FYS Advising – Late Addition Courses

This page contains a list of “Late Addition” courses,  the most recent courses added to the Fall Grid, and underenrolled courses open to first year students.

AV/AS 234. Chinese Arts and Visual Culture.

This course introduces Chinese visual cultures, from the Neolithic period to the present day, focusing on a period of particular cultural significance from the Han to Qing dynasties. The course reveals interrelationships among Chinese art, literature, religious philosophy, and politics. Topics discussed include artists’ places within specific social groups, theories of arts, questions of patronage, and the relation of traditional indigenous art forms to the evolving social and cultural orders from which they draw life. Principal objects include ritual objects, bronze vessels, ceramics, porcelain, lacquer ware, sculptures, rock-cut temples, gardens, painting, calligraphy, and wood-block prints. Recommended background: AS/HI 171, AS/RE 208, and CHI 261. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 45. (Non-Western Canon.) T. Nguyen.

DCS 102 – Design of Digital & Comp system

A first exploration of the design of computational systems. Like art, music, and literature as well as physical and social systems, computational systems have an underlying structure and beauty. This course introduces those structures and encourages the exploration of how we can manipulate them to create dynamic and engaging systems that represent both the world around us as well as universes imagined. The course lays foundations for computer programming, explores questions regarding gender and race in digital communities, and creatively investigates digital and computational ideas throughout the liberal arts.
DCS Program, Open to first-year students
EUS 300 – Sport in Europe
In this course students examine the development and significance of institutional sport in Europe from its birth in British schools and the amateur scouting and gymnastics movements of the nineteenth century to its diverse realizations and prominent place in contemporary European culture and society.

Modern Europe Concentration C024


FRE 250. Introduction to French Literature I.

An introduction to major French authors and literary genres through close reading, short papers, and discussion of texts. The purpose is to introduce the student to critical approaches to French literature. Although this is not a survey course, the first semester does concentrate on texts written before the French Revolution, and the second semester, on texts written after 1800. Some attention is paid to the socioeconomic context of the works studied and to questions of gender. Prerequisite(s): FRE 207, 208, or 235. Open to first-year students. [W2] Normally offered every year. L. Balladur.



HIST 104. Europe, 1789 to the Present

What is modern Europe? How did the history of this small region impinge on peoples around the globe? What was particularly modern about this period? This course explores themes and events in European history from the French Revolution to the present. During this period of cataclysmic economic change, the world, once viewed as static, seemed dynamic: cities grew exponentially, new nation-states emerged, traditional hierarchies faded, and new inequalities grew up in their stead. How did Europeans respond, and how did those responses help to shape the world? Students consider these questions using secondary literature and a variety of primary sources, including newspapers, political tracts, novels, and films. Enrollment limited to 49. (European.) (Modern. ) C. Shaw.

HIST 296: Nature and Authority: An Environmental History of Latin America

Latin America evokes images of awe-inspiring landscapes as well as polluted megacities with crumbling infrastructures. This course explores the roots of Latin America’s natural abundance and ongoing ecological dilemmas by tracing its environmental history from the pre-Columbian era to the present day. The course investigates connections between “environmental” problems (including species extinction and deforestation) and “human” problems (including scientific racism and political violence). It asks how systems of social organization have shaped, and been shaped by, Latin America’s environment; why particular models of environmental activism have triumphed; and what history offers to efforts to promote sustainable development and social justice.

HIST 297: Money, Magic, Myths, and Markets: Capitalism in Latin America, a History

In 1800, naturalist Alexander von Humboldt famously likened Latin America to “a beggar sitting atop a bag of gold.” People continue to marvel at the region’s abundance of resources and persistence of poverty. An investigation into the economic history of Latin America, this course explores the roots of this contradiction. It examines how capitalism has come to dominate market dynamics, social relations, and governance structures. Topics include: legacies of colonialism, the rise of export-driven commercial economies, state-led development agendas, the debt crises of the 1980s, privatization and the challenge of social justice.


MUS 105. The Singer-Songwriter in History: From Bernart de Ventadorn to Bob Dylan

The concept of a solitary, composer-performer singing and accompanying themselves is pervasive in music history, from troubadours to Lieder to Bob Dylan. This course examines the development of the singer-songwriter image through people or personas and their music, focusing on how this style changed through history, how poetry has been related to music, and how the composers were mythologized in their own culture and in the present. Students have the opportunity to engage their own musicality by writing songs themselves and writing about the singer-songwriters they admire. One-time offering. B. Hansberry.


MUS 235. Music Composition

Composition may be pursued by students at various levels of expertise and training. The course includes a weekly seminar and private lessons, and concentrates on—without being limited to—contemporary idioms. Prerequisite(s): MUS 232. Open to first-year students. Instructor permission is required. Normally offered every year. H. Miura.


RUSS 201. Intermediate Russian I

This course, offered in the fall semester, is a continuation of Elementary Russian, focusing on vocabulary acquisition and greater control of more complex and extended forms of discourse. Conducted in Russian. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 102. Open to first-year students. Normally offered every year. D. Browne, M. Loginova.


RUSS 301. Advanced Russian I

This course, normally offered in the fall semester, focuses on the essentials of contemporary colloquial Russian. Students read short unabridged texts in both literary and journalistic styles, and write one- and two-page papers on a variety of topics. Conducted in Russian. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 202. Open to first-year students. Normally offered every year. D. Browne, M. Loginova.