Courses

  • CGS HU 101: Humanities I: Traditions in the Humanities (The Ancient World through the Renaissance)
    Organized historically and devoted to the study of fiction, drama, poetry, art, and film. The semester begins with a unit on ways of interpreting the humanities, proceeds with the study of literature and art from Ancient Greece through the seventeenth century, and includes a film studies component.
  • CGS HU 102: Humanities II: Breaks with Tradition (The Enlightenment to the Present)
    Examines the departure from tradition characteristic of the modern in all the arts. Units of study include poetry, modern art, modern drama, and the novel. Particular themes may be stressed, such as, for example, the recurrence in modern culture of the antihero, formal experiment in the arts, or literature as the embodiment of values. Students also analyze five films by distinguished contemporary directors.
  • CGS HU 201: Humanities III: History of Western Ethical Philosophy (Plato to Nietzsche)
    A rigorous course in the history of Western ethical thought from Socrates through Nietzsche. The course also includes selected films and literary works that embody philosophical ideas or dramatize ethical dilemmas. Primary texts are used throughout.
  • CGS HU 202: Humanities IV: History of 20th-Century Ethical Philosophy and Applied Ethics
    This is a course with two goals: first, the application of philosophical ideas to various areas of modern life, such as politics, science, business, personal development, education, and religious faith; and second, preparation for the Capstone Project. This final project involves each faculty team with small groups of students. The students in each group choose a specific current problem, research it, and synthesize their work in all their courses at the College by producing a 50-page research essay. This essay must include a recommendation for a solution to the problem that is justified politically, scientifically, and ethically. Each student is expected to contribute research and imagination to the group's report, which is presented in written form, examined by the faculty, then defended orally by the students before their instructors.
  • CGS MA 115: Statistics
    For students needing an general statistics course for their major. It fulfills the mathematics requirement for CAS and the statistics requirement for SHA. The course covers the general concepts of tests and hypotheses, numerical and graphical summaries of univariate and bivariate data. Students work with problems involving basic probability, random variables, binomial distribution, normal distribution. One-sample statistical inference for normal means and binomial probabilities are examined. Applications in the natural sciences and social sciences.
  • CGS MA 121: Calculus
    For students continuing to management or needing an introductory calculus course for their major. Fulfills the CAS mathematics requirement. This course covers differentiation and integration of functions of one variable and emphasizes application over mathematical generality. Applications in the natural sciences, social sciences, and management.
  • CGS NS 201: Biology I
    Science as a way of knowing and understanding our contemporary world is the most profound and powerful intellectual and practical tool the human species has developed. Science has allowed humans to understand their physical place in the universe as well as their origin as a species on Earth. Science in our modern, global world can seem increasingly complex, while at the same time be reduced to a relatively few conceptual paradigms or accepted ideas. Many of these major paradigms will be covered in this course including modern cosmology, the origin or life, the molecular and cellular theories of life, human origins and genetics and evolutionary theory. The underlying pedagogy of the course is to examine what we know about an accepted paradigm, how we know these scientific ?facts? and theories, and what are the contemporary applications of the accepted paradigms. The course also provides the primary scientific tools required to explore scientific, ethical and sociological concerns that arise from our understanding of the origin, evolution and diversity of life including that of our own species. Two hours lecture, Two hours lab.
  • CGS NS 202: Natural Science II: Human Ecology/Global Ecology
    What is the fate of the biosphere and our species? Can humans reconcile economic and technological growth with ecological sustainability? Building on the concepts and information from the first semester, this course examines the impact of one species, Homo sapiens, on the ecosystems of the biosphere, seeking answers to these broad questions. This includes an investigation of the physical forces that shape global climates and ultimately constrain life on Earth. An examination of the interrelationships between the abiotic and biotic components in ecosystems leads to an investigation of the forces that influence biological diversity. The integrative study of population biology culminates in an investigation of the population dynamics of our own species and the implications the exponential growth of the human population may have on global resources and the biosphere. The foundation in general ecology and human population dynamics allows a serious consideration of the technological impact of humans on the delicately balanced ecosystems of Earth. The interrelationship between science and society that has been explored in this course and throughout the year leads to the Capstone Project, which concludes the sophomore year.
  • CGS RH 101: Rhetoric I: English Composition: Argument and Critical Thinking
    Begins with critical reading, writing, and thinking strategies. Students learn the convention of the expository essay and how to meet its demands by developing a thesis, organizing an argument, and supporting claims with reasoning and evidence. Students also receive instruction in grammar, style, and document design. Through class discussion and by working on assignments, students explore connections between readings assigned in Rhetoric and their readings in other courses.
  • CGS RH 102: Rhetoric II: English Composition and Research
    Focuses on research while further developing students' expository writing skills. Students learn how to use electronic and traditional research tools, how to select and weigh evidence and integrate sources into an argument, and how to use standard scholarly conventions to document their research.
  • CGS SS 101: Social Sciences I: Introduction to Historical Sociology and the Social Sciences
    Introduces the student to the basic tools of anthropology, sociology, social psychology, economics, and history. Students examine and apply the methods and principal concepts of these disciplines to the problems of contemporary society. The course introduces the structures and processes involved in a analysis of culture, society, the socialization process, social stratification, and social institutions. Cross-cultural inquiry demonstrates the universal social needs of people and illustrates how these can be met in a variety of social configurations.
  • CGS SS 102: Social Sciences II: Social Change and Modernization of the Western World
    Draws on the conceptual and cross-cultural materials of the first-semester course and turns to an examination of social change in the West. The focus of this semester's work is a case study of social and cultural transformation from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. The historical phenomena of industrialism, nationalism, imperialism, socialism, communism, and fascism - all of which are elements of the process of modernization - are examined both in their historical contexts and within the framework of theories of social change. The historical case study offers the student a vehicle for analyzing in depth the impact of these phenomena on the life, institutions, and ways of thinking of a given society. The concepts of this course are of special relevance to the work of the sophomore year, when the process of modernization in the non-Western world is examined.
  • CGS SS 201: Social Sciences III: Social Change and Modernization in the Non-Western World: China and Russia.
    builds on the conceptual and historical materials of the freshman experience. The course centers on two case studies in rapid modernization: Russia and China. Russia, the Soviet Union, and its successor, the Confederation of Independent States, are considered as recent examples of rapid social change and serve as the basis for a comparison of the problems of modernization in contemporary China. The historical roots of Western industrialism, the culture of the non-Western peoples as it affects their responses to Western experiences, and the dramatic complexities of social change combine to challenge the students' grasp of the problems facing the modern world.