Courses of Instruction

The Catalog offers brief descriptions of courses offered by the faculty. The course description provides a range of information.  The course number indicates the level of the course, with the exception of the first-year seminars, all of which are open only to first-year students. Generally in other cases, courses numbered 100 to 199 are introductory and open to first-year students. Courses numbered 200-299 are designed primarily for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, though many are also open to first-year students. Courses numbered 300-399 are designed for juniors and seniors. Courses at the 400 level represent specialized work for senior majors in the departments and programs.

Generally, Short Term courses are numbered accordingly: s10-s29 normally have no prerequisites, although they may require permission of the instructor; s30-s39 normally have prerequisites; s40-s49 are designed primarily for majors; s50 is the designation for independent study.

Courses that fulfill General Education requirements are identified with tags at the end of the course description (e.g., [W1], [S], [L]). Many courses may be used to fulfill one or more General Education concentrations; these concentrations are listed in the online catalog only, and may be found by mousing over the word “Concentrations” at the end of the course description.

Other attributes that appear at the end of a course description (e.g., Critical Thinking, Latin American Governance and Conflict, Diversity) pertain to major requirements in English, history, politics, and psychology, but appear in the course description even if the course is cross-listed in another department or program.

Information appears in the Catalog and the Garnet Gateway to assist students in planning their academic program. If a course is offered one-time only, every semester, or every year, this is noted in the course description. Otherwise, the course is offered with varying frequency. Students can determine if a course will be offered within two years by consulting the list of tentative course offerings for the current and subsequent academic year, available on the Garnet Gateway.

Course descriptions also indicate prerequisites or corequisites, instructor permission to enroll, and enrollment limits.

Curricular offerings, class meeting times, and instructors for the next semester or Short Term appear on the Garnet Gateway ( The College reserves the right to cancel courses due to changes in teaching personnel, under-enrollment, the need to balance sections upon the instructor's request, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Courses are listed sequentially with numbers preceded by subject codes under each department and program. Subject codes with a slash indicate that the course is cross-listed in two departments or programs. The subject code INDS indicates that the course or unit is cross-listed in more than two departments and/or programs, which are identified in the course description.

Subject Codes for Cross-listed Courses

AA African American Studies
AC American Cultural Studies
AN Anthropology
AS Asian Studies
AT Astronomy
AV Art and Visual Culture
BC Biological Chemistry
BI Biology
CH Chemistry
CI Chinese
CM Classical and Medieval Studies
DN Dance
EC Economics
ED Education
EN English
ES Environmental Studies
FR French and Francophone Studies
GE Geology
GK Greek
GM German
HI History
JA Japanese
LA Latin
MA Mathematics
MU Music
NS Neuroscience
PE Physical Education
PH Physics
PL Philosophy
PT Politics
PY Psychology
RE Religious Studies
RH Rhetoric
RU Russian
SO Sociology
SP Spanish
TH Theater
WS Women and Gender Studies