing. Students will explore and deconstruct a variety of poetic forms and conventions and engage in writing exercises that will help create their own poetry manuscript while building skill as writers. Reading will form the framework for the workshop format in which students will practice the art of constructive criticism and peer critique. To produce poems for workshops, students will write intensely and receive instruction in poetic forms, movements, voice and traditions.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3418 Introduction to Fiction Writing 3 Credits

An introductory course with an emphasis on the craft of fiction writing. Students will examine a variety of fiction texts in order to gain a theoretical understanding of the writing and reading of fiction which will allow them to analyze and critique fiction works. Reading will form the framework for the workshop format in which students will practice the art of constructive criticism and peer critique. To produce stories for workshops, students will write intensely and receive instruction in fiction techniques and literary elements including plot, theme, tone, setting, imagery and description. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

ENGL 3419 Intro to Technical Writing 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the written, oral, and digital aspects of technical communication. Students will gain proficiency in the techniques of objective reporting on scientific and technical material; the conventions of technical exposition; rhetorical analysis; collaborative writing; the ability of completing tasks in the workplace; language use; and principles of various technical reports, including abstracts, proposals, presentations, and manuals. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3515 World Drama 3 Credits

A survey of important dramatic works from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3800 Peer Writing Tutor Seminar 3 Credits

This course is designed to examine the theoretical and practical components of writing center work. Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and 1102 with a B or better or ENGL 2104 with a B or better

 

ENGL 3810 Peer Writing Tutor Practicum 1 Credit

This course is designed to allow students who have successfully completed ENGL 3800 further opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical components of writing center work. Prerequisite: completion of ENGL 3800 with a C or better

 

ENGL 3900 Internship for English Majors 3 Credits

This course is designed to give students practical experience working, researching, and/or studying in a public or private agency related to the field of English. Students will be supervised by the sponsoring agency as well as faculty advisor; all parties will work together to designate individual goals and responsibilities for each student. Intern positions may be obtained in any one of a broad range of relevant organizations, including but not limited to various media outlets, publishing and/or editing firms, non-profits, libraries, governmental agencies, educational and educational support facilities, and legal firms. Students must complete at least 100 hours of onsite work as well as additional writing and research assignments. Prerequisite: ENGL 2104

 

ENGL 4011 Shakespeare 3 Credits

Reading and critical discussion of the great tragedies, comedies, and historical plays of Shakespeare with attention to Shakespeare’s life and to Elizabethan theater. Prerequisite: ENGL 2121

 

ENGL 4021 The British Novel 3 Credits

An evaluative study of works of great English novelists. Rise and development of the English novel, together with an analytical appraisal of four elements—setting, character, plot and philosophy. Readings and discussion of various types, with emphasis upon the variety of methods by which the novel interprets life.

Prerequisite: ENGL 2122 or consent of the instructor

 

ENGL 4112 History of Literary Criticism 3 Credits

A survey of literary criticism from Plato, Aristotle, Longinus, and the Sophists through the modern and early contemporary period (including formalism, ethical criticism, structuralism, and the Black Arts movement).Emphasis on classic texts. Prerequisites: ENGL 2104 and ENGL 2105

 

ENGL 4121 American Women’s Writing 3 Credits

A study of writing by American women, from the colonial period to the present, with particular attention to issues of identity and literary authority. The course will consider writers such as Bradstreet, Wheatley, Rowlandson, Fuller, Jacobs, Dickinson, Chopin, Gilman, Wharton, Hurston, Moore, Stein, H.D., Morrison, Walker, and Angelou. Prerequisites: ENGL 2131 and ENGL 2132 or consent of the instructor

ENGL 4211 African-American Drama (Also AFRS 4211) 3 Credits

A study of the development of African-American theater from minstrels to modern theater workshops and the plays of such writers as Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Ntozake Shange, and August Wilson. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4217 African-American Fiction (Also AFRS 4217) 3 Credits

A critical survey focusing on leading themes and techniques in the short stories and novels of such authors as Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ishmael Reed, Alice Walker, and Gloria Naylor. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4218 African-American Nonfiction (Also AFRS 4218) 3 Credits

A survey of African-American nonfiction from the early slave narratives to the present, including W.E.B. DuBois, Alex Haley, Alice Walker, and others. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4311 Nineteenth Century American Literature 3 Credits

A study of fiction and poetry of the Romantic and Realist periods in the United States. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4332 American Short Story 3 Credits

A survey of the development of the short story as a literary form from Poe to the present. Includes such writers as Harte, Henry, Anderson, Faulkner, Hemingway, O’Connor, Updike, Carver, and Barthelme.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4335 American Poetry 3 Credits

A study of poetry written in America, with an emphasis on significant themes, techniques, and movements. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4400 Special Topics in Literature 3 Credits

An in-depth exploration of a literary topic. The topic changes each time the course is offered. Examples of topics include The Gullah Culture, Contemporary Multiethnic American Literature, Islamic Literature (in translation), Latin American Fiction (in translation), and Japanese Literature (in translation). Can be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4416 Creative Nonfiction Writing Seminar 3 Credits

This course is designed to continue work in the craft and creation of creative non-fiction writing. In this seminar students will closely examine their writing and that of their peers, as well as a variety of creative and academic creative non-fiction texts in order to further a theoretical understanding of the writing and reading of creative non-fiction. Students will write intensely to produce works for peer critique in a workshop setting.

