FS 201 Descriptions (Spring 2019)

FS 201 courses complete the required FS sequence and also count for elective credit in the department offering the course. Because FS 201 forms a bridge between the first-year FS courses and the Junior Seminar, students are expected to take FS 201 in the sophomore year. Some majors and minors require an FS 201 course in that specific program; in these cases, the same FS 201 course may be used to satisfy both the FS requirement and the major/minor requirement.

Please consult WebAdvisor to confirm the days, times, and locations of these sections.

Course Short Title Faculty Course Description
FSBIO*201 Investigative Approaches in Biology Various An investigative laboratory course that emphasizes experimental design, modern experimental techniques and instrumentation, analysis and interpretation of data, and written and oral presentation. The course consists of three multi-week project modules designed to illustrate investigative approaches at different levels of biological organization-molecular/cellular, organismal/physiology, and population/ecosystem. There is an emphasis on independent and cooperative laboratory/field work, and on writing and speaking in the sciences. Two 3-hour meetings per week. Must be taken on the letter-grade basis.Prerequisite: BIO 220. This course is required for Biology majors and minors.
FSCHE*201 Research Methods in Chemistry Deckert, A An introduction to writing, speaking, and research methods in the discipline of chemistry. Topics include experimental design, statistical analysis of data, ethical conduct of research and selected classical, spectroscopic and chromatographic methods of analysis. Analytical techniques are discussed in the context of laboratory projects that are designed, performed, and interpreted by the class. Must be taken on the letter-grade basis. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHEM 122.
FSCOM*201 Communication and Controversy Silva, V An introduction to writing and speaking in the disciplines of Communication Arts and Theatre. Students explore contemporary public controversies, particularly in public media and performance, in order to understand the ways in which communication scholarship can enhance our understandings of media, culture, politics, and identity in the American context. This course may be counted toward the major or minor in Communication Arts.
FSDMS*201 Dance: Ritual of Experience Reedy, J An exploration of ritual and ceremonial dances from multiple cultural perspectives, drawing upon insights into dance as human thought and as physical, cultural, social, economic, psychological, political and communicative behavior. Of particular interest is the role dance plays in the expression of both resistances to and maintenance of cultural expressions of power and value. Special emphasis is placed on relating each student’s personal experience of dance to the topics covered. Effective writing and speaking within the guidelines of the discipline is emphasized. Must be taken on the letter-grade basis.
FSECO*201 The Political Economy of Africa & MENA Onyeiwu, S An exploration of the economies of Sub-Saharan and North African countries, with emphasis on the impact of colonization, post-colonial development strategies, globalization, and contemporary economic policies. Students learn how economic, political, and social factors interact to shape economic development in Africa and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region.
FSENG*201 Blood, Bodies, & Blasphemy Caballero, S A study of the figure of the vampire in historical and contemporary texts. This course explores portrayals of vampires and how those portrayals have evolved across and in literary periods. The course begins with early nineteenth century representations of the vampire figure and moves to current representations. Students explore how representations of the vampire relate to social and cultural questions and anxieties in various literary periods.
FSENV*201 Environmental Problem Analysis Haywood, B An interdisciplinary analysis of modern controversial environmental issues. Students examine scientific, economic, cultural and political underpinnings of issues. Areas of study address environmental degradation, natural resource use and misuse, human-environmental interactions, and environmental justice. Written assignments and oral arguments and presentations are emphasized. Must be taken on the letter-grade basis. Prerequisite: ENVSC 110.
FSGHS*201 Topics and Approaches in Global Health Finaret, A An introduction to writing and speaking in the discipline of Global Health Studies. Students are introduced to the research methods and modes of communication used in the field of global health and use case studies to investigate different approaches to identifying, analyzing, and responding to global health issues. We read primary and secondary research, interpret data, evaluate tools for communicating effectively to different audiences, and explore various research methods. Ethical, cultural, and interdisciplinary dimensions of global health research and work are emphasized throughout. Must be taken on the letter-grade basis. Prerequisite: GHS 130.
FSHIS*201 Russian Revolutions Pinnow, K An introduction to research, writing, and speaking in the discipline of history. Students approach historical thinking by considering the centenary of the Russian Revolutions of 1917. The course focuses on skills central to producing historical accounts as students explore ideas about the meanings attached to the revolutions and the ways that we remember the past.
FSMAT*201 Applications of Wavelets Weir, R An introduction to writing and speaking in the discipline of Mathematics. Wavelet analysis, a relatively new area of study, has connections to a variety of areas including image compression, speech recognition, DNA analysis, and forgery detection. After learning about the mathematics involved, students explore some of these applications in greater detail. In addition to effective oral and written communication in Mathematics, the use of mathematical software packages such as Mathematica and LaTeX is emphasized. This course may be counted toward the completion of a major or minor in Mathematics. Prerequisite: Mathematics 160 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of the instructor.
FSMLG*201 Academic Communication in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Hernandez, W An introduction to research and communication in the disciplines of Modern Languages. Through close work with a small number of texts and cultural topics, students engage with the norms and processes of research, including the development of appropriate topics; the location, evaluation, use, and citation of secondary sources; the incorporation of these sources into their own analyses; and the communication of these analyses in writing and speech as part of a scholarly conversation. While given in English, our study prepares language majors for research in the target language, including in the Junior/Senior Seminar and Senior Project. Must be taken on the letter-grade basis. Prerequisite: Two language courses at Allegheny College or permission of the instructor.
FSNEU*201 Current Topics in Psychology and Neuroscience Conklin, S An examination of current topics at the intersection of psychology and neuroscience. Students encounter paradigm shifting ideas in both fields to explore different approaches to understanding mental wellness and illness. Students read primary and secondary research, interpret data, evaluate tools for communicating effectively to different audiences, and explore various research methods and designs used in the fields. Ethical, and interdisciplinary dimensions of psychological and neuroscience research and work are emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisites: Any Psych course, NEURO 110, or NEURO 120.
FSREL*201 Race and Religion Boynton, E An investigation of the intersections of race and religion through particular religious traditions and case-studies. Students explore themes that include religion and the rise of the nation-state; the formation of modern vocabularies of religious and racial exclusion; the role of race and secularism in American history, racial reconciliation and justice-seeking, religion and systemic inequalities; the international politics of religion; and race in colonial and postcolonial contexts.