Spring 2020 Offerings
Courses numbered in the 190’s and 290’s focus on a particular topic and are offered only once or twice. These courses are taught at an introductory or intermediate level; specific prerequisites (if any) are noted in the course descriptions.
Please consult WebAdvisor for the days, times, and locations of these sections.
COMRT 290 0, Musical Theatre Performance
TTH 3:00 PM 4:15 PM
Focused scene study in order to develop proficiency in analyzing and performing musical theatre scores and scenes. Emphasis is placed on developing performance skills that integrate voice and movement to create dynamic characters through physically sustainable techniques. Performance of memorized musical scenes is required. Must be taken Graded Only.
ECON 190 A1 & A2, Introduction to Bloomberg Terminals
Short Title: Intro to Bloomberg
A1 M 1:30 PM 4:00 PM, Professor Bianco
A2 W 1:30 PM 4:00 PM, Professor Michaelides
An interactive introduction to financial market analysis using a mix of Bloomberg modules and in-class software-based exercises. Students will be exposed to key properties of financial data and applications. Upon completion, students will be well suited to obtain their Bloomberg certification and be better prepared for careers in financial institutions. This will be taught as a seven-week course. Must be taken Credit/No Credit.
ECON 290 0, Neuromarketing and Consumer Behavior
MW 11:00 AM 12:15 PM
An examination of the science and practice of neuromarketing and consumer behavior, the part within marketing that studies the marketing effects (brand, product, communication, pricing) on consumers’ sensorimotor, cognitive, and emotional responses. Students study key psychological topics like learning, perception, attention, decision-making, and reward system, and apply them to online and in-store shopping behaviors. Students also explore various neuromarketing research methods, including eye-tracking, autonomic measures, brain activity, and facial expression. Particular emphasis is given to the research on the innovative topics of neuro-selling and neuro-retail and their connections with artificial intelligence and robotics. Must be taken Graded only.
ENVSC 290 0, Geography of Consumption
TTH 9:30 AM 10:45 AM
A study of the environmental costs of consumption of products manufactured and sold around the world, and of the impact on the lives of the people whose jobs depend, for better or worse, on production. Examples of products studied are coffee, mobile phones, and apparel. Students will investigate the Life Cycle Analyses of several commodity chains and how production and consumption are related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Prerequisite: ENVSC 110
GEO 290 B1, Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Geology
Professor K. Carter
TTH 7:00 PM 8:15 PM
A study of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas geology, students explore the development of the commonwealth’s petroleum industry through lectures and classroom activities; study and apply common geologic concepts and methods used to assess an oil or gas reservoir’s potential; and consider the economic impact (past, present and future) of petroleum hydrocarbons on both the state and national economies.
Prerequisite: ENVSC 110 or GEO 110 or GEO 190
INTDS 290, Sexuality, Relationships, and Consent
Professors Hellwarth and Searle-White
An in-depth exploration of consent and sexuality in the context of the #MeToo movement, feminism, and the current social climate in the U.S. and at Allegheny College. This course is designed for students who want to give substantial thought to clarifying their own sexual and relationship ethics. The format will be seminar discussion of selected readings to understand how public discourse around sexuality impacts individual choices. Students must complete all assignments and attend all sessions to receive credit. The course meets once per week for 2-1/2 hours during Module B.
Must be taken Credit/No Credit Only.
LS 190 A0, Cultural Competency
F 11:00 AM 12:15 PM
An exploration of other cultures and of how students’ intersecting identities impact the ways in which they view, interact and navigate college. Discussions include personal perceptions, recognizing and challenging unconscious bias. Students explore how cultural differences can enhance the college experience of people from various backgrounds. This will be taught as a 7-week course. Must be taken Credit/No Credit Only
Prerequisites: LS 190, Student Success as a Student of Color
LS 191 B0, 1st Gen Guide to Thriving in the 1st Year II
F 11:00 AM 12:15 PM
A continuation of the module B course LS 191 from Fall 2019, Thriving in the first year as a first-generation college student. Students process their experiences as a first-generation college student, reflect upon the first year and determine what worked and what didn’t. Students define their successes throughout the first year and discuss what to expect and how to make any necessary changes to their current behaviors to continue to achieve success into the second year. This will be taught as a 7-week course. Must be taken Credit/No Credit Only
Prerequisites: LS 191, Thriving in the First Year as a First-Gen
MATH 090 0, Problem Solving for the Liberal Arts
MWF 2:30 PM 3:20 PM
An introduction to problem solving by applying various mathematical ideas. Students learn to organize their thoughts by describing complex problems with abstract models and then reasoning through conclusions within these models. Students investigate questions from various topics which may include business efficiency, fairness in voting, and sending encrypted messages. No college level mathematics experience is expected or assumed. This course is not appropriate for senior level Mathematics majors.
PHYS 290 0, Black Hole Astrophysics
A quantitative overview of the mechanics of black holes and a qualitative introduction to concepts from the theory of General Relativity. Topics include classical Keplerian orbits, spacetime and
spacetime curvature, orbits around non-spinning black holes, angular momentum in curved spacetime, gravitational waves, and black hole interiors. Students will also explore numerical integration techniques using Python. Must be taken Credit/No Credit Only.
Prerequisites: PHYS 110 or permission of instructor.
POLSC 290 0, Gender in American Politics
TTH 3:00 PM 4:15 PM
A study of women’s participation in American politics as activists, citizens, and elites. We examine the suffrage movement as well as modern women’s liberation movements. We explore how gender shapes public opinion and voting behavior. We study the experiences and challenges faced by women running for or holding political office. Throughout the course, we consider the meaning and nature of gender equality and analyze the ways that gender intersects with other categories such as race, sexuality, and class.
RELST 190 0, Christianity, Politics, and Social Justice
Short Title: Christianity, Politics, Justice
A study of Christian understandings of social justice and the role of politics in achieving social justice. Christianity has developed a long and rich tradition of reflection on the nature of justice and has also inspired influential justice movements. This course examines both. In addition to reading the works of prominent thinkers, such as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Martin Luther King, Jr., we also analyze prominent examples of Christian movements seeking justice in our contemporary context.
RELST 290 0, Interfaith Engagement
MW 11:00 AM 12:15 PM
A seminar course focused on the power of interfaith understanding and cooperation with a specific concentration on civic engagement and community service. Students gain introductory literacy in the history, beliefs, intra-faith diversity, and rituals of three monotheistic world religions; Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Particular attention is paid to each tradition’s understanding of service toward humanity, all living things, and the planet. Students are required to participate in a week-long engagement experience in Chicago volunteering with faith-based service agencies during the week of spring break. The course structures learning through integrative reflection on religious knowledge, civic engagement, and diverse communities. This course may not be taken Credit/No Credit.
NOTE: In addition to personal incidentals, students will be asked to pay $200 towards the cost of the trip to Chicago.