Prerequisite: ENGL 3416 or permission of the instructor with writing sample

 

ENGL 4417 Poetry Writing Seminar 3 Credits

This course continues work in the craft and creation of poetry writing. In this seminar students will closely examine their writing and that of their peers, as well as a variety of creative and academic poetry texts in order to further a theoretical understanding of the writing and reading of poetry. Students will write intensely to produce works for peer critique in a workshop setting.  Prerequisite: ENGL 3417 or permission of instructor with writing sample

 

ENGL 4418 Fiction Writing Seminar 3 Credits

This course continues work in the craft and creation of fiction writing. In this smaller workshop format, students will closely examine their writing and that of their peers, as well as a variety of fiction texts in order to further a theoretical understanding of the writing and reading of fiction. Students will write intensely to produce works for peer critique in a workshop setting. Prerequisite: ENGL 3418 or permission of instructor with writing sample

 

ENGL 4419 Advanced Screenwriting Seminar 3 Credits

An advanced course in screenwriting with an intensive emphasis on the craft of screenwriting. Students will explore and deconstruct conventions of American and foreign film and engage in writing exercises that will help create their own script while building their writing skills. Students will acquire detailed instruction in story structure, dialogue, character development and cinematic methods. By the end of the course each student will have produced a complete, polished original screenplay. Prerequisite: THEA 4105 or permission of instructor with writing sample

 

ENGL 4551 Postcolonial Studies 3 Credits

An exploration of such concerns as race, gender, nationality, and postcolonial subjectivity. Texts studied will include such writers as Jean Rhys, V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Grace Nichols, and Okot p’Bitek, along with such theorists and critics as Homi Bhabha and Frantz Fanon. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4621 Popular Culture Studies 3 Credits

An examination of American pop culture, with an emphasis on developments since World War II.A study of current trends in pop culture and cultural theory. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4631 Literary & Cultural Theory 3 Credits

Focuses on current trends in literary and cultural theory. Introduction to major schools/tendencies, including Marxist materialism, dialogic and semiotic analysis, deconstruction, reader-response criticism, psychoanalytic criticism, new historicism, materialist feminism, and African-American feminism. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4700 Senior Seminar 3 Credits

A capstone course in which students will be guided to synthesize previous coursework through intensive study of literary movements, genres, and authors. Methods include small group discussion, formal and informal oral presentations, and conferences with the professor. Each student will prepare a major paper demonstrating skill in research, writing, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: ENGL 2104, ENGL 2105, and Senior standing

 

Fine Arts

FINE 2104 Portfolio/Career Marketing 3 Credits

This course is designed to advise students on their chosen career and the variety of possible job opportunities. Students will learn how to audition professionally and develop a portfolio for presentation in their area of concentration.

 

FINE 2601 Technical Theatre 3 Credits

This is a course on how to use backstage equipment with safety, speed, and efficiency. The course will focus on the practical aspects of lighting and production. Students will practice with a variety of equipment available to meet the lighting demands of a production.

 

FINE 2909 Business Management through the Arts 3 Credits

This course is an introductory management course for the student seeking a career in the visual and performing arts. Students will be introduced to the various aspects of entertainment law.

 

FINE 2999 Legal Aspects of the Arts 3 Credits

This course studies the copyright issues and laws affecting artists, their impact on the mass media, entertainment media, fine arts, and academia. The course encourages creativity and discovery of knowledge, studies how unfair competition law protects the personal talents of media and entertainment figures, examines contract and agency law as it relates to professionals and artists in media industries, and assesses the adequacy of laws in the arts in an era of dynamic technological change.

 

FINE 3999 Internship 3 Credits

This is a senior level course where students will be involved in off-campus, on-the-job observation and training in which the student pursues professional work in a variety of traditional and non-traditional careers appropriate to their academic program. An internship must be completed at 100 clock hours. Students planning to take an internship must prepare a portfolio/reel before enrolling.

