Courses

  • GRS EN 783: Modernist Gothic
    Readings from Dorian Gray through Endgame, by such authors as Stoker, Conrad, Woolf, Barnes, Faulkner, Capote, Ellison, and Morrison, in relation to nineteenth-century precursors, contemporary emanations, monsters as myth, and conceptual framings from Arendt and Levi-Strauss through the posthuman. This is the same course listed as GRS EN 843 in the 2014/2015 GRS Bulletin.
  • GRS EN 786: Caribbean Provocations
    Significant texts from the Anglophone Caribbean from 1912 to the present, challenging to read and to theorize. Locally inspired innovations in form, language, and perspective across genres. Likely authors: Naipaul, Harris, Kincaid, Walcott, Antoni, McKay, Goodison, Morris, Roach, Brathwaite, Johnson.
  • GRS EN 788: Transnational Modernism
    This interdisciplinary course explores how globalization shaped the emergence of modernist styles in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Topics include transatlantic migration; the effects of mobilization and world war; the rise of black internationalism; and modernist indebtedness to Asian cultures.
  • GRS EN 789: After Wittgenstein
    Wittgenstein's later work and some of the literary/critical responses it has generated. Topics include meaning, privacy, aesthetics, "the ordinary," pragmatism, avant-garde, narrative selves, animals. Commentaries by Cavell, Rorty, Diamond, Moi, MacIntyre, Perloff; literary works by Nabokov, Stein, Sartre, Beckett, Coetzee.
  • GRS EN 792: Introduction to Recent Critical Theory and Method
    A selective study of recent literary theory and criticism, with emphasis on comparison of critical frameworks and methodologies. Topics may include formalism, structuralism, deconstruction, Marxism, New Historicism, gender theory, speech acts, and post-colonialism. Fulfills the graduate requirement in literary theory.
  • GRS EN 794: Professional Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: English PhD students in their final semester of coursework.
    Developing professional skills and preparing for advanced independent scholarship for English doctoral students in the last semester of coursework. Course includes preparation for comprehensive exam and dissertation prospectus; conference paper submission; publication; fellowship and job applications.
  • GRS EN 993: Directed Study in English
  • GRS EN 994: Directed Study in English
  • GRS EN 995: Directed Study in Playwriting
    Graduate Prerequisites: thesis-level student in the MFA in Playwriting.
    Directed study devoted to writing of the student's thesis play.
  • GRS EN 996: Directed Study in Play Production
    Graduate Prerequisites: thesis-level student in the MFA in Playwriting.
    Directed study devoted to production of the student's thesis play.
  • GRS ES 620: Aquatic Optics and Remote Sensing
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    An introduction to the use of optical measurements and remote sensing to study the biogeochemistry and water quality of aquatic environments. Covers fundamental concepts and measurements in optics/remote sensing and provides hands-on experience with real data.
  • GRS ES 623: Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS ES 306; and one year college chemistry or BUMP semester.
    Nutrient and biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems; global biogeochemistry. Topics include anthropogenic effects on ecosystem cycles and productivity, wetland ecology and biogeochemistry, ecosystem restoration, ocean productivity, climate change and temperate, tropical, and aquatic ecosystems, oceans and the global CO2 budget, marine sediment chemistry. (Offered alternate years.)
  • GRS ES 640: Marine Geology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: None.
    Examines the evolution of ocean basins and marginal seas, changes in structure and composition of ocean basin throughout the last billion years, and the contribution of oceanic geological processes to the chemistry and biochemistry of earth.
  • GRS ES 671: Geochemistry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing and an introductory course in Earth Sciences and CAS CH 101 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
    (Meets with CAS ES 371.) Chemical features of Earth and the solar system; geochemical cycles, reactions among solids, liquids, and gases; radioactivity and isotope fractionation; water chemistry; origins of ore deposits; applications of geochemistry to regional and global problems.
  • GRS ES 683: Geodynamics II Fluids and Fluid Transport
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 124 or 127 or 129 and PY 211 and CAS ES 360 or consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 124 or CAS MA 127 or CAS MA 129 ; CAS PY 211 ; CAS ES 360; or consent of instructor.
    Large- and small-scale phenomena in oceanic, atmospheric, and land-surface fluids. Properties of gases and liquids; surface body forces; statics; flow analysis; continuity and momentum conservation. Darcy's Law; potential, open channel and geostrophic flow; dimensional analysis; diffusion, turbulence. Offered alternate years.
  • GRS ES 719: Colloquium in Terrestrial Biogeoscience
    Graduate Prerequisites: MA or PhD standing.
    Introduction to the field of Terrestrial Biogeoscience through weekly research presentations and discussions with GRS faculty and distinguished guests. Students also meet weekly with lead faculty member to discuss primary literature related to each presentation. Also offered as GRS BI 719 and GRS GE 719.
  • GRS ES 720: Practicum in Terrestrial Biogeoscience
    Graduate Prerequisites: MA or PhD standing.
    Analysis and synthesis of the primary literature via in-depth case studies in terrestrial biogeoscience. Students meet weekly with faculty to read papers from the primary literature, synthesize results, and prepare a peer-review quality paper on the case study. Also offered as GRS BI 720 and GRS GE 720.
  • GRS GE 600: Environment and Development: A Political Ecology Approach
    Theory and practice of development with an explicit focus on environmental issues. Introduces history of development and the environment; explores select themes in development and environmental studies (e.g. rural livelihoods, conservation, urbanization, and climate change); and considers alternative development paradigms.
  • GRS GE 620: Methods of Environmental Policy Analysis
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing
    Introduction to the analysis of environmental policy, the implications of environmental problems for public decision making, the tools available to decision-makers, and their effectiveness, advantages, and disadvantages.
  • GRS GE 625: United States Environmental Policy
    Survey and historical overview of key environmental policies and regulations in the United States. Emphasis on policy development, including formulation and implementation of federal pollution control regulations since the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970. Considers possible future policy needs.