Prerequisite: approval required and successful completion (C average or better) of 30 credit hours within the student’s chosen concentration

 

FINE 4909 Special Topic

The topic of this seminar varies from semester to semester. Each seminar focuses on a specific field and/or issue in the Arts. Students engage the topic by perusing individual projects that relate to course content. Can be repeated twice for credit with different topics. Prerequisite: varies according to topic

 

FINE 4999 Senior Thesis 3 Credits

Students enrolled in the program will demonstrate knowledge of the field through a thesis. Students must have topic approval from a faculty advisor in their chosen concentration and work under the close supervision of a thesis committee. The student must also complete a senior thesis research paper relevant to the student’s chosen topic and pass a program exit examination. Prerequisites: Approval required. Successful completion (C average of better) of 45 credit hours within the student’s chosen concentration.

 

Foreign Languages

Arabic

ARAB 1001 Elementary Arabic I 3 Credits

An introduction to elementary modern standard Arabic. The course will focus on the phonology and writing system. Lectures in Arabic civilization and culture will be integrated into the language study. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school Arabic or who are native speakers of Arabic.

 

ARAB 1002 Elementary Arabic II 3 Credits

A continuation of Elementary Arabic I. The emphasis will be on speaking and writing skills. Intensive practice of sentence structure and basic vocabulary will be required. Various aspects of Arabic culture will be examined. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school Arabic or who are native speakers of Arabic. Prerequisite: ARAB 1001

 

ARAB 2001 Intermediate Arabic I 3 Credits

An intensive review of grammar and sentence structure, along with drills in reading, speaking and writing. Language instruction will be supplemented with lectures and audio-video presentations. Prerequisite: ARAB 1002 or two years of high school Arabic

 

ARAB 2002 Intermediate Arabic II 3 Credits

Continuation of Intermediate Arabic I. Prerequisite: ARAB 2001

 

Chinese

CHIN 1001 Elementary Chinese I 3 Credits

An introduction to elementary Chinese. This course focuses on listening to, speaking, writing, and reading everyday Chinese. Lectures on Chinese civilization will be integrated into the language study. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school Chinese or who are natives of Chinese.

 

CHIN 1002 Elementary Chinese II 3 Credits

A continuation of CHIN 100I with more emphasis on writing. Intensive practice in grammar and composition will be required. Continuing study of Chinese culture. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school Chinese or who are natives of Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 1001

 

CHIN 2001 Intermediate Chinese I 3 Credits

Intensive review of grammar and sentence structure, with emphasis on writing, speaking, and reading. Some cultural aspects will also be studied. Prerequisite: CHIN 1002 or two years of high school Chinese

 

CHIN 2002 Intermediate Chinese II 3 Credits

Continuation of CHIN 2001. Prerequisite: CHIN 2001

 

French

FREN 1001 Elementary French I 3 Credits

A beginning French course which focuses on practice in hearing, speaking, reading, and writing everyday French. The culture and civilization of France are also stressed. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school French or who are native speakers of French.

 

FREN 1002 Elementary French II 3 Credits

A continuation of FREN 1001 with emphasis on hearing, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: FREN 1001

 

FREN 2001 Intermediate French I 3 Credits

An intensive review of basic French with more emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing. Various cultural aspects of France and Francophone countries are examined. Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or two years of high school French

 

FREN 2002 Intermediate French II 3 Credits

A continuation of FREN 200I.Intensive review in writing, speaking, and reading. Prerequisite: FREN 2001

 

FREN 3101 Advanced Conversation & Composition 3 Credits

Intensive practice in conversational French based upon written texts and audio-visual documents. Development of writing and stylistic skills in addition to advanced review of grammatical structure. Prerequisite: FREN 2002

 

FREN 3201 French Civilization 3 Credits

Acquaintance of the student with major contributions of France to Western civilization. The notion of Francophones will also be studied. Prerequisite: FREN 3101

 

FREN 3203 Survey of French Literature 3 Credits

Diachronic study of French literature from the middle ages to modern times, with emphasis on major authors and/or works. Prerequisite: FREN 3101

 

FREN 3401 Introduction of Business French 3 Credits

Basic notions of management, market studies, insurance, corporate laws, export-import, telecommunications and commercial correspondence will be introduced. Prerequisite: FREN 3101

 

FREN 3402 Intermediate Business French 3 Credits

Same emphasis as FREN 3401 in addition to the usage of French Minitel through the Internet.

Prerequisite: FREN 3401

 

FREN 4100 Survey of African & Caribbean Francophone Literature 3 Credits

Study of selected writings in prose, poetry, and drama by major French-speaking African, North African, and Caribbean writers.

Prerequisite: FREN 3101

 

Spanish

SPAN 1001 Elementary Spanish I 3 Credits

A course for students with little or no previous language study. Practice in listening to, speaking, reading, and writing everyday Spanish. Introduction to Spanish culture. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school Spanish or who are native speakers of Spanish.

 

SPAN 1002 Elementary Spanish II 3 Credits

Practice in listening to, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. Continuation of SPAN 1001. Prerequisite: SPAN 1001 or permission of instructor

 

SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I 3 Credits

An intensive review of basic principles of the language; continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 1002 or two years of high school Spanish

 

SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II 3 Credits

Intensive review of basic principles of Spanish; continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 2001

SPAN 3101 Advanced Conversation & Composition 3 Credits

A course focusing on understanding, speaking, and writing. Students will give oral presentations and write compositions on assigned topics. Prerequisite: SPAN 2002

 

SPAN 3201 Civilization & Culture of Spain 3 Credits

An historical survey of the culture of Spain from the Pre-Roman era to the present. Classes will be conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 3101

 

SPAN 3202 Civilization & Culture of Latin America 3 Credits

An historical survey of the culture of Latin American from the Pre-Columbian era to the present. Classes will be conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 3101

 

SPAN 3204 Survey of Literature 3 Credits

Introduction to some of the principal authors, works, and ideas in the literatures of Spanish-speaking countries. Prerequisite: SPAN 3101

 

SPAN 3401 Introduction to Business Spanish 3 Credits

A study of business terminology, including letter writing, insurance, banking, situations dealing with export and import companies, and job interviews. Prerequisite: SPAN 1002 or two years of high school Spanish

 

SPAN 3402 Intermediate Business Spanish 3 Credits

A continuation of SPAN 3401 with further emphasis on terminology relating to banking, insurance, letter-writing, job interviews, and exporting and importing. Prerequisite: SPAN 3401

 

SPAN 4101 Beginning Medical Spanish 3 Credits

A study of terminology vital to medical personnel, nursing students, and anyone in any health-related field. Prerequisite: SPAN 1002 or two years of high school Spanish

 

SPAN 4102 Intermediate Medical Spanish 3 Credits

A continuation of SPAN 4101. Students will continue to learn vocabulary useful to anyone in any medical or health-related field. Prerequisite: SPAN 4101

 

Health Education

HEDU 1101 Concepts in Healthful Living 2 Credits

An introduction to concepts related to healthful living. These concepts are physical activity, stress management, nutrition, environmental sensitivity, sexuality, and weight management.

 

HEDU 1111 Physical Fitness for Life 2 Credits

An introduction to the role of physical fitness in a healthful lifestyle. This course involves developing exercise programs for each component of physical fitness. Students spend two hours each week on physical fitness activities and one hour each week exploring the relationship of physical fitness activities to a healthy lifestyle.

 

HEDU 1140 Tennis I 1 Credit

Students will learn tennis techniques, strokes, and practice skills. Students will develop beginning proficiency in tennis and obtain basic knowledge of its fundamental mechanics and etiquette.

 

HEDU 1150 Beginning Golf 1 Credit

Students will learn golf techniques and practice skills. Students will develop beginning proficiency in golf and obtain basic knowledge of its fundamental mechanics and etiquette.

 

HEDU 1201 Physical Activity & Stress Management 2 Credits

A course focusing on the development of physical activity and relaxation programs that help students to manage and cope with stress in their lives. The course consists of two hours each week of physical activity and relaxation application and one hour each week exploring the nature of the human stress response.

 

HEDU 1211 Physical Activity & Body Composition 2 Credits

A course designed to help students develop and execute exercise programs that will develop a healthy body composition and achieve and maintain a desirable body weight. Students spend two hours each week participating in exercise programs. The course also explores theories regarding the relationship of exercise and body composition.

 

HEDU 1301 Weight Training 1 Credit

Participation in weight training exercise programs and weight resistance activities to achieve desired level of strength and a healthy level of body composition.

 

HEDU 1401 Physical Conditioning 1 Credit

Participation in weight training exercise programs that develop the five components of physical fitness. The major emphasis in the course is on the development of cardiovascular fitness.

 

HEDU 1601 Swimming 1 Credit

A beginning course in swimming. Students learn basic techniques and drown-proofing skills.

 

HEDU 1611 Swimming II 1 Credit

A course designed for development of advanced swimming fundamentals and techniques to be used for acquiring and maintaining a desirable quality of life and cardiovascular fitness.

 

HEDU 1621 Aqua Dynamics 1 Credit

A water aerobics class that focuses on all the components of physical fitness.(0-2-1)

HEDU 1701 Fitness Walking 1 Credit

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of physical activities that will help promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage the appreciation of leisure activities. This course will also introduce the student to aerobic and resistant training along with presenting basic nutritional guidelines.

 

Humanities

HUMN 1201 Critical Thinking & Communication 3 Credits

This course is designed to assist in the development of skills in critical reading, critical thinking, and interpersonal communication in the context of contemporary issues. This course focuses not only on improving reading comprehension and analytical skills, but also on identifying problems with logic found in one’s own communication and in that of others, on developing an awareness of techniques commonly used in advertising and political language, on understanding principles of interpersonal communication and public speaking, and on organizing, developing, and presenting audience-centered material.

 

HUMN 2011 Humanities 3 Credits

Designed as a multicultural, cross-disciplinary course to enable students to discover, interpret, and assess critically the intellectual and aesthetic expressions of cultures of America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

Music

MUSC 1101 Music Appreciation 3 Credits

An introductory music course which emphasizes the repertoire most frequently heard in concert halls today—music from the baroque period to the present. Course content includes jazz, American popular idioms, and music from a wide span of cultures, including Indian, Arabic, Indonesian, African, Japanese, and Chinese.

 

MUSC 1201 Fundamentals of Keyboard 1 Credit

Course in rudiments of music designed for non-music majors.

 

MUSC 1311 Theory I 3 Credits

Course in notation, time signatures, major and minor scales, intervals, melodic and rhythmic problems, sight-reading and musical dictation.

MUSC 1408, 2408, 3408 and 4408 are courses directly related to the official band of Savannah State University and run concurrently during the first semester according to student rank. A continuation of the course takes place during the second semester.

 

MUSC 1408 Band Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A course that focuses on band performance and technique development.Freshman level.

 

MUSC 1409 Band Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 1408.

 

MUSC 1421 Applied Major Area Instrument (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A private lesson held in the percussion studio for one hour a week by appointment only. Freshman level.

 

MUSC 1422 Applied Major Area Instrument (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 1421.

 

MUSC 1542 Basic Keyboard (non-majors) 3 Credits

A basic course in the elements of piano playing. The course will cover practical playing skills, technical study, ensemble playing, sight reading, harmonization and study of solo repertoire.

MUSC 1608, 2608, 3608, AND 4608 are courses directly related to the official choir of Savannah State University and run concurrently during the first semester according to student rank. A continuation of the course takes place during the second semester.

 

MUSC 1608 Choral Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

The official choir of Savannah State University. The choir studies and performs standard choral literature encompassing music from the pre-Baroque style to 20th century music and beyond. The choir makes appearances in support of the University. Freshman level.

 

MUSC 1609 Choral Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 1608.

MUSC 1808, 2808, 3808 and 4808 are courses directly related to the official string ensemble of Savannah State University and run concurrently during the first semester according to student rank. A continuation of the course takes place during the second semester.

 

MUSC 1808 Chamber Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A course that involves the official percussion ensemble of Savannah State University which studies and performs chamber and ensemble music. The group performs at various functions on and off campus in support of the university. Freshman level.

 

MUSC 1809 Chamber Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 1808.

 

MUSC 2101 Theory II 3 Credits

Course covering concepts such as diatonic harmony, modulation, chromatic chords, modes, harmonization from melody and bass, analysis of examples.

 

MUSC 2121 History & Literature of Music I 3 Credits

A survey of the history of music from the beginning of the Christian era to the Baroque period. Emphasis placed upon a study of representative works by major composers, together with a comprehensive analysis of style and musical development.

 

MUSC 2122 History & Literature of Music II 3 Credits

A continuation of MUSC 2121 beginning with the Baroque period to the present.

 

MUSC 2408 Band Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A course that focuses on band performance and technique development.Sophomore Level.

 

MUSC 2409 Band Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 2408.

 

MUSC 2421 Instrumental Methods I 2 Credits

An introduction to the principles of instrumental performance and pedagogy. Focus on technique and group performance.

 

MUSC 2422 Instrumental Methods II 2 Credits

A continuation of MUSC 2421.

 

MUSC 2431 Applied Major Area Instrument (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A private lesson held in the percussion studio for one hour a week by appointment only. Sophomore level.

 

MUSC 2432 Applied Major Area Instrument (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 2431.

 

MUSC 2522 Keyboard I 3 Credits

A continuation of MUSC 1542. The course will further develop student skills in practical playing skills, technical study, ensemble playing, sight-reading, harmonization and study of solo repertoire. Prerequisite: MUSC 1201 or 1542

 

MUSC 2608 Choral Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

The choir studies and performs standard choral literature encompassing music from the pre-Baroque style to 20th century music and beyond. The choir makes appearances in support of the University. Sophomore level.

 

MUSC 2609 Choral Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 2608.

 

MUSC 2644 Applied Major Area – Voice (Majors only) 1 Credit

A course devoted to the development of proficiency in a specific area of applied music selected by the student with the consent of advisor. Regular lessons scheduled and periodic performances expected.

 

MUSC 2645 Applied Major Area – Voice (Majors only) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 2644.

 

MUSC 2646 Voice Performance I 2 Credits

Students will learn healthy vocal techniques, and then study several songs and apply the techniques to the new repertoire. Students will learn a classical vocal approach.

 

MUSC 2808 Chamber Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A course that involves the official percussion ensemble of Savannah State University which studies and performs chamber and ensemble music. The group performs at various functions on and off campus in support of the university. Sophomore level.

 

MUSC 2809 Chamber Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 2808.

 

MUSC 3011 African-American Music 3 Credits

A cultural analysis of African folk music and its influence upon the development of spirituals, work songs, and jazz. Contributions of African-American music to both popular and classical traditions studied.

 

MUSC 3101 African American Music at the Piano 2 Credits

A course built around jazz, gospel and spiritual repertoire at the piano. The student will learn and perform African American standards at the piano. The student will learn of the influence of African Americans in ―Classical‖ music. Prerequisite: MUSC 3531

 

MUSC 3111 Theory III (Form & Analysis) 3 Credits

A study of the construction of music from the eighteenth century to the present, including melodic and harmonic analysis of selections by major composers. Prerequisite: MUSC 2101

 

MUSC 3421 Applied Major Area Instrument (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A private lesson held in the percussion studio for one hour a week by appointment only. Junior level.

 

MUSC 3422 Applied Major Area Instrument (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 3421.

 

MUSC 3455 Jazz Ensemble 3 Credits

A course designed to expose students to composers and arrangers of jazz, rock, and soul music. Improvisation also included. Course is repeatable for credit.

 

MUSC 3560 Piano Pedagogy 1 Credit

This course introduces the student to basic aspects of piano pedagogy, and covers methods and materials for teaching beginners (Adults and Children) at the piano. This course does not concentrate on the student’s personal technical development at the keyboard. Students will earn practical experience by themselves teaching at the piano, and may be required to find a suitable student to teach.  Prerequisite: MUSC 3531

 

MUSC 3608 Choral Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

The choir studies and performs standard choral literature encompassing music from the pre-Baroque style to 20th century music and beyond. The choir makes appearances in support of the University. Junior level.

 

MUSC 3609 Choral Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 3608.

 

MUSC 3644 Applied Major Area—Voice (Music Majors Only) 1 Credit

A course devoted to the development of proficiency in a specific area of applied music selected by the student with the consent of advisor. Regular lessons scheduled and periodic performances expected.

 

MUSC 3645 Applied Major Area—Voice (Music Majors Only) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 3644.

 

MUSC 3646 Voice Performance II 2 Credits

Continuation of MUSC 2646 which includes more challenging vocal repertoire.

 

MUSC 3651 English and Italian/German/French Diction 1 Credit

A course to assist students with the pronunciation and sounds of English, Italian, French, and German for good vocal performance.

 

MUSC 3652 English and Italian/German/French Diction 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 3651.

 

MUSC 3653 Vocal Pedagogy 1 Credit

Methods and materials for the studio.

 

MUSC 3751 Conducting 2 Credits

A study of the techniques of conducting and interpretation of instrumental and choral literature.

 

MUSC 3808 Chamber Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A course that involves the official percussion ensemble of Savannah State University which studies and performs chamber and ensemble music. The group performs at various functions on and off campus in support of the university. Junior level.

 

MUSC 3809 Chamber Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 3808. Junior level.

 

MUSC 4010 Contemporary Music 3 Credits

A study of compositions written since 1900 with emphasis upon recent developments in form, compositional techniques, and new media of musical expression.

 

MUSC 4011 Theory IV: Counterpoint and Composition 2 Credits

A study of the construction of music from the eighteenth century to the present, including melodic and harmonic analysis of selections by major composers. Prerequisites: MUSC 2101, 2102 or MUS 211

 

MUSC 4408 Band Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A course that focuses on band performance and technique development.Senior level.

 

MUSC 4409 Band Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 4408.

 

MUSC 4420 Instrumental Pedagogy 2 Credits

A course designed to use comprehensive methods and materials in understanding the repertoire of instrumental music.

 

MUSC 4421 Applied Major Area Instrument (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A private lesson held in the percussion studio for one hour a week by appointment only. Senior level.

 

MUSC 4422 Applied Major Area Instrument (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 4421. Senior level.

 

MUSC 4536 Keyboard II 3 Credits

Involves a higher level of technical proficiency concentrating on repertoire from the Romantic and Impressionistic eras. Prerequisite: MUSC 2522

 

MUSC 4608 Choral Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

The choir studies and performs standard choral literature encompassing music from the pre-Baroque style to 20th century music and beyond. The choir makes appearances in support of the University. Senior level.

 

MUSC 4609 Choral Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 4608.

 

MUSC 4611 Accompaniment 1 Credit

A practical approach to the presentation of musical scores for collaborative piano playing with a singer, instrumentalist, or chorus. A large variety of repertoire will be examined.

Prerequisite: MUSC 3531or permission from the instructor

 

MUSC 4644 Applied Major Area—Voice (Music Majors Only) 1 Credit

A course devoted to the development of proficiency in a specific area of applied music selected by the student with the consent of advisor.

 

MUSC 4645 Applied Major Area – Voice (Majors only) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 4644.

 

MUSC 4808 Chamber Organization (1st Semester) 1 Credit

A course that involves the official percussion ensemble of Savannah State University which studies and performs chamber and ensemble music. The group performs at various functions on and off campus in support of the university. Senior level.

 

MUSC 4809 Chamber Organization (2nd Semester) 1 Credit

A continuation of MUSC 4808.

 

MUSC 4999 Seminar/Practicum/Internship 3 Credits

A senior level course with two components: 1) Off-campus, on-the-job observation and training with the students pursuing professional work in a variety of traditional and non-traditional careers appropriate to their academic program. An internship must be completed at 100 clock hours for 3 credits. 2). Students must have an understanding of the various kinds of research as well as knowledge in their field of concentration in preparation for graduate schools and vocational entry positions. Students must show competence and skills in their field of study, prepare for successful completion of the departmental exit examination, and prepare a marketable project in the field of study. Prerequisite: completion of 30 credit hours in BFA major

 

Philosophy

PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy 3 Credits

The basic survey course of the field of philosophy.An introduction to logic, ethics, ontology, and religion, etc., as a basis for additional study in philosophy.Required for minors.

 

PHIL 2030 Ethics 3 Credits

This course examines the philosophical study of morality – the justification of moral judgments and actions, as well as the concepts of right and wrong, duty, and character. Philosophers include Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and may include other influential thinks from the Western tradition, as well as contemporary moral theorists.

 

PHIL 3101 Philosophy & Psychology of Religion 3 Credits

A study of philosophical concepts associated with religion and the psychology of the religious experience. Team-taught with a member of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prerequisite: PHIL 2010 or permission of the instructor

 

PHIL 3102 Philosophy of Love and Sex 3 Credits

This course examines the changing philosophical significance of the conceptions and depictions of love and sex. Prerequisite: PHIL 2010, PHIL 2030 or permission of the instructor

 

PHIL 3103 Philosophy of Film 3 Credits

This course explores questions about the aesthetic dimensions of film, examines film as an art form, and focuses on philosophical questions about the nature of film, as well as philosophical questions generated by selected films. Prerequisite: PHIL 2010 or permission of the instructor

 

PHIL 3111 Principles of Logic 3 Credits

An introduction to the systematic study of reasoning from the time of Aristotle and Plato through such modern thinkers as Boole and Toulmin. Prerequisite: PHIL 2010 or permission of the instructor

 

PHIL 3121 The Bible as Literature I (Also ENGL 3121) 3 Credits

An introduction to the literature of the Hebrew Bible. Using the tools of literary and rhetorical analysis, the course will explore the meanings these texts held for their historical communities and the strategies by which those meanings are constructed. Prerequisite: ENGL 1101, 1102

 

PHIL 3122 The Bible as Literature II (Also ENGL 3122) 3 Credits

An introduction to the literature of the New Testament and to the religious writing contemporary with the Bible known as the Apocrypha. Using the tools of literary and rhetorical analysis, we will explore the meanings the Biblical and Apocryphal texts held for their communities, and the strategies by which the texts construct and convey those meanings. Prerequisite: ENGL 1101, 1102

 

PHIL 3231 Introduction to Eastern Religions 3 Credits

A study of the teachings of Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and the various sects of Buddhism. Prerequisite: PHIL 2010 or permission of the instructor

 

PHIL 4211 Philosophies of the African-American Experience 3 Credits

A study of philosophical analyses and reflections relevant to the experiences of African-Americans.Will consider works and ideas of such

historical figures as W.E.B. Du Bois and Alain Locke and contemporary thinkers such as bell hooks. Prerequisite: PHIL 20101 or permission of the instructor

 

PHIL 4221 The Jewish & Islamic Traditions 3 Credits

A study of religious thought as it has influenced the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Koran. Prerequisite: PHIL 2010 or permission of the instructor

 

PHIL 4311 Mysticism 3 Credits

A survey of the common threads of mysticism found in Hinduism, Buddhism, the Sufi sect of Islam, Christianity, and the literature of Persia, China, Japan, India, and western civilization. Prerequisite: PHIL 2010 or permission of the instructor

 

PHIL 4411 Philosophical Issues 3 Credits

An exploration of such topics as the nature of being, freedom and determinism, language and meaning, the concept of beauty, and the mystery of death. Prerequisite: PHIL 2010 or permission of the instructor

 

PHIL 4601 Special Topics in Religion 3 Credits

A study of topics of special interest to students and instructors. Subjects could include types of religious belief (such as indigenous religions of Africa and the Americas), approaches to religious thought or experience (such as feminist theology, mysticism, or transcendentalism), or topics that stimulate religious thinking (such as love, friendship, death, the nature of the soul, the nature of evil).

Prerequisite: PHIL 2010 or permission of the instructor

 

Speech

SPEH 2101 Voice and Diction 3 Credits

Study and practice in effective voice production, with emphasis upon breath control, posture, articulation and pronunciation. Fall. (3-0-3)

 

SPEH 2111 Oral Interpretation 3 Credits

Intensive study and practice in the oral interpretation of poetry, prose, and drama. Individual activity primarily emphasized. Fall. (3-0-3)

 

SPEH 4101 Advanced Speech 3 Credits

A course emphasizing self-improvement in all phases of diction and delivery and providing experience in various speaking situations. Prerequisite: HUMN 1201 or permission of instructor

 

Theatre

THEA 2101 Introduction to Theatre 3 Credits

Focus on the components of theatre, its past and present history, its major shapers and movers, and how to develop an appreciation of the theatre experience. For non-theatre minors. Fall and Spring. (3-0-3)

 

THEA 2601 Stagecraft 3 Credits

A course on backstage equipment, how to use it to maximum effort with safety, speech, and efficiency, THEA 2601 will focus on the practical aspects of lighting and production. Students will word with a variety of equipment available to meet the lighting demands of a production.

THEA 2525 Theatre Improvisation 3 Credits

Designed to provide the student training in body movement, voice techniques, stage presence, spontaneity, acting techniques, and character development. Practical application of the presented theatre principles is required. Prerequisite: HUMN 1201

 

THEA 3004 Scene Design 3 Credits

An exploration and investigation of scenic design. The course will explore and analyze modern scenic elements used in the various play genres. The art and skills required in designing scenery are explored in detail. This includes the developing models, plans, and color schemes for student productions.

 

THEA 3101 Acting I 3 Credits

Designed to teach performers the basic fundamentals and techniques of acting. Students learn to control the body’s creative energy by participating in exercises as solo acting, duo acting and basic audition.

THEA 3122 Movement I 3 Credits

An introduction course to stage movement and kinetic practice and intentions.

 

THEA 3123 Movement II 3 Credits

A continuation of Movement I, Movement II covers the basic principles for developing fitness and examines the means by which one becomes an actress through improvisation, scene study and improvising play.

Prerequisite: THEA 3122

 

THEA 3125 Stage Make Up & Costumes 3 Credits

A systematic study of form, line, balance, tone, shade, value and pattern with reference to the human form and its costume. The basic principles and practice in make-up, stage, screen, and television are used. Students will practice in using cosmetics, wigs, hairpieces, and facial prosthetics and masks.

 

THEA 4051 Black American Theatre & Performance 3 Credits

Will cover significant development in the American Black Theatre since 1900 as reflected through the major playwrights and theatre organizations.

 

THEA 4055 Theatre History I 3 Credits

Covers theatre history, dramatic literature and theory from Italian to the Pre-Algdern era. The physical theatre and culture of the period will be studied as they affect the theatre of each period.

 

THEA 4056 Theatre History II 3 Credits

Covers theatre history, dramatic literature, and theory from the English Restoration to the present. The physical theatre and culture of each period will be studied culminating into an understanding of the beginnings of theatrical criticism to include a worldly view of theatre.

THEA 4058 Women in Theatre 3 Credits

Through selected readings, THEA 4058 will focus on the evolution of the female character from classical to contemporary theatre. The course will also follow the progress of the female playwright in theatre. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

THEA 4101 Acting II 3 Credits

A laboratory class providing practical experiences within the area of acting as demonstrated in Acting I. Students enrolled in this class are required to complete one modern scene study assignment for production and one complete audition that entails two contrasting monologues. This course works toward a culminating activity, which is a one-act modern play to be performed for jury. Prerequisite: THEA 3101

 

THEA 4103 Advanced Acting/TV/Cinema 3 Credits

Offers advanced work in special problems of applying acting techniques to the demands of modern media. Practicum experience is designed for television and cinema. The course leads the actor/student to a finished mini production of either a television or film project.

 

THEA 4104 Acting III 3 Credits

Studies the problems and techniques in periods and styles through intensive scene study and performance of Greek, Shakespearean and Romantic works. Prerequisites: THEA 4101, 4103

 

THEA 4105 Playwriting 3 Credits

A laboratory course that explores dramatic writing including study and practice in writing for the modern stage. This course will be conducted upon the principles of critical readings, script analysis, and dramatic genres.

 

THEA 4111 Performance/Production/Management 3 Credits

Permits the student to learn through theatre production, marketing strategies, front of house duties, fundraising and proposal writing, and the roles and responsibilities of a producer.

 

THEA 4201 Directing 2 Credits

Explores elementary principles of stage plays, practice work in directing and auditioning, and one-act plays; attention is given to the principles of selecting, casting, and rehearsing of plays through exercises, lectures, and demonstrations. Prerequisite: completion of 18 credits hours in Concentration area

 

THEA 4645 Musical Theatre 3 Credits

This course explore the origins of the musical theatre in the United States and the African American contribution to the American musical. Students will learn about the different forms of musical theatre and will apply their learning through performance and production.